Holualoa School News Editor—Sybil Watson, PCNC
‘Okakopa - October 2013
Mark Your Calendars Oct. 7th to 11th - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL Oct. 17th - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL Oct. 18th - Teacher Institute Day - NO SCHOOL Oct. 22nd - Parent Coffee Hour with the Principal @ 8:30 a.m. in cafe Nov. 1st - Fund Run Nov. 11th - Veteran’s Day NO SCHOOL
The first month of school is over so it’s time to start letting your child learn independence by walking to class by themselves. If you drop your kindergartener off in the cafeteria in the morning, they will still be walked to class by our older students, but students in grades one through five know our campus well and can safely get to class on their own. When parents walk their children to class in the morning it adds to a traffic jam outside the classrooms, prevents us from monitoring potentially unsafe strangers on campus, and disrupts the morning routine of the class. Students of all ages are perfectly capable of hanging up their own backpacks and getting ready for the day. We are concerned at the number of students who are not picked up promptly after school. We do not have staff members available to watch your children until you arrive. If you pick up your children from school, please remember to pick them up by 2:30 p.m. every day except Wednesday, when they should be picked up by 1:45 p.m. If you have difficulty picking up your child on time because you have moved outside of the Holualoa school district, please be aware that you will need to enroll your child in his or her home school unless you apply for and are granted a Geographic Exception.
Please do not call your child’s teacher during the school day. Phone calls during instructional time are very distracting to both the students and the teacher. If you need to get a message to your child or the teacher, please call the office and they will get the message to the teacher.
REMINDERstudents must stay in the cafeteria in the morning until they are dismissed at 7:40 a.m. No students are allowed to wait outside the classrooms or to loiter on campus.
Did you know? MyPlate (www.choosemyplate.gov) encourages school-age children to eat 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day and 1-1 1/2 cups of fruit a day? The Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides an excellent opportunity for your child to meet suggested servings during the school day. So we say: "Eat a Rainbow!" Beginning the week after Fall intersession, we will begin serving FRESH FRUITS and/or vegetables to all students at Holualoa! We encourage parents against providing a home snack for your child on their designated FFV day which is as follows: Grades K-3: Serving days - Tuesday and Wednesday (first recess) Grades 4-5: Serving days - Wednesday and Thursday So join us in helping you child develop healthy snack habits! Malama i kou kino! Page 1
Mahalo from the Teachers and Staff Mrs. Baer - Mahalo, parents, for helping your child be prepared each day for school: homework is done, planner is signed, AR reading is completed, and math facts have been practiced. You are helping your child get the best out of every day of learning! Mrs. Barte - Our THANKS to Mei Kanada, Sheri Ann Furuuchi, Diana Villicana Vidales, and Lehua Norris for donated AR books and incentives, macaroni, and celery! Thank you to Kairi Caluag-Delatorre for special treats. Mahalo! SPECIAL THANKS to our hard working classroom volunteer Wendy Furuuchi - We appreciate you! Mrs. Hale - Mahalo to Shaun Roth for the fan donations--our room is much cooler! Mahalo to Jen Ball for volunteering for our class--we really appreciate your hard work! Mrs. Haupert - Our Grade 4 homeroom so appreciates the following generous donations: Dahlen Familysoccer ball and Astrobrights xerox paper, Aspirin Family-photo developing at Costco, Hamada FamilyAstrobrights xerox paper, and Kanuha Family-"sharpened" pencils for our class!!! Mahalo nui loa to Jennifer Windsor Ball and Cory Crockett for volunteering for classroom prep jobs!!! Your time is so appreciated!!! Mrs. Ichishita - Thank you to the family of Kealoha Perkins-Pelekane for the big box of Goldfish, to the family of Max Gomez-Wood for the box of ziploc bags, and to the family of Leialoha Crytser for the brown grocery bags, bananas, and popcorn snacks. Mrs. Lyons - Special thanks to Alecia Uganiza's mom, Lucia for her clerical help and healthy yogurt snacks. Once more, a HUGE mahalo goes out to Melia's mom Mrs. Glenda Freitas for helping prep