Friday Notes I February 23, 2024

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In the spirit of Lunar New Year, we wish all our families much health and prosperity in this, the Year of the Dragon. Congratulations to our faculty and DEIB Committee co-chairs Sharon Chan, Luivette Resto, and Deep Tolia-Shah for leading a re-imagining of Foothill’s International Day experience. The re-imagining process was guided by key questions such as,

  • What did students learn from past International Day experiences?
  • How should this experience reflect the educational vision for a school that aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community? 
  • How does this experience add to the foundation in academics and character that our children will need to work with others from diverse backgrounds and whose values and perspectives are different from their own?

This year’s result was a multiple-day experience with individual and family stories as the organizing theme. Students experienced dancing, music, and stories from a variety of cultures, and sampled foods from around the world. Parents, as always, played a key support role, and we hope you took the opportunity to ask your student about their experience. If you haven’t yet taken the feedback survey, please take 6 minutes to help us learn more about how we can continue to improve the learning experience for your student.

I look forward to returning to campus and your students on Monday. Enjoy the weekend!


Mike Silva

Head of School

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Two Cultures, One Mission

Janice Munemitsu

This week's Friday Notes will be peppered with photos taken during International Days. Last Friday we highlighted Mr. Michael Whitehorse Aviles of the Tongva Gabrielino Band of Mission Indians. In addition to Mr. Whitehorse Aviles, we were thrilled to welcome author Janice Munemitsu, the author of The Kindness of Color. Ms. Munemitsu told the true story of two immigrant families, one Japanese and one Mexican, and their struggle against racism in Southern California. These two families fought for justice together, resulting in a landmark court case and the desegration of California's schools, seven years before Brown v. Board of Education.

Native American Dancers Entertain and Teach

Our students were in awe of the talent presented by Red Boy Productions last Wednesday. The family dance group is comprised of Ba’ac Garcia, of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Nanabah Kadenehii of the Navajo Nation, who is a national champion hoop dancer, and Lupe Lopez, who told stories and shared the history of our land. Red Boy Productions travels the world sharing the history and culture of Native American tribes.They are most famous for their collaboration with Nike, Born X Raised.

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We really want to know what you think! Please take about 6 minutes to share your thoughts and suggestions for International Days.


You are Invited!

Friday, March 1 at 8:30a.m.

The BWO (Betty Webb Organization) General meeting is next Friday, March 1 at 8:30am in the library. Come for an update on the Spring Gala, Nominations for the 2024-2025 BWO Council, and planning for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! All parents are welcome, especially if you haven't been able to join us yet this school year. We can't wait to see you!

Proyecto Cultural de los Dias Internacionales

For International Days the 6th and 7th Beginning Spanish students interviewed a teacher or a friend about their lives and then presented a slide show in front of the class. Sra.Vela is amazed of their progress over this school year. Their pronunciation was great! ¡Excelente!

Falcon Sports This Week

Tuesday, February 27

7th Boys vs. Carden Arbor View HOME

8th Boys @. Alta Loma Christian

Girls @ Carden Arbor View

Thursday, February 29

7th Boys vs. 8th Boys HOME ***Don't miss this epic battle!

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)


Passports and Recipes

5th Grade

Ms. Myrick-Causey and Mrs. Smith's 5th grade classes created passports for students to document International Days 2024. Students checked a variety of experiences. Learning about the Tongva tribe, Ms. Janice Minemitsu, and the hoop dance from Red Boy Productions were a few of their favorites. They also recorded their visits to Lower School classes to share their “I Am” poems, their interviews with Foothill faculty and staff, and their research project, “Journey to Los Angeles.” Fifth graders completed the week with full passports!


5th grade also created recipe books. The recipe book is a digital compilation of recipes from the families of the Class of 2027. Students asked their family about a favorite or cherished dish and then brought their recipes to school where they added them to a group slide deck. The recipe book will serve as a memento of this year’s International Days.

Thank You Parents!

We are so grateful to all of the parents (and grandparents!) who helped with International Days. From donating food, to making videos and presenting your family stories in the classroom, parents made it happen! Here are just a few parents we caught in the act of teaching and sharing last week!

4th Grade Culture Corner

Mrs. Coeyman's class is practicing their presentation skills, and sharing their own stories. Last week students stood in front of the class and spoke about themselves with a visual slide, then took questions. Some classmates are surprised to learn about all the different countries represented in 4th grade!

Seedling Around the World

We didn't want you to miss the cuteness overload here: our preschool division enjoyed International Days as well! They came to Foothill for some of the presentations, they enjoyed cultural food, and their parents came in as guest speakers.

Sharing Our Stories: Foothill Families

International Days 2024

This week Peter F. (4th) tells us why Greek families break plates, and he even breaks a few with his grandmother! 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. Look for a new video each week!

International Kids Friends from International Days 2024

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