Head of School 2nd Quarter Update

Aloha Ho`ala `Ohana,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones well and you enjoyed the holiday.  I find it hard to believe that 2022 is just four short weeks away.  We are in our sixteenth week of school and fast approaching the half-way mark.  I want to take this time, on behalf of the faculty and administrative staff, to thank the entire Ho`ala educational community for their continued support as we, together, provide the children with a healthy and safe learning environment while supporting their academic progress and social and emotional development.  Allow me to provide a quick update of past and future events. 

The month of November seemed to fly but we were able to fill the month with some fun-filled, and much needed, events.  I want to take this opportunity to thank Sarah W. for coordinating and hosting the Usborne Book Fair on Tuesday the 9.  I also want to thank the students and parents or legal guardians who participated in the Fair making it a tremendous success.  Over $600 was raised for teachers to purchase books and materials for their classrooms.   Sarah is planning a spring book fair during our Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences on March 10 and 11.  Thank you, Sarah.

I want to thank all the families who participated in our Zippy’s Fundraiser and acknowledge Darlene and Justine for coordinating this activity.  I also want to acknowledge parent Daniel O. as Ho`ala’s top seller, selling over 100 tickets (that’s a lot of chili!).  Through your efforts,  we were able to raise over $1,600 for the purchase of playground equipment for our students.  Thank you. 

In November, the PTSO sponsored two Frozen Treat Fridays and distributed 175 Gratitude-grams.  I encourage you, if you are interested and have the time, to contact Emma,  our PTSO president, ptso@hoalaschool.org, and become involved with this dedicated group of parents.  I also wish to thank our families for donating food for the annual Aloha Harvest Food Drive.   Your generosity helped to feed the hungry and make someone’s Thanksgiving that much more special.    

With no school on Veteran’s Day, Thursday the 11, Ho`ala students, faculty, and staff honored our veterans by waving American flags and chanting USA in front of the school the morning of Wednesday the 10.  I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Ho`ala Board of Directors, faculty, and staff, to thank all those who serve our country by protecting our freedom. 

Ho`ala was the third school on the Island to host a vaccination clinic for children ages 5 to 11.  I am happy to report that 76% of our students participated in receiving their vaccination.  We continue to closely monitor and follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hawai’i Department of Health and encourage all eligible individuals, adults and children alike, to get vaccinated.  The Ho`ala Board of Directors, faculty, and staff continue to hold as one of our highest priorities, the health and safety of all the children in our charge.  We will be discussing possible changes, if any, to our current COVID-19 Protocols after the New Year.   The Ho`ala Education Committee, chaired by Sheri E., have been kept informed of this ongoing discussion and will offer recommendations in the future.  I want to thank Dr. Leo Pascua, pediatrician and Ho`ala Board Member, for being on call during the clinic, our teachers and staff for supporting the students, and all those who participated in this event.

Allow me to share some upcoming December events:

Date

Activity

Friday the 3rd

Frozen Treat Friday

Saturday the 4th

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Ho`ala-day Winter Craft Fair

Hongwanji Parking Lot

Friday the 10th

6:00 to 7:30 PM Ugly Sweater Drive-thru

Hongwanji Parking Lot

(more information will be forthcoming)

Monday the 13th thru

Friday the 17th

Ho`ala Spirit Week

(more information will be forthcoming)

Thursday the 16th

Winter Holiday Concert at Pick-up

(more information will be forthcoming)

Friday the 17th

End of 1st Semester

Friday the 17th

Noon Dismissal 

Morning Care Provided/No After-school Care 

Monday the 20th thru

January 2nd

Winter Break, No School

January 3rd

Teacher Work Day, No School

January 4th

Students return from the Winter Break

 

In closing, on behalf of the Board of Directors, the faculty, and staff, we thank you for your continued support and for placing your trust in us to educate your child or children.  With your continued support and by working together, we look forward to providing a quality education and supporting the social and emotional well-being of all our students.

 

Warmest regards,

Chris Campisano, Ed. D.

Head of School

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