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Lower School Update - March 14

Aloha, Lower School Parents and Friends, 

Spring break is just around the corner and I’m sure our students are looking forward to spending time with their family and friends.

Whether you’re traveling or staying on island, you can have a D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) day or spend time outdoors. Did you know that spending time outdoors can build your daughter’s observation skills? Play “I Spy” with clouds (e.g. “I spy a cloud that looks like a rabbit”) and see who else can spot it. Or take a walk on the beach, go for a short hike or take a walk with a magnifying glass and have your daughter look closely at plants and animals. 

Keiki Field Day and May Day 
We are looking forward to two upcoming annual events at school – Keiki Field Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace on Friday, April 12 and May Day on Friday, May 3.

Keiki Field Day will mark the fifth year that the Lower School, The Prep and Queen Emma Preschool are invited by the Daughters of Hawai‘i to use Queen Emma’s Summer Palace for a fun-filled field day. The adjacent Nu‘uanu Valley Park is where our keiki will have fun picnicking and participating in games organized and led by our PE teacher Mary Crowley. Our parent volunteers will also be helping out and have always been a tremendous help to making Keiki Field Day an unforgettable event for our students. 

As you know, our Kumu Hula Hiwa Vaughan has been busily preparing our students for their May Day performances. Our students will represent the pride and respect that she has instilled in them as nā haumāna (students) in Queen Emma’s school. Her talents and Native Hawaiian cultural knowledge extend beyond the classroom and our school. We are very grateful that she is here at St. Andrew’s. This year, the new costumes will represent the vision and quality of the entire program that we have grown accustomed to sharing with our community on May Day.

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Thank you for your continued support of our school events and your willingness to help to enrich your daughter’s learning experience in the Lower School. Our girls Kūlia i ka Nu‘u (Strive for the Highest) each and every day!

Sincerely,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School 

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March 7 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - March 7

Aloha, Family and Friends,

Our Students Got Talent!
The Lower School Talent Show was a tremendous success, thanks to our many performers. They were amazing! As one student exclaimed, “…this is the best day of my life!” A special mahalo to our Lower School Music Teacher Mrs. Nora Oyama-Haugen for her support and helping our students fine-tune their talents before the actual performance on Friday. I also wanted to extend a big mahalo to Dr. Sakurai, Mrs. Shintaku and Mr. Tokishi (band director) for their tremendous help with the sound system. It was a joy watching our students display their talents and musical abilities in front of an audience of classmates, faculty and parents. 

If you would like to view the video of the entire talent show, please subscribe to the newly created Lower Schools Parent Group on our school’s Facebook page by clicking below.

 
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Ka Lā Aloha
The LSSC Sweet Tooth Shop was a success thanks to the donations we received. Our officers would like to thank all of the parents and friends who generously donated the home-baked goods and sweets to their booth. Mahalo to Cupcakes and Things Bakery in Kapolei, who also donated baked goods for our fundraiser. This year, we raised $240, which will be used to purchase new playground equipment such as basketballs, tether balls and an air pump. The Sweet Tooth Shop is another opportunity during the school year for our officers to learn how to organize a fundraising event or activity, work together as a team to prepare for the event, market their shop, manage the funds and work at their table. Read the news story about Ka Lā Aloha here

Learning by Doing
“Growth is never a mere chance, but forces working together!” – James Cash Penney

Kudos to our wonderful teachers who make learning fun for our students every single day. Mrs. Lazaroff’s 4th graders oversee our worm bins every week by collecting organic food waste from our students’ lunches in Ylang Ylang courtyard. On the last day of the school week, the girls collect the food bucket and then farm the worm bins. The rich soil that is produced by the worms is used in our school gardens. Check out the very cool student artwork displayed outside of Ms. Eng-Gilmour’s classroom. Our school chickens, Galaxy and Crystal, continue to produce eggs daily. Mrs. Grigg’s 2nd graders clean the coop daily, collect the eggs and deliver the egg orders to their customers for 50 cents each.

Mrs. Lum’s 5th graders have been learning how to produce mini human-interest stories around campus for their production company. We look forward to viewing the final videos at our Exhibition Fair on May 31. Our 1st graders recently celebrated their family heritage on World Cultures Day in their classroom. Each student prepared and presented a brief history of their family’s heritage, and then shared a special treat from their culture for each of their classmates. The unit culminated with a learning trip to the Discovery Center in Kaka‘ako. 

5th Annual Keiki Field Day and May Day
These are two upcoming annual events that our Lower School families and students look forward to each year. Please be on the lookout for flyers and reminders coming soon. Every year, we ask for volunteers for our Keiki Field Day held at Queen Emma Summer Palace. The adjacent Nu‘uanu Valley Park is where our students picnic and play field games, including a tug-a-war between classes! Teachers and parents even jump into the fun! The palace is the summer home of our founder, Queen Emma. The Daughters of Hawaiʻi look forward to sharing her home with our students every year. 

This year, our May Day program is being produced by our Kumu Hula Hiwa Vaughan. Please remember to submit the $30 costume fee to your daughter’s classroom teacher by March 11. We are very proud of our annual school events, where we celebrate our schools’ cultural heritage and showcase our students’ talents. These events take a lot of practice and coordination and we appreciate all the help and support that we receive from all of you. Mahalo!

Special Treat
It was wonderful seeing our parents having lunch with their daughters on Wednesday and Thursday. The joy on your daughters' faces when they see you is priceless. Your daughters always look forward to having lunch with you and I thank you for taking the time!

 

Have a wonderful weekend, stay warm, be safe and remember to share the aloha spirit.

A hui hou!

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School 

February 28 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - February 28

Aloha, Lower School Parents and Friends,

Thank you to those who attended our K-5 Parent Night last Thursday! In case you missed it, I presented an overview of our curriculum in our new 2019-20 Lower School Curriculum Guide. In addition, it was an opportunity for me to remind our parents why they made the right choice to send their daughter to St. Andrew’s. In the Lower School, there are many opportunities for our students to build their competencies in various disciplines. We integrate STEAM, social sciences, and a global focus throughout the curriculum.

The first step to this is personalizing a single-gender, all girls environment. Research shows that when girls are educated in this environment:

●      Girls take center stage.
●      There is a culture of high academic achievement.
●      A girl occupies every role.
●      Girls are empowered to become bold leaders.
●      Girls are encouraged to go into STEM fields.
●      Girls' unique learning styles are supported.
●      Girls experience a culture of high aspirations.
●      Girls are able to find their voice.
●      Girls experience increased civic engagement.

I have been at St. Andrew’s since 2008 and every day I am encouraged and proud to see our girls achieve and strive for the highest. Our Lower School program, our faculty, our school culture and consistent messaging to “be what you wish to be” and “pursue your dreams” are at the very center of education at St. Andrew’s.

During the Parent Night, I also highlighted the annual school events, activities and celebrations our students and their families experience in the Lower School. Most recently, the 4th and 5th graders went to the Bishop Museum for the annual Lower School Camp. Every year, camp gives them an opportunity to work as a group to foster a strong community and life-long friendships. While creating lasting bonds, the girls have fun with organized activities, learn a variety of skills, and gain knowledge about their island home. Mahalo to our wonderful teachers, Mrs. Lum, Mrs. Lazaroff and Chaplain Annalise for all their care and attention in organizing the camp schedule and activities.

Ka Lā Aloha and The Lower School Talent Show called “The Lower Schools’ Got Talent” are two significant events we are celebrating on campus next week. Ka Lā Aloha is a carnival-like event where school clubs raise funds with booths, games and activities. The LSSC officers are preparing for their annual fundraiser at the event, called “The Sweet Tooth Shop.” All the funds raised from the donated baked goods will go toward supporting Lower School activities. The talent show is an opportunity for our students to shine and feel proud of their talents and interests. Parents and friends are invited to support and cheer on the performers. I am looking forward to all the fun and laughter with our students and their families.

Me ke aloha,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School 

February 21 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - February 21 

Aloha Lower School Parents and Friends,

I am very happy to see everyone back to school after our long weekend and happy to finally see the sun! This recent cold snap that we’ve been experiencing prompted me to allow our students to wear optional black or white leggings or nice black slacks under their dresses, while still reflecting the school’s highest standards and school pride. Also, for cool weather, the school branded sweatshirt, pullover and V-neck cardigan are within our guidelines. 

Thank you very much for visiting with your daughter’s teacher last Friday at Parent Teacher Conferences. Thank you for also stopping by to see me! Your feedback, encouragement and support of your daughter’s journey here help us to grow and improve our educational program. Your support assures us that we are living by our school’s mission and vision. These face-to-face, personal connections are important to our school community.

Speaking of personal connections, our LSSC officers made a few connections at the Hawaiian Humane Society this past Saturday when we dropped off all the donations from our generous school families. The girls spent time with some of the cats and dogs – giving them some pats and hugs. Thank you very much to everyone who dropped off the needed supplies for our sheltered animals.

In a recent all-school survey, some of our students reported feeling that they don’t have friends at school or students reported being bullied. In response, our School Counselor Caitlin Watson has been visiting our Lower School classes to speak about being kind to one another through respectful and effective communication. Also, Ms. Mary Crowley has been helping our girls learn to regulate their emotions through mindfulness sessions and using the anchor tools of RULER, such as Meta-Moment or Blueprint.

Most recently, our 5th grade girls went through a Defender Training program sponsored by the Mental Health America of Hawaii. This helped them to identify the different types of bullying and strategies to use to defend themselves and others from being bullied. I was very impressed with the program and I would like to hold a Defender Training program for parents in the fall. Stay tuned!

Our Lower Parent Night for The Priory and The Prep is scheduled for tonight at 5:30 p.m., and childcare will be provided. This event will provide another opportunity for the Lower School principals to present an overview and highlights of the Lower School program for 2019-20. In a separate session, our parents will learn how to create a culture of emotional intelligence at home using the RULER approach. We will share how we are integrating social and emotional learning into our curriculum. I look forward to seeing you there!

A hui hou!
Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School

February 14 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - February 14 

Aloha, Lower School Parents and Friends,

Happy Valentine’s Day
I hope you were reminded of how much you are loved and appreciated by your daughters (and sons) today! We love our Lower School parents and how much they support the school and their daughters’ educational journeys here at St. Andrew’s Schools. Mahalo!

Love Math
I recently stopped in to visit Mrs. Koseki’s class when I heard they were learning about number bonds. They were using heart-shaped red and pink beads to solve a math equation using the number 5 and writing number sentences during a lesson called “Fill My Heart.” 

