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Archive JAN 2017



Dear Parents and Guardians,

I apologize as we had scheduled a Learning & Leadership meeting tonight which I did not get on my calendar.

There is no meeting tonight.
I am sorry for any inconvenience! 

Ms. Kamstra 


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please know that I need to cancel our School Site Council meeting on February 7th.

Our next meeting will be March 7.
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Library 


Ms. Kamstra 



Please join the Central Park PTA for our first Dining for Dollars at Islands Restaurant in Cupertino. The event will be on Wednesday, March 1 from 4-9:30pm. (Print PDF)



We will plan and collaborate within and across grade levels to ensure equity of access to the curriculum.


We will seek to be present in our practice and daily interactions.


We will strive to keep our practice student-centered by offering personal choice, empowering students to take responsibility in their learning, and making their voices heard.


We will know students' names, needs, strengths, interests, and families, so they feel valued and have a sense of belonging.


We will... Let go of the old... Learn new... Commit to use.



Our collaborative Kindergarten Team (from left): Mrs. Ng, Mrs. Gonzales and Mrs. Zeitler.


Oooh check out the quote on Mrs. Ng's computer! It says "Always remember: Never accept the world as it appears to be. Dare to see it for what it could be."

Our collaborating 2nd Grade Team is deep in concentration. From left: Mrs. Stauter, Miss Winslow and Mrs. Tang!


Dear Parents and Guardians,


I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the sunshine!


Tomorrow, Friday the 27th is Cozy comfy day. Students are encouraged to wear comfy clothing (sweatshirts, mittens, scarves).


Tomorrow we will also put out lost and found items on the green lunch tables. Thank you to Mrs. Curtis and Mrs. Brickman for organizing items. There are lots of winter coats and sweaters that are missing their respective kids! :) 


In honor of Chinese New Year the cafeteria is serving a special lunch. If you've told the classroom teacher you are joining in, please come to the office at 11:45am to sign in at the office and get a visitor sticker.


Next Tuesday morning we will hold a PTA/Principal Coffee.

Time: 8:15am

Location: Staff Room


Very best,

Ms. Kamstra 


At the PTA Meeting, President Terry Flora introduced our first Dining for Dollars event soon to be announced. Wendy Matsuda introduced Amazon Smile and Box Top fundraisers. Elizabeth Wallace introduced the Fresh To You fundraiser. David Woon introduced a School Yearbook idea and volunteered to lead a committee. Contact David to join the Yearbook Committee!


G3 Teacher Angela Carey shared ideas on teacher & parent coordination as well as expectations for the future. Principal Miakje Kamstra shared lots of details on accounting practices and how the PTA can work with Central Park Elementary to align with the school vision by organizing fundraising/spending into: 1) Project-Based Learning and 2) STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).


And much much more! Don't miss the next meeting Tuesday, February 28th!




What a turnout! We had over 120 parents total show up for the Central Park Elementary STEAM School Tours on 1/19 and 1/23!


Can you spot Ms. Kamstra in the crowd? Or Mr. Garcia?




Central Park Families,


This is a reminder that we will be having a PTA meeting tomorrow night at 7:00 in the school library. We will be discussing current/upcoming fundraisers, and will be asking for parent input on upcoming PTA events. We hope to see you there.

Central Park Elementary PTA


"Serving Central Park Elementary School through inclusive volunteer efforts."


Mrs. Goulette will only receive her materials if this project is fully funded by Feb 17, 2017. 25 Days left!!! Help save this project!


Thank you to our donors:

  • Jan 9

    A donor from California gave with a gift card from Glenn Solomon

    We know how much kids love to do art projects!! Hope this helps to reach your goal!

  • Jan 6

    Kathryn Curtis from California gave in support of Central Park STEAM

    Thanks to all the wonderful teachers and staff at the school. Jayne loves it!

  • Nov 30, 2016

    Shannon Tubbs from California gave in support of Central Park STEAM

    I'm so glad Art is important at Central Park Elementary!

  • Nov 29, 2016

    Kathryn Curtis from California gave in support of Central Park STEAM

    Thanks to all the wonderful teachers and staff at the school. Jayne loves it!

