Stacey Bello
Principal

Principal's Weekly Message

1/7/2018

 

Aloha e Keaukaha and Happy 2018!

 

“Life is about balance.

Be kind, but don’t let people abuse you.

Trust, but don’t be deceived.

Be content, but never stop improving yourself.”

~ Author Unknown

 

I hope you all had a fun-filled holiday season and found some time to eat, sleep and play. :)

 

We are entering the 3rd quarter of the school year and we are still going strong. Students return to school on Monday, January 8 and we will welcome them back with our traditional PIKO ceremony first thing in the morning. From there, students will return to their classes to continue their learning.

 

As a reminder, there will be no school for students on Friday, January 12. This will be the case for all schools in the Hilo and Waiakea Complex Areas. Teachers and EAs will spend the day in training. In addition, there will be no school on Monday, January 15th due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

 

In closing, I’d like to wish all of you a most fulfilling year ahead. May you find continued happiness and peace!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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12/21/2017

Wishing all of you a Happy Holiday season!!!

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12/3/2017

 

"Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose."

~ Author Unknown

Aloha e Keaukaha ‘Ohana!

Mahalo everyone for a. wonderful month of November! Our 'Ohana Luncheons were such a success and we were so happy to provide you with an opportunity to join your children for lunch on their grade level luncheon day! It was wonderful to see all of you! Mahalo to Aunty Mona Ubedei for coordinating the month long event and to the many hands who made it a great experience for all! We look forward to next year's 'Ohana Luncheons!

Our annual Book Fair was also a success! Mahalo to Aunty Wahine Mercado for organizing this event! Students and parents lined up everyday afterschool to visit our Book Fair! It was great to have so many students EXCITED about buying books!  Mahalo to the adult and student volunteers who helped to make this event such a success! A special MAHALO also goes out to our special grandparents who donate $1,000 every year to help purchase a book for every child, whether they attend the Book Fair or not! Thank you for always taking care of our haumana!

Our annual Evening of Song is fast approaching on December 20, Wednesday. Please be sure to mark your calendars. Our theme this year is Disney in Keaukaha. Your children have been practicing and are getting themselves ready for their performances. We can't wait to see and hear it! We hope you can join us!! Keaukaha will also have a Hawaiian Plate available for dinner for a $10.00 donation. All funds raised will be used to cover the cost of our WATER DAY for students at the end of the school year. 

In closing, I just want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and mahalo nui for all of your support!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

A Hui Hou!

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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11/22/2017

Wishing all of you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING weekend!

I hope you have a chance to eat your fill, find the best shopping deals, and spend quality time with those you love! Be safe during this four-day weekend and we shall see you back on campus on Monday, the 27th!

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11/4/2017

 

"Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen."

~ Author Unknown

Aloha e Keaukaha ‘Ohana!

 

I hope this posting finds all of you happy and healthy!

 

The month of November is proving to be just as busy as October. :) We opened the month with the continuation of Parent Teacher Conferences. I want to say THANK YOU to all of you for attending these conferences and for spending time with those who work so closely with your child daily.

 

Our tsunami/campus evacuation drill is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, the 6th! As mentioned in my letter and the synervoice message, we are leaving the campus at 12:30 pm and heading to the airport gates on Baker Avenue. Gates will open for us at 12:40 pm, allowing us to cross the runway. Please be sure to dress your children in their uniform shirt and comfortable walking shoes. We have a far walk ahead of us. Water will be provided to students once we cross the runway and buses will bring all of us back to the campus. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions about the evacuation drill. Mahalo!

 

We also celebrate our kūpuna this week with Lā Kūpuna (Kupuna Day) on Tuesday, the 7th. This special day allows our kūpuna and students to come together and share stories about growing up in Keaukaha! What a special day it is and we look forward to welcoming our kūpuna to campus!

 

‘Ohana Luncheons begin this week as we continue to celebrate the core value of ‘OHANA. Parents and extended family members are encouraged to eat lunch with our students on your designated day. You can choose to buy a school lunch or bring an outside lunch for you and your child. We look forward to seeing you in our cafeteria this month! Should you have any questions about the luncheons, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Mona Ubedei. Mahalo!

         November 9 - Grade 6

         November 14 - Grade 1

         November 15 - Grade 2

         November 16 - Grade 3

         November 20 - Grade PK

         November 28 - Grade 4

         November 29 - Grade 5

         November 30 - Grade K

 

Have a great 4-day weekend, everyone!

Mahalo for all of your support!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

A Hui Hou!

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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10/15/2017

 

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

 

Welcome Back to School!!

