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May 17, 2012


Breaking News

Middle School Play Opens Tomorrow!

The southbound lane of Puhi Road will remain open as normal. Please allocate additional drive time to arrive on campus. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 246-0233.

Summer Skills Workbooks

Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy shows are Friday and Saturday, May 18 & 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Island School Theatre. Playing the role of Flute will be special guest stars, Eric Devlin (Friday) and Ernie Blachowiak (Saturday).

Road Closure Today plus Puhi Intersection Detours You might have noticed that the Kilohana/Kaua‘i Community College access road to Island School has been blocked by a large crane from 6:00 a.m. and will continue to be blocked until 5:00 p.m. Vehicles coming in or out of Island School via this route will be turned around. Vehicles must utilize the Puhi intersection for the day. And starting last Tuesday, the northbound lane of Puhi Road, approaching Kaua‘i Community College, will be closed continuously between the Puhi Park entrance and Kaumuali‘i Highway for road construction for approximately four weeks. Puhi Road traffic in the northbound direction will be detoured on Kaneka Street and Nuhou St. as an alternate route to Kaumuali‘i Highway.

Summer Skills books are for students in PreK through high school and must be ordered by next Wednesday, May 23. For more information go to www.summerskills. com. Order forms are available in the Office and on RenWeb under “Resource Documents.” Samples are available in the Office. Books will be distributed to your student before the summer break.

Hiki Nō Tonight at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Evslin’s Video Production students’ 60-second clip will be aired tonight on Hiki Nō, the nation’s first statewide student news network, on PBS. Don’t miss it!

Gannon Loomis Scholarships

Juniors are encouraged to apply. Applications are available from Joan Shaw. Contact her for more information.

Sports Banquet Tickets

Available in the Office through May 25, or contact Jen Pomroy at jenp@ischool. org. The event will be held on June 1.

Order Your Logowear For Next Year

School logo wear orders are due on Friday, June 8. Order forms are attached to this week’s PC email. Please print,

Click on the Calendar tab on our website. complete, and submit forms with your payment by the due date. Please refer to Student/Parent Handbook for our dress code policy. There will be limited amount of extra shirts available at the beginning of the school year so please pre-order to guarantee you will have logo wear at the beginning of the school year. The next order won’t be made until midOctober.Payments can be made online at html, please indicate LOGOWEAR when entering your credit card information. If you are paying by credit card, please be sure your completed order form is submitted to Alice. Contact her if you have any questions at 246-0233 or Mahalo!

Junior Lifeguard Program

Registration for this program is free and designed to teach ocean safety and lifesaving skills to children 13-17 years old. There are five island wide sites scheduled for this summer. Easy access to the registration forms online is: Departments/FireDepartment/ OceanSafetyBureau/tabid/126/Default. aspx.

NHS Installation Tuesday

New members of Island School’s chapter of the National Honor Society will be installed in a ceremony on Tuesday, May 22, in the Frear Center. Members and their guests should arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. Guest speaker will be Island School Board member Mary L. Capwell, who is the chair of Academic Affairs and Activities. Prior to retirement, Ms Capwell was the superintendent of the Greenwich, CT, Public Schools.

To contact the publisher of Island School’s Parent Connection, email

I.S. Chronicles STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT – Congratulations to 5th grader, Ellianna Ramirez, who won first place in the 2nd Annual Kaua‘i Family Magazine Keiki Cover Search. She won a huge stuffed bear, a monetary award and will be featured on the cover of Kaua‘i Family Magazine. Raina Silver auditioned for and was given a role in Legoland’s summer promotional event. She will spend the summer in Southern California, performing as Stephanie Legoland.

through twoand threedimensional portraiture. It features the work of selected artists, along with their portrait subjects, all of whom live and work in the “Listening” - oil on state and have canvas - 63” x 54” by a significant Penny Nichols connection to the artist. The exhibit, which is traveling to O‘ahu from the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, showcases the work of fifty Hawai‘i artists. This year marks the fourth triennial event, with previous Portrait Challenges held in 2003, 2006 and 2009. This is the second time Penny’s art has been chosen for this prestigious exhibit.

ART – Savannah Hubbard, kindergarten, was awarded first place in Division 1 in the Lions’ Club “Sight is Beautiful” poster contest (See photo at right with teacher, Diane Ferry. Kaili Kaui, also in kindergarten, won 2nd place.

ENGLISH – Ms. Flagg’s ninth grade students are preparing public service announcements on topics of their choice. Working in small groups, they are researching, writing, and producing short videos to inform and encourage their audiences. Topics include Water Safety, Healthy Choices, and Texting and Driving.

STAFF ACHIEVEMENT – A painting by Island School art teacher Penny Nichols will be on display this summer in an exhibit on O‘ahu. The Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2012 opens next week, May 23, at the Honolulu Museum of Art, located downtown at First Hawaiian Center. It will be there through September 14th. The Schaefer is a triennial exhibition that encourages Hawai‘i artists to chronicle the changing face of their community

girls were experienced horse riders, some were not. Some were completely comfortable around horses, some were scared, at least at the beginning. By the end of the day, every one of the girls went on an hour and a half trail ride on the beautiful ranch lands. They walked, trotted, and cantered their horses up and down hills, observing and learning and enjoying themselves and each other. (See photo below) The guides were fabulous, very knowledgeable and patient. The entire day was declared a resounding success! The sixth grade boys are at the ranch today.