Mrs. Lum’s fifth graders designed valentine cards for each other with a program they use on their laptops called Canva. Having just learned about persuasive techniques, her students were excited to use the design techniques to create their cards.

Culture Day
This week, Ms. Wengronowitz’s first graders shared their family heritage with one another. Students wore traditional clothing from their cultural heritage. Every student was asked to interview a family member and share something about their family history with the class. Many of the students brought in food from their country or culture to share and some brought in a special family memento to display.

Mrs. Lazaroffʻs fourth graders had fun working with their robots during a robotics class challenge. While working in teams, students had to plan, code and test their robots to travel in certain ways, such as a figure eight! I was delighted to observe the fun the girls were having while successfully completing the challenge that they chose for themselves.

These are just a few of the creative learning experiences that our faculty develop during the school year in addition to the off-campus learning trips and other opportunities to explore students’ interests and talents. We are hosting a Lower Schools Parent Night on Thursday, February 21. Parents will learn about our 2019-20 curriculum and overview of next school year. Our School Counselor Caitlin Watson and our Mindfulness/Yoga Instructor Mary Crowley will have a session on our social emotional learning programs – RULER and Mindfulness.

Your daughter’s growth is supported by a collaborative team of educators who develop lessons to enable girls to solve problems, design solutions, create meaning and prepare for their futures. The Lower School teachers strive to deliver a strong academic program, which is supported with leadership and character-building opportunities.

I know that your time tomorrow at Parent Teacher Conferences will be productive and positive. Our teachers and your daughters have been preparing for your visit and are excited to share what they are learning. I look forward to seeing you!

Mālama pono,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School

February 7 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - February 7 

Aloha, Lower School Parents and Friends,

Be a STEAM Thinker!
With science, technology, engineering and math jobs in demand, STEM is a hot topic these days. Being a curious, critical and creative thinker who can solve problems will help your child do well in STEM and in every area of life. Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Julia Lazaroff took STEM one step higher and integrated an “A” for arts into STEM, creating engaging STEAM lessons! For example, the fifth graders recently studied Picasso’s Blue Period between 1900-1904, when he painted monochromatic paintings in shades of blue, adding some warmer colors on occasion. Each student drew and painted self-portraits to depict the four emotions of the Mood Meter (RULER tool). Their portrait mood meters were mounted on the wall, and every morning they chart their feelings on a clipboard located below their portrait. In a few weeks, they will graph their feelings! 

Art Science in the Night Sky
Each fourth grader studied a constellation and wrote a brief report on it. Then each student added the art into this science activity and drew their constellation on a canvas covered in white wax paint and blue/black watercolors creating a beautiful piece of artwork ­– ready for framing! Saving work your daughter brings home is one way to show her that school is important to you. Consider creating a hallway gallery of framed artwork or other objects created in class.

Oh, Mummy!
In fourth grade social studies, Mrs. Lum’s students learned about the ancient Egyptian practice of embalming and preparing the dead body of a human or animal. Each student was given a raw chicken thigh to simulate this ancient practice first with salt (to preserve), and after a week or so, they brushed the thick layer of salt off the chicken thigh. Next, they prepared the preserved chicken thigh with spices, and then carefully wrapped it with strips of muslin cloth, like a mummy. Excited students took the time to come to my office to show off their mummified chicken thighs!

I enjoy hearing from our students how much fun they have learning. It really takes a caring and resourceful teacher who enjoys teaching to create learning environments that excite and engage our students in so many ways. I am very grateful to our experienced Lower School team who know their students and their families ­– that’s our St. Andrew’s Schools!

Uniform Reminder
Parents, please review uniform guidelines in the Grades K-5 Parent-Student Handbook 2018-19 (pages 35-41). Because our students represent the image of St. Andrew’s Schools in the community, they should wear the uniform properly and with dignity. It is expected that each student’s appearance will reflect the school’s highest standards and school pride.  Also, gently used uniforms can be purchased through our Advancement Office located in Centennial Hall. All proceeds from the sales go to the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). Please feel free to stop by the Lower School office if you have any questions. Mahalo nui loa.

Happy Chinese New Year! Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher Conferences on Friday, February 15. A friendly reminder that Monday, February 18 is a holiday and school will be closed.

A hui hou!

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School

January 31 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - January 31

Aloha, Lower School Parents and ʻOhana,

Navigating our daughters’ digital world is so important these days. Devorah Heitner gave a wonderful presentation at the parent night event last night. Dr. Heitner reminded us that we don’t have to get too caught up in the issues technology can pose because we possess the wisdom to help our daughters navigate them and that they are the same issues people have always had. I encourage you all to watch Dr  Heitner’s TedX Talk, “The Challenges of Raising a Digital Native,” as well as read this blog post.

Girl Scout Cookies Coming Soon!
Satisfy your cookie cravings by supporting our own Girl Scout Troop #115 and purchasing your favorite Girl Scout cookies! This is a major fundraiser for the troop and they will be selling your all-time favorite cookies here on campus February 22, 25, & 27 at their booth on the Sellon blacktop from 3-5 p.m. A new cookie this year is Gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip!

Lower Schools Talent Show Auditions
Students interested in participating in the Lower Schools Talent Show have until this Friday, February 1, to submit their signed permission form for their performance to music teacher Ms. Nora Oyama-Haugen. Auditions will begin the week of February 4 during music class or lunch period. Students may perform as a group or as a solo. The Lower School Talent Show will be held in the gym on Tuesday, March 5 from 10-11:15 a.m.

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences
Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are just around the corner (Friday, February 15, 2019)! In the coming week, you will be receiving an email with appointment times for you to meet with with your child’s teachers.

We look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you!  Have a wonderful weekend!

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School

January 24 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - January 24

Aloha, Lower School Parents and ʻOhana,

I hope you and your family enjoyed a relaxing long weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Before the long holiday weekend, our students learned about his leadership during the civil rights movement and the progress he made toward racial equality in America. Our founder, Queen Emma Kaleleonālani, was known for her progressive and passionate advocacy for social justice and equality. She worked tirelessly to address Hawaiʻi’s most pressing social needs, including healthcare for the Hawaiian people and equal education for girls. St. Andrew's Priory, founded in 1867, is a lasting testament to her vision and efforts, which we have since expanded to include The Prep and Queen Emma Preschool.

On Tuesday, St. Andrew’s Schools’ students celebrated Queen Emma's 183rd birthday. Following an inspiring message by Chaplain Annalise on the life of Queen Emma during our chapel service in The Cathedral of St. Andrew, our students proceeded to the James and Abigail Campbell Park. Continuing an annual tradition, students from each class presented their tribute (ho‘okupu) of beautiful flower lei at the bust of Queen Emma. Following the park service, the junior and senior classes participated in a chapel service at Mauna 'Ala, the Royal Mausoleum, then visited Queen Emma's crypt at Mauna ʻAla to pay their respects with lei and pink roses. It was truly an inspiring event and a remembrance that demonstrated how much we are very grateful to Queen Emma for her love and compassion for the people of Hawaiʻi. 

 

I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve our students and their families at St. Andrew’s Schools. I recognize and embrace my kuleana (responsibility) as principal of the Lower School to the past, present and future generations. Queen Emma is a presence on campus that motivates and inspires me to strive for the highest and to make sure we pass these values on to your daughters. Kulia i Ka Nuʻu! 

Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend, I look forward to seeing you on campus!

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School

January 17 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - January 17

Aloha, Parents and ʻOhana,

It’s been a very busy and exciting week of activities and celebrations! The fourth and fifth graders have been busily preparing and putting the finishing touches on their science display boards and projects. The Academic Fair featured both Upper School and Lower School science projects. In the Lower School, our students begin their scientific journey and research experience in the fourth grade. Guided by their teacher, Ms. Lazaroff, the students made observations, developed a research question, formulated a hypothesis, designed and conducted experiments, analyzed data, and drew conclusions. The school community and volunteer parent interviewers have an opportunity to ask questions of our students about their projects. The Academic Fair offers our students a chance to acquire skills that will help them in the Upper School when their Science Fair projects are judged for competition. 

E Malama i Ke Kino!
At St. Andrew’s Schools, we believe that wellness encompasses not only physical health but also social-emotional health. To raise healthy children with healthy attitudes and behaviors, we must take a holistic approach to cultivating the mind, body and spirit. For example, did you know that physical education is unique to the school curriculum as the only program that provides students with opportunities to learn motor skills, develop fitness and gain understanding about physical activity? Benefits gained from physical activity in P.E. class include: disease prevention, safety and injury avoidance and increased mental health. This is where students learn about benefits gained from being physically active as well as the skills and knowledge to incorporate safe, satisfying physical activity into their lives.

Healthy Tips:
●      Take gradual steps to increase your physical activity level.

●      Do short amounts of activity several times a day until they add up to 60 or more minutes each day.

●      Physical activity should be fun - swimming, surfing, paddling, walking, running, dancing, gardening and yes, even vacuuming!

2019 Keiki Great Aloha Run
This is a safe and fun opportunity for our keiki and family to run and experience the joy of a healthier Hawai‘i!  Please join school friends and ʻohana at Ala Moana Beach Park on Saturday, February 9, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The program starts at 7:10 a.m. This 1-mile run raises funds for our school athletic program and $15 of every registration will be donated to our school to support Lower School  P.E. and nutrition education programs.

To qualify for the donation, a minimum of 10 participants per school must register. The PTF will have an SAS tent and table located near the starting line where we can meet at the start of the fun run. Please register at 2019 Keiki Great Aloha Run. The deadline is January 31 at midnight. So come out and run (or walk) for fun and represent our school!

I hope you had an opportunity to attend the Academic Fair today and visit with our students!  Have a wonderful rest of the week and enjoy the long weekend, as we recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Hawaiʻi nei.

A hui hou!

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School

January 10 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - January 10

Aloha, Parents and ʻOhana,

Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday break. I loved seeing students back at school this week. They seemed very excited and happy to see their friends and teachers. They also enjoyed sharing about their vacation trips and experiences, and some of the gifts that they received, too! 

A Fresh Start
It was a long winter break and our students may need help to begin 2019 on a positive note. As your daughter settles into school after break, have her ease back into familiar routines. She may need gentle reminders to resume habits like setting an alarm before bed, packing a snack in the morning, or showing you papers from her backpack after school. 

A new year brings new challenges. In today’s world, your daughter’s online presence is important. For kids, digital life is real life. It’s where they build friendships, take a stand on issues, and do so much more. As a school, we are committed to teaching our students to become responsible digital citizens.

