Music rang through the halls and across the Kaiser Elementary campus again last week. Our 4th and 5th grade instrumental music and lower grades Orff music programs resumed. One of the many volunteer angels at Kaiser, Mike Volk, went to nearly all classrooms with his special “Music with Mike” songbook and sing-along. Add to this the occasional beating of construction sounds and the odd noises of the dozen wild turkeys we have been seeing daily, and you have beautiful cacophony!
Yet with all of this joy, we are aware of some very hard times in our community and planet. Recent hurricanes and flooding in the south and earthquake in Mexico, remind us of the importance to do all we can to be prepared. I am very proud of our students and staff for their participation last week in earthquake and fire drills. Special thanks to Kaiser dad and fireman, Felipe Ibarra, as well as a team from our local firehouse, for their help.
Finally, I am troubled by the potential breaking of our nation’s promise to “Dreamers”. This includes many students and families I have served and care for deeply. I shared perspectives of our superintendent and mayor, as well as my own thoughts, on a recent post on Kaiser’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/KaiserElementary). If you haven’t already, I invite you to check it out.
Dennis Guikema, Principal