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Greetings Kalama Elementary Families!

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to KES for another great school year!  This year, we will center our focus around the idea of being the “best school in the universe!” and creating a culture of achievement.  Some important dates to note:

August 28, 4:30-6:00 pm, is our Drop In/Drop Off for school supplies and meet the teacher.  This is an opportunity to drop off your supplies, connect with your child’s teacher, and get familiar with the areas of the school you will hear your student talk about throughout the year!  The PTO will also be there selling Kalama Gear, and you will have the opportunity to complete the volunteer form in each classroom! You can also deposit money in your student’s lunch account and take care of any other “office” fees and fines, pick up your skyward password, etc.

August 30 is the first day of school!  Although it is a Wednesday, it will NOT be a late start.  We will be excited to see your students for our 8:30 start time!  We are welcoming a few new staff members this year.  

*Matt Pollock joins us as our new elementary music teacher!  We are thrilled to have him with us and look forward to the continuation of strong music programming at KES!

*Francisco Patitz is now here as our Pre-K-3 Special Education Teacher after completing his student teaching at KES last year!  Also in special education, Andrew Kintz joins us as our new Elementary Life Skills teacher.  We are glad to have all of our sped teacher team hired and welcome them all to KES!

*Allison Halpin, a long time Kalama parent, joins us at first grade.  She has a great deal of prior experience and will be a great addition to our staff!

*Miranda Kauffman, who was a student teacher here last year, has signed on as our 4th Kindergarten Team member!  We are continuing to get enrollments and expect a big kinder crew again this year!

Fall Fundraiser-Our annual Charleston Wrap Fundraiser will begin on September 15th. Be on the lookout for the fundraiser packets coming home.

Picture Day will be September 29.  Packets will come home closer to the date, but feel free to mark your calendars!

Last spring, I shared with you the “Strive for 5” summer reading challenge.  Hopefully your students are ready to return their forms and redeem their prizes.  If you need another copy, the form is available on our website and in the office.

This year, we will focus on making five pillars of a culture of achievement come to life for our staff, students, and families.  The first pillar we will be focusing on is the welcome pillar.  Some changes relative to this have already happened, such as our “New to Kalama” family event.  Some you will experience as we start the year, such as changes to our entry area in the office and hopefully, you will also hear from your students as we work to include them in our efforts to make our school a welcoming place for all.  

Be sure to follow our Kalama Elementary facebook page and check our website as we work to communicate with you throughout the year.  Should you have questions or concerns, I would love to hear from you!  I do make it a regular practice to spend two full days each week in classrooms supporting students and teachers, so if you stop in and I am not available, the office staff will be glad to find a time that we can connect.  You can also feel free to contact me via email,, on my school cell phone, (360)957-9874 or using our feedback button on the website or facebook page.  This form allows you to provide information with return contact information or anonymously.  

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