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Archive April 2017

Archive April 2017


Each year the Superintendent and School Board honors two students and one adult volunteer with the “Public School Week Award” for the outstanding work they have done during the school year.  Congratulations to our award winners who were honored April 27th, 2017: Tesin Dosch, parent volunteer and two of our 3rd grade students!



We have collected over 100 pictures from the Multicultural Night thanks to Lilly, Wendy and Kanti.


SCUSD also composed a video of the event:



The book fair is here! 


We will be setting it up over the next few days and will be opened to students and parents Monday. 


Here is a small sampling of the books we received.



Don't forget to bring your quarters tomorrow!


Jennifer and Katie 




Hi Parents!


As you may have heard, the Book Fair is quickly approaching! Today we raised just over $65.00 in pennies, in the first day of our “coin-a-day” challenge! Don’t forget to send:


Tuesday: Nickels

Wednesday: Dimes

Thursday: Quarters

Friday: Anything you may have forgotten or additional donations! 


All money raised goes to All For Books (through Scholastic), which we will use to buy new books for our school library! 

Who doesn’t want new library books!!!!




No book fair can be successful without amazing volunteers! We are looking for volunteers to help in various ways with the book fair!



Click the sign up genius link and sign up to help with all the fun!


Thanks so much for all of your continued support with our amazing school!!!


Jennifer Brickman

Katie Curtis

Book Fair Coordinators


Hello Central Park Families,


As the end of the school year approaches, the staff workroom is running short on basic

supplies - with no budget to pay for the much needed items. With student projects and school

activities over the last few weeks, our stash of copy paper and other supplies has rapidly been

depleted! Please consider donating items from the list to help our wonderful teachers and

students continue to be successful.


Items are listed by priority.


1. We are in desperate need of white 8 1⁄2 x 11 copy paper.

At the current rate we will be out in the next few days.

2. White card stock 8 1⁄2 x 11.

3. Pink copy paper 8 1⁄2 x 11.

4. Goldenrod copy paper 8 1⁄2 x 11.

5. Construction paper 9x12 in Gray, Magenta,


Purchase the items through Amazon Smile and have a percentage go back to our school.

All donated supplies can be left on the donation shelf in the workroom.


Tips to get through the rest of the school year:


● If you need to make copies, consider making them on colored paper.

● Do you have kids that need to be entertained while you are on campus? Use the scratch

paper or the already cut construction paper box for their coloring and cutting

entertainment. Please DO NOT use the full sized construction paper or white copy

paper! All of our workroom supplies are for the teachers to use with students.

● Remember to remove colored copy paper from the tray once you are done with it.


Thank you!

The Workroom Fairies,

Jennifer Brickman and Katie Curtis


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Thank you to YOU and our PTA for an incredible Multicultural Night. It was a wonderful night filled with amazing performances by our kids-- rich, educational tables set up teaching us about the different countries our families come from, an inspiring Robotics arcade where students could program their robot to travel around the world, a photo booth where we could capture memories, and delicious foods to sample. There was a DJ (one of our amazing parents) that set the ambiance with great music, performances by our Ukulele students, inspiring songs sung by our first and second graders, as well as a beautiful Indian dance. Special thanks to the Coordinator, Jill Peterson, and the Multicultural Committee. What a wonderful event to honor our community and bring us all together as we enter the last (7) weeks of school.


Yearbooks are on sale!


If you can't locate the form we have attached here (Print) or via Paypal to <CentralParkPTA2016@gmail.com> (transfer funds to friend/family) with student's, class, teacher's details in comments.


Please mark your calendars for some other events coming up. You can also find these events on our public calendar posted on our website.

Garden Committee

April 24, 7:00pm

Meet in Garden


PTA Meeting

April 25, 7:00pm



Administrative Professionals Day

April 26th

We will honor our office staff for their hard work. Thank you to Cindy and Leanne!!


Arbor Day

April 28

All students will walk over to Central Park to take part in some wonderful activities celebrating Arbor Day. Please make sure your child has turned in their permission slip to their teacher.

