Kowalski for School Board in LVUSD

I have worked hard to support Las Virgenes Unified School District as a parent, a volunteer, and an employee. That’s why I support Kiyomi Kowalski for School Board.

kowalski for school board and kidsKiyomi Kowalski and her two sons

Our family moved to Agoura Hills in 2010, intent on enrolling our older son, who was about to enter Kindergarten, at Mariposa School of Global Education. Because of the wait list and the way the timing worked out, he ended up at Yerba Buena Elementary School, as did his little brother. We were all happy there. Eventually I got involved in the school’s Parent Faculty Association, serving as its president for two years.

I love this school district and the community that has grown up around it. It’s hard to go anywhere in Calabasas, Agoura, or Westlake without running into a parent or a child we know from school or sports. We feel at home here. Las Virgenes Unified School District is our home. Because I feel so strongly about this great district, I have supported it with my time, my skills, and my money.

That’s why I am supporting and endorsing Kiyomi Kowalski for School Board in the election on November 6.

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While I recognize that the current board members have been part of the evolution of LVUSD’s ability to offer robust, safe, and engaging educational opportunities for our children, I believe it’s time for adding “a bit of the new school to the old school.” She will bring a much-needed fresh perspective to the great responsibility of making high-level decisions for the entire district. These decisions affect the curriculum, the staffing, the well-being of teachers, the way the district spends vast amounts of money, and so much more. Kowalski is one of us: a parent, a professional, a passionate advocate for education. She also has rich experience as a lawyer who advocates for the underserved, and as a Marine who served our country.

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I began my life of service 21 years ago today by stepping on the yellow foot prints at Parris Island for Marine Corps boot camp. I continue to serve our community and I’m excited to serve our children on the Las Virgenes School Board. Vote Kiyomi Kowalski for school board in 2018 and let’s bring a bit of new school to the old school!

I urge you to meet Kiyomi. You will find her to be warm, empathetic, interested, and caring. You will witness her infectious passion and her ability to speak with wisdom and information about the issues that affect our students and community. Read about her goals for the school district. She’s well-informed and equipped to make tough decisions.

You know how hard I’ve worked to support Las Virgenes Unified School District. Join me by voting for Kiyomi Kowalski for School Board on November 6.

For more information, to meet with Kiyomi, and to support her campaign, visit KowalskiForSchoolBoard.com.

P.S. I take it for granted that people know how the LVUSD school board is elected, appoints a superintendent, and votes on big issues for the district. But I realize that most parents and voters don’t really pay attention to these things. If you have any questions about how it works, and want to know so you can make your own informed decision about how to vote, send me an email at kim@agourahillsmom.com, and we’ll chat. 

Eat Your Greens to Give Some Green at Whole Foods on September 9

Ah, salad.  So good for you (sometimes) and so tasty (sometimes), especially when someone else made it for you (yes, please).

The next best thing to someone making it for you is a well-stocked and attractive salad bar.  Easy to slap something wonderful together.  Something that is healthy and nutritious.  Instead of, say, that nasty slab of meatlike substance served in a stereotypical school lunch.

Imagine, then, if vegetables and fresh fruits were an option at school.  Imagine a gleaming, colorful salad bar, the kind only Whole Foods, that symbol of high-end healthy eating, could create, in a school.  Salad seems so much more appealing when it’s presented in an endless array of self-serve options.  That attraction must be amazing to school children.

Whole Foods is doing exactly that – helping to put salad bars into schools.  In a partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, the Whole Kids Foundation is  providing grants to schools so that kids will be able to choose delicious healthy fruits and vegetables for their lunches.

Hungry now?  Here’s where you can eat and help at the same time.

On Saturday, September 9, Whole Foods will donate $1 for every pound of food sold at their salad bars and hot food bars from every store in their Southern Pacific Region toward building salad bars in local schools.  (If you look on their interactive map, you’ll see that there are no schools near us that have salad bars.  Maybe that can change with our help!)

Our local Whole Foods Markets in Tarzana, Woodland Hills, and Thousand Oaks are all participating in this wonderful event.

I don’t suppose they meant for me to eat several pounds of their delicious macaroni and cheese, but it’s for a good cause, so it’s my civic duty to go and buy some that day.  Come to think of it, I should probably buy and eat a salad to model this for my children.  Maybe then they will mimic my behavior and choose vegetables and fruit over say…macaroni and cheese.

Perhaps I’ll see you at the salad bar.  In the meantime, enjoy this lovely infographic that shows how your tasty meal, purchased at a Whole Foods salad and hot food bar on Sunday, September 9, will help grow a salad bar at school so that the children there can choose healthy options that also look delicious.

This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market but the opinion that salads taste best when made by someone else and that Whole Foods’ hot mac and cheese is to die for are, of course, my own.