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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




August 27, 2014

Chuck Graves, Principal                                                                           Shanthika Sukumar, Secretary

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

Dear Mission San Jose Parents:

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year at MSJE. I am truly looking forward to meeting the demands of the Common Core State Standards, implementation of our new math adoption and student report card. I am expecting great strides in the classroom from staff and students as we move forward to meet these challenges. With the continued support of the entire MSJE community and the dedicated MSJE staff, we will continue to provide the academic rigor and a supportive environment so all students can be successful in and outside the classroom. As always, please contact me or stop by the office anytime you have a question or a concern about MSJE.

Chuck Graves, Principal  


All future parent newsletters will be online only.  If you need a paper copy, you can pick one up in the office or ask us to send one home.  Please access our web page at http://www.fmtusd.org/msje to find the school calendar and important announcements.  We update this page on a weekly basis so the most current information will be on the MSJE website. Newsletters are posted online every other week.

2014-2015 Classroom Assignments:

Class lists will be posted on Tuesday, August 26th at 6:00 P.M. on the window of Room 6 (except for Kindergarten).  It will not be possible to make changes to the class lists because all classes are full and there continues to be a waiting list.

School Hours by Grade Levels:

            Gr. 1st-3rd Regular Schedule                8:30-2:35

            Gr. 4th-6th Regular Schedule               8:20-2:40 

            “EARLY BIRD” Kindergarten              8:30-11:50

            “LATE BIRD” Kindergarten                9:30 – 12:50

Early Dismissal Schedule for the beginning of the School Year (Grades 1-6):

On August 27, 28 and 29 the dismissal time for students will be:

Gr. 1-3             8:30-1:10

Gr. 4-6             8:20-1:15

Scheduled Minimum Days (Grades 1-6):                 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday       Aug. 27, 28, 29                        Friday                               March 13

Friday                                                     Oct. 31                            Friday                               May 22

Friday                                                     Nov. 21                           Monday-Thursday          June 8, 9, 10, & 11

Friday                                                     Dec. 19

Dismissal times for minimum days:

Gr. 1-3             8:30-1:10

Gr. 4-6             8:20-1:15

All Kindergartners will start at 8:30 and end at 11:50 on October 31, November 21, December 19, March 13,   and June 8, 9, 10, & 11

Kindergartners will  follow the “early/late bird” schedule on August 27, 28, and 29

Staff Changes:

There are a few staff changes to report for the 2014-15 school year.  Ms. Nguyen, Ms. O’Hara and Mr. Tutty have different grade assignments. Ms. Nguyen will be teaching Kindergarten, Ms. O’Hara will be teaching fourth grade and Mr. Tutty will be teaching sixth grade. Ms. Maclay will be job sharing this year. Mrs. Anne Schreiber will be joining the MSJE staff and working the first half of the year for Ms. Maclay in first grade. We also welcome Ms. Roberta Steinberg our new Librarian and Mrs. Misook Kim-Gillette as our new Transition Kindergarten teacher.


The price of lunch for the 2014-15 school year is $3.00.  Students can pay by check, cash, or online. Check the district web page at www.fmtusd.org and click on the quick links Child Nutrition Services for online meal payment. Most parents pay for a month at a time. If you do this, the child just gives their name each time they purchase a hot lunch and it is recorded. Some reminders about lunch:  PARENTS MAY NOT TAKE A CHILD’S LUNCH TO THE CAFETERIA AT THE START OF LUNCH. This is a campus security/safety issue. Parents are highly encouraged to have their child bring their lunch to school with them in the morning.  If you bring a lunch to school later in the day, you must bring it to the tubs outside the office BY 11:00 a.m.

Lunch Helpers:

Speaking of lunch, we are always looking for volunteers to help supervise lunch.  You can volunteer for as little as 30 minutes or as much as 1.5 hours.  We need supervisors in the cafeteria and on the playground.    Please contact Shanthi, MSJE secretary, in the office if you would be willing to help us out. Thank you!!!

BOARD POLICY:  FUSD Board Policy 5111.1 states that if you move, you must notify the school prior to or within 5 days of any changes in residency.  If you don’t, your enrollment may be revoked.

Attendance for the First Day of School:

Board Policy/AR 51131:  “Students are expected to be in school the first day of the school year.  Students who have not attended the first two days of school will be dropped at the end of the third day of school, except in cases of illness for which the school has been previously informed.  In cases of illness, parents/guardians must contact the school each day the child is absent.”  Seats will not be held for students on extended vacations or other optional activities, whether or not the school is notified. 

Back To School Night:

Please join us for our Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 9th. The schedule for Back to School Night is:

6:00 – 6:30      Kindergarten Classroom Meetings

6:35 – 7:05      Grades 4 – 6  Classroom Meetings

7:10 – 7:40      Principal’s  & PTC Meeting in the MUR

7:45 – 8:15      Grades 1 – 3 Classroom Meetings



The John Ernes Award is presented to two students, a boy and a girl, from each 6th grade class for their excellence in academics, attitude towards learning, citizenship, and leadership.  This award is given to recognize the well rounded student rather than a high achiever in the classroom. Parents can discuss these awards with their children and make sure they understand the eligibility requirements start in the 4th grade!

Attendance and Tardies:

Daily attendance and being on time are crucial factors in how successful children are in school.  You are helping your children to set lifelong patterns when you prioritize their attendance in school and their arrival on time.  Tardies interfere with instruction in the classroom, both in terms of the time the student is missing from the classroom and the disruption the student causes when he/she arrives.  Education Code 48260.5 has strict guidelines for families to follow when truancy (absences) or tardies are a concern. A letter will be sent home to notify you when your child’s attendance record begins to suffer. Please help us to help your child learn responsible work habits by getting them to school on time every day.


