Blackford Elementary School

District News

Updated Wed, Jan 20th

Our Wonder Wednesday program is designed to spark students’ curiosity by engaging them in a wide variety of topics. Each episode will explore a new wonder in our community.

Our next event is on Wed., January 27, from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.
What bugs you about your face mask? We will do a hands-on design challenge with the Tech Interactive to engineer solutions! We recommend tuning in with a partner so that you can design ways to improve the face mask experience for each other.

Families are welcome to tune it together, but it is not required. Visit the Wonder Wednesday Website: bit.ly/cusdwonderwednesday for participation information and upcoming events.

Updated Fri, Jan 15th

Last night, I provided an update to the Governing Board on the status of our Reopening Plans in light of new developments related to the pandemic.

I shared that, just yesterday afternoon, the California Public Health Department released new guidelines. We will be reviewing the new guidelines to ensure we have addressed all necessary elements. These amended guidelines are required for all schools in the state.  

I reiterated our  plan to not move to Phase 2 of reopening until we are in the Red (Substantial) Tier. We are monitoring developments related to the pandemic, supporting students and staff with remote learning, and readying for when we are able to begin our phased-in approach. We have started our employee COVID-19 testing. Our CampbellCare, preschools, and infant/toddler programs remain open, and we continue to advocate for our district’s needs to support students and staff.

On Dec. 30, the Governor announced a proposal for grant funds to support a phased-in reopening of schools for in-person instruction. He proposes $2 billion for a return to in-person instruction, funded through Prop 98 funds. His plan would provide about $450 per student as an incentive grant to fund the added costs of reopening. It must be approved by legislation, which means we anticipate adjustments to the proposal over the coming weeks, even as we work  to submit our  plan by the Feb. 1 deadline.

Throughout the months of this pandemic, we have had to be adaptable as we support our students and remain focused on their education and safety. We are remaining vigilant and preparing to act on the next phase of our plan when conditions allow. 

Updated Wed, Jan 13th

Parents of young children may be looking ahead to August and the day their child starts kindergarten. There is much to be hopeful about this new stage in your child’s lifetime of learning. And as the pandemic subsides, we eagerly anticipate welcoming students back to our classrooms and a more familiar school experience than has been the case this year.

Whether you are new to the enrollment process or revisiting it, we offer this overview to get you started.

How do I register my child for school?

Starting January 19th, parents may use a computer or smartphone to register their child online for the 2021-22 school year. Our Enrollment staff is happy to help and are available by phone and email. 

  • Email: sflores [at] campbellusd.org () or kphillips [at] campbellusd.org ()
  • Phone: 408-364-4200

(Note: In-person assistance is available by appointment only, and all COVID-19 safety precautions must be observed.)

At what age may my child attend Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Kindergarten is for children who will be five years old on or before September 1.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is for children who will be five years old between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. TK is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten program that uses a modified Kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. 

Which is my school?

Your elementary or middle school is determined by your child’s home address. To confirm which is your attendance-area school, visit our  Online School Locator or phone: (408) 364-4200. More information about school placement is available on our Enrollment FAQ page.

To learn more about the school we suggest you attend a virtual visit.

Students are assigned to their attendance-area school, except in cases of school transfer through Open Enrollment or other special circumstance. (Requesting a different in-district school requires an extra step during our Open Enrollment period, which ends Fri., Feb. 12 at 4pm.)

What documents are needed?

Proof of residence, immunizations, and certain other documents are required for school.

Is there childcare?

Yes, onsite childcare—called CampbellCare—is available before and after school. Learn more.

What about COVID-19?

We are committed to providing safe learning environments and quality education, so that all of our students may reach their highest potential. We are continuing to monitor the pandemic circumstances, and we are being told that while we may still need to offer additional safety protocols, when the new school year begins in August 2021, it will be more like we are used to. Should conditions require us to continue to be more cautious, we have the assurance that our School Reopening Plan was reviewed and approved by State and County public health officials and meets all requirements and recommendations from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. 

Updated Tue, Jan 12th

Our high-quality infant, toddler, and preschool programs are open to all children, from infants to 5 years old, whether or not you live in our district! Both fee-based and subsidized programs are available, year round, with part-time or full-time options.

  • Openings for Infant/Toddler program at Rosemary Family Learning Center
  • Full-day state preschool and tuition-based program openings at Campbell School of Innovation (CSI) in December.  

For more details, visit our preschool web page or phone (408) 364-4200 x4180.

Updated Wed, Jan 20th

This new year brings reasons for hope in the fight against the pandemic. Unfortunately, some old challenges remain.

With the county’s COVID-19 status still in the Widespread (Purple) Tier, we cannot proceed with our January 19 reopening plans. We will need to remain in our Phase One distance learning probably for several more weeks.

You may have heard about Governor Newsom’s announced a $2 billion “Safe Schools for All” plan to encourage more schools to reopen for in-person instruction in 2021. While it’s a welcome idea, we know from experience that the devil is often in the details. The legislators must sign off on the proposed plan, and they do not return to session until January 9th. As we have previously experienced, the proposed plan will likely have adjustments before it is solidified. 

One of the plan’s metrics is the county’s case counts must be below 28 per 100,000 to be eligible.  As of January 5th, Santa Clara County was at 61 per 100,000, according to CovidActNow.  

