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Archive March 2017



Dear Parents and Guardians,


Science Rock Star is coming!


Dr. Kenneth Wesson is a speaker well known in the STEAM education community.   Since he is local, he has agreed to cut his fee (significantly!) to bring his message to us and our parent community.  Yeah!


Next good news..tomorrow only, Donors Choose has a #BestDayEver matching grant.  Any donation will be automatically matched to our DonorsChoose grant.  Our parent community, social media contacts, community, family, friends..anyone can help us bring this speaker to Central Park. We need help pushing this opportunity out.  Let's utilize all of these resources to make this happen!  Click on the DonorsChoose grant link above.



Mark Your Calendars:
March 31: We will take a school picture (outside) of our entire student body. Please make sure your child is here on time so they can be a part of this.The picture will be promptly at 8:30am.

April 4: Spring Pictures

April 4: School Site Council, 6:00pm

April 5: Office Closes 2:00pm due to off-site meeting. 

April 10th -14th: Spring Break 

April 21: Multicultural Fair: 5:30-7:30pm

April 25: PTA Mtg. 7:00pm

May 1-5: Book Fair (in Library) 

May 2: STEAM Expo/Open House: 6:00-8:00pm
May 5: Multi-use Room new Cafeteria Opens!!!

May 9: School Site Council

May 19: Comedy Night (Flyer coming soon)

Thank you!

Team Chameleon


Ms. Miakje Kamstra





This is a reminder that our next yearbook meeting is next Monday 4/3 @ 7.30pm in the school library.


Tentative agenda : -

  • Yearbook backcover competition decision
  • Class page review by grade
  • Other pages review
  • Current % of coverage and completion
  • Shout-outs - details
  • Volunteers sign-up for YB sale table 4/17 - 4/21
  • Scholarship/ Sponsorship forms and allocations
  • Future yearbook creation track/ cost/ promo/ distribution
  • 2017/2018 yearbook as PBL  - materials, cost, duration.

We are desperately looking for photos to design other pages, eg. building construction, design, field trips, gardening. If you know anyone who have photos to share to the yearbook, I can come to get them.  We are seeking designers to help put together some pages. Spread the word ....


PS: Classroom portraits will be taken from the Spring photoshoot - Apr 6th.


David Woon (yearbook committee)



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.



Help Mrs. Goulette with her DonorsChoose campaign "A Good Start With Art"!




Hi Everyone,

 This is a reminder that our PTA meeting is tonight at 7:00pm in the school library. Board member, Jodi Muirhead, will be in attendance to discuss news from around the district and will also answer your questions. See you tonight.
Terry Flora

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please know that our next ELAC meeting is Tuesday, March 21st.

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Library

Please see agenda attached (Print PDF).



Ms. Miakje Kamstra




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



Minimum Day Tomorrow (Monday, March 13, 2017), Dismissal 1:37pm



Ms. Kamstra 


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 


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)


Dear Parents,


Child Nutrition would like to invite parents to have lunch with their children on Wednesday, March 15th. If you would like to take part in this, please complete the google doc.by Tuesday, March 14th at noon. 


The Menu items are:

  1. Pesto Grilled Cheese (Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Pesto Sauce)

  2. Corn Dog with Garlic Fries

  3. Green Wraps with Ham and Cheese (Deli Ham and Cheese wrapped in a Spinach Tortilla Wrap)

  4. Golden Mac and Cheese

  5. No hot lunch, will eat lunch from home with my child. 

Note: When noting menu items you would like, please put the # of the item.
Important: Please come to the office to sign in at 11:30am. Students eating with parents will be dismissed from class early to avoid long lines. 

If you have any questions, direct them to
 Meena at: mbalaraman@scusd.net


Ms. Miakje Kamstra



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




School Site Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 7th

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Library

See agenda attached


Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Central Park STEAM Field Day is a weekly event where grade level teachers collaborate indoors while staff, students and parents collaborate outdoors in an action-packed FIELD DAY!

Check out our awesome athletes every Wednesday!




Families considering participating in the Robotics Team can see what a FIRST LEGO League Junior and FIRST LEGO League event looks like this Sunday, March 5th.


Two of our teams, Cats Love Legos and Pokegears will be showing their FLL Jr. projects at the FLL Innovation Expo at the Innovation Hangar by the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Cats Love Legos and Pokegears will be setup 10AM-11:30AM on Sunday, March 5th. Teams from other schools and organizations will be showcasing on Saturday March 4th 1-2:30PM.


At the event students and parents can also see what FIRST LEGO League competition and innovation looks like on both Saturday, March 4th and Sunday March 5th 10AM-3PM.  The FLL teams will be competing for the Innovation award to go on to the World competition. 




At this event, families will also get a glimpse into what the full FIRST program involves from Kinder all the way to 12th grade with FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. Coaches and students will be talking about what it takes to start a team and their organizational strategies.




PTA Members,


  The Central Park PTA would like to thank those who supported last night's "Dining-for Dollars" fundraiser. We had a great turnout. Islands restaurant was was full of chameleons. We are awaiting contact from Islands management to learn the official amount of raised funds. We will keep you all posted. Thanks again

- Central Park PTA



70 students participated in the Robotics Team orientation on Tuesday.

65 students completed applications. Those students received papers with more details for their parents to read.


A parent orientation will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 6PM to go over the Robotics Team program so parents can assess if it is a good match both for their child as well as for themselves as supporting parents.


Robotics Team is a competition team. It is not a class. It requires commitment of time, energy and finances from parents.


Parents can assess the degree of reading comprehension readiness and writing skills necessary by examining the Wonder League Robotics Challenge documents posted on the front wall of the makerspace. Every page of the FIRST LEGO League Junior Engineering Notebook is posted on the rear wall of the makerspace. Examples of the amount of research, writing and speaking with judges is in the video below from our FIRST LEGO League Junior teams:



We have a great deal of interest in robotics. We are looking for volunteer parents to start a second session so we can accommodate more students. We are also in need of robotics equipment donations to cover more kids.


Short clips showing the type of equipment needed (LEGO Education Mindstorms EV3 Core and Expansion Kit, LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 and Vex SuperIQ + Foundation + Competition Kit) are in the video below: