2021-2022 AES NEWS

May 26, 2022

FOA

Thank you to the FOA and all the volunteers for making last night’s Fun Fair a huge success.  It was a great way to celebrate the end of a very challenging school year!  

 

Beyond the Fun Fair, the FOA contributed a lot of time, support and money to help make Ali’iolani a better school.  Our students directly benefited from the FOA’s monetary contributions for STEM projects, school supplies, class events/activities/plays, shirts, and many other things. 

If you aren’t an FOA member, please consider joining next year.  Between the FOA and the school, we are really working hard to give your child the best school experience possible.  

MORNING WALK

Collectively students have walked 3,262 miles​

THANK YOU PARENTS

Thank you for all the support and encouragement this school year. We really couldn’t have completed this journey without you.  Please have a safe and relaxing summer.  We look forward to seeing you back in the Fall, unless your child is moving on to middle school.   

DATES TO REMEMBER

August 1, 2022 - First day of the 22-23 school year

KINDNESS QUOTE

"Kind words cost nothing.” Anonymous.

May 20, 2022

VOLUNTEERS

The FOA has been working really hard preparing for the Fun Fair on the last day of school (5/26).  We still need volunteers, especially for the night portion (4:00-8:00).  If you have some time, please help out. You can either fill out the volunteer form that was sent home earlier or send an email to friendsofaliiolani@gmail.com

MORNING WALK

Collectively students have walked 3,212 miles​

Mrs. Marutani's class has walked more than 400 miles

COVID WEEKLY TESTING

For those that test weekly, Tuesday will be the last day of testing until further notice.

COVID TESTS

Next week your child will be bringing home 2 COVID self tests, unless you opted out.  The attached letter went home back in early May with all the details.

MENU CHANGE

5/25: Cheeseburgers or Chicken Mozzarella Sandwich

5/26: Pepperoni Pizza

DATES TO REMEMBER

May 24 Grade 5 Graduation

May 26 Fun Fair (last day of school for students)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Don’t wait or hesitate, let kindness flow through you to others.” Anonymous.

May 13, 2022

VOLUNTEERS

The FOA has been working really hard preparing for the Fun Fair on the last day of school (5/26).  We still need volunteers, especially for the night portion (4:00-8:00).  If you have some time, please help out. You can either fill out the volunteer form that was sent home earlier or send an email to friendsofaliiolani@gmail.com

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Summer Reading Flyer

MORNING WALK

Collectively students have walked 3,112 miles​

Mrs. Tomita's class has walked the most with 418 miles

MENU CHANGE

5/17: Ham & Cheese Sandwich instead of Hot Dog in Bun

5/19: Breaded Chicken Patty instead of Breaded Chicken Tenders

5/20: Roast Pork with Gravy instead of Roast Turkey with Gravy

DATES TO REMEMBER

May 16 Multicultural Day (Virtual for students)

May 25 Grade 5 Graduation

May 26 Fun Fair (last day of school for students)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Plato

May 06, 2022

MAY 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day

YEARBOOKS

There is still time to order yearbooks online. Please order through ybpay.com. Use Yearbook ID code: 14642622

MORNING WALK

Collectively students have walked 2,990 miles​

DATES TO REMEMBER

May 9-13 STEM for Grades 3-5 Projects

May 16 Multicultural Day (Virtual for students)

May 26 Fun Fair (last day of school for students)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Don’t forget to be kind to yourself.”  Anonymous

If you have a good kind quote, please email it to me. It’s getting harder to find quotes that haven’t been used yet.  

April 29, 2022

MAY 2-6, 2022

Teacher Appreciation Week

FUN FAIR VOLUNTEER FORM

The correct date for this form to be returned to your child's teacher is Wednesday, May 4th (not 1st), 2022.

DRESS CODE

Please ensure your child is following the school dress code, which is in the school planner on p. 5.  If a student is wearing clothes that are inappropriate/too revealing, their parent/guardian will be contacted to bring in clothes that meet the dress code.  Thank you for your cooperation.

MORNING WALK

Collectively students have walked 2,888 miles

LUNCH MENU

Monday 5/2: Chicken Patty instead of Chicken Strips

DATES TO REMEMBER

May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2-6 STEM for Grades K-2 Projects

May 9-13 STEM for Grades 3-5 Projects

May 26 Fun Fair (last day of school for students)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness makes everything better.” Anonymous

April 22, 2022

PARENT SESSION

We will be hosting a Parent Session on Social Emotional Learning.  This session will be held on April 26, 2022, at 6:00pm via webex.  Here is the link for the session.

Webex Link 

FUN FAIR VOLUNTEER FORM

The correct date for this form to be returned to your child's teacher is Wednesday, May 4th (not 1st), 2022.

BOOK FAIR

Thank you​ very much for allowing your child to purchase books from our recent Book Fair. Money raised from this event will help support our library.

PARKING LOTS

Please enter and exit the parking lots according to the signage and drive slowly. By entering and exiting the wrong way and/or going too fast, this creates a safety hazard for our students and staff. Your support is greatly appreciated.

MORNING WALK

Collectively students have walked 2,782 miles

LUNCH MENU

Thu 4/28: we will be serving Beef Chili Nachos

Fri 4/29: we will be serving Chicken Tenders

DATES TO REMEMBER

May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2-6 STEM for Grades K-2 Projects

May 9-13 STEM for Grades 3-5 Projects

May 26 Fun Fair (last day of school for students)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness is a positive thought put into action.” Anonymous

April 14, 2022

FRIDAY - NO SCHOOL, Office Closed (Good Friday)

FRIDAY - 4/15/2022

Kaimuki Kau Kau Event 5:00-9:00pm

PARENT SESSION

We will be hosting a Parent Session on Social Emotional Learning.  This session will be held on April 26, 2022, at 6:00pm via webex.  Here is the link for the session.

Webex Link 

MORNING WALK

Collectively students have walked 2,603 miles

LUNCH MENU

Mon 4/18: Instead of Mac & Cheese, we will be serving Cheese Bites

Tues 4/19: Instead of Pepperoni Pizza, we will be serving Cheese Pizza

DATES TO REMEMBER

April 22, 2022 - Technology Fun Run

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Being kind to others has a positive impact on them, but also on yourself.” Anonymous

April 8, 2022

BOOK FAIR

Next week Monday - Thursday in the library.  Check out our instagram (aliiolanielementaryschool) to get a sneak peek.

Parents may come to the Book Fair on:

Tuesday - 2:15-3:15pm

Wednesday - 1:00-2:00pm

Thursday - 2:15-3:15pm

Please wear a mask.  Also, we will be monitoring the amount of people in the library to ensure we are following safety guidelines. 

PARENT SESSION

We will be hosting a Parent Session on Social Emotional Learning.  This session will be held on April 26, 2022, at 6:00pm via webex.  Here is the link for the session.

Webex Link

MCTEACHER NIGHT

Thank you to everyone who came out to last week to support McTeacher Night. 

MORNING WALK

Collectively students have walked 2,455 miles

DATES TO REMEMBER

April 11-14, 2022 - Book Fair

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

April 22, 2022 - Technology Fun Run

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness is having the ability and desire to have a positive impact on others.” RAKtivist

April 1, 2022

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

If you have a child or know a child that is eligible to be enrolled in Kindergarten, please register as soon as possible.  We will be offering a summer program for registered incoming Kindergarten students starting on June 6th. 

PARENT SESSION

We will be hosting a Parent Session on Social Emotional Learning.  This session will be held on April 26, 2022, at 6:00pm via webex.  A link will be sent out as the date gets closer. 

BOOK FAIR

We will be having the Scholastic Book Fair April 11-14, 2022.  Information was sent home earlier this week.  

 

 

REPORT CARDS

3rd Quarter Report cards will be sent home on Monday.

