Welcome to Reed Elementary School

A Proud California Distinguished School in SJUSD


Principal’s Message

July 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The beginning of a new school year, like the dawn of a new day, reminds us that the future holds infinite possibilities. Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Reed Elementary! I hope you are enjoying these summer days with your family.  I also hope that you are rested and will have a renewed excitement as we embark on great opportunities at Reed.  I am very excited and committed to continue all our hard work and to build on our successes. I am very eager to welcome all 500 students to their educational journey this 2016-17.

Join me in welcoming our new Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Elisha Peterson, our 1st grade team; Mrs. Shally Manzanarez-Vakili, Mrs. Catherine Miller and Mrs. Carrie McMahan, our 4th grade teacher, Ms. Laura Marer and our music teacher, Matthew Kost from Rhythm and Moves Inc.  We are very fortunate to have skilled, talented and very admired teachers join our Reed team this year.

This year we will continue to be shaped by our reform efforts as outlined in our Opportunity 21 and School Plan (SPSA). Our accomplishments over the past three years have been monumental and we will continue our focus on remediation, calibration and accelerating our teaching and instruction so that our students will be successful. While maintaining the initiatives already in place, this year we will focus on a school-wide disability awareness to support students with socio-emotional needs, we will continue to strengthen our early literacy program in the primary grade as well as our math initiatives for the upper grades.

Here is some information that you will find useful.

CLASS ROSTER - will be posted on Tuesday, August 16th at 4:00 in the afternoon. Primary grades will be in the office window and upper grades will be in the library window beside the music room.

TK/KINDER Orientation – TK/Kinder Orientation is scheduled on Tuesday, August 16th from 3:30-5:00pm in the cafeteria.  We encourage both parents to attend. Please plan to leave your child at home so you can fully participate in the orientation.

SCHEDULE -School begins on Wednesday, August 17th with a start time of 9:00 a.m. for all grade levels. During the first day, TK and Kinder will leave with their parents after the teacher orientation. TK and Kinder will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m. from August 17th through the 26th.  Full days of school will start on August 29th for TK and Kinder. On regular days, TK/Kinder dismissal is at 2:55 p.m., Grades 1-3 releases at 3:02 p.m., and Grades 4-5 releases at 3:07 p.m.  Attached to this memo is a simplified version of the schedule.

PLACEMENT – We appreciate your understanding that we take every child’s needs into consideration. Please be aware that no requests will be taken to have children reassigned as we have made careful considerations as to the best student placements possible. A conference form will be available in the office if you want to meet with me.

FIRST DAY - Wednesday morning, August 17th, staff will be available to direct your child to the opening assembly area. Please have your child wait behind the “yellow line” between A5 and A2 prior to the first warning bell.  After the first warning bell TK-5th grade students will line up in our quad assembly area with their room assignment/teacher at 8:55am. TK and Kinder students will first meet in their classrooms with their parents, and then they will proceed to the quad area for the assembly.

NOTIFICATION OF ABSENTEES – If for any reason your child will not be in attendance the first day of school you MUST notify the school at (408) 535-6247. If you have not contacted our office and your child is not in attendance by Friday, August 26th, we will have to drop your child from our school roster and there is no guarantee that he/she will be able to return to Reed.

TRANSPORTATION – Students who qualify for busing will receive information regarding pick up and drop off times and location from the District Transportation Department prior to the start of the school year. If you have any questions regarding transportation, please call the Transportation Department at (408) 535-6185.
STUDENT DROP-OFF/TRAFFIC and PARKING – Please follow our school policy stipulated in our school handbook. Note that only staff and community members with a handicap sign will be allowed to park in the side parking lot. Auction winners are allowed to park in the front parking lot. Thank you for continuously supporting our school policies.

PTA at REED –To our new families please join us to a Welcome Coffee/ Meet and Greet after opening the school on August 17th in the cafeteria. I am a HUGE supporter of our PTA and our school continues to benefit from all of the enrichment activities they provide.

PARENT LINK and COMMUNICATION- We will continue to use our Parent Link to communicate school related information and events. If you have not registered your email address in our system please do so. Please refer to our school website http://www.sjusd.org/reed/school-information/sjusd-parent-portal/, or contact our office secretary if you need assistance. All parent bulletins, and Bobcat newsletters will be sent on a regular basis via parent link email.

VOLUNTEERING AT REED: - Due to our efforts to align and strengthen instruction to best serve students most of our enrichment programs (Art Vista, Corner Stone, Garden project) are encouraged to transpire after core academics are taught. This academic core focus will result in most of our parent led programs being held in the afternoon. We understand how this can be challenging for some of our community volunteers, but we truly believe that prioritizing our core subjects will greatly benefit our students. There are opportunities for parents to assist mornings in the classroom and computer lab. We ask that you support the changes and focus in our instructional block.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES - Students are invited to bring basic school supplies to use in the classroom. We encourage everyone to bring their personal headphones to use for our adaptive learning programs. Please see our website, or front window, for recommended grade level supplies and other information.

BREAKFAST and LUNCH- Breakfast is available from 8:30-9:00 a.m. daily. Lunch will be served according to grade level schedule. If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you must fill out the paperwork each year.  The cost for breakfast is $1.75; reduced breakfast, $.30; lunch, $2.75; reduced lunch, $.40; milk only, $.50. Food services will offer services for on-line payment monitoring. Visit the SJUSD website for food service details.

As always, the staff at Reed is excited and dedicated to ensure all Reed students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society. Furthermore, it is our mission to both eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education. We invite you to be a part of this pursuit with us, and we implore you to join with us in ensuring every child has the support and nurturing necessary to reach their full potential. We welcome your support, your talents, and your time as together we partner for excellence for every student.


Melody Mendoza MA.Ed
Principal, Reed Elementary
California Distinguished School