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Santa Clara Unified School District 

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    See Board Policy for details regarding excused and unexcused absences.

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    2nd Grade News - April 26th Posted 4/30/18


    May 1st - Field Trip to the Youth Science Institute @ Alum Rock Park

    May 15th - STEAM Expo 6:00-8:00pm.

    June 1st- Early Dismissal 1:37pm.

    June 7th- Early Dismissal 1:37pm.

    June 8th- Last day of school- Early Dismissal 12:30pm.


    Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, students have been learning about Poetry. They have learned where poets get inspiration for the poems they write. They are learning the habits of being a reader of poetry.  By reading poems many times, students have learned to visualize, or create a picture in their mind, about the imagery the poet is trying to create.


    Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students have brainstormed ideas about things they like, care about, and notice to find inspiration for their poems. Students went outside to notice, observe, and jot what they heard and saw. They started writing poems about people or animals they care about. Students are learning to craft their poems and use other poets as inspiration.


    Students writing

    Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students have been working on foundational multiplication skills. They have used equal groupings of objects and arrays to understand that multiplication is repeated addition. Later in the week, students began to look at polyhedrons and identify them by their faces and vertices.


    Habitat Preservation PBL: Our conservationists watched a launch video this week that introduced them to our PBL driving question. Check out our launch video on our website. Students chose a habitat that they would like to research and create a way to inform the community about how we can preserve it.


    Students Writing

    Garden: Students went to the garden this week with Ms. Jennifer to learn more about composting.  Students explored soil, did a scavenger hunt, played a matching/sort game and used an iPad app to learn about plant growth.



    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Thank you for a wonderful start to the school year! Being in our 3rd year of existence, it is exciting to see returning families and welcome new ones. This year we have expanded to include 5th grade. As our facility gets closer to completion, we add more permanent staff members and our grade levels grow, we feel even more solidified and cohesive as Team Chameleon. I reflect back on year 1 when we were building the infrastructure of many programs and now we are able to reap the benefits of the incredible hard work both staff and parents/guardians have engaged in to build this school. I feel a strong sense of family as I walk the halls and visit the classrooms. We have an exceptional group of teachers and staff that are passionate about the education of our children in addition to their own continual learning and growth in this fast paced, ever changing world.

    We have some very important evenings schedules that will allow teachers to share their instructional programs. These evenings are for adults only. We ask that you make every effort to secure child care so parents and guardians can be present for these sessions.

    Tuesday, August 21
    Back-to-School-Night (5th grade only)
    Purpose: Learn about your child's academic program for the year.

    Tuesday, August 28
    Back-to-School-Night Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades
    6:00-6:30pm (Kindergarten, First and Second Grades)
    6:30-7:00pm (Principal and PTA Message), meet at lunch tables.
    7:00-7:30pm (3rd and 4th Grades)
    Purpose: Learn about your child's academic program for the year.
    Adults Only
    Note: Teachers are unable to discuss individual students with parents during this session due to time constraints. We will hold parent/teacher conferences later in September. If you have specific concerns about your child that need to be addressed earlier, please schedule a meeting with your child's teacher. 

    Bus Evacuation Drills

    Mon. August 27

    Times vary per grade level

    Purpose: Students will practice evacuating the school bus in the case of an emergency. This is a mandatory drill as we use school buses for fieldtrips.

    Please refer to the Important Dates document which is updated regularly.

    Ms. Kamstra

    Posted 8/19/18


    Central Park STEAM Robotics Team Meeting Update (*6PM* 8/21/18) Posted 8/16/18

    The Central Park STEAM Robotics Team is a STEAM competition nonprofit booster club representing Central Park Elementary in worldwide events.


    Our first general meeting will be Tuesday, August 21st at 6PM (TIME CHANGED) in the Multipurpose Room. A repeat of this meeting information will be on Friday, August 24th at 12PM in the Makerspace. Parents visiting campus will need to sign-in at the office.


    We suggest attending the noon slot if you would be volunteering as a parent during that time slot. Attend the evening slot if you would be meeting after school (3-5PM Mondays) or conducting at-home meetings (on your own schedule).



    1) Description of all competition tracks: Wonder League, FIRST LEGO League Junior, FIRST LEGO League, VexIQ, Destination Imagination and Tech Challenge.


    2) Plans for 2018-19 school year meeting time slots and communication choices. Membership requirements and expectations. Projects and trips.


    3) Social time for families to meet families interested in the same competition tracks and form teams.

    Additional information can be found in our flyer:

    RoboticsBrochureLikeClassBrochure_2P_NoBG.pdf (PDF)


    Questions may also be sent to:




    Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)


    What is the difference between the Central Park STEAM Robotics Team and Star Kids Academy After School Robotics?

    The Central Park STEAM Robotics Team is a parent-driven non-profit booster organization focused on representing Central Park Elementary at S.T.E.A.M. competition events. We have membership fee to cover club legal and insurance for traveling to events. Parent participation is required any time the child's team meets.


    The Star Kids Academy After School Robotics program is provided by a 3rd party organization after school on the Central Park Elementary campus. It is a class with parents dropping off students and paying a tuition for the class. No parent participation needed.


    Where I can learn more about the competition tracks?

    Destination Imagination: https://www.destinationimagination.org/

    Wonder League: https://www.makewonder.com/education/robotics-competition/

    FIRST LEGO League Junior: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/flljr

    VexIQ Challenge: https://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/competition 

    FIRST LEGO League: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll

    Tech Challenge: https://www.thetech.org/thetechchallenge


    Past Videos by Central Park STEAM Robotics Team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6azAz3Y4Rg&list=PLPJceJwpIQbToPyixsw8QUyYRWCrHmSjj





    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!!!