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October 16, 2020

Bagby Elementary School

1840 Harris Avenue

San Jose, CA 95124

Michael Kretsch, Principal

Main Office: (408) 377-3882; Fax: (408) 377-8648

24 HOUR ATTENDANCE LINE: (408) 377-3882 EXT. 2103

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Message from the Principal

Hello Barracuda Families,

Principal's Coffee

Next Tuesday, October 20th, at 8:30 AM I will be hosting our monthly Principal's Coffee via Zoom. Please sign up here: Principal's Coffee Sign Up Link. I plan to debrief goal setting conferences, discuss distance learning, and update the community on our transition to in-person instruction.

Next Materials Distribution-Wednesday (10.28)

Some grade levels will be participating in a drive-through materials pickup on Wednesday, October 28th. Please see communications from your child's teacher regarding the specifics of their October materials distribution plans.

HSC Halloween Traditions

I have been working with our terrific HSC to put together something special for each Barracuda as we work to pivot our Halloween Fun Night activities for this year. More details will be shared out through the Bagby Banner and HSC communications in the days to come.

Bagby Community Update

At Bagby and throughout CSD, our core values are rooted in taking care of one another. Recently, Dr. Andrews sent out a message to our entire community about our shared commitment to health, safety and the work we all need to do to prevent the spread of illness in the COVID Health and Safety Update.

The Bagby school community was recently impacted by COVID-19. While the personal details will remain private, I can assure you that the situation was handled with the utmost care and in accordance with all Santa Clara County Public Health protocols. Information and guidance was, and will always be, given to those directly impacted in an expedient manner. The experience has certainly strengthened our school community, as we have circled around to support one another.

The safety protocols in place proved to be highly effective. You have my pledge that we, CSD and Bagby, will remain steadfast in our adherence to them and to protecting one another.

Have a safe & restful weekend,


Important Dates to Remember

Oct. 20th: Principal Coffee via Zoom 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 28th: Instructional Materials Distribution

Oct. 30th: Teacher In-Service - NO SCHOOL

Nov. 3rd: HSC Meeting 7:00 pm

Nov. 5th: Board Meeting 7:00 pm

Nov. 11: Veteran's Day NO SCHOOL


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Enter our 2020 Spooky Story Contest today

SPECIAL PRIZE for the winner in each grade, 2nd through 6th.

This year we will be handling everything virtually for the safety of our staff and contestants.

Please email the form below along with your completed spooky story to:

Deadline is October 31st, 2020

We are looking forward to reading all of your submissions!

Click to download form

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Santa Clara County District 4 Supervisor Susan Ellenberg invites District 4 residents to walk, bike or drive to D4 in the Neighborhood, a socially distanced community event. Residents can visit one of the locations listed above to safely pick up a prepacked treat bag and informational resources.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a new pair of socks to be donated to a local organization serving residents. Socks are the most requested and least donated item to organizations supporting our community.

We look forward to safely seeing our community. Halloween costumes welcome!

Send Us Your Jokes!

If you have a good joke to tell, we want to hear it! Submit it to BNN and it MIGHT be featured in a future episode.

Here is the form link: BNN Jokes (*it is limited to only students with Cambrian emails; you have to be signed in as a student to fill out)

2019-2020 Yearbooks

There are yearbooks from last year that are still available to purchase for $30. We also still have yearbooks that were purchased last year but never picked up. Please contact the office if you would like to purchase a yearbook or pick up a previously purchased one.


The Cambrian School District has been in the process of assessing potential land redevelopment of District-owned properties as a new ongoing revenue stream to support our students, programs, and District. After evaluating multiple options, we identified the Metzler Elementary School at Cambrianna Drive as a promising opportunity to convert a portion of this site into an ongoing revenue stream. The proposed development matches and complements the character of the neighborhood.

The proposed housing development project for the Cambrian School district will generate ongoing revenue that will support CSD’s outstanding programs. Please join Cambrian parents, teachers, and neighbors and click here to sign a letter of support asking the City of San Jose to approve the District’s general plan amendment application.

For more information about the Cambrian School District’s “Support Our Students” land development initiative, please check out our webpage or contact former Cambrian School District parent Eve Walton at Stay informed on the Initiative, please sign up for our mailing list by clicking here.

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Distance Learning Help & Device Loan Request

  • Bookmark the CSD Distance Learning Help! Website: This is where you can request a Chromebook or Mobile Hotspot for your child & get help.
  • Borrowing a device: If you are interested in borrowing a Chromebook, iPad or Mobile Hotspot, please fill out the following form.
  • Exchanging a device: If you borrowed a device that is faulty or damaged, please fill out the following form to request an exchange.
  • All applicants must be Cambrian students. Identification will be requested when you pick up the device.
  • You also need to fill out the Device Loan Agreement prior to picking up the device.

Daily Attendance - Distance Learning

In accordance with California State Ed. Code attendance during distance learning will be taken daily. Students are required to logon and check in each day with their teachers. Please make sure your student(s) sign into their Zoom meeting a few minutes early. If your child is not able to sign in to their Zoom class, please call or email the front office and let us know what the reason is. Daily absences need to be verified and parents will be contacted. Please call 408-377-3882 x2103 or email Susan Middleton- in order to report an absence.

Student Meal Program

Cambrian School District is offering free breakfast and lunch daily to anyone under 18 years of age, starting today. 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. We do ask that you complete the application for Free and Reduced Meals so the district can be reimbursed, though it is not required.

For more information about menus, nutrition and the CSD food program, visit our website at

Cambrian Extended Care

Thank you for your patience as we have worked to create a new and revised extended care program! Whether you have chosen to attend school in the Hybrid Model or have chosen 100% Distant Learning, all families are welcome to attend Cambrian Extended Care! To register for our program, please visit the Cambrian Extended Care website.


  • Session 3: October 12-November 6th. Registration is open!


Bagby Home & School Club Open Committee Positions

Activity Day (shadow this year)

An afternoon event consisting of two 40-minute workshops for all students, led by parents and other members of the community. Workshops have included topics such as art, drama, sports, science and careers. Event takes place in the spring.

Annual Giving Campaign (shadow this year)

Bagby’s only fundraiser where the HSC asks for direct donations from families. Individual(s) is/are responsible for planning, organizing and managing the direct donation campaign. Occurs the beginning of every school year.

Bagby Community Engagement (new event for 2020-21)

Parents role is to be a Bagby Ambassador. They may speak at school tours or other events to help recruit families to join the Bagby community.

Book Fair (for 2021-22 school year)

Organize and plan Bagby’s book fair event. The role includes setting up/take down of the event and recruiting volunteers to help run the fair. The book fair is typically held in September.

Fifth Grade Activity Coordinator

Organize and plan the end of the year events for the 5th grade students, including pool party and promotion.

Maker’s Space (shadow this year)

Coordinate and plan work sessions for all grades to create, learn, build and play with everyday items to solve simple tasks or problems.

Silent Auction Chair

One of the most important volunteer roles at Bagby! This individual(s) are responsible for managing the silent auctions for Halloween Fun Night and the Crab Feed.

Any questions, please contact Jen and Lisa at

Bagby Gear On Sale Now!

Bagby Gear is now on sale! Click on the link below to see what styles are available and to place your order.

Bagby Gear Store

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Stay Connected! Register Now!

Follow us on Facebook (@BagbyHomeAndSchoolClub) or visit our HSC webpage ( to stay up-to-date on what’s happening within our Bagby community.Remember, just by being a Bagby parent, YOU are a member of the Home & School Club and we need your help to make this another great year!
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