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Welcome to Mission Valley Elementary!
Home of the Beavers!


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Mission Valley is Green! Our monthly Parent Bulletins are no longer being sent home with students. Please check this website for updated information. 
 
Here is our latest Parent Bulletin:  March 2014
 
You can access past newsletters on this site under "News". In our News section, you will also find a version of the newsletter that can be translated by the website into many languages. Monthly newsletters are also posted on the bulletin board outside the office and hard copies are available on the rack in the office.
 
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Important changes to the MVSA Parent Safety Patrol Program

The safety of students crossing streets near our school is everyone’s first concern. FUSD, in conjunction with the Fremont Police, is developing a new, improved volunteer crossing guard program. The program will be launched in May, after which Mission Valley will redesign our own parent volunteer program to be in compliance. The new program will be safer for both students and volunteers. In addition, volunteer positions may be easier with a shorter time commitment. The tentative plan is to launch the new program next fall. We hope you will volunteer!

Because of these changes, we have suspended our current volunteer Safety Patrol program for the remainder of the year, effective immediately. We wish to thank the many wonderful parents who volunteered for the old program! We hope to see you again next year in the new program. Our outstanding student crossing guards will remain on duty from 8:10 to 8:20.

With these changes, please consider these options to ensure the safety of your children:

1. Have your child arrive at school before 8:20 so they can cross with the student crossing guards.
2. Escort your child across the street when no crossing guards are present.
3. Use the drive through to avoid crosswalks.

Thank you.

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 Parent Survey for Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools
 
The Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools works to find ways to get kids moving that fit into families' busy schedule. The program gives kids and parents skills, encouragement and inspiration through a range of activites, while focusing on addressing local pedestrian and personal safety concerns. In March we partnered with this organization to bring Mission Valley the Golden Sneaker Contest.
   Parent surveys are an integral part of the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools program. The survey will help determine how to improve opportunities for our children to walk or bike to school and waht safety factors need to be addressed. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey. It is available below in 3 languages and your input will greatly assist this wonderful organization.
 
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FUSD Customer Satisfaction Survey
 
For the third year, FUSD will be conducting an annual Customer Satisfaction Survey. The Customer Satisfaction Survey provides valuable information to stakeholders about FUSD schools. Developed with input from parents, teachers, school based personnel, and students, the Customer Satisfaction Survey documents the perceptions of parents, staff, and students in grades 4-12 about their experiences at their schools. The surveys ask respondents about the opportunities students have to learn and be leasers at their schools, how welcoming and collaborative parents perceive the environment to be, the cleanliness and safety of the campus, and parent engagement. Respondents at all elementary, junior high, and high schools will complete surveys online. 
 
All parent surveys must be completed by June 20, 2014. The online survey can be accessed beginning May 1, 2014 at http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/parentsurvey2014
 
Fremont聯合學區(FUSD)將進行第二年的年度顧客滿意度的問卷調查. 此問卷調查將提供有關Fremont聯合學區的重要訊息, 它收集了家長, 老師, 學校教職員和學生們的意見, 並記載了家長, 教職員, 4-12 年級學生的在校經驗。所有小學, 初中和高中的調查對象都將在網站上做答。問卷上的問題包括他們在學校裡的學習和領導機會, 整個環境是否如期望中的和善和協和, 支持校園的安全和整潔, 以及家長的參與程度.

所有的家長問卷必須在2014年6月28日前完成。此問卷自2014年5月22日起可在以下網站填寫( 網址是: http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/parentsurvey2014)。

感謝您和我們一同努力。
 
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Young Author's Contest
 

Congratulations to our students whose books were sent to the District-level completion.  Although none of these books won at the District level, the student authors did a very fine job. 
There books are displayed in the Mission Valley library. 

"The Cactus and the Candy", by Jiya     

(Kindergarten - Mrs. Carlson)

 
"Underwater Revenge", by Aurin 

(First Grade - Mrs. Wittmer)

 
"What Do Raindrops Like to Do?", by Aditi  

(Second Grade - Mrs. Cowan)

 
"Bear and the Monster", by Sophie 

 (Second Grade - Ms. Aidun)

 
"Reckless Zen", by Rishon 

(Third Grade - Mrs. Salvador)

 
"The Minty Marshmallow Mystery", by Inimai

 (Fourth Grade - Mrs. Pesek)

 
"Professor Holem's Great Discovery", by Rochelle 

 (Fourth Grade - Mrs. Denton)

 
"A Bacteria's Point of View", by Preston    

(Fifth Grade - Mr. Rivera)

 
"Jasmine Flowers", by Rachel

  (Sixth Grade - Ms.Ilag)

 
"Finally Free", by Lucia 

(Sixth Grade - Ms. Smith)

 
 
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All About Common Core
 
Mission Valley held a parent meeting on March 19th to provide information about the new Smarter Balanced Assessments. To view the presentation from that meeting, click here.

