Head of School - End of Year Message

May 13, 2022

Aloha Ho`ala ‘Ohana,

I hope this email finds you well as summer approaches and we enter the final few days of school.  I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Board, the faculty, and the staff, to thank our families for the joy and privilege of supporting your child or children.  The trust you have placed in us is one of the highest rewards one can bestow and we truly appreciate your faith in our decision-making to keep the school open and the children engaged in learning.  Despite the many challenges faced over the past ten months, it has been an amazing year, with so many wonderful activities and events.  It must be said, Ho`ala not only survived these challenges, but thrived.  Allow me to close the year by highlighting a few events since my last update and share what is planned for the next several days. 

On Thursday, April 28, Ho`ala students, faculty, and parents, spent the morning at Waimea Valley, under the direction of Melani and Maddie, our Waimea guides, pulling invasive plants and weeds, in an area called the Palm Garden. They also learned about the ahupua’a system from Auntie  Ka’ula.  The morning started with a Hawaiian chant led by Kelley and Kamalani introducing us to this very special place.  The students worked extremely hard and the compliments received from the Waimea staff were heart-warming.  I want to thank all the children, teachers, and the parents - Ken, Patricia, Sarah, Kelley, Jimmy, and Supatra - for participating in this service project and helping protect the valley.  

On Friday the 29, a professional development day for teachers, the staff spent the morning visiting Waipahu High School.  Sheri, a parent of two children at Ho`ala and a teacher at WHS for over 15 years, was our host.  After meeting with Meryl Matsumura, the interim principal, and learning about the transformation of the school and the academy system, we spent the next several hours meeting with teachers and students.  It was a very educational (and enlightening) experience to see how education can be transformed by tapping student’s passion.  Students live by the phrase, “My Voice, My Choice, My Future.”

Wednesday, May 4, was a fun-filled day with the St. Jude’s Trike-A-Thon kicking off the fun.  Thank you to Carolyn for coordinating this effort and all the students who participated raising nearly one-thousand dollars to support this wonderful cause.  This event was followed by Ho`ala’s first ever Touch-A-Truck.  Thank you to Jodie for leading this effort and our fifth and sixth graders for serving as guides.  We had ten trucks in our parking lot, including two cranes, a fire and shave ice truck, an Emergency Management Service vehicle, a military and local police car, and a construction as well as a military transport truck.  A special thank you to Jimmy and Brian for participating in the event and bringing their vehicles.  The children had so much fun learning about the different careers associated with the men and women who brought the vehicles, not to mention topping of the event with a shave ice, compliments of the PTSO.  Such a wonderful event, we even made the evening news!

The week of the 9, our third and fifth graders took the Stanford Achievement Test.  The test measures students’ proficiency in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Our students feel confident that they did well and we are expecting positive results by early September at which time we will follow up with the appropriate parents.  Thank you to Lori and Jodie for proctoring the test and supporting the students.

 

Please keep an eye out for the May edition of the Ho`ala Herald highlighting many of the above eventsThe following activities and events are planned to close out the school year. 

Date

Activity/Event/Notice

Tuesday, 17

Education Committee Meeting – 5:30 PM

Wednesday, 18

Abbreviated PTSO Meeting, 12:00 noon

Thursday, 19

Kody, in charge, Acting Head of School

Thursday, 19

2021-2022 Yearbooks will be Distributed

Friday, 20

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Jam

(Menu/more information forthcoming)

Tuesday, 24

BBQ Lunch for Students

(Menu/more information forthcoming)

Tuesday, 24

Student Drama Performances

(More information forthcoming)

To be Determined

Movie Day

(More information forthcoming)

Wednesday, 25

Last Day of School – 12:00 noon dismissal

No Ho`ala Plus After-School Program

Thursday, June 2

Final Student Reports Mailed to Parents

 

Finally, if you are looking for an outstanding summer program that combines both academics with fun activities, there are a few seats left in Ho`ala’s summer program that begins Monday, June 6.  Each week will have an exciting theme such as: Kitchen Chemistry; the Wizard Academy; All Ball – Sports and More; Construction Camp; Teaching the 3 Rs - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle; and Rainforests.  In addition, we will be bringing back “Camp Kokua” (a service learning program for students who have completed 3rd through 6th grade).  Camp Kokua will take place over two weeks beginning June 27.  For more information regarding summer programs, please see Darlene or Chris.

 

 

In closing, as we approach the final week of school, we deeply appreciate and are grateful for your support throughout the year.  On behalf of us all here at Ho`ala, we wish you and your entire family a healthy and enjoyable summer. 

 

Chris  

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