CSD Superintendent Update

Cambrian School District, January 6, 2023

Dear Cambrian Families,

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break and were able to enjoy family and friends. I know the weather this week has been challenging to navigate, and there is more to come. Please know that schools will remain open unless you hear otherwise.


It’s that time of year again! The 3rd Annual Cambrian Educational Foundation Read-a-Thon is getting ready to begin. Registration information is included below in this newsletter, but for a more detailed PDF guide to all of the event information, competition rules and details, click here. We hope to have 100% participation in this fantastic yearly event that engages students and raises valuable funding for Cambrian programs!


Board of Trustees member Mr. Donald Rocha has stepped down from the board, so we have an opening. Applications are being accepted through Friday, January 13, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. using this link.

If you are interested in serving Cambrian School District as a Board of Trustee member for the next two years, please read the Appointment Timeline and Cambrian Board Policy & Procedure 9223. (Board Policy 9223: Whenever a vacancy occurs as defined in Government Code Section 1770, or whenever a resignation of a School Board Member has been filed with the County Superintendent of Schools containing a deferred effective date, The Cambrian School District Board shall, within 60 days of the vacancy or the filing of the deferred resignation with the County Superintendent of Schools, either call an election or make a provisional appointment to fill the vacancy.) This seat’s term expires in December 2024.

Who Can Apply? Any person, regardless of sex, who is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of California, a resident of the school district, a registered voter, and who is not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of California from holding a civil office, is eligible to be elected or appointed a member of a governing board of a school District without further qualifications. (California Education Code Section 35107)

The timeline for replacement is as follows:

  • Monday, December 19, 2022 - Friday, January 13, 2023: Applications may be submitted

  • Friday, January 13, 2023: The deadline for submitting a provisional appointment application online by 5:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023: A screening panel will determine which applicants move on to the interview process. Applicants will be contacted if selected to move on to formal interviews.

  • Monday, January. 23, 2023: Formal Interviews during a special Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees will interview candidates and the provisional appointment will be determined. The special Board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and be held at Cambrian’s Professional Development Center located at 4115 Jacksol Drive, San Jose 95124.

  • Thursday, February 2, 2023: The new Board of Trustees member will be sworn in at the public meeting at 7:00 p.m.


The big news in our district is that ENROLLMENT starts January 23rd. Please take a moment to read the message below regarding enrolling new students in Cambrian School District for the 2023-24 School year.

As we make our way through January, I encourage you to get involved in your schools’ many volunteer opportunities. We appreciate any time or resources you can pass along.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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  • Resources for Supporting Healthy Tech Use
    There are many resources out there to help parents create healthy habits for their children when it comes to tech use. In December I shared CommonSense Media.

    Another resource to explore is ConnectSafely.org. ConnectSafely is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about online safety, privacy, security and digital wellness. Their website allows parents to explore a variety of topics and guides. Check it out!

  • Feedback on the Cambrian Website Needed

We are always interested in improving communication with our families. Do you have a pet peeve or annoying issue regarding your school’s website or the district’s website that you would like to share? Now is your chance! Please take a moment and share with us what you find useful and not-so-useful about our website by filling out this form. Thank you!

  • Borrow a WiFi Hotspot for Free!

See https://www.sjpl.org/hotspot


Helping Children Learn Monthly Newsletter - January 2023

Cambrian School District is excited to share the following resources with our families. Every month, we will be providing a monthly newsletter packed full of information and resources to support your child. This resource is a monthly newsletter from the Parent Institute called Helping Children Learn.

Helping Children Learn is written with today's fast-paced parents in mind. Every monthly issue delivers lots of advice families could use to speak with your children about. Published in age-specific versions, Elementary School and Middle School, this monthly two-page, quick read newsletter is packed with proven, evidence-based, ready-to-use school success ideas for parents, tailored to the ages of their students!

In every issue, families get guidance to help their children succeed, including:

  • Building reading, language and math skills

  • Establishing effective study habits

  • Promoting regular school attendance

  • Goal-setting to achieve academic results

  • Developing persistence, resilience and enthusiasm for learning

  • Instilling respect for rules, authority and other people

  • Forming a school-home connection

  • Plus much more!

To access the Helping Children Learn January Monthly Newsletter, please click on the following links:


Parent Courses provided by Santa Clara County SELPA:

The Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) coordinates with school districts and the County Office of Education to provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities, from birth through 22 years of age. They are also available as a resource to the community on issues related to special education. There are a variety of resources and training for families available at: https://www.sccoe.org/selpa/Pages/Events.aspx


Bay Area Storm Resources:

The National Weather Service has warned that the Bay Area will be hit with two storms this week. The first storm scheduled to impact Santa Clara County was on Wednesday and Thursday and it could potentially bring rain, strong winds, and power outages.

These weather systems are an excellent reminder to take the time to prepare for an emergency. Below are some important reminders to keep yourself and your family safe.

  • Have a “go” bag ready if evacuations are necessary. Make sure to include any necessary medications and pet supplies.

  • Keep your mobile devices fully charged and have backup portable chargers available.

  • Make preparations ahead of time such as grocery shopping, full tanks of gas, drains and gutter clear of debris, etc.

  • Have flashlights and batteries available.

  • Travel only when necessary and stay updated on road conditions.

  • Avoid flooded areas and down power lines. If you see a down power line call 9-1-1 or PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

  • Do not drive, walk, or swim through flood waters.

Other helpful resources include:

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