MLK Parent Newsletter

May 1, 2022


This week is TEACHER and STAFF Appreciation Week. We are so thankful for the amazing staff we have here at MLK. They all work so hard to provide the best education for you student(s). Please take the week to send a special note to you child's teach. Some ways to show appreciation, wear their teacher's favorite color, bring in a flower, draw a flower or a picture for them, your child could write their teacher a special card that says Thank you!

CAASPP testing, which kicks off Monday, May 2. It is very important that student(s) are on time and present for everyday of testing. Testing is scheduled May 2nd-May 27th. For sample practice items click on this link: PRACTICE ITEMS. Please make sure to schedule appoints around those dates. Most testing will take place in the morning up until lunch time, however if students need more time they can continue after lunch.

If you are unclear on what the state assessment is all about watch the video below. Mrs. Bekedam gives an overview of what the assessments all entails while Ms. Calvillo gives you the break down in Spanish.

Study trips have kicked off. Thank you to those of you who have turned in your packets and taken the steps to volunteer. Please keep in mind that if we have more volunteers than needed for a field trip, grade levels will use a lottery system to determine who will attend the field trips.

We will have in-person end of the year awards. We encourage all of our Crusaders to give their best effort this trimester, so they can be eligible for citizenship and academic awards. The awards criteria will be sent home via Remind and Parent Square.

Parents Please Save the date for May 25 at 9:00am. The 5th and 6th grade band will be performing for parents in the cafeteria. Fourth grade will also be playing a few songs on their recorders that morning.

Thank You,

Mrs. Bekedam

Learning Director

Important Dates

  • Monday, May 2 through May 6th Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • READY applications turned in on May 2, student will go on Waitlist
  • 1st/2nd grade visit from West Hills College
  • Thursday, May 5th 2nd grade to Zoo
  • Friday, May 6th Kindergarten to the Zoo
  • Saturday, May 7th Valley Track meet Buchannan High (Must have qualified on 4/26)

Congrats to Dr. Sanchez-Leal on the arrival of her beautiful baby girl Sofia!

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April Student of the Month Trustworthiness

Study Trips

1st graders visited the Story Book Garden and 3rd grade went to the Planetarium
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MVP last two weeks

Most On Task and Most Helpful
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Rally to Kick off Testing

On Wednesday, the 27th, our Crusaders participated in a Rally to kick off testing. During the rally there were a lot of fun games to play. There were 5 games in total, with 4 teams. The first game was called “Full bellies”. The second game was called “Shake it till you make it”. The third game was called “Attention to detail”. The fourth game is called “Exhalent focus”. Finally, the last game was called “Working Hard Not Hardly Working”. Our Favorite games were Full Bellies, Shake It till You Make It, and Exhalent Focus.

Track meet result for 4/26

Congratulations to our students who went on to qualify at the county meet. The ones that qualified were Nicole Sannicolas, Xochitl Lara- Cervantes, Jonathan Cortez, Matthew Patinlea, Jayleen Mota, and Carol Cardoso.

Next track meet at Buchanan High School in Fresno on May 7th for Valley. Excellent job to the ones that qualified and good luck for the next.

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Back in February, Dr. Sanchez-Leal filled out an application for the Ca. Pivotal Practice Award. Here is the email response we received. There were only two school district in Kings County who received this award.

Greetings and Congratulations!

This email is to notify you that you have been selected as a 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program winner. An announcement has been sent out by the California Department of Education

The California Pivotal Practice Award Program was designed in partnership with our education associations to celebrate districts and schools that have completed an online application highlighting an innovative practice that was implemented during the 2020–21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As an 2022 CAPP Award Program winner, you can expect to receive a certificate from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond by mail in the coming weeks. Separately, you will also receive by mail in May the 2022 California Pivotal Practice Award Program flag that can be displayed at your school or district.

On behalf of the State Superintendent and all of the California Department of Education, we thank you for your outstanding efforts on behalf of students in exceptionally challenging times.


Patricia McLeod and Dina Fong

Co-Managers of the CDE Awards Program

Volunteer Information

We will be having end of the year field trips for all grade levels. If you are interested in chaperoning for your child's class, please stop by the office between 7:30-4:30 to pick up a Volunteer packet. All new applicants must submit a completed volunteer packet, a current Tuberculosis clearance, ID or Drivers License, your Covid Vaccine card if you have been vaccinated (or you must provide a negative test within 72 hours of the field trip). You will also need to pass a background check through KCOE LIVESCAN, even if you have been cleared by your employer. We will provide you with all the documentation required. The approval process takes between 3-4 weeks, therefore it is crucial that you get the process started as soon as possible.
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Parent Square Overview-English

ParentSquare Overview for Parents

Parent Square Overview-Spanish

ParentSquare Overview for Parents - Spanish
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