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Thursday, November 29, 2012

12/3 - 12/7


Library Books
December 7  all school library books must be returned. Mahalo

Parent Concerns
       If your child comes home and informs you about a problem with another student, please relay that concern to your child’s teacher or an administrator.  We will follow up with this concern.  Parents should NOT investigate on their own by confronting the other student.  We have procedures which must be followed and offer every child due process, the opportunity to tell their side of the story.  When the administration makes a decision regarding consequences, this information is only shared with the students’ parents or guardians.  Please do not ask us to violate confidentiality procedures by demanding to know what kind of disciplinary action is being taken. 
       Remember that “discipline” means “to teach” and in elementary school, we are teaching students about following rules, treating others respectfully, and learning from their mistakes. 

Edline Parent Code
       If you did not receive your Edline parent code to access certain information on the school web page (www.halekula.k12.hi.us), please email Principal Iwase at jan_iwase@notes.k12.hi.us and she will send you the letter with your code. 


Jingle Bell Run
Our 8th Annual Jingle Bell Run will be Wed. Dec. 5 but we will collect differently this year. Instead of bringing gently used toys to donate we are making a cash donation to Laulima Giving Program. Each child is asked to bring $1.00 to the field before walking or running to holiday music for 20 minutes. Laulima means cooperation and working together. This program helps Hawaii’s struggling families’ by providing them with life’s basic necessities, year round emergency assistance and a brighter holiday season. Thank you for your donation.

Moving?
If you are PCSing or changing schools please let the office know ASAP.  They usually ask for 2 weeks notice to get a release packet ready for the next school.

Pantene’s Beautiful Length and Locks of love hair donations.
Drop off location in front office or Pigtails and Crewcuts near NEX. Free haircut with donation at Pigtails and Crewcuts.
Pantene’s beautiful lengths requirements: at least 8 inches. Free of permanent color, bleach or other chemical treatments, no more than 5% gray.
Locks of Love requirements: 10 inches minimum. Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable. Hair that has been bleached is not usable. Any questions contact Alexis or Paige Winston at LJ6772@aol.com or http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html or http://www.pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/pages/default.aspx
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Mon. Dec. 3        School Community Council Meeting at 3:00 pm
                      Tripler Hospital Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30pm

Tues. Dec. 4        Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00 am
                      3rd grade Field Trip to Polynesian Cultural Center
                      Schofield Tree Lighting at Generals Loop at 6:00pm

Wed. Dec. 5        Jingle Bell Run – Bring $1.00 to donate and wear closed toe shoes to run around the field to holiday music

Thurs. Dec. 6       6:00pm – 7:00pm Christmas Caroling under the stars for families - Bring a blanket for your family to sit on and be prepared to sing. Songbooks will be provided. After singing there will be hot chocolate and candy canes and a small holiday craft.

Fri. Dec. 7          Kindergarten Gingerbread event for families in cafeteria 1pm – 2pm (not J1)
                      All school library books must be returned today

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

11/26 -11/30


Happy Thanksgiving!    Enjoy your 4 day week end!

Aloha Parents,  It was recently brought to my attention that there are a few children who have recently viewed inappropriate websites and have passed the site information on to other students.  You are encouraged to discuss appropriate usage guidelines with your child. We will continue to ensure that students are blocked from inappropriate web sites, and that our strict usage guidelines are enforced at school.   At home, might I suggest ensuring that computer usage be in a location that is easily visible to you and that you monitor your child's usage regularly.  Children should be careful of sites such as Youtube which make inappropriate links accessible with a simple click.   There are several programs that can be used to monitor viewed sites.  Some parents have found the following link useful, http://www.wikihow.com/Block-a-Specific-Website-Without-Software&adt=0
Working together to keep our kids safe,  Agnes Leinau, Vice Principal

If you are PCSing or changing schools please let the office know ASAP.  They usually ask for 2 weeks notice to get a release packet ready for the next school.

Helping victims of Super Storm Sandy
Third grade is reaching beyond our state lines to help those that were victims of Super Storm Sandy. Thanks to your generous donations they have raised over $1000. so far! Next week is the last week to donate.  The money collected will be put onto two gift cards one for the Brooklyn Foundation and the other for Save the Children.

Pantene’s Beautiful Length and Locks of love hair donations.
Drop off location in front office or Pigtails and Crewcuts near NEX. Free haircut with donation at Pigtails and Crewcuts.
Pantene’s beautiful lengths requirements: at least 8 inches. Free of permanent color, bleach or other chemical treatments, no more than 5% gray.
Locks of Love requirements: 10 inches minimum. Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable. Hair that has been bleached is not usable. Any questions contact Alexis or Paige Winston at LJ6772@aol.com or http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html or http://www.pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/pages/default.aspx
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Mon. Nov 26        Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00am

Tues. Nov. 27      Flu Clinic for those that turned in signed forms

Wed. Nov. 28      Boxtop 4 Education & Tyson & Campbells Pick up from classrooms

Thurs. Nov. 29     1st Grade Field Trip to the Aquarium for P4, P11, H4

Fri. Nov. 30        1st Grade Field Trip to HTY – Christmas Talk Story

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Giving Thanks


As we approach a three-day school week to celebrate Thanksgiving, this is a perfect opportunity to reflect on my principalship at Hale Kula and all that I am thankful for.  What makes a school special and unique is its people, and Hale Kula is no exception.

