Yearbook Back Cover Contest
The Yearbook Back Cover Contest is in full swing! Students should submit entries to the office by April 3rd, Please see the attachment below for more information.
Spotlight: Ms. Vicki Martin
This spotlight shines on Physical Education teacher Ms. Vicki Martin!
I have been teaching PE for over 25 years. Iam passionate about providing an environment where students want to participate. I grew up in Santa Clara, graduated from Chico State, and am now living in Santa Cruz. I dreamed since I was young
to someday live at the beach. I am 88 steps to my “homebreak” and living my dream! I am so grateful to be working at Central Park Elementary!
Chameleons @ Young Writers' Exposition
Info and Updates Central Park Elementary (Class-Size / Modernization)
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please note the following updates in regards to the 2017-2018 school year:
We will be adding two 4th grade classes next year.
Ms. Cary and Ms. Berger will move to 4th grade.
Mrs. Oyola will continue teaching 3rd grade.
We will hire new teachers in the spring to fill open positions.
The multi-use room/cafeteria is scheduled to be complete May 2nd, 2017.
The Administration building is scheduled to open at the end of September, 2017 (Correction to email).
The two story 4th/5th grade building will be completed in August, 2018.
It came to my attention that an error was made on the Community Information powerpoint presentation last year regarding 4th and 5th grade class size. It gave the impression class size at those grade levels would be at 24. While the teacher contract does allow for a 30:1 student/teacher ratio for 4th and 5th grade, the anticipated 4th grade class sizes for 2017/18 will be 25:1 and 26:1. I have advocated to the District that we maintain that low student/teacher ratio. Our K-3 grade class sizes will continue to be built with a 24:1 student/teacher ratio.
Ms. Miakje Kamstra
Mark Your Calendars: STEAM Expo/Open House
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We will hold a combined STEAM/Expo and Open House on:
Parents/Guardians and Students all invited
Please remove April 18th (Open House) from your calendars.
Central Park Staff
Community Advisory Committee Events
Project Cornerstone Parent Handouts
Project Cornerstone was founded in 1999 after a survey showed that most youth in Santa Clara County are missing the positive relationships, opportunities, values, and skills— known collectively as “developmental assets”—that provide the foundation for a healthy, successful future. In general, the more developmental assets that young people possess, the more likely they are to avoid risky behaviors and engage in positive, healthy activities. (Click here to learn more about developmental assets and positive youth development.)
Our original founder is the Youth Alliance, a collaborative of the following community-based organizations: YMCA of Silicon Valley; YWCA of Silicon Valley; Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Boys & Girls Club; and Estrella Family Services. Project Cornerstone is now an initiative of the YMCA of Silicon Valley.
Each month, parent volunteers read in each of the Central Park classrooms and hold discussions and do activities with the students that pertain to the lesson. Below are a list of the books we have read so far this year. We encourage families to discuss the books with their students each month to continue the conversation at home.
October: Have You Filled Your Bucket?
November: Stand Tall Molly Lou Lemon
December: Don't Laugh At Me
January: Today I Feel Silly
February: Long Shot
March: Rene Has Two Last Names
Info. and Updates Central Park Elementary March 5, 2017
We have been extremely busy at Central Park Elementary! Please note the upcoming Important Events/Dates:
March 6: Vision Screening, grades Kindergarten/Second
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.
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: email@example.com
Huge appreciation to Therese Inkmann-Sulur, for leading our Project Cornerstone program. Please check out the Project Cornerstone Blog:
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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.
Home of the CHAMELEONS!
Ever Growing, Ever Changing...
Meet Newton, Central Park's Mascot.
Curious, Creative, Inspired!!!
School Launch Page: bit.ly/cpinspire
Mon. Mar. 27, 2017
1st Grade Blog
April 10th-14th Spring Break: No School
April 24th- Mrs. Goulette and Ms. Gray’s class go to the Youth Science Institute
April 27th- Rylan’s class go to the Youth Science Institute
Reading Workshop: Readers continue to grow in their ability to think and talk about books they read. This week we are focusing on working with our reading partner to grow ideas together and giving strong book introductions. Partners are actively engaged in talking with one another, asking each other questions, and enjoying their reading.
Writing Workshop: Our opinion writing focus is in full-swing as students consider their opinion and supporting their idea with specific reasons. Students have support with topic and concluding sentences and are working toward cohesive paragraphs. They are expanding their thought processes on each opinion piece they write and are giving clear examples and details to support their opinions. Students are even taking on opinion writing language in their daily conversations. Great job, first graders!
Math Workshop: Our main focus this week is on comparing equal and not equal equations using a pan balance as a visual cue. We are also learning about less than and greater than symbols and learning how to identify a fourth. Students are expanding of the notion of one-fourth by sharing a given amount of something into four equal parts. This is the basic foundation for division, which is taught in later grades. Meanwhile, students continue to practice relative addition and subtraction facts with algebraic thinking (e.g. 5 - ___ = 3 is related to 3 + ____ = 5).
Science: This week we have been using draw and label posters, anchor texts and hands-on tools to study the physics of sound. Students learned that sound is made when something vibrates and sound travels in waves. We’ve made harmonicas and other instruments to demonstrate the creation of sound through vibration. As students build their instruments, they are using academic language such as: waves, vibrations, artificial, and natural to describe their observations.
Art: While some art projects will likely carry over to next week, students are making Dr. Seuss-ish projects with watercolors and more.
2nd Grade Blog
Hello 2nd grade families! Here’s what’s going on in our classrooms:
3rd Grade Blog
We are building life skills in order to be responsible citizens. Friendship is our September Life skill. We are working on learning what friends need and how to build friendships.
Students are learning to train their brain by turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts. They are learning that failing at something isn't a bad thing. When you make a mistake it gives you the opportunity to learn and try again.
We are learning how to read books and building stamina. Our next step is learning how to read with a partner.
We are focused on sorting, counting and writing numbers.
Passion projects are time for students to research and learn about a topic of interest. They will have time in class to work on these projects. Please contact your child's teacher if you are interested in volunteering during passion project time.
Fun Fridays are a way to introduce new projects to students by sharing your passions. Sometimes students find a new passion they never knew they had!
Please be prepared to bring in supplies you need for your project. Here are some projects which parents have done with students in the past.
- Finger knitting
- Growing plants
- Drawing lessons
Contact your child's teacher if you have an interest to share with our students.
Central Park STEAM girls were in the house at Microsoft for Girl Powered Engineering.
They were challenged to build a motorized animal that could walk forward and backwards.
One of our students constructed a motorized puppy. Another mad
Robotics Team Blog
They needed to research the real life use of robotics in the real world and come up with their own ideas of how robotics could be used in the real world to solve problems.
For this mission the MEGA NINJAS traveled to the NASA Ames Visitors Center in Mountain View, CA.
Off to a fantastic start team MEGA NINJAS!!!
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