If we missed you at Curriculum Night…


…here is the Powerpoint the Sixth Grade teachers shared in their classrooms. If you need any clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact one of us!



Fall Parent Conferences – 2014

6_parent_teacher_conference1-960x632Dear Parents-

Our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are approaching in less than three weeks. Attached is an online link for you to sign up to meet with me. Some notes:

• Conference availability will be Thurs. 9/11-Thurs 9/18. I will not be free on Friday 9/19.
• Slots range from 1:30-5:30pm
• Meetings will be between 20-25 minutes
• I ask that your child attend the conference with you, if possible.

Please click on this link for the online Fall Parent-Teacher
Conference form

If you have any last minute changes or cancellations, please let me know at least 24 hours in advance. I will be happy to reschedule the date, the best that I can.

Thanks for all your support!


August Update

Dear Room 414 Families-

Can you believe we’re heading into our fourth week of school? I wanted to first thank you for your cooperation with your child’s adjustment to 6th grade. Also, if you have received this through a Teacherease invitation, welcome to Teacherease online!  This is an online grading system that you can access to see your child’s grades. I will be using this throughout the year to record your child’s homework, tests and participation.  I also use it to send mass communication directly to your email. Our class blog will include the same info, in case you do not have access to email. Here are some things I wanted to mention for August. Please read through the entire email.

Dates to Remember

August 11- 14  > Book Fair. PTA is looking for volunteers to help. Students may  attend at recess and lunch to purchase books. Home_Photo_books

August 12 > School-wide Bus Evacuation Drill

August 19 > Curriculum Night. Please make arrangements for your children, if possible. PTA meeting starts at 5:30, then all teachers will provide two sessions (6:00 & 6:30) each running a half hour. This way, if you have two children in different grades, you may attend. I will give general information about 6th grade and clarify any general questions about the curriculum. If you have more specific questions about your child, please consider emailing me for an appointment.

August 20 > Picture Day!

Homework >Students are doing a great job turning in homework in and on time. I will be checking homework for “6th grade quality” work. This looks like: complete and thoughtful sentences, showing math work and procedures, and neatness.

Class Blog & Photos > Based upon the papers sent to the office, it is my understanding that I DO NOT have any students who aren’t allowed to have their pictures taken and published online. I do take photos & video frequently, and would like to share this on our class blog or Twitter. If you do not wish to have your child’s face online, please let me know as soon as possible.

 Curriculum Quarter 1

Language Arts –  Theme: “Rules to Live By”. Reading whole class Bud, Not Buddy. Focuses will include literal & figurative language, tone, citing evidence, drawing comparisons to other genres of text.

Math – Ratios and Rates. Ratios, equivalent ratios, application to real-world scenarios, unit rate.

Science – Matter & Chemical Reactions. Focus on observing, analyzing, recording and writing informational pieces on this unit.

Social Studies* – Geography, Early Man (*this class  is taught by Mrs. Mabe)

I have been so impressed with your children, and getting to know them in just the few weeks we’ve been together. I look forward to seeing you in the upcoming weeks!


The Last Week of School!


The final week is here! A letter will be going home tomorrow with this week’s details. It will be similar to the ones we have been sending home in the last weeks, with just extra details for the Picnic in the Park (things the kids can bring and not bring) and classroom Potlucks.

All 6th grade classroom potlucks will be on Thursday 6/5. The cafeteria will NOT be preparing lunches for our grade level. I will provide pizza and paper goods. If you are willing to send extra snacks or drinks with your child, that would be greatly appreciated! You are only signing up items for our class (not for all 6th grade classes). Also, on Thursday, Room 414 students will be allowed to bring their own games (board or electronic to the classroom). If they bring a video game, they must have all the right equipment and cords to hook it up to our classroom tv, and the games MUST be rated “E” or “E10″. No “T” (teen) games. The link to sign up for the potluck is included below:


Rubio’s Fundraiser





Yearbook Dedications


The following information is provided by PTA….yearbook

Dear Parents,

For all those who ordered dedications for the yearbook and have not yet submitted them yet, please send them to by Friday, April 11.   Late submissions will not be included in the yearbook, and NO REFUNDS will be given.

Please email your dedications as soon as possible.  Please make sure to include name of the student, and your message, in 25 words or less. 

Thank you very much!


Camarena Yearbook Committee


Home Stretch!

Dear Room 414 Families:

I hope this finds you well, and that your family had a nice break during these last two weeks. We are on the “home stretch” now of Camarena Elementary’s first year! Only 10 more weeks to go. This is a quick update to get you through the month of April.

