Foothill Country Day School Alumni

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Foothill Country Day School offers its K – 8 students a distinctive education that features a rigorous academic curriculum, a nurturing community of faculty and families and a commitment to the development of the whole child. Since the opening of the school September 20, 1954, Foothill has nutured a strong alumni network, now consisting of over 900 families. We welcome our alumni back to the beaut

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Friends and loved ones are invited to gather THIS SATURDAY in remembrance of Isabella Saeedy `19.
Funeral Service
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Forest Lawn, Covina (21300 E. Via Verde Street, Covina)
Her burial is set to follow the service at 10:30a.m.


Welcome to the alumni club, Class of 2022!!


These are just a few of the alumni who stopped by Field Day and check in with Mrs. Lofgren (left in this pic) and Mr. Shah (right in this pic) We had more than 50 alumni come to Field Day this year! Got a photo? We would love to see it!


Detemine Wins the 1954 Dervby

Racing toward the end of the week!


Alumni, we would love to see you at Field Day this year. If you would like to wish Mrs. Lofgren farewell, this is a perfect time for that too! She will be leaving Foothill for a new position in Maryland. Please cruise on by the campus on 5/7 (Derby Day tradition!). If you would like to order an In-N-Out lunch please use the QR code on this flyer to order ASAP. Hope to see you there!


TBT: 1st grade class from 1963. Miss Flora was the teacher. Thanks Teri Tapaya for the share! Awww....


With mixed emotions we write to share the news that Upper School Director Margaret Lofgren has accepted an offer to serve as Middle School Director at Roland Park Country School, an all-girls school serving early childhood to 12th Grade in Baltimore, MD beginning Fall 2022. Mrs. Lofgren is in her twenty-sixth year of service at Foothill, with more than half that time spent in the classroom as a highly respected and accomplished history teacher. In 2010, she was asked to serve as Upper School Dean, before being named Upper School Director in 2014. A tireless worker with a penchant for details and fairness, Margaret’s tenure as a lead administrator coincided with significant growth of our student population. Her time marked the transition into a new era of teaching and learning at Foothill that emphasized researched-based practices for curriculum and pedagogy, including a greater orientation toward the learning needs of the whole child. It is worth noting that during Margaret’s time as division director, Foothill graduates have been accepted to an ever-increasing number of private boarding and day high schools outside of the Claremont area. We have a lot of school year left with Margaret, and we intend to take full advantage before she heads to Baltimore and the next stage of her career. Please join us in congratulating Margaret and offering her our best wishes for much success and fulfillment!


Our school is mourning today, as we share the terrible news that a former Foothill faculty member died in a motorcycle accident yesterday morning. Justin Palmer taught 2nd Grade at Foothill for 6 years, teaming with Coleen Martinez throughout his tenure. He loved teaching, loved connecting with students through art, and was loved by families for the relationships he developed with their children.

At the time of his accident, he was headed to Los Amigos Elementary in Rancho Cucamonga, where he taught 4th Grade.

We send our sincere condolences to Justin’s family and those inside and outside of the Foothill community who knew and loved him.


Mr. Gronek retired at the end of last school year, but you can see his work in SoCal one more time!


FCDS alumna Danielle Allen is running for Governor of Massachusetts.

Together, we can reimagine ourselves as One Commonwealth. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for Governor of Massachusetts. We can do this together. Join us:


Once a Falcon, always a Falcon. :-)


Check this "Golden" news from FCDS alum Mercer Weis ('18).

CHS 11th grader Mercer Weis was one of 700 submissions from Gobal Oneness Project Student Photograph Contest. The contest was an invitation for students worldwide to photograph an artifact and tell its story. There were over 700 submissions and junior, Mercer Weis, was a finalist in the contest! His photograph and story are of a rivet and his personal connection to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Mercer Weis (17) - California, U.S.
San Francisco, one of California's largest and busiest cities, is home to one of the most extraordinary landmarks in history: The Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge, standing at a height of a staggering 227 meters and spanning 1.7 miles across the beautiful San Francisco Bay, connects the big city of San Francisco and the mountainous Marin County. For almost ninety years, the Golden Gate Bridge has offered the public a convenient, effective, and trustworthy form of transportation. After surviving a massive earthquake and human gridlock, the bridge still stands as one of the world’s largest bridges. Thousands of construction workers and materials built the bridge. One construction piece, the rivet, played a small but vital part in the formation and development of the Golden Gate Bridge. The artifact I have photographed is one of the 600,000 rivets installed in the Golden Gate Bridge when it was first built.

