August 2, 2020



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Monday, August 10 at 1:00 pm End of Treatment Drive-By Parade for one of our new students!

Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00 pm via Zoom The Camarena PTA Executive Board will meet to plan for this school year. Please support our PTA by becoming a Member Today! Also, the Camarena PTA Auditor Position is still open. Click the link for more information if you are interested in serving in this role.

Monday, August 17 The School Office staff return and will be available to support families from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. For the safety of everyone we ask that you please call or email before coming to the school office. 619-591-5500 or email

Monday, August 31 THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR THE 2020 – 2021 – DISTANCE LEARNING! More information to come!

Census count continues
BE COUNTED – Our Schools Depend on it!

The Census is conducted every 10 years and this information is used to determine how much our schools and school communities will receive in state and federal funds. For more information click here. Due to COVID19 the deadline for the 2020 Census has been extended to October 21. However, if you have not completed the Census, beginning August 11 Census workers will begin going door to door to encourage you to do so! Each person makes a difference so BE COUNTED!

July 26, 2020


The Chula Vista Elementary School District will begin the 2020-21 school year on August 31 in a distance learning instructional model with no classes occurring at school sites.  Your input is REQUIRED via this informational survey in order to ensure we are responsive to the needs of our community.  We understand that circumstances may change and your responses today may be different in the future. Click here to access the survey.

Our Camarena PTA Auditor Position is open. Click the link for more information.

Thursday, July 30 at 5:30 pm there will be a Virtual Town Hall with our Assemblymember, Dr. Shirley Weber. This event will provide an overview to learn about the significant impact the census has on our community and a unique chance to hear the latest Census information, including potential employment opportunities. For more information, call (619) 531-7913.

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Beginning August 2, Sunday evening phone messages and blog updates will begin to keep you informed on the details of how we will start this school year. Take care and stay safe – Dr. McLaren.

School Year to Start in Distance Learning Model

Good Evening Camarena Families and Friends,

Please see the latest update from the superintendent.  Please note the staff and I will be working diligently to provide the best experience for your child(ren).  I know we would all prefer to get back to campus, but the safety of our students, staff and community is top priority.  I miss you all and you you and your family are safe and healthy!

Virtual Calming Room

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Try a Virtual Calming Room to reduce stress…

As we continue to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, we know that managing our stress is critical to our getting through this season of uncertainty. However, I believe we don’t just go through difficult times but we can grow through difficult times if we choose. Change is inevitable but progress is a choice. One area that we can choose for our social and emotional growth and well-being is self-care. I encourage you and your family to take a moment and try this Virtual Calming Room.

Thank you to one of our parents, Ileana Brogran for creating this resource.


June 15, 2020

Summer slump and how to avoid it!

Worried about summer learning loss? Here are 10 Tips for things you can do during the break to keep up your skills.

  1. Read and discuss some of the recommended Common Core Standards Text Exemplars.
  2. Keep a journal on the things you do each day, games you play, programs you watch, etc.
  3. Do some fun math activities or play board games like Monopoly, Sudoku, or Qwirkle.
  4. Choose a few of the K-2 Reading/Writing activities (English) (Spanish).
  5. Keep a science journal noticing the changes in the plants or the types of creatures in your neighborhood. What insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals live in your area? Why?
  6. Listen to Podcasts and reduce your screen time. You can listen in the car, too!
  7. Visit a Virtual Museum!
  8. Try out some of the VAPA Activities.
  9. CVESD has prepared materials for Summer Learning at Home.
  10. In addition, students, including students moving on to middle school, can continue to use all district online programs through July 31.
School Calendars / School Calendars

Pending board approval, the 2020-21 school year will begin for students on August 31, 2020 and end on June 15, 2021. Click here for Superintendent Dr. Escobedo’s most recent newsletter.

The LAST DAY the Camarena office staff will be available by phone or email is Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The office will RE-OPEN in August 17, 2020.

Registration for new students continues ONLINE. Questions? Call CVESD at 619-425-9600.

June 8, 2020

Camarena Families and Friends,

I like you was horrified by the senseless and cruel death of George Floyd. As your principal and as a member of the black community I am committed to doing what I can to stamp out racism, educate others, and unite our Robogriffin community in love. I believe, we are a member of the human race and we all have the same value and worth. I often recite a poem in my morning messages that reinforces the importance of our connectedness.

No man is an island, no man stands alone, each man’s joy is joy to me, each man’s grief is my own. We need one another, so I will defend each man as my brother, each man as my friend. While I am your principal – Camarena will be NO PLACE for Hate!

Please note that a school calendar is going to the school board and once it is official, I will be notifying families of our start date and details if they are available. If you have any questions or anything I can do to assist you please feel free to send me an email at