Solar Project at Reed

Dear Reed Elementary School Community,

Over the 2016-2017 school year, San José Unified will be installing solar energy systems throughout the district, and Reed is one of the locations that will soon be producing clean energy. A solar installation has been designed with the target of reducing the school’s annual electricity bill by 80-100% for at least 25 years.

The installation at Reed is part of a $15.5 million project funded by Clean Renewable Energy Bonds recently made available by the federal government. The project is expected to yield $25 million in energy savings for the district, all of which will be reinvested in our schools and our students. This project will also provide some great benefits beyond cost savings:
• Student Benefits: The solar energy array will provide much-needed shade, which students can utilize on hot days. This has been among the top needs heard from our elementary students and staff for many years.
• Educational Benefits: The solar system will serve as a learning laboratory. SunPower, the contractor designing and installing the solar energy systems, will provide curriculum on the subject of solar energy for teachers to share with their students.
• Environmental Benefits: Electricity generated by the solar system will offset the greenhouse gas emissions from 465,000 miles traveled by an average passenger vehicle.

The location of the solar array at Reed was chosen in consultation with energy professionals and school site representatives to address the needs of cost effectiveness, limited impact to the school site, and environmental benefits.

Construction is scheduled to begin on May 8, 2017, and should last for approximately three months. Work will take place Monday-Friday, starting no earlier than 7 a.m. and ending no later than 7 p.m. (and generally before 4 p.m.). Fencing around the construction site will have a much larger footprint than the final array, which is necessary to ensure student safety.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Project Manager Andy Marse at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (831) 246-1505, or San José Unified Public Information Officer Peter Allen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (408) 535-6444.

Thank you for being a part of the Reed Elementary School community and for your continued support of our school.

Melody Mendoza

Yard Duty Needed

Dear Reed Community,

Noon Yard Duty personnel make a valuable contribution to the safety of Reed students during the lunch hour. Right now we are in need of people that can commit to assisting for the rest of the school year. If you are interested, please contact the school secretary, at (408)535-6247, for more information.

Thank you!

Welcome to Reed Elementary School

A Proud California Distinguished School in SJUSD

News From the Office

If you plan to change schools or change your address for next school year, please contact the office to let us know where you are moving to and when the last date you will be attending Reed.


Teachers and office staff have requested to not disturb instruction time and will no longer be accepting late lunches in the office. We will be leaving a box that says “late lunch drop off” in front of the office for parents to leave any items such as lunches/water bottles for students to pick up on their own during lunch time.

Looking for office donations

Please consider donating a box of copy paper for the office. We are running very low and would like our Reed community to contribute. Thank you! Also, Ms. Christy is asking for donations for Kleenex and Clorox wipes to get through this sick season.

Appreciate your help!


Reed Elementary would like to create an environment for students that is healthy for all. If your student is sick, please keep them at home until they are healthy. As always, call the attendance line to report absence at (408) 284-6261. Please see this link to learn more about communicable diseases and which ones will have exposure notices be sent to the other students in the classroom. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


We want to remind parents to be considerate of the neighborhood and to drive extra cautiously during these periods as students will be crossing streets. Please be extra careful when picking up and dropping off students as there are limited parking spaces. Please do not park in the staff parking lot or leave cars on idle to “wait” for your student to come out. Also, please refrain from dropping off students in the middle of the street, double parking while waiting, or blocking/parking the entrance of the staff parking lots. Consider coming a little bit earlier to drop off your students so that you will not be in a rush before the bell rings at 9 AM.


We are always looking for individuals to volunteer at Reed. If you are new to volunteering, please come by the office to pick up a volunteer packet to fill out. An approved list of volunteers is posted on the bulletin board across from the office.

Please note the following:
*A doctor’s note may be required for extended illness
*Absences can be excused only within 5 days
*Three(3) Unexcused Absences will result in receiving an auto-generated Truancy Letter from the District
*Death in a family is excused:
    -for one(1) day if the funeral takes place in California, for three(3) days if the funeral takes place out of state.
    - only if it is an immediate family member: mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, sibling(s) or any other family member in the student’s immediate household (i.e. an       uncle that lives in the same home with the student)
* Family Emergencies need to be reported in the office while explaining the situation, as they need to be approved by the principal

Free & Reduced Lunch Program Application

Many of our families at Reed may qualify for participation in this program without even realizing it. If you feel your family’s household income is too high to qualify, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway. Many families have been surprised to learn that they qualify. At this time, 23% of our families participate in this program. If this number reaches 50%, the amount of government funding Reed receives annually greatly increases. Please check to see if you qualify: (If you need assistance or access to a computer please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))


Many companies in the area match donations that their employees make to schools. If you have made a donation to Reed school directly or to the Reed PTA and your company matches gifts, you can help get much needed funds for our school. Check with your employer to apply for a matching gift. Please contact Reed School if you need the Tax ID and Reed PTA’s Tax ID: 94-6173818. You will also need the date and amount of the donation you made.