Foothill MS Community Memo

January 15, 2021

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Upcoming events and dates for FMS and MDUSD

  • January 18: NO SCHOOL in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day
  • January 19, Dine and Donate at Jack’s Urban Eats (flyer below)
  • January 20, 7pm: Foothill PFA Meeting (information sent from the PFA through Konstella)
  • January 26, 3pm: Foothill MS School Site Council Meeting
  • January 27, 6pm: MDUSD Board Meeting click here for information

This upcoming Monday our District is observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. The MDUSD Board passed Resolution 39 in recognition of this day, for Dr. King's birthday, and to commemorate the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by living our shared MDUSD values, striving for righteousness, and bringing goodness to others. I've provided some resources in this newsletter about Dr. King's life and also local volunteer opportunities.

Some questions have arisen regarding our picture day. These pictures will be used for this year's yearbook photo, ID card, and an updated photo in our Student Information System(Aeries/HomeLink), as well as packets of images to share with your families and friends. Please see below for more details.

We have a Dine and Donate next Tuesday followed by a Foothill MS PFA meeting on Wednesday. Please tune in for information for this year and looking forward to next year. While we are remaining in Distance Learning through the 3rd quarter our staff will continue to work on making this learning the best possible and how to meet the needs of our students. Please see that I've included a Parent's Guide to Distance Learning that has been developed by UC San Diego.

Currently I am looking for a few parents and students to participate in a focus group, with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. The details are below if you have an interest, your participation would be appreciated.

Please take care, be safe, and well.

Sincerely your Foothill principal.

~Mrs. Vaiana

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Smithsonian Museums

Our National Smithsonian Museums are providing an abundance of resources from their many museums. See no one is able to travel to DC and enjoy the firsthand experience please take the time to enjoy and experience through distance learning.

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Local events for community service opportunities

Through the National MLK Day of Service there are opportunities with food drives, clothing drives, educational talks and trainings, and more

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The District is working with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and will beholding focus group meetings for teachers, students and parents. CCEE is partnering with Mt. Diablo Unified to assist us on our path to improvement in pupil achievement. Mt. Diablo was identified because three or more pupil groups did not make progress based on the CA School Dashboard. Those student groups include African American students, Foster Youth, and students experiencing homelessness. We have been asked for at east 2 parent volunteers to participate in this process. Please email Mrs. Vaiana at if you are interested.

The focus group sessions for parents are:

Tuesday, January 19th from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm and Wednesday, January 27th from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (please let us know if any translation services will be needed)

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Get Moving: Simple Ways to Improve Physical and Mental Health

School Pictures at Foothill: Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, January 28 (3-6pm)

Appointments are required. If you made one in December you will need to make a NEW appointment.

ALL students must have a current ID when they return to campus. These pictures are for the school ID cards and the Yearbook photos.

Available appointment times are:

  • Wednesday, January 27, 3pm-6pm (Multiuse Room)
  • Thursday, January 28, 3pm-6pm (Multiuse Room)

We will have safety measures including social distancing.

  • All persons will need face coverings.

  • Students will remove face covering while pictures are taken.

Signs will clearly mark the pathway, which will include distancing and directions.

Visit our website to select a date and time.

  • In the center above the schedule, click on the reservation link.

Or go to the photographer site for time and payment for packages. When you purchase a packet please bring a copy of the confirmation or show it electronically.

You do not need to purchase a package to get the ID card. When signing up for the appointment scroll to the bottom to select ID card and Yearbook photo.