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

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)

Archive

November 1 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - November 1

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

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

   

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

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

Reminders and Announcements 

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

October 25 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - October 25

Aloha Parents, ʻOhana and Friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great rest of the week and restful weekend!

A hui hou,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

October 18 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - October 18

Aloha Lower School Families and Friends,

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend.

A hui hou!

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

October 11 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - October 11

Aloha Lower School Family and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

Reminders and Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hui hou!

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

October 4 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - October 4

Aloha Lower School ‘Ohana and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

 

A hui hou!

Kaʻipolani Bailey-Walsh
The Priory Lower School Principal

September 27 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 27

Aloha Lower School ‘Ohana and Friends,

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

See more photos from the event here

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

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

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

Mahalo piha,

Kaʻipolani Bailey-Walsh
The Priory Lower School Principal

September 20 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 20

Aloha Parents and Friends, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hui hou,

Kaʻipolani Bailey-Walsh
The Priory Lower School Principal

September 13 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 13

Aloha Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

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

We're happy to see you back at school!

Mālama pono,

Kaʻipolani Bailey-Walsh
The Priory Lower School Principal

September 6 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - September 6

Aloha Parents, ʻOhana and Friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mālama pono,

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

August 30 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - August 30

Dear Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

Me ke aloha pumehana,

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

May 24 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 24

Aloha Lower School Family and Friends,


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hui hou,

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

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

LS EVENTS

 

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

 

May 17 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 17

Aloha Lower School Family and Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

LS EVENTS

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

May 10 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 10

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

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

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

Lower School Celebrates with Aloha!

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

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


Sixth Grade Class Officer Elections.

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

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

Mahalo nui loa,

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

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

LS EVENTS

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


May 3 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - May 3

Aloha Lower School Family and Friends,

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

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

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

Mahalo nui loa,

Ka‘ipo Bailey-Walsh

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

LS EVENTS

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

April 26 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 26

Aloha Lower School Parents and Friends,

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

Photo: Queen Emma Kāleleonalani (Amy Ching)

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

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

Photo: Second Grade Earth Day Projects

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

Photo: First Grade Earth Day Projects!

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

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASC Schedule: Last Week for HPU and Art classes

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

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

MAY DAY

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

LUNCH

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

PARKING

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

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

LS EVENTS

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


The Wiz Jr. - Our Spring Production!

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

Buy Tickets Online!


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

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

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

April 19 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 19

Aloha Lower School Parents and Friends,

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

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

K-5 Technology: Dash

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

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

Mahalo piha,

Ka’ipo Bailey-Walsh

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

LS EVENTS

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

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

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

RSVP ONLINE for the Event


The Wiz Jr. - Our Spring Production!

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

Buy Tickets Online!


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

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

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

April 12 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - April 12

Aloha Lower School Parents and Friends,

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

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

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

Mahalo piha,

Ka’ipo Bailey-Walsh

LS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

LS EVENTS

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