May 5th, 2023
Greetings Sankofa United Staff and Community,
It is a pleasure to present Dr. Charquita Arnold as the Principal of Sankofa United Elementary School beginning next school year. I would like to thank the community and staff for participating in the process to identify the characteristics you wanted in the new Sankofa United Principal. We truly appreciate the time you dedicated to discussing the characteristics of the future principal, interviewing candidates, and your willingness to participate. Dr. Arnold embodies the qualities generated by the Sankofa United staff and community, and she was thrilled to be selected by the staff and community. She is excited to begin this important work as a team.
I have complete confidence in Dr. Arnold’s leadership, ability to collaborate with a diverse community, and dedication to continue to make Sankofa United a quality elementary school. Dr. Arnold has been a culturally responsive, equity driven educator with experience of over 10 years. Cultural competence, equity actions, emotional intelligence, kindness, mindfulness, and social and restorative justice mindset are important traits she is bringing with her to Sankofa United.
She is ready to begin her work at Sankofa United as the principal, in collaboration with the staff and community so that all students thrive.
Dr. Arnold’s employment will be confirmed by the Oakland Unified School Board in the near future. We will host an upcoming virtual meet and greet within the next few weeks to welcome Dr. Arnold to the Sankofa United Community.
Kathleen Arnold, Network 2 Superintendent
April 10, 2023
Hello Sankofa United Families:
I hope that you have had a restful and joyous Spring Break. We return to a fantastic weather forecast. Don’t forget to apply some sunscreen and pack a water bottle this week. We can’t wait to see everyone back on campus Monday!
COVID test: Please remember to have your child take an at-home COVID test before coming back to school Monday. Remember, we have more available for the asking in our office.
Reading Fest: Our Reading Fest is on!
A big thanks to Sami Goski, Lizzy Vlasses, and others who have helped to make Reading Fest such a success!
"Bike Bus" this Wednesday! Join us at 8:00 AM at 55th and Dover to have a fun, safe, and slow bike ride to school.
Family Coffee and Student Success Assembly this Friday! Our “1st Friday” family coffee and "2nd Friday" Student Success Assembly will be held the same day this week, due to Spring Break. Please join us on the playground for coffee (beginning at 8:00) and the assembly at the 8:30 bell.
Save the date for 2 big Spring events! (More info coming soon!)
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
~ Dennis Guikema, Principal
For all prior announcements and messages from the principal, click on this link