Berryessa Union School District
February-March 2018

District Events

March 6, 2018

March 7, 2018
  • Measure K meeting, 4:30-5:30 pm, District Office Small Board Room

March 8, 2018
  • Enrollment Night - Piedmont Family of Schools, 4-7 pm, District Office, *Students New to District Only*

March 9, 2018
  • Parent Coffee - Healthy Youth Task Force Meeting, 8:30-10 am, Morrill Middle School, view flyer

March 10, 2018
  • Parent University: Raising Confident, Creative & Collaborative Children, 8-12 pm at Vinci Park, view flyer

March 13, 2017
  • School Board Meeting, 6 pm, District Office - Board Room, Information

March 15, 2018

March 19, 2018
  • Berryessa Music Boosters Meeting, 4:30 pm, District Office

March 22, 2018
  • Enrollment Night - Morrill Family of Schools, 4-7 pm, District Office, *Students New to District Only*

March 27, 2018
  • Berryessa Education Foundation5-7 pm, District Office - Board RoomInformation

March 30, 2018
  • No School/ Schools & District Office Closed

    District Office

    1376 Piedmont Road
    San Jose, CA 95132
    Phone: 1-408-923-1800
    Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 pm
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    Superintendent's Update
    ** Please Note: Since February was a short month, we have recapped February news in a combined February-March 2018 newsletter. **
    Dr. Roxane Fuentes
    Toyon Students Practice Emergency Drills
    School Safety Commitment

    We want our Berryessa community to know that the Berryessa Union School District is focused on providing our students and staff a safe, supportive, engaging, and nurturing environment.

    Our staff, along with consultation from local emergency providers, have created extensive safety plans and protocol tailored to each school site. We regularly practice emergency drills with students that cover responses to different emergency situations. Our staff is trained in emergency procedures and daily safety practices that help maintain a secure environment. In addition to strong safety policies and practices, the district also implements social-emotional instruction and strategies designed to positively affect student behavior. We have school counselors and social workers as well as partnerships with community health services to provide students and staff with socio-emotional support services.  BUSD is fortunate to serve the Berryessa community where students, parents, community members, local law enforcement and other community partners, are working together to ensure a bright future for our children, in a safe and protective environment.
    Below are a few resources that provide support for you and your child in discussing recent events in Florida.

    Informational Meeting
    Tuesday, March 6, 2018
    6-7 pm
    District Office
    Dual Language Immersion Program 

    At the Board meeting on February 27, 2018, I presented the results of our community survey on a potential dual language immersion program (view presentation here). As a result of the feedback received during this phase, we are moving forward exploring the possibilities of launching Dual Immersion Programs in both Mandarin and Spanish for Fall 2018. On Tuesday, March 6th, we will hold a Dual Language Immersion Program Informational Meeting at the District Office from 6-7 p.m. We will share the Dual Immersion 90/10 model and discuss long-term plans for implementation success. This will also be an opportunity for parents to express interest in enrolling in the potential Fall 2018 program launch.
    Parent University

    Our Education Services staff has been busily preparing for BUSD's annual Parent University seminar on March 10, 2018, from 8 a.m. to noon at Vinci Park Elementary School. This year's topic is Raising Confident, Creative, and Collaborative Students. During the seminar, parents will attend two workshops selected from a range of parenting and education topics, such as developing a lifelong growth mindset, bullying, internet safety, emotional well-being, depression, and how to successfully survive the middle school years.
    Board Updates

    At the Board meeting on February 27, 2018, the Board accepted the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) Annual Report for the Measure L Bond. Overall, the committee found that both the construction and financial aspects of Measure L have been well managed. The construction schedule is expected to be met by the end 2018 and will be achieved within the $77M budget. 

