Summer wishes from the new MVSA Board

Summer has finally come to Mission Valley Elementary!  The MVSA hopes your children had a great school year and we look forward to partnering with you next year as well. We wanted to highlight how you contributed to another successful year for our students, introduce the new MVSA Board, share some thoughts on what we hope to take on next year, and suggest a few tips for summer activities for your students.

MVSA highlights from the 2012-2013 school year

Thanks to your support, the MVSA was able to deliver lots of value to the Mission Valley community in 2012-2013.  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!
  • New sophisticated projectors and carts for every classroom!
  • Paid for the Accelerated Reading Program and Weekly Readers for all classes that requested them!
  • Supplied all students with school-spirited Friday Folders for homework!
  • 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 our first “Movie Night” with maximum capacity attendance!
  • Funded another year of the computer lab!  MVSA funds the computer lab staff and also provides support to maintaining the lab.
  • Launched our GO GREEN initiative which featured an online version of our monthly newsletter and a focus on electronic communications!
  • A new MVSA website with online donation collection features.
New MVSA Board for 2013-2014
Congratulations to our newly elected MVSA Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 school year.  A statement from the executive officers listed below is also available at MVSA 2013-14 Board Bios FINAL.

  • President – Wolf Cramer
  • Vice President – Michele Berke and David Lee
  • Recording Secretary – Suzanne Yost and Sushma Chandrasekaran
  • Corresponding Secretary – Theresa Bettencourt
  • Treasurers – Srilu Madabushi and Sowmya Krishnaswamy

Special thanks to our 2012-2013 MVSA Board including President Catherine Phan-Dang, VP Virginia Hom, Treasurers Ashok Agrawal and Sudha Iyer, as well as Secretaries Trish Cowan and Suman Gill.

MVSA Goal for 2013-2014
Our main goal for next year will be to strengthen our MV Community. The new Board has already begun brainstorming on ideas to encourage more parent and family involvement.  For example, we are looking into ways to host more “Family Nights” next year since the Movie Night was so successful this year.  We are also discussing a “Back-to-School Cleanup Day” to beautify the Mission Valley campus where your whole family can come to help out.  Please let us know if you have suggestions.

Get involved next year
The MVSA is always looking for volunteers so please let us know if you can get involved. No special skills are needed other than some of your time and an interest to help our student community.  That said, we are also looking specifically for someone with a financial auditing background to help establish stronger guidelines and controls. Feel free to contact us at to learn more.

Summer Tips
Here’s a list of ideas to help keep your children active over the summer.
  • Read for 20 minutes a day.
  • Visit the Fremont Public Library.
  • Write and mail a letter to an old friend or family member.
  • Visit a park and take pictures.  Close-up pictures of nature are the best.
  • Try rollerblading or some other new physical activity.
  • Plant flowers and measure how they grow.
  • Start a journal to write down you ideas and feelings.
  • Clean a closet or junk drawer to find “new” things.
  • Use a bird book to identify birds in your neighborhood.
  • Find three new math websites to learn and practice.
  • Clean your yard.
  • Research the history of fireworks and learn how they work.
  • Calculate how many minutes or seconds you’re awake during the day.
  • Make a food group chart of everything you eat in one day.
  • Write a kids guide on what to do and see in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Write your own script for your favorite TV show.
  • Read a story to a younger child.
  • Figure out how many weeks old you are.
  • Bake a dessert for your family.
  • Take some classes at Ohlone for Kids (
  • Browse through the lessons at Khan Academy (
  • Practice your multiplication facts.
  • Take a walk and sketch your favorite scene.
  • Have a lemonade stand. Practice making change.
  • Plan a picnic lunch for your family.
  • Check out a book on origami.
  • Find five things in nature that have symmetry.
  • Write a menu for your family.
  • Draw a picture of your family. Have them autograph it.
  • How many steps does it take to go around your house? Estimate; then count.
  • Eat an apple. Estimate the number of seeds, then count them.
  • Read a book you haven’t read before.
  • Find the difference in prices of gas with 87 octane and 93 octane. Why is it different?
  • Create a math problem for your mom or dad. Ask them to solve it.
  • Measure and record your shadows at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m. What did you notice?
  • Find five items in your house that are imported from a foreign country. Find the countries on a map.
  • Plan a family game night (including snacks)!

