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News Archive - MAR 2017



Dear Parents and Guardians,


If you have an English Language Learner taking the ELPAC this year, please come to our ELAC meeting if you'd like to learn more about the assessment.  See Agenda attached.


Date: Tuesday, April 3

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Central Park Elem. Library


Ms. Miakje Kamstra




Central Park Families! 

Our multicultural festival will be next Friday, April 6. 6pm - 8pm! We will have food trucks, cultural performances (Indian dancing, ukulele players, Chinese lion dancers, and Folklorico), activities, and music. The festival will be held around the friendship circle at the center of campus. (In the event of rain, we will utilize the covered hallways and the multipurpose room) We are really looking forward to celebrating our diverse community at Central Park! 


We would love more parent volunteers! 

If you could help with the setup or clean up of the event, please sign up on the volunteer document:

 2018 Central Park Elementary Multicultural Nigh...

If you are interested in setting up a booth to share your culture, please click on the sheet below so we can support you.

 2018 MC Booths: ideas & needs

The PTA would like to thank you in advance for your support in making this a great event for our community! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to Jill Peterson at jillbergpeterson@gmail.com


I'm gathering a team of enthusiastic, creative, and talented volunteers to help out at our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair (April 9 - May 4), and I would like to invite you to help out. 

Please take a moment to view our sign-up sheet to see what roles interest you. Spread the word to your friends and invite them to help us have the best Book Fair ever! 

If you need to contact me, please use the email address below. Thank you! 


Kathryn Curtis


Dear Central Park PTA Members,


The PTA Executive Board Elections are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00pm in the school library.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!


The 2017-2018 PTA Nominating Committee has validated the following candidates:


President: Jennifer Brickman

Vice President: Dasha Estes

Secretary: David Woon

Treasurer: Belem Parra

Financial Secretary: Michelle Tang

Auditor: Mint Pasakdee

Parliamentarian: (to be appointed by the newly elected President per the By-Laws)


Submitted candidate statements and photos were emailed directly to parents for the membership's review and consideration.  


Any other PTA member wishing to run for a Board position may do so by running off the floor on the night of the elections (April 24th).  Elections will be followed by regular scheduled PTA General Association Business.


Additionally--- the PTA is pleased to host a morning social coffee on the morning of Thursday, April 26th at 8:15am.  Please stop by and congratulate our incoming Executive Board!


If you have any questions about the elections, please email centralparkpta2016@gmail.com


Thank you for your kind support of our Central Park Elementary PTA!


Kimberley Williams

PTA President


Central Park 2nd graders competing in the worldwide Wonder League Robotics Competition advanced to the finals! 

Endeavor 8000

Out of thousands of teams two Central Park STEAM Robotics Teams made the top 83 in the world. 


Team "Endeavor 8000" is composed of two Central Park 2nd graders.


Team "SCI-BORG" is composed of two 2nd graders from Ms. Rylan's class and Mrs. Tang's class.


All four students achieved this amazing feat programming the Dash and Dot robots.


They used the Blockly visual programming language to accomplish 3 mult-part mission challenges.


The premise of this year's Wonder League competition is exploring a new planet. Dash and his team have landed on a new planet and they had 9 challenges to complete each having a theme like exploring the Team SCI-BORG
space island, cleaning up the waste and setting up a colony for the aliens they find there.


The final mission video needed to have a story to back up their adventures and the premise was that the aliens on the planet were throwing a welcome parade for Dash and the challenge should end with Dash rolling up onto a stage on which he can say a  welcome speech to all the aliens.


The team worked almost every weekend from October to February and towards the end a few extra weekdays too. 


They also documented their engineering process.


Fantasic job team! Good luck in the final round!




blockly code1

blockly code2


Central Park families, 


On Friday, April 6, PTA is hosting the Multicultural Festival from 6pm - 8pm. To make this event a success, we need your help! We hope that you will consider providing a booth / activity table representing your culture on Friday night.  Attached you will find a document with more information & a place to sign up. 

We will also have a short informational meeting  at 8:30 am on Wednesday, March 21 in the cafeteria/multipurpose room. We will hold another meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 6 pm to finalize any logistics. 


 2018 Multicultural Festival information


If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me, jillbergpeterson@gmail.com



Jill Peterson

Event Coordinator



Thank you for your interest in volunteering forKids around Globe Image

Central Park PTA’s Multicultural Night - Fri., April 6 (6pm - 8pm)


Guidelines/suggestions for booths:


Booth Set up: Please provide some information about your culture  - a map, a flag, some photos, and fun facts about a country/countries where this culture is predominantly found. You could use a poster board, or science tri-fold, or be creative.


We encourage you to also have some kind of “hands-on” activity for the kids to do while they visit your booth. They could make a craft, play a game, learn a phrase, etc.


