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Thank You to Santa Clara High Student student, Tristan Ranch, for designing and painting our mural. We love it!



Flashback: Musical Journey Through China

Our students enjoyed a wonderful assembly, a musical journey through China.


Flashback: Ukulele at Multicultural Night


Info. and Updates Central Park Elementary April 13, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,


It is hard to believe the school year is in the final stretch. Staff is working hard and students are doing amazing things in classrooms. We are gearing up for our STEAM Expo/Open House, state testing in grades 3-4 and many end-of-year activities.  Please look carefully at the dates below and mark your calendars. 


I want to thank our PTA for a wonderful Multicultural Festival last week, and to the coordinator, Jill Peterson. Thank you to all of the parents that created rich and inviting booths representing the beautiful cultures that represent our school.  Thank you to our parents that spent countless hours working with students on performances! It was a wonderful experience.  


Huge appreciation to Coach, Chris for coaching our Volleyball team and to Jennifer Brickman for the rockin' Chameleon Team Shirts! 


This past week we honored two students and one parent volunteer at the district Public School Week Awards. Congrats to: Dasha Estes (parent) and students: Alisa and Kaleb in 4th grade. 


Thank you to Katie Curtis, our Book Fair Coordinator, for running the coin drive and coordinating another Book Fair! 


Important Dates:

April 16-20, Spring Break, No School


April 24 School Site Council meeting CANCELLED and rescheduled for May 1


April 24. PTA General Mtg. Board Elections

7:00 pm, Library


April 25, Administrative Professional's Day 

We celebrate our wonderful office staff: Cindy and Leanne! 


April 26: PTA/Principal Coffee

8:30 am-9:15 am, Multipurpose Rm.


April 26: Parent Education Night, Balancing the Scales

Time: 6:30 pm, Central Park Elem, Childcare provided

RSVP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4aacae2eaafd0-balancing 


April 30-May 4: Book Fair 

Multipurpose Room 


May 1: State Testing begins

grades 3rd, 4th 


May 1: School Site Council

6:00pm. Library


May 6: ELAC Mtg. (English Langauge Advisory Council)

6:00pm. Library


May 7-11: Staff Appreciation Week

We honor our incredible teachers and staff! 


May 9: Talent Show Auditions

More information to come


May 11: Music Performance, grades 3, 4 and Ukulele students

7:00 pm, Multipurpose Room


May 13th: Happy Mother's Day!


May 15: STEAM Expo/Open House

6:00-7:00 pm Classrooms open

7:00-8:00 pm other STEAM activities


May 22: School Site Council Mtg.

6:00pm. Library


May 22: PTA  Executive Board Meeting, 

7:00 pm,  Library, Old and New Board for transition

May 25: Volunteer Breakfast (We Celebrate our Volunteers)!

8:15am-9:15 am, Multipurpose Room


May 28: Memorial Day, No School 


June 6: Talent Show

10:15 am, Multipurpose Room


June 7: Minimum Day, Dismissal: 1:37 pm


June 8: Last Day of School, Dismissal: 12:30 pm



Ms. Miakje Kamstra


All For Books Coin Drive

Thank you Central Park families for being so generous. You donated $479.66 today. 


Our teachers will get to spend $1,038.66 during the book fair which opens April 30th.


Please con


ider volunteering for the fair so we can make it our most successful book fair yet. Even just 15 minutes can help so much. Email me at curtis.kathryn.g@gmail.com or follow the link below to sign up. 




Central Park earns a portion of the sales which is then spent on many educational projects. From adding new books to the school library, equipment for the makers space, and so much more. 


Thank you again for making our second annual Coin Drive such a success. 


Kathryn Curtis 

3rd Grade Science Fiction PBL

Vollyball: Sutter vs Central Park

A clip from the vollyball game vs Sutter.


Vollyball: Sutter vs Central Park

Sad news about our Chameleon, Newton

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I have very sad news about our beloved Chameleon, Newton. We had to make the difficult decision yesterday to say goodbye to him. Three weeks ago he was having trouble eating his worms. We took him to the veterinarian and it turns out he had severe periodontal disease (common in these sensitive creatures) which resulted in a broken jaw and infection that we have been unable to successfully treat.  I wrote a letter to the kids today, which teachers will be sharing. If students would like to write a memory card, poem or picture, we will create a Memory Wall.


Newton was a great inspiration to our school and prompted so much creativity and JOY!! We will miss him dearly.

Very best,

Ms. Kamstra 


Ms. Miakje Kamstra


Coin Drive Update!


Thank you Central Park families!


We raised $169.50 in Dimes today for a total of $270.


Remember to bring your quarters tomorrow!


Katie Curtis,


Book Fair Coordinator

Parent Ed: Balancing the Scales

Balancing The Scales: Letting Boys Be Emotional, Too

Why is that when we think about the genders, girls are seen as the “emotional” ones, while boys are categorized as the “active, strong” ones? How do we break the silence and allow boys to have their emotions heard and validated? The emotional illiteracy of boys has become a topic of discussion in the past couple of decades thanks to the work done by Dan Kindlon, PhD and Michael Thompson, PhD. In their book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, they “unmasked” what life is really like for boys and how we as parents, caregivers, coaches and mentors of boys can help them to identify and express their emotions. Please join me for an evening of discussion on the importance of how to “Let” boys have emotional expression so that they can become men who are healthy, connected, courageous and happy.

Please join us on April 26th from 6:30-7:30pm

Central Park Elementary

Childcare provided

See flyer below


Please rsvp: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4aacae2eaafd0-balancing



Ms. Miakje Kamstra


Parent Education  Balancing the Scales

Coin Drive

Thank you Central Park families!


We collected $79 in nickles today and our two day total is $100.50 raised for our teachers book collections.


Remember tomorrow to bring your Dimes.


Thank you everyone for your donations.


Kathryn Curtis 

Cafeteria Tuesday Special

Central Park's Cafeteria Special on Tuesdays for April is:

Paneer Pizza and Butter Chicken Pizza served with Wholefruit Icee

Multicultural Night 2018

Central Park Community

Tweets of the Week

Book Fair!

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

3rd Graders Learning About California Indians

Central Park PTA Board Elections

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 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


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 Meet Newton, Central Park's Mascot.

Curious, Creative, Inspired!!!

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Mon. April 23, 2018

Drop Off: 8:30AM All Grades
Pick Up: 2:26PM K, G1 & G2
  2:51PM Grade 3
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Student Absences

Email Attendance Clerk, Leanne Konicek at: lkonicek@scusd.net or call 408-423-4411. State the reason for the absence. See Board Policy for details regarding excused and unexcused absences.

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2nd Grade Blog


April 16th-20th -Spring Break

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

May 15th- STEAM Expo Night


We had a wonderful week at school this week. Students finished their opinion pieces and published them. In math, we started learning about multiplication. Students are very excited to be learning about multiplication. Ms. Vicki took the 2nd graders out to the big kids' playground since 2nd grade had the school to themselves on Friday. We had so much fun playing with the upper playground equipment. 



We are so humbled and appreciative of all that you have done and continue to do to support your children and their learning. This has been an amazing year. We are very excited to share students' PBLs on our STEAM Expo night. We just finished our Monterey Bay teacher training on Saturday! It was a great year of learning at the aquarium. Have a wonderful and restful break.


Being silly at the aquarium!



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