All of my schooling has been here in Hawaii, and I can't imagine being uprooted in the middle of the year and having to go to a new school, make new friends, learn new rules, procedures, and curriculum, and adjust to these new surroundings. Yet our Hale Kula students are asked to do this not once but multiple times in their school careers.  More often than not, this is occurring while a parent is attending training or is deployed.  Our students make the best of their situation even while they are missing a parent who may be off-island for training exercises or who may be deployed and in harm's way.  I marvel at their resilience, and my hope is that they will take what they've learned at Hale Kula about aloha, lokahi, kokua, `ohana, kuleana, and malama and share it with others when they leave Hawaii.

I am grateful to the Hale Kula parents who support our school and trust us with their children.  Military  parents' lives are so different from what I experienced as a young mom when I had family and friends to support me.  Being uprooted from their system of support is a challenge, and their confidence in our school to take care of their children is a responsibility we take seriously.  To the soldier parents who have committed to serving and protecting our nation, I send my heartfelt thanks.  And to the spouse who is left behind to take care of the home and the family while the soldier is deployed, you deserve kudos for all you do.  It takes a strong person to accept and adapt to military life and often, you turn every new change of duty station as an adventure and a learning opportunity for your family.  Mahalo for all you do.

I am so honored to be at a school with such a great staff.  I love going to work every day because I work with people who care about our school as much as I do.  Others may not realize the challenges of working with a highly transient military population, but your commitment and pride in your work is what makes our school so special.  I hope you realize the positive impact you have, long after the students and families have left Hale Kula and Hawaii.  I am truly proud to be part of our Hale Kula `ohana.

May all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

11/19 - 11/24


Thank you all for your generous contributions to our Turkey Trot.  We collected over 1500 cans of food for the Hawaii Food Bank

Auditions
Once again Central Theatre Arts Academy Performing Arts Learning Center is getting ready to hold auditions for their latest production, The Sound of Music. As a state learning center, they are interested in reaching as many public school students as possible. This year they are looking for children aged 5-18 as younger children for the von Trapp family, and older students to play all of the adult roles. There is no cost to any student who is involved in productions.
            Mililani High School is the host school for CTAA. All rehearsals and performances will take place at Mililani High School after school. There is more information available on their website. www.CentralTheatreArtsAcademy.org

Helping victims of Super Storm Sandy
Third grade has been working very hard on a community unit and has decided to reach beyond our state lines and help those that were victims of Super Storm Sandy. They are collecting money (coins) in each classroom. A letter should have gone home with the youngest and only students in their Wed. Folders and each student will have a chance to donate in the ziploc bags. Third Grade will come around and collect the bags daily. The money collected will be put onto two gift cards one for the Brooklyn Foundation and the other for Save the Children. This continues until Nov. 30

Pantene’s Beautiful Length and Locks of love hair donations
Drop off location in front office or Pigtails and Crewcuts near NEX. Free haircut with donation at Pigtails and Crewcuts.
Pantene’s beautiful lengths requirements: at least 8 inches. Free of permanent color, bleach or other chemical treatments, no more than 5% gray.
Locks of Love requirements: 10 inches minimum. Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable. Hair that has been bleached is not usable. Any questions contact Alexis or Paige Winston at LJ6772@aol.com or http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html or http://www.pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/pages/default.aspx
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Fri. Nov. 16         Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00am
                      School Store in P14 after school every Friday – nothing over $1.00

Mon. Nov. 19       School Community Council Meeting 3:00pm
                      TRIBES- Mutual respect and appreciation of cultures: Wear cultural clothes

Tues. Nov 20        Jamba Juice & Book Swap - $2.25 for 8oz smoothie. Exchange old books
                      TRIBES-Appreciation and support of friendship: Wear yellow & show kindness

Wed. Nov. 21       Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00am
                      TRIBES- Mutual respect for environment: Wear green and pick up trash

Thurs. Nov. 22     NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving

Fri. Nov. 23        NO SCHOOL – Good Luck shopping or stay home to relax –the choice is yours

Thursday, November 8, 2012

11/9 - 11/16


Make up Picture Taking
Friday, November 9 is make up picture taking on the stage. If you started Hale Kula after September 19 then your picture will be taken for the yearbook.  If you do not like the pictures that were taken the first time, then bring back the entire packet to school and the student will give it to Lifetouch and take a new picture. Your child should be able to tell photographer what was wrong with the first picture.

Dress Code Matters
Strapless or spaghetti straps or transparent tops are not ok unless another top is worn over or under. Straps on shirts must be 1 inch wide. Any clothing or accessories that are deemed unsafe, leave at home. Running shoes or flats are best at school. Students should not wear make up.


