2020-2021 AES NEWS

04/09/2021

SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022

For next school year, all schools are scheduled to be in-person learning (like we were pre-covid).  There are some details still being worked out regarding Distance Learning possibilities.  However for those that want in-person learning, our plan is to accommodate all of our students, all day like we're doing now.  As more information becomes available, this will be passed on to you.  

PLAY STRUCTURE

After much anticipation, the wait is finally over.  This week we were given official approval to start using our new play structure. 

PARKING LOT

 

We are doing everything possible to make the pick up after school as efficient and safe as possible.  Here are a couple of things that will help make things go smoothly:

  1. Please pull all the way forward when waiting for your child

  2. If you have to get out of your car to help your child into a car seat, please leave room on the side for other cars to pass

  3. Drive very slowly in the parking lots and be alert for students near your vehicle

  4. For those with younger children, please make sure they are in a proper fitting safety seat

JARRETT MIDDLE SCHOOL

They now have a Community Health Center located on their campus, which is open on Wednesdays and Fridays.  This health center is able to do school physicals, vaccinations, first aid, flu shots, dental screening, and emergency care.  They are even doing free COVID testing.  Please see attached flyer.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Empathy in Action

How to try it: Spend some time watching a show or movie. At any given time, pause and discuss how the characters are feeling. You might ask: “How are they feeling?” and “How would you feel if that happened to you?” Use this conversation to build on considering how others feel, discussing social cues, and caring about their emotions.

Social Emotional Activities for Home

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

4/20 - FOA/SCC Meeting

4/23 - Technology Fun Run

5/28 - Last day of school

Quote of the Week: "Kindness is not an act, it’s a lifestyle.” Anonymous

04/02/2021

INSTAGRAM

If you have an Instagram account, please check out our school's Instagram @aliiolanielementaryschool

FOA (Friends of Ali‘iolani PTA)

 

A huge mahalo to our FOA.  They sponsored two events within the past 8 days, and both of them were very successful.  

  1. McTeacher Night helped raise @$1,200, which will directly support our students

  2. Easter Drive Thru yesterday had @120 of our students come for this event.  This is half of our total enrollment, which is a very high turn out.  

Thank you to our FOA for making these events happen.  And thank you parents for coming out and supporting these events. We can’t wait to see what event our FOA does next….

REPORT CARDS

For students on campus - Report Cards will be sent home with your child(ren) on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

For students doing Distance Learning - your child’s report card will be ready for pick up after 2:30pm on April 6th, 2021 in our office, unless your child’s teacher tells you otherwise.  If you aren’t able to come to the office, please let us know and we can make other arrangements with you.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Practice, Practice, Practice

It’s natural to want to step in and help a child avoid mistakes — that’s parental instinct. Yet, making mistakes is an important part of the learning process. Children need time and opportunities to practice social and emotional skills. Each time a child has to figure out a tough situation on his/her own, the child is making important strides forward in SEL. Sometimes it takes a poor decision — and living with the consequences of that decision — for the lesson to sink in. Of course, there are limits to set around a child’s actions (i.e. if they involve overly risky behavior). Parents should use judgment on how much leeway to give their children and always be there when they really need help.

Aperature Education

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

4/6 - 3rd Quarter Report Cards

4/20 - FOA/SCC Meeting

4/23 - Technology Fun Run

5/28 - Last day of school

Quote of the Week: "Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and grace.” Anonymous

03/27/2021

VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR

Sunday, March 28, 2021 is the last day of our Virtual Book Fair. Shop Online Now

FOA - McTEACHER NIGHT

Thank you for coming out and supporting the FOA fundraiser at McDonald’s on Thursday. The FOA is hoping to make this a regularly scheduled event and will let you know when the next one is scheduled.  

FOA - EASTER EVENT

The FOA will be having an Easter event this coming Thursday, April 1, 2021.  This will be a drive thru in the 6th Avenue parking lot from 5:00pm-6:30pm.  The FOA will be passing out Easter goodie bags to our students that show up. 

SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL (SCC)

We are in the process of starting up our SCC in the month of April. The purpose of the SCC is to provide a venue for parents and community members to have a voice in school matters. If you are interested in being involved with the SCC, please email me back.

Federal Impact Aid Online Survey Pilot Evaluation

TECHNOLOGY FUN RUN

In April we will be having our annual Fun Run.  It is a little later this year due to covid. Unfortunately parents will not be allowed on campus to watch this event.  We will be only having a minimum number of students participating at a time for safety reasons, but all students will be given the opportunity to run.  Please be on the lookout for a flyer with more information and a collection envelope, which should be coming out very soon.

MO‘OLELO AND A LULLABY

Mo‘olelo & A Lullby Flyer

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Create a Kind Identity

Parents can foster a kind and caring identity in their child by how they provide feedback. For example, instead of “I’m happy that you are being nice to your brother,” parents can say “I’m happy that you are such a kind brother (sister).” As a child’s self-identity emerges, parents can help make sure that kindness is naturally a part of it.

