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June 6 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - June 6

Aloha, Upper School Families,

Thank you all for a wonderful school year. It has been a joy to watch your daughters grow and learn throughout the year. I am thankful to our teachers for the work that they have done to curate experiences for your daughters to stretch and grow and to know more about who they are and their place in our world. It’s hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by, and I hope this summer affords your family time together. As we know, time goes by quickly and our moments with our children are so important.

I will miss seeing your daughters’ bright smiles each day for the next couple of months. I am also very happy for them to have their summer adventures, whether it be travel or summer school. Summer is a time for students to enjoy themselves, friends and family. Mahalo nui loa to all of our families for your support this year!  It continues to be a privilege to serve as your daughter’s Upper School principal.

Over the last couple weeks, the Upper School was just alive with events!
I want to acknowledge the incredible work of our performing artists! So many of our girls are engaged in performing arts here at The Priory, and over the past few weeks we have been blessed with concerts by our Orchestra, Band and Choir students. Spring concerts are just so special in that they showcase a year of learning and they also honor our seniors who have been in performing arts for many years and have a very close relationship with that class. This past Monday, our Theater Director Lanaly Cabalo, with the help of her students, hosted a Theater Awards Banquet at The Arts at Mark’s Garage in downtown Honolulu. Ms. Cabalo has reinstated the International Thespian Society troupe number 1993 here at The Priory!

Global Leadership Center for Girls Reception
This year, our second group of Global Leadership Distinction recipients will graduate. These students have elected to take a rigorous selection of courses and curriculum focused on meeting the Global Leadership Learning Outcomes and Benchmarks that The Priory has adapted over the past few years from the Asia Society. Students shared their respective journeys and how their experience has shaped them with members of the SAS community.

Upper School Awards Assembly
Thank you to all who attended and showed your support for our students. You can read the article and see all the beautiful photos from the day here.

Exhibition Fair
Mahalo to all of our parents who joined us this past Friday at our Annual Exhibition Fair.

During this school year, our girls have honed their critical thinking and communication skills through the work that they presented that evening. They were excited to share this learning with our families and SAS community. The projects were imagined and designed by the students themselves with the guidance of teachers who have masterfully guided, inspired and motivated them to tackle a problem of interest, engaging the girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), art, and the social sciences. 

Baccalaureate
Seniors have had an incredible journey over the past few weeks as they prepare themselves for this Sunday’s commencement ceremony. Last Sunday’s Baccalaureate ceremony was a beautiful Mass. Seniors also held their Senior Chapel for all Priory students to attend.

Special Announcement
I have shared with students that we will be adding a few more uniform options for next school year. Please know that while we are adding a few new options and will phase in some changes over time, students are not required to purchase any new items for next school year.  I have reassured the students that the new items will phase in over time. 

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Mālama pono,
Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

May 23 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 23

Aloha, Upper School Families,

We are sliding into the final weeks of a fabulous school year! I know our students are ready for their next step, whether that be college or the next grade level. Bravo to our students and to all of you for supporting them through this school year.

Last week’s celebration of Ascension Day was just beautiful, as we were presented with the decorated coral cross when we stepped on campus and observed the beautiful traditions that take place between the junior and senior classes throughout the morning. 

There are so many events over the next few weeks for which we hope you will join us for as you are able. We have a phenomenal Performing Arts Department, and it was wonderful to see so many of you at last night’s band concert, where Mr. Tokishi was able to honor and bid farewell to our seniors. We are so proud of our girls for pouring their hearts into their performance. 

Please see our upcoming events page and join us to enjoy the sweet sounds of our Choir and Orchestra this week and next. 

Priory Upper School Exhibition Fair
We are looking forward to seeing families at this year’s Exhibition Fair, which is taking place on May 31 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Almost all of our students will be participating in some way. Exhibition Fair is a celebration of learning for our students and our families, where we ask each department to share a bit more about the work that students engage in here at The Priory.

Students sometimes overlap and are part of more than one exhibit. Some students will be sharing completed independent inquiry projects and science fair projects, while other students will be sharing work in progress. This is an evening to simply celebrate our year with our families.

Light pupus will be served and students will be given pizza at 4 p.m. We ask that all students be ready to begin by 5:15 pm. Students have been reminded that they may wear either a school uniform, or they may follow senior mod guidelines which are outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook.

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.

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.

We know that emotions take up most of our time, even as adults. How we manage ourselves and our emotions with regard to others is developed during middle school years and continues throughout high school years. 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.

Spring Break Travel 2020 Japan
We are excited to announce that next year’s Spring Break Japan Trip is still open. Please click here to see information about our spring break trip to Japan in 2020. If you are interested in learning more about this trip or signing up, please email Asai Sensei for more details at masai@standrewsschools.org.

Mālama pono,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

May 9 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 9

Aloha, Upper School Families,

Mahalo nui loa for a memorable Teacher Appreciation luncheon and generous gift donations from our parents and PTF! What a wonderful way to honor our talented and hardworking teachers. This is such a busy time of year for all of us, and I know that our teachers are working very hard to support all of our girls to finish the year in a strong way.

Thank you all for attending our May Day program last week Friday. This year, I could feel the strength and spirit of our Upper School student body leading up to May Day and culminating at the program. Please make sure to read the story and see the beautiful photos from our May Day program. 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.  

Later in the day, students viewed a film and listened to a talk by Robert Perkins from the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Mr. Perkins shared his experience on the Hōkūleʻa’s mālama honua worldwide voyage.  Students then participated in various activities that emphasized learning about aspects of Hawaiian culture. They were exhausted, but fully engaged and seemed really happy.

Ascension Day on Thursday, May 16
This time of the year is packed with events and tradition! 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. For parents of juniors, you have been living the buildup to this special event for months now. 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.

Following the Ascension Day ceremony, our high school students will be dismissed for the day. Our middle school students will have a full day of school and will be taken to Foster Botanical Gardens for a picnic. Middle School parents will be receiving a hard copy letter with further description of this event. Please be advised that Friday, May 17 is our Head of School holiday and there is no school.  

If you missed it in last week’s eNews please click here to see information about our spring break trip to Japan in 2020. If you are interested in learning more about this trip or signing up, please email Asai Sensei for more details at masai@standrewsschools.org.

Have a wonderful remainder of the week and Happy Mother’s Day!

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

May 2 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 2

Aloha, Upper School Families,

Happy May Day!

We are so looking forward to seeing all of our families on campus tomorrow to celebrate May Day! This year, St. Andrew’s School will celebrate May Day around the theme of “He Lei no ʻEmalani” and perpetuate the cultural heritage of our founder, Queen Emma Kaleleonālani with hula and mele. Our Kumu Hula Kailihiwa Vaughan-Darval has spent this year supporting our students to prepare for this day. 

This is a very busy time of year for all of our families. Thank you for all that you have done to help prepare your daughters for tomorrow.  As a reminder, the girls will dress for the program once they get to school. Please carefully review the May Day attire instructions 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. After lunch, Upper School students will participate in learning activities around the theme of conservation in Hawai‘i, beginning with guest speaker Robert Perkins from the Polynesian Voyaging Society. 

 Addams Family
Congratulations to Theatre Director, Lanaly Cabalo, and The Priory cast for a successful spring production of the Addams Family Young@Part last weekend! We enjoyed a school showing of the performance on Monday and students and faculty had a wonderful time watching it. We are so proud of our students for their incredible work in this musical production! Please be sure to read this article ­– which was authored by a Priory in the City student ­– about the performance.

Girls Go CyberStart
Thanks to our school community’s support, we’ve placed first in the Girls Go Cyberstart competition! We received a $1,000 award for receiving the most combined registrations and participation across Hawaii! This helped Girls Go Cyberstart achieve a record number of registrations, and they are now able to empower even more young women work in the field of cybersecurity.

Spring Break Travel 2020 Japan
During spring break 2020, we will lead a group of students to Japan on an educational tour.

We are excited to announce that next year’s Spring Break Japan Trip is still open. Through this unique experience, students will learn more about the world, themselves and themselves in the world. You can learn more about the program’s goals here. Please email Asai Sensei at masai@standrewsschools.org for m ore details or to sign up.

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

April 25 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 25

Aloha, Upper School Families,

May Day is upon us!

In Hawai‘i, we are blessed with so many unique traditions. May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i, which dates back to 1927. May Day 2019 at St. Andrew’s Schools is going to be an outstanding event! Each morning on campus we can hear our students preparing for May Day as they review their class hula and mele during their homeroom period. I can feel the energy and excitement building within our students. This school tradition allows our students to come together and share what they have learned with their families and friends. This year, we will celebrate May Day  around the theme of “He Lei no ʻEmalani” and perpetuate the cultural heritage of our founder, Queen Emma Kaleleonālani with hula and mele. Our Kumu Hula Kailihiwa Vaughan-Darval has spent this year supporting our students to prepare for this day. 

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 instructions 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. After lunch, Upper School students will participate in learning activities around the theme of conservation in Hawai‘i, beginning with guest speaker Robert Perkins from the Polynesian Voyaging Society. 

But before May Day, other exciting events are taking place on campus. 

This Friday, our new National Honor Society members, under the guidance of Nydia Santiago-Cordero, will be inducted at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. We are proud of our inductees as they have demonstrated the qualities of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Their ceremony allows for a recognition of their achievement amongst their community of peers. Our Chamber Strings students will offer the gift of music to this special ceremony.

I hope you will join us this weekend for our annual spring musical, The Addams Family  Young @Part, which brings a fresh and original storyline to the beloved and unconventional family that many of us grew up with. Our Theatre students, under the direction of Lanaly Cabalo, will present the Addams Family, Young@Part beginning on Friday, April 26. We hope to see you there as our spring musical productions are always so much fun for the whole family and our Theatre group has been working hard to make sure this production is no exception. You can purchase tickets here.

Finally, congratulations to our Priory Sailing Team, who captured 3rd place in both A and B divisions for the ILH competitive sailing season. This is our highest finish since 2008! We are proud of your accomplishment and your sportsmanship on and off the water!

Have a wonderful remainder of your week!

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

April 18 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 18

Aloha, Upper School Families,

May Day 2019
We are just about two weeks out from our annual May Day Celebration!

May Day is a very special time on our campus. The whole school comes together to perform and share hula for our families. This year’s May Day theme is “He Lei no ‘Emalani.” After the main event, parents are invited to join their daughters for lunch in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. After lunch, the students' learning will be centered around the topic of conservation. 

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 instructions which contain specific instructions for undergarments and how they should wear their hair on that day. As a reminder, the last day to order lunch for May Day is this Friday.

Theatre Spring Production
Our Theatre Program will present the Addams Family, Young@Part beginning on Friday, April 26. We hope to see you there as our spring musical productions are always so much fun for the whole family and our theatre group has been working hard to make sure this production is no exception. You can purchase tickets here.

Interact Club’s Days for Girls
This year, the Interact Club chose “Days for Girls” as its international awareness mission. The girls chose this platform to help increase awareness of the need for menstrual hygiene and health. There are 1.8 billion girls and women of reproductive age in the world. Of those, at least 500 million lack adequate facilities for managing their periods according to a 2015 report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Interact Club will be hosting a Sew-A-Thon on Saturday, April 20, from 1-6 p.m. in J-203. Their goal is to make 50 kits, and they invite sewers, cutters, and pinners to join them! They are especially in need of a few sewing machines. Our Hawaii representative is bringing her sewing machine and a few members of the St. Andrew’s community have also committed to coming with their sewing machines.  If you don’t know how to sew, it’s no problem, everyone knows how to cut! The club will provide templates, pins, and fabric.

Mahalo,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

April 11 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 11

Aloha, Upper School Families,

We are entering the busiest season of the year where our students are steeped in many of our favorite traditions while balancing their school work and extracurricular lives.

I would like to take a moment to celebrate our student leaders. Yesterday, our students made their speeches to be part of the High School Student Council, and our students in Grades 5-7 delivered speeches to run for Middle School Student Council. Students voted this morning in their homerooms, and the process will continue as class advisors support the girls to elect students to fill class executive officer roles for each grade level in the weeks to come.

Involvement in student leadership is an excellent way for students to develop leadership skills that they will carry forward and enhance throughout their lifetime. A strong community of student leaders contributes to school culture in a very positive way. As we encourage the development of strong leaders who are aligned to our school’s mission and vision we emphasize leadership as a way to help our girls grow to become their best version of themselves and empowered to impact change. Please see this article by the Association of Middle Level Education.

It is important for our students to understand that leadership comes in many forms. Today, while we had several of our Middle School and High School students share passionate speeches about what they would contribute to the school if elected to a leadership position, we also had leaders represent The Priory at the Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair. These students had already participated in our Academic Fair and in their District Fair, where they were selected to move forward to the State Fair.

Kelly Masaki ’20, Angela Yu ’23 and Mattox Oie ‘23 represented The Priory at the fair. Congratulations to each of them for their incredible commitment leading up to this event! Kelly took second place in Biomedical and Health Sciences and earned a certificate from the Tripler Army Medical Center. Angela received first place in Environmental Engineering with a $100 cash award from the Lemelson Foundation and a 2019 Broadcom MASTERS nomination.

Interact Club’s Days for Girls
This year, the Interact Club has chosen “Days for Girls” as its international awareness mission. The girls chose this platform to help increase awareness of the need for menstrual hygiene and health. There are 1.8 billion girls and women of reproductive age in the world. Of those, at least 500 million lack adequate facilities for managing their periods according to a 2015 report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Interact Club will be hosting a Sew-A-Thon on Saturday, April 20, from 1-6 p.m. in J-203. Their goal is to make 50 kits, and they invite sewers, cutters, and pinners to join them! They are especially in need of a few sewing machines. Our Hawaii representative is bringing her sewing machine and a few members of the St. Andrew’s community have also committed to coming with their sewing machines.  If you don’t know how to sew, it’s no problem, everyone knows how to cut! The club will provide templates, pins, and fabric.

The Interact Club looks forward to as much support as you can give. Friends, family, women and men are welcome to come with or without a sewing machine. Join them for the day or come for an hour, and enjoy fellowship while you make a difference.

Mahalo,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

April 4 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 4

Aloha, Upper School Families,

Welcome back from break. It’s hard to believe we are this far along in the school year. I hope your daughters had some well-deserved rest and time with family and were able to rejuvenate so that they are ready for a very busy and exciting last part of the school year.

Congratulations Chamber Strings
Over the break, we received some celebratory news. Our Chamber Strings students, who traveled to Los Angeles with Director Chad Uyehara to compete in WorldStrides OnStage Hollywood Heritage Festival, were big winners! The group received:

  • 1st Place, Gold ranking in the String Orchestra division
  • Adjudicator Award for scoring at least 92/100 points
  • Outstanding Orchestra Award for being the highest-scoring string orchestra
  • Invitation to the Festival of Gold and Festival at Carnegie Hall (only two groups received this invitation)

Queen Emma Ball
This evening, the Queen Emma Ball will take place here on campus. The Queen Emma Ball is our school’s annual signature event that raises funds to support student scholarships and faculty professional development. Our students help in so many ways. Our ambassadors will be greeting and helping to register guests, and our Chamber Choir and Orchestra and Hui Hauʻoli students will be performing. This will be a lovely evening and we appreciate our students’ presence and sharing of their talents at the event.

Mahalo,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

March 14 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - March 14

Aloha, Upper School Families,

We are charging toward spring break and I believe that students are feeling ready for some time off. 

Thank you for supporting your daughters who have taken exams this week. For students in grades 8-12, this is an important part of their Upper School experience that encourages them to review and to reflect on their learning so far in specific content areas.  Thank you to our Kindness Club for creating care packages for all of our students during the exam period.

Our middle school students had a very busy weekend! First, they put on the middle school dance and the next day, several of the same students participated in the Nā Leo Pili Mai Choir Festival at Kawaihaʻo Church.

 

Our students will finish this week strong with an engaging end of the quarter! On Friday ­­– under the leadership of senior Olivia Stoetzer who is currently interning at the Hawaii Sierra Club – students will have the option to participate in the Global Climate Strike at the Hawaii State Capitol from 3-5 p.m. In addition to the rally here in Honolulu, students in more than 500 locations around the world will be mobilizing around climate change action. This event was inspired by Greta Thunberg’s inspirational TED Talk .Olivia has been working to encourage Upper School students to participate. The speakers include lawmakers, musicians, poets, climate scientists and others who support climate action. Students will be sign-waving in order to share their message with lawmakers and the public.

When we return from spring break, our annual Queen Emma Ball (QEB) will take place on Thursday, April 4. QEB is St. Andrew’s Schools’ annual signature fundraising event. Many of our Upper School students are involved in QEB as student ambassadors, performers or volunteers. The presence of our students makes QEB so special. We kindly ask that all parents pick up students (unless they are participating in the event) by 3 p.m. on the day of QEB so we can prepare for the event. You can learn more about the QEB here.

I also wanted to let you know that we've created a new, private Upper Schools parent group on Facebook to share more personal content. Please join by clicking below and submitting a request to join the group. 

 
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I hope families are able to enjoy a wonderful and restful spring break. Best of luck to our Chamber Strings students as they travel to Los Angeles during this time to perform in the Festival of Gold and Hollywood Heritage Festival! 

A hui hou!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

March 7 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - March 7

Aloha, Upper School Families,

We are quickly moving toward Spring Break. Our students have been so busy!

Several of our Model United Nations students traveled to New York City last week to participate in the Global Citizens Model United Nations Conference. Meanwhile, here on O‘ahu several of our Global Girls students and 8th graders participated in the Global Issues Network at Punahou School. Our very own Jemma Stollberg presented her project about saving the native pollinators. It’s exciting to see so many of our students engaged in issues of global significance and growing their voices.

   

  

Here on campus, we were bursting with school spirit thanks to the HSSC, who orchestrated a fun-filled week. Students participated in daily themes, which culminated in Ka Lā Aloha – our traditional celebration of Fat Tuesday prior to the season of Lent. Last Friday, the HSSC held a family movie viewing of the original “Mary Poppins.” It was fun to see how much students appreciated the original version of the film.

Summer School
Summer school is a great way to help your child stay prepared for the following school year. Online registration for St. Andrew’s Summer School Programs is now open. Spaces are limited, so please register as soon as possible to secure a seat for your child. You can find more information or view our summer catalog by visiting our summer webpage.

Half Morning
Grades 6-8
June 17-19
   Full Morning
Grades 6-8
June 17-19 or 26
Half Morning/
Online/Offsite
Grades 9-12
Full Morning
Grades 9-12

Beginning Band
Elemental Minds – Innovators
Using Math in Your Everyday Life
Roving Reporters - In the News!
Lights, Camera, Action - A journey in Visual Storytelling
Youth Theater Performance Academy
Minecraft, E-sports & Game Design
Stop Motion
Kids Who Code – Coding for Game Design
Math Attack Workshop 
Keiki in the Kitchen

Under the Sea - Marine Biology

Mālama ‘Aina - S.T.E.A.M.

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I

Beginning Band

US Government

Intro to Computer Programming

World Cultures

Hawaiian History

Independent Study (Tech Department)

Fitness for Life

British & World Literature

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I

Geometry

 

Announcements and Reminders 

  • Congratulations to Ayda Okano! She has moved on to the National Geography Bee!
  • Next week, our 8th grade and high school students will be taking their March exams.  Please remember that when your daughter’s exams are finished for the day, she should be picked up from school.
  • Please drive slowly in the mornings so that we can ensure the safety of children and faculty. One area that is vulnerable is the fire lane that comes out from behind the gym. Please also be mindful and look behind when reversing out of stalls. There have been multiple times I have witnessed close calls regarding cars reversing out of stalls. Thank you!

A hui hou!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

February 28 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - February 28

Aloha, Upper School Families,

We’ve had another busy week on campus with students engaged in myriad of learning opportunities.

Entrepreneurship Comes to Life

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Nalukai Academy. Executive Director and longtime educator David Clarke joined to help deliver the content. He facilitated many of our 9th and 10th grade students through a process of social entrepreneurialism. This was an incredible exercise for our students who are working on Design Thinking this year! 

Our Nalukai facilitators debunked the notion that entrepreneurship is only reserved for those of us who are natural business people, engineers and coders. They explained to our students that entrepreneurs are communicators, project managers and poets and people who want to solve a problem. They told the students that “today you are founders ­– your product can be a cultural product or a social movement.”

One of the activities that was impactful for our students was called “Heart and Head and Hustle.” Students went through a process that helped them to discover what they were most passionate about and what they were naturally skilled at. After delving into their understanding of themselves, they explored the overlap. This is the sweet spot where they can put their heart’s work into action to make an idea come to life.

During their workshop, each group took an idea and turned it into a pitch. By the end of the five hours, students were able to present a 3-minute pitch to the group about their idea and receive feedback from both the Nalukai facilitators and Dr. Mai Nguyen, mentor for the Berkeley Methods of Entrepreneurship (BMOE), who joined us via video conference from the Netherlands. 

I was so proud of our thoughtful and compassionate kids and how much they have to offer the world. Our charge is to continue to grow their passion and build their capacity to see their ideas into fruition. 

Our School’s History
We are always interested in learning more about our heritage as a school and we are proud of our Hawaiian and Episcopal roots. Our Hawaiian Language, History and Ethnography Teacher Kumu Aggy Kusunoki recently came across this article written in 1911 by Principal Abby Stuart March. One hundred years after the article was written, her description of the purpose and intent of a Priory education still resonates today!

I thought you all would appreciate this story. The article talks about The Priory on pages 9-12. It is beautiful how the unique founding of The Priory can be part of our current story and weaves into our evolving history.

Congratulations, Students!
Congratulations to our Japan Wiz competitors ­– Gabriella Gima, Fay Codeiro and Stephanie Albaña ­– who competed in the 2019 Japan Wizards Competition. The girls faced more than 30 other schools in trivia about Japanese language and culture. Although they did not place this year, it was a great learning experience. They learned a lot about culture and also about teamwork and working hard toward a shared goal. The girls took part in many different activities and games throughout the day –including Fukuwarai and Karuta – and wearing yukata.

Have a wonderful remainder of your week and a restful weekend.

A hui hou!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

February 21 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - February 21

Aloha Upper School Families,

Thank you all for attending our Parent Teacher Conferences last Friday. I hope you were able to connect with your daughter’s teachers and learn more about her strengths and areas for growth!  Our teachers enjoyed spending the day with families and the discussions that ensued about how to partner and care for our students. 

As a school, our most visible focus is on supporting students’ academic growth and success.  We are also committed to students’ social and emotional growth. We all experience emotional fluctuation, especially during our teenage years. Social and emotional learning at The Priory aims to support this as a healthy part of growing up. We know that when our students have the tools and skills to understand and manage their emotions and social interactions, they thrive and develop lifelong skills.  

Our teachers and our School Counselor Caitlin Watson have implemented Yale’s RULER program to increase social and emotional learning on campus. Ms. Watson also partnered with our School Nurse Deborah Sherman to work with our Middle School students on their social and emotional skills through a program called Choose Love. 

February is Social and Emotional Awareness Month. The attached link allows both parents and educators to download toolkits which include resources to celebrate social and emotional awareness. Please also enjoy this New York Times Op-Ed piece on Helping Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms.

Congratulations Inspired in Hawaii Essay Contest Winners!
On Wednesday, three of our students placed in The Clarence T. C. Ching Inspired in Hawaii Essay Contest.  This contest encourages Hawaii’s students to “dream big and make Hawaii a better place.” Senior Kennedy Hanohano earned second place with her essay titled “Comfort in the Commute.” Junior Melissa Kang earned second place for her essay about the housing crisis in Hawaii. Junior Jenna Shigezawa earned second place for her essay titled “Waves of Awareness” about the bleaching of our coral reefs. Congratulations to these girls who took the time to reflect on how to improve our island home.

You will be receiving a letter soon regarding March exams, which will take place on March 11 and 12. Please be advised that students will be released from school after they finish their exams and should be picked up at that time.  My letter to parents explains the purpose of March exams and outlines the details for those days as well as guidelines for students.

Please help your daughters uphold our Responsible Technology Use Policy (RTUP) during the school day. This policy is fully outlined in The Parent and Student Handbook, pages 74-79. Please see this list for a few specifics within our RTUP that we would like to remind your daughter about. Thank you for your support.

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

February 14 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - February 14

Aloha and Happy Valentine’s Day, Upper School Families!

At The Priory, we are intentionally focused on a single-gender education and the empowerment of girls. This was important for our founder Queen Emma and it is just as important today, and we embrace this charge!

Today, we have sound research to suggest the power of an all-girls education. At school, this is not something that we discuss regularly but I feel that it is helpful to revisit this from time to time. According the National Coalition of Girls Schools, in an all-girls learning environment:

  • Girls take center stage, and a girl occupies every role.
  • There is a culture of high academic achievement and high aspirations.
  • Girls are empowered to become bold leaders
  • Girls are encouraged to go into STEM fields.
  • Girls’ unique learning styles are supported.
  • Girls are able to find their voice.
  • Girls experience increased civic engagement.
  • According to research, women who attended a girls’ school are more than twice as likely to earn a doctorate.

If you’re interested in learning more about the value of an all-girls learning environment, please visit the National Coalition of Girls Schools website.

2019-20 Course Registration and RTUP
Students are in the midst of registering for school year 2019-20. Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to review our Upper School Curriculum Guide and sit with your daughters to think through their course selection for the next school year. Your daughters will be meeting with either Mrs. Hirasuna or Mrs. Sakurai over the next few weeks to make sure that their choices help them in their progress toward graduation and building a strong high school transcript.

Please help your daughters uphold our Responsible Technology Use Policy (RTUP) during the school day. This policy is fully outlined in the Parent and Student Handbook.

Globally Minded Students
One of our unique offerings is a Global Leadership Distinction (GLD), which recognizes students who have completed and excelled in rigorous, academic coursework and service-learning opportunities that are aligned to the Global Leadership Learning Outcomes. When students choose this route, their high school transcripts will reflect the distinction and they will be recognized at commencement with a blue cord which signifies peace.

We work to cultivate global understanding and global competencies in each of our students throughout her time at The Priory. Christine Powell, a special education teacher from California, authored an article about what the research says about why students need global competencies. She shares what she learned about how Singapore is preparing students for the 21st century and why educators there and here in the U.S. should focus on teaching global competency skills.

Parent Teacher Conferences
We look forward to seeing all of our families on campus for Parent Teacher Conferences tomorrow. Please remember to check in at the Coral Cross, where you will receive your daughter’s schedule. Parent teacher conferences are meant to be brief but intentional conversations with your daughter’s teachers. This allows us to respect the time of all of our parents who are hoping to see all of their daughter's teachers. Our faculty are always available to discuss student progress on the phone, and to set up a time to meet if a longer meeting time is needed. If you should need access to the elevator, please let Ms. Akana know when you check in at Coral Cross.

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

February 7 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - February 7

Aloha, Upper School Families,

We’re so excited to welcome families to enjoy the screening of RBG this evening! Our Priory in the City girls with the support of Mrs. Herring, are hosting this event. The Priory strives to develop courageous leaders, and to cultivate the characteristics of our founder, including passion, grit, courage and confidence. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a perfect modern example of a hero living these characteristics.  

Mahalo to all of our families who attended High School Parent Night on Tuesday! It was a pleasure to spend time with parents and to share information about our High School program and registration process. We have heard from parents that they appreciate the review of the programmatic offerings in the high school and the support for the registration process.

On March 8 at 6 p.m., we will also be hosting a High School Preview for our current Middle School families who are interested in learning more about our curriculum guide and High School program. Please note that this is the same night as the Middle School social. Our hope is that you can join us at 6 p.m., and then enjoy an evening out before picking up your daughter from the dance at 9 p.m.

I am thankful for the spirit that our students bring to campus. Last night, our Chinese Club hosted a Chinese New Year celebration here on campus, which included lion dances, traditional Chinese martial arts, dumpling making and other festive activities. Today, I had the pleasure of attending the Junior and Senior Luncheon, which is an annual tradition. Our juniors put on a beautiful luncheon to honor and celebrate the seniors. It was an event of fellowship and bonding between the two classes.  Both events remind me that The Priory girls are tireless when it comes to celebration. They are busy, but they take the time to make worthwhile and intentional events.

Reminders for Parents

  • Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) are less than a week away, and we look forward to seeing all of our families on campus. Please remember to check in at the Coral Cross, where you will receive your daughter’s schedule. PTC are meant to be brief but intentional conversations with your daughter’s teachers. Our faculty are always available to discuss student progress on the phone, and to set up a time to meet if a longer meeting time is needed.
  • It’s that time of year when our girls need a uniform refresher! Please help your daughters abide by school policy. Our students represent the image of St. Andrew’s Schools in the community, therefore, they should wear the uniform properly and with dignity. This includes all times the student is on campus or off campus, as well as before, during and after school. It is expected that each student’s appearance will reflect the school’s highest standards and school pride. Some simple reminders for your daughters:
    • Outerwear, including sweaters and sweatshirts, should be official uniform attire. 
    • When she comes onto campus in the morning, she should be fully dressed in uniform, not wearing non-compliant sweatshirts, no socks, etc.
    • Shoes should be all black, including the soles.
    • Socks should be all white and should be visible.
    • When she is in Priory uniform, she should be in full uniform.
    • On Priory Pride days, she may wear non-Priory outerwear (sweater, sweatshirt or jacket), as long as her Priory Pride t-shirt is fully visible.

A full list of uniform requirements can be found on pages 58-64 in the 2018-19 Parent-Student Handbook.

Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing you at PTC!

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

January 31 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - January 31

Aloha, Upper School Families,

As parents, we are constantly navigating our children’s world of technology. One area that stands out to me is how to navigate social challenges that take place within this technological world. Devorah Heitner reminds us not to get too caught up in the technology because the issues between people are really the same as they were, and we – as parents and adults – possess the wisdom to help our daughters with these issues. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend Dr. Heitner’s Screenwise parent event at Saint Louis School yesterday evening. Three things Dr. Heitner said especially resonated with me: “They are tech savvy, but you have wisdom,” “Mentoring over monitoring,” and “Compassion is the app.” We encourage our parents to engage and not to shy away from their daughter’s digital citizenship journey. For your reference, please enjoy Dr. Heitner’s TedX Talk, “The Challenges of Raising a Digital Native,” as well as this blog post.

I am looking forward to seeing parents at next week’s High School Parent Night. This evening is an opportunity for parents to learn more about The Priory’s High School program. We have learned that many of our parents, especially those who have daughters who attended The Priory Lower School and Middle Schools, are interested in learning what our High School has to offer. During Parent Night, Mrs. Halliday and I will share High School programmatic highlights. Mrs. Herring will share about our Priory in the City program for students in grades 10-12. Mrs. Hirasuna and Mrs. Sakurai will guide parents through our course registration process. We hope that by joining us on this evening, you will be able to spend some time thinking about how to help your daughter best experience her high school years at The Priory.

There are several upcoming travel opportunities for high school students.  These are amazing opportunities for your daughters to engage in the world on local and global levels. Read more about the trips here.

Yearbook Reminder
Middle and High School students will have a chance to personalize their yearbooks! Students can do this by adding their name and up to four icons of their choice. All personalization must be ordered through Jostens.com. Once you find our school in the search menu (St Andrew’s Priory), you will be taken to the ordering site. Click on “2019 Yearbook,” then choose “personalization and icons.” One line of personalization is $5, and all icons are $2 each. You must purchase one line of personalization in order to add on icons. Orders close on Friday, February 15! These instructions can also be found in the Daily Bulletin.

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

January 24 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - January 24

Aloha, Upper School Families,

This week, we celebrated the birth of our beloved founder, Queen Emma Kalanikaumakaʻamano Kaleleonālani Naʻea Rooke. Queen Emma was a global thinker and leader during her time, and she was dedicated to serving the health, educational and spiritual needs of her people ­­– especially girls and young women.  This is the legacy that we strive to perpetuate every day at The Priory.

We began our celebration with a chapel service in The Cathedral of St. Andrew and continued the service in the James and Abigail Campbell Park, where students presented Queen Emma’s bust with lei hoʻokupu. As has been tradition, our juniors, seniors, and members of Hui Hauʻoli continued the celebration at Mauna ʻAla, the Royal Mausoleum. There, St. Andrew’s Schools trustee Mr. Ivan Lui-Kwan shared an address with our students and special guests including members of the Royal Societies and Priory alumnae. Mr. Lui-Kwan focused his talk on Queen Emma’s legacy. It was a beautiful day for our girls and an opportunity for them to immerse themselves in the history of our founder.

 

Queen Emma’s legacy continues to remind us that we are a school that helps build strong young women who are positioned and inspired to contribute to the world. With that in mind, we hope you will join us at our upcoming screening of RBG on Thursday, February 7. This event is being organized and facilitated by our Priory in the City students. Here are some of the great prizes they will be giving away at the event:

 

Registration for SY 2019-20 is Upon Us
Over the next several weeks, you will be receiving information regarding course registration for next school year.  For parents of students who are going into grades 6-8, this will simply mean that students will choose band, orchestra or choir as their preferred performing arts course. Performing arts teachers will be sharing a bit more about their respective programs with students in the weeks to come so that they may make an informed decision.

For High School students, this process is a bit more involved and includes the students working with designated faculty to register for their first and second choices. Mrs. Hirasuna will facilitate this process with our rising freshmen and sophomores, and Mrs. Sakurai will support our rising juniors and seniors. Students will receive support as a whole group over the next couple of weeks during their activity periods. They will review their current transcripts, and then will have time to work individually with their designated faculty to craft their schedule. 

Information regarding registration, including the 2019-20 Curriculum Guide, can be found on this page. 

We encourage parents of High School students to join us on Tuesday, February 5, for our High School Parent Night. At this meeting, we will go over some of our programmatic offerings in High School, including Priory in the City and the Global Leadership distinction. I will share the registration process your daughters will experience and share tips to help your daughters through this process. You’ll also learn about some upcoming travel opportunities open to students.

With the recent redesign of our eNews format, I want to remind parents to be sure to check the Upper School calendar on the main eNews page for all of our upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you soon!

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

January 17 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - January 17 

Aloha Upper School Families,

Today we were so proud of our students who showcased their work at our 35th annual Academic Fair. The independent work they shared is part of an authentic opportunity for our girls to follow their curiosity and to investigate in order to solve real problems.

As educators we know how important it is for a student to learn by doing, to have their work be relevant and to have an authentic audience, and the Academic Fair provides them with this opportunity. Our Middle School students engage in junior research at the Science Fair during both their 6th and 8th grade years. In High School, independent research at the Science Fair or independent inquiry is a graduation requirement so all of our girls go through this process at least once.

The process that our girls undertake as part of independent research helps them to develop so many skills. Today, we celebrated them for completing complex projects and for being able to articulate their work to an authentic audience. Their experience is challenging and time consuming, and pushes students to manage their time and learn how to overcome obstacles while persevering.

The students who were not part of this year’s Academic Fair participated in a mini international film festival. During this time, students are able to choose to view an international or global-focused film, hosted by their teachers. Students reviewed and familiarized themselves with The Priory’s Global Leadership Learning Outcomes and were asked to reflect on their learning. 

As we continue to work to grow our students into global citizens, we know that travel is a powerful and important component of this process. Experiencing the world unlocks a curiosity for students that stays with them throughout their lives. Information will be coming about travel opportunities for next spring and summer. There are substantial travel grants available for these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. 

This summer, we will be offering the opportunity to travel to Hawai‘i Island for a weeklong social entrepreneurship trip. We will also be putting out a call out for students who would like to participate in a Student Global Leadership Initiative with Punahou School to India. Next spring, we will offer a trip to Japan. 

We look forward to seeing parents at our upcoming Parent Night on February 5. During that time, we will share next year’s curriculum guide, highlight some of our programmatic offerings, discuss the registration process, and share information about upcoming travel opportunities. We'll see you there!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

January 10 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - January 10 

Aloha Upper School Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break and were able to spend important time with loved ones.  Our girls look rested, and for many, coming back to school after a two-week long break can be an adjustment as they have been living on a less structured schedule.  We are looking forward to a busy second semester!

As we embark on the third quarter of the school year, it is important to point out that this can be a challenging quarter for students to remain motivated. It is in this context that we must remain steadfast as this is opportune time for our students to experience and cultivate grit. 

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines grit as “firmness of character; indomitable spirit.” Based on her studies, Angela Lee Duckworth, tweaked the definition to “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” Our founder, Queen Emma, had grit. She faced many difficult circumstances and was able to persevere and we in Hawai‘i benefit from this perseverance. We hope to inculcate this trait in our students.

