WELCOME KAISER KNIGHTS!
Kaiser Elementary School is the home of the Kaiser Knights – noble in thought, word, and deed. Our mission is to build a “community of life-long learners.” In addition to our dedicated staff and bright students, Kaiser also is surrounded by a community of families that care deeply about the academic and life success of our students.
You will find that our expectations are high and that they are matched by our support in achieving them. It is our intention that when Kaiser students move up to intermediate and high school, they will be powerful thinkers with a strong knowledge base, skill set, sense of creativity, and commitment to community. In other words, Kaiser Knights are 21stcentury global citizens.
While we frequently say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” recent and upcoming temperatures are great cause for a little perspiration! As Kaiser students enter the third week of school, we anticipate extra warm temperatures and are acting accordingly. The MPR will be open as a shady place to play quietly and read during lunch recess – and, if needed, during morning recess as well. Classrooms have fans. Many parents have made arrangements with teachers to bring in popsicles and staff members are using squirt bottles to gently apply mist to interested students throughout the day. We’ll be turning down classroom lights and some teachers will rotate through currently unused air-conditioned spaces. This is a great time for students to wear lightweight clothing in keeping with the student dress code. Juicy fruits such as watermelon and grapes also help with hydration. As always, your “can do” attitude as parents will be extra helpful.
You may have noticed that September is Attendance Awareness Month. Every year, Kaiser has students who achieve perfect attendance. They are here every single day, rain, wind, or heat wave. Research has repeatedly revealed that good attendance is directly linked to good grades and academic achievement. Additionally, students who are here daily make lasting friendships. Typically, in elementary school, instead of absence making the heart grow fonder, we see something more like, “out of sight, out of mind.” Just think, for students who miss one day every two weeks, by June they have missed an entire month of instruction! Even on warm days, please make every effort to send your child to school. Instead of memories of walking barefoot, uphill in the snow, our students will remember the days of endless sun and getting squirted by their teachers.
So, we’ll put away our woolen sweaters for just a bit and power through California’s annual Indian summer. I hope to see you at the beach after school!
Helpful School Day Information!
Kaiser Elementary School looks forward to welcoming its new and returning students to the 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday, September 2nd. To help make the transition from summer and previous school experiences, we at Kaiser would like to share some logistics of the school day.
Breakfast: Our daily breakfast program begins at 8:10 am. Participating students will be directed to the campus entrance gate closest to the cafeteria. On warm, sunny days students eat breakfast and lunch in the large outdoor lunch area with the red canopy. When it turns cold and rainy, meals will be indoors.
Arrival Time and Traveling to Class: The school day begins at 8:35 am. We open the school gates at 8:20 am and ring a bell at 8:32 am, which lets students know that it is time to proceed to class. Between 8:10 and 8:32, students may eat breakfast and/or play in designated areas.
End of the School Day: On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the school day at Kaiser ends at 3:10 pm. On Wednesdays, the school day ends at 1:40 pm so teachers may participate in professional development and planning sessions.
Dropping off and Picking up from School: Because the Kaiser campus is so large, there are multiple entrances/exits available for student use in the morning and afternoon. Parents who drop off and pick up children from school are strongly encouraged to determine a consistent meeting place. Students are dismissed directly from their classrooms at the end of the school day so they may proceed to the most convenient exit.
For those using the main entrance or the entrance nearest the 4th grade wing, you can support a smooth and safe drop off/pick up by following these simple guidelines:
1. Enter the drop off/pick up area by creating a single line of vehicles alongside the campus buildings. Protect students from having to cross in front of other vehicles to come to you.
2. Enter the drop off/pick up area by making a right turn into the driveway from Santa Ana. Left turns into the parking area create significant traffic blockages.
3. If you need to exit your vehicle, park in a parking spot. Do not leave your vehicle while it is in line.
4. When exiting the parking area, please proceed especially slowly and carefully.
First Week of School: Parents are welcome to accompany their students onto campus during the first week. If you have a child in the breakfast program, you may sit with your child at the lunch area. If you arrive before the 8:32 bell, you can help show your youngster where the designated play/waiting area is (you’ll see the wide yellow lines separating the classroom areas from the play areas painted onto the blacktop). Then, when the readiness bell rings at 8:32, you are welcome to walk your child to his/her classroom door. Normally, we close and lock the gates as soon as the school day begins at 8:35 am to ensure student safety.
At that time, anyone entering the campus must come through the school office. However, during the first week of school, we will keep the gates open for a few extra minutes to provide parents time to leave campus after dropping off their students.
If you have any questions about school logistics, please be sure to contact the Kaiser Elementary School office at 949/515-6950.
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