Aperature Education

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

5/28 - Last day of school

Quote of the Week: "Being kind isn't a sign of weakness - you gotta be strong to be kind." Mike Tyson

03/19/2021

GRAB-AND-GO COMMUNITY MEAL SERVICE CHANGE

Starting on Monday, March 22, 2021, we will only be providing meal service to students enrolled at Ali’iolani.  If you know a friend, relative, or community member who has been picking up meals at our school but their child(ren) are not enrolled here, they will not be eligible to receive meals at Ali’iolani.  Instead, they may go to Kaimuki High School to pick up their meals between 12:00-12:00pm during school days.  

 

For distance learning students enrolled at Ali’iolani that want to pick up meals from school, although you will be able to do this it will no longer be curbside pick up.  You will have to park your vehicle and walk to our cafeteria.  Pick up times have been changed to 11:35-11:55am. Please enter the cafeteria at the door nearest the outside sink/water fountain.

 

Distance learning students, please inform your online teacher each morning if you will be picking up meals from the cafeteria that day.

 

Meals for all students will continue to be free of charge until further notice. 

VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR

We will be having a Virtual Book Fair March 15-28, 2021. Shop Online Now

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

Starting on Monday, March 22, 2021, we are going to change the pick up area for the Kindergarten students.  The pick up time will remain the same, the location will change from the 6th Avenue parking lot to the 7th Avenue parking lot.  We are hoping this change will decrease the amount of traffic in the 6th Avenue lot, and will hopefully be safer for everyone. 

 

Since the 7th Avenue parking lot is a lot smaller, please do not come early to wait because the parking spaces are all filled up. If you come at 2:00pm, we will get your child to you as efficiently as we can.  If you want to find street parking and greet your child near the gate, that is fine.  Please remember to wear a mask and socially distance (6 feet) from others.  

 

If you have a child in kindergarten and an older child in an upper grade level that gets released from school at 2:15pm, you can come at 2:15pm to pick up both children.  We will wait with your kindergarten child until you arrive to pick up your older child. 

TRAVELING

If you will be traveling over the break, please make sure to follow the safety protocols. 

 

As a reminder, individuals who become ill, exhibit COVID-19-like symptoms, or have been recently exposed to a positive case should not report to school or worksite and follow the Return to School/Work Criteria.

FEDERAL SURVEY PILOT EVALUATION

The School Process and Analysis Branch (SPAB) would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for participating in our Electronic Federal Impact Aid Survey Pilot.  At this time, we would like to provide the opportunity for parents to provide feedback.  We are providing an active link to an on-line evaluation survey.  Please take a few minutes to fill it out and provide valuable feedback. The deadline to submit the evaluation will be on April 1, 2021.

Federal Impact Aid Online Survey Pilot Evaluation

ROOF

The administration building’s roof is being repaired.  This work was supposed to be done during spring break; however, due to the rain the work has been pushed back and will continue for the next week or two.  Please be vigilant driving on or near campus because there are some construction vehicles and extra waste containers at school.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Teach problem-solving strategies.

Making responsible decisions means choosing constructive solutions in the face of a challenge. Help children break down big problems into smaller units. What’s the very first step? Show them how to take their time in solving a problem. First approaches don’t always work.

weareteachers.com

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

3/22 - Beginning of the 4th quarter

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

5/28 - Last day of school

Quote of the Week: "Be kind even on your bad days." Anonymous

03/12/2021

SPRING BREAK

Next week is Spring Break - no school for students, the office will be open from 9:00am-3:00pm Monday - Friday.​

VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR

We will be having a Virtual Book Fair March 15-28, 2021. Shop Online Now

TRAVELING

If you will be traveling over the break, please make sure to follow the safety protocols. 

 

As a reminder, individuals who become ill, exhibit COVID-19-like symptoms, or have been recently exposed to a positive case should not report to school or worksite and follow the Return to School/Work Criteria.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

This Fair will be taking place this weekend for middle and high school students.  These secondary students in our state are doing some amazing things.  Please check out their projects.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Praise effort instead of ability.

A student who works hard and persists through a tough assignment or test deserves loving recognition—even if the grade isn’t great. Try saying, “I know you worked really hard on that assignment. It wasn’t easy, but you learned a lot and I’m proud of you.”

weareteachers.com

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

3/15-3/19 - Spring Break

3/22 - Beginning of the 4th quarter

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

5/28 - Last day of school

Quote of the Week: "Be bold. Be brave. Be kind." Anonymous

03/06/2021

VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR

We will be having a Virtual Book Fair March 15-28, 2021. Flyers will be sent home later on this week with all the details. 

MENU

There is a menu change for March 25, 2021.  Originally it was supposed to be vegetarian chili, it is now going to be chicken broccoli.

PROGRESS REPORT

Our academic data for this year shows a slight decline in student achievement.  Because of this, we will be focusing more attention on the core subjects to help prepare students for their next grade level.  In order to do this, we will be decreasing the amount of time we will be spending on Fine Arts and Physical Education.  While our students will still be doing these things, it will not be to the extent as in previous years.  Therefore, on the progress reports for the 3rd and 4th quarters, your child will not be getting grades in these two areas.  Thank you for your understanding. 

