Each month, one of our three Vice-Principals will be writing a special message in our Kanoelani Chronicle. Check out their message below.
Lisa Tominaga, Vice Principal
Happy New Year! It was exciting to see students and teachers return to school on the first day from Winter Break. Students and teachers returned to school with such gusto to seize the second semester! We had a jam-packed third quarter with students continuing to set personal academic goals, receiving targeted assistance during W.I.N. (What I Need) time, and participating in school-wide Academies! It was inspiring to see students directing their own learning and having a voice in what they need to learn.
As I look forward to the new year of 2020, I made a new commitment to Choose Love in all situations. I believe with every problem there is always more than one choice. I promise to be courageous, grateful, forgiving, and compassionate in dealing with an issue. I extend that challenge to students of Kanoelani. Do you Choose Love in all situations? How can you Choose Love in all situations? I look forward to seeing the collective impact we can have on our community when we all commit to demonstrating courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion in action.
Learn More, Care More, Be More!
Kainoa Hopfe, Vice Principal
First, I am so humbled and honored to be your new Vice Principal here at Kanoelani Elementary School. After 3 months of school, I have met some of the most AMAZING students here; and would like to thank all of our parents who support our school in developing each and every child. I continue to look forward to meeting each and every one of you to enhance and enrich our students' experiences at school.
Secondly, we appreciate your understanding of our traffic safety rules in our parking lot and encourage you all to keep your eyes open for pedestrians who may be crossing through the front entrance. Please drive safely on to campus especially when you may be dropping off near the 7:45 am the start time. As a courtesy to our bus service, please do not block the front entrance from 1:45 - 2:00 pm daily and 1:00 - 1:15 pm on Wednesdays. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.
Finally, it was so exciting to see all of you who came out to our annual Craft and Family Fair that was held on October 19, 2019. We enjoyed performances by our Glee Club students that were inspiring and a spooky haunted house that was created by our Art Club that everyone enjoyed. I would like to bucket fill our teachers and staff for their commitment and for having such fun games, creative activities, prizes, and ono food booths! This event would not be possible without the collective support of the PTSA and all of our Kanoelani students, families, and school community volunteers!
Lisa Tominaga, Vice Principal
Our commitment to our students, families, and staff members is to provide a safe and caring learning school. Therefore, we have practiced different safety drills with our students and will continue to do so throughout the school year. We also want students to be safe before and after school. So please continue to speak to your child regarding measures to stay safe, specifically about "stranger danger."
The flu season is also starting and we have noticed students coming to school with the sniffles. Please keep your child home if the have a fever, excessive coughing, or prolonged stomach issues. Also, students are not allowed to carry over-the-counter drugs (i.e. aspirin, cough drops, cold medicine) with them to school. There is an allowance for prescribed medication by a licensed doctor that can be held in the health room and if you need to do so, please refer to our health room guidelines in our school planner for more details.
Lastly, I hope your child is sharing with you about our Choose Love program and explaining what COURAGE means to them. Thorugh the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program, Choose Love, your child is learning to be aware of their feelings, to take a "Brave Breath," and use a "Brave Pose" to show COURAGE in difficult situations. I encourage you to ask your child how they'll be COURAGEOUS and how they will Choose Love in all situations.
Neil Blomberg, Vice Principal
Hello parents! We appreciate all the hard work that you have been doing to keep our parking lot clear and running smoothly. Nearly all of you are avoiding our fire lane or not double parking in the staff parking lot, and are utilizing our drop off lane or parking off-campus when walking your child(ren) to their classroom. We know our parking lot is too small, and thank you for your effort to help keep it safe and flowing smoothly.
Please continue to check with your child(ren) to make sure they have a safe and effective plan before and after school. Continue to remind them of where you expect to meet them, and create your plans with safety in mind. For those of you who have trouble getting to our campus right when school ends, consider inquiring with the A+ program so that your child(ren) can be safe and supervised after school.
Many of our students are "Choosing Love" and modeling Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action. Please continue to encourage them and discuss with them the ideas behind our "Choose Love" program, and feel free to access resources for families at https://www.jesselewischooselove.org/