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Sunday, December 29, 2013

December 29, 2013

Here's an update on our construction project.  Everything is progressing as planned.  We're in the process of selecting furniture for our administration building.  How exciting!

http://hkesfollowourprogress.blogspot.com/2013/12/december-29-2013.html

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Updates - December 21

Students and teachers started their winter break yesterday, but here are a few reminders:

a) It's not too late to nominate someone for the Volunteer or Staff of the Quarter!  Go to www.halekula.k12.hi.us and click on the link on the home page.  The winner of the random drawing will get a $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card.  Thank you, PTO, for your generosity!

b)  If you haven't noticed, our school has been featured in several articles through the Department of Education and the Hawaii Army Weekly.  Here's a link which curates articles or other releases about Hale Kula.  http://www.scoop.it/t/hale-kula-elementary-school-where-eagles-soar

c)  The latest post on the blog about our construction grant has been posted at http://hkesfollowourprogress.blogspot.com/2013/12/december-20-2013.html  During the break, there will be lots of infrastructure work for the new electrical system.

Hope everyone has a wonderful winter break!  I'll be catching up on things that I didn't get to during the quarter.  Hopefully, I'll have some fun time, too!

Enjoy!  Be safe!

Mele Kalikimaka!  Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Jan Iwase, Principal

Friday, December 20, 2013

12/21 - 1/10


Enjoy your holiday from school. Have fun, stay healthy, ring in the new year and relax. See you Jan. 8, 2014 for another great school year. If you are moving over the holidays, we wish you safe travels and best of luck in your new school.

Code can continue on your home computer
The students LOVED coding on code.org and they might like to do more over the winter break.  Coding fosters critical thinking, perseverance, problem solving and confidence.  All students in grades 3-5 have individual student accounts that enable them to log in, code, and save their progress.  Parents of younger children can create accounts for their children.  If students complete all the coding games/tutorials, they can win an iTunes gift card or download a free game.  Students can log in at http://code.org 


Book Fair Fiesta
The Book Fair Fiesta will be the first two weeks in February.  Start brainstorming your family's pinata for our family contest!  Information will be sent home in early January or check the library website for more information.  halekulalibrary.weebly.com

Federal Impact Aid Survey
Please return the Federal Impact Aid Survey that was sent home in November.  Please fill out completely, sign and date.  Then return to your child's teacher or office.

Bus Payment
The office is collecting payments for the next quarter which begins after the break.  Cost remains the same:  $72.00 round trip, $36.00 one-way, $12.50 per sheet of 10 coupons.  Cash or checks made out to:  Department of Education are accepted for passes. Bring in your student's bus pass so it can be punched.   Cash only for coupons.  Office is open during the break.

Moving??
Transferring to another duty station? Or moving into another school district? Please contact the office so that we may have a release packet ready on your child's last day.  We ask for 2 weeks notice so we can gather this info and teachers have time to do a report card.

December Parent Bulletin is on our school website or you can click this link to see it. http://www.halekula.k12.hi.us/pages/Hale_Kula_Elementary_School/Parents/Parent_News/Parent_Bulletin

Lego: Travel Adventure
Bishop Museum, runs until Jan. 5 9am – 5pm closed Tuesdays. $8.95 – 19.95. Children are invited to create vehicles capable of flying, driving, and floating or all three.  Bishopmuseum.org

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Sat. Dec. 21 – Sun Dec. 22 Honolulu Gift Fair  - Made for Hawaii - at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall Admission is FREE. 9am – 5pm

Mon. Jan. 6        NO SCHOOL
Tues. Jan. 7        NO SCHOOL – prepare your backpack and lunch box
Wed. Jan. 8        First day of school in 2014 – Welcome Back
Thurs. Jan. 9       Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00 am
Fri. Jan. 10         Boxtops 4 Education pick up from classroom – You can turn them in anytime, remember to put your childs name on the baggie. We also collect Campbells labels for education

Saturday, December 14, 2013

End of the Quarter - Nominate Someone

Do you know someone at Hale Kula who is making a difference for you or your children?  Please nominate him/her for the Volunteer or Staff of the Quarter Award.  The winner of a random drawing will win a $50 gift card.  Just click on the following links to nominate someone.

http://hoorayforvolunteers.blogspot.com/ or http://hoorayforhalekulastaff.blogspot.com/

We have great people at Hale Kula -- volunteers and staff -- and we know that those who are nominated are truly deserving.  Hope to get lots of nominations by the end of the quarter this week!

The Hour of Code - December 13, 2013

We had a GREAT event today to celebrate The Hour of Code and our $10,000 gift from code.org.  We will be purchasing Chromebooks and tablets with these funds.

