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School Safety Plan 2021

Click the headline above for the 2021 Comprehensive School Safety plan.
All the procedures, plans, drills, phases, responsibilities, reporting and resources for both daily routine and emergency situations.

Rock The Test

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have been working really hard this year and we will be taking our state standardized assessments during May. We will be taking the ELA (English Language Arts) and Math Computer Adaptive Tests and Performance Tasks.

Here are some suggestions of things you can do to help your child prepare:

Make sure your child get’s a good night’s sleep before the test. This will help them to be cheerful and to stay alert during the test. In order to help your child fall asleep sooner. I highly recommend NO BLUE LIGHT activities past 7pm. (Ipads, Tablets, phones, gaming. Many studies have been done that shows the blue light stimulates the awake portion of the brain and it makes it difficult to fall asleep. Try reading, drawing, or other relaxing activities.

Please make sure your child eats breakfast, at school (be here at 7:55 am. or at home. Overly sugary things are not recommended. Protein, carbohydrates, fruits combinations work well. This will help them to have energy and to stay focused during the test.

Please encourage your student to do their best! Some students may be feeling a little anxious or nervous about the tests. Please reassure your students that they have been practicing and preparing for the entire school year, and that they are ready for this assessment.

Students are not allowed to have any electronic devices (even in their backpacks) on testing days. Please do not send any electronic devices, including smart watches, phones, fitness trackers, tablets, etc. to school with your child on testing days.

We are all very proud of all that our students have accomplished this year. We have loved working with them and watching them learn and grow. We hope that with support from school and from home, your student will feel confident and encouraged to do their best.

FMSD Summer School information

FMSD Summer School

 FMSD Summer School will be from June 23rd - July 22nd (with no school on July 5th) this school year. Grades K-6 will be offered at Meadows, Windmill & Hellyer with certificated teachers who will focus on math, reading & writing literacy skills, social emotional learning and enrichment activities in the afternoon. Please see the links below to register.


Michelle Quilantang
Capt. Jason M. Dahl Elementary School

February Fun!

Spirit Week is Here! Click the headline above for more information. Remember, that the Panda Post link/button has all full flyers in English, Spanish & Vietnamese for most events that are listed below and in the banners above.
Registration is now open for 2022-2023 incoming Kindergarten students. Curious about our program and want to meet the teachers. Come to our orientation this week on February 9th. See the banner above for the times and zoom link. The Family Resource Center and Catholic Charities are hosting a special Lunar New Years event on February 10th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Please join Mrs. Q for for the ELAC meeting at 5:00 pm and then relax with some Coffee at 6:00pm with Mrs. Q. Zoom links are posted on the banners above and in Parent Square. Remember School will be closed February 21st through 25th for Presidents Week.

Lunar New Year Zoom Event

January 27th from 6pm to 7pm. Students can pick their materials up for the Zoom on 1/26/22 from the front office during the school day. Please click the headline above to see the flyer with Zoom link and more information.

December News-updated

The Winter Break Food Distribution will be held on Monday December 20th, Monday December 27th, and Monday January 3rd.
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Locations: Lairon College Prep Academy (3975 Mira Loma Way) and Santee Elementary School (1313 Audubon Drive)
Free meals for all students ages 0-18 years old.
December 20th- January 7th, Winter Break.
Stanford Medical will have a mobile vaccination clinic at Dahl on Friday, December 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please call our front office to schedule a specific time for your child's COVID vaccine. Since the hours are during the school day, if you want your child to participate, please come to the front office to check your child out to receive the vaccination at the mobile clinic van which will be parked in the school parking lot near the g-wing (5th/6th grade classroom). There will be some consent forms to sign and it is advised that you pick them up and complete them prior to your appointment.
After your child receives the vaccine, there will be a 15 minute observation period. If after the vaccination, you wish for your child to return to school, please sign him/her back in the front office. Please note that a parent must be present to consent for a child to receive the vaccine due to the consent forms mentioned. If you have any questions, please call the Dahl front office at (408) 363-5650.
We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday season!

Scholastic Book Fair Nov 29th-Dec 3rd

Click the headline above to be taken to our webpage for the Scholastic Book fair, you can also set up an ewallet on this site starting now for your child to use during the fair, That way they don't have to bring cash and you can set a limit on what they spend. Students have an scheduled time with their class to visit the fair. (parents are unable to attend the fair due to Covid restrictions)

November Happenings.

