A Message from our Principal
Aloha Kalihi Waena Ohana,
I'd like to thank everyone for making our 1st Annual STEMA fair successful. Over 400 parents showed up to participate on Friday night. There was definitely a sense of "high energy" in the air, as your children were so proud to share their projects with you. I hope you learned a little about the inquiry process, our Common Core Standards, and how all of it was tied into our Academic and Financial plan. Thank you to all of our students, parents, faculty and staff for making our STEMA fair awesome. Way to "Rise Above It!"
Our 4th and 5th graders have already taken their first round of the HSA. Please ask your child(ren) how they did. So far, 40% of our 4th graders and 30% of our 5th graders have passed the test. Our 3rd graders are currently taking it. Our goal this year is 72% for reading and 69% for math. Please encourage your child(ren) to sleep early and eat a good breakfast before taking the test.
As the year comes to an end, I'd like to wish all of you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Don't forget to have your child(ren) read at least 20 minutes everyday during the break. Thanks again for all of your support throughout the year. Looking forward to 2013!
A Hui Hou,
Ronnie Gallardo, Principal
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.
MAHALO TO OUR SPONSORS
Common Grace Mentoring Program – after school mentoring
US Coast Guard (Partners In Education Program) – Gr. 4 & 5 science project assistance and
Physical Fitness volunteers
New Hope’s Men’s Ministry – canned goods, slippers
Tuafono Tofilau – Thanksgiving luncheon entertainment
Coach Jerri Rodriguez, Coach Mary McMillin & the Kalihi Waena Cheerleaders – Thanksgiving luncheon entertainment and Kalihi Business Association Thanksgiving Parade
District 50 Lions Club and May Thomas – Vision screening for grades 1, 3 and 5
Jim Harrow and the Friends of the Library - books
Kalihi Waena PTA Fall Fundraiser Pick-Up
What: Koala Moa Rotisserie Chicken Fundraiser
Pick-Up Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Pick-Up Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pick-Up Location: Kalihi Waena Cafeteria Parking Lot
*Funds raised will be used for School Planners, School-wide, Grade-level & PTA Activities and Events*
-Top Seller: $50 cash and $25 Koala Moa Restaurant Gift Certificate
-Top Class Seller: $50 Cash
-Drawing: $50 Cash (1 entry per 5 tickets sold)
VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!! Please inquire at the office for specific duties and shift times or call 832-3210.
Kalihi Waena Talent Show & Brown Bags To Stardom
The official Brown Bags to Stardom Talent Contest will be in late April 2013. For those who are interested in participating (singing, dancing, martial arts, magic, etc.) in the “Kalihi Waena Brown Bags Talent Show,” start practicing NOW! Try-outs and auditions will begin in January 2012. Watch and listen for reminders as we get closer to the talent contest. GO LIONS!
Kalihi Waena G.A.T.E. Technology : Lego Robotics
On Saturday, October 26th, at Kalakaua Middle School, our very own Kalihi Waena Lions Robotic team did a fantastic job! They had the opportunity to compete against other schools through interviews, presentation, and robotic missions. We didn't advance to state, but it's the learning experience and knowledge we all learned. We would like to thank all our supporters: Ronnie Gallardo, Pua Wilmington, Wendy Tachikawa, Stephanie Alip-Taniguchi, Andre Medina, Monique Shimamoto, Mahea Sanitago, Debbie Shimabukuro, Leila Bajarin, Lianna Bajarin, Brenda Doctolero, and Dean Furukawa. A special thanks to Mr. Tasaka, Mrs. Lam and Mr. Tawata for working with our Robotics students and helping them to Rise Above It!
Jr. Lego Robotics
Congratulations to our Jr. First Lego League members: Dustin Bajarin-Freitas, Vince Dela Cruz, Jared Dela Cruz, Janica Quillopo, Elisha Veth Garcia, and Christian Arellano for a job well done!
This past Saturday, December 1st , at the 4th Annual Jr. First Lego League Expo in the Neil Blaisdell Arena, was a great experience for our Jr. FLL members. They shared their invention, “The G.R.O.C. Eye Drop” and knew exactly what to say during their interview and sharing with the public. G.R.O.C. stands for Get Rid of Cataract. Our Jr. FLL team represented Kalihi Waena with outstanding reviews and feedback. Good job!!! Thank you to Wendy Tachikawa and Leila Bajarin for your help and support. Also, thank you Dean Furukawa for coming out and showing your support. Big thanks to Robotics Coaches, Jill Tamasaka-Lam, Michael Tawata and Bryan Tasaka for patiently working with the Jr. FLL and FLL teams and guiding them to success! Go Lions!
1st Annual Kalihi Waena STEM-A Fair
On Friday, November 30th, Kalihi Waena hosted our very first STEM-A Fair. “STEM-A” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and the Arts. STEM-A 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.
The event was followed by a stew dinner sponsored by the Kalihi Waena PTA. 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 and Students, U.S. Coast Guard Partner In Education (PIE) Program volunteers, Kalihi Waena G.A.T.E. Program, Kalihi Waena Cafeteria crew, Kalihi Waena PTA Board, Mrs. Martha Aiwohi , Kalihi Waena Curriculum Coaches, Administration and Office staff, Custodial crew, and all those who lent a hand in making this event a huge success!
After-School Sports Program ~ Flag Football ~ PA.L. Mustang-Division
Congratulations to Kalihi Waena’s 2012 Flag Football team on an awesome season! The Purple and Gold teams made it all the way to the Championship PAL Bowl on Saturday, November 17th at Central Oahu Regional Park. With focus and perseverance, both Kalihi Waena teams won and brought home 1st place championship trophies which are proudly displayed in our school office. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who came out to support our Lions. A big mahalo to the coaches, Mark Baay-Rivera, Allen Lilo and Kody Lilo for taking the time to practice with these kids and teaching them the value of team work, hard work and being responsible student-athletes. Way to go Lions!!!