Category Archives: School Events

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Letter of gratitude from the community we serve

Category : School Events

Hello amazing donors and volunteers. Today we received a special delivery. Our 5 year old was amazed that santa’s elves brought us a tree, so now it “really IS” Christmas with a tree and a feast and everything!  

We cannot tell you how blessed we are and how magical this has made Christmas for our daughter. Despite Daddy being hurt and Mommy working too much, it is still “Christmas” and the magic of Christmas is very much alive.

Please send our utmost thanks and gratitude to all the volunteers, donors, and amazing people that have made Christmas come to our house this year in such a magical way. God Bless you all and we pray that next year we will be able to return the love to another family.

Family 44

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2017 Adopt-A-Family Gift Drive

Category : School Events

Happy holidays! Jensen Ranch has, once again, teamed up with Castro Valley Outreach to adopt seven families in need. Each grade has an opportunity to make a local family’s holiday wishes come true. For a list of our adopted families’ wish list, see Signup Genius links below. We also shared information about our adopted families in the signups, given what was provided to us.

Kindergarten –

1st Grade –

2nd Grade –

3rd Grade –

4th Grade –

5th Grade –

How it Works:

  • Use the sign-up above to make someone’s wish come true.
  • Place your unwrapped gift by the Christmas tree in the library by December 19th.
  • Remember to tag your gift to identity your gift recipient. Include the family number, age and gender. Snowman gift tags are available by the Christmas tree, if needed.
  • Gift cards should be dropped off at the school office for safekeeping. Write the family number, age and gender on the envelop to identify your gift card’s recipient. Any monetary donations to be used for this gift drive should also be dropped off at the school office.
  • Santa’s elves will wrap gifts and sort gifts to prepare for pickup or delivery. If you are interested in wrapping gifts or delivering gifts, please contact Nina Wallkvist at 
  • Our adopted family will receive their gifts on Dec 22nd

If you have any questions regarding the gift drive, contact Nina Wallkvist at,

As always, thank you for your support! 

Jensen Ranch Community Outreach Committee

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2017 Thanksgiving Food Drive

Category : School Events

Castro Valley Outreach – 2017 Thanksgiving Food Drive

Castro Valley Outreach’s Thanksgiving Food Drive, which served 125 families from our community last year, will again collect non-perishable items for families in need this year. Each grade level is requested to bring any of the following non-perishable and unexpired items to school from Monday, November 6th to Friday, November 17th.


Stuffing (box or bag)

Gravy (canned)

Canned cranberries

Canned tomatoes

Dinner napkins

1st Grade

Cornbread mix

Canned potatoes

Canned green beans


Holiday cookies

2nd Grade

Dried pasta

Scalloped potatoes

Canned corn

Canned fruit


3rd Grade

Boxed Dessert Mixes

Canned mixed vegetables

Canned soups

Fruit juice

4th Grade


Canned yams


Sparkling cider

Dry beans

5th Grade

Canned meat/tuna

Baked beans

Canned peas

Canned olives

Aluminum roasting pans

*Please check expiration dates as expired food cannot be accepted!

The balance of the menu is perishable and will be purchased by our Castro Valley Outreach volunteers. To create a well-rounded holiday meal for our families, we also need gift cards in any denomination from Safeway, Lucky or Trader Joe’s. Please leave gift cards in the Office for safe keeping.

Anyone wishing to write a check to “Castro Valley Outreach” can also leave the check in the Office.  Cash donations are tax deductible and you will receive a thank you letter.  What a great way to show our children what we all have to be thankful for. Reach out and help others. Give what is right not what is left!

Volunteer Opportunities for Parents and Children
  • Friday November 10 – Friday, November 17, Lunch Recess: Food sorting by parents and Kids Care Club, in MPR
  • Friday, November 17 12:00pm: Parent volunteers NEEDED with trucks, minivans or SUVs to deliver collection to the Mormon Church (Seven Hills & Almond). Contact Nina Wallkvist.
  • Friday, November 17: Parent volunteers needed to receive boxes at the Mormon Church. Sign up at
  • Monday & Tuesday, November 20 & 21, Time: To be announced. Sort, box and distribute baskets at the Mormon Church. Sign up at

Happy Holidays and Thanks for Your Generous Support!

