Monthly Archive: October 2014

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.



Hi Camarena Families,

In second grade we learned about people who fought for a cause. We decided to fight for a cause too. We have a classmate that is a survivor of cancer. When she was sick, Make-A-Wish helped her family by sending them to Disney World. We want to help a family too. In order to sponsor a family, we need to raise $8,000.00. We need you to help us reach our goal. If every class at Camarena can raise $200.00, we will reach our goal. We hope you can help us. Our fundraiser will be until December 19th.

Thank you!

Camarena Second Graders


This Week at Camarena October 13 – 17

Camarena Students are …

Models of Character/Voracious Learners/Clear Thinkers



This week we will be participating in the icommute Walk, Ride and stroll to School  We encourage everyone to walk to school and log in your commute on the iCommute website to give our school a chance at a $1,000 and keep the parking lot empty.  Camarena’s password for icommute is camarena. Now, wouldn’t that be nice?

Monday, October 13 – There IS school.  This is NOT a holiday.  See you at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, October 14 – Fall Make Up Pictures 6:00 = PTA Boot Camp

Wednesday, October 15 – Good day to Walk to School

Thursday, October 16 – Good day to Ride your Bike or Scooter to School 6:00 = PTA Zumba

Friday, October 17 – 1:15 Release as always


Here are some highlights from last week at Camarena:


On Tuesday, we received word that our school was selected by the American Heart Association for their $20,000 Garden Grant Award.  We should start seeing some of that money in January and we look forward to a 3-year relationship with the American Heart Association as we develop a community garden that will serve Camarena families for years to come.

We also got word over the break that our Robotics team was awarded $1,000 in by the Elks Club of Chula Vista in support of their efforts.  This is great news to our leadership and students of the Robotics team as they prepare for their first tournament on Sunday, November 16.


On Wednesday and Thursday, parents and guardians invaded Camarena to spend an hour in classrooms and get a feel for what learning feels like from their child’s perspective.  We appreciated all the parents who were able to spend a few minutes alongside their kids and encourage and welcome visits anytime your schedule permits.

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On Thursday we also had our A-Z Salad Bar, one of the Cafeteria highlights of the year.  Fruits and vegetables filled our containers AND student plates.  Isabel was excited about the prospects of a fruit fest.

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Currently, all our grade levels are developing a Writing Pathway to assist students in determining their current performance level in writing and where they need to go next.  Here is 3rd grade’s example, which is becoming a significant resource for students to self assess their progress and set goals for becoming more competent and confident writers.

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Her is an example of some of the excellent math work from Ms. Mabe’s 6th grade students.  I love the comment their substitute teacher made on Friday.  She noted that the math concepts were a little different from what she was used to, but that the students competently were able to solve all of the problems together and support both one another and the substitute teacher.  Well done 6th graders.  We’re glad to see you growing in your mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills.  People do notice!

Site Plan Approval 2014-15

The CamarenaSchool Site Council (SSC) met today to discuss the final approval of our Site Plan for this year.  We will hold an electronic vote of all members of the SSC by Wednesday, October 17.  If you would like to have any input, you respond in the comments below and we will share your thoughts with the entire SSC.  You can review the documents here.

Guitar Class Starts Week of October 14


Because of our partnership with Concordia Church and Preschool, we will again offer Guitar classes starting the week of October 13.  Please read the attached flyer for details.  In order to participate, your child needs to turn in a signed syllabus (see below) the week of October 7.  You can turn in the syllabus to the main office or your classroom teacher.  There is limited space available so please respond promptly.

Camarena Guitar Syllabus

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