4-13-20 Principal up-date
Mon, Apr 13 7:47am

Hello Kaiser Elementary Families:


I hope that you and your family are well.   I miss you all! I also hope that you are finding routines that work for you and your kids, keeping learning balanced with healthy activities.  I want to appreciate all Kaiser teachers and support staff for their ongoing support. We will continue to up-date our Kaiser Elementary Family Resource page with information from classrooms as well as art, music and socio-emotional learning resources.   I want to thank those who have shared feedback on our distance learning. If you haven’t yet, it is not too late.  Here is the link to the brief survey.


In my latest Principal Shelter in Place video for our kiddos, my daughter Zola and I visit Ms. Pearl’s house to say “hi” (from a safe distance), read a book, and hang out.     Links to past family communications and videos for students are here.


Kudos to all those across Oakland who have been helping with food distribution.   The Grab and Go Free Meal Program has distributed 600,000 meals and has been expanded to include more resources.     


Here are a few of my favorite new resources of the week.  Pick and choose what is of interest to you and your family… These are intended to enrich, not overwhelm.  :)

  • My friend, Wanda Stewart, reading (and offering commentary on) a children’s book called Life.   



  • Tutor.com is now available from Oakland Public Library.  (You will need to have your library card number handy). Live one-on-one assistance for K-12 students is available everyday from 12pm (noon) until 12am (midnight). Live Spanish-speaking support is available for math, science, and social studies subjects. Adults can get help writing a cover letter, applying for a job online, and writing a resume.


  • The California Film Institute has a number of educational films for all grade levels available for streaming, in both English and Spanish.


I will continue to send messages on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 


You are all in my heart.


~ Dennis Guikema, Principal