In the educational world, grit has become something that has been discussed quite a bit as it has been seen as a bigger indicator of success in life than grades or IQ! We cultivate grit at school in a number of ways. We provide a challenging curriculum and co-curricular activities and support students to manage through challenges.

The Priory is a very nurturing school, and it is also a very good place for your daughters to get gritty.  Our faculty is supportive, has high standards and a growth mindset, and our teachers truly believe in your daughters and work hard to help them meet their potential.  While we don’t want students to be overwhelmed, we do want them to be challenged, and to “rise to the occasion.”  Learning how to meet deadlines, persevering through challenging tasks, not experiencing success immediately learning . 

With our ultimate goal to support your daughter’s journey to engage in the world and realize their most expansive selves, we look forward to partnering with families throughout the school year to cultivate strong social and emotional foundations, including grit in our students.

If you are interested in exploring this topic more, I recommend Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk and an article Johanna Leggatt authored for The Guardian.

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

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

December 20 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - December 20

Aloha Upper School Families,

We are winding down a wildly festive Christmas season at The Priory Upper School and are about to say goodbye for break. The halls, doors and teachers have all been decked; final assignments have been submitted and our students have finished the semester strong.

My wish for our students is that they have true rest as they have all worked very hard throughout this semester to balance school and their many activities. 

You will notice that in most cases, students will not receive homework over winter break.  When students are able to truly rest, they are able to regenerate their creative thinking, and will be better prepared for a strong second semester of school. I hope your daughters will fully experience family time and even embrace the joy of boredom during the next couple of weeks.

I wish each of your families a holiday season filled with peace and joy. Mele Kalikimaka a Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

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

December 13 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - December 13

Aloha Upper School Families,

Thank you to all of our families who were able to attend this last Friday’s Choir concert, please take a moment to enjoy the photos. The girls sounded beautiful and the concert was a wonderful way to inspire the Christmas spirit in all of us. We will all have the chance to hear them at next Tuesday’s Christmas Eucharist Chapel.

This Tuesday, we enjoyed presentations from our Priory in the City seniors. I love seeing each student take the time to develop an understanding of themselves and identify their passions. The Priory in the City Program begins during the sophomore year and all of our students work with their career coach, Mrs. Marcie Uehara Herring, to uncover their gifts, natural skills and passions. Through their experiences, we’re reminded that finding the work that we love is a lifelong process that aligns with who we are. The presentations are their culminating project, which you can read more about in this article.

I wanted to acknowledge Math and Science Teacher Ms. Mai Luong. Her Biology class did an experiment with Iolani's Citizen Science Program and used cutting edge technology to sequence the entire genome of a new bacterial strain isolated from a lava cave on the Big Island. Our students will use bioinformatics to learn about this uncharacterized bacterial strain. Thank you, Ms. Luong, for creating this amazing opportunity for our students.

As we approach the holidays, we hope our families will help support their daughters to finish their quarter strong. There is a lot going on and a lot to celebrate. This is a great time for conversations with your daughters about time management and prioritization of projects and tasks. The grit that we learn from finishing strong will stay with them throughout their lives.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

Upcoming events
12/10-12/14: Deck the Halls, grades 6-12
12/14:  Christmas Pride Day
12/13: Cocoa for Everyone for National Cocoa Day
12/14: Choir Concert at Washington Place
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

Upper School Update - December 6

Aloha Upper School Families,

We are quickly sliding toward Christmas and our campus is alive with holiday cheer!

Thank you to all of our families who joined us last night for our Christmas Bands and Orchestras Concert! You can watch the video here.

We hope you will also join us tomorrow for our Choirs Christmas Concert. We’d also like to thank our choir and orchestra students and instructors for their recent performance at our “Home for the Holidays” annual fundraiser; both groups sounded just wonderful.

Global Issues Network- Kickoff Event
Amelie Katz, Kanita Sabotic and Saphira Rosen represented The Priory's Global Girls Global Action class at the Global Issues Network Kickoff event at Punahou School last week. They mingled with other students and discussed what action projects are near and dear to their hearts. After attending breakout sessions on ocean health and sustainability, they participated in team-building activities that further brought the students together. Understanding the significance of collaboration and networking, the students in Global Girls actively seek opportunities for collaborative action and civic engagement that further allow them to examine multiple perspectives on world issues.

 

Pacific Asian Affairs Council Summit
On December 1, energetic students from our brand new Priory PAAC (Pacific & Asian Affairs Council) club joined global-minded peers from 30 schools across O‘ahu and neighbor islands at the 2018 PAAC summit on the UH Mānoa campus. The theme of this year’s summit was the Pacific island nations. In the afternoon, students participated in a friendly academic competition around the following themes: current events, North Korea, global refugee and migration crisis, WTO, Japan/U.S. relations and space policy.

Students learned about the Compacts of Free Association (COFA) states. Through their new understanding of the international agreements between the U.S. and the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau, and how these agreements affect peace, the girls were able to understand COFA, why it matters for Hawai'i, and gain perspective on the world beyond their immediate environment.

Meanwhile, the PAAC club has formed focus groups interested in specific UN sustainable goals and are working on service projects on “Zero Hunger,” “Life on Land and Below Water,” and “No Poverty.”

 

We are very proud of the many ways your daughters take the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to make the world a better place. Thank you for partnering with us to support all their endeavors.

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

Reminders and Announcements 

PAAC Summer Study Tour to Bali, Indonesia (June 6-21, 2019)
St. Andrew’s Schools is proud to sponsor up to five students to participate in a summer study tour to Bali, Indonesia!

Students will immerse themselves in the local culture and landscape while also learning about the different social, environmental, and economic issues being tackled by grassroots organizations. Students will be encouraged to reflect on what sustainability looks like in Bali and apply what they learn to make a difference not only abroad, but also at home. The goals of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) travel program are to further students’ international interests through a meaningful experience abroad and to build bridges between our group and the local people we meet, strengthening the relationship between countries on a personal level.

Read more about available grants and requirements here. Materials are due December 17, 2018.

Middle School East Coast Trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

Upcoming events
12/7: Choirs Christmas Concert, 6 p.m.
12/9: Honolulu Marathon, Priory Band performance
12/10-12/14: Deck the Halls, grades 6-12
12/14:  Christmas Pride Day
12/13: Cocoa for Everyone for National Cocoa Day
12/14: Choir Concert at Washington Place
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

Upper School Update - November 29

Aloha Upper School Families,

I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving with your families. We are truly thankful for our families and our wonderful students and our teachers. We are also thankful for our Hawaiian heritage and Episcopal traditions, which anchors us to the work we do to achieve our mission and vision for each of our students.  

This week, the juniors held a class picnic to encourage bonding. Students organized time to meet as a class and mix things up so that they could get to know each other better. I admire their team spirit and camaraderie.

Thanksgiving break marked the beginning of the busy holiday season and campus is perhaps one of the most festive places to be this time of year! Our students are full of Christmas spirit during this time. Students will be decking halls and doors; our band, orchestra, and choir students will be giving Christmas concerts and our HSSC students are planning a fun-filled Christmas assembly.

Your daughters will be working to balance end-of-quarter assignments and assessments. This is the time of year when they need support to get good rest and keep themselves healthy so that they can enjoy the festivities while finishing first semester strong.

Teacher Spotlight ­­– Misha Matsumoto

We encourage our teachers to innovate and to explore ways to engage students and personalize curriculum and we love to see our teachers share their work with other teachers through conference presentations.

I would like to give a “shout out” to Ms. Misha Matsumoto, our fabulous US history teacher, who recently presented at the "Democracy and the Informed Citizen: Visual Literacy from Political Cartoons to Graphic Novels" conference at Chaminade University. Ms. Matsumoto’s presentation was titled, “Comic Book Literacy: Integrating Comic Books into the American History Curriculum.”

Ms. Matsumoto worked with social science teachers from Hawai‘i and encouraged them to explore how comic books can be used as primary sources to engage students in classroom curriculum. She shared about activities that helped teachers learn how to integrate comics into their curriculum. Ms. Matsumoto is an inspiring and engaging social science teacher to both our middle and high school students.

We’re grateful to all our faculty for the knowledge and expertise that they share not only with their students but also with their professional colleagues throughout the community.

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

Reminders and Announcements 
Middle School East Coast Trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

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. 

Student Pick Up
When you pick up your daughter at the end of the day, please do not park in front of the main gate. Doing so can make this busy time of day inefficient for other parents. 

If you come early, please wait in the spaces adjacent to the park until your daughter is ready to be picked up.

Upcoming events
11/29: Home for the Holidays shopping event, 5-8 p.m.
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.
12/9: Honolulu Marathon, Priory Band performance
12/10-12/14: Deck the Halls, grades 6-12
12/14:  Christmas Pride Day
12/13: Cocoa for Everyone for National Cocoa Day
12/14: Choir Concert at Washington Place
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

Upper School Update - November 15

Aloha Upper School Families,

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our fall theatre production of “Zombie Thoughts.” We truly appreciate your support for our passionate theatre students. We’ve been implementing Yale's RULER program across campus and this performance was aligned with our work. Upon signing in, we registered ourselves on the Mood Meter and witnessed the play’s  character, Sam, grappling with managing anxiety throughout the play.

After Saturday’s production, Ms. Caitlin Watson and Lower School mom, Dr. Simone Landgraf, hosted a panel and answered questions collected from the audience. They shared helpful tips on managing emotions and students shared about how they manage their own anxieties.  

Thespian Society Induction 
After nearly 30 years of dormancy, The Priory revived its International Thespian Society Troupe No. 1993 and inducted seven new members. Through their work in theatre, the candidates have earned the right to become members of this prestigious arts society. 

The society’s guiding principle is a dedication to excellence in educational theatre. The International Thespian Society honors those students who do theatre well.

In order to be inducted into the society, students must earn points by showing involvement in school theatrical productions, volunteering for and or supporting local theatre, which includes seeing theatre as practiced by their peers. Congratulations to Katherine Course who was voted the troupe’s president and fellow officers Gaby Gima (vice president), Jemma Stollberg (secretary) and Fay Cordeiro (treasurer). These girls were honored by the society and their parents who were on hand for the pinning ceremony. 

Junior Ring Ceremony
On Tuesday, our juniors participated in the Junior Ring Ceremony during Chapel. This is a unique rite of passage for them. The ring symbolizes a connection to The Priory and connects the wearer to a family rooted in history. Read more about this unique tradition and the ceremony here.

We took photos of each girl receiving her ring. Be sure to check those out here

 

Music and Culture Exchange
This week, our Priory in the City sophomore class planned a music and culture exchange.  In their sophomore year, the focus is helping students develop their passions. Sarah Yildirim's gift was bringing people together and she wanted to plan a bonding event for the entire sophomore class.  Kara Ho shared her passion for hula and danced to “Hanohano No Ke Kukui.” Maddie Wu and Maya Westerbarkey played music and sang for their classmates. Amelie invited her mom and shared her Korean culture by showing her mother’s traditional Korean wedding dress, chap chae and a family recipe for kimchi. Students enjoyed treats from Germany provided by Maya’s mom at a lovely table adorned by Nicole Query.

 

Aloha,
Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

Reminders and Announcements 
Middle School East Coast Trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

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: Pacific Model United Nations (PACMUN) Conference, Hawai‘i Convention Center
11/21-23: Thanksgiving Break 
11/29: Home for the Holidays shopping event, 5-8 p.m.

November 8 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - November 8

Aloha Upper School Families,

We are proud of our talented upper school faculty members for the gifts they each bring to our school. This week, Upper School Arts Chair and strings instructor, Chad Uyehara, received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Hawaii Music Teachers Association (HMTA). The Teacher of the Year Award recognizes an individual teacher who has made a difference in students' lives, has contributed to the advancement of music in their community and is an example of a professional music educator. This describes Chad perfectly! Every day he challenges, excites and encourages his strings students. His passion for music is contagious and his passion for teaching is an inspiration to us all. We are so excited that his talents are being recognized. Chad will now be moving on to compete for the national award from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).  

Fall Production
Please join us this weekend (November 9- 11) for our Fall Production of "Zombie Thoughts".  Lanaly Cabalo and her theater troupe have been working hard to prepare for this weekend’s production, and I know it will be fantastic!  Written by Jennifer Kokai and Oliver Kokai-Means, this is a video game-inspired play that allows the audience to determine the outcome and also addresses childhood anxiety, mindfulness and emotional intelligence training.

In "Zombie Thoughts"Sam and Pig are avatars in a video game. Sam, played by Katie Course, is intelligent, anxious, and armed with a book. Pig, played by Lilinoe Field-Perkins, is goofy, distracted, and armed with a rubber chicken. Can Pig and the players in the audience help Sam overcome anxiety and defeat the monsters and trials the Machine throws in the way? 

We will have a special presentation of "Zombie Thoughtson Saturday, November 10 that will showcase a post-show talkback with our school counselor, Caitlin Watson, and an independent psychologist, Dr. Simone Landgraf.  Students and parents can ask questions regarding incorporating mindfulness strategies at home, or even ask the cast how they prepared for such emotionally demanding roles.  

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

Reminders and Announcements 

Middle School East Coast Trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

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 
11/12: Veterans Day Holiday 
11/13: Junior Ring Ceremony
11/13: "Zombie Thoughts" for The Priory students (school show)
11/14: Preview Day for Rising 6th and 9th Graders
11/14: Waikiki Distinguished Lecture Series: “The Eruption of Kilauea Volcano” with Dr. Scott Rowland, 6-7 p.m., Tenney Theater
11/16: Pacific Model United Nations (PACMUN) Conference, Hawai‘i Convention Center
11/21-23: Thanksgiving Break 
11/29: Home for the Holidays shopping event, 5-8 p.m.

November 1 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - November 1

Aloha Upper School Families,

I hope your family had a happy and safe Halloween. Here on campus, Halloween marked the end of Spirit Week, for which the High School Student Council members did a fantastic job planning and executing. Students demonstrated an incredible amount of school spirit and effort dressing up for each of the themes for Spirit Week, and still had the energy to dress up for Halloween.

Día de los Muertos

On Tuesday, the Upper School celebrated Día de los Muertos during Chapel. Although the celebration takes place on November 1-2, our October 30 service provided an opportunity for Chaplain Annalise Pasalo and Señora Nydia Santiago-Cordero to teach this tradition. Students were taught how to respectfully and appropriately honor this celebration. The High School Student Council educated our students about the history and significance of this day.

    

Many students painted their faces in traditional Día de Los Muertos fashion and wore cultural dress.  Chaplain Annalise set an ofrenda – a special altar of remembrance – for loved ones who have passed,  and  created a special program.

Hope Lodge Club

On October 31, Hope Lodge Club ‘treat not tricked’ cancer patients with candy and hugs for Halloween.  Hope Lodge is run by Queen’s Hospital and seeks to bring joy and fellowship to patients throughout the year.  A big mahalo to Kawena Adams, student council president and other members for their involvement. I am proud of the compassion and love that our students share with their community.

2018 Pro Bono Celebration

Last Thursday junior Maya Reid attended the 2018 Pro Bono Celebration an essay and video contest awards ceremony, which took place at the Hawai‘i Supreme Court. The contest was sponsored by the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission. Maya was one of six student winners in the state of Hawai‘i to receive a $500 award for her work. Contest participants in grades 10-12 submitted either written essays or videos.  Her essay titled, “Unity Through Environmental Sustainability,”  addressed the question, “What community service are you interested in, and how would you inspire others in the community to engage in community service?”

Reid had the unique opportunity to sit with Hawai‘i Supreme Court Justices in their chambers.  “She believes that the one thing we all have in common is to take care of our home and that we all have an obligation to do that,” her teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Hudson, remarked.

Congratulations to Maya for her outstanding achievement!  

Reminders and Announcements 
Middle School East Coast Trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

If you’d like more information, you may attend a parent information meeting on Friday, October 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., or contact Deborah Devine-Sherman

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
11/3: Open House, The Priory Upper School
11/9-11: "Zombie Thoughts" Fall Theatre Production (11/9-11/11 public shows)
11/12: Veterans Day Holiday 
11/13: Junior Ring Ceremony
11/13: "Zombie Thoughts" for The Priory students (school show)
11/14: Preview Day for Rising 6th and 9th Graders
11/14: Waikiki Distinguished Lecture Series 
11/16: Pacific Model United Nations (PACMUN) Conference, Hawai‘i Convention Center
11/21-23: Thanksgiving Break 

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

October 25 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - October 25

Aloha Upper School Families,

Our founder, Queen Emma, was a global citizen. She was multicultural ­– a quarter English and a devout Anglican who brought the Church (later Episcopal) to Hawai‘i. Queen Emma was also one of the first people to bring back performances of hula after decades of it being banned. It is notable that during her era, Hawai‘i had treaties with many other nations, so Hawai‘i, as a nation, was a global entity. 

When we work with our students, we hope to grow them into global citizens who wish to help the world around them in the way that Queen Emma did. We hope they embody her values and carry forth the values of the Episcopal faith. We know this begins, in part, with exposing our students to cultures. Doing so cultivates an understanding of the many people in our world and helps us to build our compassion toward others. When we build our students’ empathy skills, we build more pathways towards peace.

Last week Friday we hosted World Cultures and Language Day, which helped our students develop their awareness of many other cultures. There were 27 different breakout sessions for students to choose from. Some of the presenters were our own students.  Senior Hypatia Pine, for instance, presented about Burma, her mother’s home country.  Stephanie Albãna shared about her Filipino Culture, and our own Dr. Mai Luong, shared her journey as a Vietnam war refugee to the United States. We had presentations from our IHC students from Georgia, Taiwan, and Germany. During that morning, I witnessed students’ enthusiasm and engagement as they experienced various presentations. Some were actually running to the next in order to get in before the room filled! This event was orchestrated by our World Language Department Chair, Madame Murielle Sipola, and our Social Science and World Language teachers. 

Month of the Young Adolescent (MOYA)
Our Middle School Student Council activities just concluded at The Priory with great success. Each Wednesday in October, the Middle School Student Council planned fun and interactive games for their peers to enjoy and celebrate their youth while building unity within the Middle School. Students participated in a scavenger hunt, enjoyed carnival games and displayed their knowledge of popular music in a game of “Name That Tune.” Organizers spent many hours preparing for these activities and were committed to delivering excellent experiences for everyone involved.

  

P4Y Presentation at Waianae Comprehensive Health Center
On Monday, our students had the honor of meeting with the Native Hawaiian Kūpuna Council at the Waianae Comprehensive Health Center, a healing center which promotes traditional native healing and cultural education.  Four upper school students ­­– Shaye Nishimura, Stephanie Albãna, Maya Reid and Christy Kwok ­­– traveled this past summer to Aotearoa as part of P4Y.  Their trip was part of the East-West Center Hawaii Partnership for Youth (P4Y), a global exchange program that brings together American youth from Hawai‘i and other US cities with their peers from the Asia Pacific region to focus on youth leadership and community revitalization through the lens of environmental stewardship, social and economic justice, and peacebuilding. Their experience was made possible by St. Andrew’s Schools Board Member Ivan Lui-Kwan and leaders of Hawaiʻiki Atua.

Lower School Principal Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh coordinated this incredible opportunity for us to visit the Waianae Comprehensive Health Center. Our Kumu Hula, Hiwa Vaughan, accompanied us and guided us with protocol. We were both humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to meet these kūpuna, who dedicate themselves to the work of healing in their community and in Hawaiʻi. Our girls were well prepared, and they shared their experiences, learning and the sustainability projects they are implementing on campus with the council. Please see PPT here.

Future Healthcare Professionals of America
Two very motivated seniors ­– Nina Pandya and Skylin Tokashiki – have begun a new club this year. The Future Healthcare Professional of America club is co-advised by Priory in the City career coach Marcie Herring and School Nurse Deborah Sherman.

On Wednesday, Diane Sellner from Kids 4 CPR, visited the Future Healthcare Professionals of America club meeting. Club members enjoyed a moving presentation about the importance of having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at school. The organization is working toward legislation that mandates CPR by graduation and an AED available in every school for all Hawai‘i  students in grades 7-12.  Students spend about 20 percent of their waking hours at schools. The goal of creating mandated legislation is to provide safe environments for all students. Students are invited to help with the advocacy process for this bill. 

Dia de Los Muertos- Day of the Dead
On Tuesday, October 30, Dia de Los Muertos
will be celebrated on our campus. We have the unique opportunity for our students to be able to learn about this rich cultural tradition from Chaplain Annalise and our Spanish Teacher and HSSC Advisor, Senora Nydia Santiago-Cordero. Students will learn about this Mexican tradition and how to respectfully and appropriately honor this celebration.

Students will have the opportunity to have their faces painted in a traditional Dia de Los Muertos fashion. Students will be able to wear cultural dress to chapel on this day and will be invited to bring photos of their loved ones who have died. They will learn more about how this special day honors our ancestors.

You can read more about how the event was created in this Honolulu Star-Advertiser story.

Reminders and Announcements 
Middle School East Coast Trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

If you’d like more information, you may attend a parent information meeting on Friday, October 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., or contact Deborah Devine-Sherman

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
10/24-31: Spirit Week! Guidelines here
10/25: NACAC Fall College Fair for grades 11-12
11/3: Open House, The Priory Upper School
11/9-11: "Zombie Thoughts" Fall Theatre Production (11/9-11/11 public shows)
11/12: Veterans Day Holiday 
11/13: Junior Ring Ceremony
11/13: "Zombie Thoughts" for The Priory students (school show)
11/14: Preview Day for Rising 6th and 9th Graders
11/14: Distinguished Lecture Series 
11/16: Pacific Model United Nations (PACMUN) Conference, Hawai‘i Convention Center
11/21-23: Thanksgiving Break 

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

October 18 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - October 18

Aloha Upper School Families,

Teachers and students have been busy on campus, and lately we can really feel our emphasis on global citizenship. Our Stevens Global Leadership Outcomes are derived from Harvard’s Think Tank on Global Education. Members of our faculty attended in 2015 and out of this meaningful work grew our Stevens Global Leadership Learning Outcomes and our Global Leadership Distinction. The SGLLOs are aligned with St. Andrew’s Schools vision “to help children learn and grow ­­– to be their personal best, engaged in the world and inspired to making it more humane and just.”

You can see this taking place in many of our school activities recently including:

The Hawaii Children and Youth Summit

Last Friday, many of our high school students from various Social Science and Priory in the City classes headed over to the State Capitol to attend the Hawai‘i Children and Youth Summit.  Students signed up to participate in breakout sessions on many issues impacting Hawaii today.

 

This was a powerful, largely student-led, opportunity for our young women to engage in civic life, to understand what some of the pressing issues are in Hawai‘i, and to learn that they are part of building solutions. You can read more about their experience in this news story

Greenpeace’s “Arctic Sunrise”

AP Environmental Science visited the Greenpeace “Arctic Sunrise” on Tuesday. The students received a private tour of the ship by crew members thanks to their teacher, Mr. Brian Turano. The girls learned more about the organization’s current mission to convince big corporations to stop using single-use plastic and come up with alternative solutions for packaging their products.

This short movie and news story document their experience.

World Cultures and Language Day

As we work to cultivate globally minded citizens here at The Priory, our Upper School faculty has been working to create a World Cultures and Language Day for Upper School students on October 19 during the first half of the day. Our goal is to expose and excite students about the various culture and language groups in Hawai‘i. Tomorrow, each Upper School student will be given a passport and will visit several rooms for presentations  on dance and language and food sampling. We are very excited!

Dia de Los Muertos - Day of the Dead

On Tuesday, October 30, Dia de Los Muertos will be celebrated on our campus. We have the unique opportunity for our students to be able to learn about this rich cultural tradition by way of Chaplain Annalise and our Spanish Teacher and HSSC Advisor, Señora Nydia Santiago-Cordero. Students will be taught about this Mexican tradition, and how we can respectfully and appropriately honor our ancestors through this celebration. Students will be able to wear cultural dress to chapel on this day and will also have the opportunity to have their faces painted in a traditional Dia de Los Muertos fashion. Students are invited to bring photos of their loved ones who have passed away. 

You can read more about how the event was created in this Honolulu Star-Advertiser story.

Reminders and Announcements 
Middle School East Coast Trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

If you’d like more information, you may attend a parent information meeting on Friday, October 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., or contact Deborah Devine-Sherman

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
10/19: World Culture & Language Fair
10/19: East Coast Parent Trip Meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
10/22: P4Y Students Visit Waianae Comprehensive Health Center
10/24-31: Spirit Week! Guidelines here
10/25: NACAC Fall College Fair for grades 11-12
11/3: Open House, The Priory Upper School
11/9-11: Fall Production
11/12: Veterans Day Holiday 
11/13: Junior Ring Ceremony
11/13: Fall Production for The Priory students
11/14: Preview Day for Rising 6th and 9th Graders
11/14: Distinguished Lecture Series 
11/16: Pacific Model United Nations (PACMUN) Conference, Hawai‘i Convention Center
11/21-23: Thanksgiving Break 

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

October 11 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - October 11

Aloha Upper School Families,

PTC Thank You
Mahalo to all of our families who attended parent teacher conferences last Friday. It was nice to see so many families. I hope that the time with your daughter’s teachers afforded you meaningful conversations about their progress and learning. Our teachers have reported that they enjoyed getting to know our families better on this day.  Hopefully your daughter had a bit of rest and relaxation over the weekend.

The Priory is committed to realizing its mission and vision in which students are engaged in the world and inspired to make it more humane and just. We can feel this in recent weeks with the work being done around civic participation. One focus of our Stevens Global Leadership Program is to challenge and engage students to take action through networking, collaboration, negotiation, and/or compromise, and see themselves as positive, powerful agents for peace.  

Tomorrow, 61 of our students from various Social Science classes will head across the street to participate in the 25th Annual Hawaii Children and Youth Summit at the Hawaii State Capitol. Students will be fully immersed in the legislative process and spend the day sharing their ideas about what the Hawaii Legislature should do about important issues impacting Hawaii. Students will identify top issues and solutions that will be included in the keiki caucus package of bills and resolutions.

The Priory Participates in Voter Registration
We are thankful for our students and teachers who were able to attend Hawaii Children and Youth Day on Sunday, October 7. Students began their efforts with a voter registration drive on Saturday, October 6, at the Hawaii State Library. They spent time helping people to register to vote and encouraged young people to sign up to pledge to participate when they are older. The youngsters were given pocket constitutions and certificates of participation from SAS!

You can read more about the event in this news story on our website.

   

Announcements and Reminders

Middle School Students ­
Please be reminded that all Middle School students ­­– including student-athletes ­– who are not picked up by 3:30 p.m., must be enrolled in Lion’s Den. Middle School student-athletes are not allowed to leave campus after school and then return for practice. Athletes should report to the Lion’s Den, and then to practice when it begins.

Responsible Technology Use Policy
Thank you for being mindful of our school’s Responsible Technology Use Policy (RTUP) in the 2018-2019 The Priory Upper School Parent-Student Handbook.  All students are responsible for reading and abiding by St. Andrew’s Schools’ RTUP. We appreciate you taking the time to work with your daughter to review this important information.  

Global Summit Paris-Davos Trip Still Accepting Applications
Our Global Summit Paris-Davos Trip (July 2019) has successfully enrolled 10 applicants and would like to enroll two more students. We have been able to postpone the original recruiting deadline because The Priory is the only school that will be representing the State of Hawaii. In a global summit such as this one, our island perspectives and contributions are deeply valued.

With this all-inclusive tour, students will learn about “The Power of Communication” through specially designed cultural activities in Paris, France and Davos, Switzerland. The unique trip will culminate with students attending a three-day global leadership summit in Davos, with conferences and workshops led by world-renowned experts in a variety of fields such as: education as a human right, international peace and justice, freedom, consequences of conflict, humanitarian issues, etc. While using design thinking methods during workshops, students will be empowered to build a brighter future matching their hopes and dreams. Check out the tour at www.eftours.com using the The Priory code 2157442MS. Enrollment is done directly online with the above code. Please note that if on the EF website and you see this trip as “full,” it only means that the two spots we are hoping to fill are reserved for The Priory.

Register now to secure your place for this unforgettable trip! Questions? Please contact Alethia Donathan at adonathan@standrewsschools.org

PTF is Seeking Grade Level Parent Representatives for Grades 6-8
Please let Kathrine Fast or Jane Taafaki-Sam know if you’re interested. 

Middle School East Coast Trip! Travel with Your Middle School Friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

If you’d like more information, you may attend a parent information meeting on Friday, October 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., or contact Deborah Devine-Sherman

Pizza with a purpose fundraiser 

Please help support our orchestra students to attend this year’s Festival of Gold event over spring break.  All you need to do is eat at California Pizza Kitchen today, October 11!

Upcoming events
10/11: Pizza With A Purpose Fundraiser for The Priory Chamber Strings
10/12: Children and Family Summit for several high school social science classes and Priory in the City
10/19: World Culture & Language Fair
Please see below for details. Help us spread the word and please participate if you are able. 
10/24-10/31: Fall Spirit Week
Guidelines coming soon
10/25: NACAC Fall College Fair for grades 11-12

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

October 4 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - October 4

 Aloha Upper School Families,

I look forward to seeing many of you at tomorrow’s parent teacher conferences.  As a reminder, our conferences will be held in classrooms this year instead of the gym. Each family  should have received an email with an appointment time for your daughter’s conference. Parents will need to sign in at the Coral Cross in the front of Kennedy Hall. You will receive your daughter’s schedule, a map of the classrooms, and a list of teachers who may not appear on your daughter’s schedule and their location. While teachers will be prepared to share your daughter’s specific progress in each of her classes, her grades have been fully updated in PowerSchool, so please be  sure to check PowerSchool before you come. Our teachers are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with each of you!

As we work to cultivate globally-minded citizens here at The Priory, our Upper School faculty has been working to create a World Cultures and Language Day for Upper School students on October 19 during the first half of the day. Our goal is to expose and excite students about the various culture and language groups in Hawai‘i. We would be delighted if you would be willing to share your cultural traditions and/or language with our students. On this day, each Upper School student will be given a passport and will visit several rooms for presentations  on dance and language and food sampling.  We would love to increase the number of participants  to make this day extremely special for our students.  Please don’t be shy and share your culture with us!  Presentations and activities should be planned for approximately 15 minutes to take place several times throughout the morning. 

As we move deeper into the fall, our students have certainly been engaged in the Upper School curriculum.  Fall PTCs serve as one checkpoint for you to connect with teachers. Your daughters have been working very hard this fall and will have the day off for the PTCs, followed by a well deserved and extra- long weekend.  I hope you will be able to enjoy your time with your family.

Me ka haʻahaʻa,

Nichole Field

Announcements and reminders

Responsible Technology Use Policy
Thank you for being mindful of our school’s Responsible Technology Use Policy in the 2018-2019 The Priory Upper School Parent-Student Handbook.  All students are responsible for reading and abiding by St. Andrew’s Schools’ RTUP. We appreciate you taking the time to work with your daughter to review this important information.  

Voter Registration - The Priory Participates!
The Priory Upper School students are committed to ramp up civic participation in the community, and will be volunteering to register adults 18 and older, pre-register teens 16 and older and give pocket constitutions to kids who pledge to participate!

There are two chances to catch us. On Saturday, October 6, from 9 am-noon, at the Hawaii State Library, students will be in the Young Adult Section registering people and providing activities for the kids. Then, on Sunday, October 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu Hale and Kalanimoku Building, in conjunction with the Hawaii Children and Youth Day events, students will again be registering people and providing activities for the kids. Please visit us!

Global Summit Paris-Davos Trip Still accepting applications:

Our Global Summit Paris-Davos Trip (July 2019) has successfully enrolled 10 applicants and would like to enroll two more students. We have been able to postpone the original recruiting deadline, because The Priory is the only school that will be representing the State of Hawaii. In a global summit such as this one, our island perspectives and contributions are deeply valued.

With this all-inclusive tour, students will learn about “The Power of Communication” through specially designed cultural activities in Paris, France and Davos, Switzerland. The unique trip will culminate with students attending a three-day global leadership summit in Davos, with conferences and workshops led by world-renowned experts in a variety of fields such as: education as a human right, international peace and justice, freedom, consequences of conflict, humanitarian issues, etc. While using design thinking methods during workshops, students will be empowered in building a brighter future matching their hopes and dreams. Check the tour at www.eftours.com using the The Priory code 2157442MS. Enrollment is done directly online with the above code. Please note that if on the EF website, you see this trip as “full”, it only means that the two spots we are hoping to fill are reserved for The Priory. Register now to secure your place for this unforgettable trip!

Register now to secure your place for this unforgettable trip! Questions? Please contact Alethia Donathan at adonathan@standrewsschools.org

PTF is seeking grade level parent representatives for grades 6-8.  Please let Kathrine Fast or Jane Taafaki-Sam know if you’re interested. 

Middle School East Coast trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

If you’d like more information, you may attend a parent information meeting on Friday, October 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., or contact Deborah Devine-Sherman

Please help us find volunteers for our World Culture & Language Fair
Our fabulous social science and language teachers have been crafting an engaging and educational experience for Upper School students to learn more about various languages and cultural traditions. St. Andrew’s Schools will host its third World Culture & Language Fair on Friday, October 19, 8-11:15 a.m.

We are looking for volunteers willing to proudly share their culture and a little bit of their language with our students. In the past, the following cultures were represented: Russian, Tuvan, Italian, Tagalog, Korean, Finnish, Hindi, Lao, Uzbek, Danish, German, etc. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Sipola at msipola@standrewsschools.org. We will send you a brochure with information and tips to prepare for the event. We look forward to your contribution!

Pizza with a purpose fundraiser 
Please help support our orchestra students to attend this year’s Festival of Gold event over Spring break.  All you need to do is eat at California Pizza Kitchen on October 11.

Upcoming events
10/5: Parent-Teacher Conferences
No school for students
10/8: Discoverer’s Day
No school
10/9: Teacher Professional Day
No school
10/10: PSAT for students in grades 9-11 
10/11: Pizza With A Purpose Fundraiser for The Priory Chamber Strings
10/12: Children and Family Summit for several high school social science classes and Priory in the City
10/19: World Culture & Language Fair
Please see below for details. Help us spread the word and please participate if you are able. 
10/24-10/31: Halloween Spirit Week
Guidelines coming soon
10/25: NACAC Fall College Fair for grades 11-12

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

September 27 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 27

 Aloha Upper School Families,

The Priory’s Upper School students are in full swing and reaching close to the halfway point of quarter one! As a reminder, fall parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner.  Please check the email you received for your scheduled conference time on Friday, October 5. We encourage parents to log in to PowerSchool prior to your conference in order to see your daughter’s updated grades.

There are so many things happening around campus every day that engage students in meaningful learning. One example is in Mr. Wyrick’s 8th grade class, where students are working on essays for the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation’s 9th annual Inspired in Hawai‘i essay, poster, digital media poster and video contests. For each contest, participants are asked to identify a problem in Hawai‘i and to propose a solution. Stay tuned; our girls have very creative ideas and a very strong degree of social awareness. We look forward to their ideas and solutions.

Here on campus during last Friday’s assembly, Catherine Mount, Hypatia Pine and Olivia Stoetzer made a presentation to the Upper School about their summer learning trip to Hyderabad, India. They joined Punahou students to participate in the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI). The girls spent two weeks at Oakridge International School learning about leadership and conservation alongside students from India. Their presentation was a reminder to all of us how much we can learn from engaging in educational travel. I appreciate that they shared about how much time they were able to spend with peers from India, teenagers whose lives are so similar and different from their own. We are thankful for the Stevens World Peace Foundation grant that made this trip and much of our work around global awareness possible. See more photos in our school's September photo gallery

Tomorrow, during our Friday assembly, Upper School students Maya Reid, Shaye Nishimura, Christy Kwok and Stephanie Albaña – who attended a learning trip to New Zealand this summer – will speak about their experiences, their learning and the sustainability project they are proposing to implement this year. Their trip was part of the East-West Center Hawai‘i Partnership for Youth (P4Y). P4Y is a global exchange program that brings together American youth from Hawai‘i and US cities with their peers from the Asia Pacific region, to focus on youth leadership and community revitalization through the lens of environmental stewardship, social and economic justice and peace-building. 

Last Friday, our HSSC students put on a really exciting Fall Social! The event included dodgeball in the gym, karaoke and games in the activity room! It was a joy to spend the evening observing our students letting off steam and enjoying one another. We appreciate the efforts of our High School Student Council to provide so many opportunities for students to come together.

