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January 19, 2012


Breaking News

Island School to Celebrate 35 Years - Feb. 3rd

You are all invited to Island School’s 35th Birthday Assembly, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Wilcox Gymnasium. Our Island School halau, the middle and keiki chorus groups will perform. The student body, led by several student representatives will recite the poem written especially for us by Leinani Springer, He Le Aloha. Community service projects both on and off campus have been organized for all students and will begin directly following the assembly. School will be dismissed at the usual time.

Midterm Next Week

Believe it or not, next Wednesday, Jan. 25, is midterm! Classes in middle and high school will be giving midterm exams as scheduled in RenWeb. Progress Reports will be issued to students whose grades fall below a ‘C.’ Parents and students who have concerns are, as always, encouraged to contact their students’ individual teachers.

New Steps on Keiki Playground!

Used railroad ties from Kilohana have been cleverly transformed into new steps on the keiki playground.

Volunteers Needed for Swim Championships January 28, at YMCA

Timers are needed from 1:30 until about 4 p.m. No experience needed. Please email Jen Pomroy at jenp@ if you can help.

Science Olympiad Sponsors Wanted

Both of our high school and middle school teams qualified to compete in the state finals on O‘ahu. Anyone who would like to sponsor a student may contact Daryl Edwards at daryl@ or at 246-0233, ext. 224. Details of our students’ performance at this week’s Science Olympiad are on page two of the Parent Connection.

Winter Concert DVDs

If you ordered a DVD of the winter concert, Christmas Old & New, please come to the Office to pick it up.

Senior Class Lucky Drawing Ends Tomorrow

The Class of 2012’s “Lucky Drawing” fundraiser ends next week with the drawing taking place on Monday, January 23rd. The seniors have Lucky Drawing tickets available for a suggested donation of $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Funds raised will go towards expenses for their post graduation dinner festivities. Monies leftover will go towards their senior gift fund. There are GREAT prizes! GRAND PRIZE: One week stay in a timeshare condo in Hawai‘i, Mainland, or an International location (location subject to inventory and availability at time

Click on the Calendar tab on our website. of booking with Hawaii Timeshare Exchange Company) 2ND PLACE: One night stay at Koa Kea Resort with breakfast for two. OTHER PRIZES: • Full Auto Detail at King Auto Center • Breakfast for two at Joe’s on the Green • Lunch for two at Joe’s on the Green • Gift certificates to Keiki Kovers Clothing • Gift certificate to Talk Story Bookstore • Gift certificate to Bungalow 9 • Gift certificates for golf at the Kiahuna Golf Course (2) • Beaded necklace • Custom made Hawaiian fabric • Pillows from Brooks of Kaua‘i Contact Kymry Perez for more information. 808-635-1490.

Make a Scene at Island School

Theatre-lovers won’t want to miss Island School’s first high school theatre festival on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Hall. Five short scenes and plays from our own students will be featured along side two scenes and plays from the Kaua‘i Performing Arts Center (KPAC). Admission is FREE. Content is appropriate for age 12+. Parents should use discretion in bringing their children, as some subject matter is adult in nature. Contact Peggy Ellenburg for more information at or 246-0233, ext. 262.

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I.S. Chronicles CHORUS – All 44 members of the Island School Alaka’i Chorus will be attending an incredible 3-day choral workshop in Honolulu. They will join 350+ high school chorus students from across the state to learn music to present at a free public concert at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, at the Central Union Church. The group is to report to the Lihu‘e Airport tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. sharp! GEOGRAPHY – Congratulations to 8th grader Jordan Grainger, Island School’s 2012 National Geographic Geography Bee winner. She will represent Island School On O‘ahu at the State Geography Bee on March 30, 2012. Kudos to all the participants: 4th - Malia Splittstoesser, 5th Dominic LaFratta, 6th - Ethan Jeal and Kenz Hubbard, 7th - Luke McIntosh and Keoni Downer, 8th - Josh Miller and Jordan Grainger. MIDDLE SCHOOL – Students are having a “Midterm Breakfast Bond” with their Hui next Tuesday. This means each student has been assigned to bring something to share with their hui at Morning Meeting. Items should be dropped off in their hui advisor’s office or the teachers’ workroom refrigerator.

