January 2014 Newsletter


Kalihi Waena’s Guidance Theme for the month of January:  BE HELPFUL

Kalihi Waena is focusing on monthly themes to help students with the Six General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) and to support our Guidance Program.  The theme for December was to be “Focused.”  This month’s theme centers on being helpful. 
Providing assistance or being useful is the main definition of being helpful.  Being helpful is an excellent quality and impressive characteristic to display. 
A way you can teach your children to be helpful is by modeling helpful behaviors.  It can be as simple as opening a door for someone, offering assistance to someone who is struggling to carry something heavy, or even clearing the table after dinner.  It is also never too early to teach children to be helpful within their community.  Not littering is a very simple example of how they can be helpful to the environment.



Important Dates to Remember



Parent Workshop: "Student-Led Conferences 101"




January 27 - February 4, 2014






REVISED:  Early Pick-Up Policy









"I'm the Gingerbread Man!"





Kindergarten AGE Has CHANGED!!!


December 2013 Newsletter

Kalihi Waena’s Guidance Theme for December:  BE FOCUSED

Kalihi Waena is focusing on monthly themes to help students with the Six General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) and to support our Guidance Program.  The theme for November was to be “Cooperative.”  This month’s theme centers on being focused.   
Learning how to focus and getting something done is about more than just good grades.  It is the foundation for success in life!  Mastering the skills of getting organized, staying focused, and seeing work through to the end will help in just about everything you do.


Breakfast With Santa 2013

The holiday season is here and all Kalihi Waena families are cordially invited to…

Breakfast With Santa
Saturday, December 14, 2013
8:00 am – 11:00 am,
$3.00 per person attending

  • Picture Taking with Santa (Please bring your own camera!)
  • Games, Holiday Activities & Boutique
  • School Community Council Updates
  • Entertainment
  • Cost of Breakfast is $3.00.

(This is a non-school day activity, so please remember to include
your Kalihi Waena child in your family member count)

*Breakfast service will end promptly at 9:45 am*

*Please turn in your form and payment to the office by Friday, December 6, 2013*
(No late forms/payments will be accepted.  No refunds.)

Sponsored by: Kalihi Waena PTA, Kalihi Waena Elementary, Kalihi Union Church,
New Hope Men’s Ministry, The Way of Salvation Church,
and the Outreach Committee of The Cathedral of St. Andrew


Important Dates To Remember

December 18 = Dismissal Switch: School ends at 2:15 pm
December 20 = Dismissal Switch: School ends at 1:30 pm
December 23 – 31 = Winter Break (No School)

January 1 – 3 = Winter Break (No School)
January 6 - 7 = Teacher Work Day (No School)
January 8 = Student’s first school day of 2014


Revised Policy for Early Pick-Up


Please bring your ID or Driver’s License when picking up your child early from school for doctor’s/dentist’s appointments, personal reasons, and in the health room.  If someone not listed on our school records will pick up your child, parents/guardians need to let us know who it is and they need to show their ID.  Thank you for your cooperation!

-Kalihi Waena Administration



Mahalo To Our Sponsors
James Harrow & The Friends of The Library – books
Common Grace – mentoring program
Kalihi Waena Ohana – canned goods


Campus Beautification Project
On December 18th, a selected group of students will be helping to keep our campus clean and inviting  as they participate in our campus beautification project.  They will be picking up trash and debris throughout our campus.  What a great way to keep our school safe!



Just a reminder…
Silly Bands, P.O.G.’s, Taper Earrings and Kendama are considered a contraband and are not allowed at Kalihi Waena.  If a student is caught with these contraband items, they will be confiscated and can be picked up at the office by a parent after school.  If you have any questions, please call our Vice Principal, Mrs. Tasaka, at 832-3210.
Also, student safety is our number one priority.  We have noticed an increase amount of students crossing the street in the morning to go to the store.  Students are not allowed to cross the street once they are on school grounds.  The students are our responsibility and we want to make sure that they are safe.  Therefore, students will not be allowed to cross the street once they come to school.  Parents are welcome to walk across the street with their child to go to the store but students can not go by themselves.  Let’s all work together to keep our students safe.  Please remind your child that he/she can not go to the store once they are on school grounds.



