The Heart of Haleʻiwa

August 12, 2022 Volume III Issue I

In this Issue...

  • Welcome Message
  • Congratulations Mr. Haiola- LMW Teacher of the Year!
  • Meet our New Counselors
  • Lei po'o making with Mrs. Ching
  • Literacy Corner: Summer Reading Winners
  • Yearbook Pictures today
  • Free home COVID-19 tests
  • Monday Funday is Back!

Welcome Message

Welcome back to school! We are so happy to see all of our students and families back in school for the 2022-2023 school year. We are optimistic about this school year and all the wonderful things that we are bringing back for our students.

We are appreciative of our parents who have signed up to volunteer this school year. Many of our parents also filled out our student survey so we can get to know our students. If you still need to, there is still time. The link is at the bottom of our newsletter.

Our school newsletter will go out about every two weeks. We hope to share all the great things that are going on around campus!

If there is ever a time that you need assistance or have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Congratulations Mr. Haiola- LMW Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to our very own, Mr. Jared Haiola, for winning Teacher of the Year for Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex! He is a finalist for the Hawaii state Teacher of the Year.

Read more about this prestigious recognition by clicking on the media release below:

Meet Our New Counselors

We want to be available to support students when big feelings come up. To help them process and then express and cope with their feelings so they can be active and contributing citizens at Haleiwa Elementary, at home, and in their community. We also want to celebrate and encourage them throughout the school year as they grow and learn. This support will be available in the classroom, 1:1, through small groups, lunch bunches, and possibly recess groups.

We are excited to be here and work with your students, the amazing staff, and hopefully meet all of you! Please feel free to reach out anytime!

Mrs. Tara Rohrbough

Part-Time School Counselor

Graduated from: Georgetown College (Bachelors in Psychology), University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Masters in School Counseling)

Experience: Been a school counselor since 2009 in a variety of elementary and middle schools including Washington State, Virginia, Hawaii, and New York

Who inspires you: The students I have the opportunity to work with inspire me because they live in a world that is chaotic and they navigate so many new challenges daily BUT their mindset, curiosity, and perseverance constantly amaze and inspire me.

Who is your favorite teacher: I had two favorite teachers - Mr. Miller (SS) & Ms. Meacham (Math) because both were passionate about the topics they taught which was contagious but more importantly because they were truly invested in their students as people. They both took interest in our lives, needs and celebrations, outside of school and were able to incorporate that into how they cared for us in the classroom.

I became an educator because educators were so valuable to me in so many phases of my life.

Mr. Joshua Williams

School Counselor

Graduated from: Albany High, Valdosta State (B.S), Clark Atlanta (Masters)

Experience: Counselor for 5 years

Favorite Quote: You can do anything you put your mind to.

Favorite Movie: Avatar

Favorite Teacher: My mom- she is always caring

I became an educator because children need someone to look up to.

Lei making with Mrs. Ching

We are so grateful for Mrs. Chandie Ching for helping our staff members create beautiful lei po'o for the first day of school! We were able to have a variety of greens and flowers to make our own lei.

First Day of School

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Literacy Corner: Summer Reading Winners


Overall Top Reader: Gr. 5 Rainier

Upper-Grade Top Reader: Gr. 6 Jaymin

Lower-Grade Top Reader: Everest

Participation Winners are: Gr. 3 Justina, Gr. 6 Stryker, Gr. 1 Maleko, and Gr. 6 Kaitlyn

Our next reading challenge ...

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Social Emotional Learning- Student Surveys

For this school year, Hale`iwa is focusing on three social-emotional components:

  • Sense of belonging

  • Grit

  • Growth Mindset

To help us promote a sense of belonging with all of our students, we need the help of all of our parents. Hale`iwa has created a Parent Survey for all parents to complete so that we can get to know your child better – from YOUR perspective. Please complete ONE survey for EACH of your children at Hale`iwa Elementary.

Even though the deadline has passed, if you still have not completed the survey, please do so now. We would love to see your responses! Your responses will only be shared with each childʻs teacher and the Hale`iwa Leadership Team.

Yearbook Pictures Today

Everyone looked sharp for picture day today! We are excited to get our pictures back.

Picture make-up day is September 21 for students who missed picture day.

Pictures will be included in the yearbook that will be for sale later this year for $20.

Free Home COVID-19 Tests

If your family is interested in receiving up to 5 free home COVID-19 tests, please fill out this form. The tests will be given to the youngest child at school. They are first come first serve until we run out.

Monday Funday is Back!

Monday Fundays are finally back! Our students and staff members spend about an hour on something they enjoy! This year, we have a few exciting classes. At this time, all spots have been filled and students who submit a form will be put on a wait list. Confirmation letters will go out next week.
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