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Na Mea Hou

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December 2011/January 2012

Parker School's Annual 'Ohana


To celebrate Thanksgiving, Parker School students, families, faculty and staff came together for the school's annual 'Ohana Feast on Wednesday, November 23. Students and their families brought food to share to go along with the imu-cooked turkey the senior class helped prepare. The school community also put together Thanksgiving baskets filled with holiday food items to deliver to needy families in South Kohala.

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Parker School has received a $50,000 grant from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation that will be used for the creation of a new middle and upper school media studio. On Monday, November 21, Victoria Hasty, vice-president of First Hawaiian Bank and Harold Hughes, vice-president and area manager of the Kamuela branch of First Hawaiian Bank, visited the school and presented the check to headmaster Carl Sturges. (photo below)

"to give generously from the heart" Please join us for a magical evening gala at the stunning Fairmont Orchid Hawaii as we come together to raise money for financial aid at Parker School.

Saturday March 10, 2012 starting at 5:30 pm

For more information please email advancement@ parkerschool. net or visit www.

The facility is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012 and will be named the First Hawaiian Bank Media Studio, according to Carl Sturges, Parker School headmaster. “Parker School wishes to express its gratitude to First Hawaiian Bank for making this possible. Thanks to the bank’s generous support, our students will soon be able to take advantage of the advanced videographic capabilities provided by the new media studio We promise to make good use of the bank's investment in Hawaii's educational future,” Sturges said. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Parker School to offer its students a creative learning experience through the new First Hawaiian Bank Media Studio,” said Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank president and chief operating officer. “This media studio will help students gain the technical skills they need for the future.” For the media studio, an existing building on Parker’s upper campus will be renovated and the 475 square foot space will be equipped with video conferencing and podcasting equipment, still photography cameras, a SmartBoard, film editing resources and a conference table. Parker School’s Foundation for the Future twoyear comprehensive campaign was launched in

the fall of 2010 with the goal of raising $500,000 for the Annual Fund for Education and three major facilities improvements: a regulation-sized soccer field (which is nearly complete); upgrades to the historical theatre; and the lower school library and media resource center as well as the middle and upper school media studio. First Hawaiian Bank is the largest corporate contributor to charity in Hawaii. The bank, through its Foundation annually donates more than $2.5 million to over 400 local charities. Parker School is a small, independent, coeducational day school located on the Big Island of Hawai'i. The school provides a collegepreparatory program, emphasizing personal and educational excellence, for students in grades K-12. Their small class sizes; 'ohana, or familylike, atmosphere; and their diverse, caring and talented faculty combine to produce a rewarding educational experience for students destined to make the most of their lives. Parker School is fully accredited in grades K-12 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS).

Victoria Hasty, First Hawaiian Bank vice-president; Jennifer Schack, Parker School's advancement director; Parker headmaster Carl Sturges; and Harold Hughes, First Hawaiian Bank vice-president and area manager, Kamuela branch, stand with the $50K check for the new First Hawaiian Bank Media Studio which will be located in the building behind.

Alumni News Ethan Tweedie, class of 1985 Photographer Ethan Tweedie received his first formal training in photography at Parker School under the director of Warren Roll, former Honolulu Star-Bulletin Chief Photographer. While attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he further honed his photography skills as the school newspaper photographer. He also attended the Texas School of Photography with intense instruction from some of the best photography minds in the business. Ethan makes his home in Waimea.

Lauren Slak (class of 2007) graduated from USC and is now in midwifery school. Class of 2006: Kehau Kashnig married John Martinez on Saturday, November 12th in California. They are residing there. Raini Castro is engaged. Aley McGuffie lives in Volcano and will soon be starting her hours towards becoming a registered dietitian. Bryn Lawrence is finishing his masters in evironmental toxicology and will be traveling to Africa to partake in a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