held Monday at KCC. In addition, our two middle school teams tied for second place out of four teams. This was the first year that the Students in grades 4-8 competed in the school middle school Geography Bee on Friday. competed and Kellan Wortmann, Ivana Wu, the second year for the high school. Imara Joroff. Middle School Both teams did very well and were Aliana Ho, Jackson Evans, Maya invited to the state competition on Rivera, Kenz Hubbard, Kenneth O‘ahu on Saturday, March 3. Joe Niheu, Jaycob Manzano, Lola Corbo did a great job of organizing Temme, Alex Temme, Douglas and coaching the middle school Sears, Rebecca Stevens, team and he won a drawing to Matthew Tamanaha, Jalen Gill, Kanani Segismundo and Julia Randolph-Flagg.

Middle & High School students with their advisors show off their Science Olympiad ribbons & trophies. Missing are several middle school students and some high school soccer players who had to leave early.)

SCIENCE – Our two Science Olympiad high school teams won first and second place out of three teams in the Kaua‘i regional competition

Kenz Hubbard and Aliana Ho (gr. 6) prepare to launch their bottle rocket at the Science Olympiad.

attend an all expenses paid coach’s workshop this summer in Arizona. Kudos to Jeff Kozak, our high school coach, and to Becky Swank who coached the middle school. Participants are listed below: High School - Steven Baptiste, Garrett Beyer, Lauren Claypoole, Kelly Culliney, Jayke Manzano, Daniel Miller, Dylan MorrisonFogel, Ben Steuri, Emeline Wu, Braden Beck, Steele Bird, Joy Claypoole, Bronson Griep, Michael Kilcoyne, April Oo, Christian Potter, Austin Taylor, Cy Whitlock, Lansen Eto, Quinn Hannah-White, Kelly Kay,

SENIOR UPDATE – Dylan Morrison-Fogel has been accepted at New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology in Socorro, New Mexico. Ryan Perez has been accepted at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. Congratulations!

FIRST GRADE – Students have been reading two books: Stone Soup and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To highlight these stories, they have been making Stone Soup (yum) and using egg cartons to make caterpillars. KIF SOCCER – Kudos to team captains, Keana Green and Lily Mindel and the Girls Soccer team for their 4-0 win over Waimea Monday! Freshman, Madison Moore scored three points and senior, Lily Mindel scored one. Their final game is this Thursday (today) against Kaua‘i High at 4 p.m. on our home field. Our Boys team played yesterday and will also play here Saturday against Waimea at 10:00.

Parent Page Mahalo to Parent Association


♥ ♥ ♥ Lindsay Kamm for her donations to the LRC and our costume collection. ♥ ♥ ♥ Claudia Brown and the Doreen L. Brown Family Charitable Foundation for a contribution to the operating fund.

Teacher Appreciation

Our February Teacher Appreciation event is scheduled February 14, Volunteers are needed to prepare this surprise in the in main kitchen. at 2:00 p.m. on February 13. Contact Donna King for more information.

Gift Wrap Receipts

Proceeds from last fall’s fund raiser have been distributed to individual classroom accounts. A report is available to anyone interested in the PA box in the teachers’ workroom.

Parent Volunteers Needed for Auction

Contact Lulu in the Office or stop by the booth next week after school to sign up.

♥ ♥ ♥ The Goodale Family Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation for grants to support the Art Department and new outdoor solar lighting for the campus. ♥ ♥ ♥ Dr. Albert H. Halff for once again purchasing books for the middle school program. ♥ ♥ ♥ David & Carla Bissell, Mary & Bob Capwell, Lawrence Chaffin Jr., Diana Loomis Dahl, Tanya & Chris Gamby, David & Maribeth Genuardi, Hale Kaua’i, the Harding Educational and Charitable Foundation, Connie Kakalia, Sabra Kauka & Kai’opua Fyfe, Merriman’s Kaua’i, Jackie & Ray Mierta, David & Carol Pratt, Sam & Robin Pratt, David & Darnney Proudfoot, Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Richardson III, Rex Riddle, Howard & Leslie Schirmer, Charles & Jeanne Wichman, Bill & Cynthia Wickersham, Joe Williams & Carol PeacockWilliams and Eric & Cindy Wortmann for supporting the Annual Giving campaign. ♥ ♥ ♥ Kurt & Tomoe Rutter for contributions to our Endowment. ♥ ♥ ♥ The Mel and Pauline Venutra Fund for a donation to the Tuition Aid program.