Have a great summer and we’ll see you in August!


Wolf Cramer
MVSA President 2013-2014

June 2013 Parent Bulletin

June 2013 Parent Bulletin


MVSA Meeting Minutes – 06/11/13

Mission Valley School Association


June 11, 2013

Attendance:   Ashok Agrawal, Genevieve Randoph, Trish Cowan, David Lee,  Filiz Crocker,  Virginia Hom, Chris Nagata, Shirin Aidun, Catherine Phan Dang, Suzanne Yost, Sushma Chandrasekaran, Sudha Iyer, Alisa Ho, Michele Berke, Sowmya  Krishnaswamy, Wolf Cramer, Srilu Madabushi, Shubhra Gupta


1.      The meeting was called to order at 7:05.

2.      The minutes from the April and May meetings were approved as presented.

3.      The Budget was reviewed. A discussion was held around the thought of having more monitoring of the field trip financials: more careful tracking of funds turned in to assure that they are turned in in a timely manner, as well as paying buses and other field trip related bills in a timely manner.

4.      Treasurer’s Report-The report was approved as presented.

5.      Principal’s Report:

  1. School will be dismissed at 1:10 beginning June 12th until the last day, June 19th.
  2. The 4th through 6th Grade Award Ceremony is Wednesday, June 12th.
  3. 4th through 6th grade Letter Reward Picnic is Thursday, June 13th.
  4. Sixth Grade Promotion is on Friday, June 14th. Doors will open at 8:45.
  5. The Sixth Grade Pool Party is June 17th.
  6. First Grade Letter Reward movie and popcorn party is June 18th.
  7. Second Grade Letter Reward Barbecue on campus is June 12th.
  8. All Kindergarten students attend school from 8:30 to 11:30 on the last day of school.
  9. August 28th is the first day of school for the 2013-2014 school year.
  10. All registration of new students will now be held at the District Office.
  11. The Fence Proposal Committee has disbanded. The members plan to give input to District to consider funding a fence at Mission Valley on the upcoming bond.
  12. On the last day of school Award Ceremonies will be held at 8:45 for first through third grades and 9:45 for 4th through 6th grades.


6.      Teachers’ Report- On behalf of the teachers, Ms. Aidun thanked the MVSA for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. She also surveyed the staff to see if there was interest in having two Room Parents for each classroom, who might not only assist in classroom duties, but also help out with MVSA activities or committees. There was interest in this idea, it needs to be explored.

 7.      Committee Updates  –Virginia Hom

  1. Letter Reward Picnic on Thursday, June 13 has 30 volunteers.
  2. Promotion Friday, June 14th
    1. Pool Party, Monday, June 17th– Many parent volunteers are helping out.


8.      Issues to Track

  1. a.       Open Discussion – Most of the discussion was centered around thoughts and lessons learned.
  2. b.     Thoughts on Lessons Learned- Catherine challenged members to think about ways we can improve the MVSA. What is working well? What needs improvement? How can we improve? Do we need to drop some of our activities or committees? How can we get new members? It was decided that a survey would be sent out to Board Members and all the people who attended the meeting tonight to get feedback on MVSA and school activities.


9.      Board Member nominations and voting

Catherine asked if there were any nominations other than those listed below:

  1. President- Wolfgang Cramer
  2. Co- Vice Presidents- Michele Berke and David Lee
  3. Co- Recording Secretaries- Suzanne Yost and Sushma Chandrasekaran
  4. Corresponding Secretary- Theresa Bettencourt
  5. Co- Treasurers- Sowmya Krishnaswamy  and Srilu Madabushi

There were no other nominations.  All of the positions were voted on individually and elected unanimously.


10.   It was proposed that the new Board Members meet informally for a planning session over the summer.


The Meeting was adjourned at 8:43.



The Next Meeting is scheduled for September 10th at 7:00.


Respectfully submitted,

Trish Cowan



Speech & Debate Summer Workshop 2013

Speech & Debate Summer Workshop 2013

FUSS is very thankful to Iyesha Puri, Vivek Calambur and four other Mission San Jose High School Speech & Debate Varsity Team members who will be hosting a 4-day speech & debate summer workshop for FUSD students who are current 6th graders. Priority will be given to students from the Title 1 elementary schools. Financial assistance may be available upon request.