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August/September 2011 August, 2011 Aloha Parker School Families, We’re off to a rousing start for what promises to be an action-packed school year. The campus has received a face-lift, thanks to the new sidewalks, a remodel of the upper hall, and the completion of our new soccer field. Well before the first day of school, there have been a lot of kids around campus; the senior class finished remodeling the senior lounge, the student council planned several activities in advance, the yearbook staff participated in a workshop, and the volleyball and cross country teams began practicing. Teachers have been working on classrooms and lesson plans, and the staff has bustled around seeing to last-minute details. After the quiet days of mid-summer, I am looking forward to the beginning of the new school year. One of the most exciting things to watch is the way in which our students step into new leadership positions. The fifth graders are stepping into peer mediator and big brother/big sister roles, the eighth graders are showing sixth graders how to cope with the new challenges and opportunities of middle school, and the seniors are organizing and managing campout, captaining sports and debate teams, and making new upper school students feel welcome. We are extremely fortunate to have so many positive leaders in our student body, willing to lead by example and not afraid to take on new responsibility. As sorry as I am to watch our graduates leave every spring, it is exciting to see that there never seems to be a shortage of competent replacements to shoulder the burdens of leadership. Stay informed by checking the Parker School website regularly at Na Mea Hou is published August through June by the Advancement Office of Parker School. Advancement Director: Jennifer Schack Advancement Associate: Vickie Frogley Marketing Associate: Holly Weigle Please e-mail articles, photos, class notes or event notices to News about students and submissions from students are especially welcome. You may choose to receive Na Mea Hou by e-mail. Submit your request to hweigle@ I want to be sure and make a plea to parents of students at all levels: please get involved in the school! Come to back-to-school night and parent-teacher conferences, join the PTSO, volunteer to help organize events, help with the lower school reading program, assist with the school plays, help to coach a team, drive students on a field trip or support the advancement office in their fundraising mailings. As a small school, there are only so many adults to carry off all the things we want to do for the students, and parent participation makes our reach that much wider. We are all in this together, and I promise you that you will find involvement in the life of the school to be a highly rewarding activity. Carl Sturges Headmaster Waimea Town Market at Parker School Ahualoa Farm Akaka Falls Farm Alaska Wild Salmon Baron von App Woodworking Big Island Fruitsicles Culturenewal Foods Downes Grounds Coffee Farm Hawaii White Mountain Farm Hawaiian B Natural Farms Hawaiian Homegrown Wool Island Herbal Island Thyme* Kaloli Landscape Kekela Farms Manowaiopae Hmstd Farm Mi Ranchito Poppas' Orchids R & R Gourmet Revolusun Sandwich Isle Bread Sunrise Farm Sweet Nuts Tea Hawaii and Company To the Point Sharpening* Therapeutic Massage Thomas Woods Catering True Hawaiian Blue * Part-time Saturday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm

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