Jensen Ranch

October 6, 2019

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Jensen Jaguar Families!

Last week we begin our MTSS/RTI rotations that are focused on our essential standards in ELA and universal screener data in ELA and math. Students who need extra support are receiving intervention and those already mastering necessary skills receive accelerated learning opportunities. Our Jensen staff are regularly monitoring student progress to keep every student moving forward. Don't forget to reach out to your child's teacher if you have a question or want to know more about how best to support your child.

Student Council Elections

We are preparing for our annual Student Council elections next week! 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students are eligible to run for Student Council. Elections are held once a year and officers are elected for the Fall and Spring Terms. The Student Council packets will come out tomorrow Mon., 10/7. Please review the timeline with your child if he/she is planning to run for office. All timelines must be met.

Student Council Officers:

3rd Grade - Sergeant at Arms

4th Grade - Treasurer, Vice President

5th Grade - Secretary, President

Election Timeline

Monday, October 7th - Paperwork given to students

Friday, October 11th - Paperwork is due bu 12:00 p.m.

Monday, October 14th - Students bring posters and practice speeches at recess - Hang up posters in the Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, October 15th - practice speeches at recess

Wednesday, October 16th - Student Council election. Fourth and 5th Grade speeches start at 8:30. 3rd grade will go after ~9:30.

School Board Presentation and Recognitions

This Thursday night, Jensen will be sharing our annual school board presentation at the CVUSD School Board Meeting starting at 7 p.m. We are going to present how the use of "Flexible Seating" is helping out students in the classroom. We will also recognize two outstanding people who help make Jensen Ranch a better place. 5th Grader Mairen M. has been selected as Jensen's Outstanding Student and Christine Chan has been selected as our Outstanding Parent Volunteer. We would love for you to join us for Jensen's special night at the CVSUD School District Office. The entire presentation is over at about 7:45 p.m.

Some Updates/Reminders:

  • Th., 10/10 Jensen's CVUSD School Board Presentation & Recognitions 7 p.m.
  • Tues., 10/15 PTA Meeting 7-8 p.m.
  • Wed., 10/16 Student Council Speeches (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
  • Fri., 10/18 Spirit Day-Hats and Class Colors & PTA Walkathon
  • Fri., 10/25 PTA Halloween Carnival
  • Th., 10/31 Halloween-students may dress-up following the guidelines below.
  • Fri., 11/1 Dia de los Muertos Activities

Please save the following links:

School Website

Jensen PTA Website

Facebook @lisamacleanprincipal and @JensenRanchPTA

Twitter @JensenJaguars

In Partnership-

Ms. MacLean, Principal

New! Students Can Wear Costumes on Halloween

Students are permitted to wear their Halloween costumes to school this year on Th., October 31. Attached are the guidelines for costumes. The best way to ensure this is a successful day is to take some time to review the guidelines with your child. Since this is a major change in practice, we need to teach expectations just like we would for any other new activity. The guidelines will be posted around the school and will be shared in the Round-Up all month long. We are not planning a parade but will be playing some fun Halloween tunes during recess for the students.

Remember to Plan ahead:

What am I going to wear?

  • Is it safe?
  • Is it appropriate for Jensen Ranch Elementary School?
  • Does my costume follow the school rules and the PAW Pledge?
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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.

Measure G Playground Updates


Our main playground opened on Tuesday afternoon and it was quite a sight to behold! Our students are so happy to have the updated play structure area open again and it is helping everyone to spread out across the playground. We will still be doing some work around the backend of the play structure to level and compact the dirt, but for now, the students are enjoying the new features and the turf.

Solar Panels are In Our Future

Discussions are underway regarding the best location for the solar panels that will be installed at Jensen in 2020. The original location was to place the panels in the staff parking lot. We are currently reviewing the option of placing the solar panels along the outer edges of our playground where it might also serve as a shade structure. More updates to come!

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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.
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 begins national recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. As with the recognition of all groups, we will take some time to recognize the culture, history, and contributions of Latinos today and throughout history. Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions, culture, and history of Hispanic Americans and Latinos from across the globe. Thank you to our staff, students, and families as they participate in activities to build awareness within our school community. As October comes to a close, we are going to be learning about Dia de los Muertos, which some students may be familiar with from the animated movie Coco. If you are interested in supporting these school activities, let us know.

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November is Indigenous People Heritage Month

Let's start thinking about how we can celebrate Native American cultures throughout our school!

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,

Come join us for several special PTA events this month!

  • Fri., 10/11 PTA Fundraiser Panda Express Night! See the flyer below.
  • Tues., 10/15 PTA Meeting 7-8 p.m. in the library. Childcare available.
  • Fri., 10/18 PTA Walkathon from 12-3
  • Fri., 10/25 PTA Halloween Carnival
  • Keep a lookout for our PTA Movie Night Flyer. We are hosting the movie "Coco" on Nov. 1 in honor of Dia de los Muertos. Space is limited.

For questions email

JRE PTA Board 2019-2020

The Walkathon is Coming!! 10/18

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!

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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 and receive 15% off :
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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
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Mark Your Calendars!


Mon., 10/7 Student Council Packets are Available

Th., 10/10 Jensen Ranch School Board Presentation @ 7 p.m., CVUSD Board Room

Fri., 10/11 PTA Panda Express Fundraiser

Tues., 10/15 PTA Meeting 7-8 p.m., library, childcare available

Th., 10/17 The Great Shake-Out

Fri., 10/18 Green Schools Assembly (MPR)

Fri., 10/18 Spirit Day-Hat Day and Class Color Day

Fri., 10/18 PTA Walkathon afterschool

Tues.,10/22 Make-Up Picture Day

Th., 10/24 Guide Dogs for the Blind-individual class visits (40 min.)

Fri., 10/25 PTA Fall Halloween Carnival

Th., 10/31 Halloween-Students & Staff may dress-up following the guidelines

Fri., 11/1 Principal's Coffee & Tea 8:30-9:30 a.m. MPR

Fri., 11/1 Dia de los Muertos Activity

Fri., 11/1 PTA Movie Night-Coco

Fri., 11/8 Last Day of 1st Trimester

Fri., 11/11 No School-Veterans Day

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

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

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

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