Freedom Elementary

Home of the Falcons


Jean Wiersema, Principal

Ashley Gunzenhauser, Assistant Principal

Lucy Hakimi, Office Manager

Rene Zuniga, Staff Secretary

Lisette Haro, Staff Secretary

Address: 2101 Fine Avenue, Modesto, CA 95355

Phone: (209) 552-3400

Fax: (209) 552-3405

Attendance Email:

Current Year: School Registration Information

Reopen Plan

Following the unprecedented closure of schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sylvan Union School District is now preparing for reopening schools for grades Transitional Kindergarten through 3rd Grade during Trimester 2 for the 2020-2021 school year. As always, our highest priority is the health and safety of students as we provide a comprehensive TK-3rd learning experience.

As we prepare to reopen schools in alignment with guidance from state and local officials, families need to commit to a learning option for Trimester 2 of the 2020-2021 school year.

You will be asked to provide information for each of your children who attend a Sylvan District school in grades Transitional Kindergarten through 3rd grade. If you have more than one child in grades Transitional Kindergarten through 3rd grade who attends a Sylvan District school, you will be asked to provide information for each of your children.

If your TK-3 grade child is in a Special Education Special Day Class in Sylvan District, you should have already received the selection form from the Special Education Department.

Learning Option Selection Form in English

Learning Option Selection Form in Spanish

For more information about Learning Options and the Sylvan District Reopening Plan approved by the Sylvan Board of Trustees on October 6, 2020, please watch the Family Forum that occurred on October 8, 2020. A link to the video will be located on the Sylvan District website at by October 9th. Please find the presentation and Reopening Plan attached to this message.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this selection form.

This selection closes on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Reopening Plan and the Presentation from the Family Forum that occurred tonight.

10/6/2020 SUSD Reopening Plan Board Approved

10/8/2020 Family Forum Slide Presentation

10/8/2020 Family Forum Presentation Recording

Freedom Families,

In observance of Veteran's Day

No School On: Wednesday, November 11th

School will resume regular schedule on Thursday, november 12th.

Freedom Families,

You're doing a great job! We also want you to know that it's okay to feel overwhelmed or need some help. At Freedom, we want you to know we're here for you. If you're struggling with mental health wellness in your family, or even having a hard time with distance learning. Our Mental Health Professionals are here for you. If you'd like a member of our team to reach out to your family directly, click the link below to request support. Mental Health Matters and it's okay to ask for help because you're not alone.

Megan Levin - School Counselor (209) 312-7582 or (209) 552-3400 ext. 5535

News and Announcements

2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR


Tuesday, July 28th's Parent Forum Information Zoom Recording:

Community Forum Slide Presentation

In response to the recent update from the Public Health Officer regarding community spread of COVID-19, we will delay the opening of our school site offices to ensure public and employee safety. Our school site offices will be open to the public on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please call the school office to make an appointment to complete student registration.

Masks and social distancing will be required upon entry of the school office or lobby area.

We thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate through this together.

COVID-19 Information

Please see link below, we will keep this page up to date with all communications from

Sylvan Union School District and the Health Agencies.

On the COVID-19 page there is also a button on this page with resources for families.

COVID-19 Information Link


During school closures, parents may be looking for affordable internet providers. We offer the following information as a courtesy to our Sylvan parents/guardians.

Internet For All Now: The California Emerging Technology Fund has provided this link to affordable offers as well as a number to call (1-844-841-INFO (4636)) someone who can assist parents: Affordable Internet Offers

Some cell phone providers are offering the tethering (hotspot) functionality for existing cell phones for free during this time of need. We recommend that parents reach out to their current mobile providers to see what they are offering at this time.


FCC LifelineProgram

Federal Communication Commission Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers

Search for Lifeline Providers in Your Area


COVID-19 Response: New customers who sign-up for Internet Essentials will receive 60 days of free internet service, increase speeds from 15/2 to 25/3, 40 hours of Xfinity Wifi hotspots per month and open on an unlimited basis.

  • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers

  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone

  • Pausing Our Data Plan

  • No Disconnects or Late Fees

AT&T (855) 220-5211

COVID-19 Response: No termination regardless of ability to pay, waive late payment fees due to inability to pay, and keep public wifi hotspots open for those who need them.

