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Culturally Rich English Learners At Kanoelani 
Kanoelani students come from a diverse group of cultures.  All the cultures are as interesting and as special as our students.  We currently have 62 students in our EL (English Learner) Program.  Our EL population speaks twelve different languages. They are: Ilocano, Tagalog, Spanish, Japanese, Chuukese, Pampango, Vietnamese, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Hawaiian, and Marshallese. 
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              Kanoelani Elementary EL Parent Bulletin

     December 2019



Hi Parents!

       I hope you and your family are enjoying the cooler weather!  I wanted to share some information with you regarding the annual WIDA ACCESS test that all EL students will be taking beginning on January 14, 2020.  A letter with more information on the ACCESS test will be sent home on December 11, 2019.


WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test - January 14 - February 26, 2020

- Beginning on Jan. 8, 2020, we will be preparing your child to take the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs test. 

- Students in grades 1- 6 will take the test online, and kindergarteners will take the paper/pencil tests. 

- All EL students will take the ACCESS test beginning January 14, 2020.   

- This annual assessment measures English language proficiency in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. 


- You can help your child get ready for the test by viewing the Test Demo, Sample Items, and Practice Test online at:


A Chrome browser must be used to access and view Sample Items and Test Practice Items.  


  • Test Demo- Videos explain how students will take the online test and how to interact with the test platform.
  • Sample Items– Explain what to expect in each section of the test.  Click on the words "View Sample Items" below the box.  
  • Test Practice- Allows students to experience taking the online assessment and use the available features that will be available during the actual assessment.  Click on the words "View Sample Items" below the box.




Reminder: This bulletin and other ELL information is also available on the  Kanoelani ELL website.

  • Go to kanoelani.org
  • Go to Parents on the blue menu bar.
  • Click on ELL in the drop down menu.


    Have a wonderful Winter Break!! 



Translation Now Available for Kanoelani Website

Great news parents!  Our Kanoelani website can now be translated into many of your native languages!  On the top right side of our school website, click on the white box that says "Select Language".  Then click on the language you would like the site to be translated in.







EL Parent Coffee Hours in Our Lokahi Lounge


EL Parents’ Coffee Hour

When:  Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 from 1:00-2:00pm

Where:  Lokahi Lounge (A-Workroom)

This month:

  • We enjoyed playing an ice-breaker game called 2 Truths and 1 Lie! It was fun guessing which statement about the others was a lie! We also learned a lot about each other!
  • Mrs. Agacir, mother of Brent Jay, taught us how to make Filipino pancit noodles. We all helped her prepare it and enjoyed it! It was so delcious!
  • Parent tips to help your child were shared from the Colorin Colorado website.


I hope you are able to join us for our next Coffee Hour!


Another great website to learn and practice English

The Cambridge English website has many activities, songs, and lessons for your child to learn and practice English.  Here is the link below:




Raz-Kids Accounts

Beginning this month, your child will have access to our Raz-Kids online reading program at your request.  If you would like your child to continue to use the Raz-Kids program, please fill out the request form on the parent bulletin and return it to school.


Building Friendships during Board Game Days (see photos below)                                                                

Kanoelani EL Dept.
Located in the
Lokahi Lounge
(A Workroom)
EL Coordinator:
Elsa Ichiki
EL Staff:
Angie Cabato
Sherri Fujimura
Sandi Reyes
Dori Saito