  • Nov 21, 2016

    Cards Against Humanity gave

    We're happy to donate the proceeds from our 2013 Holiday Pack to your classroom in honor of Robyn from CA.

    Cards Against Humanity

  • Oct 28, 2016

    Eric Crawford from Santa Clara, CA gave

  • Oct 26, 2016

    Micah Villmow from California gave in support of Central Park STEAM

    I can't wait to see many beautiful works of art in the future!


Music Teacher Tim Bacon introduced 3rd Graders to playing recorders! Previously they were playing xylophones.








The next PTA Meeting is Tuesday, January 24 at 7PM in the Library.


Tentative Agenda for PTA Meeting: January 24, 2017


- Review available funds

- Newton Fund

- Vote to release funds for reimbursing parents for fall festival expenditures


- Farm Fresh

- Amazon Smile

- Dining for Dollars- Islands Restaurant 

3. Review of Principal/President meeting notes 

4. Input for tentative event calendar for remainder of the year and next year 

5.Communication methods: School Loop, PTA email, Newsletter

6.Volunteers needed for possible upcoming events (Chair, committee members)


Do you shop Amazon?  Central Park Elementary PTA is now registered through "Amazon Smile". This is an ongoing fundraiser that we hope Central Park families and friends will utilize when making purchases The Central Park Elementary PTA will receive 0.5% of all purchases made though the program.  We hope these funds will add up over time and can be used to support the the Central Park students and teachers. You must shop on the Amazon Smile website (login with your existing Amazon/Amazon Prime account) and designate our school (listed as PTA California Congress of Parents Teachers & Students Inc) as the organization you would like to support in order for us to receive the donation.


Use the following link to get started.



Thank you all in advance for helping with this ongoing fundraiser.  Share this with your family and friends.  This is a simple way our community can help support our school.   


Community Event
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kindergarten Readiness Workshop
Save the date for the annual Kindergarten Readiness Workshop for parents and caregivers hosted by the City of Sunnyvale Youth and Family Resources.

Kinder Readiness Presentation for parents followed by Q&A session with representatives from local school districts.

Learn ways to improve a child's classroom success and activities you can do at home to prepare for the transition. Registration is requested by phone at 408-730-7800 or email.

Site: Sunnyvale Public Library Program Room, 655 W. Olive, Sunnyvale
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM


New Student Registration/Open Enrollment for 17/18 School Year

    1/17 - 2/17 10:00am - 1:00pm


>  Tour of classrooms 1/17 @ 9:00am - ADULTS ONLY

    Tour of classrooms 1/23 @ 9:00am - ADULTS ONLY


>  Registration forms are on the District Website:   http://www.santaclarausd.org/

    Under the Enrollment tab at the top. 

    Registration Forms & Process


New Students to the District

You may complete and submit the registration form online (https://air.scusd.net/air/). Follow the instructions provided in the online portal. Information about the student such as emergency contacts, medical and language information will be collected. Upon completion, please print a copy of the registration and complete steps 2 through 7 below. Enrollment cannot be finalized until ALL required documentation is presented at your school of residenc


Dear Parents of English Learners,

Please note the following adjustment to the ELAC Meeting schedule:

January 24th ELAC meeting: cancelled

Instead, I'd like to invite ELAC participants to our January 17th School Site Council meeting. We are reviewing our School Plan which includes the EL goals.

Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 6:00pm  Location: Library


Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Central Park Families and Friends,


Please read the following message from Central Park Parent, Elizabeth Wallace, regarding an exciting fundraising opportunity for the Central Park PTA:


"Now you, your family, and friends can support Central Park Elementary School while promoting healthy eating habits! When anyone signs up for a personalized fresh food box from Farm Fresh To You, 10% of every purchase will be donated to Central Park Elementary School PTA. A box of fresh fruits and vegetables (and other items of your choice) will be delivered to your doorstep as often as you want. Sign up and customize your delivery today by using the promo code "centralpark" (not case sensitive). Thank you for your support."


