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January 22, 2021

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Upcoming events and dates for FMS and MDUSD

January 25:

  • 5pm: District Open Conversations about Mental Health (see below)

January 26:

  • 3pm: Foothill MS School Site Council Meeting
January 27:January 28:
  • 3-6pm: Picture Day in the Foothill MS Multi-Use room

Going into the weekend I wanted to share a few updates. We will have picture days next week (rain or shine, they will be in our Multi-Use Room). Food Service continues on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


As the 2nd semester gets rolling please keep in mind it always seems to zip by before we know it. There are multiple Holidays, days off such as Spring Break week, all of which can add to the flurry at the end. Please remind your students to look for their assignments in the Google Classroom (GC), check on their To Do List in GC, set up time during Office Hours with their teachers, take advantage of Drop-in appointments, ask questions in class, and please email teachers with questions and concerns. Additionally our counseling staff, Ms. Phalon and Mr. Brescia, and our administration, VP Ms. Stull and me, are valuable resources for both students and families.


Enjoy Mother Nature's rain, rainbows, and crisp air. Spring flowers will be arriving soon.


Appreciative to serve the Foothill Community.

~Mrs. Vaiana

Open Conversations about Mental Health

District Professionals to Host Webinar Series: Open Conversations about Mental Health

To promote wellness, answer questions, and address common student and family mental health concerns, MDUSD is assembling a panel of mental health professionals who will host a webinar that is free and open to all. The panel will consist of MDUSD mental health staff, including school counselors, school psychologists, social work specialists, behavioral health specialists, and college and career advisors. This Open Conversations about Mental Health Webinar Series starts on Monday January 25, from 5:00PM-6:30PM. Audience members may choose to participate and interact virtually, or watch only.


Our professionals are here to help. The stress and responsibilities of ordinary life are already difficult to manage, and this pandemic has created conditions that challenge our mental health and wellbeing even more so. Still, there are practical skills, remedies, and tools that can make all the difference. Tune in on Monday night to ask your questions, express your concerns, and hear from our mental health professionals.


  • When: Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:00PM Pacific
  • Topic: Open Conversations about Mental Health Webinar (#1)
  • Ticket Cost: $0.00 - (Free/Sponsored)
  • Attending is easy—simply register in advance, and you will receive a confirmation email with all the information you need.

Possible power outages in the Community, Tuesday, January 26

According to PG & E there are possible power outages in parts of Walnut Creek this upcoming Tuesday, January 26. This affects a small area but can impact DL.

Estimated time frames:

  • 8-10am
  • 4-6pm

If your power is out at these times please either you or your child email the teacher to let them know, and contact our Attendance Secretary, Ms. Wheeler (925-939-8600 or email). If the power outage impedes this correspondence please do so at your earliest convenience.

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.