Very rarely will we see the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Superintendent at a school event at the same time, but today, Hale Kula hosted all three of them!  Governor Abercrombie, Lieutenant Governor Tsutsui, Superintendent Matayoshi, and 20 other lawmakers, education leaders, and members from our military community all learned to code from our students.  It was a wonderful event which had a powerful impact on our guests.

Here's a short slideshow of the event.  http://www.slideshare.net/jiwase/the-hour-of-code

Thursday, December 12, 2013

12/13 - 12/20


Seeking Muffins
We have the Super Eagle ceremony on December 18 at 8:15am. For this ceremony, PTO is providing muffins for approximately 250 people. If you are willing and able to bake at least a dozen muffins for this event, please email Jennifer Carlin at mariongirl@hotmail.com or call/text 334-345-0193. We are asking that the muffins do not contain nuts to avoid allergies. They can be dropped off at P14 on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning before 8am.
            We certainly appreciate your help because events like these would not be successful without volunteers like you!

Congratulations
Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) sponsored a contest "We are the Face of Computing."  Mrs. Cumming's Media Club was selected from over 600 entries in this international contest!  The poster created by Connor and Lacey from E3, 3rd grade, will be CSTA's featured poster on their website!  Congratulations to Mrs. Cummings & her Media Club students 

Medical Alert
In the last few weeks, Hale Kula Elementary School has had 5 confirmed cases of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease which is a viral illness characterized by sores inside the mouth and on palms and fingers and soles of the feet.  Children often have a mild fever, sore throat, and rash on hands and/or feet.  There is no specific treatment.  Infected children should stay home from school if they have a fever, diarrhea, or do not feel well.  The best prevention is to promote proper hand washing especially after using the restroom and before eating.
 
Periodically, we also have incidents of head lice/pediculosis/'ukus'.  The first symptoms are persistent itching at the back of the head or around the ears.  Individuals are contagious as long as lice or nits (eggs) are found on the person or their clothing.  Special medicated shampoos and hair rinses are used to kill the lice and their nits. Lice survive only 1 or 2 days away from the scalp.  Clothing, bedding, and cloth toys can be disinfected by machine washing in hot water and detergent and by machine drying with the hot air cycle.  Hale Kula does inspect the entire classroom if there is reason to suspect 'ukus' may be present.

We have copies of the Department of Health fact sheets on both Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease and Pediculosis (head lice) in our Health Room if you wish a copy. 


Bus Payment
The office is collecting payments for the next quarter which begins after the break.  Cost remains the same:  $72.00 round trip, $36.00 one-way, $12.50 per sheet of 10 coupons.  Cash or checks made out to:  Department of Education are accepted for passes. Bring in your student's bus pass so it can be punched.   Cash only for coupons.  Office is open during the break.

Moving??
Transferring to another duty station? Or moving into another school district? Please contact the office so that we may have a release packet ready on your child's last day.  We ask for 2 weeks notice so we can gather this info and teachers have time to do a report card.
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Fri. Dec. 13         Wear your Hour of Code T shirts today
                      Hour of Code presentation of check by officials in the cafeteria 9:30am
                      Boxtops 4 Education pick up from classroom
                      School Store open in P14 and also items from Holiday Shoppe for sale
      
                      A Touch of Christmas from the Salvation Army at Kroc Center Hawaii 5:30 – 8:30pm FREE. A night of family entertainment and fun. Families can make their own gingerbread house or decorate a gingerbread man. Games and prizes and more

Sat. Dec. 14        Orchestra of the Hawaiian Islands -  Holiday Pops concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, Children are free. 6pm show at Calvary by the Sea Church at 5339 Kalanianaole Highwy. www.americanmusicfestivals.com or call 808-315-0885

Sun. Dec. 15        Kokua for the Philippines – live benefit concert and telethon featuring local musicians. Hilton Hawaiian Village – Great Lawn 12 noon – 5pm. Get your tickets now  honolulunboxoffice.com or 808-558-8547

Mon. Dec. 16       Last week of school for the year. Let’s make it a good one.

