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Garfield Elementary

Santa Ana Unified School District

Mr. Kasey Klappenback, Principal

850 E. Brown Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Main Office: (714) 972-5300

Attendance: (714) 972-5395

Principal's Message

“Celebrating SUCCESS in February!”

                                                                                                                     February 1, 2017 

February Greetings Parents,

  As we leap into 2017, I wanted to take this opportunity to recap a few of the events and learning experiences at Garfield Elementary this December & January.  Gators continued to develop their growth mindsets,  by focusing on learning to celebrate and learn from the success of others.   We want our students to celebrate the success of others. In addition, students must also learn from what their peers and what enabled them to succeed.  “We were all sent here to shine. We all shine brighter when we work together!”

First of all, I would like to thank PTA  for their diligent efforts in making our annual Winter Wonderland a huge success! We raised the most money ever from our annual event.   Your support and participation of this event helped to raise money for Meet the Masters and  filed trip experiences.     

In addition, Kindergarten and first grade Gators “Raised the Roof” during their Winter Pageant performances. Fourth and fifth grade musicians and choir performed holiday music while Gators enjoyed their lunches.  Fourth and fifth grade Gators were taught how to create lyrics, accentuating the positive by an actual lyricist.  Third grade students will be the next group of Gators to receive this additional instruction in the arts.

While most Gators were on break, other students had the opportunity to participate in ELA and Math intersession during our winter break.  This winter intersession focused students on mastering in response to literature standards and specific math standards.  Please continue to take advantage of tutoring when your child is invited.  Garfield is working hard to support all levels of students, so they will excel academically.

During our December Parent Meeting, participants were given the opportunity to give input towards our LCAP goals. Parents shared ideas about what they would like to  continue to see funded at Garfield. They were also given the opportunity to share what they would like to bring to Garfield to make it even better.  Our January parent meeting consisted of investigating our Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards (NGSS).  Parents dove head first into the 7 Cross-Cutting Concepts. In addition,  they also experimented with sound waves and cause and effect.  All parents are welcome to join in more science and engineering fun in February!

 Our Gators continued  exploring engineering. Second grade Gators built mini ice chests demonstrating their knowledge of properties of matter.  Third grade studied stability and motion, while exploring the science of flight.  Fourth grade engineers developed vehicle restraint systems, as they learned about energy and collisions.   Fifth grade students experienced robotics first hand. On Saturdays, Ms. Olivas and Mr. Marx continued to lead Engineering is Elementary classes for 4th and 5th grade students.  This group of engineers will be given an opportunity to attend an engineering field trip in Spring

 In January, first and third grade students took field trips to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. These experiences have broadened student knowledge and exposure to hands-on life science. It has also given them many relevant and motivating topics to write about and to explore.  Second grade Gators were given the opportunity to watch the Disneyland band perform. They were even surprised by a famous visitor, Mickey Mouse himself.

 I would like to thank all of the Garfield families for supporting our students, teachers, and staff. Your support and teamwork has helped to enrich the education of our students!

As educators and parents, we must all hold our students accountable to the highest of expectations! All “GARFIELD GATORS are Raising the Roof with STEAM!”

Remember... Garfield Gators SWISH (Scholarly Worthy Innovative Successful Honorable)

In sincere gratitude,
Mr. Klappenback
Mr. Kasey Klappenback


Garfield Elementary

Mr. Klappenback  
Kasey Klappenback
(714) 972-5300
Garfield Elementary
Santa Ana Unified School District




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