Principal’s Message – February 12th, 2019

Hello Kaiser Elementary Families:
I am proud of the Kaiser Elementary families and teachers for showing such love to our kiddos during such difficult times. While the potential of a Kaiser merger and a possible teacher strike is weighing heavy on all of our hearts, I’m moved by how our community is forged by fire and of how we step up to support our children, their teachers, and our school.

Before I delve into heavier conversation, let’s not forget all there is to celebrate!

  • Our mid-year reading scores grew for a 4th consecutive year! We are only 1.5% behind last year’s END of year results. Keep on reading!
  • Ms. Hunter’s class took top honors in their category at the OUSD Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival and several other students were podium finishers.
  • We had 166 prospective families tour Kaiser Elementary, interested in the 48 kinder slots available next year.
  • Our staff recently finished a “cycle of inquiry” in which we delved into our new science curriculum with an additional focus on “complex non-fiction texts.”

And of course, special things happen in every classroom every day!

There are two upcoming opportunities to engage with OUSD leadership about the proposed move of Kaiser to the Sankofa site.

  • This Friday, February 15th at 4 PM, District One School Board Member, Jody London, will be meeting with families in the Kaiser Multi Purpose Room. (Adventure Time will be in the library that day)
  • Thursday, February 21st at 6 PM. Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell will be at Kaiser. Kaiser teachers have organized a presentation at 6:00 PM, and Dr. Johnson-Trammell will present at 6:30.

POSSBILE TEACHER STRIKE: There is a possibility that there will be a teacher strike sometime in the coming weeks. A 72-hour notice is required, and we will notify all families as soon as possible via Konstella and a robo-call if a strike is scheduled. If there is a strike, school will be in session and Adventure Time will remain open, but Enrichment classes will be cancelled. In addition, with most or all teachers out, it will not be “business as usual.” My only “ask” in case of a strike is that the Kaiser community retain its unity. No one should be shamed for the personal or family decisions they make during this time. On my end, I will be suspending our “perfect attendance” awards during the strike and withholding any truancy notices for strike days.

Ernesto “Che” Guevarra said, “The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.” (How is that for a segue!) This Thursday is Valentine’s Day. Please remember Kaiser’s “healthy food” guidelines and do not bring candy or other sweets to school. If your child is going to share Valentine’s Day cards, it is best practice to make one for every student in their class.

Finally, our auction is just around the corner! More information is in this issue of the Pink Panther. If you haven’t already, please get your tickets now. Auction items are still being accepted, as are donations for the “wine cellar.”

~ Dennis Guikema, Principal