Foothill MS Community Memo

October 14, 2020

Good evening,

This newsletter contains information for the week ahead, which includes the possibility of PG & E's PSPS. It's hard to believe the 1st quarter ends this Friday but we are fully running the school year! Our Leadership club has been working on activities to build our community and next week will be a whole week of Spirit Days, and the last week of the month will recognize Red Ribbon Week with information for students. The last day of the month will have a special, virtual Halloween event--stay tuned for details.

If you have a 6th grade student please be advised if they are in a Rotation class see below since they will begin a new class Monday with the start of the 2nd quarter.

Tomorrow is the Great CA Shake-out which will not be practiced online. I've provided links for families to talk about your personal plans and strategies. Once students are back on campus we will continue to practice the safety drills to keep all up to date.

Have a nice evening and I hope to see you in the PFA meeting next Wednesday.

Sincerely your principal, Mrs. Vaiana

Looking ahead:

Potential Public Service Power Shutoff (PSPS)

  • PG&E has notified the County of a potential Public Service Power Shutoff (PSPS) for wildfire safety starting as early as Wednesday, October 14, evening.
  • Possible power shutoffs may impact some PG&E customers in Alamo, Canyon, Clayton, Morgan Territory, Danville, Diablo, Orinda, and Walnut Creek.
  • PG&E Community Resource Centers will open today, October 14, at 5 pm in the Costco parking lot in Danville and Arbolado Park in Walnut Creek.
  • Sign up for PG&E notifications at or call 1-866-743-6589 for assistance in multiple languages. Prepare for wildfires and power outages. See PG&E's Safety Action Center.

Preparedness for the Great California Shake Out

International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October (this year: October 15). While COVID-19 has brought many uncertainties and challenges, one thing's for sure: ShakeOut is still happening this year!

It's actually a good idea to practice earthquake safety in different situations each year, and ShakeOut Organizers are here to support you. Here is the link to their website.

6th Grade Students beginning NEW Rotation Classes

If your student is currently enrolled in a Rotation class 7th period they will move to the next class on Monday, October 19. Each quarter there is a new class for them to experience.

In order to know what class to attend please refer to this presentation for details in HomeLink.

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Intradistrict transfers are for students who reside inside the MDUSD boundaries requesting to transfer to another MDUSD school.

Online Application Request Periods for the 2021- 2022 School Year. The application for Secondary Grades 6-12 will be available: October 15, 2020 - November 15, 2020.

Please note your next home school if you are moving from 5th-6th grade or 8th-9th grade.

Student Services will have a limited number of laptops available in the Board Room on October 15, 2020 from 9:00am - 4:00pm for families that need assistance completing the application.

Elementary Grades TK-5 (including Two Way Dual Immersion and Bilingual Program transfer requests): February 10, 2021 - March 10, 2021

“Unassigned Area” Applications 2021-2022

The “Unassigned Area” application for the 2021-2022 school year will be available beginning on October 15, 2020. The online application, along with more information on the process is available at

Reminder letters to current 8th graders that live in the “Unassigned Area” to complete the “Unassigned Area” application for high school were sent out last week. A list of students, along with a copy of the letter they received, was sent to their site administrators.

Thank you for supporting the WC Community Day Food Drive

With your help, the Community Food Drive this past Saturday was a HUGE SUCCESS!

The Food Bank is still weighing all of the food, so we don't yet know the final results. We do, however, know the cash results: More than $5,000 collected just on Saturday . . . and we've received nearly $10,000 in contributions through our CSD team page on the Food Bank's website! These donations will translate to an estimated 30,000 meals.