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Na Mea Hou The latest news from Parker School August-September 2013

Excellence - Integrity - Compassion Our Mission Parker School provides a college-preparatory experience in a smallschool setting where students develop academically while exploring their individual talents.

Encouraging the Search for Knowledge

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 Richardson Communications/Marketing Specialist: Katie Callender Advancement Associate: Renee Brighter Please e-mail articles, photos, class notes or event notices to News about students and submissions from students are especially welcome.

Welcome Back to School! Aloha, Parker School Families!

My favorite time of year is the start of school, especially the very first day. After a rather quiet summer around campus, having the place packed once again with students and faculty is like watching a parched riverbed fill after a heavy rainfall. I am particularly pleased with this year’s crop of new students, who bring lots of intelligence and energy with them. I’m going to make a bold prediction to you all: this is going to be an amazing year for Parker School! From our sixteen bright-eyed kindergartners to our twenty-four seniors (three of whom are new this year), those of us who work here are extraordinarily lucky to have such great kids to work with. I’m really looking forward to watching our ninth grade come together; nineteen of the twenty-nine students are new this year, and they are an unusually lively bunch! Another prediction: this class will make its mark before it graduates. There are lots of new things going on this fall on the technology front, mostly centered on the adoption of iPads for all middle and upper school classes. IPads will also be in wide use in the lower school, especially in the fourth and fifth grades. We expect the First Hawaiian Bank Media Center to be a busy place this year, with its videoconferencing capabilities and graphic design programs. With all this cutting edge technology, I want to reassure everyone that we still see the essence of education at Parker School as a product of positive personal relationships. The dynamic interplay between teacher and student can be improved in some cases with technology but can never be replaced by it. Similarly, positive and fulfilling relationships with peers enrich the educational experience, and these friendships exist whether or not today’s social media are involved. I continue to be very pleased by the way in which our students in all grades readily internalize a very basic social principle: Treating people with respect, kindness and understanding is the best way to make sure that others will behave the same way towards us. So as Parker School launches itself into a new academic year, I want to thank all of you for deciding to make the journey with us, and to promise you an amazing ride!

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Carl Sturges

A Word From the Board Chair Aloha, Parker School ‘Ohana!

Our Parker School continues to make us proud. In addition to our enduring academic excellence, we, this past year, were the number one debate team in Hawai‘i and won the Big Island mixed paddling championship. We did this while keeping the uniformly high standards we know and expect. More importantly, we maintained the devoted ‘ohana atmosphere that is at our core. The children that are our responsibility remain our greatest assets and are our greatest validation. It is becoming almost commonplace as once again we have graduates admitted to top tier colleges and students bringing home National Merit Scholarships. We increasingly appreciate that we compare extremely favorably with students on a national level far beyond Hawai‘i. There are very few small schools like Parker that are able to do such an excellent job preparing children for the future. This is not just hype; we have the facts to support it. Our supporters, students and staff have made the sacrifices and contributions necessary to make it happen. It is not just luck, it is the planning, work and perseverance by the entire Parker School ‘ohana that makes this possible. As an example of your determination to promote our school, supporters of Parker have made this year’s Kāko‘o Fund campaign a resounding success. Parker supporters have shown that they really value solid and effective education by putting their resources where Parker needs it. Our supporters are not just a few wealthy donors, but represent a cross section of North Hawai‘i and beyond. We will have more sparkling facilities to allow Parker students to become that much more proficient in the coming years. Remember that making Parker better is more than writing a check, which is greatly appreciated. Attend a drama production. Be part of a potluck meal. Cheer an athletic team. Celebrate a graduation. Judge a debate tournament. Tell everyone who will listen about the rare and exceptional gem that is Parker School. Sincerely,

Vaughan S. Winborne Chair, Parker School Board of Directors





Fairways & Friends

th Parker School’s 11 Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Hualalai Saturday, December 14, 2013

To register or for more information, please email or call 808-885-8709

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From Advancement Director Jennifer Richardson

