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Our annual parent education and engagement event returns with more sessions and resources to support students and families.

Join us on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Stress management. Positive peer relationships.
Promoting student potential. Technology at school and at home.
Social media use. Connecting with your adolescent student.
And much more!

Save the Date! Details to come.

Updated Tue, Jun 12th

Loads of Books, Music, Movies and More Available to Campbell Union School District Students

The Santa Clara County Library District provides free library accounts to all students enrolled Campbell Union School District schools, regardless of their address. Many of our students already have their login information through their school’s library.

Log in or Drop in
There are over 100,000 eBooks available to read, 22,000 Audiobooks, countless songs to listen to and thousands of streaming videos to watch. Since all content is online, there are no fines, late fees, due dates to remember or trips to the library involved. The accounts also can be merged with existing library cards, if a child already has one. The library also serves as a community-gathering place for activities.

  • Visit the library’s calendar for information on summer activities.
  • For information about student’s digital accounts, contact the Campbell Public Library’s Nicole King, at nking [at] sccl.org or (408) 866-1991 x3224 .

Also…
Remember to sign up for the summer reading club at Campbell Library. Every child gets a FREE book just for signing up. The library also has over 20 free programs during the summer for all ages.

Updated Thu, May 31st

On March 6th, our Village community came together to Rise Against Hunger, packaging approximately 14,000 meals in the course of 3 hours. Meals will be sent to needy communities in Vietnam. Thank you to everybody who participated in fundraising or packing for this worthy cause!
 

Updated Thu, May 17th

300 guests came to celebrate literacy expression in its many forms

The Campbell Library was a-buzz as 300 people—students, families, teachers and principals—came out for Campbell Union School District’s 40th annual Writing Faire. The event features displays of student writing and celebrates literacy expression in its many forms.

Families clustered around the library stacks to read the stories, poems and reports as their students excitedly explained their work to them. 

Adding to the excitement was a drawing for prizes donated by Assistance League Los Gatos-Saratoga, Office Depot, and others, cookies from the Friends of the Campbell Library, and a green-screen photo booth to commemorate the anniversary.

Updated Thu, May 17th

By Cheryl, Village School Parent

This month I went with the Cool Canaries and the Aloha Pineapples to the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center in Palo Alto. This field trip was to get them ready to start a new science unit on animals and habitats. They began by learning the term “brackish” and how it describes the water in the Bay — a mix of sea water coming from the ocean through the golden gate, and fresh water coming from the rivers. They were then divided into groups to get up close and personal with some of the birds and plants and other wildlife that live in this unusual environment.

The group I was with started with bird watching. We were each given a pair of binoculars and a sheet to use to identify the birds we saw. The kids learned to tell the difference between the snowy egret (smaller, black beak, has a mohawk) and the great egret (much larger, yellow beak). Our next stop was identifying plants. Some of the plants had really interesting names like pickleweed, devil’s thread, and Rapunzel’s hair. Our last small group activity was in the lab. We looked at clean and dirty water samples under microscopes, looking for plankton. The kids each had a journal and were encouraged to draw what they saw on their slide in their journals. This was definitely a favorite activity!

The groups came back together at this point to do some net fishing. This was a super fun, mildly chaotic, and messy activity. We ended up catching a couple of small fish and a lot of tiny jellyfish. These went into a couple of buckets to be observed for a few minutes, and then were put back into the Bay. That was the end of our fun at the salt marsh. Definitely a fun and informative field trip!

Updated Wed, Jun 13th

By Lynn L.,  Parent Educator and Parent of 2 Village School students

The topic of community has been on my mind a lot lately. As I watch the news, I am saddened by what is going on around us. I also just watched the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which made me think even more deeply about this topic. I want to focus on the idea of community and explore how we can make a difference by helping our children build assets, such as the 41 Assets from Project Cornerstone (many of which will be referenced in italics in this article). 

What is community? How big or small is it, and who is in it? I recently sat in on the Project Cornerstone “Take It Personally” class, and was reminded of all of our roles in our communities. We have a wonderful chance to make an impact on those around us.

When I think back on those who have influenced me, I realize that family, teachers, school counselors, neighbors and others in my life may not know the impact they had on me. Now, fast-forward to my children — who will influence them? As a parent, I put a lot of thought into who my daughters are around, what they do, and who they will be when they grow up, as I am sure most of us do. I also think about the individuals I interact with and what type of impact I might have on their lives. All of us can make an impact in the lives of those around us, and sometimes the smallest gestures can make a huge difference.

Many of us chose Village because of the sense of community. At Village, we have a chance to connect with both children and adults. My children see that I am participating and helping our school community. Whether in the classroom, on the playground or at lunch time, we are building valuable assets (other adult relationships, a caring school climate, parent involvement in schooling, adult role models, bonding to school, to name a few). These assets help our children feel supported, and in turn will hopefully help them make positive choices. I am also so grateful that my children have other adults to turn to. When I ask, “who are the adults you can go to if you need something?” they give me a list of names, many from Village. Why is this important? Because I cannot be there 24/7, and I know they are not alone. More importantly, they know they are not alone.

We can also be proud of the work our children do at Village. One example is Rise Against Hunger. Recently, for the third year in a row our school participated in this wonderful event that brings awareness to those around the world who are hungry and live in poverty. My girls love Rise Against Hunger and feel very proud to be part of it. Events like this bring awareness on a local and global level. By participating in these types of acts, our children are aware of the needs of others, are building empathy, and are further developing assets (caring, equality and social justice, sense of purpose and service to others).