I am lucky enough to have a personal connection with the famous Golden Gate Bridge. My great-grandfather, Edwin Fraser, served as a President on the Golden Gate Bridge Board. He represented Del Norte County on a Board of forty-two other presidents. Before his appearance on the Board of Presidents, my great-grandfather was elected by the majority in his district to represent them in this stunning feat of bridge building. On January 23, 1929, my great-grandfather, along with the other presidents and top bridge engineer firms in the country, met for the first time to draft their management plans for the next four years. My great-grandfather voted on the bridge act, a three-cent tax paid by taxpayers, and many other provisions proposed by geologists, engineers, and fellow board members. The Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors and Presidents earned a $35 million grant to build the Golden Gate Bridge. After four years of hard and challenging work, the first day of construction for the Golden Gate Bridge finally came on January 5, 1933. During the next four years, my great-grandfather collaborated with his fellow members to set goals for his workers to create the Golden Gate Bridge.

Finally, on May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. As a token of my great-grandfather’s success, he was given a small red rivet, a replica of the ones used in the Golden Great Bridge, to take home. This artifact has made its way down to me, his great-grandson. I have the honor of keeping this meaningful artifact with my immediate family, and hopefully, will pass it down to the next generation. Although this rivet itself is not a part of the Golden Gate Bridge, it represents the bridge’s purpose. The rivet is a symbol of a bridge that provides transportation to 112,000 vehicles and 27,000 tourists a day. The rivets themselves make up the bridge’s skeleton, one of the most critical structures in the bridge. The rivet embodies the innovative nature of the bridge and its technological breakthroughs at the time. Without these rivets, people would not have a convenient form of transportation today in a city bustling with traffic. It brings people together in one grand location to look out onto the San Francisco Bay. The message behind this rivet expresses the true purpose of an artifact. It is a symbol of one of our greatest achievements for the well-being of mankind.

Photos from Foothill Country Day School (Official)'s post 12/29/2020

Photos from Foothill Country Day School (Official)'s post


**UPDATE Eleanor Pierson’s 100th Birthday UPDATE**
Eleanor’s family feels she will not feel up to sitting outside for a drive-by celebration. The drive-by is CANCELED. Instead please do send her a card. She'd love to read some fun memory of her you have.
Send cards for her birthday on December 29th to
Eleanor Pierson
709 Miramar Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
P.S. This photo is from her 90th, when she was still working at Foothill! Isn't she joyous?

Introducing Mayor Stark | Claremont Courier 12/11/2020

Introducing Mayor Stark | Claremont Courier

Fun news: Jennifer Stark attended FCDS from K - 5th grade. Now she's the mayor!

Introducing Mayor Stark | Claremont Courier Share Print Council says goodbye to Mayor Schroeder; hello to Mayor Stark December 10, 2020 5:39 PM by Steven Felschundneff | [email protected] In another case of a festive event forever altered by the coronavirus, the council said goodbye to longtime member, and current Mayor Larry Schro...


Please spread the word: Eleanor Pierson turns 100 on December 29th!!!!
We’re celebrating pandemic style with drive-by birthday wishes at Eleanor’s house at 1:30 pm. We’ll approach on Miramar from the east. You could bring a card or mail one if you’re not local.
709 Miramar Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Photos from Foothill Country Day School (Official)'s post 09/08/2020

Photos from Foothill Country Day School (Official)'s post

Welcome to Fourth Grade.mp4 09/01/2020

Welcome to Fourth Grade.mp4

Wondering what Foothill teachers do in a pandemic? Make a movie trailer! We think you might find this relatable. LOL

Welcome to Fourth Grade.mp4


Best of NBF: Danielle Allen

The always impressive FCDS alumna, Danielle Allen!


"Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier..."

TBT: found this sweet pic taken at the very first Field Day in 1955. Disneyland would be opening in July, so that Davy Crockett coonskin hat (Disney's hit show at the time) was all the rage.

Connecting in the Coronazone: How the Pandemic has Changed L.A. Dating Culture - LA Weekly 05/10/2020

Connecting in the Coronazone: How the Pandemic has Changed L.A. Dating Culture - LA Weekly

Alumna Michele Raphael gets a cover story in LA Weekly. Enjoy!

Connecting in the Coronazone: How the Pandemic has Changed L.A. Dating Culture - LA Weekly With everything non-essential canceled and closed, and social distancing at its peak, dating, like much else, has moved into the virtual world. In L.A., where the weather and nightlife always beckon, it is particularly challenging as safer-at-home rules prohibit getting up close and personal. Online...

Photos from Foothill Country Day School (Official)'s post 05/02/2020

Alumni -- we will miss you at Field Day this year! For the first time in Foothill history, we can't have it. Please follow our IG at for stories and retro photos all day! You also give these activities today!


Alumni, stuck in the house and bored? Join us for the challenge!

Challenge: Show Us Pics of Your Pets!

Ms. Lawshe has Larry (the white one) and Scout (the brown one) all dressed up in their Foothill gear and they are checking out our old yearbooks at home! We would love to see your furry friends too! Please send a photo of your pet pictured with something from Foothill Country Day School. Be creative! Photos can be sent to Ms. Sims at [email protected] or Ms. Henry at [email protected]. We'll be featuring our Furry Foothill Friends in Friday Notes and our school's social media.


Who remembers Mrs. Clark?

Today is National School Librarian Day. We are so lucky to have the best one here at The Seedling School and at Foothill Country Day School. We love and miss you Mrs. Clark!


This week's Friday Notes contains a list of fun resources for kids. We thought our alums might like them too -- especially if you have children of your own!

Feeling a little upside down? Spring Break is here and Friday Notes will start you off! Don't miss the huge list of resources to keep your Spring Break happy (and sane). If you like them, let us know and we'll post more resources here!

Pomona Valley hospital bolstered by medical supply donations amid coronavirus outbreak 03/26/2020

Pomona Valley hospital bolstered by medical supply donations amid coronavirus outbreak

Check out Foothill in the news today!

Foothill's alumnus, Mark Shpall `82, is now Head of School at Toledo High School in West Hills. His school had donated their excess supplies to a local Kaiser hospital and he called Foothill and other independent schools to suggest we explore the idea as well.

Foothill's facilities coordinator, Brianne Runnells, searched our school's earthquake supplies and snapped this photo after the super-easy delivery at PVHMC's safe drop-off location.

We truly hope other businesses check out their emergency supplies and see if they can spare anything for the good of our community

Pomona Valley hospital bolstered by medical supply donations amid coronavirus outbreak


In case you are wondering how it is looking at Foothill these days...

Friday Notes on Saturday!


Going to Village Venture? Please stop by and say hello to us at Booth 537! We love to connect with our alumni!

We would love to see you! Please visit us tomorrow at Village Venture Booth #537 on First Street!


Calling all alumni! Join us next Saturday at the Seedling School!

You do have a rock in our garden? Come take a look on Saturday, October 12th from 11-1 when we celebrate our 20th birthday. You can even RSVP right here on our events page. We hope to see you there


Did you go to The Seedling School? You are invited to our 20th Birthday Party (don't you feel popular?)! Join us on Saturday, October 12!

Can you spot your tile in these pictures? Mrs Mokricky spotted Emily and Shelby’s tile from when they attended The Seedling School. If not come join us at The Seedling 20th Birthday Party on Oct. 12th and snap a photo of you with your tile. You can still RSVP by calling or emailing our office or on our events page here on FB. If you can’t attend we would still love to hear from you and know what you’ve been doing since you left The Seedling School 09/13/2019

The Seedling School's 20th Anniversary

Did you go to The Seedling School? Please join us for their 20th birthday party!!! You're invited!



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