Stacey Bello
Principal

Principal's monthly Message

May 2019,

Be thankful for every new challenge.

Each will give you more strength, wisdom & character."

~ Author Unknown

 

Aloha!!

May Day was absolutely beautiful! I am so proud of the performances our students put together. They truly did our Keaukaha community proud! Mahalo to the many individuals who put time and energy into preparing our children for our annual hula tradition. Can't wait for next year!

We are in our final month of the school year and have so many FUN activities planned! Please stay informed!

Mahalo for all that do for your children and for us!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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April 2019

Aloha everyone!

We are now in our last quarter of the school year and it is sure to be filled with lots of activities!

Students in grades 3-6 will participate in the state wide assessment, beginning this month. It is a very challenging test that will require students to remain focused for long periods of time. It is not easy at all..... so we would like you to join us in encouraging your child to do their best! That is all we can ask of them.

Please remain in close contact with your child's teacher as we begin our preparations to close out the school year. Stay informed.

Mahalo for all of your support and have an AMAZING month of April!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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March 2019

 

"Life is short, time is fast, no replay, no rewind,

so enjoy every moment as it comes."

~ Author Unknown

Aloha!!

We are now in the month of March and we only have 3 months more of school. Let's make the best of these last 3 months!!

Students will close the 3rd quarter with some March testing in I-Ready for both Reading and Math. Please encourage your children to do their best. This assessment helps us measure how much growth your children has made since August and how we can better serve them in the last 3 months of school.

Thank yous go out to Uncle Chandon and our Student Council for our annual Spirit Week which is scheduled for March 11th through the 15th. Everyday of Spirit Week has a dress up theme. Here are the themes:

         Monday = Sports Day

        Tuesday = Wacky Tacky Day

        Wednesday = Career Day

        Thursday = Black & White Day

        Friday = Aloha Attire.

Please encourage your children to dress up daily and feel free to join us in the fun!

Career Day will be held on Wednesday, the 13th. Mahalo to Kumu Spear for putting this day together. Parents, as well as community partners and businesses, will volunteer their time to speak to our children about the many career options that are out there. We want to expose all of our children to the possibilities that could lie ahead for them and to get them excited about their future!!

Our 6th Annual Kūhiō Day celebration is scheduled for Friday, the 15th. During this time, we pay tribute to Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana'ole for his role in the origin of the community we exist in. 6th grade students will share their speeches with us, lead us in 'oli and song, and each grade level will participate in a lei draping ceremony. It will be a beautiful celebration!

A group of our students and their families will be heading off to the East Coast for their school trip. This field trip is taken every two years and is lead by our PCNC Mona Ubedei. They are going to have so much fun! Can't wait to see all of the pictures when they return! Have fun and be safe!!

As a reminder, the last day of the 3rd quarter is March 15th, Friday. Students will be off from March 18th through March 22nd. for Spring Break.. Students return to school on Monday, March 25 for just one day and then they are off again on Tuesday, March 26, due to the actual Kūhiō holiday. 

Okay Keaukaha 'ohana, let's make the most out of the month of March!!

Mahalo for your continued partnership and support!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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February 2019

 

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

~ Author Unknown

 

Aloha e Keaukaha ‘Ohana!

February is such a busy month for us! During the first full week of February, our school will participate in a WASC Accreditation process. WASC stands for Western Association of Schools and College and their mission is to support schools in an on-going process focused on school improvement. All schools in Hawaiʻi, elementary and secondary, will need to go through this WASC process. Our turn is this year... Whoohoo!

During the WASC visit, a team of individuals will be on campus to do observations, talk to stakeholders, conduct meetings and so on. They have so much to do in a short period of time. Please join us in welcoming them to our campus during the week of February 4-7.

Our 4th grade students will be taking their first round of statewide Science testing on February 5, 6 and 7. This assessment measures how much students know in the area of Science. Good luck, Grade 4!!

