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  • Kasey Klappenback



    Garfield Gators…”Leading the Way in the 21st Century!”  

        “To Infinity and Beyond!”


    Holiday Blessings Garfield Gators,

    As we approach the Winter holiday break, I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge many of the successes at Garfield Elementary during December.

     To begin with, in support of our initiative to increase student attendance, we held another WIN Saturday school to help students recover instructional time missed.  Remember, positive school attendance habits begin in elementary school.  Students who arrive on time and attend school regularly learn more and feel better about school.

    In addition, Kindergarten scholars celebrated winter & reading with a pajama day. This was only possible because of our kindergarten teachers and parents working together.  Kinder and first grade Gators also performed during our Winter pageant for second through fourth grade students, as well as for their parents! They sure “Rocked the Night Away!”

    Fifth grade students visited the Planetarium at Santa Ana College. They were led by a college student guide. Not only did they experience the galaxy, they also got a taste for college life and the resources Santa Ana College has to help our Gators with bright futures.  Third grade Gators took an adventure back in time, while they trekked to the La Brea Tar Pitts in LA to learn about the past.  Thanks to Mrs. Arcemont and Mrs. Reynafarje, Garfield hosted 3 other SAUSD schools for Battle of the Books. Top Garfield readers competed against scholars from these other schools. Our Gators made us proud!

    Our Garfield PTA has been working diligently to provide all students with field trip opportunities and Meet the Masters Art Instruction. PTA volunteers have been selling healthy fruit bars and nachos. Our PTA, organized the most successful Winter Wonderland we have ever held at Garfield. The PTA will be working on our Movie Night in late winter, so even more field trips can occur throughout the year.

    During our December Parent Meeting, participants worked with Mrs. Nicholson, our math curriculum specialist from the District Office. Mrs. Nicholson reviewed math tools and concepts that our students are using in their new program. She also equipped parents with games and tools to use at home with the entire family. We will hold more math workshops for parents focused around our new math adoption and the tools their students are using with this new program in February and March.  Parents who attended, left with resources and activities to use at home.  These resources will also be placed on our Garfield website.

     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

     All GARFIELD GATORS are capable of… “Leading the Way in the 21st Century!... To Infinity and Beyond!”

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