Catch the Wind Weekly Bulletin

4/11 - 4/15

A Message from Principal Fraser

Aloha Parents and Guardians,

Today was a special day for 'Aikahi. We had our annual Yellow Ribbon Day Celebration to honor and pay respect to the students and their families who are a part of the military. This event is held each year in April because April is dedicated as The Month of the Military Child. The day started with uniformed service men and women from all branches (Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, Navy) going into classrooms to present leis to all students who are military dependents. The look on the faces of the children that received a lei and a hug from a hero was priceless. Next we had a school-wide assembly that started with the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Color Guard presenting the Colors and American flag. As the entire cafeteria stood at attention, the Marine Forces Pacific Party Band played the National Anthem. After this an incredible slide show with music and pictures of military students and their family was shown. The party band then played several songs that got the crowd excited; with many students dancing and waving flags as they sat on the floor.

We took a short break from the festivities to sign a formal contract with Captain Vickers who is the commanding officer for Marine Wing Support Detachment 24 (MWSD-24) Unit which is based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The partnership between 'Aikahi and MWSD-24 is a relationship that falls under the Adopt a School Program established by the federal government. This means we will work closely with this unit for volunteer support throughout the school year. Captain Vickers and I have talked about having Marines come to campus to help with big events and to also help mentor students. Its a way to infuse positive role models and support for our school in many capacities. Its something that will benefit us tremendously and it will also be a positive experience for the Marines who are excited to give back and help kids.

Finally, the assembly concluded with several students who currently have a parent deployed being presented with a special yellow ribbon with their parents name printed on it. Everyone clapped and showed support for them as they walked out to hang their ribbons on the poles fronting the cafeteria. All students were given an American flag ribbon that they tied on the fence outside in the front of our campus. This was a powerful display of unity and support that will leave a lasting impression on our campus for weeks to come.

In the end, the Yellow Ribbon Day Celebration was a time for our school to come together and show support for our military impacted students and their families. Our non-military students also felt a sense of pride and appreciation for their friends as they got to learn more about the experiences they go through. I felt that it brought our school closer together. It helped to teach empathy and appreciation and the rest of our day was full of smiles. In other words, it was a great day here with respect to the A-TEAM!

I want to extend a heartfelt mahalo to Mrs. Gottlick who spearheaded this event. Her passion and hard work for months helped pull things together. On behalf of our entire school, thank you very much Mrs. Gottlick. Thank you also to the many parents who also volunteered. I know there were many helping hands who did everything from passing out flyers, decorating and coordinating snacks and goodie bags. Thanks also to the teachers, custodial staff, office staff and other staff members who helped in various ways. Together we created a lasting memory for our students.

Follow us on Instagram at the link below and Facebook to see pictures and videos from this event!


Mr. Fraser,


This Week's Events

April 9

  • We Love `Aikahi! at 6:00 pm at Kaneohe Yacht Club

April 11

  • Grade 3 SBA Testing

April 12

  • Grade 3 SBA Testing
  • Grade 4, 5, and 6 FT: HTY

April 13

  • Grade 3 SBA Testing
  • Q3 Report cards go home

April 14

  • Grade 3 SBA Testing

April 15

  • Make-up SBA Testing
  • Box Tops for Education due

Smarter Balanced Assessment Readiness

By working together, we can make your child’s testing experience positive and successful. Here are some suggestions to help your child succeed:

  • Make sure your child receives a good night’s rest.

  • Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or in the cafeteria at school. The PTA has graciously given us funds to purchase energy bars for the students to eat before their testing time.

  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time.

  • Gently encourage your child to do their best.

Color Fun Run

`Aikahi PTA is hosting a Color Fun Run on Saturday, April 30, 2016. `Aikahi students are free. Parents, teachers, and family will pay a $10 registration fee.

This is a fundraiser for the `Aikahi PTA. The PTA understands that this has been a very active fundraising school year. The 2015-16 school year has brought many new and exciting positive changes. These changes have resulted in many more funding requests for the PTA. Our hope is that with the success of this fundraiser, we can limit the amount of fundraisers for the 2016-17 school year and focus on just a few of our most successful events going forward.

For information, please see your Color Fun Run packet that was sent home in last week's Tuesday Folder or visit

If you would like to volunteer during the event, please contact Gina Salehi at

Box Tops Challenge!

The Student Council is hosting another Box Tops challenge. The class that has collected the most Box Top sheets by April 15th will win an Ice Cream Sundae party! If you need any extra sheets, click here.

Yearbook Sale and Lanikai Juice Fundraiser

`Aikahi Yearbooks will go on sale starting from April 19.

We will have another Lanikai Juice fundraiser on April 22.

Be on the look out for these flyers in the upcoming Tuesday folder.

SY 2016-17 Official `Aikahi Calendar

Click the link below to see the official `Aikahi Calendar for SY 2016-17. You will find the start and end dates, school holidays, breaks, and teacher professional development days.

Two Rattan Chairs Needed!

`Aikahi is looking for two rattan chairs (similar to the picture below) donations for our May Day Royal Court King and Queen. If you are interested in donating, please see Mrs. Nakayama in the library. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

April 18 - 22: Grade 4 SBA Testing

April 19: Yearbooks go on sale

April 22: Lanikai Juice Fundraiser

April 25 - 29: Grade 5 and 6 SBA Testing

April 30: PTA Color Fun Run