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  • Kasey Klappenback



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

        “To Infinity and Beyond!” 

    March Greetings Parents and Families,

    As we approach Spring, I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge many of the successes at Garfield Elementary during February.

    February started off with a celebration ceremony for our 3rd-5th grade students who were redesignated as Fluent English Proficient. We are so proud of our new RFEP students. Students who achieved their AR reading goals were rewarded with an African Drum and Dance Assembly. These hard working readers learned dances and knowledge about the continent of Africa. Even teachers were able to participate in this interactive fun event. Keep encouraging your Gators to read every night. Readers become leaders!

    Early learning experiences matter at Garfield. Our pre-school students were visited by our Santa Ana Fire Department. They were able to check out a real fire engine right at Garfield. Kindergarten Gators enjoyed their journey to the Centennial Farm, Third grade scholars visited the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts where they were able to watch Junie B. Jones stories come to life on stage. Third grade students also visited the Bowers Museum. Selected second grade students were able to take a walking field trip to an art gallery right here in Downtown Santa Ana. Our Fourth grade environmentalists visited the Environmental Nature Center, while our Fifth grade scientists ventured out to the California Science Center. Our Gators will continue experiencing hand-on learnings opportunities on campus and on field trips.

    Our Garfield Girls Basketball team has been making us proud as they take on other schools from Santa Ana at Villa Intermediate. The arts have also taken Garfield by storm. This month all Gators have had art lessons, teaching them how to replicate the great work of Master Henri Matisse. Fourth grade writers have participated in Lyricist lessons and second grade Gators have started recorder lessons with Mr. Raneri.

    Our Garfield PTA has been working diligently to provide all students with field trip opportunities and Meet the Masters Art Instruction. In February, PTA hosted our “Family Movie Night” and organized a Valentine’s Day fundraiser, which is helping to fund our field trips and art programs at Garfield. They made Valentine’s Day extra special with their festive gifts. The PTA will be hosting a Garfield Family Dinner Night at Hometown Buffet and selling food at our Family STEAM Night this month. Hope to see you all there on both nights. Ms. Idalia Rios has been facilitating our “Raising Highly Capable Kids” workshops for parents every Wednesday. Please join her for these powerful classes.

    During one of our February Parent Meetings, participants worked with Mr. Orlando Navarro our School Climate Specialist from the District Office. Mr. Navarro facilitated restorative circles with our parents. Parents were equipped with tools to support discussion with their own children. In addition, Ms. Jenny Corro facilitated our Parent LCAP Meetings. During these meetings, parents were able to give their input to the District in regards to three areas of focus: Teaching & Learning, Engagement, and School Climate and Safety. Thank you parents for participating in this important process. Your input was greatly appreciated. 

    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 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 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

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