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♥ ♥ ♥ Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative and Aqua Engineers for supporting our Kauaibots.

STEPPING OUT WITH BEN VEREEN Sunday, January 22, 5:00 pm. @ Kaua‘i Community College PAC, Ben Vereen is show business in one dynamite package. Tickets $35 Adults/$10 Students. Call (808) 245-SING. Outlets: Magic Dragon, Kaua‘i Music & Sound, Pictures Plus, Island Soap & Candleworks, The Wine Shop, Kalaheo Coffee Co, Hanapepe TalkStory Bookstore, Aloha ‘n

♥ ♥ ♥ The Hawai‘i State Science Olympiad, KEDB and Kaua‘i Community College for a donation to support Island School’s Science Olympiad teams.

Paradise. Presented by the Kaua‘i Concert Association. KAUA‘I’S FIRST ZUMBA FEST - GO GREEN EVENT: Saturday, January 21, 9:00 - 11:00am. Aiming for Guiness Record. Bring own water bottle; complimentary refills by Ionic Water. @ Vidinha Soccer Stadium $10 admission; FREE for 12 and younger. For more information, call (808) 639-9033.

♥ ♥ ♥ Wade & Kim Lord for supporting the girls varsity VB team.

♥ ♥ ♥ David Feather & Bro Halff, Charles & Karen Mahelona, Susan McLaughlin, Joan Shaw and Bamboo Moon Video for contributions to the Island School Chorus. ♥ ♥ ♥ Donald & Betty Lou Severson and Fun Factory for a donations to our halau. ♥ ♥ ♥ The Pajela family for a donation of books to the MS library. ♥ ♥ ♥ Kaua’i Nursery & Landscaping for a gift of compost. ♥ ♥ ♥ Robin & Sam Pratt for a donation of books to the Pre-K, First Grade, and Learning Resource Center. ♥ ♥ ♥ Kathy Richardson for a gift of equipment to the office staff. ♥ ♥ ♥ Donna Morrison & Rick Fogel for a gift to the elementary classes. ♥ ♥ ♥ Leah Edwards, Kori King, Christine Ing, Lynne MacDonald, Charlene Steuri and Monica King for helping assemble the auction invitations for mailing.

It’s Re-Enrollment Time January 23 - February 3

The new year brings us closer to the beginning of the next school year, and that means it’s time to confirm your children’s enrollment at Island School. Beginning January 23 through February 3, Sean Magoun will be re-enrolling current students prior to the open enrollment season.

must happen now so teaching assignments and schedules can be readied for the next school year. After February 3, spaces will be opened up to new students. The last thing we want is for your child’s class to be filled before you’ve re-enrolled. In addition, families who enroll now are eligible for a $100 rebate, which will be received at the end of the next school year, provided your student’s record is satisfactory and your account has been kept current.

You should have received a letter recently from Bob Springer, explaining the tuition and fees for 2012-2013 and the process for re-enrolling your children. If you didn’t get this letter, please call the Applying for financial aid is an important part Office so we can check your contact information of re-enrollment. Those wishing to apply for and get one to you right away. financial aid should do so using FACTS online. Go to and login or create Sean will be sending out contracts via email. a new account. Just follow the instruction on These will be interactive PDF files that you can fill out online, print, and bring into school. If you the application form. There is a $25 fee for this service. have any difficulty with this, paper contracts are available in the Office for your convenience. We look forward to re-enrolling your children for the 2012-2013 school year. Please contact It’s important that you re-enroll for next year. Sean, Bob or anyone in the office if you have any Spaces are limited, especially in PK-5, and your questions. child’s space is not guaranteed until your signed contract and $300 deposit are received. This

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