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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Attendance Issues

Several parents have called the school office after receiving a letter sharing that their child has been absent 5 or more days this quarter.  Please click on the link to read about how important attendance is and what our school is doing to improve student attendance in school.  Thank you for your support as we work together to ensure that students are in school every day, on-time, all-day.

Click on this link or copy and paste it in your browser:

Friday, September 27, 2013

9/27 - 10/4

Last Day to get a Monkey is Friday!!! Please have your "I sold 3" tickets turned in on FRIDAY.
            Money and orders are due on MONDAY Sept 30th. 

The Hale Kula Cardboard Challenge is next Friday. Accepting donations of rolls of masking tape in P14. Does someone have a truck that could pick up cardboard from furniture store and or PX?? Email 

Visit Target’s facebook page to access the app and vote for Hale Kula. This is the last weekend for the contest. You can earn us money by going Friday and also Sunday to vote, since you can only vote once a week, make it count.

Thank you to all the parents that generously brought Treats for teachers to the Book Fair on Monday

If you still have Federal Survey Cards for your children, please turn them in to the office ASAP.  We are still missing cards.

If your child will be leaving during the break (Oct. 7-15) please contact the office so that we can get a release packet ready for you.  If you wait until Fall Break to inform us your release packet will not be ready until
Oct. 18th or later.

PTO Membership donation contest had been extended to October 25. We are trying to see if more parents will donate towards their child's classroom goal. Your $10 supports many school programs and gets you a free reusable water bottle

Yearbook is announcing the new eShare site so that any pictures you take at school can be uploaded to the yearbook.  Keep an eye out for the eShare flyer in your child’s Wednesday folder.  You can also use the free hj eShare smart phone app that makes sharing your school related photos a breeze!  We would especially love to have pictures from field trips!

Fri. Sept. 27        Spirit week: Wear green to show you care about the environment
                      Chaperone Training at 8:00am in P14
                      1st chance to shop the Book Fair after school

Sat. Sept. 28       Trinity Lutheran School Fall Festival 9am – 2pm. Entertainment, games, craft corner, bake sale, food and more plus free parking at Leilehua High. Call 551-6498

Mon. Sept. 30      Book Fair is open for sales all week in the library 7:00am – 3:00pm

Tues. Oct. 1

Wed. Oct. 2        Super Eagle Assembly in the cafeteria 8:15am – 9:00am

Thurs. Oct. 3      

Fri. Oct. 4          Hale Kula Cardboard Challenge – students create games out of cardboard.     Stop by classrooms to help in the morning or to see the creations in the afternoon.
 School is out for Intercession Break Oct. 7 – 15. School resumes Wed. Oct. 16

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

monkeys & spirit

HAVE YOU SEEN THE MONKEYS???  Your child will get a monkey for each 3 items they sell, either from the catalog or online.  Monkeys are given out periodically, but not daily, so please turn orders in as soon as possible. The last day for order return is Sept 30th. We will be "feeding the monkeys" popcorn this Thursday after school. If your child is wearing their monkey, they can come to a special booth to get their monkey fed.

TRIBES mini Spirit Week. ---- Wear the following colors to show your support.
Wednesday September 25 th-  BLUE –school pride
Thursday September 26th -  YELLOW-  friendship
Friday September 27th - GREEN- environment

Did you know that you can drop off your children at school from 7:15 in the morning and that there will be adult supervision from staff to watch over them?  Just in case you were unaware, so avoid the traffic, and having your children be late for school. The cafeteria starts serving breakfast at 7:15, so they can be dropped at cafeteria door to get hot breakfast and then be supervised until 7:45 bell. Or just drop at front of school and EA’s will supervise them.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Important Information re. Evacuation Drill

The Garrison Command informed us on Friday afternoon that they cannot support our school for our evacuation drill scheduled for this coming Thursday.  We were waiting to get more information about an alternate date before confirming the cancellation and notifying our school community, but so far, we have not been contacted.

For now, we are letting you know that there will be no evacuation drill on Thursday, September 26.

Thank you.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

How Do You Use Math Every Day?

Recently, I was asked to share ideas on how parents can help their child with math and reading skills.  I think this is a great idea, and we will be sharing information with you -- activities you can do with your child or websites you can access.

First off, though, we would like to ask for your feedback.  We are asking parents to share how they use math at work and at home in their daily lives.  We want students to see why we teach math; we want them to see the relevance of math and why we need to know skills so we can solve problems.

Please copy and paste this link in your browser to provide us with feedback. We will post these comments on a bulletin board for everyone to see!

