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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Calling FCDS Class of 2020! Where are you going to college in the fall? Let us know so we can update our records! If you know where you classmates are going, post here (good gossip)!


Congrats to FCDS Alumna Karen Hales `83, a professor of Biology at Davidson College, who has been awarded the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award.

Students nominate professors for the annual award. The professors receive $7,500, and each gets to direct an additional $7,500 to fund a campus project of their choice.

The award commends Karen's “unwavering dedication, profound impact on students, and nurturing of a generation of scientists who not only excel in their fields but who also approach problems with independence and creativity.”

“Her legacy is evident in the success and gratitude of her students, who continue to benefit from her wisdom, humor, and mentorship long after they leave her classroom.”

[Presented above by Davidson President Douglas Hicks]


Alumni -- please join us! Stop by the Alumni booth for a stellar gift as well!

Here's the 411 on Field Day! May the Fourth Be With You!
First up: get you cakes in for the decorating contest. P.S. You are not going to believe the photo ops today!


Alumni, you may remember Mrs. Donaldson and her witty humor, along with all those songs she taught in chapel. We invite you to join us on campus to celebrate her life.

You are invited to remember iconic faculty member Cherry Donaldson. Please save the date and join us on campus to celebrate her life.

FCDS2024 02/28/2024

Alumni, we invite you to soar with us at the Spring Gala!

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Alumni, want to show us some love? Please consider leaving an honest review of your time at FCDS! It would be a 5-minute Valentine's gift to Foothill! Here's how:

Private School Review - Choose 1-5 stars and write a sentence or two.

Great Schools - 8 clicks and you are done. This site is anonymous but asks whether you are a Parent/guardian, Current Student, Teacher, etc. Then it asks you to assess the school with 1-5 stars in each of the following categories: Your overall experience, teaching, learning, social emotional support, special Education, safety and family engagement. You may write as little or as much as you like.

Google - This requires you to sign in to your Google account. Simply use Google to find "Foothill Country Day School" and then look for the 5 gold stars under the school name to find the reviews. Choose your stars, and add a sentence to put your review at the top.
Yelp - You will need to sign in to a Yelp account, give a 5 star rating, and then write a review in an open-ended box. You can also "like" other people's positive reviews here.

Niche - Look for the green "write a review" button. Like Great Schools, this site is in a survey format, asking you to give 5 stars in a categories like academics, teachers, and diversity. There will be about 15 star clicks, and then you will arrive at a narrative page. After you do the survey the site requires you to create a Niche account if you don't already have one.


FCDS Class of 2020 -- please let us know what your plans are after high school graduation! We'd love to keep in touch with you!


We express our heartfelt sympathy to family and friends of Jim Lusby, who passed away on December 6, 2023. Mr. Lusby was appointed as Foothill Country Day School's Headmaster in 1986, succeeding Howell Webb, and he served in that role for several years. The Lusby family invites all who loved him to remember and celebrate Jim's life on
Saturday, February 24
4pm - 6pm
The Ocean Institute, Dana Point, California
*colorful attire welcome
The family can be reached through Jim's page:


Alumni, friends, and family: we've had several inquiries about services for Eleanor Pierson. The family will be holding a private memorial and have requested that those who would like to honor Eleanor make a donation to the scholarship fund that bears her name. Please see Mr. Silva's message below:

This week, we bade farewell to Eleanor Pierson, who passed away peacefully at age 103, with family at her side, in her beloved city of Claremont. A daughter of lemon ranchers in the Padua area, Mrs. Pierson was a Pomona College graduate and lifelong athlete, playing tennis competitively into her 90’s. She and husband Lenn raised four children--Forbes, Cynthia ‘64, Jan ‘66, and Doug ‘68.

In 1954, the Piersons joined dozens of families who enrolled at a new independent school in Claremont named Foothill Country Day School. Ten years later, Mrs. Pierson joined the faculty of Foothill of the still-new school, as Headmaster Howell Webb’s special assistant, to support her young family with extra income. She was to serve Foothill for another 50 years, taking on key responsibilities in the areas of admissions and community outreach, giving countless wiggly teeth the final flick in time to be under a student’s pillow later that evening, and writing treasured notes of congratulations on such occasions as birthdays, college acceptances, and marriages, to hundreds of Foothill alumni. In 2010, Foothill established the Eleanor Pierson Scholarship Fund to ensure the school could continue to attract talented students from all walks of life. Mrs. Pierson was integral to building and shaping the Foothill community from its early days, and in so doing, nurtured a reputation for excellence in academics and character that sustains us almost 70 years later. For good reason, Mrs. Pierson was fondly thought of as the heart and soul of the school.

In 2015, the Foothill community celebrated Eleanor Pierson’s extraordinary breadth and impact of service to the school (pictured above). Local dignitaries were in attendance to read proclamations, students sang songs, and we enjoyed her favorite sweet treat, chocolate chip cookies. I had the honor of bringing the celebration to a close with summary comments and a final blessing in the Gaelic tradition that seems fitting in this space, as we remember this most remarkable person who gave her heart and soul to Foothill:

“Mrs. Pierson, may the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall softly upon your fields. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

The family has requested anyone wishing to honor Mrs. Pierson to please consider a gift to the Eleanor Pierson Scholarship Fund at Foothill Country Day School.

