Principal’s Message – February 13th, 2018

The big news for all of us was that baby Zola Jeanne Guikema was born on the morning of February 2nd and the family is all doing well! Dennis is even beginning to look at some of the Kaiser calendar and is planning to return on March 6th, 2018. He will be working Tuesday-Thursdays and there are two of us who are filling in for Dennis: Kathy Maloney and myself.

California Healthy Kids Survey- (CHKS). Every year, California surveys our families to give us feedback on how we are doing and how we can serve your family better. The district is not sending home paper copies this year. PLEASE click on the link sent in Konstella, or type in this shortcut link to access the survey:

We are an Allergy Aware School. Our nurse, Coreen Steigerwald, sent out notices to all students, naming the type of allergies that students in your child’s class have. We hope that you will be willing to work with us when sending food or preparing a lunch for your child. Please make sure your child understands why s/he should not share with friends. Ideally, if nuts are on the allergy list for your class, try to experiment with sunflower butter, rather than peanut butter.

Busy times at Kaiser Elementary these days! Our third graders in Ms. Hunter’s class were finalists in the M.L.King, Jr. Oratorical Contest. They performed again on Sunday, and on Monday morning for our student body for the Oratorical assembly. Thursday, all of our 4th and 5th graders will be attending the Oakland Museum’s Black History Month exhibit. Our students and staff are reviewing the safety rules for the playground and we are striving to make sure that we play safely and responsibly. We could always use extra volunteer support on the upper field during the noon hour. Feel free to stop by, pick up a set of rules, and help us have a safe time while playing. If you have available time, please contact Katie McLane to help out!

The School Site Council will be meeting on Wednesday, at 4:00 in the library, to approve our school’s 2018-2019 Safety Plan and to review the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) which states the goals for our instruction and also gives us the direction for how we will be allocating our funding from the district. Luckily, our PTA has always provided support for the programs that we know enhance our children’s lives here at Kaiser. All families are invited to attend this meeting.

Such wonderful families and kids, all working with our teachers and counselors to make this the happiest school in the city! We so appreciate how everyone is pitching in and we definitely hope you’ll join us on March 24th at our annual auction! Tickets on sale February 19th!

Most sincerely,
Katie McLane