Thank you!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

9/21 - 9/27

The Hale Kula Book Fair is just around the corner!  Students will preview the fair Sept. 23-27.  Families may begin shopping Friday, Sept 27 after school.  Book Fair hours Sept. 30-Oct. 4 are 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.  
Take a sneak peek and shop our online fair now!

We're also asking for donations for our "Treats for Teachers" on Monday, September 23--simple snacks, appetizers, sweets or bottled water.  If you have a couple of hours to spare and can help at the Hale Kula Book Fair (Sept. 23-Oct. 4) please complete this quick survey to let us know when you are available:

The Hale Kula Cardboard Challenge is just two weeks away, but students have already started creating!  You can watch videos and look at pictures of student creations on the library website:  Click on the Cardboard Challenge Tab to watch event's inspiration (Caine's Arcade) and a planning guide to create your own game.  Click on Cardboard Challenge Videos to see cardboard events from around the world. 
Sat. Sept. 21       Band Craft Fair at Leilehua High School cafeteria from 9am – 2pm
                      Music, Food, Bake Sale, vendors selling craft and holiday items

Sat. Sept. 21       Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids from 10am – 2pm at Schofield Barracks school age center, building 1280 (corner of Lyman and Hewitt) Day of fun, entertainment and prizes: dunk booth, rock wall climbing, free food and more

Sat. Sept. 21       FreedomRail Workshop – Simply Organized in Kapolei from 1pm – 2pm FREE. Create the closet of your dreams. 693-8888

Book Fair Preview week in the library. Classes come to write wish lists

Mon. Sept. 23      School Community Council Meeting at 3:00pm

Tues. Sept. 24      Jamba Juice buy 8oz smoothies for $2.25. & Book Swap for kids books

Wed. Sept. 25      Cross Country Competition at 9am at Watts Field. Our team of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders compete against other elementary schools

Thurs. Sept. 26    School wide evacuation drill

Fri. Sept. 27        Chaperone Training at 8:00am in P14
                      1st chance to shop the Book Fair after school

Safety First!

Please read this blog titled Safety First! which shares about an evacuation drill next Thursday, September 26.

Here's the link:

If you have any questions, please contact Principal Iwase or Vice Principal Leinau at 808 622-6380.

Thank you!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

If you have a couple of hours to spare and can help at the Hale Kula Book Fair (Sept. 23-Oct. 4) please complete this quick survey to let us know when you are available:

If you would like to help with the book fair, but cannot physically be here at school, bringing a "Treats for Teachers" treat is a great help also! (You will find this option at the bottom of the questionnaire). You can simply drop off a treat for the teachers to enjoy while they choose books for their class wish lists this year. The teachers very much appreciate this enjoyable time to further their classroom libraries.  Treats may be dropped off Monday, Sept. 23, before or right after school.

Thank you so much!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hooray for Volunteers! Hooray for Our Staff!

First quarter is rapidly coming to an end, and we'd like to make you aware of our Hooray for Volunteers! and Hooray for Our Staff! blogs.  Do you have someone you would like to recognize for making a difference at Hale Kula?  If so, please consider posting a comment on the blog.  It's easy to do!  Go to our school webiste,  Click on the link to the blogs on the homepage.  Under the "First Quarter" post, click on "comments" and add your comment about the person you would like to nominate.  Your comment will have to be approved before being published.

The Hale Kula PTO is generously sponsoring a $50 gift card to the volunteer or staff of the quarter who will be selected via a random drawing.  I know there are lots of volunteers and staff members who deserve to be recognized.  Please consider nominating someone!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Central District Teacher of the Year

I am pleased to announce that Teresa Cramer, a fi!fth grade special education teacher at Hale Kula, has been selected as the  Central District Teacher of the Year!  Congratulations on your award, Mrs. Cramer!  You are truly deserving!

Mrs. Cramer is now eligible for the State Teacher of the Year award which will be announced in late October.  We are hopeful that one of Hale Kula's finest will be the awardee!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

9/14 - 9/21

Federal Survey Cards
Federal Survey cards are required from every student in every public school. Please turn it in before we have to call you for it.

September Parent Bulletin is on our school website and you can click this link to see it. 

