Stacey Bello
Principal

Principal's monthly Message

 

 

April 2020

"Teachers who put relationships first don't just have students for one year.

They have students who view them as 'their' teacher for life."

~ Educator Justin Tarte

Aloha Keaukaha!

This has definitely been a steep learning curve for all of us! The situation and circumstances surrounding us has forced us all to step out of our comfort zones and stretch ourselves in ways that we are not used to. Talk about GROWTH! I think we've all experienced it in the last month.

I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for working so closely with us and for learning along side us as we work together to support the children of Keaukaha Elementary School! They are our number one priority and we miss them so, so much!

Please continue to work closely with your child's teacher and feel free to reach out to me (stacey.bello@k12.hi.us) if you need help with anything! I applaud you in the work that you are doing at home with your children. We appreciate you beyond words!

With Lots of Love & Absolute Aloha,

Kumu Stacey Bello

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March 2020

 

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

~ Confucius

 

Aloha!!

It's March and it is so hard to believe that there are only 3 more months in the school year!

Students will close the 3rd quarter with March testing in I-Ready for both Reading and Math for grades 3-6. We want to encourage our students to concentrate and to do their best. This assessment helps us measure how far students have come since they took their initial test in August.

Huge MAHALOs go out to Kumu Fa'anunu, Uncle Chandon and our Student Council for our annual Spirit Week.. Everyday of Spirit Week has a dress up theme that aligns with Dr. Seuss! YAY!!. Here are the themes:

         3/9 Monday = Twins Day

        3/10 Tuesday = Silly Sock Day

        3/11 Wednesday = Career Day

        3/12 Thursday = Favorite Dr. Seuss Character Day

        3/13 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 11th. Mahalo to Kumu Spear for putting this day together. Parents, as well as community partners and businesses, are asked to volunteer their time to speak to our children about the many career options that are out there. What an exciting day for our students!

Our 7th Annual Kūhiō Day celebration, E Ola Mau Na Ali'i: Long Live the Chiefs, is scheduled for Friday, the 13th. During this beautiful ceremony, 6th grade students pay tribute to Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana'ole for his role in the creation of our Keaukaha community. 6th grade students will share their speeches with us, lead us in 'oli and song, dance hula in his honor, while each grade level will present a lei during the lei draping ceremony to our Prince. I can't wait to see what our students have put together!

As a reminder, the last day of the 3rd quarter is March 13th, Friday. Students will be off from March 16th through March 20th for Spring Break.. Students return to school on Monday, March 23rd. 

That's it for now.

If there's more news to share, I'll reach out to you through ParentSquare.

Mahalo for all of your support!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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February 2020

 

“Sometimes we're tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.”

~ Author Unknown

 

Aloha Keaukaha!

We welcome the month of February!

It will be a fairly quiet month for us, but here are some dtes you should know:

Here are some dates you should know ~

Feb 7:  Hui Walaʻau (Principal Talk Story Sessions)

Feb 7: Book Swap

Feb 7: CPR/AED Classes for Grade 5

Feb 4-6: HSA Science Grade 5 Testing

Feb 12: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day

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

Feb 14, 15: Book Swap Days

Feb 17: NO SCHOOL - Presidentʻs Day

Feb 27: Pō Leʻa - Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets 2

Have a great month of February!

Mahalo for all you do!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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January 2020

Happy 2020!

We've officially entered a new decade! 

YIKES!

I hope all of you had a restful and safe holiday season and that 2020 has started off well for you! 

 

Students return to school on January 7 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 won't be on campus for the first week of school, but I can't wait to see everyone when I return! 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 7 (Tu):  Students return

     ~ January 10 (F):  Hui Wala'au (Principal's Talk Story session)

     ~ January 10 (F):  Book Swap

     ~ January 17 (F):  NO SCHOOL for students

     ~ January 20 (M):  NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

     ~ January 24 (F):  2nd Quarter Awards Assembly

Looking forward to a GREAT2020 year! 

