It is difficult to believe that December is already here! The excitement of perhaps cooler weather, disappearing daylight, and expectations of what’s yet to come can make for a thrilling two weeks at school. This newsletter is a combined December/January newsletter. Please watch your Friday Folder for upcoming events in January. I was happy to hear from staff that Parent-Teacher conferences went well and included collaborative conversations around student progress. Parents that I spoke with afterwards also appeared to enjoy participating in the conferences and reported them to be informative.
Special thanks to the many parents who contributed to our cultural and traditional feasts around campus leading up to our Thanksgiving holiday. Staff and students enjoyed celebrating yet another way of being thankful for our good fortune. Thank you also to Kara Rocque, the parent volunteers, and sixth grade students who helped organize and provide support for our after school movies during Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Our student council members have been visiting classrooms reminding students of our two campaigns supporting families in our community. The Community of Friends food and gift card drive benefits our Kellogg families as well as those within Goleta Union School District. Grade levels have been assigned particular food items (muffin mix, cocoa mix, etc.) to be placed in classroom baskets. Parents can also visit the office and retrieve a “mitten” identifying a gift card request ($30 minimum) that will accompany the gift of food. All donations for Community of Friends are due Friday, December 9. Families are welcome to help organize the donations on Saturday, December 10 from 8:00-1:00 at Hollister School’s multipurpose room. Kellogg is also participating in the Toys for Tots campaign. Two large bins will be placed outside of the office and multipurpose room to collect new, unwrapped toys. Toys will be picked up December 16th.
Scarf Sales! Kellogg sixth graders will be selling their homemade scarves and products on Fridays after school December 1st, 8th and 14th at 1:55, while supplies last. Proceeds for each scarf will go directly into each sixth grader’s camp account. This is a great way to help our students attend Astro- Camp next April and keep warm at the same time. Come check it out! Our sixth grade class of 2017 will also be hosting a Holiday Bazaar from 3:00-4:00 on Friday, December 9th. Grab some gifts for the holidays at the convenience of the Kellogg courtyard!
Mrs. Haley’s fourth graders and Mrs. Cocklin’s second graders will be hosting Kellogg’s first Music Recital performance this year on Friday, December 16th. Please remember that our student performers participate in both recitals. Upper grade classes will attend the 8:20 performance and primary classes will attend the 10:20 performance. We are looking forward to enjoyable performances by the host classrooms, as well as the performers.
As we welcome 2017, please know that I am available to answer any questions you may have as we continue to help each student grow both intellectually and emotionally. I wish you the very best during the upcoming holiday break and look forward to continuing our work together in the new year. I appreciate all that you do to provide optimal learning opportunities for our Kellogg students and the support you provide to our staff. Thank you for making Kellogg a great place for our children to learn! Sincerely,
— Kim Bruzzese
Principal, Kellogg School