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Valentine Grams


Camarena Student Council is selling Valentine Grams. The Valentine Grams will be on sale all this week.  Please complete the order form below and attach the necessary money. You may turn in the Valentine Grams to your child’s teacher or the office.  The deadline to purchase Valentine Grams is Friday, January 20, 2017.

Valentine Gram Order Form


Week of January 10th to January 13th

Happy New Year and welcome to Quarter 3!

Welcome back.  We hope you all had a restful break and were able to spend quality time with family and friends.

Here are a few reminders and highlights for this week:

  • Tomorrow is a minimum day.
  • We will begin Chapter 7 in math this week with our Pretest and instructional focus of multiplying fractions.
  • Our American Revolution unit will begin this week and we look specifically at the causes and effects that led to the revolution and the development of the United States.
  • Our read aloud for this quarter will be Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. This powerful novel takes readers into New York during the revolution and is the story of a slave girl and her fight for freedom.  Her is a brief blurb of this compelling story:
    • If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

      As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

      From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

  • In Science we will focus on Earth Systems and how all four systems interact with each other

We are excited for Quarter 3 and can’t wait to get started!  Keep checking the blog for updates and information throughout Quarter 3!

Week of November 28th to December 2nd

Hello Parents! Can you believe it’s almost December? This year is certainly flying by! Here are a few reminders for this week:

  • Please make sure all basket items for your class basket are in by Wednesday.  Each class has their own unique theme and your child’s teacher should have contacted you regarding this.  We need all items no later than Wednesday so the baskets are ready by Friday.
  • BizTown is Wednesday! We are so excited for this trip. Make sure your child is ready to go and has a lunch packed for the day.  Also, our parent volunteers will need to be there early to prepare for the busy day.  Those parents have been notified and should know what time they need to be there.
  • Winter Wonderland is December 2nd.  This is a wonderful family event with many exciting things to see! Please look at the Camarena blog for more specific information about this fun event.

We will have a very busy three weeks ahead as we prepare for the end of Quarter 2. Students will be busy working and taking assessments for this reporting period.  It is important that they are here everyday ready to learn. We look forward to ending 2016 strong!

Jingle Grams Order Form

Please post this on your class blogs, thank you. It’s a fundraiser for Student Council.


Download this form to order Jingle Grams. You can make as many copies as you need. Turn in your Jingle Gram order form & money to your child’s teacher or the front office. Student Council will attach a gift to each gram before delivering them on December 15.

Order forms are due on Friday, November 18 before noon. No exceptions because Student Council will be ordering the supplies to make the Jingle Grams after school on Friday.

 There are no limits to number of Jingle Grams you can order.


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 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!