Mahalo for your partnership and support!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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December 2019

 

“Great things never come from comfort zones.”

~ Author Unknown

 

Aloha e Keaukaha ‘Ohana!

Welcome to the month of December, the final month of the 2019 year! Teachers and students will be very busy this month as they close out the 2nd quarter.

Wednesday, December 18 is our annual Evening of Song. Please be sure to mark your calendars. Students are working hard and practicing their performances and I am positive it will be an amazing performance! 

The last day for students is scheduled on Friday, December 20. It is also PAJAMA Day! Students will be on Winter Break from December 23 to Monday, January 6. We can't wait to see our students back on campus on Tuesday, January 8\7

Mahalo for all of your support, love and dedication!!

You guys are AWESOME!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so GRATEUL for you!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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October 2019

 

“Push Yourself Because No One Is Going To Do It For You.”

~ 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 dates shared previously.

 

If you are available, please join us at our monthly Hui Wala’au – Principal Talk-Story sessions. It is a time for us to sit down together and have a conversation about our school. Thank you to our parents for sharing some great ideas. This venue is a wonderful way for you to ask me questions in person and to share ideas on how to make our school a better learning environment! I really appreciate your time and continued partnership! 

 

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. Let’s work together to get your child to be as successful as he or she can be. Mahalo for your amazing partnership!

 

Mahalo for all of your support!!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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September 2019

 

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are

something to DO, something to LOVE, and something to HOPE FOR."

~ Joseph Addison

Aloha e Keaukaha Families!

 

What a great opening of the school year it has been thus far! Students have successfully transitioned back to school and are getting into the swing of things. 

Open House was amazing! Our final count indicates that we had almost 1,000 individuals in attendance. Wow!! Mahalo for joining us as we celebrate and highlight all that your children have done in the past month of school. They are always so excited to show you their projects and for you to meet their fabulous teachers. Again, MAHALO for joining us!

The month of September will be a pretty busy one. Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

        September 2 - No School: Labor Day Holiday

        September 5 - Lockdown Drill

        September 6 - Hui Wala'au- Principal Talk Story Session

        September 6 - Book Swap @ Recess

        September 6 - Student Council Elections

        September 13 - Fire Drill

        September 17 - Off-Campus Evacuation Drill

        September 20 - Picture Taking Day: SMILE Day!!

        September 24 - 'Ohana Night: Reading, Writing & Math Night

We hope you can join us for our first ’OHANA NIGHT of the year on September 24.. The focus of the evening will be to support you as you work with your children in the areas of Reading, Writing and Math! Our Math, Reading and Writing Committees will take the lead that night and share some information and great strategies for you to use when helping your child. It will be a great night of learning! 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!

 

Keaukaha will hold several safety drills this month. Please refer to our 'Ohana Handbook Emergency Drill section for more information. Drills this month include a Lockdown, Fire, and an Off-Campus Evacuation. Please speak with your children about always being safe, following all directions, and remaining calm during any emergency situations.   

 

MAHALO NUI for your continued support as we start off the new year! Have a great month of September!!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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August 2019

 

Aloha e Keaukaha Families!

 

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

to another exciting school year at Keaukaha Elementary 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 may be the final year that Keaukaha Elementary can participate in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) under the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. CEP allows all of our students, regardless of their socio-economic status, to have one free breakfast and one free lunch daily. Again, ALL students at Keaukaha Elementary are able to eat breakfast and lunch for FREE everyday! this year. We will keep you posted on the status of this program as the year moves along. 

 

Please mark your calendar for our annual Wehena Kula - Open House. It is scheduled for August 28, 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 and meet their AWESOME teacher!.

I am so thankful to have you in our lives! 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 aloha & malama them every single day!!

"Success comes by choice, not by chance."

~ Author Unknown

I'm looking forward to another amazing year together!!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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Hoping everyone has a FUN, RELAXING & SAFE summer!!!

Students return to school on Monday, August 5, 2019!

We can't wait for everyone to return!!

See you all soon! :)

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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