We are happy to report that the Kāko‘o Fund, our most recent one-year capital campaign, successfully closed on June 30, 2013 and brought in nearly $230,000, beating our $200,000 goal! Thank you to all the donors who gave so generously to the Kāko‘o Fund, and particularly to the Parker School Trust Corporation for its generous $50,000 matching grant! We are so grateful for your support. This year, as with every year, we are asking members of the Parker School ‘ohana—parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, board members, and friends—to show their support by making gifts to the Annual Fund. Your contribution helps ensure that Parker can continue to offer excellent academics and extracurricular programs, recruit and retain exceptional educators, and maintain our beautiful campus. The impact and benefits for our students are immediate. No gift is too small and we sincerely thank you for your support!

Also, do save the date for our upcoming fundraising events for financial aid: the Jockey Fashion Show on October 5 and the Fairways & Friends Golf Tournament on December 14. Please contact the Advancement Office any time at or 808-885-8709 should you have any questions about giving opportunities or our events.

Kāko‘o Fund Campaign Raises Nearly $230,000

Parker School is pleased to announce that its Kāko‘o Fund campaign raised just under $230,000 for various projects and its Annual Fund for Education, surpassing a $200,000 goal. The capital campaign ran from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. In addition to the Annual Fund, the funds have been allocated for the following improvements to the school’s campus and programs: science lab renovation; a deck to connect the middle school buildings; technology enhancements; and a new, high-quality event tent. Construction on the lab and the deck is complete and they are ready for the start of the 2013-2014 school year, the tent has been ordered, and 20 new iPads have been purchased for the lower school. Parker is grateful for the generosity and support of the school’s ‘ohana, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, board members and friends who contributed to the campaign, particularly the Parker School Trust Corporation, who donated $50,000 in matching funds.

Please join us for a

Fashion Show

to benefit financial aid at Parker School Brought to you by Geri Giffin, showcasing the Jockey Person to Person fall/winter collection

Anna Ranch Saturday, October 5, 2013 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served Seating is limited, RSVP soon! If unable to attend, please consider a donation to Parker. To RSVP and for more information, email Try on Jockey’s clothing samples at the show!

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Anonymous (4) Atherton Family Foundation Blue Planet Foundation Bookworm Foundation Cisco Systems, Inc. Darrin & Darien Gee Family Fund of the HCF Dunn Gallery First Hawaiian Bank Foundation Foodland Supermarket, Ltd. FreeCause GE Foundation Goldman Sachs Gives Hawai‘i Electric Light Company Kawamata Farms KBXtreme Kekela Farms KTA Super Stores MacArthur & Company Microsoft Corporation O’Neill Foundation Parker School Trust Corporation Starbucks Target The Broadbent Family Foundation The Elizabeth Foundation Zimmer Family Foundation Shaun & Keeley Acosta Bob Acree & Joyce Muktarian Daniel & Rebecca Adams Patrick & Pam Adams Christopher & Leslie Agorastos Marta Alligood Kirsten Biondi Thomas C. Blackburn Jerry Blevins & Kelly Hoyle John Blossom Janice Bolstad Helen & Stephen Bowles Surinder Brar & Jude McAnesby Darryll & Renee Brighter Balbi Brooks Paige & Edward Brown Paul & Angela Bugado Harry & Lin Buscher Scott & Paula Cairns Brodie & Katie Callender Sandra Cameli ‘81 Victor & Katherine Cappagli Jackie Caputo Michael & Michel Chavez-Pardini James & Linda Clifford Ph.D. David & Jo Ann Coon Ditto & Briar Cornuelle Stephen Cotton & Julia Simmons H. Dwight Damon Carol & Clive Davies Robert Decker Jerome & Nancy Denz Amanda Dewey Beryl & Grace Dillman Ph.D. Christina & Edward Doherty John & Marilyn Dougery Benjamin ‘91 & Megan Dyer Harald & Gabriele Elster

