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Archive JULY 2017



Dear Central Park Community Members,


We are eagerly anticipating the beginning of a new school year and have already begun planning and working on projects/events for the coming year! The PTA, teachers, and administrators at Central Park Elementary have created a new direct donation fundraising campaign for the 2017-2018 academic year.  After gathering feedback from our valuable teachers and staff, you will not be receiving traditional lists of classroom supplies this year.  Instead, we are focusing our efforts to raise funds at the beginning of the year to help them better prepare for and plan their curriculum.


This is a new undertaking and we have high hopes for the success of this campaign, not only in dollars raised, but also in the participation rate of our community. In that spirit, please review the attached letter for details of how you can participate.


Donations can be dropped off for the PTA during residency verification or anytime to the school office.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the PTA Board at CentrakParkPTA2016@gmail.com

Mark your calendars:

Saturday, August 12th

Community Social

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: Central Park Elementary School


Kind Regards,

Your PTA (Parent Teacher Association)




Parent2Parent Tip: On Sunday, July 30, FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County will be hosting a Soda Exchange at the Mountain View Farmers' Market, located at the Mountain View Caltrain Station. 

The event will encourage families to trade in their unopened soda cans and bottles in exchange for cash vouchers that can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market. 

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about the negative health impacts of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages on young children, as well as promote local farmers’ markets as a source of fresh, healthy foods for children and families.  


Click here to learn more about the event including the exchange rates.




Dear families,

Santa Clara Unified School District is re-launching our electronic flyer communication tool called Peachjar. Our Peachjar service allows you to learn about school, parent group, District, and nonprofit enrichment activities and events. School- and district-approved flyers and newsletters are posted online as visually engaging full-color images and emailed to families. Flyers can also be accessed through the Peachjar button on your school’s website homepage.


No action is required on your part. You will receive a welcome email from our service provider, Peachjar, that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to log in to receive or view flyers.


To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add SCUSDflyers@peachjar.com to your email contacts. When you receive your first flyer, be sure to click “always display images.”


This system is used exclusively for distribution of school- and district-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Your email address is secure and is NOT sold or distributed to any third party agencies. An important note: This system does not affect School Loop. School Loop is an academic portal and it remains in place as a daily email connection with parents for the schools that use it.


This communication feature allows the District and your school to send school, parent group, and nonprofit enrichment and community flyers directly to your email inbox. These are similar flyers that you currently receive in various forms and from several sources. The new system will organize all of the District and school flyers into one concise location and one email, and YOU will have complete control as to what you want to receive and how often.


You have the option to “opt-out” from this communication tool. We strongly encourage you NOT to opt out at this time. If you select to opt out, you may no longer receive many of the current communications regarding your child’s school activities and events. Rather, we ask that you wait until after you receive a few communications from the system to make your decision about participating. Once you begin to receive emails with the flyers and information, you have the option to register with Peachjar and set your own parameters for what flyers and information you want to receive and how often. This way, you do not miss any important activities or events from your child’s school or from the District. More information: www.santaclarausd.org/flyers.


Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure families are well informed about school and district programs, activities, and events.




Santa Clara Unified School District


Parent2Parent Tip: Do you have a child age 0-5 in childcare? Could that individual or organization use free professional development on developing critical early literacy skills and strong language foundation to better support your child? The West San Jose First 5 Family Resource Center (which covers Santa Clara) is taking registrations now.


The West San Jose Family Resource Center is the First 5 of Santa Clara County FRC assigned to cover residents of Santa Clara.


Oportunidades de capacitacion para los proveedores de cuidado infatil familiar!



Parent2Parent Tip: Appydazeblog is a blog run by a retired teacher evaluating educational apps for kids. Today's feature mentions that McGraw Hill's Everyday Math apps are free.


One warning on these apps however, these are general math apps with many being more aligned with a traditional math worksheet style rather than the 3-tier math model that Central Park Elementary uses. Dreambox is still the best app to use in alignment with visual to algebraic math whereas the McGraw Hill apps are mostly just algebraic.


To find these on iTunes, search for "everyday math". The McGraw Hill language arts apps are also set to free right now.



5 educational apps from McGraw Hill's Everyday Math® - If your school system uses this program to teach math, you may want to take advantage of these offers. 


Everyday Math's Addition Top-It app for iPhone/iPad is a two player game. It is fun easy way for kids to practice basic addition facts from 1 - 10 and greater than/less than.

Common Core Standards met:

  • 1.OA.6 – Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.
  • 2.OA.2 - Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

Everyday Math's Beat the Computer app for iPhone/iPad is fun easy way for kids to practice basic multiplication facts. They race against the computer to score as many points as they can.

Common Core Standards met:

  • 3.OA.7 -  By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.

Everyday Math's Squeeze Monster app for iPhone/iPad is a two player game. Designed for younger students, it reinforces number line concepts and number comparisons.



Everyday Math's Equivalent Fractions app for iPhone/iPad is fun easy way to reinforce fraction concepts. Note: the app uses a digital version of the fraction cards from the Everyday Math third grade book.

Common Core Standards met:

  • 3.NF.3 - Explain equivalence of fractions and compare fractions by reasoning about their size. Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line. Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3). Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

Everyday Math's Divisibility Dash app for iPhone/iPad is fun easy way to practice recognizing multiples of a number and applying divisibility tests.

Common Core Standards met:

  •  4.OA.4 - Find all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1–100. Recognize that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1–100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1–100 is prime or composite.

Please find attached the new CAC Tri-fold Brochure & Mailer in both English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).



Parent 2 Parent Tip: For parents of children ages 0-5. Did you know that CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council) runs one of Santa Clara County's First 5 Family Resource Centers?


