After School Gate Classes Start Next Week

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We are offering a couple after school enrichment classes for our GATE students in Grades 4-6 starting next week.  Sign ups have been made available to students in the classroom and they can sign up on the form below. This document has a description of the classes that are being offered.

New Registration 2015

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Are you making your list for the start of Kindergarten?

We are a little over a month away from Registration Day 2015 (March 11) for incoming Kindergarten students and all new Camarena students who will start their journey in July 2015.   Here are the important dates to mark as you prepare your child for the start of school.

February 18: Registration packets can be picked up at Camarena Elementary School (1650 Exploration Falls)

February 25: (6:00 PM) Pre-Registration Parent information Meeting for all new parents

March 11: Kinder Registration (By appointment!   You will be given a registration time for this day when you pick up your registration packet starting February 18)  Students interested in the Dual Immersion will be placed in a lottery.  We will have 48 spots for Kinder Dual Immersion for July 2015.

April 23: Kinder Testing English (will be scheduled at Registration Day – March 11)

April 23: Kinder Testing Spanish (will be scheduled at Registration Day – March 11)

April 23: All Kinder Parent Orientation

May 29: Dual Immersion Acceptance Notification sent out.

June 2: (6:00 PM) Dual Immersion Parent Commitment Meeting

July 18: (Tentative) Notification of Kinder Teachers (Saturday before school starts)

As always, please contact us directly if you have any further questions about the registration process.

This Week at Camarena

I hope you and your family enjoyed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and three-day weekend.  My family and I were walking by Pacific Beach this morning and we couldn’t help appreciating the blessings of living in San Diego County as we enjoyed shirt sleeve weather in the middle of January.  So, we are all definitely refreshed and ready for the new week and here are the pertinent events on our school calendar.

Tuesday, January 20 – PTA Boot Camp (6:00 PM)

Wednesday, January 21 – Just another day of learning at Camarena

Thursday, January 22 – PTA Zumba (6:00 PM)

Friday, January 23 – Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff and 1:15 Release

Saturday, January 24 – Camarena Spelling Bee Championship.  Students who finished at the top of their class competition have been invited to our school finals this Saturday.  The winners will move on to the district finals in February.

Finally, I love the focus and attention that these 1st graders demonstrate in this short clip from Señorita Barrett’s class.  They are all working diligently on their narratives, using the resources in the room, revising as they write, and completely engrossed in the work of crafting their writing.   Great examples of how effort produces lasting and quality achievements.

And the Winner is …. 4th Grade

We have added a new feature to  our website in which we share our daily attendance by grade level. You can see the chart on the right side bar and mouse over each grade  level to see their attendance.  On our first day back from Winter Break 4th grade takes the prize with 98.7% attendance.  Our overall attendance today was 95.3%. So encourage your children to keep that strong attendance and they won’t miss out on spectacular events like this amazing Chilena and fantastic save at lunch recess.

Chilena and Save from Daniel Winters on Vimeo.

New Year and Great Attendance

Amy July 4With the start of the New Year, many of us look to the calendar as impetus to make improvements in a variety of habits and practices.  Let me encourage you to put school attendance at the top of your list.  Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in transitional kindergarten as it is in sixth grade.  So make a commitment to send and keep your child is in school every day, beginning with this first day of school. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning every day.  But it’s harder to teach and it’s harder to learn when too many students are absent.  If missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  So, help  your child develop the good habit of consistent and regular school attendance in 2015 and beyond.

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Graphic Artist Needed

Greetings Camarena Families,

We are planning on adding some simple graphics to the upper walls in our main office.  If you have any experience with graphic design (especially calligraphy) and would be willing to donate your time and expertise, please contact me directly at  Thanks in advance for your consideration.

January Garden Meeting

bananas rose paradeJoin us for Garden Club 101, our annual meeting that will cover what is happening at Camarena. It will be a brief meeting with good food and good conversation about our upcoming schedule and direction of our garden program.
Who: Anyone who is a member of Garden Club or would like to be
Where: Camarena Library
When: Wednesday, January 14 from 5:30-6:30pm
For more information about this meeting and dates for upcoming composting classes, please see our website.

Camarena needs noon duty supervisors

Interested in becoming a noon duty supervisor for Camarena? Camarena is in need of noon duty supervisors to start in January. If you are interested, please Call Chula Vista Elementary School District 619 425-9600.

Education and Testing Requirements:

  1. U.S. High School Diploma, GED (or foreign equivalency or higher), or Military (DD214), or U.S. A.A. Degree or higher with official transcripts reflecting degree
  2. AND Passing CVESD Noon Duty Test

Current application requirements and other application information including testing dates can also be found on our website at under “Employment”