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Break a Leg at the O‘ahu Fringe to our Island School Drama Troupe

November 10, 2011


Breaking News

Sign Up Now for Trimester 2 Lunch

Parents need to call Lulu Schilleci at 246-0233, ext. 280, by Nov. 18 to sign their child(ren) up for the Healthy Lunch Program for Trimester 2. Three plans are available: Monday-Friday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, or Pizza Day only. Please check the attached December menu. If we don’t hear from you, we will assume you do not want to participate and your children will need to bring their own lunches. Mahalo for your attention to this.

This effort is to keep labor costs down; our crew has been working overtime to bring you these excellent lunches. If you are interested in coming in for a shift in the morning, please sign up by calling Kori King at 635-4420. Mahalo!

Share Your Surplus Veggies & Fruit The kitchen is accepting donations of lemons, limes, avocados, oranges, tangerines, salad greens, cherry tomatoes, green onions, chives, leeks, green beans, watercress, carrots, basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, cilantro and oregano. If your garden or trees are producing faster than you can use your fruit, please bring your surplus to the kitchen. Mahalo.

College Night - Tues. Nov. 15

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Main Hall. Recommended for all sophomores & juniors and their parents. Joan Shaw, Pre-K students supplied fresh greens from Island School’s Assistant Head of their garden to the kitchen for Tuesday’s School and College Counselor will share salad bar. Combined with greens from important information about our college the aquaponics garden, two-thirds of counseling program, what sophomores Tuesday’s salad greens were grown here and juniors should be doing now, how on campus. colleges make admissions decisions, and all about financial aid and merit awards. Parents Volunteer Their Pizza and drinks will be served! Please Help With Lunch Prep RSVP by emailing by A group of Nov. 10, so we can plan accordingly. parents are showing their Voyager spirit by volunteering their time to help in the Two of our “lunch kitchen with angels” are busy helping lunch prep. in the kitchen!

Changes in Kilauea Morning Bus Schedule Start Monday, Nov. 14th

Parents should have received notification of the following changes: beginning Monday, November 14th, the new pickup point will be at the

Click on the Calendar tab on our website. Kilauea Mini-Golf bus stop/park-andride area on the mauka (mountain) side of Kuhio Highway. The morning bus will leave the Mini-Golf bus stop at 6:57 a.m. The morning stop at the C.M. Episcopal Church (Lava Rock church) next to the Kilauea Mini Mart has been eliminated. The return trip (afternoon stop) has not been changed. All other stops will remain the same. The bus schedule (times) will also remain the same until further notice. This change is being implemented for safety considerations of our students and families in the area. Please make appropriate dropoff arrangements for your child at the new bus stop. Call Mike Goto at 2460233, ext. 252, or, if you have questions.

Canned Food Drive

HS Student Government is organizing a canned food drive for Nana’s House. Food items should be brought in next Tuesday, Nov. 15th: PK - canned or dried soup; K - noodles or pasta; 1st canned spaghetti sauce; 2nd - peanut butter; 3rd - jelly or jam; 4th - tuna; 5th - Spam; 6th - canned vegetables; 7th - canned fruits; 8th - canned juices; 9th - canned beans or chili; 10th - peanut butter; 11th & 12th - rice.

Family Work Day Nov. 19

Help spruce up our campus on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. - noon. An impressive amount gets done in a relatively short morning: weeding, planting, painting, trimming … there’s a job for everyone. Contact Joan Shaw for more info: 246-0233, ext. 232.

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I.S. Chronicles

Cast of It’s About Time are all smiles after their successful opening night. Kudos to these talented high school students! l-r: Kim McDonough, Quinn Hannah-White, Teddy Rose, Jasmine Libert, Griffin Lord, Christy Jo Williams, Kyle Riddle, Jacob Dysinger

SOCIAL STUDIES – 7th grade Western Civ. is simulating the Roman Republic political forum by debating pertinent issues of the time from the perspectives of the Patrician and Plebeian orders to try and persuade the senators, consuls and the dictator. FIFTH GRADE – The class took two “field trips” right inside Island School. On Tuesday, they visited the kitchen to meet the staff and understand the elements of a larger kitchen and just what goes into serving lunches and snacks each day. They left with yummy milkshakes. Today they journeyed to the Administration Office to meet the staff and understand what they do for us day in and day out. Next week a visit with the custodial staff is in the works. They are also doing a mini handwriting clinic where the students ask, “what does my handwriting say about me” and from there, develop two specific handwriting goals. ENGLISH – Eighth grade English students are completing demonstration speeches this week. They’ve learned - or are learning - a wide range of useful skills and activities, such as how to bake chocolate chip cookies, how to throw a net, how to clean an air filter, how

to make sweet tea, how to ride a wakeboard, how to make duct tape slippers, how to scramble an egg, how to make fondant roses, how to fold origami, and even how to teach a dog to ride a skateboard. Never a dull moment! This speech concludes the eighth graders first trimester study of the fundamentals of public speaking.

