Jensen Ranch

November 10, 2019

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No School-Mon., 11/11/19

A reminder that school will be closed on Mon., November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Jensen Jaguar Families!

Last Friday was the end of the 1st trimester. We will have two early release days this week on Wed., 11/13 and Th., Nov. 14 for teachers to work on report cards. Kindergarteners will be released at noon and 1st-5th grade at 1:50 pm on both days.

During the first two weeks of November, we are holding our 2nd annual Kindness Challenge that helps us to think about the ways we appreciate the kindness and selflessness of others and ways we can be kind to others. Last week, students created cards for veterans and US soldiers. At Friday Flag last week, we paid tribute to Veterans Day with a special message from our student council president Maren M. We will be holding additional Kindness Challenge activities this week.

We will hold our first English Language Advisory Council (ELAC) meeting next Tuesday, 11/19 from 6-7 pm in the library. This meeting is open to all families but will focus on our English Language Learners.

Please take a look through the Round-Up to ensure you are aware of all the upcoming activities and events at Jensen this month and in our community. Later this month, we will be asking for grade levels to make specific food donations to the Castro Valley Community Outreach, a local community organization that helps local families in need. All donations will occur the week before Thanksgiving break.

Some Updates/Reminders:

  • 11/11 No School in Honor of Veterans Day
  • 11/11 is the last day to sign up for the PTA Square1Art fundraiser
  • 11/12-11/15 Kindness Challenge Activities continue
  • Wed., 11/13 and Th., 11/14 Early Release Days for Report Cards
  • Wed., 11/13 PTA Family Restaurant Night at Panda Express
  • Tues., 11/19 ELAC Mtg. 6-7 pm
  • Tues., 11/19 PTA Mtg. 7-8 pm

Please save the following links:

School Website

Jensen PTA Website

Facebook @lisamacleanprincipal and @JensenRanchPTA

Twitter @JensenJaguars

In Partnership-

Ms. MacLean, Principal

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Jaguars in Action: November 4-8

Kindness Challenge Wk 1: Veterans Cards

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November is Indigenous People/Native American Heritage Month

During November, we will be recognizing Indigenous Heritage Month, still widely known as Native American Month. This is a time to honor the indigenous peoples of the earth and the nations' first peoples, who inhabited the land prior to the United States becoming a nation.

Castro Valley Unified School District serves students with indigenous heritage and honors the cultures and backgrounds that students and families offer the rich fabric of a learning environment. Therefore, if any of our Jensen family members would like to share your Indigenous culture with us at school, we welcome your involvement! Please reach out to your child's teacher or Principal MacLean.

Social Justice Books: Native Americans

Famous Native Americans

Jim Thorpe (1888 - 1953)

Jim Thorpe grew up in the Sac and Fox Nation in Oklahoma. He is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. He played professional baseball, basketball, and football. He also won Olympic Gold Medals for the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Olympics.

Official Jim Thorpe Website

Native Code Talkers

Native American Code Talkers were used in World War 1 and World War 2 to help deliver secret messages in the field. Many native tribes used their language to transmit battle messages helping to the US to win key battles. In 1942, the US Marines recruited Navajo Code Talkers and developed a Code Talking school based upon the Navajo Language. More than 12,000 American Indians served in World War I—about 25 percent of the male American Indian population at that time. During World War II, when the total American Indian population was less than 350,000, an estimated 44,000 Indian men and women served.

Code Talkers

Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010)

Wilma Pearl Mankiller (Cherokee name: A-ji-luhsgi Asgaya-dihi) was a Cherokee activist, social worker, community developer and the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

National Women's History Museum-Wilma Mankiller

CV Light the Lights Challenge for 2020!

Only 2 CVUSD elementary schools were not in this year’s CV Light Parade and Jensen was one of them. We have a year to plan. Are there any parents who want to take on the challenge so Jensen is represented in the 2020 parade?! I know we've got some very creative families out there in our community! Let's build a grassroots movement so that next year Jensen Ranch will be lighting up the town!

