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A 2014-2017 Columbia University TCRWP Project School
A 2015 Kent Award Recipient
A 2014 California Distinguished School


Robin K. Pang-Maganaris

Emily Molnar
Assistant Principal

Linda Fonseca
Administrative Assistant


500 Biddulph Way, Belmont, CA 94002, phone: 650-637-4860, fax: 650-637-4867


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Important Dates at a Glance


Aug. 17 -- Tinsley Family Back-to-School Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the East Palo Alto YMCA.  All are welcomed to attend this meeting designed to assure a successful start of the year for all.


Aug. 24 -- First day of School at 8:25 a.m. (come early because parking will be a challenge).  We will start together at Morning Gathering.  You'll need to know your child's teacher's name as we line up by teacher names.  Signs will direct your as well as staff in orange vests.  Best for parents of young children to plan on coming to Morning Gathering the first few days as crowds will be heavy.

Aug. 31 -- Back to School Night at 7:00 p.m.  This is an adult only event please.  Plan on a sitter for your Nesbit Puma now :-).

Incoming 2016-2017 TK and K Important Dates

Orientations and Meet & Greets

8/14 -- Incoming Kindergarten Meet and Greet with teachers at 4:00 p.m. at Nesbit's K playground

8/19 -- Incoming TK Meet and Greet with teachers.  Last Names A-F between 9:00 - 9:20 a.m.; G-M between 9:30 - 9:50 a.m.; N-Z between 10:00 - 10:20 a.m. at Nesbit's K playground

8/20 -- Incoming Kindergarten Meet and Greet with teachers at 10:30 a.m. at Nesbit's K playground.

8/23 -- Incoming TK and Kindergarten Meet and Greet in assigned classrooms.  Drop to give your child an opportunity to see their classroom and meet their teacher prior to the first day of school.  10:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.


Incoming Kindergarten Summer 2016 Playdates -- hosted by Katie Weber at Nesbit's K playground.

Sunday, July 31 3:30-5

Saturday, August 6 10-11:30


Incoming TK Summer 2016 Summer Playdates -- hosted by Irina Vesker on Nesbit's K playground
Saturday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m.


We are seeking parent volunteers to arrange summer playdates for TK students.  If you are willing to coordinate additional dates and host at Nesbit's playground, please email

6th - 7th Grade Summer Fun

All 6th - 7th graders are invited to these fun times:


*  August 8th -- Classic 101 Social

*  August 22nd -- 2016-2017 Kickoff BBQ

Summer Book Borrowing Parties

To keep summer reading live and well for Nesbit students, Belmont Library will be coming to our campus throughout the summer to give our kids a chance to check out books for them to enjoy.  Not only will there be books to check out, there will also be live entertainment to enjoy.  Come for a book and stay to play!!!

Thurs., 6/23 at 3:30-5:00 p.m.-- Imagination Playground

Thurs., 7/7 at 3:30- 5:00 p.m. --  Alison Faith Levy and the Rockin' Rollers

Thurs., 7/21 at 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. -- The Alphabet Rockers

Thurs., 8/4 at 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. -- Charity and the Jam Band



Nesbit students do not need to purchase supplies for the start of the year other than the backpack that they need to bring to school every day.  Nesbit's PTA covers the costs for back-to-school supplies thanks to donations parents make during our annual Write-a-Check campaign.  


If your family really wants to purchase supplies during the fantastic summer sales, the following are always appreciated:

  • Crayola crayons 
  • Crayola markers (thin and thick)
  • Flair pens (black, red)
  • Expo Dry Erase pens (thin, black)
  • Reams of paper
  • Ticonderoga pencils (#2)
  • Kleenex

Nesbit PTA hosts two fundraising events per year.

  • Write-a-Check campaign -- families are asked to donate $175 for one child or $250 for 2+ children to PTA.  
  • Walk-A-Thon -- families are asked to find 10 people willing to sponsor their child $10.

These fundraising dollars pay for Back-to-School supplies, Music for Minors, Art in Action, Technology, Assemblies, Field trips, curriculum materials plus a host of community events!


Earlier this spring, our Board of Trustees authorized a new volunteer clearance process, which will improve student safety, reduce volunteer paperwork, and keep our practices in line with other neighboring districts, including the Sequoia Union High School District.  Importantly, volunteers who may be unsupervised with students (field trip chaperones, afterschool tutoring and clubs, playground supervision, book fair, etc.) will be required to have fingerprint clearance through the California Department of Justice and the FBI.  Fortunately, volunteers will only need to go through the clearance process once for their entire stay in our school district! 


Thanks to the partnership of our seven school PTAs, all volunteers who go through the fingerprint process by September 30, 2016, will do so at the District's expense.  You can complete the volunteer form online, and if you choose to be cleared for volunteer roles that require fingerprinting, you can print the necessary Live Scan fingerprint form and take it to a designated local vendor during business hours (Mon-Sat). 


Thank you for participating in this new process.  We're excited that this new approach will enhance student safety while doing away with annual volunteer clearance processes. 


Please do not procrastinate.  Starting with the 2016-17 school year, all volunteers must complete this process before they are allowed to volunteer.  To begin the clearance process, please go to the District's volunteer webpage.    


Please send questions to me or the Educational Services Department at


Our History

A quaint school with a bright future opened its doors in 1953 with only five classrooms and almost 200 students. On January 28, 1954, this school was named after Mrs. Mae Nesbit. Mrs. Nesbit came to Belmont in 1932 as a teaching principal. She then became a supervising principal and in 1942 she was appointed superintendent of Belmont Elementary School, now Nesbit.

In 1996, Nesbit received its first California Distinguished School Award.

In 2004, Nesbit celebrated its 50th birthday.

In 2008, Nesbit was honored for a second time with a California Distinguished School Award.

In 2014, Nesbit was honored for a third time with a California Distinguished Schools Award.

In 2015, Nesbit was honored with a San Mateo County's School Board Kent Award.

Nesbit has come a long way since it first opened its doors.  There are now over 575 students in TK - 7th and SDC classes, as well as, 50 staff members who call Nesbit School their home.


Nesbit's Mission and Values

Nesbit School seeks to create a safe, nurturing and respectful learning environment where diversity is valued. To achieve this vision, Nesbit students, parents, and staff work collaboratively to help students acquire a solid academic foundation, build strong character, resolve conflicts, develop confidence, set and achieve challenging goals, communicate effectively, and develop a love of learning. Nesbit Elementary School is committed to equipping our students with the tools they need for academic, personal and social achievement.



2014 California Distinguished School


Achieved in 1996, 2008 and 2014.