It is great to have everyone back on campus for the start of the 2nd quarter!

We kick off this week with our Anti-Bullying Assembly on Monday, the 16th. This assembly will be lead by our Student Council, under the guidance of Uncle Chandon! We look forward to their strong and PONO message of TAKE A STAND, LEND A HAND! There is no place for BULLIES at our school! Mahalo Student Council and Uncle Chandon!

October is Fire Prevention Month. Students will participate in a Fire Prevention Assembly on Wednesday, the 18th, with fire department personnel. Students will learn important information on fire safety. Mahalo Aunty Mona for coordinating!

We also have a short week this week with NO SCHOOL on Friday, the 20th. All teachers and EAs in the Hilo-Waiakea complex area will participate in this day of learning. Please be sure to make alternate arrangements for your children. 

I am looking forward to another fabulous quarter at Keaukaha! 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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10/6/2017

Happy Fall Break!

Be safe!

We will see everyone back on campus on Monday, 10/16/2017

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9/17/2017

 

“Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.”

~ Arthur Ash

 

Aloha e Keaukaha!!

 

I just can’t believe how quickly time is passing us by. We only have 3 more weeks left in the 1st quarter before it’s FALL BREAK! Whew! Time is just moving along.

 

This week is PICTURE TAKING week at Keaukaha. Students will smile for the camera on Friday, September 22. Please ensure your child has their picture taking envelopes, if ordering pictures. It is a Friday so it is a FREE dress day; no uniforms are required. I can’t wait to see all of their SMILING faces on that day!

 

Please mark your calendars for next week’s ‘OHANA NIGHT! It will take place on Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 pm. We will start with a light dinner in our cafeteria and then move into various classrooms. A flyer was already sent home regarding the evening. As a reminder, any student who comes with a parent will receive 5 bonus HERO points for attending. Whoohoo!! We hope you can join us! We look forward to seeing all of you there.

 

As always, MAHALO NUI for being the amazing community that you are! We appreciate every single one of you!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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9/4/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha ʻOhana!

 

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions become easier.”

~ Author Unknown

 

We had an AWESOME Wehena Kula - Open House this week with over 800 individuals in attendance! Mahalo nui for joining us that evening! Our children were so excited to show off their classrooms, their teachers and their hard work! It was great to see such BIG smiles on their faces! We look forward to seeing you at future family gatherings!

 

This week our students will practice our mandatory LOCKDOWN drill. A synervoice message will go out to families Tuesday evening informing them of the drill and some talking points with your child. If you don’t receive it, here are the talking points:

        1. Explain the purpose of a lockdown. Lockdowns are used if there is a potential

danger on campus and it is a way to keep everyone safe.

        2. Students are not to panic. They must remain calm the entire time.

        3. Students are to listen carefully to all directions given to them by their

teachers. This is not a time to play around.

Have a great week, everyone!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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8/27/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha ʻOhana!

 

“Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.

Every act creates a ripple, with no logical end.”

~ Scott Adams

 

It’s Open House time! We hope you can join us for our annual Wehena Kula - Open House on Wednesday, August 30th! A light dinner will be available beginning at 5:30 pm. We will start off the evening in our cafeteria and then break out into the individual classrooms. This is a great time to meet with your child’s teacher and see everything your child has done in the first month of school! I hope you can join us!  :)

  

I look forward to seeing you all this week!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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8/21/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha ʻOhana!

 

“Every struggle you had in your life shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times they can only make you stronger.”

Author Unknown

 

I hope all of you had a relaxing 3-day weekend!

 

Students start their resource classes this week. These resource classes include ʻOlelo, PE, Guidance, Library and Keyboarding. While our students are in resources, their teachers will use this time to discuss their academic instruction for the week, review student performance data about each child and plan for the weeks ahead. What an exciting week it will be!!

 

Please mark your calendar for our upcoming Wehena Kula - Open House. It is scheduled for August 30, Wednesday. A flyer will be sent home this week with more information. 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.

  

Again, thank you for all that you do! We appreciate you!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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8/14/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha!

 

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.”

~ Author Unknown

 

I hope all of our students came home last week and shared what an EXCITING first week of school they had! Students were busy in their classrooms learning schoolwide routines, following classroom expectations, and building those positive relationships with their teachers and fellow students. Hūlō! Hūlō!

 

As a reminder, this week is only a 4-day week with Friday being a holiday. I know everyone is looking forward to the upcoming 3-day weekend! Have fun and be safe!

 

Please mark your calendar for our upcoming Wehena Kula - Open House. It is scheduled for August 30, Wednesday and more information will be sent home with our haumana. 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.

