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 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.