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Fremont Unified School District


A California Distinguished School


43545 Bryant Street

Fremont, CA  94539

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



October 10, 2014

Chuck Graves, Principal                                        Shanthika Sukumar, Secretary

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


Character Trait for October is Honesty:  I am truthful and honest.

Principal’s Message

I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of the entire MSJE community. Being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School is truly a team effort. Without the staff, students and parents working together to provide the best possible learning experience, this award would  have been impossible. As I have mentioned numerous times before, with all of us working together, MSJE will continue to be one of the top schools in the state. It is truly an honor to be associated with a community which truly understands the value of hard work and education. 

Principal Graves

MSJE a National Blue Ribbon School

MSJE was nominated by the California Department of Education due to our outstanding academic achievement to the Federal Department of Education. After submitting a detailed application explaining how MSJE strives for academic excellence for all students, MSJE was recommended to be a National Blue Ribbon School. MSJE is one of 24 schools in California to achieve Blue Ribbon status this year. In all, 337 schools nationwide were recognized for their academic excellence or exemplary improvement.

Mark Your Calendars:

October 14          GATE Information Night @ Gomes Elementary 7:00 PM

October 17          Progress Report Sent Home 

October 27 – 30              6th Grade Science Camp in Scotts Valley

October 31          Minimum Day

Book Fair

MSJE’s Book Fair will be held on:

Thursday, October 16th
Monday, October 20th
Tuesday, October 21st
Wednesday, October22nd
Thursday, October 23rd

Please call Ms. Roberta Steinberg, our librarian, if you can help with book fair.

Counseling Available:

MSJE’s is able to provide counseling services on Thursdays and Fridays through a program run by Youth & Family Services through the City of Fremont.  This program is funded by our PTC.  We are happy to be able to provide this free service to our students. Our counselor’s name is Kelly Shah.  We welcome her to MSJE.

District Science Fair

This year, the Fremont Unified School District Science Fair will be held earlier to allow students in grades 6 through 12 to compete in the Alameda County Science Fair held March 20th.  The District Science Fair will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 1:00-3:30 in the Multipurpose Room of Centerville Junior High School, located at 37720 Fremont Boulevard here in Fremont.  Information packets were sent home last week in the Friday folder.

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 be 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).
  9. Turn RIGHT out of the parking lot during dismissal and drop off time.
  10. A red curb means NO PARKING, both on the street and in front of the office.

School Start and End Time:

Playground supervision begins at 8:15 a.m. As there is no adult supervision before 8:15 a.m., DO NOT DROP OFF students by the gates, classrooms or the office before 8:15 a.m. School ends at 2:35 for primary (Grades 1- 3) and 2:40 for Intermediate (Grades 4-6).  All students must be picked up within 10 minutes of school ending. There is no adult supervision after 2:55 p.m. We have a few students who are routinely picked up after 3:00p.m. Please make arrangements to have your students picked up on time.

Informational Flyers:

The office is continually receiving information on community activities and other programs being offered for children.  It is impossible for us to send them all home, but we do keep a supply of flyers inside the library, on a literature rack for you to select those of interest to you and your child.  Please be aware that MSJE does not endorse any of these programs.  We are simply making the information available and for you to make the decision as to whether or not your child will participate in the program

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 


Mark your calendars!  Our annual Halloween Carnival will be held at Mission San Jose on Saturday October 25th from 11-3:00.  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 Friday, October 31 we will have our Halloween Parade from 12:45 – 1:00 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.  Friday, OCT. 31st is a minimum day.


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.


A big thank you to Danielle Raha, Durba Sen, Uma Shetty, Sumithra Mani, Joanna Scafuto, Utsa Ray Singh, and Ambika Margo for helping us with picture day.  Thank you for making picture day run smoothly.


MSJE has partnered with ReUseIt.org to help collect gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books and other small household items. Items collected help support local organizations. For a complete list or more information visit ReUseIt.org.   


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.

California English Language Development Test (CELDT) 2014/2015

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 2014/2015 school year, Fremont Unified will be giving this test starting October 1 until October 31, 2014.  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) 2014/2015 

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。此測包括分:聽,說讀,寫。在2014/2015 中,菲利蒙聯合學區(FUSD)將從201410120131031日 進行此試。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。如果您任何關此測驗的疑問請致電給聯邦和各州項目部門話是(510)659-2531


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 10, 2014