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April 2014 Parent Bulletin

 Parent Bulletin   April 2014

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Help lead the MVSA in 2014-2015

As the end of this school year draws closer, the MVSA is starting to look ahead and plan for 2014-2015.  We are now seeking nominations for next year’s Board of Directors. In addition to nominations for elected officers, we are also seeking leaders for several key committees. In most cases, no experience is necessary and only a few hours of your time each month would be needed.

Visit http://mvsa-fremont.org/?p=1215 to learn more about our committees and Board positions. If you are interested in getting involved, attend the next  MVSA meeting in the school staff room on Tuesday April 8 @ 7pm.

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Suspension and redesign of MVSA Parent Safety Patrol

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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A special thank you from the school library

library-loversAs you might recall, the MVSA Board approved matching up to $1500 of the funds raised during the Library Lovers fundraiser in February.  With the support of the Mission Valley parent community, the fundraiser exceeded it’s goal and qualified for the entire $1500 match from the MVSA.  Below is a passionate message of appreciation from the school librarian.

A HUUUGE thanks to MVSA for the generous donation to the library, it is very much appreciated. It will enable me to purchase many new titles for our library collection. I am very grateful to you, and the students will be very happy to see lots of new books on the shelves!

Mrs. Jenny Langford
Mission Valley LMT

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Facilities Bond Meeting at MSJHS on March 20th

In an effort to spread the word about an informational meeting on the Facilities Bond that will be held at MSJHS on Thursday, March 20th, at 7 pm in Room C 120.

At the moment we need help with spreading the word among your school community about this meeting.  Dr. Morris and a couple of school board members will be attending along with the Facilities Bond consultant.  This is a great opportunity to ask any questions about the FUSD Facilities Bond that will be on the June ballot. As the parents of Fremont students, you will NOT be surprised to learn that the FUSD Community Facilities Committee identified $1.6 billion dollars in school facility needs in Fremont Unified. Our children are the ones that have have suffered with hot and cold classrooms, roof leaks, power outages, the lack of technology infrastructure and overcrowding.  It is daunting to even begin to address the situation that years of under-funding has created.

In February of 2014, the 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 in June of 2014. With this money they 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 21st Century learning
  • upgrade electrical wiring to current safety codes
  • remove asbestos,
  • repair, construct, acquire equipment, classrooms, sites, facilities*

If you are interested in learning more about this bond measure, please join us on March 20th -7:00 pm at Mission San Jose High School Rm C-120, 41717 Palm Avenue, where the measure will be discussed.
Dr. Jim Morris, Larry Tramutola-campaign consultant,  Meryl Shatzman and a few of the school board members will be present at this event.

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March 2014 Parent Bulletin

March 2014

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Meeting regarding the upcoming FUSD Bond

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,
Ann Crosbie
www.SupportFremontSchools.com

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Golden Sneaker Contest

golden-sneakerLace 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.

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E-Waste Collection Event on March 8th

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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/

TDR Electronic Recycling

MVSA E-Waste event flyer

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FUSD wants to hear from parents

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.