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VP Corner

VP Corner
Each month, one of our three Vice-Principals will be writing a special message in our Kanoelani Chronicle. Check out their message below.
March 2021
Lisa Tominaga, Vice Principal
Thank you to our school community for continuing to practice S.M.A.S.H. on campus and at home. All of our efforts have kept our campus and school community safe. The third quarter has been fruitful and our campus has been "alive" with students back in school on a blended schedule. On-campus you'll hear students greeting their friends safely from distance, talking about the latest show they just watched. Then in the classroom, the students are engaged with learning in person or with their online classmates. On the big field at recess, you'll see and hear the students excited to be outside playing organized games led by Mr. Joyce. Also, our creative teachers are designing real-world learning opportunities in different learning spaces. Our campus is "alive" again with students learning in school. Although our school is not 100% back to "normal school," this quarter has been provided us a glimpse of what we miss, having school in person, and what we all HOPE for in the near future.
February 2021
Neil Blomberg, Vice Principal
Thank you for all your support as we now have all of our grade levels participating in blended learning. Please know we will have a new crossing guard working before and after school, Ms. Vangie! Please support her by following her traffic directions, and making sure to park behind the broad white lines on either side of the crosswalk. This ensures that walkers are visible to cars from a good distance as they cross the road.
It has been fun to see so many of our students back on campus, and we look forward to continue working together with all of you during this very strange year!
December 2020
Lisa Tominaga, Vice Principal
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday! I enjoyed my time with my family and we decided to start a new holiday tradition. Although we were disappointed about not being able to gather with our extended family, we decided to make new family traditions that we hope to continue next year. One of our newfound holiday traditions is having a custom cookie challenge. The challenge was to create a masterful, delicious cookie with a sugar cookie dough as the starting point. My children enjoyed adding different flavors, ingredients, and even sculpting their custom cookie. We then enlisted the Grandparents to be virtual judges of this fun cookie competition. Overall, we enjoyed our slow-paced Thanksgiving weekend and found a new way to spend time as a family. The pandemic has caused us to shift our behaviors and traditions, but it has allowed for new moments and opportunities to grow. I will continue to look for those moments, and my hope is for you to do the same through this pandemic.
I share my family story with much gratefulness of our school, students, staff, and parents. We are one family at Kanoelani and sharing our stories of gratefulness will help spread positivity that can defeat anxiety and worry. I encourage everyone to share your stories of gratefulness and help feed our culture of Choosing Love at Kanoelani. Together we will overcome the challenges the pandemic has caused and look for new ways to grow as a school. Please stay safe during the holiday season and I look forward to hearing what new family traditions you have created this year!
November 2020
Neil Blomberg, Vice Principal
As we prepare to potentially come back to school in the third quarter, we have new policies around student and staff health. Teachers now screen students and staff each day. Teachers will ask students if they have any of the symptoms below before class starts in the morning. 
We are asking parents to screen your kids' health at home first, to determine if your child should come to school.
If the following symptoms are present, your child should stay home from school:
  • Feverish or unusually warm (has flushed cheeks)
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Headache
  • Stomach Ache
  • Nausea
  • Muscle Pain
  • Unusual Fatigue
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell
Thank you for all of your support in keeping our campus safe. Please feel free to call the office with any questions.
October 2020
Lisa Tominaga, Vice Principal
Aloha Kanoelani Rainbows! We have made it through the first quarter of school with distance learning! Thank you to the students, teachers, and parents for persevering with distance learning. We realize it takes everyone working together to make distance learning a success. As we head into Fall Break, let's use this time to have fun and reenergize ourselves for the second quarter.
Here are some family fun suggestions to do safely in your family bubble:
1) Plan a family talent showcase night
2) Design a family comic book
3) Create a family collage with items in your house 
4) Learn a new skill together
5) Create a family art gallery
6) Write a song together
7) Design your own board game
8) Cook a meal together
Stay safe Rainbows and we'll see you after the Fall Break!
September 2020
Neil Blomberg, Vice Principal
Hello students! We are so glad that you are connecting with your teachers and meeting your classmates over the computer. Please remember that even though many things have changed, we are still Kaneolani students who work to "Learn More, Care More, and Be More." Please continue to work on your studies and give your best during all the meetings and lessons with your teachers.
Some Great Student Reminders for Learning at Home:
1. Work with your family to create a routine. Try to stop and start your school day and learning at the same time as much as possible.
2. Keep your learning space ready to go with supplies and a space that you know where you will learn every day. If possible, try to find a quiet place in your home to complete your schoolwork. 
3. Make sure to communicate with your teacher if you have any questions.
4. Be patient! All of us; teachers, students, and parents; will get better at distance learning as we continue to practice and grow together.
January/February 2020
Lisa Tominaga, Vice Principal
Happy New Year! It was exciting to see students and teachers return to school on the first day of 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!
November 2019
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!
October 2019
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.
September 2019
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/.