Principal message: Important dates & info for pick up and drop off of materials next week.
Mon, May 18 8:01am

Hello Kaiser Elementary Families:  


I hope this message finds you all well.   


I want to appreciate you all for continuing to support your children with distance learning as this school year winds down.   This has been an incredible challenge, and I am inspired by your commitment and the tremendous work of our teachers.


Pick Up and Drop Off of materials:

In recent days we have been given more guideance from OUSD in partnership with the Alameda County Health Department about wrapping up this school year.   Our staff has collaborated to make a plan that both ensures safety and supports students and families.   Please save the following dates for pick up of student material and drop off of school material.   

  • Kinder and 1st grade families: Tuesday, May 26.  Kinder 1-2 PM.   1st Grade 2-3 PM.  
  • 2nd & 3rd families: Wednesday, May 27, 1 or 2 PM. (Specific time by classroom teacher and TBA.) 2nd grade 1-2 PM.   3rd Grade 2-3 PM. 
  • 4th & 5th families: Thursday, May 28, 1 or 2 PM. (Specific time by classroom teacher and TBA.) Ms. Thomas & Ms. Eckley 1-2 PM.   Mr. Neat 2-3 PM. 


This will be a curbside pick-up and drop off.   Teachers will be at the stations on this map.  Please note that for safety reasons, students and families may not be on campus at other times and should remain in their cars at this designated time.


All teachers will be organizing and bagging students’ personal materials from their desks and cubbies.   Students are welcome, but all stay in the car.   Feel free to make signs, decorate your car and show your appreciation to teachers and staff.


Please come prepared to drop off all of the following:

  • Textbooks, classroom books, or other classroom items to teachers.
  • Kaiser library books to a special station.
  • (4th/5th grade) intruments to a special station.
  • Loaned Chomebooks (don’t forget the cord!) to a special station.


In other news:

  • Reminder: Today (Mon, 5/18) is the “EcoHero” assembly exclusively for Kaiser students.   It is a live event at 1 PM.  
  • May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and the Oakland Ed Fund has but together a great virtual read aloud you can find here.  
  • Friday a teacher at Emerson Elementary was featured on Ellen.   This brought tears of joy to my eyes and is an example of the incredible work teachers across Oakland and around the world are doing in these times.   Check it out here.


Finally, I’m happy to bring you two more videos from friends around the world who send their love and well wishes to our children.  Both families I know through Servas, an organization that builds “peace and understanding through travel and hosting.”  We hosted Emmanuel and Marion in our home in Oakland and later stayed with Emmanuel’s parents in Frace.   Shiva, Maya, and their son Change were hosts of ours in Nepal 5 years ago, and Shiva and Maya have visited us in Oakland as well!  


Wishing you and your families well.


~ Dennis Guikema