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August 13, 2020

Cambridge School looks forward to welcoming the Cambridge community back to school on Wednesday September 9, 2020 for full time in-person education.  We are prepared to offer in-person and remote learning options and have incorporated the CDC, NJ and local safety and health guidelines. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions.  Enjoy these last few weeks of summer and stay well!

All the best,

Ellen 

egonzales@thecambridgeschool.org

July 13, 2020 Message

July 13, 2020

Dear Cambridge Families,

I hope this letter finds you enjoying a well deserved summer break with your family. The Cambridge administration team has been working towards a safe return to the school building at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  As you can imagine, the logistics required to accomplish the return to the building are complex and impact how the school functions on many levels.

Attached you will find our reopening plan for the Cambridge community, as of July 13th.   Please remember that the situation is fluid and plans could change between now and the first day of school, September 9th.  We will update you with any changes as they are made and I invite you to call or email me with any personal questions you may have about your student’s return.

Keeping the Cambridge community safe is of critical importance to us. This plan and the outlined strategies are designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but we are acutely aware that it is impossible to completely eliminate the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

Our focus is to be in full compliance with the guidance from the CDC, the New Jersey Department of Education, and the local health officials.  Further, I have worked to achieve certification in COVID-19 Safety Management to ensure that we are in compliance with the national, state, and local guidelines.

One action item for Cambridge families:  A critical element of the return to school plan is the elimination of shared devices and equipment.  As a result, each student from LSI-US will be required to have a personal device.  If your child does not have a chromebook for school use, please be sure to respond to the 1:1 Chromebook letter that was sent to you on June 30th.  Here are links to the LSI-MSI letter,  the MS II-III letter, and the MS IV letter. As you can imagine the high demand for Chromebooks is causing significant wait times, so your immediate response would be appreciated.

Please review the  Cambridge School Reopening Plan.  I invite you to contact me with any personal questions you may have.  It has never been more important that we work together to accomplish the safest possible return to school.

With best wishes for a safe and healthy summer,

Ellen

May 5, 2020 Message

May 5, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

As you may already know, Governor Murphy spoke yesterday afternoon regarding the status of school closures in response to COVID-19. He has instructed, “all NJ school buildings to remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and that  all students and educators will continue with remote learning.”  While this was not entirely unexpected, the fact that it involves the end of the year is disappointing for us as a community.

Our first thought is one of disappointment for our graduates; including our graduating seniors and Middle School IV students. We are extremely aware that the absence of a traditional graduation is a loss of an expected rite of passage.  The fact that we can’t be together in the building, however, will not hold us back from honoring our graduates.  Virtual Graduation Ceremonies for Seniors and Middle School IV students will still take place on Thursday, June 4th.  Please look for more details about the ceremonies to follow shortly.

Secondly, we remain committed to offering our Cambridge Summer Study Program.  In anticipation of extended school closures, we delayed the start, and the program will now run from July 13th through August 7th.  Our theme for Summer Study is, “Reconnecting” and we can’t wait to have the opportunity to do so.  Whether we are back in the school building or educating remotely we look forward to reconnecting with your students this summer.

Finally, the third marking period Parent Conferences are a meaningful end of year connection between parents and teachers.  Since you may have witnessed quite a bit of your student’s classes in person, the conferences this year are optional.  Lower School and Middle School conferences will take place on Monday May 18th and Upper School Conferences are scheduled for Friday May 29th.  Please look for emails from your child’s homeroom teacher or advisor with sign up times and more details.

While we are disappointed by the disruption to our cherished end of year traditions, we also know that keeping everyone safe and in good health is the highest priority.

With best wishes for your good health,

Ellen

March 23, 2020 Message

Dear Cambridge Families,

I hope this email finds everyone in good health and adapting well to the recent changes in our daily lives.  The Cambridge team has been preparing to start this new phase of virtual education.  Speaking on their behalf, our preference would always be the personal engagement we have with your child in the classroom, but after many days of preparation and planning we are excited to start this new phase of learning.

Tomorrow is the first of two trial run days. The first class (math) starts tomorrow at 9:00:

  • LS – MSI students should check the instructions on their Daily Agenda, which will be emailed each morning from the homeroom teacher
  • MS II- US students should check their Google Calendar and Classroom for Zoom invitations for each class.

Classes tomorrow and Friday will be opportunities for the teachers to connect with students, discuss what virtual classes will look like, and outline academic expectations. It also allows us time to identify any problems with technology.

The recommendations regarding online instruction advise against 60 minutes of continuous screen instruction.  So, while your student might have reading class scheduled for 9:00 to 10:00, that hour will most likely be chunked into separate segments.  One segment will be a scheduled Zoom meeting, another will be independent work, and the third will be when the teacher requests that the student step away from the screen and take a brain break.

We look forward to welcoming all the students back to school tomorrow morning.

Take good care,

Ellen

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