Message From Mr. Goddard

Barron Park Elementary

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September 18, 2020

Dear Barron Park Families,

Hope all of you are doing well. Last week, Santa Clara County was downgraded from purple (widespread) to red (substantial) in California’s four-tiered reopening system. According to the color-coded system, schools could reopen in person If Santa Clara County remains in the red tier or moves to a lower tier (moderate) for 14 consecutive days. Currently, many school districts across the county are considering plans to reopen if the county remains in the red tier or moves to the lower (moderate) tier. It is difficult to predict what will happen but PAUSD will be prepared either way to open schools if allowed or remain in distance learning if that is what we are required to do. The earliest PAUSD could reopen is October 12. More detailed information regarding California’s color coded tracking system can be found HERE.

With these recent changes of the health conditions in our county, quite a bit of information will start to fill your inbox and it is very important to stay informed. On Tuesday, September 21, the School Board will be presented with detailed reports regarding reopening from District staff. A wealth of information will be reviewed such as proposed start dates for in-person instruction, options for families to choose Full Distance Learning, and safety measures that will be implemented to keep students and staff safe if in-person instruction resumes. The current start dates being considered below, reflect a gradual approach to returning to school. The current proposals being considered are:

  • TK – 1 October 12 (3 weeks from now)

  • 2 – 3 October 26 (5 weeks from now)

  • 4 – 5 November 9 (7 weeks from now)

  • 6 – 12 January 7 (start of second semester)

On Monday, September 21st at 5:30pm Superintendent Austin will hold "Backstage with the Superintendent" to discuss reopening plans with families. Click here to join the meeting. Here is the link to the Tuesday, September 22nd PAUSD School Board Meeting.

After the School Board Meeting, I will work on scheduling a zoom meeting for our Barron Park Community so we can check in together and talk through questions families might have.

Will be in touch soon – enjoy the weekend,

Eric Goddard

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Superintendent Dr. Austin's Friday Updates

This link will take you to all the announcements Dr. Austin has made during the 20-21 SY.

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We will give a short presentation with tips and resources for distance learning followed by time for Q&A.

Two chances to attend:

  • September 23 at 3:00 p.m.
  • September 23 at 6:00 p.m.

Zoom Link:

Mikaela Bettencourt, English Language Specialist

Angie Lew, Reading Specialist

*Spanish and Mandarin translators available.

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The youngest of the bunch are doing such a fabulous job!

"It is amazing how independent they are becoming. We have been working on building community, identifying and communicating our feelings, while also learning ways to make our “big” feelings a little bit smaller. We are incorporating our apple theme into all areas of study: Math, Science, Language and Literacy. We will be counting, graphing, dissecting apples as well listening to books about how apples grow and the different parts of an apple. We are also planning to go on a virtual field trip to an apple orchard!"

- TK Teacher Laura Duckworth

Also in the photo- Instructional Aides: Victoria H. & Michelle H.

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Friendly Reminder:

To report your child's absence/tardiness please do one of the following:

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The Barron Park Elementary 2nd Annual Walkathon will be on the weekend of October 9-11th.

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This year’s walk-a-thon will be a fun, physically-distant, scavenger hunt in your own neighborhood. Students will raise money by walking steps while looking for fun things in the neighborhood.

Each student will get a free T-shirt, pedometer, scavenger hunt class placemat -- and the class with the highest percentage of participants and steps walked will get


More details to come!

Please email Chris Gebert Parikh at or Inez Lopez at PTA co VP- Fundraising for any questions.

Para preguntas en Espanol, porfavor contacte Mayra Avalos a

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Barron Park's 1st Annual Heritage Themed Bee-I-N-G-O Night!

Friday, Sep. 25th, 5-6:30pm

This is an online event.

Who: All Barron Park Elementary Students, Families and Friends!

When: 5PM - 6:30PM, Friday Sept 25th!

What: Bingo Bee-I-N-G-O! That's right, Barron Park Bingo with Prizes!

Prizes?: Yes!

  • Classic Hats and Tees featuring the BP's Toon-Bee!
  • Restaurant Gift Cards the whole family can enjoy!

Theme: Heritage-Night!

Share your heritage by wearing your Sari, Kilt, Cowboy hat, Ushanka, Barong, Huipil, Kimono, Lederhosen, Bearskin, or other traditional garment representing your culture.

Invite new cultural heritage into your home by ordering a meal from BP-family and BP-friendly restaurants. Your dollars help support the BP Community! Thai, Hawaiian, Italian, Mexican, American and More!

Join the Bee-I-N-G-O Fun!

More details here

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Meet PAUSD'S K-4 & 5th grade Music Team!

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