2022-2023 AES NEWS

September 23, 2022

Attitude of Gratitude

• Thank you to those that participated in the School Community Council and/or Friends of Ali’iolani meeting last night.  The SCC portion was not the most exciting meeting because we mainly talked about the Bylaws.  The SCC meetings will get better! 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Your child will be bringing home a Parent-Teacher Conference letter and form today.  Please complete and return the form by Tuesday, 9/27/22. Once we receive all the forms, we will schedule the conference and then send home a confirmation notice.  

Parent Square

If you downloaded the app and are receiving this message in a language other than English, please respond to this post in your preferred language with a quick message and what language you are receiving it in.  This will help us get a better understanding of how many people are utilizing this feature.  The message can be very short like “Have a great weekend” or “We are able to read your message.”   

Parent Session 9/29 6:00pm

On Thursday we will be having a session on How To Help Your Child be Successful in School.  It will be a virtual session.  Here is the link if you would like to attend:

Webex link

Safety Car Seats

According the the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition: Effective June 27, 2022 

Age 2 and under: child must be properly restrained in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system.

Ages 2-4: A rear facing or forward facing child passenger restraint system is required.

Ages 5-10: A child passenger restraint or booster seat is required, unless your child is over 4 feet 9 inches tall

KIPC Website

Water Bottles

If your child brings a hydroflask/water bottle to school, please write their name on it.  If it gets lost or misplaced it is a lot easier to return to it.  Currently we have 5 bottles in the office lost-and-found because there are no names on them.

Picture Taking

We were just informed that all students who wish to do a retake must bring their original photo packet/package with them on the day of retakes. This would be the envelope with the pictures they ordered in them. It needs to be the entire packet/ package originally ordered. If they do not then they will need to purchase another package and pay again. 

Foodland

If you shop at Foodland, please consider making a donation to our school by using the code 77463. This fundraiser runs through the month of September.

Dates to Remember

September 29 - Parent Session

October 3-7 - Fall Break

October 12 - Picture Taking

October 31-November 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Kindness Quote

“Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your modus operandi and change the world.”  Annie Lennox 

September 16, 2022

Attitude of Gratitude

• Thank you parents for your patience during after school pick up. This is a work in progress, but we are always doing our best to make things better for you.  If you have any suggestions on how to make the flow better, please let us know.  

Monday 9/19

No School for students - This is a Professional Development Day for teachers.  We will be learning about a new math curriculum, which will be fully implemented next year!  

Foodland

If you shop at Foodland, please consider making a donation to our school by using the code 77463.  Information Flyer.  This fundraiser runs through the month of September.

Stranger Danger

This week during lunchtime, we talked with the students about being safe by not talking to strangers or getting into their car.  Please go over Stranger Danger with your child(ren) because there was a recent case that happened near Jarrett Middle School.  Although the suspect was apprehended, it’s always good to review these safety practices with your child.

Parking Lots

When entering our parking lots, please pull all the way forward before dropping off or picking up your child. Recently there have been more parents stopping near the entrances to drop and pick up, which backs up traffic into the street.

Regarding the 6th Avenue parking lot, please do not park in the stalls nearest the Cafeteria between 7:30-2:30pm.  These stalls are for our staff so we can keep the other side of the lot open to help with the flow of traffic for after school pick up.  Thank you for your support.

Seesaw Update

I heard back from Seesaw today.  Good news! They informed me that no accounts in our school or district were compromised.  

Palolo Recycle Drive

Saturday, 9/17 Palolo Elementary is having a recycle drive. Information Flyer

Shirt Orders

The deadline to order school shirts has been pushed back to Monday.  For Kindergarten parents, during the orientation we were taking a head count for the T-shirt orders but not ordering your child’s shirt.  Please make sure to order the shirt before Monday.  Sorry for any confusion.

Order Shirts Online

Trading Cards

Please remind your child to keep their cards at home (Pokemon etc).  If they bring them to school a lot of times they will get lost, stolen, or damaged.  In the past these cards have ruined some friendships.  If students bring the cards out during school hours, they will be confiscated.