Mike Silva
Head of School

Margaret Cambone Obituary - 2024 01/22/2024

Rest easy, Margaret Cambone who taught 3rd grade at Foothill Country Day School from 1977-1983.

Margaret Cambone Obituary - 2024 View Margaret Cambone's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.


Dear Foothill friends, families, and alumni,
I am sorry to share news of the recent peaceful passing of Eleanor Pierson at age 103. A 50-year employee of Foothill Country Day School, Mrs. Pierson was described by colleagues and community members as the heart and soul of the school. She was among Foothill’s founding families, and served as special assistant to Headmaster Howell Webb, then as co-Director of Admissions, and finally as Community Outreach Coordinator until she retired in 2015. In 2010, the Eleanor Pierson Scholarship Fund was established as part of her legacy of ensuring Foothill continued to attract and retain talented students. Mrs. Pierson was preceded in death by husband Lenn and son Forbes, and is survived by children Cynthia ‘64, Jan ‘66, and Doug ‘68. The family has requested donations be made in Mrs. Pierson’s honor to the Eleanor Pierson Scholarship Fund at Foothill Country Day School.
~Mike Silva, Head of School

The Waves Won't Remember Me | 海不曾记 - Film and Storytelling | Seed&Spark 01/16/2024

FCDS alumna Abbie Arroyo (‘17) is working on this special project. If you would like to support her, please do so in the next 24 hours.

The Waves Won't Remember Me | 海不曾记 - Film and Storytelling | Seed&Spark THE WAVES WON'T REMEMBER ME (海不曾记) tells the story of a broken relationship a brother and sister, grown distant through time and space. While both siblings desire to reconnect, their values and cultural differences may be irreconcilable.


Alumni, please consider making an annual gift to the Foothill Fund to support students that are following in your footsteps. No gift is too small!


Where are our alumni RIGHT NOW? We are updating our files for FCDS grads from 2015-2019 -- where are you going to college? If you're not in school, what are you doing? If you know where your fellow Falcons are going to school, please let us know that too. Pop it in the comments, or email Mrs. Henry: [email protected].

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Obituary: Cherry Calletto Donaldson | The Claremont COURIER 09/29/2023

We are sad to share that a beloved Foothill pilar, Cherry Donaldson, passed away on June 2 at the age of 91. Mrs. Donaldson had a 32 year career at Foothill sharing her love of music. Most of our students will remember her as the lady who led singing in Community (then known as "Chapel"). She had a wicked sense of humor and believed that anyone could sing -- "just start singing and bring them along!" Any of our students who know the song, "Don Gato the Cat" can thank Cherry. When she retired from Foothill, we sang all her favorite songs and had cherry popsicles for a snack. We are so blessed to have known her. To read her full obituary, see this week's Claremont Courier article here:

Obituary: Cherry Calletto Donaldson | The Claremont COURIER Cherry C. Donaldson, a 43-year Claremont resident, died peacefully on Friday, June 2 after a long decline due to old age and Parkinson’s disease. She was 91.


This special home belongs to Foothill icon Eleanor Pierson. Eleanor was one of our founding parents, and served FCDS as an employee for an incredible 50 years. Our treasured Eleanor is now 104 years old and living comfortably, but it is time for her home to be shared with a new family. Interested? Check out the Open House on Sunday!

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We are saddened to share the loss of FCDS treasure Annie Shoden (Hanna ’19) who passed away July 30 from complications related to a long battle with cancer. During her years as a Foothill parent from Seedling through 8th Grade, Annie, along with her devoted husband Paul, was a tireless volunteer in our BWO, epitomizing the collaborative and enthusiastic spirit at the heart of strong and giving communities. She overflowed with ideas for getting others involved to sustain and support the Foothill family, and she welcomed all unconditionally.
Foothill is honored to host a celebration of Annie’s life on Saturday, September 9, at 1:00pm in the Randall Lewis Family Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served on the Holliday Family Playground immediately following the remembrance service. All are invited and if you choose to attend, the family encourages brightly colored attire. As Annie often said, Be MOGO (MOst GOrgeous)!
Should you wish to make a gift in Annie's honor, GoFundMe page has been established here:

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Class of 2016 is having a reunion on Saturday, July 15! There is an Evite making its way around, but RSVP to 909-992-8526.

Photos from Foothill Country Day School Alumni's post 06/10/2023

Now and then: Hannah `23


Come on down to Field Day! We have a special gift for all our alumni. Stop and see Mr. Clark to get one!

Superheroes Assemble! Today is the big day (along with the Kentucky Derby of course). Here is the map you need to conquer Field Day.

Friday Notes 5/5/23 05/06/2023

Benefit photos from last week, and a SUPERhero Field Day this week! Here we gooooo!

Friday Notes 5/5/23 Field Day & Art Walk are here! Friday Notes I May 5, 2023 Visit our website Important Calendar Dates 2022-2023 Important Calendar Dates 2023-2024 A Message From Mr. Silva Dear Foothill Families and S


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Join Us Online for the Spring Benefit Auction 04/27/2023

Alumni families, we would love to have you join us in the online auction. We have fantastic trips, collectibles and more!

Join Us Online for the Spring Benefit Auction The Magic of Community Dear Alumni Parents, You remember the Spring Benefit from your days at Foothill and Seedling, don't you? We still have this annual event! This year we are raising money for a so

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