Thank you all in advance for helping with this ongoing fundraiser, and thank you to Central Park parent, Elizabeth Wallace, for getting this program up and running.




Terry Flora

PTA President



Dear Parents and Guardians,

See School Site Council agenda attached (PDF)


Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note the following events:

January 16: No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
January 17
: Open Enrollment School Tour, 9:00am (Adults Only)
January 17:  Kindergarten Registration & Open Enrollment begins
                   Hours: 10:00am-1:00pm
January 17: School Site Council,  6:00pm, Library (see agenda attached)

January 23: Open Enrollment School Tour, 9:00am (Adults Only)

January 24: ELAC meeting cancelled (please join us at School Site Council on January 17th)

January 23: PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Library

Fun for the Kids!

Fri. January 27 Cozy/Comfy Day

-wear cozy sweaters, scarves, beanies, sweat pants, sweatshirts


Week of Feb 13-17

Canned Food Drive in benefit of Second Harvest Food Bank

-Please help us celebrate Kindness and Love during the week of Valentine's Day by bringing dry goods to school.  Let's overflow our bins!!!  


Week of Feb 20-24

President’s Week: No School


Friday, Feb 17 Crazy Hair or Hat Day

-'nuf said


Friday, March 3 Pajama Day/Reading Celebration in observation of Dr. Seuss' Birthday

-Wear PJ's, classes buddy up for stories/book videos, maybe guest readers/story swap


Friday, April 7 Superhero Day

-Wear your favorite superhero gear, capes encouraged


Parking Lot Safety:

I am getting complaints of drivers making U-Turns  on Sonoma. Please help us by not doing this, as it is a safety hazard. Please also know that it is illegal to park in the crosswalk area. Folks have received tickets for this.


Our custodian, Joanie, is out for several weeks with an injury so we will have sub custodian. If kids would like to make her a card we will mail them to her. 


Our Resource Specialist, Leyli Satvat, will be on maternity leave. Please welcome Ms. Kelly Keegan. 


Have a great weekend,


Ms. Kamstra


The After School Young Engineers Lego Challenge Flyer has been changed.

Registration/Flyer for After School Young Engineers - Lego Challenge Jan-April (PDF Revised 1/12/17)


Upcoming Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting 1/25/17 (PDF English / PDF Spanish)


Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
Santa Clara County
Special Education Local Plan Area VII (SELPA VII)


California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress-CAASPP
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:30pm-9:00pm
Santa Clara High School Library
3000 Benton Street, Santa Clara

If you have a SCUSD student in special education with an IEP or a 504 Plan, please join us for a parent information night reviewing the test results you received over the summer for the new CAASPP specifically for your student(s) that they took in Spring 2016. We will also be discussing Universal Access, Designated Supports, and Accommodations . Elizabeth Gordon-Stoll, Assessment Coordinator from the SCUSD Assessment Department, will be presenting and sharing her in depth knowledge. Also, David Anderson (Buchser MS) will discuss his music program for SpEd!

RSVP to ensure available seating!
Contact: Retta Conley Robertson
CAC Vice-Chair at rconleyrobertson@gmail.com
Questions: 408-565-5322
High School Students Encouraged to Attend
Translation available upon prior request


Dear Parents and Guardians,


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Welcome the rain!! 


Thank you to everyone who was able to make a donation toward the Dreambox math program. Teachers had a training on this program Tuesday. We will begin to use it with students as soon as we have parent permissions signed. I will be sending hard copy permission forms home. I'm also attaching a link if you'd prefer to print it and send it in. Please send the hardcopy directly to the teacher. This is a View Only document. 




If you would still like to make a donation, the cost is $25.00 per student license.


Very best,

Ms, Kamstra 


Parent2Parent Tip: A highly recommended speaker with a free workshop coming up.

Hi caring parents,


I wanted to let you know about my next talk on 1/25, The Secret to Healthy Sibling Relationships.  It is free and open to all.  The Children's Center just asks that you register so they know how many people to expect.   The information is below, including the link to register.


Feel free to invite friends. Hope to see you there! 



