CSD Superintendent Update

May 5, 2023, Cambrian School District

Dear Cambrian Families,

May has arrived and our school sites are bustling with activities. I am so proud of our students for their participation and achievements! Please take a look at this newsletter to be up-to-date


May Students of the Month were recognized at last night’s board meeting. We are excited to brag about:

Bagby: Natalia Ramirez

Sartorette: Gael Lorenzo Ravedutti, preschool

Price: Trinity Carrasco, grade 7, Camila Delgado Castro grade 8

Farnham: Jeremy Kang, grade 5

Steindorf: Noah Llanos Wang, grade 5

Fammatre: Makenzy Colahan, grade 4

Great job, students!


Cambrian School District's first annual Code-Off was held on April 29 and was a HUGE SUCCESS! This event, sponsored by the Cambrian Educational Foundation, was a fun, interactive, and educational activity where participants created a coding project from start to finish while following a theme! About 110 students participated in the weekend event. The Code-Off had multiple levels for students of all ages, fun prizes and raffles giving children an engaging opportunity to learn more about this important 21st century skill!

Winners in the Student Team Category

  • Complexity: Code Play

  • Creativity: I Don't Know

  • Usability: Coding Cupcakes

  • Practicality: Scratch Kiddies (Meow!)

Winners in the Family Team Category

  • Complexity: Hamster Coders

  • Creativity: Sonic

  • Usability: Person

  • Practicality: Bubbles

Winners in the Individual Category

  • Complexity: Sunburns

  • Creativity: Pranav Ramam

  • Usability: The Ender Pirates

  • Practicality: Aarav Hegde

The event was organized and led by three Branham High School students (two of whom are Cambrian alumni): Nate Gee, Eric Liang, and Arvind Kumar. These helpful students met with Mr. Matt Hill, Cambrian’s Educational Technology Director, every Thursday since January to plan the event. It was their idea and they produced most of the materials (brochure, sample applications, presentation, etc.) Five other Branham students volunteered at the event too. Thanks, CEF, for this awesome event!

Winners of Cambrian's Coding Event Held April 29

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It’s getting closer! The Cambrian Educational Foundation (CEF) is hosting an inaugural Celebration of Cabrian Kids Festival. The day will be a celebration of the creativity and community of the Cambrian School District. This event will kick off a 12-month campaign to raise funds to supplement the district’s arts budget, to grow creative kids in Cambrian. It will feature an art show, music displays, maker space activities, displays from school sites, inflatables, carnival games, as well as some very exciting displays from prominent local community groups. We really hope you can attend this fun event June 4th 2023, 11 am - 3 pm; Price Middle School.

If you’d like more information or to get involved in this event, please email - cambrianef@gmail.com.

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As noted in the 4/18/23 CUHSD Community newsletter, on 3/20 CDPH released updated COVID-19 guidance for schools. In the updated guidance, there are a few key changes that will impact our district's COVID-19 response.

  • Individuals with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may return to school or work after Day 5 if their symptoms have significantly improved and they are fever-free for 24 hours.

  • A negative test after Day 5 is no longer required to return between Days 6-10 if the conditions above are met. All individuals should - and staff are required to - continue to wear a mask when around others through Day 10.

  • CDPH no longer requires schools to provide students and families with notifications of school-based exposures to COVID-19. In line with this guidance, effective May 6, we will no longer send exposure notifications.

Thank you to all our incredible staff, students and families for going above and beyond to impact our students. Cambrian School District is such a special place to learn and grow!

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Common Sense Media Kid Profiles

With Kid Profiles, you can set exactly what you want and don't want your kids to see, hear, or play, Common Sense Media will show you what's available on any streaming service, gaming platform, and more! (You will need to create a parent account if you do not already have one.)

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Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Join the SCCOE Saturday, May 13 for the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. taking place at 1290 Ridder Park Ave, San Jose. Students grade 3 to 8 are invited to come and discover the fun and joy in mathematics by playing games and solving puzzles with family and friends! Registration is required to attend the festival.

Parents, educators, high school students and anyone in the community are welcome to volunteer! Community service hours are available upon request.

For more registration & more information, please visit https://na.eventscloud.com/744395

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Calling All Artists!

In collaboration with The LGBTQ+ Youth Space, the SCCOE is launching a PSA campaign for Pride month. Students are encouraged to submit their written work, video pieces, or artwork using the theme, “Fearless, Flawless, and Free” by Monday, May 22.

Youth are encouraged to reflect on their struggles and how they persevered by demonstrating self-acceptance, allyship, and confidence. Prizes are available for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

PSA submissions will be presented in a showcase on Saturday, May 27 10-11:30am.

To learn more or apply, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZotzdFJMQGHbKrVS6g72HMDVqEhSK-JGADxyIGRJNVGGm9A/viewform

To register for the Pride PSA Contest, visit: https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=750968&

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Parent Engagement & Involvement Resources

Research shows that parent engagement in schools is closely linked to better student behavior, higher academic achievement, and enhanced social skills. The Board of Education recognizes that parents/guardians are their children's first and most influential teachers and that sustained parent involvement in the education of their children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment. Our goal is to work with staff, parents/guardians, and family members to jointly develop strategies to meaningfully engage and involve parents and family members at all grade levels.

For more information, please visit the district website https://www.cambriansd.org/Page/4036

Helping Children Learn Monthly Newsletter by The Parent Institute

Helping Children Learn is written with today's fast-paced parents in mind. Every monthly issue delivers lots of advice families could use to speak with their children about. Published in age-specific versions, Elementary School and Middle School, this monthly two-page, quick-read newsletter is packed with proven, evidence-based, ready-to-use school success ideas for parents, tailored to the ages of their students!

In every issue, families get guidance to help their children succeed, including:

  • Building reading, language, and math skills

  • Establishing effective study habits

  • Promoting regular school attendance

  • Goal-setting to achieve academic results

  • Developing persistence, resilience, and enthusiasm for learning

  • Instilling respect for rules, authority, and other people

  • Forming a school-home connection

  • Plus much more!

To access the Helping Children Learn Monthly Newsletter, please visit https://www.cambriansd.org/Page/4017

Free Summer Access to Imagine Learning Language & Literacy & Imagine Math

Both Imagine Learning Language & Literacy and Imagine Math, the online independent learning platform Cambrian students in grades K-5 use throughout the year to support their literacy and math skills, will be available to our current students over the summer! Students will have the option to borrow a Chromebook from the district and the San Jose Public Library provides free WiFi hotspot devices that can be borrowed for home use.

Please look for more information as we get closer to summer on how to access Imagine Learning and free access to devices for home use.

Care Solace

May is Nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. Chances are that you know someone who is struggling with their mental health. People who are experiencing mental health challenges aren’t broken — they need support and care. And that begins with a conversation.

This month we have an opportunity to break the stigma around mental health by talking openly, compassionately, and kindly to each other. No one should ever struggle alone.

If you want to quickly be connected to a mental health care provider, contact Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential mental health care coordination service provided by Cambrian School District:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.

  • Visit www.caresolace.com/csd and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Resources

Services are available for all ages and in other languages unless noted.

  • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline dial 988*

*For area codes other than 408, 650, and 669: (800) 704-0900, press 1 thoughts of suicide mental health or substance use crisis just need to talk Free, 24/7 support for anyone experiencing mental health distress, including: Trained counselors will provide compassionate support to individuals in crisis. Speak to a clinician who can screen and assess crisis situations over the phone and intervene wherever the crisis is occurring. The lifeline is anonymous and confidential: information will not be shared unless in-person services are needed.

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