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Archive JUNE 2017

News Archive JUNE 2017


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)


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




Did you know that First 5 of Santa Clara County has Family Resource Centers with free programs for early childhood ages 0-5? Santa Clara residents are covered by the West San Jose Family Resource Center which is near Alameda and Race Street.  Get your kids ready for Kindergarten by learning through play and playing while learning.


They also offer free parenting programs like Positive Parenting, Baby Care, Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors for Latino immigrant families), and SEEDS (Sensitivity, Encouragement, Education, Development through Doing, and Self-Image), a relationship-based professional development strategy for family child care providers to develop language-rich environments for the young children in their care. 


They also have Zumba, Yoga, Tumbling and Folklorico classes for families.


West San Jose Family Resource Center web site is updated on Facebook regularly by the staff. 


Check out the summer schedule:



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)


3rd Grade teacher Mrs. Stauter has a DonorsChoose campaign up with free donation matches! 


Central Park's student garden will be up and running next year, and students will also be developing and honing their skills in coding and electronics. Gardening and electronics seem like very different pursuits, but we see ways to combine these two learning modalities.


At Central Park, we believe that everything around us provides us with an opportunity to learn.

While our students are very interested in coding and robotics, we are concerned about the difficulty of recycling electronic components. These Makey Makey kits will show students that many other items, specifically biodegradable ones that come from the garden, can conduct electricity. They can also use classroom materials and art supplies such as modeling clay, graphite, and paint, to create musical instruments and games using their Makey Makey kits.


We held our kindergarten orientation for new students.
Welcome to our new kindergarten families!



We are looking for people to turn over the garden beds this weekend.  Mrs. Jennifer Zeitler has attached step by step videos.  Everything is in the garden to do this so volunteers can come anytime. Karen will be there this Saturday, June 10th from 9AM-1PM. 


Please let Mrs. Jennifer Zeitler (jzeitler@scusd.net)  know if you can do 1 bed this week or attend a garden work day this Sat. to finish the beds.   


Steps to turn in cover crops:

Step 1: Use a shovel to turn over the cover crop.  

Watch the video to see how:

*Once you turn it over- don't walk on it.


Step 2: Water the bed from one end to the other and repeat.  

Watch the video to see how:

Step 3: Spread the compost evenly on the bed- Don't rake it because you will pull up the cover crop we just turned in. 

Watch the video to see how:


Step 4:   Lightly water the bed from end to end one time.

Watch the video to see how. 

Step 5: Add Straw to the beds.  

Watch the video to see how:


Step 6:

Water the straw from one bed to the end and repeat. Lightly water every other day.

Watch the video to see how:


This is a picture of what it should look like after it is complete:



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



Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was a true pleasure watching students perform in the Talent Show today. It is thrilling to see students sharing talents and interests we don't necessarily see at school. Thank you to George Bobias for helping us get microphone stands and Tesin Dosch for assisting with getting all of the performer's music set up, in addition to assisting during the show. A HUGE thank you to teacher, Sabrina Oyola, for her work coordinating the event. Navigating a portable stage and a new sound system presented its challenges, however, the students did a great job. Thank you for the parents that came out to support their children. 
There are so many parents and guardians to thank for all of the service to our school. We couldn't have done it without you! I'd like to take a moment to express our gratitude to PTA President, Terry Flora. Terry took on the task of building the infrastructure of our PTA. Terry was recently named Vice Principal of Santa Clara High School, so he will step down as PTA President. We can't thank you enough for all of your work, Terry!
At the last PTA meeting, Kimberley Williams was named as our new President, and Dasha Estes was named as our new Secretary. Thank you for stepping into these roles so our PTA can continue. Thank you to our Treasurer Allison Huang and our V.P. Shailesh Dubale. 
I want to thank our School Site Council and ELAC members for the great conversations, contributions, and learnings this year! 
Thank you, School Site Council:

Shailesh Dubale

Shirley Bolton

Niki S. Skarmoutsos

Terry Flora

 Eric Lau


Thank You,  ELAC:

Monica Beristain

Veronika Spalekova

Irene Chen

Sajeemas (Mint) Pasakdee

Brinda Ramamurthy


Sathyagiri Venugopal


Thank You, Project Cornerstone!

A huge thank you to Therese Inkmann for coordinating Project Cornerstone this year! She trained all of the Parent Volunteer Classroom Readers. What an amazing program! Thank you to all of our readers whom attended trainings and read in classrooms:


Kindergarten Readers
Shaella Shagufta
Vitaliy Bondar
Minette Castro
Maofen Chen
First Grade Readers
Shoba Chandran
Niki Stalder- Skarmoutsos
Lois Huh
Lilly Mehr
Sophia Park
Melanie Harris
Second Grade Readers
Minette Castro
"Carrie" Carolyn Bobinski
Therese Inkmann
Third Grade Readers
Loanna Ramirez
Wendy Matsuda
Laura Woods
Vicki Pham
The Book Fairs helped bring in funds teachers will be able to spend on classroom libraries. Mark your calendars for the next one: September 18th-22nd
Thank you to our coordinators:
Jennifer Brinkman
Katie Curtis
Thank you to all of you who helped out in classrooms, on field trips, in the office, at the Book Fair, with Staff Appreciation, lunches/snacks/coffees for staff,  in the Robotics program and Makerspace.  You are all so appreciated! 
Please know that the campus is closed to the public beginning Monday, June 12th
There will be construction going on, so we cannot allow access to the school/playgrounds. You will receive notices on Friday with the date we will re-open as well as dates for Residency Verification. These will also be posted on our website, so please make sure have signed up for schoolloop. Go to the "Register" button on the right sidebar. You will need your child's student ID. You can get this from Cindy or Leanne in the office. Just send them an email. 
The next three days are minimum days.
Wed: Dismissal 1:37 pm
Thurs: Dismissal 1:37 pm
Fri.: Dismissal 12:30 pm
Thank you for a wonderful year, wishing everyone a fantastic summer! 
Ms. Kamstra and Team Chameleon


We have a few clips of video missing from the Talent Show but cannot post student names to specify. So send an email to centralparksteam "at" gmail.com if you have any good footage.


Pictures on the playground, Monday June 5th.



P2PTip: If you have a budding Wonder Woman fan, check out the Wonder Woman Made with Code project for a free block-based programming exercise using sequences, conditionals, loops and variables.



Dear Parents and Guardians,


We will hold our last School Site Council Meeting June 6th.

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: School Library

See agenda attached. 



Ms. Miakje Kamstra



SCCOE (Santa Clara County Office of Education)

SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area)


To review the annual budget or service plan please go to the SCUSD office where a copy is on file at the Special Education office.


Notice of Public Hearing (Print PDF)

SELPA VII Executive Council Meeting Agenda (Print PDF)




Dear Parents and Guardians,


Today construction workers are pouring cement for the Admin Building. Please drop students off at the Recreation Center parking lot. There will be extra staff members there to open car doors for children. If your child walks with you from Benton/Sonoma you can access the school from the front, just watch carefully for construction. 



Ms. Kamstra 


A peek at last week's Hawaiian Spirit Day!