The Fremont Unified School District has also put together several resources for parents regarding the new Common Core Standards. To view a presentation with detailed information about Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments, click
 
 
For a list of Common Core resources, click here.

You can also check out more information at the FUSD website: http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/Page/22025+
 
 
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Important Information Regarding Registering Your Child at Mission Valley Elementary for the 2014-15 School Year

 
 
For new students:Beginning March 4th, the online enrollment period for Transitional Kindergarten to 6th grade for the 2014-15 school year has passed. You may continue to complete an online enrollment application for 2014-15 school year, but online appointments won't reopen until Monday April 7th at 12am. Please check back on April 7th.
 
Between March 3rd and April 6th, 2014, the Enrollment Center will only take and return phone calls for 2013-14 enrollment; calls related to 2014-15  school year will not be read. For questions regarding 2014-15 enrollment, please visit our website at http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/Domain/83. If you still have questions about enrollment for the 2014-15 school year, please email dmarenco@fremont.k12.ca.us.

 
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Facility Plan Update
 
PLEASE NOTE that the Wednesday January 15th Board Meeting agenda includes continuing discussion of the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) recommendations.  The presentation includes a site by site listing of needs identified as urgent.  This is the link:
 
 
The Board will review this one last time on January 29th, at which time it is hoped they will adopt the LRFP.
 
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Morning and Afternoon Procedures
 
 
Kindergarten students meet in the corridor on the side of the office facing the Kindergarten playground. They are dismissed from class to the corridor for after school pick up. Parents are asked to wait in the corridor. Please check with the kindergarten teachers for more information on procedures.
 
Grades 4-6 report to the playground at 8:10am and Grades 1-3 at 8:20am. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE ON THE PLAYGROUND UNTIL ADULT SUPERVISION BEGINSAfter the bell rings, all students line up behind their classroom number on the playground. All teachers meet their classes on the playground daily. On rainy days, students will report to the Multui-Use Room until school begins.
 
FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL OF OUR CHILDREN, PARENTS MAY NOT FOLLOW STUDENTS TO THE CLASSROM.
 
 
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Lost and Found
 
Our lost and found is overflowing!! Please claim items that belong to your student. Items that are not claimed will be donated the week before spring break.
  

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Student Wellness - NON - FOOD CELEBRATIONS

The Governing Board recognizied the link between student health and learning and is committed to providing a comprehensive coordinated school health program promoting healthy eating and physical activity.
 
Mission Valley Elementary welcomes and acknowledges student celebrations. The staff has embraced and recommends that all classrooms have Non-Food celebrations as a means of promting healthy eating. Examples of items that can be used for celebrations are: books, pencils, stickers, art projects, or educational games. Your child's teacher can help with ideas for your child's celebration.
 
We ask that all of our families support us in promoting healthy eating and physical activity for all of our students at Mission Valley.
 
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Lunch Milk in the Cafeteria

In the past years, the cafeteria has offered regular (unflavored) milk and chocolate nonfat milk with all lunch meals. Due to concerns over children’s sugar consumption, the FUSD Wellness Committee has recommended that for the 2013-14 school year, chocolate nonfat milk will be offered only once a week, on Fridays. This Wellness Committee recommendation was reviewed and encouraged by our Board members.

Regular (unflavored) nonfat and 1% lowfat milk will be offered everyday of the week. Nonfat milk is delivered in a pink-colored carton and 1% lowfat comes in a green carton. All milk offered meets the nutritional guidelines set forth by the USDA.


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Safety at School

Each school in the Fremont Unified School District has a safety plan in place.  Additionally, our district has a strong partnership with the Fremont Police Department to ensure safety at and around schools.  School safety plans outline emergency procedures  and all of our school sites, staff and students, practice emergency drills for earthquake, other emergencies and lockdowns.  Parents may ask to view these plans at their school office. Many drills at school sites ask for our parent volunteers to participate.

The standard practice of our schools is to have parents and all visitors check in with the office and receive a visitor's badge before proceeding to classrooms. At the beginning of each school year and on an ongoing basis,  we remind staff and students to be alert and aware of their surroundings to ensure people are in compliance with this rule.

