Panther Blog, August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020


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Hello Crittenden Families,

On behalf of the Crittenden staff we welcome all our new families to Crittenden and welcome our returning families.  Our staff and students look forward to the day we can all return back to the  classroom.  In the meantime, we are committed to providing a robust distance learning experience for our students. I know that the start of this school year is difficult for both parents and students. I am a parent myself, of two young daughters, so I understand the challenges. As frustrating as it can be, we also know we can never waver in our diligence towards keeping our kids and families safe and healthy, which has always been the top priority of our school and our district. From that foundation, we have built a plan to work within these constraints to optimize the learning environment for all students. 

Our District has been working hard all summer to put forth plans and policies that will optimize the learning for our students without compromising safety. Your input on our family survey was instrumental in developing these plans, so we thank all who have participated in that. We have been training our teachers on techniques for distance learning with clear protocols and guidelines. 

Although current conditions dictate that we begin the school year in stage 4 of our District’s four stage plan, we want you to know that we have been working diligently over the summer to create safety protocols to implement in stage 3 as soon as the conditions allow. 

Please note, the first day of school (August 17th)  will be a minimum day. We will have our school supplies and chromebook distribution on Friday, Aug.14th.  All students will receive a bag of school supplies, a complementary agenda, and all incoming 6th graders who did not pick up their chromebook last spring can stop by and pick it up on this date. In addition, all students that turned in their chromebook for the summer will be able to pick up their chromebook on this date. I will send a separate email soon with detailed information about the pick up process. 

Be sure to check our website and calendar for our upcoming events, which are also summarized below. Of course, these events have to be conducted virtually, and the platform we are using for our virtual meetings is Zoom. We look forward to seeing our incoming 6th parents information meeting on Wednesday, Aug.12th. All parents, we look forward to seeing you at the Principal's coffee on Coffee on Thursday, Aug. 13th from 3:30-4:30pm and Spanish speaking at 6:30-7:30pm. 

Although we have challenges in front of us, I have faith in our families, our staff, and our district that we will persevere through this and look back with pride at the great accomplishments that our students will achieve this year. 

Sonia Gomez


Get connected Crittenden Panther Parents!



School website (Updates, absence reporting and more):

Text alerts (emergencies, school closure): Text "Y"or "YES" to 68453 using the cell phone number that the District has on record

PowerSchool (Grades, enrollment confirmation, payments, electives and more):

Updates on academics, FAQs, health and safety during COVID-19:



Wed Aug 12, 2020 

  • 6pm - 7pm Crittenden 6th Grade Orientation 

Thu Aug 13, 2020 

  •  3:30pm - 4:30pm Crittenden Coffee with the Principal 
  •  6:30pm - 7:30pm Crittenden Café con la Directora (En Espanol) 

Friday, Aug 14th, 2020: Pick up school supplies and chromebook

Mon Aug 17, 2020 

  •  All day First Day of School



MV Parent University is back! 

We are proud to present two sessions to prepare families for a school year like no other. Join us on Zoom for two critical topics. Spanish translation will be provided. (See the flyer here)


Mental Health Awareness Town Hall

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m

A partnership with the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services and Uplift Family Services. The panel will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health and share resources for families. Register here.


Distance Learning Resources

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m. This summer we’ve been at work on a new Parent U resources page that we’re proud to share with you and talk through tips for navigating the tech and procedures of the new school year. Register here.


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