CSD Weekly Update

WEEK #12, November 6, 2020, Cambrian School District

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Dear Cambrian famiiles,

Thank you again to each of you in our Cambrian community that voted ‘yes’ to Measure R this past election. Cambrian School District’s Bond measure to raise $88 million in bonds passed and will be officially certified in the next month. I am so grateful to the community for your support with Measure R, showing you prioritize education in our community. Thank you again for putting education first and voting ‘yes’! As we begin the process of fulfilling our mission to achieve each of the above tasks,


Gradual Return to In-Person Instruction Update


Also, during last night’s School Board meeting, at my recommendation, the Governing Board approved planning for middle school students to return to in-person instruction on January 25, 2021. This would be the subsequent week after 3rd-5th graders return to the classroom. As I’m sure you understand by now, all the dates planned for heading back to the classroom are pending if Santa Clara County remains in a tier that allows students to return to in-person in our county.


Please note that if we regress to a tier that doesn’t permit us to return, there will be a special board meeting on Thursday, January 7th, but for right now that is only tentative if needed. As of now, here are the planned and approved dates for return to in-person instruction:

CSD Timeline for Gradual Phased-In Approach to Return to In-Person Instruction

November and December 2020:

  • Specialized targeted instruction, Special Education Preschool and Special Day Classes to be brought back throughout November and December. This timeline has been adjusted as staff works with individual class programs to address unique needs of the classroom. Parents will be contacted individually with specific start dates for the return to in-person instruction.

  • Expansion of support for at-risk students or specialized support.

    • We will continue to expand in-person school site cohorts for targeted groups in November and December as needed.


January 2021:

  • January 7: Tentative Special Board Meeting First Week of January

    • This Special Board Meeting will be placed on the calendar for the first week of January 2021 after the Winter Holidays. This meeting will serve as a placeholder if necessary to adjust the timeline if the conditions in Santa Clara County regress, altering the ability to reopen for in-person instruction based on the State tiered system. Families would be informed prior to their child’s return week in January if there are any changes to the schedule.

  • January 11th: Transitional Kindergarten - Second Grade (Hybrid Schedule)

  • January 19th: Third - Fifth Grade (Hybrid Schedule)

  • January 25th: Sixth - Eighth Grade (Hybrid Schedule)


Thank you again for your effort to make Measure R successful and improve education for our students. Thank you for your patience, collaboration and support during this most extraordinary time in history, as we forge ahead. Cambrian School District has many great things in store, and I am so grateful to be partnering with you.

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Cambrian Students Need Your Support

Due to chronic state underfunding, declining enrollment, and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cambrian School District is facing a budget deficit. Since early 2019, the District has been assessing potential district-owned land development opportunities to create additional on-going, annual revenue to sustain our award-winning programs.


You can help PROTECT STUDENT PROGRAMS by supporting the "Support Our Students" land development initiative. Thirty seconds of your time can help generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in ongoing, annual revenue without increasing taxes in the community.


Click here to sign a letter of support and to learn more.


Have a question? Please contact former Cambrian School District parent Eve Walton at SOSCambrianSchoolDistrict@gmail.com.

Staying Connected through Technology

We want to do everything we can to help with your technology needs. Thanks for your partnership!


Helpful Tips from our Cambrian School District Nurse:

Prevention: Handwashing and Face Coverings


Please promote the education and promotion of handwashing and the use of face covering with your children in preparation for in-person learning to help reduce the spread of germs. Here is a great resource from the CDC video on handwashing to watch with your child(ren).

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Please prepare your children for the changes they will notice due to COVID as they begin in-person instruction. Students will notice all staff wearing face coverings and maintaining 6 feet apart. These changes may cause concern, fear, and anxiety. In order to prepare your child for the upcoming transition, discuss some of the changes they may see in order to help them adjust.


I have provided links to discuss changes, such as: social distancing around school, social distancing in the classroom, and seeing others in personal protective equipment. Here are some child-friendly videos for wearing a mask that helps stop the spread of germs and knowing how to wear your face mask correctly. Also, here's a child-friendly video that addresses COVID-19 by a child life specialist from NYU at Langone.

Stronger Together Public Service Announcements (PSAs) series

The Stronger Together Public Service Announcements Video Series provides residents of Santa Clara County and beyond with useful information about staying healthy, safe and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a link to the Parents Guide to the Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools.


Changes to the Cambrian School District Drive-Thru Meal Program

On Monday, November 2nd, the brown bag meal service returned to the 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. service time. Meals will be available for pickup at Price Middle School, Monday through Friday. Daily service provides lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. Friday service also provides breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday and a breakfast for Monday. The District is offering these meals free to every child aged 18 and younger.


You do not need to show any ID and children do not need to be present to receive meals. Applications to apply for subsidized meal programs are available online at https://family.titank12.com.


These applications not only provide access to much-needed benefits for our families; they also serve as a data point used to generate additional revenues we rely on as a District. For this reason, we encourage all of our families to complete the application process even if they may not elect to participate in the meal program. This will ensure we are maximizing our revenue opportunities which will allow us to continue offering excellent educational programs that make us Cambrian. We look forward to continuing to serve our students and provide an important home to school link for our students.


For more information about menus, nutrition, and the CSD food program, visit our website at https://www.cambriansd.org/domain/268.



Please contact the Food Services office at 408-559-0273 with any questions.

CEF READ-A-THON

This year the CEF is hosting its inaugural District wide Read-a-thon, raising funds for much needed mental health resources. We are looking for all students in the District to join this "Fun Raising" event, with the clear objectives to:

  • Celebrate childhood literacy

  • Inspire school spirit and healthy interschool competition

  • Raise funds to support the Cambrian School Districts mental health initiative


The proceeds from the Read-A-Thon will go towards providing much needed mental health resources to the Cambrian School District.


HOW IT WORKS: Students read books and log the number of minutes read daily. Students ask family and friends to donate either an amount per minute or a flat amount. It's just that easy!


A FEW NOTES:

  • All reading minutes and pledges will be managed through a single website. Details will come in the information pack.

  • The school that reads the most** will win the first ever Cambrian District Read-a-thon trophy.

  • The class that reads to most will win "Reading Class of the Year".

  • The student who reads the most over the district will be the "Cambrian Reader of the Year".

  • The student who reads the most at each age level will win their age bracket prize.

  • Students "read minutes" will be converted to a ratio of the number of minutes expected at their age group. Schools will be calculated as a ratio of the number of students enrolled.


November 5th - Information packs will be emailed to families

November 13th - Read-a-thon Kick off and District wide Spirit wear day! Dress as your favorite book character!

November 13th - January 15th - READ READ READ and watch out for mini events along the way!

January 15th - Last day of reading

January 21st - District-wide winners announced

January 22nd - School specific winners announced


SPONSOR INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT https://www.cambriansd.org/cms/lib/CA01902282/Centricity/Domain/4/CEF ReadathonSponsor Flyer.pdf

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