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Lower School Update - September 12

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

 

 

 

2019-20 Archive

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

2018-19 Archive

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

June 6 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - June 6

Aloha, Lower School Parents and Friends,

As the school year comes to a close, I am feeling somewhat nostalgic remembering the first day of school with our students. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing your daughters here at school every day, and I will miss them very much. It’s been a joy for me to watch them learn and grow to become confident learners ­– to be their personal best. Our faculty members have been instrumental in creating and providing your daughter with learning experiences that have been enriching and allowing them to uncover their passions, talents, and interests. I am very grateful to our parents and extended families for their support of our students’ learning in The Priory Lower School this past school year.

I was extremely delighted to see many of our parents and friends at the Lower School Awards and Recognition Ceremony as we celebrated our students’ successes, achievements, and talents! The Class of 2026 capped their year in the Lower School with their beautiful hula, “Haʻaheo,” and their mele, “You are My Sunshine/This Little Light of Mine,” accompanied by their skillful ukulele playing. I am very proud of them as a class and as individuals. They’re a diverse group of bright, talented, kind, generous, confident, and fun-loving young ladies who are ready to face a new stage of their educational journey – middle school! They’ve had a tremendous year with Mrs. Lum and Mrs. Lazaroff as their teachers in both 4th and 5th grades. And, I couldn’t be more happier for your daughters, several of them whom I met when they were just kindergartners!  I will miss them very much in the Lower School but I said to them that they’re always welcome to drop by and visit.

Mrs. Lazaroff bid aloha to her 4th graders with sunglasses for each one of them because “their future is so bright!” Ms. Armstrong’s students presented a play, “The Heart of Hawaiʻi,” to their families and Lower School students. We ended the year with a water balloon toss and a tug-of-war challenge between The Priory Lower School and The Prep students in Campbell Park (fronting the school). It was a much-anticipated event since Keiki Field Day.

Summer Plans
What will your daughter do this summer? Whether you work outside the home or not, you’ll want to keep her busy, happy and safe. Look for activities and music or art workshops. Sign her up for your local library's summer reading program, and have her check out books and read at least 20-30 minutes a day. Ask her to tell you about the books and talk to her about your own reading, too. Talk to your daughter’s teacher to see if there are specific subjects she should work on, such as reading or math. 

Also, check out our Summer Adventure camp! If you haven’t made plans yet, there’s still time to register for Summer Adventure and Summer School at St. Andrews Schools.

Until we meet again, have safe and relaxing summer. We look forward to seeing you in the fall. Sending you my heartfelt aloha and mahalo nui loa for a wonderful school year.

Mālama pono,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

May 23 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 23

Aloha, Lower School Parents and ʻOhana,

Honoring Traditions
The year is coming to a close soon. Your daughter has spent the entire school year learning new things. Help her hang onto that knowledge ­– and learn even more – by enrolling her in one of our summer programs or by starting summer traditions.

Speaking of traditions, there are so many school-wide events coming up over the next few weeks and we hope you’ll be able to join us. I hope you can take your family to enjoy our award-winning orchestra directed by Chad Uyehara tomorrow evening and our amazing choir directed by Bowe Souza on May 29.

Last week’s celebration of Ascension Day was another beautiful tradition. We honor and celebrate the day that Jesus ascended to Heaven and also pay tribute to Queen Emma’s founding of St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls.

Social and Emotional Learning Focus at The Priory
We are in our third year of our Pillars of Peace Hawaii Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) grant from the Hawa‘i Community Foundation. The grant has allowed us to introduce RULER to our school community. We have made great progress over the last three years and our SEL work has expanded to additional programming.

Research shows that schools that engage in RULER training experience positive shifts in school climate, enhanced academic performance, better quality relationships, less bullying and aggressive behavior.

The Hawai'i Community Foundation has asked IMPAQ International (a company that does the data analysis for the grantees) to develop four case studies about Pillars of Peace SEL grantees. IMPAQ determined that St. Andrew's would make an excellent case study given our "whole school embrace of RULER, St. Andrew's dedication of resources to the program, and our successful parent engagement efforts." As we are working to build a safe, positive school climate and grow the emotional intelligence of our students, we also have an opportunity to serve as a model and help other schools across Hawai'i implement their own SEL programs.

Emotions Matter
In the few remaining weeks of school, your daughter will experience a range of emotions as she will be leaving school and her teachers and school friends for the summer. How our students recognize, manage and express their emotions as it relates to others is important in the Lower School. We are happy that we are able to help coach, support and grow these capacities within our students. Programs like RULER help all of us to use similar language and to support these critical skills.

Mālama pono,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

May 9 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 9

Aloha, Lower School Parents and ʻOhana,

Mahalo nui loa for a memorable Teacher Appreciation luncheon and generous gift donations from our parents and PTF. After our beautiful May Day program on Friday, and then to return to school on Monday, it was such a welcome treat. Everything about it was just fantastic ­­­– from the buffet luncheon and colorful decorations to the centerpieces to the dessert table, thank you so very much!  I know for certain the teachers were really feeling appreciated by all of you.

Amazing May Day Program
Our program was held on Friday, May 3. Our school celebrated and honored our Hawaiian heritage, which is central to our mission. Please make sure to read the story and see photos of our May Day Program.

The students looked great in their new costumes and their performances were memorable. Mahalo to Kumu Hiwa for working with our students leading up to May Day.  And a big mahalo to the members of her hula hālau; they helped get our students ready by pinning, pulling, fixing, tying, dressing, etc. What a team!

Ascension Day on Thursday, May 16
The Celebration of Ascension Day, which occurs on the 40th day after Easter Day, commemorates the day that Christ ascended into heaven and charged his followers with the Great Commission, spreading the Gospel message. St. Andrew’s Priory School was founded on Ascension Day in 1867. On Ascension Eve, the Coral Cross is decorated by the junior class as a gift to the school. The entire school celebrates this day with a chapel service that begins at The Cathedral of St. Andrew and continues in Robinson Courtyard, where the juniors present their Coral Cross, and the juniors and seniors offer a gift of song and join in fellowship with our St. Andrew’s ʻohana.

Remember: 
●      There is no chapel on Tuesday, May 14.
●      Ascension Day Chapel will take place on Thursday, May 16, 9 a.m., in the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Students must wear their Chapel uniform for the Ascension Day chapel.
●      Friday, May 17 is our Head of School holiday. There will be no school on that day.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact the Lower School Office if you have any questions or need more information. Take care and enjoy your weekend! And, to all our moms, Happy Mother’s Day!

Mahalo nui loa,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

May 2 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 2

Aloha, Lower School Parents and ʻOhana,

May is in the air! The beautiful fragrance and beauty of lei filled the school on Lei Day ­­– May 1. Mahalo for presenting lei to your daughter’s teachers and friends. I know they appreciated the gesture of aloha. The school community has been preparing for our May Day program! We are excited to share this wonderful St. Andrew’s Schools tradition with all of you. I would recommend that you bring a hand-held fan with you for tomorrow’s program because the gym will get warm in the morning. It’s going to be a great day for our school ‘ohana and friends, and our students are very excited to perform for their families. Mahalo for joining us!

Please help your daughters remember to wear either aloha attire or their uniform to school on May Day. They will dress for the program once they get to school. Please carefully review the May Day attire requirements, which contain specific instructions for undergarments to wear under their hula attire, and how they should have their hair on that day.  After the main event, parents are invited to join their daughters for lunch in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. A pre-sale of a Hawaiian plate lunch was offered, as no other lunch will be served that day. If you did not preorder the plate lunch, please ensure that your child has a home lunch. After lunch, students will participate in the remaining school day as planned by their teachers.

I look forward to seeing you at our May Day program!

Mahalo nui loa,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

April 25 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 25

Aloha, Lower School Parents and ʻOhana,

“May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i Nei.” This popular phrase in the islands prevents anyone from forgetting this special day. It was Don Blanding, a writer and poet, who first suggested that a holiday should be dedicated to the beautiful Hawaiian tradition of making and wearing lei. Since the first Lei Day on May 1, 1928, Hawai‘i has continued the annual celebration to this very day. May Day celebrates the Hawaiian culture through hula, mele and lei. (Varner, Hawaii.com). 

This year, St. Andrewʻs Schools will celebrate May Day  around the theme of “He Lei no ʻEmalani,” and perpetuate the culture and heritage of our founder, Queen Emma Kaleleonālani with hula and mele. Our Kumu Hula Kailihiwa Vaughan-Darval has spent this past year preparing our students for this exciting event where they perform for each other and their ʻohana. 

