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Updated Thu, May 4th

By Lynne Marie S., Parent

Students Explore The World of 3-D Printing 

“3D Printing? Is that even a thing?,” you might ask yourself, if you are not an engineer, not a technophile, or maybe not an informed adult (speaking only for myself of course).

Well, as it turns out our upper grade students are finding out it is “a thing,” and one with perhaps endless possibilities. Through relatively inexpensive plastic filament, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are generating designs and physical objects and concepts to tickle the brain and tease the imagination.

Through School Site funds and Teacher Roberta’s participation in a technology education course, Village has acquired two 3D printers. With this new equipment Village is offering a brand new center, “3D Printing,” facilitated by four parent volunteers, none of whom had prior 3D printing experience. Thanks to Alex, Debbie, Ben, and Carol, who also learned from the tinkercad.com site, students are supported in their design and printing process.

Students work on their classroom chromebooks using the website Tinkercad.com. The early classes focus on learning basic principles and concepts of 3D design and printing, and during the rest of the course students are free to “tinker,” or conceive, design, re-imagine, re-design, and print.

One challenge in teaching this course is accommodating the time it takes to actually print an object. To this end, our parent volunteers spend time outside of the teaching of the course to print students’ visions, not unlike the ceramics center in that way. Another challenge for some students is learning to work effectively with a mouse vs. the trackpad. 

As we all keep hearing, our kids are growing up in an age of unprecedented technology. While this could seem intimidating for them and for us parents, our kids are immersed already, and in many ways are more prepared to meet these new technologies head-on. Our students have a context for technology that we as adults might not have. For example, as parent volunteer Carol noted, many of the students come into the center already equipped with a concept of graphic 3 dimensional design thanks to their experience playing minecraft.

Some of the many imaginative items students have designed and printed include a castle, a planetarium, a treasure chest, a land speeder and much more.

    
    
 
  
Updated Wed, Jun 28th

Board News - June 1 2017: Members of the winning Monroe Middle School Scholars Cup team were featured at the meeting. The Board also heard a District recommendation on the TK-8 school transformation.

The June 1 meeting agenda included presentations about:

  • Plans for transforming Campbell Middle School into a new TK-8 grade school.
  • Local Control & Accountability Plans (LCAPs) for teh District and several of its schools.
  • The 2017-18 District Budget.

Details about these topics are available in English and Spanish in the June 1, 2017 edition of Board Meeting News.

The next Board meeting will be held June 22nd. The agenda is available online.

Updated Tue, Jun 13th

Free summer meals for eligible children

For some children and teens, summer can mean an unwanted vacation from the regular meals they received at school. Fortunately, children in Santa Clara County, ages 18 and younger, can receive free meals during the summer at multiple locations.

Various programs are in place throughout the county to help children, who rely on free or reduced-price school meals, to receive meals when school is out.

Two Campbell Union School District schools will serve meals beginning June 26 and ending July 14.

  • Rosemary Elementary School, located at 401 W. Hamilton Ave., will serve a lunch/brunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m. M
  • Sherman Oaks Elementary, located at 1800 Fruitdale Ave., will serve brunch from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Children in Campbell also can go to:

  • Del Mar High School will serve free meals during the summer to anyone under age 18. Breakfast is from 9:10 to 9:20 a.m. and lunch from 11:00-11:10 a.m. There will be no meals served July 3-4.
  • The Health Trust, 2105 Bascom Ave., and
  • The Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road Suite 202 in Los Gatos.

There are many more locations in Santa Clara County. Families can find a meal site in their area through web searches for USDA Summer Food and the Hunger Hotline, or by phoning the National Hunger Hotline at: 1-866-3HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273).

Updated Fri, May 26th

Free community STEAM event on May 31st!

All families are invited to a FREE family STEAM event on Wednesday May 31, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Campbell Middle School, 295 Cherry Lane, Campbell.

