Statement from the SMFC PTA Council: Calendar for 2016-2017


The calendar for 2016-2017 school year was presented to the Board of Trustees on February 4, 2016. During the public comment portion of the meeting, the Board heard from parents and teachers. Based on the comments they heard, the Board has asked for further clarification regarding the process. The Board of Trustees hopes to receive that clarification from the bargaining teams and make a decision regarding the 2016-2017 calendar at the February 18, 2016 Board meeting.

As we learned at the last PTA Council meeting in January, the calendar is part of the collective bargaining discussions (negotiations) between SMETA and the District.

To maintain our position of neutrality and to ensure a timely meeting, we are sharing this information and not asking for statements from the District, Board of Trustees nor SMETA.

For our information, the process for calendars traditionally does not include input from parents.  The input that was gathered from the community 2 years ago was related to creating a common calendar to address the issues raised by having two different calendars in a single district.  The feedback that was received has been taken into consideration by the District and SMETA during their discussions regarding the school calendar.

The school calendar is negotiated in good faith between the School District and a subcommittee of the teachers’ union (SMETA) as part of collective bargaining.   The calendar discussion includes more than just start dates, end dates and holidays.  It also includes professional development days, staff work days (sans students), and whether or not a minimum day will be included and which day it will be, etc…

Once a calendar has been negotiated in good faith between the School District’s and SMETA’s bargaining teams, it is presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.

That brings us up to date.  That being said, know that SMETA and the DO are not going back to square one.  They have been asked to provide clarification to the Board of Trustees regarding their process.

To ensure compliance with the California State PTA policy of neutrality, PTA members cannot separately meet/discuss negotiations with either school district or employee association representatives.  Any communications should therefore be directed to both SMETA and the District.

Contact information for SMETA can be found at

Contact information for the San Mateo Foster City School District can be found at

Call for Makers Information Meeting: Feb 20th

The Montessori Maker Faire showcases NSM and Parkside Students and Parents amazing work of all kinds with the school community. Any student or parent who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their work with an enthusiastic audience or just wants to get involved, attend the Informational Meeting on Feb 20, 2016 from 11-12 on the NSM campus.

For more information check out our website: or email

Teacher Appreciation Week: Help Needed

Teacher Appreciation is coming up in May and we are looking for somebody to take the lead on this important event. With the assistance of NSM volunteers and room parents, coordinate gestures of kindness and appreciation, including a luncheon, that show our teachers and support staff how much we all appreciate their hard work and dedication to the school and our children.
Please contact Lisa Lake at for more information or to volunteer for this role.

Auction Tickets on Sale Now!!

Tickets for admission to the Auction are on sale now! Only $30/guest until March 6th and $40 from March 7th to the day of event on March 12th. This ticket includes dinner, drinks, dancing, and the chance to bid on amazing projects your kids created, vacations, parties, and teacher/staff outings! Tickets to the auction are sold online and will also be sold outside of the gym before/after Friday Morning Gathering on 2/26, 3/4 and 3/11. Check or cash only.

Auction Volunteer Hours Available!

Volunteer Hours:
Would you like to help sort donations, make auction baskets, and use your excellent editing skills to help the Auction Committee prepare for our event, “A Night Under the Stars” on March 12?  click here to sign up. We’ll be working in the NSM gym on Feb.19-21. Thanks for making our Auction a continued success!

Need a babysitter to attend the auction event?

Our NSM 8th graders run a babysitting night during the event at school from 5:30PM to 10:30PM on March 12th for $25/child and $15 additional per sibling (1st grade and up). Dinner will be provided along with arts, crafts and other entertainment. Reserve your spots before/after Friday Morning Gatherings on 2/26, 3/4 and 3/11 or contact Leslie McMahon at

Superintendent Coffee Chats

Superintendent Rosas welcomes members of the community to join her for coffee and conversation about the District – its goals, challenges, accomplishments and any issue related to education and the welfare of youth. Now is your chance to share feedback on your experience in San Mateo-Foster City schools. Parents, students and staff members are invited to take part in these meetings to help guide our priorities as a district. Feedback will inform our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Dr. Rosas is looking forward to these coffee chats as a means of reconnecting with the community around issues that affect the education and well-being of our students. We hope to see you there!

La Superintendente Rosas invita a miembros de la comunidad a tomar un cafecito con ella y conversar acerca del Distrito – sus metas, retos, logros y cualquier otro asunto relacionado con la educación y bienestar de los niños. Esta es su oportunidad para compartir sus ideas y opiniones sobre la experiencia que ha tenido en las escuelas del Distrito Escolar de San Mateo y Foster City. Invitamos a padres, alumnos y empleados del distrito a participar en estas reuniones para ayudarnos a definir nuestras prioridades como distrito. Feedback informará al Plan de Control Local de Responsabilidad (Local Control Accountability Plan, LCAP por sus siglas en inglés).
A la Dra. Rosas espera le interesan estas pláticas como un medio de reconectarse con la comunidad sobre asuntos que afecta la educación y bienestar de nuestros alumnos. ¡Esperamos verlos allí!

February 11, 2016 – 6:30-8:00 pm (Febrero 11, 2016)
LEAD Elementary School, 949 Ocean Avenue, San Mateo
February 17, 2016 – 6:30-8:00 pm (Febrero 17, 2016)
Audubon Elementary School, 841 Gull Avenue, Foster City

Coming up at NSM…

February 15-16: NO SCHOOL
February 20-21: Auction Item Weekend in the Gym
February 26: Movie Night and General PTA Meeting: LCAP discussion
March 12: 10th Annual Auction Fundraiser, 6:00pm
April 22: Earth Day with activities through the entire day!
May 7: NSM-Parkside Montessori Maker Faire