Please help your daughters remember to wear either aloha attire or their uniform to school on May Day. They will dress for the program once they get to school. Please carefully review the May Day attire requirements, which contain specific instructions for undergarments to wear under their hula attire, and how they should have their hair on that day.  After the main event, parents are invited to join their daughters for lunch in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. A pre-sale of a Hawaiian plate lunch was offered, as no other lunch will be served that day. After lunch, students will participate in the remaining school day as planned by their teachers.

Around Sellon   
On STEAM Wednesday, first graders learned about the forces of shock and absorption. Each student designed and created a container that would prevent a raw egg from breaking when dropped from the 2nd and 3rd floors of Kennedy Hall. Out of 18 eggs, three survived the 3rd floor drop! This was a fun and engaging lesson that all the girls had a great time doing.

Third grader Khloe Arrell expressed her interest in helping children who are seriously ill or injured by raising funds for The Ronald McDonald House. Through Explorations (Genius Hour), Khloe conducted her research and presented a proposal for her fundraiser – “a bake sale.”  With guidance from her teacher, Ms. Armstrong,  Khloe created and distributed her flyers among the Lower School teachers and students. Her bake sale was held in Ylang Ylang Courtyard before spring break, and by the looks of things, it was a success! I am very proud of her efforts, which raised $106 for The Ronald McDonald House! 

Music and mele teacher Ms. Nora Oyama-Haugen taught ukulele to some of our Lower School students during Spring Adventure Camp. She shared that our music department received a wonderful koa ukulele donated by KoAloha Ukelele, a premier ukelele builder. We are very grateful to have a superb musical instrument in our collection that will enhance our music program and culture and bring joy to our students. Ms. Oyama-Haugen will be offering music lessons in the summer during Summer Adventure Camp, as well as Chorus in the fall to the Lower School students. I am very appreciative of the careful  planning and preparation that our teachers do to create a positive and engaging learning environment for your daughters

I am also very grateful for all of our parents who partner with our teachers to enrich their daughter’s educational journey at St. Andrew’s Schools. Have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you at our May Day program!

Mahalo nui loa,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

April 18 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 18

Aloha, Lower School Parents and ʻOhana,

Best Day Ever
Our 5th annual Keiki Field Day was the “best day ever!” It also seemed that one of the best parts was the two rain squalls that quickly passed through. Our students didn’t run for cover, but instead played and laughed in the rain! The balloon toss was another favorite activity. I would like to thank our parents who came out and helped with the activities at Queen Emma Summer Palace and the games at Nuʻuanu Valley Park. Your involvement made the event extra special and a success. The parent experience is important to our school because St. Andrew’s Schools is a family and you are part of our school family, and we appreciate all of you very much.

I’m very grateful to the Daughters of Hawaiʻi, who annually welcome our students to Queen Emma’s summer palace for Keiki Field Day and allow us to use the facilities for our event. It was a great day!  When you have an opportunity, please view the field day pictures in our SmugMug gallery. We also collected a few items that were left behind at the palace. If you have misplaced something (beach towel, hat, windbreaker), please stop by the Lower School Office to claim it.

Around Sellon Hall
Our 4th/5th grade math and science teacher, Mrs. Lazaroff, will be completing her certification program as an Arts Integration specialist in May. “I have enjoyed the challenge of bringing the arts into the classroom and changing STEM to STEAM as a way to engage students and allow their creativity to flourish while still teaching math and science,” she says. 

The 5th graders have just completed their watershed project by creating a mural depicting the many layers of the forest canopy with our native plants. Their creativity, research and collaboration were evident in the smallest details while integrating art into math and science.

First grade teacher Ms. Wengronowitz recently completed a workshop called, “Inquiry Based Learning in Social Studies” and shared how she will engage her students with lessons that elicit thought and critical thinking. The 1st graders were also recently seen on KHON TV’s “Whiz Kids” singing their Math Rap!

In 2nd grade, our students have been applying their math skills with the sale of chicken eggs. They ask questions such as “If I bought four eggs at 50 cents each, how much is that?” and make sure our chickens, Galaxy and Crystal, are well fed during the day, saying, “Mrs. Walsh, they love our grass salad with special dressing!”