from the desk of the

Athletic Director

Mahalo to the Parker School 'ohana for supporting our students and encouraging them to stay focused and work hard throughout the fall season. Our talented students are dedicated to so many activities at Parker and the continued support of our 'ohana allows them to participate in sports, drama, debate and so much more. Mahalo to all the coaches who made the fall athletic season a success... Ehitu Keeling and Dawn Aiona took the girls high school volleyball team to the BIIF playoffs for the first time in ten years; John Blossom led a competitive middle school cross country team; Nicole Vedelli rallied the lower school cross country team and ended the season with an outstanding 1K meet for all the runners; Mikiala Yardley took the middle school volleyball team to new heights. Congrats seniors..... Marit Winborne and Victoria Andrade-McKeehan for years of dedication and hard work on the volleyball team; Jesse Tarnas for four outstanding years in cross country; Gian DeAntionio, Thomas Baldwin and Hayden Cross for your energy and efforts on the cross country team. It has truly been a pleasure working with you all and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I hope our student athletes will build on their successes from the fall season and continue to embrace their responsibilities to their teams and coaches in the upcoming winter season. The athletic department is deeply sorry for the loss of our Head Paddling Coach Beanie Heen who passed away on Friday, November 4th. He had great plans for our young paddlers and I know they will work hard to honor his memory. I am thankful to our amazing team of coaches who have come out in force to help Kealoha and Mike Nearman with our paddling season.

George Heneghan Fun Run

Parker School’s 12th annual George Heneghan Fun Run took place on Sunday, November 6th in Waimea. 91 runners and their supporters turned out for the early morning event from which all proceeds benefit Parker School’s athletic program. Both the 1K and 5K race runners began and finished their loops at the Parker Lower School campus. The event was established in memory of Hawaii architect George Heneghan, who was also an accomplished athlete, teacher and coach. He coached crosscountry and track at Parker from 19921998. Parker School extends its gratitude to all the participants, volunteers and sponsors, particularly lead sponsor Dr. John Stover, for making this event possible and a success. 5K male winners: 1st: Paul Gregg 2nd: Tyler McCullough 3rd: Jesse Tarnas 1K male winners: 1st: Luke Biondi 2nd: Bennett Varney 3rd: Cody Payne

5K female winners: 1st: Melani Aiona 2nd: Maki Abe 3rd: Kiana Ward

1K female winners: 1st: Charlotte Head 2nd: Mele Rickards 3rd: Emily Thompson

Our teams are invigorated and energized as they practice on our new athletic field and paddle in our brand new canoe at the surf club. We are all looking forward to an exciting winter athletic season.

Athletic field blessing and soccer season opener at Parker School

On November 30th, Parker School hosted a blessing ceremony led by Earl Regidor for the new athletic field followed by Parker School's soccer season opener. Both teams were victorious over Kohala.


Waimea Fire Fighters Visit Parker Lower School

(photo left) Parker School students and chaperones try standing as Hawaiians would have while in prayer at Puu Kohola heiau, while Park Ranger Greg Cunningham continues teaching them more about the heiau.

Waimea firefighters visited Parker Lower School on Monday, October 21st. Captain Steve Loyola and his five-member crew taught the kindergarten through fifth grade students all about fire safety, then treated them to a tour of a fire truck and ambulance, and offered them the opportunity to shoot the water hose. Parker is grateful to the firefighters for making their important annual visit to the school so fun and informative.

Parker Middle Schoolers came together for a day of ocean education on Friday, October 28th. This was the first of three planned Middle School Unity Days for the 2011-2012 school year. The Unity Days are designed to perpetuate unity and cohesiveness among the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students via off-campus, handson, multi-disciplinary, experiential learning opportunities that take advantage of the resources the Big Island offers. Prior to the excursion day, a series of speakers visited the middle schoolers on campus: marine biologist Susan Rickards, nature artist Patrick Ching, Etta Karth of Mokupapapa Discovery Center. Parker staff member and previous Hawaiian Studies teacher Emily Pagliaro spoke about Hawaiian history, and the students also watched the presentation at Kahilu Theatre about renowned celestial navigator Papa Mau. The first stop on the excursion day was Hapuna Beach, where the students studied currents and tides, native and invasive plant species, and painted watercolor seascapes with Parker teachers Melissa Lunchick, John Blossom, and Mindy Higgins. They also learned about