    LCAP Update

    I'd like to thank all of our community who attended our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Stakeholder engagement meeting in February. Our stakeholder's participation in the LCAP is essential in developing, reviewing, and supporting the implementation of our District's LCAP. The LCAP is a highly strategic roadmap that defines goals, determines resources to meet goals, and measures progress towards achieving those goals. In addition to the LCAP Stakeholder meeting, the committee has held focus groups at each school site. The LCAP Steering Committee will meet during March, April, and May to create the updated LCAP to be presented to the District’s Advisory Committee (BDAC), the English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC), and Santa Clara County Office of Education. A public hearing on the 2018-2019 LCAP will be held during the Board Meeting on June 2, 2018. (View LCAP and Budget Adoption timeline.)
    Middle School Students Share How They Learn Best with Superintendent Dr. Fuentes and Assistant Superintendent Dr. McCreary
    Thank you for your collaboration in creating a Pathway to the Future, 

    Dr. Roxane Fuentes
    BUSD Superintendent
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    Are you on Facebook and Twitter? Follow Superintendent Dr. Fuentes on Twitter at @BUSDFuentes, the District at @BerryessaUSD, BUSD jobs can be found at @BerryessaUSDHR, and Technology Services is at @BUSDTech.

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    Currently Enrolled Students
    Students who attended a BUSD school this year and are simply moving from one grade to another or who are moving from an elementary school to a middle school are not required to register again. Your student will be automatically enrolled in the next grade and new 6th graders are automatically assigned to their resident middle school. Families with new middle school students will receive information from their school regarding needed forms and schedule information during the summer, usually in August.

    New Families to the District
    New students can register online. Follow the instructions provided in the online portal. Upon completion, please print a copy of the registration and complete steps 2 through 8 below. Note: You will need a valid email address in order to register online. 

    • Enrollment for 2018-2019 instructions and can be accessed on the District website here. Please remember to click "next" at the bottom of the first page. 
    • Early enrollment events for new to the district families can be found here
    Citizen Involvement
    Next School Board Meeting: 

    March 13, 2017
    6 pm


    BUSD School Board

    2017-18 Board Meeting Dates
    August 8, 2017
    January 16, 2018
    August 22, 2017 
    February 13, 2018
    September 12, 2017
    February 27, 2018
    October 17, 2017
    March 13, 2018
    November 14, 2017
    April 10, 2018
    December 5, 2017
    May 8, 2018

    May 22, 2018

    June 5, 2018

    June 19, 2018

    California Healthy Youth Task Force Parent Coffee

    Fifth to eighth-grade parents and guardians are invited to this meeting of the BUSD Healthy Youth Task Force. The committee will work to support the District in reviewing comprehensive healthy sexuality curriculum programs that meet the requirements set forth by the California Healthy Youth Act and are a good match for our community. Current members are invited as well as parents or staff interested in serving on the task force. To learn more about the California Healthy Youth Act, please read this FAQ and the legislative bill AB-329. For more information, please contact BUSD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Barbara Friedenbach408-923-1887.
    Measure K Parcel Tax Senior Waiver

    Home-owner residents of the Berryessa Union School District who will be at least 65 on July 1, 2017, or for each year thereafter where the homeowner reaches 65 on July 1st of that year, are exempt from paying the $79.00 per year parcel assessment. To receive the exemption, a completed application and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Berryessa Union School District by June 30th prior to the following July 1st of each fiscal year. Learn more about the exemption and download the form.
    Applications Now Being Accepted for Oversight Committees

    As part of our obligation to the community to be accountable for the funds we get from bonds and parcel taxes, the Board of Trustees would like to invite you to apply for one of the vacant positions on the Measure K Parcel Tax Committee, and/or Measure L Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Both committees meet quarterly at the BUSD District Office.

    Each oversight committee ensures public funds are allocated in accordance with the original bond measure ballot terms. The committees evaluate the bond and Parcel Tax impact on students, classrooms, schools, and the district.

    Measure K Parcel Tax Oversight Committee Available Positions
    • Parent Representative for the Morrill Middle School Family (Brooktree, Laneview, Northwood Elementary schools, Morrill Middle School)
    • Two Community Representatives who must reside in the BUSD Boundaries
    • Certificated/CTAB Representative current BUSD employee
    • Classified/CSEA Representative current BUSD employee 

    Measure L Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) Available Positions
    • Taxpayer organization representative (2-year term)
    • Parent Representative:  Parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district and active in a parent-teacher organization (2-year term)

    Interested in Serving?
    Please visit the Measure K and Measure L websites to find out more information and to download the application. 
    BUSD Innovates
    STEM Night