Announcements and reminders

PTF is seeking grade level parent representatives for grades 6-8.  Please let Kathrine Fast or Jane Taafaki-Sam know if you’re interested. 

Middle School East Coast trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

If you’d like more information, you may attend a parent information meeting on Friday, October 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., or contact Deborah Devine-Sherman

Please help us find volunteers for our World Culture & Language Fair
Our fabulous social science and language teachers have been crafting an engaging and educational experience for Upper School students to learn more about various languages and cultural traditions. St. Andrew’s Schools will host its third World Culture & Language Fair on Friday, October 19, 8-11:15 a.m.

We are looking for volunteers willing to proudly share their culture and a little bit of their language with our students. In the past, the following cultures were represented: Russian, Tuvan, Italian, Tagalog, Korean, Finnish, Hindi, Lao, Uzbek, Danish, German, etc. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Sipola at msipola@standrewsschools.org. We will send you a brochure with information and tips to prepare for the event. We look forward to your contribution!

Pizza with a purpose fundraiser 
Please help support our orchestra students to attend this year’s Festival of Gold event over Spring break.  All you need to do is eat at California Pizza Kitchen on October 11.

Upcoming events

10/2: Pet Blessing Chapel
10/2: College Financial Aid Night, 6-8 p.m.
10/4: High School Preview Parent Coffee, 7-8 a.m., Transfiguration Hall  – Malulani Gallery
10/5: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Details coming soon, no school for students
10/8: Discoverer’s Day
No school
10/9: Teacher Professional Day
No school
10/10: PSAT for students in grades 9-11 
10/11: Pizza With A Purpose Fundraiser for The Priory Chamber Strings
10/12: Children and Family Summit for several high school social science classes and Priory in the City
10/19: World Culture & Language Fair
Please see below for details and help us spread the word 
10/24-10/31: Halloween Spirit Week
Guidelines coming soon
10/25: NACAC Fall College Fair for grades 11-12

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

September 20 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 20

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

Yesterday, it was my pleasure to see our 6th graders off to Middle School camp at Malaekahana, led by Chaplain Annalise. Today, the 8th graders are off to join them. Middle School camp is a tradition for our students and provides them time to bond with one another. The memories they will stay with them throughout their time at The Priory and beyond.

          

We are excited to have received our banner in the gym! Our new banners celebrate several of our Upper School athletic accomplishments over the last year.  This is a permanent recognition of our athletes' amazing work, and will be displayed for all of our families to see for years to come.  We love having this representation of our students and we look forward to adding more banners over the years.

This Friday, three of our High School students – Olivia Stoetzer, Hypatia Pine and Catherine Mount – will share their summer experience in India and the project they designed to implement throughout the school year.  Our students had the privilege of attending The Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) India this summer with Punahou School. The students focused on conservation and they spent two weeks learning about various facets of conservation, and presented their work at the end of the institute. 

Announcements and reminders

PTF is seeking grade level parent representatives for grades 6-8.  Please let Kathrine Fast or Jane Taafaki-Sam know if you're interested. 

Please help us find volunteers for our World Culture & Language Fair
Our fabulous social science and language teachers have been crafting an engaging and educational experience for Upper School students to learn more about various languages and cultural traditions. St. Andrew’s Schools will host its third World Culture & Language Fair on Friday, October 19, 8-11:15 a.m.

We are looking for volunteers willing to proudly share their culture and a little bit of their language with our students. In the past, the following cultures were represented: Russian, Tuvan, Italian, Tagalog, Korean, Finnish, Hindi, Lao, Uzbek, Danish, German, etc. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Sipola at msipola@standrewsschools.org. We will send you a brochure with information and tips to prepare for the event. We look forward to your contribution!

Pizza with a purpose fundraiser 
Please help support our orchestra students to attend this year’s Festival of Gold event over Spring break.  All you need to do is eat at California Pizza Kitchen on October 11.

Upcoming events

9/21: High School Social 
Guidelines for Upper School social
9/25: Senior Parent Night
You will be receiving an email from Ms. Matsumoto
10/2: Pet Blessing Chapel
10/2: College Financial Aid Night, 6-8 p.m.
10/4: High School Preview Parent Coffee, 7-8 a.m., Transfiguration Hall  – Malulani Gallery
10/5: Parent Teacher Conferences

Details coming soon, no school for students
10/8: Discoverer’s Day
No school
10/9: Teacher Professional Day
No school
10/10: PSAT for students in grades 9-11 
10/11: Pizza With A Purpose Fundraiser for The Priory Chamber Strings
10/12: Children and Family Summit for several high school social science classes and Priory in the City
10/19: World Culture & Language Fair
Please see below for details and help us spread the word 
10/24-10/31: Halloween Spirit Week
Guidelines coming soon
10/25: NACAC Fall College Fair for grades 11-12

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.

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

September 13 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 13

Aloha Upper School Families,

I hope this week’s eNews finds you all dry and safe. We are only a few weeks into the school year and our time has been very exciting so far! 

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend Senior Camp on the North Shore. Having had the honor of teaching all of the seniors for the two of their high school years, I was moved to see how strong and cohesive a class they have grown to be. 

The camp was held at Camp Mokuleia, where students are able to participate in the ropes course. Many of our girls pushed themselves past their comfort zones and attempted this challenging course. I supported from below and I observed how good they were to each other as each of them understood what a personal challenge this constituted for each of them. 

 

Tomorrow, during our Friday Assembly, our students will participate in International Dot Day

International Dot Day’s purpose is to celebrate creativity, courage and collaboration. During the assembly, each student and teacher creates a dot with their gift and name. There will be stations of colorful pens, pencils and crayons. Students and teachers add their dots to the “tree of life,”  which was designed by The Priory’s portfolio artists under the direction of Art Teacher Alethia Donathan. 

This is significant for our students and we hope that this activity helps them understand that we are now part of a global community of creative champions. Our collective call to action is to use our gifts, our talents and our energy to move the world to a better place.  I hope you will have the time to stop by on Monday morning and see all of our beautiful dots!

As a reminder, Middle School Camp is next week. Your daughter's class advisor has sent home a packing list and a form for families to complete. Middle School Camp is a fabulous opportunity for our students to develop bonds with one another!  I look forward to seeing their excited expressions as they load the bus and head off to the Malaekahana beach houses.

I hope to be able to see many of you at this evening's Back to School Night. This event affords you the time to walk through your daughter’s schedule and to meet her teachers.  Although your time in each classroom is short, we hope that you are able to develop a sense of who her teachers are, and the care and support your daughters will receive throughout the school year.

As a friendly reminder, all Middle School students should be signed up for the Lion's Den if they are not picked up by 3:30 p.m.

Aloha,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

September 6 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 6

Aloha Upper School Families,

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend! It was wonderful to welcome our students back last week. Friday’s All School Picnic was a hit. We would like to shout out to our HSSC for their incredible planning efforts that took place throughout the summer to make this event excellent so early in the year. Our students built relationships with Lower School students throughout the week by visiting their classrooms. On Friday, the little ones were ready to go, and I think our girls slept well Friday night!

On Tuesday, we enjoyed watching our seniors welcome the Kindergarten students during our Froot Loop Chapel! This Chapel signifies a full circle connecting the beginning to the end connecting our kindergarteners, at the beginning of their journey, with our seniors who are at the end of this journey. This can be a sentimental time for our seniors as it is one of the first traditions they encounter during their senior year.

Yesterday, Ylang Ylang courtyard was a bustle with our Upper School Club drive. Students were sharing their passions with one another, and many students were signing up for several clubs. Based on student demand, there are a few new clubs this year, including: The Sustainability Club, The Future Healthcare Professionals of America Club, The Kindness Club, and the Pacific Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) Club!  We have also been able to bring back our Middle School Math Club this year. I am so proud of the students who have pushed forward with their club proposals. It takes thoughtfulness and courage to begin a club, find an advisor, and to encourage other students to join!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on September 13, where you will be able to meet your daughter’s teachers, get a sampling of this year's curriculum, and have time to connect with other parents at The Priory. 

Our seniors are off to Camp Mokuleia for their senior adventure. Camp has always been a time of grade level bonding. This is an opportunity for them to connect with each other and to gather their collective focus as they look begin their last year of high school. 

We're almost through with the second week of school, and we ask for your help in your daughter’s transition by reminding her about our dress code. Students should see the Parent-Student Handbook if they have questions, or ask any teacher on campus.  After the school day is over, we ask students to remain in dress code while they are on campus.

Call to The Priory 'ohana, parents, teachers, students, friends, family and community members: St. Andrew’s Schools will host its 3rd World Language & Culture Fair on Friday, October 19, from 8-11:15 a.m. We are looking for volunteers willing to proudly share their culture and a little bit of their language with our students. In the past, the following cultures were represented: Russian, Tuvan, Italian, Tagalog, Korean, Finnish, Hindi, Lao, Uzbek, Danish and German. The purpose of this fun event is to expose our students to unfamiliar places and people  to open their minds and hearts to them. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Sipola at msipola@standrewsschools.org. We will send you a brochure with information and tips to prepare for the event. We are so looking forward to your contribution!

Aloha,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

August 30 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - August 30

Aloha Upper School Families,

Welcome back to school! It has been a wonderful beginning. After an unexpected extra couple of days of summer, we rolled into the new year with a focus on building our community. The Priory Upper School students gathered in the gym to reconnect as an Upper School.

Our theme for this school year is hope, and we talked a bit about what that means and what their hopes are for the school year. Our school counselor and social and emotional learning leader, Caitlin Watson, led us through the RULER anchor tools of Mood Meter, the Meta-moment, the Charter and the Blueprint for conflict resolution. Our students worked with their respective classes on developing their own Charter for the year. Charters are a way for students to engage in and take ownership of school culture as they call for students to articulate the way they want to feel at school and the behaviors that would help this to happen. See the photos here

Tomorrow, we bookend our opening week with our annual All-School Picnic!  All-School Picnic is an opportunity for K-12 students to spend quality time together and for us to come together as a school to bond and to participate in activities between our various grades. Our High School Student Council has worked hard through the summer to make an amazing day for all of our students. Please be sure that your daughter has the appropriate information about which shirt to wear and the dress code. Remember if she did not order her bento by today,  she will need to bring a home lunch.

It is a joy to have all of your daughters back in school and I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Aloha,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

Lower School

August 29 Parent eNews

Lower School Update - August 29

Aloha Lower School ʻOhana!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mālama pono,

Kaʻipo Bailey-Walsh
Principal, The Priory Lower School

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

The Prep

June 6 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - June 6

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

It has been a great year at The Prep with so many exciting activities.

We started off the year with our All-School Picnic full of exciting team building activities hosted by The Priory Upper School students. We started a new tradition the following week with our first Lego Chapel. Chaplin Annalise prepared a wonderful ceremony for the boys.

Then we had our Back to School Night  to find out how your child was learning and growing this year. Our students participated in International Dot Day by harnessing their creativity. Then we had Lunch with Your Son and our annual Pet Blessing chapel service. Our students had a fun-filled Fall Spirit week and Halloween PTF Event. Students presented at the Schools of the Future Conference, demonstrating augmented reality apps. Our robotics team completed the First LEGO League Tournament after many months of hard work.

Your sons were so excited to see to see their grandparents and special guests at Nā Kūpuna Day. We had a festive celebration for our Picnic and Pie event followed by our Christmas Program and Cookies and Cocoa. And we wrapped up our volleyball intramural season. Academic Fair was a huge success. Your sons participated in our accreditation process, had their student council elections and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the State Capitol. Your sons sang and danced at our annual talent show.

We had a blast at Queen Emma Summer Palace for Keiki Field Day, celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up a portion of Kaipi‘olani Park and had an awesome Family Night. What a fantastic May Day Program we had with stunning performances from our students followed by the The Prep Lū‘au and Awards Recognition Ceremony!  We closed this week with waterplay, class parties and tug of war. Whew, and there was so much more each and every day!

We hope you have a great summer. Thank you for a great year!

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D
Principal of The Prep

May 23 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - May 23

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

The days are getting longer as we approach summer which means more opportunities to learn and explore during the daylight hours. Exercising the body and mind is important to prepare for the start of a new school year. One of the best adventures for your children during summer is going to the public library or bookstore to pick out materials to read. The American Library Association lists the following benefits for summer reading:

●      Encouraging reading means it becomes a lifelong habit.

●      Reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities.

●      Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up.

●      Generating interest in the library and books.

The Association for Library Service to Children provides an annual list of books by age level to engage children in reading during the summer.

The Prep Lū‘au
Throughout the year your sons have been learning and exploring various parts of Hawai‘i's rich history and culture. One aspect also includes food. Please join us tomorrow for The Prep Lū‘au, starting with performances and ‘ono food prepared by The Prep and their ‘ohana. Please have your son come to school in his aloha wear.

Next Friday is our annual awards ceremony starting at 8 a.m. in The Cathedral of St. Andrew. After the ceremonies, join us in Jubinsky Hall for an exhibition of learning showcasing your sons’ projects and artifacts. Please have your son come to school in his aloha wear so you can take some awesome pictures!

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D
Principal of The Prep

May 9 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - May 9

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

Time has flown by and we are less than a month away from the ending for the school year. To celebrate, a few important events are coming up are. The Prep Lū‘au will be held on Friday, May 24 from 10:45 a.m.-noon, and The Prep Awards Assembly and Exhibition Fair will be on Friday, May 31 from 8-10 a.m.  

Mahalo for showing your appreciation to our teachers this week. There was much food, treats and gifts for our amazing teachers. Most importantly, your sons have really shown their appreciation for their teachers through their kind words and actions.

What a fantastic May Day Program we had last week with stunning performances from our students! We want to thank Kumu Hiwa for working tirelessly with the boys in staging a spectacular May Day Program. If you missed it you can watch a replay of the livestream on Facebook here.

While summer is just around the corner, we still desire to have the boys stay on track as we enter into summer. Here are three tips from “Today’s Parent” to finish the school year strong.

Acknowledge Progress
Encourage your son to reflect back on his school year and think about what he’s learned, what was challenging and how he dealt with it, and what he’s proud of.

Stick to Routine
Now that the days are getting longer, your children may be clamoring for you to move back bedtime, but they still need to be tucked in at a reasonable hour.

Take it Outside
Research shows that spending more time outdoors improves children’s concentration in school, lessens aggression and improves their ability to cooperate.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

May 2 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - May 2

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

Congratulations to The Prep Student Council for being nationally recognized as a 2019 American Student Council Association Honor Council of Excellence Winner! Only two student councils were recognized out of more than 30,000 independent schools in the country were awarded. Selection was based on their submission of council activities during the 2018-19 school year, as well as their student council constitution and election procedures. The students were also required to submit letters of recommendation from their school principal, and student council president and vice president.

Mahalo to our parents Simone Landgraf and Dale Yamamoto for organizing a great Family Fun Night. It was an exciting evening full of games, dancing and fellowship. It was very special to witness our young men and their parents enjoy time together.

Tomorrow is our May Day program at 9 a.m. in the gym! We look forward to this celebration of our island heritage. Remember, your sons should wear either aloha attire or their uniform to school.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

April 25 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - April 25

Aloha Awesome Prep Parents!

“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. 

“While working at the Honolulu Star Bulletin, Don discussed the idea with ‘Kamaaina Kolumn’ columnist Grace Tower Warren. She enthusiastically embraced the idea and suggested that the day should be May Day and coined the phrase ‘May Day is Lei Day.’”

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. Andrew's 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. 

Your son should wear either aloha attire or their uniform to school on May Day. They will dress for the program once they get to school. After the main event, parents are invited to join their sons 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, and their learning will continue as planned by their teachers.

This past Monday, our 1st and 2nd grade classes celebrated Earth Day with their teachers by cleaning up a portion of Kaipi‘olani Park. You can read more about their experience here.   

Family Night is tomorrow, April 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Jubinsky Field. Many thanks to our parents for organizing a great school community event. It will be a night filled with food, games, and music.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

April 18 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - April 18

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

Keiki Field Day
We had a blast and it was exciting to see the students enjoying their time at Queen Emma Summer Palace. You can read all about it in our news story. Mahalo again to our awesome parent volunteers. We couldn't have put on the event without your kōkua! 

May Day is fast approaching on Friday, May 3. Please join us for this annual celebration and if you are staying for lunch please sign up by tomorrow to order some delicious Hawaiian food.

Family Night is next Friday April 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Jubinsky Field. Mahalo to our parents for organizing a great school community event. It will be a night filled with food, games, and music.

Speaking of games, there are many benefits to playing with your children. It not only helps them but adults can benefit as well. Here are just a few of the advantages of play:

Better memory and increased cognitive functioning. Often times, games exercise your cognitive functions such as memory and problem-solving. Think of your brain as a muscle. As you play games, your IQ increases, and your learning capacity is enhanced.

Lower risk of mental diseases. Playing games can help to reduce cognitive dissonance which is associated with diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Games keeps the mind active and decrease the risk of age-related mental diseases.

Lowers blood pressure and stress. While there may be times when games are so exciting that your heart races, they actually help lower and maintain blood pressure. Endorphins released into the bloodstream can help you become more relaxed and calmer.

These are just a few of the many benefits of playing games. So, please join us next Friday for Family Night!

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

April 11 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - April 11

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

Keiki Field Day
It’s spring and we are excited for our upcoming Keiki Field Day tomorrow! The Prep, Priory Lower School and Queen Emma Preschool students will have a blast at the historic Queen Emma Summer Palace. They will be participating in games, arts, crafts and many other fun activities. Mahalo to our awesome parent volunteers. Without you, we wouldn't have such a wonderful event. There will be self-guided tours and the museum gift shop will be open to our students, parents, faculty and staff. 

May Day
Our celebration is fast approaching on May 3! Students should arrive to school in an aloha shirt or uniform top and black pants with their hair combed neatly. They will be changing into their provided white, long-sleeved dress collared shirt. All adornments will also be provided.

For that day, we ask that students refrain from wearing any watches/accessories to school. Please help us by reminding your sons that all accessories should be left at home on performance day.

5th Grade Technology
Students use multiple devices throughout their school day. Whether it is iPads or Macbooks, we provide technology access to help prepare students for their future world. In the 5th grade, students are required to have their own Apple MacBooks as their technology usage grows with their educational development. Here are the minimum specifications when purchasing the computer. 

Apple Macbook
• Operating system 10.14 Mojave
• 4 GB RAM (more is highly recommended to speed up applications)
• 10 GB free hard drive space 
• A functional battery

The 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. 

I  hope to see many of you at the upcoming Family Night on April 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Jubinsky Field.

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

 

April 4 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - April 4

Aloha, Prep Parents,

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together...there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart...I’ll always be with you.”

- From Pooh’s Grand Adventure

Upcoming Events
Field Day and May Day 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 son’s teacher.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

March 14 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - March 14

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

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. 

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 Schools. 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.

We are thankful for your support for the upgrade to our students’ May Day costumes. We estimate  the value of all the school-provided items to be close to $150. We hope our boys will enjoy participating in this new attire for years to come. Please note that you will need to purchase solid black pants for your son if he doesn’t already own dress pants to wear to school on May Day. He will be provided with a white, long-sleeved collared shirt and all the adornments.

Finally, I want to give a shout out to all of our volunteers at our Campus Beautification Day last Saturday. Because of all of your help, many of the facilities were cleaned and tidied up – and even the last of the donated basketball hoops were assembled. The campus looks great now!

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Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

March 7 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - March 7

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

If you look on the walls of Jubinsky Hall, you will notice that The Prep 3rd and 4th graders are in the middle of election season. The boys desire not only to improve their school, but also to change the world. What awesome lessons they will they learn from leading others and themselves. I do not want that enthusiasm to ever leave their young hearts no matter where they go or what they become.

Yet leading is never easy; it takes hard work, determination and patience to name just a few. Here are some simple words from the late Dr. Earl Reum ­– who was probably the most beloved advocate nationwide for student leadership – to remind us all of what it is to experience leadership.

“I sincerely wish you will have the experience of thinking up a new idea, planning it, organizing it, and following it to completion and having it be magnificently successful. I also hope you’ll go through the same process and have something ‘bomb out.’

“I wish you could know how it feels 'to run' with all your heart and lose – horribly.

“I wish that you could achieve some great good for mankind but have nobody know about it except you.

“I wish you could find something so worthwhile that you deem it worthy of investing your life.

“I hope you become frustrated and challenged enough to begin to push back the very barriers of your own personal limitations.

“I hope you make a stupid, unethical mistake and get caught red-handed and are big enough to say those magic words ‘I was wrong.’

“I hope you give so much of yourself that some days you wonder if it is worth it all.

“I wish for you a magnificent obsession that will give you a reason for living and purpose and direction in life.

“I wish for you the worst kind of criticism for everything you do, because that makes you fight to achieve beyond what you normally would.

“I wish for you the experience of leadership.”

Leadership is the journey that makes us stronger. Challenge is actually a benefit to our students and becomes the instrument by which they grow as people. There is nothing like experience and reflection to create the greatest gains as a leader.

"Late Show" host extraordinaire David Letterman was well known for conducting brutal “post-mortems” on himself after an episode didn’t go well, or even if it did go well. This is why he was great, because instead of running from his shortcomings, he confronted them head-on and got better. While students don’t have to beat themselves up when things go wrong, we want them to always strive to squeeze as much insight out of the situation as possible and avoid the temptation to hide or ignore the lessons learned from our circumstances.

Here are a few questions for students to ask when things don’t go as planned:

●      What have I learned from this experience?

●      Which emotions were stirred up, good or bad? 

●      What risks have I taken, or could have taken, or shouldn’t have taken?

●      How have I become better?

●      What would I change about myself?

Leading isn’t easy. It is a continual battle for excellence. Students will feel many growing pains. It can be lonely and it will be tiring. In the end, they will be glad they have taken on the challenge of leadership.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

February 28 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - February 28

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

Can you believe the first two months of 2019 are already over? Yet there’s a lot still left in the school year and we have many exciting things coming up in the future. Speaking of the future, you may have seen Dr. Fletcher’s note announcing that the Board of Trustees has approved The Prep adding a new grade each year up to the 8th grade! We’re excited to plan a K-8 experience that will help your son grow and thrive in a culture of care and kindness.

Two non-cognitive traits we want to develop in your son are perseverance and resilience. You may have heard of Angela Duckworth’s research on grit. The University of Pennsylvania researcher defines grit as passion and perseverance for long-term goals that may take years and hard work to accomplish. A group of 175 Scripps National Spelling Bee finalists ­– the same programs our students compete in ­– completed a grit questionnaire from the Duckworth labs. The results revealed that verbal IQ and self-control could predict good performance, but “gritty” finalists reached the higher rounds.  

Duckworth identifies four components to develop more grit:

1. Practice
Deliberate practice means learning as you go and getting feedback from your experience, as well as from others. Any time gritty people failed, they merely thought of it as having another practice attempt.

2. Purpose
Purpose is anything you can develop an interest in over time. Practice is useless if what you’re practicing is something you don’t feel purposeful about or are interested in. What’s important isn’t that you find some natural calling, but instead find something you can readily dive deeper into the more you learn.

3. Hope (St. Andrew’s theme this year)
Failure is often inevitable, but if we learn to embrace failure as an opportunity to learn, improve and then get back up again, we’re more likely to succeed in future attempts. To develop more grit, you must start with hope and learn that it’s all right to fail as long as you don’t give up or quit.

4. Time
The last part of the grit formula is time. Time to devote yourself to practice, purpose and developing from failure.

As we continue to improve our hands-on experiential approach, we are constantly evolving to meet the needs of your son to develop grit so he will be successful in accomplishing his own long-term goals, which is the hope and dream of every parent for their child. 

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

February 21 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - February 21

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

Hope you had a great Presidents Day long weekend. Our Lower School Parent Night is scheduled for tonight at 5:30 p.m. and childcare is included. Part of the evening will be spent unveiling our new curriculum guides for the 2019-20 school year. These guides will give you an overview of the individual grade level programs and explain what your child will be learning in art, hula, language arts, library, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social studies and technology. The information in these guides will assist you in providing support for your child throughout the school year.

We will also show you how you can create a culture of emotional intelligence at home using the RULER approach, and you will learn how we are integrating social and emotional learning into our curriculum. I look forward to seeing you there!

Preparing a child for the world where 65 percent of the future jobs don’t exist yet is complex. Our classroom curriculum – along with chapel, special events, student activities and programs – provide a world-class curricular framework for your child as he develops vital skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and character. These skills will allow your son to successfully navigate an uncertain future world where cultural and societal expectations rapidly change.    

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

February 14 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - February 14

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend!

I know your children will enjoy the extra-long weekend and our teachers look forward to meeting with you tomorrow during our Parent Teacher Conferences. One of the topics that may come up is testing. How is my child doing on tests? What do I do if he is struggling? How can he do better? What can he do to be prepared for standardized tests like the SSAT?

A healthy focus of understanding content and making it easy to recall is imperative. Combining that with the right test taking training will help a student rise to new heights.

Test taking is a skill that, like a sport, needs coaching and practice. Here are three tips from Kahn Academy to help your child to be successful at test taking.  

Underline Key Parts of the Problem
Underlining allows for students to focus on what the question is asking, especially on reading comprehension or math word problems. This can help students not make avoidable mistakes.

Make Sure You Are Answering the Question Being Asked
Always double check to make sure you're answering the right question!

Don’t Leave Anything Blank
Tests can be tricky and hard. Reinforce with your child to try to answer every question and to again double check that all questions were answered.

Test taking is also a mental game. Like a trained athlete, a student needs to get in the zone and not doubt their own abilities. Family Education recommends working with your child on positive self-talk.

Here are some positive reinforcements they can repeat leading up to and during the test:

"I am calm, focused, and smart."
"I have studied and I am prepared."
"I calmly trust my knowledge."
"I am doing the best I can, and my best is terrific."
"When angry or stressed, I take deep, slow breaths."
"I remember to breathe deeply during my tests."
"Breathing deeply brings more oxygen to my brain."
"Being calm helps me to remember more."
"I have enough time."

Even with all of this advice, the thing to remember is that tests are indicators of development at a certain time and place and have many variables to linked to them. They are just one of the many ways to understand a child's growth.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

February 7 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - February 7

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

St. Andrew’s Schools continually works to be at the forefront of education. As the world is changing, the demands on education are continually being altered. Focus is increasingly placed upon developing critical skills to ensure student success. These include 21st century skills, growth mindset, grit and other non-cognitive traits or soft skills. Research is continuing to reveal that there is a relationship between these traits and academic, career and life success and wellness.

Content Knowledge Acquisition Should be Relevant and Engaging
Content knowledge is still very important. It lays the foundation upon which students can make connections. Brain research shows that memory storage is directly linked to personal relevance and emotional engagement. Drawing upon previous information makes knowledge meaningful to learners and activating the affective domain makes concepts stick long term. By providing connecting contextual experiences and emotional engagement knowledge can be retained, retrieved and applied in the most effective way.

Critical Skills are Learned Through Coaching and Demonstration
To prepare students for their future, including opportunities that do not even exist yet, it is essential to develop critical skills. A learner develops such skills as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, cultural competence through practice, performance and reflection supported by effective teacher coaching. I fully believe that this is a strength of the teachers at St. Andrew’s Schools. Students learn best by experiencing, doing and reflecting.

Empathy
Students must have a keen understanding of individuals and provide help for others as part of their everyday thoughts. In short, they must care for others. When there is a need, time must be spent to understand the situation, reflect upon how best to support, then make wise decisions that benefit others. St. Andrew’s creates authentic opportunities for students to empathize with others through real world projects and amazing experiences.

Education is constantly changing, and at St. Andrew’s Schools we continue to do our best to provide an enriching experience for your son.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

January 31 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - January 31

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

Your child’s safety is always at the forefront of our minds at St. Andrew’s Schools. Parents can help safeguard children by talking to them about “people smarts” and what they should do in uncomfortable situations. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is encouraging us to move away from using the phrase “stranger danger” and instead teach children to understand what to do in a variety of situations. This helps children develop their interpersonal intelligence, which is the ability to perceive and respond to the moods, intentions, and feelings of other people.

Here are some tips for parents. More information can be found at kidsmartz.org.

Safety tips:

  • Talk to your children about people smarts, but don't frighten them. Let your kids know they can talk to you about safety issues and concerns they have.
  • Teach your children that bad people don't necessarily look mean – they often will smile and act friendly. Teach your children not to be tricked – be smart!
  • Discuss with your children how to identify safe adults who they can go to when they are in danger – people like police and firemen.
  • Encourage your children to talk to you about places they don’t feel safe. If they feel unsafe walking to school, help them find new routes or walk with them. Don’t hesitate to talk with the school principal or the police if there is a serious problem.
  • Use role-playing and “what if” scenarios so children can practice what to do and how to respond in different situations.
  • Decide on a secret code word to use in emergency situations. If you can’t pick up your children yourself, make sure the person you send uses the code word. Your child should never go with anyone who does not know the code word.
  • Give your children whistles to blow on if they feel in danger. The whistles will help attract attention and may prevent a crime.
  • Make sure your child knows how to reach you in an emergency.
  • Also teach your children how and when to call 911. 

Teach your children: 

  • To always tell you where they are going and when they will be back. They should also let you know if they go somewhere else or will be late.
  • Not to walk anywhere alone – to walk with a friend.
  • Not to take shortcuts through a back street or empty lot.
  • To only play in safe areas, not empty buildings or other dangerous places.
  • To pay attention to their surroundings and be on the lookout for suspicious people and vehicles.
  • That strangers are not only people they don’t know, but also people they don’t know very well.
  • Not to get close to people they don’t know well. They should stay at least two arms' lengths away so they have room to back up or run away.
  • To never talk to, provide assistance to, accept anything from or give personal information to people they don’t know well.
  • To never get into a car with anyone they don’t know well.
  •  If they get lost, stay put. The chances are better that they will be found quickly. (If they don’t feel safe there, go to the nearest safe place and stay there.)

If in danger, your children should know: 

  • That if a person follows or grabs them, they should yell real loud. Teach them to shout, “I don’t know you” or something similar, so people know they are in trouble. Tell your children it is okay for them to fight back and make as much noise as they can to get help.
  • To run away and ask a safe adult for help.
  • What safe places they can go to – a police or fire station, the library, a store or a friend’s house.
  • That if anyone touches them in their private areas, they should say “NO!” Explain that they should tell you about these kinds of incidents as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us and we will be glad to assist to help keep your keiki safe.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

January 24 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - January 24

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

The month of January is flying by and I am sure many of you at this time are making family plans for this upcoming spring and summer. You may have heard of "summer loss" – the erosion of knowledge and skills – during summer vacation. According to Rand Education and the Wallace Foundation, “students perform on average one month behind where they left off in the spring.” However, the time during the summer spent on enriching activities during the summer can put your child approximately two months ahead of other students in the same grade level. Over the course of five years there is the potential for your child to be performing a full grade level above other students nationwide.

Summer school does not have to be boring! St. Andrew’s Schools offeres a wide range of mentally and physically stimulating activities that run early in the morning all the way to the late afternoon. Here are three benefits of summer learning:

Develops Confidence Built Upon Success
With activity and growth comes success or the need to iterate again. Whether it is sports or robotics, each activity comes with its own set of milestones.

Leads to Creativity and the Ability to Vision
Filming a digital story, designing games or baking a tasty morsel is an expression of creativity. Summer provides an excellent time to explore, design and create though extended block periods that allow for a deeper dive into your child’s passion.

Helps Children Build a Unique Interest
Have you been trying to find a summer program that offers video game design, eSports or stop motion animation for elementary students? You'll find these and other unique opportunities to stretch your child's imagination right here at St. Andrew's this summer!

We are already looking to the future and have big plans for students this summer. Look for the summer programs catalog coming in early February and explore all the exciting unique opportunities at St. Andrew's Schools during our 10 weeks of Summer School and Summer Adventure Camps.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

January 17 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - January 17

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

The definition of generosity is the quality or fact of being generous and “a person of great generosity.”

The first part of our mission of St Andrew’s Schools is “to educate students in a culture of care, respect, love and service.” We desire our students to be strong individuals who care about others. Kindness and generosity can transform people’s lives. Positivity can uplift spirits, motivate students and propel schools forward. More importantly, it can bind individuals together in tightly woven ways though a personal circumstance. Ask your child to think about the last time someone was generous with their time, talent or resources with them.

●      What emotions were stirred up after receiving that thoughtful gift?

●      How was it helpful to you?

Now ask them to think about something that they did to help someone else.

●      How did being generous make you feel?

Something we can help children learn is that there is an emotional transaction that takes place between individuals that brings them closer together. So why does this happen? It’s because humans have the capacity and an innate desire to be generous. As professionals in a school setting, this is important to us because generous educators influence generous students who create a better and more generous world.  

The University of Notre Dame Science of Generosity Initiative  looks at different approaches from philanthropy to volunteerism to altruism and finds these themes important enough to combine them into a unique field of study. They define generosity simply as, “the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly.” Their research shows what most of us suspect. Those who are generous are happier, live healthier lives and have a purpose to life.

Who wouldn’t what those things? These are probably among some of the many reasons why people are so generous. The good news is that generosity can be learned through modeling and that is where we as parents and educators do our best work.

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

Adapted from Education Write Now, Volume II: Top Strategies for Improving Relationships and Culture, which will be released on Jan 20.

January 10 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - January 10

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

I hope that you had a wonderful winter break and enjoyed your time together as a family. We are off and running at The Prep and the teachers have many exciting learning adventures in store for your son. Be sure to check the Spring Save The Date below for all the upcoming activities.

Online Privacy and Safety
As soon as your child is using a computer, a cell phone, or any mobile device, it’s time to talk to them about online behavior, safety, and security. By acting responsibly and respectfully, they will enjoy the abundant resources and information available online while mostly avoiding things such as cyberbullying and inappropriate content. These are some of the tips the Department of Homeland Security shares with parents.

●      When very young children start using a computer, they should be supervised closely by a parent or caregiver.

●      You may want to allow access only to sites that you have visited and know to be appropriate – at least in terms of their educational or entertainment value.

●      Ask your kids to let you know if an online message or image makes them feel threatened or hurt. If you fear for your child’s safety, contact the police.

●      Some IM and email accounts allow parents to determine who can send their kids messages and block anyone not on the list.

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 son learn how to use her device responsibly. Find more information and register here.

We hope your son has a great spring semester!

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

Be sure to download and print The Prep Spring Save the Date.

December 20 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - December 20

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents!

Yeah, it's Christmas time!

That means end of the year celebrations and reflections. It also means the New Year is upon us and all of the excitement it brings. I’m sure many of you will be making your New Year’s resolutions. Mine is always to shed some of the holiday pounds...which I haven't always been successful doing!

A new year means a fresh start and it’s always good to have your family set and discuss your goals together to help each other achieve them. If you are looking for a goal-setting app, GoalsOnTrack can be accessed through both the web and through a smartphone application and it’s all about helping people to set and stick to SMART goals. Toodledo includes the ability to create to-do lists and to share them with your friends and family.

Goals
Research shows that setting goals improves both motivation and achievement. There are many types of goals. They may be academic, social, physical or behavioral to name a few. What we also know, even for most adults, is that goal-setting can be challenging. Carol Dweck from Stanford University outlines two different goal types.

Performance Goal: A goal that focuses on demonstrating tasks, content knowledge, skills or abilities, and often how the acquired skill or task will be judged in comparison to others (e.g. getting a 100 on a spelling test).

Learning goal: A goal that focuses on overall learning, particularly how mastery of a skill or concept will develop understanding and ability to subsequent learning and challenges (e.g. being able to speak Japanese).

According to Dweck, students who set learning goals focus on true mastery – a deep understanding from which students can draw conclusions, connect ideas, and build relationships to new skills and concepts. Learning-oriented goals help students develop grit and dedication to learning over time, as opposed to performance goals, which are more about proving intelligence or ability on isolated tasks.

Research tells us that while both types of goals help students achieve in school, learning goals lead them to greater understanding and enhance their ability to apply what they’ve learned in new ways in future challenges.

One of our goals as a school is for your son to have happy and prosperous 2019! Mele Kalikimaka a Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou!

Mahalo,

Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D.
Principal, The Prep

December 13 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - December 13

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents,

Okay, so confession time. I’m way behind on my Christmas shopping this year! So much cheer to give and so little time. As I’m making my list and checking it twice, I’m using the app Gifter (iOS, Android) to make sure everyone gets a present and I stay within budget. Santa’s Bag (iOS) has similar features and can even track if you wrapped the present or not and where you may have hidden it!

