A Pre-K through Grade 12 Coordinate School Located in Honolulu

Lower School

2019-20 School Year

September 26 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 26


Aloha Lower School parents and friends,

We are three weeks into school and we have not had a boring moment thus far! It is hard to believe that parent teacher conferences are only three weeks away. Thank you all for taking the time to join us at our annual Back to School night.  It was wonderful to see you and our teachers enjoyed the chance to share why they love what they do and what inspires them. 

Emotions Matter for Classroom Performance and for all of us, especially for children. How they feel affects their learning, the decisions they make, how they treat others and their personal well-being. Teachers have begun implementing RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning into their classrooms. One of the tools of RULER is a document called The Charter, which is a collaborative document that helps students outline how they wish to treat each other. Every class in the Lower School has a class charter, which they created together. The students describe how they want to feel at school, the behaviors that foster those feelings and guidelines for preventing and managing unwanted feelings and conflict. By working together to build The Charter, everyone establishes common goals and holds each other accountable for creating a positive classroom environment. The next time you visit your daughter’s classroom, please ask to see their class charter. Our Lower School faculty created their own charter, as well. Together, we can help our students better recognize, understand, label, express and regulate their emotions. 

Parent Teacher Conference (PTC): We are looking forward to seeing you at our Parent Teacher Conference on Thursday, October 10. If you have not scheduled an appointment with your daughter's teacher, please do so as soon as possible. Childcare will be provided for our students on campus in the Lower School library. 

Feel free to contact the Lower School Office (532-2444) or stop by if you have any questions or need information.  Thank you for your continued commitment to your daughterʻs education and unwavering dedication to St. Andrewʻs Schools. 

Have a wonderful week!

E mālama pono,
Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School 


Announcements and Reminders:

PTF is seeking a grade level parent representative for grade 4. Please let me or your teacher know if you are interested. As a representative, you and a guest will have reserved seating at the Lower School Christmas program and the annual May Day program. 

CTP 5 TESTING: St. Andrew’s Schools will administer the Educational Records Bureau’s Comprehensive Testing Program to Grades 3, 5 and 7 from October 1-9. Your child’s teacher will provide a testing schedule. We recommend that students get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast each day during the testing period. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. 

Chorus LOVE: Our Lower School music teacher, Nora Oyama-Haugen, is offering chorus on Mondays and Fridays from 3-4 p.m. starting September 23. If parents are interested, please sign up your child at our St. Andrew’s Schools’ website.


September 12 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 26

Aloha Lower School ʻOhana!

An annual tradition that has spanned decades at St. Andrew’s Schools- The Priory is Froot Loop Chapel, held in The Cathedral of St. Andrew. It was celebrated on Tuesday, September 3rd when kindergartners joined their older sisters from the senior class as they processed into chapel. They were greeted with a Froot Loop™ lei, which symbolizes a full circle – beginning their journey at St. Andrew's Schools. The circle is completed upon graduation. Read more about Froot Loop Chapel in campus news.


One ʻOhana. I would like to recognize our parent organization, K-12 Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). Our partnership with the PTF plays an important role that fosters and promotes the welfare of the school, students and teachers. The PTF is an integral part of events such as, Nā Kūpuna Day, Campus Beautification and Monster Mash. We really appreciate their tremendous volunteer help. Mahalo to our parents who have already volunteered to represent their grade level class. We are still in need of a 4th grade PTF class parent rep. If you’re willing to devote a few hours a month, please email PTF Co-chairs, Dale Yamamoto at daleyamamoto@gmail.com or Jennifer Wong at shibuya_wong@yahoo.com.


Please welcome Austin Hachemeister to our school ‘ohana!  Austin is our new ASC/Camp Coordinator. She brings over 10 years of experience of working with children in after school and camp programs in the Douglas County School District in Denver, CO and a B.A. in Early Childhood Studies. Throughout the year, Austin will be responsible for developing our after school and camp programs and will work closely with Alethia Donathan, Director of Ancillary Programs to monitor and supervise all playground safety to ensure that our students are safe during recess and other organized programs on and off campus. We are committed to providing the most safe and positive environment for our students and their families. We are grateful that Austin has joined our school ‘ohana . 


It was great to see so many of our families at Back to School Night  yesterday! It was a perfect event to find out what your child will learn this year and to learn more about her teacher and why she is so passionate about being an educator. More importantly, it was good to know that your daughter is spending her day with teachers who see how special she is and the strengths she has.  The more I engage with parents, students and teachers, the more I understand how to best communicate to meet our collective goals. 


Have a great weekend and mahalo for your involvement in our school community! 


Mālama pono,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School






August 29 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - August 29

Aloha Lower School ʻOhana!

"Aloha a hui hou" to the summer. "Aloha" to school!

Welcome to a new and exciting school year. After a long summer, I was very happy to see our students and their families. Our students are meeting new friends and teachers, and making new memories. “I love my teacher!” is what one Lower School student said when asked about her first day at school. Teachers and students started their week building community with their students, both returning and new, to the Lower School.

At the first all school K-12 assembly, the Lower School Student Council officers presented their banner and theme for the year, “Champions” with a dance performance to the song, “Roar” by Katy Perry. “We are the Lower School Champions, hear us ROAR,” they chanted. “We are fierce, confident, and courageous!” Read more about the opening days of school on our campus news website. To view photos of the assembly, browse our photo website, SmugMug.

New in the Lower School! We have two new teachers and two KINDERGARTEN classes! Ms. Koseki and Ms. Madeline Griggs are co-teaching kindergarten this year. We also are delighted to welcome Ms. Shay Rego, our new 2nd grade teacher, and Ms. Lindsay Chang, our new 4th and 5th grade Math and Science teacher. Last, but not least, our two chickens, Galaxy and Crystal have returned after a summer stay with Mrs. Lum, our 4th and 5th grade Language Arts/Social Science teacher.

I look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night. You'll be able to meet your daughter’s teachers and aides, the school nurse, other staff members and your fellow class parents. The event gives you a glimpse into your child’s daily life at school and an opportunity to learn about the curriculum. You can also sign up for class activities or as a PTF class parent. Be sure to RSVP here.

It’s going to be an exciting year and I’m very grateful to our families for sharing their daughter’s educational journey at St. Andrew’s Schools. Kūlia i ka nuʻu!   

Mālama pono,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School