our Go Math! (< great to have you back!) Mrs. Onaka - Mahalo nui loa to Tomoe, Aden and Paxton's 'ohana for the 'ono snacks this first quarter! Mahalo nui loa to these fabulous classroom volunteers: Cassie Lovell, Cory Crockett and Shawna Johnson. Mr. Rossman - Thanks to Kari Kimura and Shaun Roth for the exciting purchase of the entire Magic Treehouse series for our classroom's eager readers. Thanks to Shannon Bartlett for donating the standing fan to keep us cool during the "we're- learning-so-much-we're-burning-up" lessons during the day. Thanks to Gary and Malle Axelson, as well as Tom Madson for the white construction paper for our creative artists. Thanks to Cassie Lovell and Rachel Vierthaler for volunteering to do creative art and poetry lessons. Thanks to Shannon Bartlett for continuing to volunteer her hours in the classroom. Thanks to Tiffany and Sherman Williams for donating some very high quality furniture to our classrooms (three chairs and an area rug.) Thanks to the Elarionoff family for the thoughtful gifts. Mrs. Rossman - Thanks to parent volunteers (Makayla Johnson's mother, Cameran Vierthaler's mom and dad). Thanks to Michael Ballesteros family for the birthday treats. Volunteers are welcome to help with reading to kids, helping tutor one on one, clerical work such as making copies. See Mrs. Watson for clearance. I appreciate the helpful communication through planners and email and I look forward to parent conferences coming up after the break. AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination, Part 2 An opportunity was made available to teachers at the end of the 2013 school year. A small team of teachers responded to the invitation made available and fortunately attended an intensive AVID Summer Institute to learn about the college and career readiness system using the AVID method. WOW! What a great experience we had...and how excited we are about unifying together to share this knowledge with you and your children. Collectively your AVID team members each walked away with worthwhile experiences we would like to share with you. Cat Fryer - Grade 1 Here is the coolest AVID acronym…WICOR…or creatively scrambled by Pua White into WIROC (We Rock!)… W=Writing, I-Inquiry, R=Reading, O=Organization, and C=Collaboration. Including these into your daily classroom schedule and pointing them out daily is key. Often a combination of WICOR elements are being worked on simultaneously. Oh, and I now see why I need to display my college credentials for our students to see. College is for everyone! Here we come! Page 2
Do you love pizza? Do you want to help Holualoa school? Collect Box Tops!!!! The Class that collects the most Box Tops wins an Pizza Party!!! Throughout the month of October, everyone can help support Holualoa teachers and students by filling up at Chevron locations throughout the state. Chevron will donate $1, up to $350,000, to help fund eligible classroom projects when customers buy 8 or more gallons of fuel.
Labels Labels can be damaging! Consider the "labels" that your child may have and put them in a positive way, then encourage and reinforce their behaviors that pull their natural tendencies in a positive direction. Think of these: lazy stubborn cry baby bossy fussy excitable
could be thought of as “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “
relaxed determined sensitive potential leader selective enthusiastic
Brought to you by your school counselor, Kealoha Curnan-Medina
Tips for Effective Parent/Teacher Conferences Parent-Teacher conferences are an excellent opportunity for parents to learn more about how they can help their children succeed in school. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your conference: Talk to your child before the conference to find out what they would like you to discuss Be prepared. Write down specific questions or concerns. Start with the most important items first. Are there any special situations or life changes (new baby, divorce, death in family, etc.) of which the teacher should be aware? Be on time. If you can’t make the appointment or are running late, call and let the teacher know. Ask for specific suggestions on how to help your child succeed. Some good questions to ask are: Is my child performing at grade level? What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses? Does my child need any special help in any subject area? Does my child get along well with other students? What can I do to help? The most important thing to remember is that we all want the best for our students.
