El Sol Parent Bulletin

September 2022

El Sol Elementary

Contact us!

Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Visitors: Please call ahead to make an appointment

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Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

Greetings, El Sol Families:

This year has gotten off to a great start! Thank you for working with the El Sol staff to make sure everyone has a positive first week back. Students are settling in and learning routines, expectations, and procedures. We are excited to have a return to normalcy after the pandemic conditions last year. Below you will find a lot of information regarding the new platforms and initiatives we are starting this year, helpful tips, information about support services, and updates from Dr. Rita Raichouduri, KPS superintendent.


Dr. Wilson

El Sol Principal

Mark your Calendar

Friday September 2nd: No School (Labor Day Weekend)

Monday September 5th: No School (Labor Day)

Wednesday September 14th: Virtual PTO Meeting

Wednesday September 21st: Picture Day

Bus and Car Rider Safety Reminders

Car Riders
  • THERE IS NO SUPERVISION OUTSIDE BEFORE 8:30 AM. Please do not send kids to the blacktop until 8:30.
  • Car rider dismissal starts at 3:45. If you show up early, be prepared to wait.
  • Please enter from the Pearl/Dutton St. entrance and turn right to go around the outer perimeter of the parking lot.
  • Do not cut through the middle of the parking lot to get in the car line.
  • If you are asked to pull out of the line and park, please do so to avoid delays.
  • The speed limit is 5 mph. Do not swerve around other vehicles or speed in the parking lot. Think about how you would want someone to behave if your child was walking through the parking lot.
Bus Riders
  • Please make sure you know your morning and afternoon buses and times.
  • Families can have up to 2 buses for a child. For example, if you need your child to go to a different place on different days, you can request an alternate bus.
  • If you need to request a different bus for whatever reason, it takes 24-48 hours for that change to go through. We cannot make same-day bus changes.
  • We cannot send children home on the bus with a friend, relative, or other bus that is not their assigned bus.


  • ALWAYS call the office if there is a change in your child's dismissal plan. Contacting the teacher does not guarantee the office will be notified.
  • Please call by 3:15pm if you have a change.

It takes ALL families following these expectations in order to ensure student safety. Please be patient. All staff work hard to get every student to the right place safely.


The El Sol office hours will be 8:00 - 3:00 pm on Friday September 2nd, and will be closed on Monday September 5th for Labor Day.

Picture day is coming!

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 9am

604 West Vine Street

Kalamazoo, MI

More information and packets will be coming soon!
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PTO Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 14th, 5:45-6:45pm

This is an online event.

Our first PTO meeting will be held VIRTUALLY on September 14th at 5:45pm. A google meet link will be sent by email before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

Join the El Sol PTO Parent Page on Facebook

Scan the QR code on the flyer below, or click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/elsolptokalamazoo
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Sign up for the school directory (optional)

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Announcements and Updates

New Chromebooks for students!

5th Grade Backpack Devices:

  • All 5th grade students will receive a new-in-box Chromebook and carrying case. This Chromebook will go back and forth between school and home everyday.

4th Grade Take Home Devices:

  • 4th grade students will receive a new-in-box Chromebook.

  • We are still waiting for these Chromebooks to be delivered to us but are expecting them by the first week of September.

3rd Grade Take Home Devices:

  • Receive a Chromebook to take home

  • 3rd grade Chromebooks are being taken from the KPS stock of returned Chromebooks.

1st-2nd Grade Take Home Devices:

  • Receive a Chromebook to take home.

  • This will stay at home until the end of the school year or they leave the district.

Kindergarten will receive in-school devices only

For more information, please click on this link to the KPS Chrome Book Procedures.

El Sol Breakfast & Lunch Menus and Tips

Click on this link to see breakfast and lunch menus for El Sol: https://kalamazoopublicschools.nutrislice.com/menu/el-sol

We will also send a paper copy home each month with the menus.

Tips for students who bring their own lunch:

  • Write or label your child's name on their lunch box/thermos.
  • Teach your child how to open containers such as bento boxes, lunchables, foil cups, etc.
  • Teach your child how to store containers back in their lunch box.
  • We do not warm up food for students at lunch time.

**Please note:** Due to nationwide supply and demand issues, the food menu may be adjusted (without notice) according to what is available.

El Sol Visitor Procedures

  • All visitors must come to the front entrance of El Sol on Oak Street to sign in and obtain a visitor's pass
  • Parents who would like to visit with a staff member must make an appointment
  • Starting in Trimester 2, visitors will check in at an electronic kiosk and scan their ID to obtain a visitor's pass. More information will be given at a later date.

Download the KPS App!

Get the latest news, calendar, menus, directories, helpdesk, flyers, and more at your finger tips. You can also look up your student's grades, attendance status, and review messages from your child's teacher. Scan the QR codes below or click on t
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Community Corner

Communities in Schools at El Sol

Welcome back El Sol families!

My name is Perla Medina Cano, Site Coordinator with Communities In Schools here at El

Sol Elementary. This will be my third year joining the El Sol team, and I look forward to continuing to build Communities In Schools relationship with El Sol Elementary. Our CIS team consists of myself, and Ms. Maria Whitmore, our After School Coordinator. We work with

school staff to support students striving for academic success.

We are excited to welcome you back and start working with our students! Take a moment to check out some of the services we

can provide for students below.

What can CIS do for your student?

Tier I Supports Building Wide

● Vision Assistance

● Mental Health Services

● After School Program

● Food Assistance

● School Supplies

● Hygiene Products

Tier II & Tier III Services

● 1 on 1 tutoring

● Goal Setting

● Progress Monitoring

● Behavior Intervention

● Attendance Monitoring

If you have any questions about the services available for your student, or about

Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo, please feel free to contact the CIS Site Team at

(269) 337-1648.


Perla Medina Cano & Maria Whitmore

CIS Site Coordinator / After School Coordinator

El Sol Elementary

First Day Shoe Giveaway

Did you know that all students at El Sol have an opportunity to receive a FREE pair of shoes?

  • Families can order the shoes they need by going online to www.firstdayshoefund.org/order OR by filling in the paper order form (if your school sent those home this week).
  • Students will receive their shoes between September 26th - October 7th
  • Ordering will close on 9/9/2022.
  • Shoes are provided at no cost to families.
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Welcome Newsletter from Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri, KPS Superintendent

In case you missed it, here is a Link to Dr. Rita's Welcome Newsletter.

Let's have a wonderful year together!