Principal’s Message – December 3rd, 2019

Happy Holidays Kaiser Elementary Families!

I hope that everyone had a restful and joyful Thanksgiving with friends and families. The three weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are short but packed with learning, talent, and fun. Our Orff Music Performance is Thursday, December 12, at 6:30 PM. We hope to see all Kinder – 3rd grade families that night. The next week our 4th and 5th graders display their musical and theatrical talents on Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 PM. (Strings report at 6:05, band at 6:20.)

Kaiser Elementary will also be hosting a special and fun art event, Saturday, December 14, from 11AM – 2 PM to honor and raise funds for Kaiser’s long time art teacher Bonnie “Ms. Leonardo” Allen. More details in this issue of The Pink Panther.

And I want to give a shout out to 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Jackson, who defended her Master’s thesis over the Thanksgiving break! Please join me in congratulating her.

Looking into the new year, I encourage all families to stay informed about enrollment options and the design work of the Kaiser-Sankofa merger.

2020-21 Enrollment
The OUSD enrollment window is currently open and all Kaiser families have important decisions to make for their children before the February 7th deadline. 5th grade families should be visiting and researching middle school options.

All current Kaiser Kinder – 4th grade students qualify for an “opportunity ticket.” This is automatically taken into account when enrolling. For more info about this and other enrollment related questions visit If Kaiser-Sankofa is your first choice for your current Kinder. 4th Kaiser student, you do not need to complete the enrollment process as your child will automatically be assigned to Kaiser-Sankofa next year and has a guaranteed spot.

To date over 80 families have signed up for one of the Enrollment Tours & Info Sessions. I highly encourage families to come see the Sankofa site and join us in conversation. The tours are designed for adults, but kids won’t be turned away. (There will be more kid-specific opportunities to make new friends and visit the school in the new year.) Our next tour, Saturday, December 7, is geared specifically to current Kaiser & Sankofa families. To RSVP for a tour, visit

Design Team Update
The Kaiser-Sankofa Design Team had it’s second meeting before the Thanksgiving break. After each meeting notes and next steps are shared on Konstella. I want to appreciate Kaiser and Sankofa Design Team members for being all in with this important work. The Design Team will have a report out following our 4th meeting. We hope to see you at the Sankofa auditorium Monday, December 16 at 5:30 PM to hear about the progress and next steps.

Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Dennis Guikema, Principal