 

Order forms went home with students during the first week of school for new Keaukaha Elementary t-shirts. If you are interested in purchasing these new Keaukaha shirts, please complete the order form and return it to our school. If you have questions, feel free to contact Lori in our SSC office.

 

Again, thank you for all that you do!

Please continue to stay in close contact with your childʻs teacher or myself, if you have any questions about our school.

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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8/7/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha Families!

WELCOME BACK!

 

to another exciting school year at Keaukaha Elementary School! We are so happy to have our children return to campus after their two month summer vacation. They’ve been away from us way too long! We hope your children 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 will 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!

 

Second, Keaukaha Elementary will be a Farm to School kitchen. As part of the Farm to School initiative, students are introduced to healthier eating habits by consuming less processed foods and more locally produced products. In sticking with this healthy living and Blue Zone Schools, students will walk ONE lap every morning around Hualani Park at 7:40 am. Staff are invited to participate as well. This is new for us and should be FUN!

 

And lastly, we finally completed the installation of all new kitchen equipment over the summer. Whoohoo! However, we are not yet complete with the inspection process through the county and therefore, we are unable to prepare our own food as anticipated on the first day of school. As a result, our new cafeteria staff will join Kalanianaole School’s kitchen to prepare our food until the final inspections are complete. Keaukaha wants to extend the warmest MAHALO to Principal David Dinkel and his cafeteria staff for working with Keaukaha on the Farm to School initiative and for taking care of our keiki!

 

Please mark your calendar for our upcoming Wehena Kula - Open House. It is scheduled for August 30, Wednesday and more information will be sent home with our haumana. 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.

 

Order forms will be going home with students during the first week of school for new Keaukaha Elementary t-shirts. If you are interested in purchasing these new Keaukaha shirts, please complete the order form and return to our school. If you have questions, feel free to contact Lori in our SSC office.

 

In closing, MAHALO for being such an integral 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 we can be for them and you!

 

“We are not a team because we work together.

We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other.”

~ Author Unknown

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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5/26/2017

It is Summer Time!!!

Have a safe, fun and enjoyable summer vacation!

 

A hui hou Grade 6!

Continue to make us PROUD!

We will miss you all!

Everyone else, we will see you back in school on August 7, 2017!

Always!!  :)

Kumu Bello

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4/30/2017

Aloha e Keaukaha!

 

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;

it is something you design for the present.”

~ Jim Rohn

 

Welcome to the month of May Keaukaha! We are now in the last month of the school year and have only 20 schools days left before the summer vacation begins. How exciting!!

 

This week we celebration our annual May Day celebration on Wednesday, May 3rd! Our program is set to begin at 9:00 am at Hualani Field. Your children have beautiful performances prepared for you. We hope you can join us!

 

This week is also Staff Appreciation Week! Please take the time to show your love and appreciation for all of our teachers, educational assistants, tutors, office staff, custodians, adult supervisor, etc! Each and every single one of them are dedicated to ensuring we provide a safe learning environment for your children! Please MAHALO them when you see them!

 

As always, thank you for all of your support throughout the year!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!
 

Malama Pono!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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4/16/2017

Aloha e Keaukaha!

 

“Smile, things are going to work out.

You may not see it now,

but you’re being directed to a much greater happiness.”

~ Author Unknown

 

I hope all of you had a beautiful Easter weekend and that you are ready for the Merrie Monarch week ahead.

 

We enter our 2nd week of SBA testing for students in Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. Please know that your children are working very hard on this assessment and putting in their best effort. I am amazed by their perseverance and determination to do well! Please continue to get them to bed early, feed them a healthy breakfast and encourage them take their time with each question. Mahalo for your continued support!

 

We have several events coming up so be sure to mark your calendars.

 

April 25 – STEM ‘Ohana Night (cafeteria)

April 27 – 3rd Quarter Awards Assembly (gym)

May 3 – May Day (Hualani field)

 

We hope you can join us for all of these events as our school year comes to a close…. :)

 

Mahalo for all that you do for all of us at Keaukaha Elementary School!!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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4/14/2017

HAPPY EASTER KEAUKAHA!

HAVE A SAFE WEEKEND!

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3/27/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha 'Ohana!

 

“If you canʻt fly then run,

if you canʻt run then walk,

if you canʻt walk then crawl,

but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Welcome back to the 4th quarter! What an exciting time of the year!

 

Students will return to school and continue with their learning. April and May will be very busy months for them as we wrap up the school year.

 

Please continue to spend time with your child completing their homework, reading a book, and just asking about their day in school.