MORNING WALK

Collectively students have walked 2,283 miles

DATES TO REMEMBER

April 7, 2022 - Mc Teacher Night 4:00-7:00pm

April 11-14, 2022 - Book Fair

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

April 22, 2022 - Technology Fun Run

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Be kind to yourself, then let your kindness fill the world.” Pema Chodron

March 24, 2022

COVID UPDATES

Here are some COVID updates:

  • Starting next week, visitors to Ali’iolani do not have to show vaccination status or a negative test.  

  • Masking indoors at school is still required by the DOE until further notice

  • If a positive COVID case is identified on campus, a notification will only be sent to the impacted classroom/group, but not to the entire school. 

  • The Safe Travels program ends 3/26/22. 

SUMMER SESSION

Next week we will be sending out Summer Session letters to identified students.  The purpose of our Summer Session will be to provide enrichment to help prepare students for their next grade level.

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

  • Do not wait/park your vehicle in the middle of 6th or 7th Avenue to pick up your child.  This creates more traffic as well as a safety issue for our students and other vehicles.

  • Please either pull into our parking lots, or park your car in a legal space while waiting for your child.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

 

BOOK FAIR

We will be having a Scholastic Book Fair April 11-14, 2022.  More information will be sent home in the next couple of weeks.

DATES TO REMEMBER

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

April 22, 2022 - Technology Fun Run

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Be the reason why someone feels loved, be the reason why someone is happy. Be kind to other people.” Anonymous

March 18, 2022

PARKING LOTS

Over Spring Break, both parking lots were resurfaced.  When dropping off and picking up your child, please drive very slowly. 

TRAVELING

If you traveled during the break, please make sure you follow all the safety guidelines according to the Hawaii Safe Travels Program, which is supposed to end on March 25, 2022.

Travel Guidelines

CULTURAL STORYTELLING SESSIONS

Pacific Island Storytellers: Celebrating Language and Culture

Information Flyer

 

 

COVID UPDATES

Please have your child do a Daily Wellness Check before coming to school each day.  If your child has of the covid symptoms, please do not send her/him to school.  Contact Mrs. Yamada, our Health Aide if you have any questions - 733-4750.

Daily Wellness Check

PARENT SESSION

We will be having a Parent Session on Social Emotional Learning in April.  More information will be coming out in the next week or so.

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

April 22, 2022 - Technology Fun Run

KINDNESS QUOTE

Kindness

Is

Needed

Daily

March 11, 2022

SPRING BREAK

Next week is Spring Break.  No school for students and teachers - the office will be open Monday - Friday, 8:00-3:00pm.

COVID UPDATES

Please see the updated guidelines and a letter from Interim Superintendent Hayashi.

Updated Guidelines

Letter from Interim Superintendent Hayashi

TRAVELING

If you are traveling during the break, please make sure you follow the state’s Safe Travels Program, which is still in effect until 3/26/2022.

Travel Guidelines

SUMMER SCHOOL

We will be having Summer School from June 6 - July 1, 2022.  After Spring Break we will be sending out enrollment letters to the identified students according to universal screener, iready, classroom data, and teacher input.  This will be open for the identified students going in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  Current Gr. 5 students will have to inquire at their projected Middle School to determine if they will be eligible to attend their Summer Program.

KHC

For the Kids Heart Challenge, we raised over $2,500 for the American Heart Association.  Thank you to everyone that participated and/or donated. 

MORNING MILE

Collectively students have walked more than 1994 miles.  

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 18, 2022 - Kaimuki Kau Kau Event 5-9pm

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

April 22, 2022 - Technology Fun Run

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” Ashleigh Brilliant

March 05, 2022

MONDAY 3/7

Lunch menu change: Instead of Cheese Pizza, we will be serving Breaded Chicken Tenders.

The Li family made a generous donation to the Friends of Ali’iolani (FOA).  The FOA will be using the funds to pay for the Kona Ice Truck to come to campus between 11:00-1:00pm.  Thank you to the Li family and FOA for making this happen for our Ali’iolani students and staff.

This is the start of Spirit Week.  Monday’s theme is Spring Colors - green, yellow, white or blue.  Spirit Week Flyer

PARKING LOT

Next Monday and Tuesday, there will be a couple of parking spaces in both lots coned off.  Please DO NOT park in the spaces.  This is the prep work to resurface the lots, which will be completed before students return from Spring Break, weather permitting.

PARENT SESSIONS

Thank you to all the parents that attended the reading sessions over the past couple of Wednesdays.  Thank you to Mrs. Chang, Mrs. Przygodzinski, Mrs. Kamau, Ms. Matsuoka, and Mr. Brown for their presentations.  Here are the links for the slide shows:

K-2 Foundational Skills

3-5 Developing Comprehension Skills

SCHOOL QUALITY SURVEY

Thank you to those that completed the School Quality Survey. So far 75 parents have completed it. If you have not done it, the deadline is March 11, 2022. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this survey because it does provide us with really good information to help make us a better school.

Parent Survey

MORNING MILE

Collectively students have walked more than 1864 miles.

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 18, 2022 - Kaimuki Kau Kau Event 5-9pm

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness is putting positive thoughts into action” Anonymous

February 25, 2022

STUDENT COUNCIL & JPOs

On Thursday, 3/3, the Student Council and JPOs will be hosting McTeacher Night from 4:00-7:00pm.  

FAMILY READING NIGHT SURVEY

Here is a one question survey about Family Reading Night.  This will help us determine if we have an on campus or virtual event.  The date of this event has not been set yet.

Parent Survey

SCHOOL QUALITY SURVEY

A couple of weeks ago we sent home a letter regarding the School Quality Survey.  This survey provides us with a lot of helpful feedback.  Please fill this out, if you haven’t already.  It only takes a couple of minutes to complete.

Parent Survey

MORNING MILE

Collectively students have walked more than 1654 miles.

 

 

READING SESSIONS

We will be having a Reading Session for the upper grades (3-5) on Wednesday, 3/2, at 6:00pm.  Here is the link for the session.

WebEx Link for 3/2 Session

For those that couldn’t make it to the lower grade session this past Wednesday, we will be emailing the slides home sometime this week.

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness is doing ordinary things with extraordinary love.” RAKtivist

February 18, 2022

KAIMUKI KAU KAU EVENT

Friday, February 18 from 5:00–9:00pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21

 

Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL

MORNING MILE

Collectively students have walked more than 1449 miles.

 

 

READING SESSIONS

Next Wednesday (2/23), at 6:00pm, we will be hosting a Parent Session on Reading for the lower grades (K-2); and another session the following week on 3/2 for the upper grades (3-5).  If you would like to attend either or both sessions, please fill out google form below if you have not done so already.

Google Form Signup

WebEx Link for 2/23 Session

SCHOOL SHIRTS

Starting next Friday (2/25), students are encouraged to wear their school shirts every Friday.  This was voted on by our Student Council to help create school spirit.

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness is igniting a light in someone else for no other reason other than to watch them enjoy the glow.” RAKtivist

February 11, 2022

SCHOOL QUALITY SURVEY

A couple of weeks ago we sent home a letter regarding the School Quality Survey.  So far only 27 parents have completed it.  If you have not done it yet, please take the time to do this important survey (it doesn't take long)..  This survey helps to give us feedback about Safety, Well Being, Satisfaction, and Involvement/Engagement. Last year we had 58 (@24%) surveys completed - please help us to complete more this year.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

SQS Parent Survey

KAIMUKI KAU KAU EVENT

2/18 - Next week Friday come pick up dinner at the Kaimuki Kau Kau Event from 5:00-9:00pm 

MORNING MILE

Collectively students have walked more than 1200 miles.

DATES TO REMEMBER

February 21, 2022 - President's Day (no school)

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“More kindness, less judgment.” Anonymous

February 4, 2022

MONDAY, 2/4/2022

Teacher Institute Day: No School for students

FOA EVENT

Thank you to everyone who came out last night and waited in the long drive thru line to support McTeacher Night.  The money raised will directly benefit our Special Education Department.

Also, thank you to all the families that have donated their money and/or time to support the FOA. The money raised helped buy 20 cases of paper for our school.  

