Happy Thanksgiving: Important 2020-21 info and more.
Tue, Nov 26 2:41pm

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Happy Thanksgiving Kaiser Elementary Families!


I hope that you are all enjoying this special week with family and friends.   I’m doing the same, as well as playing “catch up”. This email contains some important updates.   I hope you’ll take a moment to read it thoroughly.


Design Team up-date:

The Kaiser-Sankofa Design Team had it’s second meeting before the Thanksgiving break.   After each meeting we will share notes and next steps. Here’s the notes from the most recent meeting, and in case you missed them, notes from our first meeting.  I want to appreciate Kaiser and Sankofa Design Team members for being all in with this important work.   The Design Team will have a report out following our 4th meeting.   We hope to see you at the Sankofa auditorium Monday, December 16 at 5:30 PM to hear about the progress and next steps.


Enrollment tours:

To date over 80 families have signed up for one of the Enrollment Tours & Info Sessions.   I highly encourage families to come see the Sankofa site and join us in conversation. The tours are designed for adults, but kids won’t be turned away.   (There will be more kid-specific opportunities to make new friends and visit the school in the new year.) Our next tour, Saturday, December 7, is geared specifically to current Kaiser & Sankofa families.   To RSVP for a tour, visit www.tinyurl.com/enroll2020.


OUSD enrollment and “opportunity ticket”

The window for OUSD enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is now open.   It is important not to miss the February 7 deadline, however there is no advantage to completing this process early.   I suggest using this time to visit schools and research your options. All current Kaiser kinder-4th grade students qualify for an “opportunity ticket.”   This is automatically taken into account when enrolling. For more info about this and other enrollment related questions visit www.ousd.org/enroll.   (Click on “How do you determine who gets an offer to a particular school?” on this FAQ document for details about the Opportunity Ticket.)  If Kaiser-Sankofa is your first choice (for your current kinder-4th Kaiser student)  you do not need to complete the enrollment process as your child will automatically be assigned to Kaiser-Sankofa next year and has guaranteed placement.


December at Kaiser

It is hard to believe that December is just around the corner.   The three weeks between the holidays are chock full of learning, talent, and fun.  Our Orff Music Performance is Thursday, December 12, at 6:00 PM.  We hope to see all kinder-3rd grade families that night!  The next week our 4th and 5th graders display their musical and theatrical talents on Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 PM.  (Strings report at 6:05, band at 6:20.)


Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!




Dennis Guikema, Principal