wild edible foods and coastal vegetation with visiting environmental educator Steve Coffee. Higgins said, “ I feel it (Ocean Unity Day) was a real organic way for students to learn. It took out the pressure of grades and keeping track of papers. It was simply about listening and participating, the true essence of learning.” “It (Ocean Unity Day) was awesome,” said Lunchick of Ocean Unity Day. “It was a balance of fun, camaraderie and learning. A perfect blend.” The group then ventured to Puu Kohola Heiau, where they were treated to a guided tour with park ranger Greg Cunningham. From the heiau, they walked to Pelekane Bay, where with Steve Coffee, they learned about the estuary and effects of dredging and siltation on the reef there. A visit to the sailing canoe, Makali’i, at Kawaihae Harbor, with Captain Chadd Paishon, followed, and many present were moved by “Uncle” Chadd’s words. “I really enjoyed hearing Uncle Chadd say, ‘The canoe is your island and the island is your canoe,’ said Lunchick, “that we need to take care of our island, world, friends and family, as we would if we were on a canoe for a large amount of time.” Sixth grader Kiana Nakamura, whose favorite experience of the day was visiting the heiau, said of Ocean Unity Day, “It took helping to a new level. It encouraged us to be more aware of our surroundings and to take care of our land and the ocean.” The next two Parker Middle School Unity Days (themes yet to be announced) are scheduled for February and April.

Parker School's Scholastic Book Fair Parker School held its biannual Scholastic Book Fair ran from Monday, November 7th through Wednesday, November 9th at the Lower School campus. All proceeds from books sold will go toward enhancing Parker's classroom libraries.

PARKER DEBATE TEAMS EARNS SECOND PLACE IN STATE TOURNAMENT Parker School’s debate team tied with Punahou School for second place at a sixteen-team, statewide tournament at Kahuku High School on Oahu on November 12. Twenty-four Parker high school students traveled to participate in the tournament, where Iolani School took first place. “It’s very gratifying to see how well our students match up with competitors from large schools,” said Parker headmaster and debate coach Carl Sturges. Parker senior and debate team member Jesse Tarnas said, “I think that a second place victory, tied with Punahou, shows just how strong a small school's debate team can be. Punahou's debate team is larger than our entire (high) school, so we really took underdog victory to the next level with this tournament.” Parker’s debate team will next participate in and host the Neighbor Island Speech and Debate Qualifying Tournament at Parker School on January 13 and 14, 2012.

Parker School congratulates the students who made the Headmaster's List and Honor Roll during the first trimester. Students on the Headmaster's List earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Honor Roll students earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Upper School Headmaster's List Victoria Andrade-McKeehan Olivia Armandroff Jaren Ashcraft Jesse Burns Bailey Calciolari Rachel Dunn Paul Gregg Erika Hannon Kira Harada-Stone Geoffrey Inaba Stephanie Janovsky Kosuke Kume Shotaro Kume Mariko Langevin Lysha Matsunobu Tyler McCullough Darcy Mulligan Grant Nair Kieran Najita Luke Potter Tyler Saito Mia Scibelli Lauren Sweere Jesse Tarnas Maia Tarnas Aidan Wharton Sarah Willey Marit Winborne Upper School Honor Roll Desiree Ashley Tawny Bright Cody Brown Carly Cappagli Brieanah Gouveia Madyson Harper Elliott Jacobson Marie Jobes Nondi Lampkin

Upper School Honor Roll cont'd Anna Moritz Kyley Nishimura Michael Note Aolani Peiper Nya Phillips Middle School Headmaster's List Shelby Alligood Fanny Arnouts Lorenzo Arnouts Jaipal Brar Lucy Callender Taylor Doherty Kieran Wiese Gibson Kevin Grace Carolyn Hiller Kirk Hubbard Erika Kasberg Kyra Matsuda Owen Matsuda Sivan Najita Bethany Trusel Skye Waipa Middle School Honor Roll Nate Biondi Kawena Ching Dashiell Cotton Riley Decker Braedon Ingalls Sophia Kaufmann Zachariah Kaufmann Ben Miller Alissa Mullin Marlo Mundon Kiana Nakamura Skyler Pleuss Harmony Ring Ryan Touchet

Parker School presents Snow White

Parker School’s grades 6-12 drama group, Dramatiques, staged a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest at the Parker School Theatre. The players enjoyed the highest attendance overall so far for a fall production. Friday night’s performance played to a full house. The play, by June Walker Rogers, is a comedic take on the traditional Grimm brothers’ fairy tale. “This production was incredibly fun to put together. We all shared so much laughter throughout the rehearsals and performances,” said director Maren Oom who is director of fine arts at Parker School. Junior Olivia Armandroff played Snow White, with senior Desiree Ashley as the evil Queen Bella, and senior Jesse Tarnas as King Absent Minded. The play was written specifically for young audiences, but carried humor throughout that appealed to adults and children both. Several small girls in the audience were spotted sporting “princess” dresses; one was even dressed as Snow