 

As always, my door is open if you need to talk stories with me.

 

Mahalo for all that you do for our students, school, and community!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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3/19/2017

 

Happy Spring Break!

Be Safe & Have Fun!

Students return to school on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

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3/12/2017  

  

Aloha e Keaukaha!

 


“A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.”

~ Author Unknown


 

We are in the last week of the 3rd quarter! Can you believe it?? This school year is moving by way too fast.

 

This week is a busy last week for our students and staff.

 

It’s SPIRIT WEEK! Please encourage your child to participate in each day’s activity. What fun!!

            Monday – Story Book Character's Day

           Tuesday - Twinsie's Day 

            Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday

            Thursday – Sport's Day

            Friday – Aloha Attire

 

It’s also Journey Through the Universe (JTTU) Week. We will have special guest on campus this week to talk to our students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

 

Our 4th grade students will also participate in their 2nd round of HSA Science Testing this week. Please ensure your child has a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast in the morning, and is ready for their day. Please encourage your child to try their best.

 

We end our week with our 4th annual Kuhio Day Celebration on Friday, March 17 at 8:15 am. You are more than welcomed to join us for our celebration. Our 6th grade students will share their Prince Kuhio tributes, students will sing in celebration, and we will present our leis in honor of this special man. Please have your children wear ALOHA attire to school.

 

All students and staff are to return to school on March 28, Tuesday. This will be the first day of the 4th quarter. We are hoping for 100% attendance on that day.

 

Have a great week, everyone! Mahalo for being special people in our lives and for supporting us everyday!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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3/4/2017

 

 

Aloha e Keaukaha ‘Ohana!


“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

~ Author Unknown

 

I hope this week finds you well and ready for the new week ahead. Keaukaha Elementary students had a very busy week last week with our Read Across America Day and our Hearing Screening for students in Kindergarten through grade 2. Mahalo to members of the UH Hilo Men’s Basketball team for coming to our school and reading Dr. Seuss books to our students. They loved it! Mahalo to Lei Fa’anunu for coordinating this event. Mahalo also goes out to members of the Lion;s Club for completed the hearing screening for our younger students and to our health aide Renee Katada for coordinating that event! Thank you to everyone who haumana!work so hard and do all that we can in the best interest of our

 

We have our 2nd Movie Night scheduled for Wednesday, March 8. Gates will open at 5:30 pm and the movie will begin when it gets dark. We are hoping to show Moana on this evening so please come and join us! Don’t forget to bring your blankets, chairs and a dinner or snacks. We will also have light snacks and refreshments available for purchase. We look forward to a great movie and some quality time together!

 

Here are some dates to remember as we close out the month of March.

 

March 13 – 17           I-Ready Final Testing for Grades 3-6

March 13 – 17           Journey Through the Universe (JTTU) Week

March 13 – 17          Spirit Week

March 15                 2nd Round of HSA Science Testing – Grade 4

March 17                 Kuhio Day Celebration; ALOHA attire

March 17                 End of the 3rd Quarter

March 20 – 27         Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

March 28                4th Quarter Begins – Students Return


 

Have a great week, everyone!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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2/26/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha 'Ohana!

 

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

~ John F. Kennedy

 

We are now in the last week of February and will be entering the month of March in just a few days. That is so unbelievable!

 

This past week, your children spent a lot of time focusing on their future! We talked about the importance of going to college, believing in themselves, and working hard to reach their dreams! Students also learned about various career options and heard from a variety of guest speakers. Mahalo nui to our career speakers! Our students LOVED your presentations! Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to share your experiences with our students! We look forward to hearing from you again next year!

 

Mahalo to those of you who joined us for our Health & Wellness ‘Ohana Night! We had sooooo much fun! We look forward to seeing you again in late April for our STEM ‘Ohana Night! Mahalo to Kumu Fa’anunu, Kumu Baptista and parent Rachel Calvert for the evening of dance and yoga. Also, mahalo goes out to Mona, Jandi and Leimomi for preparing our delicious dinner!

 

We slow it down a little bit this week and try to recoup for the busy month of March ahead. J More information will be sent home over the next few weeks.

 

            March 2                      Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss Day

            March 2                      PAJAMA Day for everyone

            March 2                      Lion’s Club Hearing Screening  - Grades K, 1, 2

            March 7                      WASC Initial Visit

            March 13 – 17                I-Ready Final Testing  - Grade 3-6

            March 13 – 17               HSA 2nd Round Science Testing - Grade 4

            March 13 – 17               Journey Through the Universe (JTTU) Week

            March 13 – 17               Spirit Week

            March 17                     Kūhiō Day Celebration; ALOHA Attire for everyone

             March 17                    End of 3rd Quarter

            March 20 – 27            Spring Break – No School

            March 28                   4th Quarter Begins; Students Return

           

Have a great week, everyone!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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2/19/17

 

Aloha e Keaukaha!