Tues. Dec. 17       Jamba Juice buy 8oz smoothies for $2.25. & Book Swap for kids books after school

Wed. Dec. 18       Super Eagle Assembly in the cafeteria 8:15 – 9:00
                      PTO Meeting in P14 from 11:30 – 1:00. Everyone Welcome
                      CYS Services Quarterly Parent Advisory Committee Meeting from 12:00 – 1:00pm Great opportunity for parents to meet with CYS Services Coordinator and administrators. Schofield School Age Center Building 1280 on 1885 Lyman Road 655-6476

Thurs. Dec. 19      School starts at 7:55 every day – get tardy slip if not in your class then

Fri. Dec. 20        Last day of school for the first semester
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Enjoy your holiday from school. Have fun, stay healthy, ring in the new year and relax

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Media Release for "The Hour of Code"

Attached is the media release for "The Hour of Code" event this Friday to celebrate our winning $10,000, the only public school in Hawaii to receive this grant! The Governor and Superintendent as well as other education and military leaders will be joining us. Students will be teaching our leaders how to code. I'm looking forward to a wonderful event! Thank to you Michelle Colte for coordinating our school's participation in "The Hour of Code." Right now, over 4.6 million students from 167 countries will be participating.

http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2013/12/06/hale-kula-elementary-to-mark-hour-of-code/

Thursday, December 5, 2013

12/6 - 12/13


Holiday Shoppe - Thank you parents for allowing your children to shop this week We will be opening the Holiday Shoppe on Monday for parents to shop from 8am – 9am, if you would like. Please stop by to help support Hale Kula with some holiday shopping.


Our Hale Kula robotics team, Cyborg Eagles, will be competing in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Championships this Saturday, December 7 at the Neal Blaisdell Center.  Everyone is invited to attend.  The robot matches begin at 11:30; however, there will be lots more to see in the exhibition hall with the Jr. FLL Expo and the FTC Challenge.  At 12:00, you can cheer for the team!
1. Parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, friends, classmates, teachers, principals, and the general public are invited to experience three (3) FIRST programs on Dec. 7.  The event opens to the public at 9:30 a.m.  Admission is FREE. 
Hawai'i Jr FLL EXPO - 9:30 - 11 am - Exhibition Hall 
FLL State Championship - 11:30 am - 4 pm - Exhibition Hall
FTC Challenge - 10 am - 4:30 pm Pikake Suite/Exhibition Hall 
2. Parking at the Neal Blaisdell Center is $6. 
3. Entry for the public is from the exhibition hall main glass doors located on the concourse between the arena and exhibition hall. 
4. FLL State Championship schedule for the public is as follows:
11:30            Opening Ceremony
12:00–2:30       Robot Matches
2:30-3:00             Project Showcase
3:15                 Team recognition
3:45                 Awards Ceremony


1 million computer programming jobs go unfilled in the US each year.  
Only 400,000 students graduate with computer programming degrees.  Only 10% of US schools teach coding. 
Code.org and Computer Science Education Week are trying to change these statistics and connect our children with jobs in this lucrative industry.  The Hour of Code, December 9-13, introduces K-12 students to simple programming. Throughout the week, students will be "leveling up" in fun computer coding activities in their classrooms, the library and technology center.  Try it at home too!  
Visit the library website http://goo.gl/dcSZCw to watch videos, find iPad coding apps for children and click the links to complete the tutorials. 


Bus payment:
The office is collecting payments for the next quarter which begins after the break.  Cost remains the same:  $72.00 round trip, $36.00 one-way, $12.50 per sheet of 10 coupons.  Cash or checks made out to:  Department of Education are accepted for passes. Bring in your student's bus pass so it can be punched.   Cash only for coupons.  Office is open during the break.

If you will be transferring to another duty station or moving into another school district please contact the office so that we may have a release packet ready on your child's last day.  We ask for 2 weeks notice so we can gather this info and teachers have time to do a report card.

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Fri. Dec. 6          Kindergarten gingerbread house decorating in the cafeteria 1pm – 2pm
                      Last chance for students to visit the Holiday Shoppe and wrap your presents.
                      Wahiawa Christmas Parade down Calif. Ave at 6:30 pm

Sat. Dec. 7         Hale Kula robotics team, Cyborg Eagles, will be competing in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Championships
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All week (9 - 13) classes will experience ‘Hour of Code’ as they create computer programming
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Mon. Dec. 9        Library Books are due for the year

Tues. Dec. 10      Greeters Club Holiday Party

Wed. Dec. 11        Jingle Bell Run – bring $1.00 to donate and wear running shoes
                     8:15 AM – 8:35 AM              Pre-School/Kindergarten
                                    8:40 AM – 9:00 AM               1st Grade
                                    9:05 AM – 9:25 AM               2nd Grade
                                    9:30 AM – 9:50 AM               3rd Grade
                                    9:55 AM – 10:15 AM             4th Grade
                                    10:20 AM – 10:40 AM          5th Grade
             
                      PTO Meeting in P14 from 11:30 – 1:00 – Everyone welcome

Thurs. Dec. 12      Chaperone Training at 8:00am in P14

Fri. Dec. 13         Wear your Hour of Code T shirts today (they will be delivered to your class earlier in the week)
                      Hour of Code presentation of check by officials in the cafeteria 9:30am
                      Boxtops 4 Education pick up from classroom
                      School Store open in P14 and also items from Holiday Shoppe for sale

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hooray for Volunteers and Staff!

