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Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage


 

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/20/18




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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/19/18




Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage



Ms. Helen read "If You Plant A Seed," and discussed how being kind helps us grow and prosper. Students wrote down ways they can be kind and made this flower from their "seeds."

 

 

Grade 2 wrote a "kindness chant" and will perform it for the whole school.

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/19/18




Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage

A message from SANTA CLARA USD
 

Dear families, 

California has launched a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. The California School Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates. The Dashboard is part of California’s new school accountability system based on 2013’s Local Control Funding Formula. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing, and placed the focus on equity for all students.

To learn more about California’s accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit the California Department of Education's California School Dashboard webpage.

How is the new California School Dashboard different?

Think of it this way: You can’t drive a car by only watching the speedometer. You also keep your eye on the road, check the mirrors, monitor the gas tank and pay attention if the engine light comes on. Similarly, the Dashboard provides information on different aspects of student performance, which will give a more complete picture of a school’s progress. The Dashboard also reports on growth to show a school’s trajectory over time.

In the past, accountability systems for districts and schools relied heavily on test scores. But one test taken on one particular day doesn’t provide a complete picture of all the ways schools are helping students succeed.

What do the colored “pie pieces” mean?

For each cycle and indicator (metric), data from one year were collected to determine status, and data from the following year were collected to determine year-to-year change. The State has assigned performance levels based on the parameters for status and change for each of the indicators.  

There are five (5) performance levels from highest to lowest.  These levels are signified by colored “pie pieces”.  Pie pieces depict the same performance levels in a way that provides accessibility for those who are color-blind.  For example, the highest level (blue) has five pie pieces while the lowest level (red) has one pie piece:


 

Fall 2017 Update released on December 7, 2017

The CA Dashboard shows two “cycles’ of data collection: Spring, 2017 and Fall, 2017 for the significant student groups for our district.

With the Fall, 2017 update, the State has released criteria to begin to identify districts who may need external support in aligning resources for improving student group performance through the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process.

A celebratory highlight of Santa Clara USD’s fall LCAP report is the positive progress on our graduation rate overall and for all student groups, an area of focus for the past two years.   That stated, while our district reports for all students show progress and success, we still have much work to do.  It is important to note that the data points lag a year behind on the dashboard, as the dashboard reports change from 2015-16 to 2016-17.  

Our most pressing areas of concern are our suspension indicator and our students with disabilities indicators. Because these indicators have shown insufficient progress, Santa Clara USD has been identified for differentiated assistance (Level 2).  A district is identified for Level 2 assistance if it is unable to lift the performance of the same student group across 2 or more indicators.

According to School Services of California, 228 school districts (22%) have been identified as having at least one low-performing student group across two of the state priorities, flagging them for differentiated assistance. In two-thirds of the 228 school districts identified for assistance, students with disabilities have been tagged for assistance.

We received a letter from the Santa Clara County Office of Education that outlines what the support will look like in practice:

  • The state will not dictate a specific set of interventions or establish top-down directives for improvement strategies.
  • The County Office of Education (COE) will work with us to identify underlying (root) causes, possible solutions, and resources or expertise that can help. If we are currently working with a partner agency, the COE will ask to be updated as that work continues within the differentiated assistance process.
  • Rather than work with the Improvement Plan process of the past, we now apply the Local Control and Accountability Plan process to strengthen/change our resources and strategies for addressing our areas of concern.
  • Assistance will not be limited to the student group(s) and indicators that led to identification. Rather, assistance will focus on the needs identified through our collaborative work with the local community.
  • Assistance will support the District to identify needs, access necessary expertise, and acquire resources to address those needs. Of course, there is a sense of urgency to begin addressing areas of need. It is also true for us and all districts that there are no quick fixes for developing capacity; such efforts require a long-term commitment to solutions that can be sustained over time.

We look forward to our continued growth in areas of relative strength and to solutions that lead to significant growth in areas identified for necessary improvement.

Sincerely, 

Santa Clara Unified School District

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/19/18




Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We held a PTA/Principal coffee today that included a presentation the the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) updates and goals. 

 

If you would like to give the school/district some feedback by taking part in the district survey, please go to the link:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018-19LCAP

 

Thank you for your participation and feedback.

 

Ms. Kamstra 


 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/19/18




Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage
Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/19/18




Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

School Site Council:

We cancelled this month's School Site Council meeting since we had added one last month.

 

Meeting dates are:

Tuesday, January 16th cancelled

Tuesday, February 13th

Tuesday, March 13th

Tuesday, April 24th

Tuesday, May 22nd

 

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: School Library

 

PTA/Principal Coffee:

Come join us Thursday morning!

I will review the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) goals and have you participate in a survey.

Time: 8:15 am-9:15am.

Location: Multipurpose Room

Bring a laptop to complete the survey if you have one, otherwise you can borrow a school Chromebook.

