Jensen Ranch

December 1, 2019

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Jensen Jaguar Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. December is here and this month is going to go by very quickly!

1st Trimester Report Cards were sent home on Fri., Nov. 22nd. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher directly. Please note that due to the three power outage/school closure days, there are three additional absences noted on the report card. These absences are being addressed through the school district and have been cleared-up but not prior to our report card printing. Also, please note that we will not be extending our school year due to the three days of school closure. If you have any questions related to attendance, please contact the office.

5th Grade Families, please take special note of the California Healthy Kids Survey information below. We are asking for your positive permission for your 5th grader to take part in this survey that takes place every two years and the results impact our site and district-level goals and ultimately program funding. We are also asking all parents/guardians to complete the parent survey. Your input and family participation is greatly appreciated. If you have a student at more than one school, you can complete a survey for each school. The link below is specifically for Jensen Ranch families all grades K-5.

Click Here for CHKS for Parents/Guardians

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. Thank you for everyone's support for our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Jensen's Adopt a Family for Castro Valley Community Outreach has also begun. Please see the PTA section for more information.

If you happen to be at the district office during December, keep an eye out for our Jensen students' art on display!

Some Updates/Reminders:

Wed., 12/3 5th Gr. California Healthy Kid Surveys Due

Fri., 12/6 Friday Flag 8:10-8:30 (weather permitting)

Fri., 12/6 Principal's Coffee & Tea directly following Friday Flag in the MPR

12/9-12/13 5th Gr. California Healthy Kid Survey given in 5th Gr. classes

Wed., 12/11 Hearing Screening Grades K, 2, 5

Fri., 12/13 Friday Flag 8:10-8:30 (weather permitting)

Wed., 12/18 Winter Sharing Assembly

Fri., 12/20 December Spirit Day

Fri., 12/20 Friday Flag 8:10-8:30 (weather permitting)

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

Please save the following links:

School Website

Jensen PTA Website

Facebook @lisamacleanprincipal and @JensenRanchPTA

Twitter @JensenJaguars

In Partnership-

Ms. MacLean, Principal

Jaguars in Action: November 18-22

5th Grade Families-California Healthy Kids Survey

Dear 5th Grade Families,

We are requesting permission for your child to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey sponsored by the California Department of Education. This important survey will help provide data to improve the school learning environment, academic achievement, and the health and wellbeing of our youth It includes questions on the supports provided to children; school connectedness, climate, and safety; and risk factors such as violence and substance use.

Student participation is voluntary and anonymous. Your child does not have to take the survey. No names or any other identifying information is connected to the answers except for the name of the school.

Student participation requires that you grant your permission in writing by returning the permission form (attached below). A hard copy of the permission form will also come home with your child's report card. We hope you will encourage participation so that your child’s opinion and knowledge can be part of the information gleaned from the survey.

Your positive permission slip is due back to the school no later than Tues., Dec. 3rd. The California Healthy Kids Survey will take place in your child's class during the week of December 9th.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

If you wish to view the survey, you may do so at the school office or on-line


Ms. MacLean

Sabore's Well Assembly

We had a very special guest before Thanksgiving break - Maasai Warrior and Elder Sabore Ole Oyie. He has a non-profit program called Sabore's Wells that raises money to not only build water wells but support the building of a school in his Maasai community. Women and girls are responsible for the collection of water, which would often take their entire day, leaving no time for anything else. The water collected was impure and often disease-ridden, also creating a further impact on communities. Through Sabore's non-profit organization, he is building wells and a school so that women and children can get an education and live in healthier communities. Sabore is a wonderful, engaging presenter and very down to earth. He brings Africa to life! We hope your children enjoyed getting to know him and learning about the Maasai culture.

Here are some resources if you would like to extend your learning about the Maasai and Sabore's organization.

Maasai Life Through a Child's Eyes

EveryCulture.Com - The Maasai

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.

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.

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!

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.

Thank You Jensen PTA for Delicious Thanksgiving Luncheon!

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Jensen Ranch PTA Updates

Dear Jensen Ranch Families,

Thank you for supporting our Thanksgiving Food Drive at JRE and it was a great success because of all of you! Thank you for your contributions and assistance. A BIG thank you to Mrs. Ari Sandoval, for all her efforts and hard work during this giving season.

Jensen Ranch has teamed up with Castro Valley Outreach again to adopt 4 families in need this holiday season. Jensen Ranch has the opportunity to make several local families' holiday wishes come true. We hope to collect all clothing items for each child and all needed gift cards for the parents. Each child has also made their own wish list for this holiday season.

How Adopt-A -Family Works:

1. Use the signup link above to make someone's wish come true (please see all 4 family tabs within the link).

2. Bring your new, unwrapped gift(s) to Room 9 by December 13th at NOON.

3. Remember (!!) to identity your gift recipient by including the family #, age and gender. Snowman labels will be available in Room 9- please fill out and attach to each gift.

4. Gift cards should be dropped off at the school office for safekeeping. Write the family #, age and gender on the envelope to identify your gift card's recipient (or use a Snowman label, also available in the office).

5. Santa's elves will wrap gifts and sort gifts to prepare for delivery. If you are interested in wrapping gifts, please sign up below or contact Ari Sandoval at

6. Our adopted families will receive their gifts on or before Dec 15th.

If you have any questions regarding this gift drive, contact Ari Sandoval at

As always, thank you for your support!

*Ari Sandoval - JRE's Community Outreach Chairperson

For questions email

JRE PTA Board 2019-2020

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 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!

Jensen Ranch Yearbooks On Sale

To purchase your JRE Yearbook, please log onto your TreeRing account. If you do not have a TreeRing account yet, go to

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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!


Wed., 12/3 5th Gr. California Healthy Kid Surveys Due

Fri., 12/6 Friday Flag 8:10-8:30 (weather permitting)

Fri., 12/6 Principal's Coffee & Tea directly following Friday Flag in the MPR

12/9-12/13 5th Gr. California Healthy Kid Survey given in 5th Gr. classes

Wed., 12/11 Hearing Screening Grades K, 2, 5

Fri., 12/13 Friday Flag 8:10-8:30 (weather permitting)

Wed., 12/18 Winter Sharing Assembly

Fri., 12/20 December Spirit Day

Fri., 12/20 Friday Flag 8:10-8:30 (weather permitting)

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

Mon., 1/6 1st day back to school after Winter Break

Fri., 1/10 Friday Flag 8:10-8:30 (weather permitting)

Fri., 1/17 No School - Staff Development Day

Mon., 1/20 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Fri., 1/24 Friday Flag 8:10-8:30 (weather permitting)

Th., 1/30 100th Day of School

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