Our children can be negatively influenced by the media. But they are also watching and learning from us and others around them all the time, giving us many opportunities to counter negative messages. Children learn about boundaries, honesty, respect for self and others, and conflict resolution from family, friends, other caring adults, and during activities outside of school (corresponding assets are other adult relationships, safety, caring, interpersonal competence, honesty, integrity, self-esteem, peaceful conflict resolution, service to others, and many others).

As a therapist, I have had the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people. I have worked with individuals who do not have many assets, and who make decisions that have negative consequences. Research on the 41 Assets shows that the more assets a young person has, the more likely they will engage in positive behaviors. Hence, the fewer assets one has, the more likely they are to engage in negative behaviors. The individuals who are making negative choices to hurt others, hurt themselves, and be destructive, usually do not have many assets. If they had people in their lives supporting them, reaching out to them, modeling for them, would they have made different choices? I believe most of the time, they would.

So how do we make a difference? We can be involved in numerous ways. It can be as simple as saying hello to a child, sitting with a child at lunch, reaching out to someone who is sad, helping someone in need, donating to others, being an upstander, modeling good choices, etc. Even the smallest gestures can make a huge impact on someone’s life. This responsibility falls on all of us, but let’s remember that we are not alone. We are all part of one or more communities where we can find support. Lastly, if you haven’t taken the Project Cornerstone “Take It Personally” class, please do so. It is a wonderful class that educates and inspires adults to make a commitment to support children and teens, and it gives you an opportunity to connect with others at Village.

If you would like to learn more about Project Cornerstone and the 41 Assets, please visit Project Cornerstone’s website or past Village Voice articles on this topic:

Asset Building While Increasing Productivity

Reflections on Asset Building in our Kids

Updated Tue, Apr 17th

More than 1,600 people participated, providing thoughts, ideas, and questions for the district leadership.

Input from parents, staff and other community members is very important to us in Campbell Union School District. Working closely with our community is essential to ensuring that the needs of all students are met. 

In January, we added ThoughtExchange—a new, online way for our community to engage and communicate with us about our district and schools. See the results here.

The response rate for this first-time, online forum was high, with more than 1,600 people generating and rating more than 2,700 thoughts, ideas, and questions for us. Results from this and future ThoughtExchanges will inform our goals and decisions for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), our Profile of a Graduate, and other initiatives aimed at providing an education beyond the expected.

Thank you for engaging in this new way to converse with us.

Updated Wed, Apr 4th

District Governing Board urges lawmakers to support greater school safety through increased funding and “common sense gun reforms.”

At their March 29 meeting, the elementary school district trustees passed Resolution 2017-18-25 calling on state and federal legislators to do more to bolster funding for services that support students’ mental, physical and emotional health and protect students from gun violence. 

“Gun violence on school campuses, while relatively rare, represents a particularly egregious and unacceptable threat to the lives of students, teachers, and staff across the country,” the resolution states. 

Prompted by the February 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school, the resolution cites data about bullying, harassment, and student access to guns, and it asserts students’ and staff’s rights to safety at school. 

The resolution also requests for adequate funding to support students social and emotional needs in addition to their academic achievement.

“Our District partners with community health services to help students and families who need support with social-emotional and other non-instructional issues,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “The costs of educating and supporting students have been rising faster than state and federal funding, making it difficult to provide services that allow our teachers to teach while students get support for their social-emotional well-being.” 

A copy of the full resolution is available on the district’s website.

Updated Thu, Apr 5th

Report harassment, vandalism, bullying and suspicious activities.

Campbell Union School District announces its new Quick Tip system to support safety at its 12 elementary and middle schools.

There are three ways to access the Quick Tip system:

While reports can remain anonymous, providing contact information can assist greatly with the investigation.

Updated Wed, Jun 13th

By Jennifer, Village and Young Triton Parent

Young Triton’s Running Club (YTRC) is a before and after-school running club and self-development program for boys in grades 1–5. In its third year at Village School, YTRC instills strength, self-compassion, empathy, cooperation, balance, character, perseverance and teamwork through a structured bi-weekly, eight-week program.

Without a doubt YTRC is about far more than physical performance. This year’s curriculum was Mindcraft-themed. That’s not a typo but an intentional play on words as the boys collected bricks in their inventory and strengthened their minds while training for the Run. Sweat. Love. 5K.

Teaching young boys to become well-rounded, feeling, and caring young men requires role models that demonstrate the behaviors we hope to see them develop. We are extremely blessed at Village to have 6 dedicated parent coaches.

Coach Caesar shares his experience with YTRC: “The impact of the program is very personal to me. Not only do we as Coaches get to share our passion with the children and watch them develop before our eyes, but we also get to build relationships. Most parent participants are moms at Village. Having some “Dad Time” gives us the opportunity to make friends, share experiences and start new relationships that probably would not have happened without YTRC,” explained Coach Caesar. “[My son] sees that I go out on runs but rarely makes it to my events. When we first started doing our runs, he would not push himself nor would I want to push too hard and discourage him. Now running with 15 plus friends, he loves to run, loves to push himself and loves to help his teammates!”

Results of the program: 68 Happy Hearts, 136 Strong Legs, 34 5K Teammates, 6 Dedicated Coaches and 23 Young Tritons who have discovered that the finish line is just the beginning. 

 

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