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Archive - SEPT 2017

News Archive - Sept 2017


EdCamp Silicon Valley Make


Parents interested in volunteering in the classroom supported maker activities can sign-up to attend EdCamp Silicon Valley Make on Saturday, September 30th 9:30am-3PM at RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers). These events are for adults only. They help educators collaborate and learn how to integrate making into the classroom. Parent volunteers supporting classroom maker activities can learn many useful skills to help out our teachers.


The theme for this session is "Come to an Edcamp focussed on Maker Education. Design, create, build, discuss Computer Science, 3D Printing, Tinkering, Circuits, Making tied to curriculum and get hands-on time too!" Registration is free at the link below.





Silicon Valley Destination Imagination at San Carlos Airport Day 2017


If your kids like working on a team to solve challenging probems and developing STEAM skills, they can try Destination Imagination at the San Carlos Airport Day. The event is free.


Destination Imagination works with educators and industry experts to develop STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Challenges that teach students the 21st century skills needed to succeed in school, careers and beyond. In solving a Challenge, students learn the creative process—a powerful learning tool that helps students assess problems, reflect on their progress, learn from failure and turn their original ideas into reality. Students who participate in our program have the opportunity to present their solutions at a local tournament and if they qualify at the state level, they’re invited to participate in Global Finals, our culminating tournament that celebrates global creativity and collaboration.


No registration needed.
September 30 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
San Carlos Airport, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070 United States





Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our next School Site Council meeting is Tuesday, October 3rd.
Time: 6-7pm
Location: School Library

Please see the agenda attached (PDF).

Also, remember to cast your vote for a new "voting member." 

Go to: 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra



We have a set of Google cardboard without the necessary devices to make them useful. Now the Kindergarten would like to use them to create virtual field trips of the community. Donate your old cell phones or IPods for our project and future projects. Drop them off at the office for Mr. Garcia.


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Last week I notified folks that we are in need of one more "voting" School Site Council member. I have had one person express interest. 

Please go to the link below and cast your vote. Everyone is invited to these meetings, but the law requires us to have 5 parent/guardian members and 5 staff members that have been elected.





Thank you,

Ms. Kamstra 


Our Fall 2017 Book fair is over.

There were ups and downs. Hardest part was getting all the books which were promised and which the staff and children wanted. The malfunctioning registers made things a little difficult.

The best part was getting to know the kids better and reading to them during during classroom preview visits. Central Park Steam has some pretty smart, kind and respectful children. Several kids spent their own money on books for teachers and staff. Good job parents!

The children even donated their change to the All For Books campaign. They along with parent contributions raised $90.37. Thanks to everyone's generosity, Ms. Helen our librarian was able to add some new and exciting books to our school library today.

The fall 2017 fair was the school's most profitable in our short history. The Scholastic Dollars we will receive will be split evenly amongst the teacher's to buy books, electronics, storage and many other exciting things for their classrooms.

Look out for the Spring 2018 book fair dates.

During the Spring 2018 bookfair we will hold our All For Books Coin Drive where each classroom will bring their coins to raise money for their classrooms libraries. The classroom that raises the most will get a popcorn party.

I'll try my best to get an even bigger supply of the ever popular spy pens sent to us.

Thank you to all my volunteers. I couldn't have done it without you. Every minute you gave was so valuable and helpful to me and Central Park Elementary.

Now to start planning Spring 2018!


Kathryn Curtis


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Book Fair Today:

After school hours will be 1pm to 4pm. 

We had a large delivery of books yesterday so come take a look at the new books if you are interested.  More will be delivered Wednesday.  Thank you to Katie Curtis for all of her work running the fair! Students can visit during recess and lunch. 



After School Program Schedules:

Next week we have minimum days all week. Some programs will be able to hold their classes directly after school ends and some will not. Some will NOT hold classes. Please ask the program directly about their schedule if you are not sure and be sure to update any child care providers. 


Ukulele class:

The ukulele classes are full.  We are no longer accepting applications or students for the current session.  If your child is interested, they can sign up for session II, which begins November 2nd. New students will be placed on a lottery as space becomes available. Thank you to George Bobias for providing this opportunity to our students. 