Dates to Remember

September 19 - No School - Professional Development for Teachers

September 22 - SCC/FOA 5:30pm

September 29 - Parent Session

October 3-7 - Fall Break

October 12 - Picture Taking

October 31-November 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Kindness Quote

“Kindness can make a bad day good, and a good day better.” Anonymous

September 09, 2022

Attitude of Gratitude

• A big mahalo to all the families that came out last night to support our Gr 4 teachers and students at McTeacher Night.  Thank you to our awesome PTA, the Friends of Ali’iolani for sponsoring the event. 

• A big thank you to all of you for being patient during our drop off and pick up times.  We appreciate the input we are getting from parents, grandparents, and even our staff on how to make things run smoother in the parking lots.  We implemented many of the suggestions and things seem to be getting better. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely getting better.

• Thank you to our staff for their willingness to supervise the drop off and pick up in the afternoons.  We want to do everything possible to help support your child from the time they get on campus until the time you pick them up.

Picture Taking

For those that missed picture taking, the photographers will be back on October 12, 2022.  Group photos will also be done at this time for Student Council, JPOs, etc.  We will send out the order forms once we receive them, which should be this coming week.

Federal Survey Cards

This week Federal Survey cards were sent home with your child.  If you haven’t filled it out and returned to school, please do so as soon as possible.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

After School Pick Up

Please remind your child(ren) to wait in the designated pick up areas, especially the upper grade level students.  Although they want more independence, for safety reasons, they should wait by A Building.  

Parent Session

We are planning on starting our monthly Parent Sessions again.  For September, the session will be held on 9/29 (Thursday) from 6:00-7:00pm.  This session will be on How To Help Your Child Be Successful in School. 

Last year all the sessions were done virtually.  This year we want to have these sessions in person, but we also realize that finding childcare, driving to school, and being around dinner time makes it very challenging.  Please fill out this two question survey to help us determine how we can best support you. 

Online Survey

Parent Square

We heard some great feedback this morning about a family that downloaded the Parent Square app.  They speak another language and had our school message translated into their primary language, which was very helpful for them.  If you haven’t downloaded the free app, please consider doing this.  Please contact us at 808-733-4750 if you have any questions.

Meal Accounts

Reminder: Next Tuesday, September 13, 2022 is the last day for the 2021-2022 applications to be effective. Please submit a new application at ezmealapp.com to see if you qualify for continued benefits. Should your application lapse, starting September 14, 2022, full meal prices will be charged (breakfast=$1.10, lunch=$2.50) and funds will need to be deposited into your child’s meal account. Please call the office at 808-733-4750 if you have any questions.

School Meals

Menu Changes:

- 9/14 Lunch: Cheeseburger instead of Hamburger

- 9/15 Breakfast: Portuguese Sausage instead of Pork Sausage Patty

- 9/16 Lunch: Chicken Patty w/gravy instead of Roast Turkey

Dates to Remember

September 17 - Palolo Elementary will be hosting a Recycle Drive

September 19 - No School - Professional Development for Teachers

September 22 - SCC/FOA 5:30pm

September 29 - Parent Session

October 3-7 - Fall Break

October 12 - Picture Taking

October 31-November 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Kindness Quote

“Kindness is a universal language.” Anonymous

September 02, 2022

General Information

• Starting Tuesday, you will be allowed to eat breakfast in the cafeteria with your child.  However, before doing this, you must set up a meal tracker account with money in it.  Without doing this, you will not be allowed to purchase a meal.  Also, once your child is finished eating, please allow them to walk to their class on their own. 

• Parent Square, our new school wide communication platform.  This app will allow you to have messages translated into other languages along with many other awesome features. Parent Square Info

• Thursday will be the FOA sponsored  McTeacher Night at McDonalds of Palolo from 4:00-7:00pm. All money raised from this event will go to our Grade 4 students. Information Flyer

• Foodland Fundraiser - Now through September 30, 2022 is the Givealoha campaign to help raise money for various organizations.  How to make a donation

• Morning Walk - Collectively students have walked more than 490 miles, with more than 95% of the students participating.  Keep on, keeping on!!!!