For more info: http://santaclaraca.gov/residents/events/arbor-day-earth-day-celebration


STEAM Expo/Open House

May 2, 6:00-8:00pm

At Central Park Elementary School our goal is for students to be joyful learners with STEAM, mainly through Project Based Learning, where students are able to utilize 21st-century skills.

Please join us at our STEAM Expo on May 2nd to discover:

  • Evidence of student work that reflects the deep thoughtful learning that they have achieved

  • Students who are able to explain their thinking and the process they went through

  • Different STEAM related activities that you and your family can enjoy!

  • Visit our Book Fair!

Classroom open 6-7pm

Outside Activities begin: 6:30pm

Please see flyer attached.


Book Fair

May 1st-5th

Thank you to Book Fair Coordinators, Jennifer Brickman and Katie Curtis. The Book Fair will be held in our school Library.

Want to volunteer? Need to know the hours? Go to:




Staff Appreciation Week

May 5-8

Thank you to the Staff Appreciation Committee who is working on honoring our amazing staff!


School Site Council

May 9, 6:00-7:00pm



PTA/Principal Coffee

Wed. May 10th, 8:15am-9:00am

Staff Room


Talent Show Auditions

Wed. May 10th, 1:45-3:00pm

A flyer went home with specifics.


Comedy Show

May 19, 6:30pm

Multipurpose Room

Doors open at 6:00pm

Join Us for a Laugh at the Comedy Show


The ComedySportz San Jose Troupe is coming to Central Park on Friday, May 19th at 6:30 pm!  ComedySportz is a national award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of trained "act-letes" compete for audience laughs while improvising scenes, games, and musicals based on your suggestions. Fun for ALL AGES!  Proceeds will fund instructional materials for our classrooms.


For more info visit: http://vimeo.com/28531209

See flyer attached


SBAC Testing

May 15-May 26

Third-graders will take part in state testing. More details will come as we get closer.



Memorial Day

May 29 (Monday)


PTA Mtg.

May 30, 7:00pm, Library


Talent Show

June 6


Multipurpose Room


School Site Council Mtg.

June 6, 6:00pm



Last Day of School

June 9

Note: School hours are different. ALL students are dismissed at

12:30pm. We do not serve a regular lunch. A mid-morning "Brunch" is served. Final Report cards go home.




Wishing everyone a wonderful week!


Ms. Miakje Kamstra




(For event flashbacks on our web site please send your best quality 1-10 pictures to centralparksteam "at" gmail.com . If sharing 10-500 pictures please send those to the yearbook committee.)



Dear parents and guardians,


Friday 4/21 will be the last day to order your student's yearbook @ $30 a copy. Afterwhich we will be taking orders until May 10th @ $35 a copy.

The Yearbook committee will have a table for collections and questions during school drop-off and pick-up and at the Multi-Cultural fair tomorrow.

If you can't locate the form we have attached here (Print) or via Paypal to <CentralParkPTA2016@gmail.com> (transfer funds to friend/family) with student's, class, teacher's details in comments.


Thank you - the yearbook committee "





Who remembers this from May of 2016...



Attn CAC Parents,


Under the CAC's advisement to SCUSD to add programs for students with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, the SCUSD selected and adopted, and just completed a piloting of the Sonday program. During our next evening meeting, Wednesday, April 26th, at the Adult Ed Campus, room L3, SCUSD will answer your questions about Sonday and how it will be used as one of their interventions for students struggling to learn to read.  


(Print PDF Flyer)


Central Park Community,


This is a reminder that we will be having our Multicultural Night this Friday from 5:30-7:30 on the Central Park Elementary School campus.  This event promises to be a fun time for the entire family. It will include music, food, live performances and a variety of activities for all to enjoy. 


Each child will receive a passport, and can earn stamps for every cultural booth that they visit. We currently have about 20 booths, representing cultures from around the world.  All booths will contain unique activities, and cultural artifacts. Additionally, we are hoping that attendees can wear cultural attire representing a culture of your choice.