White. Oom said, “I wouldn't mind staging a classic tale of this sort every fall. The characters, costumes and set design in these tales lead me back to childhood memories of pretend play and my mother reading fairy tales from beautifully illustrated books. I love remembering my experiences as a child and tapping into that magic as a director to bring an enjoyable experience to the families in our audiences.” Ninth grader Sean Dunnington, who played the part of Tillie the Turtle, one of Snow White’s forest friends, said, “I have never participated in anything so hilarious. This play had such an enormous magical feeling to it and I am so honored to have played Tillie The Turtle. Just the costumes and make up were so much fun to work with. Everyone did such a good job and worked so well. It was definitely a wonderful experience. As Snow White said in the play, ‘now we really are one big happy family.’”

PARKER SCHOOL RECEIVES ARTS EXCELLENCE AWARD On Thursday, November 16, Parker Middle School received a 2011 Arts Excellence Award from the Hawaii Arts Alliance. Ex-officio Hawaii Arts Alliance board member Roberta Bishop presented the award certificate and a $1000 check to Parker School fine arts director Maren Oom on stage at the historic Parker School Theatre in front of an audience of proud Parker middle schoolers. “This is the third time Parker has received this award in the last 4 years from the Hawaii Arts Alliance, a state organization and member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education network,” said Oom. According to the Hawai’i Arts Alliance, whose mission is to advocate for the arts in education,

“This award is given to schools and their community of students, administrators, teachers, and parents because exemplary work in the arts and in arts-integrated curriculum has been proven at the middle school level.” Parker 8th grader Kevin Grace said, “It’s really cool we got money because some art stuff is sort of expensive, and the middle school art program is really cool because it gets you going in art early so you don’t have to start fresh in high school. It’s required (in high school), so you have experience going in.” Parker School is grateful to the Hawaii Arts Alliance for this generous gift and acknowledgment of its fine arts program.


'Ohana Feast Mahalo Thank you to everyone who made our annual ‘Ohana Feast such a wonderful, sustainable event! This is an enormous undertaking and a real team effort. Thanks to everyone’s cooperation, we produced the lowest waste of any school event so far. All metal pans were washed, and all compostable cups, plates and utensils were rinsed and sent to be composted. We only generated a few bags of trash, mostly cans and napkins. Well done, everyone! Thank you to:

Lots of good work is being done by our PTSO team so far this year. We are off to a great start! Stephen Billhardt and the professional development committee drafted, reviewed and distributed our new mini grant application in October. This new program will support creative ideas to add value for our students. We are now just waiting to see what proposals come in. Our farmer’s market team pioneered the first experience for PTSO in running the flower booth on October 8th. With a few lessons learned we were prepared to host the booth again on November 26th. Jon Vedellli and Jennifer Grace have provided terrific groundwork and support to set up this revenue stream. Rhonda Klimt took good care of our teachers by coordinating treats and a nice lunch during parent conference week. We know from the abundant “mahalos” how much they really appreciated it. Kendall DiDonato, our PTSO Treasurer, along with Jon Vedelli and Jennifer Grace helped us create our approved budget. Kendall continues to keep us advised via reports monthly. It’s wonderful to have the support of Jon and Jennifer in the business office at Parker School. Show up at a PTSO meeting, have coffee and enjoy the process of PTSO’s collective creativity. Ann DiLoreto, our PTSO Secretary, communicates the details of our meetings via Webflash and Facebook at With Aloha, Robin Mullin, PTSO President 2011 - 2012

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Fifth graders continue Colonial Day tradition

The fifth grade students took part in Colonial Day on Thursday, November 10, 2011. This day has become a 5th grade tradition in my years of teaching. This is an all-day event that allows the fifth grade students to learn by “living” through the historical Colonial period. The students took part in a full day of activities that resemble those of the Colonial period. All students showed their Colonial spirit by dressing up in clothing of that era. It was exciting to see the students’ creativity in the costumes they put together. Some of the activities which took place were archery (with the help of C&S Outfitters owner, D’Armand Cook), making corn husk dolls, making butter, learning how to sew and even making a Colonial toy. Learning how to use a hammer and nails was yet another challenging event. The focus was on accuracy and speed which helped the students to see just how difficult it was for colonists to build their homes and furnishings. Parent volunteers helped throughout the day and prepared and served our Colonial feast with turkey and all the fixing’s. Thank you to all who made this fun day of learning possible. A memorable day was had by all!

