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September 18, 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

Good Afternoon Bagby Families,

As I discussed in last week's Banner, Santa Clara County has been moved into the red tier. Given the improving health conditions, Dr. Andrews presented CSD's plan for the transition to a hybrid model at last nights board meeting. A summary of that plan and further clarity around the proposed timeline will be communicated later today in her weekly community update.

In my Principal's Coffee earlier this week, I discussed Bagby's current student support framework during distance learning and our likely transition back to on-campus support. If you are interested, please review the slide show and/or watch the corresponding presentation video. We anticipate updated guidelines from the County and State next week, at which time I will outline further details.

Have a restful weekend and take care,


Important Dates to Remember

Mon., Sept. 21st: Online Book Fair Begins (see flyer below)

Wed., Sept. 23rd: School Materials Distribution

Thur., Sept. 24th: Special Board Meeting 6:00pm via Zoom

Thur., Oct. 1st: Board Meeting via Zoom

Mon., Oct. 5th - 13th: Parent/Teacher Conferences


Curriculum Distribution

Bagby will host its next distribution of student materials on Wed., Sept. 23rd between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.**

As done previously, please drive through the front traffic loop during the designated grade level time. Please wear a mask and remain in your car. Write your childs name & teacher on a piece of paper & put it on the dashboard. There will be signs for you to follow the process. Have your trunk or window open so staff can place the materials in your car. The distribution times are as follows:

-grades 4/5- (9:00-10:00)

-grades 2/3- (10:00-11:00)

-grades TK/K/1- (11:00-12:00)

***SDC Families - your teachers will contact you directly to schedule a time to pick up class materials.

Library Books

The library is missing its books! There are over 100 library books still checked out since last year. Please go through your students backpacks and/or school materials. If you have any books in your possession, please drop them off at school at your earliest convenience. You can return them during the curriculum distribution next Wednesday or there will be boxes outside the office for parents to drop them off. Contact the school office if you have any questions. Fines will be assessed for any books not returned by Wednesday, Sept. 23rd.

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!

You may want to bookmark the CSD Distance Learning Help! Website: This is where you can request a Chromebook or Mobile Hotspot for your child, learn more about the system requirements to run our distance learning apps and find resources and video tutorials showing how to log in and use many of the tools your children will be using.

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 or go to


  • Session 1: August 19th-September 11th

  • Session 2: September 14th-October 9th, M-F, 3:00PM-6:00PM.

*Registration for Session 2 opens Monday, September 7th.


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.

School Supplies

Coordinate with teachers to create grade level supply lists and distribute information to participating stores prior to the start of school.

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.

Take it Apart Night (shadow this year)

A one night event where Bagby students and their parents take items apart to better understand how things work. Individual is responsible for coordinating and planning the event.

Any questions, please contact Jen and Lisa at

Online Book Fair

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Stay Connected!

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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***Weekly Flyers***