Hi Parents,
November is a busy Month! Assessments, Parent Conferences and Holidays. If you have not heard from your child's teacher about parent conferences, please contact them to confirm a time to meet. Parent Conference week is November 15th through the 19th with 1:00 pm. dismissal times for the full week. If you need the new link for Lintello / Company nurse, it is
November 9th, is Coffee with the Principal at 6:00 pm on Zoom. Our annual food drive is starting soon and Student Council will be selling Thankful Grams during lunch recess. Thursday November 11th- No School for Veteran's day. Also, for the first time in district history, we have the entire week around Thanksgiving off. No School from November 22nd-26th. Please continue to check Parent Square daily for updates, Food distributions dates and times and more. We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday.

Board Meeting Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's Board Meeting has been canceled. We will have our Global Learners Student Recognition and Spirit Award ceremony as scheduled.

Thank you.

October Events This Week

Hi Parents,
Now that the webmaster is back online.. Here is the one stop place for all the events happening this week and a peek into November! Please note the NEW website for company nurse/ Lintello.. The QR code is above too. Be sure to check out the Panda Post button up top, for all the flyers for more information and Zoom links. First off, thank you to everyone who attended the PTA Fall festival last Friday, October 22nd and check the pictures in this article for our fabulous decorated door submissions. Miss the fun? You're in luck! Our Family Resource center is hosting a Fall Resource Festival this Friday, October 29th from 4:00pm to 6:00 pm. See the flyers for all the fun activities happening. The 29th is also material pick up day. (4:00pm to 6:00 pm). for the PTA event happening Monday, November 1st for Dia de los Muertos.
Spirit week is this week. Monday 10/25- Neon colors, Tuesday 10/26- Crazy or colorful socks, Wednesday 10/27 -Wear college gear or dress like your future job! Thursday 10/28 - Wear pink for breast cancer awareness month, Friday 10/29 Wear your costume in the parade and rally against drugs. Our next SSC meeting is November 4th from 5:00 to 6:00.
Our next coffee with the Principal meeting is November 9th. from 6:00pm to 7:00 pm. Parent conferences are also right around the corner in November, Keep an eye out for notifications from your child's teacher. Also, Thanksgiving Break will be November 22nd to 26th this year.

Fall Update

Hello Dahl Families,
We are almost into the fall season as fall is starting next week. Here are a few updates about some fall events:

- Wednesday, September 29th - School Picture Day: Instead of wearing their school uniforms, we are now allowing students to wear free dress for picture day only as long as it appropriate and within school dress code guidelines. Flyers will be sent home with more information on picture day.

- October 11th - October 15th- Fall Vacation: Please mark your calendar for fall vacation. There will be no school from Monday, October 11th - Friday, October 15th. Please consult the attached FMSD calendar for more information on vacation and non-school dates.

Also, in the Panda Post is a flyer for Dahl's Family Resource Center (FRC) virtual moon festival on September 24th. Our Dahl PTA is working on some other upcoming fall events that we hope to be able to share in the future. We hope you are able to join in on the fall festivities. If you have any questions about these or other school related items, please call our front office at (408) 363-5650 for more information.

Thank You,
Mrs. Quilantang

21-22 Dahl Welcome Letter

Welcome Back Pandas! See the attachment to learn more about the start of the new school year and join us for a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 12th at 5:30 p.m. (The QR code above is a direct link to Company Nurse)

Zoom Meeting Information:

Meeting ID: 589 173 2808
Passcode: Dahl

Saturday!! New Student Enrollment

Your Brilliant Future Begins Here! Our Staff will be processing New Student Enrollment this Saturday, August 7th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come visit our new Enrollment Center at 645 Wool Creek Drive.

Company Nurse

Daily Health Screenings with Company Nurse for 21-22 school year

Mrs. Sumida says Goodbye after 39 years

I wanted to take this opportunity to say goodbye to all of the students, parents, and staff members who have helped to make my 36 years here at Dahl such a rewarding experience. I have truly been blessed by all of the students who have been in my classes. Through these many decades, I have had the privilege of teaching the children and even one or two grandchildren of my former students! We truly became a family. I have become a better person thanks to you.
( continued.... click headline above for full letter and photos)

Free COVID-19 Vaccines

Bring a friend or family member!
Anyone age 12* and older can get vaccinated.
No appointment is needed. 
You don't need health insurance,
Everyone is welcome regardless of immigration status.