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parents and students, K-12, for cooking and bringing food; teachers for overseeing your students in all of their responsibilities and service activities; Eric Sills for once again preparing the imu and offering our students a valuable cultural experience; Jay Stephens and everyone else who helped Eric with the imu; advisor Patricia Kassis and the seniors, for bringing turkeys, staying up late cooking and shredding the cooked turkey and Renee DeAntonio and Susan Conley for helping shred turkey; Stephen Billhardt for overseeing the lower school participation in the feast; Jennifer Schack, Jeri Dizol, Connie Davis, and Kealoha Nearman for coordinating the three gift baskets that went to families in our community; Sallie McCullough for serving on the planning committee, being a phenomenal volunteer coordinator and working from early in the a.m. on the day of the feast; Cari Kapuni’ai for serving on the planning committee, coordinating the lower school parent volunteers, and with husband Taylor, setting up and manning the pig scraping stations and taking our scrapings for their pigs; all of the families who donated food to the upper and middle school gift baskets; Nicole Vedelli for ordering the earth-friendly plates, cups, and flatware and helping with foil and other snack shack goods; parent volunteers who helped with setup, serving and cleanup, some of whom were here all day: Miriam Matsunobu, Lisa Winborne, Susan Conley, Sallie McCullough, Jennifer Bolstad, Carol Charbonneau and Arlene Arnouts; the kindergarten parents for serving the lower school students; Lisa and Vaughan Winborne for bringing our leftovers to people in need; the Andrade-McKeehan family for the use of their incredible food warmer; Student Council, for their help with set-up; Student Council’s ‘Ohana Feast Committee—Jesse Tarnas, Paul Gregg, Jesse Burns and Emily Whitfield—for making the fun holiday films for our family meeting; all students who participated in service projects at the school and in our community; all upper and middle school students for assisting with the cleanup; and Doc Sturges for his unswerving leadership.

I am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful, cohesive, caring community. Me ke aloha, Gillian Culff Student Council Advisor, Feast Coordinator

Make a Difference Day Community Mahalos "On behalf of Waimea Trails and Greenways, I would like to thank you for helping in your community and especially in helping the Stream side Trail of Waimea malama the stream. Your work and enthusiasm was much appreciated." - Clem Lam, Waimea Trails and Greenways "Today was a good day for the Waimea Trails and Greenways Project, Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea. Parker School chose to send a group of students to Make a Difference on our Stream Trail. With each completed job, another was added and the students took it on with enthusiasm. It wasn't long before all of the work planned for the day was completed so the scope of the day's project was extended. We were impressed at the amount of work we were able to get out of the group. We, the committee members, wish to take this time to express our sincere appreciation for the students and faculty that came to make a difference on the Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea." -Leningrad Elairionoff

Parker Students Make a Difference in the Community Parker School Students offered their service at various community locations this past Friday in honor of national Make a Difference Day.

"As Parker's Student Council Advisor, I've led eight Make a Difference Days, and this, by far, was the most exciting, satisfying and memorable for me," said English teacher Gillian Culff, "With 145 students divided among six work sites, we had about 25 students and two teacher chaperones on hand at each. As I drove around to the different sites, I was extremely impressed by the amount of work these groups accomplished. They cleared blockages and trash from two areas of the Waikoloa stream, eliminated graffiti,

helped to restore native habitat, and aided in the beautification and maintenance of Waimea's beloved historic homes and a botanical garden. Everywhere I went I saw focused, diligent student workers, happy site coordinators, and huge smiles. It was a great day!" Parker wishes to thank HPM for their donation of paint, and Solimene's, Don's Chinese Kitchen, McDonalds, and the school’s PTSO for contributing snacks and lunch for the students.

(top) Students prune hedges at Anna's Ranch. (above left) Parent volunteer and environmental planning consultant David Tarnas teaches them about the effects of erosion, flooding and pollution in a watershed using an interactive model. (above center) Students paint over graffiti under the Lindsey Rd. bridge. (above right) Students remove a tree from the stream bed.