Monday

Labor Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Dates to Remember

September 5 - No School - Labor Day

September 7 - McTeacher Night 4:00-7:00pm

September 17 - Palolo Elementary will be hosting a Recycle Drive

September 19 - No School - Professional Development for Teachers

September 22 - Parent Session 6:00pm

October 3-7 - Fall Break

October 31-November 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Kindness Quote

“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

August 18, 2022

Friday, August 19, 2022

No School - Statehood Day

Parking

For the 6th Avenue lot, our staff parked in the spaces closest to the cafeteria.  Since this helped decrease the amount of car backing up on 6th Avenue during afternoon pick up, we will continue to do this next week. 

Meals

The 2021-2022 meal benefits will be expiring on 09/13/2022. A new application must be submitted yearly to check and qualify for eligibility. Your child(ren) must pay full price for school meals after this date. Please deposit funds for meals into your child’s account or provide a daily lunch for your child(ren). Online payment is available at ezschoolpay.com.

 

The full price for school meals are as follows: Breakfast: $1.10, Lunch: $2.50 If you qualify for free or reduced price meals and wish to fill out an application for the current school year, please contact your school office for assistance or you may submit an application online at ezmealapp.com. If you have already submitted an application for the 2022-2023 school year, you may disregard this notice. When your application is processed, notification letter will be sent home by school, or by email if email address was provided at the time you applied.

 

The full price for school meals are as follows: Breakfast: $1.10, Lunch: $2.50 If you qualify for free or reduced price meals and wish to fill out an application for the current school year, please contact your school office for assistance or you may submit an application online at ezmealapp.com. If you have already submitted an application for the 2022-2023 school year, you may disregard this notice. When your application is processed, notification letter will be sent home by school, or by email if email address was provided at the time you applied.

Pokemon Cards

Please remind your child that Pokemon and all trading cards are not allowed at school.  The reason we don’t allow them is because they end up getting lost, stolen, or ripped and/or causes arguments between students. If students bring cards to school, we will confiscate them and call you to pick them up at the end of the school day.   Your support is greatly appreciated.

Friends of Ali‘iolani (FOA)

Some parents have asked if the FOA accepts other forms of payment besides by check.  They do have a venmo account set up, which is the attachment below. Vemno QR Code

Monday

• Wear Blue

Tuesday

• Wear Purple

Wednesday

• Picture Taking

Friday

6:00-9:00pm FOA Movie Night

Dates to Remember

August 26 - FOA Movie Night

August 29 - No School - Professional Development for Staff

September 5, - No School - Labor Day

September 19 - No School - Professional Development for Teachers

October 3-7 - Fall Break

October 31-November 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Kindness Quote

“Kindness is one of the most important ways that can help you achieve the highest level of simplicity.”  Prangya P. Sia

August 12, 2022

Parking

Monday-Wednesday the staff parking spaces will be open to help decrease the congestion in the parking lots.  If you come early to pick up your child, please park in an open space.  Please keep a passing lane open for other vehicles to pass. If the parking lots backup and you can’t turn into the lot, please drive around the block and come back.  By waiting in the street this backs up traffic in the neighborhood, and makes it harder to exit the parking lots.

 

For students in Grades 1-5, if you come at 2:25pm, the parking lots are usually clear by then.  Finally, please drive with Aloha and be cautious of our students and families.

COVID Testing

We will start COVID surveillance testing on Tuesday.  Please read Mrs. Yamada’s attached letter for more information.  If you would like to register your child for testing, please use the following link.  Those that registered last year do NOT have to register again.  Testing is free and will be done during the school day.  

Testing Letter to Parents

Register your child

Math Camp Grades 1-3

The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design (OCID) will be sponsoring a free virtual Fall Math Camp for students in the first, second, and third grade. Please register using the link in the flier:

Fall Math Camp Flier

Kalani STEM Academies

Kalani STEM Academies Flyer

Morning Supervision

Please do not drop off your child before 7:30am, unless they will be eating breakfast in the cafeteria.  Supervision in the cafeteria starts at 7:15am.  Supervision for the rest of the campus starts at 7:30am.

Kindergarten Drop Off

If you have a child in kindergarten and you come after 7:30am, please drop them off in the 6th Avenue lot.  There will be adult supervision from the parking lot to the classroom.  If your child will be eating breakfast before 7:30am, you may walk your child to the cafeteria, but you will not be allowed to enter with them.  

Kindergarten Colors

There will be a color theme for each day next week.  We are encouraging all students to wear the color on the respective day listed below.  This will help our kindergarten students learn these colors.