End of the Year video message and Important dates

Please click the headline above for the video.
Important dates:
Ongoing- Please return all hardcover books and unused curriculum to the school. ( Journey's, Science books, etc)

June 14th- Kindergarten Graduation.
June 15th- 6th grade Promotion and Last day of School.
June 16th-18th. Device Drop off in front of Dahl between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. (please remember to bring chromebooks, mouse, ipads, chargers, hotspots (and their chargers)
Summer School - June 21-July 16th.
Welcome Back Outdoor Fair - August 13th
School Resumes- August 16th, 2021

May 2021 events plus our PTA needs you!

Remember to Check the Panda Post for all informational flyers / Zoom Links from school and community.
We are starting our Month with a Virtual Spirit week for Teacher Appreciation. (Principal Appreciation day was May 1st!)
School Site Council is May 6th at 5:00 pm.
Coffee with the Principal on May 11th.
Help Our Kids- Get Involved with Dahl's PTA. May 19th-Urgent meeting. Please click the headline above or see the flyer in the Panda post for more information. The meeting link is in both the slideshow and calendar for your convience.
Student Talent Show May 27th at 6:00 pm.
We have a Healthier Kids Essay Contest Due May 28th. We have a virtual Book Fair, Look for the button on this page!
Family Resource Center and Open Door Flyers are also in the Panda post for this month. Don't forget Music & Movement and Storytime with San Jose Public Library is still happening too.

Summer School 2021 Information

FMSD will be offering Summer School to interested families June 21-July 16, 2021. We are offering two options: in-person summer school or distance learning. In-Person classes will be no more than 15 students and we will continue to follow Health and Safety procedures according to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
Spaces are limited and enrollment is first-come, first served.
Applications are due by May 15th.

Coffee with the Principal April 13, 2021 slide show-click here

Questions about the upcoming State test? (and see a video about how to take the test remotely) Curious about next school Year? What special days are coming up? Click the Headline to see the Coffee with the principal presentation. English, Spanish and Vietnamese slides are included.

Dahl April Update

Click the headline above for our Newsletter. :). Don't forget to see the latest online classes and community resources in our Panda post for all the flyers! New Food Truck, Classes, Story times and more.

March Madness and Community updates

Don't forget our Lexia drive and special raffles held each Friday during Panda Hour! Please remind friends, neighbors about registering for Kindergarten for 2021-2022. To find out about our wonderful program, they can see the trilingual pdf from our Kindergarten Orientation we held last month. We have lots of new flyers, Our Parent Newsletter from Mrs. Q and community information in our panda post section of the website. There is a new A La Carte truck meal program delivering delicious free meals to our community every Monday from 2:00-3:30 PM. Bring a bag to make it easier to carry home your meals.. (Refrigerate promptly and reheat food to 165 degrees before consuming) We have updated dates and times for the School Pantry. See the Family resource center flyer for all the March fun. There is also zoom information for family support hour with an early childhood specialist. Una flyer para Abriendo Puertas.
Panda Post newsletter for April. (or click the headline above)
Dear Captain Jason M. Dahl Families,
This month we have a new character education theme of self-discipline. One key skill in attaining self-discipline is making a desired goal a habit. Studies say that it takes at least 21 days to make a habit. As we continue into the portion of the year in which students take the English Learner Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) later this month and start the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), I would like to encourage families to take the time to review your child’s study habits and set goals for the end of the school year. More information about testing will come in next month’s newsletter and from your child’s teacher. I know that this year has caused our homes to also be our schools and workplaces and your support in your child’s education is much appreciated. Thank you for all that you do to help your child with schooling.

ELPAC Testing: If your child is learning English as a second language, please note that later this month, Dahl will be administering the ELPAC assessment. This is a test composed of reading, writing, listening and speaking tests. Your child’s teacher may send you more information on how ELPAC testing will be conducted.

Lexia: All Dahl students should be completing their weekly Lexia minutes. The Lexia program helps students with their foundational reading skills. This month, we are having a Lexia March Madness contest. Students who meet their weekly Lexia minutes (15 minutes for primary grade students and 20-30 minutes for upper grade students) will be entered into a raffle and winners will be announced at our Friday Panda Hour. Winners will then be able to pick up their prize from the front office.
This month is also Read Across America and we are celebrating with a Spirit Week from March 1st - 5th. The flyer will be sent via REMIND. Reading is a great family activity. If you are in need of new reading materials, Dahl has a little library in front of the school and last December, we also sent out information on how you can access digital reading books through the San Jose Public Library.

