Welcome and Update from Friends of Mandarin Scholars
Mon, Sep 16 7:21am

Dear College Park Families,

Welcome from Friends of Mandarin Scholars (FMS) for the 2019-2020 school year! Established in 2011, FMS is a non-profit, parent volunteer organization that supports the K-8 Mandarin education programs in the San Mateo-Foster City School District (SMFCSD) at both College Park Elementary School and Bayside Academy Middle School. FMS raises additional funds not provided by the SMFCSD in order to support the Mandarin program and help ensure its ongoing success. FMS has played a significant role in the quality of the K-8 Mandarin Immersion Magnet programs at both schools.

FMS raises critical funds for:

  • Mandarin teaching assistants
  • Before and after school Mandarin homework help
  • Mandarin enrichment classes
  • Professional development for Mandarin language educators
  • Mandarin-specific classroom materials, computers and computer applications
  • Participation in cultural events such as the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade and the Multi-lingual Resource Fair in Foster City

For more details, please visit our website at mandarinscholars.org and stay connected through our Facebook page.

We would like to share with you the 2019-2020 Budget, our Fundraising Goals and our 2019-2020 Calendar of Events.

Where FMS Money Goes:

2019-2020 Fundraising Goals for the 2020-2021 School Year:

While we are off to a good start with our fundraising efforts –as of 9/15/19 we have raised $44,692 (19%)we really need your support to reach our fundraising goal of $232,025. Make your donation today! We accept donations year round. No gift is too small to help support FMS and the Mandarin programs. And if available, request a matching donation. You can see if your employer will match your donation here.

The truth is, if we are not able to reach our fundraising goals for next year, we may be forced to cut the Mandarin Aide hours for the 2020-2021 school year, which could have a significant impact on the Mandarin programs.

2019-2020 Calendar of Events:

We are very proud to continue to host events that support community building, fundraising and cultural awareness. Please mark your calendars for the following 2019-2020 events:

  • Oct/Nov 2019 - Gift Card Fundraiser on School Campus
  • Feb 8, 2020 – SF Chinese New Year Parade
  • Mar 7, 2029 - FMS Gala Fundraiser at Hilton SFO Airport Bayfront in Burlingame
  • TBD (May 2020) - Multilingual Language Fair at Foster City Public Library

2019-2020 FMS Board

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to us anytime.

It is my honor to serve the College Park and Bayside Academy communities as FMS Chair. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you for another successful year!

Best regards,

Nhi Huynh

2019-2020 FMS Chair