The Heart of Haleʻiwa

September 16, 2022 Volume III Issue III

In this Issue...

  • Congratulations to Mr. Jared Haiola -- Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua's Teacher of the Year Nominee
  • Special Thanks to our Shirt Sponsors
  • Faces of Our School: Mr. Haiola and Mr. Baker
  • Spirit Week
  • Homecoming Parade
  • EOEL: Sense of Belonging
  • Kindergarten: If You Give a Dog a Donut Parent Activity
  • First Grade: Caterpillar Hunt
  • Literacy Corner: Sora app
  • Counselor Message: Attendance
  • Upcoming Grade Level Parent Activities
  • Seesaw for Families

  • Parent Engagement Matters by Mrs. Nakamura

  • Free COVID Tests

Congratulations to Mr. Jared Haiola -- Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua's Teacher of the Year Nominee

Hale`iwa is very proud to be the home of Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua's Teacher of the Year Nominee -- Mr. Jared Haiola. There are only 15 teachers in the entire state who are nominated each year, so it is an exceptional honor just to be one of the nominees. On Monday, October 17, Mr. Haiola will be recognized at a ceremony at Washington Place. On that day, the state teacher of the year will be chosen.

On August 31, we celebrated Mr. Haiola's nomination with a surprise assembly in his honor. Complex Area Superintendent Bob Davis was at the assembly and officially declared August 31, 2022 as "Mr. Haiola Day". We unveiled a very special banner to celebrate Mr. Haiola's achievement. Hopefully you have seen the banner hanging on our fence.

Sadly, the banner was found torn off of the fence on Thursday morning. There was no way that we were going to give our teacher of the year nominee a torn banner. We called Aiea Copy Center, who printed the original banner. We asked them if they could fix the banner that was torn. Instead, they said that they would give us a brand new banner -- free of charge! While it is disappointing that someone would tear down a banner of our teacher who has given so much to our students, it is wonderful to have businesses like Aiea Copy Center who are so generous in helping us to remedy the unfortunate incident.

Congratulations Mr. Haiola!

Thank you Aiea Copy Center!

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Special Thanks to our Shirt Sponsors

This summer, our school reached out to most businesses around Haleʻiwa and Waialua asking for their support by donating money for our Haleʻiwa shirts. Mahalo to the businesses below for

sponsoring our school t-shirt this year!

Your generous donation has made it possible for all of our students, faculty, staff, and school volunteers to have a shirt free of charge. We’re so grateful for Community Partners like you!

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Faces of Our School

Mr. Haiola

5th Grade Special Education Teacher

Education: Kahuku High School and BYU- Hawaii

Teaching Experience: About 21 years

Hobbies: Window shopping, traveling, chauffeur for his daughter and friend

Favorite Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard,” by Tim Notke

Favorite Teacher: Mr. Kanemoto (Agriculture): He created engaging lessons that helped me access complex concepts and make connections. He created a learning environment where taking risks was encouraged. No matter how wrong I was at times, I was credited for trying.

What sets our school apart is that we foster students' broader dimensions that are important for overall success. These include social and emotional learning, creativity and innovation, positive attitudes to learning, and citizenship.

Mr. Baker

3rd Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelors in Finance, Sped and Gen Ed Teacher Certificate

Teaching Experience: 5 years

Hobbies: Eating

Favorite Book: Harry Potter

Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings

The book I recommend students to read is Sideway Stories at Wayside School.

What sets our school apart is that we care for our students like family.

Spirit Week

We had a great Spirit Week! Our students were able to dress up each day and we were happy to see so many students participating. Monday, students and staff wore crazy socks or had crazy hair. On Tuesday, students wore their favorite sports uniform or team shirt. Everyone wore their favorite outfit on Wednesday. Thursday was Haleʻiwa shirt day and Friday was Waialua High and Intermediate shirt day or wear red. We are cheering our Waialua Bulldogs at their Homecoming game tonight!

We hope everyone had a fun first Spirit Week of the school year!

Homecoming Parade

Our school was able to participate in the Waialua High and Intermediate School Homecoming Parade after a two year hiatus. Twenty-two Honor Guards were able to walk the stretch from __ Park to WHIS. Our students loved participating in the parade!

A special thanks to our chaperones: Mrs. Yamakawa, Mrs. Dolan, Mrs. Terada, and Mr. Williams.

EOEL: Sense of Belonging

by Mrs. Angelica

We have been focusing on creating a stronger sense of belonging in our classroom by learning about ourselves as well as our classmates! We talked about what it means to "observe" something and conducted Observational Self Portrait Drawings of ourselves! We focused on the many details of our faces such as our hair, eyes, nose, and mouth! The students really loved this activity! When finished we then discussed how we all share many similarities as well as differences!

Kindergarten: If You Give a Dog a Donut Parent Activity

by Ms. Brooks

Last week in Kindergarten, we had so much fun at our parent activity. We read, "If You Give a Dog a Donut," and did some fun activities to go along with it. We also got to have a donut party with our parents. The kindergartners had fun creating and painting a donut frame, and received activities to take home to do with their families. We are so thankful we were able to share this fun activity with our parents and can't wait for the next one.

First Grade: Caterpillar Hunt

by Mrs. Lee

The kids have been going out to find caterpillars in the morning before school. We're going to have a lot of butterflies after these caterpillars turn into a chrysalis then a butterfly. We'll set up the pop up tent and have another butterfly exhibit! Maybe timing will work and we can do it for our parent activity.

Lately we haven't found many but they keep on looking. We'll make a data chart of how many chrysalis we have and then one for how many butterflies emerged.

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Literacy Corner: Reading Aloud at Home

Our current reading challenge ...

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Counselor Message: Attendance

Watch a video explaining our new Attendance Shoutouts and stay tuned at the end for a special attendance song by Mr. Williams and Pili Bird!
Be Here Everyday!

Upcoming Grade Level Parent Activities

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Seesaw for Families

The Power of Positive, Ongoing Communication

Family involvement is one of the best predictors of student success. Connecting families

on Seesaw opens lines of communication centered on student learning and engages

families to support learning at home. Families can "like" and comment on their child's posts, receive announcements, and privately message the teacher. If you're not connected to Seesaw yet, please view the video below for more information on how to get connected.

If you need a QR code or invite, please let your child's teacher know.

Get Families Started on Seesaw

Parent Engagement Matters

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.

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