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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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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!!! 

Principal's Talk Story

Today an invitational flier went home with students. I am inviting all parents to come and "talk story" with me on November 5th. We have two time slots available: 8:15 to 9:15am in the Library or at 5:30-6:30pm in the Cafeteria.You only need to attend one of the sessions because the second session will be a repeat of the first session. If you would like to attend either session, please send the RSVP form at the bottom of the flier by next Friday, October 30th to your child's teacher.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the sessions!

October 2, 2015

Congratulations on such a successful first quarter! The school community has been working hard to meet end of the quarter expectations. Teachers have begun visiting each other to observe effective strategies to take back to their own classrooms. Grade levels now have extra time to collaborate and plan in order to ensure a seamless curriculum between levels.
Our Legacy Grant build day is right around the corner as well as our annual Pumpkin Carving Night. Please join us for both events and help leave your imprint on our school on October 24 for the STEM build day. Mark your calendars for the upcoming huge celebratory "Reveal Day" on November 14. That same day we will be entering our basketball team in the complex tournament. So many exciting things coming up next!
On another note, academic achievement is paramount as measuring the growth of learning is the center of our efforts. Our Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA for short) preliminary scores just came in and we, once again, did an excellent job as a school! Join me in a talk story session to find out what we scored and what it means for your child. On Thursday, November 5th, we will hold the same session in the morning and at night to ensure you have a chance to attend one. Please join us either at 8:15-9:15am OR 5:30-6:30pm. Again, the night session will be a repeat so please don't attend both.
We also continue to foster the whole child and work towards offering a plethora of experiences to include Taiko drums, Robotics/STEM and most recently Concert Glee, our new music program. Every child will experience music and movement throughout the year.
Please continue to bucket fill the staff who work late into the evenings and on weekends reviewing data and redesigning lessons. The little bucket notes really make the day of someone who cares so much about your child. 
MUCH MAHALO for what you continue to do at home since education is a TWO WAY STREET and we cannot teach them alone... continue to sit with them at night and complete homework, drill them on their multiplication facts and make learning real world by using strategies such as compare and contrast even in the supermarket!

September 29, 2015

First off, I want to emphasize the fact that we are working fiercely to try and get some relief from this daily heat for our students. The air conditioners we have on campus were funded by school monies through careful saving. The only locations on campus that is currently air conditioned are the portables in the back of the campus. This year we will be working closely with PTSA to try and raise funds for Acs for classrooms, however, with a tight budget the costs are high and we need as much help from families and the community. Therefore, all monies given to the school from the PTSA will go directly to funding electrical costs and air conditioners for our classrooms. A letter was sent home with the newsletter for ways you can help out today! We will keep you updated with our efforts as we make progress and find funding.
Speaking of funding, please join us as we work towards creating our new STEM lab with the Locations $25,000 grant money. Feel free to contact Vice Principal Mr. Neil Battad and just ask how you can help out for either our build day on October 24th or our reveal day on November 14th. The kids will be treated to a special day filled with student led tours and hot dogs provided by Locations. Mark your calendars for both events.
Finally, our website has gotten a make-over. We are excited to be able to communicate even more with our families! Thank you for always partnering with us during these hot days!