STEAM Night on March 25th at 6:00 p.m.: In addition to our Monday and Friday Panda Hour at 1:00 p.m., we will also have another great student socialization opportunity. Students are invited to participate in our STEAM night to do Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities involving butterflies.

Mrs. Quilantang

Mural Contest!

Hello Dahl Students,
We are getting ready to hopefully have you all back on campus in the 2021-2022 school year and we want to make the campus beautiful and ready for your arrival. We are looking to you, our talented artists to create a mural for our school!
If you are interested in this contest, please submit your entry by Friday, April 2, 2021. Our committee will vote on murals and if your design wins, we will let you know and you may be able to get a prize for your hard work. We might even be able to have you come help with the design and creation of the mural! We are looking for inspiration and motivational designs. If you have questions, please ask your teacher or me.
Please submit your 1 entry to the Dahl Mural Contest (February - March 2021)
Google form no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2nd, 2021.

Thank You,
Mrs. Quilantang

February Newsletter & Community resources

Dear Captain Jason M. Dahl Families,This newsletter in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, First 5, San Jose Public Library Storytimes, Zumbini with BabyCare, Virtual Baby and Me, Valentine Distribution, *new* Lunar New Years flyers with full information are all available under the Panda Post link at the top right of this page.

The school year is progressing along.This month, we will celebrate the 100th day of school,
which is always a major milestone in the school year which typically has 180 days total. This year, we have a lot to celebrate in terms of the growth of our Dahl students. They all adapted and learned to use new technology rather quickly. They have learned to communicate and collaborate with one another online as well as manage their school work, home life and other responsibilities. At the same time, they have shown great resilience during this pandemic.I look forward to another month of new learning! Additionally, this month’s theme is motivation and we also have some fun activities related to fitness and health during this month’s Panda Hours and Assemblies.
February 15th - 19th:
In observance of the President’s Week Holidays, there will be no school from February 15th - February 19th. School will continue on Monday, February 22nd at 8:00 a.m. with our online Zoom classes.
All Dahl students should be completing their weekly Lexia minutes. The Lexia program helps students with their foundational reading skills. If you have questions about Lexia, please ask your child’s teacher. Next month, I will be sharing information on Dahl’s March Madness Lexia student contest.
Panda Hour:
We have Panda Hour every Monday at 1:00 p.m. for fun art and other activities for students.
Every Friday at 1:00 p.m., we also have our weekly Dahl Student of the Week ceremony to recognize the hard work that our student scholars have done.
Valentine’s Day Distribution:
This month, we will hold distribution days so that families can pick up all the student workbooks and textbooks for the remainder of the school year as well as a Valentine’s Day treat and jump ropes to participate in our Jump-a-thon at our Friday, February 12th Panda Assembly. Please see the dates and times for our Valentine’s Day Distribution:
Monday, February 8th from 10 am -12 pm Wednesday, February 10th from 1-3 pm Thursday, February 11th from 10 am -12 pm
If you are not able to make it during our distribution time, please call our front office and arrange a time for pick up. Sincerely,
M. Quilantan

January Events & New Programs Available

There are some wonderful new programs getting ready to Start up by the end of this Month! Kindergarten orientation for 2021-2022 will be on January 28th at 5:00 pm. Tiny URL registration link is TriLingual Flyer with more information is in the Panda Post. Virtual Family Bingo night will also be on January 28th at 6:00 pm. Click on the headline above for active links and please see the Panda Post for the full informational flyers in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Registration information and dates are also on the flyers. Here are some of the offerings so far. After School Art class- The art of cartooning (grades K-4) Registration is at until January 28th at noon. STEM Workshops by Innoverge San Jose on Computer Science for grades 3-6. Sign up form is at Finally, The Girl Scouts are Back with their Discover Together Program. Virtual Zoom classes for Girls in Grades 2-5. Free materials will be Provided. Classes start January 21st and they will meet on Thursdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Register at

Covid-19 Resources -County & City

Please click the headline above for information and resources available from the County of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose in English, Spanish & Vietnamese.
Free testing for all: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or may have been exposed someone with the disease, you should get tested. To find a free testing location near you and make an appointment, go to 

Isolation support: If you or someone close to you tests positive, and you are directed to quarantine or isolate, please call the Santa Clara County COVID-19 Support Team at 408-808-7770. Santa Clara County provides a range of support services, including: financial assistance, meals, transportation, and mental health support. Interpreters are available.

Hazel Health Resources

Hazel Health: Weekly Blog & Ask a Doctor Webinar Series!

