March, 2014


As we prepare to open our preschool doors for the March 29 Open House, let’s take a moment to celebrate our collective FUNdraising effect at Kigala.

To date, we have raised a running total of $10,260 (WOO HOO!!) to pay for:

  • 3 additional trees (purchase and planting)
  • purchase of 2 large umbrellas
  • materials for our beautiful patio (Kigala matched with construction costs)Upcoming project:
  • 2nd Security Gate (design and quotes are in the works!)Thank you and congratulations everyone!! Visit this page for future fundraising news.


On Saturday, October 5th, 2013, with great team work and choreography, all three trees were planted, and our outdoor classroom has transformed yet again!

Thank you again to Jason and his crew, for planting the larger trees, Podocarpus grac and Mayten, and Kigala parents, Michael J., Josue and Jacobo for plant the olive tree.

fundraising tree planting delivery
See more Outdoor Classroom Fundraiser Photos


Then on Friday October 11, Kigala Staff, Children and parents welcomed The German Consul General, Dr. Bernd Fischer, and Ms. Diana Wiese, Cultural Affairs, to our tree ceremony, where a generous grant was presented to Kigala. The children cut the ribbon to officially welcome the new trees into our outdoor playground.

We even got a mention on the German Consulate Facebook page.

Kigala would like to thank everyone involved who gave their time, donations and support to achieve so much in so little time.


to our “Cooler Kigala” Fundraising Program today.
Thank you!


Kigala is proud to announce that together with the continued support of Kigala parents and community, three additional trees will be delivered on Saturday, October 5th in the Kigala outdoor classroom (playground). The final purchase of these trees was made possible in part by generous grant from the German Consulate.

The trees and the bob cat will arrive at 9am and you are welcome to stop by and observe the transformation.

Jason and his crew will be planting the larger trees, Podocarpus grac and Mayten, and Kigala parents, Michael J., Josue and Jacobo will plant the olive tree.

Fundraising tree planting

Please join us!!!

On Friday, October 11th at 9 am, we will have the official tree planting ceremony. The German Consul General, Dr. Bernd Fischer, and Ms. Diana Wiese, Cultural Affairs, will be present and you are invited!

If you would like to join in the tree planting ceremony and meet our German Consulate Representatives, please contact the front office. Your support is welcomed.

In addition to the trees, generous donations by our parents and community will make it possible to purchase and install two awnings for the back building, which will replace the two canopies currently providing shade in the art area. In addition to shade, the awnings will provide beauty and more space for the children to be creative.

All this great support, and the newly planted trees make for an even more exciting Open House Event!

So, remember to pick up your Open House flyers to help share the word. And please see our Open House Sign Up Sheets to view the many ways you can help – food, preparation, support is much appreciated!!

Thank you for your continuous support!

Elke Miller
Executive Director

PHASE 2 – Can You Help For More Shade?

Dear Kigala Supporters:

Our vision at Kigala Preschool is to create a rich and healthy environment for the children in our outdoor classroom (otherwise know as our playground). A big part of that vision is to provide an abundance of greenery and natural shade.

With our ornamental Plum Tree in place, our plan for the Kigala Outdoor Classroom is to plant two additional trees.

In order to make that dream come true we will need to raise $2,200 for one tree or $3,000 for two trees.

Any contribution, $15, $25, $50, $100 or more is welcome.

With the help from some Kigala parents, we are already halfway to our goal of raising enough money to plant these two remaining shade trees. Can you help…more?Email Your Pledge Today and THANK YOU!




Did You Have A FUNdraiser? See for Yourself…!

Kigala is proud to make their debut in moving pictures, featuring our fundraiser event with exciting silent auction and tree planting moments.

“A Cooler Kigala” Spring Fundraiser for Kigala Preschool from Kigala Preschool on Vimeo.

Did We Meet Our Fundraising Goals!?

Kigala Preschool would like to thank everyone involved in our Spring Fundraiser Event! Such a generous outpouring of time, donations and support in the true spirit of our Kigala Community. Read more about our successes…

Kigala Fundraising Chart

A Special Message from Elke…

As the “dirt” settles from our “A Cooler Kigala” Spring Fundraiser, I would like to thank everyone for making it such a great success!

From family participation in securing auction items, delicious pot luck contributions, through to volunteering at the event – our community rocks!

Big thank you to the silent auction planners, Kathrynn T., Katharina, Kim, and all the PCA for their fundraising commitment through to set up and display. Production thank yous go out to Sophie for photographic talents seen in the fundraiser flyer, Renee for graphic design and web support, and Mel’s video work to capture our special moments (…stay tune for the video piece).

Thank you to my awesome Kigala administration team, Nadine and Luis, for their endless hours, working on the presentation of the auction items, silent action display, and event preparation.

And fundraising success could not have been possible without the generous donations of our personal and corporate sponsors – thank you for your support.