Questions? Contact Nina Wallkvist at or at 510-761-3838

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Chipotle Night

Category : School Events

The Castro Valley Chipotle, located at 3369 Castro Valley Blvd, will sponsor Jensen Ranch Elementary PTA from 5-9pm on Friday, 11/3. Eat at Chipotle and show them this flyer during these hours and they will donate 50% of proceeds to Jensen Ranch. So tell all your friends and families.  Gift cards purchased at Chipotle during these hours do not count toward our fundraising efforts.  However, gift cards purchased through the PTA beforehand can be used towards the fundraiser and bring in an additional 10% rebate.  That means, for every $10 spent that night, $6 will return to Jensen Ranch PTA.

The PTA will purchase some Chipotle gift cards and presell them before the event outside the MPR on Friday, October 13th before Friday Flag.  We may sell a few more Fridays before 11/3.  So please check back.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Halloween/Fall Festival

Category : School Events

Annual Halloween/Fall Festival at Jensen Ranch is on Friday, October 27th from 2:30-4:00 pm.  There will be carnival games, craft tables, and snacks for the entire family.  The costume parade begins at 2:45pm, so don’t be late.  Everyone is encouraged to dress up, but please remember there is a strict NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND policy (includes play, plastic, paper, cardboard, etc.) and no blood.  Adults are not to wear masks or conceal their faces.  Please see this flyer for the event details.

As always, we cannot do this without parent volunteers.  To volunteer, click here to sign up.  High school and middle school students are welcome to help.  Also, we will need candy donation.

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Category : School Events

Jensen Ranch annual Walkathon is Friday, Oct 20th from 12 – 3pm.

Our goal is to raise enough money for new instructional laptops for ALL teachers and also a new PA system for outdoor assemblies.

This year’s online pledging is available through PledgeStar.  You will be able to pledge per lap or flat donation online as well as make credit card payments.  Go to to create an account for your child.

At the event, PTA will be selling catered “Walkalot Meals” provided by Los Pericos Grill.  Meal order are due Oct 13th.  Please turn in this order form along with a payment to your child’s teacher.  Note: all checks should be written to Jensen Ranch PTA.

Raffle for prizes are also available.  Click here for more details.

You can also download a pledge sheet here.

This event CANNOT be possible without parent volunteers.  Please consider signing up to help.  Sign up here.


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Parent University

Category : School Events

The Castro Valley Adult School always put together great conferences with interesting and helpful workshops for parents.  This year’s Parent University will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Childcare will be provided for a nominal fee.

Workshops include the following:

  • Talking to Kids About The Big Questions
  • Parenting and Communication with Adolescents
  • Helping Elementary Students Manage Social Media
  • Understanding and Dealing with Sibling Rivalry
  • Growth Mindsets for Math Success

The cost is $25 if you register by Oct 10th, and $30 after.  Click here to register.

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Caution: Early release time schedule

Category : School Events

Please mark it on your calendar that early release time for the first week of October is not the same Tuesday through Thursday.

Oct 3rd – 4th is 12:30pm release for 1st through 5th grade.  Kindergarten students have 11:40 release time.

Oct 5th is noon release for ALL students.

Oct 6th is no school.

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Welcome to 17-18 School Year

Category : School Events

Welcome back, Jaguars!!!!

We are so excited for the new school year and we hope that you are too.  Here are a few dates to mark on your calendar:

Aug 16, 2017 – Walk through registration 7:30-9:30 am and 4pm – 6pm.

Aug 20, 2017 – Jensen Ranch playdate at Palomares Hills Park from 3 – 5 pm.

Aug 22, 2017 – First day of school for children, Social in MPR at 8:15am for parents.

Aug 31, 2017 – Parents only back-to-school night 6- 7pm.

Sept 5, 2017 – PTA potluck and meeting 6pm.

Sept 5th – 8th, 2017 – First book fair.

Sept 11, 2017 – Picture day.

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K-3 Music Education Winter Updates

Category : School Events

Hello Jensen Ranch parents (and fellow music lovers)!

