This Week at Camarena October 27-31


Red Ribbon Week is very special at Camarena Elementary as we celebrate the event inspired by our school’s namesake, Enrique Camarena, with many activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.  Here are the events for the week:

Monday 10/27: Wear red, white, and blue.  DEA Assembly (9:00 AM) with helicopter visit.

Tuesday 10/28: Wear Red for Panoramic School Photo to be taken at 1:30 PM

Wednesday 10/29: Wear your clothes backwards or inside out *Shoot some hoops recess activity

Thursday 10/30: Wear your PJ’s *PJ dance off during recess

Friday 10/31: Wear your costume for the 8:30 AM Costume parade  Here are the guidelines for the parade:

Purpose: To develop camaraderie during the holiday season and celebrate the power of stories and people to enrich life.

Guidelines: Characters from history, books, movie, magazines, and comics.  There will be no masks, blood, gore, or weapons.  Any costume can be deemed inappropriate by staff or administration if the costume does not appear to be in good taste or represent the spirit of the activity.  The parade will be begin at 8:30 AM on the black top and students will change after the parade to focus on their learning for the day.
Here are some of the great learning activities that happened last week at Camarena.
 Brandon is standing up to show what he knows and, “No, he didn’t get in trouble by Ms. Alcantara or the Principal!”
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While I know there are growing pains as teachers, students, and parents are becoming familiar with new and unfamiliar math strategies, I see evidence every day that our students are gaining confidence and skill in creating clear math models and their mathematical thinking is growing exponentially.  After all, we may be solving math problems using this in the future:


PhotoMath from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.


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The Robotics team is gearing up for their November 16 Tournament.  Here is a sample of what it looks like to test your robot design and program.


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We aim to create a family atmosphere at Camarena and Cross Grade Level Buddies are always a good way to build those relationships. Here, Mr. Garcia’s 6th graders are supporting our TK friends with their spider project.

Please follow all the action this week on #camlearns as we will be sharing student work and activities through all the Red Ribbon celebrations and classroom activities.

Camarena’s School Safety Plan

Enrique S. Camarena Elementary School Safety Plan that was developed by the Safety Committee has been approved by School Site Council. This document will be open for public viewing from October 27th – October 31st in the front office. Thank you to the Safety Committee for making Camarena a safe place for children.

Student Council Election Results

Congratulations to the following officers of the

2014-15 Camarena Student Council

Kennedy Reid and Lily Holt for 4th grade Historians

Katie Steinmetz for 5th grade Treasurer

Ellie Leverman for 5th grade Vice President

Diego Cervantez for 6th grade Secretary

Harrison Cook for 6th grade President

We look forward to their leadership to make this school year the best possible.

Week of October 20-24

Here are the events for this week at Camarena:

Monday October 20 – Wear Pink and Take Photos for Drug Awareness

Friday, October 24 – Ident a Kid photos (This is voluntary and they charge a fee)

It was another eventful week of learning here at Camarena.  Here are some of the highlights of our week.

Student Council elections were held.  Now that the winners have been chosen I can place my vote for the sign that made  me laugh most.  Cris showed his unique sense of humor with this offering:

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Congratulations to all the candidates who ran for office.  Whether selected or not, you have demonstrated leadership, and courage, and our school is better because of your presence.

I also got to observe Ms. Marcial’s students working on rounding and using Total Physical Response to keep those ideas front and center in their brains.

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Mr. Sykes’ students are working on two critical learning skills as they are carefully observing a photograph and collaborating with their peers on their thinking.

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Here is Ms. Robles’ students studying various objects to determine the advantages and disadvantages of bird beaks as they come to understand adaptations in greater depth.  Don’t they look like scientists?

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Please take a look at our wonderful ambassadors for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

And, here is the quck version of our Shakeout Drill Evacutaion.

video of the week: Make A Wish Presenters, Shakeout Drill