MORNING MILE

90% of our students on campus are participating in the morning walk.  Collectively, they have walked 1005 miles.

DATES TO REMEMBER

February 21, 2022 - President's Day (no school)

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness is more than deeds.  It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch.  It is anything that lifts another person.” Anonymous

January 28, 2022

COVID TESTING

There will be another COVID Vaccination and Testing Clinic this Saturday, 1/29/2022 at Kaimuki Community Park.

COVID Vaccination & Testing Clinic Info

PARENT SESSION

Thank you to those that were able to attend last night’s session.  Also, thank you to Mrs. Chang and Mrs. Matsuura for being co-facilitators of the evening.  For those that couldn’t make it, a copy of the presentation slides are attached below. 

Presentation Slides

POSTER CONTEST WINNER

Congratulations to Gr 3 student Kaila S.  She had a winning poster entry in the 2022 “Equity in Our Community” Calendar Contest.  Her poster is featured on all the calendars that have been distributed to all DOE Schools.  Thank you Mrs. Tomita for giving your students the opportunity to participate in this contest.

FOA

A big MAHALO to the FOA for donating 20 cases of paper for our teachers to use for the rest of this school year.  This paper will be put to good use for copying assignments, creating assessments, making worksheets, and for student projects.

TICKET BLASTER

Today we did a short demonstration of the Ticket Blaster.  Next week will be starting up the real thing.  Students have the opportunity to be in the blaster by following the behavior expectations: Being Kind, Being Respectful, and Being Responsible.  Students will be receiving prizes for collecting a certain amount of tickets.  While we will be purchasing prizes, we also welcome donations.  If you want to see what the Ticket Blaster looks like, check out our Instagram post.

MORNING WALK

90% of our students on campus are participating in the morning walk.  Collectively, they have walked more than 750 miles. 

DATES TO REMEMBER

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day (no school)

February 21, 2022 - President's Day (no school)

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” Steve Maraboli

January 21, 2022

THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE

This challenge starts next week.  Your child will be bringing home a flier (like the one attached) with the different themes for each day.  Thank you Mr. Komatsu for the fliers.

To help us reinforce this kindness challenge, if you dress up with corresponding themes at home and email me a picture, depending on how many pictures we receive, we may post it to our school Instagram account.  Let’s show the world how we show kindness at Ali’iolani.

COVID REMINDERS

 

If your child has any covid-like symptoms, please do not send them to school.  If someone in your household is awaiting covid test results, please keep your child home until you get the results, unless your child is fully vaccinated and not having any covid-like symptoms.  If you have any questions related to the covid guidelines, please contact our Health Aide, Mrs. Yamada, or myself at 733-4750.  

COVID TESTING

We continue to test students and staff on Tuesdays. The results usually come back by Thursday evening/Friday morning. If you would like your child tested, please register your child with the following link:

Student Registration

PARENT SESSION

Here is the link for the session on how to support you child with homework. Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 6:00pm. Parent Session WebEx 

DRESS CODE

Please have your child follow the school dress code, which can be found on page 5 of the student planner.  Some students are starting to wear clothing that is not school appropriate.  Thank you for your cooperation.

PTC SURVEY

Your child will be bringing home a half sheet of paper with a very short survey regarding Parent-Teacher Conferences for next school year.  We are planning on having conferences the same way, about the same time of year as in past years.  All you have to do is check one box and have your child return the survey to his/her teacher by Tuesday, 1/25/22.  Thank you for your support.  If you have any questions about the survey, please let me know.

COMING ON CAMPUS

If you will be coming on campus and staying for more than 10 minutes, please check in at the office.  You will have to provide your vaccination status or provide an acceptable negative covid test not more than 72 hours prior to visit.  If you are picking up your child, please wait for them in the parking lot areas.  If you need assistance finding your child, please let the nearest staff member know. 

MORNING WALK

88% of our students on campus are participating in the morning walk.  Collectively, they have walked more than 500 miles.  Awesome!!!!

DATES TO REMEMBER

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day (no school)

February 21, 2022 - President's Day (no school)

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” Publilius Syrus

January 14, 2022

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, January 17, 2022

MORNING MILE

 

This week we started the morning walk.  As of today, more than 86% of our students have participated, walking a collective 265 miles in just 4 days!  It is really awesome to see the students walking each morning! 

COVID TESTING

We continue to test students and staff on Tuesdays. The results usually come back by Thursday evening/Friday morning. If you would like your child tested, please register your child with the following link:

Student Registration

 

MASK

Please remind your child to wear their mask properly. We are starting to see some students with their masks below their noses.  Although we do address this issue at school, we would truly appreciate your support in reinforcing proper mask wearing.  We do have child size masks at school if you do not have any at home.  Please let us know if you need any support in this area.

PARENT SESSION

In a few weeks we will be holding a parent session on the subject of homework.  A link will be sent out with more information once everything is finalized. 

DATES TO REMEMBER

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day (no school)

February 21, 2022 - President's Day (no school)

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“There is always time to be kind to others.” Anonymous

January 7, 2022

MORNING MILE

On Tuesday we will be starting the Morning Mile, which is an opportunity for students to walk around the middle of the campus before the school day begins. We will be tracking the amount of laps they walk with a QR code and an ipad. This is a great way for the students to exercise and get their bodies ready to learn.  Students do not have to participate as this is an optional program.

QUARANTINE

 

If your child has to quarantine because of testing positive, being a close contact, or other reason s/he will not be attending school for a prolonged period of time, please inform us as soon as possible.  We want to provide your child with school work to ensure they do not fall behind.  If you need a laptop/device while your child is out, please contact the office at 733-4750, so we can schedule a time for you to pick it up. 

COVID TESTING

We continue to test students and staff on Tuesdays. The results usually come back by Thursday evening/Friday morning. If you woul dlike your child tested, please register your child with the following link:

Student Registration

 

COVID RESOURCE

With the numbers on the rise again, please be cautious during the winter break.  Here is a great resource if you need any information regarding COVID testing sites, vaccination sites, travel information, etc: https://hawaiicovid19.com/

DATES TO REMEMBER

January 17, 2022 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day

February 21, 2022 - President's Day

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness is like snow - it beautifies everything it covers.” Kahlil Gibran

December 31, 2021

STUDENTS RETURN

Currently we are expecting students to return on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. If anything changes before then, I will make sure to let you know as soon as possible.

COVID TESTING

We continue to test students and staff on Tuesdays. The results usually come back by Thursday evening/Friday morning. If you woul dlike your child tested, please register your child with the following link:

Student Registration

TRAVEL GUIDELINES

 

If you will be traveling during the break, here are the most recent guidelines:

 

Student travelers must follow all applicable international, state, and county requirements at the time of the trip. See Safe Travels Hawai‘i for detailed information about those requirements. Students who travel out-of-state must also complete one of the following pathways to return to school:

 

1. Be fully vaccinated before the return flight to Hawaii and show proof of vaccination to the school; or

2. Test for COVID-19 (2 steps)

  a. Students ages 5 and older must show proof of:

     i. Safe Travels pre-travel test result and

     ii. A post-travel test result (i.e. PCR or antigen test taken after returning to Hawaii)

  b. Students under 5 years of age must show proof of:

     i. The travel companion’s vaccination or Safe Travels pre-travel test result and

     ii. Their own post-travel test result; or

3. Stay home for ten (10) days after returning to Hawaii; or

4. Within 90 days of COVID-19 infection, show proof of the COVID-19 diagnosis and return to school after the isolation period is complete, symptoms improved, and no fever for 24 hours without the use of medication. (i.e., no COVID-19 test or quarantine required if asymptomatic).