Congratulations to all the silent auction winners and your persistent bidding – much appreciated. We didn’t just meet our expected goal, we surpassed it!

Kigala Preschool are proud to announce our amazing fundraising efforts raised a total of $4,802.50!! This sum pays for the concrete cutting and planting materials for the plum tree…PLUS 2 additional umbrellas, bringing shade and “A Cooler Kigala” for our children to enjoy.

Now, a special thank you to Michael J. for sharing his tree knowledge to lead the plum tree planting, his donations for planting materials, and 12+ hours of digging with hired help Jason and Tim, along with assistance from Steven and Michael H. at the ceremony. And looking to the future, Michael J. is offering his services for planting a second tree! Muchas Gracias Michael!!

We really do have an amazing community…danke!

Bookmark this page & come back soon for continued updates on our fundraising news, including our up-to-date Sponsor List below.

Warm regards,
Elke Miller

See more photos in our Spring Fundraising Photo Album.
Kigala Fundraising Photo Gallery


Spring Fund Raiser – Be There, April 27th!

Fundraising A Cooler Kigala

You are invited to our Spring Fundraiser!

In anticipation of the summer heat, we are hosting a fundraiser to help improve Kigala’s outdoor playground with umbrellas, water misters and trees. To reach this goal, we are asking your participation and attendance for this event, with many ‘must-have’ silent auction items, plum tree planting ceremony and potluck brunch. Bring the whole family, invite your friends, alumnis welcome!

There are several ways you can help:

1) Silent Auction: Donate items or services. Examples include: books, toys, professional services, etc.

2) Silent Auction: Ask local shops and/or businesses to sponsor or donate items. Examples include: event tickets, gift cards, store vouchers and credits, gym or museum memberships, professional services, products that could be auctioned. Sponsors will be listed in Spring Fund Raiser news on, in addition to name recognition along side the donation item, at the Silent Auction.

3) Party Book: Organize and host a fundraising party/event. Parents host a fundraising party that is added to a “Party Book,” which is distributed to all Kigala families, who can then sign up for the party/ies of their choice. A fee is collected from each attendee (eg $20/child) with proceeds going to Kigala. Fundraising parties are usually thematic, such as a Tea Party, Baking with children, Movie and Pizza night, Ice Cream Social, Soccer Picnic in a Park, Arts & Crafts, Group Sports Lessons, Messy Backyard Art Party, to name just a few. The party ideas are limitless. Throw an Adult specific party, such as a Wine and Cheese Tasting, Cooking/Baking lessons, Concert/Theater/Opera event. These parties can be intimate affairs for 8-10, or more, and ideally, can be held throughout the year, to help fund school improvements throughout the year. These parties are also great way to promote Kigala community and help our children bond outside the school environment.

Our goal is to hold the Silent Auction Event in conjunction with a fun Spring Tree planting ceremony. We will have a potluck brunch and a lot of fun for the whole family!

Stay tuned. More details to come.

CONTRIBUTE TODAY! Or contact Kigala Preschool for more info or how to donate.

Kigala Preschool would like to thank all our generous supporters and personal donors of this very special spring fundraiser event.

Outdoor Improvement Supporter List

Patricia A. Benner
L a n d s c a p e d e s i g n
los angeles

Jason Friend
Wood Elements

Silent Auction Supporters List

3 Square Café/Rockenwagners
Adventure City
A Magic Forest Culver City
Broadway Gymnastics
Cognoscenti Coffee
JFM Boxing Club
Fred Segal Salon
Huntington Library
Ken Ng (Massage)
Kim Fisher (Facialist)
Lares Restaurant
Leaps N Boundz
Lorraine Color Bar (Mairead Brumfitt)
Lovebucket Photo
Maison Giraud
Marina Del Rey Garden Center
Merrihew’s Sunset Nursery
Patti Burris (Brentwood Art Center)
Pitfire Pizza
Rainbow Acres
Real Princess Parties
Sam’s by the Beach
Spase, Inc.
Starbucks, Washington & Del Rey
Treats Frozen Yogurt
Villa Aurora
Whole Foods
YAS Fitness Center

Additional Personal Items Donated

4 Night Stay in private home in the heart of Berlin – Katharina
Culver City Ice Skating – Daniela
LA Zoo – Kathrina
Mattel Toys – Katharina
Private Tour of LACMA’s ancient Egyptian collection led by a world-renowned Egyptologist – Kara
Swim Lessons (4) – Kristin Epley Gardner (our yoga instructor)
Taka Hair Salon Gift Certificate – Sachiko and Jose
Target Gift Card – Paloma and Randall
Tennis Lesson & tennis racket – Daniela and Mike
Thai Cooking Lessons – Nui
Wine – Katharina

This is a a great time to connect with the Kigala community, and most importantly, have a great time! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and celebrating much fundraising success!