CSD Weekly Update

WEEK # 14, November 20, 2020

Cambrian School District Thanksgiving Video Message from CSD Superintendent Dr. Carrie Andrews

Dear Cambrian Families,

Please view the Thanksgiving video message above.

As we finish the week and head toward time off for the Thanksgiving break, I’d like to say thank you to each of you for your support and partnership with Cambrian School District. Though this year has been a challenging one with many unforeseen circumstances, our staff and students have risen to the challenge and persevered. I am grateful and proud to serve with this extraordinary staff in such a special district. I count serving as superintendent of schools here as a great blessing.

Enjoy your time with your family or friends...please remember to abide by health protocols such as social distance, wearing a mask and continually washing hands.

Have a wonderful vacation, and thanks again for your relentless support of the Cambrian School District. We are CAMBRIAN!

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Thank You CSD Board Members Doron Aronson and Janet Borrison

In December, two of our committed, faithful board members will be stepping down: Doron Aronson and Janet Borrison. Thank you to each one of these wonderful individuals for their time, passion and contributions. Both of these outstanding board members have made a true difference in our school district. Being a member of a school district’s board of trustees is a huge commitment--with no pay, long hours and little fanfare. We want to say THANK YOU to Mr. Aronson and Mrs. Borrison for their wisdom, kindness and faithfulness to the students, staff and families of Cambrian School District.

As such, we will be welcoming two new board members in December: Mr. Donald Rocha and Mrs. Janet Gillis. We are thrilled to welcome you to Cambrian’s school board!

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Update on Returning to In-Person Instruction in 2021

Cambrian School District will return to in-person instruction (hybrid schedule) for students beginning January 11, 2021 pending if Santa Clara County returns to the RED tier or lesser restrictive tier.

Families/guardians will receive communication from your school site as to designated days your child would return for in-person instruction a week prior to the return for each grade level.

Schedule for Returning to In-Person Instruction

Week of January 11: Grade levels TK/K - Grade 2 return

Week of January 19: Grade levels 3 - 5 return

Week of January 25: Grades levels 6 - 8 return

Parents/Guardians who do not intend to send their child to school for in-person instruction when Santa Clara County returns to the red tier must complete this FORM by December 4th. Every effort will be made to maintain current teacher/class assignments and minimize the shuffling of classes, but classroom placement changes may be inevitable for those choosing distance learning. Parents/Guardians will be notified prior to students being moved to a different classroom.

All the dates planned for heading back to the classroom are pending if Santa Clara County remains in a red tier that allows students to return to in-person in our county. Please note that if we stay in purple tier, there will be a special board meeting on Thursday, January 7th to adjust the return dates.

Thank you for your patience, collaboration and support during this most extraordinary time in history, as we work towards the well being of our students.

Good News! Cambrian School District Receives More Grants

This past week brought more good news--we need to celebrate and thank Maggie Spehar, Director of Student Services and Dawn Klavon, communications coordinator, for submitting a grant to Kaiser Permanente this fall. We just received word that our proposal was approved and a grant of $50K will support health/wellness and mental health in our district. Great news! Thank you Kaiser Permanente for investing in our students and district!

In addition, we also received wonderful news that we received 10,000 new books, thanks to a generous grant from the Molina Foundation. Special thanks to Fammatre’s Denise Fulton for applying for the book grant.

Please Support Cambrian Students

On behalf of Cambrian students, thank you to the 400+ people who have signed a letter of support, and to those who will sign now. Please help us reach our goal of 500 signed letters.

You can help PROTECT STUDENT PROGRAMS by supporting the "Support Our Students" land development initiative.

Thirty seconds of your time can help generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in ongoing, annual revenue without increasing taxes in the community. Click here to sign a letter of support and to learn more.

Due to chronic state underfunding, declining enrollment, and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cambrian School District is facing a budget deficit. Since early 2019, the District has been assessing potential district-owned land development opportunities to create additional on-going, annual revenue to sustain our award-winning programs.

Have a question? Please contact former Cambrian School District parent Eve Walton at SOSCambrianSchoolDistrict@gmail.com.

Staying Connected through Technology

We want to do everything we can to help with your technology needs. Thanks for your partnership!

Helpful Tips from our Cambrian School District Nurse

The Centers for Disease Control has created resources and posters to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during Thanksgiving. Please review them and enjoy your holiday!
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Flu Shot Clinic

Flu shots available for everyone 3 years and older. Children between six (6) months and three (3) years old should get the flu vaccine and other scheduled vaccinations through a health care provider. Children age 3 -17 must be accompanied by a guardian.

More information and other locations for free flu shots: English sccphd.org/flu, Spanish sccphd.org/flu-es, Vietnamese sccphd.org/flu-vi, or telephone 2-1-1.

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This year the CEF is hosting its inaugural District-wide Read-a-thon, raising funds for much needed mental health resources. We are looking for all students in the District to join this "Fun Raising" event, with the clear objectives to:

  • Celebrate childhood literacy

  • Inspire school spirit and healthy inter school competition

  • Raise funds to support the Cambrian School Districts mental health initiative

The proceeds from the Read-A-Thon will go towards providing much needed mental health resources to the Cambrian School District.

HOW IT WORKS: Students read books and log the number of minutes read daily. Students ask family and friends to donate either an amount per minute or a flat amount. It's just that easy!


  • All reading minutes and pledges will be managed through a single website. Details will come in the information pack.

  • The school that reads the most** will win the first ever Cambrian District Read-a-thon trophy.

  • The class that reads to most will win "Reading Class of the Year".

  • The student who reads the most over the district will be the "Cambrian Reader of the Year".

  • The student who reads the most at each age level will win their age bracket prize.

  • Students "read minutes" will be converted to a ratio of the number of minutes expected at their age group. Schools will be calculated as a ratio of the number of students enrolled.

November 13th - January 15th - READ READ READ and watch out for mini-events along the way!

January 15th - Last day of reading

January 21st - District-wide winners announced

January 22nd - School specific winners announced