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Yearbook Back Cover Contest


The Yearbook Back Cover Contest is in full swing! Students should submit entries to the office by April 3rd,  Please see the attachment below for more information.


Spotlight: Ms. Vicki Martin

This spotlight shines on Physical Education teacher Ms. Vicki Martin!


An introduction from Ms. Vicki: 

I have been teaching PE for over 25 years. Iam passionate about providing an environment where students want to participate.  I grew up in Santa Clara, graduated from Chico State, and am now living in Santa Cruz.  I dreamed since I was young

to someday live at the beach.  I am 88 steps to my “homebreak” and living my dream!  I am so grateful to be working at Central Park Elementary!

Newton shedding with Miss Winslow.

Chameleons @ Young Writers' Exposition


Info and Updates Central Park Elementary (Class-Size / Modernization)

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Please note the following updates in regards to the 2017-2018 school year:


Grade Levels:

We will be adding two 4th grade classes next year.

Ms. Cary and Ms. Berger will move to 4th grade.

Mrs. Oyola will continue teaching 3rd grade.

We will hire new teachers in the spring to fill open positions.



The multi-use room/cafeteria is scheduled to be complete May 2nd, 2017.

The Administration building is scheduled to open at the end of September, 2017 (Correction to email).

The two story 4th/5th grade building will be completed in August, 2018.


Class Size:

It came to my attention that an error was made on the Community Information powerpoint presentation last year regarding 4th and 5th grade class size. It gave the impression class size at those grade levels  would be at 24.  While the teacher contract does allow for a 30:1 student/teacher ratio for 4th and 5th grade, the anticipated 4th grade class sizes for 2017/18  will be 25:1 and 26:1.  I have advocated to the District that we maintain that low student/teacher ratio.  Our K-3 grade class sizes will continue to be built with a 24:1 student/teacher ratio.


Very best,

Ms. Miakje Kamstra


Mark Your Calendars: STEAM Expo/Open House

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We will hold a combined STEAM/Expo and Open House on:

May 2nd


Parents/Guardians and Students all invited

Please remove April 18th (Open House) from your calendars.


Thank you,

Central Park Staff 

Yearbook Committee

Yearbook Committee hard at work! 2nd Grade needs layout editors! Contact David Woon (chameleonsyearbook@sfly.com) to join the committee!


CAC Events

Community Advisory Committee Events

Tues., Mar. 14th 10-11:30am "Parent Meeting" (English PDF) (Spanish PDF)

Wed., Mar. 29th 6:30-9pm "Transition Event" (English PDF) (Spanish PDF)

Project Cornerstone Parent Handouts

Project Cornerstone was founded in 1999 after a survey showed that most youth in Santa Clara County are missing the positive relationships, opportunities, values, and skills— known collectively as “developmental assets”—that provide the foundation for a healthy, successful future. In general, the more developmental assets that young people possess, the more likely they are to avoid risky behaviors and engage in positive, healthy activities. (Click here to learn more about developmental assets and positive youth development.)


Our original founder is the Youth Alliance, a collaborative of the following community-based organizations: YMCA of Silicon Valley; YWCA of Silicon Valley; Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Boys & Girls Club; and Estrella Family Services. Project Cornerstone is now an initiative of the YMCA of Silicon Valley.

Each month, parent volunteers read in each of the Central Park classrooms and hold discussions and do activities with the students that pertain to the lesson. Below are a list of the books we have read so far this year. We encourage families to discuss the books with their students each month to continue the conversation at home. 


October: Have You Filled Your Bucket?

November: Stand Tall Molly Lou Lemon

December: Don't Laugh At Me

January: Today I Feel Silly

February: Long Shot

March: Rene Has Two Last Names

Info. and Updates Central Park Elementary March 5, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have been extremely busy at Central Park Elementary! Please note the upcoming Important Events/Dates:


Important Dates

March 6: Vision Screening, grades Kindergarten/Second



March 6: Yearbook Committee Mtg., 7:30pm, Location: Library


March 7: School Site Council (Agenda includes: Bylaws  and Safety Plan    

               Review/Approval).  Time: 6:00pm, Location: Library


March 8: Parent Info. Meeting re: Robotics Competition Team, 6:00pm, Library

March 10: Report Cards go home

March 13: Minimum Day, dismissal at 1:37pm. (AAP Conferences). Note, these conferences are not held for all students. Your child's teacher will call you if a conference is required). 

