FEBRUARY 2014 Newsletter


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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.


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