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MVSA highlights from the 2013-2014 school year

Thanks to your support, the MVSA was able to deliver lots of value to the Mission Valley community in 2013-2014. Your contributions, both in time and donations, make a HUGE difference for our children. Below is a brief summary of the major accomplishments that MVSA contributed towards during the year:

  • Dozens of student, class, and teacher appreciation celebrations!
  • Financial donations and rewards given to teachers to enhance their classrooms!
  • Matched funds raised for school library!
  • Funded another year of the computer lab and staff (Thanks Ms. Nagata)!
  • Supplied all students with school-spirited Friday Folders for homework!
  • Fully funded the purchase and installation of a new school marquee with LED sign
  • Held several campus clean-up events!
  • Sponsored e-waste recycling event!
  • Helped bring the Golden Sneaker Contest to Mission Valley!
  • Funded the Accelerated Reading Program and Scholastic Weekly Readers for all classes that requested them!
  • A great yearbook to preserve all the memories for the students!
  • Coordinated several successful school-wide events including the Jog-A-Thon, the Halloween Carnival, Letter Reward Picnics, and more!
  • Hosted Family Game Nights and Family Movie Night!
  • And much much more!

Find out more about the investments MVSA has made by attending one of our upcoming meetings or review our MVSA meetings page.

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Clarification regarding Measure E

Measure E is a $650 million school bond measure on the June 3rd ballot. If this measure passes, it will have an effect all of the schools in Fremont as well as the property taxes of Fremont residents.

The MVSA does not endorse Measure E one way or the other. We encourage all our members to learn more about Measure E’s plans and impacts before voting on June 3rd.

The details on Measure E can be found on the Alameda County web site at http://www.acgov.org/rov/elections/20140603/documents/MeasureEv6.pdf. The document contains the full text of the ballot measure, tax rate statement, as well as arguments in favor and against the measure.

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The Multicultural Fair is cancelled

The Multicultural Fair scheduled for May 17th has been cancelled! Thanks to those parents that did volunteer to get involved but the organizers felt concerned that several cultures at our school were not well represented and decided to cancel this year’s event. We plan to bring the Multicultural Fair back to Mission Valley next year.

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Mission Valley named as a 2014 California Distinguished School

California Distinguished SchoolMission Valley Elementary School has been recognized as a 2014 California Distinguished School.  Principal Genevieve Randolph credits a strong collaboration among teachers, staff, students, and parents. “Thank You.  This is really a result of parent support and teachers working together for the students. I appreciate all of you.”

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Multicultural Fair coming to Mission Valley on May 17th

One of the greatest assets of our Mission Valley community is our diversity.  For that reason, we are expanding Multicultural Day to be a bigger event on Saturday May 17th from 10am to 2pm so the entire family can participate!  We are planning something campus-wide with food, entertainment, education, costumes, and hands-on activities. Sign up to help organize or volunteer.

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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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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.

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Family Movie Night returns to Mission Valley with Despicable Me 2

The MVSA is planning a Family Movie Night on Friday January 17th in the Multi-Use Room. There will be no fee to attend and the entire family is encouraged to come play. We look forward to another memorable family event and hope to see you there!

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FUSD video message now available

FUSD has begun posting monthly video messages on the front page of the district website.  These messages address current issues in the district.  The December message addresses four important topics:

  1. Creating neighborhood seats so students can attend schools as close to their home as possible,
  2. The facilities planning process that we have been involved in for the past 2 years,
  3. Important planning concepts that are being considered in the process,
  4. Planning for technology to support 21st century teaching and learning .

It is important that the community and employees understand that the long-range facilities plan is a living document and it has not yet been finalized.  Your involvement and opinions are important.  Please take a few minutes to watch the December update message posted at http://vimeo.com/80835794

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Family Game Night comes to Mission Valley on November 15th!

pile_gamesThe MVSA is planning a Family Game Night on Friday Nov 15th from 5-8pm in the Multi-Use Room. There will be 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 which will feature pizza, popcorn, chips, water, fruit, candy, etc.

We look forward to another memorable family event following our Family Clean-Up Day in September and the super fun Halloween Carnival in October. We hope to see you there!