• May 18, 2022


    Hello Sankofa United Families:


    We are in the final sprint of a marathon.  It has been a great year, that despite many challenges, is one that we should all be very proud of. 


    School Site Council this Wednesday.  Our final School Site Council (SSC) meeting of the year will be this Wednesday at 6 PM at www.tinyurl.com/SankofaUnited.  Please join us for a reflection and celebration of this year and discussion about 2022-23 and beyond.


    PTA Meeting this Thursday. Our final PTA meeting of the year is this Thursday at 6:00 PM, also at www.tinyurl.com/SankofaUnited.


    Art Expo THIS Friday.   We are hoping that ALL families will be able to stop by at dismissal on Friday to celebrate your child’s experience in art this year.  Tables will be set for each classroom inside the gate at the pick-up circle.  After School Program dismissal on Friday will also be at the pick-up circle, so that all families can participate.  (No parking in the traffic circle, please.)


    After School Program Carnival.  Also on Friday, After School Program is hosting its year-end carnival. This is open only to students who are in after school program and family members who have signed up to volunteer.


    Bike to Wherever Day.  Friday is also “Bike to Wherever Day” (formerly “Bike to Work Day”)  If you would like to ride together to school that morning, we will meet at the “Energizer Station” across from the main entrance of Children’s Hospital on 52nd St near MLK. We will meet up at 7:45 and roll out at 8:00.  Following this route, we will take Dover to school.  Feel free to meet up with us along the way if you like.


    After school program 2022-23 applications  Applications for next year’s after school program are now available.  Please see Mr. D or another member of our After School team at the main entrance between 3-6 PM any day this week or next (through May 25.)


    Sensory pathways:  This weekend a team installed “sensory pathways” in our upstairs and downstairs hallways.  What the heck is a sensory pathway?  Click here to find out more.


    May 25 Zachary’s Fundraiser!  On the last day of school, Zachary’s Pizza on College will donate 15% of any purchase made by anyone who mentions Sankofa United or shares this flier.  Please help spread the word!  A big shoutout to Sankofa United dad, Chris Vlasses for organizing a whole series of partnerships with local restaurants and businesses that brought in thousands of dollars in donations this year!

    Music instrument return  If your child has borrowed a musical instrument from school, please return it to the main office by Monday, May 23.


    Congrats Ms. Ghansah!  Congratulations to Joy Ghansah, Sankofa United kindergarten teacher, who graduated with her Masters in Educational Leadership from Mills College this weekend!!!


    End of year celebrations.  Many grades are having end-of-year celebrations. Please connect with your child’s teacher for details.

    Monday, May 23, 12:00 PM: 1st grade celebration

    Tuesday, May 24, 11:00 AM: 5th grade promotion

    Tuesday, May 24, 1:00 PM: Preschool (ECE) celebration

    Wednesday, May 25, 11:00 AM: Kindergarten celebration

    3rd grade play: May 23, 24, & 25, 9:00 AM performance in auditorium (families may attend any day.)


    Reminder: Job opportunities at Sankofa United for 2022-23.

    We will have several opportunities for new staff to join our school community in August. Please email dennis.guikema@ousd.org if you are interested in knowing any more about these opportunities.  Please pass on the word to others who might be interested.


    Please save the date…  Please calendar these important end-of-year dates: (Link to our May calendar)

    May 18 (Wed), 6:00 PM. School Site Council (SSC)

    May 19 (Thur), 6:00 PM. PTA meeting

    May 20 (Fri) “Bike to Wherever Day”. Morning meet up and bike ride to school.

    May 20 (Fri) Art Expo at dismissal (2:45 - 6:00 PM)

    May 23 - 25 (M-W), 1:30 minimum day dismissal

    May 24 (Tue), 11:00 AM, 5th grade promotion

    May 24 (Tues), 1 PM, Preschool (ECE) End of Year Ceremony (garden)

    May 25 (Wed), Last day of school

    Aug 8 (Mon), 1st day of school! 


    Have a wonderful week!


    ~ Dennis Guikema, Principal