Sponsored by School Linked Services and the Measure A grant, the event will feature food, and fun activities like Derby Car Engineering, projects in Art and Science, and more.

There also will be a special workshop with award-winning author Carmela Dutra, and each family can take home a STEAM Kit to use this summer.

(See the e-flyer here, or ask in the school office.)

Updated Tue, May 23rd

Ideas and questions about a new TK–8th-grade school filled the walls at the District's first Community Input Forum. A second forum is planned for June 12.

The community is invited to the District's second Community Input Forum to provide feedback on short- and long-term decisions relating to creating our new school on the Campbell Middle School site. The meeting will be held Monday, June 12, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Campbell Middle School.

The District is seeking ideas and suggestions about elements of the Transformation Team's recommendation, which includes which grades will be enrolled in the school's first few years, the theme for the school, site plans, and more. 

Students, families, employees, neighbors—all those who have an interest in development of the school—are welcome.

For more information about the school transformation, contact the District's Public Information Office: 408-341-7254 / contact [at] campbellusd.org

More information is available online on the Transformation web page. (www.campbellusd.org/transformation)

Updated Wed, May 31st

Give your child an educational edge when you attend this free parent education event.

Parent University: Parenting Student Success Today is a one-morning event that offers parents practical tips, networking opportunities, and the chance to show your child that you value dedicating time to future goals.

Saturday, May 20, 2017   •  9AM – 12PM
Castlemont School, 3040 Payne Ave., Campbell

Registration is free and includes lunch for registered participants.  Check-in starts at 8:30AM. 

REGISTER ONLINE 
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Updated Wed, May 10th
steam -- science technology engineering arts mathematics

All District families are invited to a FREE family STEAM event on Wednesday May 31, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Campbell Middle School, 295 Cherry Lane, Campbell.

Sponsored by School Linked Services and the Measure A grant, the event will feature food, and fun activities like Derby Car Engineering, projects in Art and Science, and more.

There also will be a special workshop with award-winning author Carmela Dutra, and each family can take home a STEAM Kit to use this summer.

(See the e-flyer in this week's e-news, or click on the e-flyers link on the school's home page.)

Updated Wed, May 10th

By Tracey K., Parent
 

Egg Drop 2017

On top of a 25 foot scissor lift on March 31st, balloons and parachutes attached to fragile packages will await their turn. Some will be wrapped in layers of bubble wrap. Others might be shoved into jars, or in boxes of all shapes and sizes. Cotton balls and marshmallows will come in handy on this day. And, sitting anxiously on the blacktop below, hopeful students will be delighted to discover if their theories prove correct. Science meets art every year in the Village Egg Drop.

If you’re unfamiliar with this popular STEAM activity, students are challenged to design a contraption using various materials to protect an egg for a high fall. At Village, the egg drop is not just a physics lesson — it’s also a lesson in collaboration, creativity, design and theory. The annual event is one of Village’s most memorable and fun traditions.

On the morning of the Egg Drop, classes will make their way to the blacktop to find an unusual piece of equipment awaiting them. For some of the younger students, the sight of an industrial scissor lift might be exciting enough in and of itself. But there’s more! After saying a few words, Principal David will rise up 25 feet as the lift carries him and a bucket of carefully packed eggs into the air.

One by one the egg contraptions will be dropped to the pavement. And one by one, students will check their work. Some will be thrilled to see them crack — even hoping they’ll explode into a gooey mess. Others will breathe a sigh of relief to see the shell still intact. All will have a great time watching, learning, and plotting their approach for next year.

I had the privilege of researching a bit of Village history by flipping through scrapbooks and yearbooks in preparation of our 20th anniversary event last year. My own kids were amused to see an early photo from the egg drop, which showed the eggs about to be thrown from what appears to be a lowly 6-foot ladder. Later photos show them being tossed from the roof of the school building. But nothing, in my mind, compares to the thrill of watching Principal David, safely positioned on the platform of the lift, as he slowly rises superhero-style up into the air.