Is your child missing a sweater or a lunch box? Please check the railing outside the office and the fence by the cafeteria. Page 3
Wishlist Mrs. Baer - AA lithium camera batteries, PaperPro Stapler, sandwich-size Ziplocs Mrs. Daugherty - Library Volunteer Needed! Any help with shelving and repairing books would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Mrs. Daugherty for an orientation and then any time you are available would be fantastic. Mahalo! Mrs. Hale - Costco gift cards for photo development (for our Memory books) Mrs. Haupert - Our homeroom needs a floor fan to provide a cool, quiet learning environment:) Mrs. Ichishita - Large brown paper grocery bags, new or used computer mouse pads, Walmart gift card for film developing. Mrs. Lyons -AR pizza $ or Costco card donations (desserts are welcomed too) for ALL of 5th grade for our AR pizza party incentive. 1st AR pizza party will be Weds. Oct. 16th. Also asking for foreign coins or any "cool" school-related supplies as prizes for team points and HW drawings. Looking for any volunteers for 8 -8:30 Mon. - Weds (3 mornings a week, if possible!) buddy readers, will train briefly. Please call Mrs. Lyons @ 322-4800 ext 252 before or after school hours. Mrs. Onaka - Keys! Yes, keys. If you have discarded keys that you just don't need any more, we could put them to use in our math sorting station. Just bag and label "Mrs. Onaka" and send to the office. Mahalo! Mrs. Prinslow -A new CD player, ours is not working well, Costco gift cards for photo developing, & large brown paper bags for a project. Mr. Rossman - Large tempera paint bottles with red, blue, yellow, and green tempera for our classroom's artists (We are nearly out of tempera)
Frequently Asked Questions About Accelerated Reading How does the school determine my child’s reading level? Teachers determine your child’s reading level in one of three ways: a STAR Reading test, a grade equivalent score from a standardized test, or using their best professional judgment based on their knowledge of your child. What is a STAR Reading test? STAR Reading is a computerized reading assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15 minutes. How will my child take a quiz? There are two different ways students can take Accelerated Reader quizzes at school: on the computer or on a NEO 2, which is similar to a small word processor. Quizzing from home is not permitted in order to preserve the integrity of the assessment. If quizzing at home were allowed, we would not be able to be certain that our students were taking the quiz independently without any help. Page 4
Math Vocabulary Word Wall In support of our school-wide math focus, we’ll be sharing the math vocabulary words that your children should know. Kindergarten match: number/numeral: more/greater: less/fewer: pair: same number:
one-to-one correspondence a symbol that represents a quantity of something larger in size or more in quantity or amount having a value that is not as great as another value set of two alike in size, quantity, or amount First Grade
Add – find the sum of two or more numbers Addends – numbers that are added to form a sum Addition sentence – a number sentence where one number is added to another Is equal to (=) – is a number or amount that is the same as Order – sequence or arrangement of things Plus (+) – added to *Sum – a number obtained as a result of addition Zero – a number that when added to another number leaves the original number unchanged; a whole number that tells the number of objects in a set when none are present Compare – to describe whether amounts or sizes are equal to, less than, or greater than each other Difference – the answer in a subtraction problem Fewer – smaller quantity or amount Minus – a symbol that shows subtraction More – greater quantity or amount *Subtract – to take away objects from a group or to compare groups Subtraction sentence – a number sentence where one number is subtracted from another Count on – to count forward from a given number *Doubles – an addition fact that includes two of the same number, such as 5 + 5 Doubles plus one– an addition fact with a double to add and then add one, such as 5 + 6 Doubles minus one – an addition fact with a double to add and then subtract one, such as 5 + 4 Make a ten - a strategy that teaches children to isolate a ten first to help them add numbers whose sum is greater than ten *Focus of the chapter
Did you know that missing just 10% of the school year in elementary school is linked to course failure and even eventually dropping out of high school? That’s just 18 days — or two to three days per month. Absenteeism doesn’t just affect the students who are absent, it affects the students who don’t miss class because the teacher has to spent extra time helping the students who were absent catch up with their work and understand the concepts that were taught.