The Secret of Healthy Sibling Relationships
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00–8:30pm, Creekside Center (Register)

Come learn from Suzy Heltzel (a licensed Family Counselor & Social Worker) how to build strong, supportive and healthy sibling relationships. You will come away from the talk with tips on:

  1. Reducing fighting & increasing fun!
  2. Teaching children how to communicate their needs & how to work out their conflicts.
  3. Handling sharing, squabbles, exclusion, and aggression.
  4. Addressing jealousy
  5. Great family games and ways to really enjoy each other!

This is a free event and all are welcome. We just ask that you please register so we can be adequately prepared. Childcare available on an as-needed basis — contact Bryn Stuebner.


Central Park PTA is collecting Box Tops. We receive $.10 for every Box Top. It doesn't sound like a lot, but they add up! There is a collection basket in the office. Please check expiration dates, cut them out nicely and turn them in in an envelope or ziploc. Thank you!

- Wendy Matsuda


(PDF Printable flyer)


Parents, do you want to know how to guide and protect your child as they enter the cyber world of computers, cellphones, and digital media? SCUSD & SCPD are providing an informative presentation with lots of great tips to help parents keep their children safe and help them to become good cyber citizens. All ages welcome!




January 19th, 2016 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Cabrillo Middle School Library
2550 Cabrillo Ave. Santa Clara, CA 95051


February 2nd, 2016 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Montague Elementary School Library
750 Laurie Ave. Santa Clara, CA 95054


Check our Ms. Zeitler's Cooking With Kindergarten project on DonorsChoose!

My Students

Our students are creative, curious and motivated learners. They love to cook in the classroom. We have had the opportunity to make lemonade, cookies, playdough and tortillas so far. For some of my kindergarteners, this is their opportunity to try things they wouldn't normally eat.

The students are excited about learning how to cook more in the classroom.

Students enjoy reading recipes, following directions and taking the recipes home to make with their family. Students are integrating science, math, social studies, health, art and reading as they are cooking. They are enjoying cooking so much that is doesn't even feel like work for them-they are just having fun with their peers. However, they are learning important, academic life skills while cooking.

My Project

Supplying students with cooking equipment will give us the ability to integrate learning with practical life skills. Students will use math while measuring and counting ingredients. Students will explore science as they are taking what we are growing in the garden and turning into healthy snacks. Also, watching things go from solid to liquid and talking about the process food goes through. Students will practice their reading skills by reading recipes and sharing them with their families. Students will practicing writing and graphing as they take surveys about what recipes their peers enjoyed.

We would also like to make a Kindergarten cookbook!

Students will have the added bonus of trying new food with their peers in a fun and relaxed environment. Our next PBL project is going to be about healthy eating for healthy, happy bodies. Our ending product will be making a healthy snacks recipe book.

Getting more supplies to cook with would mean that we would have the opportunity to make more things and be more creative. For example: a vitamix would provide us with a quick way to make healthy juice, soups, dips and salsas. The knives are child friendly so it would provide them with more things they would be able to do when we cook. Students can use the peelers to peel fruits and vegetables. Having a crock pot provide us with the opportunity to make applesauce and soups. Students will use the vegetable holders to keep their fingers safe while cutting fruits and vegetables. The supplies we are requesting are safe for the students to use and will give them more cooking opportunities!


Parent2Parent Tip: Ever looking for creative little artistic or tinkering things to do with the little ones? Well Rachelle Doorley has been running a blog as well as open art studio workshops in Palo Alto for a while. She has even published a book. You will never run out of ideas if you follow her feed on Tinkerlab.




Parent2Parent Tip: For parents with toddlers. Did you know about one of the coolest blogs for local moms to read is Silicon Valley Toddler? This lady is always on top of the toddler action in the area. Her latest post is on all the indoor places to go on rainy days!


Silicon Valley Toddler: Rainy Days


Parent2Parent Tip for those of us with 0-5 year-old kids: Did you know that First 5 of Santa Clara County provides free services for early childhood learning?