And as an excited and anxious crowd below cheers him on, his precious cargo of raw eggs — wrapped in creativity and hope — will dramatically make their journey both up… and down again.

Updated Mon, May 8th

Meet Dancing Bird Graham’s Family

Hi! We are Ashlee and Tejas. Our son Graham joined Ms. Gretchen’s Kindergarten class this year. They call themselves the Dancing Birds! Graham also has an 18 month old brother Cedric, who already enjoys hanging out in Graham’s class for Book Browse every morning. Our family is completed by 14 year old Boo Radley (meow!) and 4 year old black lab Eleanor (woof!).

Ashlee grew up in Ohio and Florida and teaches chemistry at Kehillah Jewish High School, while Tejas grew up in India, speaks 5 languages and works in tech. We met during grad school at Georgia Tech at a friend’s wedding before moving to California 7 years ago. Ashlee loves baking and gardening in her spare time with help from Graham and Cedric, while Tejas loves consuming said baked goods and coaching Graham’s baseball and soccer teams when he gets a chance. We try to squeak in a few camping trips and visits to family every year.

 

Fun Fact: Our initials coincide with the molecules that form DNA base pairs.

 

How did you find your way to Village? 
As we were reading up on the various schools on the district website, we first read about Village being right next to Capri, our assigned school. While chatting with parent friends, we ended up talking to a Village mom whose daughter attended preschool with Graham. She has been a long time member of the Village community and we learned from her about the atmosphere and the roles that parents play, we were very excited to try it out. We talked among ourselves about how we could commit to contributing the time and dedication to make our participation meaningful before applying to the school for enrollment.

How prepared were you for the transition to Kindergarten?
We would say we were mostly ready. Graham is generally easy-going and enjoys making new friends or trying new things, so he adjusts to new environments easily. He was in a Jr-K program at preschool, which eased him into a daily academic routine. We felt Village would be the perfect place to continue to nurture him in various ways, not just academically.

How would you describe the first 100 Day experience?
In one word, refreshing. We can’t believe 100 days have flown by. It’s been great to watch Graham blossom in Ms. Gretchen’s class — she is simply one of a kind, and we are already excited at the prospect of Cedric in her classroom in a few years! Graham has always loved to read by himself, and since school he has been devouring books by himself.

More importantly, we have begun to appreciate the effects of the respectful atmosphere in the classroom and school. Just as an example, Graham has become noticeably better at expressing his wants and feelings, or describing conflict situations to us.

What have you been most surprised by so far?
No homework! While Graham hasn’t really been averse to it in the past, he has been somewhat busy outside of school this year. He has been taking classes to learn Tejas’ mother tongue Tamil in a formal setting on weekends, along with a few sports and physical activities. And all the extra time has come in handy there. We are also very grateful for Village parents that have been teaching the Spanish class, and engaging him with the various Centers programs.

Biggest challenge/ adjustment so far?
There are a lot of moving parts involved in making Village run the way it does. It was a bit overwhelming at the start of the year to absorb all the information coming at us, the parent education classes, and the expectations of engagement as new parents. We are starting to get a better hold on it now. It’s important to remember that parent participation consists not only of participating, but enabling others to give their best as well.

What are you most enjoying about being part of the Village community?
The Positive School Climate and Centers programs have earned Village School a Distinguished School Award in the past, and we are seeing first-hand how these programs have benefited our child and family. Above all, we are grateful to have an active and engaged role in our child’s education, and to get the opportunity to interact with his classmates and their teacher and families.

Updated Mon, May 8th

By Tracey K., Parent
 

Reflections on Walden West 

After weeks of record-breaking rain and storms, the sun emerged just in time to welcome the 5th grade class of 2017 to Walden West. It’s an understatement to say that Mother Nature was kind to them the week of February 13–17, providing a narrow pocket of mostly sunny weather between flood-inducing storms.

