Dear Kellogg Families,
Happy Fall! At last month’s Back To School Night, teachers explained class procedures and routines that are in place to help our students’ transition into the new school year. We are excited that all of our specialists (PE, music, science, art, computer and library) are in full swing as of these past two weeks. I plan to have different specialists featured in upcoming newsletters. As a district, we are in our fourth year of our newer math program (Bridges in grades K-5 and College Preparatory Math “CPM” in grade 6) and in our second year of our new English Language Arts Programs – “Wonders”. This year we will be piloting new science programs with hopes of adopting a new science curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year.
Now, more than ever, we are using data teamed with teacher observations to provide interventions that are effective and measurable to insure each one of our students show growth across the school year in their academics. Goleta Union School District continues to provide funding for STAR 360 Assessments throughout the district. Teachers had the opportunity to administer benchmark assessments in both math and English Language Arts (ELA) within the first two weeks of school. The District is also working with United Way to continue to provide our reading intervention program Lexia at no cost to schools for every kindergarten through third grade student and upper grade students as needed. This teamed with our results from last year’s grade 3 through 6 state testing, has given our staff members increased information and resources help teachers learn how to best meet the needs of our students.
October promises to be busy with school functions and evening events. School pictures will be taking place on October 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. Your child’s teacher will be sending home times and dates. We encourage families to also participate in the October 10th first “B.O.W. W.O.W.” (Bike on Wednesday, Walk on Wednesday) event. This year we have a special opportunity! As part of their safe schools directive, Sprigeo.com is willing to donate $1 for each student and adult who participate in the October 10th event, as well, as the following 3 Wednesdays. This is easy money for our PTA and helps encourage a healthy community lifestyle for our families. B.O.W./W.O.W. PTA coordinator Leslie Gardiner will sending home information about local meeting spots for “Walking School Buses” to meet. More information to follow.
Kellogg School will also be participating in California’s Great Shake Out on October 18th. Please review the article that informs parents what they should do in the case of a natural disaster during the school day. Families are invited to participate in our Family Science Night on October 11th. Students and parents can experience a great evening of science-based activities and learning. Please mark your calendars! A bake sale will be provided by 6th grade fundraising as well.
Thank you to our parents who helped organize and assist in this year’s Back to School Picnic, Fall Book Fair, and Axxess Camp Fundraiser. Remember that all Axxess fundraising efforts directly offset your child’s individual camp balance each year. These family opportunities continue to happen at Kellogg due to everyone’s continued involvement and willingness to give where they can to support our students at Kellogg School.
I look forward to working with you to provide our children with a year filled with academic success, achievement, and opportunity. Please consider contributing your time and efforts this year to support all of our learners at Kellogg. The PTA is working hard to provide opportunities for parents to become involved and knowledgeable about ways in which we as a community can join to enhance learning. Make sure you are part of making a difference within our Kellogg community.
Any further questions can be directed to mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 681-1277
Kim Bruzzese, Kellogg Principal