4-20-20 Kaiser Elementary principal up-date
Mon, Apr 20 6:53am

Hello Kaiser Elementary Families:


I hope that this message finds you well as we enter another week of shelter in place.  I’ve spoken to many of you, and this experience is resoundingly hard. Yet you are all doing an incredible job not only adapting, but finding silver linings.   I’m hearing from many families that you are settling into routines that keep our kids in close contact with their teachers and learning and balance academic, social, emotional, and health needs.


In today’s message I want to highlight the work of Sharon Virtue, Kaiser’s art teacher.  She has a virtual “folder” on our Kaiser Family Resource Page that is packed with engaging lessons, videos, and art resources.  Most projects are done with things commonly found around the house, so you won’t need to stock up on a storeroom of art supplies.  I appreciate the love and hard work that she has put into these very well produced videos. 


I continue to be inspired by OUSD’s food service team.  They are a true lifeline to the community. I have been hearing positive reports back from Kaiser and Sankofa families who are accessing this important service.  Here is a recent update about the tremendous impact of this work.   If there are any other resources your family needs, this document of local resources is frequently updated.


Along with sending you these updates on Konstella on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I will continue to post videos for our kids.   Check out the latest: 4-20-20 Shelter in Place Video.  In this message I talk about Earth Day, which is this week.  The City of Oakland has a great list of Earth Day at Home activities.  The Exploritorium’s Earth Day page is also worth checking out.


In today’s video for kids I also highlight a project I started this weekend that I am very excited about.   As you may know, my family and I love to travel. I have been fortunate to have visited over 30 countries and hosted travelers from many more.   Although we can’t travel far now, we can bring the world to our children. I have reached out to dozens of friends from across the globe and have asked them to send a message to our Kaiser students.   I’ll be posting these, along with my video messages through the end of this school year. The first is from a dear friend in Tokyo, Japan, and his daughters. I met Kenji 30 years ago when we were students at Grand Rapids Community College.   Here’s Kenji’s family video for Kaiser students.   Enjoy!


~ Dennis Guikema, Principal