Hi families of Kanoelani,
This is Principal Kunihisa with updates about our reopening. First of all, rest assured that we have been working very hard to ensure a smooth and safe reopening of school for your children. Thank you for your continued patience and willingness to practice UPS - Unity, Patience, and Serenity as a community and we plan carefully.
The first day of school for all students, except Kindergarten, will be on August 5th, Wednesday. We have a Waiver Day on August 4th so the student start date is on Wednesday. For the first 9 days of school, we will have half days of school ending at 11:30 AM.
Our school will be on a Hybrid schedule. This means all students in Grades K-2 will come to school daily. In addition, any special education and English Language Learners in grades Grade K-6 will also come daily. Grades 3-6 will be on a rotational schedule.
I wanted to inform you that we will be mailing out our school calendar and school supply list by next Friday, July 10th. This information will also be posted on our website and social media. Included in this mailing and posting will be the rotational schedule for upper grades.
Our top priority is keeping everyone on campus safe. We will be expecting students to come to school with their own face coverings, to practice social distancing, and healthy hygiene. Please continue to practice these at home and in the community. COVID will always be around so our goal is to minimize the risk for everyone.
Finally, please mark your calendars for a virtual Open House to hear about our daily practices and learn how we will reopen safely. There will be a link to our virtual open house on July 23 at 10 am and repeated at 6 pm.
Any new or incoming Kindergarten parents we will also be hosting a Welcome to Kanoelani meeting August 3 virtual meeting at 10 am and 6 pm.
These virtual meetings repeat so you only need to attend one session. Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Good afternoon Kanoelani Ohana!
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 28, we will be having a Rainbows Drive-Bye. This will be a very special chance for your child to say “Goodbye” to our school and see some familiar faces. Please stay in your car at all times and drive by slowly and carefully. Grades Preschool-2 will be from 9:00 - 10:00 am and Grade 3-6 will be from 10:00 - 11:00 am.
6th graders! This is your final goodbye, please follow your teachers’ instructions and be ready with your name and teachers’ name on your dashboard when you drive in. Look for your surprise by our marquee tomorrow when you arrive. If you want to come back and take a picture by the sign please do so anytime next week from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Be sure if you do stop by, you practice social distancing.
School supply pick up and drop off will be held from June 1 - 5. f your child’s last name is:
A-D = Monday, June 1
E-K = Tuesday, June 2
L-P = Wednesday, June 3
Q-Z = Thursday, June 4.
Make-ups = Friday, June 5
Please note the times each day are from 8:00 - 10:00 am and 2:00 - 4:00 pm to accommodate our families.
Finally report cards will be mailed out sometime next week so please expect them in your mailbox along with a copy of our final Chronicle. Know that as information comes out I will be contacting you over the summer with updates about our reopening for next year. Practice Unity, Patience, and Serenity as we head into a “new normal” for school and for life. Enjoy our summer break!
Good Evening Kanoelani Families. We have two important announcements for you.
First of all, I want to personally thank you for being so patient with the major shift in schooling during this time. I will be honest, its been a steep learning curve for all of us and we really appreciate your partnership. As the school year ends, we would like to provide an opportunity for drop off and pick up of all school supplies. During the week of June 1- 5 we will have a systemic process that will be efficient and safe. Times will be designated according to the student's last name to support parents of multiple children. Please look for a letter home describing details regarding the week of June 1-5. On our website click on “School Pick Up Procedures” to obtain the schedule.
In addition, we’ll be having a Rainbows Drive-By to close the school year. This will be a very special chance for your child to say “Goodbye” to our school and get closure by seeing some familiar faces. Also in the mail going home you should find the flyer about the Rainbows Drive-By. On our website, you can click “Rainbows Drive By” to obtain that schedule.
This message will be posted on our website so if you missed anything you can use it for reference. Have a great ending of the school year. Until we meet again practice Unity, Patience, and Serenity.
Aloha Students and Families of Kanoelani,
I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits as we cope with this COVID-19 virus pandemic. Late last Friday State Superintendent, Dr. Kishimoto announced the continuation of distance learning/packets through the rest of the school year which ends on May 28, 2020. Though our buildings and campus remains closed, learning will continue.