 

Note: I can also send the survey home if you are unable to attend.

 

Great Kindness Challenge:

Next week schools across the nation will be participating in the “Great Kindness Challenge.”

Our school will be taking part.  For more information, please go to: https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/

If you have ideas for participating, or would like to run an activity during recess/lunch, please let me know.

 

 

Central Park General Association PTA meeting tonight, January 16

7:30pm

Library 

 

Best,

Ms. Kamstra

  

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/16/18




Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. It is so nice to see the kids again--everyone always looks a little taller and more mature. 

 

I want to thank folks for supporting us with donations towards our lunch time sports coaching program. We have totaled $2,300.00. This will really help keep the program going. 

 

​Please note the upcoming events:

 

Open Enrollment/Kindergarten Registration

January 10-February 7 (tell friends with an incoming Kindergartener to register their children at their home school soon)! 

 

Friday, January 12 

Parent Tour, 9:00am (for incoming new families/ADULTS only)​

 

Sunday, January 14

Garden Committee Mtg., 1:00-2:00pm, D-5

 

Monday, January 15

No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

 

Tuesday, January 16

PTA General Association Mtg., 7:30pm

 

Thursday, January 18

PTA/Principal Coffee, 8:15am-9:15am

Ms. Kamstra will review District LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) and ask participants to participate in a district "Needs Assessment" survey.

Bring your own electronic device if possible (not required). 

Location: Multipurpose Room

 

Friday, January 26 

Parent Tour, 9:00am (for incoming new families/ADULTS only)​

 

Tuesday, January 30

Vision Screen (Kindergarten and 2nd grade)

 

Friday, February 2

Comedy Show, 6:00pm

 

Tuesday, February 13

School Site Council, 6:00pm

 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/11/18




Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage

Please see flyer below. Thank you to Mr. Bobias for providing this amazing class.

 

Thank you to Valentina Talenkina who will provide childcare for 3rd/4th grade Ukulele students after school while they wait for their class to begin.

 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/11/18




Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage
Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/11/18




Audience: Archive - JAN 2018, Homepage and Homepage



The ComedySportz San Jose Troupe is returning to Central Park on Friday, February 2nd at 6:30 pm!  ComedySportz is a national award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of trained "act-letes" compete for audience laughs while improvising scenes, games, and musicals based on your suggestions. Fun for ALL AGES!

 

Laughter has been known to boost immunity and community.  Proceeds will fund classroom instructional materials and equipment.

 

Last year’s show sold out.  Make sure to reserve your seat here soon!


https://goo.gl/forms/JrJB1Iot9XQ2Kwda2

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/9/18




Audience: Archive - DEC 2017, Homepage and Homepage

The list of all SCUSD Parent Information Meetings and Tours for 2018-19 is on an SCUSD PDF.

 

In the case of Central Park, it is:

Central Park Elementary School Parent Tours

– ADULTS ONLY

•January12,2018 – 9:00a.m.

•January26,2018 – 9:00a.m.

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/3/18




Audience: Archive - DEC 2017, Homepage and Homepage

1/10/18

 

Dear Third- and Fourth-grade students and families,

 

Welcome to 2018 and a new opportunity for leadership at Central Park. Many fourth graders participated in Student Council last year, and this year’s third graders will have an opportunity to join in. Join us for an information and brainstorming session to talk about ideas for building school community, fundraising, and taking care of our campus.

 

January 17th at lunch recess (12:00-12:20): information and brainstorming in room F-6, Ms. Stauter’s classroom.  Come with your ideas, ready to listen and participate!

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 1/3/18




Audience: Archive - DEC 2017, Homepage and Homepage

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The year is racing by! It is time for the Yearbook Cover Contest!

If your child is interested in participating, please see the attachment for guidelines.

 

Your PTA and Yearbook Coordinator

 

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 12/1/17




Audience: Archive - NOV 2017 and Homepage


 

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 10/31/17




Audience: Archive - AUG 2017 and Homepage

City of Santa Clara Community Meetings to discuss new community facilities. (PDF of Flyer)
 

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 8/30/17




Audience: Archive - AUG 2017 and Homepage

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please see the attached flyers for a fun and artistic opportunity! 


 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

 

Waiver Form PDF

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 8/26/17




Audience: Homepage and Archive - AUG 2017

Dear All,

Please see the attachment for the after-school program, "Bricks 4 Kidz."

 

If you would like to know the difference between the various Lego/Robotics programs, please note the write-up on the "Robotics Blog."

Go to the website and scroll down. 

 

https://centralpark-scusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

 

You will find it on the right sidebar. Keep scrolling down so that you see the entire write-up. Many parents have been asking about the competitive, parent led team. The parents leading this effort will send out more information soon. It does require a time and equipment commitment since it is a parent run program. 