We know Christmas is not really about presents; it’s about love, joy, and happiness. It is also a great time to provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude. Studies show that people who express gratitude are more helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving – and they’re also more likely to be happy and healthy. The Harvard Graduate School of Education shares these tips for parents:

Real responsibilities. Expect children to routinely help -- for example, with household chores and siblings -- and only praise uncommon acts of kindness. When these kinds of routine actions are simply expected and not rewarded, they’re more likely to become ingrained in every day actions.

Expressing thanks. Consider making expressing gratitude a daily ritual at dinnertime, bedtime, in the car, or on the bus. Encourage children to express appreciation for family members, teachers, or others who contribute to their lives.

Hold family meetings. Give children practice helping to solve family problems such as squabbles between siblings, hassles getting off to school, and making meals more pleasant. Although as parents and caretakers we always need to stand firmly behind key values such as caring and fairness, we can make our home democratic in key respects, asking our children to express their views while they listen to ours.

On behalf of the many wonderful people at St. Andrew’s Schools, we want to wish you a Mele Kalikimaka a Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou!

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

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

The Prep Update - December 6

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents,

Wow! It’s already December, and like many of you the holiday season is my favorite time of the year! We have so many events, activities and celebrations going on and we hope you are enjoying the season and all the festivities.

Here are just some of the awesome activities that happened at The Prep over the last week on Wakelet.

Christmas Program
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!

Cookies and Cocoa
Right after the Christmas program on December 14, at 10 a.m., please join us for Cookies and Cocoa outside of Jubinsky Hall.

Please bring a favorite holiday dessert, a blanket or mat to sit on, and your holiday cheer. Our sign up google doc is here.

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

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

The Prep Update - November 29

Aloha, Awesome Prep Parents,

I hope you and your ‘ohana enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving break! I am thankful for having such wonderful families be a part of our school. As we enter into the holiday season, we are reminded (through Chapel and thoughtful teachers and students) that this is a time of giving, joy and celebration.

‘Ohana Events
We had a festive celebration for Picnic and Pie event right before our break. If you couldn't make it, we have a Cocoa and Cookies gathering coming up after our Christmas program on December 14. Look for the sign-up sheet soon.


Nā Kūpuna Day
Your children were so excited to see to see their grandparents and special guests with 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!

  

Christmas Programs
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 elementary 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!

#GivingTuesday
Thank you for your generosity on #GivingTuesday! It was tremendous success and every dollar goes back to your children.

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

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

The Prep Update - November 15 

Aloha, The Prep Parents, 

Culture of Learning
The start of November has been a busy on and off campus! Fourth graders Ronan Halliday, Neal Sehgal, Quinn Yamamoto and Matthew Sakurai had the opportunity to present to over 2,000 educators on Augmented Reality and Design Thinking in the state of Hawaii and were featured on social media during the conference. 

Our kindergarten and first grade teachers Mrs. Schick and Miss Zane, and technology teacher Mrs. Shintaku, presented with The Priory teacher leaders a session on STEM to STEAM. They discussed how to create new learning environments, integrate the arts into STEAM and transform  Hawai’i schools. We are glad to have leading students and educators at St. Andrews!

  

Lower School Robotics Team
Mahalo to Mrs. Shintaku and Mrs. Julia Lazaroff for spending the last few months preparing students for our school’s very FIRST Lego League Challenge team competition held at Kalani High School.  And a special thank you to the parents who came out to support their sons and daughters for the day.  Our Prep team members included Noah Baloran, Aidan Fitch, Ronin Halliday, and Asa Yost along with Priory team members Katelyn Hirata, Morgyn Bunton, Maya Galvez, and Siara Sam.  

It was an invaluable educational experience that resulted in a range of benefits such as 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 our students! They were champions for their perseverance and commitment.

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.

Next week Tuesday we will be celebrating 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 son’s teacher.    

Happy Thanksgiving!

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

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)

November 8 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - November 8

Aloha Prep Parents, 

What a busy first week of November! Today, several 4thgrade students presented at the Schools of the Future Conference, demonstrating augmented reality apps and the Design Thinking Process to over 2,000 conference participants!  
Tomorrow, kindergarten’s Mrs. Schick, 1stgrade’s Miss Zane, and technology teacher Mrs. Shintaku will be presenting with other thought leaders at the conference. They will be discussing how to create new learning environments and transform our Hawai’i schools. We are so proud of our amazing Prep students and faculty!

Today, we also celebrate national STEAM day, a day designed to inspire kids to explore and pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Our teachers have been hard at work incorporating our STEAM program into the Prep curriculum. Our classrooms are filled with eager students asking questions, and testing solutions.  

All Saints Chapel
On Tuesday, our Prep students, along with all K-12 Priory students, recognized  All Saints Day by attending chapel in the Cathedral. Ms. Armstrong’ 3rdgraders participated in the service by representing various saints both the past and present.  We were all reminded during Bishop Fitzpatrick’s inspirational message that saints still live among us as teachers, mothers, fathers, police officers, doctors, restaurant servers – community members who care for others.  We are very grateful for all the saints (moms, dads, caregivers, teachers) who serve and care for the students of St. Andrew's Schools daily.

This week in the classroom
During the month of November, the kindergarten class is focusing on food and family as they gear up for the Thanksgiving holiday. The boys have been interviewing their parents, siblings, and kūpuna for homework as well as studying their food groups.  Today, they are making Stone Soup and learning about seasonal vegetables! 

Over in the 1stgrade, students are also cooking up a storm and learning about different ethnicities. This week they studied China and made the Jubinsky Hall classes jealous as the delicious smell of fried rice permeated the building!  

  

Our 2ndand 3rdgrade students planted vegetable gardens together this week. The next time you are on campus, look out for sprouting cucumbers, okra, tomatoes, onion and peas coming up in our blue, raised garden beds.         

     

Up in the 4thgrade, the boys are busily preparing for their Game Zone Arcade event. This service learning project will raise money to benefit the Hawaii Red Cross and Save the Children.  The students are developing an advertising campaign to invite all students, faculty, and staff to this event! 

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

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

 

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

Nā Kūpuna Day
 Na Kūpuna Day is just around the corner!  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

First Lego League
Our eight-member robotics team comprised of 4th grade boys and 5th grade girls will be competing in their first tournament on November 12 in the First LEGO League at Kalani High School. The team has been practicing and collaborating for the past month to prepare for the event.

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, 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

The Prep Update - November 1

Aloha, The Prep Parents,

Can you believe that it is already November?!

With the holiday season right around the corner, we’re busy gearing up for many activities to end the year. 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.

After a week of the ultimate “dress up” in pajamas, super heroes, dinosaur and unicorn costumes, our students showed off their most favorite and creative character costumes and walked in our annual Halloween parade, which ended with our campus trick-or-treating. A big mahalo for the candy provided by staff and Upper School students.

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 Priory teacher, Ms. Pua Armstrong, has placed recycle bins on the second floor of Sellon Hall to dispose of single-use plastics. Through active engagement, students become passionate environmental stewards and thoughtful agents for change. Finally, our first grade students in Ms. Zane's  class hatched chicks this week and have been enjoying watching the life cycle process. The new additions will soon be named by our students! Please visit our sustainability spaces; the garden beds and hydroponic grow bins in front of Jubinsky Hall and check out the worm bins, garden beds and our chicken coop behind Sellon Hall.  

  

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

Shadow a Student Challenge
Over the next few weeks, administrators across the nation will be shadowing a student as part of a program sponsored by School Retool and Stanford University. Designed to build empathy for students, this is a great initiative to improve school programs. We will be participating by following students from The Prep as they go through their school day.

Schools of the Future
Members of the fourth grade design thinking class have been invited to present at the Schools of the Future Conference on November 8. They will be demonstrating augmented reality apps and the Design Thinking Process to more than 2,000 conference participants!

First Lego League
Our eight-member robotics team comprised of 4th grade boys and 5th grade girls will be competing in their first tournament on November 12 in the First LEGO League at Kalani High School. The team has been practicing and collaborating for the past month to prepare for the event.

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

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

October 25 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - October 25

Aloha, The Prep Parents, 

This week, our kindergarten class received a special surprise from their teacher, Ms. Marlene Schick. She presented each student with his very own keepsake golden ticket after the class completed the book "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl. Read more about this wonderful tradition Ms. Schick has been treating her students to since she started her teaching career.

Our second grade class took an exciting field trip with their teacher, Mr. Michael Rickman, to the Kaka‘ako Fire Station 9 on October 19 to learn about the job of a firefighter. 

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.  

Shadow a Student Challenge
Over the next few weeks, administrators across the nation will be shadowing a student as part of a program sponsored by School Retool and Stanford University. Designed to build empathy for students, this is a great initiative to improve school programs. We will be participating by following students from The Prep as they go through their school day.

Schools of the Future
Members of the fourth grade design thinking class have been invited to present at the Schools of the Future Conference on November 8. They will be demonstrating augmented reality apps and the Design Thinking Process to more than 2,000 conference participants!

First Lego League
Our eight-member robotics team comprised of 4th grade boys and 5th grade girls will be competing in their first tournament on November 12 in the First LEGO League at Kalani High School. The team has been practicing and collaborating for the past month to prepare for the event.

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

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

October 18 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - October 18

Aloha The Prep Parents, 

Shadow a Student Challenge
Over the next few weeks, administrators across the nation will be shadowing a student as part of a program sponsored by School Retool and Stanford University. Designed to build empathy for students, this is a great initiative to improve school programs. We will be participating by following students from The Prep as they go through their school day.

Schools of the Future
Members of the fourth grade design thinking class have been invited to present at the Schools of the Future Conference on November 8. They will be demonstrating augmented reality apps and the Design Thinking Process to more than 2,000 conference participants!

First Lego League
Our eight-member robotics team comprised of 4th grade boys and 5th grade girls will be competing in their first tournament on November 12 in the First LEGO League at Kalani High School. The team has been practicing and collaborating for the past month to prepare for the event.

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

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

October 11 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - October 11

Aloha The Prep Parents, 

Mahalo for a successful parent teacher conference day! Our teachers were excited to share how your child is learning and growing. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

Design Thinking
The Prep Studio Four is using the design thinking process from Stanford University to make design improvements to our school campus. Their recent field research used an augmented reality app to measure outdoor spaces. This generated over 54,000 impressions and 9,000 video views on Twitter! View their work here

Parent Service Project 
We’re grateful for dedicated and caring parents at our school! We’re fortunate that one of our parents, through her own initiative, organized a community service event this weekend to give our families an opportunity to reach out to those who are in need. We wish families who are attending the event a great experience and want to remind everyone that the school will not be providing chaperones or transportation to and from this family event. 

Parent Night
Please join us on October 17 for two concurrent sessions to choose from at 5:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP online (childcare provided).

  • Creating a Culture of Emotional Intelligence at School and Home 
    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
    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.

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

October 4 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - October 4

Aloha The Prep Parents, 

Parent Night
Please join us on October 17 for two concurrent sessions to choose from at  5:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP online (childcare provided).

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 Wednesday, October 17, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Pet Chapel
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. Check out pictures in the Star Advertiser photo gallery. 

Creating a Culture of Emotional Intelligence at School and Home
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.

The Preps Chili Potluck Service Project
The service project at the Next Step Shelter (Pier One, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813) will be held on Sunday, October 14, beginning at 11 a.m. Their mission is to help support those on the pathway out of homelessness by feeding 100 residents.

Please sign up to donate items. You can contact Joni Stewart with questions. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to help, you may donate $5 for additional supplies or other needed items on their wish list.

Approaching Semester Halfway Mark
Students will enjoy a five-day weekend with parent teacher conferences on Friday, Monday’s Discoverer’s Day holiday and Tuesday is a staff professional development day covering personalized learning. We look forward to seeing you at parent teacher conferences. You should have received a letter with your conference appointment time. Upon your arrival, please go directly to your son’s classroom. Childcare will be available in the Lower School library.

Nā Kūpuna Day
Please save the date for Friday, November 16, and look for more information in the coming weeks.

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

September 27 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - September 27

Aloha Parents, 

Parenting 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 Wednesday, October 17, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Only a Few Days Left to Give Aloha!
During the month of September, Foodland Maikaʻi customers are invited to make a donation of up to $249 per person. Our school (code 77130) is registered in the "Give Aloha" campaign of giving, and Foodland and The Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation. If you donʻt have a Maikaʻi card, you can sign up for one at the register. Mahalo nui loa for your gift of aloha.

The Preps Chili Potluck Service Project
The service project at the Next Step Shelter (Pier One, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813) will be held on Sunday, October 14, beginning at 11 a.m. Their mission is to help support those on the pathway out of homelessness by feeding 100 residents.

Please sign up to donate items. You can contact Joni Stewart with questions. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to help, you may donate $5 for additional supplies or other needed items on their wish list.

Nā Kūpuna Day
Please save the date for Friday, November 16, and look for more information in the coming weeks.

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

September 20 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - September 20

Aloha Parents, 

Share the aloha with a dot!
This past Friday, September 15th, our students participated in International Dot Day by harnessing their creativity and sharing their strength or gift to the world using one word. The inspiration behind the event is the childrenʻs book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds.

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.

Lunch with Your Son Our rescheduled LWYS in on Wednesday, September 26. Parents can either bring lunch or purchase lunch at our school cafeteria. 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 The Prep's community. 

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

September 13 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - September 13

Aloha,

It has been an exciting opening month. I don’t ever recall such an active hurricane season in my life. These powerful environmental phenomena always trigger childhood memories of hunkering down in my parents’ bedroom during Hurricane Iwa. I am glad your ‘ohana is safe and sound. We at St. Andrew’s Schools remain vigilant to make every effort to protect your children.

Back to School Night

We thank you for your patience with rescheduling of events. Our Prep 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 for important announcements.

Contact Information

When you have the chance, please take the time to review and update any important contact information in PowerSchool. We will have our registrar available on Back to School Night for any that need assistance.

Emotional Intelligence

Childhood can often be filled with stress, anxiety and confusion, especially at the beginning of a new school year (yes, also for parents). To help with this, Ms. Crowley, our physical education & mindfulness coach, is implementing meditation and yoga exercises into our curriculum. This is specifically designed to help children perform better in school, regulate their emotions and improve their physical state. We are proud that our teachers have been trained in the RULER program, designed at Yale University, to help your son develop his emotional intelligence.

Parent Teacher Fellowship

We are looking for PTF class representatives for our Prep classes. 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 son’s classroom or at the PTF table. For more information please visit the PTF representatives at Back to School Night or visit our school’s website for current PTF information.

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

September 6 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - September 6

Aloha!

September is already upon us and there are many exciting things happening at The Prep!

Last week students participated in our All-School Picnic. Be sure to check out some of the photos on our social media platforms of the exciting team building activities hosted by The Priory Upper School students.

Our 3rd and 4th graders enjoyed a visit from Dr. Truc Nguyen on the ways to positively use the internet. I encourage your family to discuss the ways technology can be used to help develop your child’s gifts and talents.

We are starting a new tradition next week with our first Lego Chapel. Chaplin Annalise has prepared a wonderful ceremony for the boys. We hope to build stronger connections together as The Prep across all grade levels.

Our Back to School Night coming up next week is a wonderful opportunity to find out how your child will be learning and growing this year. You're also welcome to schedule parent-teacher conferences before or after our Back to School Night. We understand that the grade level presentations don’t always afford the individualized attention that we want to dedicate to your son’s needs. I look forward to seeing you at this important event. 

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

August 30 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - August 30

Aloha Prep Parents,

We are looking forward to an awesome year! We plan to be on the cutting edge of innovative education and for your child to have a world class educational experience.

It is a pleasure to announce Mrs. Shim, our 4th grade teacher joining us this fall. She comes to us from ‘Iolani School, where she was co-chair of the Language Arts department and Math Department. Mrs. Shim has over 37 years of experience in education and was the Elementary Economics Teacher of the Year. She has a bachelor's in Elementary Education from Chaminade University and a master's  in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Hawai‘i.

Mrs. Kinnear is our 3rd grade teacher joining us this fall. She comes to us from the great state of Texas and has over 20 years of experience in education. She received a bachelor's in Theatre from Texas State University and a master's in Counseling from the University of Texas. She is certified in both teaching and school counseling.

This year, we are introducing  well-known and ground-breaking programs into our educational program. This is done intentionally to establish both content knowledge and critical skills to help develop these young men into empathic and world-changing leaders. We at The Prep are humbled to partner with you to prepare your son for future success in a rapidly changing world.

National Elementary Honor Society
We are pleased to inform you that this summer The Prep became the first independent school in Hawai‘i and the first school in Honolulu to be chartered for a National Elementary Honor Society. Our 4th graders will be eligible this year to be a part of this prestigious student organization, which is steeped in a tradition of excellence.

Student Government
Our upper elementary students will be establishing their own student government. Here they will learn the basics of parliamentary procedure, event planning and constitution writing. We expect them to help represent their peers and be an important part of our school improvement process.

Mahalo,

Winston Sakurai, Ed.D. 
Principal, The Prep

Queen Emma Preschool

June 6 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - June 6

We Have Spirit!

Last week, our Spirit Week culminated with a day of fun games and snacks then a picnic lunch that we all enjoyed together!

The teachers set up fun games and the children rotated to each classroom to participate in the games, enjoyed a little snack and then came together to enjoy a picnic lunch of musubi, baked chicken, carrots, and watermelon with all their teachers and friends. What a great way to celebrate our year and together show how much spirit the staff and children have at Queen Emma Preschool.

Last Friday was the first departure of children moving on to kindergarten and other schools for the summer. It is with mixed feelings that we say, “Good-bye” and wish them much success on their new journey!

On Monday, we welcomed our new families who are entering and returning to QEP with their younger children for the next school year. This began their journey with us and we look forward to getting to know all of them.

We wish everyone and wonderful, safe and fun summer! Please come to visit to share all your new and exciting experiences.

  

  

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

May 23 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 23

We Sure Have Spirit!
This has been another busy and FUN week for us. Spirit Week at Queen Emma Preschool allows us to show our school spirit!

Monday – Hat and Sunglasses Day
There were over a 100 different hats and sunglasses of every color, shape and design.

Tuesday – Visit from Hawaiian Electric and Create a Costume Day
A crew of linemen from Hawaiian Electric came to share about their job and the equipment they use to keep us safe. The highlight was the bucket that they use to go way up into the sky to reach the wires on the tall poles.

The children then paraded around the trike area to share their creative costumes with all their friends.

 

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday and Parents Appreciation Day
We sure were wacky! Children and teachers wore their clothes inside-out, one shoe with one slipper, lots with hair in ponytails and curlers, mismatched clothes and so much more!

Parents were shown appreciation with little gifts from the teachers and breakfast was served with coffee to say, “Thanks a Latte!” for all their support.  Then in the afternoon, there was another social event to say, “Thanks a Bunch!” so we could hang together and enjoy some snacks.

Thursday – Pajama Day
There were pajamas of every color and design. The children were happy to share their favorite pajamas and a cuddly stuffed animal that they liked to sleep with. We were all dressed so comfortably but wearing pajamas made us feel tired from early in the morning.

Friday – Games and Picnic
The teachers will be setting up fun games in their classes and all the children will be rotating to participate in the games, enjoying a little snack and then coming together to enjoy a picnic lunch of musubi, baked chicken, carrots, and watermelon with all their friends.

What a great way to celebrate our year and together show our spirit with our Queen Emma Preschool children, families and friends!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

May 9 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 9

Thank you to all our parents and especially to the Teacher Appreciation Committee for providing such an awesome superhero-themed Staff Appreciation Week for all of us!

We arrived on Monday and to our surprise, the doors were covered with superhero decorations including all of the staff names recognized on each door.

Also, on Monday, we were provided with a delicious breakfast to enjoy. There were muffins, biscuits, fresh fruit, pastries, croissants, yogurt, coffee, juice, egg quiche, sausages, scones and more. It was delicious and the “power breakfast” definitely gave us the energy to kick start our week.

On Tuesday, we each received a beautifully decorated personalized clipboard with “A Parent’s Thank You” note attached to it. The message warmed our hearts and we will remember the words forever. The afternoon energy bar also gave us the boost we needed to conquer the afternoon.

On Wednesday, a popcorn bar was set up during nap time to help us recharge our powers so we could face the afternoon and complete today’s mission. There were large bags of popcorn with treats like candy, arare, li hing powder, cheese powder and furikake so we could create a unique flavor we wanted to try.

Today, there will be a super power personalized gift for everyone and then on Friday, a “fantastic surprise luncheon” is being planned.

The teachers at QEP are Incredible but it is the support, recognition, appreciation, kindness and love that we receive from the children and parents that is the driving force that inspires us to work every day year after year.

Thank you for everything!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

                

May 2 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 2

During the month of May, each class celebrates the year with a graduation ceremony, recognizing the accomplishments and growth of the entire class. The children moving on to kindergarten will be celebrating together at our QEP graduation on May 18 at St. Andrew’s Schools.

Although we go year-round, the summer will be months of transition. We will be moving children to their new groups, saying good-bye to those leaving and welcoming new children and their families.  

Helping children to be a good friend takes skill and does not come easily to all. Children need to learn words to say to enter a group of children already playing and to understand how to invite others to play with them. 

Children need practice to say “Hi,” to share their name, and to smile as they join a new class or welcome new children into their class. Being friendly and kind are important skills for children to practice. 

The teachers will introduce the new children in the class and invite classmates to be a good friend by showing them what to do. This helps new children feel welcomed and the children in the class become the helpers in welcoming their new friends.

You can help your child learn to be a good friend by:

  • Role-playing how to introduce themselves.
  • Role-playing how to welcome a new friend in the class.
  • Reading books about friendship, discussing how the characters felt and what they said, and what they could do to make friends.
  • Using puppets to role-play ways to encourage friendship.
  • Discussing why someone might not want to be their friend, and how that makes them feel.
  • Role-playing how to ask to join a group of children playing, and how to share and be kind to new friends.
  • Reminding children that friends make mistakes, do not always agree with them, and will not always do what they want them to do.

Practicing these skills with your children and modeling these behaviors will help your children transition to new environments with greater success.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

April 25 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 25

The school year is quickly coming to a close and we are proud of how much the children have learned and grown over the year. Many of them are getting excited about entering kindergarten. As parents, you are excited, too, but may also feel anxious, worried and nervous about the changes your child will face. There will be a new learning environment, new teachers, new friends, and new routine – and you may be wondering how you can support their transition.

You want them to be prepared both academically and socially for kindergarten. Remember that social and emotional skills are more important at this time than academic skills such  knowing their letters and numbers. During the summer, you can continue to provide the kinds of activities they have experienced during their years here at Queen Emma Preschool.

  • Continue developing self-help and motor skills: dressing themselves, drawing and cutting with scissors.
  • Practice self-regulation, including following directions, paying attention and handling frustrations.
  • Work on playing well with others, making good choices, using words to solve problems and being able to express their needs and wants.
  • Encourage active play, pretend play and creative play.
  • Read books every day. Ask questions about the story, make predictions about what’s going to happen, draw and have your child dictate their own stories.
  • Talk and listen to your child.
  • Create art with pens, tape, glue, scissors, paper and boxes.
  • Go places, talk about the things they see and write them down.
  • Encourage independence, doing things on their own, taking care of themselves and helping with chores around the house.
  • Draw pictures, then have your child write their name and write words.
  • Limit screen time.
  • Engage in active learning experiences.
  • Just have fun!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

April 18 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 18

Field Day with St. Andrew’s Lower Schools
Last week was a busy week for all of us. The older four- and five-year-old children joined St. Andrew’s Lower Schools' The Priory and The Prep for a fun Field Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace on April 12.

We walked to the park from Queen Emma Preschool with the children, teachers and parents. The weather was amazingly nice and there was no rain the entire time until after our return.

QEP provided the poi-pounding activity for all the children and there were many fun activities coordinated by the Lower Schools in the hale. The children also had fun playing games in the park until our walk back to school for lunch.

Thank you to the Lower Schools for inviting us to join you. We had a great time!

 
 

Learning to Play! Playing to Learn! Workshop
On the evening of Friday, April 12, after our school closed, the magic began! The entire staff helped to transform the classrooms into individual play centers. They moved furniture and magically created engaging centers for families. Actually, it wasn’t magic but lots of work!

On April 13, the workshop started with everyone dancing to music to get our bodies moving. I then shared with parents how important they are as their child’s first and life-long teacher. And when they are engaged with their children through play, their children will learn and grow in all areas of development as play=learning!

We had 52 parents, grandparents and other family members who were engaged with 37 children. Families were able to take their children into every classroom to experience first-hand how much fun learning can be! We were so happy to have had such a great turnout of families. 

 

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

April 11 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 11

Join Us for a Morning of Family Fun!
Saturday, April 13, 2019
9 a.m.-Noon

We welcome you to come when you can or stay all morning! We are going to start with music and movement to get our bodies moving, our heart pumping and our blood flowing.

Learn about the “Power of Play” and how important it is for children to engage in play and how much learning happens when they are playing and having fun!

The purpose in offering this workshop is to provide an opportunity for you to see and experience first-hand the importance of play and how your child is learning through play. Research shows that young children learn best through play and through manipulation of materials and hands-on experiences. You will be engaged with your child, enjoy playing with them, offer guidance and suggestions and see just how much fun learning can be.

A sign-up sheet is on the cubby in your child’s class. Activities include:

Gross/Fine Motor Play
Balancing, hopping, following the line, obstacle course, fitness area, strength training/cardio workshop and more!

Construction Play
Building using different types of blocks, ramps, cylinders, cardboard boxes, tubes and more!

Process Art Play
Magnet painting, create a creature, salad spinner art, collage and more!

Hands on Snack
Edible cereal bracelet, strawberry/banana smash, sweet potato (uala), “My Plate,” proper hand-washing and more!

Sensory Play
Colored rice, moldable sand, play dough, spaghetti and more!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

April 4 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 4

Paramedic and EMS Vehicle Visit
Yesterday, the children were visited by a paramedic who works with the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team. She talked to them about her job, which is to respond and provide emergency services and help treat illnesses and injuries that require urgent medical care. 

She demonstrated on student volunteers how she would bandage a child’s head and other wounds. She also helped the children activate both hot and cold packs, helped a child onto the gurney and allowed the children to go inside the ambulance to see all the equipment and supplies they need to carry with them to help save lives.
It was a great way for the children to experience first-hand how an EMS team and the ambulance would be used to help them in an emergency.

Helping with the Queen Emma Ball
This evening, the Queen Emma Ball (QEB) will be held on the grounds of St. Andrew’s Schools. The QEB is an annual fundraising event that raises funds to support student scholarships and faculty professional development. The children eagerly helped to gather ti leaves from our property which will be used for the table decorations.

Learning through Play! Playing to Learn! Workshop
In celebration of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child, we will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m.-Noon. Please come and join us as we share the “Power of Play in the Lives of Young Children.” This will be a day of learning and playing with your child through fun activities that you can also continue at home.

A sign-up sheet is available on the cubby shelf in your child’s class.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

March 14 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - March 14

Save the Date
In partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and in celebration of the Week of the Young Child, we will be hosting our “Learning through Play! Playing to Learn!” workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m.-Noon. Please come and join us for a day of learning and fun! 

We will be opening our workshop at 9 a.m. with music and movement for everyone. Children naturally enjoy music and are allowed to have fun, be creative and develop and refine their social skills. This helps them to learn to work together, share and take turns and how to be creative in a group setting.  Music and movement also helps develop small motor and large motor skills, improves balance and coordination, helps children express emotions, improves children’s memory, cognitive development, imagination and helps children learn. 

The opening session will be followed by a short presentation on the “Power of Play” and how you can partner with us in providing “Play with a Purpose” for your child at home.

You will then be able to continue your play experiences throughout the school because the staff of QEP will have created play centers in each classroom filled with wonderful fun activities for you to play and learn together with your children. Here are the centers:

  • Gross Motor and Fine Motor Play
  • Construction Play
  • Hands-on Snack and Nutrition Play
  • Sensory Play
  • Process Art Play

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to see how and what your child learns at school and how you can facilitate continued learning at home. Hope to see you there!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

March 7 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - March 7

This week, we enjoyed a performance by Dragon Beat Taiko Hawaii as part of our celebration of Girl's Day. Tsutomu Nakai and Ryo Shinozaki and their two daughters are a QEP alumni family who return each year to share their love for taiko. 

Dragon Beat is a taiko group and school led by Master Taiko Percussionist Tsutomu Nakai. They offer lessons to students of all ages starting as young as two years of age. The Dragon Beat style is often described as energetic and upbeat ­– a blend of traditional Japanese taiko drum arrangements with a focus on rhythm, form and performance.

Tsutomu and Ryo brought their daughters and two others from their school and about 20 different drums to perform with. They allowed all the children and staff to experience taiko drumming first hand. What a great experience it was and children who were here last year were very excited to be able to play the drums again!

  

  

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

February 28 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - February 28

Officers from the Honolulu Police Department visited us this week to share what they do to serve the community. They shared with the children that they patrol the streets, help people who have accidents, direct traffic and keep everyone safe. They help us in so many ways!

Officer Scott talked about his uniform with the children. He wears a badge and even took it off so the children could pass it around to take a closer look. One student in our two-year-old class unzipped her jacket, placed the badge inside the jacket and then zipped it up again. Officer Scott also showed the children the two stars he has above his name. Each star represents five years of his work on the police force.

Officer Scott then showed us the tools he uses for his job. He talked about his handcuffs, flashlight, baton, pepper spray, walkie talkie, body armor and gun that he uses if someone tries to hurt him or others. He did explain that guns are not toys and should only be used by adults. 

Three officers from the Community Service Division with the Keiki ID kit program took individual pictures of the children and created an ID card with the valuable information you shared. Please keep this in a safe place in your home and provide it immediately to law enforcement if your child ever goes missing.  Remember to update your child’s photo at least yearly as there will be changes to physical characteristics with age. We hope that no family will ever have to deal with this issue. However, having this information will greatly help police officers.

Another officer talked about his vehicle.  All of the children were able to enter the squad car. They watched classmates who had volunteered turn on the flashing lights and the siren and horn, which was very loud!

The children had a wonderful first-hand experience and the officers did an excellent job sharing their work as community helpers. They were patient and non-threatening and the children loved talking with them!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

February 21 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - February 21

As we partner with families in educating their children, we offer many opportunities for parent involvement.  Family engagement in the early years can support your child’s readiness for school and lifelong success.  And when families are engaged you become more competent in your role as parents.  Through these interactions and relationships, you may learn additional strategies to promote development and learning at home.

February has been filled with wonderful opportunities to have parents attend activities and participate with their children. Parents can see how much their child has learned and has grown.

We started the month with the Chinese Lion Dance for Chinese New Year, two parent lunches, a Grand Am where the children raced their cardboard vehicles which they created with their parents, and three Valentine Tea Dances.

We also participated in the HAIS/WASC Mid-Cycle Accreditation Process with our entire St. Andrew’s Schools ohana.  The Accreditation team visited the downtown, K-12 Priory and Prep campus on Wednesday and Thursday and the visited our preschool campus on Thursday.  It was a pleasure to share QEP with them and all that we do. 

This coming Wednesday, February 27th, police officers of the Honolulu Police Department will be coming to share what they do to serve the community and to keep all of us safe.  They will also be providing a great service with their Keiki ID Program that supports families in having valuable and important information regarding their child in the event their child goes missing.  Please keep this in a safe place in your home and provide it immediately to law enforcement if your child ever goes missing. Remember to update your child’s photo at least yearly as there will be changes to physical characteristics with age. We hope that no family will ever have to deal with this issue; however, having this information will greatly help police officers and families in time of need.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 5          Celebrating Girl’s Day with Taiko Drums
M-F March 18 – 29        School closed for Spring Break
Monday, April 1              School closed for Teacher Professional Day 

 

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

February 14 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - February 14

Visit with Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick
We had a wonderful visit with Bishop Bob Fitzpartrick on Wednesday, February 6.  He read a story to the older children and shared how we are all loved by God. The children listened intently and when he was done asked surprisingly interesting questions like, “Did you ever write a book before?” His great answer was, “When I was little, I used to draw pictures and write stories about my picture.  Do you do that?” To which the children nodded and said, Yes!”

Thank you Bishop Bob for taking the time to come to read to us and we hope you will come again!

Valentine's Day 
Happy Valentine’s Day to our QEP families! This is a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation for the people in our lives. Talk with your children about what they can do  for others that does not cost anything, like greetings of “Happy Valentine’s Day,” giving a hug, a smile, making a card, or drawing a picture.    

Talk about how it feels when someone gives you a hug, draws a pictures for you, plays with you or helps you. Does it feel good? What does someone look like or what kind of face do they have  when you give them a hug or you help them?

By showing loving actions and not just saying the words “I love you,” we can show love to everyone by making them happy. No matter how many people we love, we always have more love in our hearts.

When someone is happy they smile, laugh, sing or dance. Spend time together as a family and treasure those special moments. 

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

February 7 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - February 7

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as the “Spring Festival.” It is also the tradition to thoroughly clean your house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

This year Chinese New Year fell on Tuesday, February 5, and we celebrated by inviting the Asian Lion Dance Team to perform the Chinese lion dance for the children. This year, we are celebrating the year of the Boar or Pig. The Boar symbolizes such character traits as diligence, compassion, and generosity.

Chinese believe red is a lucky color. We had two red lions perform for us this year! The children fed the lions the traditional li see (red paper envelope containing money) as they danced around them in the tricycle area. The lion is believed to bring good luck and the dance celebrates the beginning of spring.  The children also used bubble packaging to represent the “firecrackers” and made loud noises as we welcomed in the Lunar New Year.

 

Cold Weather and Flu Season
Please remember to keep a sweater or jacket in your child’s cubby at all times. The weather has been extremely cold and windy and therefore children will need a sweater, jacket or an extra shirt when going outside. They will also need a blanket to keep warm during naps.

Influenza – commonly called the flu ­– occurs mostly during the winter months.  Influenza usually begins with a sudden fever and other symptoms such as body ache, headache, cough or heavy breathing, sore throat and runny nose, low energy, or nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. It is caused by a virus.

If your child has these symptoms, see your doctor as they are able to test to confirm if your child has influenza. Antibiotics are not helpful for influenza because antibiotics do not treat viruses. Your child will only be prescribed antibiotics if they are suspected to have a bacterial infection.

Influenza is very infectious and can spread through the air by coughing and sneezing, and by touching objects that have been in contact with an infected person. Good hygiene can greatly reduce the chances of getting influenza or passing it to others. Good hygiene includes:

     • Regularly washing your hands.
     • Not sharing cups, utensils or food.
     • Coughing or sneezing into your shoulder or sleeve.
     • Using a tissue, throwing it away when done, then washing your hands.

If your child has the flu, please keep them at home until they are well again. Help your child recover faster by ensuring plenty of bed rest, drinking lots of fluids, and following your doctor’s recommendations. 

Let’s work together to keep our community healthy – children, siblings, parents, other family members and our QEP staff. Thank you!!!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

January 31 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - January 31

Our Community Helpers
Our units of study for January and February include learning about our community helpers, the uniforms they wear and the vehicles they drive. We also incorporate the various modes of transportation – air, land and sea.

We want the children to have a positive attitude toward the helpers in our community, such as police officers, firefighters, EMS, postal workers, doctors, dentists, teachers and others who serve the community.

Police officers will also be visiting on Wednesday, February 27 with their squad cars and the Community Service Division will be issuing free Keiki ID Cards to the children. This provides first-hand experiences for the children to see and hear the officers talk about their job, how they help us, the use of the 911 emergency numbers and how to identify the uniform they wear.

You can support our curriculum by talking about community helpers and most importantly, showing your appreciation for the work that they do. You can say hello or wave to the officers or say “thank you,” which shows respect for the work they do and models this behavior for your children. 

Some of the classes also visited the Children’s Discovery Center, where they were able to try on the uniforms our community helpers wear and the equipment they use. The teachers have also changed their dramatic play areas to create a bakery, doctor’s office, computer center, veterinarian office and more so the children can dress up and pretend-play these helpers’ roles. 

We are still coordinating visits from firefighters and EMS ambulance workers. If you are able to help, please let us know. 

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

January 24 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - January 24

QEP Community Week
This week is QEP Community Week. The children are having a great time visiting and playing in each other's classes. One teacher remains in the class while the other two rotate with the children. Each day, the children cannot wait to visit their neighbors to play and explore the new toys and equipment. 

