Jensen Ranch

September 29, 2019

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Jensen Jaguar Families!

Thank you for attending conferences for your child over the past few weeks. We appreciate the time you take to partner with us to ensure your child will have a successful school year. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Congratulations to Mrs. Smith who had her baby last Tuesday evening! Momma and baby are doing great!

I would like to welcome some new staff members to Jensen Ranch. Please give them a warm Jensen welcome when you see them!

Yasmin Habib - Attendance Technician

Judy Berhard - Long Term Sub for Mrs. Smith

Stephanie Louie - Long Term Sub for Mrs. Smith

Christine Chan - Interim Sub for Mrs. Cunha

Hannah Miller - Long Term Sub for Mrs. Cunha (starting in mid October)

Student Council Elections

During October, we will be preparing for our annual Student Council elections. 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 on Mon., 10/7.

Student Council Offices:

3rd Grade - Sergeant at Arms

4th Grade - Treasurer, Vice President

5th Grade - Secretary, President

Some Updates/Reminders:

  • Fri., 10/4 Principal's Coffee and Tea following Friday Flag
  • Tues., 10/15 PTA Meeting
  • Fri., 10/18 PTA Walkathon

Please save the following links:

School Website

Jensen PTA Website

Facebook @lisamacleanprincipal and @JensenRanchPTA

Twitter @JensenJaguars

In Partnership-

Ms. MacLean, Principal

No Parking in the Staff Parking Lot

Please do not park in the staff parking lot unless you require handicap parking, then you may use one of the two handicap parking spaces. Please display your handicap parking placard. Students are not permitted to walk from the staff parking lot across the drop-off lane to the front of the school. Students are to be escorted by an adult when using the crosswalk at all times. Contact the office if require you assistance. Otherwise, please escort your student to the front of the school. Students are not to be dropped off from the handicap parking spots.

Do not motion to your students to cross the drop-off lane to the staff parking lot. This is extremely unsafe! During conference week, this was occurring and it puts your children in danger.

If you have someone new picking up your child who is not familiar with our drop-off/pick-up policy, please take the time to review this with them ahead of time.

Be safe. Be smart. Be a role model!

Measure G Playground Update

Our students have been waiting patiently for our large playground to open. The asphalt walkway was put in place last weekend and it looks great! We are now waiting for the ground area to be graded up to the walkway so that students don't catch their feet on the transition from the dirt to the walkway. We cannot wait for it to open, but we want to ensure that all safety precautions are taken into account before the fencing comes down.


As parents, you often come across acronyms to describe school-based programs, supports, and assessments. Here are four very common educational acronyms (educationese) you should be familiar with and a brief overview of their meaning.

  • MTSS - Multi-Tiered System of Support: MTSS is an instructional “umbrella” framework that supports students academically, behaviorally & socially and encompasses PBIS and RTI. MTSS uses ongoing data to specifically target multiple levels of academic and behavioral and social-emotional instruction for all students - at all levels. All Jensen students are supported through MTSS.
  • PBIS - Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: It is a school-wide strategy for helping all students achieve important social and learning goals. We know that when good behavior and good teaching come together, our students will excel in their learning.

    As part of our PBIS program, we establish several clear rules for the behavior we expect in all areas of our school. We explicitly teach those expectations to the students and reward them frequently with positive notes and prizes for their great behavior. The expectations for all student behavior are clear throughout our campus. Ask your child about the Jensen PAW Pledge. Ask your child, “What are the rules at Jensen?” “How do you follow those rules?” “What happens when an adult sees you following the rules?” Second Step is part of our PBIS program.

  • RTI - Response to Intervention: RTI is a multi-step approach to providing services and interventions to struggling learners at increasing levels of intensity. RTI allows for early intervention by providing academic and behavioral supports rather than waiting for a child to fail before offering help. At Jensen, all students are provided with Tier 1 instruction in their classroom from their teacher, both academic, behavioral and social/emotional. Tier 2 supports targeted students with specific interventions to address essential learning goals that have not yet been met. The Tier 2 instruction generally can take place in the classroom, but students may also go to Jazzy's Learning Lab in the Library or in the case of behavioral/social-emotional supports, may work with the school counselor or principal. Tier 3 is the most intense level of intervention on the continuum. At Tier 3, the goal is remediation of existing academic, social, or emotional problems and prevention of more severe problems. Tier 3 instruction generally takes place in Jazzy's Learning Lab or with the school counselor. Tier 2 and Tier 3 instruction often last from six to eight weeks and provides around 50 to 100 minutes of additional instruction per week on specifically targeted skills.
  • ILP - Individual Learning Plan: If your student is participating in Tier 2 or Tier 3 RTI support, your teacher will work with you to develop an ILP for your student. An ILP is a collaboratively written document which outlines your student’s current level of ability and identifies specific goals for future attainment. ILP’s ensure students have access to a meaningful curriculum suited to their particular needs.

Don't let educationese get in the way of you being your child's best advocate. If you aren't sure what something means, just ask us!

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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.

CVUSD Board Recognized Months

September: Attendance Awareness Month

Sept./Oct.: Hispanic Heritage Month

November: Indigenous People 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.

Video: Dear Parent from Let It Ripple

Dear Parent (2 mins) is the first film of the new Let It Ripple series of short films (including Dear Student, Dear CEO, Dear Legislator, Dear Human, and more) about the relationship between character, technology, and humanity. These films are part of the Let It Ripple global Character Day initiative, an annual day that unites millions of people in schools, companies, and homes to develop and deepen their character (strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude, social responsibility, and leadership). Why? Because character development leads not only to school and career success but also to stronger, more engaged individuals and a more just world. Click the box below "LET IT RiPPLE/Dear Parent" to view the video.
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Jensen Ranch PTA Updates

Dear Jensen Ranch Families,

The Jensen Ranch PTA has partnered with Square1Art ( to create a unique opportunity to celebrate your child’s artistic accomplishments while raising much-needed funds for our school.

This fundraiser is time-sensitive, so please make sure to turn in your child's artwork before the deadline, since no late work can be accepted.

These are easy steps to create your child’s unique artwork and transform it into a keepsake:

  1. Have your child create an artwork only on the paper provided (in your child’s Friday Folder). For the artwork use these materials: markers, tempera paint, intense watercolors, oil pastels, paper collage, acrylic paint, craft paper, colored duct/masking tape, tissue paper, sharpie markers.
  2. DO NOT USE: colored or lead pencils, photographs, gel/glitter pens, scratchboard, chalk, 3D materials, metallic, fluorescent, or neon anything.
  3. Have your child SIGN and DATE his/her masterpiece.
  4. Make sure header is completed and legible.
  5. Turn in your child’s artwork to your teacher by Friday, October 4th. No late work can be accepted.
  6. In October you will receive your child’s custom catalog featuring his/her artwork. Order keepsakes containing your child’s masterpiece, AND Jensen Ranch will earn profit from every order.
  7. All online and paper order forms must be turned in by Friday, November 8th. No late orders can be accepted.
  8. Your keepsakes will arrive the first week of December.

Thank you for your continuous support! Together we can help support the school, build your child’s self-esteem, and create lasting keepsakes from your child’s artistic achievements.

For some art ideas go to

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!


Fri., 10/4 Principal's Coffee & Tea 8:30-9:30 a.m. MPR

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 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.)

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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