I hope all parents know that my door is literally always open – if you have visited the office you are aware that I do not even have a door! Parent participation is in integral part of Kavod’s success and I want to hear from you. Whether it be with suggestions or concerns, I welcome parent meetings and hope you feel that you can always reach out to me for whatever reason.
Over the past year, Kavod has implemented: Kavod Families, the Pledge of Allegiance, Guest PE Coaches, improved upon our values curriculum, hosted assemblies and school events, and included many other activities, which all derived from parent feedback. Just today, thanks to a parent suggestion, we had a firetruck and policeman visit the Kindergarten class. At the Kavod Parent Committee level, the fundraising efforts and social events are designed by and implemented by parents. Without parent support, feedback and recommendations these programs and activities would not have come to fruition.
If you have a suggestion, feedback or a concern, I want to hear from you. I welcome individual parent meetings, but I am also around at drop off/pick up, the KPC meetings and the board meetings, and I host informal opportunities to “chat with the director over coffee.” These “chats” will begin occurring more frequently. Chats over Coffee will also be hosted by the Board President, Tamar Caspi, the Kavod Parent Representative to the Board, Svetlana Sowers, and the Kavod faculty!
The next “chats” with the Director are set for December 17th at 7:30am, after the KPC meeting on January 6th and then January 8th at 7:30.
The faculty have the following dates for you to join them in an informal Coffee Chat forum, I will be at these as my schedule permits:
Kindergarten -December 15th at 2:45pm
First Grade – January 13th at 2:45pm
Second Grade – December 16th at 2:45pm
Third Grade – January 13th at 7:30am
Ronit for the Hebrew team – January 27th at 2:45pm
Tamar and Svetlana will be setting their date/time soon. We always welcome parents at the board meeting, too! The next board meeting is this Friday. December 12th at 1pm. Board meeting dates/times are updated on the Kavod Event Calendar: http://kavodelementary.org/kavod-event-calendar/
There are a plethora of ways to get involved and to have your voice heard. Feel free to email myself at email@example.com, join the parent committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to your parent representative Svetlana Sowers at Svetlana_Sowers@vwr.com.
I sincerely love our Kavod community. Together we are building an amazing program!
I hope to hear from you – my door is always open,
– Alexa Greenland, Director
Kavod Parent Committee
Upcoming Meeting Dates
January 6th at 8am and 5:30pm – If you plan on attending an evening meeting, please RSVP to email@example.com by January 4th. Due to low evening attendance, the evening meeting may be canceled if there is a lack of interest.
Stay after the morning KPC meetings for coffee with the Director!
Israeli Documentary for Parent Discussion ISRAEL INSIDE, How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference: January 12th at 6pm.Stand With Us, a non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about Israel, will be leading the discussion after the viewing. Preview the trailer clip – you won’t want to miss this!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDqo8mu5u8U
Family Movie Night on Campus: January 24th – Evening Event – Details to Follow
In other movie news…. Zero Motivation, an Israeli film and winner of Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival will be showing in San Diego the week of January 16th. Zero Motivation is a portrait of everyday life for a unit of young female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. More information can be found at Landmarktheaters.com.
Auction Items Needed: Please begin reaching out to your contacts, local stores and places you visit frequently for Mesiba auction items. For our major fundraiser event to be a success, we need everyone’s assistance. All donations are tax- deductible. Questions? Email – Mesiba@KavodElementary.org
Erica Sparks, Mesiba Chair, will also be in the Kavod office each Friday until 9am to work on Mesiba. Feel free to join her!
Kavod Parent Facebook Page
There is a private Kavod Parent Facebook Page. This is a great way to chat among parents and to spread information about events and play dates. An email invite was sent to all new parents, but due to the school’s security firewall, navigating Facebook on campus can be tricky and sometimes causes glitches. If you have not yet joined, or did not receive the email, you can “befriend” the director of Kavod on Facebook using her Kavod Facebook account - search the email: firstname.lastname@example.org – or you can request an invite from any other member of the group.