On Friday, the children will be visiting me in the office, watching Aunty Saori and Aunty Kei in the kitchen making their lunches, and visiting with Uncle Ray who will share all the tools he uses. QEP is a great community as we work and play together every day!

Queen Emma’s Birthday
We celebrated Queen Emma’s birthday after nap on Tuesday, January 22. Each class sang “Happy Birthday” to her and enjoyed a cupcake for our afternoon snack. This annual celebration is one of the ways that children begin to learn about the generous and loving queen who founded St. Andrew's Priory in 1867, paving the way for Queen Emma Preschool to come into existence. 

 

Next Week is Picture Taking 
Monday-Friday, January 28 - February 1           

            Monday         Leialoha
            Tuesday        Aloha Kamalii and Menehune
            Wednesday  Hokulele
            Thursday       Lehua
            Friday             Kapiolani      

Both individual and class pictures will be taken on the same day. If your child is absent on their scheduled day, they may take a make-up photo on any of the other scheduled days.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

January 17 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - January 17 

Update on Food Drive
Thank you again for your participation in our food drive in December for the Hawaii Food Bank. We received a notification that together we collected and shared 526 pounds of food with Hawaii families in need. What an awesome job!

Osaka Preschool Association
On Friday, January 11, we were visited by 27 teachers and administrators from 21 different preschools in Osaka, Japan. The Osaka Preschool Association sponsored these teachers to help broaden their experiences and knowledge about preschool education in other countries. The teachers brought puppets, games, fans, origami paper and folded origami items to share with the children.

 

QEP Community Week
As we begin our units on community and community helpers, teachers will be discussing the following with the children:

·      That they live in a community at home and that we are a community here at QEP.
·      We have friends in our class and we have neighbors in all the other classes.
·      We work and play together.

Next week will be QEP Community Week. The children will be visiting and having an opportunity to play in each of the classes. One teacher will remain in the class while the other two rotate with the children. Each day, the children will get to play in two different classes and the teacher will explain the areas and what will be available. The teachers will discuss with the children how each class was the same or different from theirs. On Friday, the children will be visiting me in the office. They will also visit Aunty Saori and Kei in the kitchen to see our lunch being prepared and Uncle Ray, who will share what he does and the tools he uses.

At QEP we are a community too, and everyone works hard and helps each other every day!

Queen Emma’s Birthday
We will be celebrating our founder, Queen Emma’s 183rd birthday on Tuesday, January 22. Each class will sing “Happy Birthday” and celebrate by enjoying a cupcake for our afternoon snack.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

January 10 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - January 10 

Happy New Year!
We hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends creating memories and family traditions.  The children were so happy to return to school, to see their friends and to return to a more normal familiar routine.  But I could tell that the parents were especially happy to see us and that school was back in session as they greeted us with big smiles and big waves!  Happy New Year to everyone!

Snow Day
What an exciting day we had today! We want to thank you to our QEP PTA for providing this super “cool” and fun event that was enjoyed by everyone! After a mix up with the truck delivering our snow, they were able to work with Hawaiian Ice to schedule, coordinate and have ice delivered within an hour to be sprayed in our trike area. 

 

Thank you to all our parents who came early to help shovel and fluff the snow but had to wait for the delivery of the ice. We appreciated your patience and understanding and hope that you got to stay and enjoy watching your children shriek, laugh and dig in the snow.

In the early morning, the weather was beautiful, the sky was blue, and the winter air was crisp. But soon after, the sky turned a little grey, we were sprinkled with some “Hawaiian snow” and drizzles. Luckily, the rain held out until the last groups enjoyed their time on the snow.  Only in Hawai‘i do we have to buy ice to provide our children with this wonderful experience while others on the Mainland dread the daily snow routine!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

Be sure to download and print the QEP Spring Save the Date.

December 20 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - December 20

QEP Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank
Thank you for your generous donations in support of our QEP Food Drive. With your help, we collected more than 1,000 canned and boxed food items for The Hawaii Food Bank. The children were excited as they waved good bye to the truck filled with the food they had collected. After its departure, they continued to talk about the truck taking all the food to families who don’t have any. It was a wonderful feeling to help others and learn about how we can all make a difference.

 

QEP Christmas Program Video
If you would still like to order a Christmas video, you may do so upon our return to school on January 7. Just complete an order form by the sign-in area and turn your order into the office. The joy of Christmas will fill your heart every time you watch it.

Wishing you a Happy Holidays!
The entire QEP staff would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. It’s a time to celebrate with your family and friends. We look forward to the New Year as we continue to partner with you in the education of your child. Thank you for your participation and support of Queen Emma Preschool. We look forward to seeing you all back at school on January 7!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

Be sure to download and print the QEP Spring Save the Date.

Picture Taking Week (Jan. 28-Feb. 1) Schedule
Monday         Leialoha
Tuesday        Aloha Kamalii and Menehune
Wednesday  Hokulele
Thursday       Lehua
Friday             Kapiolani      
Both individual and class pictures will be taken on the same day.     

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

December 13 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - December 13

QEP Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank
Thank you for your generous donation of canned foods in support of our QEP Food Drive, which ended today. The Hawaii Food Bank truck came around 10:30 a.m. to pick up all the donated items. This helps children understand why and how to help people and the good feeling that comes from giving to others.

QEP Christmas Program
The children shared their songs and dances -- and everything they did brought joy and smiles to everyone there. The air was filled with the spirit of Christmas and everyone’s heart was filled with love.

Cooler Weather
Cooler weather has arrived, so please remember to keep a sweater or jacket and extra clothes in your child’s cubby. When going outside to play, the children are reminded to keep warm by wearing their jacket or sweater or putting on an extra t-shirt. In addition, there often seems to be more accidents at naptime during the cooler months, so extra clothes are always needed. Please check to be sure that as your child grows, you supply their cubby with clothes that fit them. Trying to be independent can be very difficult if your child has difficulty putting on clothes that are just too tight.

Thank you very much for all you do to partner with us in making your child’s preschool experience a happy and safe time for learning.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

Upcoming Events:
December 21 – January  4 :  Christmas Holiday,  school closed
January 7: Classes resume
January 10: Snow day
January 28 – February 1:  Picture taking week, Monday: Leialoha; Tuesday: Aloha Kamalii and Menehune; Wednesday: Hokulele; Thursday: Lehua; Friday: Kapiolani 

Parent eNews December 6

Queen Emma Preschool Update - December 6

QEP Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank
The holiday season is filled with joy and love and is a time to celebrate with family and friends. As we celebrate this festive time of year, we must remind ourselves that there are those who are less fortunate. There are many families who lost their homes during the lava flows, fires, flooding, and other natural disasters right here in Hawai‘i, as well as on the mainland.

You can model and teach your child lessons in compassion and generosity. Talk to your child about helping others and ways to do this. One such way is through our current food drive.

We are supporting the Hawaii Food Bank, which has served the people of Hawai‘i for more than 34 years by distributing large quantities of food through agencies on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i so that no one goes hungry. Our QEP Food Drive started on Monday, December 3 and runs until Thursday, December 13, when the Hawaii Food Bank truck comes to pick up all the donated items. 

By participating in this effort, children understand why and how to help people and the good feeling that comes from giving to others. This is an easy way to teach young children to be generous by having your child choose what items they would like to buy or bring from home to share with those in need.

Thank you in advance for your generous donations.

QEP Christmas Program
Our Christmas Program will be held this Saturday, December 8, in the

St. Andrew’s Schools gym from 4-6 p.m. The children will be sharing songs and dances to get you in the holiday mood. There will be a social following the program, so please sign up indicating what you plan to bring to share for refreshments. Please join us!!!  

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

Upcoming Events:
December 3-13: Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank
December 8: Christmas Program,  St. Andrew’s Schools Gym,  4-6 p.m.
December 21 – January  4 :  Christmas Holiday,  school closed
January 7: Classes resume

November 29 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - November 29

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Our days are full and busy, so taking time to spend with family and friends to create treasured memories is very important.

With holiday season here, there are added activities to our schedules such as shopping, decorating, baking, family gatherings, programs, recitals and travel. Although these activities are fun, they can add stress. 

As adults, it’s important to recognize these feelings not only for ourselves but to help our children cope with their feelings as well. Here are some suggestions to help you deal with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

  • Try to maintain a normal routine. Having a routine is so important for young children to feel secure and to know what to expect and make sense of their world. Children feel safe when they can predict “what comes next.”
  • Making sure your child gets plenty of rest, which will help them deal with stress. Know your child and help to set realistic expectations.  A tired child will not do well going shopping or being out late for an event.  Rest will also keep your children healthy and feeling their best.
  • Planning healthy meals and snacks can help to balance and limit the amount of sweets during the holidays. Good nutrition can have a major impact on how children feel.
  • Talk to your child about the events of the day. Some surprises are expected but help children be prepared for changes to their routine.
  • Incorporate some quiet time for both adults and children. Set time aside for a nap or to play quietly. Ask your child what they would like to do to feel better and help make these activities available.
  • Maintain your stress level and stay calm as much as possible. Children will sense your stress and become stressed as well. Take time for yourself and show appropriate ways in managing stressful situations.

Holidays are a time for families to be together and share family traditions and create memories. Being a part of a family helps children feel connected to love ones in their lives not only during the holidays but throughout their lives.

Visit from Preschool Teachers in Japan

On Thursday, November 15, preschool teachers from Japan visited us. They were sponsored by Shogakukan Publishing, a large Japanese publishing company of educational materials, which offered this opportunity to teachers who use their materials. 

The teachers were very interested in our curriculum, the centers and activities that are provided, and the many opportunities for families to be involved. They commented on how relaxed and happy all the children were and the teachers, too! The teachers also shared origami paper folding with the children. The children still talk about their visit and want to continue doing origami art.

  

  

Upcoming Events:
November 29: Home for the Holidays Shopping Event, 5-8 p.m.
December 3-13: Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank
December 8: Christmas Program,  St. Andrew’s Schools Gym,  4-6 p.m.
December 21 – January  4 :  Christmas Holiday,  school closed
January 7: Classes resume

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

November 15 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - November 15

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have so much to be thankful for. The teachers are asking the children to share about what they are thankful for, who they are thankful for, and why and what they can do to show someone they are thankful.    

Being thankful is a basic lesson for young children. Talk to your child about being thankful and use teachable moments to remind children about being thankful.  When your child shares with someone be sure to recognize them by saying, “I’m so proud of you for sharing your toys with your friends or sharing with your sister.” This makes your child feel good and leaves them wanting to do it again. 

You can also encourage the other person to say, “Thank you!  I like it when you share with me!” Learning to share and be thankful helps children become sensitive to the feelings of others and helps develop positive relationships.  Being thankful also helps us appreciate the good things in life, big and small.

Children always model their parents so be sure to use “please” and “thank you” when you talk and play with them. Children learn more from what they observe than what they are told. Encourage children to write thank you notes for gifts or to express their appreciation. Young children can draw pictures and dictate while you write, and then you can help them sign their names.

It is a great time to talk to your child about being thankful and how people everywhere have different things they need. Talk about how some people need food to eat and others need clothes to wear and that when people help them, they are so thankful.

Upcoming Events:
November 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday, school closed
November 29: Home for the Holidays Shopping Event, 5-8 p.m.
December 3-13: Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank
December 8: Christmas Program,  St. Andrew’s Schools Gym,  4-6 p.m.
December 21 – January  4 :  Christmas Holiday,  school closed
January 7: Classes resume

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

November 8 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - November 8

As parents, you are your child’s first teacher and will continue to be their life-long teachers. Our goal is to develop strong relationships with our parents.  Through our partnership, we share our knowledge of child development, and create healthy children and strong families.  

During the month of November, we are focusing on family. We have been learning about the different roles of family members, where we live and things we enjoy doing together while exploring the differences and similarities among our ‘ohana. 

Each classroom will host a Family Thanksgiving luncheon. Students will perform songs and dances,  participate in activities and enjoy a delicious lunch with family members.  Some of our teachers plan to prepare the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more. We are excited to gather with our QEP ‘ohana!  

Upcoming Events:
November 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday, school closed. 
November 29: Home for the Holidays Shopping Event, 5-8 p.m.
December 3-13: Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank. 
December 8: Christmas Program,  St. Andrew’s Schools Gym,  4-6 p.m.
December 21 – January  4 :  Christmas Holiday,  school closed. 
January 7: Classes resume

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

November 1 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - November 1

Our Halloween Family Fun Event was a great success! Thank you to our QEP families for your donations, volunteer efforts and participating in all the activities and games. A big shout out to our student volunteers from St. Andrew’s Schools – The Priory and Moanalua High School. Without their participation, we wouldn’t have been able to offer all the fun activities and games. It was wonderful to see all of our alumni and their families who returned to campus. They enjoyed visiting with former teachers and their friends from years past as they had fun together!  

The children were busy sticking their hands in the wet spaghetti and pumpkin goop as they felt for eerie, gooey, and some scary Halloween trinkets. They had fun playing with monster stew slime, ghost mud soap and Play-Doh. They used their creative talents as they decorated trick-or-treat cloth bags, made Halloween magnets, decorated pumpkins, and designed super hero masks and capes.  

       

They continued into the The Lagoon as they used their skills in each of the fun games: Sea Urchin Toss, Duck Pond, Treasure Dig, Let’s Go Fishing, Scrub the Deck and Captain Hook’s Ring Toss Game. They had so much fun playing the games over and over again, gathering all their tickets and redeeming them for prizes.

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The adults enjoyed our special drawing activity and were able to enter their names for items they wanted to win. Donations from parents, corporate sponsors, vendors, restaurants, and others helped to create all the excitement.   

The Black Cat Cantina offered many different and yummy Mexican foods that they created on-site. There were burrito bowls, bean, beef and chicken burritos, cheese roll ups and beef and chicken enchiladas. We also had Asato Family’s Local Kine Sherberts and Kona Ice for some cool, refreshing treats. 

Thank you to all our hard-working and creative staff for your passion, dedication and energy you pour into your work every day. You help to create this special place called Queen Emma Preschool and you touch the lives of everyone who walks through our doors.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

October 25 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - October 25

Our Halloween Family Fun Event is just a few days away!

We are so excited, and our entire staff is working so hard preparing for this event. Here are some reminders and other information.  

We will be closing at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 26 after lunch. The children will be inside so please pick up your child promptly from their class.

Our event will be on Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking is available at Queen Emma Preschool, International Baptist Church and Nu‘uanu Elementary School. If your child would like to wear their Halloween costume, please bring extra clothes to change out of their costume as it often gets quite hot.

Special drawing tickets are available at $1 each and you get to select which item you would like a chance to win. You do not have to be present to win. You can turn in your pre-order form by Friday and the teachers will write out the slips for you and drop them in the container of the item you want to win. More tickets and new items will be available on Saturday.

Scrips are also available for purchase at $10 each. The scrip will be used for ALL the activities, games, special drawing tickets and for food at the concession.  More tickets will be available on Saturday. Kona Ice will also be available in the side yard and you will need to pay for that separately.

There will be so many fun activities for your child! Your child will be able to play with monster stew slime, ghost mud soap, Play Doh, go treasure hunting in spaghetti and pumpkin goop, decorate a trick-or-treat cloth bag, make a Halloween magnet, decorate a pumpkin, and decorate a mask and cape. They will be able to try their skills in The Lagoon at the Sea Urchin Toss, Duck Pond, Treasure Dig, Let’s Go Fishing, Scrub the Deck and Captain Hook’s Ring Toss Game. 

All of these activities will surely work up your appetite so head to the Black Cat Cantina for some burrito bowls, beef burritos, cheese roll-ups and enchiladas.

Come and enjoy the fiesta!

Upcoming Events:
Friday, October 26: Queen Emma Preschool closes for Family Fun Fair preparations, 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 27: Halloween Family Fun Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Queen Emma Preschool.

October 18 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - October 18

Halloween can be a fun time for dressing up in costume and pretending to be something or someone else. Children like it for the treats, too. To ensure a fun time for all, be sure to check the treats before allowing children to enjoy them.  Taking along some of your own healthy snacks will help to limit the amount of sweets your child eats.

Costume Safety Tips:

  • Dress children in comfortable clothing and costumes.
  • If wearing a mask, be sure children can see and breathe well.
  • Create a costume using t-shirts and/or shorts to stay cool and comfortable.
  • Use accessories that are safe and easy to carry. Be sure nothing is sharp or too long.
  • Keep costumes short in length to prevent tripping.

Trick or Treating:

  • Before setting out, discuss safety rules.  Children are often so excited and they forget about safety.
  • Children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Plan a safe and familiar route.
  • Stay in well-lit areas with lots of other people around.
  • Use a flashlight or lantern to light the way. 
  • Place reflective tape on clothing to make children more visible to drivers.
  • Walk and hold your child’s hand.
  • Bring along water to keep your child hydrated.

And the best and safest way to celebrate Halloween is to join us at our Halloween Family Fun Event. There will be lots of fun games and activities designed specifically for young children!

Date:       Saturday, October 27
Time:       9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Place:      Queen Emma Preschool
Parking:  Queen Emma Preschool, International Baptist Church and Nu‘uanu Elementary School 

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, October 20: St. Andrew's School's Open House , 9-11 a.m., St. Andrew’s Schools campus. Come enjoy coffee and pastries and learn more about what your child will experience in our K-5 program. 
Friday, October 26: Queen Emma Preschool closes for Family Fun Fair preparations, 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 27: Halloween Family Fun Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Queen Emma Preschool.

October 11 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - October 11

Please save the date for our  QEP Halloween Family Fun Event!

Date:   Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time:   9:00 – 1:00 pm
Place:  QEP

Come to our Halloween Family Fun Event and invite your family and friends so they too can enjoy the safe and fun activities we are providing for our young children.

This event fosters community building and allows families to meet and develop lasting relationships with their child’s friends. Our alumni also return to reconnect with all of us and reunite with families their children went to school with here at QEP.

We will be transforming our school so you can spend time with your child and their new friends and get to know their parents while the children play and have fun together.

There will be so many fun areas for your whole family to enjoy!

“Monsters and Guts Oh My!” – Play-Doh, slime, treasure hunting
“Tantalizing Treasures” – Arts and crafts
“The Lagoon/Redemption” – Lots of fun games and prizes
“Special Drawing” – Lots of prizes to win
“Black Cat Cantina” – Come dine and unwind and enjoy the fiesta!
“Kona Ice” – Cold and delicious shave ice

 And MORE!!!

Come dressed in your creative Halloween attire but don’t forget to bring a change of clothes as it does get quite warm as your child is busy participating in activities and games.

We also need your help to coordinate and supervise all of these activities. The shifts are only about an hour and the work is easy and fun!  You’ll be receiving a sign-up sheet today so please choose the best time you will be available to help.

Upcoming Events:
Friday, October 15: Last day to place Mixed Bag orders to ensure holiday delivery. Please check your email for more information on how to place orders and share seller info from our PTA. Remember to put the fundraiser ID: 836056,  your student's name and class information. 
Saturday, October 20: St. Andrew's School's Open House , 9-11 a.m., St. Andrew’s Schools campus. Come enjoy coffee and pastries and get to know more  about our K-5 program, St. Andrew's Schools campus.
Friday, October 26: Queen Emma Preschool closes for Family Fun Fair preparations, 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 27: Halloween Family Fun Fair, All Schools, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Queen Emma Preschool.

October 4 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - October 4

As we talk about keeping our bodies healthy and safe, we discuss eating healthy foods along with regular exercise to stay healthy. But the most important and easiest way to avoid getting sick is proper and frequent hand washing. Hand washing is only effective if it is done properly. Hand washing helps prevent the spread of germs and keeps everyone healthy.

At QEP, we have always been diligent about children washing their hands after bathroom use, when coming in from outdoor play, before meals and snacks, after coughing or sneezing, and blowing and wiping their nose. Once we implemented hand washing upon entering the class in the morning, we have seen a definite decline in colds, runny noses and children on medication.

Children wash their hands when entering the classroom each day, and if you plan to stay a while, please model this behavior by washing your hands, too!

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

  • Wet your hands.
  • Put soap onto your hands.
  • Scrub hands for 20 seconds while singing the alphabet song slowly.
  • Wash your hands, between the fingers, on the backs of the hands and under the nails.
  • Rinse hands under running water then dry hands with a paper towel.
  • Use the paper towel to turn off the water.
  • Throw the paper towel away.
  • Practicing good hand washing hygiene with your children will help keep everyone healthy!

Here are suggestions on other times to wash your hands: 

  • After using the bathroom.
  • After changing a diaper.
  • Before eating and or touching food.
  • After coughing or sneezing.
  • After touching an animal including pets.
  • After playing outside.
  • Before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or relatives.
  • After cleaning a room or the house.
  • Before administering medication.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 8: Discoverer's Day, No School.
Tuesday, October 9: Teacher Professional Day, No School. 
Friday, October 15: Last day to place Mixed Bag orders to ensure holiday delivery. Please check your email for more information on how to place orders and share seller info from our PTA. Remember to put the fundraiser ID: 836056,  your student's name and class information. 
Saturday, October 20: St. Andrew's School's Open House , 9-11 a.m., come enjoy coffee and pastries and get to know more  about our K-5 program, St. Andrew's Schools campus.
Friday, October 26: Queen Emma Preschool closes for Family Fun Fair preparations, 1 p.m. Queen Emma Preschool. 
Saturday, October 27: Halloween Family Fun Fair, All Schools, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Queen Emma Preschool.

September 27 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - September 27

Our focus is always on the children first, therefore we begin our school year with the theme, “I’m Me and I’m Special.” 

During the months of September and October, we will be helping children adjust to the school routine. We focus on names, body awareness, how to keep our bodies healthy and safe, good foods to eat, using our senses and understanding our feelings. Teachers will be discussing and providing experiences that are age and developmentally appropriate for their students. Young children learn by repetition to extend their understanding of concepts, therefore, they may do similar activities as the previous year but with much greater depth. You will be able to see how much more your child is able to understand and do by themselves.  When you encourage and acknowledge these growing skills, your child will feel proud of all they can do! 

Because children come from varied experiences, and many have no previous group experience with other children, sharing and taking turns are often difficult for them. To help them transition to school and into a group setting, this theme helps them to understand themselves and others. Their “me” world is supported and then stretched to include other children and adults. Making friends is a skill they are learning as they develop their social competence and learn about give-and-take in any relationship.

To help children understand the routines and classroom rules, teachers use word choices they'd like to see happen rather than correcting behaviors by saying "no." 

Some examples of things we say:

“We use walking feet inside and we can run outside,” instead of “No running!”

“We use gentle hands and words to solve our problems,” instead of “No hitting!”

“We sit on the chair when we eat,” instead of “No walking and eating!”

“We wait for a turn and share our toys,” instead of “No taking away toys!”

As children hear these words, they understand the positive behaviors we are encouraging rather than the negative behaviors we are trying to correct. Being patient and consistent is the key. This works because all teachers at QEP use the same words and support each other while working with all of the children.

Please support our PTA Mixed Bags Fall Fundraiser. Also, as a friendly reminder, please remember to pay your PTA membership dues if you haven't done so already. The deadline (September 15) is now past. Mahalo!

Upcoming events

10/1: Animal Blessing Chapel with Chaplain Annalise, 9-9:15 a.m.
Your child may bring a picture or stuffed animal of their pet or a favorite animal.

September 20 Parent eNews

Thank you to all parents who attended our PTA Meeting and Parent Orientation Meeting last week! We were excited to meet all of you and truly appreciate those of you who attend year after year as your child moves from class to class. Being your child’s first teacher, you will have many opportunities to be involved and engaged in your child’s education. At QEP, teachers will help you understand child development and developmentally appropriate practices and how you can help your child. Also, we will learn from you as we partner together.

We want you to feel comfortable and welcome you to support and participate in class and school events and share with your child’s teachers about any concerns or goals you might have for your child.  This will give all of us valuable opportunities to strengthen the bridge between home and school and ultimately support your child.

QEP is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (HAIS/WASC). The accreditation process emphasizes the importance of helping to maintain, support and encourage family involvement.

These are some of the many ways we accomplish this:

1.  We gather information about each child and their family through our “Getting to Know You” questionnaire that is distributed to families each year. This gives parents the opportunity to share with us and helps develop relationships so that home and school are connected in positive, respectful ways.

2.  We engage families through many different means of communication – verbal, written, phone, text, photos, etc. Entering the class as you drop off or pick up provides opportunities to talk with the teachers and share information or their concerns. Teachers prepare daily written reports for each child on how their day went so parents have a glimpse of their child’s day from morning transition, activities they were engaged in, friends they played with, their food consumption (snacks/lunch), bathroom habits, amount of sleep during nap time, skills they may be working on and also the fun things your child shares with us. Teachers snap photos and text them to parents to share those special moments.

3.  We welcome families to share their talents, culture, and resources that are pertinent to the unit of study. If you'd like to share, please let the teachers know how you want to share.

Upcoming events

10/1: Animal Blessing Chapel with Chaplain Annalise, 9-9:15 a.m.
Your child may bring a picture or stuffed animal of their pet or a favorite animal

September 13 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - September 13

We just dealt with another threat of severe weather and the unsettling emotions that we are all going through from unpredictable weather and possible dangers bring disruptions to our normal routines. School closures are another disruption to family routines. However, keeping children and families safe is a greater concern

Children react differently and may have fears of severe weather. Some enjoy looking out the window and watching as the rain and wind intensifies while others are terrified of the loud noises and flashes of the thunder and lightning.

Here are a few suggestions for helping children cope with fears of severe weather.

1.  Be and stay calm. 
Being prepared with enough food and water and other essentials such as flashlights and batteries will help you be ready.  When warnings are issued and you begin to panic and stress, young children begin to stress too.  Children learn to cope by
watching how you react and cope to stressful situations. Being prepared brings comfort to everyone.

 2.  Keep informed.
Be sure to have a battery operated radio or use your phone to stay informed and connected.  However, be discreet so you do . not frighten children with constant updates and photos.

3.  Prepare children in advance of the severe weather.
Read books together about clouds, storms, lightning and thunder and talk about them being part of nature. Talk about the weather on a daily basis and answer your child’s questions age-appropriately. Acknowledge that it is okay to be afraid and scared but you will keep the family safe.

4.  Prepare a bag or box of toys they can play with during this time. 
You might include games, paper with pens and crayons, favorite books and other items for them to enjoy.

5.  Talk about what might make them feel better and more secure. 
Maybe earphones would help children who are afraid of the loud thunder sounds or a favorite blanket to cuddle with might help them feel more comfortable.  You would then be more prepared the next time.

Important Dates to Remember

Thursday, September 13
PTA Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m.
Queen Emma Preschool 

Saturday, September 15                   
Parent Orientation Meeting*,  9-11 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Schools –Ylang Ylang Courtyard

* Please sign up in your child’s class letting us know you are able to join us.

September 6 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - September 6

This has been an exciting week as we welcomed 21 new families to our QEP family.  These new 2–5 year olds were excited to begin their school experience. For many, this was their first school experience. There have been some teary eyes and some loud cries but after being comforted by their teachers, the children settled in and were seen busily playing with puzzles, toys, Play-Doh, painting and making new friends. As I walked around the school in the middle of the morning, there was not a single teary eye to be found. 

This ease of the transition validates the extreme patience and consistency of the routines teachers follow. For young children, routines are so important as they provide a sense of stability, predictability and control of their environment.  Children feel safe when they know what to expect. 

However, often times a child may seem to have adjusted well to school and then a few weeks later, s/he begins to cry and fuss about coming to school. Please be assured that this is a normal occurrence, and the novelty has now become routine as this is what children need to feel secure.  Keep your morning routine consistent, tell your child it is ok to be sad but they will be fine. Your child will sense your confidence in his/her ability to adjust to school.

If you are seasoned parents and have already gone through this transition, you are fully aware of how new parents must feel.  Please reach out to them and lend a supportive glance or share words of encouragement that this will pass. I am sure they will appreciate your support and they will be able to look back in a few days or weeks with smiles that their child has made such a great adjustment to school.

Important Dates to Remember

Thursday, September 13
PTA Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m.
Queen Emma Preschool 

Saturday, September 15                   
Parent Orientation Meeting*,  9-11 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Schools –Ylang Ylang Courtyard

* Please sign up in your child’s class letting us know you are able to join us.

August 30 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - August 30

Welcome to a brand new school year! We are very excited about our year ahead with our returning families and the many new families we welcomed throughout the summer. There will be more children who will be starting in September. Gradually enrolling new children allows teachers to support both the children and families with a smooth transition.

For many families, this is their first experience entering a school environment and they are often anxious and nervous as they transition to school. A consistent routine is most important for young children to feel safe and to help build a bond with their new teachers and friends.  You can help support your child by setting up realistic routines and routines you can be consistent in following. 

Remember to say, “good-bye” and wave whether your child is crying or happily waving to you. This verbal message whether your child responds or not clearly states you are leaving. Please, never sneak out of the classroom, as trust with you and the teacher cannot be built on fear. Supporting your child daily will build a strong connection to school and your child’s transition will be much quicker and easier for everyone.

Parent eNews will be shared every Thursday. Be sure to check back weekly for parenting tips, curriculum support and fun events. 

Important Dates to Remember

Saturday, September 15                   
Parent Orientation Meeting  9-11 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Schools – Ylang Ylang Courtyard
*** Adults Only!  No infants or children.

Friday, October 9                               
Teacher Professional Day – school closed

Friday, October 26                             
Halloween Family Fun! Prep – school closes at 1 p.m. after lunch

Saturday, October 27                        
Halloween Family Fun!  9 a.m.–1 p.m.

WThFri, Nov. 21, 22, 23                    
Thanksgiving Holiday

Saturday, December 8                      
Christmas Program  4-6 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Schools – gym                                                           

Friday, December 21                         
Teacher Professional Day
School closed and Christmas holiday begins

Monday, January 7                            
School resumes

All School Information

June 6 Parent eNews

All-School Update - June 6

Best wishes for a fun, happy and healthy summer!

Information from Our Neighbors

Summer Camp: June/July 2019
On O‘ahu at Camp Mokule‘ia, on Maui at Camp Keanae, and on the Big Island at Makapala Retreat Center, and a Day Camp at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Click here for more information and to register


Our neighbors at the International Hospitality Center (IHC) are looking for hosts for international students on Saturday, June 22. This is a one-day opportunity to have fun and make memories with an international student. 

You can find more information and download the flyer here


School Announcements

Commencement Parking
Commencement parking on campus for Sunday, June 9 is limited.  Additional parking will be available at Central Middle School.  Gates will be open at 3 p.m. and be locked at 8 p.m. Please enter from either Kukui Street or Queen Emma Street. 

 

More information on book buyback 

 

visit school uniform website

May 23 Parent eNews

All-School Update - May 23

Information from Our Neighbors

Summer Camp: June/July 2019
On O‘ahu at Camp Mokule‘ia, on Maui at Camp Keanae, and on the Big Island at Makapala Retreat Center, and a Day Camp at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Click here for more information and to register


Our neighbors at the International Hospitality Center (IHC) are looking for hosts for international students on Saturday, June 22. This is a one-day opportunity to have fun and make memories with an international student. 

You can find more information and download the flyer here


School Announcements
Please remember that there will be no school on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

We have many events coming up and we encourage you to check out our Upcoming Events page as we end of the end of the school year

 

More information on book buyback 

 

May 9 Parent eNews

All-School Update - May 9

Information from Our Business Office 

Please take note of a few friendly parking reminders for us to show courtesy to our neighbors. 

Please DO: 

  • Use visitor parking stalls, which are located in Lot D, stalls #30-41.
  • Use parking at The Cathedral of St. Andrew  fronting Beretania Street when available. This lot is  managed by Diamond Parking.  Pay attention to signage for parking rates. 
  • Drive safely to keep our keiki safe!

Please DON'T: 

  • Park in St. Peter’s Church parking stalls, which are reserved for paying tenants of those stalls. Due to recent repeated violations, you may be towed!
  • Park in reserved faculty/staff marked stalls.  Doing so may delay our faculty in getting to class on time.
  • Park in the Queen Emma Ball stall #29.  There is signage to mark the stall and it's reserved 24/7. 

Mahalo for your kokua with parking on school premises.


Information from Our Neighbors

Summer Camp: June/July 2019
On O‘ahu at Camp Mokule‘ia, on Maui at Camp Keanae, and on the Big Island at Makapala Retreat Center, and a Day Camp at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Click here for more information and to register


Our neighbors at the International Hospitality Center (IHC) are looking for hosts for international students on Saturday, June 22. This is a one-day opportunity to have fun and make memories with an international student. 

You can find more information and download the flyer here


School Announcements
Please remember that there will be no school on Friday, May 17 as it is our Head of School Holiday. We have many events coming up and we encourage you to check out our Upcoming Events page as we end of the end of the school year

More information on book buyback 

May 2 Parent eNews

All-School Update - May 2

Information from Our Business Office 

Please take note of a few friendly parking reminders for us to show courtesy to our neighbors. 

Please DO: 

  • Use visitor parking stalls, which are located in Lot D, stalls #30-41.
  • Use parking at The Cathedral of St. Andrew  fronting Beretania Street when available. This lot is  managed by Diamond Parking.  Pay attention to signage for parking rates. 
  • Drive safely to keep our keiki safe!

Please DON'T: 

  • Park in St. Peter’s Church parking stalls, which are reserved for paying tenants of those stalls. Due to recent repeated violations, you may be towed!
  • Park in reserved faculty/staff marked stalls.  Doing so may delay our faculty in getting to class on time.
  • Park in the Queen Emma Ball stall #29.  There is signage to mark the stall and it's reserved 24/7. 

Mahalo for your kokua with parking on school premises.


Information from Our Neighbors

Summer Camp: June/July 2019
On O‘ahu at Camp Mokule‘ia, on Maui at Camp Keanae, and on the Big Island at Makapala Retreat Center, and a Day Camp at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Click here for more information and to register


Our neighbors at the International Hospitality Center (IHC) are looking for hosts for international students on Saturday, June 22. This is a one-day opportunity to have fun and make memories with an international student. 

You can find more information and download the flyer here


School Announcements
Please remember that there will be no school lunch served on Friday, May 3. Those attending who did not pre-order a lunch for May Day will need to bring their own lunch. 

April 25 Parent eNews

All-School Update - April 25

Information from Our Admissions Office

open house page


Information from Our Business Office 

Important Parking Notice for April 27 Addams Family Show: 
Parking for the April 27 show will be limited to St. Andrew's Schools parking lots and marked stalls around the James and Abigail Campbell Park. Parking lots at The Cathedral of St. Andrew and Tenney Theater parking lots are reserved for a service that evening; please do not park in these stalls. 


Information from Our Neighbors

Our neighbors at The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i are excited to announce two new partnerships with the Diocese for students – Diocesan Youth Day and Summer Camp.

Diocesan Youth Day (for grades 6 to 12): Saturday, April 27
Diocesan Youth Day is an attempt to revive youth ministry in the Diocese.  Who is it for?  Parishioners, friends, grandchildren, Episcopalians, non-Episcopalians, and any youth (grade 6 -12) who would enjoy a day at camp. Click here for more information

Summer Camp: June/July 2019
On O‘ahu at Camp Mokule‘ia, on Maui at Camp Keanae, and on the Big Island at Makapala Retreat Center, and a Day Camp at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Click here for more information and to register


Our neighbors at the International Hospitality Center (IHC) are looking for hosts for international students on Saturday, June 22. This is a one-day opportunity to have fun and make memories with an international student. 

You can find more information and download the flyer here


School Announcements
Please remember that there will be no school lunch served on May Day, May 3. Those attending who did not pre-order a lunch will need to bring their own lunch. 

order may day meal
make floral donation 

get your tickets for the show

April 18 Parent eNews

All-School Update - April 18

Information from Our Admissions Office

open house page

Information from Our Business Office 

Important Parking Notice for April 27 Addams Family Show: 
Parking for the April 27 show will be limited to St. Andrew's Schools parking lots and marked stalls around the James and Abigail Campbell Park. Parking lots at The Cathedral of St. Andrew and Tenney Theater parking lots are reserved for a service that evening; please do not park in these stalls. 

Information from Our Neighbors

Our neighbors at The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i are excited to announce two new partnerships with the Diocese for students – Diocesan Youth Day and Summer Camp.

