Dogs on Campus

Earlier in the year we addressed the issue of dogs on campus and I’d like to thank our dog owners who have been compliant with this rule.  However, I have noticed that some families still bring their dogs to the parking lot within the school grounds.  The provision against dogs includes the entire school property, which begins and ends at the sidewalk.  Thanks in advance for adhering to these guidelines if you are bringing a dog with you to pick up your children.  If they could wait like these dogs, it would be even better!


Wellness Policy Meets Valentines Day

Celebrating traditions and special days is a great way to build a classroom family and encourage friendship and acts of kindness in our students.  Valentines Day is one of those opportunities to reinforce the best characteristics of friendship and camaraderie. More recently, it has become an opportunity to share candy to go along with those kind words.  Two years ago the Chula Vista Elementary School District passed our Wellness Policy (see below) in the attempt to promote healthy lifestyles that include lots of exercise and nutritious eating.  In order to remain consistent with that policy we are asking any students who bring Valentines to school (Bringing any kind of gift is voluntary, but if you do bring a note, you’ll need to bring one for every student in the class)  to refrain from sharing candy with their notes.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Wellness Summary Revised-English

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Posting Student Pictures

Greetings Camarena Families.  Camarena is a school with a variety of web-based applications including school and class websites, social media in both closed (Edmodo) and Twitter (open) environments.  We believe there are many beneficial reasons for sharing the great work that is going on in our classrooms to outside communities.  We are also aware of the need to maintain privacy and safety for our students.  To that end, we will be sending out a media release form this week to obtain permission from every family to share photos or videos of your child on the Internet.  If you wish to keep your child’s picture from appearing on any sites, we will of course, honor that request.  When we do post children’s photos for the purpose of showing the great work that is going on at Camarena we will either use no names or ONLY first names of children and we will never publish both first and last name without previous and specific consent from parents.   Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this process.

Every Voice Matters

I’ve been closely following the discussion around uniforms and appreciate the various points of view.  Opinions will always be welcome here at Camarena, although I would caution some of our Camarena friends to maintain a spirit of civility and respect.  I will reserve the right to delete any comments that I don’t feel contribute to the conversation in a way that is helpful, healthy, and respectful.  As for the question of uniforms, I do want to make sure that every person has an opportunity to participate.  We have heard from 377 of our 744 families through the online poll.  I will send out paper ballots next week ONLY to the families that have not voted and give them an opportunity to add their voice to the conversation.  The vote at the end of next week will be final.  Once again, thank you for expressing yourself in a manner that is a worthy example for our children.


Dan Winters

Uniform Survey Results

The Chula Vista Elementary School District has determined that schools that wish to consider uniforms need to have an “overwhelming majority” of the community in favor of uniforms in order to proceed.  After surveying our community, 54% of our families are in favor of uniforms and 46% are against.  Based on this survey, we clearly do not have an “overwhelming majority” of families interested in school uniforms and we will not pursue this policy at this time.

To give you a comparison, in 1997-98 both Rice and Loma Verde approved school uniforms and their communities voted in favor at a rate of 93% and 87% respectively. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call the school at 591-5500.