Flag Football:

A huge THANK YOU  Chris Hansen and Saurav Gupta for volunteering to coach our 4th-grade flag football team. We will be sending out more information soon in regards to forming the team. If you'd like to donate to team supplies let us know. 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra



The ukulele classes are full.  We are no longer accepting applications or students for the current session.  If your child is interested, they can sign up for session II, which begins November 2nd.


New students will be placed on a lottery as space becomes available.


Thank you,

George Bobias


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are looking for noon duty supervisors. We have a couple of paid positions ($15.02 for the hour) and are also looking for volunteers. Please apply on edjoin if you are interested in the paid position or email me if you'd like to volunteer.


Edjoin link:




Time period: 11:40-12:40pm

Thank you!

Ms. Kamstra 


Central Park desperately needs a FLAG football coach!  For those of you that aren't familiar with the league format that our elementary schools have done in the past, here is a quick overview:

Teams play about half the games at home and half away. Parents bring their respective child to the away games, or schools can have parents go through volunteer driver procedures in order to carpool.

The flag football starts October 12, 2017 and plays through the beginning of November. We usually have about 4 games, Thursdays after school from about 3:00-4:30, depending upon when the other team gets out, travels and sets up. The rules are tamed down; very low contact, NFL Youth FLAG Football Rules. They really limit contact and help with safety. It is up to the home team to supply the referee (Mr. Wichmann). It is also up to individual school sites to find a coach, who in turn will run the team who will organize team's practice schedule (can be a few lunch recesses or right after school one longer day a week), Mr. Wichmann will send permission letters home and take care of all of the paperwork.  TIME commitment?  

Attending practices and games...about 10 hours. This coaching position is the limiting factor in Central Park participating in the SCUSD 2017 season. 

Enjoy coaching the co-ed team and find it beneficial in building relationships between the students, motivating them, and holding them accountable both academically and socially.  

It is a great chance for student-athletes to learn, grow, and have fun.

Email Ms. Kamstra if you are interested. You will be required to complete a volunteer packet and obtain fingerprinting through our district office.

Thank you!

Mr. Wichmann and Ms. Kamstra 



Community Advisory Committee Brochure (Print PDF)



We have 4 slots left to fill for the Art and Wine Festival, and would like them all filled.





Including Times During the Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival


Friday September 15th

Credit Cards Only

8:30 am to 9:30 am

2 pm to 3 pm


Saturday September 16th

Cash and Credit Cards Accepted

10 am to 1 pm


Sunday September 17th

Cash and Credit Cards Accepted

10 am to 1 pm


More books will be arriving over the next few days so please continue to shop the book fair until the last day Friday September 22nd.


Teacher wish list boxes will be ready for Central Park Families to shop from starting Saturday.


Please consider rounding up your purchases up to benefit our All For Books campaign. The money will be used to support the building of Teachers in Room libraries. We will also have collection boxes by the registers.


Thank you to all our amazing volunteers Thursday who helped set up the book fair and turn the multipurpose room into a book lover’s paradise!


Hello Central Park Families,

This weekend is the Art and Wine Festival and is one of the largest fundraisers for Central Park School. Your help is needed to fill in openings, especially in the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday for parking. If you can help or know of other people who want to help, please sign up!

If you are bringing items (drinks, tape, cooler, canopy, etc.) please bring them any day this week to the workroom, room D-3. 

For volunteers bringing ice- please bring them on the day that you signed up for by 9a.m!

Volunteers may park on the black top or as directed when you come in for parking duty. 

If you signed up for the 8am shift on Saturday, we will get started by 7:30am if you can arrive earlier.

Thank you for your participation!



Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Central Park's Scholastic Online Book fair is open!

Browse a larger selection of books and fun items.

All purchases benefit the school and shipping is free to your child's classroom.





Join us for PIZZA with a PURPOSE @ CPK!


Our first Dining for Dollars fundraiser is almost here, so Save the Date!


Come out and support our school ANYTIME on Wednesday September 20th.


Enjoy signature California Pizza Kitchen pizza and salads 

and 20% of your check will be donated to the Central Park Elementary PTA!

(includes dine-in, take-out, catering and beverages)


Valid at the following location:

California Pizza Kitchen

3535 Monroe Street, Santa Clara

Phone: 408-703-6070


You must bring the flyer with you and present it to your server. (see attachment)


Copies will be sent home in your child's Wednesday envelope.