Diocesan Youth Day (for grades 6 to 12): Saturday, April 27
Diocesan Youth Day is an attempt to revive youth ministry in the Diocese.  Who is it for?  Parishioners, friends, grandchildren, Episcopalians, non-Episcopalians, and any youth (grade 6 -12) who would enjoy a day at camp. Click here for more information

Summer Camp: June/July 2019
On O‘ahu at Camp Mokule‘ia, on Maui at Camp Keanae, and on the Big Island at Makapala Retreat Center, and a Day Camp at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Click here for more information and to register

School Announcements
Please remember that there will be no school lunch served on May Day, May 3. Those attending will need to pre-order by tomorrow, April 19 or bring their own lunch on May Day. 

order may day meal
make floral donation 

get your tickets for the show

April 11 Parent eNews

All-School Update - April 11

Information from Our Admissions Office

open house page

Information from Our Business Office 

Important Parking Notice for April 27 Addams Family Show: 
Parking for the April 27 show will be limited to St. Andrew's Schools parking lots and marked stalls around the James and Abigail Campbell Park. Parking lots at The Cathedral of St. Andrew and Tenney Theater parking lots are reserved for a service that evening; please do not park in these stalls. 

Information from Our Advancement Office

Thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers, St. Andrew’s Schools raised more than $400,000 for its scholarship and financial aid programs to benefit students and their families at the Queen Emma Ball on April 4

We were proud to share with the community the many reasons why our honorees – Michael Broderick & Maile Meyer and Herb & Nancy Conley – were chosen as stellar examples of the values we work to instill in our students. 

Information from Our Neighbors

Our neighbors at The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i are excited to announce two new partnerships with the Diocese for students – Diocesan Youth Day and Summer Camp.

Diocesan Youth Day (for grades 6 to 12): Saturday, April 27
Diocesan Youth Day is an attempt to revive youth ministry in the Diocese.  Who is it for?  Parishioners, friends, grandchildren, Episcopalians, non-Episcopalians, and any youth (grade 6 -12) who would enjoy a day at camp. Click here for more information

Summer Camp: June/July 2019
On O‘ahu at Camp Mokule‘ia, on Maui at Camp Keanae, and on the Big Island at Makapala Retreat Center, and a Day Camp at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Click here for more information and to register

School Announcements
Please remember that there will be no school lunch served on May Day, May 3. Those attending will need to pre-order by April 19 or bring their own lunch on May Day. 

order may day meal
make floral donation 

Student Art Shows
We're so proud of our talented artists. Please make time to view their work at the ongoing art exhibit below. 

Facebook Parent Groups

 
Queen Emma Preschool Parent Group
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Lower Schools Parent Group
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April 4 Parent eNews

All-School Update - April 4

Information from Our Neighbors

Our neighbors at The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i are excited to announce two new partnerships with the Diocese for students – Diocesan Youth Day and Summer Camp.

Diocesan Youth Day (for grades 6 to 12): Saturday, April 27
Diocesan Youth Day is an attempt to revive youth ministry in the Diocese.  Who is it for?  Parishioners, friends, grandchildren, Episcopalians, non-Episcopalians, and any youth (grade 6 -12) who would enjoy a day at camp. Click here for more information

Summer Camp: June/July 2019
On O‘ahu at Camp Mokule‘ia, on Maui at Camp Keanae, and on the Big Island at Makapala Retreat Center, and a Day Camp at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Click here for more information and to register

School Announcements

order may day meal
make floral donation 

Student Art Shows
We're so proud of our talented artists. Please make time to view their work at the ongoing art exhibit below. 

Facebook Parent Groups

 
Queen Emma Preschool Parent Group
Closed group · 2 members
Join Group
This is a private group for parents, grandparents and family and friends of our students at Queen Emma Preschool. This page will allow members to inte...
 
 
Lower Schools Parent Group
Closed group · 25 members
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This is a private group for parents, grandparents and family and friends of our Lower Schools students at The Priory and The Prep. This page will allo...
 
 
Upper School Parent Group
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March 14 Parent eNews

All-School Update - March 14

Information from Our Admissions Office 

Admissions Reminder
Please be on the lookout for your re-enrollment email with the link to re-enroll your child for the 2019-20 school year.  The deadline to re-enroll your child is March 15, 2019.  Please contact the Admissions Office at (808) 536-6102 or admissions@standrewsschools.org if you have any questions. 

We look forward to welcoming back all of our families!

Information from Our Advancement Office

The Queen Emma Ball 2019 webpage is now live and you can sign up to attend this special event. The PTF is also seeking volunteers and you may sign up here

We hope to see you there!

Important reminder for parents about April 4: There will be no ASC on April 4. We kindly ask that all parents pick up students (unless they are participating in the event) by  3 p.m. on the day of the Queen Emma Ball so we can prepare for the event. 

Information from Our Neighbors

Our neighbors at The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i are excited to announce Renewal 2019 with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, who was named the religious newsmaker of 2018

 

register for renewal 2019

School Announcements
 

order may day meal
 

Student Art Shows
We're so proud of our talented artists. Please make time to view their work at two upcoming art exhibits. 

 

Facebook Parent Groups

 
Queen Emma Preschool Parent Group
Closed group · 2 members
Join Group
This is a private group for parents, grandparents and family and friends of our students at Queen Emma Preschool. This page will allow members to inte...
 
 
Lower Schools Parent Group
Closed group · 25 members
Join Group
This is a private group for parents, grandparents and family and friends of our Lower Schools students at The Priory and The Prep. This page will allo...
 
 
Upper School Parent Group
Closed group · 4 members
Join Group
This is a private group for parents, grandparents and family and friends of our Upper School students at The Priory. This page will allow members to i...

March 7 Parent eNews

All-School Update - March 7

Information from Our Admissions Office 

Admissions Reminder
Please be on the lookout for your re-enrollment email with the link to re-enroll your child for the 2019-20 school year.  The deadline to re-enroll your child is March 15, 2019.  Please contact the Admissions Office at (808) 536-6102 or admissions@standrewsschools.org if you have any questions. 

We look forward to welcoming back all of our families!

Information from Our Advancement Office

The Queen Emma Ball 2019 webpage is now live and you can sign up to attend this special event. The PTF is also seeking volunteers and you may sign up here

We hope to see you there!

Important reminder for parents about April 4: There will be no ASC on April 4. We kindly ask that all parents pick up students (unless they are participating in the event) by  3 p.m. on the day of the Queen Emma Ball so we can prepare for the event. 

Information from Our Neighbors

Our neighbors at The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i are excited to announce Renewal 2019 with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, who was named the religious newsmaker of 2018

 

register for renewal 2019

School Announcements

sign up for LWYS

Student Art Shows
We're so proud of our talented artists. Please make time to view their work at two upcoming art exhibits. 

 

February 28 Parent eNews

All-School Update - February 28

Information from Our Admissions Office 

Admissions Reminder
Please be on the lookout for your re-enrollment email with the link to re-enroll your child for the 2019-20 school year.  The deadline to re-enroll your child is March 15, 2019.  Please contact the Admissions Office at (808) 536-6102 or admissions@standrewsschools.org if you have any questions. 

We look forward to welcoming back all of our families!

Information from Our Advancement Office

The Queen Emma Ball 2019 webpage is now live and you can sign up to attend this special event. The PTF is also seeking volunteers and you may sign up here

We hope to see you there!

Information from Our Neighbors

Our neighbors at The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i are excited to announce Renewal 2019 with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, who was named the religious newsmaker of 2018

 

register for renewal 2019

School Announcements

Student Art Shows
We're so proud of our talented artists. Please make time to view their work at two upcoming art exhibits. 

 

February 22 Parent eNews

All-School Information - February 22

Information from Our Advancement Office

The Queen Emma Ball 2019 webpage is now live and you can sign up to attend this special event. The PTF is also seeking volunteers and you may sign up here

We hope to see you there!

Information from Our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu is in full swing. Flu activity generally peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Announcements from Our Neighbors 

Our neighbors at The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i are excited to announce Renewal 2019 with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, who was named the religious newsmaker of 2018

 

register for renewal 2019

School Announcements


 

Please join us in supporting senior Olivia Stoetzer, who is a finalist for the Duke Kahanamoku Scholarship of 2019! You can purchase tickets for just $10 here
 

Student Art Shows
We're so proud of our talented artists. Please make time to view their work at two upcoming art exhibits. 

 

 

February 14 Parent eNews

All-School Information - February 14

Information from Our Admissions Office

Don't forget that the priority deadline to apply for financial aid is tomorrow, February 15!  Please visit this page for detailed information about the financial aid process, including a link to the online financial aid application. 

As always, we are here to help you through the process, so please contact Sue Ann Wargo at (808) 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org.

Information from Our Advancement Office

The Queen Emma Ball 2019 webpage is now live and you can sign up to attend this special event. The PTF is also seeking volunteers and you may sign up here

We hope to see you there!

Information from Our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu is in full swing. Flu activity generally peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Announcements from Our Neighbors 

Our neighbors at The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i are excited to announce Renewal 2019 with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, who was named the religious newsmaker of 2018

 

register for renewal 2019

School Announcements
 

Please join us in supporting senior Olivia Stoetzer, who is a finalist for the Duke Kahanamoku Scholarship of 2019! You can purchase tickets for just $10 here
 

Student Art Shows
We're so proud of our talented artists. Please make time to view their work at two upcoming art exhibits. 

 

February 7 Parent eNews

All-School Information - February 7

Information from Our Admissions Office

Don't forget that the priority deadline to apply for financial aid is next week Friday, February 15!  Please visit this page for detailed information about the financial aid process, including a link to the online financial aid application. 

As always, we are here to help you through the process, so please contact Sue Ann Wargo at (808) 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org.

Information from Our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu is in full swing. Flu activity generally peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Volunteers Needed to Host International Students

The International Hospitality Center is seeking volunteers to host a high school student for a weekend homestay February 8-10. 

For more information and to apply, please downland and print the application

 

School Announcements
Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on February 15; please save the date and look for an email with your child's conference time coming soon. 

Our 2019-20 Information page is now live and includes our 2019-20 calendar and our divisional curriculum guides. Please check back periodically for updated information.

Looking for fun and exciting activities for your child to enjoy during spring break? Sign up now for our Spring Adventure Camp to get the early bird discount through March 1!

Our Summer School page is now live! Check it out here to start planning an fun and engaging summer break for your child. The registration link is coming on February 15 so be sure to check back soon to get the early bird discount!

check out the summer page 

Sign up for the RBG event

Announcements from Our Neighbors 

Forum on Waste at St. Peter's
St. Peter's Episcopal Church will be holding an Adult Forum on Waste, this Sunday, February 10 at 9 a.m. Leading the forum is Nicole Chatterson, an applied anthropologist who works on topics of waste and consumer culture in Hawai'i, and serves as director for a local coalition called Zero Waste O'ahu. St. Peter's is located at 1317 Queen Emma Street in Honolulu.

January 31 Parent eNews

January 24 Parent eNews

All-School Information - January 24

Information from our Admissions Office

Don't forget that the deadline to apply for financial aid is right around the corner on February 15!  Please visit this page for detailed information about the financial aid process, including a link to the online financial aid application. 

As always, we are here to help you through the process, so please contact Sue Ann Wargo at (808) 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org.

Information from our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu is in full swing. Flu activity generally peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Volunteers Needed to Host International Students

The International Hospitality Center is seeking volunteers to host a high school student for a weekend homestay February 8-10. 

For more information and to apply, please downland and print the application

 

School Announcements 

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on February 15; please save the Ddate. 

Our 2019-20 Information page is now live and includes our 2019-20 calendar and our divisional curriculum guides. Please check back periodically for updated information.

Looking for fun and exciting activities for your child to enjoy during spring break? Sign up now for our Spring Adventure Camp to get the early bird discount through March 1!

 

download permission form 

SIgn up for Screenwise

sign up for the rbg event

January 17 Parent eNews

All-School Information - January 17

Information from our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu season is right around the corner. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Information from our Business Office

As we begin the New Year, we have a few friendly parking reminders for us to show courtesy to our neighbors. 

Please DO: 

  • Use visitor parking stalls, which are located in Lot D, stalls #30-41.
  • Use parking at The Cathedral of St. Andrew  fronting Beretania Street when available. This lot is  managed by Diamond Parking.  Pay attention to signage for parking rates. 
  • Drive safely to keep our keiki safe!

Please DON'T: 

  • Park in St. Peter’s Church parking stalls, which are reserved for paying tenants of those stalls.
  • Park in reserved faculty/staff marked stalls.  Doing so may delay our faculty in getting to class on time.
  • Park in the Queen Emma Ball stall #29.  There is signage to mark the stall and it's reserved 24/7. 

Mahalo for your kokua with parking on school premises.

From our School Counselor and Mindfulness Coordinator Caitlin Watson 

Aloha, parents! I am happy to share the latest The Ruler Review with you! This bi-monthly publication shares how we are implementing Yale's RULER program and social and emotional learning (SEL) throughout campus. All students are taking a mindfulness class twice a week.

We hope you'll take a moment to see all the wonderful activities taking place at St. Andrew's Schools. 

The ruler review - November/december 2018

School Announcements 

SIgn up for Screenwise

sign up for the rbg event

 

download permission form

January 10 Parent eNews

All-School Information - January 10

Information from our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu season is right around the corner. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Information from our Business Office

As we begin the New Year, we have a few friendly parking reminders for us to show courtesy to our neighbors. 

Please DO: 

  • Use visitor parking stalls, which are located in Lot D, stalls #30-41.
  • Use parking at The Cathedral of St. Andrew  fronting Beretania Street when available. This lot is  managed by Diamond Parking.  Pay attention to signage for parking rates. 
  • Drive safely to keep our keiki safe!

Please DON'T: 

  • Park in St. Peter’s Church parking stalls, which are reserved for paying tenants of those stalls.
  • Park in reserved faculty/staff marked stalls.  Doing so may delay our faculty in getting to class on time.
  • Park in the Queen Emma Ball stall #29.  There is signage to mark the stall and it's reserved 24/7. 

Mahalo for your kokua with parking on school premises.

From our School Counselor and Mindfulness Coordinator 

Aloha, parents! I am happy to share the latest The Ruler Review with you! This bi-monthly publication shares how we are implementing Yale's RULER program and social and emotional learning (SEL) throughout campus. All students are taking a mindfulness class twice a week.

We hope you'll take a moment to see all the wonderful activities taking place at St. Andrew's Schools. 

The ruler review - November/december 2018

School Announcements 

SIgn up for Screenwise

Spring Save the Dates

 Download QEP save the date

Download The priory lower school save the date

download the priory upper school save the date

download the prep save the date

We Need Your Help

Junior Class Fundraiser
The Junior class is selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to help with the many events the class has planned this and next year!

The last day to purchase tickets is Friday, January 11! Tickets are $12 each. Pickup is February 15. 

Find more information here and thank you for your support!

December 20 Parent eNews

All-School Information - December 20

Please Join Us for  Christmas Service 

As we continue to celebrate this season, all members of the St. Andrew's community are invited to attend the Queen Emma Square Family Christmas Service on December 24 at 5:30 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Andrew. Our beloved Chaplain Annalise will be offering the sermon and Bishop Bob will be leading the service. Please join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus and experience the Christmas story through the eyes of our children.

Christmas Prayer from Chaplain Annalise

Holy God, as we reflect on the love that is the season of Christmas, we give you thanks for the many blessings of this life. Help us to see light in the darkness and to embody the hope that you continually offer. Give us opportunities to share the love that we have come to know in you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. 

From our School Counselor and Mindfulness Coordinator 

Aloha, parents! I am happy to share the latest The Ruler Review with you! This bi-monthly publication shares how we are implementing Yale's RULER program and social and emotional learning (SEL) throughout campus. All students are taking a mindfulness class twice a week.

We hope you'll take a moment to see all the wonderful activities taking place at St. Andrew's Schools. 

The ruler review - November/december 2018

School Announcements 

 sign up for screenwise

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)

Hot of the Presses! Spring Save the Dates:

 Download QEP save the date

Download The priory lower school save the date

download the priory upper school save the date

download the prep save the date

We Need Your Help

Junior Class Fundraiser
The Junior class is selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to help with the many events the class has planned this and next year!

Tickets will be on sale from December 11-January 11 and are $12 each. Pickup is February 15. 

Find more information here and thank you for your support!

Host Families Needed for IHC! 
Have some room to spare?  Become more of a global citizen by being a host family for an international student.  Please contact the International Hospitality Center at ihc@priorypride.net.

December 13 Parent eNews

All-School Information - December 13

School Announcements

Adventure Camps earns accreditation from the American Camping Association!

After a year of hard work, we are proud to announce that the Adventure Camp program is now accredited through the ACA!  What does this mean for your child?  It means that when you register your child for one of our camps (Winter, Spring, Summer) you will know that your child will receive the very best of care, activities will be planned with your child's specific needs in mind, that the staff follows the best practices known to camping with a solid foundation of safety and program quality.  Come check us out in our next camp, Winter Adventure!

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)

We Need Your Help

Junior Class Fundraiser
The Junior class is selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to help with the many events the class has planned this and next year!

Tickets will be on sale from December 11-January 11 and are $12 each. Pickup is February 15. 

Find more information here and thank you for your support!

Host Families Needed for IHC! 
Have some room to spare?  Become more of a global citizen by being a host family for an international student.  Please contact the International Hospitality Center at ihc@priorypride.net.

Upper School Trips

PAAC Summer Study Tour to Bali, Indonesia (June 6-21, 2019)
St. Andrew’s Schools is proud to sponsor up to five Upper School students to participate in a summer study tour to Bali, Indonesia!

Students will immerse themselves in the local culture and landscape while also learning about the different social, environmental, and economic issues being tackled by grassroots organizations. Students will be encouraged to reflect on what sustainability looks like in Bali and apply what they learn to make a difference not only abroad, but also at home. The goals of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) travel program are to further students’ international interests through a meaningful experience abroad and to build bridges between our group and the local people we meet, strengthening the relationship between countries on a personal level.

Read more about available grants and requirements here. Materials are due December 17, 2018.

Middle School East Coast Trip! Travel with your middle school friends!
Priory Middle School students in grades 6-8 are invited to travel to the East Coast over spring break 2019.  We will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Highlights will include walking the Freedom Trail, visiting the home of Louisa May Alcott, where she wrote “Little Women,” attending a Broadway show, walking around Times Square and Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, seeing the crack in the Liberty Bell up close and personal, visiting national monuments in the nation’s capital, seeing pandas and the possibility of snow! You can enroll your daughter here (trip # 2045855DH). 

December 6 Parent eNews

All-School Information - December 6

Information from our Advancement Office

Giving Tuesday UPDATES
More than $4,600 was donated to St. Andrew’s Schools on #GivingTuesday! Thank you to all the parents, alumnae, faculty, staff and friends who generously made donations to our school on this national day of giving. 

Angel Akau Brooks and 2nd grader Davina Akau Brooks were the lucky winners of the 2018 Giving Tuesday Hawai‘i Grant Advisor drawing! Through Hawaii Community Foundation, Bank of Hawaii Foundation and First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, Angel and Davina won $1,000 to give to St. Andrew's Schools as their Hawai‘i organization of choice.

Mahalo, Angel and Davina!

 

Information from our Admissions Office 

Financial Aid Process Begins
The School & Student Services, SSS by NAIS, is now available for you to start the financial aid process for school year 2019-2020.  The due date to complete the financial aid process is February 15, 2019. Please read How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions.  

If you have other questions, or would like assistance completing the Parent Financial Statement, please contact Sue Ann Wargo at 808 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org. We will begin making financial aid award decisions shortly after the deadline, so we encourage you complete the process on time.

Information from our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu season is right around the corner. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

School Announcements

Adventure Camps earns accreditation from the American Camping Association!

After a year of hard work, we are proud to announce that the Adventure Camp program is now accredited through the ACA!  What does this mean for your child?  It means that when you register your child for one of our camps (Winter, Spring, Summer) you will know that your child will receive the very best of care, activities will be planned with your child's specific needs in mind, that the staff follows the best practices known to camping with a solid foundation of safety and program quality.  Come check us out in our next camp, Winter Adventure!

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)

We Need Your Help

Junior Class Fundraiser
The Junior class is selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to help with the many events the class has planned this and next year!

Tickets will be on sale from December 11-January 11 and are $12 each. Pickup is February 15. 

Find more information here and thank you for your support!

 

Host Families Needed for IHC! 
Have some room to spare?  Become more of a global citizen by being a host family for an international student.  Please contact the International Hospitality Center at ihc@priorypride.net.

K-12 STEAM Makerspace Materials Collection

Thank you to all who have been donating Remakeables for our Maker Space. There has been overwhelming response and generosity.

Tomorrow, December 7 will be our last collection day this school year. We received so many things we are running out of space to store it all. If needed, we may be having one more Remakeable Collection day in February. If not, look for us again next September. Here are some pictures of your donations put to use. Grades K-2 made Marble Runs and Grades 3-5 made Rube Goldberg machines.

  

November 29 Parent eNews

All-School Information - November 29

Information from our Advancement Office

Thank you to everyone who donated to our school on #GivingTuesday! 

With your support and generous contributions, more than $3,600 was raised for our school community.

We'd also like to thank the many parent volunteers who have graciously given their time and and talents to plan tonight's Home for the Holidays event.

 And thank you in advance to all who will be helping out at this highly anticipated event. We couldn't do it without you!

Information from our Admissions Office 

Financial Aid Process Begins

The School & Student Services, SSS by NAIS, is now available for you to start the financial aid process for school year 2019-2020.  The due date to complete the financial aid process is February 15, 2019. Please read How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions.  

If you have other questions, or would like assistance completing the Parent Financial Statement, please contact Sue Ann Wargo at 808 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org. We will begin making financial aid award decisions shortly after the deadline, so we encourage you complete the process on time.

Information from our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu season is right around the corner. 
Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

School Announcements

Adventure Camps earns accreditation from the American Camping Association!

After a year of hard work, we are proud to announce that the Adventure Camp program is now accredited through the ACA!  What does this mean for your child?  It means that when you register your child for one of our camps (Winter, Spring, Summer) you will know that your child will receive the very best of care, activities will be planned with your child's specific needs in mind, that the staff follows the best practices known to camping with a solid foundation of safety and program quality.  Come check us out in our next camp, Winter Adventure!

MORE INFORMATION AND SIGN UP FOR WINTER ADVENTURE CAMP (DEC. 26-JAN. 4)

We Need Your Help

Junior Class Fundraiser
The Junior class is selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to help with the many events the class has planned this and next year!

Tickets will be on sale from December 11-January 11 and are $12 each. Pickup is February 15. 

Find more information here and thank you for your support!

 

Host Families Needed for IHC! 
Have some room to spare?  Become more of a global citizen by being a host family for an international student.  Please contact the International Hospitality Center at ihc@priorypride.net.

K-12 STEAM Makerspace Materials Collection

Thank you to all who have been donating Remakeables for our Maker Space. There has been overwhelming response and generosity.

Next Friday, December 7 will be our last collection day this school year. We received so many things we are running out of space to store it all. If needed, we may be having one more Remakeable Collection day in February. If not, look for us again next September. Here are some pictures of your donations put to use. Grades K-2 made Marble Runs and Grades 3-5 made Rube Goldberg machines.

  

 

November 15 Parent eNews

All-School Information - November 15

Information from our Advancement Office

Home for the Holidays is coming up and we need volunteers for the event on Thursday, November 29 from 3:30-8 p.m. We need assistance in the following areas:

  • Check-in
  • Greeters
  • Servers
  • Shopping Passport Stampers

If you are interested in volunteering at this festive event, please sign up here.  

You have until tomorrow to purchase tickets to attend this wonderful event!

Calling all Crafters!

We're looking for donations of table top decorated trees and wreaths to add to our Festival of Trees at our Home for the Holidays event. The Advancement Office will gladly accept trees and wreaths up until Monday, November 26.

If you are interested in donating a decorated table top tree or wreath or have any questions, please contact Nicole Kuamoo at 532-2454 or via email.

Information from our School Chaplain 

On Tuesday, November 20, we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist with Holy Communion during our Thanksgiving Chapel. The Right Reverend Robert Fitzpatrick, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi, will be with us to celebrate. He will explain the meaning of communion and how to receive communion during the chapel.

For the Priory Lower School and The Prep, we ask that parents fill out a form specifying whether or not your child may receive communion. We do not want students to receive communion against their parents wishes. We ask that you communicate to your child the choice you have made before they come to school for Thanksgiving chapel.

 As we move toward the Thanksgiving holiday, may we all be mindful of the many things we have to be thankful for and celebrate with grateful hearts.

Information from our Admissions Office 

Financial Aid Process Begins

The School & Student Services, SSS by NAIS, is now available for you to start the financial aid process for school year 2019-2020.  The due date to complete the financial aid process is February 15, 2019. Please read How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions.  

If you have other questions, or would like assistance completing the Parent Financial Statement, please contact Sue Ann Wargo at 808 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org. We will begin making financial aid award decisions shortly after the deadline, so we encourage you complete the process on time.

Information from our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu season is right around the corner. 
Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Information from our Business Office

Friendly Parking Reminder 

Please don't try to fit oversize vehicles into our small visitor parking stalls. We kindly request that you ask school staff for assistance if needed and we'll help you find an appropriate parking spot if one is available. 

Attention Parents:

Adventure Camps earns accreditation from the American Camping Association!

After a year of hard work, we are proud to announce that the Adventure Camp program is now accredited through the ACA!  What does this mean for your child?  It means that when you register your child for one of our camps (Winter, Spring, Summer) you will know that your child will receive the very best of care, activities will be planned with your child's specific needs in mind, that the staff follows the best practices known to camping with a solid foundation of safety and program quality.  Come check us out in our next camp, Winter Adventure!

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)

We Need Your Help

Host Families Needed for IHC! 
Have some room to spare?  Become more of a global citizen by being a host family for an international student.  Please contact the International Hospitality Center at ihc@priorypride.net.

K-12 STEAM Makerspace Materials Collection

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

 

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4 

November 8 Parent eNews

Information from our Admissions Office 

Upcoming Preview Day

On Wednesday, November 14, all  5th grade students at The Priory will spend the day in 6th grade learning more about Middle School. On the same day, all 8th grade students will spend the day in High School.  All of the 8th graders will be paired with a student in grades 9-12 and attend classes with them so that they can learn more about high school and its outstanding offerings in the division.

Financial Aid Process Begins

The School & Student Services, SSS by NAIS, is now available for you to start the financial aid process for school year 2019-2020.  The due date to complete the financial aid process is February 15, 2019. Please read How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions.  

If you have other questions, or would like assistance completing the Parent Financial Statement, please contact Sue Ann Wargo at 808 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org. We will begin making financial aid award decisions shortly after the deadline, so we encourage you complete the process on time.

Information from our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu season is right around the corner. 
Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Information from our Business Office

Friendly Parking Reminder 

Please don't try to fit oversize vehicles into our small visitor parking stalls. We kindly request that you ask school staff for assistance if needed and we'll help you find an appropriate parking spot if one is available. 

Information from our Advancement Office

Home for the Holidays is coming up! Please visit the webpage for more information and to RSVP to this wonderful event!

Calling all Crafters!

We're looking for donations of table top decorated trees and wreaths to add to our Festival of Trees at our Home for the Holidays event. The Advancement Office will gladly accept trees and wreaths up until Monday, November 26.

If you are interested in donating a decorated table top tree or wreath or have any questions, please contact Nicole Kuamoo at 532-2454 or via email.

Volunteers Needed for Home for the Holidays Event!

The Advancement Office is looking for volunteers to help with this year's Home for the Holidays event, Thursday, November 29 from 3:30-8 p.m. We need assistance in the following areas:

  • Check-in
  • Greeters
  • Servers
  • Shopping Passport Stampers

If you are interested in volunteering at this festive event, please contact Nicole Kuamoo at 532-2454 or via email.

Coming Up

Fall Theatre Production: "Zombie Thoughts"

Join us for a free public showing of our fall theatre production!

Zombie Thoughts is an original play by Jennifer A. Kokai and Oliver Kokai-Means. The play is directed by Lanaly Cabalo and the cast is The Priory Upper School students. 

The public showings are on November 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. and November 11 at 4 p.m. in Tenney Theatre. Our students will be treated to a school showing on November 13.

See the playbill here

Attention Parents:

Adventure Camps earns accreditation from the American Camping Association!

After a year of hard work, we are proud to announce that the Adventure Camp program is now accredited through the ACA!  What does this mean for your child?  It means that when you register your child for one of our camps (Winter, Spring, Summer) you will know that your child will receive the very best of care, activities will be planned with your child's specific needs in mind, that the staff follows the best practices known to camping with a solid foundation of safety and program quality.  Come check us out in our next camp, Winter Adventure!

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)

Host Families Needed for IHC! 
Have some room to spare?  Become more of a global citizen by being a host family for an international student.  Please contact the International Hospitality Center at ihc@priorypride.net.

K-12 STEAM Makerspace Materials Collection

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

Call for Volunteers!

Our annual Na Kūpuna Day is just around the corner and we need your help! We hold this event because kupuna are treasured members of our ‘ohana and we want to share our keiki’s learning experience with them. Please consider signing up to assist using this page

Volunteers Needed for Home for the Holidays Event! The Advancement Office is looking for volunteers to help with this year's Home for the Holidays event, Thursday, November 29 from 3:30-8 p.m.  Please sign up here to volunteer. 

All School Flyers:

 

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4 

 

November 1 Parent eNews

All-School Information - November 1

Information from our Admissions Office 

Please tell your friends and family who may be interested in our school about our upcoming Open House!

We provide childcare and our guests will receive a tour of our school and complimentary refreshments. More information and RSVP here

Upcoming Preview Day

On Wednesday, November 14, all  5th grade students at The Priory will spend the day in 6th grade learning more about Middle School. On the same day, all 8th grade students will spend the day in High School.  All of the 8th graders will be paired with a student in grades 9-12 and attend classes with them so that they can learn more about high school and its outstanding offerings in the division.

Financial Aid Process Begins

The School & Student Services, SSS by NAIS, is now available for you to start the financial aid process for school year 2019-2020.  The due date to complete the financial aid process is February 15, 2019. Please read How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions.  

If you have other questions, or would like assistance completing the Parent Financial Statement, please contact Sue Ann Wargo at 808 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org. We will begin making financial aid award decisions shortly after the deadline, so we encourage you complete the process on time.

Information from our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu season is right around the corner. 
Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Information from our Business Office

Friendly Parking Reminder 

Please don't try to fit oversize vehicles into our small visitor parking stalls. We kindly request that you ask school staff for assistance if needed and we'll help you find an appropriate parking spot if one is available. 

Information from our Advancement Office

Home for the Holidays is coming up! Please visit the webpage for more information and to RSVP to this wonderful event!

Calling all Crafters!

We're looking for donations of table top decorated trees and wreaths to add to our Festival of Trees at our Home for the Holidays event. The Advancement Office will gladly accept trees and wreaths up until Monday, November 26.

If you are interested in donating a decorated table top tree or wreath or have any questions, please contact Nicole Kuamoo at 532-2454 or via email.

Volunteers Needed for Home for the Holidays Event!

The Advancement Office is looking for volunteers to help with this year's Home for the Holidays event, Thursday, November 29 from 3:30-8 p.m. We need assistance in the following areas:

  • Check-in
  • Greeters
  • Servers
  • Shopping Passport Stampers

If you are interested in volunteering at this festive event, please contact Nicole Kuamoo at 532-2454 or via email.

Coming Up

Fall Theatre Production: "Zombie Thoughts"

Join us for a free public showing of our fall theatre production!

Zombie Thoughts is an original play by Jennifer A. Kokai and Oliver Kokai-Means. The play is directed by Lanaly Cabalo and the cast is The Priory Upper School students. 

The public showings are on November 9-10 at 7 p.m. and November 11 at 4 p.m. in Tenney Theatre. Our students will be treated to a school showing on November 13.

See the playbill here

Attention Parents:

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

Call for Volunteers!

Our annual Na Kūpuna Day is just around the corner and we need your help! We hold this event because kupuna are treasured members of our ‘ohana and we want to share our keiki’s learning experience with them. 

Please consider signing up to assist using this page

 

October 25 Parent eNews

All-School Information - October 25

Information from our Admissions Office 

Please tell your friends and family who may be interested in our school about our upcoming Open House!

We provide childcare and our guests will receive a tour of our school and complimentary refreshments. More information and RSVP here

Financial Aid Process Begins

The School & Student Services, SSS by NAIS, is now available for you to start the financial aid process for school year 2019-2020.  The due date to complete the financial aid process is February 15, 2019. Please read How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions.  

If you have other questions, or would like assistance completing the Parent Financial Statement, please contact Sue Ann Wargo at 808 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org. We will begin making financial aid award decisions shortly after the deadline, so we encourage you complete the process on time.

Information from our Health Office

Our school nurse, Deborah Devine-Sherman, would like to remind families that flu season is right around the corner. 
Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this information on flu. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Information from our Business Office

No new updates this week. 

Information from our Advancement Office

Home for the Holidays is coming up! Please visit the webpage for more information and to RSVP to this wonderful event!

Coming Up

Fall Theatre Production: "Zombie Thoughts"

Join us for a free public showing of our fall theatre production!

Zombie Thoughts is an original play by Jennifer A. Kokai. The play is directed by Lanaly Cabalo and the cast is The Priory Upper School students. 

The public showings are on November 9-10 at 7 p.m. and November 11 at 4 p.m. in Tenney Theatre. Our students will be treated to a school showing on November 13.

See the playbill here

Attention Parents:

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

 

 

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)

October 18 Parent eNews

All-School Information - October 18

Information from our Admissions Office 

Please tell your friends and family who may be interested in our school about our upcoming Open Houses!

We provide childcare and our guests will receive a tour of our school and complimentary refreshments. More information and RSVP here

Financial Aid Process Begins

The School & Student Services, SSS by NAIS, is now available for you to start the financial aid process for school year 2019-2020.  The due date to complete the financial aid process is February 15, 2019. Please read How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions.  

If you have other questions, or would like assistance completing the Parent Financial Statement, please contact Sue Ann Wargo at 808 532-2418 or financialaid@standrewsschools.org. We will begin making financial aid award decisions shortly after the deadline, so we encourage you complete the process on time.

Information from our Business Office

We conducted a successful lockdown drill across campus on Tuesday. We are learning and improving our practice each time. If you didn't receive both an email and text message from the school, please be sure to update your information in PowerSchool. 

Information from our Advancement Office

Home for the Holidays is coming up! Please visit the webpage for more information and to RSVP to this wonderful event!

Coming Up

Attention Parents:

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

 

 

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Jams and Jellies - We Need Your Help
This coming weekend is the last weekend for making Jams and Jellies.  So far we've made Hot Pepper Jelly and Lemon Curd.  This weekend we'll be making Cranberry Apple jam.  There are spots available to help on Saturday if you are interested, sign up here. We appreciate your support! 

Monster Mash
Please join us to make this year's Monster Mash a fun event for the entire family.  We are looking for registration and kitchen help (prepping snacks and serving food), as well as set up and cleanup.  You can also sign up  if would like to donate baked goods for our PTF bake sale. Just bring your goodies and drop them off at the bake sale or registration table at the start of the event.  If you would like to drop off at another time, just leave a note in the sign up and we'll contact you.  We ask that baked goods be individually wrapped, and anything with nuts be prominently labeled.  Sign-up here!

Ms. Zane will also collect and hold baked good for the bake sale. You may drop off goodies to her classroom (J-101) on Thursday and Friday, October 25 and 26.

October 11 Parent eNews

All-School Information - October 11

Information from our Admissions Office 

Please tell your friends and family who may be interested in our school about our upcoming Open Houses!

We provide childcare and our guests will receive a tour of our school and complimentary refreshments. More information and RSVP here

Information from our Business Office

Electronic Invoices
Please be aware that invoices to cover educational resources are being sent home this week to parents of the middle and high school student. These expenses include online and magazine subscriptions used in the classroom in lieu of textbooks. These e-mail invoices look like the sample below. They are due upon receipt so please arrange payment at your earliest convenience and call us if you should have questions.

Information from our Advancement Office

No new updates this week.

Coming Up

 

 

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Monster Mash
Please join us to make this year's Monster Mash a fun event for the entire family.  We are looking for registration and kitchen help (prepping snacks and serving food), as well as set up and cleanup.  You can also sign up  if would like to donate baked goods for our PTF bake sale. Just bring your goodies and drop them off at the bake sale or registration table at the start of the event.  If you would like to drop off at another time, just leave a note in the sign up and we'll contact you.  We ask that baked goods be individually wrapped, and anything with nuts be prominently labeled.  Sign-up here!