Months of fundraising and years of anticipation brought them to this point. In the days before the trip, when I asked students what they were looking forward to, most couldn’t narrow it down. “Everything!” was the most popular answer.

After meticulously reviewing packing checklists, gathering at school for a quick group photo, and getting speedily dropped-off by slightly nervous parents, students were off to find another wonderful surprise waiting for them at science camp.

Former Village teacher, Sherry, also known by Raven (her camp nature name), was their Field Teacher for the week. Sherry retired at the end of last year, and her former students (the 4th graders from last year’s combo class, the Mystical Mountain Lions) were over the moon that she’d come to share this special week with them after all. Sherry worked full time for Walden West prior to coming to Village and still works occasional weeks at Walden West during her retirement in order to continue sharing her love for nature and science. Needless to say, the students were excited and delighted to spend time with her again.

At home, parents dealt with their own emotions regarding a slightly quieter household, awaiting updates from teachers and chatting back and forth in the courtyard and on social media. Said one parent “I’m an empty-nester!”

But as teacher reports came in daily, it became clear to most parents that their kids were doing just fine on their own. Photos shared of relaxed, smiling kids punctuated that point. Parents expressed pride, relief and gratitude for our teachers as they witnessed from afar a great milestone for our children. Kids enthusiastically took charge of leadership roles and camp jobs, settled into their cabin teams, bonded with others, and clearly had the time of their lives.

Talia and Michele experienced Walden West for the first time as teachers, joining the veteran, Jill. Teacher Michele said that her favorite part of science camp was at night, when she checked in on each student before they went to bed. Although the group felt strangely small without their 4th grade classmates, this reduced class size also gave Michele and the other teachers a unique opportunity to get to know each child that much more. That personal touch was clear at the closing ceremonies, where the teachers’ pride in the kids and the growth they had made during the week clearly showed in all of our teacher’s faces.

The week closed with hugs all around and a dash to the car as a new rainstorm made its way back to our region.

As a personal postscript, our family was reminded once again just how wonderful our community is, and how small the world is.

For those not yet familiar with the tear-jerker (and lovely) song “Shooting Star,” it’s this song that traditionally closes camp at Walden West and at Village’s 5th grade graduation. The theme of the song is friendship, and how people pass through our lives — like the special magic of shooting stars.

My daughter made a new friend in one of her cabin mates from Noddin – the other school at Walden West sharing the same week as Village. As the Noddin bus pulled away at the end of camp, both girls were in tears as the emotions of the week and the thought of never seeing each other again caught up with them.

As it turns out, Kaiya (from Noddin) has been friends with Snowboarding Snow Leopard Layla since they were babies in daycare together. A connection was made, a reunion was arranged, and Kaiya sweetly and thoughtfully wore her Walden West sweatshirt to the meeting. Sometimes Shooting Stars — “the ones we won’t forget” — pass through our lives once more. Thank you, kind winds, for making that possible.
 

Shooting Star Lyrics

Please won’t you catch a shooting star for me
And take it with you on your way
Though it seems that we’ve just met
You’re the one I won’t forget
Hope some kind wind blows you back my way

And I was thinkin’ maybe somewhere later down the road
After all our stories have been told
I’ll sit and think of you, the dear friend I once knew
Shot through my life on a shooting star

Sometime I know that a part of you will show
Deep in my eyes or in my smile
There’ll always be a part of you deep inside my heart
And I’ll know just when to let it go.

You are so dear, you’re my bright and shining star
You brighten up my each and every day
You are so near, but soon you’ll be so far
So why not just hold my hand today

 

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  • In Session 8:25–10:40
  • Snack Recess 10:40–11:00
  • In Session 11:00–12:40
  • Lunch & Recess 12:40–1:20
  • In Session 1:20–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30
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  • Snack Recess 10:40–11:00
  • In Session 11:00–12:40
  • Lunch & Recess 12:40–1:20
  • In Session 1:20–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30
 

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