COVID RESOURCE

With the numbers on the rise again, please be cautious during the winter break.  Here is a great resource if you need any information regarding COVID testing sites, vaccination sites, travel information, etc: https://hawaiicovid19.com/

Updated Close Contacts Information (12.15.21)

Daily Wellness Check Guidelines (12.15.21)

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

 

Grade K, 1, 2 - New name placards were sent home today with your child to help us with after school pick up.  Please display them on your dashboard when you come in the afternoon.  We would appreciate it if you would come at the designated time:

K - 2:10 (M, T, Th, F) and 12:55 (W) - Pink

1 - 2:15 (M, T, Th, F) and 1:00 (W) - Orange

2 - 2:20 (M, T, Th, F) and 1:05 (W) - Green

We may ask you to drive around the block if you come too early and are blocking the parking lot.  

TRANSLATIONS

 

The attachment has versions of this AES News in Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese.  If there is a language you would like added, please let me know.

AES News December 17 EL Translations

DATES TO REMEMBER

January 17, 2022 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day

February 21, 2022 - President's Day

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Let the New Year ring in with love and kindness, and let it begin with you.” Anonymous 

December 17, 2021

WINTER BREAK

There will be no school for students December 20 - January 3, 2022.  The office will be office from 8:00-3:00pm during the week, except for December 24 & 31, 2021.

WALK THRU WINTER WONDERLAND

Thank you to everyone who came out tonight to support our Winter Event.  A special mahalo to all the ohanas that planned and coordinated everything:

Watanabes

Mahiais

Pulas

Komatsus

Yamadas

TRAVEL GUIDELINES

 

If you will be traveling during the break, here are the most recent guidelines:

 

Student travelers must follow all applicable international, state, and county requirements at the time of the trip. See Safe Travels Hawai‘i for detailed information about those requirements. Students who travel out-of-state must also complete one of the following pathways to return to school:

 

1. Be fully vaccinated before the return flight to Hawaii and show proof of vaccination to the school; or

2. Test for COVID-19 (2 steps)

  a. Students ages 5 and older must show proof of:

     i. Safe Travels pre-travel test result and

     ii. A post-travel test result (i.e. PCR or antigen test taken after returning to Hawaii)

  b. Students under 5 years of age must show proof of:

     i. The travel companion’s vaccination or Safe Travels pre-travel test result and

     ii. Their own post-travel test result; or

3. Stay home for ten (10) days after returning to Hawaii; or

4. Within 90 days of COVID-19 infection, show proof of the COVID-19 diagnosis and return to school after the isolation period is complete, symptoms improved, and no fever for 24 hours without the use of medication. (i.e., no COVID-19 test or quarantine required if asymptomatic).

COVID RESOURCE

With the numbers on the rise again, please be cautious during the winter break.  Here is a great resource if you need any information regarding COVID testing sites, vaccination sites, travel information, etc: https://hawaiicovid19.com/

Updated Close Contacts Information (12.15.21)

Daily Wellness Check Guidelines (12.15.21)

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

 

Grade K, 1, 2 - New name placards were sent home today with your child to help us with after school pick up.  Please display them on your dashboard when you come in the afternoon.  We would appreciate it if you would come at the designated time:

K - 2:10 (M, T, Th, F) and 12:55 (W) - Pink

1 - 2:15 (M, T, Th, F) and 1:00 (W) - Orange

2 - 2:20 (M, T, Th, F) and 1:05 (W) - Green

We may ask you to drive around the block if you come too early and are blocking the parking lot.  

TRANSLATIONS

 

The attachment has versions of this AES News in Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese.  If there is a language you would like added, please let me know.

AES News December 17 EL Translations

DATES TO REMEMBER

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

January 17, 2022 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day

February 21, 2022 - President's Day

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Being kind makes everyone feel better.” Anonymous

December 10, 2021

RELEASE TIME SWITCH

We will be switching release times on December 15 (Wed) and December 17 (Fri).  On the 15th, students will be released at 2:15pm, and on the 17th at 1:00pm.  A+ will accommodate this change in release times.

SPIRIT WEEK

Our student council voted to have Spirit Week next week.

Spirit Week Flyer

FOA

 

A flier will be sent home on Monday regarding the Walking Thru a Winter Wonderland event planned for 12/17/21 from 5:30-7:00pm

PICK UP

For after school pick up, the parking lots are starting to get backed up again.  To help alleviate some of the congestion:

1) Please do not park illegally, and pull to the side to let other cars pass if you have to wait for your child

2) Suggested pick up times:

    6th Avenue Lot

        Kindergarten: 2:10

        1st Grade:      2:15

        2nd Grade:     2:20  

    7th Avenue Lot

        Grade 3:        2:15

        Grade 4 & 5:  2:20

Our lots clear out fairly quickly, so if you come at 1:10 (on Wednesdays) or 2:25 (on all other days) your wait time will be a lot shorter.  

TRANSLATIONS

 

The attachment has versions of this AES News in Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese.  If there is a language you would like added, please let me know.

AES News December 10 EL Translations

COUNSELING TIPS OF THE WEEK

 

Be mindful of the language you use to describe your children.  Do not label them with negative terminology such as lazy, hyper, aggressive or mean.  Instead, actively look for and not your child’s strengths.”  Nancy Frey

DATES TO REMEMBER

December 15 & 17, switching of release times

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

January 17, 2022 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day

February 21, 2022 - President's Day

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the example of kindness” Anonymous

December 03, 2021

THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to support McTeacher Night and the Parade-in-Place.  Although there weren’t many organizations represented on Waialae Avenue, we were one of the few that had a spirited group waving to all the cars.  Hopefully next year we’ll be able to have the traditional Kaimuki Christmas Parade!

RECYCLING

 

Our Gr 3 students will be recycling HI 5 water bottles and cans and selling plants at tomorrow’s Craft Fair.  Please bring your recyclables to the fair 12/4 between 8:00-2:00pm at the Gr 3 booth.  The FOA will also be selling drinks and Fidget Toys (at a really good price).

RELEASE TIME SWITCH

 

We will be switching release times on December 15 (Wed) and December 17 (Fri).  On the 15th, students will be released at 2:15pm, and on the 17th at 1:00pm.  A+ will accommodate this change in release times.

GRADE 5 FUNDRAISER

Help support the Grade 5 Promotion Celebration that is only 6 months away!

From Now until December 10, if you purchase gift cards to online AND enter the Promo code AES at check out, the 5th grade class will receive a donation to be used for their end of the year celebration. When you purchase $100 in CPK gift cards, you will receive a free $20 CPK gift card.

Mahalo - From the AES 5th grade team

Purchase CPK Gift Cards Online

PARENT SESSION

 

One of our school's goals is to build and strengthen connections among staff, families, and our community. Reflecting on our school-wide behavioral expectations – ‘be kind, be respectful, and be responsible’, putting a daily emphasis on the practice of these values can provide a strong foundation upon which to build and strengthen those connections.

We all know the unique context of Hawai`i as a melting pot of cultures. To honor the diversity of cultures here at Ali`iolani, we would like to ask families to share the interpretation of these values in your native language. For example, I know in Hawaiian, akahai can be interpreted as kindness, to be expressed with tenderness. An even deeper meaning in the practice of akahai is to always leave things better than you find them. What is the name for kindness in your native language? Is there a deeper meaning behind the word that you could share with us? 

In the second semester we are hoping to start up a weekly session for parents to share their culture, values, and experiences. We will send you more details as we get everything finalized.  If you would like to help to be a part of the planning, please let me know.

SEL SURVEY RESULTS GRADES 3-5

 

This is only for parents of students in grades 3-5 on campus.  Earlier this year your child took a Social Emotional Survey.  The results from this survey will be sent home with your child next week.  This survey will again be administered next month as well as later on in the school year. 

COUNSELING TIPS OF THE WEEK

 

Choose Love: This is the Social Emotional Learning program we are using.  Each week students meet with Mr. Donnelly for a Choose Love lesson. 

Grade 3 Lesson on having a Growth Mindset

DATES TO REMEMBER

December 15 & 17, switching of release times

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

January 17, 2022 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day

February 21, 2022 - President's Day

March 14-18, 2022 - Spring Break

March 25, 2022 - Prince Kuhio Day (no school)

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday (no school)

KINDNESS QUOTE

“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!” — George Elliston

November 24, 2021

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Friday, November 26 - There is no school for students, but the office will be open from 8:00am-3:00pm.