Online Privacy and Safety
As soon as your kids begin to go online, it’s important to explain your expectations of their behavior. By acting responsibly and respectfully, they will enjoy their time online and get the best of the Internet while mostly avoiding things such as cyberbullying and inappropriate content.

Our educational technology and curriculum resource teacher, Ms. Deborah Shintaku, is spending the first week back to school with all classes in the Lower School teaching digital citizenship. Ms. Shintaku highly recommends this valuable parent toolkit from Common Sense Media that contains various research-backed resources covering a range of topics that you will find helpful. For example, sharing photos, posting comments, and playing video games are a few of the ways that kids interact online. But when sharing goes beyond friends and family, it can be risky. Read about privacy and Internet safety and watch the video to learn about five Internet safety rules for kids.

Screenwise: Helping Kids thrive in Their Digital World with Devorah Heitner
I wanted to call your attention to this essential parent evening. I encourage our parents to attend (seating is limited to the first 100) at St. Louis School on January 30 at 5:15 p.m. The best part is it’s FREE!  This HAIS sponsored event calls attention to kids and their digital devices and will give you tips on how you as parents can help your daughter learn how to use her device responsibly. Find more information and register here.

I hope you find this information helpful. As always, please feel free to contact me or stop by my office if you have any questions or need any information about our Lower School program. I look forward to seeing you back on campus!

A hui hou!

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

Be sure to download and print The Priory Lower School’s Spring Save the Date.

December 20 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - December 20

Aloha Priory Lower School Parents and Friends,

'Tis the season to enjoy the holidays and time with family and friends! Our students are now off from school and will be enjoying the Christmas break either traveling to visit family and friends or staying home with their family. What a great time to enjoy waking up to enjoy this wonderful place we live in - Hawaiʻi!  From the beautiful mountains to the refreshing blue ocean, whether hiking or swimming, the great outdoors is the perfect “classroom” for your daughter.

I encourage you to have her play outdoors every day. This will help your daughter stay active and burn off energy; work toward 60 minutes of daily recommended physical activity. Here are few ideas from Home and School Connection.

Observe nature
Have your daughter put together an outdoor exploration kit. She could fill a shoebox or reusable bag with a magnifying glass for examining leaves and bugs and binoculars for looking at the sky or gazing at the constellations, and a sketch pad and colored pencils for drawing and labeling what she sees. Let her use her kit in your backyard, at the park, at the beach, or on hikes with you.

Collections
Encourage your daughter to gather leaves, seeds, and shells from the ground or sand. She’ll practice her math skills as she counts, sorts, and graphs her “finds.” She might make a pictograph to compare the number of seeds, leaves, and shells she collected. Or create a collage of her collections!

Take walks together
Go on poetry walks. Your daughter can jot down notes on what she sees, hears, feels, and smells. Perhaps she’ll walk barefoot on the sand, sniff a flower, or run her hand over the bark of a tree. Then, she’ll use her notes to write a poem, such as “Sand is cool under my bare feet. The flower smells so sweet.”

I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy these activities and more to help her appreciate our ʻaina (and nature) and learn more about it. Mahalo nui loa for your continued support as we welcome in the new year together as a school family!

On behalf of the Lower School community, I want to wish all of you and your ʻohana a Mele Kalikimaka a Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou! Be safe and enjoy the Christmas break.

A hui hou!

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

Be sure to download and print The Priory Lower School’s Spring Save the Date.

December 13 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - December 13

Aloha Priory Lower School Parents,

How did we get to Christmas so quickly this year? If you’re anything like me, I’m still not done with my Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts and mailing my Christmas cards. I know that these things will get done, I just wish I had more time! At this time of the year, we get busy and things get hectic. We just need to slow down and make time for those important people in our lives. I hope you spend this Christmas making warm and wonderful memories with your family.

During the break, spend time reading to your daughter. It will help her reading skills and vocabulary, foster her love for books, and will give her life-long memories of you reading to her. Here are some suggestions:

  • Read regularly. Try to read to your daughter every day for at least 10-15 minutes at bedtime for a peaceful end to the day.
  • Take turns choosing books. Your daughter may want to hear her favorites again and again. Use your turn for new titles and variety (nonfiction, poetry).
  • Let her participate. Ask her to turn the pages while you read. She’ll enjoy read-aloud time more if she plays an active role.
  • Be playful. You can use different voices for different characters. Substitute your daughter’s name for the main character’s name and use family members’ names for other characters. You don’t have to be an expert reader; your child will love it when you read aloud because it’s you!

We’re looking forward to our Christmas program tomorrow! Mrs. Oyama-Haugen has been working with our talented students, and they are very excited to bring you a fabulous show of beautiful singing and dancing! I’m very grateful to Ms. Haugen and our performing arts faculty for making our Christmas very merry and bright at St. Andrew's Schools. 

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

Upcoming Events
12/14: Lower School Christmas Program, 9 a.m.
12/18: Christmas Eucharist
12/20: Second Quarter Ends
12/20: Parent Appreciation Day – Cup of Good Cheer
12/21-1/4: Christmas Break – No School 

December 6 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - December 6

Aloha Lower School Parents,

It’s beginning to look like Christmas – Christmas concerts, Christmas trees, Santa hats, Christmas wreaths on doors and Santa’s workshop in Kindergarten! 

Please contact your daughter’s teacher if you would like to read a Christmas story, help with any classroom Christmas activities or chaperone any organized field trips in December. It’s always nice to see our parents on campus during the school year.

Please join us for our annual Lower School Christmas performance, “Timeless Traditions,” which will be filled with holiday cheer, song and dance performed by our students. It will take place on Friday, December 14 at 9 a.m. in the gym. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!  A letter from our music teacher, Mrs. Oyama-Haugen was sent home this week with further information. You can also access the letter here.

Stories, plays and learning trips off campus enhance the wonderful work already going on in your daughter’s classroom.

The 1st and 2nd graders enjoyed a professional play at Tenney Theatre as part of their school day on Wednesday. Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” is a musical play adapted from an award-winning, best-selling children’s book by Mo Willems that explores the ups and downs of friendship. 

The 5th graders had an amazing opportunity this week to visit ʻŌlelo Community Media TV for a hands-on mini workshop in media production. They were fortunate to also meet local radio and TV announcers, Mele Apana and Shannon Scott. Mrs. Lum, a certified ʻŌlelo producer, has been guiding the girls in producing their own media program in class on various topics of interests.

 

Priory Lower School 2018 Spelling Bee Winners
After seven rounds of competition, a big congratulation goes to 5th grader Madison Ogawa, who took first place and 5th grader Amara Landgraf, who was the runner-up. The winning word was plodding. Fifteen students in grades 3 to 5 participated in the school Spelling Bee, held on November 30. Spelling Bee Coordinator Faye Yamasaki couldn’t be more pleased with all participants. “The girls were positive and confident. I was very proud of each one of them,” she said. Madison and Amara will be going to the Hawaiʻi State Spelling Bee on Saturday, January 26, held at King Intermediate to compete with other winners from K-8 private, public and charter schools across O‘ahu.

I hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend spending time with your family and friends. I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas program! 

Mahalo nui loa,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

Reminders and Announcements 
Remakeable Materials Needed
As part of our K-12 STEAM Makerspace projects, we need your help in collecting remakeable materials. Please see this flyer that went home with your student for a list of items we need. Mahalo for any support you can provide!

We have just one collection day left. Please bring donated items to the front gate of the school from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. tomorrow, December 7. 

Upcoming Events
12/7: Choirs Christmas Concert, 6 p.m.
12/8: Honolulu Marathon, Priory Band performance  
12/14: Lower School Christmas Program, 9 a.m.
12/18: Christmas Eucharist
12/20: Second Quarter Ends
12/20: Parent Appreciation Day – Cup of Good Cheer
12/21-1/4: Christmas Break – No School 

November 29 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - November 29

Aloha Lower School Parents,

I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving break! I am so very grateful for all of you and for sharing your daughters with us every day at school. I was happy to see their grandparents and special guests join us at Nā Kūpuna Day. It was a beautiful event and I am especially thankful to all of our parent volunteers, faculty and staff who helped to make this day very special for our students and their guests. Our students were wonderful in their performances! Kuma Hiwa and Mrs. Oyama-Haugen did a superb job at preparing them for their dances and songs. Please be sure to read the story and view pictures of Nā Kūpuna Day!

  

Before we know it, the Christmas holiday and festivities will soon be upon us. As we roll into the holiday season, we are reminded (through Chapel and our thoughtful teachers and students) that this is a time of giving and celebration. There are going to be many special school events and performances on campus for you and your family to enjoy. Please join us for our annual Lower School Christmas Program, which will be filled with holiday cheer, songs and dances performed by our students. It takes place on December 14 at 9 a.m. in the gym. I’ll see you there!

Thank you for your generosity on #GivingTuesday! It was a tremendous success and every dollar will count toward the operation of our school. As we enter the holiday season, I look forward to celebrating our Christmas festivities with you and your family. Have a great rest of the week!

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

Reminders and Announcements 
Remakeable Materials Needed
As part of our K-12 STEAM Makerspace projects, we need your help in collecting remakeable materials. Please see this flyer that went home with your student for a list of items we need. Mahalo for any support you can provide!

We have just one collection day left. Please bring donated items to the front gate of the school from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. on Friday, December 7. 

Upcoming Events
11/29: Home for the Holidays shopping event, 5-8 p.m.
11/30: St. Andrew’s School Spelling Bee for grades 3-5 (11 a.m. in K-111)
12/1: Great Holiday Pick-Up, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
12/5: Orchestras and Bands Christmas Concert, 6 p.m.
12/7: Choirs Christmas Concert, 6 p.m.
12/14: Lower School Christmas Program 
12/18: Christmas Eucharist
12/20: Second Quarter Ends
12/20: Parent Appreciation Day – Cup of Good Cheer
12/21-1/4: Christmas Break – No School 

November 15 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - November 15

Aloha Parents, Family and Friends, 

Culture of Learning
November has been a busy month on and off campus! Several of our Lower School teachers recently attended the Schools of the Future Conference, along with 2,000 educators from private, public and charter schools in Hawaiʻi.  Fourth and fifth grade Math/Science Teacher Mrs. Julia Lazaroff and Technology Teacher Mrs. Shintaku presented with other teacher leaders at the conference. They discussed how to create new learning environments, integrate the arts into STEAM  and transform our Hawai’i schools.  We are so proud of our Lower School Priory faculty!

