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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 67 students in our EL (English Learner) Program.  Our EL population speaks twelve different languages. They are: Ilocano, Tagalog, Spanish, Japanese, Chuukese, Pampango, Vietnamese, Arabic, Cebuano/Visayan, Greek, Italian, Bosnian, and Marshallese. 
New to Hawaii?  Click on the  links below for information on a variety of useful topics.

Return to School Checklist and Daily Wellness Check - Translated versions

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Kanoelani EL Parent Bulletin               December 2021Christmas

Hi Parents!

I hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving and are enjoying the cooler weather!  Your child will be taking the annual  ACCESS for ELLs Test in school, which runs from January 10 - February 25, 2022.  I wanted to share some information about the test and how you can help your child prepare for the test.


- EL students in grades 1- 6 will take the test online. Kindergarteners will take the paper/pencil tests.  

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

- You can help your Gr. 1-6 child get ready for the test by viewing the Test Demo, Sample Items, and Practice Test online at: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/WIDA/portals/wida   You must use Google Chrome to access and view Sample Items and Test Practice Items.  


  • Test Demo (at the bottom of the blue screen) - Explains how students will take the online test and how to interact with the test platform.
  • ACCESS for ELLs Test Practice - Explains what to expect in each section of the test.  Click on the words "Test Practice" below the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 box.  
  • Sample Items – 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.


More information about the ACCESS test is available at https://wida.wisc.edu/assess/access
ACCESS demo    ACCESS example

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

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

  • translateYou can also change the language by clicking on “SelectLanguage” at the top of the page.  (see example on the left)


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I will be happy to help

Have a wonderful Winter Break!!              

Welcome Back To School!   
Welcome to school year 2021-22
I hope you and your family had an enjoyable summer vacation!  I would like to extend an extra special welcome to our new EL students and families!  It is such a joy to see you and your children at school, face-to-face this year!  I feel so happy to talk with you and your children in person!  
 All of our EL students are receiving English Language support in their classrooms during the school day.  Our 3 EL teachers and myself work with our EL students to develop their English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Please contact me at 307-3828 if you ever have any question or concerns.  I am happy to speak with you and help.
FREE COVID Testing - Now through September 4, 2021
covid testing info
Added Wed., Nov. 4, 2020
Please click on the links below to view informational videos and posters in multiple languages. 
Posters - 
                        (updated 8/17/2020)
Multilingual Online Program Tutorials 
If you would like help with online programs spoken in other languages, please check out the tutorials made by Waipahu High School Multilingual Students.
Translate Google Meet Closed Captions
Please click on this link to learn how to change the closed caption language in Google Meet.  It's so easy to do and can help you and your child better understand information being shared on this platform.
WIDA Remote Screener for New Students
New students whose registration form indicated a language other than English is spoken in the home will be tested to see if they qualify for EL services. We will be using a remote screener since we are not able to do the test in person.  I will be contacting our new families to set up a time for testing. 
WIDA ACCESS Test Reports
EL students who took the WIDA ACCESS test earlier this year will receive their test score reports by mail.  Students who had an overall score of 5.0 or higher have exited out of the EL program.  Please look over your child's test report.  The bottom half of the page explains what your child is generally able to do.
Annual Parent Notification Letters
You will be receiving an Annual Parent Notification Letter in the mail, letting you know that your child qualifies for EL services.  Can you please fill out and sign the page that says Attachment B.1 then return it to school?  If this isn't possible, can you please take a screenshot after you filled out the form and email it to me at eichiki@kanoelanies.k12.hi.us?  Thank you for your help with returning this form.
Health Hotline and Telehealth for Hawaii DOE Students
  • Hawai'i State Department of Education (HIDOE) students and families will have access to a new health hotline and telehealth services provided by the Hawai'i Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program (HK), effective Friday, May 1.
  • These new services will deliver equitable access to health resources and care for HIDOE students using mobile devices and interactive technology.
  • Telehealth is the safe and confidential delivery of health care services using interactive technology. Students' information will be kept private in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines. At a minimum, callers will need access to a telephone.
  • The health hotline and telehealth visits will be provided at no cost to HIDOE students. Families with medical insurance will be asked to provide their insurance information, but HK will not bill or collect co-pays from families.
Click here for more information.
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Help your child develop their language by doing fun and meaningful activities together.
Use native language




Lokahi Lounge Board Games,  Lunch Bunch, and Parent Coffee Hour  Photos

I hope you have had a chance to check out pictures of our EL children and parents enjoying the Lokahi Lounge and making connections with each other.  The pictures are located in tabs named "Lunch Bunch Photos", "Recess Board Games Photos", and "Parent Coffee Hour Photos" located on the right side of this page.  It’s so nice to see our EL families enjoying  the Lokahi Lounge and connecting with others!  Please come and join us in the Lounge!  It’s your “home away from home”!




Building Friendships during Board Game Days and Lunch Bunch  (see photos below)