Friday Notes I February 16, 2024

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Dear Foothill Families,

International Days were nothing short of epic! Each day on campus was filled with wonder and appreciation for our extremely diverse Foothill community. Hopefully your child's experiences sparked conversations at home and created joy in your own family's story.

Our faculty/staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee organized International Days in a new way, and their hard work was evident. We are so grateful to our special guests, and to all the parents who shared their stories and their cultural food with our students. We will be sharing a family survey in the coming week. Please take a moment to convey how International Days impacted your family and how we might improve the event in coming years.

There is so much for us to share that you will be seeing photos and videos in today's Friday Notes, as well next week's edition.

Have a wonderful long weekend,

FCDS Administrative Team

Falcon News

No School on Monday!

Sharing Our Stories

Special Guests Bring New Perspectives

International Days had many aspects, including classroom lessons, videos submitted by families and faculty/staff, cultural dress, delicious food, parent and grandparent speakers, and special guests. Our first special guest of the week was an elder from the Tongva Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians.

Mr. Michael Whitehorse Aviles told the story of his people, who were the first inhabitants of the land on which our campus now sits. He shared how their tribe has influenced much of our language locally, including the words Cucamonga, Azusa, Cahuenga and more. Mr. Whitehorse brought books and interesting artifacts including soapstone, sage, eagle feathers and more. He played a hauntingly beautiful melody on his flute for us.

More International Days news in next week's Friday Notes!

Valentine's Day

With so much going in this short week, it is hard to believe that we squeezed Valentine's Day in as well. We did make time for all the friends and fun! In these pics, 6th grade shares their V-day party. Big thanks to all the Room Parents who helped decorate their classroom doors for Valentine's Day as well!

Millionaires Club

Students Attain Reading Milestones

One of the foundations of Foothill's reading program is the celebration of reading. In last week's Friday Notes we acknowleged 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades students who attained their goals. This week, we highlight those amazing students who have joined the Millionaire's Club -- students who have read literally millions of words this school year. This is Foothill's largest "class" of Millionaires ever! Please join us in congratulating the following students:

3 Million Evelyn A. and Benjamin T.

2 Million Sofia G., Lucca M., and Isaac L.

1 Million Callie W., Ria S., Divam R., Ishaan M., Nick A., Bash Y., Hagan H., Matthew H., Aiden L., Rosalina X., and Alaina Y.

LAST CHANCE to Order Red Hoodies!

8th Grade Fundraiser

Back by popular demand, the 8th grade sweatshirt design is now RED. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Class of 2024. Don't forget: grown-ups can order too! We have plenty of adult sizes available, so order one for mom and dad!

Deadline: February 19

Cost: $50

Sizes: from Youth XSmall to Adult 4X!


Falcon Sports This Week

Tuesday, February 20

7th Boys vs. Alta Loma Christian HOME Girls @ Water of Life

Thursday, February 22

7th Boys @ Alta Loma Christian

Falcons Spotted at the Symphony Peter and the Wolf

Mrs. Minano is teaching 2nd grade about Peter and the Wolf in music class. Recently, they gathered at a free concert by the Claremont Symphony Orchestra to hear the composition performed live, and they even got to meet former Mayor Ed Reece.

Student Council Upper School Movie Night

Friday, February 23

Grade 6 - 8 students, this is just for you: Friday Night at the Movies!

The details:

  • Friday, February 23
  • 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Randall Lewis Family Auditorium
  • Chaperoned by the Upper School Student Council Advisors
  • Cost- $10 for pizza slice, drink, and snack
  • Pay cash in person or electronically using THIS LINK.
  • Parents need to sign permission slip on PowerSchool.
  • Dropoff and pickup will be in the Harrison Lot.Parents need to sign permission slip on PowerSchool

Hope to see you there!

Love is in the Air in the Art Studio

For the past several weeks in the art studio students of all ages (TK-5th grade) have been thinking about who they love and how they can show it! They worked in watercolor, clay, drawing, and even sculpture to express their feelings to those that they love. 

Faces of Foothill

International Day Faculty and Staff

Think you know your Foothill employees? You might be surprised at the diversity of cultures they represent. We invite you to hear their stories and get to know them better in the video below (8 min):

4th, 5th and 6th Grade Bilingual Journalists

In Sr. Hernandez's Spanish classes, students were asked to interview an adult and present their findings, all in Spanish. 5th grade interviewed a family member, while 6th grade interviewed a member of Foothill's faculty or staff. They asked questions about where they were born, their favorite things and what kind of games they played when they were young. Meanwhile, 4th graders made presentations using their Spanish vocabulary for places in the community such as a town, a park, etc. We might see these kids on the news one day!

Foothill Fund Pizza Party Winners!

1st Grade

1st grade enjoyed a pizza party last week as they earned the highest parent participation level for Foothill Fund donations as of December 31. Go Firsties!

Haven't made your gift yet? There's still time! All gifts go directly to the immediate needs of the school this year, so your child will benefit. Every gift counts no matter what the size!


Who am I?

I Am 5th Grade

Fifth graders worked on identity poems earlier this year and shared them with other lower school classes during International Days. Here is a sampling of that poetry.

Twelfth Night

8th Grade Field Trip

It isn't often that we take field trips at night, but for Shakespeare, we'll do it. Twelfth Night has all the rom-com notes for Valentine's Day: intrigue, humor, mistaken identities, love, revenge. This production took place at Chapman University.

Registration is Open for Summer Experience 2024!

Tuesday, June 18 - Friday, July 26

Kindergarten - 8th Grade  

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

There are many programs to choose from including specialty camps, KinderReady (for incoming kinders), JumpStart, Leadership for Life, and more!

Weekly Themes:

Week 1- Dream Big! (June 18- June 21) 

Week 2- Space Exploration (June 24- June 28)

Week 3- Changing the Tide (July 1- July 3) 

Week 4- Young Entrepreneurs (July 8- July 12)

Week 5- World Cultures (July 15- July 19)

Week 6- STEAM Explorers (July 22- July 26)


Sharing Our Stories: Foothill Families

International Days 2024

Many families responded to our call for videos over the Winter holidays! We asked families to tell us something about their cultural traditions. These videos were so inspiring that we thought we would bring them out of the classroom and to our whole community, via Friday Notes. We will present one family video each week. First up, Sofia G. (4th) explains why her family eats steamed buns for Lunar New Year while showing us how to make them. Chu Guo La!

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