Principal Message 5.9.2022

May 9, 2022


Hello Sankofa United Families.  


The end of the school year is just around the corner, and although there aren’t many days left of school, there is a lot of learning and many exciting events coming up! 


Art Expo! One highlight of this year at Sankofa United has certainly been Ms. Mary’s art class!  On Friday, May 20, we encourage ALL families to check out our art expo and take home your children’s art portfolio.  Ms. Mary will be setting this up inside the gate near the pick up circle.  Please plan to take extra time to come onto the playground at dismissal time.  (After School Program will be dismissed from this area, not the front entrance, this day, so that ALL families can check out the art expo.)


Open Playground this Saturday!  Our last Saturday “Open Playground” of the year will be this week, May 14, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  All families are welcome!  Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or snack, bikes, scooters, etc.  Current families as well as families joining us in August are invited. Please join me in welcoming new families to our community.   


No Music performance.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be having the previously calendared music performances this month.


Bike to Wherever Day.  Friday, May 20, is “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.


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 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 6 (Fri), 8:30 - 9:30 AM. First Friday Family Coffee & Donuts

May 15 (Sat), 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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