CSD Multilingual Learner Connection

English Learner Parent Newsletter - Fall 2022-23 Edition

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Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year.


In this newsletter, you will find information regarding different topics that are informative and educational for our Cambrian School District's multilingual learners and their families. We hope that the information provided here will help inform and support you and your multilingual learner to develop their English language skills and also to support you and your child to continue to retain and develop their primary language. The Cambrian School District highly values and supports the cultural and language diversity in our community. We encourage and welcome your partnership.

Parent Quiz - Are you forming a School-Home Connection?

Studies consistently show that when families and schools work together, students learn more and do better in school. Are you an active partner in your child's education? Answer yes or no to the questions below:


  1. _____ Do you talk with your child's teacher at least once in the early months of school?
  2. _____ Do you review the information you receive from the school and ask questions if something is unclear?
  3. _____ Do you make timely attendance a priority, and help your child start each day well-rested and ready to learn?
  4. _____ Do you discuss why school matters with your child, and say that you think your child will be a successful student?
  5. _____ Do you monitor your child's effort and progress and ask the teacher how to help?


How well are you doing?

More yes answers mean you are building an important bridge between home and school. For each no, try that idea.


"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side." - Margaret Carty

Multilingual Learner Parent Information Webinar

Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 19, 2022, 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Please join us to learn more about


  • CSD Biliteracy Pathway Awards Program
  • English Learner Programs and Services
  • Reclassification to Fluent English Proficient Criteria for English Learners
  • Parent Education Opportunities
  • Resources



Register in advance for this webinar:
https://cambriansd.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uNj8ots9RhSxUsVXMv8-Xw


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

The Upstanders Film

This year we are pleased to share that we have access to three films created to support our student's social-emotional well-being and the challenges they face. We will be providing either live or virtual access to each of these films during the school year.

  • The Upstanders - Teaches about the power of connection and resilience to end bullying behavior, both online and in person.
  • LIKE - Explores the addictiveness of social media and the role and impact of technology in our lives.
  • Angst - Raises awareness and opens up the conversation about anxiety, helping people understand and manage their symptoms and learn when and how to ask for help.

The first film we would like to share is The Upstanders. The Upstanders is recommended for ages 10 and above.


We are pleased to provide home access to our families. Although the film is intended for ages 10 and up, parents of younger students will benefit from watching the film because it will help build awareness of the issue of bullying, and how to support their child to play a positive role.


If you would like to view the film, please visit The Upstanders' viewing site at https://bit.ly/3SNUYVY. If you choose to watch the film with your child, here is a Kicking Off the Conversation (Spanish) document designed to provide a parent with questions to explore the content presented in the film.

Transitional Kindergarten ENROLLMENT HAPPENING NOW!

Did you know that Transitional Kindergarten (TK) enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is currently taking place and if you have a child who was born between 9/2/2017 - 2/2/2018 that they are eligible for TK this year?


In addition, as a condition of receiving state funds, Cambrian also provides the following:

  • Maintain an average TK class enrollment of no more than 24 students.
  • Maintain a staff-to-student ratio of 1:12. This means that there will be a ratio of two educators for every 12 students in each TK classroom, including credentialed a TK teachers.


TK Enrollment for the following years:

  • Children who were born between 9/2/2018 - 4/2/2019 are eligible for TK in 2023-2024
  • Children who were born between 9/2/2019 - 9/1/2020 are eligible for TK in 2024-2025


For more information about TK and whether you can enroll your child for TK, please visit our TK Website link: https://www.cambriansd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1771.

Reclassification to Fluent English Proficient

Every year, the Governing Board recognizes the outstanding efforts of Cambrian students who have earned the Reclassification to be Fluent English-Proficient students. These students have mastered the state standards for academic excellence by meeting four (4) criteria required by the State of California. Moreover, English learner students who have been reclassified as proficient often outperform other student groups on the annual State Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts and Math.


If your child is an English Learner student, you can contact your child's teacher and find out how you can partner with your child's teacher to help your child achieve this amazing academic goal. For more information on how you can support your student to meet these State criteria and about the Reclassification process, please visit our district website:https://www.cambriansd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=3588

CSD English Learner Program

The goal of the English Learner Program in the Cambrian School District is to support English Learner (EL) students to rapidly develop grade-level English language proficiency by providing expert methodologies, research-based curriculum, and additional instructional time to practice these new skills.


We strive to help students:

  • Develop fluency in English.
  • Cultivate a positive sense of self-worth.
  • Understand and respect other cultures.
  • Achieve equal access to the core academic curriculum.


For more information about our English Learner Program and Services, please visit our district office website: https://www.cambriansd.org/Page/3588

Great Opportunity for Parent Involvement! Join Your School English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Whenever there are 21 or more English learners at a school site, there needs to be a functioning English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). This committee includes English learner parents and staff who advise the principal on school programs and services and the development of the school plan for English learners. Parents of English learners are elected to be a part of the committee and one of the members serves as the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) representative. Please contact your child’s school principal for more information on ELAC and how you can get involved in supporting your child's education. For more information, please visit the district website: https://www.cambriansd.org/Page/1105

Multilingual Learner RESOURCES

FREE Language Support Through Language Line

If you ever need an interpreter when communicating with your child's teacher or the school staff please request the language support service available through Language Line! A personal live interpreter is always available to help in any language. Please contact your child's teacher or the school office on how to access this free service.

Colorin Colorado - A bilingual site for educators and families of English learners

As a parent, there are many ways that you can help your child succeed every single day! These bilingual parent resources offer tips on helping your child learn to read, succeed in school, and learn a new language. They also provide information about the U.S. school system and share ideas on how to build a relationship with your child’s teacher and school. Find out more HERE!

Imagine Learning Language & Literacy & Imagine Math

Imagine Learning Language & Literacy can be accessed from home!


Imagine Language & Literacy provides English Learners strategic first-language support in fifteen languages, as well as explicit instruction in English phonemes. Vocabulary is taught through extensive, direct instruction and contextualized through multimedia examples and connected text. Grammar lessons focus on areas of challenge for ELs, such as regular and irregular verbs, plurals, and subject-verb agreement.


Imagine Math combines a rich curriculum with fun, adaptive digital experiences to help students be confident math learners. Ideal as a supplement to standards-based PreK—Geometry core instruction, its two age-appropriate learning environments are designed for student engagement.


Imagine Learning Language & Literacy and Imagine Math are made available for all CSD students in grades K-5. For more information about Imagine Learning Language & Literacy, please visit https://www.imaginelearning.com/en/us/products/ela/language-and-literacy. For more information about Imagine Math, please visit https://www.imaginelearning.com/en/us/products/math/math


Ask your child's teacher how they are incorporating Imagine Learning Language & Literacy and Imagine Math in their classroom. Your student can access their Imagine Learning Language & Literacy or Imagine Math account at home through their district Clever Portal. If you need login information for Clever please contact your student's classroom teacher.

Educational Services Department Contact Information

Linh Nguyen

Assistant Superintendent

nguyenl@cambriansd.com


Hania Garcia

Administrative Assistant

garciah@cambriansd.com


Kristin Fery

TOSA, ELD/Tier II, Elementary

Supporting Sartorette & Bagby

feryk@cambriansd.com


Emily White

TOSA, ELD/Tier II, Elementary

Supporting Fammatre & Farnham

whitee@cambriansd.com


Chrissy Terwilliger

TOSA, ELD/Tier II, Middle School

terwilligerc@cambriansd.com