Monday

• Wear Red

• Kindergarten students will be released at 2:05pm

• Ms. Toyama's class - Pick up in 7th Ave lot

• Mrs. Radona & Nakamura-Heaton - Pick up in 6th Ave lot

• Grade 2 will now be dropped off and picked up from the 7th Ave lot

• Grades 1, 3, 4 & 5 will remain the same

Tuesday

• Wear Orange

Wednesday

• Wear Yellow

• Open House

   • Session 1 - 1:30-1:45pm

   • Session 2 - 1:50-2:05pm

   • Session 3 - Virtual (please check with your child's teacher)

• School ends at 1:00pm (12:50 for Kindergraten students)

Thursday

• Wear Green

Friday

Holiday - Admission Day - NO SCHOOL

Dates to Remember

August 17 - Open House

August 18 - No School - Statehood Day

August 26 - FOA Movie Night

August 29 - No School - Professional Development for Staff

September 5, - No School - Labor Day

Kindness Quote

“Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” Anne Herbert

August 5, 2022

1st Week

Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s hard to believe the first week of school is over already.

 

Next week we will start our special classes (Physical Education, Art, Health/Library, and Computer Science).  Each homeroom will attend each of these classes on a weekly basis.  

School Activities

Next week we will start the Morning Walk.  This program is open to all students and involves walking around the designated path in the morning between 7:30-7:50am.  This program was very popular last year with our students walking more than 3,200 miles collectively, and 90+% of students participating.  Each student that participates this year will get a lanyard with a QR code to help track how many times they walk around the school.

Also, after school clubs/activities will be starting up the week of August 15, 2022.  We will start off with a few clubs/activities, and then add more as we finalize our routines and schedules.  More information to follow.

Open House

We will have our Open House on August 17, 2022.  The Open House is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and find out what your child’s year will look like.  There will be two in person sessions (you can attend either one):

1:30-1:45pm

1:50-2:05pm

There will also be a virtual session for those that can’t make it to campus.  Your child’s teacher will give you more information about the time of this virtual session because it will be different for each class.  A flier with this information will also be sent home early next week.

Name Cards Gr K-2

Name cards for your vehicle were sent home with your child .  When you come to pick up your child, please have this card visible in your car.  This will help expedite the pick up process. 

COVID

Please make sure to do a daily wellness check before bringing your child(ren) to school each day.

Return to School/Word and Daily Wellness Check

Also, we will be starting our weekly surveillance testing for COVID 19 soon.  This will be for students and staff that are asymptomatic.  Mrs. Yamada, our Health Aide, will be sending home more details next week.  

Meal Application

Per the DOE website:

For the 2022-23 school year, school meal operations will return to the normal National School Lunch Program, where only eligible children will receive meals at a free or reduced price.

Families eligible for free and reduced-priced meals can apply via online applications at EZMealApp.com. Paper applications will also be available at schools. 

Dates to Remember

August 17 - Open House

August 18 - No School - Statehood Day

August 26 - FOA Movie Night

August 29 - No School - Professional Development for Staff

September 5, - No School - Labor Day

Kindness Quote

“Kindness and politeness are not at all overrated.  They are underused.” Tommy Lee James

July 29, 2022

1st Day of School

Monday is the first day of school for our Grade 1-5 students.  We will have staff available to assist students getting to their classroom.  We encourage students to bring their school supplies on their own; however, if your child has special needs, you may help them to their class.

After School Pick Up

Please be patient when dropping off and picking up your child.  The parking lots will be congested, especially during pick up.  Grades PreK-2, please use the 6th Avenue lot to pick up your child.  Grades 3-5, please use the 7th Avenue pick up.  If you have more than one child in various grades, you may use either lot.  The staff parking spaces will be open on Monday to help alleviate congestion.  You may park in any of the stalls when you come to pick up your child.  All we ask is that you don’t block other vehicles and drive with Aloha.

Open House

We will have our Open House on August 17, 2022.  The Open House is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and find out what your child’s year will look like.  There will be two in person sessions (you can attend either one):

1:30-1:45pm

1:50-2:05pm

There will also be a virtual session for those that can’t make it to campus.  Your child’s teacher will give you more information about the time of this virtual session because it will be different for each class.  If you don’t have a device, we encourage you to attend an in person session.  

