Cambridge Communicator

August 2020

There's always a silver lining...find yours...

Principal's Message

Dear Cambridge Families:

On behalf of our Cambridge Staff I would like to officially welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. The first day of school is September 8th. We are starting in a way we have never experienced before, with remote instruction. As a school community we have taken time to reflect, plan, learn and adjust to make this the best school year it can be. Although this school year will look much different than any other in the past, returning Cambridge families have experienced firsthand that Cambridge Elementary School is a place where your child can experience success and develop a love for learning. For those families who are new to Cambridge, you are joining a school community that compares to none!

We recognize there will be challenges throughout the school year, sometimes the work and the remote instruction environment will be hard. The silver lining is that your staff are some of the most caring, compassionate and experienced educators you will ever come across. Together through support and fueled by grit and determination we will help students reach the excitement of success. We expect obstacles and difficulties throughout the learning process. These obstacles will build self confidence, intrinsic motivation, and deepen knowledge for all of us. Our students will be expected to work hard independently, but they will always know when and where our support will come. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have questions and concerns.

This year’s theme, There's always a silver lining...find yours... is a representation of our quest to find the positive in this uncertain world we are living in and to inspire each child that comes through Cambridge Elementary School to do so, as well. Here at Cambridge we believe that together teachers, students, and parents/guardians make our school “A Special Place for Children.” It is that belief that drives us as staff to foster positive relationships and maintain strong lines of communication with our students and parent community. Mrs. Fehte and I appreciate all that you do to support the work of our esteemed and dedicated educators. Let us all commit to a positive, fun-filled, and successful school year.

Educationally Yours,

Ms. Christi Pemberton, Principal

Mrs. Sandra Burghgraef-Fehte, Assistant Principal


Student placement will be available on or about August 25th through Genesis. You will receive an email on that day once the placement is available on the Genesis portal. At Cambridge, we are very fortunate to have an exceptional group of teachers and staff to work with our students and families. To that end, the placement teams consider all students’ strengths and needs with regard to academic prociency across all content area, social competency, emotional maturity, leadership qualities, family support, learning style needs, behavioral dynamics, peer relationships and any services received. If you have a specic concern, please feel free to email me. However, please know that it is highly unlikely that I will change a student’s placement at this point. We ask that you please trust us to make decisions that have every child's best interests in mind.

Staff Updates

Staff not returning - Good Luck!

  • Ms. Denise Callaway - we wish her all the best in her retirement!
  • Mrs. Driessen - will be working in other schools within the district.
  • Ms. Nicole Heyer - we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors!
  • Mrs. Sharon Hyde - we wish her all the best in her retirement!
  • Mrs. Linda Riccio - we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors!
  • Mrs. Jessica Updegraff - we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors!

New Staff - Welcome!

Ms. Nicole Hillen is joining the first grade team. Ms. Hillen is coming to us from Monmouth Junction where she taught first grade. Welcome to Cambridge!

Grade Level Teams and Specialists

Classroom Teachers:

K - Mrs. Isaacs, Mr. Luca, Ms. Pron

1st - Mrs. Blackwell, Ms. Brady, Ms. Hillen, Mrs. Schaller

2nd - Ms. Antunes, Mrs. DeSandre, Ms. Makos

3rd - Mrs. Canonicao, Mrs. McDonough, Mrs. Levinson, Mrs. Walker

4th - Mrs. Greco, Mrs. Klimowicz, Mrs. Matakonis, Mrs. Rosario

5th - Mrs. Chulamanis, Mrs. Frink, Mrs. Plebani, Mrs. Weed


Art - Mrs. Mallon

Library - Mrs. Ravichandran

Music - Mrs. Garwood, Mr. Piszko, Mrs. Stanek

P.E. - Mrs. Berk, Mrs. O'Brien

World Language - Mrs. Falanga

Instructional Support - Mrs. Gourdine and Mrs. Shadell

Resource Center - Mrs. Hershberger, Mrs. Hopkins, Ms. Hunt and Mrs. Reinknecht

Nurse - Mrs. Kerwin

Child Study Team - Ms. Hoehe, Mrs. Messana, Mrs. Munn

School Counselor - Mrs. Doles

Speech - Mrs. Jorgensen

Staying connected to Cambridge

Here are some ways to stay connected to our school:

*DO NOW - Please check the device your child is planning to use. Make sure you can connect to the internet and the camera and audio is all working. If these are not working, please contact Eileen Cicero at

  1. District web page: and school web page: (this will have a link to our school supplies, school hours, phone information, calendar and more!)
  2. You are reading Principal's Newsletter via S'more. This contains valuable information to help you prepare your child for this school year and plan for upcoming important events. This newsletter is sent every two weeks or so via School Messenger.
  3. Follow us at
  4. Follow us on Twitter @sbsdca.

School Supplies

School supply lists can be found here: 2020-2021 Class School Supply Lists

If you need assistance with getting supplies, please let your child's teacher know. We have received plenty of school supply donations and would be happy to share them with you.


All forms are now online via the Genesis Parent Portal. Please be sure to:

  • Update your contact information.
  • Sign AUP form.
  • Update any Health Forms.

New Student and Family Orientation - September 3rd, 7-8 PM

Welcome new students and families! Since you are new to our school, we have planned a virtual tour for you and your child(ren). At this orientation, we will provide you with some general information about our school and answer any questions you may have - a link to the event will be emailed to you separately.

Upcoming Dates

9/1 - 9/4 - Staff Only

9/7 - No School - Labor Day

9/8 - First Day of School for students

9/24 - Board of Education Meeting 7pm

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