Castro Valley United Against Hate November Activities

Please click the link below for information on ways your child can get involved in the poetry-art slam. We will be holding our Jensen Ranch Kindness Week Nov. 4-8th. Activities will go towards a Jensen Ranch contribution to the CV Community Alliance's Poetry-Art Slam event later this November. If you have any ideas or activities, please feel free to share with Ms. MacLean!

Poetry Art Slam

Wednesday 11/20 6-8PM

@ The Small Town Society

Click HERE for Flyer with projects our students may be interested in.

For more information on the CV Community Alliance Click Here.

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Public Charge Rule

On August 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security amended federal regulations known as the public charge rule. The changes to the existing rule, effective October 15, 2019, will make it more difficult to apply for permanent residency or earn a visa if an applicant is dependent on government aid such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, housing assistance, and Medicaid.

It is important to know that the Child Nutrition Programs are not public benefits. Please continue to complete meal applications and alternative meal forms.

Seeking Additional Jensen Representatives for CVUSD Committees

At Jensen Ranch and CVUSD, we have a number of opportunities for parents to get involved and have an impact by providing input on district policies and practices. Each school sends representatives to these meetings. I want to thank a number of our Jensen families for stepping up and getting involved at our broader level in our school community.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC): Rep. Humma Sheikh

  • The District has established a functioning District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) to advise on programs and services for all EL students in the district. Responsibilities and roles are similar to the ELAC but on a larger level.
  • Time & Place: 6:15-7:30 p.m. @ Canyon Middle School Library
  • Meeting Dates: 9/18 (@ DO), 10/9, 1/8, 3/11, 6/10 (@ DO)

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Committee: Rep. Venkatesh Mysore

  • The LCAP is a tool for local educational agencies to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to meet those goals to improve student outcomes. It is detailed and specific with concrete action plans and outcomes. This committee will provide assistance in the creation of our next LCAP.
  • Time & Place: 6:00-7:30 p.m. @ the District Office
  • Meeting Dates: 10/22, 12/4, 2/11, 4/2

Strategic Planning Committee: Rep. Gio Welch

  • The CVUSD Strategic Plan is a document that sets the direction, goals, and mission of the district. This committee will discuss our progress towards this vision.
  • Time & Place: 4:00-5:30 p.m. @ Castro Valley High School
  • Meeting Dates: 9/24, 11/20, 2/5, 4/29

Equity Task Force: Rep. Humma Sheikh

  • Equity is a priority of CVUSD. We regularly reflect on the impact of our actions and take steps to ensure all students receive the supports they require to be successful. This committee will discuss concepts of equity and what the district is doing/can do in the future to best support our diverse population.
  • Time & Place: 3:45-5:15 p.m. @ Castro Valley High School
  • Meeting Dates: 10/16, 1/15, 3/18, 5/13

Second Step

As part of our PBIS supports, Castro Valley elementary schools use the Second Step program to address:

  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Bully Prevention

  • Child Protection

Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children.

You are encouraged to access the Second Step document below for more information on the ongoing lessons and to support your child's learning at home!

Independent Study

Please click the link to review the updated CVUSD board policy on independent study.

  • Independent studies must be 5 days and no more than 10 days.
  • No Independent Studies are granted during the first 10 days of the school year.
  • No Independent Studies are granted for the last 15 days of the school year.
  • A minimum of 10 days prior notice is required to request an Independent Study. An Independent Study form must be completed no less than 10 days prior to the requested Independent Study.
  • Students granted Independent Study will be expected to complete daily written assignments in all subject areas which are due the first school day following the end of the contract.

CVUSD Board Recognized Months

September: Attendance Awareness Month

Sept./Oct.: Hispanic Heritage Month

November: Indigenous People/Native American Heritage Month

February: African-American History Month

March: National Women’s History Month

May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

June: Pride Month

Year-Round: Character Ed, School Safety, Bully Awareness, Arts Education

We support and encourage all students and families in the sharing of their cultural heritage with the Jensen community. Please communicate with your child's teacher or the principal if you have something you would like to contribute.

