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Oleander Elementary School
Home of the Bears
8650 Oleander Avenue
Fontana, CA  92335

(909) 357-5700
Fax: (909) 357-5707

Frank Donahue, Interim Principal
Julie Hansberger, Assistant Principal

Hello Oleander Families!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. This year will be a very exciting one in the history of our school. To begin with, on September 14, 2015, Oleander will celebrate its 60th birthday. A 60th year is also known as the diamond celebration. Throughout the year we will honor current and former staff and students for their academic and professional accomplishments.

Our school will continue to focus on developing our student’s ability to read, write, solve math problems and think critically. The school wide instructional focus is writing across content areas. The first strategy we will utilize to meet this goal is the use of Thinking Maps. Once our students have been trained in how to utilize the Thinking Maps they will be able to utilize them to improve reading and math problem solving skills.

Since 1998, student achievement has risen dramatically at Oleander. Last year, our students exceeded district wide growth goals of 50% in Reading, Math and Language. As we move forward our goal is for 60% of our students to meet growth goals in Reading, Math and Language by the end of the school year. While our school had the 4th highest attendance percentage in the district last year, we did not meet our goal of 98%. The goal for this year is to have an average daily rate of attendance of 98%.

Our school has been successful due to the collaboration between our staff, parents and the community. Oleander has a very active PTA and are always looking for new members. Throughout the year our school offers workshops for parents that are designed to give tips on how to help our students succeed. I invite you to come and attend these workshops.

This is going to be a great school year! I am very glad that your child is a student at Oleander Elementary School. If you have any questions, concerns or comments feel free to contact me at (909) 357-5700 or email me at


Craig J. Baker

August 10th Update:  Mr. Baker has accepted a position working at the District Office, and has left Oleander Elementary. Mr. Baker is to be congratulated for five years of exemplary leadership here at Oleander, and we wish him well in his new venture. While the District searches for his replacement, I will be serving as the Interim Principal. My name is Frank Donahue, and I am a retired Fontana Unified administrator, having served as both a teacher and administrator in FUSD for many years. I will be continuing the programs here at Oleander until a new principal is hired, and I am available to help find a solution should any concerns arise. My email is, and of course I can be reached at the Oleander phone number of (909) 357-5700.

Frank Donahue
Interim Principal

Oleander is Turning the Big 6-0! 
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 7/23/2015 8:23 AM
Oleander Elementary School Recognized by CBEE  
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 6/5/2015 2:59 PM
Crosswalk Safety PSA 
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 4/17/2015 10:14 AM
Oleander Elementary School Honored by CBEE 
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 2/27/2014 9:38 AM
Oleander Students Tape Mr. Baker to a Pole 
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 6/7/2013 3:48 PM
(More Announcements...)
9/7/2015 12:00 AM Labor Day Holiday - No School 
All FUSD schools and offices will be closed.
9/14/2015 12:00 AM Oleander Turns 60! 
9/18/2015 9:00 AM Bear Chat 
9/25/2015 9:40 AM National Theater Company Assembly 
9/25/2015 10:20 AM National Theater Company Assembly 
9/28/2015 8:00 AM School Site Council (SSC) 
9/29/2015 12:00 AM Picture Day 
10/1/2015 4:00 PM McDonald's Night 
10/2/2015 9:00 AM Bear Chat 
10/26/2015 8:00 AM School Site Council (SSC) 
(More Events...)

Recognitions for the Month of April

Winston Velasquez
Student of the Month

On Saturday April 11, 2015, Oleander Elementary School was proudly represented in the School Duel portion of the 31st Annual Redlands Bike Classic by Winston Velasquez. Winston took second place, earning a silver medal in the seven year old age bracket of the competition. Oleander was the only Fontana school represented in the School Duel portion of this year’s classic. Winston’s father Mr. Matthew Velazquez, proudly served as his coach and lead cheerleader.

In addition to being a great athlete, Winston is a fantastic student! He is making excellent progress as demonstrated on the most recent administration of the MAP assessment. Winston currently has perfect attendance and in the three years he has been at Oleander has needed an absence only once.

Click here ​to view recognitions from previous months.​

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