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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 26, 2015

Chuck Graves, Principal                                                                           Shanthika Sukumar, Secretary

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

Dear Mission San Jose Parents:

 Welcome to the 2015-16 school year at MSJE. I am truly looking forward to the upcoming school year with an abundance of enthusiasm and dedication in meeting the challenges of providing the best possible learning environment for our students. With continued support from the entire MSJE community combined with the dedicated MSJE staff, we will 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 

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

Change to BP/AR 5113.1 – Students Must Be Present the First Day of School

All students must be in class on the first day of school, August 26, 2015.  Students who are not in school on the first day of school will not be guaranteed a seat at their school and may have to be overloaded to another school effective the second day of school if classrooms at their school are filled.  The only exception will be students who are absent due to illness.  If a student is absent the first day due to illness, parents/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.


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.

2015-2016 Classroom Assignments:

Class lists will be posted on Tuesday, August 25th at 6:00 P.M. on the window of Room 6 (except for Kindergarten).  It will not be possible to make changes as all classes are full and there continues to be a waiting list throughout all grade levels.

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 26, 27 and 28 the dismissal time for students will be:

Gr. 1-3             8:30-1:25

Gr. 4-6             8:20-1:30

Scheduled Minimum Days (Grades 1-6):

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday                  Aug. 26, 27, 28                      

Friday                                                              Oct. 30                                   

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday        Nov. 17, 18, 19, 20    

Friday                                                              Dec. 18

Friday                                                              Mar 11

Friday                                                              May 27

Monday & Tuesday                                        June 6, 7

Dismissal times for minimum days:

Gr. 1-3             8:30 - 1:25

Gr. 4-6             8:20 - 1:30

Last Day of School – June 8, 2016

Gr. 1-3             8:30 – 12:15

Gr. 4-6             8:20 – 12:20

All Kindergartners will start at 8:30 and end at 11:50 on October 30, November 20, December 18, February 12, March 24, and June 6, 7 and 8

Kindergartners will not follow the “early/late bird” schedule on August 26, 27, and 28

Staff Changes:

There are a few staff changes to report for the 2015-16 school year.  Mrs. Selsor and Mrs. Pande have moved to fifth and fourth grades respectively. Mrs. Schreiber will be returning to MSJE and teaching first grade.


The price of lunch for the 2015-16 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 in urgent need 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.

Back To School Night:

Please join us for our Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 15th. The schedule for Back to School Night is:

6:00 – 6:30      TK and Kindergarten Classroom Presentations

6:35 – 7:05      Grades 1-3 Classroom Presentations

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

7:45 – 8:15      Grades 4-6 Classroom Presentations


The John Ernes Award is presented to two students 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 this award with their children and make sure they understand the eligibility requirements which start in 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:

  1. DO NOT block driveways of our neighbors or the school.
  2. DO NOT make U-turns after you have picked up your child.  Drive to the intersection and turn. 
  3. DO NOT jay walk across 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.

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 4, 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 8TH.

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 26, 2015

New Officers for 2015-2016

President:              Melissa Soliman         

V.P                        Cindy Wang/Jayashree Gopalan                   

Secretary:              Sejal Gohel /Vrunda Mestry

Treasurers:            Jignesh Trivedi, Nithya Krishnan

Parliamentarian:   Ajay Jagtiani      

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 enrolled at the district office.  If they are currently living in Fremont, they must begin the enrollment process online at www.fremont.k12.ca.us.   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?  (Completely toilet trained) 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

Mommy and Me Classes

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, 510-797-1090 or visit www.face.edu 

FUSS and InPlay offering Afterschool Activities

Try out this free and convenient website to help you plan afterschool and summer activities for your kids.

You can search on a comprehensive listing of over 200 Fremont area activity providers and find year-round activities that meet your schedule and budget. Comes with lots of helpful planning tools as well! Access this new Activity Hub on the FUSS website:  http://www.fuss4schools .org/activity-hub



Last Modified on August 27, 2015