SENIOR UPDATE – Dylan Morrison-Fogel was selected for a Centennial Scholarship toward his tuition at University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa. This scholarship recognizes his outstanding academic achievements.

HAWAIIAN STUDIES - Kumu SIXTH GRADE – The girls Kauka took the fourth grade Homeroom class went to the Hanchett students to visit the Menehune Fish Ranch in Moloa‘a last week with their Pond. She told them stories, led them teachers Judy Byce, Sierra Hamptonin singing the school anthem, and Eng and Jackie Mierta. They were pointed out Mt. Ha‘upu. taught the names of each piece of tack used in horseback riding, how to read the signs a horse gives to know if it is angry, alert and curious, or just ‘chillin’. They learned each horse has a different personality. One girl said she learned that each horse has a ‘bubble’ around it where people and other horses may not be welcome. Each girl was assigned a horse and taught the proper way to mount and dismount, get a horse to move or stop, turn, and back-up. Some Kindergartners and their families enjoyed their overnight at Camp Naue.

Parent Page Mahalo to Parent Association


♥ ♥ ♥ the Pualani Foundation and the Hanchett

Logowear Exchange

The PA is starting a school uniform shirt exchange with “gently used” shirts. Bring in a shirt and take another one, maybe a bigger size. It is informal and on an honor system. A labeled box will be located in front of the office on the lanai beginning Monday.

Last PA Meeting Of The Year The date has been changed to Thursday, May 31 8:00 a.m. Teachers’ Workroom All parents are invited!

Classified Ads SUMMER STARS: Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre is registering students in their Summer Stars program. Space is still available in their morning acting workshops for ages 5-7yrs. and 8-15yrs. Sorry, the afternoon program is full. All registration material can be found on ISLAND STYLE CREATIVE ARTS CAMP: June 11 - 15, with a special Fathers’ Day performance. For ages 5-9 and 10+. Includes classes in Hula & Hawaiian Culture, Taiko Drumming and Ukulele. Tuition is $100 per student (family rates available) Limited scholarships are available. For more information and enrollment forms, contact St. Michael’s Church office at 245-3696, or Bridgette Orsatelli at 645-1486. Registration deadline is June 4. SUMMER ART PROGRAM: “ten thousand hands” now accepting registration for children 6 years and up for the SUMMER PROGRAM! Register early! Enrollment is limited to 10 students per session! 8:00am to 4:00pm. All day program featuring a variety of art projects! (printmaking,

Ranch for hosting the 6th grade horseback riding adventure.

♥ ♥ ♥ Karen Agudong and Dolly Kanekuni of

Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre for lending costumes for the MS production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adeline Sears for her help and support, and the parents of the cast for being so flexible with afterschool rehearsals. ♥ ♥ ♥ Chris Sweitzer for giving a demonstration on

the physics of stage lighting to the Conceptual Physics class this week. ♥ ♥ ♥ Charlene Steuri and Boris Cerni for their

continuous support for the Robotics program over the years.

♥ ♥ ♥ Dot Schmidt for volunteering throughout the year as a teacher’s assistant in the 2nd grade class. ♥ ♥ ♥ Susan Yim and Robert Pennybacker of PBS Hawai‘i’s Hiki Nō program for providing opportunity and guidance to our video production students. pastels, watercolor, tye dye, bookmaking, paper mache, recycled art, beadwork, and more! A fun & imaginative creative process, small group specializing in individualized learning experience in a safe environment! Please bring own nutritious snacks, lunch, juice/water. When weather permits, we will all walk to Baby Beach for fun & exercise. Bring swimwear & towel. Price includes all art materials. $250 per child, per 2-wk. session. Call Mary Nakamura for registration forms at 808-652-2260. WORK WANTED: IS HS sophomore is looking for odd jobs to earn money for Prom. Willing to wash cars, exercise pets, pull weeds, or perform other household chores as needed. Available after school and on weekends. Call Mike at 639-8545. LOVE LIFE CREATIVE FESTIVAL: Thursday, May 31, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall. All-styles Dance Showcase, featuring I.S. 3rd graders, Amber Asuncion and Sydney Jona performing a modern piece w/ the Ana Mo Des Group. $10 Admission, 12 and under Free. Go to www. for more information.

Make it a Strong Finish The Learning Continues!

Let’s face it, the end is in sight. Spring Break has come and gone, as have May Day and many of our overnight field trips. Even trimester 2 midterms are over. So what’s left?

Fourteen full days of instruction! That’s 25% of the trimester. Parents - try and remember what it was like for you when you could see summer vacation around the next bend. But now, it’s your children’s education and your tuition dollars at stake here. Be proactive. Here are some tips:

Keep Your Standards High: Stay on top of homework and grades and expect the same quality you expected all year.

Make School a Hot Topic: Keep up the conversation about school at home. Ask open Attendance is Important: Be wary of ended questions like, “What deadlines are statements like, “We’re not doing anything in coming up at school?” and “How did your class this week,” or “It’s OK of I miss school presentation go today?” today.” Teachers do not let up simply because the end is near. In fact, teachers tend to ramp Stay Informed: Read the Parent Connection up their expectations. Let your children know and check RenWeb to keep up with final exam that they should plan on coming to school up dates and due dates for special projects. to the last day. Stay in Touch: Your child’s teachers are here to help. Let them know if you see a problem. High School and Middle School Students sang, danced, played piano and guitar, and performed comedy at last Friday’s Student Government Talent Competition.

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