KINDERGARTEN PICK-UP

Starting in the 4th quarter, we are going to change the pick up area for the Kindergarten students.  The pick up time will remain the same, the location will change from the 6th Avenue parking lot to the 7th Avenue parking lot.  We are hoping this change will decrease the amount of traffic in the 6th Avenue lot, and will hopefully be safer for everyone. 

 

Since the 7th Avenue parking lot is a lot smaller, please do not come early to wait because the parking spaces are all filled up. If you come at 2:00pm, we will get your child to you as efficiently as we can.  If you want to find street parking and greet your child near the gate, that is fine.  Please remember to wear a mask and socially distance (6 feet) from others.  

 

If you have a child in kindergarten and an older child in an upper grade level that gets released from school at 2:15pm, you can come at 2:15pm to pick up both children.  We will wait with your kindergarten child until you arrive to pick up your older child.  

WATER BOTTLES

We want to encourage you to have your child bring a water bottle to school.  The water fountains at school are not in use because we want to decrease the amount of high touch areas for the students. Water is still accessible for the students in certain areas - the areas that are easier to monitor and clean on a regular basis.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Take care of yourself, even when it feels like the last thing you can do right now.

 

In order to cultivate the social and emotional skills of young people, you must take care of your own mental, social and emotional wellness. Young children are sensitive to the stress of their caretakers.

 

We must stay calm and realistic. They sense when we are worried and anxious, and our emotions directly affect the emotions of our children. We must build in time, even if only 10 minutes a day, for our own wellness practices—journaling, going for a walk, meditating, exercising, for example. Much like putting on our own oxygen mask first before putting on a child’s, we must take care of ourselves during this stressful time so that we’re able to show up for others.

Edsurge.com

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

3/15-3/19 - Spring Break

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "Be kind to unkind people.  They need it the most." Kushandwizdom

02/26/2021

MO‘OLELO AND A LULLABY - MARCH 8, 2021

Download Flyer

GRADE 5 PARENTS

As our Gr 5 students begin their transition to middle school, which is only a couple of months away, we want to make sure they are prepared in every way. One thing middle schools are strict about is dress code.  Many middle schools ensure students wear the appropriate length shorts.  The general rule is that shorts should be no higher than the student’s finger tip when their hands/arms are hanging by their sides.  If shorts are too high, parents are called to bring a pair of shorts that meets the length requirement. 

 

To help us prepare your child for the move to middle school, please ensure their clothes are the appropriate length.  Thank you for your support.

GEOGRAPHIC EXCEPTION (GE)

If you know of anyone that is interested in applying for a GE to attend Ali’iolani for next school year, please inform them to submit their application before March 1, 2021.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Nurture your child's self-esteem. A child with a good sense of self is happier, more well-adjusted, and does better in school. Strategies for fostering self-esteem include giving your child responsibilities, allowing her to make age-appropriate choices, and showing your appreciation for a job well done.

Edutopia.org

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

3/15-3/19 - Spring Break

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "Everyone responds to kindness." Richard Gere

02/19/2021

PAPER TOWELS/SOAP

Since students are washing their hands more frequently than previous years, we are starting to run low on paper towels and hand soap. We kindly ask that each student bring in two roles of paper towels and one bottle of hand soap to their classroom before March 1, 2021. Thank you very much for your support.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

We are in the process of starting up our School Community Council. We will have our first meeting on March 23, 2021. It will most likely be held virtually. If you are interested in attending, please let Mr. Hosoda know and he will send you a webex invitation as the date gets closer.​

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

 

When picking up your child(ren) after school, please be vigilant of others in the parking lot.  Also, be mindful that other vehicles are waiting behind you so please do your best to be as efficient as possible when picking up your child(ren) so that we can minimize the wait time for everyone.  

 

Please drive carefully on 6th and 7th Avenue near our campus entrances and exits.  We know the traffic can be stressful but we want everyone to be safe, especially since many of our students are walking and riding in these areas.

 

If you have any suggestions to help make the pick up go more efficiently and safely, please let me know.  We’ve already contacted HPD and our local representative to see if we can get the areas near our exits safer, but nothing has happened yet.

GEOGRAPHIC EXCEPTION (GE)

If you know of anyone that is interested in applying for a GE to attend Ali’iolani for next school year, please inform them to submit their application before March 1, 2021.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Managing emotions: For children in early grades, SEL involves teaching them to label their emotions. For children in later grades, it means helping them find coping strategies for anger, sadness, and fear. We can do this through daily conversations, such as asking them “What are you excited about today?” or “Did you see/hear anything that concerns you?” We can also encourage them to use coping skills, including exercise, mindfulness meditation, or journaling.

