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P2PTip: FIRST 5 Soda Xchange

Parent2Parent Tip: On Sunday, July 30, FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County will be hosting a Soda Exchange at the Mountain View Farmers' Market, located at the Mountain View Caltrain Station. 

The event will encourage families to trade in their unopened soda cans and bottles in exchange for cash vouchers that can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market. 

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about the negative health impacts of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages on young children, as well as promote local farmers’ markets as a source of fresh, healthy foods for children and families.  


Click here to learn more about the event including the exchange rates.



San Jose Art Academy August 2017


Peachjar eflyers

Dear families,

Santa Clara Unified School District is re-launching our electronic flyer communication tool called Peachjar. Our Peachjar service allows you to learn about school, parent group, District, and nonprofit enrichment activities and events. School- and district-approved flyers and newsletters are posted online as visually engaging full-color images and emailed to families. Flyers can also be accessed through the Peachjar button on your school’s website homepage.


No action is required on your part. You will receive a welcome email from our service provider, Peachjar, that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to log in to receive or view flyers.


To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add SCUSDflyers@peachjar.com to your email contacts. When you receive your first flyer, be sure to click “always display images.”


This system is used exclusively for distribution of school- and district-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Your email address is secure and is NOT sold or distributed to any third party agencies. An important note: This system does not affect School Loop. School Loop is an academic portal and it remains in place as a daily email connection with parents for the schools that use it.


This communication feature allows the District and your school to send school, parent group, and nonprofit enrichment and community flyers directly to your email inbox. These are similar flyers that you currently receive in various forms and from several sources. The new system will organize all of the District and school flyers into one concise location and one email, and YOU will have complete control as to what you want to receive and how often.


You have the option to “opt-out” from this communication tool. We strongly encourage you NOT to opt out at this time. If you select to opt out, you may no longer receive many of the current communications regarding your child’s school activities and events. Rather, we ask that you wait until after you receive a few communications from the system to make your decision about participating. Once you begin to receive emails with the flyers and information, you have the option to register with Peachjar and set your own parameters for what flyers and information you want to receive and how often. This way, you do not miss any important activities or events from your child’s school or from the District. More information: www.santaclarausd.org/flyers.


Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure families are well informed about school and district programs, activities, and events.




Santa Clara Unified School District

After school robotics program next year at Central Park Elementary

Dear Parents and Guardians


Next year "Star Kids Academy" will offer Robotics classes to 1st-4th grade students. This is an after school "paid" program.

If you are interested, please go to their website to register:




Ms. Miakje Kamstra






Central Park Elementary | 2720 Sonoma Place, Santa Clara, CA 95051


Jr. Robotics (Grades 1-2)


Jr. Robotics


Grade: 1st-2nd

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Location: Multipurpose Room

(13 Classes): 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

NO CLASS: 10/24

Robotics Course - $325

*Extended Care Available 3:30pm - 6:30pm (13 weeks)* - $429

Robotics Course + Extended Care (13 weeks) - $754


Jr. Robotics


Grade: 1st-2nd

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Location: Multipurpose Room

(13 Classes): 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10

NO CLASS: 2/20, 4/17, 4/24

Robotics Course - $325

*Extended Care Available 3:30pm - 6:30pm (13 weeks)* - $429

Robotics Course + Extended Care (13 weeks) - $754

Extended Care Schedule:

3:30pm - 3:40pm - snack, restroom break

3:40pm - 4:10pm - 'Active Life'

4:10pm - 4:40pm - Homework help

4:40pm - 5:30pm - 'Rhythm and Sound'

5:30pm - 6:30pm - 'Competition Chess'


Sr. Robotics (Grades 3-4)

Central Park Elementary | 2720 Sonoma Place, Santa Clara, CA 95051



Sr. Robotics


Grade: 3rd-4th

Time: 1:40pm-3:10pm

Location: Multipurpose Room

(14 Classes): 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20

NO CLASS: 11/22

Robotics Course - $462

*Extended Care Available* 3:10pm - 6:10pm (14 weeks) - $462

Robotics Course + Extended Care (13 weeks) - $924



Sr. Robotics


Grade: 3rd-4th

Time: 1:40pm-3:10pm

Location: Multipurpose Room

(14 Classes): 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25

NO CLASS: 2/21, 4/18

Robotics Course - $462

*Extended Care Available* 3:10pm - 6:10pm (14 weeks)* - $462

Robotics Course + Extended Care (13 weeks) - $924

Extended Care Schedule:

3:10pm - 3:20pm - snack, restroom break

3:20pm - 3:50pm - 'Active Life'

3:50pm - 4:20pm - Homework help

4:20pm - 5:10pm - 'Rhythm and Sound'

5:10pm - 6:10pm - 'Competition Chess'

Updated CAC Brochure

Please find attached the new CAC Tri-fold Brochure & Mailer in both English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).



SCUSD: Summer Reading at the Library

Halt the Summer Slide!


Children who read fewer than 6 books during summer vacation can lose up to 1 year of their reading skills. Halt that Summer Slide by signing up for Summer Reading at the Santa Clara City Libraries! Students up to age 12 will get a free book at the end of the summer, just by keeping track of what they read! Teenagers will get a gift card if they read 3 or more books.

