Labor Day Closure

All SJUSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.

Todas las escuelas y oficinas del SJUSD estarán cerradas el lunes, 1o de septiembre de 2014, a fin de conmemorar el Día del Trabajo.

Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Reed Elementary! I hope you are having a wonderful summer with your family. I also hope that you are well rested and will have a renewed energy and enthusiasm as we embark on great opportunities at Reed. We as a district, with the leadership of Dr. Vincent Matthews, are dedicated to make a difference in the lives of our students for generations to come. We will continue to focus our efforts to close the opportunity gap while raising the bar for all to prepare our students with 21st century skills. If you would like to learn more about our complete Strategic Plan please visit our SJUSD website

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making my first year successful. I sincerely appreciate the support and the commitment of our parents and community to make Reed a great school. I am committed to making this year another wonderful year for everyone.

As we near the beginning to the school year here are some information that you will find useful.

We have new teachers joining our Reed community. We welcome Ms. Emily Andrews as our new 5th grade teacher, Ms. Amanda Petty will be co-teaching with Ms. Robyn Rise in 5th grade Ms. Shally Manzanares as our Resource Specialist, Mr. Rene Garcia as our Special Day Class teacher and Ms. Karen Geyer as our Speech Therapist. We are also very fortunate to have Community School for Music and Arts teach our music program this school year. We are very excited to welcome our new staff, so please join me in welcoming them to our great Reed family!

CLASS ROSTER - will be posted on Tuesday, August 12th at 4:30 in the afternoon in the office window or you can visit our Reed website the same day it is scheduled to be posted.

SCHOOL OPENING -School begins on Wednesday, August 13th with a start time of 9:00 for all grade levels. Kinder will have only one hour orientation on the 13th, followed by early release days, releasing at 12:55 through August 22rd. Full days of school will have Kinder release at 2:55, Grades 1-3 releases at 3:02 and Grades 4-5 releases at 3:07. Attached to this memo is a simplified version of the schedule. I am also reminding everyone 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.

FIRST DAY - Wednesday morning, August 13th, staff and our PTA parent volunteers will be available to direct your child to the opening assembly area. 1st-5th grade students will line up in our quad assembly area with their room assignment/teacher at 9:00. Kindergarten students will meet in the K classrooms with their parents for an hour orientation and will not be participating in the opening assembly. A kinder letter will be mailed to kinder families with additional details specific to Kinder.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT – We look forward to seeing you on August 26th from 6-7:30 p.m. for our Back to School Night. This is an event for parents to learn more about their student’s educational program, so please make the necessary arrangements for childcare.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES - Students are invited to bring basic school supplies to use in the classroom. 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 daily. Lunch will be served according to grade level schedule. If your child qualifies for free 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.

TRAFFIC and PARKING – It is very important that every parent commit to a calm traffic environment and to adhere to the parking rules around the perimeter of Reed. Please be aware of and strictly adhere to the Passenger Loading Zone and “NO STOPPING” areas on Jacob, Reedhurst and Glacier adjacent to the school. San Jose City has posted signs that clearly mark the parking restrictions. It is critical that you follow the rules posted. There is no designated parking lot for parents, but if you are visiting the school you may park in the lot on Jacob closer to the front office. Do not use the staff or handicap parking areas to drop off or pick up your student.

PTA at REED –To our new families and Kinder parents please join us to a “Welcome Coffee/ Meet and Greet” after opening the school and kinder orientation on August 13th in the cafeteria. I am a huge supporter of PTA. As community partners, let us continue to support our students and staff with many extra-curricular learning opportunities, activities, equipment and supplies by joining our PTA.

SELAC at Reed –If you are interested in providing meaningful input to Reeds school educational program for English Learners please join our SELAC committee. The committee meets once a month in the library for an hour. Please contact Mrs. Tish Bailey if you are interested.

NOTIFICATION OF ABSENTEES – If for any reason your child will not be in attendance the first day of school you MUST notify Mrs. Virginia Biggs at (408) 535-6247. If you have not contacted our office and your child is not in attendance by Friday, August 22nd, 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.

PARENT COMMUNICATION – Parent bulletin/messages and monthly updates are sent via ParentLink. It is critical that we have your current contact numbers and email address. Please see our Reed website at for directions to access your Parent Portal account at to verify or update your contact information.

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.

Let us continue to build strong relationships, maintain a safe and healthy learning environment and lead the school with high expectations for academic achievement in the 21st century. WE can make this year another excellent year for all our students.

Melody F.E. Mendoza M.A.Ed
Principal, Reed Elementary School

Welcome to Reed

Reed Elementary School, located in Southwest San Jose, reflects the rich cultural diversity of San Jose Unified School District and the surrounding neighborhood.

Reed School includes 20 kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms that focus on teaching District and State Standards. The Reed Staff differentiates for many types of learning needs.


Important Reminders

Parking/Traffic Safety

When you are in a hurry to bring your child to school, please remember to respect our neighbors by parking only in unrestricted zones, not moving their garbage cans on Monday mornings, and/or staying in your cars in the Passenger Loading Zone.  In addition, set a good example for your children and cross in the crosswalk. No jaywalking, please!

Please remember traffic and parking rules so that everyone is safe and our drop off and pick up runs smoothly.

  • Please drive slowly and carefully around our school, especially during drop off and pick up.
  • Unfortunately, there are no parking spaces on school grounds for the general public, only for staff and the handicapped.  You need to park on the bordering streets.
  • We need all drivers to NOT park in the bus areas on Glacier.

Passenger Loading Zones & Bus Zones
Please remember to abide by the passenger loading zone regulations. Use the zone as designed, for dropping off and picking up..not for parking! Please stay in your cars.

At all times, please do not park in the bus zone!

Thank you so much for your assistance!