Lower School Robotics Team
Mahalo to Mrs. Julia Lazaroff and Mrs. Shintaku for dedicating  their time on Monday’s Veteran’s Day holiday to our schools’ very FIRST Lego League Challenge team competition held at Kalani High School. Thank you to the parents who came out to support their daughters and sons for the day. In addition to The Prep team members, our Lower School team was represented by fifth graders Katelyn Hirata, Morgyn Bunton, Maya Galvez, and Siara Sam. It was an invaluable educational experience that resulted in a range of benefits, including problem-solving and collaboration as a team, and the application of robotics and coding knowledge. Most of all the team members enjoyed themselves and learned a lot through the process. I am very proud of our students! They were champions for their perseverance and commitment.

 

Shadow Day in Middle School
Our fifth graders enjoyed an entire school day experiencing sixth grade on Wednesday. Mrs. Lum and Mr. McInerny paired each fifth grade student with a sixth grade mentor. Sixth graders showed took them through a typical day in middle school and also generated enthusiasm for life in the Upper School. When I asked them about the best part of their day, Kahaola Kauka and other students exclaimed, “The food!” Mrs. Lum later explained that the fifth graders loved having several choices for lunch in the Middle School.

Celebrate our Legacy at Nā Kūpuna Day Tomorrow
We are looking forward to seeing our kūpuna on campus this coming Friday! Preparations have been underway these past few weeks. Our students have been busily preparing for their performances with Kumu Hiwa and Music Teacher Mrs. Oyama-Haugen. Mahalo to our Marketing and Communications team, Admissions Office, Maintenance team, Business Office and our faculty and staff for their support and enthusiasm! Most of all, a big mahalo to all of our parents who have generously donated their time and resources to help us with our favorite annual community event to celebrate and share with our beloved kūpuna and special guests.

Thanksgiving is Upon Us
Next week Tuesday, we will celebrate our Thanksgiving Chapel in the Cathedral and it will also be our first Eucharist Service of the year. A Communion letter will be sent home to our families this week from Chaplain Annalise explaining the significance of taking communion and your child’s participation in taking communion or receiving a blessing. Please read over the letter and return it to your daughter’s teacher. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your ʻohana. I am forever grateful for your continued aloha and support of our Lower School, but more importantly believing in our school’s mission and vision to educate girls of Hawai‘i. I am looking forward to sharing the joyful Christmas season with you after Thanksgiving break.

Mālama pono,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

Reminders and Announcements 
Remakeable Materials Needed
As part of our K-12 STEAM Makerspace projects, we need your help in collecting remakeable materials. Please see this flyer that went home with your student for a list of items we need. Mahalo for any support you can provide!

Please bring donated items to the front gate of the school from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. on the following days:
November 16
December 7

Upcoming Events
11/16: Nā Kūpuna Day (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
11/20: Thanksgiving Chapel (K-12) - Eucharist
11/21-23: Thanksgiving Break 
11/29: Home for the Holidays shopping event, 5-8 p.m.
11/30: St. Andrew’s School Spelling Bee for grades 3-5 (11 a.m. in K-111)
12/14: Christmas Program 

November 8 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - November 8

Aloha parents, family and friends,

Our kūpuna are treasured members of our ohana, and we want to share our students' learning experience with them on Friday, November 16th at 11:30 AM in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. The event will begin with a catered luncheon followed by student performances of mele and hula.  Kupuna will then participate in campus and classroom activities as well as our Scholastic Book Fair. It’s not too late to send in your kūpuna RSVP's, so please fill out this form and return to the Lower School Office.  We are looking forward to welcoming our special guests to our annual Nā Kūpuna Day!

Volunteers are still needed for Nā Kūpuna Day! If you are able to volunteer on November 16, please sign up to help at this event . If you have any questions please contact Cheri-ann in the Lower School Office, 532-2444.  

All Saints Chapel
On Tuesday, the entire K-12 student body attended chapel in The Cathedral of St. Andrew to recognize All Saints Day.  Ms. Armstrong’s 3rd graders participated in the service by dressing as different saints from our community both past and present.  The students came dressed as teachers, queens, doctors, knights, mothers, waitresses, police officers and various historical figures.  We were all reminded during Bishop Fitzpatrick’s inspirational message that saints still live among us as ordinary people and not all saints are chosen.  We are very grateful for all of our own saints (moms, dads, caregivers, teachers) who care for and serve our school daily. Mahalo nui loa!

Learning by Asking & Doing 

Learning by Asking & Doing 
The 1stand 2ndgraders have been learning about animal habitats this month and applying their interests in the natural world around them to classroom activities. Our two chickens – Crystal and Galaxy – are getting used to their new habitat and seem excited when the 2nd graders visit daily to clean their coop, and put out fresh food and water.  Ms. Griggs happily announced that Crystal (the light brown chicken) finally laid a beautiful light blue egg! The girls are enjoying collecting eggs this week.

   

At home, show your daughter what she learns is useful outside of school. If she’s studying about clouds, ask her to identify types she sees in the sky and predict whether you’ll need an umbrella. Ask her about topics she’s studying or projects she’s working on. If you’re enthusiastic about school, your daughter will likely be as well.  

Have a wonderful long weekend! Have fun and let’s remember those men and women who have served our country. Happy Veteran’s Day! 

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

 

Reminders and Announcements 

Remakeable Materials Needed
As part of our K-12 STEAM Makerspace projects, we need your help in collecting remakeable materials. Please see this flyer that went home with your student for a list of items we need. Mahalo for any support you can provide!

Please bring donated items to the front gate of the school from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. on the following days:
November 16
December 7

 Upcoming Events
11/9-11: "Zombie Thoughts" Fall Theatre Production (public shows)
11/12: Holiday - Veterans Day (No School)
11/12: Lego League Robotics Tournament, Kalani High School 
11/13: "Zombie Thoughts" for The Priory students (school show)
11/13:  Junior Ring Ceremony Chapel ( K-12)
11/14: Distinguished Lecture Series (6-7pm), Tenney Theater
11/16: Nā Kūpuna Day (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
11/20: Thanksgiving Chapel (K-12) Eucharist
11/21-23: Thanksgiving Break 
11/29: Home for the Holidays shopping event, 5-8 p.m.
11/30: St. Andrew’s School Spelling Bee for grades 3-5 (11 a.m. in K-111)

November 1 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - November 1

I hope you had a safe and happy Halloween! There was a lot of laughter and excitement in the Lower School this past week. Our students had a fun-filled Fall Spirit week and Halloween. These kinds of activities enhance their classroom and off-campus experiences, and truly enrich their lives.

Students showed off their creative costumes yesterday with many dressing up like their favorite characters. Everything from Disney princesses, superheroes, dinosaurs, and unicorns walked in our annual Halloween parade, which ended in trick-or-treating. Candy was passed out by some of staff and upper school students. Mahalo to all of our parents who helped with the “Incredible” costumes and delicious parties in the spirit of fall and Halloween.

   

Our green footprint is becoming more evident around the Lower School campus. As part of our lower school curriculum – E Mālama i Ke Kino – our students have started a waste initiative by disposing of organic leftover food waste from their lunches and snacks into material for garden and worm beds. The waste provides food for the worms, which in turn produces vermiculture that go into our garden beds. We are also discouraging the use of single-use plastics and Styrofoam on campus.

Our third grade teacher, Ms. Pua Armstrong, has placed recycle bins on the second floor of Sellon to dispose of single-use plastics. Through active engagement, students become passionate environmental stewards and thoughtful agents for change. Our second graders have started caring for our two chickens, which will soon be named by our students! Please visit our sustainability space behind Sellon to check out the worm bins, garden beds and our chicken coop.  

Reminders and Announcements 

Our annual Na Kūpuna Day is just around the corner! We hold this event because kūpuna are treasured members of our ‘ohana and we want to share our keiki’s learning experience with them. Please remind them that they are invited to join us on Friday, November 16, at 11:30 a.m. in Ylang Ylang CourtyardA flyer was sent home with studentsPlease make sure to turn the RSVP portion into the Lower School office by November 5.

The event will begin with a catered lunch followed by student performances of song, hula and dance, as well as campus/classroom activities and a Scholastic Book Fair. Also, volunteers are needed for various tasks during the event. Please consider signing up to assist using this page

Remakeable Materials Needed
As part of our K-12 STEAM Makerspace projects, we need your help in collecting remakeable materials. Please see this flyer that went home with your student for a list of items we need. Mahalo for any support you can provide!

These are the drop-off dates; please bring donated items to the gate in front of the gym before school from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. 
November 2
November 16
November 17

Upcoming Events 
11/9-11: "Zombie Thoughts" Fall Theatre Production (11/9-11/11 public shows)
11/12: Holiday - Veterans Day (No School)
11/12: Lego League Robotics Tournament
11/13: "Zombie Thoughts" for The Priory students (school show)
11/16: Nā Kūpuna Day (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
11/20: Thanksgiving Chapel (K-12) Eucharist
11/21-23: Thanksgiving Break 

As always please feel free to drop by the Lower School office or contact Cheri-ann at  532-2444 with any questions. Mahalo!

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

October 25 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - October 25

Aloha Parents, ʻOhana and Friends!

October has been an exciting and event filled month! Students and teachers have been busily engaged in many classroom learning activities, off-campus trips, and school-wide events. The Lower School Student Council collected $450 for the Hurricane/Typhoon Relief Fund!  Our officers were really committed to the task and I am very proud of their leadership. A big thank you to all who contributed to a cause that will make a difference in the lives of many who were impacted by these natural disasters. The officers will be presenting the funds to Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi on behalf of St. Andrew’s Schools.

Reminders and Announcements 
Fall Spirit Week
We began this “Wonky Wednesday,” and the fun will run until next week Wednesday ­– Halloween! Monster Mash is tomorrow and next week is the Lower School Halloween parade on Wednesday, October 31.  Dr. Sakurai, principal of The Prep ­– along with yours truly – will be leading the parade through the school campus and around the park. I always look forward to seeing all the great costumes the students and faculty wear!

“Celebrating our Legacy, Celebrating our Cultures”
Every year, we have the pleasure of holding Nā Kūpuna Day to honor and celebrate our kūpuna by sharing our school with them because they do so much for our students. We are very grateful for their wisdom, knowledge and support. The event features complimentary valet parking, a catered buffet luncheon, student performances and special activities such as the Scholastic book fair and a shared classroom experience with your daughter and her guests. Our families and students look forward to this special day. Please RSVP by Monday, November 5. We will be sending home the forms with our students today; you may also access the form here.

We need volunteers for Nā Kūpuna Day. Please sign up where you think you can help. If you have any questions, please contact Cheri-ann in the Lower School office at 532-2444. Mahalo!

