Foothill MS Community Newsletter

August 16, 2020

Happy New Year!

Welcome Griffins!

Monday, August 17th is the first day of the New Year!


This is a time of excitement as well as nervousness as we voyage forward but we can do this with grade, patience, and working collaboratively. Working together involves students, parents/guardians, teachers, school staff, district staff, and more. Please understand moving forward it may take a little time to figure out entering virtual classrooms as both students and teachers develop best practices.


Aeries/HomeLink updates nightly so it is important as schedule changes occur your child uses their portal to get to classes (Google Classrooms and Meeting links). The weekly Student Bell Schedule is posted below. Please make note now (teachers will remind students as well) that the week following Labor Day (September 8-11) will remove the Wednesday schedule so that all curriculum courses will be able to have full access to students.


We are still updating the requests for Verification codes--thank you for your understanding as we receive these in the final day before school starts. If you still need to request please fill out this form.


Schedule requests must complete this form on our website. Requests for elective changes will be reviewed after this first week. Please understand that there are very few opportunities for other classes, since our classes are full.


Below you will find a flyer for Parent Education nights on Zoom and Google Classroom.


Sincere appreciation to serve the Foothill Community,

Mrs. Vaiana, your principal

How to connect to your classes: Day 1 (click here)

Directions for logging into Aeries, Google Classrooms, and your Meeting Rooms.

Entering online class meetings

Whether your teacher is using Google Meet or Zoom for their online instruction please understand the following points:


  • Be patient as your teacher allows students to enter the classroom space from the waiting room.
  • Especially this first week it may take up to 15 minutes.
  • Wait for the teacher to let you into the class.
  • If you have technical difficulties be sure to send an email to your teacher and keep trying.
  • You may also call the office for assistance in logging in: 925-939-8600.

Foothill MS Weekly Schedule

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Student & Parent/Guardian GOOGLE Tutorials

Resource for EVERYTHING Google!! Chrome, Chromebook, Drive, Slides, Sheets, Doc, Drawing, Classroom, Meet and Keep

Food service availability during Distance Learning

Currently the MDUSD Food and Nutritional Service Department is working on how curbside food service can continue while students are off campus learning.


Here is the link to the District webpage of information.

Here is the link for the video for 'how to complete the meal application' for free and reduced cost. In English and in Spanish.

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REPOST: Immunization requirements

All student immunizations must be current to start the school year. Here are the requirements.


Senate Bill 277: On June 30, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that says parents can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children in public or private schools based on their personal beliefs.