Ms. Zane will also collect and hold baked good for the bake sale. You may drop off goodies to her classroom (J-101) on Thursday and Friday, October 25 and 26.

World Culture & Language Fair
We need volunteers for our 2018 World Culture & Language Fair. Please contact Mrs. Sipola if you can share an element of your culture with our students. Mahalo!

Please Show Your Support Today!

Please support The Priory Chamber Strings and their music education by eating at California Pizza Kitchen Ala Moana on Thursday, October 11! CPK will give us 20 percent of the dining bill when you dine in or take-out at the Ala Moana location. Present the physical or digital flyer to your waiter, and The Priory Chamber Strings will earn the 20 percent.

The money raised will help The Priory Chamber Strings – under the direction of Chad Uyehara – attend the prestigious Festival of Gold in Los Angeles in March 2019. They will perform in the beautiful Segerstrom Concert Hall and receive constructive criticism from world-renowned music teachers. The group will also compete against other orchestras for awards and honors in the Hollywood Heritage Festival. Other activities on this Spring Break trip include a soundtrack session workshop at Disneyland, a concert by the LA Philharmonic, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, and free time at Disneyland, Universal Studios, and downtown LA. The invitation to this event came after the group's award-winning performance at the Anaheim Heritage Festival in 2017.

Congratulations, Chamber Strings and Mr. Uyehara!

October 4 Parent eNews

All-School Information - October 4

Information from our Admissions Office 

We have two designated days for our current students to bring a friend to school for Shadow Day. This is a great opportunity for others to see what St. Andrew's is like, meet new friends, and even enjoy lunch on us! Visitors will stay at school for the entire school day 7:45 a.m.– 3 p.m., one day per guest. This year's Shadow Days are Thursday, October 11, 2018 and Friday, October 12, 2018.

Visitors may not shadow in their friend’s class unless they are currently in the same grade. If your child’s visitor is in a different grade, the visitor will be assigned to a student in his/her current grade level. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer After School Care for our guests.

This event is open to any students wishing to spend a day at The Prep or The Priory.  Students interested in attending that have not been invited by a friend are welcome to attend and will be assigned a current student to accompany them in their current grade level.

The Prep , All Grades
The Priory, All Grades

Please complete the RSVP form here to attend one of these Shadow Days.  Please contact the admissions office at admissions@standrewsschools.org or 536-6102 with any questions.

Please tell your friends and family who may be interested in our school about our upcoming Open Houses! 

We provide childcare and our guests will receive a tour of our school and complimentary refreshments. More information and RSVP here

Information from our Business Office

No new updates this week.

Information from our Advancement Office

No new updates this week.

Coming Up

More information and sign up for Winter Adventure Camp (Dec. 26-Jan. 4)

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Civic Engagement Events
We need volunteers at two upcoming important civic engagement events! Our students will be assisting the public with registering to vote in the upcoming election! Please email Ms. Cabalo if you'd like more information or can volunteer at one of the events!

Saturday, October 6: Voter Registration (kids can also participate), All Schools, 9 a.m.-noon, Hawai‘i State Library main branch, young adult section. Free pocket constitutions are available to all who would like one!

Sunday, October 7: Voter Registration at Hawaii Children & Youth Day, All Schools, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hawai‘i State Capitol. 

The Prep’s Chili Potluck Service Project
The service project is at the Next Step Shelter (Pier One, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813) and will be held on Sunday, October 14, beginning at 11 a.m. Their mission is to help support those on the pathway out of homelessness by feeding 100 residents.

Please sign up to donate items. You can contact Joni Stewart with questions. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to help, you may donate $5 for additional supplies or other needed items on their wish list.

World Culture & Language Fair
We need volunteers for our 2018 World Culture & Language Fair. Please contact Mrs. Sipola if you can share an element of your culture with our students. Mahalo!

Please Show Your Support on October 11!

Please support The Priory Chamber Strings and their music education by eating at California Pizza Kitchen Ala Moana on Thursday, October 11! CPK will give us 20 percent of the dining bill when you dine in or take-out at the Ala Moana location. Present the physical or digital flyer to your waiter, and The Priory Chamber Strings will earn the 20 percent.

The money raised will help The Priory Chamber Strings – under the direction of Chad Uyehara – attend the prestigious Festival of Gold in Los Angeles in March 2019. They will perform in the beautiful Segerstrom Concert Hall and receive constructive criticism from world-renowned music teachers. The group will also compete against other orchestras for awards and honors in the Hollywood Heritage Festival. Other activities on this Spring Break trip include a soundtrack session workshop at Disneyland, a concert by the LA Philharmonic, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, and free time at Disneyland, Universal Studios, and downtown LA. The invitation to this event came after the group's award-winning performance at the Anaheim Heritage Festival in 2017.

Congratulations, Chamber Strings and Mr. Uyehara!

September 27 Parent eNews

All-School Information - September 27

Information from our Admissions Office 

We have two designated days for our current students to bring a friend to school for Shadow Day. This is a great opportunity for others to see what St. Andrew's is like, meet new friends, and even enjoy lunch on us! Visitors will stay at school for the entire school day 7:45 a.m.– 3 p.m., one day per guest. This year's Shadow Days are Thursday, October 11, 2018 and Friday, October 12, 2018.

Visitors may not shadow in their friend’s class unless they are currently in the same grade. If your child’s visitor is in a different grade, the visitor will be assigned to a student in his/her current grade level. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer After School Care for our guests.

This event is open to any students wishing to spend a day at The Prep or The Priory.  Students interested in attending that have not been invited by a friend are welcome to attend and will be assigned a current student to accompany them in their current grade level.

The Prep , All Grades
The Priory, All Grades

Please complete the RSVP form here to attend one of these Shadow Days.  Please contact the admissions office at admissions@standrewsschools.org or 536-6102 with any questions.

Information from our Business Office

No new updates this week.

Information from our Advancement Office

Give Aloha! – Foodland’s Community Matching Grants Program
Use Code 77130
for St. Andrew’s Schools September 1 – 30

Multiply your Queen Emma Annual Fund donation to St. Andrew’s Schools by visiting your nearest Foodland, Foodland Farms or Sac N Save location!

During the month of September, you can make a gift of up to $249 to St. Andrew’s Schools (code 77130). Foodland, and The Western Union Foundation will match a portion of your donation. St. Andrew’s Schools will receive 100% of your gift plus an additional matched percentage to be determined by Foodland at the end of the month.

*Please give your receipt(s) to the Advancement Office at St. Andrew’s Schools for an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Multiple donations up to a total of $249 per Maikaʻi card number will be matched. Foodland does not share donor names with the school.

Mahalo nui loa for your support of St. Andrew’s Schools!

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Civic Engagement Events
We need volunteers at two upcoming important civic engagement events! Our students will be assisting the public with registering to vote in the upcoming election! Please email Ms. Cabalo if you'd like more information or can volunteer at one of the events!

Saturday, October 6: Voter Registration (kids can also participate), All Schools, 9 a.m.-noon, Hawai‘i State Library main branch, young adult section. Free pocket constitutions are available to all who would like one!

Sunday, October 7: Voter Registration at Hawaii Children & Youth Day, All Schools, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hawai‘i State Capitol. 

The Prep’s Chili Potluck Service Project
The service project is at the Next Step Shelter (Pier One, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813) and will be held on Sunday, October 14, beginning at 11 a.m. Their mission is to help support those on the pathway out of homelessness by feeding 100 residents.

Please sign up to donate items. You can contact Joni Stewart with questions. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to help, you may donate $5 for additional supplies or other needed items on their wish list.

World Culture & Language Fair
We need volunteers for our 2018 World Culture & Language Fair. Please contact Mrs. Sipola if you can share an element of your culture with our students. Mahalo!

Please Show Your Support on October 11!

Please support The Priory Chamber Strings and their music education by eating at California Pizza Kitchen Ala Moana on Thursday, October 11! CPK will give us 20 percent of the dining bill when you dine in or take-out at the Ala Moana location. Present the physical or digital flyer to your waiter, and The Priory Chamber Strings will earn the 20 percent.

The money raised will help The Priory Chamber Strings – under the direction of Chad Uyehara – attend the prestigious Festival of Gold in Los Angeles in March 2019. They will perform in the beautiful Segerstrom Concert Hall and receive constructive criticism from world-renowned music teachers. The group will also compete against other orchestras for awards and honors in the Hollywood Heritage Festival. Other activities on this Spring Break trip include a soundtrack session workshop at Disneyland, a concert by the LA Philharmonic, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, and free time at Disneyland, Universal Studios, and downtown LA. The invitation to this event came after the group's award-winning performance at the Anaheim Heritage Festival in 2017.

Congratulations, Chamber Strings and Mr. Uyehara!

September 20 Parent eNews

All-School Information - September 20

Information from our Business Office

 St. Andrew’s Schools has developed plans to respond to many different kinds of emergencies and the first few weeks of this school year has given us the opportunity to exercise a few of them.

As you know, we needed to implement our Hurricane Response Plan and postpone the start of the K-12 school year. We also closed Queen Emma Preschool in response to Hurricane Lane’s threat to the islands. Shortly after that, we prepared to implement our evacuation plan for The Preschool in response to Board of Water Supply warnings about the risk of Nu’uanu Reservoir overtopping the dam. Finally, just this week, we implemented our emergency response plan and locked down the Queen Emma Square campus when sheriffs responded to a call on a neighboring property and the suspect briefly fled across our campus.

We are pleased to report that in each instance, our faculty and staff responded professionally and effectively to the situation at hand using the training and procedures provided by the school. While not everything went perfectly to plan, we were successful at keeping our students, employees and property from harm. 

Please feel free to contact school administrators if you would like to know more about our emergency planning efforts here at school or if you would like to volunteer in future emergency planning exercises.

We recommend that you consider developing an emergency plan for your own family and suggest the resources below as a potential starting point:

Prepare Your Family 
Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. 

Information from our Advancement Office

Give Aloha! – Foodland’s Community Matching Grants Program
Use Code 77130
for St. Andrew’s Schools September 1 – 30

Multiply your Queen Emma Annual Fund donation to St. Andrew’s Schools by visiting your nearest Foodland, Foodland Farms or Sac N Save location!

During the month of September, you can make a gift of up to $249 to St. Andrew’s Schools (code 77130). Foodland, and The Western Union Foundation will match a portion of your donation. St. Andrew’s Schools will receive 100% of your gift plus an additional matched percentage to be determined by Foodland at the end of the month.

*Please give your receipt(s) to the Advancement Office at St. Andrew’s Schools for an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Multiple donations up to a total of $249 per Maikaʻi card number will be matched. Foodland does not share donor names with the school.

Mahalo nui loa for your support of St. Andrew’s Schools!

Earn Miles and Receive a Discount While Supporting St. Andrew’s Schools
Are you planning your travel on Hawaiian Airlines in the near future? Don’t forget to look into St. Andrew’s Schools preferred affiliate program with Hawaiian Airlines before making your booking, open to the St. Andrew’s ʻohana who have a Hawaiian Miles account.

When booking a flight through the Preferred Affiliate portal, you will earn HawaiianMiles for yourself as well as St. Andrew’s Schools.  AND you’ll receive 5% off your airfare between Hawaiʻi and many U.S. gateway cities.

Getting started:

1)           Click on the link below to access the Preferred Affiliate site.

Hawaiian Airlines Preferred Affiliate Program

You’ll be taken to the following page:

2)          Scroll down to the BOOK A FLIGHT box and enter the program code “standrews”. Click Log In to enter the site.

 

3)          Input your travel information. This will take you to a page with flight options and fares. The Discount Applied! notice will appear in the upper right corner confirming your 5% discount.

Happy Travels!

Volunteers Needed! 

We need volunteers for our 2018 World Culture & Language Fair. Please contact Mrs. Sipola at msipola@standrewsschools.org if you can share an element of your culture with our students. Mahalo!

 

Please Show Your Support on October 11!

Please support The Priory Chamber Strings and their music education by eating at California Pizza Kitchen Ala Moana on Thursday, October 11! CPK will give us 20 percent of the dining bill when you dine in or take-out at the Ala Moana location. Present the physical or digital flyer to your waiter, and The Priory Chamber Strings will earn the 20 percent.

The money raised will help The Priory Chamber Strings – under the direction of Chad Uyehara – attend the prestigious Festival of Gold in Los Angeles in March 2019. They will perform in the beautiful Segerstrom Concert Hall and receive constructive criticism from world-renowned music teachers. The group will also compete against other orchestras for awards and honors in the Hollywood Heritage Festival. Other activities on this Spring Break trip include a soundtrack session workshop at Disneyland, a concert by the LA Philharmonic, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, and free time at Disneyland, Universal Studios, and downtown LA. The invitation to this event came after the group's award-winning performance at the Anaheim Heritage Festival in 2017.

Congratulations, Chamber Strings and Mr. Uyehara!

September 13 Parent eNews

All-School Information - September 13

Information from our Business Office

No new updates this week. 

Information from our Advancement Office

Give Aloha! – Foodland’s Community Matching Grants Program
Use Code 77130
for St. Andrew’s Schools September 1 – 30

Multiply your Queen Emma Annual Fund donation to St. Andrew’s Schools by visiting your nearest Foodland, Foodland Farms or Sac N Save location!

During the month of September, you can make a gift of up to $249 to St. Andrew’s Schools (code 77130) and Foodland, and The Western Union Foundation will match a portion of your donation. St. Andrew’s Schools will receive 100% of your gift plus an additional matched percentage to be determined by Foodland at the end of the month.

*Please give your receipt(s) to the Advancement Office at St. Andrew’s Schools for an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Multiple donations up to a total of $249 per Maikaʻi card number will be matched. Foodland does not share donor names with the school.

Mahalo nui loa for your support of St. Andrew’s Schools!

Earn Miles and Receive a Discount While Supporting St. Andrew’s Schools
Are you planning your travel on Hawaiian Airlines in the near future? Don’t forget to look into St. Andrew’s Schools preferred affiliate program with Hawaiian Airlines before making your booking, open to the St. Andrew’s ʻohana who have a Hawaiian Miles account.

When booking a flight through the Preferred Affiliate portal, you will earn HawaiianMiles for yourself as well as St. Andrew’s Schools.  AND you’ll receive 5% off your airfare between Hawaiʻi and many U.S. gateway cities.

Getting started:

1)           Click on the link below to access the Preferred Affiliate site.

Hawaiian Airlines Preferred Affiliate Program

You’ll be taken to the following page:

2)          Scroll down to the BOOK A FLIGHT box and enter the program code “standrews”. Click Log In to enter the site.

 

3)          Input your travel information. This will take you to a page with flight options and fares. The Discount Applied! notice will appear in the upper right corner confirming your 5% discount.

Happy Travels!

Volunteers Needed! 

We need volunteers for our 2018 World Culture & Language Fair. Please contact Mrs. Sipola at msipola@standrewsschools.org if you can share an element of your culture with our students. Mahalo!

September 6 Parent eNews

 All-School Information - September 6

Information from our Business Office

Visiting Campus 

At St. Andrew’s Schools, we welcome you to join us on campus for a variety of special events as well as routine drop-offs and pick-ups.

We kindly ask that you abide by some simple rules in order to keep our community safe. Please keep the following in mind when you visit.

Do:

  • Come and visit us at school when you can. Our school community is enriched by your involvement!
  • Consider joining your child for breakfast in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. We ask that you please exit campus before the start of the school day when the first bell rings at 7:40 a.m.
  • Please use the crosswalks and observe other instructions regarding traffic safety, regardless of your age.  Young children will observe and mimic your behavior.
  • Drive with caution when you’re here. We constantly have children present so please drive slowly and stay focused on the road.
  • Park in visitor parking when it is available and please be understanding when it is not. Visitor stalls are located in Lot D, Stalls #30-41. 
  • Check in at the Health Office – Transfiguration Hall, T-101 – for a visitor pass during school hours (7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.). 

Don't: 

  • Do not park in stalls reserved for faculty, staff, police or the Diocese (blue cones in Lot D). We will make every effort to accommodate your parking needs but please be aware that improperly parked vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense. Please speak to a staff person if you have an urgent need and we will direct you to parking on or off campus as needed.
  • Do not drive the wrong way in the driveway even for a short distance. This creates hard-to-predict traffic flow and increases the chance of an accident.
  • Do not go directly into campus during school hours without checking in. If you let us know that you will be picking up your child, we will arrange to have her/him brought to the Health Office prior to your arrival. If coming in for a visit, you must check-in and get a visitor pass so we know who is on  campus in the event of an emergency.

More specific instructions regarding these topics can be found in the Parent-Student Handbook for each school:

            The Prep
            The Priory Lower School
            The Priory Upper School

Campus map
Parking map 

Information from our Advancement Office

Give Aloha! – Foodland’s Community Matching Grants Program
Use Code 77130
for St. Andrew’s Schools September 1 – 30

Multiply your Queen Emma Annual Fund donation to St. Andrew’s Schools by visiting your nearest Foodland, Foodland Farms or Sac N Save location!

During the month of September, you can make a gift of up to $249 to St. Andrew’s Schools (code 77130) and Foodland, and The Western Union Foundation will match a portion of your donation. St. Andrew’s Schools will receive 100% of your gift plus an additional matched percentage to be determined by Foodland at the end of the month.

*Please give your receipt(s) to the Advancement Office at St. Andrew’s Schools for an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Multiple donations up to a total of $249 per Maikaʻi card number will be matched. Foodland does not share donor names with the school.

Mahalo nui loa for your support of St. Andrew’s Schools!

Earn Miles and Receive a Discount While Supporting St. Andrew’s Schools
Are you planning your travel on Hawaiian Airlines in the near future? Don’t forget to look into St. Andrew’s Schools preferred affiliate program with Hawaiian Airlines before making your booking, open to the St. Andrew’s ʻohana who have a Hawaiian Miles account.

When booking a flight through the Preferred Affiliate portal, you will earn HawaiianMiles for yourself as well as St. Andrew’s Schools.  AND you’ll receive 5% off your airfare between Hawaiʻi and many U.S. gateway cities.

Getting started:

1)           Click on the link below to access the Preferred Affiliate site.

Hawaiian Airlines Preferred Affiliate Program

You’ll be taken to the following page:

2)          Scroll down to the BOOK A FLIGHT box and enter the program code “standrews”. Click Log In to enter the site.

 

3)          Input your travel information. This will take you to a page with flight options and fares. The Discount Applied! notice will appear in the upper right corner confirming your 5% discount.

Happy Travels!

Get Your School Pride On! 
St. Andrew's Schools' Online Logo Wear Store is Open Until September 11. 

Volunteers Needed! 

We need volunteers for our 2018 World Culture & Language Fair. Please contact Mrs. Sipola at msipola@standrewsschools.org if you can share an element of your culture with our students. Mahalo!

August 30 Parent eNews

All-School Information - August 30

Information from our Business Office

Morning Traffic Flow Plan - On busy mornings when students are being dropped off, safety is an especially important concern. Coned lanes are set up on the road surrounding Queen Emma Square. Please note the following safety guidelines and precautions:

  • Parents whose children are prepared to make an immediate exit from the car should use The Priory's "Zip Lane" (the lane closer to the park). Students should exit only at the crosswalk and only from the right side of the vehicle. The students should use the crosswalk to enter the school grounds.
  • Parents who need to exit the car to assist their children, or parents whose children need a little more time to gather their belongings, should use the lane closer to the school buildings. Ideally, the leading car should pull past the main gate and up to the limit line on the pavement. Students should exit from the left side of the car.
  • Please refrain from parking or waiting in any area designated for faculty parking, cathedral parking, police parking or emergency lanes. If you wish to walk your child onto campus, or if you wish to wait in your vehicle until school begins, visitor parking stalls are available between the gymnasium and the cathedral.

Mahalo for your cooperation in keeping our campus safe!

All-School Picnic

All-School Picnic is tomorrow! Please remember to send your child with a home lunch if you did not purchase a bento and to wear the designated colored shirt. 

School Picture Day - Say Cheese!

School picture day is Tuesday, September 4. Please have your child wear his or her chapel uniform and a big smile!

Priory Athletics

May 23 Parent eNews

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New Head Varsity Volleyball Coach
St. Andrew’s Schools is pleased to announce that Perlas Bardouche has accepted the position of head varsity volleyball coach for The Priory. Perlas comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in volleyball, most recently having successfully started her own club volleyball team called Koa Kamali‘i Wahine. Perlas has a unique outlook on coaching the team since she was also a parent of a player last year. Her philosophy of developing our young athletes into confident, strong and independent women fits right into the core of our school’s mission. Coach Perlas is planning to hold workouts for our volleyball teams this summer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. That schedule will be coming out soon.

 Athletics Celebration
All St. Andrew’s ILH and Pac 5 athletes in grades 7-12 are invited to join the athletic department in a Celebration of Success on Tuesday, May 28 from 3-4 p.m. in the gym activity room. A pizza party filled with an assortment of fruits, ice cream, desserts and music will fill the room.  Students are also encouraged to sign-up to receive their athletic certificates and letters from the 2018-19 sports seasons. Sign-up by this Friday, May 24.

Summer Basketball Here
Our summer basketball for incoming grades 7-12 started this week. Students are encouraged to come and play basketball over the summer. Grades 7-8 will be playing in the ‘Iolani tournament and Varsity will play in the Kalaheo summer league. 

Both teams practice from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Once summer school begins, practices will be from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays when games are not being played. Students must be enrolled at St. Andrew’s for the 2019-20 school year in order to play for the school during the summer. 

Coaches Retirement

St. Andrew’s would like to bid a fond farewell to three long-time coaches:

Coach Trina Casabar coached The Priory volleyball teams for the past seven years. She was the ILH Coach of the Year and led her team to an ILH Championship title in 2017.

Coach Todd Wyrick played an instrumental part in starting the stand-alone St. Andrew’s Sailing team. His teams have tripled in size over the past 13 years of coaching for St. Andrew’s. His crew captured an ILH Championship title in 2008.

Coach Cynthia (Goya) Arnold, a 1997 graduate, came back only a few years after graduation to give back her talents to The Priory. Cynthia has coached the St. Andrew’s/ Sacred Hearts combined team for more than 18 years. Her extensive knowledge of tennis, strong discipline and undeniable commitment to the girls has shaped and touched the lives of countless individuals within the program. Coach Cynthia will still be involved with the program since her younger sister, Cathlene, will be taking over! She looks forward to spending more time with her very active daughter!

Thank you to these three coaches and all of our coaches who give their time and effort to make our programs successful.

Mahalo Nui Loa!

Missy Kilbey
Athletic Director

May 9 Parent eNews

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Summer Basketball
Any St. Andrew’s student entering grades 7-12 next year is welcome to come join The Priory Basketball team during the summer.  Both the varsity and intermediate teams will be practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. beginning May 21-June 13. Once summer school begins, teams will practice Tuesday and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. until the end of July. League play for both teams is also on the agenda, and schedules are forthcoming for those teams. For more information, please contact Athletics Director Missy Kilbey at mkilbey@standrewsschools.org

Power Duel Makes a “Run for It” at States
St. Andrew’s sisters, Maya and Olivia Reed, make quite a pair. With only two years apart in age, the Reed sisters are making a statement across the state with their athletic ability. Both are talented basketball players for St. Andrew’s but it’s their passion for the track that puts them on the state radar. 

Maya ’20 is a returner to the HHSAA State track meet. This year, she placed 5th at the state meet in the 400-meter run ­– a grueling, fasted paced race that most runners dread ­– but not Maya! She looks as though the race was meant for her, running the race with grit and determination written all over her face.

Olivia ‘22, on the other hand, is an athlete who seems to run the 100m and 200m races with ease and grace. Her long, effortless strides seem to hypnotize spectators like a gazelle running through the forest. At the HHSAA State track meet, Olivia placed 3rd place in the 200-meter race, which is quite impressive for a freshman walking into a senior dominated race.

With only two runners representing St. Andrew’s, our small school placed 16th out of 27 participating schools, higher than Division I schools like ‘Iolani and Sacred Hearts. All in part because of the amazing finishes these two sisters ran. 

Kulia i Ka Nu’u, Maya and Olivia!

       

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Thursday, 5/9              
CSAL (5-6th gr.) Basketball vs Maryknoll @ St. Andrew’s 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, 5/14             
Summer Basketball begins Tues/Thurs @ St. Andrew’s Gym 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, 5/29            
Grades 7-12 ILH Athletic Celebration @ St. Andrew’s Activity Rm. 3-4 p.m.

May 2 Parent eNews

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Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 5/3           
       
St. Andrew’s hosts HHSAA State Softball @ UH Rainbow Stadium, all day
HHSAA State Track Meet on Maui (trials)

Saturday, 5/4              
St. Andrew’s hosts HHSAA State Softball @ UH Rainbow Stadium, all day
HHSAA State Track Meet on Maui (finals)

Monday, 5/6                
No events

Tuesday, 5/7               
CSAL (5-6th gr.) Basketball vs SHA G @ St. Andrew’s 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, 5/8          
No events

Thursday, 5/9              
CSAL (5-6th gr.) Basketball vs Maryknoll @ St. Andrew’s 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, 5/14             
Summer Basketball begins Tues/Thurs @ St. Andrew’s Gym 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, 5/29            
Grades 7-12 ILH Athletic Celebration @ St. Andrew’s Activity Rm. 3-4 p.m.

April 25 Parent eNews

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St. Andrew’s Team Sails Through the Season with a 3rd Place Finish

Congratulations to The Priory Sailing Team, who captured 3rd place in both A and B divisions for the ILH competitive sailing season. This is our highest finish since 2008! We are proud of your accomplishment and your sportsmanship on and off the water!
 

Pac 5 Track Stars Represent St. Andrew’s in HHSAA State Track Meet

St. Andrew’s track stars and sisters Maya and Olivia Reed have both qualified for the 2019 HHSAA State Track Meet held at War Memorial Track Stadium on the island of Maui. Older sister Maya qualified for the 100m and 400m while younger sibling Olivia qualified in the 100m.  The dynamic duo will travel to Maui on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. We wish them both the best of luck!

Go Priory Pride!

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 4/26                 
Varsity Track @ Punahou 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 4/27            
Varsity Track Championships @ Kamehameha 8:30 a.m.

Monday, 4/29              
No events

Tuesday, 4/30             
ILH Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Meeting @ Le Jardin 8:30 a.m.- Noon

Wednesday, 5/1          
St. Andrew’s Hosts HHSAA State Softball @ UH Rainbow Stadium           

Thursday, 5/2              
St. Andrew’s Hosts HHSAA State Softball @ UH Rainbow Stadium           
CSAL (5-6th gr.) Basketball vs SHA @ Sacred Hearts 3:45 p.m.

Friday, 5/3                   
St. Andrew’s Hosts HHSAA State Softball @ UH Rainbow Stadium
HHSAA State Track Meet on Maui (trials)

Saturday, 5/4              
St. Andrew’s hosts HHSAA State Softball @ UH Rainbow Stadium
HHSAA State Track Meet on Maui (finals)

April 18 Parent eNews

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Pac 5 Captures JV Track Championships
St. Andrew’s freshman runner, Olivia Reed, captured two 1st place finishes in the 2019 ILH JV Track Championships on Saturday, April 13 at Kamehameha Schools. Olivia won both the 100m and 200m dash and placed 3rd in the 400m. Olivia will now move up to varsity, where she has already qualified for the 100m dash in the HHSAA State Track Meet. Olivia along with her sister, Maya (400m qualifier), will fly to the island of Maui on May 3-4 to participate in the 2019 HHSAA Meet at War Memorial Stadium.


Sailing Away with 1st Place
This year’s sailing team is one to watch out for! The St. Andrew’s team, many who are first year sailors, has scored in every regatta this season. The team is currently in 3rd place in the ILH and finished first this past Monday. This is the first top finish that Coach Wyrick has seen in his 12 years of coaching at The Priory.

“I was really proud of the girls, especially Alex, who made a very gutsy, risky, and yet brilliant move to cut inside between another boat and the windward buoy without hitting either one,” Coach Wyrick said. “It took me years to have the courage to make that move and I still cringe when I’m doing it. Alex and Ehukai pulled it off likes pros.”

All are welcome to come out and cheer these sailors on in the next few races at 4:30 p.m. and enjoy the beautiful views at Magic Island. They began the ILH Championships this past Wednesday and will continue on Monday, April 22.



Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday 4/19                 
No events

Saturday 4/20            
Varsity Track Championships @ Kamehameha 8:30 a.m.

Monday 4/22              
Varsity Tennis ILH Champs @ CORP Central Oahu Regional Park, all day           
Sailing Championship Regatta # 2 @ Magic Island 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday 4/23             
CSAL (5-6th gr.) Basketball vs SP @ St. Patrick 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday 4/24        
No events

Thursday 4/25            
CSAL (5-6th gr.) Basketball vs Maryknoll @ St. Andrew’s 3:30 p.m.

Friday 4/26                 
Varsity Track @ Punahou 3:30 p.m.

Saturday 4/27            
No events

April 11 Parent eNews

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Sports Sign-Up
The Priory grades 6-11 is holding its annual sports sign-up for the 2019-20 ILH sports seasons. 

Sign-ups will begin Thursday, April 4 and will go through tomorrow, April 12. By signing up, you help us determine which sports we will offer and how many teams we will enter into the ILH schedule. If your daughter is interested in playing a sport for St Andrew’s or Pac 5 next year, please have her stop by the 2nd floor of the gym (by Mrs. Kilbey’s office) to sign-up before April 12. 

If you have any questions about the sports seasons, please see here for specific seasons and sports offered by grade level.

St. Andrew’s Starts Intermediate Golf Team
Seventh grade student Jacqueline Yi '24 has wanted to golf for The Priory for many years. This year, she finally was old enough to participate in the ILH golf season. With her dad, Frank Yi, as coach, St. Andrew’s sponsored Jacqueline through a competitively tough ILH season in which she consistently scored in the top 15. In the ILH championships last Saturday, she was disappointed she didn’t medal but she did score two birdies in the competition.  This is something to be proud of and a goal sought after by many golfers. 

We look forward to watching Jacqueline progress in next year's ILH season.

 

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 4/12                
N/A

Saturday, 4/13           
Varsity Track Relays @ Punahou 8:30 a.m.
Intermediate Judo @ St. Louis 9 a.m.
JV Track Championship (finals) @ Kamehameha 4 p.m.

Monday, 4/15             
Varsity Tennis vs HBA @ Keehi 4 p.m.
Sailing Regatta # 4 @ Magic Island 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 4/16            
CSAL (5-6th gr.) Basketball vs IOL @ St. Andrew’s 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/17       
 Varsity Tennis vs Punahou @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m.
Sailing Regatta Champs # 1 @ Magic Island 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, 4/18      
Intermediate Judo Championships @ Iolani 3 p.m.     
Varsity Track Championship (trials) @ Punahou 3:30 p.m.
CSAL (5-6th gr.) Basketball vs LP @ La Pietra 4 p.m. 

Friday, 4/19                
N/A

Saturday, 4/20           
Varsity Track Championships (finals) @ Punahou 8:30 a.m.

April 4 Parent eNews

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Sports Sign-Up
The Priory Grades 6-11 will be having its annual sports sign-up for the 2019-20 ILH sports seasons. 

Sign-ups will begin Thursday, April 4 and will go through next Friday, April 12. By signing up, we can determine which sports we will offer and how many teams we will enter into the ILH schedule. If your daughter is interested in playing a sport for St Andrew’s or Pac 5 next year, please have her stop by the 2nd floor of the gym (by Mrs. Kilbey’s office) to sign-up before April 12. 

If you have any questions about the sports seasons, please see here for specific seasons and sports offered by grade level.

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 4/5                   
JV/Varsity Track Relay Meet @ Punahou 3:30 p.m.                               

Saturday, 4/6               
Intermediate Golf Championships @ Hawaii Kai Course 7 a.m.
Intermediate Track Championships @ Punahou 8:30 p.m.
Intermediate Judo @ Maryknoll 9 a.m.

Monday, 4/8                
Varsity Tennis vs IPA @ Kalaeloa 4:15 p.m.
Sailing Regatta # 2 @ Magic Island 4 p.m.

Tuesday, 4/9                
CSAL (Grades 5-6) Basketball vs MPI @ St. Andrew’s 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/10          
Sailing Regatta # 3 @ Magic Island 4 p.m.

Thursday, 4/11             
JV Track Championship (trials) @ Kamehameha 3:30 p.m.
CSAL (Grades 5-6) Basketball vs SHA @ Sacred Hearts 3:45 p.m.
Varsity Tennis vs Punahou @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m.

Friday, 4/12                 
Varsity track relays @ Punahou 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 4/13              
JV Track Championship (finals) @ Kamehameha 4 p.m.
Intermediate Judo @ St. Louis 9 a.m.

March 14 Parent eNews

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ILH Basketball All-Stars
Congratulations to the St. Andrew’s basketball team and all the student-athletes who made the ILH All-Star Team (as voted by other coaches in the league)!


 

1st Team: Katie Itoh ’19
2nd Team: Maya Reed ’20 & Pilialoha Jones ’22
Honorable Mention: Hailey Gasmen ’20 & Olivia Reed ’22
ILH Division III Coach of the Year: Shawn Christensen

Track Season in Ready, Set, Go Mode
Track season is a fast-paced race for the St. Andrew’s runners who are participating on the Pac-5 Track team this year. We currently have nine runners scattered throughout the Intermediate, JV and Varsity levels. Each athlete brings an array of talent to the Pac-5 team.

At the Intermediate level, we have our dynamic dual distance runners ­– first-time track runner Ayda Okano, who runs the 1500m and Ariana Kaneda, who placed 8th in the 3000m.

At the JV/Varsity level, we have cross country runners Kira Stoetzer, Erin Williams and international student Viviana Danuta, who are doing our distance races. For the mid-races ­– which are perhaps the hardest ­– we have new runners Robin Buchthal and Caidence Okamura sweating it out in the fast paced 800m and 400m, which equals a fast-paced sprint around the track. 

Maya Reed and her younger sister Olivia Reed round out the team and are tough competitors in the sprint division. They are consistently the top finishers in their heat in the 100m sprint, 200m and 400m. Last week, Olivia finished 5th overall in the 400m.

We look forward to watching them work toward qualifying for the HHSAA State Championships. Make sure you don’t blink while watching or you will miss them!

   

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 3/15
    
Varsity Tennis vs MS @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m.
ILH Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Mtg. @ St. Andrew’s 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Saturday, 3/16
Intermediate Golf @ Hawaii Kai Course 7 a.m.
JV/Varsity Track Meet @ Punahou 2:30 p.m.

Monday, 3/18        
Intermediate Softball vs Kamehameha @ Ala Wai NP 4 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/19       
N/A

Wednesday, 3/20
N/A

Thursday, 3/21         
Intermediate Softball Tournament @ TBA 4 p.m.

Friday, 3/22           
Intermediate Track Relays @ Punahou 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 3/23
Intermediate Golf @ Hawaii Kai Course 7 a.m.
Intermediate Judo @ Punahou 9 a.m.
JV/Varsity Track Relays @ Moanalua 3 a.m.

Monday, 3/25
Varsity Tennis vs KSK @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/26
N/A

Wednesday, 3/27
Varsity Tennis @ Mid Pacific 4 p.m.

Thursday, 3/28
Intermediate Track @ Punahou 3 p.m.

Friday, 3/29
Varsity Tennis @ ‘Iolani 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, 3/30
Intermediate Golf @ Hawaii Kai Course 7 a.m.
JV/Varsity Track Relays @ Punahou 3:30 p.m.

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Varsity Volleyball Team Hits the Stage

The returning varsity volleyball players hit center stage today as the stars in an upcoming commercial that St. Andrew’s is producing in conjunction with Hawaii News Now. The girls showed off their athletic talents and team spirit and impressed the production staff. 

Look for them on TV soon!

 ILH Sportsmanship Essay and Multimedia Contest
The ILH is sponsoring a sportsmanship essay and multimedia contest. The contest is open to any ILH student in Grades 7-12.

Click here for contest rules. Contest submissions are to be made to Mrs. Kilbey and must be received by Monday, March 11.   

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 3/8
     
Intermediate Track Meet @ Kamehameha 3:30 p.m. (2:15 p.m. release)

Saturday, 3/9
Intermediate Golf @ Bay View 6:45 a.m.
JV/Varsity Track Meet @ Kamehameha 2:30 p.m.
Varsity/Intermediate Basketball Banquet 5 p.m.

