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Fremont Unified School District


A California Distinguished School

2014 National Blue Ribbon School


43545 Bryant Street

Fremont, CA  94539

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



April 17, 2015

Chuck Graves, Principal                                                          Shanthika Sukumar, Secretary

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



Character Trait for April is Planning and Decision Making:  I plan ahead for success, I consider the consequences of my actions, and I make good choices.


Mark Your Calendars

April 21                       PTC Meeting 7 pm

April 21                       5th Grade STAR Science Testing

April 22                       SSC Meeting 3 pm

April 23                       5th Grade STAR Science Testing

May 05                        SBAC Testing Begins @ MSJE

May 19                        Open House 6:30 – 7:30 pm


Drop Off, Pick up and Parking Procedures: Please review the following guidelines to make sure that everyone is safe:

 1. All 1st – 6th graders must use the Bryant Street gate area to drop off and pick up their child.

 2. YOU MAY NOT PARK AND GET OUT OF YOUR CAR ON BRYANT STREET! Please keep the backpack in the car instead of the trunk.

 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 be chasing down your car. 

7. Speed limit is 25 mph (or less if that is what is safe for the situation).

8. Turn RIGHT out of the parking lot during dismissal and drop off time.

9. Avoid doing a “U” Turn on Bryant Street. Traffic is too heavy and too many pedestrians are present to perform this maneuver during drop off and pick up

.Statewide Testing for 2015:

Grades 3-6 will participate in the annual Smarter Balance Assessment. The testing window for Smarter Balance is April 20 through May 29. Fifth grade will also take the CST STAR Test in science. Testing for science is scheduled for April 21 and April 23.

     What is Common Core?

      Common Core is a set of academic standards, or learning goals, for math and English that define what our students should know and be able to do at the end of each school year. For example, by the end of third grade, our kids should be able to measure and estimate weights of liquid and solve word problems using those quantities. You can read the standards here.  

The standards were developed based on education research and proven best practices from schools in California and across the country. They’re designed to promote critical thinking and help ensure that our students graduate with the skills they need to be ready for the future. However, Common Core doesn't dictate the curriculum or lesson plans — our teachers and school leaders still make those decisions. Read more at the Common Core website, the California State PTA site, The California Department of Education and Embrace the Core.

Attention Parents of 6th Grade Students:

For the 2015 / 2016 school year, California Law (AB 354) requires an additional immunization called Tdap in order for your student to enter 7th grade. The adolescent whooping cough/pertussis booster shot, (Tdap) must be given on or after age 7 to meet this requirement. Valid proof must show: 1) type of shot given, 2) date, 3) provider’s signature/stamp. You can provide proof to your Elementary School Site up until the last day of school.

If parents have not provided proof to their school by the first day of school, August 26, 2015, your student will NOT be allowed to attend.

New Registration for 2015 – 2016

New enrollment for 2015-2016 is ongoing. Please complete the online registration and make an appointment with the enrollment center to complete your registration. Please visit www.fmtusd.org for detailed registration instructions.

Educational Needs of Students for 2015-2016

Beginning Monday, April 20th parents are able to pick up a questionnaire in the office that will enable you to give us information about the educational needs of your child.  Please be reminded that if you put any specific teacher’s name or room number on the paper as a request for your child’s teacher for next year, the form will be discarded.  Your child’s teacher this year is quite familiar with the educational needs of your child, as you can see from the report card.  Please trust the judgment of the staff as we work to put BALANCED, FAIR classrooms together for next year.  All forms are due to the office by Monday, May 4th.  No exceptions.

First Day of School for 2015- 2016 School Year – Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

All students are expected to report to school on the first day, Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Students who have not attended the first two days of school will be dropped at the end of the third day of school. Students who are dropped will not be guaranteed a seat at the school and may have to be overloaded to other schools upon return. The only exceptions will be students who are absent due to illness. If a student is absent the first three days due to illness, parents or guardians must notify the school every day the student is absent. Seats will not be held for students on extended vacations or other optional activities, whether or not the school is notified.

SPRING FOOD DRIVE – April 20th to May 8, 2015

1 in 5 residents of Alameda County turn to the Food Bank for help. Children make up nearly half of all Food Bank Clients. We would like to make a difference to help end hunger. We are kicking off our Spring Food Drive on Monday, April 20th. Our goal is to collect at least one can from each student at MSJE. Please help us to help the less fortunate among us.

Band Concerts Presented by Hopkins Jr. High Music Department:

The Music Department of Hopkins Junior High School would like to invite you to a series of concerts:

Thursday, May 21

Elementary Bands of Gomes and Mission San Jose Elementary Schools, and Hopkins Concert Band

Wednesday, May 27

Elementary Bands of Chadbourne and Mission Valley Elementary Schools, and Hopkins Symphonic Band

Thursday, May 28

Elementary Orchestras of Chadbourne, Gomes, Mission San Jose and Mission Valley Elementary Schools, and Hopkins Intermediate Orchestra

Friday, May 29

Hopkins Jazz Workshop & Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, June 2

Hopkins Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble

Thursday, June 4

Hopkins Intermediate Orchestra, Advanced Orchestra and Full Orchestra

All concerts will be held at 7 p.m. at Hopkins Gym (600 Driscoll Road). Questions? Contact gconway@musicathopkins.com.


Novels for Adoption

The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) has announced its secondary (Grades 7-12) core novel proposals for adoption for the 2015-16 school year. The public is invited to review the novels and provide feedback at http://padlet.com/FUSD/CoreNovelAdopt

The proposed titles are:

7th Grade

·         The Giver by Lois Lowry

·         Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett

8th Grade

·         Whirligig by Paul Fleischman

·         Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

10th Grade

·         Night by Elie Wiesel or Maus by Art Spiegelman (Site to Choose One)

·         The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Site to Choose One)

11th Grade

·         The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

All proposed core novels are on display at FUSD’s Curriculum & Instruction Office. Call 510-659-2596 for more information.

Volunteers Needed to Serve on the Local Control and Accountability Advisory Committee

As a requirement of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), the District must form a LCAP District Advisory Committee. As stakeholders, the Advisory Committee’s responsibility is to advise and give input into the District's Local Control and Accountability Plan regarding priorities and resources from the Local Control Funding Formula. 

The members of the Local Control and Accountability Advisory Committee will serve a two-year term beginning in August 2015 and ending in June 2017. Applicants may not be an employee or member of the immediate family of a FUSD employee or Board Member. The membership of the Committee should reflect the diversity of the community and the student body, and have an interest in services and programs that support foster youth, English learners, and low-income students.  The Governing Board will select up to eight (8) parent/community members and two (2) high school students to serve on its Local Control and Accountability Advisory Committee. The members of the Advisory Committee will be selected from those who apply for the position by filling out an application and submitting it to the Superintendent by the due date.

 All applications must be submitted in writing or by email by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015 to:

Office of the Superintendent

Fremont Unified School District

4210 Technology Dr.

Fremont, CA 94538

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

For more information and to access the application, please visit the district’s website at: www.fremont.k12.ca.us


The office continually receives informational flyers on community activities, and other programs. Please check the informational rack in the library for the many informational flyers available.

Mommy and Me Classes at Fremont Adult School:

The Parent Education Department at Fremont Adult School offers classes for parents to attend with their toddlers and/or preschoolers.  Each parent will participate with his/her child in activities provided in a preschool setting to help children develop skills in the following areas: creative art, pre-math, reading readiness, science and sensory exploration, circle time story and songs. Classes are offered Monday-Thursdays.  For registration information please call      510-793-6465 or visit www.face.edu.

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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