Kalihi Waena S.T.E.A.M. Fair
On Friday, November 22, 2013, Kalihi Waena held their STEAM Fair.  “STEAM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.  STEAM is associated with Hawaii’s Race to the Top funding as we work to prepare our students for the future.
Our students were very busy preparing their standards-based science fair projects to share. Families and friends were invited to enjoy an evening of inquiry based activities being presented by our students in Kindergarten through grade 5. 
We hope everyone was able to enjoy this exciting, educational experience, and thank you for your continued support of student achievement here at Kalihi Waena!

BIG Mahalo: Kalihi Waena Science Cadre, Kalihi Waena Teachers, Students and Staff, Kalihi Waena G.A.T.E. Program, Administration and Office staff, Custodial crew, and all those who lent a hand in making this event a huge success! 

From our Kalihi Waena Family to yours…


~ School will resume on Wed., January 8, 2014 ~



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November 2013 Newsletter

Kalihi Waena’s Guidance Theme for November: BE COOPERATIVE

Kalihi Waena is focusing on monthly themes to help students with the Six General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) and to support our Guidance Program.  The theme for October was to be “Respectful.”  This month’s theme focuses on being cooperative.   
Cooperation is a skill that must be learned.  Learning to cooperate means that a person can think about and balance their own needs and wants with another person’s needs and wants.  True cooperation is a give and take between people that ends up with something they both agree on.


Board of Education (BOE)
Parent/Family Involvement Policy (#2403)

The Board of Education recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and the family.

Here at Kalihi Waena Elementary we encourage:

  • Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful
  • Responsible parenting is promoted and supported.
  • Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning, including successful achievement of the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards.
  • Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assist are sought.
  • Parents are partners in the decisions that affect children and families.
  • Community resources are made available to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning.

Let’s continue to work together
to support student achievement!



MAHALO to our Sponsors

Common Grace Mentoring Program – after school mentoring
Coach Jerri Rodriguez, Mary McMillin & the Kalihi Waena Cheerleaders – Quarter 1 assembly entertainment
ELL, IRA teachers, SCC, Counseling & Office Staff – Quarter 1 assembly organizers
Mrs. Shimabukuro & Ms. McBean – Quarter 1 assembly readers
Dilbuil Floyd & Nicholas Bossy – Quarter 1 assembly MC’s
Kalihi Union Church – treat street donations
Lisa Camanga, Kalihi Waena EA – treat street donations
Honolulu Fire Department – treat street donations
Dolores Villanueva, Grade 4 Teacher – treat street donations
G.A.T.E. Leadership Students – Kalihi Waena Treat Street
Party City, Honolulu – treat street donations
Kalihi Waena Faculty, Staff and Cafeteria – treat street assistance
Frank De Lima
– Frank De Lima’s Student Enrichment Program
Ms. Tachikawa and the Kindergarteners of A4 – Halloween entertainment



Are You Fitter Than a “Kalihi Waena Lion” 5th Grader?

On Sunday, October 27, 2013, Hawaii Pacific Health hosted Kids Fest at the Bishop Museum.  Our very own students, Tony Paleafei (A10) and Micah Lutu (A12) represented the 5th grade class of Kalihi Waena in the “Are You Fitter Than a 5th Grader” Challenge.  The two boys were required to complete an obstacle course against several other schools.  Tony and Micah were the winners from the 5th grade group, allowing them to challenge the winners from the adult group.  Congratulations to Tony Paleafei and Micah Lutu for bringing home the grand prize trophies for our school!





First Lego League 2013 Honolulu District Competition: “Nature’s Fury”

The Kalihi Waena Lions Robotics team demonstrated hard work, teamwork, and gracious professionalism at the First Lego League District Tournament at Kalakaua Middle School on Saturday, October 26, 2013.  Students competed against 15 other schools around Oahu, sharing projects presentations, going through interviews, and robotics.  A Big Mahalo to Robotics Coaches, Mrs. Lam and Mr. Tasaka, for their knowledge and countless hours of preparing and guiding the students through their project. Thank you to all the Kalihi Waena Ohana for your support!



Family Thanksgiving Luncheon

In celebration of Thanksgiving in November, we would like to honor our Kalihi Waena families by inviting them to have lunch with their child on their assigned grade-level day.

