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Thank You Book Fair Volunteers!

Our Fall 2017 Book fair is over.

There were ups and downs. Hardest part was getting all the books which were promised and which the staff and children wanted. The malfunctioning registers made things a little difficult.

The best part was getting to know the kids better and reading to them during during classroom preview visits. Central Park Steam has some pretty smart, kind and respectful children. Several kids spent their own money on books for teachers and staff. Good job parents!

The children even donated their change to the All For Books campaign. They along with parent contributions raised $90.37. Thanks to everyone's generosity, Ms. Helen our librarian was able to add some new and exciting books to our school library today.

The fall 2017 fair was the school's most profitable in our short history. The Scholastic Dollars we will receive will be split evenly amongst the teacher's to buy books, electronics, storage and many other exciting things for their classrooms.

Look out for the Spring 2018 book fair dates.

During the Spring 2018 bookfair we will hold our All For Books Coin Drive where each classroom will bring their coins to raise money for their classrooms libraries. The classroom that raises the most will get a popcorn party.

I'll try my best to get an even bigger supply of the ever popular spy pens sent to us.

Thank you to all my volunteers. I couldn't have done it without you. Every minute you gave was so valuable and helpful to me and Central Park Elementary.

Now to start planning Spring 2018!


Kathryn Curtis

Info and Updates Central Park Elementary 9/20/17

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Book Fair Today:
After school hours will be 1pm to 4pm
We had a large delivery of books yesterday so come take a look at the new books if you are interested.  More will be delivered Wednesday.  Thank you to Katie Curtis for all of her work running the fair! Students can visit during recess and lunch. 
After School Program Schedules:
Next week we have minimum days all week. Some programs will be able to hold their classes directly after school ends and some will not. Some will NOT hold classes. Please ask the program directly about their schedule if you are not sure and be sure to update any child care providers. 
Ukulele class:

The ukulele classes are full.  We are no longer accepting applications or students for the current session.  If your child is interested, they can sign up for session II, which begins November 2ndNew students will be placed on a lottery as space becomes available. Thank you to George Bobias for providing this opportunity to our students. 


Flag Football:

A huge THANK YOU  Chris Hansen and Saurav Gupta for volunteering to coach our 4th-grade flag football team. We will be sending out more information soon in regards to forming the team. If you'd like to donate to team supplies let us know. 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra


Ukulele Session 1 Full

The ukulele classes are full.  We are no longer accepting applications or students for the current session.  If your child is interested, they can sign up for session II, which begins November 2nd.


New students will be placed on a lottery as space becomes available.


Thank you,

George Bobias

Needed: Noon Duty Supervisors!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are looking for noon duty supervisors. We have a couple of paid positions ($15.02 for the hour) and are also looking for volunteers. Please apply on edjoin if you are interested in the paid position or email me if you'd like to volunteer.


Edjoin link:




Time period: 11:40-12:40pm

Thank you!

Ms. Kamstra 

PTA News: Book Fair

Info and Updates Central Park Elementary 9/18/17

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Art & Wine Festival
A HUGE thank you to all of the parents,  staff, high school helpers and significant others that volunteered to help at the Art & Wine parking fundraiser. It was really busy both days. We made at total of $14,570.00. Funds will be split equally between the PTA and the school. We can't thank everyone enough for all of the work. 


Santa Clara High School Homecoming Parade 

This Friday, September 22, the SCHS Homecoming Parade will come down Sonoma Place. Central Park Elem students will sit on the curb and enjoy the parade at aprox.1:30pm. Fun, fun! 


Conferences and Minimum Days: September 25-29
Next week students are dismissed Mon-Fri at 1:37pm
Teachers will be contacting you to set up parent conferences. These meetings are really important, so if you cannot attend, please let the teacher know and reschedule as soon as possible.

Reminder: If your child(ren) is picked up by an after school van, please let the program know. All of the after school programs we coordinate on site know about our minimum days. 


School Site Council

We have one open seat on our School Site Council. If you'd like to nominate someone (or yourself) please let me know.

