August 25, 2019
Jensen Jaguar Families!
As we begin the 3rd week of school, I welcome you to attend the first PTA meeting of the school year this Tuesday evening. The PTA is hosting a dinner that will run from 6-6:30 p.m. in the MPR. Families are welcome to bring a dessert to share. The PTA meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the MPR and childcare will be available for school-age children. Your involvement in the Jensen Ranch PTA is an essential part of our schoolwide success. If you can only attend one PTA meeting this year, this is the one!
Topics for our first PTA meeting include:
- A visit from Superintendent Ahmadi and CVUSD updates
- A review of the proposed 19-20 Jensen PTA budget and annual programs
- Principal's update
- Check below for Jensen's Measure G Updates
- A reminder that there is no school next Monday, Sept. 2 in honor of Labor Day.
- CVUSD students in grades 3-12 are invited to join the district's Mariachi program for the 19-20 school year. An informational meeting will be held on Sept. 11. See the flyer below.
- CVUSD is sponsoring the 3rd cohort of Black Minds Matter. The 10-week program examines the challenges faced by our African American students as well as research-based strategies to improve success. See the flyer for more information. Session 1 begins Sept. 16.
Please save the following links:
School Website https://jensenranch.cv.k12.ca.us/
Facebook @lisamacleanprincipal and @JensenRanchPTA
Ms. MacLean, Principal
A Note from the Office: Campus Hours, Tardies, Sign-Ins
The school gates will open for students and families to enter the general campus at 8:00 a.m., However, the main gate will be unlocked so that you can access the office which opens at 7:50 a.m. daily. The school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and we ask that families exit the campus after drop-off to minimize disruptions. If you plan to stay and volunteer, you must sign-in at the office.
If your child arrives after 8:10 a.m., they are to report to the office for a tardy slip before reporting to their classroom.
The main gate will be unlocked but will remain closed throughout the day. If you come on to campus during the school day to drop off an item or volunteer, you are to check-in at the office FIRST to sign-in and sign-out upon departure.
At the end of the school day, we ask that you wait outside the school gates until the bell rings. Again, this helps to minimize the disruptions on campus to support student learning. The gate by the kindergarten classrooms will be unlocked for pick-up at the kinder release time.
Morning Drop-Off: Begins at 7:50 a.m. in front of the school
Afternoon Pick-Up: All students are expected to be picked up within 10-15 minutes of the end of the school day. The sheriff's office will be called for any students who have not been picked up 40 minutes after dismissal. If you have an emergency or a change of pick-up plans, contact the office as soon as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Have a great school year! Mrs. Disher
School Site Council Parent/Guardian Members Needed in 19-20!
HELP WANTED! JOIN THE SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC)!
We are still seeking 2 parent/guardians to join our School Site Council team starting in the fall of 2019.
- Approximately 5 meetings a school year (1hr 15 minutes after school)
- Nominal "homework" for meetings
- Must be able to serve for at minimum 2 years (2019-2021)
- Work with the principal, teachers, parents/guardians to improve our school.
- Topics from 2018-2019: Student and Staff School Climate Surveys; School Safety Plan; community traffic safety; LCAP; School Plan; MTSS
If interested, please contact Mrs. Disher: email@example.com
CVUSD LCAP Advisory Committee Site Representative Needed
Jensen Ranch is seeking a parent or guardian who is interested in representing our school site at the CVUSD LCAP Advisory Committee Meetings this school year. LCAP stands for Local Control Accountability Plan and is a three-year plan that describes District goals, actions, services, and expenditures to support positive student outcomes that address state and local priorities. The LCAP provides an opportunity for local educational agencies (LEAs) to share their stories of how, what, and why programs and services are selected to meet their local needs.
We need someone to represent Jensen Ranch at he district LCAP meetings to provide input and perspective. There are 4 meetings this school year and they are held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the SDC at the CV District Office:
If interested, please contact Principal MacLean or Secretary Jeanine Disher.
- 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.
More information will follow as we start the year.
Jensen Measure G Updates
During the summer our Measure G worked consisted of demo and replacing of the poured in place (PIP) playground soft fall material for the playground closest to the Science Room. The second playground with the wood chips, closest to the field, was demoed and the delivery of the base rock and heavy equipment was completed before school started. The construction team has completed the concrete pour and everything is nearly ready for the soft fall turf contractor to come. However, when all the bark was removed the project manager discovered that the paint on the bases of the playground structure was very chipped. We decided that it was in the best interest of the project to do a quality job and repair the chipped paint before the turf is brought in. This will extend the project by an additional week. I will continue to provide updates as they are available.
Upcoming Jensen Measure G Work:
- Proposed Library, Resource Room and staff room/office reconfiguration
- Painting-new exterior color scheme
- Staff parking lot solar array/panels.
You will be kept up to date as more information becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact Principal MacLean.