Please see the following FUSD links.

                http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=31

                 http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/Page/17838

Fremont is a safe community but the recent incidents in Connecticut, while thousands of miles away, serve as a reminder of how precious our children are and how even the best security plans, cannot eliminate all risk.  The safety of our students is our number one priority.   As you talk with your children about the tragedy in Connecticut, there are many web resources available to help parents and children deal with violence.  The American Psychological Association offers advice at the link below:

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx

It is critical that parents/guardians keep the school informed of their contact telephone number.  Our communication system allows the school to place emergency notification calls to parents so it is important that we have up-to-date contact numbers for parents.  Should you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me or your child's principal.

Dr. James Morris
Superintendent
Fremont Unified School District 

 To view our Site Safety Plan, please click here.
 
 
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More About Traffic Safety from the Fremont Police Department:
 
Let’s Keep Our Kids Safe - Fremont PD Traffic Unit Makes School Safety a Top Priority
 
 
The Fremont Police Department’s Traffic Unit in partnership with Fremont Unified School District has identified child safety in and around schools as a top priority.  Since the beginning of the 2013/14 school year, two children riding bicycles have been involved in collisions on their way to school.  In addition, the police department has received a recent influx of traffic complaints from our community, specifically in relation to driving issues during the drop-off/pick-up time.  While it is not possible to have an officer at every school on a daily basis, the Traffic Unit will be conducting regular site visits in the upcoming weeks to each of the schools during drop-off and pick-up times.  The primary goal of their effort will be to help educate motorists on the dangers of driving in school zones, while specifically enforcing distracted driving, moving and parking violations.  The Traffic Unit has the following advice and tips for motorists who participate in drop-off/pick-up activities.
  
Don’t:
  • Let your child out of the vehicle in a traffic lane
  • Pull onto the shoulder of the road if it is posted “no stopping."
  • Disobey a crossing guard.
  • Cross the street unless you are in a designated cross-walk.
  • Let your child ride a bike without a bicycle helmet.
  • Double park.
  • Park in a red zone or in front of a fire hydrant.
  • Park in a designated and posted “no stopping zone”
  • Drive Distracted (eating, drinking coffee, texting, talking on a phone, etc.).
  • Park on a corner or block a handicapped ramp.
  • Disobey a stop sign.
  • Block a driveway.
  • Drive your child under the age of 8 unless he/she is in a child safety seat or booster.
  • Speed.
  • Park in a handicapped stall unless you have a valid placard. 
Do:
  • Leave early and give yourself extra time for drop-off/pickup.
  • Use the school’s designated drop-off/pick-up area.
  • Follow the guidance of all posted signs.
  • Park and walk your child into school.
  • Drive carefully and be extra cautious in and around schools.
  • Get involved and offer to help your school with drop-off/pick-up.
  • Be a responsible driver.
  • Report a traffic complaint online at www.fremontpolice.org.
 
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A Few Important Contacts...
 
Main Phone Number: 510-656-2000

Fax Number: 510-226-7056

Attendance Line:
(510) 656-2000 ext. 34175
 
 
Principal: Genevieve Randolph


Secretary: Cara Madden-Watson
cmadden-watson@fremont.k12.ca.us   
(510) 656-2000 ext. 34174
 
Attendance Clerk: Chris Richardson
(510) 656-2000 ext. 34173
 
Lunch Account Information: Cecelia Sjah 
(510) 656-2000 ext. 34182
 

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  • The speed limit on school grounds (in our driveway and in the parking lot) is 5 miles per hour. The speed limit on our surrounding residential streets is 25 miles per hour. Please remember to observe these speed limits when you are driving your children to and from school.
     
     
    Remember also that areas in front of cones and red curbs are NO PARKING ZONES. Please find a legal place to park that does not block staff and handicap access to the parking lot.
     
    We appreciate your continued commitment to safe driving. We want to make sure that our community is a safe place for our Mission Valley students and neighbors.
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  • LOST and FOUND:
    All lost and found items will be available in front of the office on Wednesdays and Fridays.
    Lost and found items will be donated at the end of the month - please be sure to check for lost items on a regular basis.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • Regular School Hours are as follows:


    Early Kindergarten               8:30 – 11:50 
    Late Kindergarten              10:10    1:30
      

    Grades 1 – 3         8:30 to 2:50

    Grades 4 – 6         8:20 to 2:50 

    Dismissal is at 1:10 pm EVERY Wednesday for Grades 1 thru 6

     

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  • Math Adoption
    Fremont Unified School District is in the process of adopting new Common Core State Standards math curriculum for grades Kindergarten through 8 as well as Algebra1. Please see attached for dates and times.  Adoption Flyer
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