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Jeremie & Jennifer Evangelista Tanya Everts & Mike Franklin Irwin & Concepción Federman Yngrid & Ryan Feeney Marie Fellenstein Hale Kenneth & Linda Fischer O.D. Vickie & Andrew Frogley Jon Gerdsen M.D. Robert & Patricia Gerdsen Denis & Fumiko Golden Marci Goldman-Manker Jack & Laurie Goldstein Jennifer Grace Mrs. Martha Greenwell Saundra & Robert Gulley Michael Hale & Zanae Rodrigo Pat & Howard Hall Carol & Pete Hendricks David & Lonnie Higgins Mindy & Kimo Higgins Mario E. Hill & Angela-Dee Alforque Rebecca Hirsch-Keliihoomalu Edward & Mary Hon Lisa & Mark Hummel Laura & Fumio Inaba Christian Ingalls Lynn & Melvin Jardine Michael & Laura Jobes Jacqueline Johnson-Hirt & David J. Hirt Layne Johnson-Lee Paul E. Johnston, M.D. Denise Kanda Karl & Juliana Kasberg Patricia & Marc Kassis Tom & Marsha Kerley David B. Kirk & Caroline Landry George Kirps Masahiro & Kuniko Kume Robert & Karen Kurlansky H. Peter L’Orange & Geri Goodenough Clemson & Janet Lam Ian & Carol Langevin Francis & Patricia Lee Leilani Lewis Ph.D. Steve & Cheryl Lewis ‘85 Melissa & Jim Lunchick Jim & Gretchen Mair Michael & Laurel Matsuda Neal & Miriam Matsunobu Michael & Sallie McCullough Robert & Andrea McTamaney Thomas & Mindy Mignanelli Audrey Mizokami Stephanie Monk Gordon & Betty Moore Lani & John Morris Edward Mueller Harry & Robin Mullin Scott & Sharon Nair Kiyoshi Najita & Gillian Culff Tetsuo & Elinor Najita Shellie Note-Gressard & Jim Gressard Ticia O’Kieffe Maren Oom

Paola & Mike Pagan Emily Pagliaro Parker School Trust Corporation Mark & Sandra Patton Samuel Peterson & Jeannette Young Heather & John Polhemus James T. Posner Antonio & Marilyn Prietto Laurence Pringle Mike & Diane Prohoroff Keri Puhl Sam & Ruby Ragland Kathryn & Jonathan Rawle John & Denise Ray Ann & Jerry Renick Katherine & Pete Rich John & Amber Richards Alan & Judy Richardson Jeffery & Jennifer Richardson Tom & Andrea Richmond William “Billy” & Susan Rickards Randy & Rami Ring John Roth & David McCollough Eric & Jacqueline Sills ‘89 Heidi & Patrick Simmersbach Frank Snow Ignacio Soler & Maki Abe Jim & Mary Lou Stewart Carolyn Stewart John Stover & Bayardo Aviles Carl & Ruth Sturges Deborah & Stephen Thompson Karl Toubman & Kathie Pomeroy Mark Vann & Lisa Smith Vann Michael & Vivian Varney Jonathan & Nicole Vedelli John “Jack” Vidosh Len & Beverly Walz Holly & Chad Weigle Kristi & Leon Weiser Chizuko Westrum Baki Wharton Ceri & Robert Whitfield Kathryn Wiese Laura Anne Williams & Maureen McLaughlin Mark & Gina Willman Vaughan & Lisa Winborne Buff Winderbaum John & Mona Lisa Wood Ken Wood & Karen Sweere Maggie Woods Margie Woods-Brown George Zimmer Walter & Deanna Zivalic

Summer Camp at Parker School

Parker School held its summer camp this year from June 3 through July 12. Campers ranging from age five to fourteen could attend week-to-week or for the full six-week session. They met each day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and enjoyed a variety of activities. “This year we blended all aspects of our summer camp six-week program, offering art, athletics, dance, performing arts, science experiments, and many more options,” said one of the camp directors, Parker School’s Athletic Director Ceri Whitfield. “It was a huge success as the campers got a taste of so many activities.”

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Announcing New Faculty & Staff...

