Fremont Unified School District


A California Distinguished School

2015 California Gold Ribbon School


43545 Bryant Street

Fremont, CA  94539

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


October 14, 2016

Chuck Graves, Principal                                                                       Shanthika Sukumar, Secretary                                                                 Rachel Cannon, Attendance Clerk


 Character Trait for October is Respect: I am mindful and considerate of myself, others, my community and my world

 Mark Your Calendars:

October 18              Math Festival

October 19               SSC Meeting at 3:00 pm

October 31              Minimum Day

                               Grades 1 -3: 8:30 – 1:25

                               Grades 4-6:  8:20 -1:30

November 1-4        6th Grade Science Camp in Scotts Valley

November 9            Make up Picture Day

November 11          Veterans Day – No School

November 15-17      Minimum Days - Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 18          Minimum Day

 Staff Parking Increased

Due to the increase in the MSJE staff, 10 visitor spots are now dedicated to staff parking only to accommodate this increase. If the remaining visitor spots are taken, please park your car on Bryant Street.

California English Language Development Test (CELDT) 2016/2017

The State of California mandates that the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) be given to students who speak another language when they first enter a California public school.  This test identifies students who are English learners (limited in English proficiency) so that schools may immediately provide appropriate instruction to meet their needs. The CELDT must also be given to all English learners every year to monitor their progress in learning English and to help evaluate the programs they receive.  The test has four parts:  Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.  For the 2016/2017 school year, Fremont Unified will be giving this test starting October 3 until October 31, 2016.  Additionally, we found some students who were never initially tested upon registration.  These students will also be tested during this time frame.  If you have any questions about the test, please call Federal and State Programs at (510) 659-2531.

加州英語發測試 (CELDT) 2016/2017

加州政規定初學語言說非語的生在首次進入加公立校時必須加州英語 發展測試 (CELDT) 此測試用於辨別英語學習者 (即英語度有者) ,以便學校即安排

符合他需要課程英語學習者須每加州英語發展試,查他們英語 學習上進度幷幫助評估他們接受教育方案。此測包括個部分:聽,說讀,

寫。在2016/2017 中,菲利蒙聯合學區 (FUSD) 將從2016年10月3日至2016年10月31日 進行此测试。外,我們亦會讓初次學註冊時沒參加考試學生同時接受此試。




 Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) provides differentiated instruction for students with superior ability and high-level academic performance. This year all 3rd grade students will have the opportunity to be tested for GATE. The process is automatic and does not require parents to initiate it. Any student whose parents do not want them to participate in testing must submit a typed opt out letter to the GATE Office by no later than January 15, 2017. Letters submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Testing information was presented to 3rd grade parents during the months of October and November. Students in grades 4 or 5 who have not been tested in Fremont are automatically offered testing. Those students will be assessed with an ability test during the month of March. A letter will be mailed to the student’s home address with an assigned testing session and for parental written permission. Failure to submit the written permission by the deadline specified in the letter will forfeit your child’s opportunity to be tested. 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 If you opted out of testing as a 3rd grader and wish to participate as a 4th grader, you need to contact the GATE Office by phone indicating your wish for your child to test. If you opted out of testing as a 3rd grader and wish to participate as a 5th grader, you need to fill out and submit the Parent Nomination Form located on the GATE website. The window to submit the form is November 1, 2016 to January 15, 2017. For those students in 5th or 6th grade who have been tested and not identified, 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 (GATE) Department’s website. If you believe 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, 2016 and January 15, 2017. Faxes will not be accepted.

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. 

Sign up for E-Flyers

FUSD schools are now distributing flyers electronically through its partnership with Peachjar. Parents can now receive school-approved flyers via email, or by visiting their school websites. Peachjar recently sent emails to parents with account setup instructions. If you did not receive an email, visit, click the 'Login' button, enter your email address as the username and select 'Forgot Password'.



Mark your calendars!  Our annual Halloween Carnival will be held at MSJE, Saturday, October 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  As in the past, the students, staff and parents of Mission Valley will be joining us for this fun filled afternoon. Watch for an informational flyer coming home.  ALSO, on Monday, October 31 we will have our Halloween Parade from 12:40 – 12:55 p.m.  All students will have an opportunity to parade around the campus in their costumes.  Parents are invited to attend and take pictures.  REMINDERS:  All costumes must be school appropriate; i.e. nothing sexy or racy, no weapons, nothing with a lot of blood and guts.  If you have questions, please ask.  STUDENTS DO NOT WEAR THEIR COSTUMES TO SCHOOL.  They will be given time before the parade to change into their costumes.  Monday, OCT. 31st is a minimum day.

Drop Off, Pick up and Parking Procedures:

  1. All 1st – 6th graders must use the Bryant Street gate area to drop off and pick up their child.
  3. Kindergarten parents, Adventure Time parents, and Licensed Day Care Companies have passes to use the parking lot.
  4. All cars are to line up along the curb of Bryant Street and follow the cars up to the “valet” area.
  5. Students should be dropped off at the “valet” area, not before.
  6. Students should be picked up within the “valet” area, not near the driveways.  Your child should wait for you to get to the “valet” area, not chasing down your car.
  7. Do not block the school’s or our neighbors’ driveways.
  8. Speed limit is 25 mph (or less if that is what is safe for the situation).


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.

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.

Reporting Student Absences:

Please remember to report your child’s absence before 9:00 a.m. if they are unable to attend school.  Call the school number, 656-1200, and follow the prompts.  Give your child’s name, grade, teacher’s name, date(s), and reason for absence.  Your child’s education is our top priority.  However, when a student is sick, bed rest at home is usually advised.  If your child has a fever, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Collect Box Tops for MSJE!

 You may have seen Box Tops Collection sheets sent home in the Friday Folders on 10/7. Box Tops are a great way to earn money for MSJE and you can find them on hundreds of products such as cereal, baking, food storage, household cleaning, produce, refrigerated and dairy, paper products, school supplies, snacks and much, much more.  Just clip the Box Tops and send them to school – each one is worth 10¢ for MSJE. We hope to make our school’s Box Tops for Education™ program a huge success this year. For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to Every clip counts!


The 12th Annual Fremont Education Foundation Fun Run is happening at Quarry Lakes Park!

It's time once again for the Annual Fremont Run 4 Education! Sunday, October 23rd at 9:00 a.m. As with every year, all funds raised from this fun event go directly to the Fremont Education Foundation Guy Emanuele Sports Fund!  The run start and Family Expo will be at Quarry Lakes Regional Park.


The Funds raised supports:

High School:  individual student athlete grants to help offset the costs of equipment, sportswear, fees, shoes, etc.

Junior High:  $1000 for each junior high for after-school related sports

Elementary:  $250 per school for boys and girls basketball leagues.


Elementary School Challenge

Get your FUSD elementary school an easy grant while encouraging health and fitness in our youth! When you or your student register for the race just make sure to indicate which school you will be running/walking for.  The FUSD elementary school with the most participants in the run will win $500! Right now, MSJE is in fourth place. Keep signing up for the race.


To register:

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. Check the Calendar for important events and dates.

On behalf of all students,

Chuck Graves

Last Modified on October 14, 2016