Monthly Archive: April 2018

Week of April 30-May 4


Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported us in our first Apex Fun Run last Thursday. Thank you to our PTA for sponsoring such a terrific event.  Another shout out to all our parents for attending and volunteering to help with the run. It was truly an enjoyable event for our students and PTA will share the final fundraising totals soon!


Our students will begin CAASPP testing soon!  The schedule for each grade level was sent home last week. Students will be tested in reading, writing, and math.  Fifth Grade will also be tested in Science on May  21.  Students will need headphones for all CAASPP testing, we will provide headphones for the students or they can bring them from home.  Please help ensure your children are well rested and eat a nutritious breakfast either at home or at school. Please encourage your children to do their very best! We know they are prepared to show all they know on these end of year tests!


Local Measures testing continues for our Kindergarten through Second Grade students.  All students will be tested in reading, writing, and math.  Screen Shot 2018-04-22 at 7.26.22 PMStudents in Dual Immersion  will be tested on writing in Spanish this wee.  Please ensure your children get plenty of rest and enjoy a healthy breakfast before testing so they are able to do their very best on each assessment!


Teacher appreciation week is here! I am sure all would agree that Camarena has the very best staff around!  The fun begins Monday, April 30 and continues the entire week.  Let’s show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate all they do!

Below is a suggested list of daily activities for the week to show appreciation for our school staff. Participation is completely optional.

  • Monday, April 30: Give your teacher their favorite flower.
  • Tuesday, May 1: Remind your teacher how much they helped you.
  • Wednesday, May 2: Orange, apples, and bananas! Bring your teacher their favorite fruit.
  • Thursday, May 3:  Write your teacher a special note.
  • Friday, May 4: Think of your teachers favorite things.

Snapshot of the Week

  • Monday, April 30, 2018: “Light it Up Blue for Autism” Spirit Day/Robo Rally (8:15 a.m.)/Incoming Kinder Registration/Teacher Appreciation Week Begins
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018: Coed Basketball Team vs. Parkview Panthers @ Winding Walk Park (4:00 p.m.)/Coed Soccer Team vs. Eastlake Eagles @ Camarena Elementary (4:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018: Coed Soccer Team vs. Clearview Voyagers @ Clearview Elementary (4:00 p.m.)

Upcoming Events

  • May 7:CAASPP Testing Begins for 4th and 6th Grade Students
  • May 14: CAASPP Testing Begins for 3rd and 5th Grade Students
  • May 18: Military Mingle

Check-out our learning from last week!


Week of April 23-April 27

Earth Day

Our Earth Day celebration was a fabulous success this year!  The students enjoyed themselves and were educated on the many ways to protect the Earth.  A big shout out to our Garden Club leaders, parent leaders, and teachers for their commitment to Mother Earth and the important role of educating others on protecting our environment.  

Month of the Military Child

Thank you to everyone who participated in the obstacle course last week during recess, the students loved the event! This week we have “Crazy Camo” spirit day on Friday and all of our military students will be receiving a purple bracelet.

APEX Fun Run

Don’t forget to join us this Thursday, April 26 for our first Apex Fun Run at Camarena.  Students are learning about the traits of leaderships each day leading up to the run on Thursday.  Your child’s classroom teacher will be posting updates each day and you can also find additional information here.

Snapshot of the Week

  • Monday, April 23, 2018: Robo Rally (8:15 a.m.)/Local Measures Testing Window Opens
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018: Student of the Month Assembly K-2 (8:30 a.m.)/Dr. Escobedo Visits (10:00 a.m.)/Coed Soccer Team vs. CVLCC @ Camarena Elementary (4:00 p.m.)/PTA General Meeting (6:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018: Coed Basketball Team vs. Heritage Hawks @ Winding Walk Park(4:00 p.m.)Incoming Kinder DI Parent Informational Meeting in Media Center (5:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018: APEX Run/Coed Soccer Team vs. Finney Bulldogs @ Camarena Elementary (4:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, April 27, 2018: “Crazy Camo” Spirit Day/Student of the Month Assembly 3rd-6th (8:30 a.m.)

Upcoming Events

  • April 30: Incoming Kinder Testing
  • April 30-May 4: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 7:CAASPP Testing Begins

Check-out our learning from last week!


End of the Year Testing Calendar

Our state and local testing start on Monday, April 23rd. We know parents play a critical role in helping children prepare for these tests by ensuring each child attends school every day, eats a healthy breakfast, gets sufficient sleep, and is encouraged to relax and do their best!  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding end of year testing at Camarena.

APEX Fun Run Updates

We are midway through our major fundraiser of the year! The students are loving the insightful leadership lessons in the classrooms and enjoy having the Apex team on campus. We are working toward our school wide goal and need everyone’s help in order to reach it. Anyone can make a pledge on with your student’s access code.

Pledge Per Lap means that a dollar amount is pledged for every lap that a student completes at the Apex Fun Run (between 26-36 laps, no more than 36).  If a student is absent or unable to run at the fun run, they will be counted at 30 laps.

Simple Donation means that a flat amount of money is pledged regardless of how many laps run. For example, you can pledge $30 simple donation and no matter what amount of the laps the student runs the total payment will remain $30.

When’s the fun run, when’s the money due, may I write a check?
The Apex Fun Run is on Thursday, April 26th. We love to have parents come out and cheer on the students as they run the Apex Track! The times for the runs are as followed:

8:30-9:30 5th– 6th

9:30-10:30 3rd– 4th

10:30-11:30 1st– 2nd

11:30-12:30 Kinder

Pledge payments are due by Friday, April 27th. Please make checks payable to Enrique S. Camarena PTA.

We are hopeful that we can hit our school goal and we would love to see you at the Apex Fun Run this coming Thursday!