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September 11, 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,

Online Assessments:

Over the first weeks of school, your child's teacher has started to assess their learning needs. Students in grades 1-5 have, or will be asked shortly to complete the universal Fastbridge screener assessments online. Our youngest barracudas may require some support in logging in. Please reference this video for login guidance.

Once your child has been logged in, please allow them to complete the assessment independently and encourage them to do the best they can. By directly assisting them, the results will be skewed and the identified areas for teacher support will not be accurate. The data from these assessments is important as teachers construct strategic math and reading groups.


On Wednesday, 9.23, Bagby will host its next distribution of student materials. Further details will be communicated out next week.

County Health Conditions and Schools:

As many of you are already aware, this week Santa Clara County was moved to Tier III (red) of the statewide COVID-19 classification system. Later today, Dr. Andrews will be updating the entire CSD community about this shift.

Principal Coffee:

Next Tuesday, I will be hosting a virtual Principal's Coffee beginning at 8:30 AM on Zoom. I intend to discuss updates regarding Multiple Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), education tech tools your child may be using during distance learning, budgeting priorities for the 20-21 school year, and revisiting CSD updates regarding phased in reopening. Please RSVP Here by 12:00 PM Monday 9.15.20 in order to receive your Zoom invitation.

Have a safe weekend,


Important Dates to Remember

Tues., Sept. 15th: Principal Coffee 8:30am via Zoom (link to be sent out Monday)

Thur., Sept. 17th: Board of Directors Meeting 7:00pm

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

Wed., Sept. 23rd: School Materials Distribution

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

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

***Recurring Items***


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***

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 can include 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.


Organizes and cares for Bagby’s garden. Hold regular lunchtime activities in the garden for the students. Currently, the garden needs quite a bit of work to get up and running.

Lost and Found

Help organize lost and found at Bagby. Communicate to families when inventory is high and donate unclaimed items.

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.

Read-a-Thon (new district wide event this year)

Be a member of a planning committee with the CEF to organize an inter-school reading competition. Be a champion for Bagby by helping promote and advertising the read-a-thon.

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!

***Weekly Flyers***