Our school is partnering with our fantastic parent group, Hui ʻOhana o Keaukaha, to host our 2nd annual Health & Wellness Awareness Day on Saturday, February 9., from 9 am - 1 pm. Please join us on this day at our schoolʻs cafeteria. We will have lots of information vendors, food options, fun activities, great entertainment and so much more! Our teachers will also be there to sell a variety of items in an effort to raise money to support their grade level initiatives. Please come down and support! Mahalo in. advance for that!

Our final movie night for the year will be held on February 28, 2019. Watch out for the informational flyer that will be coming home shortly. We hope you can join us!

Here are some dates you should know ~

Feb 1:  Hui Walaʻau (Principal Talk Story Sessions)

Feb 4-15:  Pennies 4 Patients

Feb 4-7:  WASC Accreditation Visit

Feb 5-7: HSA Science Grade 4 Testing

Feb 9:  Health & Wellness Awareness Day

Feb 12: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day

Feb 14: Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart)

Feb 14, 15: Book Swap Days

Feb 18: NO SCHOOL - Presidentʻs Day

Feb 28: Pō Leʻa - Movie Night

Well, thatʻs it for now........

Mahalo for all of your support and have a GREAT February!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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January 2019

Happy New Year!!

Welcome to 2019!

 

I hope all of you had a beautiful and safe holiday season! Students return to school on January 8 and we will open the new semester with our traditional PIKO ceremony. This will give students and staff a time to reconnect with each other and get ourselves focused back on school after this long break. I look forward to seeing everyone back on campus again!

January is a quiet month for us with only a few activities planned. Please mark your calendars with the following events:

     ~ January 8 (Tu):  Students return

     ~ January 11 (F):  Hui Wala'au (Principal's Talk Story session)

     ~ January 16 (W):  Jump Rope for Heart Kick-Off Rally

     ~ January 18 (F):  NO SCHOOL for students

     ~ January 21 (M):  NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

     ~ January 25 (F):  2nd Quarter Awards Assembly

I look forward to our continued work in 2019!

Mahalo for your partnership and support !

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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December 2018

 

“Nobody can make you happy until you're happy with yourself first.”

~ Author Unknown

 

Aloha e Keaukaha ‘Ohana!

Welcome to the month of December, the final month of the 2018 year! Students will be very busy this month as they work hard to close out the 2nd quarter.

Please be sure to mark your calendars on December 19 for our annual Evening of Song. Students are practicing their performances and are ready to put on a show for you. How exciting!!

Last day for students will be on Friday, December 21. Students will be on Winter Break from then until Monday, January 7. They return to school on Tuesday, January 8.

Mahalo for all of your support!!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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November 2018

We've officially entered the Gobble-Gobble month!

Wishing all ofyou a Happy Thanksgiving!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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October 2018

 

“Train your mind to see the good in every situation.”

~ Author Unknown

 

Aloha e Keaukaha ‘Ohana!

 

We’ve officially entered the month of October and will be closing out the 1st quarter of school this week! How exciting!

 

October will be a very busy month for us. Please be sure to mark your calendar with the following dates:

 

            October 2 – National Custodial Worker’s Day

            October 3 – Lion’s Club Vision Screening (Grades K, 1, 3, 5)

            October 4 – Missile Attack Drill

            October 5 – Hui Wala’au; Last Day of the 1st Quarter

            October 8 -12 – No School – Fall Break

            October 17 – Anti-Bullying Assembly; Picture Re-Take day

            October 18 – Earthquake Drill

            October 19 – No School – Teacher Professional Development Day #1

            October 23 – PINK OUT Day – everyone wears pink

            October 24 – UNITY Day – everyone wears orange

            October 25 – Pō Le’a – Movie Night

            October 25 - November 2 – Parent Teacher Conferences

            October 31 – Halloween Dress Up Day

            November 1 – Tsunami Evacuation Drill – to the Lyman airport gate

            November 2 – Hui Wala’au

 

If you are available, please join us at our monthly Hui Wala’au – Principal Talk-Story sessions. It is a great time for us to sit down together and have a conversation about our fabulous school. I love the ideas that are shared from parents who attend. It is the perfect time for you to ask me questions and to share ideas on how to make our school a better place for everyone! I really appreciate your time and partnership! I look forward to seeing more of you at our monthly sessions.