Monday April 7th > Minimum Day. School will dismiss at 1:15pm.

Friday April 11th > PTA Movie Night. PTA is raising money towards the 6th Grade Promotion. They need DONATIONS!! If you can, please sign up at the SignUp Genius link .

Thursday April 17th > Rubio’s Fundraiser for 6th Grade Promotion

April 14-18 > “Smarter Balanced” & ELA Performance Testing begins. Please have your child in attendance this week and prepared to do his/her best!

Saturday April 19th > Camarena Color Splash Fun Run will start at 8am. See the school website for more details and to register.graduation-cap-and-diploma

Wednesday April 23th > 6th Grade Promotion Pictures – Dress nice!

**PROMOTION UPDATE** The official date has been set for Friday, June 6th from 2:00-3:30 at Eastlake Community Church. Thursday, June 5th at 1:00 will be a tentative rehearsal at the venue, and we may need to request parent drivers. Please keep that Thursday free, if you choose to volunteer.

An EOY field trip has been scheduled for Skyzone in May. An all-exclusive $35 will be due by May 2nd for admission to Skyzone, a commemorative t-shirt with student names printed, and EOY picnic. More details and permission slips will be sent in the coming weeks. However, I wanted to give advance notice to plan accordingly.

Thanks to all the families who attended, and the STUDENTS who presented their Student-Led Conferences in March. Your children did a wonderful job, and I was happy to have such great conversations about where they are going in their learning. Your feedback was very, very helpful!

Looking forward to ending the year with a cheer!


Spring Student-Led Conferences

It’s that time again! Camarena Parent Conference dates are approaching: March 13-March 21. Below is a Google Form for you to sign up for a “Student-Led” conference. This is very different than traditional parent-teacher conferences, and will require the child to do most of the presenting. Now that students have had some time to grow in several subjects, it is their time to shine and show off.  Please read the handout that will be going home with your child this week for specific details. You may return the handout at your convenience, or click through the Google Form below to pick a date online.

I look forward to having your child be the “teacher” this March!



February Update

Dear Families of Room 414-

Just one more week until your child is at 6th Grade Camp! Here are some luggage issues I’d like to clarify before then. These were addressed both at the follow-up meeting in January, and within our own classroom last week:


Camp Tips

**Pack layers and to be ready in case the weather changes. Temperatures may get into the 40s at night.
**Pack least two pairs of sturdy shoes (for muddy trails) and several pairs of socks. No one wants to be walking in wet shoes!

**Any electronics – including phones – are not allowed at camp, per the YMCA guidelines. (Besides, they will not be able to get any reception)

**We’ve also reminded them that although we want them to enjoy and have fun, that camp is not a “resort”. They need to bring what they NEED and not what they WANT. Limit to (2) pieces of luggage: a large duffel or suitcase, and a sleeping bag. Students will be carrying their own luggage to their cabins.

If you would like to write a letter to your child at camp, both Dr. Winters and Mrs. Orr will be making trips to Camp Marston, and can courier letters up. Every year, my students have enjoyed receiving news from home the “old-fashioned way.” Please have your letters ready no later than Wednesday afternoon with the front office. Don’t mail these yourselves, or your child will not get it in time!

After camp….Yes, after the excitement of the mountain, students will be need to prep themselves for report cards

Quarter 3 Parent Conferences & Report Cards > I will be hosting Student-Led Conferences with you & your child coming up in March. This will be very different than the traditional parent conference,

student led conferencessince your child will be showcasing what he/she has been learning. You WILL have some time to speak to me to ask questions and concerns, of course. However, most of the conference will be looking at the student’s thinking and products. More details will go home shortly, including scheduling a time to confer.

Eastlake Middle School Visits > The middle school’s counselors, band and strings orchestra will be making visits to speak to your children about 7th grade and electives. These visits will be recorded and archived on our Ustream Channel. We will NOT be having a field trip to Eastlake Middle, so all the information they will share will be coming to your child at school. A separate parent orientation by Eastlake Middle will be scheduled and announced in the near future.

Thank you for all your participation, and as always please email me with any questions!


Camp Follow-up Meeting

A 6th grade camp followup meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 27th from 3:00-3:30 pm in the Library Media Center. This will be to review equipment issues, last minute details, and watch a short video describing Camp Marston. Families who cannot attend will be welcome to view a recorded archive at our school’s Ustream Channel.

**Want to help with your 6th grader’s end-of-the-year activities? A parent volunteer will also be leading a discussion immediately after the meeting, for those interested in staying.