Mahalo from the Student Council Advisor

What an outstanding Make a Difference Day we had! The weather was perfect, and our large student teams working all day accomplished a tremendous amount. The students in the Kohala Watershed planted over 200 trees; those clearing the stream along the Waimea Trail removed two enormous blockages of trees and brush from the stream, hauled four tree stumps from the ground and set up large logs for seating and trail demarcation; the stream cleanup group by the school removed trash and overhanging foliage and painted over all of the graffiti under the bridge; the Parker Ranch historic homes group cleared all of the planting beds of leaf litter and weeds then brought in fresh woodchip mulch and planted some flowers; at Anna Ranch, students weeded and removed dead foliage from the gardens, helped rebuild a rock wall, painted fence posts and part of a building, and cleaned saddles; and at Pua Mau Botanical gardens students removed grasses and other invasive species, washed windows and painted. I want to thank all of our students for giving us the best attendance ever on a Make a Difference Day—only 2 students absent in the upper and middle schools!—and for working so

hard at their work sites. Special mahalos to: All of our donors: HPM provided some paint for our graffiti cleanup and Solimene’s, Don’s Chinese Kitchen, and McDonald’s provided food for our student and faculty workers; The PTSO for purchasing snacks and lunches not covered by our outside donors and for their readiness to support us in whatever way we needed; Site coordinators Clem Lam and Leningrad Elarionoff of Waimea Trails & Greenways; Kaui Doyle and Albert the saddlemaking guru of Anna Ranch; Shawn Saito of Parker Ranch, Irina Place at Pua Mau Botanical Garden and Melora Purell and Brad Lau of Kohala Watershed Partnership for giving our students wonderful contexts for service learning; Carolyn Stewart for giving us a day of her time to clean the stream and teach us about the watershed and David Tarnas and Maia Tarnas for assistance with the watershed models; The Student Council’s Make a Difference Day committee: Chair Brieanah Gouveia (site contacts, student placements and general oversight), Maia Tarnas, Jaren Ashcraft (site contacts and details, brainstorming ideas) and Sean Dunnington (organized supplies at his first

StuCo meeting); Lani Morris for the first aid kits and help with faxing waivers; Vickie Frogley for securing lunch donations; Emily Pagliaro for help with transportation and food; Holly Weigle for photography and help with driving; Eric Sills for driving, cooler and water delivery, organizing and providing paint supplies, and getting into the stream with the kids and cutting branches; Ruth Sturges, Tina Doherty, Kiyoshi Najita, Pam Decker, Heidi Buscher, Yngrid Gonzalez, Patricia Kassis, Matt Biondi, John Blossom and Melissa Lunchick for overseeing groups and helping them stay motivated and on-task; Aidan Wharton for running sound and projection in the theatre and Carl Sturges, for appreciating the value of hands-on learning. This was a team effort, and I always appreciate the readiness of all of the members of our ‘ohana to support one another. This was my 8th Make a Difference Day, and I think it was the best one yet. With sincere appreciation, Gillian Culff Student Council Adviser

Dates to Remember:

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December 6 & 7 ▪ Middle School Science Fair December 10 ▪ Fairways and Friends Golf Tournament December 15 ▪ Winter Concert December 19 - January 8 ▪ Winter Break - NO SCHOOL January 9 ▪ School Resumes January 13 & 14 ▪ Neighbor Island Debate Tournament January 16 ▪ Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL January 21 ▪ Admissions Open House January 26 ▪ Lower School Conferences - After school hours January 27 ▪ All School Conferences - NO SCHOOL February 3 ▪ Middle School Unity Day February 4 ▪ Admissions Open House February 8 ▪ 6th and 9th Grade Preview Night February 10 ▪ ArtStart February 20 ▪ President's Day - NO SCHOOL February 22, 23 & 24 ▪ Upper/Middle Finals For details check the Parker School calendar and announcements at

Announcements December 10:

Fairways and Friends Golf Tournament at Hualalai

December 15:

Winter Arts Performance

ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE Bring a friend....Parker School's Admissions Open House events are: Saturday, January 21 9 am to 11 am

December 19- January 8:

Winter Break


School resumes


Admissions Open House

February 4:

Admissions Open House

Saturday, February 4 9 am to 11 am

Students and their families are invited to come and learn about our award–winning visual and performance arts program, our AP and honors classes, interscholastic sports program, and enjoy a tour of the facilities. Parker School’s small class sizes enhance the learning experience for students and foster a true feeling of ‘ohana. For more information please call Admissions Director Ann Renick at 885-7933 ext. 107.

December: Jonathan Vedelli, Ruth Sturges, Patricia Kassis, Lani Morris, Heidi Buscher January: Kealoha Nearman, Melissa Lunchick, Kristi Weiser, Jennifer Grace, Holly Weigle, Jackie Sills, Nicole Vedelli

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