Food : The committee has contracted food trucks for the event for families to buy dinner & dessert items. They will donate 10% of the proceeds back to the Central Park PTA.


If you would like to pass out samples of a cultural food, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

  • We must make sure food that you purchase or donate is thoroughly cooked at the recommended temperatures (Properly cooked chicken : 165 degrees, pork and beef 145 degrees, unless beef is rare at 130 degrees).  There cannot be cross contamination, and if reheating food, it must be reheated properly to kill bacteria.

  • It may be easiest to share non-perishable items that do not need to be cooked.   

  • If you are providing food that is not in a package,  you will need to wear food grade gloves when handling food and have hand sanitizer (or access to warm water and soap).  It also helps to have a spray sanitizer for the tables and cloths to wipe table down with you. The multicultural committee (supported by PTA) can provide gloves, hand sanitizer, and table cleaning supplies for you, but we need to know in advance.


The PTA / Multicultural committee will provide: passports for all the children,  a stamp to use at your booth to mark the children’s passports, a sign with your country/culture name. We can also provide a table from school if you cannot bring one from home.


Please respond with your booths ideas and needs in this document:

MC Booths: ideas & needs

Or - if you are interested in helping out in other ways, please consider signing up here.


We will have two informational meetings: Wed. March 21 8:30 am  & Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 pm in the multipurpose room.  If you are working in a group, you may want to select one member from your booth to attend the event, but it is not mandatory.


Thank you for donating your time and energy toward our kids so we can all learn a little bit more about each other and build community!

Any questions can be directed to Jill Peterson: jillbergpeterson@gmail.com


Dear Parent and Guardians,

Please remember that the Curiosity and Creativity Faire is on March 23rd from 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Please note that if your child would like to submit an "Open Creativity" creation, the deadline for submitting the form has been extended to this Monday, March 19. See flyer and form attached. 

See you there!
The Central Park Robotics Team


Curiosity and Creativity Faire

Open Creativity Expo Entry


Thank you to everyone who came out for the amazing Game Night last Friday night. It was such a pleasure watching kids and adults interacting in such an engaged manner. It was fun to see childhood favorites like BINGO and Monopoly as well as experience new games I had never seen. Thank you to our PTA and in particular to Belem Parra for Coordinating this event for our incredible community. Thank you to Kaari Jacobs for all of her work coordinating food and snacks for multiple events! Our PTA is incredible and is so appreciated. Thank you to our Executive Board for the wonderful enrichment opportunities you have provided the Central Park Community this year. 

Ms. Kamstra 


Please note the upcoming School Site Council AND PTA meetings below:

School Site Council
March 13 School Site Council, 6:00pm (Library)

               See agenda attached

PTA Meetings:
March 13 General Association PTA meeting, 7:00pm (Library)


April 24 General Association PTA meeting, 7:00pm (Library)        

            Board Elections


April 25 PTA/Principal Coffee- Meet the new Board, 8:30am, (Multipurpose Room)


May 22 Executive Board Meeting, 7:00pm (Library) (Old and New Board for transition)



Ms. Miakje Kamstra



A True Model of K-12 Unified Collaboration

The collaboration between teachers in the CTE K-12 Garden Connections Cohort allowed for a dynamic garden-to-culinary lesson involving measurement, teamwork, active listening, time management, farm-to-table garden/culinary connections, and FUN! K


Kindergartners from Central Park Elementary visited Buchser Middle School’s Culinary Arts class to complete a rigorous culinary arts project together via creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and career exploration.


Kinders have been studying parts of plants and visiting their school garden to learn more about how nature connects to the foods we eat.


After growing zucchini in the Central Park garden, Ms. Zeitler’s Kindergarten class got to cook with it, utilizing the talents and help of Ms. Schlink’s Culinary Arts middle school experts!


Group picture big and little kids.
Kinders with whisk.

Big kids and little kids cooking.


Ms. Miakje Kamstra




4th graders are invited to participate on the Volleyball Team. Teachers have informational letters if your 4th grader is interested.

SCUSD Vollyball Schedule (PDF)


Ms. Miakje Kamstra



Dear Parent and Guardians,

Please mark your calendar’s for the first Curiosity and Creativity Faire on March 23rd from 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Be on the lookout for the Open Creativity participation form that will be included in Wednesday’s folder. See flyer attached. 

See you there!
The Central Park Robotics Team

Ms. Miakje Kamstra


Curiosity and Creativity Faire March 23rd 5 30-7 30PM

Creativity Expo Entry Form


Hello wonderful parents!


Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow, March 2nd school will be dismissed at 1:37.  Please plan accordingly.  Make sure if you have a daycare service picking up your student that they know to come at 1:37.


Thanks a bunch!




Cindy Howell


Central Park Elementary