Welcome and Update from Friends of Mandarin Scholars
Thu, Aug 20 7:51am

Dear College Park Families,

Welcome from Friends of Mandarin Scholars (FMS) for the 2020-2021 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’ mission is to provide a quality Mandarin program for our children. Our goal is to foster a sense of community and to raise additional critical funds not provided by the SMFCSD in order to support the Mandarin programs. During these uncertain times, our children need the additional academic support and community connectedness more than ever. We rely on the generous support of the College Park and Bayside community to provide all our kids another year of continued growth.

Historically, FMS has raised the majority of our funds through our direct donations appeal and our fundraising gala. However, as the uncertainties with the COVID pandemic continues, FMS has made the difficult decision to NOT hold a gala this school year. We will rely heavily on direct donations from our parent community along with corporate matching donations to meet our fundraising goals. We are confident with the support of our community, we will meet our fundraising goals and be able to continue to provide the necessary funding to ensure a quality Mandarin program to our students.

FMS raises critical funds for:

  • Mandarin classroom teaching aides at College Park and Bayside to allow the teachers to work with smaller groups of students for more intensive Mandarin instruction
  • Mandarin cultural enrichment specialists at Bayside
  • Professional development for Mandarin language educators College Park and Bayside
  • Mandarin-specific classroom materials, computers and computer applications at College Park and Bayside
  • Student participation in events (e.g., College Park participation in San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade; Bayside Mandarin program End of Year Celebration of Learning)

The FMS Dollars for Scholars Drive starts next week. Please help us meet our fundraising goals and make your donation today! You can see if your employer will match your donation here. We accept donations year round. No gift is too small to help support FMS and the Mandarin programs.

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

2020-2021 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

2020-2021 FMS Chair