Our partner Hazel Health shares useful health tips for families in their Healthy Habits series. This week's blog topic: Seven Common Myths You May Have Heard About the Flu

You can learn more about this week's topic, or ask one of the Hazel Health providers a question during the upcoming Ask a Doctor webinar. Register to join or watch on Facebook Live on January 20th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m PST. 

Remember, families can sign up for Hazel or contact a doctor for students at

Noticias de Hazel Health: Blog semanal y serie de seminarios web Pregunte a un médico

Hazel Health comparte consejos de salud útiles para las familias en su serie Hábitos saludables. Tema del blog de esta semana: Siete mitos comunes que puede haber escuchado sobre la influenza

Puede obtener más información sobre el tema de esta semana o hacer una pregunta a uno de los proveedores de Hazel Health durante el seminario web semanal Pregunte a un médico. Regístrese para unirse o mirar en Facebook Live el 12 de enero de 2021 a las 10:00 a.m PST

Recuerde, las familias pueden inscribirse en Hazel o comunicarse con un médico para estudiantes en

Newsletter Content or Website Post for Families (Spanish)

Noticias de Hazel Health: Blog semanal y serie de seminarios web Pregunte a un médico

Hazel Health comparte consejos de salud útiles para las familias en su serie Hábitos saludables. Tema del blog de esta semana: Siete mitos comunes que puede haber escuchado sobre la influenza

Puede obtener más información sobre el tema de esta semana o hacer una pregunta a uno de los proveedores de Hazel Health durante el seminario web semanal Pregunte a un médico. Regístrese para unirse o mirar en Facebook Live el 12 de enero de 2021 a las 10:00 a.m PST

Recuerde, las familias pueden inscribirse en Hazel o comunicarse con un médico para estudiantes en

Drive Through Pantry Dates for 2021

Drive-Thru School Pantry. (click on above headline or see the Panda Post for more information and the flyer in English, Spanish, Vietnamese)
January 9 and 23 February 6 and 20 March 6 and 20 April 10 and 24 May 8 and 22 June 5 and 19
*Dates are subject to change*

FREE Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy & Meat
Distributed is pre-packed during Shelter in Place order.
Distribution will be until supplies last, please arrive on time.
This service is available to all low income families No need for any paperwork!

• Food distribution from 10:00AM-11:30AM • At the Captain Jason Dahl Family Resource Center: 3200
Water Street, San Jose CA 95111
(near cross streets are Southside Drive and Monterey Hwy)
• Must be older than 18 years old and be present to get a number in line and Sign In
• One number per family
• First come, First served

San Jose Public Library Student Card.

*See Panda Post for two flyers for more information about how to get a card and to access online information*

The San José Public Library is proud to partner with the Franklin McKinley School District to support your student’s academic success by providing FREE access to your public library through a new and exclusive digital San José Student Library Card (please disregard this letter, if you have opted-out of this program).
The Student Library Card provides:
• 24/7 free access to online learning and tutoring, eBooks, music and movie streaming
• Access to all 25 San José Public Library locations, and check out of materials and books
• Students can check out up to 5 physical items from any library in the San José Public Library system
• NO LATE FINES on any library items used by your student
We invite you to explore your library by visiting your nearest library location or If you have any questions, visit, ask your teacher, stop by the library, or call us at (408) 808-2000.
We hope to see you soon!

December 2020 Happenings!

* Join our Facebook page for updates and information over Winter Break. *
Click the headline above to see the 'This is Me' contest submissions'
Please see the panda post link to view the full flyers for information and zoom information. We have a winter book giveaway on the following dates. Monday, 12/14/20, Wednesday 12/16/20, Friday 12/18/20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. (Weds-12/16/20 also has extra hours from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ) See the Panda Post for the VSP- Very Special Panda hour on December 18th.. The Family Resource Center Calendar for December is posted. Some Events Happening include Music and Movement, Storytime and Crafts, Animal Science, and more!
Our Winter Break will be December 21st, 2020 to January 8th, 2021. Please contact the office (or your child's teacher on Remind) if there are any changes to your contact information, such as address or phone number. We hope everyone has a safe and joyous holiday break.

Online Book Fair December 2nd- 15th.

Our Book Fair is happening now! Scholastic Books will now ship directly to your home. (Great way to get some holiday shopping done and help support our school).

The Book Fair is completely online! Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25.

It's a new school year... let's instill a new-found love of reading!

Click the Headline to be taken to the book fair link.
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