Parker School is pleased to announce new faculty and staff members beginning this 2013-2014 school year:

Sara Jane Lilley, Lower School Music Teacher Lilley earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in Theatre Arts Education and a minor in music Emily Pagliaro, Admissions Director from the University of Arizona. She is currently Pagliaro holds a bachelor’s degree in international finishing up her master’s in educational psychology relations and Native American studies from the from George Mason University, expected to receive University of California, Davis. Having grown up her degree in December 2013. Most recently, Lilley on O‘ahu, she returned to Hawai‘i after college to was the theatre arts department chair and speech work with various Native Hawaiian organizations and businesses. She relocated to the Big Island and drama teacher at a middle school in Virginia. She has also been in 2001 and, after a career in the Hawaiian music a K-6 music resource teacher and 5th & 6th grade chorus director at industry, joined Parker School in the fall of 2009. various schools in the same area. She is a board member of the Mount Before becoming the admissions director, she Vernon Community Children’s Theatre in Virginia and has directed musical theatre and music performance productions there. Lilley has worked as the headmaster’s assistant and Hawaiian history teacher. also directed high school and college level productions and has been very involved in community theatre and arts organizations in Arizona, Tina Doherty, Middle School Coordinator, Upper & Middle School Math & Science Teacher Virginia and Washington, D.C. Doherty, a math and science teacher for 16 years, Jessie Marshall, with middle school, high school and community Middle School English Teacher college experience, has taught at Parker for the last Marshall comes to Parker School from Honolulu seven years. She will now add the role of middle where she taught introductory and advanced creative school coordinator to her responsibilities at Parker. writing, American literature, and 7th and 8th grade She earned her bachelor’s degree in science from English at ‘Iolani School. Previously, she was an California State University at Northridge and a master’s in education adjunct instructor at Honolulu Community College from Pepperdine University. and at New York University. Marshall earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University, her Joanie Brotman, College Counselor Brotman began working at Parker in April 2013. She Master of Arts in Modern Literature and Culture from the University is originally from Honolulu but has lived in Waimea of York in England, and her Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in for the last 23 years. She obtained her bachelor’s Theater from Oberlin College. Marshall is also a writer whose short degree in art from the University of Hawai‘i at fiction has been published in several literary publications. Manoa and her college counseling certification from Alex Stephenson, University of California, Los Angeles. She has nine Upper School Spanish Teacher years of experience in college counseling and is an Stephenson has recently moved to the Big Island from active member of the Hawai‘i Association of College Admissions Kansas. She obtained her Master of Arts Teaching Counselors and belongs to the National Association of College a Foreign Language in Spanish from the Monterey Admissions Counselors as well. She is also very involved with College Institute of International Studies, and her Bachelor Horizons, a college access program for Native students. of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She spent three years in Brynly Brown, Headmaster’s Assistant the Peace Corps in Bolivia and most recently worked Brown comes to Parker after working for the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education in the Kahua/ as a Spanish interpreter for a Headstart Early Childhood Center in West Hawai‘i Induction program. She has also McPherson, Kansas. She has also taught beginning Spanish at the worked as an administrative assistant for a special Monterey Institute of International Studies and has been a visiting high needs program and provided online research and data school Spanish teacher and substitute teacher in various school districts management for an international sales business. In in Southern and Central California. Stephenson also brings experience addition, she has a background in design and catering. in Spanish language curriculum design and assessment. Born and raised in Hawai‘i and a graduate of Hawai‘i Preparatory Iain Tyson, Upper School Math & Science Teacher Academy, Brown holds her master’s degree in liberal studies from Fort Tyson has most recently worked as a middle and upper Hays State University and her bachelor’s in English from the University school science teacher in Los Angeles, California. of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Prior to this he taught in various school districts in Arizona after leaving the United Kingdom where he taught geology, geography, physics and math. He has also worked as a reservoir engineer and geologist for the North Sea oil industry and as an officer with the Royal Air Force. He holds his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and his post graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Science Education from Keele University in England.


