Hello Sankofa United Families:
Today, July 10, we are officially 1 month away from the start of school and the official start of Sankofa United. Preparation for Sankofa United has been going very well, but we also have so much uncertainty about how COVID-19 will impact the opening of school, which I know raises a lot of anxiety.
Principal Chats next week:
I would like nothing more than to meet all of our kids and families in person in the coming weeks. Since that is not possible, let’s meet on Zoom. I’m setting up 6 opportunities for us to start to get to know each other (or reconnect). The days and times below are by grade level. If you have children in multiple grade levels, feel free to come to just one or both. And if a different time and day works better for you, that is fine… Come by when you can.
Kindergarten: Monday, 7/13, 2:00 - 2:30 PM. Zoom Link
1st grade: Monday, 7/13, 3:00 - 3:30 PM. Zoom Link
2nd grade: Monday, 7/13, 4:00 - 4:30 PM. Zoom Link,
3rd grade: Thursday, 7/16, 2:00 - 2:30 PM. Zoom Link
4th grade: Thursday, 7/16,, 3:00 - 3:30 PM. Zoom Link
5th grade: Thursday, 7/16,, 4:00 - 4:30 PM. Zoom Link
COVID-19 and start of school updates:
I am sending this message shortly before a virtual all-principals meeting, in which I’m expecting we will be getting more specific information about what the start of the school year will look like. I will be sure to keep you in the loop with the latest news. I encourage you to check in directly with OUSD’s website. Here’s the link for information about the start of school, as well as a page with broader information about learning, resources, and safety. Please remember that Grab and Go meals continue to be available for free at Sankofa and 23 other OUSD schools on Monday and Thursday mornings. Click here for more information about volunteering to support food distribution.
Our 1st two volunteer “work parties” were a great success. To maintain safety, masks are worn, a minimum 6’ distance is maintained, and we are working in pairs (not larger groups.) This week our art room and staff lounge were set up; our bulletin boards began to be prepped; and organization of learning materials started. Those who helped out shared that they had fun and felt a strong connection to our school. I hope you can join us! (Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, this is for adults only.) Here is a link with information and to sign up for a day and time.
The Sankofa United website has moved to it’s permanent home. Check out www.OUSD.org/SankofaUnited We would love your feedback about what you like and what you would like to see. While a lot has been done, this is still a work-in-progress.
Looking forward to connecting with you all!
~ Dennis Guikema, Principal
PS. If you missed my last email on June 29, you can find it linked here.