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  • Kasey Klappenback



    Garfield Gators Are... "INCREDIBLE!”  

        “Today's Gators Are Tomorrow's Heroes!”


    Seasons Greetings Families,

    As we approach the Winter holiday break, I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge many of the successes at Garfield Elementary during November.   To begin with, I would like to personally congratulate our Speech and Debate Team for taking third place at the Veterans Day Speech and Debate Tournament at Saddleback High School.  Their extra hard work with their coaches and Ms. Jurado and Mr. Simon has really been paying off.  Garfield’s Battle of the Books team will be competing in December led by their coaches Mrs. Arcemont and Mrs. Reynafarje.

    Early on, our Gators and their diligent work were honored at our First Trimester Awards Assemblies.  Thank you parents for attending these assemblies and supporting their effort!  Please continue to support your children by signing their AVID agendas in 2nd-5th grades, ensuring your children are reading every night,  that they are completing their homework, and using blended learning programs at home. This teamwork will helps to increase academic achievement for all.  Also, this past month Mrs. Arcemont organized our Scholastic Book Fair to increase the number of books our students have access to as readers! Thank you for supporting this literacy opportunity.  Readers become leaders!

    Kindergarten scholars celebrated the with a Thanksgiving feast as part of their unit of study about the Wampanoag. This was only possible because of our kindergarten teachers and parents working together.  First grade marine biologists journeyed to the Long Beach Aquarium, while third grade zoologists drove all the way the LA Zoo to research animals for their informational reports and to Segerstrom Center for the Arts to watch Nate the Great!  Fifth grade classes continued taking field trips to the Marine Mammal Institute.

    In the area of the arts  and athletic sthird grade Gators enjoyed learning about different families of instruments when we were visited by the Music Mobile.   Fifth grade Gators were visited by Musicians on Campus.   Students who met their first trimester AR goal participated in the interactive  Animal Tales Assembly.  Ms. Olivas ‘s performers presented their Tall Tales musical to their parents.  Gator PTA, organized the most successful Turkey Trot we have ever held at Garfield. This amazing group helped to organize 8 different jog-a-thons.  Garfield’s Girls Basketball team hammered their opponents on the court at Villa with their incredible sportsmanship and comradery!  Way to go Girl Gators and Coach Thor!

    In addition, 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. The PTA is currently working diligently to prepare for our Winter Wonderland  for our winter fundraiser, so even more field trips can occur throughout the year.

    During our November Parent Meeting, participants worked on stress management techniques for parents with Kaiser Permanente. This month we will holding our annual LCAP Parent Input Meetings. We will also held a restorative practice workshop for parents focused on tools to help them communicate with their children about relevant topics and issues.  Parents who attended, left with resources and activities to use at home.

    Need help with challenging child behaviors or concerns????  Parents are welcome to attend, Padres Unidos Behavior Modification parent workshops Friday mornings, 8:15 am-10:00 am.  In addition, our Community Worker, Jeremy Villareal is here to provide assistance and resources every Thursday.  Lastly, every Wednesday parent technology classes will also be available soon, 1:30-2:30 pm  on Wednesday afternoons.

    As a result, our Gators will be better prepared for college, career, citizenship, and success!  As educators and parents, we must all hold our students accountable to the highest of expectations! All GARFIELD GATORS  ARE ….IINCREDIBLE!  “TODAY’S GATORS ARE TOMORROW’S HEROES!” 


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

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