Join summer reading today, have fun, win prizes, and stop that Summer Slide.


For more information and to register, click here.


 Kids Read Flyer (pdf file - 1,665kb)


 Teens Read Flyer (pdf file - 2,268kb)


SCUSD: Summer Nutrition Program

Announcing 2017Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program, available to all students and children in the Santa Clara Community (This program is free to all children between the ages of 1 and 18). The program begins June 19, 2017 and runs through August 11, 2017.  

Locations where the free meal programs are taking place: 


June open dates

July open dates

Aug. open dates

Breakfast hours

Lunch hours


June 19-30

July 10-21


  7:50 to 8:20

10:00 to 10:40


June 19-30

July 10-31

     Aug 1-11

  9:00 to 9:30

11:30 to 12:30


June 19-30

July 5-26


  7:35 to 8:05

10:35 to 11:15

Santa Clara

June 19-30

July 5-26


  7:15 to 7:50

10:40 to 11:00

Boys and Girls

June 12-30

July 3-28


   9:00 AM

12:00 PM

Club at Mayne


SCUSD Volunteer Packet 2017-18

Volunteer forms are required of all adults who volunteer on campus along with a TB test.


SCUSD Volunteer Packet 2017-18 (English PDF)


SCUSD Volunteer Packet 2017-18 (Spanish PDF)

Kinder PTA Flyer

SCUSD Student/Parent Handbook 2017-18

Free and Reduced Lunch Meal Application 2017-18

Kindergarten Orientation 6/9/17 Slides

Talent Show Compilation

We pieced together some recordings of the Talent Show from parents. We are still missing 2 entire performances and 6 clips of cutoff portions. This compilation has one performance removed for a "no media release" form. All names of students have been edited out for privacy. 


If you would like to submit videos to add to the compilation, send an email to centralparksteam "at" gmail.com




Home of the CHAMELEONS!

     Ever Growing, Ever Changing...

 Meet Newton, Central Park's Mascot.

Curious, Creative, Inspired!!!


School Launch Page: bit.ly/cpinspire 




August 7 - 9AM-12PM

August 8 - 4PM-7PM

August 9 - 9AM-12PM

August 10, 11, 14, 15 - 9AM-12PM

August 16 - 8AM-3:30PM

Class lists to be posted August 12, 2017

Please address any questions regarding registration to: Cindy Howell chowell@scusd.net

Open Wed. August 16, 2017

Drop Off: 8:30AM All Grades
Pick Up: 10:10AM K
1:37PM Grade 1-4

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.

Hot Topics


Central Park PTA


1st Grade Blog

First Grade News- May 25th
First Grade News- May 5th
First Grade News- April 27th
All Notes

2nd Grade Blog

May News
April News
March News
All Notes

3rd Grade Blog

Kindergarten Blog

Kindergarten Update September 19th, 2016
Kindergarten is Cool 9/19/16
Kindergarten Blog
All Notes

Garden Blog

Makerspace Blog


Getting the makerspace off the ground in the first year was quite a task! 


Our Makerspace parent volunteer crew kept the makerspace going to support teachers with supplies they needed for projects.


We built some groundwork testing what we could or could not do with students during the Makerspace Support Group (or Makerspace Creativity Club) test sessions.


And to top it all off, we came back from Maker Faire Bay Area 2017 with the "Best in Class" award!


Thank you big time to Eris Man, Hena Yi, Kanti Vani, and Shilpa Petrim for testing and troubleshooting many makerspace projects. 


An especially gigantic thank you to Eris Man for volunteering and showing up every single week to sort through donations, clean up supplies and organize all the materials. Without her help, our teachers would not have had time to find materials they needed for projects. Our students would have had a hard time finding supplies as well.




Robotics Team Blog


Central Park families are all over the Junior Giants baseball field this summer! One of the questions that came up was: "Should I sign up my child for the robotics class or robotics team?"


Here are the big differences:


Star Kids Afterschool Robotics Classes (Jr. and Sr.) are offered after school on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. It has both a class component as well as an afterschool extended care program. It has a registration fee for both portions. The robotics class teaches robotics from the very basics onward so it is perfect if your child has no prior experience with robotics or coding. The robotics classes focuses on robotics while the after school part has chess and other programs. There is no time commitment required from parents. It is pure drop-off.


Central Park STEAM Robotics Team is a competition team run by parents. There are costs for competition registration, supplies, equipment, tournaments, etc. but no cost for staff as all parents are volunteers. All parents must be actively volunteering in the coaching of their child's team. This includes coaching after school, on weekends, driving to tournaments, expos and driving kids to places for research. Robotics competition only focuses 1/3 of the time on robotics itself. Another 1/3 of robotics competition is on researching real world problems and using design thinking to develop innovative solutions. Another 1/3 of robotics competition focuses on core values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, community service, leadership, etc. that require practice in public speaking, communication and composition. Students spend the majority of their time preparing for competition. There is no formal classroom instruction.


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