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Hale Kula Elementary School

SPRING 2013 Parent Bulletin

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Office: 622-6380 Waianae & Ayres Aves on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 96786

Aloha, Parents! Its April, and we have less than two months remaining in SY2012-2013! You may have noticed that spring is in the air. Our school gardens are beginning to bloom, and the golden plovers (kolea) are starting to show off their black vests, a sign that they will shortly leave Hawaii for their summer home in Alaska. Earlier, I shared the fabulous news about the Department of Defense Facilities Grant which will bring Hale Kula into the 21st Century. Since we heard the news that we were one of the priority schools to receive funding, its been a whirlwind of activity, planning and creating buildings that would address all the deficiencies in the Facilities Study. The initial groundbreaking will take place this summer, and we hope everything will be finished by summer 2016. It will be wonderful! We are looking for parent representatives for our School Community Council. The primary purposes of the SCC are to advise the school regarding the planning, budgeting, and implementation of the Academic and Financial Plan; to ensure that the Strategic, Academic and Financial Plans address the educational needs of the students; and to provide opportunities for input from members of the school community. You will be receiving a nomination form shortly; if you would like to run or if you know a parent who might be interested, please submit the nomination form by the deadline. If you need more information, our present parent representatives, Sam Pemberton and Lisa Honeycutt, can answer your questions. You can also access our SCC meeting minutes on our school website, Thank you for your continued support of Hale Kula!! Mahalo, Jan Iwase, Principal

Before the 7:45 Bell

Just a friendly reminder that prior to the 7:45 AM bell, we ask all students who do not have direct adult supervision to wait on the sidewalk, main hallway by the front of the library or on the sidewalk between the flag pole and the cafeteria where Educational Assistants are there to supervise. We would appreciate parents reminding students of these safety precautions :-) Thank you for your cooperation. Aloha, Agnes Leinau, Vice Principal

Eagle Eye Award

Our goal is to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding deeds, great behavior, and good actions in school (student's who follow the GLO's and TRIBES Agreements). Students nominated for the Eagle Eye award will receive an Eagle Eye certificate and $1 PTO gift certificate to be used at the PTO school store. Also, their photo/ picture is posted on the Eagle Eye board inside the Cafeteria. Congratulations to our Eagle Eye students for March! Camren Jones, Jakiah Lewis, Mikalah Mowery, Ileina Robles, Alexandria Rosario

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Please visit the library's Poetry Blog to read poems, comment on poems, and even post a favorite poem. The Poetry Blog has links to oodles of poetry sites where students can discover some zany rhymes and even make some of their own. Help your child find a poem for "Poem in your Pocket Day" on April 18!

Reading gives you super powers @ the Story Laboratory Book Fair
Students will be previewing the book fair April 8-12. Your first chance to shop the fair will be Friday, April 12 after school. The book fair will be open daily from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm April 1518. Please stop by to find great books for all ages! Teachers' Wish Lists will be on the bulletin board outside the library. Take a peek at what books the teachers would like to add to their classroom libraries. Students and teachers LOVE receiving books for their classroom libraries. Book Fair revenues provide our school with resources, family events and professional development for teachers. We appreciate your support!

Book Fair Family Event:

April 18, 4:30-6:30

Stop by the Book Fair Family event before heading to the Hale Kula Talent Show! The family event will be your last chance to shop the book fair and to explore many hands-on science stations. It's free and it's fun for the whole family!


Nene Ceremony

Three Hale Kula 5th graders entered and won the student Nene Award Contest! Danielle G., Sorenna J., and Madison W. created projects based on their understanding of the book The Lemonade War. As winners, they will be honored at the Nene Ceremony on April 18 and have lunch with the book's author, Jacqueline Davies. Take a peek at their digital entries by clicking the "student winners" button on the library's home page. 4th & 5th graders who attended Nene Lunch Discussions and posted on the Nene Blog are also invited to attend the ceremony. The Hale Kula PTO generously donated monies to cover the cost of the field trip. Thank you to the Hale Kula PTO for providing many students the opportunity to hear the author talk about her writing and receive her Nene Award.

Transition Center
Connie Blevens, Transition Coordinator Hale Kula Transition Centers mission is to assist new students and families in their transition to our school. We offer daily tours and informational sessions about our campus. Tours are available Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 12:00pm or 11:30am on Wednesdays. We also offer a morning orientation and tour every Tuesday at 9:00am. We would like to welcome the following students to our ohana who arrived in March: Ally, Kaitlynn, & Samantha Beauchamp, Kayli Bray, Tarika Bundy, Jackson Buschman, Alverez FilisiHemphill, Alexandria Garcia, Jalan Gilliland, Corbin & Gavin Gossett, Deacon & Dominic Hagan, Robson Henry, Raylen Hollis, Ryajiah Johnson, Jaylen Lee, Madison McCalla-LaVann, Morgen Myers, Jose Peredia, Caleb, Ethan, & Raelee Permenter, Jayson Smith, Meghan Terrill, Jaylin Williams, Arianna & Bryant Wolf, and Steven Woolley.

Health Room Thanks the PTO

We really appreciate the generous donation of girls panties to the health room. They are much needed and will be put to good use. Big MAHALO!

PTO Notes
Do you have a great idea for next years PTO? Come share that idea with us for Volunteer Brainstorming on 17 April at 12:30 pm in P14. We will also have a General Membership Meeting on 24 April at 1:45 in P14 to vote on the next years PTO Board. If you would like to be part of the process please stop in and vote. Just a reminder you have to be a member of the PTO to vote. We also have Teacher Appreciation Week coming up in May. You will see flyers going home soon asking for help in celebrating our wonderful teachers and staff members at Hale Kula. The activities will take place May 6-10. As we finish up the school year we have one last Dominos Pizza Day, April 5. Thank you for your ongoing support of Hale Kula PTO. Without your help we could not have done the amazing things we have been able to do. THANK YOU!!!

Hale Kula Highlights

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Water Play Day is May 17

Water Play is a fun opportunity for the students to play water activities. Each grade level will come to the field for 45 minutes, then change to dry clothes to finish out the day. Looking for volunteers to help out. Morning shift is 8:00am 11:30am or afternoon shift is 11:00am 2:00pm please email if you can help.

Greeters Club
Connie Blevens, Greeters Club Advisor I would like to thank all of the amazing greeters who have worked so hard this year. You have done an excellent job and your efforts really do make a difference here at Hale Kula.

Duty Reminders
The following students are reminded of their assigned Greeter Week to finish the year. Please make sure you arrive by 7:30 daily during your scheduled week. April 8 12 Bryson Adams, Andre Church, Hailie Johnson, and Kennedy Pemberton April 15 19 Sean Carr, Hana Myers, Kalea Blevens, and Emma Timmins April 22 26 Joshua Honeycutt, Hannah Leake, VaShon Martin, and Ella Reibsome April 29 May 3 Jalen Crawley, Braydon James, Manaia Moore, & Taylor Quenga May 6 10 Mackenzie Bender, Schuyler Calhoun, and Cannon Jean th **May 17 End of year Greeters Club Party during lunch on the 1 st grade recess field ** ALL GREETERS WILL REPORT TO P-14 AT 7:30 ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL TO PASS OUT GOODBYE LEI

Mon. April 1 School starts at 7:55 every day be in your seat before the bell Tues. April 2 Wed. April 3 School is out at 1:30 every Wednesday Thurs. April 4 Chaperone Training 8am in P14 Fri. April 5 Dominos Pizza Order from Dominos on post all day and Hale Kula profits -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mon. April 8 4th grade Bike Education this week Blended Learning Informational facebook townhall mtg at 7 pm for parents to learn more about our Blended Learning program at Hale Kula Tues. April 9 Chaperone Training at 10am in P14 Art Bento field trip for H4, P6, P11 Wed. April 10 Report Cards Distributed Thurs. April 11 Art Bento field trip for G1, D1, D3 3rd Grade Field Trip to Bishop Museum Fri. April 12 1st chance to shop the Book Fair after school today ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mon. April 15 Book Fair is open in the library from 7:00am 3:00pm Tues. April 16 Book Fair is open in the library from 7:00am 3:00pm Wed. April 17 Book Fair is open in the library from 7:00am 2:30pm Volunteer Brainstorming Ideas for next year on PTO in P14 at 12:30pm Thurs. April 18 Hawaii Opera Theater presentation for 1st and 3rd grade & 2nd and 4th Nene Ceremony field trip for select 4th & 5th graders Story Laboratory Family Book Fair Event with Science Stations 4:30 6:00 Talent Show in the cafeteria starts at 6:00pm Fri. April 19 Hawaii Opera Theater presentation for kindergarten and 5th grade -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hale Kula Events in April & May 2013

Mon. April 22 Tues. April 23 Wed. April 24

Happy Earth Day 5th Grade Garden Tours from 10:00am 12 noon Jamba Juice buy 8oz smoothies for $2.25. & Book Swap for kids books Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00 am PTO General Membership Meeting & vote for next years board in P14 at 1:45

Thurs. April 25 Fri. April 26 JPO Field Trip competition at Kapiolani Park ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mon. April 29 Field trip for 1st Grade to HTY Tues. April 30 Complex Track Meet Wed. May 1 Boxtops 4 Education pick up from classes. 8am 10am volunteers count in P14 Thurs. May 2 Field Trip for kindergarten to HTY Fri. May 3 Chaperone Training in P14 at 8:00am ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mon. May 6 Teacher Appreciation Week Thank your teacher for a great school year Tues. May 7 4th grade field trip to Loi Patch Wed. May 8 Thurs. May 9 4th grade field trip to Loi Patch Fri. May 10 Every Friday Store in P14 afterschool Nothing over $1.00 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mon. May 13 School Community Council Meeting 3pm 5pm Tues. May 14 Jamba Juice buy 8oz smoothies for $2.25. & Book Swap for kids books Kindergarten Field trip to Polynesian Cultural Center Wed. May 15 May Day celebration for the whole school performing by grade level 9am Thurs. May 16 Fri. May 17 Water Play Day for the whole school by grade level playing water activities Pizza party during lunch for Greeters, JPO, Peer mediators, Student Council ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mon. May 20 School starts at 7:55 every day Tues. May 21 Wed. May 22 5th Grade Field Trip to Ice Palace Thurs. May 23 Super Eagle celebration for the 4th Quarter from 5pm 6pm in the cafeteria Fri. May 24 5th grade graduation at 8:30am in the cafeteria Last day of school for the year. Have a happy safe summer

Leaving Hale Kula?

If your child will not be attending Hale Kula next year please contact the office so that they can have a release packet ready for you to take with you. Just a reminder if your child's last day is May 24th, your packet will be ready for pickup on May 29th.