See the CHAC FRC site for their current calendar. They provide classes and services for early childhood education. Almost all classes are free. They have classes speaking many different languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Hindi. They have a class on Kindergarten Readiness too.


Our Classes

  • Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is the nation's first evidence-based parent leadership training program for Latino parents with children ages 0-5. It gives families information on a variety of traditional parenting topics, like discipline and communication, along with things like nutrition, cultural values, getting involved in your child's education, and parent advocacy.
  • Arts Enrichment is a 10-week parent/child participation class that models a similar class schedule to Kindergarten. Here, children learn how to transition from one activity to the next, how to participate in circle time, and of course plenty of time for free play, songs, movement, stories and art. A majority of our classes are led by trained volunteers. This class is an introductory class for new families only.
  • Play and Learn is the same content and format as Arts Enrichment, but it is for continuing families so that the children may continue to get exposure to critical school readiness skills. Classes regularly available in English and Spanish.
  • SEEDS of Early Literacy stands for Sensitive, Encourage, Educate, Develop through Doing, and Self-Image). It's a program that teaches parents how to expand a child's vocabulary and build a lifetime love of reading. 5 Sessions.
  • Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) backed by over 30 years of clinically proven, world wide research, gives parents critical information on helping their children build resiliency and confidence. Three sessions. Please see www.triplep.net for more information.
  • 24:7 Dad  Parenting program designed for any male caregiver in a child’s life.
  • Baby Care group activity class where parent and caregivers interact with their infants to help stimulate their senses and develop their pre-speech skills.

Additional Classes and Events

Classes are offered based on volunteer availability and community interest. Check our calendars for current offerings.

  • 5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater is a parenting class that talks about the feeding relationship. It offers suggestions for dealing with questions such as: How to you get kids to eat more veggies? What if they eat too much or too little? How can I change picky eating habits?
  • Community Gardening -  We have two community gardens, one at Mercy Street and one at New World CDC (our Sunnyvale/Cupertino partner). We regularly offer planting/harvesting parties and education for children and families about where food comes from, and the value of fresh healthy food 
  • Family oriented events- Join us at one of our FRCs for special events for the whole family, such as Dental Wellness Day (with free dental screenings and education), Families Move Together (a family fitness event), and our annual Halloween Party.
  • Family Stressbusters: Parents learn cutting edge information about how stress management helps the whole family to have less conflict and more fun together. Uses the latest in neuroscience to help us understand how to work with our own stress and support children as they learn to self-regulate.
  • Field trips - Join us on an adventure to local kid friendly places, like Rancho San Antonio, Happy Hollow Farm, Children's Discovery Museum, Pumpkin Patches, and anything our families come up with.
  • Hindi Storytime (and/or Hindi Play and Learn): the play and learn class runs in Hindi and features stories, songs and art from India. Non Hindi speakers are welcome. 
  • I'm Ready for Kindergarten - Children ages 3-5 learn critical skills for Kindergarten readiness, including self-regulation, academics, social-emotional skills and more, while parents learn how to support their development outside the classroom.
  • Japanese Story Time (and/or Japanese Play and Learn):  the play and learn class runs in Japanese and features stories, songs and art from Japan. Non Japanese speakers are welcome. 
  • Mandarin Story Time (and/or Mandarin Play and Learn):  the play and learn class runs in Mandarin and features stories, songs and art from China. Non Mandarin speakers are welcome. 
  • Music and Movement - Parents and Kids learn about instruments and music, and move together. 
  • Outdoor Play - Kids get outside with their parents and enjoy the park with lots of movement and activities for little ones.
  • Play and Learn Around the World is our evidence based Arts/Enrichment/Play and Learn format set in the context of multicultural learning. Volunteers share stories, songs, and an art project centered around their own culture.

Additional Services at the FRC

  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). Developmental screening that helps parents learn what to expect in different stages of their child's development. Measures Fine/Gross Motor, Communication, Problem Solving, and Social-Emotional capacities.
  • Community Worker Services - Families receive direct support from Community Workers who can consult with them about their child's development, using the ASQ screening tool and Triple P level 3 consultation. They will also provide resources and referrals as needed. 
  • Kid Connections services - Families who have concerns about their child's development, and who currently subscribe to Medi-Cal, can seek a referral to Kid Connections for additional professional screenings, free of charge. Available through our collaboration with FIRST 5, its partners, and the County Department of Mental Health.
  • Medi-Cal Application Assistance - We offer weekly assistance on Tuesdays and other days by appointment. We help people who need to apply, for subscriptions that have lapsed, or those who simply have questions. Service is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Mandarin.
  • Sensitivity Screenings - If your child seems unusually sensitive to the environment (noise, movement, smells, foods, tags on clothing), we can offer a screening to help you understand these sensitivities and give you some tools and resources to help your child be more comfortable.


Health Insurance
Does your child need health insurance? To schedule an appointment, please call us at 650-967-4813 or send an email to familyresourcecenters@chacmv.org. Services available in English, Mandarin, Vietnamese.


Yay, "Experience Joy with a Science Rock Star!" is fully funded!

Thank you to:

Kevin Bickelmann

Kathryn Curtis

Dosch Family

James Lipe

Elizabeth Wallace

Fadi Saba

Roger Le

Vindhya & Tanay

Michele Westlaken

The Lum Family

Maria Cristita Mojica

Kiran Grewal


Kanti Vani

Shilpa Petrim

Manjit Singh


This project will support our mission of a high quality, hands-on Science education for everyone. Thank you so much for your generous funding. The belief and support it shows fills the hearts of our staff with deep appreciation. Dr. Wesson is an inspiring speaker and will bring new learning strategies to our Central Park families. Our future looks limitless!

With gratitude,
Ms. Berger