 

“What are you reacting to?

Ask yourself that question every moment of every day when your peace is disturbed.”

~ Kenneth Wapnick

 

Let me start this weekly post by saying what great parents and community support you have been and continue to be! We appreciate everything you do for us!

 

This week is College & Career Week and we have lots of activities planned for your children!

  •     Tuesday – Kick off Rally Day

  •     Wednesday – College shirts/colors Dress Up Day

  •     Thursday – Career Speakers Day

  •     Friday – Career Dress Up Day

It’s never too early for our students to BELIEVE that they can be anything they want to be and do whatever they want to do in life! This week is about building awareness and exposure to college and career options as they move ahead! Can’t wait for the fun to begin!

 

We also have an ‘Ohana Night scheduled for Wednesday, the 22nd. Our focus for the evening is on Health & Wellness with grades 5 and Kindergarten/Preschool leading the way. A light dinner will be served in the cafeteria at 5:30 pm and all students who join us with their families will receive 5 bonus HERO points for attending. YAAAAY! We hope you can join us!

 

Have a great week!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

Mālama Pono,

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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2/11/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha ‘Ohana!

 

“Get up every morning and tell yourself “I can do this!”

~ Author Unknown

 

I hope you are doing well in the month of February. I just can’t believe that we are half way through the month. It’s amazing how quickly time is moving along.

 

Pennies for Patients continues this week. Students are so excited to bring in their “pennies” to add to their classroom totals. Please help us explain to your child the purpose of this event and tie it into our core value of MALAMA. This is not just about bringing in money. This is about Keaukaha Elementary caring for and helping others in need. The Pennies for Patients campaign will end on Friday, the 17th! Mahalo for your support!

 

Students are working hard with our Reading Challenge! Their goal is to read 15,000 books by May 19th. Reading log totals are collected weekly and then our reading challenge thermometer is updated in our cafeteria. Please help us reach our goal by supporting and encouraging your child to READ, READ, READ!!

 

College and Career Week begins next week (21st – 24th)!! YAAAAY! This week long event will include sharing about various career options and college discussions. As an elementary school, it is important for us to introduce our students to the idea of “going to college” and to build an awareness of career options! Mahalo to the many individuals who are willing to share their stories with our students about their careers and college experiences! Mahalo to Janel Masuhara for coordinating our week long event and to our staff for continuing to provide the best learning opportunities we can for our children here at Keaukaha!

 

February 22 will be our next ‘Ohana Night. Please join us for a night of Health and Wellness. Mahalo to Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 5 for taking the lead for this evening! As a bonus, all students who attend the event with their families will receive 5 HERO points! Please join us!!

 

In closing, I’d like to wish you a Happy Valentines Day for Tuesday! Have a great one with those you love.

 

As a reminder, there is no school on Thursday, the 16th, due to Teacher Institute Day.  Students return to school on Friday.  Also, there is no school on Monday, the 20th, due to President’s Day.

 

Mahalo for all that you do!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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1/29/2017

 

Aloha!

 

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it.

It just blooms.”

~ Author Unknown

 

I hope you all had a restful weekend!  :)

 

This week will be a quiet week for our students on campus as they continue to learn in their classrooms. Please ask your child about their day in school and about all the things they learned throughout the day.

 

We are hosting our first Principal’s Coffee Hour (Hui Wala’au) on Tuesday, January 31st from 8 am – 9 am. This is a time to come and talk stories with me about our school. Hear how you can get involved and help us continue to make our campus beautiful! Refreshments will be available. I look forward to seeing you!

 

Our School Wide Reading Challenge starts on February 1! Please read to your children everyday or have your children read to you. Our school wide goal is 15,000 books by May 19th. This is absolutely doable as long as everyone does their part. Reading logs will be used in each grade level and parents/guardians are asked to initial the log daily. Every book completed leads us one step closer to our 15,000 goal! Mahalo in advance for your help with this!!!

 

The Flu Clinic will be on campus for students on Friday, February 3. Only students with signed parent consent forms will be allowed to get a flu shot. If you have any questions, please contact our school and you will be referred to our Health Aide, Renee.

 

Again, MAHALO for everything you do for us!

 

Have a great week, everyone!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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1/22/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha 'Ohana!

 

“The best part about life?

Every morning you have a new opportunity to become a happier version of yourself.”