We will see you there!


Dear Parents and Guardians,


There are still spots available in the Ukulele class. If you are interested, please see the flyer attached. 


If you have any questions about the class, please contact George Bobias. His email is on the flyer.  Thank you, Mr. Bobias for offering this wonderful opportunity for our students again. 


Ms. Kamstra 


Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Is your family in need of assistance? Check out the CHAC Family Resource Center Shoes Give-a-Way Week! CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council) is one of the First 5 of Santa Clara County family resource centers sponsored by First 5 of California. The CHAC FRC covers early childhood education connecting families to resources in the community such as locating support for health insurance, shelters and food. Services are available in English, Mandarin, Spanish and Vietnamese.





Sad news from Mr. Tillman and his school yesterday. More water from flooding has gotten into their school than they originally they thought. FEMA has black-listed the school and no one is allowed to go inside due to mold that has already set in. There is a chance that everything inside the school will need to be destroyed due to contamination, so the amount of things they will need to get back on their feet has changed. They hope to start school at the temporary location on September 25th. Mr. Tillman has let me know of some more things that he would like/they need to establish a healthy classroom. Many folks have asked what more they can do to help, so attached you will find the Amazon WISH List I created for Mr Tillman. You can order off the list and the items will be shipped directly to his school. Thank you for all you help and support. It means so much to me, and I know that our new friends in Texas will be so appreciative!!


<3 Jennifer Brickman




Message from Superintendent Stan Rose, Ed.D.


In Santa Clara Unified, our Board of Trustees has repeatedly stated that all our children will be provided a safe environment and will be afforded access to a free education in our District. We were among the first districts in the state to pass a resolution declaring that position, in December 2016. This is a matter of law, and it is our privilege to serve all our students, regardless of their immigration status.


This morning, shortly after President Trump suspended the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and called on Congress to reform immigration policies, Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) came together in collaboration, took the microphone, and urged Congress to pass the Dream Act into law and provide the 800,000 Dreamers a protected place in our society. 


The DACA program was enacted in 2012. The program allows undocumented residents who were brought to the U.S. as children, and meet other guidelines, to apply for two-year protection from deportation. They are also eligible for work permits. DACA protections are renewable indefinitely, as long as the applicant is not convicted of a crime. DACA does not provide a path to citizenship, nor does it allow recipients to vote. The program has 800,000 participants.


The Dream Act would offer legal status to individuals who received protections under DACA. The Dream Act was first introduced in 2001 by Durbin and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Durbin says that the act would be “a permanent law in this country that says that these young people will have their chance to become part of America's future.” Those protected under the Dream Act are called “Dreamers.” The state has its own California Dream Act, which is unrelated to DACA and allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college. 


Around the same time Senators Durbin and Graham were speaking, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued a statement denouncing the President’s decision to suspend the DACA program and told California public school students and their families that California will keep protecting and supporting them.


“Our country made an honest deal with these students—study hard, earn your degree, and you will get a fair chance to compete for college. We should keep deals, not break them. We should support dreams, not defer and destroy them,” Torlakson said. “These students embody the American dream. Their hard work, energy, dedication, and diverse background help them contribute to our economy, while adding to the rich cultural heritage that makes California a dynamic global leader.”


Jane Close Conoley, President of California State University, Long Beach said, “Our doors will be wide open for all eligible undocumented students. They are welcome and wanted. And we will continue to offer state financial aid to those who are eligible.”


In California, 242,339 young people have received DACA status since 2012. While California’s public colleges and universities don’t track the number of DACA students enrolled, they estimate that 72,300 undocumented students are enrolled at the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges (60,000 at community colleges, 8,300 at Cal State, and 4,000 at UC). (Carolyn Jones, Ed Source, September 5, 2017)


“The University and the state of California stand together in our belief that students should be admitted to UC and other institutions of higher education based on their records of achievement and without regard to their immigration status,” UC President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday. “I call upon the U.S. Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation that would provide a permanent solution for these young people — one that charts a secure pathway toward citizenship and allows these Dreamers to continue to live, work, and serve the only country most of them know as home.” (Carolyn Jones, Ed Source, September 5, 2017)


Resources available to families and educators are identified below. These are not exhaustive, but they are meant to serve as information to help families understand their rights and obligations. Inclusion in this list is not an endorsement of a particular political viewpoint.

