The Heart of Haleʻiwa

Ke aka o Haleʻiwa...kupono me ke aloha no ke ahona o ke ao

January 22, 2021

WE are The Heart of Haleʻiwa

Aloha Haleʻiwa Families,

Haleʻiwa Elementary is very excited to introduce "The Heart of Haleʻiwa" -- our new electronic newsletter. With 2021 upon us, we wanted to start the new year with a "new beginning" by reinventing how we reach out to our families. COVID-19 has made it impossible for families to physically be on campus. So we want to use "The Heart of Haleʻiwa" to keep us connected.

"THOH" will celebrate the ESSENCE of Haleʻiwa and all that makes Haleʻiwa Elementary such a special place. It will allow us to show our love and gratitude to those members of our school community that do so much for our school. Above all, it is meant to bring us closer together, when we are forced to be apart.

Every one of us is an essential part of The Heart of Haleʻiwa -- our students, our parents, our extended families, our faculty and staff . During these challenging times, we need to bond together and take care of each other more than ever.

We hope to share our joy and spread our optimism through "The Heart of Haleʻiwa". We hope that you will love "The Heart of Haleʻiwa" as much as we do.

With a grateful heart,

Malaea Wetzel


Let's meet some members of our "THOH" Team

Cyndy Sumbad - Haleʻiwa PCNC

Three things you should know about Cyndy

  • I am a grateful kupuna of three "wonder-full" grandchildren (Cobi Blaize - age 20, Fayde - 3, and Sandi - 2). They and their parents are the joy of my life. I also have three four-legged family members: a pitbull named Lucy, and two shitzu/pomeranian mixed-breeds called Buddy Bear and Zoey Sophia. They keep me grounded and are the perfect examples of "unconditional love."
  • I love working here at Haleʻiwa Elementary because we share a common vision: to prepare and encourage our children to be the kind of people this world needs.
  • My favorite past-time? One word - NETFLIX!

Kumu F. Kuʻuipo Garrido

Some interesting facts about Kumu Kuʻuipo:

  • She attended Haleʻiwa Elementary when she was in the 6th grade.
  • She has been teaching Hawaiian Studies and hula for about 25 years. She loves children and has taken on the kuleana to teach and be an example of aloha to help them live aloha.
  • She lives on a wetland educational taro farm where they focus on sharing the concept of aloha aina and sustainability.

Daily Wellness Checks from Hawaii Keiki

Did you know that Haleʻiwa has a Hawaii Keiki nurse based on our campus? Mrs. Connie Carreras, RN is the Waialua Complex COVID RN. She has been an invaluable resource in helping us to keep our campus healthy and safe. If you have any questions for Mrs. Carreras, do not hesitate to call the school office.

With the recent increase in COVID cases at the beginning of the month, we would like to thank all of our families for being so diligent about monitoring your child's health before sending him/her to school. Hale`iwa also continues to work hard at maintaining all of the necessary health and safety protocols in place to do our best to prevent anyone from becoming ill. We believe that because everyone is working together, we have been very fortunate to keep our campus healthy and safe so far.

Daily Wellness Checks

Click here for a video from Hawaii Keiki Nurses about effective daily wellness checks

Kindness Over Everything

Seventy-three percent (73%) of moms rank kindness as the quality they most hope to instill in their children--more than intelligence(51%) or a strong work ethic (51%). "Of the many things the pandemic has taught us...perhaps the most important is that kindness is a life-giving force, and we need more of it." Check out this and "The Family Kindness Challenge" in Kindness Over Everything, Parents Magazine, November 2020 issue.

A side-note...In light of recent current events, we at HES couldn't agree more. Ke aka o Haleʻiwa...Kupono me ke aloha no ke ahona o ke ao -- Live life to the fullest with honor, respect, kindness and love to make the world a better place (The Essence of Haleʻiwa). IMUA Haleʻiwa!


Click on the button above for more information on the Choose Love Enrichment Program

Teach Kids to Be Courageous

"Why is it important for kids to be courageous? A bold child is more likely to withstand negative peer peer pressure, say no to temptations that run counter to your family's values and fight the good fight. Courage also has surprise benefits: It boosts kids' resilience, confidence and willpower as well as their learning, performance and school engagement." Nine Ways to Cultivate Courage in Kids, Michelle Borba, US NEWS

... the THOH Way

Share a favorite family recipe that encourages learning and fun through TOGETHERNESS (eg. Simple 30 Minute Meals, "Together is Better" preparations, Snack Attacks, etc.)

Whether cooking or baking, get your kids to help. Help them mix ingredients in a bowl with a spoon o even their hands. Let kids be creative arranging ingredients: veggies, sprinkles, etc.

Click on the link below to view a video to make Earth Day Cookies!

P.S. Earth Day is Thursday, Aprill 22.

Which grade level has the most spirit?

Click here to vote for your favorite grade level at Haleʻiwa Elementary