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up shortly. Please mark your calendars for early release at 1:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 1:10 pm on Wednesday. I would like to take this time to encourage each of you to attend your child’s conferences and learn more about how your child is performing in school. Let’s work together to get your child to be as successful as he or she can be. Mahalo for your continued partnership!

 

In addition to our Hui Wala’au and our Parent-Teacher Conferences, I hope you are able to attend all of our upcoming family events in the months of October, November and December. You are ALWAYS WELCOMED and we would LOVE to have you there!

 

Mahalo for all of your support!!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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September 2018

 

"Your potential is endless. Go do what you were created to do."

~ Author Unknown

Aloha e Keaukaha Families!

 

What a great opening of the school year it has been! Students have been so very busy with transitioning back to school, reconnecting with friends, and welcoming you into their classrooms during Open House!

 

We had such an amazing turnout for Open House! Over 850 of you were in attendance! That was absolutely FABULOUS! Mahalo for joining us that evening. Your children were so PROUD to have you in their classrooms and teachers were so GRATEFUL to have had that opportunity to meet you.

 

The month of September will be an even busier one. Please mark your calendar for our first ’OHANA NIGHT of the school year. It will take place on Thursday, September 27. The focus of our evening will be to support you as you work with your children in the areas of Reading, Writing and Math! Our Math and Writing Committee, as well as our Academic Coaches, will share some information and great strategies for you to use when helping your child. What a great night of learning it will be! I’m so excited for that evening! Oh yes and the best part, all students who attend the ’Ohana Night will receive a bonus of 25 HERO points and will be one step closer to reaching ULTIMATE hero status! Whoohoo!

 

"SMILE DAY" is coming! September 21 will be Picture Taking day for students. Please mark your calendar for that as well. It is a Friday and therefore, Free Dress Day.

 

Students will also participate in several safety drills this month. Please refer to the Emergency Drill information in our 'Ohana Handbook for more information. Drills this month include a Lockdown, Fire, and an Off-Campus Evacuation. We continue to speak with your children about safety and remaining calm during all emergency situations.   

 

In closing, MAHALO for your continued support.

Before we know it, the first quarter will be over. Whew!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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August 6, 2018

 

Aloha e Keaukaha Families!

 

WELCOME BACK..........

 

to another exciting school year at Keaukaha Elementary School! We are so excited to have everyone back on campus after their two month summer vacation. Our students have been away from us way too long! We hope they are just as excited to return to school.

 

We open our first day of school with our traditional PIKO ceremony. Students will come together first thing in the morning as a whole school. At that time, we will have our oldest boy and oldest girl cut the “PIKO” (a lei woven together by our staff) to welcome in the brand new school year. When done, students will return to their classrooms to begin a brand new year with their new teacher and classmates. How exciting!!

 

This year, Keaukaha Elementary continues to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) under the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Which means, all of our students, regardless of their socio-economic status, will be eligible for free breakfast and free lunch daily. Again, ALL students of Keaukaha Elementary are able to eat breakfast and lunch for FREE everyday! :) This is GREAT news for our families!

 

Please mark your calendar for our upcoming Wehena Kula - Open House. It is scheduled for August 29 Wednesday and more information will be sent home with our students. I hope all of you are able to join us and allow your children to show you all the wonderful things they’ve done since the first day of school. :) They are always so PROUD to have you visit their classrooms.

 

“The more you are in a state of gratitude,

the more you will attract things to be grateful for.”

~ Author Unknown

We are so grateful to have you! MAHALO for being such an important part of our work here at Keaukaha! We absolutely need you as our partners in your child’s education journey. Your children are OUR children and we will be the BEST versions of ourselves every single day. 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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