Week of November 7th to November 11th

Boy have the last two weeks been busy!  We had an amazing Red Ribbon Week.  One highlight was listening to the son of Enrique S. Camarena remember his father.  It was an emotional assembly and we felt all students left with a greater appreciation for our namesake. Last week was also a little crazy with Halloween on Monday.  We had a blast in our costumes and hope the students did as well.  Our Dual Immersion students were also busy with their Dia De Los Muertos festivities last week.

We are gearing up for another busy week. Here are a few highlights:

  • VAPA classes on Monday
  • BizTown lessons continue to prepare for our field trip
  • Colonial Trade Expert groups are being formed so students can become an expert on a colonial trade
  • No school on Friday to honor Veteran’s Day

Thanks again for all your support at home! We hope students go home daily to share all the exciting things that are happening in 5th grade!

Book Fair

Next week, the PTA is holding a “buy one, get one” book fair. They need volunteers for this event. Please contact camarenapta@gmail.com if you’re able to volunteer at this wonderful event.

Character Parade

Next Monday Camarena will have a character parade. Participation is optional, but guidelines are listed below for those who wish to take part.

Character 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, face painting, blood, gore,  clowns, 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.  There will be a parade at 8:30 in the morning on the black top. Students will change from their costume after the parade so we can get back to the business of learning.

Week of October 24th to October 28th

Red Ribbon Week is here!  Scroll down to see all the wonderful Spirit Week activities planned for this week.  In addition to these fun activities, we will also hear from Enrique Camarena’s son in a special assembly, take our annual red ribbon picture, and have our exciting assembly with all the local law enforcement agencies.  It will be a full week of many activities to honor and remember Enrique S. Camarena and to make our pledge to be drug free!

In Math, we will wrap up Chapter 4 and take our final assessment on Tuesday.  On Wednesday we will begin Chapter 5 and will focus on division of decimals.  Students are continuing to build their conceptual understanding of new concepts and are expanding their math knowledge with each new chapter.

In Social Studies, we are learning all about Colonial life.  We have focused on religion, work life, clothing, and what colonists did for fun.  Our focus has been finding main ideas of text about colonial life and making inferences based on what we read and what we know.  Soon, we will start to look specifically at colonial trades and students will do research about a specific colonial trade.

Continue to ask your child about the new things they are learning.  We are proud of all their hard work!

Red Ribbon Spirit Week





Week of October 17th to October 21st

Just a few quick reminders this week:

First, our PTA Membership drive is in full force right now.  We need as many members as possible. There are some great incentives to the first class that reaches 100% membership and also something special for the 2nd place class as well.  PTA does so many wonderful things for our students and school so let’s show our appreciation by blowing them away with our membership numbers! It’s easy to join and you do not have to attend any meetings.  All you have to do is sign up.  Yes, that’s it! So Go ROBO and become the newest member today!

We will be letting our BizTown volunteers know shortly if they have been selected.  We have had many of you sign up and will finalize our list soon. Your child’s teacher will personally contact you to let you know if you made the final list.

Red Ribbon Week is next week and Student Council and the PTA have some great things planned. Look out on the school blog, as well as here, for a post with all the exciting events coming up.  As a school we take great honor in this week as we are named after Enrique S. Camarena who Red Ribbon Week was created for. It is always a highlight of the school year.


PTA Membership Drive Starts NOW!


Week of October 10th to October 14th

Another busy week is ahead! We will start with our first VAPA rotation of this Quarter.  Students will be receiving dance, music, and art instruction from our very talented VAPA teachers.  They are always excited about these fun and engaging classes.

In Science, our focus will be on Life Science this quarter.  We are diving into the Biosphere and will investigate ecosystems and how matter moves through them. Students will engage in some hands-on investigations and we will learn about producers, consumers, decomposers, as well as other aspects of ecosystems and how they all interact in the biosphere.

We have started our read aloud, Blood on the River, by Elisa Carbone.  It is a book that focuses on the establishment of the first permanent colony, Jamestown, in Virginia.  The main character, Samuel, takes us an adventure to the new world where he must learn to trust others and understand the value of cooperation.  So far, the students are already hooked and can’t wait to hear more about this story everyday.

Thanks to those who have signed up to volunteer for our field trip to BizTown.  We will let those parents know who will be selected in a few weeks. If you haven’t signed up, look on the blog for the sign-up post.

We look forward to another great week of learning.

BizTown Parents!

Parents! The time has come to sign up for BizTown, which is next month on November 30.  Use the form below to volunteer and sign up quickly because it’s on a first come basis.  Please be aware that you will NOT be allowed to work in the same business as your child (BizTown’s rules), but you will be able to see them around town and take breaks together.  As much fun as this trip is, it is a whole lot of work for everyone involved, so we really appreciate you joining in to support the 5th graders.


Week of October 3rd to October 7th

Hello and welcome to Quarter 2!

We hope you all had a relaxing Fall Break.  The San Diego weather did not disappoint and the past two weeks we hope you had time to unwind, relax, and recharge for this next Quarter.

This quarter will be a busy one, with some exciting things coming up.  We will be going to BizTown this quarter on  November 30th  and we will begin teaching the BizTown curriculum about 3 weeks prior to our visit.  Students learn about business, financial literacy, and how their school work applies in the real-world. They also work together to successfully run a business while at BizTown.  We will need lots of parent volunteers and will send a sign-up in the next few days for parents to sign-up.  Look out for that on the blog and be one of the first to join us for this fun day of learning!

In Math, we will begin Chapter 4 this week.  Our focus will be on multiplying decimals during this chapter.  A strong focus will be on conceptual understanding of this concept so students can gain a deep understanding of this what it takes to successfully multiply decimals.

In Social Studies our focus will shift to how the original colonies were established and what daily life was like for the colonists.  Students will become experts on colonial trades and will learn about the importance of interdependence during colonial times.  This is a fun an engaging unit for all!

Next week we will fill you in on what’s to come in Science and other highlights of Quarter 2.  We are excited to be back and can’t wait to see the eager faces of all the students tomorrow morning!