March 14: PTA/Principal Coffee, 815am-9:00am, Location: Staff Room

March 16: No School (Staff Professional Development)

March 17: No School (Staff Professional Development)

March 21: ELAC Meeting, 6:00pm. Location: Library

April 4: Spring Pictures

April 10-14: No School (Spring Break) 


Dining for Dollars

Huge appreciation to all of the families who were able to dine at Islands Restaurant and support PTA fundraising efforts. Thank you to PTA President, Terry Flora, for organizing this event. Terry reports: Sales were $2161.83, which means PTA will receive $432.36.  


Read Across America Week

Thank you to all of the parents, guardians and community members that read in classrooms in honor of "Read Across America"  week. A special thank you to our Board Member, Jodi Muirhead, for reading in classrooms.


Robotics Competition Teams:

Thank you to Tesin Dosch-- for her leadership taking our Robotics Competition Teams to compete in Dublin and Lego Land. Thank you to the parents who supported their children in these events. Please see the Robotics blog on our website for details! We are holding an information meeting for parents of students who applied for the second Robotics Team Competition. If your child expressed interest, you should have received an information letter. We have limited spots as this is organized and run by parent volunteers. Parent Meeting: Wednesday, March 8th, 6:00pm, Library 


Young Author's Expo

This past Saturday we honored some of our Central Park students at the "Young Author's Expo." Students read pieces from their books and then listened to the author, illustrator,  Elisa Klevin. Congrats to our Young Writers! 


Field Day Wednesdays

On Wednesday we started our first "Field Day." Thank you to the volunteers that supported this effort. We will hold regular Field Days every Wednesday from 11-12pm. Field Days are coordinated by our PE teacher, Vicki Martin. Every grade level is involved and the student energy/excitement is amazing!  If you would like to volunteer please let your child's teacher know. See the video Tesin posted on the website.


PTA Events/Committees

Thank you to our amazing PTA. They have organized multiple committees that are working hard to bring enriching programs and events to our school. If you are interested in joining PTA and joining one of these committees, please send an email to: pta@centralparksteam.org


Project Cornerstone

Huge appreciation to Therese Inkmann-Sulur, for leading our Project Cornerstone program. Please check out the Project Cornerstone Blog: 



Do you want Daily Updates from our Website? 

Please make sure you have Registered on our website to receive regular updates from Schoolloop Go to: 


Look at the Sidebar to the Right and click on Register. Once you have registered I will confirm you are a parent/guardian and approve you. 



Visit the Blogs link on a regular basis to find out what is happening in classrooms: https://centralpark-scusd-ca.schoolloop.com/blogs


Thank you to all of our students, parents, guardians, extended family members, and staff for making Central Park Elementary an amazing place to come to every day. 


Very best,

Ms. Kamstra 


Home of the CHAMELEONS!

     Ever Growing, Ever Changing...

 Meet Newton, Central Park's Mascot.

Curious, Creative, Inspired!!!


School Launch Page: bit.ly/cpinspire 



Mon. Mar. 27, 2017

Drop Off: 8:30AM All Grades
Pick Up: 2:26PM K, G1 & G2
  2:51PM Grade 3

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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1st Grade Blog



April 10th-14th Spring Break: No School

April 24th- Mrs. Goulette and Ms. Gray’s class go to the Youth Science Institute

April 27th- Rylan’s class go to the Youth Science Institute


Reading Workshop:  Readers continue to grow in their ability to think and talk about books they read.  This week we are focusing on working with our reading partner to grow ideas together and giving strong book introductions. Partners are actively engaged in talking with one another, asking each other questions, and enjoying their reading.


