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Mrs. Means

Just to tell you a little about myself, I grew up in Fremont and I am myself a product of the Fremont
Unified School District!  I am married with two children.  My son is in High School, my
daughter is in seventh grade. I was a parent at Mattos before I was granted the
opportunity to teach here. I even served on the PTA Board for a year as the Hospitality Chair. and I
currently serve on the board as a teacher representative.  I am proud and passionate about our
school and the students.  This is my seventh year teaching kindergarten and I just love it.
Teaching was always my passion, but I worked in the corporate world for many years.  I went back
to school and earned my BS in Business Management and then a few years later decided to pursue
my original dream to teach.  I earned my Teaching Credential and a Masters Degree in Education.  I
am so pleased with my career change.  It was worth the wait as I find working with children to be far
more rewarding!
When I am not obsessively scouring Pinterest for great Kindergarten ideas, I like to read and bake
treats.  When my family can get away, we like to go down to Disneyland.  I am a bit of a Disney nerd.

My teaching philosophy is that the partnership between parent, teacher, and student is invaluable for
creating a nurturing and fun learning environment. My goal is to prepare your child for first grade and
beyond, while maintaining some of the old fashioned kindergarten fun.   My door is open to you
(though after class is always best) should you have questions.  
I will update my teacher page as often as I can.  For students of my class I do have a
personal Bloomz app/that can be accessed by invitation only.  The Bloomz site is updated nearly
daily.   As a student in my class, you will be invited to join Bloomz once the school year begins.  
Here's to a successful school year.
Melissa Means

Classroom Rules

three main rules that we teach in the classroom ...

Show Respect, Make Good Decisions, and Solve Problems


Kindergarten benefits from many volunteers in and out of our classroom.  We always
need parents to come in and ...

  • Assist with an academic center- five times a week for 30 minutes
  • Prepare homework folders with packets and behavior charts
  • Prepare Wednesday folders with information from school
  • Library Assistant 
  • Craft Prep 
  • Materials Prep - collate, bind, staple, etc.

Many prep items can be taken home if you are unable to come to the classroom.
Schedule of volunteer items will be made available at our Back to School Night.  


Birthdays are very special events that deserve to be celebrated! In Room K-1, we celebrate birthdays by singing the birthday song and each child is presented with a certificate, crown, and birthday pencil. The birthday child also gets to be the line leader for the day.

I know that children can be very excited to share their special day with classmates by bringing in a treat. To best comply with FUSD wellness policy and to be respectful of possible food allergies, I ask that treats handed out are non-food items. A small goody such as stickers, pencils, are a nice celebratory treat. The birthday child will be allowed to hand out treats as children are dismissed for the day. Providing a birthday treat is certainly not mandatory. It is the preference of the parent.

Scholastic Reading Club