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From the Principal

Message From The Principal


Dear Foster City Families, 
Our school year has been off to a great start as we enter into September. If you are new to the U.S., you may wonder why your coworkers or friends are confused why your children start school so early. In many places throughout the U.S., school may be just getting started. When I was in school in Ohio, we always started the Tuesday after Labor Day! Here, we just finished our fourth week of school as our children settle into the routines and opportunities here at Foster City School.

Due to your generous donations during our annual Falcon Drive, we are able to offer your children some unique opportunities at Foster City School. Our partners at Playworks have trained 4th and 5th grade junior coaches to work with their peers as they learn to play new games during recess. Similarly, we partner with Soul Shoppe to help students learn to recognize their emotions and feelings, as well as develop the skills and tools to navigate friendships. Soul Shoppe also trains student Peacemakers to help resolve conflicts on the playground. In fact, due to an overwhelming response from our current third graders, we had to add two Peacemaker training dates which will occur the first two weeks of October.

The PTA also pays for a schoolwide subscription for IXL math. Your children should have received login and password information from their teachers. If they are returning students, they can use their login from last year. Over the last two years, each classroom was equipped with six iPads or Chromebooks as part of PTA funds. Students may be working on IXL during station rotations throughout their day and can login from home as well. We have no expectation that they are using IXL at home; however some families may encourage their children to login for a few minutes in the evenings. IXL reinforces the mathematics that students have already learned.

Your PTA donations also pay for fun community events, like the upcoming Movie Night on September 14th. These events strengthen our home/school partnership while providing our children a fun and memorable event -- one that our students (if not our neighbors!) look forward to every year. (Actually our neighbors are very supportive of our events except when we park in front of their driveways!)

These are just a few of the ways in which your donations support Foster City Elementary School. I want to thank you again for your support of the PTA during our annual Falcon Drive. If you would still like to donate, please visit the PTA Falcon Drive Website. Please see below for additional important information.


Patrick Hurley, Principal

Upcoming Morning Coffee Chats on September 18th

Coffee With A Cop The Foster City Police Department will be conducting a neighborhood conversation with police officers in our MPR from 8:00-9:30 AM on September 18th. No agenda or speeches -- just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Stop by after drop off.

Superintendent Coffee Chat Join us for coffee and conversation with San Mateo-Foster City School District Superintendent Joan Rosas at Bowditch Middle School from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM on September 18th. Meetings are designed to provide an avenue for school families and community members to stay informed about District initiatives and learn more about the great things taking place in San Mateo-Foster City Schools. We hope to see you there!

And More Coffee!

Our first New Families’ Coffee will be held from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM on Wednesday, September 26th in our MPR. We hold a couple of these events each year. All new families are invited to attend. It’s a good opportunity to meet members of the PTA, other parents, and school staff.

Run2FunD Education: A Health and Wellness Fair.

Please join me and others at the annual San Mateo Foster City Education Foundation’s Run2FunD event at Hillsdale High School on Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. There will be relay teams, yoga, dance, noodle hockey and other fun games. Suggested donation is $20/runner. For on the field activities, $10/adult and $5/child. This is a great way to support the San Mateo Foster City Education Foundation, which helps support art, music, and athletics in our schools.

A Few Acknowledgments

Thank you to Helen Martin and the PTA for providing our Back to School Breakfast for our staff on Monday, August 13th. Helen also organized our “first day of school coffee” in our MPR. A special thanks to Tracy Militello for chairing our PTA Falcon Drive Committee again this year and Nicole Kruity for organizing the count day.

I’d also like to thank Vinita Naik for chairing the Art-In-Action committee, as well as organizing and delivering the art supplies to the classroom teachers. Siwin Chu has been chairing our PTA membership committee and encouraging as many families as possible to become members.