Edsurge.com

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

3/15-3/19 - Spring Break

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice." Jeff Bezos

02/12/2021

MONDAY

President's Day - No school for students, office closed

 

FRIENDS OF ALI‘IOLANI (FOA)

 

Meeting on Tuesday, 2/16/21, at 3:40pm in the school library

TECHNOLOGY FUNDRAISER

We will be having a fundraiser in the next month or so to help offset the costs of providing 1:1 technology for our entire school. We would definitely appreciate your support. More details and information will be coming out soon.​

GEOGRAPHIC EXCEPTION (GE)

If you know of anyone that is interested in applying for a GE to attend Ali’iolani for next school year, please inform them to submit their application before March 1, 2021.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Celebrate What You Can

 

The days can seem long and hard to separate when they are often spent stuck inside. Try to find something small (or two or three things if you can!) to celebrate each day. Celebrate health, a new day, the sun shining. Journal three daily highlights or share them with each other. Research has indicated that when we stop to “savor the good stuff,” we develop resilience to the negative events that may be happening in our lives.

Edsurge.com

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

2/15 - Presidents' Day - no school, office closed

3/15-3/19 - Spring Break

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "Just imagine how different the world could be if we all spoke to everyone with respect and kindness" Holly Branson

02/06/2021

MONDAY, 2/8/21 TEACHER INSTITUTE DAY

No school for students, office will be open

 

KINDERGARTEN - GRADE 3 PARENTS MO‘OLELO AND A LULLABY

Download Flyer

 

GEOGRAPHIC EXCEPTION (GE)

If you know of anyone that is interested in applying for a GE to attend Ali’iolani for next school year, please inform them to submit their application before March 1, 2021.

DATES TO REMEMBER

2/8 - Teacher Institute Day - no school for students, office open

2/15 - Presidents' Day - no school, office closed

3/15-3/19 - Spring Break

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "Kindness is Contagious" David Gaz

01/29/2021

GRADE 5 PARENTS - MIDDLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION

If you live in the Jarrett Middle School district, please use this link to register your child at this school Jarrett Middle School Registration

 

If you live in the Washington Middle School district, please use this link to register your child at this school Washington Middle School Registration

NEW PROJECTS

We are currently having a new Play Structure being installed for our Pre-K and Kindergarten students. This will be on the playground near the corner of Waialae and 6th Avenue.  This project should be completed by mid to late February.  

 

We were recently informed we will also be getting a covered walkway installed from A Building to the Cafeteria.  The timeline on this has not yet been determined, but we are looking forward to this project, especially after experiencing Monday’s heavy rain.

DAILY WELLNESS CHECKS VIDEO

Please continue to monitor your child's health before sending him/her to school each day.

Wellness Check Video

GEOGRAPHIC EXCEPTION (GE)

If you know of anyone that is interested in applying for a GE to attend Ali’iolani for next school year, please inform them to submit their application before March 1, 2021.

DATES TO REMEMBER

2/8 - Teacher Institute Day - no school for students, office open

2/15 - Presidents' Day - no school, office closed

3/15-3/19 - Spring Break

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "Kindness makes the day beautiful regardless of the weather." Anonymous

01/22/2021

VICE PRINCIPAL

As of today we have a new Vice Principal, Shawn Doo.  He will be with us for the rest of this school year.  He comes to us from Farrington High School.  Please introduce yourself to him when you get a chance.  He is a great addition to our Ali’iolani Ohana, and we are very appreciative of him coming over to support us. 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

If you have a child that will be entering Kindergarten next year, you can either register in the office or online at hawaiipublicschools.org You will need documents like your child’s birth certificate, proof of residence, and immunization records.  If you have any questions regarding enrolling your child, please contact our office at 733-4750.

GRADE 5 PARENTS

This is a reminder to return your Enrollment Letters for the 6th Grade.  These letters went home yesterday, and are due back on Friday Jan. 29, 2021.

PICTURE PICK UP FOR DISTANCE LEARNERS

If your child is a Distance Learner and you ordered pictures, you may pick up your child’s pictures in the office.

THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE IS NEXT WEEK

Kindness Challenge Flyer

2ND QUARTER REPORT CARDS

In person learners - report cards went home yesterday.

Distance learners - report cards were mailed out yesterday and today

DATES TO REMEMBER

2/8 - Teacher Institute Day - no school for students, office open

2/15 - Presidents' Day - no school, office closed

3/15-3/19 - Spring Break

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "Be kinder to yourself.  And then let your kindness flood the world." Pema Chadran

01/15/2021

MONDAY, 1/18/21

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No school, office closed​

JARRETT MIDDLE SCHOOL - FOR OUR GRADE 5 PARENTS

If your child's home school for SY21-22 is Jarrett Middle School and you have not registered your child, please click on the link below to select your child's electives.​

Register for 6th Grade

DATES TO REMEMBER

2/8 - Teacher Institute Day - no school for students, office open

2/15 - Presidents' Day - no school, office closed

3/15-3/19 - Spring Break

3/26 - Prince Kuhio Day - no school, office closed

4/2 - Good Friday - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "Kindness. It costs nothing but means everything."  Anonymous

01/08/2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

Parents, thank you so much for all your support.  You helped us make it through this first week with all of our face-to-face students back.  