School Photos – Update
We understand that parents have been waiting patiently for their school photo orders. We have reached out to Lifetouch to get more information on the delay and will notify parents when we know more.
Kavod Holiday Curriculum
As the winter holiday seasons approach, we want to take this opportunity to make sure our families are informed about the official Kavod Holiday Curriculum.
Kavod has a designated holiday curriculum that explores US, Israeli and world holidays throughout the year. The curriculum was developed through collaborative efforts, beginning with Mrs. Whiteside and Hamorah Ben Kish. The purpose of the comprehensive school-wide curriculum is to ensure that the holidays are presented in a thoughtful manner and that lessons build upon each other and to create global citizens. As such, not every holiday is present at each grade level or at the time a specific holiday is celebrated in practice. The curriculum was carefully crafted to align with the California State Standards and the Kavod’s CHIIC curriculum: The Culture and History of Israeli and its Immigrant Communities.
The curriculum is being solidified throughout this year. As lessons are integrated into the curriculum they can be found at the Kavod main office. The following holidays are included in the curriculum: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali, New Year (around the world), Tu B’Shvat, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, Purim, St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, Passover, Easter, Yom Ha’atzmaut, 4th of July and Independence Days (around the world) and Shavout. Additional holidays may be included over time. As any particular holiday approaches, feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher for more information about the specific lessons or feel free to come by the office to review the curriculum in its entirety.
As a part of our Values Curriculum, this year Kavod has implemented Kavod Families. The idea of Kavod Families was presented to us by a parent – and we love it! Almost every other week Kavod students meet with students across grade levels to partake in activities that focus on the overarching school “value of the month” or to focus on team building and collaboration. The Kavod Families help our students see themselves as a part of a larger community and to foster respect among the students. As a part of this we also host monthly Kavod school-wide meetings where we acknowledge all of the student who were spotted being super respectful and who showed exemplary practice of the value Kavod focused on for that month.
Kavod’s Food Policy
Kavod’s no-food sharing policy discourages students from sharing food with each other and requires that the teacher notify the parents when food will be present in the classroom. Parents may not bring in food to share unless it has been organized with the teacher. We ask all parents to respect that everyone has different dietary needs and to note that, as a public school, Kavod restricts food from classrooms/school only if there is a life-threatening medical reason (based on conversation with the parties involved).
Beginning in January, to help parents organizing events be as cognizant of each child’s individual needs, we will provide dietary information that is listed on the enrollment packet to the room parents. If your child has dietary restrictions, whether is be allergies, restrictions for personal beliefs or restrictions for any other reason, please make sure you have informed the school and have the restrictions included on the enrollment packet. Many parents have restrictions that are not currently listed on their child’s enrollment packet, and Kavod does not make assumptions on a family’s behalf. Please make sure your enrollment packet reflects the dietary restrictions of your child.
Parent Hebrew Lessons taught by
Hamorah Ben Kish!
Wednesday Nights 6:30-8:30
Every Wednesday Mrs. Ben Kish hosts adult Hebrew classes for Kavod parents using the immersion method. Now you can experience learning Hebrew the same way your children learn.
The classes are taught on campus every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 and are $25 per class. Contact Mrs. Ben Kish at Netta.BenKish@KavodElementary.org if you are interested in joining the class!
Important Notices and Reminders
The lost and found box is full. Please stop by the office to see if your child’s belongings are there.
All parents and visitors MUST check in at the Kavod office. Do not bypass the office to your child’s classroom. Parents must sign children out at the office as well.
Spread the cheer of Kavod by informing your friends and preschools about Kavod as our application process for Kindergarten closes in January. Interested parents should contact Kavod this month!
Please help keep all children at Kavod healthy, if your child is sick, please have him/her stay home until he/she fully recovers. Kavod will gladly accept donations for boxes of tissues and cleaning wipes.
Remember to check your child’s folder nightly.
Students have been excessively tardy. Please recognize bringing your child late negatively impacts your child’s education and the general school program. Strive to be on time.
School will be closed between December 22nd and January 2nd for Winter Break.