Monday, 3/11        
Varsity Tennis vs MPI @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/12        
N/A

Wednesday, 3/13
Intermediate Track Meet @ Punahou 3:30 p.m. (2:15 p.m. release)
Varsity Tennis vs IPA @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m.
Intermediate Softball vs Iolani @ Ala Wai NP 4 p.m. (2:30 p.m. release)

Thursday, 3/14         
N/A

Friday, 3/15            
Varsity Tennis vs MS @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m.
ILH Student-athlete Advisory Committee Meeting @ St. Andrew’s 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Saturday, 3/16
 Intermediate Golf @ Hawaii Kai Course 7 a.m.
JV/Varsity Track Meet @ Punahou 2:30 p.m.

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Great job, Olivia Stoetzer!
Congratulations to swimmer Olivia Stoetzer, who was named runner-up in the Duke Kahanamoku Scholarship. Olivia received a $6,000 award from the Duke Kahanamoku Foundation at the Duke’s Night this past weekend. We’re so proud of you, Olivia! You can watch the video made about Olivia here

ILH Champion in Riflery
St. Andrew’s had four riflery participants ­– Nicole Query, Kira-ann Abe (5th place), Amelie Katz (4th place) and Hannah Okuda ( ILH JV Individual Champion!) ­­– in the Junior Varsity ILH Championships this past weekend. Congratulations to all the athletes. 

ILH Sportsmanship Essay and Multimedia Contest
The ILH is sponsoring a sportsmanship essay and multimedia contest. The contest is open to any ILH student in Grades 7-12.

Click here for contest rules. Contest submissions are to be made to Mrs. Kilbey and must be received by Monday, March 11.   

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 3/1
     
Intermediate Track Meet @ Iolani 3:30 p.m. (2:15 p.m. release)
Varsity Tennis vs LJA @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m. 
CSAL Practice @ Gym 3-4:30 p.m. 

Saturday, 3/2 
JV/Varsity Track Meet @ Iolani 8:30 a.m.
Intermediate Golf @ Bay View 6:45 a.m. 

Monday, 3/4          
Intermediate Softball vs MPI @ Mid Pacific 4 p.m. (2:30 p.m. release)
Varsity Tennis vs HBA @ CORP 4 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/5        
N/A

Wednesday, 3/6
CSAL Practice @ Gym 3-4:30 p.m. 

Thursday, 3/7         
Intermediate Softball vs Maryknoll @ Sand Island Park (2:30 p.m. release)

Friday, 3/8             
Intermediate Track Meet @ Kamehameha 3:30 p.m. (2:15 p.m. release)
CSAL Practice @ Gym 3-4:30 p.m. 

Saturday, 3/9
JV/Varsity Track Meet @ Kamehameha 2:30 p.m.
Intermediate Golf @ Bay View 6:45 a.m. 
Intermediate/Varsity Basketball Banquet @ 5 p.m.

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Riflery Becomes a Popular Sport at St. Andrew’s
Senior Natalie Wong knows what it’s like to be a beginner on a Pac 5 team. She started out on the riflery team as a sophomore, not knowing much about how to hold a gun.

Natalie talks about her experiences saying, “I remember first joining in my sophomore year and knowing nothing about precision riflery. I definitely felt intimidated at first, but my coaches were extremely patient and allowed me to keep on improving.” 

And improved she has. Natalie is now a multi-sport athlete and has been involved in both varsity sporter and precision riflery with the Pac 5 teams. As with any sport, life lessons can be taught and applied to daily life. Natalie goes on to explain what she has learned. “Riflery is a sport that centers around a six-step process that must be done for every shot. This process has reminded me to take things one step at a time and not to rush. If something doesn't feel right, put the gun down and rebuild. This has been true even in my real life, and I'm so grateful for all the experiences I've had in riflery.”

The sport has gained popularity with the St. Andrew’s athletes, in part because of Natalie’s promotion of riflery. When asked about our students on the team, Coach Robynn Hata says, “Natalie continues to be a good role model and leader on the varsity team. Ava (Makanui) continues to be a good example of her hard work ethic and perseverance to obtain her personal goals. The Priory girls play a significant role in the Pac 5 JV’s current #1 standings in the ILH. This past Saturday, our JV team set a new ILH JV team record with a team score of 2151! We have one more match and hope to secure the #1 team spot in the ILH!” 

With seven St. Andrew’s athletes now on the team, The Priory hopes to be well represented in the ILH Championships taking place on Saturday, February 23, at St. Francis School.

Kūlia i ka Nu’u, Priory Pride!

ILH All-Star Division II Defensive Player of the Year
Congratulations to junior Madison Toyama, who was named the ILH All-Star Division II Defensive Player of the Year.  Madison is a part of the 2019 Pac 5 Soccer team that placed 5th in the state tournament this year! 

ILH Sportsmanship Essay and Multimedia Contest
The ILH is sponsoring a sportsmanship essay and multimedia contest. The contest is open to any ILH student in Grades 7-12.

Click here for contest rules. Contest submissions are to be made to Mrs. Kilbey and must be received by Monday, March 11.   

Spring Sports P.E. Credit Forms
Any winter sport athlete (besides Riflery ­– due March 1) who would like to receive their P.E credit must turn in the End-of-Season Form, signed by their coach, by Friday, February 15.

Spring sport athletes applying for P.E credit must also turn in their application, signed by their parents, by Friday, February 15. If students have any questions, they should contact Athletics Director Missy Kilbey.

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 2/15
       
N/A

Saturday, 2/16
JV/Varsity Riflery vs IPA @ St. Francis 9 a.m.

Monday, 2/18            
N/A

Tuesday, 2/19           
N/A

Wednesday, 2/20
Varsity Tennis @ McKinley 4 p.m. 

Thursday, 2/21           
Intermediate Track Meet @ Punahou 3:30 p.m.

Friday, 2/22              
N/A

Saturday, 2/23
Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Scholarship Awards @ Diamond Head Theatre 5:30 p.m.

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Spring Sports P.E. Credit Forms
Any winter sport athlete (besides Riflery ­– due March 1) who would like to receive their P.E credit must turn in the End-of-Season Form, signed by their coach, by Friday, February 15.

Spring sport athletes applying for P.E credit must also turn in their application, signed by their parents, by Friday, February 15. If students have any questions, they should contact Athletics Director Missy Kilbey.

Pac 5 Soccer Participates in the HHSAA State Soccer Tournament
Pac 5 soccer player, #15 Madison Toyama, participated in the 2019 HHSAA State Soccer Tournament held at Waipio Soccer Complex this past weekend. Madison’s team played five-time defending champion Hawaii Prep in the first game of the tournament.

 

With an unfortunate loss to Hawaii Prep, who won their sixth title, it put the team in the consolation bracket, where the Wolf Pack fought back to beat Makua Lani 5-0 and then Kalaheo 5-0 in the final match-up. The Pac 5 team ended up with a fifth-place finish.

National Women and Girls in Sports Day
February 6 marked the 33rd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). For more than three decades, this celebration has empowered women and girls to get moving, reap the benefits of physical activity and push past their limits both in sports and in life. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports and physical activity are the very tools girls need to become strong leaders, in their own lives and in the world.

Congratulations to all of The Priory athletes who participate in ILH and CSAL sports for our school. These young ladies give up 10-12 hours a week to participate in their chosen sport and represent our school.  St. Andrew’s is proud of each and every one of you!

ILH Sportsmanship Essay and Multimedia Contest
The ILH is sponsoring a sportsmanship essay and multimedia contest. The contest is open to any ILH student in Grades 7-12.

Click here for contest rules. Contest submissions are made to Mrs. Kilbey and must be received by Monday, March 11.   

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 2/8
        
HHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships @ Central Oahu Park 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 2/9
JV/Varsity Riflery @ Punahou 9:30 a.m.

Monday, 2/11            
Varsity Tennis Tryouts @ Keehi Lagoon 4-6 p.m.
Intermediate Golf begins 

Tuesday, 2/12            
N/A

Wednesday, 2/13
Mandatory Sailing Tryouts @ Hawaii Yacht Club 3:30-5:30/6 p.m.

Thursday, 2/14            
N/A

Friday, 2/15               
N/A

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Spring Sports Sign-ups
The sign-ups for participation in a spring sport were held on January 16. If students would like to sign-up and missed the date, please see Mrs. Kilbey. 

Please remember that current 2018 physical and parent permission form is required for all athletic participation. Students must turn in their physical and parent permission form to show that they are cleared for play. 

ILH Sportsmanship Essay and Multimedia Contest
The ILH is sponsoring a sportsmanship essay and multimedia contest. The contest is open to any ILH student in Grades 7-12.

Click here for contest rules. Contest submissions are made to Mrs. Kilbey and must be received by Monday, March 11.   

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 2/1
        
Faculty vs. Varsity Basketball Game @ St. Andrew's Schools Gym 2:20 p.m.

Saturday, 2/2
JV/Varsity Riflery @ Mid Pacific 9 a.m.
ILH Varsity Swimming Championships @ Punahou 4 p.m. (finals)

Monday, 2/4            
N/A

Tuesday, 2/5            
N/A

Wednesday, 2/6    
Mandatory Sailing Tryouts @ Hawaii Yacht Club 3:30-5:30/6 p.m.

Thursday, 2/7            
N/A

Friday, 2/8               
HHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships @ Central Oahu Park 3:30 p.m.

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Varsity Swimming 
It was Senior Night for St. Andrew’s senior Olivia Stoetzer! Olivia is currently qualified to swim the 500-yard freestyle in the HHSAA State Swim Meet. Olivia is hoping to qualify for the 200-yard freestyle this coming weekend at the ILH championships.

Best of luck to our four-year state qualifier, Olivia Stoetzer!

JV Swimming
The JV swimming championships took place this past week at Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus. St. Andrew’s participants Viviana Danuta and Laura Rogers swam in the 50-yard/100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. Junior Kira Terada finished 11th place in the 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly ,and her Pac 5 relay team finished 4th in the 200-yard relay.

Intermediate Swim Championships
Congratulations to Anna Mehnert, whose Pac 5 relay team placed 3rd in the 200-yard freestyle Relay. Anna placed 10th in the 50-yard freestyle.

ILH Sportsmanship Essay and Multimedia Contest
The ILH is sponsoring a sportsmanship essay and multimedia contest. The contest is open to any ILH student in Grades 7-12.

Click here for contest rules. Contest submissions are made to Mrs. Kilbey and must be received by Monday, March 11.   

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 1/25 
        
ILH Varsity Swimming Championships @ Punahou 5 p.m.

Saturday, 1/26
JV/Varsity Riflery @ St. Louis 9 a.m.
ILH Varsity Swimming Championships @ Punahou 4 p.m. (finals)

Monday, 1/28             
Pac 5 Track and Field begins @ Kaimuki High School 4-6 p.m. (bus leaves at 3:10 p.m.)

Tuesday, 1/29            
N/A

Wednesday, 1/30     
HHSAA State Soccer Championships @ Waipio Soccer Complex - TBA

Thursday, 1/31            
HHSAA State Soccer Championships @ Waipio Soccer Complex - TBA

Friday, 2/1                
Faculty vs. Varsity Basketball Assembly @ St. Andrew's Schools Gym 2:20-3 p.m.

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ILH Champions!
Congratulations to the Pac 5 Junior Varsity Riflery Team who captured the ILH Team Championship this past Saturday. The Priory girls go on to compete in the Individual ILH Championships this weekend at St. Francis. Good luck to all the participants!


ILH Sportsmanship Essay and Multimedia Contest
The ILH is sponsoring a sportsmanship essay and multimedia contest. The contest is open to any ILH student in Grades 7-12.

Click here for contest rules. Contest submissions are to be made to Mrs. Kilbey and must be received by Monday, March 11.   

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 2/22
      
N/A

Saturday, 2/23
JV/Varsity Riflery ILH Championships 8 a.m./1:30 p.m.

Monday, 2/25            
N/A

Tuesday, 2/26           
Intermediate Softball vs Punahou @ Ala Wai NP 4 p.m. (2:30 p.m. release)

Wednesday, 2/27
Varsity Tennis @ Punahou 4:30 p.m. 

Thursday, 2/28          
Intermediate Softball vs St. Francis @ Ala Wai NP 4 p.m. (2:30 p.m. release)

Friday, 3/1              
Intermediate Track Meet @ Iolani 3:30 p.m. (2:15 p.m. release)
Varsity Tennis vs LJA @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m.
Riflery P.E. Credit form due to Mrs. Kilbey

Saturday, 3/2
JV/Varsity Track Meet @ Iolani 8:30 a.m.
Intermediate Golf @ Bay View 6:45 a.m. 

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The Priory Paddling Team Moving Forward
This year, the Priory JV paddling team had the largest team in the history of Priory paddling!

With 14 paddlers, Coach Glenell Choy had her work cut out for her. She had to find a few steady steerswomen to led the crew of paddlers. Returning sophomore Ku‘ulei Rudolph took the lead and helped to train freshmen Kira Stoetzer. With six of the 14 paddlers being juniors, including team captains Anaji Cash and Shaye Nishimura, the hope next year is to have an experienced varsity team and a younger JV team.

Coach Glenell is very proud of the success the team is having, they’ve scored points in almost every race. The team is currently in fourth place at the Division ll level. The team’s last race will happen this Saturday, January 19 @ Magic Island at 8:30 a.m.

 

Spring Sports Sign-up
The sign-ups for participation in a spring sport were held on January 16. If students would like to sign-up and missed the date, please see Mrs. Kilbey. 

Please remember that a current 2018 Physical and Parent Permission form is required for all athletic participation. Students must sign-up to be cleared for play.

ILH Sportsmanship Essay and Multimedia Contest
The ILH is sponsoring a sportsmanship essay and multimedia contest. The contest is open to any ILH student in Grades 7-12.

Click here for contest rules. Contest submissions are made to Mrs. Kilbey and must be received by Monday, March 11.   

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 1/18 
        
Varsity Soccer Div II Tournament @ Kapiolani Park 3:30 p.m.
JV/Varsity Swim Meet @ Punahou 5 p.m.

Saturday, 1/19
JV Paddling @ Magic Island 8:30 a.m.
JV/Varsity Riflery @ St. Francis  a.m.
Varsity Basketball Championship game @ TBA
Varsity Soccer Div II Tournament @ TBA

Monday, 1/21             
N/A

Tuesday, 1/22            
JV Swim Championships @ Kamehameha 5 p.m.

Wednesday, 1/23     
Mandatory Sailing Meeting with Coach Todd Wyrick @ K206 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, 1/24            
N/A

Friday, 1/25                 
Varsity Swim Championships @ Punahou 5 p.m.

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Spring Sports Sign-Up
Spring sports sign-ups will be held on January 16 from 3-3:30 p.m. in the Gym Activity Room. Students must sign-up to be cleared for play.

Please remember that a current 2018 Physical and Parent Permission form is required for all athletic participation.

Spring Sports:
Varsity Tennis for Grades 9-12.
Practices daily at Keehi Lagoon, transportation is provided.

JV/Varsity Sailing for Grades 9-12
Practices Mondays and Wednesdays at Honolulu Yacht Club, transportation is provided.

Intermediate Golf (must have experience and own golf clubs) for Grades 7-8
See Mrs. Kilbey, transportation is not provided.

SHA/LP Varsity Water Polo for Grades 9-12
Practices daily at La Pietra Pool, transportation is not provided.

Pac 5 Softball for Grades 7-12
Practices daily at Ala Wai Field, transportation is provided.

Pac 5 Track for Grades 7-12
Practices daily at Kaimuki High School, transportation is provided.

Pac 5 Judo for Grades 7-12
Practices daily at University Lab School, transportation is provided.

Spring Sports Concussion Testing
The following Spring sports require concussion testing:

●      Sailing
●      Judo
●      Water Polo
●      Softball

If you have not retaken the ImPACT test this school year, you will need to attend one of the following test dates. Make-ups will not be available unless student is sick that week.

●      Monday, January 14, a.m. and p.m. break
●      Tuesday, January 15, p.m. and 3 p.m. after school
●      Wednesday, January 16, a.m. break, p.m. break and 3 p.m. after school

Wonder Woman Emerges from Varsity Basketball Senior Night!
St. Andrew’s Varsity Basketball Team celebrated Senior Night at their last home game on Friday, December 21, 2018. 

The lone Senior, Katie Itoh, received special recognition as she was designated “Wonder Woman” by her teammates. Katie, a four-year varsity starter for St. Andrew’s, has been instrumental in the success the team has received over the past few years. She will be sorely missed by her team next year! 

Congratulations, Katie, and best of luck in the postseason and your quest for a Division III championship.

  

Intermediate Swim Championships
Deryn Tanaka and Anna Mehnert will compete in the ILH Intermediate Championship Meet on Thursday, January 17 at Iolani at 5 p.m. This past meet, Deryn placed 11th in the 100 IM and Anna placed 5th in the 100 backstroke and 9th in the 100 freestyle. 

Best of luck to both athletes!

Varsity Basketball Quest for a Championship
The Varsity Basketball team will begin tournament play for the Division III title on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Andrew’s Gym.

The #2 seeded St. Andrew’s team has played the #1 seeded Christian Academy twice, losing by one basket both times. If all goes well, the two teams will once again meet in the championship game, which is set for Thursday, January 17.

ILH Sportsmanship Essay and Multimedia Contest
The ILH is sponsoring a sportsmanship essay and multimedia contest. The contest is open to any ILH student in Grades 7-12.

Click here for contest rules. Contest submissions are made to Mrs. Kilbey and must be received by Monday, March 11.   

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Friday, 1/11 
        
N/A

Saturday, 1/12
JV Paddling @ Magic Island 8:30a.m.
JV/Varsity Riflery vs SHA @ St. Francis 9 a.m.
Varsity Soccer vs SHA @ Waipio Soccer Complex Field 6 10 a.m.
Intermediate Swim Meet @ Punahou 4 p.m.
JV/Varsity Swim Meet @ Punahou 5 p.m.

Monday, 1/14              
N/A

Tuesday, 1/15             
HOME GAME: # 2 seeded Varsity Basketball vs # 4 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 1/16       
ILH SAC mtg @ Le Jardin Academy 8 a.m.-Noon
Spring Sports Sign-up @ Activity Room 3 p.m.

Thursday, 1/17            
Varsity Basketball Tournament Championship game - TBA
Intermediate Swim Championships @ Iolani 5 p.m.

Friday, 1/18                 
JV/Varsity Swim Meet @ Punahou 5 p.m.
Varsity Soccer Tournament - TBA

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As we head into winter break, please enjoy these photos from recent athletics events.

Varsity Basketball 
  

Intermediate Basketball 
 

Paddling 
 

Intermediate Tennis 

Priory Pride Athletic Events 

Friday, 12/21
HOME GAME: Varsity Basketball Senior Night vs LP @ 5 p.m.

No events scheduled 12/23-1/3. 

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Winter Sports: All winter sports are underway. Please check the athletic calendar for all the game schedules.

Intermediate Basketball
After a close 25-21 victory over La Pietra, the Intermediate Basketball team will head into a single elimination tournament this week. The team will play on Saturday, December 15. Opponent, place and time to be determined.

Varsity Basketball Celebrates Senior Night!
The Varsity basketball team will host girls school rival, La Pietra, in a home game on Friday, December 21 at 5 p.m. 

The team requests that we color the stands with red shirts as we celebrate senior night with senior player Katie Itoh and veteran scorekeeper Alexia Saad. Come join us for an exciting night of basketball followed by a short ceremony after the game.

 

Paddling Season is Here
Our fearless JV paddlers have begun their season! Come support them along the banks of Magic Island every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. (except 12/29) until their last race on January 19, 2019.

Priory Pride Athletic Events 

Saturday, 12/15
Paddling Race @ Magic Island, 8:30 a.m.
Varsity Soccer  vs Kamehameha @ Kamehameha, 10 a.m.
Inter Basketball – TBA

Tuesday, 12/18
Varsity Basketball vs Christian Academy @ La Pietra, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, 12/19
Varsity Soccer vs LJA @ Kapiolani Park #2, 4 p.m.

Friday, 12/21
HOME GAME: Varsity Basketball Senior Night vs LP @ 5 p.m.

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Winter Sports: All winter sports are underway. Please check the athletic calendar for all the game schedules.

Bringing Christmas Joy to Shriners Children’s Hospital
ILH Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAC) representative, Maya Reed, was one of a handful of ILH athletes who made an ordinary day in the hospital a joyous occasion. Maya took time out of her busy after-school schedule to make gingerbread houses and play games with the children at Shriners Hospital. After her trip to the hospital, Maya ­– who is a starter on the Varsity Basketball team ­– rushed to La Pietra to play in her game. Maya and her team defeated La Pietra 40-8 yesterday in their first ILH game of the season. The day was a huge win for Maya on the court and in the community! Way to set an example and represent the Priory Pride in such a positive manner, Maya!

Priory Pride Athletic Events 

Friday, 12/7 
JV/Varsity Swim Meet @ Kamehameha, 5 p.m.

Saturday, 12/8
Varsity Soccer  vs Damien @  Waipio Soccer Complex Field 6, 10 a.m.
Inter Swim Meet @ Kamehameha 3 p.m.

Monday, 12/10
Inter Basketball @ La Pietra, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 12/11
Varsity Soccer vs Iolani @ Kapiolani Park 2, 4 p.m.
HOME GAME: Varsity Basketball vs Christian Academy, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, 12/12
Paddling Regatta @ Magic Island, 4:30 p.m.
Inter Swim Meet @ Punahou, 5 p.m.

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Basketball Recap
The 2nd Annual Queen Emma Basketball Tournament took place over Thanksgiving break. Six OIA and ILH teams, coaches and parents gathered for a weekend of great basketball. The Priory parents rallied together to help put on the tournament and raise funds for the Intermediate and Varsity teams. Concession items like homemade chili and India rice were the top sellers with the fans. Our Priory team finished in 2nd place against Le Jardin in a battle for the championship. Thank you to our athletics ‘ohana who supported the tournament!

Priory Pride Athletic Events 

Friday, 11/28
JV/Varsity Swim Meet @ Punahou 5 p.m.

Saturday, 12/1
Varsity Basketball - rescheduled - TBA

Tuesday, 12/4
Gym Game: Inter Basketball vs Iolani 5 p.m.
ILH Student Advisory community service @ Shriners 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 12/5
Varsity Soccer @ Mid Pacific 4 p.m.

Thursday, 12/6
Gym Games: SA Basketball doubleheader
Inter vs Sacred Hearts @ 5 p.m.
Varsity vs Island Pacific @ 6:30 p.m.
 

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P.E Credit Application 

The P.E. credit application for all winter sports is due on Friday, November 15. Forms are due by 3 p.m. to Mrs. Kilbey and can be accessed here. Any student in grades 9-12 playing a JV or Varsity sport may apply for a ½ credit toward the P.E. graduation requirement. There is a three-step procedure that all student-athletes must comply with in order for the application to be processed.

Step One: Turn in “PE Credit Application - Parent & Student Consent Form” form signed by a parent by the due date.

Step Two: Inform your coach by giving them the “PE Credit Application - Coach Form” and “2018-19 Attendance Log for PE Credit Form.”

Step Three: Turn in the “PE Credit End of Season Form” form signed by the coach by the due date.

*Please note that all athletes must comply with team and school rules for P.E credit. This includes no more than five absences from practices/games and attendance at all games/races/meets unless excused by the athletic director.

Looking for Scorers and Timers for ILH Basketball Games

The Athletic Office is searching for individuals in the Upper School or adults in the school community who would like to earn money keeping the scorebook or clock for intermediate and varsity basketball games.

The ILH pay for this position is $15 per game. Please contact Mrs. Missy Kilbey at mkilbey@standrewsschools.org if you are interested.

Priory Pride Athletic Events 

Friday, 11/16
Varsity Soccer @ Roosevelt Tournament, TBA
Varsity Basketball @ Kalaheo Tournament, 3:30 or 8 p.m. TBA

Saturday, 11/17
Intermediate Basketball vs HBA G @ Hawaii Baptist, 1 p.m.
Varsity Soccer @ Roosevelt Tournament, TBA
Varsity Basketball @ Kalaheo Tournament, TBA

Tuesday, 11/20
Home Game: Intermediate Basketball vs. Hanalani, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, 11/21
2nd Annual Queen Emma Basketball Invitational, 5 & 6:30 p.m.

Friday, 11/22
2nd Annual Queen Emma Basketball Invitational, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Home Game: Intermediate Basketball vs. HBA B, 5 p.m.

Saturday, 11/23
2nd Annual Queen Emma Basketball Invitational, 4:30 & 6 p.m.

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Our St. Andrew’s Varsity Basketball Team started off the season 2-0, with wins over Kailua and Pearl City!  The next set of games will be the 2nd annual Queen Emma Basketball Tournament held on Wednesday, November 21-24 in our St. Andrew’s gym.

Priory Pride Athletic Events 

Monday, 11/10
Intermediate Basketball vs Kamehameha @ St. Andrew’s, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, 11/13
Intermediate Basketball vs SF @ St. Francis, 5 p.m.
Precision Riflery begins @ LHS

Thursday 11/15
Varsity Basketball vs University @ Kalaheo, 5 p.m.

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Congratulations to senior Alexia Saad who is representing St. Andrew's Schools in the HHSAA State Bowling tournament today and tomorrow at Hickam Bowling Alley. Alexia is the first bowler in six years to participate in the state tournament. 

Priory Pride Athletic Events 

Thursday, 11/1
HHSAA State Bowling Tournament
Inter Basketball @ HBA Tournament, 4 p.m.

Friday, 11/2
HHSAA State Bowling Tournament

Saturday, 11/2
Inter Basketball @ HBA Tournament, Time TBA

Monday, 11/5
Swimming begins

Wednesday, 11/7
Home Basketball Game – Varsity vs Pearl City, 5 p.m.

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St. Andrew’s Bowler Qualifies for HHSAA State Tournament
It’s been several years since The Priory has had a bowler in the state tournament!

This year, we are happy that senior Alexia Saad has qualified to represent St. Andrew’s. Alexia will be bowling at the HHSAA tournament on Thursday and Friday, November 1-2, at the Hickam Bowling Center. 

GO ALEXIA!

Cross Country Represented at States Again
For the seventh straight year, St. Andrew’s will have a representative in the HHSAA State Cross Country Meet. 

This year, junior Lauren Mukae, has qualified to attend the state meet held at Central Oahu Regional Park on Saturday, October 27 at 8:30 a.m. Pac 5 teammate, Kira Stoetzer, who is a Priory freshman, also qualified as the ILH 2nd alternate and will be there to cheer on her teammates in the hopes of also running the 5k race.

Priory Pride Athletic Events 
Thursday, 10/25
Finals of the ILH Championship Doubles @ Hickam Bowling Center 4 p.m.

Friday, 10/26
Finals of the ILH Championship Doubles @ Hickam Bowling Center 4 p.m.

Saturday, 10/27
HHSAA State Cross Country Meet @ CORP 8:30 a.m.

Monday, 10/29
Varsity Pac 5 Soccer begins @ 4:00-6:00 Kapiolani Field
Varsity Basketball begins @ SA Gym 5-7 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/31
Happy Halloween!
Inter Basketball vs Iolani @ HBA tournament 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, 11/1
HHSAA State Bowling Tournament @ Hickam Bowling Center - all day
JV Paddling begins @ Ala Wai Halau 3:15-6 p.m.

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Priory Pride Athletic Events 

Friday, 10/19
Varsity Bowling vs University @ Hickam Bowling Center 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, 10/20
Cross Country ILH Championships @ Punahou 8:30 a.m.
Kayaking Championships @ Ala Wai 9 a.m.
JV/Varsity Riflery Championships @ Mid-Pacific 12 p.m.

Monday, 10/22
Intermediate Basketball Begins @ Gym  3:30-5:30 p.m. 
Intermediate Tennis Begins @ Gov. Courts 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 10/23
Varsity Bowling vs IPA @ Hickam Bowling Center 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/24
ILH Bowling Post Season Tournament @ Hickam Bowling Center 4 p.m.

Thursday, 10/25
ILH Bowling Post Season Tournament @ Hickam Bowling Center 4 p.m.
Intermediate Basketball Parent Meeting @ Gym 5:45 p.m.

Friday, 10/26
ILH Bowling Post Season Tournament @ Hickam Bowling Center 4 p.m.

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Winter Sports Sign-Up
Winter Sports Sign-ups are happening now!  See Mrs. Kilbey for more information.

Athletes involved in Basketball, Paddling, Soccer and Wrestling will need to have a concussion test done this year.  Concussion days and times listed here.

Forms and information are here

Priory Pride Athletic Events 

Saturday, 10/13
Cross Country @ Punahou 8:30 a.m.
Kayaking @ Ala Wai 1:45 p.m.
JV/Varsity Riflery vs SHA @ Mid Pacific 4 p.m.

Monday, 10/15
JV/Varsity Bowling vs SHA @Hickam Bowl 4:30 p.m.
Concussion testing for Winter sports - p.m. break

Tuesday, 10/16
Concussion testing for winter sports - lunch and after school 3 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/17
Varsity Bowling vs PBA @ Hickam Bowl 4:30 p.m.
Concussion testing for winter sports - lunch and after school 3 p.m.

Friday, 10/19
Varsity Bowling vs ULS @ Hickam Bowl 4:30 p.m.

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Winter Sports Sign-Up

Try out for a Winter Sport – be a part of the Priory Pride!
Thursday, October 4
3:00–3:30 p.m.

Activity Room – Gym

If you miss this date, please see Mrs. Kilbey to sign-up!

Remember that you need a current physical (within one year) and must have a parent permission form signed for 2018-19 school year. 

Forms and information are here

Intermediate Volleyball Plays for ILH Championship 2nd Year in a Row

The Priory Intermediate volleyball team faced off against Christian Academy for the ILH Division III championship title on Tuesday, October 2, at St. Francis gym.  The team fell short of a championship but battled hard all season just to get there! 

                        

The Road to States

The varsity volleyball teams begins the second round tournament for division II state berths. Seeded # 7, they will play St. Francis first round at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Gym.

The Priory Bowling Team Gets High Score for the Season Against Maryknoll

The St. Andrew’s Bowling team had a total of 1922 points during their recent battle against Maryknoll. This was the highest number of points scored so far this season!

Club Volleyball Comes Back to St. Andrew’s

St. Andrew’s varsity coach, Trina Casabar, will be starting a club volleyball team for St. Andrew’s girls ages 11-14 years old. If you are interested, please see the attached flyer.

Priory Pride athletic events for the week 

Friday, 10/5

Intermediate Cross Country Iolani Invitational @ Kapiolani Park 3:30 p.m.
JV Tennis vs PunG @ Keehi Lagoon 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, 10/6

JV/Varsity Cross Country @ Kahuku Golf Course 8:15 a.m.
Pac 5 Riflery @ Punahou 10 a.m.
Kayaking @ Ala Wai 9 a.m.

Tuesday, 10/9
JV Tennis @ Punahou 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/10
JV/Var Bowling vs Iolani @ Hickam Bowl 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, 10/11
JV Tennis @ Kamehameha 4:30 p.m.

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Winter sports sign-up

Any athlete wishing to participate in a winter sport will need to sign-up on Thursday, October 4, from 3-3:30 p.m., in the Activity Room of the gym. If you miss the sign-up date, please see Mrs. Kilbey as soon as possible.

All Athletes: Be sure to read the Athletic Rules and Regulations, turn in the Parent Permission Form and have a current physical before the start date of your sport. 

Forms and information are here

Winter Sports

JV/Varsity Paddling - begins October 29
Int.  Basketball - begins October 22
Varsity Basketball - begins October 29
Int Tennis - begins October 22
Pac 5 JV/Varsity Precision Riflery - begins November 13
Pac 5 Soccer - all levels- Int begins October 15 / JV begins October 22 / Var begins October 29
Pac 5 Swimming - all levels begins November 5
Pac 5 Wrestling- all levels begins November 5

 

Senior Volleyball Night
Senior athletes, Katelyn Kamei and Felisa Hollenbeak, celebrated their senior game last Saturday with a close match against Punahou. Their teammates and fellow seniors all congratulated them with a shower of leis and personal gifts from each team member. It was a special day that they will remember for a long time!  We wish The Priory Varsity team the best of luck as they wind down their season and head into tournaments next week.

 

See more photos from the event

Kūlia i ka Nu‘u Bowlers

The Priory Bowling Team had some personal bests at their matches last week. Daelia Wong and Alexia Saad both reached their highest score of 152/180. Caidence Okamura received her first "turkey" having bowled three strikes in a row!

Priory Pride athletic events for the week 

Friday, 9/29
JV Tennis vs HBA @ Keehi Lagoon 4 p.m.

Saturday, 9/29
Intermediate Volleyball Championship Tournament Semi Final game:
Varsity Volleyball vs LJA @ Le Jardin @ 9 a.m.
Inter vs Island Pacific @ St. Andrew’s 10 a.m.
JV Kayaking @ Ala Wai 9 a.m.
JV/Varsity Riflery vs IPA @ St. Francis 12 p.m.
ILH Cross Country Meet @ Kapolei District Park 2:30 p.m.

Monday, 10/1
JV/Varsity Bowling vs Hawaii Baptist @ Hickam 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 10/2
Intermediate Volleyball Tournament - TBA
Varsity Volleyball vs SF @ St. Francis 6 p.m.
JV Tennis vs Mid Pacific @ Keehi Lagoon 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/3
JV/Varsity Bowling vs Maryknoll @ Hickam Bowling Center 4:30 p.m.

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Winter sports sign-up

All athletes interested in playing a winter sport will need to sign-up on Thursday, October 4 from 3-3:30 p.m. in the Activity Room/Gym. 

Winter sports are:    
JV Paddling                                
Inter/Var Basketball                         
Inter Tennis      
Soccer (P5) - all levels     
Swimming (P5) - all levels
Wrestling (P5)- all levels                  
JV/Var Precision Riflery

Bowling team is in full force

The Priory bowling team is out in full force. Our teams are the biggest yet with 14 members making up two teams. The JV athletes have been anxious to begin bowling, having had to cancel the first two games due to water main breaks and Tropical Storm Olivia.  They would like invite anyone with base access to come out and cheer them on!

Gym gets a new addition 

Notice anything different about our St. Andrew’s Gymnasium?  We now have five new championship banners hanging in the gym!  The championship banners are the first ever in the history of St. Andrew’s. They are honoring the ILH Championships for the 2017 intermediate volleyball and basketball teams, 2017 varsity volleyball, 2017 cross country champion, 2016 HHSAA state track champion and the 2007 HHSAA state basketball runner-up (this was the first year Division II was allowed in the Hawai‘i state tournament).

Senior WHITE OUT volleyball game 

The Senior volleyball game was moved to Saturday, September 22Come and support our two senior volleyball players – Katelyn Kamei and Felisa Hollenbeak – on Saturday at 9 a.m. Wear your white and cheer loud as our team takes on Punahou for our senior game!

Priory Pride athletic events for the week 

Friday, 9/21
JV/Varsity Bowling vs MPI @ Hickam Bowl 4:30 p.m. (rescheduled) 

Saturday, 9/22
Cross Country Meet @ Kamehameha 8:30 a.m. (gym game)
Varsity Volleyball  home game vs Punahou @ 9 a.m.
JV Kayaking @ Ala Wai 9 a.m.
Inter Volleyball vs CA @ La Pietra 10:30 a.m.
Inter Volleyball vs LP @ La Pietra 12 p.m.
JV/Varsity Riflery vs KS @ Mid Pacific 4 p.m.

Monday, 9/24
JV/Varsity Bowling vs Punahou @ Hickam Bowl 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday 9/25
Varsity Volleyball vs University @ 5 p.m. (gym game)

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Are you up for the challenge?

The Cross Country Team challenges all parents and fans to run with them this Saturday in the ‘Iolani Open 3 mile run. The $20 entry fee will allow you to run with the high school athletes through the fields and valleys of the beautiful Ko‘olau mountains. The first race begins at 2 p.m. @ Kualoa Ranch.

Senior Volleyball Night

Come join the Varsity Volleyball team as they celebrate “Senior Night” on Saturday, September 22. Our senior athletes, Katelyn Kamei and Felisa Hollenbeak, will take on Punahou at 9 a.m. with a celebration after the game.

Priory Pride Athletic events for the week:

Saturday, 9/15
JV Kayaking @ Ala Wai 9 a.m.
JV/Varsity Riflery vs La Pietra @ St. Francis 12 p.m.
Intermediate Volleyball home game vs Island Pacific S @ 12:30 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball home game vs Mid Pacific @ 2 p.m.
ILH Cross Count