4-1-20 Principal Spring Break check in
Wed, Apr 1 6:18am

Hello Kaiser Families:


I hope that this message finds you and your family well.  Although we are on “Spring Break” I want to check in to say, “hi”, and to see if there are any urgent needs you or your family have.   During Spring Break meal distributions will continue (the next being Thursday morning). If your family could use this or faces any other needs, this document is a helpful first place to look.  


As we head into another month of our kiddos learning at home, we are seeing how important structure and balance is in home learning.  Here is a short article that may be of help.  


With Spring Break in mind, here are a few resources I recommend.  The City of Emeryville has curated an exceptional list of “virtual youth resources”.  If you haven’t seen it yet, We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, will inspire the whole family and is streaming free on HBO.  I sent this link to virtual field trips earlier, but it is worth a repeat.  And while our libraries are closed, our wonderful local librarian, Erica Siskand, is available!  See her message at the end of this email.


As we return from Spring Break, there will be additional learning materials that become available, as well as more fun activities that help maintain community in these difficult times.   Here’s a few highlights of some things that have been added to our Kaiser Elementary Family Resource Page.

  • Science: FOSS science.   This is from the publisher of the hands-on and standards based science curriculum that OUSD uses.  There are resources for Kinder through middle school. These lessons will take some time to set up and administer.
  • A link to Playworks at home recess activities.  :-)
  • A section for Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) including a link to “Toolbox”, a curriculum that we use in all grades for self regulation and problem solving.
  • Our music and art teachers continue to add resources.


Holding you all in my heart.  


~ Dennis Guikema, Principal



From Erica Siskind at Oakland Public LIbrary:  

From your local children's librarian:


Here is the best place to go to find information about what Oakland Public Library can provide to students and their families while we are closed. 


A person of any age can Ask Us a Question through email. 


In addition, for students & families at Kaiser who have questions that have to do with library services, materials, or content for ages 0 to 12, the Rockridge Branch children's librarian, Erica Siskind invites you to contact her directly at this email; esiskind@oaklandlibrary.org - she checks it daily.