Looking for the 2019-2020 Classroom Supply Lists?
If you pre-purchased your school supplies through the PTA last school year, the supplies will be ready for pick up at registration on Thursday.
Lost and Found
The red lost and found bin is located in front of the office. Please check lost and found regularly as all items will be donated on the last Friday of the month. If an item has a name written on it, the item will be taken to the classroom. On occasion each month, the lost and found will be displayed by the office to encourage pick up of items. Students are not to bring items of value to school unless done in coordination between the classroom teacher and the family as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
A friendly reminder that our playgrounds are open during the school day only to our Jensen students. We ask that you not bring your younger children to play on the playgrounds during the school day. Adventure Time Day Care uses the playground after school and therefore is reserved for their use.
Immunization Requirements for 2019-2020
Please take note of the changes made by the California Department of Public Health related to immunization requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
Personal and religious exemptions are no longer valid for Immunization Exemptions.
Only exemptions written by a California Licensed Physician are permitted.
Jensen Ranch PTA Updates
Dear Jensen Ranch Families,
The Jensen Ranch Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Executive Board would like to welcome all new and returning families to our Jensen Ranch community.
As we embark on a new school year, we would like to remind you that your child’s school needs your help! Jensen Ranch PTA was created by parent volunteers who believed in giving our students a higher level of education through academic enrichment programs and support. One of the reasons behind this school’s success is the parent community. The parents that volunteer tirelessly and donate are the ones that are supporting the success that you see in the classrooms and in your children.
When people think of “free public education” we need to keep in mind that it means the bare minimum of what the state will provide. For us in Castro Valley it means no funding for music for students in grades below 4th grade, no art classes, minimal technology in the classrooms, minimal assistance to children that need extra help, and little to no funding for visual materials to stimulate and create a positive environment. It also means no funding to be able to bring in new innovative teaching materials to assist in the classroom.
Each year the PTA creates a budget and raises money to help Jensen Ranch in providing a quality education we all want for our kids in this community. These programs allow our children to learn things outside the box through lessons in music, art appreciation, and technology. In addition, our PTA provides critically needed support (instructional aid) in the classrooms and in the form of proactive intervention to ensure that no child is left behind. Jensen Ranch PTA gives our wonderful teachers funds to buy classroom supplies, books, and technology.
Your support is vital for the success of our school, so we are encouraging parents to voluntary contributions to the PTA, so we can continue to make improvements. Donations are not required, however, your one-time voluntary tax-deductible contribution of $150.00 per child can help achieve our goal. If you are unable to donate the suggested amount, any amount you can donate is welcomed and appreciated. Additionally, if your employer offers a matching grant program, we encourage you to submit the necessary paperwork with them. Stop by the school office to pick up all necessary forms or donate online at https://jointotem.com/ca/castro-valley/jensen-ranch-pta/join/register
Thank you so much for your continuing support!
Jensen Ranch PTA Board
The Book Fair Starts Next Week! Volunteers Needed!
Welcome back! Our fall book fair is just around the corner and we need volunteers to help with set-up, book fair tours, monitoring the door, cashier and tear down. Set-up will be on Friday, Aug. 30th with the actual book fair running from Tues, Sept. 3rd through Fri, Sept. 6th.
Don't worry if you haven't done a job before, we will train you and get you ready for the big week.
Helping with a book fair is an easy and great way to get involved at Jensen Ranch. Whether you work one shift or several shifts, no job is too small and we appreciate all the help. Also, if you know of anyone else who would like to lend a hand, please let us know and we will get them involved as well.
We are looking forward to working with everyone!
Click Below to Sign-Up!
Andrea Giannecchini, Book Fair Chair
Mark Your Calendars!
Tues., 8/27 PTA Welcome Back Potluck 6 p.m., PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Mon., 9/2 No School-Labor Day
9/3-9/6 Scholastic Book Fair Open in the Library
Th., 9/5 5th Grade Folkfest @ 5:30 p.m.
Fri., 9/6 Principal's Coffee & Tea 8:30-9:30 a.m. MPR
Tues., 9/10 Picture Day
9/24-9/26. Early Release-Fall Conference Days (Kinder @ Noon, 1st-5th @ 12:30 p.m.)
Fri., 9/27 No School-Fall Conference Day
Fri., 10/4 Principal's Coffee & Tea 8:30-9:30 a.m. MPR
Th., 10/10 Jensen Ranch School Board Presentation @ 7pm, CVUSD Board Room
Th., 10/17 The Great Shake-Out
Fri., 10/18 PTA Walkathon afterschool
Tues.,10/22 Make-Up Picture Day
Fri., 10/25 PTA Fall Halloween Carnival
Fri., 11/1 Principal's Coffee & Tea 8:30-9:30 a.m. MPR
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.)
Fri., 11/22 1st Trimester Report Cards Sent Home
11/25-11/29 No School-Thanksgiving 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.