ART – A year ago middle school art students went on a field trip to visit the sculpture class of Dr. Paul Hemmerla at KCC. They saw the students working on life-sized self portrait sculptures. Last week one of the students, Ethel Kauahi, brought her finished sculpture for them to see. The students remember her self portrait because of its unusual facial expression … a wink! The first photo shows Brandon Jackson as a 6th grader working on her sculpture when it was not quite finished. The second one shows him this year with the completed work. Since the students had last seen the sculpture, she added hair, hollowed it out, fired it in the kiln, and applied metallic paint.

FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT – We are all so proud of our high school math & science teacher and soccer coach, Mary Castelanelli, who ran the New York Marathon last weekend and finished the 26.2 miles in 3:20:55, finishing 409th in the women’s

division, and 112th in her age division! She wants to thank everyone for their support and, “I can’t wait for the Boston!” She’s running the Boston Marathon in the spring. THANKSGIVING – The 5th and PK “buddies” will celebrate Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 18, on the northshore with a feast at the Errico’s home. Kindergartners, first and second graders are each holding a potluck Thanksgiving feast here at school with parents. Grades 3 & 4 are celebrating with dessert at the end of the day. FIFTH GRADE – The Scholastic Book Fair will be open to Island School family and friends from Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 30- Dec. 2, in the Main Hall, from 3 - 5 p.m. Books will be on sale for everyone from pre-kindergarten on up. On Saturday Dec. 3, the Book Fair will be open to the public from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Scholastic Book Fair is a fund raising event for the fifth grade trip to the Big Island. So plan on doing your holiday shopping right here at Island School! CHORUS – Purchase regularly priced items from any Hawai‘i Pizza Hut on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and they will donate 25% of the proceeds to our Chorus. Use the attached flyer when making payment. All Hawai‘i Pizza Huts participate, so feel free to share the flyer with friends or family. ROBOTICS – For Thanksgiving, Robotics students are offering to cook your turkey or ham in an imu for only $20. Past imu fundraisers have sold out, so sign up now and don’t miss out! You wrap, they cook. Full instructions come with your ticket. Drop-off: 2 to 5 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 23rd. Pickup: 10 am – noon Thurs. Nov. 24th. All proceeds will help the team build robots and take them to tournaments. Tickets are available from robotics students, Kate Mink and James Massaro. Email kate. for more info.

Parent Page Mahalo to Parent Association


♥ ♥ ♥ Mary Castelanelli, Celeste Inanod and Bill & Cynthia Wickersham for donations to Annual Giving.

North Shore Social November 12, 2011 Princeville Community Center 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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HOT HAVANA NIGHTS!: Wilcox Health Foundation invites you to their annual fund raising event at The Grant Hyatt Resort & Spa in Po‘ipu on Saturday, November 19. Come in your best Cuban formal attire for a fabulous Cuban menu, Cuban entertainment and both live and silent auctions. Tickets $125; VIP Tickets $250, includes a Mojito Party from 4-5pm and special gifts; table of ten $1,250. Call 245-1198 for tickets. GARAGE SALE: Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2881 Aukoi St. off Aheahe St. at Ulu Mahi Subdivision off Nawiliwili Rd. Starts 8-12 noon. Follow the signs. KAUA‘I SINGS: The 5th annual Malama Pono Christmas fundraiser will be held at Kilohana Lu‘au Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door. They are over half sold out, so call 246-9577 and reserve your seats now for this wonderful Christmas musical event. DJ SERVICES: Need a DJ for your party? TRAX Entertainment offers years of experience and the best in pro audio, lighting, and an online event planning system for you to create program, timeline, and song lists. Special kama‘aina rates. Check availability and more info at, 808-635-2783. HAWAI‘I CHILDRENS’ THEATRE PRESENTS “WILLY WONKA” I.S. 8th grader, Makenna Olson, stars as Charlie for 1 show only on Nov. 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the War Memorial Convention Hall (Blade Kanekuni is Charlie for the other 6 shows and is amazing!). Special $5 tickets are available in the Office for Island School students for the Nov. 26, 2:00 p.m. show. This has been offered because our students are unable to go to the school performance on Nov. 22 (a teacher development day).