Remakeable Materials Needed
As part of our K-12 STEAM Makerspace projects, we need your help in collecting remakeable materials. Please see this flyer that went home with your student for a list of items we need. Mahalo for any support you can provide!

These are the drop-off dates; please bring donated items to the gate in front of the gym before school from 7-7:40 a.m. 
October 26
November 2
November 16
November 17

Upcoming Events 
10/25-31: Fall Spirit Week (K-5 Elementary Schools’ Guidelines)
10/25: Quarter 1 Progress Reports
10/26: PTF: Monster Mash
10/31: Lower School/Prep:Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating  (1-1:45 p.m.)
11/9-11: "Zombie Thoughts" Fall Theatre Production (11/9-11/11 public shows)
11/12: Holiday - Veterans Day (No School)
11/12: Lego League Robotics Tournament
11/13: "Zombie Thoughts" for The Priory students (school show)
11/16: Nā Kūpuna Day (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Have a great rest of the week and restful weekend!

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

October 18 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - October 18

Aloha Lower School Families and Friends,

I just wanted share how much I appreciate our teachers in the Lower School and acknowledge all their efforts to plan lessons and learning trips to help your daughters to learn and grow. I also appreciate the partnership that we have with our parents who go above and beyond to help the school at events, chaperone field trips, visit as guests in our classrooms and provide support to our teachers and administration.

Systems (Kahua)
On Tuesday, I had the privilege of accompanying the third graders along with their teacher, Ms. Pua Armstrong, to the Kaʻala Farms Cultural Learning Center in Waianae. Their learning trip was part of their unit study on Ancient Hawaiʻi: Ahupuaʻa (land division). This ancient ahupuaʻa provided our students with the ʻike (knowledge) of how different systems within an ahupuaʻa work together to provide the needs of the Hawaiian people. They learned how everything (resources) on the ahupuaʻa provided the community with shelter, food, water, clothing and medicine. And, when all members of a system work together, it maintains balance within the community. The students even worked in an ancient loʻi kalo, got into the mud, and pulled weeds to unchoke the kalo.

In addition to caring for the ʻaina, our students also learn to cultivate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to mālama (care) for and develop physically health bodies through increased engagement with the outdoors and nature-based field trips. I was very proud of our students’ hard work and enthusiasm.

Walk Wise
A big mahalo to our 1st grade parent, Ms. Jennifer Wong (Alyssa) along with help from her colleagues at Department of Transportation’s “Walk Wise Hawaiʻi” campaign who gave an awesome presentation on Pedestrian Safety to Ms. Wengronowitzʻs 1st graders! After taking the Pedestrian Pledge: “I pledge as a good pedestrian to always look left, always look right, always look left again and continue looking while crossing the street,” the students were provided with fluorescent vests and ventured downtown with their new friends from DOT and Ms. Wengronowitz to practice walking safely. I am very grateful to Ms. Wong for bringing this important safety lesson to our students, who then brought it home to their families.

 

Parent Night
Mahalo to the parents who attended Wednesday's Parent Night! It was exciting to see how engaged they were during the presentations. We look forward to hosting another parent night next semester. 

If you haven’t done so already, please complete the PTF Survey at your earliest convenience.  And please help us continue to improve as a school by completing the “Let Us Know How We’re Doing” survey that was handed out at Parent Teacher Conferences. Please return both to the Lower School Office.

As always, we love to hear from you and my door is always open to our students and their families.

Reminders and Announcements 
First Lego League Robotics Team Competition
A co-ed team comprised of 4th and 5th grade girls and boys will be competing at their first Lego League tournament on Monday, November 12, at Kalani High School. The co-ed eight-member team started to meet on September 18 and have been working on their eight-week curriculum. There are three parts to the Lego League: core values, a research project and the robot game. Mahalo to our two Priory seniors, Samantha Tome and Gabriella Gima, who have been helping faculty coaches Ms. Debbie Shintaku and Ms. Julia Lazaroff.

Nā Kūpuna Day
This special celebration will be held on Friday, November 16. It’s our 5th annual event and starts at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon, student performances, activities, walking tour of the campus, Scholastic Book Fair and classroom visits. More information is forthcoming. Parent volunteers are being coordinated with PTF. Our Kumu Hula, Kailihiwa Vaughan, and K-5 Music Teacher, Nora Oyama-Haugen, are currently preparing our Lower School and The Prep students to perform their hula and song for our special guests. We look forward to welcoming our special guests, our beloved kūpuna to experience the Lower Schools with their keiki and meet our faculty and staff.

Remakeable Materials Needed
As part of our K-12 STEAM Makerspace projects, we need your help in collecting remakeable materials. Please see this flyer that went home with your student for a list of items we need. Mahalo for any support you can provide!

These are the drop-off dates; please bring donated items to the gate in front of the gym before school, 7-7:40 a.m. 
October 26
November 2
November 16
November 17

Upcoming Events 
10/10-19: LSSC Collection Relief Drive for Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut (Philippines)
10/20: Admissions - Open House
10/25-31: Fall Spirit Week (K-5 Elementary Schools’ Guidelines)
10/26: PTF: Monster Mash
10/31: Lower School/Prep:Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating  (1-1:45 p.m.)

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend.

A hui hou!

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

October 11 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - October 11

Aloha Lower School Family and Friends,

I hope you enjoyed this past long weekend with your family and were able to relax and enjoy time together. I enjoyed hearing all about our students’ adventures, but at the same time, it was wonderful to see our students back at school.

It’s that time of the year when our teachers really take advantage of the fall activities off-campus. Some of our students will be visiting the pumpkin patch at Aloun Farms and some will be visiting the Dairy Farm and Creamery in Waianae. The third graders recently took a learning trip to the fishpond Paepae o Heʻeia in Kāneʻohe, where they learned about the ancient fishing practices. Hawaiian fishponds are unique and advanced forms of aquaculture found nowhere else in the world. It’s important for our students to understand and learn about Hawaiʻi’s cultural and natural resources through these learning experiences.

Service learning is a very important component of our Lower School program. No matter what their ages, we feel that it is important for our students to share their time, talents and treasures with those less fortunate.

The Lower School Student Council officers have taken the lead to coordinate an all-school service project called Rainbows Fill Hearts. They will be collecting funds for those affected by Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong), in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi and the Episcopal Church in Micronesia. The project began yesterday and runs through Friday, October 19. Officers will be on hand to collect $5 donations in front of the Coral Cross. On Monday, October 22, students who donated will have the option of wearing rainbow-colored t-shirts, dresses, or shirts/pants to school! Non-uniform attire guidelines apply (Parent-Student Handbook). I am very proud of the Student Council’s leadership and initiative to lead their first service project this school year.

We have a busy month ahead of us and I’m looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming Parent Night. Thank you again for taking the time to meet with your daughter’s teachers at parent teacher conferences last week. It was great to see so many of our parents! 

Reminders and Announcements

Parent Night on October 17 – RSVP Online
Please join us on October 17 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. There will be two session options for parents to choose from relevant to our Lower School program in both The Priory Lower School and The Prep. The two sessions are:

 “Creating a Culture of Emotional Intelligence at School and Home” presented by Caitlin Watson, K-12 School Counselor and Mary Crowley, K-5 PE/Mindfulness teacher. At St. Andrew's Schools, we understand that emotions matter! We’re excited about this opportunity for families to learn the skills of emotional intelligence that can help build trusting relationships at home. We will cover strategies for regulating emotions at home and school, using our anchor tools, and tips for helping children communicate respectfully and effectively. 

“Parenting in the Digital Age: Cyber Knowledge” presented by Winston Sakurai, Ph.D., The Prep Principal. In a world where technology is as commonplace as oxygen it's important to help children to positively utilize this powerful tool. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. This session will help you to harness technology to meet the needs of your children in an ever-changing world.

Nā Kūpuna Day
The fifth annual Nā Kūpuna Day will be held on Friday, November 16. The PTF is coordinating parent volunteers for the event. Our Kumu Hula, Kailihiwa Vaughan, and K-5 Music teacher, Nora Oyama-Haugen, are currently preparing our Lower School and The Prep students to perform their hula and song for our special guests. We look forward to welcoming our special guests to our campus with their keiki.

Upcoming Events in October!  We are Very Busy at The Priory Lower School!

10/10-19: LSSC Collection Relief Drive for Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut (Philippines)
10/11-12: Student Shadow Day/Bring a Friend to School Day
10/17: Lower School/The Prep: Parent Night
10/20: Admissions - Open House
10/25-31: Fall Spirit Week
10/26: Monster Mash
10/31: Lower School/ThePrep: Halloween Parade

A hui hou!

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

October 4 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - October 4

Aloha Lower School ‘Ohana and Friends,

Parent Night: Parenting in the Digital Age
In a world where technology is as commonplace as oxygen, it's important to help children to positively utilize this powerful tool. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. This session will help you to harness technology to meet the needs of your children in an ever-changing world. Please join us on October 17, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP on our website.  

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
“Rainbows Fill Hearts”
is the theme of our Lower School service project. The LSSC officers will be collecting funds for Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong), in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi and the Episcopal Church in Micronesia. This is in response to the needs of those impacted by these two natural disasters.

Beginning Wednesday, October 10 until Friday, October 19, officers will be on hand to collect donations of $5 in front of the Coral Cross. On Monday, October 22nd, students who donate will have the option of wearing rainbow colored t-shirts, dresses or shirts/pants to school!  Non-uniform attire guidelines apply (Please refer to the Parent-Student Handbook).

Mahalo to our students and their families who brought in their pets to our all-school annual Pet Blessing Chapel service on this past Tuesday. It was wonderful to witness the love that is shared among our pets, who are beloved family members of our school ‘ohana. It’s always a special service that our Lower School students look forward to each year.

Please remember that there is no school on Friday for PTCs or on Monday and Tuesday. I hope you enjoy your time together during the long weekend. I look forward to seeing you at parent teacher conferences on Friday. You should have received a letter with your conference appointment time. Upon your arrival, please go directly to your daughter’s classroom. Childcare will be available in the Lower School library.

 

A hui hou!

Kaʻipolani Bailey-Walsh
The Priory Lower School Principal

September 27 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 27

Aloha Lower School ‘Ohana and Friends,

Lunchtime Tradition
Our students always look forward to our special lunchtime with their parents in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. Parents look forward to not only having lunch with their daughters but also to meeting other parents and their daughters’ classmates. It was wonderful to see many of you this week at lunchtime, taking the time out of your busy day to share in this favorite tradition at The Priory.