  • Grade 4 & 5 – MONDAY, 11/25/13
  • Grade 2 & 3 – TUESDAY, 11/26/13
  • Kindergarten & Grade 1 – WEDNESDAY, 11/27/13

If you would like to join your child(ren) for the Thanksgiving Luncheon, please fill out the Thanksgiving Luncheon form and turn it in (with payment) to your child’s teacher by Wednesday, November 13, 2013.  Cost per lunch is $5.00.



October 2013 Newsletter

Kalihi Waena’s Guidance Theme for October: BE RESPECTFUL

Kalihi Waena is focusing on monthly themes to help students with the Six General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) and to support our Guidance Program.  The theme for September was to “BeResponsible.”  This month’s theme focuses on being respectful.   
Being respectful includes having respect for themselves as well as their peers, adults and the environment.  Treating others the way you want to be treated, which is the Golden Rule, builds good character and strong relationships.


R  E  M  I  N  D  E  R
Giant Portuguese Sausage, Pepperoni Pizza,
Pound Cake & Cornflake Cookies

Fundraiser Pick-Up
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Kalihi Waena Cafeteria

*Please be sure to have your paid fundraising tickets ready upon pick-up*



The Official School Day

School begins at 7:55 a.m., with the tardy bell ringing at 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and non-instructional days.  Students are dismissed at 2:15 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday, when dismissal is at 1:30 p.m. 
Once the tardy bell rings at 7:55 a.m., all parents, guardians and/or family members who are on campus should leave unless you attain special permission from the principal.  Also, please remember that unauthorized persons are not allowed on the 2nd floor until after the bells rings at 2:15 p.m. (1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays).
Please do not send your child to school too early in the morning since there is no one to supervise them before school begins.  Students should not play, roam or loiter on school grounds, including the playground equipment, before and after school and on non-school days.
If your child is going to be tardy or absent, please call the office @ 832-3210.  At that time, you may also request and make arrangements to pick up your child’s homework so they can keep up with the lessons.
Thank you for your cooperation ahead of time.  We appreciate your collaboration and working together as a team to promote student achievement.


Fall Intersession

All public schools will be having Fall Intersession from October 7-14, 2012.  We encourage parents to make arrangements for child care.  Students return to school on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.


Picture Make-Up Day
Picture make-up day is on Friday, October 18, 2013.  If your child missed picture day in September, please make sure they have their Ace Portrait Studio picture envelope filled out and money ready on make-up day.  Your child’s photo will be included in the school yearbook.



First Lego League 2013 Honolulu District Competition: “Nature’s Fury”

Come down and cheer on our very own Kalihi Waena Robotic Team at this year’s First Lego League district competition: “Nature’s Fury.”  Their challenge is to discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Where:  Kalakaua Middle School Cafeteria
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Show your Kalihi Waena pride and wear the color purple!  Goooooo LIONS!



Box Tops for Education

Kalihi Waena Elementary is collecting BOX TOPS!!!  BUY your favorite Box Top products.  CUT out the Box Tops from each package.  SEND your Box Tops to school.  Kalihi Waena can get cash for every Box Top collected to help buy things the school needs for student success!



Fall 2013 Scholastic Book Fair

Our school librarian, Mrs. Lam thanks the entire Kalihi Waena Ohana, family and friends, for their support in making this year’s “Reading Oasis” book fair a success!
Mrs. Lam and her volunteers, Les Tamasaka, Sandy Tamasaka, Larry Okunami, Laurie Okunami, and Susan Nishimura worked very hard and did a beautiful job organizing the book fair so everyone could join the fun and expand their love of reading. 
This book fair was so successful, we were able to generate a profit of $1,000 to help improve our Kalihi Waena Library!  Way to go, Lions, and thank you for your continued support!


Flu Vaccinations
From October through December 2013, the Health Department will be administering FREE flu vaccines to elementary and middle school students in Hawaii, ages 5 – 13. The vaccination program is voluntary, and parents have the option of allowing their child to receive the flu shot or Flu Mist, a vaccine administered via nasal spray. 
Thank you for taking advantage of this free health-conscious opportunity for your child!  Kalihi Waena’s Vaccination Clinic will be on Thursday, November 14, 2013.



