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.


Happy New Year!

Greetings, Camarena 414 Families!Happy-New-Year-2014

I trust you and your children have had a restful, maybe indulging vacation! Can you believe we are already into 2014 ?! When you children come back to school on Tuesday, Jan. 14th, we will be exactly at the halfway point of the school year! I hope you were able to celebrate some of their accomplishments these last two quarters. Quarter 3 is going to go by very quickly, with many short weeks because of the holidays and camp. Here are some things to add to your calendar:

January 14th > Camarena students return to school. This is a FULL DAY.


January 20th > No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January TBD
> 6th Grade Camp Followup Informational Meeting- What to bring. An archived video recording of the meeting will be posted if parents cannot attend in person.

February 14-17 > No School – Presidents Day Weekend

camp marston

February 24-28 > 6th Grade Camp! Students who do not participate, will still be required to attend school at Camarena, since at least one teacher will be staying behind to teach non-campers.


March 13-21 > Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences. Parents will receive their scheduled appointment dates by the end of February.


Winter Break Cultural Project > Your child has been asked to complete a cultural presentation about his/her family. The details were sent home before break, and digital copies are also online on their Edmodo account, and on our classroom website blog post. These are due when they come back Jan. 14th. I can’t wait to hear more about your families’ heritage!

Gallery of Experts Online > Your child did an exceptional job on his/her science presentation last December! Dr. Winters sent this email the next day to the 6th grade teachers, “Brilliant, brilliant, brillant!”  The Ustream videos will briefly remain online this month, and then will be removed. If you’d like a chance to listen to your child, or any another 6th grader, please go to our Camarena Elementary Ustream Channel and scroll through the videos to watch!

Content Standards > This quarter, the 6th grade plans to cover these topics and integrate Common Core State Standards & Next Generation Science Standards. In Room 414, I plan to spend much more time on reading comprehension in small groups. Reading comprehension is an area I noticed students struggled with during our testing assessments.

    • Reading- More small group Guided Reading strategies using varied literature
    • Writing – Argument/Opinion genre
    • Math – Positive & Negative Numbers and Using a Coordinate Grid
    • Social Studies – Review of Egypt content, Greece
    • Science – Earth & Human Activity
    • Technology – Coding, increased book reviews & bloggingblog


Science Expo Field Trip > We have been granted FREE bus transportation in March to enjoy part of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering! The exact activity and date is TBD. We will need chaperones, so please keep the week of March 17-21 in mind, when I do get more details.

VOICEMAIL! > Finally, we have voicemail. Please refer to the direct email that was sent to parents for Mrs. Hughes’ voicemail extension.

Whew!!! I think that is all for now. Looking forward to a great 2014!

Thank you parents!

I’d like to thank the following parents for helping out with our classroom recently!

Mrs. Gerber > Thank you for taking time out of your busy day (and day off!) to come visit


with our entire 6th grade classes this past Tuesday. As part of our science project based learning, Mrs. Gerber gave her expertise in the nursing field, and was able to answer specific questions related to cell biology. The students were able to take notes and decide how her information may help with their group projects. I’m sure they learned some new fun facts.

photo (1)Mrs. Dunaway > Thank you for taking on the responsibility of creating our Winter Wonderland PTA auction basket. Our chosen theme is a “Movie Night” basket. She has graciously donated a nice-sized wicker basket and several goodies to make this work for the silent auction on December 6th. It’s fabulous! However, if any parents are willing to add to the basket, there is still plenty of time. It will need to be delivered to PTA by Nov. 22nd.

As always, I appreciate your kind volunteerism in an effort to help out our classroom.

Winter Wonderland Volunteers

PTA is looking for volunteers to help with the 1st Annual Winter Wonderland Festival scheduled for


Friday December 6th. Specifically, PTA is soliciting classrooms to collect items to create a silent auction basket. Room 414’s theme is a “Movie Night” basket.

If you are willing to help, PLEASE email me as soon as possible or contact PTA!!! I know many of you expressed an interest at Parent Conferences if you could help, and this is a great opportunity. I don’t expect you to donate or buy anything or everything. However, to help raise money, I would imagine if families could donate a little bit at a time, the basket would look great! Again, please email me directly or the PTA coordinators at

Camp Fundraiser Update


Based upon parents comments and the recent fundraiser survey, we will be holding three (3) more fundraisers. These will include:

Community Yard Sale – October 19th 8am-12pm in the Camarena Parking Lot. For more details, download the flyer here [YardSaleflyer], then register online for a space. 6th Grade Families will not be charged a fee. However, we need at least TEN reservations to hold this event.


Restaurant Nights – O’s American Kitchen (October  24th),


Chick-Fil-A (November 8th)


Candy Sale – Starting October, candy types & brand to be determined

Welcome Back – to October!

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Dear Families-

An early “Welcome Back” from your Fall Break. I hope everyone had a restful time with family and friends. Some quick reminders:

Tuesday October 8 > Classes resume. This is a FULL school day, dismissing at 2:45.

Fall Break Homework > Will be due Tuesday.  Students were given a hard copy sheet with all the directions, which was also reviewed in class before the vacation. Your child has a LOT of flexibility to show what they know in both language and math/science or social studies. If they had any computer issues, they are welcome to hand in the assignment as a traditional paper/pencil method. I would like to see as much thought, rigor and creativity as possible. Those who would like to share their assignments will be invited to show the class this week.

Quarter 2 > We will be gearing up for a lot of exciting things this quarter.
(1) We will be starting new units in science (cell structure) and social studies (Egypt).
(2) We also have at least one walking field trip planned for November to the Olympic Training Center, and possibly another to High Tech High.
(3) Your child will start using more new web tools in class. One will be for current events and non-fiction reading. The other will creating a year-long student portfolio/website with This is even more reason that students will need to have home access to the Internet this quarter. There is no need to create an account on our part. This will be set up in the classroom.

6th Grade Camp > More fundraisers are being planned – a yard sale and restaurant nights. Please look out for more details as these are confirmed. The Butter Braid fundraiser was a big hit. Our class raised the most money of all four classes! Wohoo!!

Donor Choose Book Update > Thank you to ALL the generous donor families who contributed to start our classroom library. We needed close to $1,000 in the beginning, and are now about $150 away from making it happen! The campaign will be good until January, so hopefully the last remaining dollars will come through. Please pass the word to others who may be willing to help us out!

Room 414 Voicemail > Word has it that classrooms NOW have voicemail. As soon as I am able to check, I will pass on our classroom extension. Thanks for your patience with this.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Hughes

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