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Archive - Oct 2017

Oct 2017


We delivered over 128 costumes to the Calistoga Police Department just before midnight on Friday.  Central Park donated 40 costumes, plus assorted candy and treats!  Thanks to the school community, the Santa Clara Recreation Center, Youth Activity Center and the Senior Center for allowing their facility as a donation station. A special thanks to Gail at the YAC center for the generous donations of Dum-Dums, treat bags and boxes of stuff!

- Helen Bobias


This years first batch of Box Tops are due November 1st.


Please send them to school with your child and turn them into their teacher or office by November 1st.


Your PTA




In the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition Scrimmage this past Sunday, October 29th, Central Park STEAM Robotics Teams "Lego masters" and "Cats Love Mars" beat the "Jungle Falcons" from the San Jose Unified School District and the "Sea Turtles" from the Palo Alto Unified School District.




"Bobby Bobolink A.R.M.Y." from Meirholz Elementary in the Cupertino Unified School District took first place. Our teams fell behind some other Cupertino Unified and San Jose Unified teams however that served as great inspiration for our teams to iterate and improve on their robot designs.

The teams also participated in robot design interviewing sessions to practice technical questions that may be asked in competition.


It was the first time Central Park Elementary teams have ever competed in FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition. A fantastic finish plus a tremendous learning experience for all.


Parents at the event noticed the great teamwork, increased self-confidence, planning and strategy discussion held by the kids.


Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.


Now our "Lego masters" and "Cats Love Mars" are working on their final preparations for the FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Tournaments.


Go Central Park!!!!


Dear Parents and Guardians,



Come spend a fun evening learning some new tricks and tips for dealing with kids who won’t listen to you!  Mary Eschen is a popular local parenting educator as well as a Life and Parenting Coach.  Her entertaining style and energy will put you back in the drivers seat with some new ideas on how to parent.  You will walk out of the event with techniques you can put to use right away!


Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

6:30pm – 8:00pm, Central Park Elementary, Multipurpose Room

Childcare provided for school age children

See flyer attached.  (Print PDF)

Signup link:



Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Let’s have a Halloween Costume Drive for the kids who are fire victims and may not have a Halloween celebration.


We need costumes in all sizes- new or CLEAN and laundered used costumes. Please pack the costume and matching accessories in a baggy or plastic bag with the size (Toddler size 4, Youth size L, etc.) and the costume character description on the outside for easier distribution.


We are also collecting trick or treat bags, candy, treats (no home baked goods, must be store bought) and other goodies (glow bracelets, necklaces, tattoos, stickers, etc.) or art and craft supplies to be distributed in the North Bay and possibly the Bear Creek fire area in Boulder Creek.


Donation boxes will be located at Central Park Elementary School at 2720 Sonoma Place in the copy/work room, the Community Recreation Center on Keily Blvd or the Santa Clara Senior Center at 1303 Fremont Street. Last date for collection is on 10/27/17.




Thank you in advance for helping your community. Every bit counts!


Helen Bobias


Hello Central Park Families…


As you may have seen or heard, the 2nd Annual Central Park Fall Festival is coming up this Friday, October 27th - from 5pm-7pm! And hopefully, you will be available to join in the fun! A successful event can never happen without amazing volunteers, so the PTA Board is asking for your help to make this event a great night, full of fun and community building and bonding. Following are the areas that we are looking for your help:


1 - Set-Up and Decoration 


2 - Pumpkin Coloring (Kids can color and decorate a paper pumpkin and tape it to the “Central Park Pumpkin Patch” Wall)


3 - Lego PlayWell - An outside company that is coming in and puts on an event called “Battle Tracks”… We need parents to help with line management and crowd control.


4 - Games. We will have 8 game stations with prizes for kids - and need volunteers to manage/run each station - in one-hour shifts.


5 - Take Down/Clean Up


Here is a link to the google doc so you can sign up to help in any area you’d like!!




Other activities the night of the fall festival include: t-shirt sales (in limited sizes for now, new Spirit Wear is in the works!) and a fall festival photo booth, as well as Robotics Club on site selling food and will have a face painting booth!! 