 

Although the pick up in the afternoons has gotten better, it is still very congested after school. We are still trying to determine more efficient ways to help alleviate all the traffic.  For the students released at 2:15pm (Grades 2-5), one suggestion is to pick up your child a little bit later @2:25pm, which is the time the parking lots start to thin out.  Also, if you normally pick up your child from the 7th Avenue parking lot, since the 6th Avenue parking lot clears out faster, you may pick up your child from that lot starting next week.  If you do this, please communicate this with your child ahead of time.  Also, please do not get to the 6th Avenue lot before 2:15pm because our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students are just getting off of campus at that time.  

 

Thank you for your support and patience.

PICTURE TAKING MAKE UPS

January 13, 2021 from 8:00-10:00am in the cafeteria.

PRINCIPAL UPDATE

Letter from Principal Hosoda

DATES TO REMEMBER

1/18 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

2/8 - Teacher Institute Day - no school for students, office open

2/15 - Presidents' Day - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "The smallest act of kindness can make the biggest impact."  Anonymous

12/31/2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

RETURN TO LEARN FOR 3RD QUARTER

Starting on January 5, 2021, we will be welcoming back all students (except those that are continuing with Distance Learning).  Please see the attached Return to Learn document, which contains all the information regarding pick up/drop off times and locations, school hours, lunch times, protocols for when a student gets sick, etc.  

 

The best way to keep our students healthy and safe is with prevention.  Please screen your child(ren) each morning before coming to school.  Daily Wellness Check

 

If your child is sick, please keep him/her home. See page 6 of the Return To Learn document for more information. Return to Learn Handbook

PARENT WEBEX

On Monday, January 4, 2021, at 3:00pm we will be hosting a webex to explain what the rest of this school year will look like, and the protocols that need to be followed for health and safety reasons. At the end there will be time for questions and answers.​

Webex Link

SEESAW

Please​ make sure to check your Seesaw account for any updates/information from your child's teacher.

FURLOUGHS

Following Governor David Ige's ​announcement on December 29, furloughs for state employees will not begin until July 1, 2021 at the earliest. This means our school schedule for the rest of this school year will not be impacted by furloughs.

MEAL SERVICE

The seamless community meal service has been extended through the rest of this school year. This means that breakfast and lunch for all students will be free of charge. 

For students on campus, breakfast will be served from 7:30-7:45am daily. Lunch will be served between 11:00am - 12:30pm depending on what grade level your child is in.

For Distance Learners - community meal service will be between 11:30am - 12:00pm. The next day's breakfast will be provided when you pick up lunch each day (same routine as before the Christmas Break).

DATES TO REMEMBER

1/4 - Teacher work day

1/5 - First day of the 3rd Quarter

1/18 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

2/8 - Teacher Institute Day - no school for students, office open

2/15 - Presidents' Day - no school, office closed

Quote of the Week: "To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens."  Anonymous

12/18/2020

SCHOOL DEVICE RETURN

For students in grades K-2 returning in January for in person learning, if you borrowed a school device, we will be collecting it back on December 22 (Tues) and 23 (Wed) next week from 8:00-10:00am both days. You can drop off the device on 7th Avenue near the back of the library. This will be curbside service  so you do not havea to leave your vehicle. We will be collecting these devices for cleaning and maintenance purposes.​

For grades 3-5, if your child borrowed a school device, you do NOT have to return it at this time. You may hold onto the device until further notice.

 

RETURN TO LEARN FOR 3RD QUARTER

Starting on January 5, 2021, we will be welcoming back all students (except those that are continuing with Distance Learning).  Please see the attached Return to Learn document, which contains all the information regarding pick up/drop off times and locations, school hours, lunch times, protocols for when a student gets sick, etc.  

 

The best way to keep our students healthy and safe is with prevention.  Please screen your child(ren) each morning before coming to school.  Daily Wellness Check

 

If your child is sick, please keep him/her home. See page 6 of the Return To Learn document for more information. 

DATES TO REMEMBER

1/5 - First day of the 3rd Quarter

1/18 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Quote of the Week: "Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts."  Anonymous

12/13/2020

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM PRINCIPAL PASSANTINO

Letter from Principal Passantino

FOA (FRIENDS OF ALI‘IOLANI)

Christmas Wonderland Drive Thru Event. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Wonderland Drive Thru Information

A+

A+ will be offering a Winter Intersession at the Nu‘uanu TMCA. Please see attached flyer for more information.

RETURN TO LEARN FOR 3RD QUARTER

Starting January 5, 2021, we will be welcoming back students to campus. For students in Grades K, 1, 2 & 5, we will be expecting all students to return for the regular school day (8:00am-2:15pm on Mon, Tues, Thur, & Fri; and 8:00am-1:00pm on Wed). As for grades 3 & 4, due to personnel challenges, we are still working on a schedule with these grade levels. If you have a child in grades 3 or 4, your child's teacher will be informing you of the schedule once we get it finalized.