Parent and Community Resources

Educator Resources


Has a Central Park teacher inspired your child?


Dream Big Innovative Educator Award Nomination Form


The Bechtel Dream Big Innovative Educator Award, which honors educators who are inspiring, leading, and influencing the next generation of students to “Dream Big.” Nominations will be accepted from students, parents, educator peers, community organizations, business partners, and non-profit leaders. Nominators should explain how the educator has made a lasting impact on the student’s education, their desire to pursue a STEM career, and/or how the nominee has made a difference in the STEM field.


Nominations will be open from August 8 – October 13, 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians,

This Thursday construction will be pouring concrete again. We also have 2 buses arriving at 8:15am to pick up students for a field trip.


We will block off part of the curb close to the office for the buses to park, so cars will be unable to stop in this area.


The construction company will have the east side of Sonoma closed off. You will only be able to enter from the west side (Near Kiely). 


I urge all families to drop students off at the Recreation Center parking lot.

If you are on foot, please wait for crossing guards to escort you across the street.


Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate construction!

Ms. Kamstra 


Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to Jennifer Brickman for leading the way in reaching out and adopting a classroom in Houston on behalf of Central Park Elementary. This is a great opportunity for our children to be a part of giving to those in need.


Please see the two letters below (Hurricane1.PDF) (Hurricane2.PDF) to find out how your family can be part of this effort. 

Thank you,

Ms. Kamstra 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra




Dear Central Park Families,
If you are like me and my family, the disaster in Texas is weighing heavy on your heart.
I knew there had to be a way that I could not only help the people of Houston, but teach
my kids that despite being far away, we could still lend a hand in the recovery.
Central Park has been matched with Mr. Tillman’s 3rd grade class at Braeburn
Elementary, in Houston, Texas. Mr. Tillman told me that Braeburn is a Title One
School, which means that most of their students come from families living below the
poverty line. 99% of their students receive free lunch and breakfast. These kids and
families had little to begin with, and have now lost most of what they did have in the

Mr. Tillman has provided me a list of the things that would benefit his classroom most.
So that we don’t end up with a lot of one supply, and none of another, I have divided the
list up by classroom. (See attached for your classroom’s assigned supply.)

Mr. Tillman also expressed a desire that these kids could use new backpacks - a private
donor has donated new backpacks for all of Mr. Tillman's class!

Students at Braeburn Elementary will start school on Monday, September 11th. We will
have one week to collect all these supplies, and then package it all up and mail it off to
Mr. Tillman and his class.

If you can, please send one or more of your classroom’s assigned supply to school with
your child sometime this week, and their teacher will collect them. If you are able to
make a small monetary ($2-3) donation, it would be greatly appreciated and we can
purchase additional needed items for the kids (think new coats or shoes, etc.). Please
send donated supplies and monetary donations to school by Tuesday, September 12th.
I would like to put everything in the mail on the 13th to get to the school as soon as

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me:

Jennifer Brickman

Thank you so much for all your compassion and help! Mr. Tillman is already so
thankful knowing that help for him and his class is on the way!!! <3


**To make sure that all the kids receive the same thing, if a specific brand or quantity of an item is
listed, please try to stick to that request (ie. if a 24 ct. box of crayons is listed, please don't go buy
the 256ct big box of crayons, despite how fun it would be for the child to have)
*The teacher in Texas has asked that I double up on pencils, so you will see it listed twice here.

Ms. Jennifer: Pencils (10-12ct. box)
Ms. Ng: Erasers (pink)
Ms. Gonzales: Markers (Crayola- 10ct.)
Ms. Barlow: Glue Sticks
Ms. Goulette: Ziploc Bags (Gallon Size, store brand OK)
Ms. Gray: Crayons (Crayola - 24ct.)
Ms. Rylan: Scissors (pointed tip)
Mrs. Tang: Kleenex (store brand OK)
Miss Winslow: Pencils (10-12ct. box)
Ms. Stauter: Highlighters - Orange and Yellow
Mr. Wichmann: Hand Sanitizer
Ms. Oyola: Wide Rule, Loose Leaf, Notebook Paper
Ms. Berger: Colored Pencils (Crayola - 12ct.)
Ms. Cary: Ziploc Bags (Sandwich Size, store brand OK)


Dear Parents and Guardians,


George Bobias will be offering his wonderful Ukulele class again.

