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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

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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

Central Park Robotics Teams Selected for Worldwide Finals!

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

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 (pictured right).


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-BORGspace 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!


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Central Park Elem Multicultural Festival coming soon!

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


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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

Curiosity & Creativity Faire - next week!

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


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Open Creativity Expo Entry

Intent to Return Letter



Hello Wonderful Parents!


Below is our Intent To Return letter.  It will also be going out in the Wednesday envelopes.  Please take a moment to fill out and return this to us as soon as possible.


Thank you for your help,




Cindy Howell


Central Park Elementary

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Intent to Return Letter



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Thu. Mar. 22, 2018

Drop Off: 8:30AM All Grades
Pick Up: 2:26PM K, G1 & G2
  2:51PM G3 & G4

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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March 13th and 14th- Minimum Days- Parent Teacher Conferences

March 15th and 16th- No School

March 20th- Field Trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium


Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students have been working on their nonfiction published piece. They are busy rewriting their published pieces with table of contents, diagrams, and even glossaries! It will be wonderful to read their final pieces.


Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students have been adding three digit numbers on the number line. They have been learning how to regroup 10s for hundreds. Adding three digit numbers on a number line is a difficult concept, but our 2nd graders continue to persevere!


Science and Design Challenge: Our students participated in an erosion design challenge. Students sketched out their ideas for erosion prevention. Collaboratively they worked in groups to come up with a final design and eventually built their design. On Friday, we tested their designs. All groups successfully prevented or slowed down erosion. We are so proud of our scientists and engineers.


Green Screens: Our 2nd grade Newscasters wrote their newscasts on a fictional event. They either chose an earthquake or volcanic eruption scenario. With a partner, they created a newscast. We are currently filming their newscasts. As they finish, we will be sharing them with you. Here is Mrs. Tang and Rylan's Green screen!


Clay with Mr. Woodman: Students will be stomping on and sifting through soil using strainers to get the fine parts of clay.  Then they will be using the clay to make bowls/pinch pots. Each class will be meeting with Mr. Woodman for two sessions to complete project. It's a great opportunity for our 2nd graders to work with SCHS teacher.


Report Cards: On Friday, report cards went home. Please sign and  return the report card envelope. The 2nd grade team is very proud of the academic growth of our students!



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Hi parents,

we would like to meet briefly just to get an update. All parent who have volunteered or can volunteer please attend:

Pepper tree clubhouse
900 Pepper Tree Lane,
santa clara 95054

Wednesday, March 14th






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