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Announcing New Board Members

The Parker School Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of four new board members who began their terms in July 2013:

Kenneth Fischer, OD Fischer has been a practicing optometrist in Waimea since 1974. Originally from New York, he obtained both his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree from Pacific University. Fischer has been active in many community organizations and causes, including previously serving several years on the Parker School board of directors. Brian Kubo, DDS Born and raised in Honolulu, Kubo graduated from ‘Iolani School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington. He also completed a year-long general practice residency at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu before opening his dental practice in Waimea in 1993. Kubo is a member of the Hawai‘i County Dental Society, the Hawai‘i Dental Association, The American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International and a charter member of the Hawai‘i Terry Tanaka Study Group, Hawai‘i Implant Study Group and the Hawai‘i Interactive Peer Practicum. He volunteers his time and services at such events as North Hawai‘i Community Hospital’s Senior Health Fair and numerous pre-school and elementary school dental education programs. Kubo is a member of the First Baptist Church of Waimea, and has been involved with various youth sports organizations.

Ethan Tweedie Tweedie, a 1985 graduate of Parker School, is a professional photographer and owner of Ethan Tweedie Photography in Waimea, specializing in luxury real estate/architectural, commercial, and fine art landscape photography. He holds his bachelor’s degree from University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, and also studied at the Texas School of Photography. He turned to a career in professional photography after experience in the healthcare/pharmaceutical and finance industries. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and his fine art prints are represented at several local galleries. Tweedie is also a board member of the Waimea Community Association’s Planning Design Review Committee. Ava Williams, CFA Raised on the Big Island and a graduate of Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, Williams attended University of Puget Sound where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Business Administration and English Writing. She enjoyed a more than 20-year career in the investment management industry and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She worked at a San Francisco-based investment consulting firm, participated in a start-up, and eventually focused on product development for various Boston-based firms. Most recently, she directed Global Product Development at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). Williams has been a member of Parker School’s Investment Committee since 2010.

Parker School ‘Ohana Join us for OUR

Annual Fall BBQ & Potluck Friday, September 6 at 5 p.m.

A great way to meet faculty, staff, administrators, students and families

Parker Upper School Campus VE C I Please bring a potluck dish to share: L SI Lower School families: side dish U Middle School families: salad M Upper School families: dessert

The school will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments & drinks

The school would appreciate volunteers to help with this event. Contact Emily Pagliaro for more information: email or call 808-885-7933 ext. 7107

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Athletics News by Athletics Director Ceri Whitfield

Welcome back to school, everyone! I trust you all had a restful and enjoyable summer and are ready to jump into the new school year.

on the cross country course. Parker school has the best school spirit and it is wonderful for the athletes to feel your support when they compete.

The high school girls volleyball and boys and girls cross country seasons are off to a great start. The volleyball team practices at New Hope Gym on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and at the Thelma Parker Gym on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The cross country team meets in front of the main school building for practice Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. It is not too late to join either team! Just bring water and wear appropriate footwear and come on out to one of the practices. We encourage all students to participate in the sports we offer. It is a great way to stay fit and healthy and have fun with friends.

Please see the schedule below and mark your calendars for the fall games and meets. The schedules are also posted every week on Webflash and are subject to change, so please check frequently.

Even if you decide not to join a team, I encourage you to come out and support your friends on the volleyball court or

Go Bulls!

Lower and middle school cross country practices will start at the beginning of September, with Nicole Vedelli as the lower school coach and Buff Winderbaum and myself as the middle school coaches. There will also be middle school coed volleyball beginning in September. Mahalo for your support and I look forward to another successful year with Parker School Athletics.


(subject to change—please check Parker School website or weeky Webflash for updates)


Tuesday, August 27– Parker @ Kealakehe – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 4 – H.P.A. @ Parker – 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7 – Parker @ Ka‘u – 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 9 – Pahoa @ Parker – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 10 – Parker @ Makua Lani – 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 13 – East-Pac @ Parker – 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 16 – Parker @ Kea‘au – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 17 – Kohala @ Parker – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24 – Parker @ Konawaena – 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 28 – Parker @ Hilo – 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 1 – Laupahoehoe @ Parker – 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 4 – Waiakea @ Parker – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8 – Honokaa @ Parker – 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 11 – Kamehameha @ Parker – 10:00 a.m.