The parking lot is open to the following people

1.  Kindergarten parents dropping off/picking up their child. 

2.  Large day care operations picking up more than 3 students; i.e. Best Friends, Achievers, Fast Track, etc. 

3.      Parents picking up and dropping off students at Adventure Time.

4.      Kindergarten parents and day care providers will be given a pass for the parking lot.


As you drop your child off on Bryant Street, please note the following:

  2. DO NOT MAKE U-TURNS ON BRYANT STREET after you have picked up your child.  Drive to the intersection and turn. 
  3. DO NOT JAY WALK ON BRYANT STREET.  Cross at the corners. 
  4. If you choose to walk your child in, do not walk through the parking lot.  Use the sidewalks. 
  5. Do not stop/park in the red zones.  Red curbs mean no parking or stopping.
  6. Do not double park.
  7. On Bryant Street, stay in one line.  Drive forward as the line moves.
  9. PLEASE be courteous to our parent volunteers and safety patrol students and follow their directions.



We will have our Safety Patrol assisting you on Bryant Street. With a majority of our students getting dropped off, we can always use additional support with our valet drop off and pick up. If you have any time to spare at 8:10 or 2:30, please consider helping us out. With all of us working together and following procedures, our students will be safe.

Emergency Cards:

Emergency cards will be sent home on the first day of school.  The card is vital to each child’s safety at our school.  Please complete both sides of the card for each child attending, printing phone numbers and other information CLEARLY.  Send cards to school no later than Friday, September 5, so that they may be filed in the office for immediate reference.  Cards will be returned to you if they are not signed or if emergency numbers are not listed or not legible.  Remember, the school may only release a student to a parent or an authorized person you specify on the Emergency Card.

“E” Bags:

On the first day of school, your child will be bringing home a zip-lock bag with instructions about what to put in it for emergency preparedness.  Please return this bag filled with non-perishable food and water, with the child’s name and room number on the bag AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH.

After School Band (MSJE):

Enrollment for the After-School Band for “Beginning” and “Intermediate” level students at MSJE will be sent home when school starts.  The After-School Band program is open to all 4th, 5th, & 6th grade students, and eventually leads into the Hopkins JHS and Mission San Jose HS Bands.  Beginning and Intermediate Band classes are held once per week at Mission San Jose Elementary in the MPR.  There is a small enrollment fee and students will need to provide their own instrument.  For more information, visit the Hopkins JHS Music Department website (www.musicathopkins.com) and the Fremont Education Foundation website (www.fremont-education.org). 

 Classroom Supply Lists:

A supply list is posted on the MSJE web site.

Parent Teacher Club:

Speaking of PTC, this is an important parent organization at MSJE and is always looking for more parent support.  Please consider attending the meetings here in the Library each month.  We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 P.M.

Message from PTC:

PTC is once again hosting the “Welcome Back Coffee in the MUR 8:45 -9:30 A.M. on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

New Officers for 2013-2014

President:      Kumar Nallusamy              

V.P                Melisa Soliman, Cindy Wang                    

Secretary:      Sasikumar Karuppusamy, Govinda Raj

Treasurers:    Jignesh Trivedi, Nithya Krishnan         

PTC information can also be found on the website at www.fmtusd.org/msje/ptc

School Site Council:

School Site Council (SSC) meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 3:00 P.M. in the Library.  This is an important decision making body at MSJE.  We welcome all parent input.

Enrolling in F.U.S.D.

If you have friends, family or neighbors moving into Fremont, please let them know that students are no longer enrolled at the elementary school site.  If they are currently living in Fremont, they must begin the enrollment process online at www.fremont.k12.ca.us.  Once they receive an email confirmation, they can contact Student Support Services to schedule an appointment to complete the process.  Centralized Enrollment staff may be reached at (510) 657-2350, extension 12202 and 12204.

FUSD Preschool
Do you have a 3- or a 4-year-old at home?  Give your child the gift of a quality preschool experience and preparation for Kindergarten and beyond.  Fremont Unified School District offers two excellent programs.   State Preschool, for income-eligible families, is free again!  Other families may choose our popular tuition-based program. Please call the FUSD Preschool office at 659-2579 for more information or come to the school district office, 4210 Technology Drive, Room 209, and pick up an application.  Information is also available at www.fremont.k12.ca.us/fedstate


FUSD Calls for Volunteers for Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee

With the passage of Measure E in June, FUSD is now asking the community for volunteers to serve on a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to monitor the use of funds allocated to the District for facility repairs/improvements. The FUSD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) will be appointed by the District’s Board of Education, in accordance with the requirements of Proposition 39, following the Board’s certification of the June 3, 2014, Measure E General Bond Election at its upcoming August 13th meeting.

Per the requirements of Proposition 39, a bond oversight committee is required to include participants from specific segments of the community.  The committee is required to have a minimum of seven members (plus five alternates) and include at least one from each of the following five categories: ​


1.    Active in a business organization representing the business community located within FUSD.

2.    Active in a senior citizens’ organization.

3.    A parent or guardian of a child enrolled at FUSD.

4.    Active in a parent-teacher organization and parent or guardian of a child enrolled at FUSD.

5.    Active in a bona fide taxpayers’ organization.

CBOC members will receive regular updates on Bond projects and report progress to the FUSD Board of Education. Those interested in participating on the CBOC can download an application at www.bit.ly/CBOCapply.  Visit www.bit.ly/CBOCbylaws for copy of CBOC bylaws.   

Last Modified on August 25, 2014