Jensen Ranch PTA Updates

Dear Jensen Ranch Families,

The Square1Art personalized catalogs (with your child's art work and free stickers) have been sent home on Friday. Each catalog has all the necessary instructions. To order keepsakes, please visit and enter the online access code (which can be found in your child's catalog).

The last day to order keepsakes online is November 11, 2019. Online orders are encouraged!!!

A huge thank you for all the participation at our annual Walk-a-Thon. Our event raised just over $36,000!!! The PTA truly appreciates all the support.

For questions email

JRE PTA Board 2019-2020

Restaurant Fundraiser-Panda Express 11/13/19

Our November PTA Restaurant fundraiser will be held on Wed., 11/13 at Panda Express at 580 Marketplace. 20% of the sales will be donated to the Jensen Ranch PTA! Come out and support school. Click on the flyer below.

Jensen PTA Good Eggs Fundraiser

A new fall fundraiser is coming to JRE beginning October 1st! For the first time, our school is partnering with Good Eggs, an online grocery marketplace, that delivers fresh local produce, school lunch, dinner essentials, and much more, right to your doorstep! JRE will even earn 5% back on every order placed in the months of October and November! There are also bonuses for new families who sign up! Visit today and enter our school code: jensen2019

Shop now, shop often, and please share Good Eggs with your friends and family!

Become a PTA Member!

Become a voting member of the Jensen PTA! The cost is $20 per person and your membership affords you the right to vote on critical programs and events run by the PTA at our association meetings. PTA members can also serve as program chairs and board members.

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Jensen Ranch Yearbooks On Sale

Click here to order your 2019-2020 Jensen Ranch Yearbook.

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Potential Parcel Tax Measure

Click Here to Access the CVUSD Local Funding Page for More Information

High-Quality Education
Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) provides an excellent education that prepares students to graduate ready for competitive colleges and 21st-century careers. This is possible thanks to strong academic programs, excellent teachers, high-performing students and a supportive community.

Planning for the Future
As we look to the future, we know we cannot rely on the state to provide the level of funding our schools need. Our District is among the lowest funded in Alameda County and has already made $1.8 million in ongoing cuts in the past two years. Additionally, the Bay Area is one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and many of our teachers live right here in Castro Valley. By retaining and attracting the highest quality teachers, we can improve student achievement and continue providing an excellent education to students.

Potential Local Funding Measure
To provide dedicated funding for our schools to support programs and teachers, the Castro Valley Unified School District Board of Education is considering placing a local parcel tax measure on an upcoming ballot. Although no final decisions have been made, a measure may cost $96 per parcel per year and generate $1.5 million annually for six years.

Funds from a measure could:

  • Retain and attract highly qualified teachers
  • Preserve strong academic programs in reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, arts and math
  • Prepare students for college and careers
  • Support the health and well-being of all students
  • Keep schools clean and well-maintained

Fiscal Accountability Provisions of Potential Local Measure

  • All revenue from the measure would be spent right here in our District to support local schools and could not be taken away by the State
  • A citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits would ensure that all funds are spent as promised
  • No funds could go to administrator salaries
  • Seniors would be eligible for an exemption from the cost

Mark Your Calendars!


11/12-11/15 Kindness Challenge Activities continue

Fri., 11/11 No School-Veterans Day

Wed., 11/13 Panda Express PTA Restaurant Fundraiser

11/13-11/14 Early Release Days for Report Cards (Kinder @ Noon, 1st-5th @ 1:50 p.m.)

11/18-22 CV United Against Hate Week

Mon., 11/18 Unity Walk

Tues., 11/19 ELAC Meeting 6-7 p.m., library, children are welcome

Tues., 11/19 PTA Meeting 7-8 p.m., library, childcare available

Wed., 11/20 United Against Hate Poetry & Art Slam

Fri., 11/22 1st Trimester Report Cards Sent Home

11/25-11/29 No School-Thanksgiving Break

12/23-1/3 No School-Winter Break

Early Release Fridays @ Noon for all students each Friday!

Check the online school calendar for updates by going to the Jensen Ranch school website.

Click Here for School Google Calendar