♥ ♥ ♥ Thomas King for a gift to the 3rd grade class. ♥ ♥ ♥ Chris and Tanya Gamby for contributions to the 2nd and 4th grade classes. ♥ ♥ ♥ Corina Potter for a gift to the Island School Chorus. ♥ ♥ ♥ Debra Debusca, Alice Lazo, Richard & Victoria Mukai, Edward & Cynthia Sorenson and Dr. & Mrs. S.C. Pearson for donations to Na Pua Keiki. ♥ ♥ ♥ Elizabeth Scamahorn, Reshela Dupuis, Kerith Edwards and several other anonymous donors for their contributions toward the Drama Troupe’s trip to the O‘ahu Fringe Festival. Also to Bobbee Downs for sharing her expertise with hair and make-up with the cast, and to Chris Sweitzer for taking such great photos.

♥ ♥ ♥ Jessica Silver, Zach Ing and Bradley Pratt for their donations to the LRC. ♥ ♥ ♥ Jim & Lynda Liesse, Dennis & Heidi Scheppers and Dana Temme for their donations to our costume collection. ♥ ♥ ♥ Stacey & Lorena Wong for their donation to the girls’ basketball team and the basketball clinic. ♥ ♥ ♥ Stan Morinaka and Haku of Kaua‘i Veterans Express, Inc. for removing the two derelict buses from Island School grounds as we spruce up the campus in preparation for the Island School workday, November 19th. ♥ ♥ ♥ Monica King, Kori King and Hien Tuong for helping out in the kitchen this week. Also to Thelma Cabico and Greg Harvey for donating limes.

That day, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. before the show is also the Golden Ticket Party. Ticket price includes backstage tour, gum-making, chocolate lollipops, candy necklaces, candy factory gifts and Wonka-themed games. Also - preferred seating at the 2 p.m. show The show runs for 2 weekends: Nov. 18, 19, 20 and Nov. 25, 26, 27. Tickets are also available from Suzy Olson at 808-651-5737, and also by calling 246-8985 or at Other Island School students in the show include: Raina Silver, Riley Silver, Sydney Agudong, Nico Maione, Emma Schneck, Emily Threlkeld and Alexis Warnock. Directed by our own Ed Eaton and featuring I.S. parents Jessica Silver and Suzy Olson!

Studying for Finals Advice from our teachers

Next week are final exams in middle and high school for trimester 1. Hopefully, our students have been using their time well for the past 11 weeks and preparing for this moment. There is still much to do between now and next week. Here are some helpful hints from the ones who know best – the teachers. Can you match the advice with the teacher who gave it?

Listen to your instructors; s/he is giving you hints

about what is going to be on the final.

Sleep well and eat a good breakfast before your

exam. Studies show that sleeping well before an exam improves scores more than staying up late and cramming for the test. For each exam, pretend you’re allowed to bring in two pieces of paper filled with whatever information you choose. Make these two sheets of information and use them as a study guide.

Review all the concepts studied during the course and come in with a list of questions to ask your teacher on the day of the review.

In math, practice all types of problems that will be covered in the test. For the ones that are the most your exam to go over anything you don’t understand. difficult, practice them more.

Speak with your instructors at least the day before Skim your textbook paying special attention to section headings, bold and italicized print, illustrations and diagrams.

To calm yourself before beginning the exam, close your eyes and take three, slow, deep breaths. Bring a bottle of water.

Thirty minutes of study every day gives you better results than three hours the night before.

For an open-notes exam, organize all your work from the course in the order in which it was presented. This way it will be easier for you to Carefully go over the review sections at the end of locate information and synthesize your ideas when each chapter. Go back and re-read material you don’t writing essays. Make sure you’ve completed past due understand. assignments. If there’s an online version of your textbook that has audio formats, listen to the information. Read, write and listen to the material.

Take your final exams seriously. Read each question carefully and be sure you’re actually answering it and not writing about something else.

Meet with a classmate and talk through the material that’s being covered, making sure you both understand things.

Answer the questions you’re sure of first, then go back and answer the rest. Try not to leave questions blank.

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