We will be sending out more information regarding school processes and procedures in the next couple of weeks as more students return to campus. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

DATES TO REMEMBER

12/18 - End of 2nd Quarter

12/21 - 1/4 Winter Break

1/18 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Quote of the Week: "Keep kind in mind always" Anonymous

12/04/2020

HEALTH & SAFETY

Please see linked document below with information about health and safety. You probably already received this from your child's teacher last week, but this information is really important, especially page 4, which contains return to school criteria if you child has any of the symptoms of COVID-19.​

COVID-19 Letter to Parents

PICTURE TAKING

Please see the link below for more details about when your child is scheduled for picture taking.​

House of Photography Information

DATES TO REMEMBER

12/11 Picture Taking

12/18 - End of 2nd Quarter

12/21 - 1/4 Winter Break

1/18 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Quote of the Week: "Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle." Charles Glassman

11/28/2020

FEDERAL SURVEY

The last day to do your Federal Survey Online is 12/4/2020. So far only 23% of our families have completed the survey. If you have not completed this survey, do so as soon as possible.​

Federal Survey

PICTURE TAKING

Please see the link below for more details about when your child is scheduled for picture taking.​

House of Photography Information

DATES TO REMEMBER

12/11 Picture Taking

12/18 - End of 2nd Quarter

12/21 - 1/4 Winter Break

1/18 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Quote of the Week: "Kindness is a choice." Anonymous

11/20/2020

THANKSGIVING

No school Thursday, 11/26 (office closed) and on Friday 11/27 (office open from 8:00am - 3:00pm).​

COUNSELING

If your child needs social emotional support, we provide counseling services for our students (in person or online). Please call our office at 733-4750 for more information.

Here is a great community resource for social emotional support:

Help Your Keiki Website

DATES TO REMEMBER

12/11 Picture Taking

12/18 - End of 2nd Quarter

12/21 - 1/4 Winter Break

1/18 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Quote of the Week: "The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been kindness, beauty, and truth."  Albert Einstein

11/14/2020

Picture Taking

Picture taking is scheduled for 12/11/2020.  Students who are on campus that day will be able to take pictures during class time.  All other distance learners will be offered an afternoon time slot.  During this afternoon time, we will also be asking parents to complete their Federal Survey Cards (if they did not complete it online).  More information will be coming out soon regarding the afternoon schedule.  The House of Photography will be mailing home order forms.

DATES TO REMEMBER

11/26 & 11/27 No School Thanksgiving

12/11 Picture Taking

12/18 - End of 2nd Quarter

12/21 - 1/4 Winter Break

Quote of the Week: "Kindness is the best nourishment for humanity" Minequotes

11/07/2020

Wednesday 11/11/2020 - No School: Veteran's Day

A+

If you are interested in having your child participate in the A+ after school program, please contact them as soon as possible.  They are still accepting students.

 

YMCA Honolulu Website

Ali’iolani Falls under the Nu’uanu branch

Registration Form

FEDERAL SURVEY ONLINE

This is a reminder to complete the Federal Survey, which is online this year. Thank you to those that completed it already. If you did not complete it, please do so as soon as possible.  If you have any questions on how to do this, please contact our office at 733-4750.  So far less than 20% of the surveys have been completed.  Please help us out by completing this survey asap. 

Information on Federal Impact Survey

TECHNOLOGY

Please make sure your child takes care of the school device that was issued to him/her.  We are running very low on replacement devices. This device should last your child the rest of the school year.  If your child neglects/damages the device, please understand that you may have to reimburse us for the cost (@$250) and/or use your own device for the remainder of the year.  Please see information below regarding device care.  If you have any questions regarding the device that was issued to your child, please call our office at 733-4750.

Situation: Loose Keys

Example: Key feels or is visibly loose, may look like it is lifting up

Actions: (1) Bring the laptop to school to have it checked out; (2) Type gently; (3) Keep the keyboard free of dust and crumbs; (4) Keep the laptop closed when not in use

Situation: Sticky or Stuck Keys

Example: Feels like something is under the key. Key doesn't always register when typing.

Actions: (1) Bring the laptop to school to have it checked out

Situation: Trackpad Problems

Examples: Trackpad doesn't respond properly or trackpad is bulging

Actions: (1) Bring the laptop to school to have it checked out

Situation: Dirty laptop

Example: Crumbs, dust or debris around keys

Actions: (1) Best solution: bring the laptop to school for cleaning; (2) Self-help: Use canned/compressed air to blow debris away (i.e. dust-off); DO NOT PHYSICALLY TRY TO DIG OUT THE DEBRIS - THIS MAY RESULT IN A BROKEN KEY

Situation: Spills

Example: Any liquid spills on the kayboard or any part of the computer

Actions: (1) Switch the laptop off. Shut down the laptop. (2) Blot up excess liquid with a soft lint-free cloth or paper towels. (3) Call Mr. Hosoda immediately at 733-4750. (4) Bring the laptop immediately to school to have it checked out.

CARE REMINDERS

When using the laptop:

• Work in a clean, dry area

• Keep food and drinks away

• Type gently and with care

• Open and close the laptop gently

When not in use:

• Close the laptop

• Store up and away on a shelf or table

• Be sure to keep the laptop off the floor so it doesn't get stepped on accidentally

• Keep device out of reach of younger siblings

DATES TO REMEMBER

11/11 - No school Veteran's Day

11/26 & 11/27 No School Thanksgiving

12/18 - End of 2nd Quarter

12/21 - 1/4 Winter Break

Quote of the Week: "Our days are always happier when we give people a piece of our heart rather than a piece of our mind."  Anonymous

10/30/2020

RETURN TO LEARN

Starting on November 4, we will be welcoming back invited students in grades 2-5.

 

Please understand the release times for these students on campus for each grade level will be different (between 11:00-11:30am) This is because teachers will be maintaining the same/similar online schedule to ensure a continuity for the students that will remain at home.  If you have two or more children coming on campus with different release times, please let us know if you want to pick them up at the same time.  We will do our best to accommodate your request.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH

For students returning to campus to learn, breakfast will be served in the cafeteria from 7:30-7:45am daily.  Lunch will be served to these students when they are released from school (between 11:00-11:30am).  

 

For the students learning from home that come to pick up lunch, the pick up times will continue to be 11:15am-12:00pm, and the next day’s breakfast will also be given at this time. The breakfast menu for students that continue to learn from home is slightly different from the in person learning menu.

DAILY WELLNESS CHECK

Just a reminder: please do a daily wellness check with your child(ren) before coming to campus. 

  

Daily Wellness Check at Home

DROP OFF/PICK UP

Drop off

Please drop off your child no earlier than 7:45am, unless s/he is getting breakfast from our cafeteria.

 

Pick up

Kindergarten and Grade 1 - please pick up your child from the 6th Avenue parking lot. 

 

Grades 2-5 - please pick up your child from the 7th Avenue parking lot. 

 

If you come out of your vehicle, please make sure your vehicle is not blocking the parking lot, and make sure to socially distance (minimum 6 feet) from others, and stay near the parking lot fence. 

FEDERAL SURVEY ONLINE

This is a reminder to complete the Federal Survey, which is online this year. Thank you for those that completed it already. If you did not complete it, please do so as soon as possible.  If you have any questions on how to do this, please contact our office at 733-4750.

Information on Federal Impact Survey

FACE MASKS

Please make sure your child comes to school with an appropriately fitting mask, especially for the younger students.  The mask should cover the nose and mouth, with a snug fit.  We are also recommending you pack an extra mask for your child just in case their mask breaks or gets dirty.

DATES TO REMEMBER

10/29 - 11/6 Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/2 - No school - Professional Development for Teachers

11/3 - No school - Election Day - Make sure to vote

11/5 - Stop Flu at School Clinic

11/11 - No school Veteran's Day

11/26 & 11/27 No School Thanksgiving

12/18 - End of 2nd Quarter

12/21 - 1/4 Winter Break

Quote of the Week: "Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your modus operandi and change your world" Annie Lennox

10/23/2020

RETURN TO LEARN

Starting on Monday (10/26), we will be transitioning our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students back to campus.  The following week, starting on November 4, the rest of the grade levels will have a limited number of students returning.  Your child’s teacher should have informed you if your child is expected to come to campus or to continue with online learning.  

 

Please understand the release times for the students on campus for each grade level will be different (between 11:00-11:30am) This is because teachers will be maintaining the same/similar online schedule to ensure a continuity for the students that will remain at home. 

 

If you have two or more children coming on campus with different release times, please let us know if you want to pick them up at the same time.  We will do our best to accommodate your request.  

 

Please bring your child no earlier than 7:45am, unless they are eating breakfast from our cafeteria.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH

For students returning to campus to learn, breakfast will be served in the cafeteria from 7:30-7:45am daily.  Lunch will be served to these students when they are released from school (between 11:00-11:30am).  

 

For the students learning from home coming to pick up lunch, the pick up times will continue to be 11:15am-12:00pm, and the next day’s breakfast will also be given at this time.

DAILY WELLNESS CHECK

Just a reminder: please do a daily wellness check with your child(ren) before coming to campus. 

  

Daily Wellness Check at Home

A+

 

This program will start on Monday (10/26) when students are released from school.  As for the Before School Program, this is projected to start on November 4, 2020.  

A+ Information

 

Ali’iolani falls under the Nu‘uanu branch

PARENTS ON CAMPUS/SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Since we are limiting the amount of people on campus, we are only allowing Kindergarten parents to walk their child to and from the classroom everyday.  

 

As for Grade 1, parents will be allowed to walk their child to class only on the first day to help them carry their school supplies. 

 

For grades 2-5, these students should be able to carry their supplies to the classroom.  Please let me know if your child has any limitations, which may impact their ability to carry their school supplies to the classroom.

 

In terms of picking up your child(ren) from campus, for Kindergarten and Grade 1, please pick up your child(ren) from the 6th Avenue parking lot.  Grades 2-5, please pick your child from the 7th Avenue parking lot.  If you come out of your vehicle, please make sure your vehicle is not blocking the parking lot, and make sure to socially distance (minimum 6 feet) from others, and stay near the parking lot fence. 

FRIENDS OF ALI‘IOLANI (PTA)

The FOA Nomination Committee is seeking candidates for next school year’s PTA Board. If you know of anyone (including yourself) that you believe would work for the benefit of the students we would appreciate

your input.  Please see attached form for more details and key dates.

FACE MASKS

Please make sure your child comes to school with an appropriately fitting mask, especially for the younger students.  The mask should cover the nose and mouth, with a snug fit.  We are also recommending you pack an extra mask for your child just in case their mask breaks or gets dirty.

DATES TO REMEMBER

10/29 - 11/6 Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/2 - No school - Professional Development for Teachers

11/3 - No school - Election Day - Make sure to vote

11/5 - Stop Flu at School Clinic

11/11 - No school Veteran's Day

Quote of the Week: "Constant kindness can accomplish much.  As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate." Albert Sweitzer

10/16/2020

2nd Quarter Return to Learn

We will start transitioning our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students back to school starting on October 26, 2020. Starting on November 4, 2020 we will start welcoming back invited students in grades 2-5. Some of the teachers have already started to contact parents. For the students in grades 2-5, your child's teacher will be contacting you soon, probably some time this week. 

For the students that will continue learning from home, your child's schedule will be similar to what s/he is doing now.

FEDERAL SURVEY ONLINE

This is a reminder to complete your Federal Survey - the window to complete this opened on October 14, 2020. You will need to set up an account in Infinite Campus to access the survey. You should have received a letter from our office, which contains your own activation key and account information. The following is the link for the instructions that will help you set up your portal as well as detailed instructions on completing the survey online. 

Information About Impact Aid

We need everyone to complete the Federal Survey Online. We would greatly appreciate it if you could complete this by October 30, 2020.

TECHNOLOGY DEVICE REMINDERS

 

• Devices are to be used for school work only

• Please charge devices only when the battery power is low - keeping them plugged in may ruin the battery

• Please keep laptops closed when not in use

• Absolutely no eating, slime, PlayDoh, or liquids around devices

• When not in use, store devices up and away from younger siblings.

ORNAMENT GIFT FUNDRAISER

 

Please see link below for more information regarding an upcoming fundraiser.

 

Fundraiser Form

DATES TO REMEMBER

10/29 - 11/6 Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/2 - No school - Professional Development for Teachers

11/3 - No school - Election Day - Make sure to vote

11/5 - Stop Flu at School Clinic

11/11 - No school Veteran's Day

Quote of the Week: "Kindess is free to give, and priceless to receive." RAKtivist

10/09/2020

QUARTER 2

Our plan to transition students back to campus for the 2nd quarter has been approved. We will start bringing students back to campus starting on October 26, 2020. We are allowed to bring back up to 25% of our students, which is in accordance with our state/complex guidelines. Therefore, based on test scores and vulnerability status, our teachers will be contacting the parents of these identified students starting next week.

 

If you are not contacted by your child's teacher about having your child return on Oct 26, 2020, your child will continue to learn from home until further notice.

DAILY WELLNESS CHECK

According to the updated  (9/25/20) DOE Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan:  
All HIDOE staff, contracted service providers, visitors and students must complete a wellness check each morning before coming to the school/office.    

Please see attached link for specific details.  
http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/DOE%20Forms/Daily%20Wellness%20Check.pdf

EMAIL PARENT PORTAL INFINITE CAMPUS

 

We are currently updating our Parent/Student Portal in Infinite Campus.

Soon you will be receiving an email from Chandra Kanei Waikiki, who is our Ali'iolani Office Assistant.  When you do, please verify if the information in the email is correct and reply to her email as soon as possible.  Her contact information is listed in the email.

LUNCH PICK-UP

 

Starting October 12, 2020 our cafeteria will be providing breakfast and lunch meals for students under the age of 18.  Meals will only be distributed once a day at lunch time (lunch and the next day's breakfast), which means there will be no Monday breakfast. Pick up time will be from 11:15am-12:00pm.

 

Information on Fall Feeding Program 2020 

DATES TO REMEMBER

10/12 - Start of the 2nd Quarter

10/29 - 11/6 Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/2 - No school - Professional Development for Teachers

11/3 - No school - Election Day - Make sure to vote

11/5 - Stop Flu at School Clinic

11/11 - No school Veteran's Day

Quote of the Week: "Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindess, always." Rod Williams

Students at the playground
Students performing in a musical
Students running in the annual turkey trot
Students getting ready for Kaimuki Christmas Parade

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1240 7th Ave. Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816

Phone: 808.733.4750

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