~ Author Unknown

 

We are heading into our first full week of school since the new year started. Students have transitioned well back into their classroom and school routines and before you know it, we’ll be closing out the 3rd quarter. That’s how quickly the school year is moving along.

 

This week we have two celebrations occurring:

 

First, we have our 3rd HERO Incentive Day set for Wednesday, the 25th. Students who have accumulated a certain number of points will receive a treat during lunch from the 4 Superheros! Spiderman, Batman, Superman and Captain America will serve cupcakes to our students. This SWEET reward is a recognition of their hard work in earning their HERO points daily.

 

Second, we hold our 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly on Thursday, the 26th in the gym. Students will be recognized for their academic achievements in ELA and in Math, as well as their outstanding behaviors. We hope that you can join us on this day of celebration!

 

Please mark your calendars for our first Principal’s Coffee Hour to be held on Tuesday, January 31, in the morning. Our faculty center will be opened for parents to come and “talk stories” with me about our school. We will provide morning refreshments, such as coffee and pastries, for those who attend. An informational flyer will be coming home soon with more details about our wala’au session. Hope to see you there!

 

As always, MAHALO for all that you do for us!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

 

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1/16/2017

 

Aloha e Keaukaha 'Ohana!

 

“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.”

~ Ruben Chavez

 

I hope this message finds you well! Students returned to school this past week and everything ran as expected. Students were excited to be back in school with their friends and teachers and are getting back into their regular routine.

 

We have another 4-day week ahead of us so the weekend will come quickly. Students will be very busy, as usual, learning everything they need to learn. Please continue to ask your children about their day in school and reach out to us if you any have questions or concerns about their work in school.

 

Our 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly is scheduled for January 26. Please mark your calendars. 

 

Have a great week, everyone!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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1/1/2017

 

Happy New Year!

 

Wishing all of you a prosperous and fulfilling 2017!

 

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12/25/2016

 

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season!

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12/18/2016

 

Aloha e Keaukaha 'Ohana!

 

“In this house:

we do second chances, 

we do forgiveness,

we do mistakes, 

we do real,

we do I'm sorrys, 

we do loud really well,

we do hugs, 

we do love,

we do FAMILY .”

 

– Author Unknown

 

We are quickly approaching the Winter Break and I can't believe that the holidays are already here. 2016 went by way too quickly!

 

I hope this posting finds you well and ready for Christmas. If not, you have a few more days to find that perfect gift for those you love.

 

As a reminder, our annual Evening of Song is on December 21, Wednesday, in Kawananakoa Gym. We hope you can join us on this evening! Your children have a wonderful night of performances prepared for you.

 

Kalua Pig plates will also be available for a $10.00 donation. These proceeds are used to fund our end-of-year Water Day activities for our students. Please see Mona if you are interested in a plate.  

 

We have only 3 days left before the Winter Break begins and only 7 days to Christmas. How exciting!! As a reminder, student’s last day of school is on Wednesday, December 21st and they return to school after the break on Monday, January 9, 2017.

 

If I do not get to personally see each and everyone of you before the break, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe night as you welcome in 2017!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

Happy Holidays & Stay Safe!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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12/11/2016

Aloha e Keaukaha!

 

“Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions.”

–Dalai Lama

 

I hope this posting finds you well. We are almost at the mid-way point of December and we still have lots to do with only 8 days left of school. We have our classroom door decorating, mid-year school wide assessments, and our annual Evening of Song performance.

 

As a reminder, Evening of Song is on December 21, Wednesday, in Kawananakoa Gym. We hope you can join us on this evening! Kalua Pig plates will also be available for a $10.00 donation. Please see Mona if you are interested in a plate.

 

Grade 4 students completed their 1st round of HSA Science testing this past week.. 26% of our students have already demonstrated proficiency in the 4th grade Science standards and they've only had 4 full months of Science instruction so far this school year. That is great news! 4th grade students will have two more opportunities to take the state Science assessment before the school year ends. Great start, grade 4!

 

Our mid year assessments begin this week on I-Ready. I-Ready serves as our school's universal screener and provides additional learning opportunities in Reading and Math through a computer-based program. All students in grades K-6 will take a mid-year check in both Reading and Math. The results of their assessment will be used to plan our next steps in each grade level. The assessment reports will provide information as to the areas your child is doing well in and the areas he or she continues to need work in. You can also request a parent report from your child's teacher. This report will provide you with some suggestions for you and your child to work on at home.

 

We have only 8 days left before the Winter Break begins and only 14 days to Christmas. How exciting!! As a reminder, student’s last day of school is on Wednesday, December 21st and they return to school after the break on Monday, January 9, 2017.

