Principal’s Message

July 20, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Reed Elementary! I hope you are enjoying these memorable days with your family. I am very excited to start my fifth year with your child and I am committed to continue to build on our successes and explore opportunities to enrich your child’s educational journey this 2017-18.

Join me in welcoming our new additions to the Reed family: Resource Specialist teacher, Mr. David Pyle, Mr. Michael Pulley, our new Special Day Class (SDC) pre-school teacher, TK teacher, Ms. Julia Schloetter and Mrs. Erin Nash, our new Clerical Office Assistant. Ms. Jaclyn Marie Gojenola will continue this year as our Almaden Counselor on site three times a week and Mr. Mike Vickers will continue as our PE teacher for grades 4th and 5th. I also want to welcome Mrs. Linda Kost, our new music teacher from Rhythm and Moves. We are very fortunate to have skilled, talented and very admirable teachers and staff 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 four years have been monumental and we will continue our focus on supporting the academic and social emotional needs of our students while accelerating our teaching and instruction so that our students will be successful. While maintaining the initiatives in place, we will continue to focus on a school-wide PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support), also known as Reed Rocks, to support students with socio-emotional and behavioral needs. Literacy and writing skills will also be strengthened across all grade levels.

The following information will be helpful:


-will be posted on Tuesday, August 15th 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.


Orientation – TK/Kinder Orientation is scheduled on Tuesday, August 15th from 3:30- 4:30pm in the cafeteria. We encourage both parents to attend. Please plan to leave your child at home so you may fully participate in the orientation.


-School begins on Wednesday, August 16th 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 “meet and greet”. TK and Kinder will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m. from August 16th through the 25th. Full days of school will start on August 28th 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. Please visit our school website for the detailed version of the schedule.


– We are committed to take every child’s need into consideration, however, please be aware that no requests will be taken to have children reassigned. A conference form will be available in the office if you want to meet with me.


- Wednesday morning, August 16th, 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; you will then proceed to the quad area for assembly.


– 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 25th, 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.


– 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.


- 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 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.


- 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. Gift cards are highly encouraged so teachers may purchase the specific classroom materials for the students.
For more information on our school rules and policies please check our Reed Student Handbook at 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 us in ensuring every child has the support and nurturing necessary to reach their full potential. We welcome your support, your talent, and your time as we partner together for excellence for every student.

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

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

Reed is looking for parents to join the monthly School Site Council (SSC) Meetings. It’s a great time to engage in conversation with Reed teachers and Principal on items relate to the school (i.e., curriculum, facilities, events, funding, etc.).
Meetings are held every 2nd or 3rd Tuesday at 5 p.m. and the first meeting is Sept. 19th. If you are interested, please complete the SSC form in the office by Monday, Sept. 11th. Parents of English Learners will complete the Selac form. If you have any questions, please contact the office 408.535.6247.

If you have any changes to your personal information, please contact the office ASAP so that you can receive important emails regarding any changes or reminders from our school office. You can update your contact information through the Parent Portal . If you plan to change schools or change your address, please contact the office to let us know where you are moving to and when the last date you will be attending Reed.


Late lunches for students may be left in the box labeled “late drop off” that is next to the front office door. Students can come and pick up their late lunches during lunchtime. We will no longer call classrooms during instruction time to have them come get their lunches.

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.

Reed welcomes volunteers and requests families to volunteer at least four hours a month. New and returning parents, must complete the online volunteer packet at New volunteers must provide current TB test results and make an appointment with the San Jose Unified School District to be fingerprinted. An approved list of volunteers is posted on the bulletin board across from the office.

Please be aware of your surroundings when you are dropping off and picking up your student. Reed is in a neighborhood and we hope that all parents are respectful and courteous towards our neighbors by refraining from speeding, double parking, honking, etc. We know that often times in the morning that some are rushed to make it on time, and to avoid this you may consider leaving a couple minutes earlier to ensure a safe trip to school.

If your student will be absent for the day, please call the attendance hotline at (408) 284-6261 in the morning before school begins at 9 a.m. Our Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Nash will listen and record which students are absent for the day.

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

Thank you for everyone who started accounts on and loaded it with money for their students hot lunch. If you have not started an account for your student, please call the office for the student ID# and then log onto to add money into your students account.

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.