The monkeys are coming
Great American fund raiser kick off Monday, September 16. Packets will come home with your child. Remember for every 3 items sold your child gets a monkey keychain, make sure they bring in their coupons to school. Ask the PTO in P14 any questions.
Sat. Sept. 14               Eat the Street Mililani from 8am – 9pm on Lehiwa Street, which will close from Meheula Parkway to Hoalia Street. Call 440-2640

Sat. Sept. 14               Hawaii Dog Foundation hosts a ‘meet and greet’ session with its adoptable dogs from noon to 2pm at Mililani Mauka Dog Park, 95-1069 Ukuwai Street. Call 782-8387

Mon. Sept. 16       Hale Kula Slow Down campaign – 15mph in a school zone please 

Tues. Sept. 17      Picture Day for half the school
                      PTO meeting – Everyone welcome at 6:30pm at Kalakaua Community Center

Wed. Sept. 18      Picture Day for half the school

Thurs. Sept. 19     1st Grade field trip to Kahuku farms for P4, P5, H3 and ½ H4
                      Chaperone Training at 1:30pm in P14

Fri. Sept. 20        1st Grade field trip to Kahuku farms for P6, P10, P11 and ½ H4
                      PTO Membership Contest by class ends today. So register now.

Sat. Sept. 21               Band Craft Fair at Leilehua High School cafeteria from 9am – 2pm
                      Music, Food, Bake Sale, vendors selling craft and holiday items

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Parent-Teacher Conferences

A reminder that we will be ending school at 12:45 all week for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  You should have signed up for a time on-line at  Every teacher sent out a letter with a code specific to that classroom.  If you did not get a time, please contact your child's teacher ASAP so she/he can schedule a conference date and time for you.

We pride ourselves on having over 90% of our parents attending the parent-teacher conferences.  It is our hope that we will have a similar percentage this time around.  We realize that there may have been glitches or misunderstandings about signing up on-line, but those who signed up early shared that it was a breeze.  We intend to continue to use an on-line system for the next conferences in February.

Thank you, and hope your conferences go well!

Friday, September 6, 2013

9/7 - 9/14

Parent Teacher Conference Week Sept. 9 – 13. 
Schools out at 12:45
Conferences start at 1pm and last for 15 minutes.
Thank you for being on time to your appointed meeting.

Federal Survey Cards
Federal Survey cards came home in Wednesday Folder on September 4th. Fill out one for each child, sign and date (with pen) and return it back immediately.  It is required to have 1 from every student in public school. Please turn it in before we have to call you for it.

Sat. Sept. 7 at 5:30pm   Auditions for the Fall musical ‘The Little Mermaid’. Tryouts will be held at Applause! Performance Academy at 614 Kilani Ave in Wahiawa. Looking for a large cast of men, women and children (age 5 and up) who can dance, act and sing.  Rehearsals will be held Friday through Sunday nights with the shows in early December.  Auditioners should be prepared to sing 16 – 24 bars of a Broadway or Disney song and should provide their own sheet music for the accompanist. A current photo and performance resume are requested, if available. 622-1272 or

School is out at 12:45 all week long for Parent – Teacher Conferences.

Mon. Sept. 9       School starts at 7:55 every day

Tues. Sept. 10      Chaperone Training at 8:00am in P14
                      Copy Training at 10am in P14 and D4   (no kids at this training)

Wed. Sept. 11       Wear your Hale Kula T shirt every Wednesday to show your school spirit

Thurs. Sept. 12     Lei making lesson in P14 from 8:00am – 9:00am    

Fri. Sept. 13        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

Sat. Sept. 14         Eat the Street Mililani from 8am – 9pm on Lehiwa Street, which will close from Meheula Parkway to Hoalia Street. Call 440-2640

Sat. Sept. 14               Hawaii Dog Foundation hosts a ‘meet and greet’ session with its adoptable dogs from noon to 2pm at Mililani Mauka Dog Park, 95-1069 Ukuwai Street. Call 782-8387

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Important reminders for parents:
  • Parents: Remember to sign up on for an upcoming date/time for your Parent-Teacher Conference next week. Each teacher has a code; if you don't have your letter, please check with your child's teacher or go to the office to ask. We're having a contest for teachers. Anyone who gets 90%-100% of their parents to sign up on-line and has 90%-100% of their parents attend the PT Conference will be eligible for a drawing. I hope the teachers are contacting you if you didn't sign up yet.
  • Federal Census Survey cards will be coming home tomorrow.  Please complete your card and send it back to school on Thursday, if possible.  Every student gets a card, and it is important to complete all of them because this is how the federal government determines Impact Aid funding.    Please, please return your cards to school.  Thank you!
By the way, have you seen the bulletin board by the cafeteria (parking lot side)?  We are an AVID school this year, and we are focusing on teaching Organizational skills.  Look at all the colleges and universities our teachers received their degrees from.  Can you guess which school your child's teacher attended?