Date:  August 28, 2013
To:  All Students, Parents and/or Guardians
From: The Kalihi Waena Office

Starting on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013, the EXTRA “breakfast cards” will be moved to the office.  This is a reminder to all students… PLEASE BRING YOUR BACKPACK WITH YOUR BREAKFAST CARD ATTACHED TO THE CAFETERIA TO EAT/PICK-UP YOUR BREAKFAST.  If you do not have your breakfast card (that was distributed at the beginning of the school year in the cafeteria, and tied with a yellow ribbon to your backpack) you will need to come to the office to pick up an extra breakfast card.  If you have any questions, please see the office. 
Thank you for your cooperation.



Kalihi Waena PTA Board Members WANTED!

Attention: Kalihi Waena PARENTS / GUARDIANS

The Kalihi Waena PTA is looking to hold elections for the 2013-2014 school year for the following PTA Board positions:

•President        •Vice-President    •Secretary        •Treasurer

If you are interested in running for a position on the Board, please come to the office to fill out a “Nomination Form.”  If you have any questions, please leave a message with the office for the current PTA President, Ms. Javier.


When to Keep Your Child Home from School
Due to an Illness

Deciding when to keep a sick child home from school is not always easy.  It is important for children to attend school, and for some parents, staying home means missing work.  But when your child is truly sick, they need to stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others.
Please keep the school up to date with current phone numbers so you or an alternate contact can be reached if your child becomes ill or injured at school.  If your child is going to be absent from school, please be sure to call the office to let the school know. 
The following information may help you decide when to keep your child at home.  “Child” refers to all school-aged children including adolescents.  This information does not take the place of consulting a medical provider.

Children who have the following symptoms should
stay home and not come to school until these symptoms
have been gone for at least 24 hours without the help of medication,
OR until your doctor sends a note that states the condition is not contagious
and it is OK for your child to come back to school.

FEVER - check your child's temperature with a thermometer. If a fever over 100 degrees is present, DO NOT send him or her to school.  It doesn't help your child's health to give medicine for fever and send them on to school.  That only reduces the fever for a short time, and doesn't take care of the illness that is causing the fever. Coming to school sick (and possibly contagious) not only exposes other children to the illness, but also delays your child's healing time. Once the medicine wears off and the fever returns, your child must be picked up anyway, and valuable healing time has been lost. Wait until child is fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of medicine, before returning to school.

- until we know that these are not signs of a contagious illness, such as a stomach virus, your child should be kept home.  If the vomiting or diarrhea happen more than once that day, or if they are associated with fever, keep your child home and make sure they stay well-hydrated.  Even if these things happen only one time before school starts, and your child feels better immediately afterwards, it is still wise to watch for a few hours to see if it happens again before sending him or her on to class. If your child is spending all his or her time at school feeling sick, then not much learning is taking place!

SKIN RASHES - if the rash has any fluid or pus coming from it, the child must remain out of school until the rash has been treated and a note from the doctor states it is ok to return to school, or until the rash is gone, dried, or scabbed over with no new spots appearing. Anytime a rash is associated with fever, the child may not come to school until that fever is gone for 24 hours without medication. Sometimes a rash is a sign of a contagious disease such as chickenpox. Sometimes, rashes are not contagious, but are uncomfortable and itchy from contact with something the child is allergic to. In that case, although school is certainly a good option, please consider comfort measures such as an antihistamine.

RED EYES, ESPECIALLY IF THERE IS ALSO DRAINAGE OR CRUSTING AROUND THE EYE -this can often mean your child has conjunctivitis, also known as pink-eye. Not all pink-eye is contagious. Sometimes it is just allergies or other irritations that are causing the red color, but until we know for sure (which means we must have a note from the doctor stating the condition is not contagious, or until the redness and drainage are completely gone), your child must remain out of school.

PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE) OR SCABIES - these small insects cause skin conditions that are uncomfortable and itchy, and could become infected with all the scratching. Check with the school nurse to get information on treatment and when your child may return to school if those conditions are present.

Kids who are truly sick will heal better and faster when they have proper rest at home, with healthy nutrition and plenty of fluid for hydration. Our school nurse, Mrs. Sialana, is available for assistance during school hours if you have questions. We will always do our best to help you make a good decision after considering the potential for spreading infections at school and what is in all the children's best interests. We have common goals with you: the health, safety, and school success of your child!

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