CSD Weekly Update

WEEK #10, Cambrian School District, October 23, 2020

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Dear Cambrian Families,

We just completed week 10 of the 2020-21 school year and a special thank you to all our amazing Cambrian students, like the ones above, who share their beautiful smiles with us weekly and remind us how many weeks into the new year we have come.

We are quickly approaching the end of October, and our students have been incredible at adapting to distance learning. I know that this entire season of change and isolation has been challenging for all of our families and that each of you has worked hard to contribute to your student’s success despite the turmoil surrounding us. So thank you to all the parents, family members, and support mentors for helping our students during distance learning. As a parent of 3 young boys, I understand the balancing act right now and recognize that it takes true teamwork right now to support our children and each other during these times.

I do hope you had an opportunity to watch the video I sent out earlier this week outlining our current reopening plan. In case you didn’t have an opportunity to watch it yet, I am attaching it here again for your viewing convenience. As I shared last Friday after the October 15th school board meeting (To view the Reopening presentation, please click here.), our adjusted timeline for a gradual return to in-person instruction is as follows:

  • 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.

  • Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 2:

    • Start in-person instruction the week of January 11th.

  • Grade 3 through Grade 5:

    • Start in-person instruction the following week of January 19th.

  • Grade 6 through Grade 8:

    • Timeline for return to be brought back for Board approval in November.

As you know, these are uncertain times, not only for our community but for the entire world. As such, our plans outlined above may change as the factors or information changes from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health information. Families would be informed prior to their child’s return week in January if there are any changes to the schedule.

I want to reaffirm our commitment to the students and family of Cambrian. My team and I put the health, well-being, and safety of our students as our first priority. Thank you for your partnership in this most peculiar period of history. You have made Cambrian an exceptional place to learn, grow, and thrive. We are CAMBRIAN.

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Helpful Tips from our Cambrian School District Nurse

The lack of access to dental care is a problem for many California children. The kindergarten dental checkup requirement (AB 1433) signed into law in 2005, helps schools identify children suffering from untreated dental disease and helps parents establish a dental home for their children. The California Dept of Public Health requires your child to receive an assessment of his or her oral health as part of school readiness activities for kindergarten entry (or first grade if this is your child’s first year in public school). An oral health assessment conducted the year prior to kindergarten, or by May of your child’s kindergarten year satisfies this requirement.

Although students are learning virtually in the start of the school year, it is a continued requirement that students entering public schools for the first time, in Kindergarten of First grade, receive an oral health assessment and provide the approved form to school by May 31.

If your child is scheduled for a dental appointment soon check out this handout on what to expect when going to the dentist during the COVID -19 pandemic. Click here for the English version. and click here for the Spanish version.

If your child needs to enroll into Medi-Cal Dental, click here for English and click here for Spanish.

Imagine Learning Summer School Winners 2020

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Over the Summer Cambrian students in Grades, TK-8 participated in the CSD Imagine Learning Virtual Summer Program 2020. Students sharpened their literacy and math skills preparing to hit the ground running in the fall.

Each student had the opportunity to win prizes based on participation, usage, and lessons completed in both Imagine Learning Language and Literacy and Imagine Math Programs.

We are excited to announce our CSD Imagine Learning Virtual Summer Program 2020 winners.

  • Nikko K.

  • Sunna K.

  • Maya V.

  • Corinne B.

  • Josiah A.

They each received a bag of Imagine Learning goodies with an Amazon gift card. First prize winners also won a Kindle tablet and PowerBackpack! Congratulations!

Free After School Distance Learning Tutoring Pods

Parents: all students are invited to join Santa Clara County Library District’s Online Tutoring Pods, held Oct. 19 - Dec. 7 via Zoom. See the ad below for more information.

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Parent Forum

SCCOE and SCC Behavior Health Services are hosting a forum for parents to understand the public health requirements for celebrations and gatherings. If you are interested you can learn about ways to allow their children to participate in activities safely. October 28, 4 p.m.- 5 p.m. To register for the forum, CLICK HERE. See the ad below for more information.

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US Department of Agriculture Extends Free Meal Programs for the Entire School Year

On October 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that flexibilities to allow free meals to be served to all kids are extended through the end of the 2020–21 school year. This is great news for our students and families.

Cambrian School District is offering free breakfast and lunch daily to anyone age 18 and younger, Monday through Friday. Brown bag meals will be available for pickup at Price Middle School, Monday through Friday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., providing breakfast and lunch for the following day. You do not need to show any ID. Children do not need to be present to receive meals. Family members may walk up or drive up to receive meals.

Staying Connected through Technology

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

  • CSD Distance Learning Webinars: If you were not able to join us on Wed, here are links to the slides and recordings for both of our webinars. Stay tuned for the next one! (These are also posted at the bottom of our DIstance Learning Help page - Distance Learning Resources / Distance Learning Help!)

    • CSD Distance Learning Webinar: Helping Students Help Themselves