Dates are: 


Tuesday, September 5th


Tuesday, October 3rd

Tuesday, November 14th

Tuesday, January 16th

Tuesday, February 13th

Tuesday, March 13th

Tuesday, April 24th

Tuesday, May 22nd


Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: School Library


Current Members are:

Chairperson: Shailesh Dubale

Vice Chairperson:

Parliamentarian: Niki S. Skarmoutsos

Member:  Terry Flora

Member: Eric Lau

Ms. Miakje Kamstra


CAC Brochure 2017

Community Advisory Committee Brochure (Print PDF)


Online Book Fair Open!

Central Park's Scholastic Online Book fair is open!

Browse a larger selection of books and fun items.

All purchases benefit the school and shipping is free to your child's classroom.




Ukulele class at Central Park Elementary

Dear Parents and Guardians,


(UPDATE) K-G2 is session 1 is full. There is room in session 2.


There are still spots available in the Ukulele class. If you are interested, please see the flyer attached. 


If you have any questions about the class, please contact George Bobias. His email is on the flyer.  Thank you, Mr. Bobias for offering this wonderful opportunity for our students again. 


Ms. Kamstra 


Ms. Miakje Kamstra



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Mon. Sept. 25, 2017

Drop Off: 8:30AM All Grades
Pick Up: 2:26PM K, G1 & G2
  2:51PM G3 & G4

Student Absences

Email Attendance Clerk, Leanne Konicek at: lkonicek@scusd.net or call 408-423-4411. State the reason for the absence. See Board Policy for details regarding excused and unexcused absences.

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September 25-28th- Conference Week- Early Dismissal every day at 1:37pm

October 23rd and 24th- No School


Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, students have learned strategies to help themselves solve tricky words in their reading. We spent a lot of time this week talking about ways students can help themselves when they get into longer chapter books. In chapter books, readers can read many words in a “snap” but often times don’t know what words mean. As readers, we need to STOP when we don’t know what a word MEANS.


Writer’s Workshop: This week we spent time drafting our narratives. Students are beginning to learn that their lives are filled with stories. We also talked about spelling strategies they can use when they get stuck on how to spell a word. Next week, students will pick a piece of writing that they would like to take through the publishing process.


Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, we reviewed time concepts that were taught last year such as telling time to the hour and half hour. We introduced math vocabulary like half past. Students made connections between telling time on analog and digital clock.  We also started reviewing doubles addition strategies to help with adding more fluently.  



Social Studies: In Social Studies, we had a draw and label on the continent of North America. Students were amazed to learn that North America has 23 countries in it. They learned about the major rivers, lakes, and mountain ranges in the United States.


Garden Education: Our 2nd graders have been loving the garden.  This week we went into the garden for the 2nd time. Students explored different kinds of seeds from sunflowers, radishes, tomatoes, and many more. They were able to eat bell peppers freshly picked from our garden! It was awesome!


Magic Garden Field Trip: Mrs. Tang and Miss Winslow’s class went to the Magic Garden today and had a chameleontastic time. Rylan's class will go next Friday. Check out the pictures!







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Physical Education Blog


Our Third Graders taught Hula Hoop activities for the First and Second graders at lunch time recess.  The kids had a great time!




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Makerspace Blog


Want to help integrate making with your child's classroom? Join some of the free Professional Development events around the South Bay for Maker Educators.


While we can't do much until the Office building is finished, parent volunteers can learn a lot about making in education to better support classroom teachers in the future.


The Penninsula South Bay Maker Educator Meetup is doing a hands-on session about woodworking.


"PSBMEM will be holding a meetup Sept 21st at RAFT San Jose, 355 Ridder Park Dr, San Jose, CA 95131. This month we will be covering how to engage your school community with wood working projects. Learn woodworking skills & tools, safety procedures, and simple projects that students of all ages can help create."

Register on Eventbrite to attend. You do not need to be a fulltime teacher to attend these events. 


Robotics Team Blog


First Central Park STEAM Robotics Team meeting and parent training is coming Monday, September 18th 3-5PM.


This session is only for those families who have completed application paperwork and received an acceptance email. Make sure all your paperwork is completed in time.


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