Week 3: Updates

Parents of CamSix415,

Here we are ready for week three, and we have a few things planned. First off within our class we’ll be releasing the usage of Google Classroom, TenMarks, and KidBlog. I’ll be implementing these programs throughout the week so that our students won’t feel overwhelmed. Last year, these three platforms served as opportunities for collaboration, math practice, and presenting our students with an authentic audience for their polished writing pieces.

Also, this Wednesday we have our Curriculum Night that will cover what the learning targets will be for your child, as well as how we can work together to see that your child grows in their academics. The schedule for  Wednesday, August 5th will be as follows:

  • 5:30 – Whole School Welcome by Dr. Winters & Mrs. Orr
  • 6:00 – First Session with Parents in Room 415
  • 6:30 – Second Session with Parents in Room 415

Note that these two sessions are exactly the same, and they are their to serve you if you have more than one child that attends Camarena.

Thank you to all who have been following through in monitoring your child’s behavior through Class Dojo. Please continue to encourage your child and reflect their daily behavior as you are notified of how their day went at school.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at christopher.garcia@cvesd.org.

See you all this Wednesday,

Mr. Garcia


Our first full week!

CamSix415 Parents,

Here we go! Our first full week, and many more to come this month. So far this week, we’ll be rolling out Google Classroom and also a program known as Reading Glue. As far as Reading Glue, I need your cooperation and permission to use your email so that we, both, can keep up with your child’s reading this year. I have found the last few years that when students read, and read a lot, it’ll elevate their writing, comprehension, and endurance to work with mathematical word problems. If you wish to NOT have your email used for Reading Glue, please email me by this coming Tuesday, July 28th.

Also, in the spirit of being a family at Camarena, we love to support our Kindergarten class as they adjust to school for the first week. For that reason I’m attaching a color code for our students to wear to support identifying colors for our little friends.

Lastly, on August 5 (Wednesday) we’ll be having our Curriculum Night as a little meet/greet, and go over our curriculum expectations for the 2015 – 2016 school year. There will be two sessions that will begin at 5:30 and the next one at 6:15, just in case your child has siblings.

Please do not hesitate to email me at christopher.garcia@cvesd.org if you have any questions.


Our Physical Education



One important aspect of our academic year is the participation in physical education. Below is how we accomplish at least 200 minutes within at least 10 days.

Monday – Thursday: 8:15 – 8:35 = 20 minutes each day (Totaling 80 minutes)

Friday: 11:30am – 12:15pm = 45 minutes

Weekly: 125 minutes

Monthly: 500 minutes

Take into consideration, that there are rainy day schedules, collaboration times, and also dance instruction included in these minutes.

IMPORTANT: End of the year break down…Please Read Entirely!

Hello CamSix415 Parents,

So we have an excited week of activities planned, so here is the breakdown of how it’s going to go down for the week. 

Monday, June 1st:

  • Students MUST wear their 6th grade lime shirt.
  • NO Phones Allowed, and only disposable cameras. (If you wish to check on your child during the trip please use the ClassDojo messenger or follow us on twitter at @CamSix415)
  • Please be at school at the normal time of 8:15
  • Bring sack lunch, and we’ll be eating lunch when arriving at park with the designated groups and chaperones.
  • Souvenir money is OPTIONAL
  • Our “goal” is to be back by 2:45 that afternoon. The original permission slip mentioned 3:30 to allow room for the North County traffic.

Tuesday, June 2nd:

  • Bring sack lunch
  • We will be watching Tomorrowland, please click here if you wish to look at the reviews for children.
  • Please send me an email at christopher.garcia@cvesd.org if you wish for your child NOT to watch the movie.

Wednesday, June 3rd:

  • Our class is representing the Ancient Civilization of Egypt, so please wear black, red, and white.
  • Lunch will be normal, so have your child either bring their lunch like usual or order from the cafeteria.

Wednesday Evening, June 3rd: 6th Grade Reception 6pm -7pm

  • Parents are welcomed, however please no siblings and childcare will NOT be provided.
  • No students allowed inside before 6pm
  • Dress Code: Casual Dressy (Similar to the Spring Dance)

Thursday, June 4th:

  • Eastlake Church: 2355 Otay Ranch Road, Chula Vista 91914 (Next to Kohl’s)
  • Arrive at 1:30 PM
  • Line up outside
  • NO balloons or banners inside the auditorium
  • Dress Code, please click here for the details.

Friday, June 5th:

  • Regular scheduled school hours from 8:15 am – 1:15 pm
  • We’ll be having a potluck starting at 11:00am please feel free to drop off the food either that morning of class or deliver the pizza’s by 10:45 am.
  • Please click here, for the signup sheet for the potluck.
  • Our potluck will be in our classroom.

If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to respond in a timely fashion. I appreciate your investment this year, and wish this last week in elementary school to be a memorable one.


Mr. Garcia

Gallery of Experts Tomorrow 5:30pm – 6:15pm

Parents of CamSix415,

Well, we are at the final stretch of the year and we have some fun activities planned out starting tomorrow. Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, we’ll be having our Gallery of Experts showcase where our class will be sharing every single Action Research project focusing on four elements of water and energy conservation, along with trash and recycling awareness. This quarter we’ve worked hard on making our students aware of taking care of our community resources and I know they are excited to share with you the research they’ve conducted.

Looking forward to see you all tomorrow evening from 5:30pm – 6:15pm.

End of the year Parent help/Promotion Dress Code


We are still in need of some chaperones, drivers, and volunteers for our end of the year activities.

Please visit this link: http://tinyurl.com/CamSix415EndOfYear

Be sure to use the web browser on your phone, mobile device, or computer.



As the end of the year approaches, our main event that we are all anticipating is the promotion. Here are the following guidelines that our school has created:

Dress Code for 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

All students should dress their best for the promotion ceremony. Please have your child wear their “Sunday Best” or “Business Casual” attire.  A few guidelines to follow, which can also be found in the Camarena Dress Code, are:

  1. Students should have shoes which are safe. Nothing over a 1 inch heel is acceptable.
  2. Jeans are not permitted. Students should wear dress slacks, dress, or skirt.
  3. Hats, caps, and other head coverings are not allowed.
  4. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. When hands are raised above the head, the midriff must be covered. Dresses must be no shorter than the thumb length when the arms of the student are extended at their sides. See through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off the shoulder or low cut tops, spaghetti straps, bare midriffs are not acceptable.
  5. Clothing should be free of any logos, writing, or pictures.

A paper copy of this will be sent home on Wednesday, May 20th for you to take with you as you look for that “perfect” outfit for your child.

How CamSix415 Creates, Collaborates, and Shares with the World!

Here are some links you may find interesting to how our class is communicating with the world through blogging, video lessons, and collaboration via Twitter.

Please visit www.kidblog.org/camsix415 to read and learn about what our students are reading, watching in the news, and other personal interests they have.

Next is our way of modeling and communicating via Youtube. Check out a sample of the following videos we use inside/outside of class to further our understanding and communicate with families.

Lastly, here’s our twitter page that allows us to communicate with CNN Students News broadcasters, the people of Qualcomm, and more importantly anyone who’s interested in listening to our voice.


CNN Student News

Homework: Avengers Age of Ultron



No pressure, but I have challenged my students to watch the new box office movie Avengers: Age of Ultron and connect it to a study we’ve focused on this school year known as Austin’s Butterfly. Please watch this video regarding Austin’s Butterfly and ask your child “How does the connection of Ultron’s upgrade desire compare to the theory of Austin’s Butterfly?

Austin's Butterfly