We want this to be a family-friendly, community building event, so the food sales will be the only “Cost” item for the whole evening, as a fundraiser for the Robotics Club! 


We can’t wait to see everyone on Friday night!


Jennifer Brickman and Kimberly Williams

2017 PTA Board Members


Our staff had an amazing time as we were treated to a wonderful luncheon by our parent community in celebration of Diwali. Thank you for the beautiful art work around the campus as well as the delicious food.



Dear Parents and Guardians,


I hope everyone is doing well. I want to thank our staff and students for their flexibility last week as we were stuck indoors due to the air quality. It was a juggle finding indoor spots for various programs but we made it. Thank you to our newest yard supervisors whom have joined our team. We will take a picture and post on the website soon. Huge appreciation to our PTA. They are working hard behind the scenes so that we are able to have a second annual Fall Festival. 


Please know that next week teachers are attending professional development. Therefore, we do NOT have school on Monday or Tuesday. Please note important dates coming up:


Tonight: Central Park Rec Center Master Plan meeting (see message below)

Monday, October 23: No School

Tuesday, October 24: No School

Friday, October 27: Fall Festival, 5:00-7:00pm

Monday, October 30: Run, Hide, Defend Drill at 1:00-1:30pm with law enforcement (please do not visit/call school at this time if possible). 

Tuesday, October 31: PTA Membership Drive/coffee 8:15am, Halloween Parade, 8:45am (families invited to attend)

November 5: Daylight Savings: Turn clocks back one hour

Friday, November 10: Veteran's Day Observance, No School (updated from past email)


Thank you to our PTA for all of the preparing/planning for the Fall Festival. We hope to see everyone there!


The following message is from Kim Castro, Recreation Manager for the City of Santa Clara:

In September 2013, Council adopted a goal to “Enhance Community Sports and Recreation Assets.” Since then, the City of Santa Clara has prioritized and allocated available funding for the replacement of playgrounds and renovation of related facilities to meet accessibility, consumer product safety guidelines, and to improve the recreational play value. Opportunities for community input on this year’s projects are available through the Parks and Recreation Commission, “open City Hall” surveys, and planned neighborhood meetings. 


Central Park Master Plan Update (969 Kiely Blvd) – October 18, 2017, from 7:00-9:00pm at the Community Center

Montague Park Rehabilitation Project (3595 MacGregor Lane) – October 21, 2017 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Montague Park Building

Homeridge Park Playground and Rehabilitation Project (2985 Stevenson Street) – October 21, 2017 from 1:30-3:30pm at the Park – if it rains meet at the CRC

Bowers Park Playground and Rehabilitation Project (2446 Cabrillo Avenue) – October 26, 2017, from 7-9pm at the Teen Center

Machado Park Playground and Rehabilitation Project (3360 Cabrillo Avenue) – November 2, from 7-9pm at the Machado Park Building

Agnew Park Playground and Rehabilitation Project (2150 Agnew Rd) – November 4, 2017, from 9:30-11:30 at the Agnew Park Building

Fuller Street Sports Court Project (61 Fuller Street) – November 4, 2017, from 1-3pm at the Park





Kimberly Castro   |   Recreation Manager   |   Recreation Division
City of Santa Clara, California  |   All-America City
969 Kiely Blvd.  |  Santa Clara, CA 95050
(O) 408.615.3147  |  (F) 408.261.9146

kcastro@SantaClaraCA.gov  |  www.SantaClaraCA.gov



Ms. Miakje Kamstra



(P2PTip: Some parents have had various opinions regarding the city proposal for the future of Central Park (the park itself) and how the future design will affect parking and safety for Central Park Elementary students. If you have concerns the Santa Clara City Central Park Master Plan Community Meetings are the place to learn more. This one is tonite.)


Santa Clara City Parks and Recreation:

You are invited to share your vision of Central Park’s future, upgrades, amenities and uses. Please see attached flier for information about the upcoming Central Park Master Plan Update Community Meeting #1 to be held on October 18, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center in Santa Clara.