We have many volunteers and staff members who go out of their way to support our students and their families at Hale Kula.  Every quarter, we randomly select one volunteer and one staff member who have been nominated on our blog to receive a $50 gift card.  Go to our school website at www.halekula.k12.hi.us.  On the home page, there are links to the two blogs -- one for volunteers and one for staff.  Click on the pencil to comment; you can make your comment anonymously or include your name. Once your comment has been submitted, it must be approved before it is published.

The quarter is almost over!  Please consider nominating someone today.

Thank you!

12/2 - 12/6


HELP NEEDED...Please help us make Holiday Shoppe a magical experience for our students. Shifts available Tues through Fri, Morning or afternoon. Please email halekulapto@gmail.com with your preferred shift time.  Thank You

Hour of Code T-shirts are available for purchase but orders need to be turned in by December 2 at noon.  Order forms are available on the library website halekulalibrary.weebly.com and were sent home with students before Thanksgiving. Order your T shirts now and wear them on Friday, Dec. 13 to school

1 million computer programming jobs go unfilled in the US each year.  
Only 400,000 students graduate with computer programming degrees.  Only 10% of US schools teach coding. 
Code.org and Computer Science Education Week are trying to change these statistics and connect our children with jobs in this lucrative industry.  The Hour of Code, December 9-13, introduces K-12 students to simple programming. Throughout the week, students will be "leveling up" in fun computer coding activities in their classrooms, the library and technology center.  Try it at home too!  
Visit the library website http://goo.gl/dcSZCw to watch videos, find iPad coding apps for children and click the links to complete the tutorials. 

December Parent Bulletin is on our school website or you can click this link to see it. http://www.halekula.k12.hi.us/pages/Hale_Kula_Elementary_School/Parents/Parent_News/Parent_Bulletin 

If you will be transferring to another duty station or moving into another school district please contact the office so that we may have a release packet ready on your child's last day.  We ask for 2 weeks notice so we can gather this info and teachers have time to do a report card.
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All week (3 – 6) students will come shop with their class in the Holiday Shoppe in P14.
When volunteer elfs go to classrooms, students with money will be escorted to the Holiday Shoppe to purchase and wrap their gifts.
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Mon. Dec. 2        ‘Hour of Code’ T shirt orders due today
                      Kindergarten & 1st grade Field Trip to Symphony
                      2nd Grade Field Trip to Hawaii Plantation Village

Tues. Dec. 3        ½ of 4th Grade Field Trip to Iolani Palace and Capitol
                      Schofield Tree lighting at Generals Field – family fun in the evening

Wed. Dec. 4        Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00 am

Thurs. Dec. 5       ½ of 4th Grade Field Trip to Iolani Palace and Capitol
                      5th Grade Field Trip to Honolulu Academy of Arts

Fri. Dec. 6          Kindergarten gingerbread house decorating in the cafeteria 1pm – 2pm
                      Last chance for students to visit the Holiday Shoppe and wrap your presents.
                      Wahiawa Christmas Parade from Ka’ala El School & down Calif. Ave at 6:30pm

Helemano Farms annual sale of Norfolk island pine Christmas trees (from $40 - $100). On Whitmore avenue. Helemanofarms.com 

Friday, November 29, 2013

December menu

Please click the link to get a copy of the menu for December.
 http://www.scribd.com/doc/188057991/December-Breakfast-Lunch-Menu

Hope you're all having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

11 / 22 - 11 / 30


A huge MAHALO to our Hale Kula faculty, staff, parents, and volunteers who made the first Fall Festival in five years a huge success!! Without all of you none of this would have been possible! Through your donations, hard work, and time, the Hale Kula PTO was able to raise over $3,000 for the school!!!

If you will be transferring to another duty station or moving into another school district please contact the office so that we may have a release packet ready on your child's last day.  We ask for 2 weeks notice so we can gather this info and teachers have time to do a report card.