Please read the attached flyer (PRINT PDF). Address all questions to Mr. Bobias at:



Note: The first class will take place in the Makerspace due to a space conflict with the Book Fair. The remaining sessions will be in the Cafeteria/Multipurpose Room. 



Ms. Kamstra 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Docent Information:

If you would like to be a docent to lead lessons: Lesson 1 introduction will be lead by our coordinators.  It is important to attend 1 of these sessions so you can see how it flows.  There are two trainings for the same lesson so you can pick 1 that best fits your schedule.  If you aren't able to make it to either training, e-mail me and I will send you the information.  


Training dates for lesson 1: 

Sept. 11th at 9am or Sept. 13th at 11 am




Garden Work Party:  We will host a garden cleanup and potluck on Sat. Sept. 9th from 9-12.  Feel free to bring a dish or item to share.  Enjoy working, munching and getting to know our CP community.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please see the attached SSC agenda. This meeting is a training/informational meeting so you can learn more about the School Site Council.

We are in need of a Secretary position being filled. If you are interested in being nominated for this position (it will go through a vote), please let me know. 



Ms. Kamstra 


Dear Central Park Families,


I'm excited to tell you about an opportunity I have found for us, as a school, and as a community. I know many of us are saddened and heartbroken about the devastation taking place in the Houston,Texas area right now. 


I applied to a program who matches Houston area elementary schools in need, to a school can help get the supplies and materials that were lost, and help get them back on their feet, and rock this 2017/18 school year!!!


We received our "match" today! We have been matched with Mr. Tillman's 3rd Grade class at Braeburn Elementary School, in Houston, Texas. Braeburn is a Title One (high poverty) school, without many resources to start with, and this storm certainly didn't help.


"Its a Title 1 school (high poverty), sweet kids.  I don't think the school got much water put lots of the kids apts did.  I don't want the parents to have to spend money on supplies if they are trying to clean and replace things at home." - Mr. Scott Tillman


I have received an initial list of needs, and have reached out to Mr. Tillman about any other needs and am awaiting a reply.


I KNOW we at Team Chameleon can help these kiddos who already don't have much, but have now lost what little they did have!


I'm going to work with two teachers and formulate a plan this weekend about what the best way to do this in an organized fashion will be, so be on the lookout for the next steps and how we're going to move forward and help our kids participate in a real life lesson about empathy and kindness!!!!!


Enjoy the weekend and Stay Cool!!!


Feel free to email me if you have any ideas or suggestions! 


Jennifer Brickman




Dear Parents and Guardians,

I just got word that due to concrete being poured this morning, the entrance to Sonoma off Benton from the EAST side is CLOSED. 

Please ENTER  Sonoma from the WEST side (near Kiely) OR drop off at the Recreation Center.



Thank you for your patience,

Ms. Kamstra 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Dear parents,


According to the National Weather Service, we are expecting excessive heat in the Bay Area through the end of this week.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff are a top priority. We will continue to monitor the heat index for our area and implement the following precautions when the temperature exceeds 95 degrees:

  • Closely monitor individual student conditions

  • Encourage students to bring containers of water to help stay hydrated

  • Encourage students to take water fountain breaks frequently throughout the day

  • Restrict duration and intensity, or prohibit, outdoor physical activity

  • Consider a schedule change


If the heat index exceeds 102 degrees, all students will be kept in shaded areas or indoors.


Please keep in mind the following tips during times of excessive heat:  

  • Never leave children and pets in a parked car

  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing

  • Make sure you and your child are drinking more water than usual, do not wait until they are thirsty to give them more

  • Slow down, stay indoors, and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day

  • Find shaded spots to stay cool, if you must be outdoors

  • Remember to apply and reapply sunscreen to your children

  • Visit your local library as a fun cooling center with books and activities for the whole family


Please refer to the National Weather Service Heat Index Calculator for a fast and easy way to calculate the heat index for our area.


Restrictions for specific outdoor school activities will be determined at individual school sites using the heat index calculator. If your child has a particular medical condition that is exacerbated by the heat, please notify office staff.



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