Writing Workshop:  Our opinion writing focus is in full-swing as students consider their opinion and supporting their idea with specific reasons.  Students have support with topic and concluding sentences and are working toward cohesive paragraphs. They are expanding their thought processes on each opinion piece they write and are giving clear examples and details to support their opinions. Students are even taking on opinion writing language in their daily conversations.  Great job, first graders!


Math Workshop: Our main focus this week is on comparing equal and not equal equations using a pan balance as a visual cue.  We are also learning about less than and greater than symbols and learning how to identify a fourth. Students are expanding of the notion of one-fourth by sharing a given amount of something into four equal parts. This is the basic foundation for division, which is taught in later grades. Meanwhile, students continue to practice relative addition and subtraction facts with algebraic thinking (e.g. 5 - ___  = 3 is related to 3 + ____  = 5).  


Science:  This week we have been using draw and label posters, anchor texts and hands-on tools to study the physics of sound.  Students learned that sound is made when something vibrates and sound travels in waves.  We’ve made harmonicas and other instruments to demonstrate the creation of sound through vibration. As students build their instruments, they are using academic language such as: waves, vibrations, artificial, and natural to describe their observations.


Art:  While some art projects will likely carry over to next week, students are making Dr. Seuss-ish projects with watercolors and more.  





2nd Grade Blog


Hello 2nd grade families!  Here’s what’s going on in our classrooms:

  • Reading: We are currently focusing on folktales and fables.  We are learning about various morals through these types of stories.  2nd grade will continue with guided reading, where teachers are pulling small groups of students during reading time, or conferring with individual students about their reading.  

  • Writing: Students are working on publishing their draft of their own fairy tale (The Three Little ______ and the Big Bad ___________).  They introduced their main characters, villains, 3 structures and the resolution. 

  • Math: Module 9 has begun.  This unit will focus on locating three digit numbers on a number line, estimating to add and subtract, word problems, fractions, adding 3 numbers together using a friendly number, and perimeter/area.  We will take our test on Friday, March 31.

  • Science: Our current unit will be focusing on Habitats.  The students will be learning about 3 habitats.

  • Social Studies: N/A

  • Tinkering/Building Fridays:  Students will continue to work in collaborative groups to build and extend their logic/problem solving skills.  


3rd Grade Blog

Kindergarten Blog


Life Skill:

We are building life skills in order to  be responsible citizens. Friendship is our September Life skill.  We are working on learning what friends need and how to build friendships.



Growth Mindset:

Students are learning to train their brain by turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts.  They are learning that failing at something isn't a bad thing.  When you make a mistake it gives you the opportunity to learn and try again.




We are learning how to read books and building stamina.  Our next step is learning how to read with a partner.  




We are focused on sorting, counting and writing numbers.  



Passion Projects:

Passion projects are time for students to research and learn about a topic of interest.  They will have time in class to work on these projects.  Please contact your child's teacher if you are interested in volunteering during passion project time.  



Fun Fridays:

 Fun Fridays are a way to introduce new projects to students by sharing your passions.  Sometimes students find a new passion they never knew they had! 

Please be prepared to bring in supplies you need for your project.  Here are some projects which parents have done with students in the past. 

-     Finger knitting

-     Growing plants

-     Coding

-     Drawing lessons

-     Cooking

-     Yoga


Contact your child's teacher  if you have an interest to share with our students.



Garden Blog

Makerspace Blog


Central Park STEAM girls were in the house at Microsoft for Girl Powered Engineering.

They were challenged to build a motorized animal that could walk forward and backwards.

woof woof puppy constructed a motorized cat.


One of our students constructed a motorized puppy. Another mad


Robotics Team Blog


Our VexIQ Team MEGA NINJAS spent the 4-day weekend working on their STEM Research Project.



They needed to research the real life use of robotics in the real world and come up with their own ideas of how robotics could be used in the real world to solve problems.




For this mission the MEGA NINJAS traveled to the NASA Ames Visitors Center in Mountain View, CA.




Off to a fantastic start team MEGA NINJAS!!!


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