Dear Fremont Family,
As the parents of Fremont students, you probably weren’t surprised to learn that the FUSD Community Facilities Committee identified $1.6 billion dollars in school facility needs in Fremont Unified. Your children are the ones who have suffered with hot and cold classrooms, roof leaks, power outages, the lack of technology infrastructure and overcrowding. With a little more than $250 million dollars coming in to our general fund, it is daunting to even begin to address what years of underfunding has created.
I wanted to let you know that on Wednesday, February 12th, our Board of Education took the first steps toward addressing our needs by voting unanimously to place a school facility funding measure of up to $650 million dollars on the ballot this June. With this money we will be able to start addressing our most immediate needs:
- upgrade/repair neighborhood schools with local funding the State cannot take away
- update technology/aging classrooms, math, science/computer labs for 21stCentury learning
- upgrade electrical wiring to current safety codes
- remove asbestos,
- repair, construct, acquire equipment, classrooms, sites, facilities*
Even though our School District proved that they were trustworthy stewards by completing the 2002 bond projects on time and under budget, they will need our help to pass this important measure in June. The majority of voters who will be voting in June have no students attending our schools and do not know that the majority of our facilities date from the 1950s. Only 1/3 of our own parents are registered to vote and only 1/3 of the registered parents are likely to vote in June and that won’t be enough votes for the measure to pass.
Please join Support Fremont Schools on March 3rd at 7:00 pm at Parkmont Elementary, 2601 Parkside Drive, to find out more about the campaign and the many ways you could help.
Absentee Ballots will be mailed out in May so there is no time to lose. We cannot win without you!
I look forward to seeing you,
Lace up those shoes, dust off those bikes, or get ready to share your ride!
The Safe Routes to Schools Golden Sneaker Contest is coming to Mission Valley!
Mission Valley will be participating in the Golden Sneaker Contest for two weeks from March 3rd through the 14th. Classrooms will compete against each other to see who can WALK, BIKE, or CARPOOL the most when traveling to school or home. The winning classroom will receive the coveted Golden Sneaker trophy and a smoothie party. At the party, students will make their smoothies on a Blender powered by a bicycle and student pedal power.
The Golden Sneaker contest offers a chance for every student to participate. If you live too far from school to walk or bike you can always:
• Park a few blocks away and walk
• Meet up with friends who live close to school and walk as a group
• Start a carpool
It’s time to dust off your sneakers, clean up your bikes, and prepare for an energizing two week contest! To find out more details or to get involved contact the Safe Routes Coordinator, Ms. Trish Cowan.
If it has a plug, we’ll take it!*
FREE E‐WASTE COLLECTION EVENT
Saturday, March 8, 2014
10am – 4pm
Mission Valley Elementary School
41700 Denise Street in Fremont
Hosted by the MVSA in association with TDR Electronic Recycling
Anything that has wires, batteries or had electricity running through it can be recycled. Also accepting BBQ grills, CDs, VHS tapes, office furniture, Dish TV receivers, phones, speakers, vacuums, metal filing cabinets, and more! Unfortunately, we cannot accept major appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, washers & dryers. For larger items, please call TDR to arrange pickup (credit will go towards the event). For a full list of acceptable items, see http://tdrelectronicrecycling.com/acceptable-items/
The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) is seeking input from parents and the community on what to include within it’s Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP).
Provide your feedback by completing the online survey. Parent feedback must be provided to the Mission Valley principal by Feb. 21, 2014.
What is the Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP)?
The Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) model being used to allocate funding across the state. School districts will decide how to use the funds, but under the LCFF system they must get input from their local communities. They also have to tie their budgets to improvement goals by creating a LCAP. Below is a brief video that provides an overview of California’s Local Control Funding Formula.
HELP RAISE MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL LIBRARY!!!
Starting on February 12 and ending on February 28, the Mission Valley library is having a Titlewish fundraiser. The goal is to raise $1500 for our school library. To help us meet our goal, make an online donation by visiting http://www.titlewish.com/105314 and clicking the Donate button.
All of the money raised will go directly to purchasing new materials for our school library, with an emphasis on fiction and biographies. For every dollar raised (up to $1500), the MVSA will make a matching donation at the end of the event so please give generously!
The MVSA is planning a second Family Game Night on Friday Feb 21st from 5-8pm in the Multi-Use Room. There is no fee to attend and the entire family is encouraged to come play. We will provide a bunch of board games, cards, and even some educational game activities too (math, science, etc). Of course you can also bring your favorite game to share with others. The MVSA will run a snack bar during the event. We hope to see you there!
CRAB & PASTA FEED — ALL YOU CAN EAT!
Mission San Jose High School Boosters Club is hosting its annual fundraiser for the Mission San Jose High School Athletics, Spirit, Visual & Performing Arts. Come join us for a fun community social event and support our sports teams, band, orchestra, drama, and chorale while feasting with friends and family!
When: Saturday, March 8th, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Mission San Jose High School Gym
Cost: Tickets are $45 per person
Group seating available for parties of 8 or more (guaranteed if tickets ordered and paid by February 7, 2014).
Tickets usually sell out, so order yours today. For ticket information:
• Email request to firstname.lastname@example.org OR
• See the “MSJ Boosters Crabfeed” flyer.
The event includes a fantastic Silent Auction, beautiful Raffle Baskets, and ALL YOU CAN EAT crab, vegetarian pasta, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and no-host beverages.