Residents of Santa Clara can visit the First 5 Famliy Resource Centers (FRC) for both Region 4 "West San Jose" Family Resource Centers as well as Region 5 Mountain View, Sunnyvale to Cupertino, CHAC Famiy Resource Centers.


At Family Resource Centers, you will find:

  • Fun and educational parent and child activities
  • Nutrition, health and wellness programs for the whole family
  • Health insurance application assistance – Eligible parents and caregivers receive application assistance for Medi-Cal and other affordable health insurance programs for children
  • Developmental screenings for children ages 0-5
  • Professional development opportunities, resources, and other support services for licensed family child care providers.
  • Professional development opportunities, resources, and other support services for
    licensed family child care providers.
  • Parent and caregiver workshops and seminars:
    o Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
    o Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors – Parent and caregiver leadership programs 
    o SEEDS of Early Literacy – Child language and literacy development 
    o BabyCare – Infant/toddler care seminars
    o 24/7 Dad – Seminar for fathers  and other male caregivers raising children
  • Family Engagement Advisory Committees provides leadership opportunities for parents, caregivers, and community members.
  • Volunteer Opportunities for parents, caregivers, and community members to assist with programs and activities.
  • And much more!!

Parent2Parent Tip (Written by parents, not SCUSD.)


Crafty, creative, maker folks, check out the FabMo Free Day to pickup some fun threads. Official details below:


FabMo's "Free Day"? What's that about?

We find ourselves overstocked with certain types or sizes of materials, and in an effort to rebalance inventory, we are offering a lot of great stuff for free! This will be of interest to teachers, group leaders, and others so let your friends know. 
Do you like FREE upholstery and garment weight bolt fabrics? FREE high end, designer, project sized fabric samples? FREE wallpaper samples for cards and scrapbooking? FREE tiles of all types and sizes? FREE batik T’s? Yes, ALL items on the floor will be totally free for the taking. Help FabMo reduce it’s inventory “bulge” and start the New Year trim! BYO bags to fill.
This is NOT our regular selection event. These are our overstock, hard to move items. Somebody will LOVE them.
Photos are examples of what you can expect to find.

FabMo’s FREE DAY: 
 Saturday, January 7th, 2017 
9 am to 3 pm 
No appointments needed
970 Terra Bella Avenue, Mt. View


The Central Park STEAM Robotics Team completed Round 1 of the Wonder League Competition in December of 2016. Our sub-teams "Pink Diamonds", "Dash Girls" and "Giant Wolf & Silly Noodles" are among 5,347 teams around the world taking on 5 robotics programming challenges centered around Animal Habitat Rescue. The challenges included Animal Mimicry, Tower of Trash, Rabbit Rescue, Polar Bear Problems, and Trial By Fire. The suspense is high as we wait to see if our team makes it to the final rounds that will be announced on January 15th of 2017! 


The Central Park STEAM Robotics Team has 3 sub-teams in FIRST LEGO League Junior, a robotics event with over 11,500 teams and 68,000+ participants worldwide. Our FIRST LEGO League Junior teams head to LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California to expo before the LEGOLAND judges on the morning of February 26th! If you happen to be there for spring vacation, come cheer our teams on as they walk across the LEGOLAND stage for the awards ceremony! Look for teams "Cats Love Legos!", "Team Pokegears" and "Inso"! The FLL Jr. challenge theme is "Creature Craze" where students researched about bees and their habitats. Then they researched another animal that shared the habitat with bees and constructed and programmed a model of the habitat using the LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics kit. You can view the Central Park STEAM Robotics Team projects inside the "Imagination Zone" buildings of LEGOLAND, California 2/26/16.


In the Vex IQ Challenge: Crossover, we have team "Vexonators" and "The Pinkies" heading to Quarry Lane Elementary School in Dublin, CA on Sunday, February 12th! They will be competing in a regional qualifier tournament against 20 other robotics teams. Out of over 12,000 teams worldwide, the top few from each tournament will go on to the regional championship and world championship. Their challenge will be to construct a robot that can collect hexballs and balance on a bridge to collect the highest number of points in both driver-controlled and autonomous mode. Come cheer on the Central Park STEAM Robotics Teams! Admission is free.