Water Fountains

Although students will have access to the water fountains this year, we still encourage students to bring their own water bottles/containers.  Please make sure your child’s name is written on the water bottle because it makes it easier to return it when it gets misplaced.

COVID

As mentioned in the Superintendent’s letter sent out earlier this week:

- Indoor and outdoor masking is optional for students and employees, but highly encouraged. The HIDOE recognizes the benefits of masking for reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses and any student or employee who chooses to wear a mask will have that decision respected.

- In the event of a cluster or outbreak, masks may temporarily be required indoors.

Please see updated covid guidance for more information:

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for School Year 2022-23

Meal Application

Per the DOE website:

For the 2022-23 school year, school meal operations will return to the normal National School Lunch Program, where only eligible children will receive meals at a free or reduced price.

Families eligible for free and reduced-priced meals can apply via online applications at EZMealApp.com. Paper applications will also be available at schools. 

A+

If you would like your child to be in the A+ after school program, please make sure to fill out their application asap. There are only a few spaces available.  If interested, please fill out the application asap. 

https://www.ymcahonolulu.org/youth-programs/after-school-care

Dates to Remember

August 1 - First day of the school year for students

August 17 - Open House

August 18 - No School - Statehood Day

August 26 - FOA Movie Night

August 29 - No School - Professional Development for Staff

September 5, - No School - Labor Day

Kindness Quote

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

July 22, 2022

Class Lists

Starting on Monday from 12:00-4:00pm, the class lists will be outside the office.  Tuesday - Friday the lists will be available from 8:00-4:00pm.  If you can’t make it to school during these times, please send me an email next week and I will email you the class your child is assigned to and the teacher’s name.

If you can't find your child's name on the board, please come into the office.

*Only grades 1-5 will be posted. If your child is in kindergarten, you will be informed of your child's classroom assignment once the assessments are done.

Meal Application

Per the DOE website:

For the 2022-23 school year, school meal operations will return to the normal National School Lunch Program, where only eligible children will receive meals at a free or reduced price. Meal prices for the coming school year remain unchanged at the following prices:

Regular Breakfast: $1.10         Reduced Breakfast: $0.30

Regular Lunch: $2.50              Reduced Lunch: $0.40

Families eligible for free and reduced-priced meals can apply via online applications at EZMealApp.com. Paper applications will also be available at schools. 

A+

If you would like your child to be in the A+ after school program, please make sure to fill out their application asap.  Space is limited and is determined by the amount of staff available from the Nuuanu YMCA, which is the organization that oversees this program. 

https://www.ymcahonolulu.org/youth-programs/after-school-care

If you already filled out an application, the YMCA will be the ones contacting you regarding your child’s status.

Dates to Remember

August 1 - First day of the school year for students

August 18 - No School - Statehood Day

August 26 - FOA Movie Night

August 29 - No School - Professional Development for Staff

September 5, - No School - Labor Day

Kindness Quote

“Kindness is doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.” RAKtivist

July 15, 2022

Kau Kau Event

This evening’s Kaimuki Kau Kau Event, which was supposed to be from 5:00-9:00pm has been CANCELED!

Meal Application

Per the DOE website:

For the 2022-23 school year, school meal operations will return to the normal National School Lunch Program, where only eligible children will receive meals at a free or reduced price. Meal prices for the coming school year remain unchanged at the following prices:

Regular Breakfast: $1.10         Reduced Breakfast: $0.30

Regular Lunch: $2.50              Reduced Lunch: $0.40

Families eligible for free and reduced-priced meals can apply via online applications at EZMealApp.com. Paper applications will also be available at schools. 

Email Removal

If your child no longer attends Ali’iolani or if you do not want to be on this email list, please respond to the email, or notify the office. 

AES Parent Information

Please see the attachment.  Keep in mind things may change as safety guidance and protocols are updated. While this handbook has some school information, we will also be sending out a lot of updates throughout the school year.

Dates to Remember

August 1 - First day of the school year for students

August 18 - No School - Statehood Day

August 29 - No School - Professional Development for Staff

September 5, - No School - Labor Day

Kindness Quote

“Kindness is magic” Anonymous