Hello Kaiser Elementary Families:
We return from Spring Break to the daunting reality that we will be finishing the school year with distance learning. This is a situation no one would have wanted, nor could have even imagined, yet I am inspired by how the Kaiser Community has stayed strong and risen to the challenge. Over the break additional district learning resources became available teachers. The OEA (teacher union) and OUSD also agreed on many fine points (14 pages of them) that will help support and direct learning over the coming weeks. This week Tuesday and Wednesday have been designated as “teacher planning days” as part of this agreement.
With two weeks of distance learning under our belt, I would like to hear your thoughts about what is working, given the circumstances, and what you would like to see done differently. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to share your feedback here.
We will have a second Chromebook distribution this Wednesday, from 9 - 11 AM and 5 - 7 PM. We have a very limited number of Chromebooks (70 for 288 students) so we are limiting one per household and asking that families that already have technology your children can access for learning hold off on checking out a Chromebook, so that families who have the highest need have first access.
On a light note, my daughter Zola has been loving the “teddy bear hunts” that we have been doing. More and more stuffies have been showing up in the windows of houses in our neighborhood. This map shows some of them, and many more are popping up all around town every day. Do you have one in your window? Have you been out to “hunt” bears? This was the theme of today’s Principal Guikema Shelter-in-Place video series. A page with links to past family messages and student videos is here.
Moving forward, I will be sending up-dates 3x/week via Konstella and recording 3 YouTube videos for kids (scaling down from daily). Links to all past messages and videos are here. And here is the link to the Kaiser Elementary Family Resource Page.
Wishing you all the best, from my family to yours.
~ Dennis Guikema, Prinicpal