Saturday, August 31 – H.P.A. – 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7 – Kamehameha – 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 14 – Waiakea – 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 21 – Konawaena – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 28 – H.P.A. – 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 5 – Kamehameha – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12 – Kea‘au – 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19 – BIIF Championships – Kamehameha – 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 25 – HHSAA Championships – Oahu – 9:00 a.m.

4th Grader Kai Griley Goes to States in Swimming

Congratulations to Parker 4th grader Kai Griley who made it to the state championships in swimming on Maui this summer! He was the only swimmer from his Academy Swim Club group (at HPA in Waimea) who qualified. He qualified for five events, improving his time on three of those events. His times were as follows: 100-Meter Back, 1:36:13; 50 Meter Fly, 42:24; 200-Meter Free, 3:04:45; 50-Meter Back, 4:20; 50-Meter Free, 38:36.

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Kai Griley at the swimming state championships on Maui with coaches Tina Doherty and Mark Noetzel.

Student Council News by Student Council Coordinator Gillian Culff

Welcome back to school, everyone! This year our Student Council officers are: Grant Nair, president; Nohili Thompson, vice-president; Mady Harper, secretary; and Jaren Ashcraft, treasurer. At our retreat (held during Tropical Storm Flossie!) on July 29, we worked on planning the year’s events, including the new student orientation, our Innisbrook fund-raiser, the return of the canned food drive, and old favorites like Make a Difference Day, Halloween, spirit weeks, dances including Winter Formal, pep rallies and Love Fest.

P TSO News

We’re also getting ready to unveil the new and improved upper school family meetings. Now, with the iPads, we can push notifications from a Student Council site to each individual student, making it so we don’t need to deliver weekly announcements in person. As a result, we have redesigned the upper school family meeting to make it more content rich. We’ve moved the meetings to Fridays, and we’ll have performances by the music and dance classes and ITS (International Thespian Society), we’ll learn to sing oli and songs together as a community, and there will be an opportunity for students to share interesting experiences. For instance, in September, junior Maia Tarnas will share a presentation about her summer Arabic language study trip to Jordan. In addition, we will also reveal our new, fun way of recognizing and celebrating student birthdays. At our first Friday meeting we will feature a club showcase, introducing students to all of the lunchtime clubs offered on campus.

by PTSO President Jude McAnesby

PTSO is looking forward to another great year ahead. In addition to our usual activities, we will focus on increasing support of student events and fundraising efforts. One way we will do this is by coordinating refreshment sales at sporting events so that student groups can profit. If you are interested in helping us with this activity, please contact Jude McAnesby at 887-0923.

found that as our kids get older, contact between families and the school tends to lessen. Thus, we are focusing on increasing our connections here. However, in the near future, we hope to offer these meetings to our lower school as well. Please keep an eye out for our email announcements letting you know when and where your grade gathering will be.

about upcoming events. Next, look for our cakewalk event at the Fall Barbecue on September 6! Save the date for our Parker Night Out at the Blue Dragon on October 19. Bring your dancing shoes and come out for some good food and fun! We are always interested in your thoughts, ideas, and concerns. Please let us know what is on your mind. Parker really is a very special community with lots of interesting, fun, and unique individuals. Consider getting involved. You’ll be glad you did!