Be a part of National Walk or Ride your bide to school month.
Let’s enjoy our lovely weather and walk to avoid more cars on the road.  It’s good for the environment and good for your health and helps you get to school on time.  As parents we ask your help in getting your child to school every day on time.  We have bike racks on both sides of the school and encourage you to lock your bike to the racks every day.  Scooters are not allowed on campus. Protect your school and library books inside your backpack by putting plastic bags around them.  Enjoy your walk!

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Fri. Nov. 9          Make up picture taking from Lifetouch– If you don’t like your pictures, bring back the envelope to retake a new picture. Also students new since Sept. 19 be prepared to take your official yearbook photo.

                      Complex Volleyball Tournament – Good luck to our team 

                      Buddy Pictures are casual pictures that will be in the yearbook standing with your friends. $1.00 for each person in the picture.  During morning recess for 1st and 3rd and 5th grade.  And after school for everyone next to P14.

Sat. Nov. 10        What: Voyage into Art! Who: The Art Bento Teaching Artists Hours: 10 am – 4 pm Activities: 11 am – 3 pm Where:The Hawai‘i State Art Museum
Bringing the Families of Hawai‘i Closer to the Arts - FREE Family Fun!
For more info on this and other HiSAM/HSFCA programs visit: www.hawaii.gov/sfca Look for the link to our monthly e-newsletter on the right side of the home page. Downtown streets aren’t crowded on the weekend, so walk, bike, take The Bus or drive to HiSAM on Second Saturday. ($3 flat-rate parking available across the street at Alii Place; enter at 1099 Alakea St. Free parking available at City & County underground lot at Beretania and Alapai. Meters at ‘Iolani Palace are $1 per hour - 4 hour maximum.)

Mon. Nov. 12       NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day Parade in Wahiawa on Calif. Ave. 10am – 11am

Tues. Nov. 13       4th Grade Field Trip to Iolani Palace and the state capitol

                      PTO General Membership Meeting in the Library afterschool – Everyone come

Wed. Nov. 14       Turkey Trot canned food drive – wear closed toe shoes, each grade level runs This is a Community Service activity to benefit Hawaii Foodbank. 8:00 to 12:00, Each grade level at their time, will come to the PE field and donate canned food. Then they will go around the course for 20 minutes to music. 

Thurs. Nov. 15      4th Grade Field Trip to Iolani Palace and the state capitol

Fri. Nov. 16         Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00am

                      School Store in P14 after school every Friday – nothing over $1.00

Thursday, November 1, 2012

11/2 - 11/9


Be a part of National Walk or Ride your bide to school month.
Let’s enjoy our lovely weather and walk to avoid more cars on the road.  It’s good for the environment and good for your health and helps you get to school on time.  As parents we ask your help in getting your child to school every day on time.  We have bike racks on both sides of the school and encourage you to lock your bike to the racks every day.  Scooters are not allowed on campus. Protect your school and library books inside your backpack by putting plastic bags around them.  Enjoy your walk!


Kids Vote Hawai’i
The website is www.kidsvotinghawaii.org. Explore the ballot together, visit the candidate and party links, and discuss the issues. You will need the students password from the half sheet of paper that came home last week. Once they push submit their votes will be recorded and announced on the news on KHVH as soon as polls close on November 6th.
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Fri. Nov. 2          After school for families 2:10 – 3:30-Eth-Noh-Tec  "Kinetic story theater"
                      Dominos for Dinner – Order from the Dominos on post and Hale Kula profits. This is the last Dominos fundraiser until February – Please support

Sat. Nov. 3         Holiday Craft Fair at Leilehua High School Cafeteria from 9am – 2pm Christmas gifts and local crafts, food and baked goods, farmers market, plants and orchids, entertainment and door prizes. Don’t miss the air riflery and archery zone.

                      Hale Kula Robotics Team will be participating in the First Lego League District Competition this Saturday, November 3 @ 11:30 a.m.!  The competition will be held in the cafeteria at Mililani High School.  They welcome your support!

Mon. Nov. 5        Chaperone Training in P14 at 10:00 am

Tues. Nov. 6        NO SCHOOL – Election Day

Wed. Nov. 7        Buddy Pictures will be in the yearbook standing with your friend(s).
                      $1.00 per person in the picture. Afterschool next to the office

Thurs. Nov. 8       Looking for some volunteers 8am – 10am to clip and count Boxtops in P14
                      1st Grade Field Trip to the Aquarium for P5, P6, P10, H3
                      Buddy Pictures will be in the yearbook with your friends. $1.00 per person in the picture.  During morning recess for kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades.

Fri. Nov. 9          Make up picture taking from Lifetouch– If you don’t like your pictures, bring back the envelope to retake a new picture. Also students new since Sept. 19 be prepared to take your official yearbook photo.
                      Complex Volleyball Tournament – Good luck to our team
                      Buddy Pictures are casual pictures that will be in the yearbook standing with your friends. $1.00 for each person in the picture.  During morning recess for 1st and 3rd and 5th grade.  And after school for everyone next to P14.