The Heart of Haleʻiwa

May 21, 2021

In this Issue...

  • Robotics Worlds Championship- Join us Monday online!
  • Device Return May 24 & May 25
  • Congratulations to our Fundraising Winners!
  • Literacy Corner: Level Up Summer Challenge
  • Creating Art: Enter to win a photograph by Sean Davey
  • 1st grade puppets
  • Quick Clips by Mrs. Cyndy Sumbad
  • Get Ready for Summertime Treats! by Mrs. Cyndy Sumbad
  • Haleʻiwa HELPS by Mrs. Nakamura
  • End of Summer Planning for Back to School by Mrs. Nakamura

VEX IQ Robotics World Championship

Our Grade 5 and 6 Robotics Canefire teams will be competing in the VEX IQ World Championship on Monday, May 24, 2021. They are scheduled to go on at 9:00 a.m. (Gr. 5) and 11:00 a.m. (Gr. 6). The championship will be live on this YouTube link. The opening day ceremony may be found here. The opening ceremony begins Monday at 7:30 a.m.

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Device Return

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The school year is nearly over, so it will be time to turn in the Chromebooks and charging cables that were checked out to students.

Students in school will return their devices and chargers on Monday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 25 during school hours. If you were loaned a hot spot, please return it to the office.

All distance learners, please return your Chromebooks/charger/hot spot (if applicable) to the office on Thursday, May 27 (after the EOY virtual assembly - 4:00p) or on Friday, May 28 from 8:00a - noon).

If you have any questions, please call the school office at (808) 637-8237 or email Mahalo!

Congratulations to our Fundraising Winners!

Creating Art: Enter to win a photograph by Sean Davey

Follow @sean_davey on Instagram and @friendsofsunsetbeach and post a picture of your keiki's recent artwork (from donated art kits). 20 random winners will receive a 8X10 print from the surf photography master himself! Deadline is May 30th. Good Luck!

First Grade Puppets

This past week, grades Kindergarten - second grade made feelings puppets made out of paper. Here are some of the first graders with their puppets.
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Literacy Corner

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Level Up Summer Challenge

Summer is almost here and Library Media Services has a free summer reading challenge available to all students.

There are two ways to join and help us reach a statewide goal of reading 3 million minutes this summer.

Students with Internet access can log their reading online and share their progress with fellow students in the protected app space at

Virtual Launch Party -

· Hosted by Pōmaika'i Keawe Lyman, the recorded launch party is a great way to kick off summer during the last week of school.

· Includes local author Gabrielle Ahuli'i reading her book, Hiiaka Battles the Wind

Student Quick Start Guide -

Students with NO Internet access can log their reading using a badge book, an interactive hands-on sticker and activity book that follows the online challenge closely and provides literacy activities to keep kids reading all summer long. Students in grades K-5 who will be returning next school year will be receiving a badge book during the last week of school. Please be on the look out for the book. All completed badge books that are returned during the first week of school in August will be entered into a prize drawing.

This week's Read Aloud

Ms. Santos reads The Couch Potato

Quick Clips by Mrs. Cyndy Sumbad

The following are some "Quick Clips" from a newsletter called SMART DADS. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

  • "The ultimate test of a man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard." ~Gaylord Nelson

  • "Marriage is the only union that can't be organized. Both sides think they're management." ~Funny Funny World

  • "There's nothing like having grandchildren to restore your faith in heredity." ~Doug Larson, United Features Syndicate

  • "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." ~James Baldwin

  • "Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It's lovely to be silly at the right moment." ~Horace

  • "Hold hands when you argue. It keeps love in the conversation." ~Smart Dads

  • Father to son, as the boy uses remote control device for TV: "When I was your age, I had to walk all the way across the room to change the channel." ~Robert Sims, King Features

  • "Children rarely question [their parents'] expectations; instead they question their personal adequacy." ~Dorothy Corkille Briggs

Get Ready for Summertime Treats!

It has been said that children learn through play. Cooking with children is a great way to play while also teaching them many skills that they will need when they start school.

Check out this simple recipe found on page 36 of the Keiki Can Cook! book.

Helpful Resources

End of Summer Planning for Back to School

Helpful Tips for Parents by Mrs. Nakamura

I know you're thinking, "Hey, summer hasn't even started yet to be thinking about this!" Yes, it's been quite a year of challenges, and we do want you to enjoy your well-deserved summer, but in preparation for when summer nears the end, here are some helpful tips to prepare your child (and you!) for the upcoming school year.


  • Gradually get back into school year structure and routines.
  • Set a bedtime and wake up time and move it closer to what it should be for the school year.
  • Set a screen curfew (a "downtime" after which point there are no screens, i.e. mobile phones, tablets, computers, TV, etc.). It is recommended that there is no screen time 1 hour before bedtime. Encourage reading or quiet play instead.
  • Consider posting a family calendar with the school start date marked down, to help your family see how many days are left until school starts.
  • Review your child's school/class schedule. Make a copy and post it in an area that is highly visible to reference as needed.

Support Your Child's Emotional Needs:
  • Stay connected to your kids. Kids do best when they feel loved by their parents/caregivers, which happens when you spend quality time with them and listen, validate and empathize with their feelings.
  • Kids feel empowered when they know what to do to keep themselves safe. Take any opportunity to let your child feel in control by making choices or taking steps to keep healthy.
  • Children learn most from what they see their parents do, therefore think of setting a good example of taking care of your physical and mental health!

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