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Santa Clara Unified School District 

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    Email Attendance Clerk at: cpattendance@scusd.net or call 408-423-4411. State the reason for the absence. 

    See Board Policy for details regarding excused and unexcused absences.

    New Web Site

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    First Grade News- September 21st Posted 9/23/18


    Monday, September 24th- Friday, September 28th- Parent Teacher Conferences

    Monday, October 15th- No School for Students

    Wednesday, October 24th- Field Trip to Natural Bridges

    Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, our students have finished up our first bend in Reading. We completed our study of forming good habits with students thinking about the habits they used to have as readers and reflecting on the habits they have learned. This week, we start our next study of good habits, but now with solving tricky words. Students will learn strategies to solve tricky words so that when they are independently reading they have strategies to try!

    Writer's Workshop: In Writer's Workshop, students are re-reading their writing and adding more details. Students are going to choose a piece to publish. As students publish, we will be conferring with them about their writing and having them look over it for punctuation and capitalization. As students are writing, we are also spending time teaching letter formation. First grade is a time to work on how we form letters properly.

    Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students continue to count forwards and backwards. Students are thinking about numbers and how they can form them. We have been discussing numbers through dot talks, number talks, calendar, and math journals. Students are increasing their math awareness and number sense through these discussions.

    Social Studies: First grade will be starting our first Social Studies unit of the year. We will be exploring maps, continents, and cultures. During this unit, students will be making and using maps and thinking about where their families came from. Also, we will send home some home-school- connections. These are little assignments that we encourage families to do with their children! It’s going to be so much fun!



    All students get out at 1:37pm ALL WEEK due to parent/teacher conferences.

    Dear Chameleon Families,

    It is officially Fall of 2018 and school has been in full swing for over a month now. If you’ve been with us the past 2 years, you might have bought a copy of our yearbook that we send home with students at the end of the school year.

    The yearbook is the product of classroom parents and volunteers helping put together the our students’ memories of the year. The yearbook documents each child's journey differently, and many of them will look back and reflect on where they have been.

    Do you enjoy journaling, scrapbooking, or photography? Are you passionate about keep-sakes and have a keen eye for the details? Our yearbook committee lead has moved on to a different role in the PTA, so this year, we are looking to rejuvenate the yearbook committee with a new lead.

    The yearbook committee lead decides and coordinates how the yearbook will look, and works with committee members and class parent volunteers to design classroom pages. The committee lead helps decide what activities are memorable to document for the yearbook. They work with the PTA board to decide on the vendor and print/sale price.

    This year is an important year, as we have our first graduating pioneers! The yearbook will celebrate our 5th graders and remember their 3 years at Central Park Elementary! HOWEVER, we may not be able to produce a yearbook this year if we do not have anyone to help lead and coordinate. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please reach out to the Central Park PTA at centralparkpta2016@gmail.com if you are interested in helping put the yearbook together.

    Central Park Elementary PTA Board


    Hi Central Park Chameleons,
    We are hosting our first annual garden party this Saturday, September 29th, 
    from 9-12! Bring the family for this fun community building event! We share nut free snacks, play music, have activities for children, and spruce up the garden!  Check out Sign-Up Genius to RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4aada928a4fd0-september

    If you are unable to attend this garden party there will be more to come!  We have many ways you can help support the growth of our garden. 

    Thank you for your support! We hope to see you Saturday! =)

    Please contact Jennifer or Karen at cpgarden@scusd.net for any garden inquiries.

    Karen and Jennifer

    Ms. Miakje Kamstra
    Posted 9/24/18
    Peachjar Eflyers for Central Park

    Santa Clara High STEM Leadership Mentors Rev Up Robotics Team Posted 9/18/18

    Team Supernovas with their mentor
    FIRST LEGO League Team Supernovas got off to a great start with their second week of robotics mentoring support from 49ers STEM Leadership Institute mentors from Santa Clara High School. While last week was an introduction to the basics, this past Monday, there was clapping and cheering as the team with their mentor successfully programmed the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot to complete driving tasks.


    Red Rangers FLL team

    FIRST LEGO League Team Red Rangers last week had the pleasure of meeting three mentors from the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute program at Santa Clara High School. This past Monday they also got to work with a fourth mentor. The impact these older high school boys have on the younger elementary boys is immense. Central Park boys feel excitement and a stronger bond working with older boys as mentors.


    Team Name TBD

    This year for the first time, Santa Clara High School 49ers STEM mentors also includes two female mentors. The excitement from girls on the Central Park STEAM Robotics Team to have older girls mentoring them is huge! Our FLL Jr/FLL girls team got to sit with one of the mentors as they worked on the LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 robotics kit. Parents agreed that having the support of the mentors was of great assistance to relieve parents of having to learn details of the robotics kit and focus more on just managing the team.


    Cats Love Mars

    Thank you Santa Clara High School 49ers STEM Leadership Institute mentors!


    Our Wonder League, FLL Jr., VexIQ, Destination Imagination and Tech Challenge teams are all still forming. If you are a parent of a child still looking for a team be sure to chat with other parents on the Central Park STEAM Robotics Team WhatsApp groups.

    Our FIRST LEGO League Team Cats Love Mars also had the opportunity to work with female mentors from Santa Clara High School's 49ers STEM Leadership Institute. They practiced their project and core values presentations with the mentors.


    Team Chameleon

    Team Chameleon

    We nurture the development of the whole child who is then inspired to continually expand all aspects of his/her being (mind, body, heart) and is empowered to improve the world for others. We build habits of mind and ways of being that are caring, curious, reflective and visionary.

    School Mascot - Chameleon



    and Inspired!!!