GRADE 5 FUNDRAISER

Help support the Grade 5 Promotion Celebration that is only 6 months away!

From Now until December 10, if you purchase gift cards to online AND enter the Promo code AES at check out, the 5th grade class will receive a donation to be used for their end of the year celebration. When you purchase $100 in CPK gift cards, you will receive a free $20 CPK gift card.

Mahalo - From the AES 5th grade team

Purchase CPK Gift Cards Online

PARENT SESSION

 

We want to know how we can best support you.  Please answer the survey below to let us know what type of parent session would benefit you the most.

Parent Session Google Form

RECYCLING

 

Our Gr 3 students will be recycling HI 5 water bottles and cans the next Craft Fair on December 4, 2021.  Please bring your recyclables to the fair between 8:00-2:00pm.  Please DO NOT bring your recyclables to school before this date.

MULTICULTURAL DAY

 

This spring we are hoping to have an in person Multicultural Day. Would you be willing to volunteer at Ali'iolani to teach our students about your culture and engage them in a learning opportunity such as teaching them a dance, craft, song, etc. from your culture? If you are willing to be a volunteer, please fill out the attached questionnaire. Thank you for your willingness!

Volunteer Sign Up

RELEASE TIME SWITCH

 

We will be switching release times on December 15 (Wed) and December 17 (Fri).  On the 15th, students will be released at 2:15pm, and on the 17th at 1:00pm.  A+ will accommodate this change in release times.

COUNSELING TIPS OF THE WEEK

 

Respect differences:  Every child has his or her own unique talents and abilities. Whether in academics, athletics, or interpersonal relationships, resist the urge to compare your child to friends or siblings. Instead, honor your child's accomplishments and provide support and encouragement for the inevitable challenges s/he faces.

Social Emotional Learning: Strategies for Parents

DATES TO REMEMBER

December 15 & 17, switching of release times

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

January 17, 2022 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day

February 21, 2022 - President's Day

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Since most of us are just trying to figure it all out, why not be kind and considerate on this journey?” Charles F. Glassman

November 12, 2021

COVID TESTING

 

Next week we will not be doing COVID testing because the company that processes the tests will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

APPROPRIATE ATTIRE

If you come on campus, please make sure you wear a mask and attire that is appropriate for elementary students to see. Our students are very impressionable, and we want to provide a very positive environment for them to thrive.  Please avoid wearing attire that depicts violence, drugs/alcohol, and/or is too revealing. Your support is greatly appreciated.

EVACUATION DRILL

 

On Wednesday morning we will be doing our annual evacuation drill.  For this drill we will be leaving our campus and going to Pukele Mini Park.  The drill will take us @35-45 minutes to complete.  We encourage students to wear comfortable shoes on this day. 

RECYCLING

 

Our Gr 3 students will be recycling HI 5 water bottles and cans the next Craft Fair on December 4, 2021.  Please bring your recyclables to the fair between 8:00-2:00pm.  Please DO NOT bring your recyclables to school before this date.

MULTICULTURAL DAY

 

This spring we are hoping to have an in person Multicultural Day. Would you be willing to volunteer at Ali'iolani to teach our students about your culture and engage them in a learning opportunity such as teaching them a dance, craft, song, etc. from your culture? If you are willing to be a volunteer, please fill out the attached questionnaire. Thank you for your willingness!

Volunteer Sign Up

SCHOOL SHIRTS

 

The window to order is now until 11/29/2021

Order Shirts Online

COUNSELING TIPS 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/him to make age-appropriate choices, and showing your appreciation for a job well done.

Social Emotional Learning: Strategies for Parents

DATES TO REMEMBER

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

January 17, 2022 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day

February 21, 2022 - President's Day

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Let us not forget that kindness is free.” Anonymous

November 12, 2021

DAILY WELLNESS CHECK

As a reminder, please do a daily wellness check with your child before coming to school each day.

HIDOE Daily Wellness Checks Video

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2021

 

Monday is the last day of Parent Teacher Conferences, so school will finish at 1:15pm. On Tuesday, we will return to our normal bell schedule (2:15pm).

RECYCLING

 

Our Gr 3 students will be recycling HI 5 water bottles and cans the next Craft Fair on December 4, 2021.  Please bring your recyclables to the fair between 8:00-2:00pm.  Please DO NOT bring your recyclables to school before this date.

MULTICULTURAL DAY

 

This spring we are hoping to have an in person Multicultural Day. Would you be willing to volunteer at Ali'iolani to teach our students about your culture and engage them in a learning opportunity such as teaching them a dance, craft, song, etc. from your culture? If you are willing to be a volunteer, please fill out the attached questionnaire. Thank you for your willingness!

Volunteer Sign Up

COVID TESTING

 

We continue to test students and staff on Tuesdays. The results usually come back by Thursday evening/Friday morning. If you would like your child tested, please register your child with the following link:

Student Registration

SCHOOL SHIRTS

 

The window to order is now until 11/29/2021

Order Shirts Online

DATES TO REMEMBER

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

January 17, 2022 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day

February 21, 2022 - President's Day

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness gives birth to kindness.” Anonymous

November 5, 2021

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2021

The FOA is sponsoring a Craft Fair, which will be held tomorrow from 8:00-2:00pm.  The FOA will have a booth selling drinks and Fidget Toys. Please come out to start your holiday shopping early.  

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2021

 

Monday is the last day of Parent Teacher Conferences, so school will finish at 1:15pm. On Tuesday, we will return to our normal bell schedule (2:15pm).

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021

 

Veterans’ Day is a state holiday, so there will be no school this Thursday.

COVID TESTING

 

We continue to test students and staff on Tuesdays. The results usually come back by Thursday evening/Friday morning. If you would like your child tested, please register your child with the following link:

Student Registration

SCHOOL SHIRTS

 

The window to order is now until 11/29/2021

Order Shirts Online

DATES TO REMEMBER

November 8, 2021 Parent Teacher Conference, Dismissal at 1:15pm

November 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

January 17, 2022 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 7, 2022 - Teacher Institute Day

February 21, 2022 - President's Day

KINDNESS QUOTE

“The kind heart loves deeply and forgives quickly for there is no room in the loving heart for grudges to grow.” LeAura Alderson

October 30, 2021

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2021 PD DAY

This Monday is a Professional Development Day for our staff so there is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. The office will be open from 8:00-4:00pm. 

STANDARDS VIRTUAL SESSION

 

Also on Monday at 6:00pm is our Standards Virtual Session hosted by Mrs. Chang.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the ELA and Math standards, and to help you get a better understanding of what will be covered during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Here is the link for the session: Common Core State Standards

FOA

 

Last night’s Trunk-or-Treat event sponsored by the FOA was awesome!  There were over 200 children that showed up, which was amazing since we have 235 students at Ali'iolani!!  Thank you to all the families that volunteered to help distribute treats to all the students and families. Also, a big thank you to our FOA board members for donating their time, money, and hard work in making last night possible:

President: Keith Watanabe 

VP of Marketing: Traci Mahiai

VP of Communications: Myles Komatsu  

Treasurer: Tasha Pula

Secretary: Tanya Yamada

Special Mahalo to the Mahiai Ohana for donating 200 craft kits.

 

The FOA doesn’t stop to rest because this Saturday, Nov 6, they are sponsoring a Craft Fair at School from 8:00-2:00pm.  Come on out to start your holiday gift shopping.  More information will be coming out this week.

PTC

 

Reminder: Parent Teacher Conferences will be from November 2-8, 2021.  Students will be released at 1:15pm on Nov 2, 4, 5, & 8; and 1:00pm on November 3 (Wednesday).  If your child is enrolled in the A+, the program will accommodate these early release times. 

MULTICULTURAL DAY

 

This spring we are hoping to have an in person Multicultural Day. 