Our next meeting will be held on September 9 at 8:15 a.m. in the First Hawaiian Bank Media Studio. We have a fun and dynamic group of folks and are always happy to have others attend, so please consider joining us at this meeting or one in the future. We will be posting our To access further information meeting dates for the year so that about us, visit our Parker PTSO Facebook page at We will continue our efforts to you can plan ahead! ParkerSchoolPTSO and follow our strengthen connections within our On August 15, the PTSO updates in the weekly Webflash. Parker ‘ohana. Near the start of school, PTSO is sponsoring grade- executive committee and school level get togethers for upper and representatives were on hand at middle school families. We have the orientation gatherings to greet families and distribute information August-September 2013

Safety Reminders: To ensure a safe, smooth start to the school year, we ask that families please review the important following information regarding Parker School’s drop-off and pick-up policies: MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOL: Drop-Off: -Students may be dropped off near the Kahilu Hall (the main hall) between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. each day -Students may not enter the middle school area prior to 7:30 a.m. -There is no drop-off on Pu‘uki Road -Students dropped off in front of the school on the park side of the street must cross at the crosswalk -All county and state traffic laws are in effect at all times: -The area in front of the school is a designated loading zone. Parking is not permitted -U-turns are not permitted -Stopping and/or standing in striped areas is not permitted -Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk Pick-Up: -A Parker School administrator will be present from 2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. each day to monitor loading areas in front of the school -Students may be picked up after 3:00 p.m. daily -All county and state traffic laws are in effect at all times: -The area in front of the school is a designated loading zone, and parking is not permitted -U-turns are not permitted -Stopping and/or standing in striped areas is not permitted -Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk LOWER SCHOOL: Drop-Off: -Gate opens at 7:30 a.m. for all students -Students are not to be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. -Drop off is in the front of the lower school along the yellow loading/unloading zone -Cars are to pull all the way forward to the end of the yellow curb -Children are to exit in an expedient manner along the yellow curb, not on the grass -Families are encouraged to carpool to minimize congestion Pick-Up: -All students are picked up in front of the lower school along the yellow loading/unloading zone -Parents are to remain in the car and pull all the way forward, to the end of the yellow loading/unloading zone -Teachers load students into cars -All students not picked up by 2:45 p.m. are relocated to the ‘ohana room and the family’s account is charged a $20 late fee -Pick-up is not an opportunity for informal meetings with faculty or administration - schedule an appointment with the teacher or administrator if you wish to meet -Faculty students, Hele On bus riders, and students with older middle or upper school Parker siblings may walk with a lower school teacher to the front porch of the main campus at 2:45 p.m. A final note on lower school procedures: To ensure the safety of your child, we ask that all communications for pick-up go through the lower school office. This would include days your child goes home with someone not listed on the pick-up authorization form (you do NOT need to call if the person is on the form). If you would like your child to walk to soccer practice, music lessons and/or the bus stop we need to have this in writing before your child is released. You may email Mrs. Polhemus at or Mrs. Nearman at to inform the school of these arrangements. Thank you for keeping us informed and helping us to keep your child safe.

FOR HELE ON BUS RIDERS: As of July 1, 2013, there was a bus fare increase for Hawai‘i Island’s Hele On bus service. All routes will be affected. The fee for students with a school ID is now $1.00. There is a discount if you purchase prepaid

tickets. For students, it is $7.50 for a sheet of 10 tickets. Students may purchase bus tickets from Auntie Lani at the front desk. A monthly pass can be purchased for $45.00 via mail from the Mass Transit Agency (contact info. below), yet in most cases, purchasing sheets of 10 works out to be the most affordable option for students. Even with student tickets, to ride the bus, students must show a current school ID (available in October) or a letter of enrollment from Parker School (also available from Auntie Lani). To order prepaid monthly passes, send check and copy of school ID to: Hele On, ATTN Sari, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720.

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Alumni News: Jesse Tarnas ‘12 recently received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Summer Research Fellowship at Wesleyan University, where he is an astronomy student and sophomore, to conduct research on exoplanets (planets that exist outside of our solar system) from May 28 to August 1 this summer. He was one of 39 students, and the only astronomy student, selected, and received $4100 to work full time on his research. Part of his research took him to Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona for a few days. The Wharton siblings, three of whom are Parker alums, recently paid a visit to Mr. Najita and Ms. Culff. Aidan Wharton ‘13 will begin his freshman year at Pace University in New York this fall, Mariah Wharton ‘08, is about to become a nurse midwife, and Autumn Wharton ‘99, will soon receive her degree in family and marriage counseling.