Through our weekly meetings with legislative analysts, public health officials and other decision-makers, we will continue to advocate for the needs of our district, synthesize the information, and adapt to this proposal’s developments to our local situations and resources.

We will update our community—families and staff—as more information becomes known.

Meanwhile, our district and community partners have arranged various supports for students and families. We are continuing to provide up to five days worth of free breakfast, lunch, and after school meals, five days a week, at seven of our schools. Our CampbellCare program has opened and has space at several school sites. (Cusdexpandedlearning [at] campbellusd.org (Email them for details).) Community Liaisons, school counselors and other specialists are available to connect students and families to community based resources for social, emotional and physical health needs.

We will continue to prepare for when we can safely welcome teachers and students back to the classroom for in-person instruction.

Updated Wed, Jan 20th

Campbell Union School District is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on its Citizens Bond and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. 

Campbell Union School District educates students in preschool through eighth grade from the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga.  The bond funds from help to repair and improve the district’s 12 elementary and middle schools. Parcel tax funds support instructional programs that directly benefit students.

The school district Governing Board appoints an independent citizens committee to oversee the expenditures and uses of bond and parcel tax revenues, and report findings to the public.  The Citizens Oversight Committee reviews school district spending and ensures that bond and parcel tax revenues are spent only for the purpose set before the voters.

Oversight Committee members represent various parts of the community: businesses, senior citizens, taxpayer organizations, and parents of students enrolled in the District.   These members serve for a term of two years without compensation and for no more than three consecutive terms.  (Education Code Section 15282(a))

Applications are available by contacting Christina Tran, Campbell Union School District, ctran [at] campbellusd.org or 408-364-4200 ext. 6215.

Updated Tue, Jan 19th

Our Wonder Wednesday program is designed to spark students’ curiosity by engaging them in a wide variety of topics. Each episode will explore a new wonder in our community.

Our next event is on Wed., January 13, from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.

It will focus on How Our School Lunches Are Made and a tour of our Campbell USD Kitchen. Experts from our Campbell and Calfresh teams will answer questions and guide students through a tasting of a seasonal fruit. Pick up a free lunch at your school the day before or the morning of and save the fruit to participate in the tasting. 

Families are welcome to tune in together, but it is not required.

Visit the Wonder Wednesday Website: http://bit.ly/cusdwonderwednesday for participation information and upcoming events.

Updated Fri, Jan 1st

Our five elected members of the Governing Board ensure that the policies, funding priorities and personnel are in place to educate students to their highest potential. At its Dec. 17 Organizational Meeting, the Governing Board elected officers, made subcommittee assignments, and set its 2021 meeting calendar.

2021 Roster

President: Richard Nguyen, Trustee Area 1

Vice President: Danielle M.S. Cohen, Trustee Area 5

Clerk: Chris Miller, Trustee Area 4

Member: Pablo A. Beltran, Trustee Area 3

Member: Michael L. Snyder, Trustee Area 2

Subcommittees

Budget: Cohen, Miller

Diversity & Inclusion In Student Learning: Miller, Nguyen

Facilities & Technology: Beltran, Snyder

Intergovernmental: Miller, Nguyen

Policy: Cohen, Snyder

Teaching & Learning: Beltran, Nguyen

2021 Meeting Calendar

View CUSD Public Meetings

Updated Fri, Jan 1st

Our District’s Winter Break is December 21 through January 3, and we hope you and yours find moments of peace and happiness even in these trying times.

We have come a long way, and are certainly  looking forward to the new year with emerging  hope for the eventual end of the pandemic. We look forward to the day our county is out of the Purple Tier so we can begin our return to in-person instruction. Until then, we will continue to prepare and send you updates as they become known.

On January 4th, students will resume their online learning. For now, please be well, stay safe, and find joyful moments as you are able during another very different holiday. A video message from the Superintendent is available here.

P.S.

This week’s e-newsletter includes a story about extra meals available for pick up this Friday, and our flyers section has information about community services for those in need of housing and other crisis help.

Updated Wed, Dec 30th

Hunger in Silicon Valley is more widespread and diverse than once thought. One food insecurity study found that 1 in 4 people is at risk for hunger; nearly a quarter are families with children. 

There's help.

This Friday, Dec. 18: We are offering 10 days worth of meals for pick up this Friday. CUSD’s meal service will be closed during the Winter Break (Dec. 21-Jan. 3), but families can still be fed.
This Friday, Dec, 18, pick up 2 weeks worth of meals:

  • 11am to 1pm at Blackford, Capri, Castlemont, Lynhaven, Rosemary, or Sherman Oaks schools. 
  • 2pm to 3:30pm at Monroe Middle Schools.

Starting Jan. 4: Our regular free meal pick up program resumes. Monday through Friday, we offer 5 days worth of meals—breakfast, lunch, and after school meals—from 11am to 1pm at Blackford, Capri, Castlemont, Lynhaven, Rosemary, and Sherman Oaks. We distribute meals at Monroe from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. This schedule will continue through Phase 2 of CUSD’s reopening plan. Pick up times and sites may change when Phase 2 begins. Watch for updates online and in your email.

Free meal service made possible through support from the US Department of Agriculture and the extension of the Seamless Summer Meal Service