We hope you all will join us for a fun night of learning and community building. We hope to see you there!





The ComedySportz San Jose Troupe is coming to Central Park on Friday, May 19th at 6:30 pm!  ComedySportz is a national award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of trained "act-letes" compete for audience laughs while improvising scenes, games, and musicals based on your suggestions. Fun for ALL AGES!  Proceeds will fund instructional materials for our classrooms.


For more info visit: http://vimeo.com/28531209


Look for the seat reservation flyer in your students’ backpack soon!


Ms. Miakje Kamstra




A new version of the Volunteer Form is available (PDF to print). Volunteer application forms are required for all volunteers on campus.


Also, the School Fax Number has been updated to 1-408-244-6031


Volunteers make a difference and we need your help to pull off the best #bookfair ever!

Help is needed 4/26 to 5/5.

Sign up here:




Parent2Parent Tip: Check this out! Nominate a Teacher!!!

zulily Invites You to Nominate a Teacher Who Has Impacted Your Child’s Life!

Posted on April 3, 2017 in News & Contests

At zulily, we understand that parents juggle busy lives on an everyday basis. Time is precious, and although we mean well, sometimes we don’t take as much time to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to those who have touched our lives. We all recognize the collective impact that teachers make in our lives.


From the teacher who gave you the confidence to become the person you are, to the teacher who showed you compassion and taught you how to succeed in a particular subject that led you to a career, to that teacher who took extra time to show you that there isn’t such thing as “average,” each of us owes a part of who we’ve become to a teacher. Teachers have a special place in zulily’s heart, and we greatly appreciate how they contribute to our community.  Not only do they help shape the young minds of our future to do incredible things, they are so personally invested in our lives that they spend $1.5 billion annually of their own money on school supplies.  The average teacher spends $500 out of his or her own pocket to help enhance their learning environment.*  


To honor teachers everywhere, today we launched the zulily Thank a Teacher contest.  Let us know how a teacher has impacted your child’s life, at any stage of education ­– be it preschool, grade school, middle school, high school, college or beyond — in 100 words or less. The teacher you nominate could win $500 in zulily credit to help outfit their classroom, and you could win $50 in zulily credit.


Nominations are open now and will be open until Sunday, April 9th, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. On May 1st, we will name and award teachers from around the country to receive zulily’s Thank a Teacher funds to outfit their classroom.

Share with a friend, a teacher, a fellow parent.  We want to celebrate teachers everywhere and we look forward to hearing your stories about the remarkable teachers in your child’s life and what that has meant to you! 

Each day this week, we’ll share a new story, here on The Find, about teachers who have inspired us! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, for more #zulilyThankATeacher inspiration and news. 



Join Us!!

Central Park Elementary PTA presents

Multicultural Night



Friday, April 21



Get ready to travel around the world with art, performances, activities, food* and music. Cultural attire is encouraged.

  *Food trucks, Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice & Quick Dog Catering, will donate 10% of profits back to CP PTA!




Dear Parents and Guardians,


April 3: Dr. Rose visits our school, 9:00am

April 3: Yearbook Committee meets in Library, 7:30pm

April 4: Spring Pictures

April 4: School Site Council, 6:00pm

            See agenda attached (PDF)

April 5: Field Day, 11:00am--Thank you to folks that can volunteer! 

April 6: Multicultural Committee Mtg., 6:00pm, Makerspace

April 7: Super Hero Day! Wear your favorite Superhero gear (no play weapons)

April 10-14: No School (Spring Break)


Thank you to the following parents for their work on various committees:

David Woon, Leading the Yearbook Committee

Jill Peterson, Leading the Multicultural Committee

Jennifer Brickman and Katie Curtis, Book Fair Coordinators 

Tesin Dosch, Consulting with the Design Committee in the planning of the Makerspace that will open in our 2-story building, Fall 2018. 


Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who are taking part in these committees and to all of our PTA/SSC and ELAC members. Your hard work is vital to the success of our school. We appreciate you! 


Team Chameleon