I’m a new parent with a child starting in the fall. Where can I go to get questions answered and to find out more about the school?
Each August, a couple of weeks before the start of classes, the school hosts a kindergarten tea for incoming families. Look for an invitation in the mail.
How do I know what’s coming up at school?
The most important place to look is in your child’s lunch box or backpack each day. Your child’s teacher will send home notices. The PTA produces the Pink Panther which is sent home with each student. In addition, the bulletin board in the office has items that are of interest to parents. And this web site has a calendar with upcoming events.
Who do I contact about putting information in the Pink Panther?
You can reach the Pink Panther staff via email Jolie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there an extended day or after-care program?
Yes, a private company called Adventure Time provides before- and after-school care starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Call 1-800-339-6832 for more information.
Are there enrichment classes?
Yes, the PTA sponsors a fee-based enrichment program. Offerings vary from year-to-year,but some examples include cartooning, ceramics, science, chess, cooking, drama, art and sewing. Look for information to be distributed in the early fall. For more information, go here.
What happens if my child is sick?
We ask that you keep your child home when symptoms of illness begin. If your child becomes sick at school, s/he will be removed from the classroom and you will be called to pick up your child.
What about minimum days?
Every Wednesday is a minimum day, with all classes being released by 1:25 p.m.
What does homework look like at Kaiser?
Homework is going to vary from teacher to teacher. Talk to your child’s teacher to find out more.
How do I reach my classroom teacher with concerns?
Feel free to either leave a message in his/her mailbox in the main office or call and leave a message on the main line. Your child’s teacher will reach you as soon as possible, probably during lunch hour or after school if possible. Some teachers have e-mail addresses. Ask you child’s teacher how she/he prefers to be contacted. In addition, parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year.
Does the school have a PTA?
Yes, it’s called the Kaiser PTA. See the parent involvement page for more information.
How do I get involved in the Kaiser PTA?
The easiest way to start is to attend a PTA meeting. Check the Pink Panther for current dates. Another great way to get involved is to volunteer for an event or a committee. The following are some of the standing committees of the Kaiser PTA:
- Pledge Drive
- Box Tops
- Volunteer Coordination
- Health and Safety
- Cultural Enrichment and Assemblies
- PTA Membership
- Room Parent Coordinators
- Teacher/Staff Appreciation
- Pink Panther
- After School Program Coordination
To volunteer, please contact the PTA volunteer coordinator.
How do I communicate with the Kaiser PTA?
The best way to communicate is to contact a member of the Executive Board. Their contact information is here.
What part does fundraising play at Kaiser?
Fundraising events at Kaiser are essential if we are to continue offering our children the best possible education. The money we raise is put to many uses, including buying classroom supplies, field trips, assemblies, school library, emergency supplies and paying for the salaries for classroom assistants, art supplies and instruction, music instruction and computer instruction. Visit the fundraising page to learn about the school’s major fundraisers.
Who do I contact if I want to help with fundraising?
Contact the fundraising chair or volunteer coordinator of the PTA board.
How can I volunteer at the school or in my child’s classroom?
There are many ways to get involved in your child’s education, from being a room coordinator to volunteering in classes to helping fundraise. Ask your child’s teacher at the start of the year about volunteer opportunities in your child’s classroom. And visit the parental involvement section for more general information about parental involvement at Kaiser.