Up to $10 per month (plus taxes)

  • 10 Mbps

  • No term commitment

  • No deposit

  • No installation fee

  • In-home Wi-Fi modem included


COVID-19 Response: Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company.

  • Free Internet modem

  • High-speed Internet at 30 Mbps

  • No data caps

  • No contracts

  • Optional in-home WiFi service at $5/mo


COVID-19 Response:

Sprint announced on Friday the following general response. For the next 60 days:

  • No disconnects or late fees

Starting on Tuesday, March 17: Complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.

By Thursday, March 19: Metered data plans receive unlimited data for 60 days. Additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days

Coming soon: Mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will receive 20GB per month for 60 days

For 1Million Project Foundation participants only: Data allotment per student increased to 20GB each month from now through June 30, 2020. Acceleration of receipt of more than 100,000 new devices intended for use next school year


COVID-19 Response: for the next 60 days

  • ALL current customers will have unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming).

  • An additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service

  • extra free data up to 5GB of data per month

  • Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month


Serving mainly Bay Area and Sonoma Counties


COVID-19 Response: New customers will receive their first month of service free. Offer available through 5/12/20. Remote customer service support at no charge between now and 5/12/20.

  • $9.95 per month (plus taxes)

  • 10 Mbps

  • No term commitment

  • No deposit

  • No installation fee

  • In-home Wi-Fi modem included


Mobile Citizen

Plans starting at $10/month


Low-cost Internet and devices


Offers 4-month plans

Parent Portal


ACCESS TO 2020-2021


The Aeries Parent Portal is an online resource that will allow parents/guardians to access teacher/class assignments, attendance records, report cards, standardized test scores, communication and much more throughout the school year.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact your school office or send an email to

2020-2021 School Year Pre-Registration

Click on this Link to Enroll: 20/21 Pre-Registration

or Enroll at the Sylvan Union School District Website

Pre-Enrollment is Now Open for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten



If you have a child who will be 5 years of age between Sept. 2, 2020 and Dec. 2, 2020, please register your child for Transitional Kindergarten at your attendance area school.


If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2020, please register your child for Kindergarten at your attendance area school.


Complete on-line enrollment. Enrollment Forms 2 and 4 will need to be completed and filled out in paper form. You can access those forms here. Instructions for Aeries Online Enrollment can be accessed here.

If your child is already attending a Transitional Kindergarten program in Sylvan District, you do NOT need to complete the online enrollment. A letter will be sent home to these families explaining the enrollment process for Kindergarten.

Documents Needed:

  • Original Certified Birth Certificate

  • Immunization record including:

    • Hepatitis B Vaccine

    • Varicella Vaccine (chicken pox) or health-care provider documentation of immunity

      • 2 Varicella Doses required

  • Proof of physical exam or appointment scheduled for an exam (for enrolling Kindergarten students, exams dated after 3/1/20 also meet the 1st grade physical exam requirement)

  • Proof of residency (2):

    • Current utility bills with parent/guardian name

    • 2nd Verification may include, but not limited to: property tax bill or rental property contract/lease, pay stub, voter registration

  • Proof of Oral Health Exam or appointment scheduled

Immunization Record - visit Parents' Guide to Immunizations for School Entry for entry requirements by age and grade.


1st Grade through 8th Grade

Pre-Enrollment Will Open on February 4, 2020

Sylvan Union School District - Special Education invites you to our Parent Workshops

We believe that parents and guardians are a child’s first and most influential teacher. Continued parent involvement contributes to student success and creates valued relationships with educators and other members of the community. We invite you to participate in various parent workshops that address common themes and topics within special education. Meetings are held monthly at the District Office. Please call (209)574-5000 with any questions.

Please click here for the Parent Workshop calendar:

School Hours

AM Kindergarten 8:30 - 11:30

PM Kindergarten 10:40 - 2:15

Grades 1 - 5 8:30 - 2:15

Every WEDNESDAY Dismissal is 1:50 From 8/21-5/6

8:00 Gates Open/Breakfast - Please do not drop your student(s) off at school prior to 8:00

Bell Schedule

8:25 First Bell

8:30 Tardy Bell

2:15 Dismissal Bell

Every WEDNESDAY Dismissal is 1:50 From 8/21-5/6

Sylvan Union School District 2020/2021 Calendar: