Catch the Wind Weekly Bulletin

Week of 11/16 - 11/20

A Message from Principal Fraser

Dear Parents,


I hope this message finds you doing well. I have enjoyed writing these weekly messages because it gives me a direct line of communication with you. I hope you have found the weekly Tuesday folder and email bulletin systems to be helpful as far as staying engaged with things happening at school. So far we have 350 out of 460 families signed up for the email bulletin system. We will continue to communicate electronically as a way to go "green" which allows us to help the environment and save money from printing things out.


I wanted to update you on a few things happening at school that are of importance:


1. Hillside Construction Project- The major construction project happening on campus is going to help offset flooding if/when heavy rain comes our way. The project started this summer when drainage pipes were installed in between our buildings. The first part of the school year has been focused on the hill behind the cafeteria and now the construction crews are installing a fence and drainage system behind campus near the baseball fields. There will be heavy equipment moving on and off of campus during this phase of construction. The final phase taking place later will be to fix the area in the parking lot near the playground dragon head that always floods. I will provide general updates from time to time to keep you in the loop as things progress.


2. Parent Teacher Conferences- I have received a handful of complaints from parents about the stress the conferences have placed on picking up kids from school. Ending school at 1:20pm has meant that a lot of families have had to find creative ways to pick up their children. There is an alternative to the several week process of early release. We can file a waiver for next school year to have two days off of school in October for conferences. Instead of having the two weeks or so of shorter days, all conferences are scheduled during two days. This means students will not be in school. Your feedback about this issue through a Tuesday folder form so we can decide how best to move forward for next year.


3. Fundraisers- I apologize for having two big fundraisers within a month. I know we have the Turkey Trot and the Arts for 'Aikahi Festival and Concert in November/December. We will revisit how to best map out fundraisers next school year or reduce the amount that we have to address this. I acknowledge that its a lot and appreciate your support as the funds from these events help us to provide a better educational experience for our students.


Aloha,


"LET'S BE GREAT FOR ALL 458, STUDENTS"

Keoki Fraser
Principal

This Week's Events

This week is Geography Awareness Week. `Aikahi will be celebrating by answering daily geography questions and participate in the following activities below. Please visit the Geography Awareness Week bulletin board in front of the Library every morning to check on your grade level's daily question and submit your answers to your teacher by first recess to be eligible to win a daily prize! Thank you to the Grade 2 Teachers for planning and organizing!


November 15

  • 6th Grade Volleyball Tournament at King Intermediate School Gym - Please support our 6th Grade Volleyball Teams as they participate in a tournament against Kaneohe and Kapunahala Elementary. The girls play at 1:00 pm and the boys play at 2:30 pm.


November 16

  • Monday Munchies - Bring a small snack to share with your classmates and share where it came from (Be sure to check with your teacher if any of your classmates have a food allergy.)
  • Tripod Survey - Grades 3-6
  • Parent-Teacher Conference (LAST DAY!) - 1:20 pm Release


November 17

  • Trinket Tuesday - Bring a souvenir from a place they visited to share with your class.


November 18

  • Wave a Flag on Wednesday - Make a flag (or bring one in) from the country that reflects your family's ethnic background.
  • Enrichment Ends
  • PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria - Hot topic items include: Turkey Trot, Craft Night, and Arts for Aikahi Festival. Hope to see you there!


November 19

  • Travel Thursday - Bring in a picture of a place you would like to travel to and share with your class
  • Principal's Dinner at 5:30 - 8:00 pm in the cafeteria. See flyer for more information.


November 20

  • Fashion Friday - Wear a t-shirt or hat with a name or picture of a place on it (i.e. famous landmark, a city, or national park)
  • Ohana Breakfast at 7:00 am in the cafeteria for those who RSVP-ed

Turkey Trot for Technology!

This year our annual Turkey Trot will benefit our technology needs at `Aikahi Elementary. This annual PTA event will challenge our students to complete an obstacle course on Wednesday, November 25th (the day before Thanksgiving) with our military partners the Navy Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) “the Skinny Dragons” to raise funds to upgrade our computers. The suggested donation is $35-$50 per student. We appreciate any amount you are able to donate.


See flyer for more information, or visit www.turkeytrotaikahi.com.


Are you able to volunteer on that day? There is a sign-up sheet outside the PCNC office or you can sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4ca9a82aabf85-aikahi

New Technology Acceptable Use Guidelines

Click here to view the DOE's new technology use guidelines. The copy of the agreement form will be in your child's Take Home Tuesday Folder. Please read, sign, and return to school. Thank you!

Arts for `Aikahi Ohana Tickets

Arts for `Aikahi Ohana tickets are $20 per ticket. Each student has 5 tickets to sell at this price. Additional tickets will sold for $30 and require a separate envelope. `Aikahi students are FREE. All other children 12 & under are $1 at the door.


Please turn in your payment envelopes by December 1st.

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Flyers for STEMFEST will be in your child's Take Home Tuesday Folder. If you and your child are interested, please fill out the registration form on the bottom of the flyer, include the payment, and return it to Mrs. Kim in B-1.

Upcoming Events

November 25


November 26

  • Happy Thanksgiving - No School


November 27

  • Happy Black Friday Shopping Day (Thankgiving Holiday) - No School