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

Happy Holidays & Stay Safe!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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12/4/2016

 

Aloha e Keaukaha 'Ohana!

 

“The mind is everything – what you think, you become.”

~ Buddha

 

December is here and we are off and running! There is so much to do in the month of December with our classroom door decorating, mid-year assessments, and our annual Evening of Song performance.

 

As a reminder, Evening of Song is on December 21, Wednesday, in Kawananakoa Gym. We hope you can join us on this evening! Kalua Pig plates will also be available for a $10.00 donation. Please see Mona if you are interested in a plate.

 

Grade 4 students will begin their 1st round of HSA Science testing this week. We encourage our students to get a good nights rest, eat a healthy breakfast and have a positive attitude from the morning. Please take the time to talk to your 4th grade child about doing their best and following all teacher instructions. Good luck, Grade 4!

 

Mahalo to all of you who helped to make our 2nd annual ‘Ohana Luncheon such a success this year! It was great to see all our student’s families on campus, enjoying lunch with their child. We hope you can join us again next school year. There is no stronger bond than that of a FAMILY. Please find the time to celebrate your ‘ohana everyday. Mahalo to our PCNC Mona for coordinating this event!

 

In addition, mahalo for visiting our annual Book Fair in the library. We had a great turn out this year and I heard many positive comments from parents and students who visited. Mahalo to Wahine Mercado for coordinating this year’s event!

 

We have only 13 days left before the Winter Break begins. As a reminder, student’s last day is on Wednesday, December 21. Students will return to school after the break on Monday, January 9, 2017.

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

Happy Holidays!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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11/27/2016

 

Aloha e Keaukaha 'Ohana!

 

“The key to HAPPINESS is letting each situation be what it is

instead of what you think it should be.”

~ Author Unknown

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend where you had your fill of food, found some great shopping deals, and built unforgettable memories with family and friends.

 

We welcome in the month of December this week. Students will be busy with decorating their classroom doors, taking mid-year assessments, and preparing for their annual Evening of Song performances. As a reminder, Evening of Song is on December 21, Wednesday, in Kawananakoa Gym. We hope you can join us on this evening! Kalua Pig plate donations will also be available for a $10.00 donation. Please see Mona if you are interested in a plate.

 

Our ‘Ohana Luncheons come to a close this week with grades 4, 5 and 6 parents joining us for lunch. The intent of these ‘ohana luncheons is to celebrate the core value of FAMILY in the midst of the holiday season and continue to stress the importance of spending quality time with those we love. If your child is in these grade levels, we hope you can join us!

 

4th Grade - November 28 (Monday)

5th Grade - November 29 (Tuesday)

6th Grade - November 30 (Wednesday)

 

The BOOK FAIR opens this week in the library! Mahalo to Wahine for coordinating this year’s Book Fair! We encourage you to visit our Book Fair with your child. It will officially open on Tuesday, the 29th. Mahalo also goes out to our secret Grandma and Grandpa for their generous donation to the Book Fair. This donation will allow every child to take home one book from the Book Fair for free! Mahalo nui!

 

December.........here we come!  :)

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

Mahalo for all that you do!!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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11/20/2016


Aloha e Keaukaha Families!

 

“Today, I give thanks to everyone who has been a part of my life's journey.”

~ Author Unknown
 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

 

I hope this weekly message finds you ready for the upcoming holiday. Please take the time to express your appreciation and love for those around you. Saying “thank you” for the littlest of things is such an easy thing to do, but could mean so much to those who hear it.

 

I’d like to take the time to share with you how thankful I am for all of your support over the past few months. It has been a very rough time with the passing of a very important individual in our family. I am grateful for the support you’ve shown to my family and I. These upcoming holidays will be difficult, but being together will make all the difference for us. Please be sure to tell those you love just how much you love them and be grateful for every moment you share. The future is never a guarantee so celebrate the time you have together. :)

 

Our ‘Ohana Luncheons continue this week with Grades 2 and 3 parents stopping by. As a reminder, the intent of these ‘ohana luncheons is to celebrate the core value of FAMILY (‘Ohana) as we enter the holiday season and stress the importance of spending quality time with those we love. I hope you can join us in our cafeteria for lunch with your child. Should you have any questions regarding the ‘ohana luncheons, please contact PCNC Mona Ubedei here at our school. The following is the grade level schedule for our luncheons:

 

2nd Grade - November 21 (Monday)

3rd grade - November 22 (Tuesday)

4th Grade - November 28 (Monday)

5th Grade - November 29 (Tuesday)

6th Grade - November 30 (Wednesday)

 

Mahalo to all of you who attended our 1st quarter Awards Assembly this past Thursday! It was a time of celebration and a time to recognize our students for all of their hard work in the first three months of school. Congratulations to them and to you for being such supportive parents!