See more photos from the event here

Priory in the City: Beyond the Classroom
We’re already four weeks into school, and our teachers are beginning to schedule learning trips outside of campus. Our campus is footsteps away from the heart of downtown Honolulu, where meaningful work is carried out each day. Our students take day trips to nearby locations such as Queen’s Medical Center, Foster Botanical Gardens, Chinatown, The Hawai‘i State Capitol and Mission Houses Museum to learn about our city, their community and our government.  We’re always grateful to our parents who can chaperone their daughter’s class on these fun learning trips.

Parent Volunteers
If you can spare a few minutes in the morning during the week or month, we would love your help with playground supervision from 7:20-7:40 a.m. Please email me and I will get you signed up and trained. Keeping our keiki safe while playing is very important to us.

Thank you very much for your partnership with our school. Our parents are important to the life of our school, and we appreciate your participation whenever you can lend a hand either in the classroom or elsewhere on campus. 

Mahalo piha,

Kaʻipolani Bailey-Walsh
The Priory Lower School Principal

September 20 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 20

Aloha Parents and Friends, 

Share the aloha with a dot!
I hope you had a chance to visit with our P.E./Mindfulness Instructor, Mary Crowley, at Back to School Night, and that you created your own dot with a word of hope for your daughter. This past Friday, our Lower School students participated in International Dot Day, harnessing their creativity by sharing their strength or gift to the world using one word. The inspiration behind the event is the children’s book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. It tells the tale of a teacher who challenges one of his female students to take courage in her abilities and the young girl goes on to make her mark starting with a dot on a page.

Give Aloha to St. Andrews Schools
One tremendous way that you can kōkua (help) our school is through Foodland’s annual Give Aloha programDuring the month of September, Maikaʻi customers are invited to make a donation of up to $249 per person. Our school is registered in the campaign, and not only will the school receive your full donation, Foodland will match a portion of that donation. If you don’t have a Maikaʻi card, you can sign up for one at the register. Mahalo nui loa for your gift of aloha.

Back to School Night
This was an opportunity for all  parents to visit not only with their daughter’s academic/homeroom teacher, but also with the enrichment teachers. It was wonderful to see and meet so many returning and new parents yesterday evening. I am very grateful to be part of our school ʻohana, and to be able to witness the growth of our students in the Lower School.

Lunch with Your Daughter
Your Lower School daughter looks forward to lunchtime with her parents in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. Parents can either bring lunch or purchase lunch at our school cafeteria. K-2 LWYD is on Wednesday, September 26, and 3-5 LWYD on Thursday, September 27. Please be sure to RSVP

Nā Kūpuna Day
In Hawaiʻi, we naturally uphold and respect our kūpuna (grandparents) for the wisdom and “know-how" which is passed on from generation to generation. To honor our kūpuna, our Lower School community welcomes kūpuna to our campus to spend this special day with their grandchildren. Please save the date – Friday, November 16 – and look forward to further information in the coming weeks.

Parent-Teacher Conference appointment letters will be emailed to you next week. We look forward to seeing you soon to discuss your child's progress.

Mahalo to all of our families for being a valued and active members of our Lower School community.

A hui hou,

Kaʻipolani Bailey-Walsh
The Priory Lower School Principal

September 13 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 13

Aloha Parents and Friends,

I hope you and your family stayed safe and sound during Tropical Storm Olivia, which forced the closure of school on Wednesday. Mahalo to our faithful leadership team for ensuring the safety of our school families, and for our remarkable maintenance crew for their preparations in securing the school campus before and during the storm.

Our Lower School Back to School Night has been rescheduled for next week Wednesday, September 19. We look forward to seeing all of you then! In the interim, please stay informed and updated by checking our school's website and social media channels for important announcements. Also, if you haven't done so already, please update PowerSchool with your current contact information.

Every morning, our  Lower School Student Council officers lead our students in our school ‘oli, "Eō Ke Kuini", "The Pledge of Allegiance" and make any special announcements. On Tuesday morning, we also recognized Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. Mahalo nui loa to our band director, Mr. Stanton Haugen, and Upper School junior, Kelsea Nakamura, for their skillful trumpet playing of "Taps" in Sellon Courtyard to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. You can watch the performance on our school's YouTube channel

One ʻOhana. I would like to recognize our parent organization, K-12 Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). Every year, we ask for a PTF class representative from each class in the Lower School. Our partnership with the PTF plays an important role in many ways that foster and promote the welfare of the school, students, and teachers. For example, on Nā Kūpuna Day, we really appreciate the tremendous volunteer help from PTF.  If you are willing to devote a few hours or days each school year, please consider becoming a PTF class rep. Sign-up will be at Back to School Night in your daughter’s classroom or at the PTF table. The Lower School and your daughter’s class needs representation in order to further team spirit and communication among the members of our school ʻohana.  Please visit the PTF representatives at Back to School Night or visit our school's website for current PTF information. Most importantly, your engagement and involvement with our school ʻohana is an opportunity for community building and fellowship.

We're happy to see you back at school!

Mālama pono,

Kaʻipolani Bailey-Walsh
The Priory Lower School Principal

September 6 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 6

Aloha Parents, ʻOhana and Friends!

Once upon a year in the Lower School. It was a rich and full week in the Lower School, culminating with our annual All-School Picnic organized by the Upper School Student Council. Our students enjoyed a full day of community building on campus. There was music, games and a giant water slide to enjoy with their classmates, The Prep students, and the Upper School students.

An annual tradition that has spanned decades at The Priory was the Froot Loop Chapel, held in The Cathedral of St. Andrew.  It was celebrated this past Tuesday,  and the Kindergartners joined their older sisters from the senior class as they processed into chapel. They were greeted with a symbolic Froot Loop lei, which symbolizes a full circle – beginning their journey at St. Andrew's Schools. The circle is completed upon graduation. 

Her story. The story of your daughter's school year is about to unfold. A strong opening chapter will help set the tone for a great year.  Your child's teacher will play an important role in her life this year. You might want to write her a short note and attach a picture of your family. Getting to know each other now will help you work together in future “chapters.” The setting. Invite your daughter to tell you about her classroom, the library, and other places at school. What decorations hang on the walls? What books or games are on the shelves? Maybe, she can draw a picture of her classroom? 

Our Back to School Night is a perfect event to find out what your child will learn this year. It is an opportunity to learn more about her teacher, and why she is so passionate about being an educator. More importantly, you want to know that your daughter is spending her day with teachers who see how special she is and the strengths she has, and not just what they don't know yet. Will my child be developing and practicing skills that will set her up for success now and in the future? You want to know that your daughter’s teacher understands the skills and mindsets that are needed to work with diverse people and solve meaningful problems that are critical to her success in life and doing things that matter to her and others. 

The more I engage with parents, students and teachers, the more I understand that we all want to know how to best communicate to meet our collective goals. I encourage you to attend the Lower School Back-to-School Night, and to meet your daughter’s teachers  to gain the full experience of her journey at St. Andrewʻs Schools.

Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night.

Mālama pono,

Ka‘ipolani Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

August 30 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - August 30

Dear Parents and Friends,

Aloha ‘oe summer, aloha school! Welcome to a new and exciting school year. We’re meeting new friends, new families, new teachers, and making new memories. “Amazing,” is what one Lower School student said, when asked how was her first day at school. It has been an amazing week! The Lower School Student Council officers presented their “Incredible” banner at our first all school K-12 assembly. Teachers and students started their week building community by creating their RULER class charters. And stories were shared about fun summer vacations and adventures. I was very excited to see all the returning students, and welcome our new students to The Priory Lower School. 

In addition to summer vacations, our teachers have been learning and growing as educators, ready to provide a learning environment where our students will thrive. For instance, our 4th and 5th grade Math and Science teacher,  Ms. Julia Lazaroff, is currently enrolled in an Arts Integration Specialist program. This summer, she continued her studies learning to incorporate the arts into STEM - turning STEM into STEAM. “The arts are very valuable in that they allow students to be creative and show their learning in different forms instead of the traditional paper and pencil,” explains Ms. Lazaroff.  By incorporating the arts, our students will be more engaged, have fun, and learn along the way.

Mrs. Heather Lum, our 4th and 5th grade Language Arts and Social Science teacher, attended a two-day ʻOlelo (TV) training to extend the introductory workshop that she attended in April. The class covered basic media production and completion certified her as an ʻOlelo producer. This training will give Mrs. Lum access to one-on-one ʻOlelo staff mentoring to assist with media production and full access to ʻOlelo equipment and studios! She will be using her new skills to introduce a 5th grade monthly school news video production to the curriculum.

Kia ora! I was fortunate to chaperone and lead four of our Upper School students to Hamilton and Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand) for a 12-day leadership forum with the East-West Center’s (U-Hawaiʻi, Mānoa) Partnership for Youth Program (P4Y Shaping Vision 2030). It was an incredible opportunity of a lifetime for our students to be asked and selected to participate in a program with international students from China, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, as well as other high school students from O‘ahu and the mainland. I was very proud of and impressed with our Upper School students who articulated their views and engaged in meaningful dialogue, exchange, and action about their shared future and the future of their own communities, with a specific focus on community revitalization and sustainability issues. It fostered their global awareness and intercultural understanding and encouraged them to see things from a different perspective. In addition, the girls recognized the shared ancestral bond between the Maori and Hawaiian cultures and developed an appreciation for the Maori customs and traditions. A BIG MAHALO to the leadership team for their vision and generosity in making it possible for our St. Andrew’s Schools students to travel to New Zealand.

It’s going to an amazing year and I’m very grateful to our families for sharing their daughter’s educational journey at St. Andrew’s Schools. Kulia i ka nu’u! 

Me ke aloha pumehana,

Ka‘ipolani Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

May 24 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 24

Aloha Lower School Family and Friends,


It’s been an incredible year in the Lower School! I am very proud of all of our students; watching them every day at school as they develop into lifelong learners and leaders; caring for each other and demonstrating our values of Aloha, Pono, ‘Imi ‘Na’auao, Ho'omanawanui, Mālama, and Lokomaikaʻi throughout the day. I am very appreciative of our parents who continue to dedicate their time and resources to enrich our students’ learning experiences at school and home. Mahalo to our teachers who cultivate meaningful, authentic experiences and relationships to inspire learning and caring. Our community is strengthened by the partnership of our students, parents and faculty. Thank you very much for your commitment to our Lower School program.

Our Awards Assembly is a testimony to our students as they all strive for the highest! The Priory recognizes student achievement at the year-end assembly with three distinction awards to students who have demonstrated good citizenship, overall achievement, and perseverance throughout the year. The ceremony also featured music performances that were beautiful and inspirational to watch and listen to as they honored our founder, Queen Emma Kaleleonālani with their hula and oli.

A Well-Rounded Engaging Experience
In Social Studies, Mrs. Lum’s 4th graders learned more about Ancient China by designing and creating miniature Chinese Gardens and the ancient art of paper-making.

Mrs. Guerrera welcomed special guests to her classroom this past Friday! Lilly Crowderʻs mom, Robyn, works at the engineering consulting firm of Brown and Caldwell. Engineers, Lance Lam and Logan Yamamoto guided the girls in building magnetic cars using the engineering design process. The girls worked in teams of 2 and 3, and each team collaborated on their design and tested their cars in a final demonstration. Mahalo to Mrs. Crowder for engaging the community in our lower school.

Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi: Priory Chapter, Troop 115. Mahalo nui loa to Mrs. Cheryl Nekota (mom of Tyler and Kendall, 1st) for leading our newest troop to the Lower School. They met this past Monday to recognize the girlsʻ accomplishments. It was also their last meeting of the year, and they had their bridging ceremony. The bridging ceremony is a Girl Scout tradition to celebrate the girls who will be moving up a level. The ceremony was held in Queen Emma Square where five 1st Graders became Brownies and 1 2nd Grader became a Junior Girl Scout.Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi.

Mrs. Nekota says, “I’m very proud of all of them, and feel that our first year has been a success largely in part to a handful of parents who have been engaged since day 1! Our troop is made up of girls ranging from grades K-3. This year we had 10 Daisies (Gr. K-1) and 2 Brownies (Gr. 2-3). Since we are a new troop, we spent our meetings learning about different parts of the Girl Scout Law. The girls worked really hard to complete lessons and activities on being “honest and fair”, “friendly and helpful”, “considerate and caring”, “to be responsible for what I say and do”, and to “make the world a better place”. The Daisies earned a petal for each of these values, and the Brownies earned the “Making Friends” badge. The girls also participated in cookie sales, and many of them earned cookie participation badges.”

As you can see, it takes students, parents and faculty to create and develop these wonderful experiences and lifelong memories of friendship and learning here at St. Andrewʻs School's. I am very grateful for all the wonderful help and encouragement throughout the year; reminders of Queen Emmaʻs example of love, hope, faith, and service.

A hui hou,

Ka‘ipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

End of the Year Party: Wednesday, May 30, Lunch time - 5:00 p.m., $7.00 includes pizza for lunch and water slide. Please submit cash payment to Miss Cheri or Mrs. Lepick.

 

 

 

Friday, May 25 is School Pride Day! Show your School Pride and wear any class, club, athletic, or logo shirt, with free dress guidelines. Your shirt must clearly display that it is a PRIORY or PREP shirt. Wear your shirt with SCHOOL PRIDE!!

Lower School Student Council Officers - 2018-2019. We had a record number of candidates (13!) who ran for LSSC office! The 3rd and 4th graders voted for their next yearʻs leaders in the Lower School. Congratulations to President, Amara Landgraf; Vice President, Siara Sam; Treasurer, Alexia Sakaida; Secretary, Morgyn Bunton; and Historian, Ami Yakumaru.

 

LS EVENTS

 

  • May 24: Lower School Priory yearbook distribution
  • May 27: Baccalaureate
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • May 30: ASC End of the Year Party

 

May 17 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 17

Aloha Lower School Family and Friends,

An annual tradition at St. Andrew’s Schools’, Ascension Day is one our events that bring together the past and the present all in one place, with hope for a bright future as we soon bid aloha to our Senior girls. It was a beautiful occasion.

As we soon see our Lower School Priory girls depart for the summer, we will have several events happening in May. Last week the 5th graders elected their 6th Grade Class Officers. Congratulations to Lindley La’i Reyes, President; Juliana Shi, Vice President; Sophia Cruz, Secretary; Brooke Jones, Treasurer; and Tatum Crockett, Historian.

This past week, creative campaign posters were put up on the walls of the second floor of Sellon Hall, and on Tuesday, the 4th graders listened to all the candidates’ speeches and voted for the 18-19 Lower School Student Council officers. I’m very proud of each one of them for wanting to serve and lead their classmates in the Lower School.

At this time of the year, we are reminded of the many wonderful memories that have been made in the Lower School. Mahalo for sharing them with us. In the remaining days of school filled with parties, school events, and other exciting activities, I want to express my deep appreciation for the support and involvement of our parents in their daughter’s journey in the Lower School. I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Mahalo nui loa,
Ka‘ipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

End of the Year Party: Wednesday, May 30, Lunch time - 5:00 p.m., $7.00 includes pizza for lunch and water slide. Please submit cash payment to Miss Cheri or Mrs. Lepick

LS EVENTS

  • May 18: Library books due
  • May 23: Lower School Priory Awards Ceremony
  • May 24: Lower School Priory yearbook distribution
  • May 27: Baccalaureate
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • May 30: ASC End of the Year Party

May 10 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 10

Our Parents Have Mad Skills, too! The Alice in Wonderland theme for Teacher Appreciation Day was very creative and the decorations, graphics, and displays were awesome! The food was delicious and the gifts were deeply appreciated. Mahalo nui loa to all of our parents who generously contributed their talent and skills to for this special event! Our teachers and staff expressed their thankfulness throughout the school day for the generosity of our parents. Your appreciation for their dedication and service to our students and education at St. Andrew's Schools was heartfelt.

The generosity of our parents and their involvement in our school community and our Lower School program enhances our girls’ learning experience in so many ways throughout the year. For example, fifth grade parent, Mr. Paupe purchased sparkly red noses for Reagan’s classmates. Reagan explained to her class that the proceeds help children facing poverty. The 2018 Red Nose Day started on April 2nd and runs through June. The red noses on our students united them, while calling attention to a worthy cause.

On Monday, our third graders experienced a once-in-a-lifetime sailing trip with the Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy to learn about traditional Hawaiian navigation. Based at Kaʻalaea in Kāneʻohe Bay, Kānehūnāmoku, a 29 ft double hull sailing canoe is a hands-on, dynamic, and living classroom. The girls became crew and learned all aspects of sailing the canoe, including maritime skills, non-instrumental navigation, elemental observations, teamwork, and communication. It was through a generous donation from the Kim family (Ailene, first grade) at our Christmas fundraiser, Home for the Holidays, that made this year’s trip possible. Mrs. Guerrera explained that the girls chanted their ʻoli to the crew before starting their trip in the waʻa. They thoroughly enjoyed this trip, learned so much about Hawaiian culture, wayfaring, and exclaimed that they want to take sailing lessons this summer! Way to go, girls!

Lower School Celebrates with Aloha!

This past Friday, the After School Care (ASC) Hip Hop students performed for the Lower School Priory and The Prep! At the same time, we bid a fond aloha to Kumu Namahana before she left for her home in the Canary Islands.

On Monday, during morning assembly, we congratulated Ms. Behrendt’s recent wedding on Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, when she became Mrs. Lazaroff. We wish her many years of happiness!


Sixth Grade Class Officer Elections.

On Tuesday, May 8th, fifth graders heard speeches and elected their officers for next year who promised to lead and make sixth grade the best year ever! The sixth grade class election is another opportunity in the Lower School for our students to participate in campaigning and the election process. Elected offices include president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and historian. I am very proud of how our girls are becoming courageous and confident leaders. Mahalo for the guidance of their teachers in our Lower School.

As we come closer to the end of the 2017-2018 school year, it’s hard to believe that our students will be moving on to their next grade level. Thank you very much for your continued partnership and support in helping us enrich your daughter’s educational journey in the Lower School. I deeply grateful for all of our Lower School parents. I look forward to seeing you around campus in the next few weeks as we continue to celebrate with aloha.

Mahalo nui loa,

Ka‘ipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Elections 4/25-5/16: Lower School Student Council Officers 2018-2019
  • Elections 4/23-5/8: Sixth Grade Class Officers 2018-2019

LS EVENTS

  • May 11: Head of School Holiday - No School
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 18: Library books due
  • May 23: Lower School Awards Assembly
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 27: Baccalaureate
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • May 30: ASC End of the Year Party
  • June 3: Commencement


May 3 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 3

Aloha Lower School Family and Friends,

Kuʻu Home Aloha ʻo ʻOahu. I was very proud of all of our students at our annual May Day program! It was wonderful to see all of our families, extended ʻohana, and friends at the program.The students’ mele and hula were beautiful to watch as they performed for each other and their ʻohana. Kumu Namahana did an amazing job in producing the program and choreographing all the hula dances and mele. We are

all very sad to see her leave our school; we will miss her energy and creativity. Kumu goes with our fondest aloha as she returns home to the Canary Islands to be with her parents. We are grateful for all her years of building our hula program from K-12 and honoring our traditions that perpetuate the legacy of Queen Emma and the heritage of our school. Mahalo piha, Kumu Namahana!

Hoʻomaikaʻi ʻana! (Congratulations) to Brooke Jones and Juliana Shi for being selected as winners for this year’s Law Day art contest. Mrs. Lum’s 5th graders were studying the formation of the U.S. Government and students were asked to create posters in commemoration of Law Day. Since 1961, May 1st has been the official date for celebrating Law Day, which marks the commitment to the rule of law. The 2018 Law Day Poster Contest is offered as part of the State Judiciary First Circuit Court’s commemoration of Law Day. The 2018 theme was Separation of Powers, Framework for Freedom. Judge R. Mark Browning, Chief Judge of the First Circuit, will present the certificates and medals to Brooke and Juliana at the May 23rd Lower School Awards Ceremony. In addition, their class will receive a free pizza party! I am very proud of our dedicated teachers who work each day to ignite our students’ sense of self and interests and who continue to nurture and empower them to discover their most courageous selves in a culture of care, love, and service. Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u.