Would you be willing to volunteer at Ali'iolani to teach our students about your culture and engage them in a learning opportunity such as teaching them a dance, craft, song, etc. from your culture? If you are willing to be a volunteer, please fill out the attached questionnaire. Thank you for your willingness! 

Volunteer Sign Up

VACCINATION SITE

 

Please see two attachments regarding information about COVID vaccination site at McKinley High School.

McKinley High School Flyer

QR Code Flyer

DATES TO REMEMBER

November 1, 2021 Professional Development for Teachers - No School

November 6, 2021 - FOA Ali‘iolani Craft Fair 8:00-2:00pm

November 2-8, 2021 Parent Teacher Conference

November 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Be kind, help someone today." Kate Summers

October 22, 2021

FOA EVENT

Next week Friday is Trunk-or-Treat from 5:00-7:00pm.  If you didn’t sign up yet, please do so by Monday, 10/25/21.  If you are volunteering for this event, since you will be on campus for an extended period of time, we will need documentation of your vaccination status or a negative covid test result within 72 hours. 

If you are volunteering and planning on bringing your own candy/goodie bags to pass out, please inform the FOA beforehand.  If not, the FOA will be providing goodie bags for volunteers to pass out.  Please make sure food/snack items are individually wrapped.  

If you have any questions, please email friendsofaliiolani@gmail.com

ATTENDANCE

 

We need your support regarding Attendance.  In years past, our Attendance Rate has been really solid.  Last year our Chronically Absent rate was 6%, which is well below the States benchmark of 10%.  However, this year is a different story.  We know that COVID and quarantining has had a significant impact on our Attendance; however, despite these issues, we still have a lot of students missing school.  Since we value your input, please let us know if you have any suggestions/ideas that will help us improve our attendance rate (being mindful that we still have to follow DOH guidelines regarding quarantining).  

 

Take Attendance Survey

STANDARDS

 

Thank you to everyone that responded to the Standards survey last week.  With this information, we will plan a virtual meeting to help those who want to become more familiar with the Math and Language Arts Standards, and answer any questions that were brought up.  More information will come out when we get all the details finalized.

SHIRT ORDER

 

Our school shirts for this year will have a new design (thanks to Holly Sung).  Order forms will be sent home on Monday, with the ordering window being Monday, Oct 25 - Nov 29, 2021. 

Please click on the link below to see the design.

Order Shirts Online 

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

 

Reminder: Parent Teacher Conference will be from November 2-8, 2021.  Students will be released at 1:15pm on Nov 2, 4, 5, & 8; and at 1:00pm on November 3 (Wednesday).  If your child is enrolled in the A+, the program will accommodate these early release times.  

 

Your child's 1st Quarter Report Card will be covered with you during your conference.

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 29, 2021 FOA Trunk or Treat Event

November 1, 2021 Professional Development for Teachers - No School

November 2-8, 2021 Parent Teacher Conference

November 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Be kind, help someone today." Kate Summers

October 08, 2021

FOA EVENT

Thank you to everyone who came out to support McTeacher Night.  We don’t know the total amount raised, but it was definitely a successful event which will benefit our Gr 4 students.

Next Friday (10/15) is the Kaimuki Kau Kau event from 5:00-9:00pm.  Please come out to eat some good food.

COVID TESTING

 

We will be offering free COVID testing for our students. If you would like your child to be tested, you must register her/him using the link below.  The first day of testing for students will be 10/19, Tuesday, during the school day. We will be helping the students through this process and no parent is required.  You will get results back in @ 3-4 days. 

Student Registration

Please understand this testing is for students who are asymptomatic.  If your child has any of the covid symptoms (headache, fever, coughing, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) please keep them home.  

 

As we begin to test more staff and students, the amount of cases on campus will likely go up.  However, as we begin to identify the positive asymptomatic cases, this will help us to decrease the chances of it spreading. 

 

Testing is optional.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

TRAVELING

 

If you plan on traveling during the break, please see the linked flyer for the travel guidelines.

Travel Guidelines

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 11-15, 2021 Fall Break

October 15, 2021 FOA Kaimuki Kau Kau Event

October 29, 2021 FOA Trunk or Treat Event

November 1, 2021 Professional Development for Teachers - No School

November 2-8, 2021 Parent Teacher Conference

November 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

KINDNESS QUOTE

“There is no wrong way to perform an act of kindness.”  Catherine Ryan Hyde

October 01, 2021

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS/ACTIVITIES SURVEY RESULTS

Since a vast majority (76%) are comfortable with us starting up after school clubs and activities, we are going to move forward.  We will start with Robotics and then add more clubs and activities as the school year goes along.  Thank you to all that responded to the survey.

COVID TESTING

 

We are still working out the details on the best day and times to provide free COVID testing for our students. Since the week after next is Fall Break, we will start testing when students return from break.  We are aiming to test students early in the week either on a Monday or Tuesday.  This is voluntary, and parents must register their child in order for them to test. More information will be provided next week with all the details.  Thank you for your patience.

MCTEACHER NIGHT

 

The FOA is sponsoring another McTeacher Night on October 7, 2021 from 4:00-7:00pm.  Money raised from this event will help support our Gr 4 students.

INSTAGRAM

 

If you’re not following us on Instagram, please do so at 

Aliiolanielementaryschool.  If you’re already following us, you realize we have a dance challenge with Ke’elikolani Middle School (formally Central Middle School).  It’s all for fun.  As many of you can see, I am not a dancer.  However, I do love challenges so I’m willing to make this a fun thing for our students.  I need your help.  If you have an instagram account, can you please make a quick video with your child dancing and post it to our school account but make it private/direct.  We will collect all the videos and Ms. Chang will work her magic and create one video that she will post early next week.  We want to make sure Principal Passantino (our formal principal) knows we have great dancers at Ali'iolani!

LOST AND FOUND

 

Please see photo regarding clothes we have in the lost and found. We asked the students, but nobody claimed them.  Please contact me if any of these belong to your child. 

OCTOBER 8, 2021

 

Originally this was going to be a PD day for our staff.  However, we had to make some changes so our new PD day is November 1, 2021.  We did distribute some calendars with the original PD date earlier in the summer.  Sorry to those that received this version of the calendar. Just to clarify, we will have a regular day of school on October 8, 2021, and our PD day is November 1, 2021. 

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 7, 2021 FOA Sponsored McTeacher Night

October 11-15, 2021 Fall Break

November 1, 2021 Professional Development for Teachers - No School

November 2-8, 2021 Parent Teacher Conference

November 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Being kind makes everyone feel better.”  Anonymous

September 24, 2021

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS/ACTIVITIES

We are looking at starting up our after school clubs/activities.  We wanted to get your input to see how comfortable parents feel about this.  If the majority of parents feel comfortable, we will start sending out permission slips next week.  We will start with Robotics for only one grade level.  If everything goes well, we will add more grade levels as well as other clubs and activities.  Please complete the survey below to provide us with your input.

Google Form Link

COVID TESTING

 

We will be offering free COVID testing on our campus in the very near future.  Once we get everything ironed out, we will pass the details on to you.  We hope to have this up and running in 2 weeks.

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 7, 2021 FOA Sponsored McTeacher Night

October 11-15, 2021 Fall Break

November 2-8, 2021 Parent Teacher Conference

November 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

KINDNESS QUOTE

“No matter what life throws at you, throw kindness back at it.”  Anonymous

September 18, 2021

FOA

Mahalo to our amazing parent group for sponsoring another Kaimuki Kau Kau Event yesterday.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support our FOA.  Funds raised by the FOA supports our students and teachers. 

OHANA SUPPORT SERVICES

 

Here is a great resource if you need extra support.  Child & Family Service Flyer

SPIN CONFERENCE

 

If you have a child with a disability, there is an upcoming conference on October 23, 2021. SPIN Conference Flyer

COVID TESTING SITES

 

Kaimuki High School Flyer

Jarrett Middle School Flyer

Blaisdell Center

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

October 11-15, 2021 Fall Break

November 2-8, 2021 Parent Teacher Conference

November 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

KINDNESS QUOTE

“Kindness and politeness are not underrated at all.  They’re underused.” Tommy Lee Jones

September 13, 2021

VISITATION GUIDELINES

For preschool parents, you will still be able to walk your child to the classroom since your child needs your support in getting to the room.  However, you must not stay on campus longer than 10 minutes.  If you will be taking more than 10 minutes on a regular basis, you will have to provide us with one of the documents listed in the flyer.