 

That's it for now....... 

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou & Happy Gobble-Gobble Day!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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11/13/2016


Aloha Keaukaha Families!

 

“Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.”
~ Author Unknown


We have a full week ahead of us this week..

 

Our ‘Ohana Luncheons continue this week with Grade 1 parents stopping by. Last week, we enjoyed welcoming families to our school to celebrate our Preschool and Kindergarten students. That was GREAT! As a reminder, the intent of these ‘ohana luncheons is to celebrate the core value of FAMILY (‘Ohana) as we enter the holiday season and stress the importance of spending quality time with those we love. I hope you can join us in our cafeteria for lunch with your child. Should you have any questions regarding the ‘ohana luncheons, please contact PCNC Mona Ubedei here at our school. The following is the grade level schedule for our luncheons

1st Grade - November 15 (Tuesday)

2nd Grade - November 21 (Monday)

3rd grade - November 22 (Tuesday)

4th Grade - November 28 (Monday)

5th Grade - November 29 (Tuesday)

6th Grade - November 30 (Wednesday)


Our 1st Quarter Awards Assembly will be held on Thursday, November 17., in the gym. We hope you can join us to celebrate the accomplishments of your children. We are very excited to celebrate all the hard work they’ve done during the 1st quarter.
 

That’s it for now. Have a great week!

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

Mahalo for all that you do!

 

A Hui Hou!

Kumu Stacey Bello

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11/6/2016

 Aloha e Keaukaha ‘Ohana!

 

“Winners are…

too busy to be sad,

too positive to be doubtful,

too optimistic to be fearful, and

too determined to be defeated.”

~ Author Unknown

 

I hope your first week in November was great!

 

This week is a short week for us with only 3 days of school. There is no school on Tuesday due to Election’s Day and Friday due to Veteran’s Day.

 

I’d just like to extend a warm MAHALO to all of you who attending your child’s parent-teacher conferences. We had an overwhelming amount of parents and extended family members on campus over the past two weeks and the feedback we received was very positive. Thank you for taking the time to sit with your child’s teacher and learn about all the wonderful things they are doing. Your children are working extremely hard everyday they come to school and we want to celebrate that! Mahalo for your continued partnership!

 

‘Ohana Luncheons are set to begin this week as part of our celebration for the core value of ‘OHANA. The intent of these ‘ohana luncheons is to celebrate the core value of FAMILY as we enter the holiday season and stress the importance of spending quality time with those we love. I hope you can join us in our cafeteria for lunch with your child. Should you have any questions regarding the ‘ohana luncheons, please contact PCNC Mona Ubedei here at our school. The following is the grade level schedule for our luncheons:

Preschool – November 9 (Wednesday)

Kindergarten – November 10 (Thursday)

1st Grade - November 15 (Tuesday)

2nd Grade - November 21 (Monday)

3rd grade - November 22 (Tuesday)

4th Grade - November 28 (Monday)

5th Grade - November 29 (Tuesday)

6th Grade - November 30 (Wednesday)

 

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono & Mahalo for all that you do!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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10/30/2016
Aloha Keaukaha Families!

“Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it,

every mistake has a lesson to offer.”
~ Oprah

 

I hope this posting finds you well!

There will be no school on Monday, October 31, due to a Hilo Complex Professional Development day. This is for all students at Keaukaha, Hilo Union, Kapiolani, Ha’aheo, Kaumana, DeSilva, Kalanianaole, Hilo Intermediate and Hilo High. 

On Tuesday, November 1, we will have our annual tsunami walk/

off campus evacuation drill. All Keaukaha students and staff will walk to the airport gates and back to campus. We are NOT crossing the airport runway this year. Please ensure your child wears comfortable footwear on this day and contact our school office should you have any questions.

Parent-Teacher-Conferences continue this week. Schools ends at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and at 1:10 pm on Wednesday. Please attend your child’s conferences and hear about all the great things that are happening in your child’s classroom. 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

Mahalo for all that you do!

Kumu Stacey Bello

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10/3/2016

Aloha Keaukaha!

 

Welcome to our new website! Although it is still under construction, you can use this website to access school information and see photos of all the great things that are happening at our school!

 

Be Strong, Be Proud, Be Pono!

 

A Hui Hou!

 

Kumu Stacey Bello

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