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Room 414- December Reminders

Room 414 Families–
Some quick reminders as we head in the last week of school before the Winter Break…

celebration-of-learning-flyer2Tues. Dec. 15th > The Celebration of Learning (formerly Gallery of Experts) is this Tuesday from 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm. The 6th graders will be presenting their ancient Egypt project in the classroom . Students are welcome to dress up as Egyptians for the presentation, but this is not required. Please see the time schedule below.

3:00-3:20 – Students will stand with projects and give oral presentations 3:20-3:45 – Students are free to walk around to other 6th grade rooms to view projects

Wed. Dec. 16th > Project Pie Pizza  – 6th grade fundraiser for End-of-Year e9e1ddc1145b512edc0ac439253f06db_400x400activities. We get 40% profit. This money will help with any end-of-the-year field trips or rewards for the classes. Grade level fundraising paid for our Legoland trip last year! Save a night of cooking, and come down to the Vons shopping center on Otay Lakes Road.

Fri. Dec. 18th > Movie Party  in the afternoon. A “reverse” permission slip will go home on Monday asking permission for your child to possibly watch a PG movie in the classroom. District policy is that G-rated movies are only permissible. If you DO NOT want your child to watch a PG movie, please sign it and return (and email me just to be sure I get the notice). Attached is a Google form if your child would like to donate a snack for the party to share. We will not be having any large food items (no pizzas, no cakes). Students will still need to bring / buy lunch. Download the reverse permission here if you need it. MovieParty

Report Cards > Home with your child. No signatures needed.

VAPA Showcase archive > We had 28 out of 30 students in our class participate!!! Yeah! Your child’s amazing dance & vocal talents is on our Camarena News YouTube channel. Subscribe, watch and send link to friends…or use just as blackmail for your child in high school! 😊

Have a wonderful Winter Break! School will resume January 12th (minimum day).


Room 414 Update- October

October 2015

Dear Room 414 Families-

Welcome back to Quarter 2! I hope families had a restful and enjoyable time with their children. We have lots of learning in store for this quarter. Here is what to expect:

515wROfUwqL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Language / Social Studies > We will be starting a new book, The Egypt Game, to connect with our Social Studies unit. The Social Studies unit, is of course – Egypt!  Each child should be getting his or her own copy of the book to use. Please remind them that this is still school property, and to be careful not to lose it.

Blogging >  The Student Edublog Challenge just got started thisStudent Blogging Challenge 2015 week. Students will be posting at least one topic each week for 10 weeks. They’ll  also be able to follow other students blogs in different countries to learn more about their cultures and schools.

Science > Life Science! Our science unit will cover plant and animal sciences, and more specifically cellular biology. San Diego is known for its innovations in the medical field. If you have information to share that can help students better understand biology research or environmental plant science, please let me know! I would love to have experts come visit.

We could be lost! > Our DonorsChoose Project: Find Me a Treasure needs just $600 left to bring GPS units to our classroom. The deadline is November 13th !! We intend to share these with all of the Camarena campus on Geocaching walks. If you would still like to donate, please visit the link here, or pass this onto your social networks or places of business. Every bit helps.

Camarena Fall Festival Silent Auction Basket > This year, Camarena is hosting a Fall Festival (instead of the Winter Wonderland). This will be the night of Friday, November 6th. Our class theme will be a Science Basket. If you can donate please visit this link so I can collect items.  Last year, our Science Basket went for the highest bid of all the classrooms, at over $200!

6th Grade Camp >  Forms went home for the Butter Braid Pastry fundraiser to help with camp cost. Students may fundraise until October 22nd. Orders will arrive November 5th. Your child will receive $6 for every pastry sold. YMCA Health History forms may also be filled out can be turned in any time between now and January.

Thanks for all your support!

Mrs. Hughes


Room 414 – October update

Dear Families-

Happy Fall! I trust you had some time to relax your brains with your children – or least they did! Here are some important notes for this month.

Report Cards > Thank you to all of who were able to attend parent-teacher conferences back in September. I appreciate your understanding for the District’s new report card, and hope showing some work samples gave you a better picture of math and writing standards for 6th grade. Many of the ideas and discussions I had with families I’d like to try to implement this quarter. If I still have not spoken to you regarding your child’s report card, please contact me for a phone conference as soon as possible. I am available by school phone until 4:30pm most days.

Moms & Muffins (Wed. 10/8) and Donuts & Dads (Thurs. 10/9) >

If you haven’t seen Dr. Winters’ school wide blog post, PTA is hosting a chance for you to sit

in your child’s classroom. Just as we did last year, you are welcome to shadow your child from 8:15-9:30am. Room 414 will be reviewing some PE skills, then taking on dividing fractions. Come by if you have a free moment!



Camp Fundraiser > At conference time, I mentioned to most parents that 6th grade did not plan for any camp fundraisers. However, that has now changed. Your child received an order form to sell Butter Braid pastries. You can check out their website here: https://www.butterbraid.com/ This is completely voluntary, but will certainly help subsidize the camp cost. You child will earn $6 for every pastry item sold. Orders are due October 24th, with the items delivered flash frozen on November 6th – just in time for the holidays. If you have sent in money towards camp, I can refund that amount to families.

Curriculum Subjects to cover Quarter 2…

Math > Division of Fractions

Language & Writing > Bud,Not Buddy chapter book, poetry, and primary source speeches; Argumentative writing, student blog posting

Science > Cells & Organisms & Project Based Learning

Social Studies > Egypt & incorporating Argumentative writing

Tech > Google Apps for Education (word processing, file storage), TenMarks (math), Glogster (interactive poster publishing)

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!

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 camarenapta@gmail.com.

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