Foundation News

Back to School Campaign

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As we all head back to school with distance learning to start, we want to ensure that all of our students have what they need to be successful while at-home learning. Some of our families need basic school supplies such as a notebook, colored pencils, markers, scissors and glue sticks.

As part of our back-to-school campaign, the Education Foundation would like your support in raising funds to purchase backpacks filled with supplies for roughly 1,300 students, at a cost of approximately $25,000. In addition, we continue to strive toward each student having access to their own Chromebook for use at home. If we make enough of an impact, we can consider how to bring other learning opportunities to our kids.

Please donate to our Back-to-School campaign!


SMFCEF asks families to consider a tax-deductible donation of $250. Any donation amount will help this important effort.

School District awarded $1,298,791

Check presentation to District

Diane Shew, Colleen Sullivan, and Kim Crellin, on behalf of the entire San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation board, presented a check to Superintendent, Dr. Joan Rosas on July 30th.

This amount represents a year-long process of fundraising and working with our grantors and district staff to identify programs of most value to our students. In 2019-2020, we were able to provide the following to our schools:

  • 32 carts of 36 Chromebooks, plus additional Chromebooks for middle school science
  • Science lab glassware, digital thermometers, vacuum pump/bell jar kits
  • 5,562 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) books
  • 5,920 English Language Arts & Development (ELA/ELD) books
  • 1,780 robust, diverse, and relevant library books (Bayside, LEAD, North Shoreview, Parkside, and Sunnybrae)
  • New 5th grade instruments, music instruction books, and stands
  • K-5 music program
  • Athletic programs and uniforms
  • Coming in 2020-2021: Support of additional Twig science curriculum kits, student notebooks, and staff professional development for new science curriculum!

Closing the Digital Divide

We would like you to know that we are here for you and our community during this time of uncertainty. The SMFC Education Foundation is working in collaboration with the San Mateo-Foster City School District and other community partners to provide continued support to our students and families during this difficult time.

In keeping with our mission, the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation has an opportunity to ensure that all students in our school district are prepared to complete assignments and stay in touch with teachers and staff during this extended period of distance learning. Results of a recent survey indicate that over 750 families in our school district are currently without Wi-Fi in their homes.

Nos gustaría que supiera que estamos aquí para usted y nuestra comunidad durante este momento de incertidumbre. La Fundación Educativa SMFC está trabajando en colaboración con el Distrito Escolar de San Mateo-Foster City y otros socíos de la comunidad para brindar apoyo continuo a nuestros estudiantes y familias durante este momento difícil.

De acuerdo a nuestra misión, la Fundación Educativa de la Ciudad de San Mateo-Foster tiene la oportunidad de garantizar que todos los estudiantes de nuestro distrito escolar estén preparados para completar las tareas y mantenerse en contacto con los maestros y el personal durante este período extendido de aprendizaje a distancia. Los resultados de una encuesta reciente indican que más de 750 familias en nuestro distrito escolar actualmente no tienen Wi-Fi en sus hogares.

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To fill this need, the School District is looking to provide both equipment and service to those families in need. If you or someone you know has been looking for a way to help others during this challenging time, please consider a gift to support this effort.

  • A $110 gift will provide for a mobile hotspot device
  • A $240 gift will provide Wi-Fi service for a year

Please know that gifts of any amount are welcomed and appreciated; there is no set amount for giving. We hope that by working as a community, we can reach our goal of raising $262,000 to ensure that every student in our district has access to online learning.

If you would like to send a check, please make it out to “SMFCEF” and mail to SMFC Education Foundation 1170 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404

Para satisfacer esta necesidad, el Distrito Escolar está buscando proporcionar equipos y servicios a las familias necesitadas. Si usted o alguien que conoce ha estado buscando una manera de ayudar a otros durante este momento difícil, considere hacer una donación para apoyar este esfuerzo.

  • Una donación de $110 proporcionará un dispositivo de punto de acceso móvil
  • Una donación de $240 proporcionará servicio de Wi-Fi durante un año
Make a gift

Tenga en cuenta que las donaciones de cualquier cantidad son bienvenidas y apreciadas; No hay una cantidad fija requerida. Esperamos que al trabajar como comunidad, podamos alcanzar nuestra meta de recaudar $262,000 para asegurar que cada estudiante en nuestro distrito tenga acceso al aprendizaje en línea.

Si desea enviar un cheque, hágalo a nombre de “SMFCEF” y envíelo a SMFC Education Foundation 1170 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404

Reach Out For Help

We are currently working with Samaritan House, a non-profit organization in San Mateo. Samaritan House IS OPEN and active during this time of need, serving families in Foster City and San Mateo. They are the largest food distribution agency in San Mateo County and offer free services including shelter and housing assistance, medical and dental clinics, clothes for children and much more.