You should’ve received your child’s 3rd quarter report card in the mail. Your child’s year grade will be determined on their performance on all standards they have learned so far. All teachers and staff continue to work diligently to provide enrichment opportunities for our students. Our staff will continue to check in with your child(ren) as the school year progresses.
Please remember to check our school website and Instagram account regularly. Join us there to see some cool school updates. We will also continue to send out voicemail blasts with updates and new information. If you haven’t been receiving the phone messages or if we don’t have your updated phone number or address; please call the office at (808) 307-3800 or email us through our school website.
Beginning next Monday, and every Monday after that, we will begin handing out K registration packets. This is ONLY for incoming K students. If you need one or know someone who needs to register for Kindergarten for the next school year, please stay in your car and come to pick up a registration packet from 10-12 on any Monday. If you need one mailed to you because you cannot come during that time, please contact our front office. We will not be working on registration for all other grade levels just yet.
On another note – we need to identify all the families either not returning to Kanoelani Elementary next year or for sixth graders, those not planning to attend Highlands intermediate. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you next week to find out if you plan to return. Feel free to reach out and share that information.
Finally - We are aware that our families are going through a lot of strain. If your child is in need of assistance socially or emotionally please call and let us know, or notify your teacher, as our counselors are available for consultation.
Our school plans to send home school supplies and yearbooks right after the school year officially ends. More information to come. Please stay healthy and safe. We will get through this together. Remember to stay united, stay patient have serenity during this challenging time.
Enjoy your weekend.
Dear Kanoelani Families –
Hi everyone, sharing some new information today. Our efforts from our school team have been centered around three guiding principals: UPS – like a delivery system, Unity, Patience, and Serenity and we are using that as a reminder for ourselves personally as well.
Unity – thank you for working so well with your child’s teacher who should already be in contact with you. Stay connected as we move forward.
Patience - We are in this together – you are not alone. Teachers are trying new things and grade levels may look a bit different due to age appropriateness. Do what you can to help at home but don’t feel like you have to do it all.
Serenity – Stay calm. We will now transition from enrichment activities to next week a focus more on essential skills. Per contract negotiations, teachers cannot grade work moving forward but they do want to provide work that is essential to the grade level. We will have online learning and packets printed. The information will be on the same concepts but will look different. Please know you do NOT have to do both. Also, even if your child is working online, feel free to come next Monday to pick up a packet if you want. Packet handout will be every Monday from 10-12 in our school parking lot.
We cannot foresee what is to come in May but our goal is to have students continue to practice what they know and build on that with these essential skills. As a reminder – if you need to get in touch with the administration for any reason, you can call or text Mr. Blomberg at 341-2006 or email us through the school website.
Until I talk to you again, UPS – Unity, Patience, Serenity.
Aloha Kanoelani Ohana - this is Principal Kunihisa with a new update regarding enrichment learning opportunities for the week of March 30 - April 3.
As stated in Superintendent Kishimoto’s March 24 letter to parents/guardians, “school facilities will be closed to students until at least April 30 and traditional in-school instruction is on hold until schools reopen.” Students are expected to remain home through April 30.
Kanoelani Elementary will provide continued student enrichment opportunities during this time. Parents can access pdf copies of student work activities on our school website: kanoelani.org and can download and print. Please note - these will not be graded and students will not be turning in any activities. Also - the state expectation is to have this ready by next week but because we have such an incredible team, they have it ready for you to see today.
For those of you who do not have internet access and would like a hard copy instead, pick up will be available from 10-12 on Monday, March 30 in the school parking lot. There is a video of how we will be distributing activities on our website. If you are not able to view it, just show up between 10-12 next Monday.
We will be updating our website regularly so feel free to check back for the latest information as teachers continue to plan and update. Please be patient with your child’s teacher and give them grace as they are planning and configuring learning with limited training in online learning. They are doing their very best.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us and we hope to work through this together. On behalf of Kanoelani Elementary, please remember our UPS mantra- Unity, Patience, and Serenity.
Finally, WE > ME!