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Kanoelani Tech Booklet

Kanoelani Tech Booklet has been printed for families and will be available when picking up computers from your teacher.

Message from Principal Kunihisa: Saturday, August 15, 2020

With so much change and uncertainty, one thing remains constant. We are here for you and your children. I know information keeps changing and we apologize for the many twists and turns but we want to be sure we balance our goal of preparing our families for distance learning with the safety of our community.

In light of the continued high numbers as of today Saturday, August 15th we will be shifting to a more of a grab and go pick up for Monday and Tuesday with an online Orientation and practice time with your families at home.

I will be honest and say this was NOT an easy decision as our teachers worked so hard to prepare everything and they really want to spend time with your child. Our campus has many safety measures in place but with the recent numbers including today's count, we needed to prioritize safety.

See below for our “Pick Up and Virtual Orientation Schedule.” Also, note that tech support handouts will be provided to you with supplies and also online under “Kanoelani Tech Booklet” (link below) that will give you step by step instructions about how to log on.

For Monday and Tuesday in-person pick up, we will stick to the same time frames communicated earlier. Depending on your child's last name you will come to our campus and grab your supplies from the classroom and go home. The schedule has not changed but the times have been shortened. If you can’t make it to your scheduled times, please notify your teacher for a pick up later on in the week.
When you are on campus please be sure you wear a mask and practice social distancing.

On one or both afternoon blocks for Monday and Tuesday please join us online logging in with your teacher as we prepare for our full-day online beginning Wednesday, August 19th. Thanks for continuing to have UPS as we navigate these really trying times. Enjoy your evening.

Message from Principal Kunihisa: Monday, August 17, 2020

Hello Kanoelani families, welcome to day one back to school. It was really nice seeing so many of you this morning and we can’t wait to greet the rest of you tomorrow. Coming up next today is a practice login. Please note the following times to get online with your teacher and practice. If you have more than one child be sure to spend time in both classes practicing.
Please call our front office if you have any problems logging on at 307-3800.

Grade K - 3: get online between 12:30 -1:00 pm
Grades 4 - 6: get online between 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Office Hours for all teachers will be 1:30 - 2:00 pm so contact your teacher if you need to meet up for any reason.

Also, we have a fun family school assignment to work on as we get ready to meet your classmates online this coming Wednesday. Feel free to do one or both of the fun at-home activities today and tomorrow.
You can either write a letter (or draw a picture for younger students) to your teacher about what you are excited about, worried about, and what you need to succeed. The second assignment is you can find 2-3 things around your house that mean a lot to you. Practice doing a short oral sharing of why you chose those items and be ready to share with your classmates.

See you online in your classroom shortly!

Ohana Help Desk

The Ohana Help Desk is a statewide initiative by the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) to provide technology support to public school students and their parents as they transition to more opportunities for online and blended learning.
Please click on the news article to view the PDF sent out by HIDOE with more information on Ohana Help Desk.

Updated Class Lists Available

Updated class lists are available to view in front of the cafeteria. Lists will be available to view between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm from now until next week.

Message from VP Blomberg: Sunday, August 9, 2020

Hello Kanoelani Families,

In order to prepare for full distance learning to start the year, we are asking all families to fill out a very important survey on our school website TODAY. We are offering computers to borrow for students and a limited number of MiFi devices, which gives internet access to families that do not have it at home. The MiFi devices are limited and are first come first served for the school and district. We are asking all families to please fill out the survey as quickly as possible so we can be prepared to support families learning from home.

The survey can be found by clicking on this article or the "Kanoelani Technology Loan Program 2020" link below this news article.

Again we ask that you fill it out by 9pm today in order to reserve a computer for each child and/or MiFi device for your family. Thanks so much.

Message from Principal Kunihisa: Friday, August 7, 2020

Good evening families this is Principal Kunihisa with a follow-up message in response to Governor Ige and Superintendent Kishimoto’s press conference today. We are shifting now to a 100% full distance program for all students. That means all students will be placed in a classroom with a teacher and will be getting daily instruction beginning August 17 and until September 11.

If you were one of the families who completed the Distance Learning Opt-In form we will put your application “on hold” until we resume the blended model. Upon return to school, everyone will have the choice to return to school in our planned blended “in-person” model or start the Distance Learning program that will require you to take on the role of a Full Distance Educator as planned.

Again, we will be servicing students in a distance model for EVERYONE beginning August 17 and until September 11, 2020. If your child receives special education services and cannot receive distance learning there will be exceptions made for in-person instruction. More information about getting prepared will be sent out next week so stay tuned to our phone calls and social media. Class lists will also be updated and we will notify you when they change on our board.

I am so grateful for your continued support. Mahalo for showing us and each other Unity, Patience, and Serenity as we move into this new model of 100% online teaching and learning. Have a great weekend!
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