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Principal's Blog

Welcome to my blog! I am excited to be using this as a communication tool for our parents, students, teachers, and community members. This blog is intended to serve as a vehicle for informing upcoming events and giving you an opportunity to hear from me. By pressing the Subscribe link (on the right), you will get notifications via e-mail when I update my blog. I look forward to another great school year with you!
 

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September 14, 2016

The opening of the year was hectic but what progress we have made in the short time! It is such a joy to visit classrooms and see the growth and learning taking place every day. This year, we are beginning to have teachers provide staff development to each other in a systematic method by both peer visitations as well as faculty presentations. In fact, every year, for the adults on campus, we focus on ONE word that drives all of our collective efforts and this year our word is CONNECTIONS. In so many ways teachers and staff are working hard to embody that concept with peers, parents, and most importantly students!!
 
You should have recently received your child's mid progress report and if you have any questions be sure to contact the teacher. Academic growth is at the forefront of everyone's direction. Each teacher sets goals for students and tracks progress along the way. To further our efforts to individualize instruction, we have purchased a universal screening tool, i-Ready. Because of our ongoing efforts to equip every student with a computer, it is now a reality that each child is engaging in activities designed to meet his/her needs through this computer program. Ask your child how they like the program so far and know that we are checking on the academic progress continuously. 
 
Not only do we value academic growth, but Kanoelani strongly believes in fostering the whole child. You should hear your child taking classes in art, music, technology, and P.E. as well as after school activities like Concert Glee and we are now adding a new Aquaponics and Gardening Club for grades 2-4.
 
Thank you to parents and guardians for fully filling out the emergency cards. If information should change during the year, please notify the office at 675-0195 and update as needed.

August 15, 2016

"Just keep learning, just keep learning!" Like Dory, constantly in pursuit of finding her family, this new school year we will instill the same type of perseverance, stamina, and drive to grow and learn. We have many celebrations as we open the school year, beginning with finally being completely COOLED with 100% of the rooms across campus air-conditioned. In addition, we have been ACCREDITED by the national WASC Association and we proudly share that we have received the maximum approval of a 6 year approval.
 
We also welcome our newest addition to the administration team. Please help me welcome to our school Mr. Lance Tanouye who comes from Highlands Intermediate School. He brings with him a passion for learning and knowledge of school operations. Please help us welcome him to our school.
 
JOIN US!!!
     To strengthen communication with our community. We want to offer a new way for you to get connected! 
FACEBOOK - Find us at Kanoelani Elementary 
INSTAGRAM - Follow us on "kanoelanielementaryschool"
 
This year we are continuing to deepen our understanding of the Common Core Standards and simultaneously develop the whole child. Our school develops the whole child be offering experiences in PE, Computer, Hawaiiana, STEM, Music, and Art depending on the grade level time. Technology integration remains a huge priority at our school so our fundraising events will again go towards purchasing new computers and maintaining our Promethean Boards for student's use.
 
A few reminders as we open the year:
1. Come to school daily and ON TIME - tardies hinder the learning process and disrupt the entire class.
2. Don't drop your child off unsupervised before 7:45am- there is absolutely NO supervision across the campus until then.
3. Set up routines that allow for predictability every night. Have a quiet place designated for homework to be done at the same place, same time every day.
 
Welcome back to another great year!!!

May 23, 2016

As the school year comes to a quick close, there are so many accomplishments we can reflect upon both as individuals as well as a school community. The first huge feat was our efforts as a TEAM to air condition our classrooms. With your added donations of over $3,000 we are able to purchase all of the intake fans needed to finish the job completely. There are truly not many schools who could've worked this fast without the help of the families pushing hard with donations and fundraising efforts! Thank to all of you!!
 
Another huge accomplishment was the successful WASC visit that resulted in our school pulling together and supporting each other. It was amazing to witness even students showcasing a united front with shared goals and clear expectations for all. Soon we will hear back from the national team with our rating which hopefully will be a 6 year stamp of approval.
 
We have successfully showcased the Science learning across campus at our Curriculum, Fair on May 11th and the feedback from all of you was overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to all of our staff who worked hard to ensure your child received a well-rounded education this school year.
 
As the year closes, we have to say farewell to several staff members who will not be returning to Kanoelani in the future. Mrs. Phuong Wataoka, Student Services Coordinator, will be moving into a new position at the district level and she is excited to begin a new journey. Mrs. Roxanne Campbell, our longtime Media Specialist in the Library has secured a job in her field at Mililani High School working with college bound students. Kumu Kalani Hiapo, Performing Arts, will be moving closer to home and working on the Nanakuli side of the island. Finally, Katlyn Powell, 2nd grade teacher, will be relocating to Texas where she will continue to teach. We will miss them all and wish them the best of luck!!
 
Congratulations to all of our 6th graders who will be moving on to the next chapter of their education. We wish you all well. Last, but not least, THANK YOU to our outstanding PTSA board and SCC members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help support our school.
 