 

For kindergarten parents, for the rest of this week you will be able to walk your child to the classroom.  However, you will not be allowed to stay on campus for more than 10 minutes.  We will have someone outside the classrooms supervising your child, so you do not have to wait until the classroom doors opens.  Starting next week, we ask that you drop your child off in the 6th Avenue parking lot and allow your child to walk to the classroom on their own.  We will provide supervision to ensure they either get to the cafeteria to eat breakfast or go to the classroom. If you have a child that has special circumstances, please contact the office at 733-4750.

For everyone else, if you will be coming on campus for more than 10 minutes, please check in at the office and be ready to provide documentation of either your vaccination card or negative covid test.  If you do not have to come to school for official business, please kindly stay off campus.  

During drop off and pick up times, please stay outside of the fence (except for preschool parents). If you park in our lots, please stay in/near your vehicle.  We want to limit the amount of people congregating near the pick up areas.  

We will do our best to schedule all meetings with parents virtually, however, if you want to meet in person, you will have to provide us with the appropriate documentation so that we are in compliance with the Governor's Executive Order.

COVID-19 Requirements for Visiting Hawaii State Department of Education Schools and Offices

KAIMUKI KAU KAU

 

On a happier note, this Friday our FOA is sponsoring another Kaimuki Kau Kau event from 5:00-9:00pm.  If you have some time this Friday night, please stop on by.  The food is good, and money raised from this event helps support our students and teachers.  For this event, we will also be checking for a vaccination card or negative covid test.

September 10, 2021

GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER

Many people have been asking how Governor Ige’s Executive Order will impact schools.  As of today, we have not received guidance from the DOE on how this will change what we do.  If we have to enforce this mandate on school campuses, this would mean that visitors will have to show documentation of being fully vaccinated or having a negative covid test. When more information becomes available, I will make sure to let you know.

SAFETY GUIDELINES

 

Currently, we are only allowing our Pre-K and Kindergarten parents to come on campus to drop off and pick up their children. If your child is in 1 grade or above, please wait in your vehicle or stay behind the fence when picking up your child.  Masks are required if you have to come on campus.

COVID

Please see attached letter regarding another COVID case.  As a reminder, please do a Daily Wellness Check with your child everyday before coming to school.  Here is a video regarding the wellness check.  https://vimeo.com/496812272

 

There are two steps to this wellness check

  1. Check for symptoms of illness, which include: fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, recent loss of taste or smell, chills, cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath, congestion/runny nose, body aches, and/or diarrhea.  If your child has any of the symptoms, please do not send them to school.

  

  1. Check for any covid exposure.  If your child recently tested positive for covid, has been around anyone that is a close contact and is awaiting a covid test result, has been in contact with someone who has tested positive, has been self quarantining due to covid exposure, or living with someone who has tested positive, please keep your child home.  

 

If your child is not able to come to school because of any of the reasons listed above, please contact our Health Aide, Mrs. Yamada, at 733-4750 and she will inform you of the next steps.

KAIMUKI HIGH SCHOOL

Please see flyer for free covid testing available to our students and staff.

MENU

*9/17/21 We will be serving Chicken Tenders instead of Asian Chicken

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 11-15, 2021 Fall Break

November 2-8, 2021 Parent Teacher Conference

November 11, 2021 Veteran’s Day

November 25-26, 2021 Thanksgiving

December 20 - January 3, 2022 Christmas Break

KINDNESS QUOTE

“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.”  Morgan Freeman

August 29, 2021

NEW LUNCH SCHEDULE

Starting tomorrow we will start a new lunch schedule.

PreK, Kindergarten & Grade 1: 11:05 - 11:35

Grades 2 & 3: 11:40 - 12:10

Grades 4 & 5: 12:15 - 12:45

GOODWILL

Goodwill has a container on our campus near the 7th Avenue parking lot. Hours of operation are 9:00-5:00pm, 7 days a week.

WAIKIKI HEALTH

Jarrett Middle School is partnering with Waikiki Health to provide services a couple days a week on their campus. See flyer.

August 19, 2021

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

Thank you very much for coming at the designated time to pick up your child. While things have gotten better, we still want to be mindful of keeping 6th and 7th Avenue flowing.  In order to do this, if your child is released late from class, we kindly ask that you do not wait in the lot unless you’re in a parking stall.  If not, please go around the block and come back so we keep traffic moving.  Thank you very much for your support.

FOA

The Friends of Ali’iolani (FOA) will be hosting another Kaimuki Kau Kau event tomorrow from 5:00-9:00pm.  Even though it is a holiday, we hope you will be able to come out and enjoy the good food.  The FOA will be hosting a booth selling drinks as well as signing up new members.  Come on out!

PICTURE TAKING

 

Monday is picture taking day.  Say cheese!

COLORS

 

Tuesday - wear blue

Wednesday - wear purple

Thursday - wear rainbow colors

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

After looking at the results from the survey, 74% of parents and staff were comfortable with having after school programs, while 26% were not.  Since the majority are comfortable with this, we will start to offer a few after school programs.  We will start one at a time, and only offer the program to a limited number of students.  The first program we will offer will be Robotics. Next week we will start sending home permission slips to gr 4 students. If this goes smoothly, we will offer Robotics to more grade levels, but limiting it to a small number of students.  Later, we hope to offer more programs like Japanese Club, Rainbow Art, Mentoring, and STEM Cars.  We will keep you posted.

OPEN HOUSE

For those that weren’t able to make it to Open House, below is a link to a slide show that was shown on Wednesday.  There is one more slide included regarding Title 1, which is federal funding we receive that helps us support our students. 

View Slide Show

MENU

Due to shortages from our supplier, our awesome cafeteria staff has been working hard by making the adjustments and changes to ensure our students have enough food for breakfast and lunch.

Here are the upcoming changes:

Breakfast

8/23 - Cereal

8/24 - Mini Pancakes

Lunch

8/23 - Mac and Cheese

8/27 - Cheeseburger

KINDNESS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Kind words will unlock an iron door.”  Turkish Proverb

August 12, 2021

OPEN HOUSE

We will be having a virtual Open House on August 18 (Wednesday) from 2:00-3:00pm.  Each teacher will be hosting two sessions - one from 2:00-2:25pm, and the second from 2:30-2:55pm.  You only have to attend one session.  The teacher will be telling you a little bit about themselves, their expectations, what a day at school looks like, and some other helpful information.  If you do not have a device at home and want to attend this event, please let me know.  Your child's teacher will be sending you a link to their Open House sessions prior to August 18, 2021. 

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES SURVEY

Below is a survey regarding After School Clubs/Activities.  We want to know if you would be comfortable with your child participating in an after school activity?  Although we are allowed to have these activities, we want to know how you feel.  We value your input and we also want to include you in the decisions we make at school.  If most of you do not feel comfortable with these after school activities, we will not start them up yet.  On the other hand, if most of you feel comfortable, then we will slowly start up these programs.  Please understand we will do our best to follow all the safety protocols; however, because of this, we may have to limit the amount of students that will be able to participate.

 

Take Survey

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

 

Things are getting a little better, but we still need your help in making things go even more efficiently.  Since we have vehicles blocking both 6th and 7th Avenue during pick up times, and there have been some close calls in terms of collisions, we want to make a few adjustments.  .

Starting on Monday (8/16), especially since our Kindergarten students will all be in session, we are asking if you can help us with the following:

     a) If you're unable to pull into the parking lots because there are too many vehicles, please continue to drive around the block and come back when you are able to pull into the lot

 

     b) All students will be released from school at the same time, however we want to stagger the pick up times to make things move more efficiently.  Here are the pick up times:

          6th Avenue Parking Lot - Kindergarten - Pick up time 2:15pm

                                                      1st Grade      - Pick up time 2:20pm

                                                      2nd Grade    - Pick up time 2:25pm

 

         7th Avenue Parking Lot - 3rd Grade   - Pick up time 2:15pm

                                                 4th Grade      - Pick up time 2:20pm

                                                 5th Grade      - Pick up time 2:25pm

If you have children in various grade levels, you may pick them up at the pick up time most convenient for you.  You may come after your designated pick up time, just do your best not to come before. For students that are not picked up by 2:30pm - they will be escorted to wait under the big tree near 7th Avenue. For those parents that come after 2:30pm, please come to the 7th Avenue lot to pick up your child.

PICTURE TAKING

 

This will be on August 23, 2021.  More information will be sent home with your child very shortly.  

For DL students, this information will be emailed to you.

MENU CHANGE

8/16 For lunch there will be Cheese Pizza instead of Cheese Bites

KINDNESS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“You can always, always, give kindness.”  Anne Frank

August 6, 2021

A+

Currently the program is unable to accommodate more students, but they are still taking registrations to put on a waiting list.  They will be contacting those on the waiting list when space becomes available.

OPEN HOUSE

For all grades except Kindergarten, Open House will be on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 2:00-3:00pm  This will be a virtual event for safety reasons.  More details will be sent out next week.  Please mark this date on your calendars. 

 

Kindergarten will not be participating in this Open House since they had their orientation yesterday.

SAFEWAY

Thank you to Safeway (Kapahulu) for donating enough sanitizer for us to provide a small bottle for each student, as well as for classroom use.  This is really appreciated, especially since we have the students sanitizing their hands frequently throughout the day.

FOA

Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to support McTeacher Night.  Your support helps the FOA support Ali’iolani with funding for classroom supplies, air conditioners, busing for excursions, and other school wide events.  Mahalo!

MENU

August Breakfast & Lunch Menu

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

The parking lots are very crowded when students are released from school;  however, if you come @10 minutes later (2:25pm on Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and 1:10pm on Wed) most of the vehicles have cleared out.

Please drive with Aloha, especially around our students.  Thank you for your patience and support.

KINDNESS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Kindness is loaning someone your strength instead of reminding them of their weakness” Anonymous

July 30, 2021

1ST DAY OF SCHOOL IS AUGUST 3, 2021

Students first day of school is August 3, 2021 for preschool and grades 1-5.  For kindergarteners, they will not be reporting on August 3.  Your child’s teacher will be informing you of your child’s schedule, if they have not done so already.

 

On August 3rd only parents with a child in the lower grade levels preschool or 1st grade will be allowed to walk your child to their classroom.  Please do not enter the classroom to ensure social distancing.  For students in grades 2-5, please allow your child to walk to their classroom on their own.  If your child requires special assistance, please let a staff member know so we can ensure to provide them with the support they need. 

 

For all students except Kindergarten students, please have your child bring their classroom supplies on August 3rd.  If your child is not able to bring supplies on the first day for whatever reason, please let us know because we had a lot of supplies donated to us during the Craft Fair Supply Drive held earlier this month.

 

Location of classrooms:  

Preschool and Kindergarteners are located in B Building

Grades 1 and 2 are located in F Building

Grades 3-5 are located in A Building

 

Safety Protocols:

We will follow the same protocols as last year

  • When students arrive on campus we will take their temperature and they will sanitize their hands

  • Everyone on campus must wear a mask

  • Students must be 6 feet apart from others while waiting to enter class

  • Students will wash/sanitize their hands as the enter and exit the classrooms

  • Classrooms, restrooms, and frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized at least once a day

WELCOME LETTER

View welcome letter

CLASS LISTS

The class lists for grades 1-5 will continue to be posted this coming week and will be located outside of the office from 8:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday.  For Kindergarten students, your child’s teacher will be contacting you and giving you all the classroom information.

FOA

The Friends of Ali’iolani will be hosting a McTeacher Night on August 5th from 4:00-7:00pm.  A flier with more information will be sent home with your child on the first day of school.

SCHOOL HANDBOOK

Information about this coming school year can be found in our school handbook.

PARKING LOT

Here are a couple of reminders regarding drop off and pick up in the parking lots:

  • Be patient

  • Drive slowly

  • Pull all the way forward

  • Do not leave your vehicle unattended, especially with the motor running

  • Be considerate of other drivers

  • Pull to the side if your child needs extra times to get in and out of vehicle so others can pass

  • Be kind

KINDNESS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Kindness is free to give but priceless to receive.”  RAKtivist

August 3, 2021

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP

For those picking up your child in a vehicle in the afternoons, if you could write your child's first and last name along with their grade on a piece of paper and put it on your dashboard when you enter the parking lot, that would be very helpful.  This will help us to call your child to the parking lot without you having to roll down your window, and will hopefully expedite the pick up process.

 

Please be patient these first couple of days because the pick up process will take a little time. 

 

Just a reminder:

Pick Up

Preschool - Grade 2 will be in the 6th Avenue parking lot

Grades 3-5 will be in the 7th Avenue Parking lot

 

Thank you for your support.

July 23, 2021

CLASS LISTS

The class lists for grades 1-5 will be posted this coming week and will be located outside of the office from 8:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday.  For Kindergarten students, your child’s teacher will contact you and give you all the classroom information once all the enrollment and testing has been completed.    

FOA

The Friends of Ali’iolani will be hosting another McTeacher Night on August 5th from 4:00-7:00pm.  A flyer with more information will be sent home with your child prior to this event.

DISTANCE LEARNING

We are offering Distance Learning (DL) on a very limited basis.  Since all students are expected back on campus this year, our teachers will be supporting all the students in the classrooms. Therefore, we will only be able to support a limited number of students with DL. Although there will be a teacher that will provide a grade, there must be an adult at home that will provide main facilitation/support (asynchronous only).  To determine if your child will qualify, you must meet with Mr. Hosoda.  Qualifications will be made on a case-by-case basis looking at various factors, which may impact your child’s learning. For more information, call 733-4750.

Quote of the Week: “Kindness is showing someone they matter." Anonymous

July 16, 2021

FOA

Tonight the Friends of Ali’iolani (FOA) is sponsoring another Food and Craft Event at school from 5:00-9:00pm.  The FOA will have their own booth selling drinks, Infinity Cubes, and Pop Its.  

Please come on out and have some fun.  This is a great way to start the weekend!

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM

According to the DOE website below, all public school students will be receiving free breakfast and lunch this school year.  Please see this article for more details.

Although all public school students will receive free meals, we still need everyone to complete the Free/Reduced Meal Benefits application online using the EZMealApp mobile app or EZMEALApp.com  By completing this application, this may help Ali’iolani receive extra funding, and may provide extra supports directly to those who qualify.  Please help us out by completing this application.  Mahalo.

SCHOOL HANDBOOK

Please see link below for information about this coming school year.  This handbook has information about the school schedule, release times, safety guidelines, etc.  The webex below will be to go over the information in the Handbook and to answer any questions you may have regarding this upcoming school year. 

2021-2022 Handbook for Students and Parents

WEBEX

Next Thursday we will be hosting a webex at 2:00pm to go over information about this coming school year.  Most of the information will coming directly from the School Handbook. 

Webex Link

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The first day of school for students (except Kindergartners) is Tuesday, August, 3, 2021.  For Kindergarten parents, you should have received your child’s schedule in the mail.  If you didn’t, please call the office so we can get this information to you.  733-4750

A+

The A+ after school program will begin on the first day of school for students, which is August 3, 2021.  For Kindergarten students, the first day of A+ will be 8/16/21.

In terms of the Before School Program (BSP), currently there aren’t enough students to meet this program’s minimum requirement so this one is on hold until more students sign up.  We will keep you informed regarding any updates about the BSP.

Quote of the Week: "Kindness is the ability to speak with love, listen with patience, and act with compassion.” RAKtivist