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    Garfield Gators Are... "INCREDIBLE!”       

     “Moving Towards Our Targets in May!”    


    May Greetings Gator Families,


    As we begin moving towards our targets in May, here are just a few of the incredible things that our Gators and families have been up to in April.  Our fifth grade scholars spent a week at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim. They engaged in daily hands-on STEM activities and even learned how to play professional golf.  Garfield was one of two schools in SAUSD who were given this special opportunity.   Our third grade Gators headed to the Bower’s Museum and were given an opportunity to make baskets just like the Native Americans.  The remaining fifth grade students also traveled to the Sea and Sage Sanctuary to apply their knowledge of ecosystems, birds, and estuary habitats. These hands-on experiences are definitely preparing our students for the 21st Century.


    Since Garfield is dedicated to early learning & literacy, all  K-2 classes participated in interactive reading workshop assemblies with Kaiser Permanente. What a blast!  All students received a new book to help motivate them to read even more!  We also celebrated the winning classes and individuals from our Pharleyfund Reading Competition.  Students not only learned how to show kindness by helping others less fortunate, but also how they are capable of becoming authors themselves.


    Thank you to our parents and families who joined us for our annual Garfield Open House. Our Gators have been working so hard with their teachers this year! It was incredible to see even more art and projects that are connected to relevant 21st Century learning.  We are also grateful to our PTA Board who help raise money for art programs and field trips during the event by selling food and beverages.  The next day, all of our students participated in our classroom carousel, visiting all the rooms in the whole school.  Lower grades were able to see where they will be going and learning about next, fifth graders were able to enjoy a stroll down memory lane, reminiscing about what they had learned in their previous years at Garfield.


    During April, six of our musicians were chosen to perform at the SAUSD Honor Orchestra event. This was the maximum number of students who can be chosen from any one school.  Five of our Speech and Debate team members were also selected to compete at the regional Speech and Debate Championships. Congratulations Gators, we are so proud of what you have accomplished through hard work and perseverance this season.  We can hardly wait until next season.  In addition, our fourth and fifth grade math field day teams competed against other schools in Santa Ana at the annual SAUSD Math Field Day.  Garfield’s fifth grade team won second place in the geometry competition portion of the contest! Way to go Gator Mathletes!


    Due to the fact that we acknowledge the importance of  early learning, our kinder teachers facilitated our last two Padres Poderosos Workshops.  Please see the office staff for more information. Community partners have also been at each session ready to help parents with their unique needs.


    During our monthly parent meeting we reviewed summer learning programs, and parent leaders shared what they had learned at the CABE Conference.  In addition, we voted on new School Site Council Parent Board Members. Prizes were raffled off for all parents who attended. Thank you parent leaders for taking the time to support and engage the Garfield Community! 


    Thank you parents for your continued partnership and support. As educators and parents, we must all hold our students accountable to the highest of expectations!



    Don’t Hide the INCREDIBLE in you!


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