Dear Friends of Sierra Foothill Charter School,
Thanksgiving approaches and I want to thank everyone for your continued support of Sierra Foothill Charter School. We have passed many milestones and made great progress on a number of fronts. I am so thankful to ALL who have contributed to our accomplishments to date. Your continued support will lead to further successes!
Our next milestone is securing the endorsement of the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees. We all have a chance to tell Trustees why they should grant our charter on Thursday, November 17. Please come. Show your support. Speak if you can. There is strength in numbers.
Second, we are making strides in our Piryx Online Donation Campaign. I’m often asked why we need to raise money when SFCS will be a public school and tuition will be FREE. The simple fact is that we have a number of upfront costs, including paying for legal and financial representation from charter school experts who are are helping us secure Trustee approval and a SCHOOL for our community's CHILDREN! Thanks to all of you, we are steadily making progress toward our goal.
Many thanks to our dedicated board: Carolin Frank, John Elliott, Naoko Kada, Brett Baumann, to our wonderful volunteers who give tirelessly of their time and efforts, and again to all of you. This is a team effort!
I hope to see you this Thursday, 6:30 PM for the Public Hearing, after which we can enjoy an evening of good food and fun at the Yosemite Bug in Midpines on Saturday, and then enjoy our Thanksgiving holiday -- before getting ready for the next big milestone (Board of Trustees vote on December 15)!
Jill Harry, Board Chair
Please contact the School Board reps to let them know of your support.
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Festival a Success
On the Sunday before Halloween families and community members from around the county converged at McCay Hall in Catheys Valley Park to participate in an old-fashioned Fall Festival.
It was a beautiful day for this well attended community event that included a costume contest, cake walk, games for the kids, and a 50/50 raffle hosted by the Catheys Valley Parent Teacher Improvement Club (PTIC). Catheys Valley Cal Fire helped with the games. Sierra Foothill Charter School organized fabulous prizes for the drawing. New this year was the Haunted Old Schoolhouse sponsored by the Catheys Valley Historical Society, and also a spaghetti dinner and "Trunk or Treat" hosted by the Volunteer Fire Fighters and Mariposa Deputy Sheriffs.
The event has long been put on by the PTIC, but since the school was closed back in May, this year’s event became a cooperative collaboration among many community organizations with PTIC taking the lead.
“We had a great day with a fabulous turn out of parents and kids,” said SFCS volunteer Jon-Paul Salonen. “This is exactly what is best about living in a foothill community—and exactly what we stand to lose completely if we don’t make Sierra Foothill Charter School a reality.”