As a reminder, please let your friends and family members know about our upcoming Spring 2019 Open House on Saturday, April 27 from 9-11 a.m. We would love to show them our campus and how we guide our students to become creative, courageous and confident young women.

Have a wonderful weekend and mahalo for all your help and support.

Mālama pono,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School 

April 11 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 11

Aloha, Lower School Parents and ʻOhana,

2-4-6-8, Who Do We Appreciate!?
The 5th and 6th grade Priory Basketball team played their first basketball home game on Tuesday and  won with a score of 18-10 against Mid Pacific Institute. It was a hard-fought game and I was very happy and proud of all our players who gave it their all. Their next game is at Sacred Hearts Academy. Let’s all try to attend a game during the season and bring our Priory Pride!

Keiki Field Day is finally here!
Tomorrow, April 12, some of the Queen Emma Preschool students will be joining The Priory Lower School and The Prep students at Queen Emma Summer Palace for the annual field day event. The team games will begin at 11 a.m. at Nuʻuanu Valley Park. Your daughter will enjoy having lunch with her classmates at the park after participating in arts and crafts and field games. Mahalo to our awesome parent volunteers who will be helping with the field games and crafts. We couldn’t have a successful event without our parent volunteers. Self-guided tours and the museum gift shop will be open to our students, parents, faculty and staff. 

Computers in 5th Grade
Each student in Grades 5-12 must have her own computer. All students use Apple computers. I would like to remind our current 4th grade parents about the 5th grade laptop requirements. The minimum Student Computer Specifications for 2019-20 School Year are posted here for your reference. We have also included possible vendors for your information.   Please contact the Technology Department at technology@standrewsschools.org or 808-524-3234 if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Queen Emma Ball
Mahalo to all of our parents who contributed to the success of our schools’ annual fundraising gala. Everyone’s help made a difference, including our Lower School students! Our students assisted the Upper School girls with assembling the puʻolu (centerpieces) under the tent, and some of them were very excited to learn and help with “napkin folding!” Our Lower School faculty team were also a tremendous help and I’d like to give them a big shout out for a fantastic job.  Mahalo to all for your kōkua!

Every day when I come to work, I am very grateful that I can work at a school that values our children and their learning. Thank you for your support and encouragement in making this all happen for your daughter and other children. Have a wonderful rest of the week and enjoyable weekend.

Mahalo nui loa,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School 

April 4 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 4

Aloha, Lower School Parents and ʻOhana,

Welcome back from spring break! I trust you had a restful and enjoyable time with your family. I enjoyed hearing about all the wonderful things that your daughters did over break – like trips to the mainland, sleeping in late, playing with friends and spending time with kūpuna. I was also happy to hear they were excited to come back to school and see their friends and teachers.

A Fresh Start
Getting back into the school routine can sometimes be a challenge after a lengthy break during the school year. Your daughter may need some help easing 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.

Waking up early and eating breakfast is important to the start of the day. Did you know that research shows that students who skip breakfast have shorter attention spans and don’t do well on tests and have a hard time focusing? Please make sure your daughter gets up in time to have a nutritious breakfast either at home or at school. Tip: If she’s having trouble waking up early enough, move her bedtime back.

Poetry Break
If you ever wondered what else goes on during library class aside from borrowing books, the library curriculum includes literature appreciation, which includes poetry, folk tales and multicultural literature, and fiction and non-fiction literature. 

I had a quite an unexpected surprise from my daily school business on Tuesday! The fifth graders visited me with a poetry break! As part of their library class, each girl selected a poem to study, which provided them an opportunity to listen, read, react and recite the poem to their classmates, school friends and teachers. The girls shared their favorite poems in class on Tuesday.

We have so much to look forward to before the end of the school year. Field Day and May Day are big events that are right around the corner! Students and teachers are busily preparing for them. If you have any questions or need further information, please go to events page, stop by the Lower School office or contact your daughter’s teacher.

Take care and I hope you have a great rest of the week and a relaxing weekend.

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, Priory Lower School 

March 14 Parent eNews

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.

Facebook Parent Group
If you haven’t already, please join the newly created, private Lower Schools Parent Group on Facebook by clicking below and requesting to join the group. We will share more personal content through this group.

 
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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 

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