Our 2018-2019 school year is off to a great start with our growing community! I have enjoyed walking through classrooms these past two weeks and seeing how students have quickly adapted to their new settings. We are excited to welcome our new staff members to our Kellogg campus and look forward to our work together this year. We will begin our specialists the week of September 10th and look forward to having our entire staff on campus throughout the week.
Across Goleta Union School District, our TK-grade 6 classroom teachers and office staff have received training on our new student information system, Synergy, and look forward to when it becomes more familiar and easy to use. A desktop computer was added to each of our GUSD offices to allow parents to sign up on-site with the assistance of our community liaison, Sylvia Sifuentes, if necessary Monday afternoons or Tuesdays. Please register on-line as soon as possible to help us get up and running. As we added an additional teacher and moved our learning intervention center into the computer lab, the district helped move our lab computers into our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) lab. The district added 5 additional hydration stations across the campus making it possible for community members to fill water bottles in addition to accessing the regular water fountain feature. Although our entire playground did not receive a slurry coat, the district was able to fill cracks until the more extensive work is scheduled to be done.
Watch our upcoming newsletters for information about our new specialists and teachers.Congratulations to our following new staff members: Elizabeth Blair, 5th grade teacher; Stephanie Kasai, 1st grade teacher; Beth Yznaga-Smith, upper grade autism specialist; Kay Strange, primary autism specialist; Annie Torres PE; Jessica Zavala, art.
Last week I conducted our beginning of the year Rules and Upper Grade Harassment Assemblies across grade levels and will soon begin different grade level safety presentations within the week. Thank you to parents who have been careful driving into our parking lot and surrounding neighborhoods during pick up and drop off. These procedures can be frustrating when doing this for the first time and everyone needs to slow down and be patient as we all become accustomed to parking lot patterns and dismissal times. Thank you for helping to keep all of our students safe!
Our district @AfterSchool Program this year is full with a waiting list. Participating students are either reporting to the kindergarten yard or room 5 after school and working with Mrs. Cynthia and Miss Krause. Thank you to Erika Zollet who stepped in to provide our fall, after school enrichment class offerings. All registration for these classes is handled directly with the outside vendor since individual flyers are not allowed to go home in Friday Folders.
I look forward to seeing everyone at our September 13th, Back To School Night. You will have an opportunity to visit your child(ren)’s classrooms and be introduced to our Kellogg staff members following our PTA Association in the courtyard. Check out your child’s Friday Folder for more information. This evening is for parents only. We hope to have Dos Pueblos students providing Spanish translations for our classroom presentations. Make sure to attend the PTA Association meeting and hear how your support through membership and our fundraising campaign can benefit each one of our Kellogg students. Your $10 PTA membership doesn’t come with strings. A portion of the membership stays at Kellogg. We are looking for 100% participation this year.
Later in September you will be able to purchase your Axxess book from Kellogg this year. Every $40 book sale offers a $10 return to your child’s sixth grade camp account fund. One book per child will be sent home mid September. If you do not wish to purchase an Axxess book, please return it to your child’s classroom. Sixth grade fundraising will also be encouraging parents to participate in a Mixed Bags fundraiser prior to the Axxess fundraiser. A percentage of the profit goes directly to help pay for sixth grade camp and end of year activities. Please help send our students to camp later this spring!
Finally on September 6th, 3rd through 6th grade students will have the opportunity to hear about our Kellogg Band and Strings Program. Our band instructor, Ms. Sandy Adams, along with the other sectional leaders and Mr. Peterson, band director from Goleta Valley, will be coming to meet students and explain our band program for the year. Scholarships are available. Our string program remains free although being offered after school this year for grades 4-6 grade students. Students and parents are invited to attend the Tuesday, September 4th Band Information Night at 5:30PM. Please notify Mrs. Bruzzese if you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in more information.
Parents are encouraged to sign up online for the September 23rd Goleta Education Foundation Lemon Run at Goleta Beach. This is a great event that benefits all of our Goleta Schools!
I look forward to seeing you around campus and working with you to provide our children with a year filled with academic success, achievement, and opportunity. I hope to see you at our first Flagpole Assembly on Wednesday, September 5 at 8:15- 8:30AM in the courtyard. If you have any further questions, they may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 681-1277.
Kim Bruzzese, Kellogg Principal