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Principal Stacie Kunihisa » Principal's Blog

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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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!