    Ruskin Elementary held its annual STEM Night on February 2, 2018. The Ruskin Science Lab organized multiple activities such as LEGO robotics, computer programming, making a wind measuring instrument, and constructing a tower made of craft sticks. Students also learned about the persistence of vision, observed surface tension changes in color changing milk, and built a glove-a-phone to learn about sound. Everyone had a busy and fun evening learning science, technology, engineering, and math.
    Glove-a-Phone Experiments & Giant Jenga
    Parents Collaborate with Students on Craft Stick Towers
    Color Changing Milk
    Middle School Students Attend SJSU Seminar

    A strong BUSD middle school student tradition is the participation at San Jose State University's African American College Readiness Summit. Students attend workshops on college preparation, careers, study strategies, financial aid, and scholarships. Since the seminar is on SJSU campus, students experience campus life by touring the campus, connecting with college students and leaders, faculty and staff, and participating in campus activities.
    BUSD Engages
    Loving Solutions Culmination

    We would like to thank all the engaged parents who participated in the Loving Solutions parent workshop series and District Spanish Translator Lourdes Calande for leading the series. For six weeks, participant attended seminars to learn strategies to build trust and to navigate difficult situations with their children successfully. Throughout the year, the District's Education Services department offers parent education workshops that are announced through school sites, this newsletter, and our Facebook page
    Thank You, Piedmont Advanced Choir!
    Our District staff was treated to a special preview concert from the Piedmont Advanced Choir under the musical direction of Ms. Celeste Wilson.​ We couldn't be more proud of the strong and award-winning music programs offered at Berryessa schools.
    One Warm Coat Drive

    Thank you to the Vinci Park community for donated nearly 1,500 warm coats and winter clothing items for the school's participation in the nationwide One Warm Coat Drive. In sunny San Jose, we often overlook that many in our community are unprepared when cold weather hits. We are proud that our Berryessa students created such a successful and generous community outreach effort.
    Lunar New Year Celebrations

    Everyone at the District always looks forward to Toyon Elementary School and Laneview's Lunar New Year celebration and this year did not disappoint. Especially since Toyon was celebrating its 21st Anniversary of their annual school wide assembly.
    This is a rich tradition at Toyon started by former BUSD School Board trustee, Linda Chen. Our volunteer Mandarin instructors, Tracy, Wendy, and Petty continue to provide our students the opportunity to learn about the wonderful Chinese culture. At Toyon students who participate in our after-school Mandarin program serve as emcees by speaking in Mandarin to welcome the Toyon community and perform as the dragon. Our kindergarteners kick off the celebration with singing and dancing. At Laneview, students shared their Lunar New Year celebration with a parade through the Laneview campus neighborhood. Thank you Toyon and Laneview for sharing this cultural celebration with our Berryessa community!
    Toyon's 21st Lunar New Year Assembly 
    Laneview Lunar New Year Dragon
    Laneview Neighborhood Parade
    Save the Date!

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Penitencia Park 

    Homework Help at the Library 

    Did you know that our local Berryessa public library provides homework help? In addition to online resources for homework help, the library offers a homework club in both English and Spain, homework tutoring, and a homework coach. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the link, under "events" to find the details for homework help opportunities. 
    Support BUSD
    The Berryessa Education Foundation is a volunteer-staffed foundation that has raised over $300,000 since 1992 to supplement the District’s budget to improve our students’ educational experience. Last year's raffle raised about $31,000 to provide teacher grants to implement their projects using innovative technology, curriculum, and classroom materials to enhance the students' learning experience. Learn more about supporting our foundation

    • Next Meeting: March 27, 2017, 5-6:00 pm at the BUSD District Office, Board Room. 
    The Berryessa Music Boosters supports Berryessa Union School District's award-winning music programs. Please consider supporting and joining the Music Boosters. Learn more about supporting our Music Boosters

    Next Meeting: March 19, 2018, District Office
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    In addition to emergency notifications, BUSD families may receive text message notification from their schools. To learn more about the district's use of text message please read this and to control your text message preferences, visit the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and click on "Changing your Messenger Contact Preferences" or follow these step-by-step instructionsEmergency messages will override these preferences. By default, texting is turned off to prevent unexpected charges from their phone provider.