In September 2013, Council adopted a goal to “Enhance Community Sports and Recreation Assets.” Since then, the City of Santa Clara has prioritized and allocated available funding for the replacement of playgrounds and renovation of related facilities to meet accessibility, consumer product safety guidelines, and to improve the recreational play value. Opportunities for community input on this year’s projects are available through the Parks and Recreation Commission, “open City Hall” surveys, and planned neighborhood meetings. 


Central Park Master Plan Update (969 Kiely Blvd) – October 18, 2017, from 7:00-9:00pm at the Community Center

Montague Park Rehabilitation Project (3595 MacGregor Lane) – October 21, 2017 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Montague Park Building

Homeridge Park Playground and Rehabilitation Project (2985 Stevenson Street) – October 21, 2017 from 1:30-3:30pm at the Park – if it rains meet at the CRC

Bowers Park Playground and Rehabilitation Project (2446 Cabrillo Avenue) – October 26, 2017, from 7-9pm at the Teen Center

Machado Park Playground and Rehabilitation Project (3360 Cabrillo Avenue) – November 2, from 7-9pm at the Machado Park Building

Agnew Park Playground and Rehabilitation Project (2150 Agnew Rd) – November 4, 2017, from 9:30-11:30 at the Agnew Park Building

Fuller Street Sports Court Project (61 Fuller Street) – November 4, 2017, from 1-3pm at the Park


October 19

Central Park@ Laurelwood


October 26

Millikin @Central Park


November 2

Central Park @ Washington Open


November 9

Don Callejon @ Central Park


Hello Central Park Families!!!

Next week (10/16 - 10/20), we would like to support teachers during this busy time of the year, and “Stock the Staff Lounge”.
Basically have a nice stash so that they can easily pop in the staff lounge and grab a quick snack while they are on the go!

If you would like to help, you can bring any of the items below (known teacher favorites), or anything you think the teachers would like, and would be easy to grab and go, eat and walk! These teachers are BUSY educating of our kiddos! Lets show them how much we love them! <3

You can drop items off starting Monday morning at 8am in the Makers Space (temporary teacher’s lounge)!

Thanks so much!!!

Jennifer Brickman (4th grade parent)
Email with questions - dreamwife@me.com


Bottle Water
Soda (Dr Pepper, Diet Coke)
LaCroix - any flavor
Izzy’s soda water drinks - any flavor

Red Licorice
Gourmet Chocolates
Assorted Candy Bars

Little Oranges (Cuties)

Almond Butter packets
Individual cheese (BabyBel, String Cheese, etc...)
Individual Popcorn
Individual Crackers
Granola Bars
Kind Bars


Dear Santa Clara Unified families,


The air quality for the Santa Clara Unified School District area continues to be concerning for student, staff, and community health.


Out of an abundance of caution all Santa Clara Unified schools will continue to avoid outdoor physical activities today, as they have for much of the week. Activities today will either be moved indoor, cancelled, or rescheduled, including recess, physical education, and sports practices and games. The Central Coast Section (CCS) Board and our area league commissioners voted to extend the high school fall sports season by one week and postpone this weekend’s games (new game dates to be determined).


We will continue to monitor the Air Quality Index and will update our website, www.santaclarausd.org, on Sunday evening regarding Monday’s air quality forecast and recommendations for student and staff outdoor activity. Please visit our website for future status updates.


Thank you for your continued understanding and support.




Santa Clara Unified School District



Tema: Aviso de la Calidad del Aire que Afecta las Actividades al Aire Libre


Estimadas familias del Distrito Unificado de Santa Clara,


La calidad del aire para el área del Distrito Unificado de Santa Clara se ha considerado “poco sana” y hay recomendaciones de evitar cualquier actividad al aire libre por periodos extendidos o actividades que puedan causar  esfuerzo excesivo.

Como medida de precaución para proteger a estudiantes, personal docente y salud de la comunidad, todas las escuelas del Distrito Unificado de Santa Clara evitarán tener actividades físicas al aire libre el día de hoy, al igual que el resto de la semana. Las actividades de hoy se harán en un lugar cerrado o serán canceladas incluyendo los recesos, educación física, deportes y juegos.


Seguiremos monitoreando la calidad del aire y se tomarán decisiones diarias con respecto a cualquier restricción de actividades.


Gracias de antemano por su apoyo.




Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Clara


This years first batch of Box Tops are due November 1st.

Please send them to school with your child and turn them into their teacher or office by the end of the October.

In the future be on the lookout for fun collection sheets to make collecting Box Tops for Education​ more fun!



Air Quality Advisory: Bay Area Fires


The Air Quality Index for our area has been affected by the North Bay fires. Schools within Santa Clara Unified will be taking the following precautionary measures to help protect our students and staff:

  • PE sessions will take place indoors and only non-aerobic activities are advised. 
  • Recess will be held indoors.
  • We will monitor the Air Quality Index for our area hourly and post updates if any new information arises.

Our thoughts are with the families affected and the brave people fighting the wildfires.


Dear SCUSD Parents and Community,

We hope you can join the Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC) on October 18 for Disability Awareness Month.  Please see attached flyer for more information.  (Print PDF English/Spanish)


Community Advisory Committee (CAC)  

Wednesday, October 18th

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Santa Clara Unified School District Office, Board Room

1889 Lawrence Road, Santa Clara 95051






Dear Parents and Guardians,

I wanted to send out a couple of reminders in terms of assuring security at school:


1. If visiting the school during school hours, please sign in at the office and obtain a visitors sticker or volunteer badge. Even if we know you well, we need everyone to follow this procedure.

2. Some students are arriving before the 8:15am bell. Unless you are with your child(ren), please drop them off between 8:15am-8:30am or afterwards, as we do not have supervision until then.

3. Please refrain from making U-Turns on Sonoma, as it is a safety concern. If walking with your children, use the cross-walk.


4. Students/Adults walk all bikes, scooters on campus.


Thank you for your support!

Ms. Kamstra 


Regular Meeting of the Board of Education
Santa Clara Unified School District Office – Board Room

October 12, 2017
Call to Order @ 6:00 PM
Closed Session @ 6:05 PM
Open Session @ 7:00 PM


Agenda PDF



If you are interested in attending and or serving on the ELAC (English Language Advisory Council) please attend our first meeting this Tuesday from 6-7pm.

See agenda attached (PDF).


Thank you,

Ms. Kamstra 


Dear Parents and Guardians, It seems time has flown since we started school just six weeks ago!  There's been a whole lot of learning going on at Central Park Elementary! 


Congratulations to Maryluz Gonzalez, our newly elected School Site Council member! 


A special thank you to Shaella Ameen and the many parents that organized beautiful staff luncheon for us. The luncheon was in honor of the  holiday Eid. Thank you for sharing parts of your culture with us! 


Thank you to Therese Inkmann-Sulur for being our Project Cornerstone Coordinator and Trainer! Thank you to all of our Readers! This important program teaches promotes positive relationships, connections with each other and reinforces social emotional development. 




School Site Council

Tonight! October 3, 6:00pm, School Library, F-7


PTA Executive Board Mtg.

Tonight! October 3, 7:00pm, School Library, F-7


Project Cornerstone Reader Training

10/4: Session options: 8:30am or 12:45pm Location: Makerspace

Let Therese Inkmann-Sulur know which session you will attend



ELAC (English Language Advisory Council)

10/10, 6:00pm, School Library F-7

Agenda: ELAC Training

Parents of English Language Learners encouraged to attend. 


Fall Picture Make-ups




No School Staff Development

October 23, 24



PTA Fall Social (proposed date) Coordinator Needed! 

October 27, 5:00pm-7:00pm


Halloween Dress Up & Parade

10/31, 8:45am on Blacktop, Parents/guardians/younger siblings invited. Students may wear costumes, however NO play weapons are allowed.



Please remember that you can go to our "Important Dates" document to see what is coming up.



Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Our first project based learning (PBL) project is focused on community.  We will go on a walking field trip on Oct. 2.  The plan is to get the students interested in our community by walking and talking about what we see in our community.


We are collecting old smart phones for this PBL and projects for the future.  Please consider donating your old phones to Central Park Elementary.


For the 2nd year in a row, parents put together an Eid Luncheon for staff to share both food and cultural diversity.


"Thank you for the most delicious lunch! Everyone was complimenting it and expressing their gratitude."