Quinn Wharton, Autumn Wharton ‘99, Mr. Najita, Mariah Wharton ‘08 and Aidan Wharton ‘13.

Leela Morimoto ‘04, Anuhea Sills ‘04 and Lauren Crackel ‘04 recently bumped into each other and Mr. Najita at KTA in Waimea, and there held an impromptu mini-reunion. Lauren also wrote that she recently became engaged. Sandy Cameli ‘81 wrote that she recently met up with two other Parker alumnae in San Francisco, Shelli (Berg) Meneghetti ‘82, and Ann (Faraola) Estrada, ‘81. They reminisced about their favorite high school highlights, sharing yearbooks, photos and Facebook exchanges. Sandy recently completed a doctoral program and received her Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership through Argosy University, Honolulu Campus.

Leela Morimoto ‘04, Anuhea Sills ‘04 and Lauren Crackel ‘04.

Sandy Cameli ‘81, Shelli Berg Meneghetti ‘82 and Ann Faraola Estrada ‘81.

SHOP KTA, EARN POINTS FOR PARKER Through October 9, 2013, shop at KTA and when you purchase items marked with the lightbulb logo, Parker School earns points that translate to cash and other prizes. When you check out at the register, tell the cashier you’d like your points to go to Parker School (School #46). Students may also help raise additional points for Parker by entering KTA’s Photo Contest. Students create a photo depicting the nature of the Big Island and submit it by Friday, September 6, 2013. Please visit for more details and information.

August-September 2013

Parker School

65-1224 Lindsey Road Kamuela, HI 96743

Dates to Remember August 29 & 30 Upper/Middle School Camp Out September 2 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED September 6 Fall Barbecue & Potluck - 5 p.m., Upper Campus September 9 PTSO Meeting - 8:15 a.m., FHB Media Studio September 11 Lower School Back to School Night September 17 Upper/Middle School Picture Day September 18 Upper/Middle School Back to School Night September 26 Lower School Picture Day October 4 Middle School Unity Day/Upper School Class Retreats October 10 & 11 All School Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL October 14 Discoverers’ Day - NO SCHOOL October 15-18 Lower School/Grades 7&9 SAT10 Testing October 16 Grades 10&11 PSAT Testing October 18 PTSO Meeting - 8:15 a.m., FHB Media Studio October 19 PTSO’s Parker Night Out - Blue Dragon Restaurant October 25 Make a Difference Day (National Day October 26) For details check the Parker School calendar and announcements at

Happy Birthday Faculty & Staff!

August: Brynly Brown, Mindy Higgins, Jessie Marshall, Heather Polhemus, Ceri Whitfield September: Hapi Delenia, Kekoho Bertelmann

IMPORTANT NEWSLETTER UPDATE: In our continued effort to go green, beginning with the OctoberNovember 2013 issue, we will be sending the newsletter, Na Mea Hou, via email only to all current Parker School families and faculty and staff. If you are a current parent and would still like to receive a hardcopy of the newsletter at your physical address, please email:

Waimea Town Market at Parker School Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ahualoa Farm Alaska Wild Salmon* Baron von App Wood Art Beeing Aloha Honey Company Downes Grounds Coffee Farm El Dente Hawaiian B Natural Farms Hawaiian Candyman Hawaiian Homegrown Wool Honomu Jams Island Herbal

Island Thyme Gourmet** Javaloha Coffee Jennifer Zingg Studio Kalakoa Kookies Kekela Farms Little Paradise Mai Bacon Manowaiopae Homestead Farm Ohana Pies Poppas Orchids Sandwich Isle Bread

Si Nuan Thai Sunrise Farm Tammey’s Tamales Tea Hawai‘i Therapeutic Massage Tropical Fruitsicles True Hawai‘i Blue Whole Better Woods Catering * fishing until September ** 2nd & 4th weeks of month

August-September 2013 Na Mea Hou  

Parker School's bimonthly newsletter.