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Info. and Updates Central park Elementary November 20, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,


I hope everyone enjoys a wonderful holiday with family and friends.


Just a reminder, tomorrow, November 21st, we will be conducting a "Run, Hide, Defend" drill at 9:00am. We will lock the office and won't be answering phones for a bit. If you have an emergency, please call our district office at: 408-423-2000.


Students will be dismissed at 1:37pm. If an after school bus picks up your child, please let them know.  


The office will close at 2:30pm. 


There is NO SCHOOL  Nov. 22-24.


Ms. Miakje Kamstra


Tweets of the Week

Dancing Chameleons at Recess

Did you know that Chameleons love to dance?


Yay for Meditation and Mindfulness

"Meditation Maintains Mindfulness" is fully funded!!


Thank you Kiran Grewal, Shilpa Petrim, Lan Thai, and Saima Haque for supporting meditation and mindfulness!

Woot for Empathy!

"Empathy Supports Effective Educators" is fully funded on DonorsChoose!


Thank you: Brickman Family, Shilpa Petrim, Vindya & Tanay, Kathryn Curtis, and James Berg!!!

After School: Bricks4Kidz Winter


SC Parks&Rec: Tree Lighting


P2PTip: Central Park Foot Fashion

P2PTip (Unofficial parent to parent tips that are not endorsed in any way by SCUSD): If you are parent new to Central Park and you drop off your child on the Parks and Recreation side, you will probably want to invest in some nice rain boots! Until the new parking lot is constructed, the field on the south side becomes a bit of a swamp and large thunderstorms can cause the walkway to become flooded with water. So shop for some rain boots that you can swap out with your nice work shoes or heels.

Important Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Please note that tomorrow, November 14th, there will be a General Association PTA  meeting at 7:00pm. All members are invited to attend.

Location: Library 


Rules and Procedures at School:

We are struggling with students not following school rules/procedures after school. We need parent/guardian help in reinforcing our rules. Many of these behaviors are occurring while parents are waiting for 3rd/4th graders to get out of school. We've noticed children walking on/jumping on/leaping off the cement seat walls in our quad area. We also find ourselves reminding students to stay out of /not throw the tanbark in the dirt areas.  We also notice students swinging/hanging on poles next to the lunch tables. In addition, students are walking up the slides on the playground structures. These are behaviors we do not allow during school. We need your help reinforcing them after school.


Thank you for your support,

Ms. Kamstra 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra


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Tue. Nov 21, 2017


NO SCHOOL 11/22-24
 Drop Off:   8:30AM   All Grades 
 Pick Up:   1:37PM   All Grades 

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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2nd Grade Blog




November 21st- Report Cards Go Home and Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1:37pm

November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th- No School - Thanksgiving


Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, we have finished assessing students. We are very impressed with students’ reading growth this trimester. As a grade level, we will be making new reading groups and book clubs! We have started a literature study around ancestry and names. Students are learning that names carry important meaning to their identity, culture, and the greater world!


Writer’s Workshop: As we have been learning about the meanings behind our names, students have been writing a poem about themselves. They are reflecting on their own lives and including things about themselves in a poem.


Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students have been learning about numbers line and how to add two digit numbers on them. They are learning the importance of labeling their number lines and how place value plays an important part in how to use and jump on the number line.


Ancestry: In Social Studies, we have been learning about the importance of our ancestors and the impact they have on our lives. Through read alouds and sharing our lives with students, they are realizing that we each have unique ancestors and stories of our family history. Throughout the week students presented their name projects to the class. It was amazing to hear stories of how students got their names and the special meanings their names carry.


Garden: Our classes went to the garden on Tuesday. Students were able to harvest seeds from a daikon plant as well as plant new seeds in our garden beds. Also, they learned about the different parts of the plant and how each part of the plant plays an important role.


Gratitude: As the Thanksgiving Holiday nears and this will be our last blog posting until we return from Thanksgiving, we just want to give our heartfelt thanks to our 2nd grade families. It has been a wonderful start to the year and we appreciate all of you so very much. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!





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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Robotics Team Blog


Central Park 3rd and 4th graders pulled off an amazing win at the Google FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament this past Saturday, November 11th bringing home 2 trophies for the Robot Performance Award as well as the Robot Design Award.



The Robot Performance Award reflected the highest ending scores of the teams at the tournament, Central Park's team "Cats Love Mars" managed to beat every single team at the robotics game including 3 teams from Juan Cabrillo Middle School's 49ers STEM Leadership program. Central Park made a resounding win scoring 150 points with a 45 point margin above the 2nd place team.  (Photo of ending scores has schools and cities added.)


The Robot Design Award showcased the amazing effort and learning our students had put into coding, engineering, and design thinking. They fielded questions from a judging panel of professional engineers on their code modularity, automation/navigation, mechanics, physics, design choices and strategy. The judges commented "Great use of sensors, control blocks and myblocks with feedback loops. Modular attachments were very good".

Our students had a great foundation with engineering concepts from the Central Park STEAM Robotics Team as well as the 2016-17 Coding Club run by Ms. Cary and Hour of Code with Mr. Garcia. Our students had the Central Park spirit of taking ownership for their own learning spending the summer continuing from where Ms. Cary left off on code.org and completing entire courses on their own. They also spent the summer and this fall building, testing and iterating on their robot design using the same design thinking taught by Central Park's teachers.


Our students had a great jump on applying mathematical concepts to engineering solutions from Central Park's use of a 3-tiered mathematics methodology of kinesthetic, visual then algebraic. Learning math conceptually rather than algorithmically helped students apply concepts to real world situtations such as addition partners of a sum from Mrs. Tang's class to construct stronger robot walls. They also calculated the circumference of wheels, motor rotations and coded proportional line following from multiplication and division concepts taught by Ms. Berger, Ms. Cary, Mrs. Oyola and Mrs. Stauter. Using a suggestion from Mrs. Stauter, the team practiced math concepts by cooking croissants, cupcakes, brownies, pizza, cookies, tacos and biscuits.



The Google FLL Robotics Tournament also included a judging session on Hydrodynamics projects that our students developed from February to November of 2017. In Central Park's PBL (Project-Based Learning) spirit, our students traveled into the real world researching hydrodynamics with a "driving question" of solving problems in the human water cycle. They asked questions and proposed ideas to professionals from the California Department of Water, Santa Clara Valley Water District, U.S. National Parks Service, NASA Ames, and Made in Space.


They then developed an innovative solution of 3D printing water purification systems on the International Space Station, Mars and in Puerto Rico using moon rock, Mars sand and volcanic ash . Their proposal would give people a low cost and easily manufactured method for creating safe drinking water in new worlds as well as communities devasted by natural disasters lacking access to reliable power sources. Our students performed an experiment distilling water as well as building prototypes iteratively with feedback from NASA Aerospace Engineer Tara Samuels and Made In Space Vice President of In-Space Operations, Matt Napoli. As in Central Park's PBL programs, our students felt empowered and passionate about their ability to innovate and make the world a better place.



Our team "Cats Love Mars" failed to win the overall Champion's Award due to gaps in Core Values teamwork communication challenges however, as we know at Central Park, a growth mindset always leaves room for lifelong learners to be resilient and improve in the future!


Fantastic work Chameleons! 


This Saturday, November 18th, Central Park's "Lego Masters" will travel to Folsom, CA to take on 15 teams at Intel's FLL Robotics Tournament.


Good luck!!!


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