 

Best,

Ms. Kamstra 

 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 8/20/17




Audience: Archive - AUG 2017 and Homepage


 

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 8/18/17




Audience: Archive - AUG 2017 and Homepage

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

We have had a wonderful start to the school year. It is exciting welcoming back familiar faces and meeting new folks! 

 

Please note some important events coming up:

 

Solar Eclipse Viewing:

Date: Monday, August 21:

We have purchased an "approved" pair of glasses for all students. We will hold an assembly in the morning to teach students about the eclipse and to teach them safe practices for using the glasses.  We will then go outside for the viewing.  If you DO NOT feel comfortable having your child view the eclipse, please send your child's teacher an email or note. We will find an alternative activity for them. See below, the guidelines we will be following,

We would love volunteers to assist students! If you come on site, please sign in at the office and get a visitor's badge. Our assembly will be from 9-10am and then we will go outside. 

 

Parent Education Event, Dr. Kenneth Wesson, Neuroscience of how the Brain Works and STEAM

Date; Tuesday, August 22:

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Multipurpose Room

Adults Only

Please RSVP to Ms. Kamstra if you can attend as seating is limited. 

 

Back to School Night/PTA Member Mtg.

Tuesday, August 29

6:00pm: Kinder-2nd Grade parents attend classroom presentations (no students).

 

6:30pm: Principal speaks to K-4 parents (no students). PTA General Association Mtg. (Budget Approval. open position) .

 

7:00pm 3rd-4th grade parents attend classroom presentations (no students).

Note: Back-to-School Night is a time for parents/guardians to learn about the instructional program for the year. Please arrange for child care. Thank you!

 

Important Dates:

You can access our year-long "Important Dates" at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_Lc8HBH9kcpYgMcbVGkxq9ySCxY8QOpYq0XYnAck5sQ/edit?usp=sharing

 

SCUSD: Safety Guidelines and Resources for Upcoming Eclipse
Eclipse 101  

It’s easy to get carried away with all of the excitement surrounding the upcoming total solar eclipse scheduled for August 21, 2017, but it’s also important to remember to be safe while enjoying this natural phenomenon. The eclipse begins at 9:01 a.m., the max eclipse is at 10:15 a.m., and the eclipse ends at 11:37 a.m. Below are some guidelines and resources to help you make this a safe experience for yourself and your children.
 

Santa Clara Unified

  • Teachers will be educating students about what an eclipse is and how to view it safely, following the eclipse safety guidelines provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the American Astronomical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, and the National Science Foundation.

  • Whether or not a class participates in an outdoor experience is up to each site. Those that do participate will be following the NASA eclipse safety guidelines. Some classes may also view the eclipse indoors by watching the eclipse live at the Exploratorium website.
     

Be Safe

  • Looking at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase of an eclipse where the moon entirely blocks the sun (totality), which is only visible along a 70-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina.

  • Use special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses, to look directly at the eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun — homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

  • Inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

  • Review safe viewing practices with children so that they are aware of the dangers associated with looking at the sun without protective eye wear.

  • Always supervise children using solar filters.

  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.

  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.

  • If you normally wear eyeglasses put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

  • More safety tips can be found on NASA’s Eclipse Safety webpage.
     

Resources

 


 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 8/18/17




Audience: Archive - AUG 2017 and Homepage

Please see the following Cub Scout Flyer (PDF) and Cub Scout Information (PDF) if you are interested in Cub Scouts. 


 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

 



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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 8/18/17




Audience: Homepage

Nutrition Services has a new provider for applications and payments for the 2017-2018 school year

The new place for parents to make payments, monitor their students accounts and apply for free meals is https://www.schoolcafe.com/

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Posted by: Jackie Kawashima, District Admin, Santa Clara Unified School District
Published: 8/8/17




Audience: Archive - JUNE 2017 and Homepage

Mrs. Goulette has a DonorsChoose project up because "It's All About The Base-10!"  Let's get math in the hands of our kids so they can have a stronger understanding of mathematical concepts!

 

"My students need hands-on tools to understand place value concepts to 100 and beyond. For many students, they need to hold and manipulate concrete tools to frame and solidify their thinking. These hands-on blocks for students and magnets for modeling will be available for kids to use on a daily basis."