Students in grades K-3 have been making and learning about music with docents from Music for Minors 2 (MFM2) since November. We sing, play simple instruments, and learn music fundamentals like keeping a beat and singing on pitch. We also explore the connection between music and social studies, mathematics, science, and language arts to better understand our world. (Details by grade at the end of this message.)


Why Music Education?

Research has unequivocally shown that the study of music has these benefits and many more:

  1. Helps develop language and reasoning skills
  2. Helps mastery of memorization and pattern recognition skills and spatial intelligence
  3. Promotes the desire to improve work through practice and discipline
  4. Builds coordination and self-regulation
  5. Provides a sense of achievement, builds self-confidence, and helps kids conquer fear and take risks
  6. Builds imagination, intellectual curiosity, and creative thinking
  7. Helps students learn in other academic subjects and stay engaged with school generally
  8. Correlates with better grades in high school and higher SAT scores

How the Music Program at Jensen Ranch Operates

The Jensen Ranch PTA contracts nonprofit Music for Minors 2 each year to provide music education to our K-3 students because the district does not include music ed for these grades. Grade 4 and 5 students are offered music ed through the district. MFM2 serves more than 5,000 children in Fremont, Newark, and Castro Valley by training volunteer teachers (docents) and supplying them with resources and materials. MFM2 subsidizes the cost to the schools so that more kids can receive music education.


How You Can Help Support Your Student and Music Education at Jensen

  1. Ask your student about music class — What songs do you like? What did you learn in music this week? Would you like to teach me something about music?
  2. Let the district know that the arts are important – attend the community input meeting March 6, 5:30-7pm. Your opinion matters! The district will listen if we speak as a group. Castro Valley Unified is conducting community input meetings on theirLocal Control Accountability Plan, which is a statement of goals and plan for how the district budget will be used to achieve these goals. There areseveral dates and locations around CV if you can’t make the March 6meeting at Jensen.
  3. Contact me with your ideas. I would like to hear from all parents who care about arts education at Jensen. You don’t need to volunteer for anything! I just want to hear from you. Contact me any time.      415.559.1157
  4. Support Music for Minors 2 by attending the concert for familiesFebruary 11 (details next).


Music for Minors 2 Family Concert Feb 11 – Don’t miss it!

On Saturday, February 11, MFM2 presents internationally known children’s singer/songwriter Charlotte Diamond with the Music for Minors 2 Kids Choir in a benefit show for the whole family. Your kids have been singing her songs, like “Listen to the Water,” “Spider’s Web,” and “Four Hugs a Day,” since kindergarten.


This concert is the primary fundraiser for MFM2, which uses the money for instruments, equipment, music recordings, and all the other resources needed to provide high-quality music education at a subsidized rate. You can see a great show while supporting music ed at Jensen!


Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2pm
Harbor Light, 4760 Thornton Ave, Fremont
Tickets: $12 advance, $14 door



Jensen Ranch K-3 Music Update by Grade

The Jensen kindergarteners are having fun singing, dancing, jumping, and playing weekly. Some fave songs are “Candy Man, Salty Dog” and “My Name Is Joe.” We have been singing many Charlotte Diamond songs too. We recently went deeper into beat and rhythm, which was fun.

Docent: Oren Jaffe, father of Jonah


Grade 1 classes are singing and signing songs and learning about beat and rhythm. We recently introduced bells and maracas to help explore beat and rhythm further. The students remember movements and sign language that accompany songs they learned in kindergarten, such as “See You Later, Alligator.”

Docent: Elaine Wong Eakin, community member


In Grade 2, we have been exploring basic elements of music like beat and melody. We are about to learn the difference between singing and scatting through the really fun song “I Like to Sing!” I guarantee you’ll be hearing this song around the house in coming weeks.

Docent: Shane Sharkey, community member (owner, Castro Valley School of Music and Big Toe Audio studio)


Grade 3 classes have been working hard on mastering music elements, including beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and tempo. We are continuing the rhythm notation basics begun in 2d grade and starting pitch notation. In honor of MLK Day, we learned and sang “This Little Light of Mine” and talked about who he was and what the little light might be.

Docent: Erin Milnes, mom of Duncan




Music for Minors 2, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization
“Nurturing the love and literacy of music in children’s classrooms and lives since 1988.”