Enjoy your summer break and remember to always try to be a part of the solution and not the problem. Know that with a growth mindset anything is possible as long as you have GRIT and determination! Best wishes over the summer break and I look forward to seeing you all next year!!
 

Last week we celebrated Staff Appreciation week at Kanoelani Elementary. We believe that everyone on campus touches the lives of our students. Please take the time to reflect on how awesome our teachers and staff members work day in and day out to insure that your child receives the best care and education he/she can do. Don't forget to bucketfill the ones in your life that you appreciate.

April 15, 2016

Great news! At the beginning of the year, we had 0 classes air conditioned and we all struggled through unbearable heat days. I am sure you have been well aware of the efforts of the state, however, we don't have time to wait and wanted to take matters into our own hands. Over the past 9 months we have worked tirelessly to obtain permits, checked on electrical upgrades and capacities, purchased and installed ac's. I am proud to announce that as of this month, we have finished installing air conditioners in 40 classrooms, 100% of the rooms used to service students which amounts to about 72 units! 
 
We have one last push to complete the front office/health room and purchase and install air intake fans for each room. Thank you so very much for the efforts you have made to alleviate costs and donate funding. Please continue to support us as we are not completely finished but well on our way.
 
Hopefully, the cooler classrooms helped our students concentrate in class. Soon, they will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment and showcase their growth and learning. The buzz around campus is gearing up for the high stakes testing and ensuring students are equipped with strategies for problem solving and critical thinking. Be sure you are aware of your child's test dates and prep them with a healthy breakfast and good night's rest.
 
Beyond test scores and academics we truly do believe in developing the whole child. Along those lines, I want to congratulate our phenomenal Math Club members who represented us so well at the annual Math Olympiad in March as well as our incredible Volleyball Team who rocked it at the first complex Volleyball Tournament! More recently, our outstanding Robotics Team competed at the Robofest and impressed us all!
 
In addition you might have seen our fearless JPOs waving signs during the "Don't Run the Red Light" campaign. The entire Pearl City complex participated in the effort to remind drivers to slow down and drive safer. Finally, our Jog-a-Thon Bubble Run was a huge success as we encouraged health and wellness for everyone! Collectively, these co-curricular activities are indicative of our CORE values that we share. What tremendous gains we have all made so far this year!

SBA testing will be starting next week Monday, April 18th. To all students in grades 3-6, please make sure you sleep well the night before and eat a healthy breakfast each morning. Parents for students in testing grades, please get your child to school on time because we begin testing at 8 am. Testing will continue till Friday, April 29th.
 
Our former President, Theodore Roosevelt said, "Believe you can, and you're half way there." I believe that you can do SBA to the best of your ability and I know you will! Have a great week of learning! 
Third quarter is coming to a close and it is a great time to reflect on where you are and where you want to go. A quote from Walt Disney reads, "Around here we don't look backwards for very long... we keep moving forward opening up new doors and doing new things because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." At times we may have to look back at our past but it is only to help guide us forward. Continue to be curious and have a growth mindset! Finish third quarter strong and have a restful Spring Break!!!
As we move along in the third quarter, remember to have a growth mindset- to choose to try your best. Although at times we may seem that we are struggling, this is you building your strengths. Always continue to believe in yourself and choose to grow. Spring Break is in a few weeks and you can use that time to recharge. Until then, keep building!

February 10, 2016

Kung Hee Fat Choy! There is so much to celebrate and relish in as third quarter continues. To see the latest exciting events across campus, be sure view our weekly video broadcast created and produced completely by students!
 
This is a hectic time of the year at school with our Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation visit right around the corner. From February 29 - March 3, a team of evaluators will be visiting every classroom, meeting with every teacher and engaging with community and parent groups in an effort to evaluate our programs and structures. They will collectively measure the effectiveness of our perpetual cycle of assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, and reassessment based on student achievement. This process fosters excellence and gives a "stamp of approval" that is recognized nationally. This process validates an acceptable level of quality in accordance with established criteria. 
 
In addition to our WASC visit, the staff are busily preparing for quite a bit. Our Concert Glee group is preparing for the annual Pearl City Complex Music Festival at the Pearl City High School gym on February 20. Please join us as we celebrate the musical talent of our students. For the first time ever, we will also be having a volleyball tournament in lieu of the annual Track Meet due to renovations of Pearl City High School track. We look forward to this exciting challenge agains the other Pearl City schools!
 
Finally, our "groovy" book fair is coming soon and families are all working hard to create unique lava lamps for the festivities! I can't wait to see the cool creates and celebrate reading for everyone! See you at our Family Reading Night on February 19th at 6p.m. where we will host an authentic author and his work! Hope to see you on there!
 
 

January 21, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Welcome back to school and second semester!! First off, I want to send a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Vice Principal, Ms. Walleen Hirayama! She was selected as the Leeward District Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for 2015-2016! What a true honor it is to have such an exceptional leader on our team! The school community held a surprise assembly the first day back and she was in shook. She truly deserves all of the accolades and recognition for her work that goes above and beyond her scope of duties. Congratulations, Ms. Hirayama!!!
 