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 6/29/17




Audience: Homepage

Announcing 2017 Summer 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: 

School

June open dates

July open dates

Aug. open dates

Breakfast hours

Lunch hours

Callejon

June 19-30

July 10-21

 

  7:50 to 8:20

10:00 to 10:40

Cabrillo

June 19-30

July 10-31

     Aug 1-11

  

11:30 to 12:30

Wilcox

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

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Posted by: Kathie Kanavel, District Admin, Santa Clara Unified School District
Published: 6/23/17




Audience: Parents, Principals, Staff, Teachers, All Grades and Homepage

Meeting will be in the CPE library on Tuesday, May 30 @ 7:00pm

 

1. Call to Order

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Financial Report

4. Financial Training (Pay Pal, Fundraising and Money Handling)

5. Presentation of Bills

6. Report of Executive Board (Summer and Fall Plans)

7. Report of Committees (Budget Committee Needed)

8. New Business

9. Announcements

10. Adjournment 

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Posted by: Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Published: 5/23/17




Audience: Archive - MAY 2017 and Homepage
Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 5/20/17




Audience: Archive - MAY 2017 and Homepage

A draft of the 2017-2020 LCAP is now posted for public comment.  Information about the LCAP draft and other supporting documents can be found on our district website.  The comment period will close on June 14, 2017.


 

Ms. Miakje Kamstra

Principal

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 5/20/17




Audience: Homepage and Archive MAR 2017

 


Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

We have been extremely busy at Central Park Elementary! Please note the upcoming Important Events/Dates:

 

Important Dates

March 6: Vision Screening, grades Kindergarten/Second

 

 

CORRECTION

March 6: Yearbook Committee Mtg., 7:30pm, Location: Library

 

 

March 7: School Site Council (Agenda includes: Bylaws  and Safety Plan    

               Review/Approval).  Time: 6:00pm, Location: Library

March 8: Parent Info. Meeting re: Robotics Competition Team, 6:00pm, Library

March 10: Report Cards go home

March 13: Minimum Day, dismissal at 1:37pm. (AAP Conferences). Note, these conferences are not held for all students. Your child's teacher will call you if a conference is required). 

March 14: PTA/Principal Coffee, 815am-9:00am, Location: Staff Room

March 16: No School (Staff Professional Development)

March 17: No School (Staff Professional Development)

March 21: ELAC Meeting, 6:00pm. Location: Library

April 4: Spring Pictures

April 10-14: No School (Spring Break) 

 

Dining for Dollars

Huge appreciation to all of the families who were able to dine at Islands Restaurant and support PTA fundraising efforts. Thank you to PTA President, Terry Flora, for organizing this event. Terry reports: Sales were $2161.83, which means PTA will receive $432.36.  

 

Read Across America Week

Thank you to all of the parents, guardians and community members that read in classrooms in honor of "Read Across America"  week. A special thank you to our Board Member, Jodi Muirhead, for reading in classrooms.

 

Robotics Competition Teams:

Thank you to Tesin Dosch-- for her leadership taking our Robotics Competition Teams to compete in Dublin and Lego Land. Thank you to the parents who supported their children in these events. Please see the Robotics blog on our website for details! We are holding an information meeting for parents of students who applied for the second Robotics Team Competition. If your child expressed interest, you should have received an information letter. We have limited spots as this is organized and run by parent volunteers. Parent Meeting: Wednesday, March 8th, 6:00pm, Library 

 

Young Author's Expo

This past Saturday we honored some of our Central Park students at the "Young Author's Expo." Students read pieces from their books and then listened to the author, illustrator,  Elisa Klevin. Congrats to our Young Writers! 

 

Field Day Wednesdays

On Wednesday we started our first "Field Day." Thank you to the volunteers that supported this effort. We will hold regular Field Days every Wednesday from 11-12pm. Field Days are coordinated by our PE teacher, Vicki Martin. Every grade level is involved and the student energy/excitement is amazing!  If you would like to volunteer please let your child's teacher know. See the video Tesin posted on the website.

 

PTA Events/Committees

Thank you to our amazing PTA. They have organized multiple committees that are working hard to bring enriching programs and events to our school. If you are interested in joining PTA and joining one of these committees, please send an email to: pta@centralparksteam.org

 

Project Cornerstone

Huge appreciation to Therese Inkmann-Sulur, for leading our Project Cornerstone program. Please check out the Project Cornerstone Blog: 

https://centralpark-scusd-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1480500030924

 

Do you want Daily Updates from our Website? 

Please make sure you have Registered on our website to receive regular updates from Schoolloop Go to: 

centralpark-scusd-ca.schoolloop.com

Look at the Sidebar to the Right and click on Register. Once you have registered I will confirm you are a parent/guardian and approve you. 

 

Blogs

Visit the Blogs link on a regular basis to find out what is happening in classrooms: https://centralpark-scusd-ca.schoolloop.com/blogs

 

Thank you to all of our students, parents, guardians, extended family members, and staff for making Central Park Elementary an amazing place to come to every day. 

 

Very best,

Ms. Kamstra 

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Posted by: Tesin Dosch
Published: 3/6/17




Audience: Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Homepage

Please join us on Tuesday, January 31st  in the staff room for a Principal/PTA coffee. We will be looking over tentative event calendars for the remainder of the school year, and for next school year. The meeting will take place from 8:15am-9:00am. We hope to see you there.

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Posted by: Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Published: 1/24/17