The Heart of Haleʻiwa

October 1, 2021 Volume II Issue V

In this Issue...

  • Reminders
  • Donors Choose Teacher Grant Recipients
  • Literacy Corner: The Dot by Peter Reynolds
  • 4th Grade Field Trip
  • COVID Screening at Haleʻiwa Elementary
  • Recipe: Custard Ulu Pie by Aunty Ryland
  • Kākou Connection October by Mrs. Nakamura

Wednesday and Friday schedules are switched next week. Wednesday will be a long day and Friday will be a short day.

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Donors Choose Teacher Grant Recipients

Earlier this fall, 7 of our teachers received a $1000 Donors Choose grant to help them with classroom supplies/resources to help students resume in-person learning during this school year. The goal of the DOE was to empower teachers to keep innovating!

Kindergarten- Ms. Brooks- With a Light Table We can Make Learning Bright!

Sensory light tables can really enhance learning in the classroom. They can be used in so many different ways! The sensory table will really be beneficial to my kindergarten students. It will allow my students to be engaged with hands on learning in everything from learning letters, to playing games, to helping kids with special needs.

I received a light table with sensory beads to go with it. I also got a few other hands on learning games that we are using for centers.

I am using the light table for learning games. So far we have been using it as a center during ELA. We have been fishing for lower case letters with our magnetic wands and matching them with their uppercase letter. We have also been matching the letters we find with the picture that matches the letter sound (First sounds). My students have really loved being able to play with the light table, and it’s really become one of their favorite centers!

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1st grade- Mrs. Lee: Integrating Art into the Curriculum

1st graders will enjoy learning with hands-on opportunities. They love to engage in projects that allow them to create and express their creativity. Integrating art into the curriculum will engage students in learning through children's literature, writing, math, science, social studies, and other content areas. Using art will help to make learning fun as they use their creativity to express their ideas and feelings.

The grant provided $1000 worth of art supplies: art drying rack, paint, puppet making materials, art canvas/acrylic paint, watercolor paper, art books to teach art, Vincent Van Gogh books, drawing books, tissue paper, ribbon, Mod Podge, scratch art, and paint brushes.

Students will create drawings, sock puppets, flower arrangement vases, cards for giving, and other pieces of art using different materials. They will learn how to collage, watercolor, paint and draw.

We'll start using all our craft supplies during the 2nd quarter.

3rd Grade- Mrs. Felz: Project Zero-Waste School Lunch

How lucky are we?!

Our school borders the shore of Kai'aka Beach Park and every day we are gifted with views of the ocean, mountains, and the gardens that surround us! We have chickens and egrets roaming our green grasses in search of a meal, native and canoe plants scattered among a variety of vibrant heliconia and ginger flowers, and tall trees that provide us with shade and a showering of flowers with gem-like colors of purple, orange, and yellow.

Our students have a deep and meaningful connection to the land, or ‘aina.

They use it to provide food (fishing, hunting, gardening, foraging) and for entertainment and exercise (surfing, hiking, swimming). As we return to on-campus learning, it is because of our deeply rooted sense of place that we try and nurture a deep sense of kuleana, or responsibility. For many students, it is this kuleana that gives them purpose and inspires them at school. After distance learning I know they are excited to regain this sense of purpose within our community.

As we return to our campus after distance learning, we all could use a project to help us reconnect to our campus and each other. We achieve this by involving our students in the stewardship of the land starting in preschool. The ‘Aina in Schools, Plastic Free Hawai’i, Sustainable Coastlines, and Loko ‘Ea programs have also helped us stretch this mission beyond “tourist” gardening and basic recycling. We now blend our classroom curriculum with the resources and community beyond our school, thus extending our mission.

In alignment with the Nā Hopena A‘o Statements, we will accomplish this by strengthening our sense of responsibility, Hawai'i, and belonging.

With this in mind, we would like to tackle “greening” our school lunch by rendering it “zero-waste”.

To help us achieve our goal, DonorsChoose supplied us with composting equipment so my students can study and implement a variety of composting strategies! We have a Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter to compare and contrast the composting of our food scraps and study how sun energy transforms within a compost pile. Our See-Through Compost Container will allow us to study decomposition. We have a Worm Farm where we will study the interdependence of organisms like worms and plants. We have been using our Collapsible Folding Lap Desks so that we can kilo, or observe, in our gardens and journal our scientific inquiries and observations.

Mahalo to DonorsChoose for helping us get all these fantastic supplies!

4th Grade- Ms. Yonekura: We Live and Love Our ʻĀina.

4th grade received gardening tools to support our 4th grade garden, and cooking materials to prepare foods with what we can harvest from our garden. We will be growing kalo and uala.

We plan to maintain our garden with the gardening tools, and I would like to have students help prepare delicious and nutritious foods with what we can harvest from our garden.

Students planted new kalo Wednesday! Be on the lookout for an article later this year when we prepare our dishes.

6th Grade- Mrs. Tuvera & Mrs. Baker: Productive Sitting

We wanted to give our students a classroom environment that is conducive to their learning style by giving students flexible seating. The students will be able to control their physical environment in which they learn best.

With greater flexibility and control of their surroundings, the students will be given autonomy, self-directing their freedom to choose and have a comfortable space to stay engaged and focused, while still be socially distanced.

With the grant, we received movable tables and chairs. The tables and chairs will give students opportunities to work in different environments as they are able to easily access and move the tables and chairs where they can focus, stay on task and do productive work.

The Dot
In the last two weeks, we all read The Dot by Peter Reynolds. We created our own dots to show our artistic and creativity as well! Our dots are on display in our cafeteria.

4th Grade Field Trip

by Ms. Yonekura

This week the 4th Graders took a walking field trip to the Kapukapuakea Heiau and Pohaku right behind our classroom! We are learning about Hawaiian Customs with Kumu Kuʻuipo such as fishing practices, and laws. It is amazing to have these historical sites right next to our school. The students prepared Hoʻokupu, or offerings made of ti leaves. Some students brough ti leaves from their homes too. We learned this custom is important to show our respect to our ʻāina. We placed our Hoʻokupu at each sacred place and presented an Oli.

"It is fascinating learning about something so special."

-Danika Allworth

It was super fun, it was peaceful, and Iʻm just happy we went there."

-Rainier Reynolds

"I feel excited, I am amazed, and I still have more questions!"

-Conrad Wabinga-Maxwell

"My favorite part was looking at the turtles!"

-Kaniela Silva

"I liked looking at the ocean and walking around Kaiaka."

-Nicholas Martinez

"I am interested that the rock was used as a bell to do the hukilau. I thought it was just a rock that washed up from the beach."

-Noelle Velles-Lumoya

Free COVID Screening at Haleʻiwa Elementary

Our school began screening for COVID on September 13th. This Monday, September 27, we were able to offer our screening services to our students as well. We have been able to screen 94 staff members and students so far.

Students and staff members are not required to participate in the screening.

Mr. Pai says he likes to test on a weekly basis because he likes to help people feel safe and secure.

Interested parents can still sign up their children by clicking on the picture below or going to Once you sign up, Ms. Santos will reach out to discuss the COVID screening process. If you have any questions, please contact us!

Recipe: Custard Ulu Pie by Aunty Ryland


6 eggs

1 cup of sugar

3 cups of milk

2 tablespoons of vanilla extract

shredded ulu (uncooked)

dash of salt

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon


Place all ingredients in bowl and mix really well. Pour into pie pan and bake at 350 for about 50 minutes. Place to cool and enjoy!