Needed: Adult Lunch Room Supervisors ... 1.5 to 2 hours per day ... $8.00 per hour ... We have 5 of our 6 lunch supervisors PCSing between January and July so would like to interview & select sooner so that incoming supervisors have a chance to sub a few times in order to get familiar with the procedures before they take over full time.  Please call in for an interview ~  Thank you very much, Agnes Leinau, Vice Principal, 808-622-6380 ext 225
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Fri. Nov. 22        Friday School Store in P14 afterschool – Nothing over $1.00

Sat. Nov. 23        39th Annual Mayors Craft and Country Fair at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition hall 9am – 2pm Free admission. Lions club collects used glasses. Country pies and cookies, jams and preserves contest. 973-7258

Sat. Nov. 23        Holiday Plant and Craft Sale at Lyon Arboretum 9am – 2pm free admission. 988-0456

Sat. Nov. 23 & Sun. Nov 24     Island Heritage Holiday Warehouse sale is at 94-411 Kaoki Street in Waipahu. Sat. 7am – 3pm and Sun. 8am – 2pm. Featuring up to 75% off gifts, books, T shirts and more.  welcometotheislands.com or 564-8800

Mon. Nov. 25      Complex Volleyball tournament at Leilehua. 4th and 5th graders on our team

Tues. Nov. 26      Jamba Juice buy 8oz smoothies for $2.25. & Book Swap for kids books

Wed. Nov. 27      School is out at 1:10 every Wednesday

Thurs. Nov. 28     NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving

Fri. Nov. 29        NO SCHOOL –Go shopping or avoid it, the choice it yours

                      Helemano Farms opens its annual sale of Norfolk island pine Christmas trees (from $40 - $100). On Whitmore Avenue. Helemanofarms.com

Sat. Nov. 30        Haleiwa Art Walk from 5pm – 9pm in Haleiwa town. Featuring sales, activities and events hosted by dozens of merchants 637-4558

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Great News!

Thanks to Librarian, Michelle Colte, our school will be participating in a global event called Hour of Code.  If you're not familiar with coding, you're in for a treat!  Students have begun learning about coding in the library, and yesterday, some first graders were so excited to show me what they've learned.

Hour of Code week is December 9-13, and every class will have an opportunity to participate in the fun and challenging coding activities in the library or in the classroom.  We will have soldiers from our partner unit, HHBN 25th ID, helping us (like they did for the Cardboard Challenge earlier this school year). Be ready for an exciting week!!

And now, I've saved the best news for last!!  Of all the public schools in Hawaii that signed up to participate in Hour of Code, Hale Kula was selected to receive $10,000 worth of technology and resources!!  Appreciations to Mrs. Colte for having the foresight to sign up all of us to participate!

Because we received this award, we have been asked to invite the media as well as dignitaries to our school for a special event.  We have just begun planning the event, and we will definitely keep you all in the loop.

What an exciting opportunity for our school to share with others across the State!

For more information, check out the Hour of Code link on the Library link on school webpage at www.halekula.k12.hi.us.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Water Quality

The military recently completed a water quality survey at Hale Kula.  This letter explains their findings.  We appreciate the Army for including us in their survey.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/184646159/Water-Sample-Letter-From-Military-Oct-2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

11/15 - 11/22


Please bring your HI plastic bottles and cans to school on Friday Nov.15th, Fall Festival on Saturday November 16th or Monday November 18th.
Dispose of the bottle caps. The cans and bottles can be crushed.
Preschool will have separate bins for plastic and cans so please make sure they are separated. Friday or Monday at the curb - drop off area (between Cafeteria and Office from 7am on) and outside FI or F2 or F3 until 4pm
Mahalo for supporting this Preschool fund raiser.

If you will be transferring to another duty station or moving into another school district please contact the office so that we may have a release packet ready on your child's last day.  We ask for 2 weeks notice so we can gather this info and teachers have time to do a report card.

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Fri. Nov. 15         3rd Grade Field Trip to Polynesian Cultural Center
                      Tickets for Fall Festival - presale bonus tickets for sale afterschool at P14
                      NO School Store today in P14

Sat. Nov. 16        Fall Festival from 1:00 – 5:00 games, vendors, bouncers, food, & more

Fri. Nov. 15 & Sat. Nov. 16      Schofield Arts & Crafts Holiday Sale from 9am – 4pm. Pottery, quilts, jewelry and more at Building 572. For more information call 655-4202

Mon. Nov. 18        School Community Council Meeting 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Tues. Nov. 19       Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00 am

Wed. Nov. 20      Wear your Hale Kula T shirt every Wednesday to show your school spirit

Thurs. Nov. 21      School starts at 7:55 every day – get tardy slip if not in your class then

Fri. Nov. 22        Friday School Store in P14 afterschool – Nothing over $1.00