PTA Input Survey 2015-16

It turns out our last attempt at a survey for the PTA was not acessible to everyone.  Please share your thoughts in the survey below so we can create the greatest activities for all of our students in 2015-16

The Countdown is On

The 2015-16 school year starts in just 10 days on Wednesday, July 22.  The big question on everyone’s mind is,

“When will I learn the name of my child’s teacher?”

This year you will be informed of your child’s teacher on Monday, July 20 at the PTA Garden Party from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Please stop by this event a week from Monday to meet some members of the Camarena community and you will be provided a packet of information to start the new school year, which includes the name of your child’s teacher.  Some teachers, though not all, will be attending this event, therefore there is no guarantee that you will actually meet your child’s teacher at that time.  If you can’t make the event Monday night, you can come by the school on Tuesday July 21 to pick up your packet of information.  We are eagerly anticipating a great year at Camarena Elementary once again.

This Week at Camarena April 27 – May 1

Here are the big events at Camarena Elementary in this final week of April.

Monday, April 27: 3rd grade kicks of CAASPP state testing.  You can read all about it here.

Tuesday, April 28: Jr. Soccer vs. Los Altos and Basketball @ Heritage (Both games at 4:00 PM)

Thursday, April 30: Soccer vs. Heritage (4:00 PM)

Camarena Color Splash

Don’t forget to sign up for the Camarena Color Splash for May 30.  Here’s the link for registration.  This is the last week for early bird prices.

PTA Fundraising

Our PTA, thanks to the generosity of our Camarena community, has steadily raised money for the benefit of our school community.  Here are some of the items that have been funded by our Camarena PTA this year.

Field Trips: Transportation costs have been covered for the 4th grade field trip to the Star of India.  With the success of our PTA fundraising, we will insure that transportation costs for one field trip per grade level are included in coming years.

Events: Movie Nights, Spring Dance, Family Game Night and Literacy Night were all free events.

Teacher Appreciation: Every teacher has been offered a mini grant of $175 to defray the cost of out-of-pocket classroom supplies.  Welcome Back Breakfast to staff and Staff Appreciation Luncheon (coming in May)  have been provided.

Scholastic Book Fair: On account of the purchases our families and staff have made at the Scholastic Book Fairs this year, our school has been the recipient of $5,000 of books and supplies for clasrooms and our library.

Stay tuned to this space in the coming weeks as we will announce even more expenditures that will benefit all of our Camarena students because of our successful fundraising.  Thank you Camarena community for your generosity and trust.

Camarena Broadcast Team

And, here is our Camarena Broadcast from Friday, April 24th.

Copy of School Visibility Initiative - Social Media Flyers

Save The Date: Camarena Color Splash 5K Run Saturday, May 30


Before you get started with your Spring Break plans, be sure to put Saturday, May 30, 2015 on your calendar for our 2nd Annual Camarena Color Splash 5K run.  Last year we had over 600 participants and this year we are anticipating over 1000.  You can check out this video here with all the highlights.

Camarena Color Splash VIdeo

And, here are some great running plans to help motivate you and your entire family to tackle this 5K adventure.

5K Training Plans

Couch to 5K Running Plan

Galloway Training Schedules

Get fit and have some fun together preparing for this unique Camarena community event.

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.

Taking up a Cause

The staff and community of Camarena are eager to support causes worthy of our time, talent, and treasure.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation Project, inspired by our 2nd graders, is one good example.  Recently, I was approached by Aimee, a 6th grader who would like us to support another cause.  Here is her appeal to the Camarena community.

Hello Camarena staff, students, and parents!  We would like to inform you that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we are asking all students to wear pink on Monday, October 20, 2014.  Students can wear anything pink.  Pink shoes, bracelets, shirts, and more!  The reason we are wearing pink is because the staff will be taking pictures of students wearing pink .  We will be sending pictures to women in the hospital with breast cancer, so they know that we support them.  Thank you all very much, and we hope to see all students wearing pink on Monday, October 20.

Thanks Aimee, for the inspiration to show our support for those who are suffering with breast cancer.  I’m sure the Camarena community will get behind this effort to make a tangible display of our unity for those in need.