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If you or someone you know are in need of these support services during this unprecedented experience, please call (650) 347-3648 or visit Samaritan House's website and click "Find Help" at the top of the page.

3 ways to Support Samaritan House

  • Make a financial donation to Samaritan House to help them keep up with increasing need.

  • Donate food and other goods - Current needs include pre-packaged food, diapers, toiletries, and cleaning products, check out the updated list.Please note: they can not accept unwrapped food items or clothing at this time.

  • Volunteer your time - If you are able to volunteer with food preparation and/or transport, please do so. Help is urgently needed. Please be patient with the time it takes to respond to you, as the volume is high and staffing is low.

Second Harvest Food Bank

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley provides food to an average of over a quarter of a million kids, families and seniors every month through their programs and an expansive network of 310 nonprofit partners at 1,000 sites.

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Please call 1-800-984-3663 or visit The Second Harvest Food Bank website for more information about supporting your family as well as others.

$694,000 Grant from the County of San Mateo

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On June 25th, the County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors awarded the foundation with a $694,000 one-time grant from Measure K funds for specific technology and literacy needs in our District.

This grant benefits every student in our District and is allotted for:

  • $290,000
  • 20 Chromebook carts
  • 36 Chromebooks per cart
  • One for each of our elementary and middle schools for Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) implementation
  • $174,000
  • 12 additional Chromebook carts for the District’s Title 1 elementary schools:
  • Fiesta Gardens
  • LEAD
  • San Mateo Park
  • Sunnybrae
  • $100,000
  • Age-appropriate science books for all 20 school libraries
  • $100,000
  • Books to supplement the District’s adoption of new English Language Arts (ELA) and English Language Development (ELD) curriculum
  • $30,000
  • 3,000+ Library books for North Shoreview, LEAD, Sunnybrae, Parkside and Bayside libraries

Special thanks to San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom, Diana Harlick, Peter Cazanis, Alicia Heneghan and Susie Batter for making this a reality!

$150,000 Grant for TK-8th Grade Science Education

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We are excited to share the news that Gilead Sciences, Inc. has gifted the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation with a $150,000 grant to support TK-8 science education in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. The District is currently adopting and implementing new science curricula for elementary and middle school grade levels. These funds will be used to provide all students access to engaging, inspiring learning experiences and resources, including technology based learning.

This grant continues Gilead Sciences’ partnership with the foundation that began in the Fall of 2018. At that time Gilead awarded the foundation two grants totaling $77,000 for use in middle school science classrooms. The funds provided chemistry lab glassware at Abbott, Bayside, Borel, Bowditch and North Shoreview Montessori as well as Chromebooks, digital thermometers and vacuum bell jars.

Photo of middle school students getting hands on teaching in Science Class.

Scientific discovery is at the core of Gilead’s mission. We are proud to partner with SMFCEF to bring quality STEM education to local students, contributing to their competence and confidence to pursue rewarding careers in science and technology.

-Joydeep Ganguly, Senior VP of Corporate Operations

We are grateful to Gilead Sciences for their recognition that strong and engaging STEM education enables students to form STEM identities and envision their future careers. This additional grant further supports the idea that STEM education is critical to our community and country’s economic growth and security, and an important path to economic mobility for our disadvantaged students.

To learn more about Gilead’s dedication to community support, click here.

Thank you, Gilead Sciences, for your continued investment in our community and our future scientists!

School District awarded $202,700

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Last year, we raised $202,700 in support of the San Mateo-Foster City School District through various efforts, including direct fundraising, events like Readathon & securing special grants.

  • $115,000 for Music Programs
  • $77,000 for Science Labware & Chromebooks
  • $5,000 for the Beresford Makerspace
  • $5,700 for Art-In-Action

Partnership with Playstation: Beresford Makerspace

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With a $5,000 grant from PlayStation to make teacher Cynthia Buenavista’s Makerspace proposal a reality, volunteers from SMFCEF, Beresford and two enthusiastic groups from PlayStation came together & set up the new dedicated room for making, learning, exploring and sharing.

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This Makerspace provides the community’s youth with unparalleled opportunities to innovate, problem-solve, think critically, learn from failure, and apply the concepts of the classroom to hands-on projects.

Photo of students working in the Beresford Makerspace

SMFCEF Budget Approved: $5,000 for Teacher Grants!

As part of our 2019-2020 budget, the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation has allocated $5,000 for teacher grants in partnership with the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association's (SMETA) Member Grant Program.

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