On another note, special thanks goes out to the parents of Jacob Dumlao, James Alexander and Tehani Duncan! These hard working dads helped Mr. Battad install air conditioners for all of the A building classes. With the help of the PTSA for funding, we were on our way to cooling off all of our classes before the hot summer arrives. About 35 more air conditioners are en route and we are anticipating finishing the entire school before the year ends. This is a HUGE FEAT with so many obstacles and barriers, including electrical capacity. Kudos to us all for pulling together to make this dream a reality! Please call Mr. Battad if you can help with the next round of installations!!!
 
To make learning exciting and fun, we continue to find creative ways to build partnerships with parents and community members. For the first time ever, we are planning on a Bubble Run to accentuate our annual Jog-a-Thon. If you are interested in helping us plan or host the run, please contact our PCNC, Lynne Suefuji. She is looking for bubble blowers for the run.
 
Finally, if you missed the announcement, we are currently undergoing a WASC Accreditation Process that culminates with a team visit on February 29 - March 3. This is a huge undertaking that resoled in a 200+ page document chronicling the school's progress and efforts for the past few years. Upon receiving this "stamp of approval," we will celebrate as a team the tremendous gains we have made together. Every single classroom will be visited and the team will be here late until the evening scrutinizing our school data and writing a report reflecting what they see. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Be sure to sign your child's planner daily and keep the lines of communication open and honest so we all have a shared growth mindset!

As we begin a new year and new quarter, continue to have a growth mindset. As Dr. Seuss said, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Continue to always try your best and have a great 3rd quarter!
During this time of year, we are always so busy getting from one place to another. Please take time to slow down and spend it with ones that you love. Find time in your day to show your loved ones that you appreciate them for all that they do for you. The best thing about memories is making them, they are timeless treasures.
 
Have a safe and relax full holiday break!
During this time of year, we should take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with loved our ones, have real conversations and enjoy authentic moments. This past weekend, I was able to spend quality time with my family and friends to show my appreciation for them. I hope you were all able to take some time to show the people you care about how much they mean to you. 
 
Christmas break is in 17 days but we have so many great things coming up. Parents with students in grades 3 to 6, students will be taking their Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment from November 30th to December 8th. This is a practice assessment to 1) get students acclimated for the real SBA in April 2016 and 2) to provide data for our teachers. The data collected during this interim assessment will help give teachers a better understanding at where our students are and how to better target their learning goals. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time and is well rested.
 
Mark your calendars for Friday, December 11th from 6:00-7:30pm. Kanoelani PCNC, PTSA, and PSAP are hosting our Christmas Family Craft Night. Please bring at least one canned good per person but you may donate more if you can. Every child will be creating a "gingerbread house" that will contribute to our "Christmas Gingerbread Village." Click here to read more about what is required to bring and what we will be providing. 
 
Hope to see you at our Christmas Family Craft Night! Have a great rest of second quarter!!!
 

November 24, 2015

Second quarter is in full swing and I can't believe Thanksgiving is here! With so many activities and events, the days are flying by. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Legacy grant build and reveal days! Incredibly, over 250 people came in full force ready to transform our campus into a more "STEM" suited environment. Each grade level has their very own garden and the new STEM lab looks amazing. Students from now on will be able to utilize all of the new equipment and supplies. Special thanks to Locations for the efforts and energy for this celebration!!!
 
It was also great to see so many of you at our annual Pumpkin Carving event. It was another success filled with spooky, creative, one-of-a-kind pumpkins that lit up spectacularly when the lights went down. Don't forget to join us for our upcoming Gingerbread Night. 
 
On another note, we continue to Strive HI and work towards every child showing academic growth on the student growth percentile system. Every teacher is tirelessly working late. Education is truly a partnership so continue to ask questions and provide feedback to teachers. Communication is key and with our new and improved website you can reach out and email us directly with any questions by going to Contact Us. Our website will be updated regularly with school events, grade level newsletters, and announcements. 
 
Finally, let's take some time to stop and sincerely reflect on the gifts we have in our lives. Think about the relationships and the people who try to make this world a better place and thank them from your heart. Acknowledge the little things as much as the big ones and point out the positive in even tough situations. With a growth mindset, everyone can work towards building a stronger home and community.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Halloween Families!

 
Halloween is a great time of year to dress up in costumes and enjoy yummy treats. From time to time, I also enjoy a sugary snack but eat in moderation. Even though it's almost Halloween, we should continue to eat a well balanced diet. Halloween also gives us a chance to get physical and walk around our neighborhood and to practice being SAFE.
 

S: Stay with others.

A: Always be aware of your surroundings.

F: Fight back! Yell or scream, if you need to get away from a bad situation.

E: Escape! If you find yourself in a bad situation, find a way to get away.

 
Here are some other great tips to follow tomorrow night provided by Safe Kids Worldwide:
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don't run
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths
  • Children under 12 should not be alone at night and should trick-or-treat with an adult
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape and stickers if walking at night in your neighborhood
  • Glow sticks and flashlights are also helpful when trick-or-treating at night

Have a great Halloween!!!