Mahalo nui loa,

Ka‘ipo Bailey-Walsh

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Elections 4/25-5/16: Lower School Student Council Officers 2018-2019
  • Elections 4/23-5/8: Sixth Grade Class Officers 2018-2019

LS EVENTS

  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 7: Teacher Appreciation Day
  • May 7 - 11: Interim Reports will be emailed
  • May 10: Ascension Day
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday - No School
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 18: Library books due
  • May 23: Lower School Awards Assembly
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • May 30: ASC End of the Year Party
  • June 3: Commencement

April 26 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 26

Aloha Lower School Parents and Friends,

Hawaiian Studies: The third graders successfully opened their Wax Museum in Ylang Ylang Courtyard this past Friday. Each student selected a person in Hawaiian History and completed a 3-month study of that person. Complete with full costume and props, the girls assumed their person’s character and presented in front of their display boards during this event. Visitors to the museum asked questions of Barack Obama, ‘Iolani Luahine (an alum), Rell Sunn, Genoa Keawe, Princess Ka‘iulani and Queen Emma! The museum included writing journals from each student, refreshments, and artifacts. I was very proud of each student and their hard work. Mahalo to Mrs. Guerrera for providing a learning environment where her students learn, grow, and pursue their interests. And, a big mahalo to parents and friends for celebrating with our third grade students at their museum.

Photo: Queen Emma Kāleleonalani (Amy Ching)

Time for Tea: Manners was the lesson for our kindergartners at the annual Kindergarten Tea Party. Mrs. Koseki and parents planned a beautiful and delicious tea complete with finger sandwiches and sweet treats. It’s been said that Queen Emma, who was of British descent, always enjoyed her afternoon tea.

Aloha ‘aina: Second graders celebrated Earth Day. They created their own globes and, on the inside, wrote about Earth Day, how they can make Earth a better place, and how they can take care of Earth by recycling, cleaning up rubbish, and using reusable bags at stores.

Photo: Second Grade Earth Day Projects

Problem Solvers! In celebration of Earth Day, Ms. Wengronowitz’s first graders brought in objects from home that they reused, recycled, and re-purposed to make inventions to solve a problem. “We had lots of fun being creative, conservation-minded problem-solvers!”

Photo: First Grade Earth Day Projects!

There are many events that we’re going to be celebrating as a school in the next few weeks as our school year comes to a close. Please remember to check the All School Calendar and information that your daughter brings home.

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASC Schedule: Last Week for HPU and Art classes

Basketball Game Schedule for girls in grades 4-6 Christian School Athletic League (CSAL) for the Spring season. The girls are very excited to play in a REAL game!Please come cheer them on!

(AWAY) Thursday, April 26 vs LP Pietra 3:45 @ La Peitra
(AWAY) Tuesday, May 1 vs SHA 3:45 @ Sacred Hearts
(AWAY) Wednesday, May 2 vs Kaimuki Christian 3:45 @ Kapa’olono Community Park

MAY DAY

Please join us for our May Day Celebration this Friday, April 27. The program will be in James C. Castle Gymnasium from 9am until approximately 10:30am, and the lunch to follow will be in Ylang Ylang Courtyard until 11:45am.

LUNCH

  • If you ordered lunch, please print out and bring the May Day lunch order confirmation you received via email to pick up your lunch.
  • If you did not order a lunch, please remember to pack home lunch for your daughter.

PARKING

There will be limited parking available on campus for our ‘ohana in Lot A (next to Centennial Hall), Lot C (behind the gym) and Lot D (in front of the gym). The parking lot in front of the Cathedral is monitored by Diamond Parking. If you choose to park there, please follow the instructions on the payment box. The unmarked stalls on the makai side of the park are reserved for HPD.There are signs posted, “Reserved for HPD”. Please do not park there for you may be towed.

  • Please be sure to check your teacher’s CANVAS page for other details about the event.
  • No school uniform on May Day

LS EVENTS

  • April 26: School Pride Day
  • April 27: May Day
  • April 28: Open House
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 7: Teacher Appreciation Day
  • May 7: ASC HPU Student Project presentations
  • May 10: Ascension Day
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday
  • May 18: Library books due
  • May 23: Awards Assembly


The Wiz Jr. - Our Spring Production!

Please mark your calendars for The Wiz Jr., our spring production running from April 28-29 in Tenney Theatre. Our cast is working overtime to bring a fun and exciting performance to our community!

Buy Tickets Online!


May Day is Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:00am!

The May Day Festival perpetuates the Hawaiian tradition in a celebration of our culture with music, hula, and lei. Our May Day Program is the one and only event where the entire school performs for each other and for the ‘ohana.

This year’s theme is Kuʻu Home Aloha ʻO Oʻahu, “Oʻahu, My Beloved Home”. Parents, please visit the webpage for information regarding your daughter’s/sonʻs attire requirements and responsibilities for the day.

April 19 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 19

Aloha Lower School Parents and Friends,

Here comes the sun! After four overcast days of rain and windy conditions, our Lower School and Prep students enjoyed our 4th annual Field Day under a beautiful, sunny, blue sky day at Hānaiakamalama (Queen Emmaʻs summer palace retreat). The boys and girls made take home crafts and activities, such as repotting plants, creating botanical notecards, floral hair pieces, poi pounding, and stamping. I think I even saw students climbing trees, catching minnows, and building bridges across the winding ʻauwai (canal) near the palace. Guided tours of the palace were offered and the gift shop was a favorite stop before the children enjoyed outdoor field games at Nuʻuanu Valley Park.

I am very grateful to the many parent volunteers who helped at the various craft tables, which made this event run smoothly. I recognize that our parents’ involvement in our community is integral to their children’s and our schoolʻs success.Thank you to our wonderful faculty for their support during the planning, and for ensuring the safety of our students while at the palace and the park. Also, a big mahalo to Mrs. Vicki Lepick for the awesome idea to have an annual t-shirt for each class that she provided.And, finally, last but not least, mahalo nui loa to Daughters of Hawaiʻi and the docents of Queen Emma Summer Palace for sharing the home of our beloved founder, Queen Emma, with our students and families.

K-5 Technology: Dash

In Robotics last week, Dash dressed up as the Easter Bunny and the students had a blast helping him get eggs into his hutch. He isn't easy to drive, so it's not as simple as it looks. Ed Tech and Curriculum Resource teacher, Debbie Shintaku, is also teaching Digital Citizenship for all classes this quarter. Each lesson provides a Family Tip Sheet; for example, this week, “Talking Safely Online” was taught to all grades.

As our school year comes to a close, there are many events that we’re going to be celebrating as a whole school.Please remember to check the All School Calendar and the information that your daughter brings home in her backpack.

Mahalo piha,

Ka’ipo Bailey-Walsh

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Basketball Game Schedule for girls in grades 4-6 Christian School Athletic League (CSAL) for the Spring season.The girls are very excited to play in a REAL game!Please come cheer them on!

(HOME) Tuesday, April 24 vs MPI 4:15 @ PRIORY
(AWAY) Thursday, April 26 vs LP Pietra 3:45 @ La Pietra
(AWAY) Tuesday, May 1 vs SHA 3:45 @ Sacred Hearts
(AWAY) Wednesday, May 2 vs Kaimuki Christian 3:45 @ Kapa’olono Community Park

LS EVENTS

April 16-20: Lower School Book Fair
April 18 and 19: Lunch with Your Daughter
April 20: 3rd Grade Wax Museum
April 26: School Pride Day
April 27: May Day
April 28: Open House
May 3: Queen Emma Ball
May 7: Teacher Appreciation Day
May 10: Ascension Day
May 11: Head of School Holiday

Waikiki Aquarium Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Chip Fletcher on April 24

We invite you to attend our Waikiki Aquarium Distinguished Lecture Series on April 24, 2018, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Tenney Theatre at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, featuring Dr. Chip Fletcherʻs talk entitled, Finding Hope Under a Dark Cloud. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Wiz Jr. - Our Spring Production!

Please mark your calendars for The Wiz Jr., our spring production running from April 28-29 in Tenney Theatre. Our cast is working overtime to bring a fun and exciting performance to our community!

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May Day is Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:00am!

The May Day Festival perpetuates the Hawaiian tradition in a celebration of our culture with music, hula, and lei. Our May Day Program is the one and only event where the entire school performs for each other and for the ‘ohana.

This year’s theme is Kuʻu Home Aloha ʻO Oʻahu, “Oʻahu, My Beloved Home”. Parents, please visit the webpage for information regarding your daughter’s/sonʻs attire requirements and responsibilities for the day.

April 12 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 12

Aloha Lower School Parents and Friends,

I recently attended “Leading Schools of the Future,” a conference lead by speakers such as Dr. Yong Zhao, Ted Dintersmith of High Tech High, and Dr. Miki Tomita, Program Director, Education Incubator’s Moonshot Lab.The conference also included some of our own inspirational local school leaders. We were challenged to go beyond 21st Century Learning and to bring in more of a human element.To help each and every child discover and achieve their potential, schools need shift the focus to students’ strengths, interests, and passions.

We, in the Lower School, are definitely moving in this direction. I am very grateful to all of our teachers who believe in the individual growth of our students. I see and experience it personally in every classroom and in our students, when they are given the opportunity to “own their learning.” We know that children need time to explore, investigate, research, and create. Explorations in our educational program provides the time, space, and resources for our students to explore, strengthen their decision-making skills, and research skills as they exercise their imagination and creativity. In our school culture, our students are supported in their learning to discover and hone their talents, delve into a topic of their own interest, and turn their interests into something of value; finding purpose in their learning and seeing the value in themselves.

In May, after our Lower School Awards Assembly, parents will be invited into their daughter’s classroom to celebrate their creativity and interests. Thank you for partnering with us in perpetuating Queen Emma’s legacy and our vision to help children learn and grow, to be their personal best.

Mahalo piha,

Ka’ipo Bailey-Walsh

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

May Day: Foliage donations needed. Please visit the May Day information on our school’s website for more information.

Basketball Game Schedule for girls in grades 4-6 Christian School Athletic League (CSAL) for the Spring season.The girls are very excited to play in a REAL game!Please come cheer them on!

  • (AWAY) Tuesday, April 10 vs IOL 4:00 @ Iolani
  • Tuesday, April 17 vs Holy Nativity 3:45 @ PRIORY
  • Wednesday, April 18 vs Hanalani 4:15 @ PRIORY
  • Thursday, April 19 vs Maryknoll 3:45 @ PRIORY
  • Tuesday, April 24 vs MPI 4:15 @ PRIORY
  • (AWAY) Thursday, April 26 vs LP Pietra 3:45 @ La Peitra
  • (AWAY) Tuesday, May 1 vs SHA 3:45 @ Sacred Hearts
  • (AWAY) Wednesday, May 2 vs Kaimuki Christian 3:45 @ Kapa’olono Community Park

LS EVENTS

  • April 13: Keiki Field Day @ Queen Emma Summer Palace
  • April 18 and 19: Lunch with Your Daughter
  • April 20: 3rd Grade Wax Museum
  • April 27: May Day
  • April 28: Open House
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 7: Teacher Appreciation Day