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Fremont Unified School District


A California Distinguished School

A 2014 National Blue Ribbon School


43545 Bryant Street

Fremont, CA  94539

(510) 656-1200, Fax (510) 651-4211




December 12, 2014

Chuck Graves, Principal                                       Shanthika Sukumar, Secretary

cgraves@fremont.k12.ca.us                                 Rachel Cannon, Attendance Clerk


Character Trait for December and January is Integrity:  I show self-respect by taking pride in my words and actions.   


Mark Your Calendars:

December 16               Winterfest – Grades 1 & 2 @ 6:30 p.m.

December 17               SSC Meeting @ 3 p.m.

December 17               Kinder Sing-A-Long 7 p.m.

December 19               Minimum Day

                                    All kindergarten and TK attend  8:30  - 11:50

                                    Grades 1 - 3:  8:30 – 1:10

                                    Grades 4 – 6:  8:20 – 1:15

December 22 – Jan 2   Winter Break – No School

January 5                     School Resumes after winter break


Congratulations to MSJE’s Spelling Bees:

Congratulations to our school Spelling Bee champions, Auyshi K, in Grade 4 and Anish K, in Grade 6. Anish was also one of our champions last year. The two will be representing MSJE in the District Spelling Bee being held at Gomes Elementary School on January 29th at 6:30 PM.

MSJE Chess Wins Big

On December 6h and 7th, 36 members of the MSJE Chess Team competed in the Northern California Grade Level Championships.  Over 200 players competed in these championships.  Mission San Jose Elementary School was the big winner in the Elementary school section taking five first place team trophies (Grades 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6)   David P. won the individual first place trophy in grade 6 with a perfect six wins in six games.

Canned Food Drive

Student council had a successful canned food drive.  Thank you to our parents, students, and staff for your generous contributions.  With your help we were able to donate many barrels of food to Abode Homeless Shelter.  A big thank you goes out to Mrs. Martin for coordinating the food drive.

Basketball Schedule for 2014-2015

Listed below is the schedule for this year’s games. Come out and show your MSJE pride and support as you cheer on the Mustangs. All games are scheduled to begin at 3:30 and 4:30.

Wednesday, January 7th                      CSD @  MSJE

Monday, January 12                           Patterson @ MSJE

Wednesday, January 14th                    Mission Valley  @  MSJE

Tuesday, January 20                           MSJE @ Chadbourne

Tuesday, January 27                           MSJE @ CSD

Wednesday, January 28                      Gomes @ MSJE

Tuesday, February 17                         MSJE @ Mission Valley

Wednesday, February 25                    MSJE @ Gomes

Wednesday, March 4                          Chadbourne @ MSJE            

March 6 & 7                                        Tournament @ Mission Valley


Registration for 2015-2016

Enrollment packets for siblings of current TK – 5th grade students will be available January 7th to January 14th. (TK, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 -6.) Completed enrollment packets may be returned to the school office January 8th to January 21st. Online priority enrollment begins February 3 to March 17th for new  TK and Kindergarten students. Registration for new 1st to 6th grade students begins March 18th.

Parking Issues

The circle drive in front of the office is not to be used as a drop-off or pick-up zone. Only cars allowed to use the circle lot is our TK and Kindergarten parents. The amount of parents parking in the circle drive for afternoon pick-up is creating back-ups for vehicles trying to exit the parking lot. Also, the area in front of the office is a red zone.


Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) provides differentiated instruction for students with superior ability and high-level academic performance.

This year all 3rd grade students will have the opportunity to take the GATE test.  Testing information was presented to 3rd grade parents during the month of September.

Students in grades 4 or 5 who have not been tested in Fremont automatically are offered testing. Those students will be assessed with an ability test during March. A letter will be mailed to the student’s home address with an assigned testing session and for parental written permission. Nomination of those students is not necessary. If your child is new to the district this year and you have not received any information regarding testing by the end of February, please contact Mr. Schroeder at 510-657-2350 ext. 12325 or at jschroeder@fremont.k12.ca.us.

For those students in 5th and 6th grade who have been tested, Teacher and/or Parent Nomination forms are accepted for review under other identification criteria.  Additional information and forms are available in your child’s school office or may be downloaded from the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Department’s website.  If you believe that your child may require GATE services and is in the 5th or 6th grade, submit a completed nomination form to the GATE Office, 4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538, between November 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015Faxes will not be accepted.

Change of Address/Residency:

Please be reminded that it is the responsibility of parents under Board Policy 5111 to notify the school office within five (5) days if they move in or out of the attendance area.  Any move within the attendance area still requires four (4) new proofs of residency to verify the new address.  Failure to do so will result in revocation of the student’s placement at the school.


Reminders about Independent Study Contracts:

Per Board Policy 6158: 

  • Short term voluntary Independent Study (IS) Contracts may extend for not less than five (5) and not more than (10) consecutive school days. 
  • Students may only have one (1) IS per school year. 
  • Students may only have three (3) in their entire K-12 school experience in FUSD. 
  • Students whose achievement is below grade level standards, based on multiple measures, in Language Arts or Math may not be eligible for IS.
  • No Independent Study contracts are issued the first twenty (20) days of the school year or the last twenty (20) days of the school year. 
  • Students who do not successfully complete the assigned work from a previous Independent Study will not be eligible for another IS.
  • Teachers must be given at least 10 days’ notice to prepare the material for an IS.


Students who need to take medications during the school day MUST have a “Hold Harmless Letter” on file in the office.  This form letter is to be completed and signed by the parent and the physician.  It must be returned to the school with the medication.  Medication will be kept in the office and administered by the secretary or clerks.  At no time is a student to have any medication in his/her possession in the classroom, in the cafeteria, in a backpack, or on the playground.  This policy is strictly enforced for the safety of all students.  If you anticipate your child will need medication on a regular basis, obtain a copy of this form.  ALL medications are subject to this policy including over-the-counter products such as aspirin, cough drops, decongestants, etc.



In order to guide the District on implementation of Common Core State Standards and the resulting shifts in classroom instruction, FUSD staff recommended to the Board of Trustees that we form a Curriculum and Instruction Committee. As stakeholders, the Committee’s responsibility is to advise and give input into the District’s Curriculum & Instruction planning, by reviewing/recommending curriculum and materials that are high quality and equitable and advising in relevant instructional matters. The committee will also oversee special task forces as commissioned by the Board of Trustees on specific topics of interest to the community, such as educational equity and health/sex education.

The members of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee will serve a two-year term. The membership of the Committee should reflect the diversity of the community and the student body. The Governing Board is seeking seven (7) parents to serve on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee.  The members of the Committee will be selected from those who apply for the position by filling out an application and submitting it to the Curriculum & Instruction Director, Mrs. Linda Anderson by the due date.

Commitment: Members are required to attend meetings of the full committee on the third Tuesdays of the month from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM at the Fremont Unified School District Office. Additional time commitments may be necessary.

All applications must be submitted by 5:00PM, Thursday, January 15, 2015 to:

Linda Anderson

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Fremont Unified School District

4210 Technology Dr.

Fremont, CA 94538

Or sent via email to lindaanderson@fremont.k12.ca.us

Paper copies of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee application are available at each school site. For more information and to access an online application, please visit the district’s website at: www.fremont.k12.ca.us

Remember to read the Announcements and Headlines on the web page too.  Additional information is posted there as it comes up on a day to day basis.


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Last Modified on December 12, 2014