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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

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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

May 24 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - May 24

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for attending the Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday. The boys were extremely excited to have all of you there. It was a great way to end such a wonderful year. I can’t share enough appreciate for all of you and your children. These last four years have been extremely memorable for me.

Tomorrow, yearbooks will be distributed to students. However, if your son still has books checked out from the library, they won’t be able to get their yearbook until all items are returned.

Next week will include lots of cleaning and bringing home supplies. Please check your teacher’s CANVAS page for important information. Have a wonderful summer and I wish all of you the best.

Prep Announcements:

End of the Year Party: Wednesday, May 30, Lunch time - 5:00 p.m., students are welcome to celebrate the end of the school year and enjoy the water slide.

Upcoming Events

  • May 24: Prep 2017-2018 yearbook distribution
  • May 27: Baccalaureate
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • May 30: ASC End of the Year Party

May 17 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - May 17

Dear Parents,

May is cruising by and we’re getting ready to close out a great year together.

Last week the boys enjoyed witnessing the Ascension Day festivities and the beautiful coral cross. Even though the event is focused on the Upper School girls, the boys carried themselves with their best behavior and curiosity of the ceremony. I was really proud of them.

Please be sure to be checking your teacher’s CANVAS page as we are getting ourselves ready for the end of the year events and parties. And remember that we will be having our Prep Recognition Ceremony on May 23rd at 11:00 am in the Cathedral followed by an Open House at 11:30 am over at Jubinsky Hall, J203. We really hope to see you there.

Prep Announcements:

End of the Year Party: Wednesday, May 30, Lunch time - 5:00 p.m., students are welcome to celebrate the end of the school year and enjoy the water slide.

Upcoming Events

  • May 18: Library books due
  • May 23: Prep Recognition Ceremony
  • May 24: Prep 2017-2018 yearbook distribution
  • May 27: Baccalaureate
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • May 30: ASC End of the Year Party

May 10 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - May 10

Dear Parents,

My goodness we’ve had a lot of fun going on! Friday, the boys tested their engineering skills as they flew kites in Queen Emma Park. Thank you parents for helping them with constructing the kites and transporting them to school.

This past weekend the third grade boys had a true adventure as they camped at Coconut Island, a marine research facility of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Hawaii. The boys helped build our campsite, took a tour of the island, saw lots of sharks, created a plankton trap, and observed their catch through a microscope and ipad. The boys really represented themselves and their school well as the feedback from the facilitators was amazing. Apparently allowing third graders (let alone all boys) is a rare thing for the institute, and they were floored with how well the boys did. Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the dads who volunteered their time and energy to help out. Ricardo Yost, Jay Baloran, and Ward Yamamoto sacrificed a free Saturday afternoon and precious sleep to make this magical weekend happen. Can’t give you three enough thanks!

Monday, the third graders kept their excursions going as we headed over to Chinaman’s Hat for a voyaging canoe experience. The boys learned to tie sailing knots, basic sailing skills, and were able to actually steer our canoe as we sailed out to observe turtles relaxing on the reef. Rain joined us, but the boys didn’t let it get them down.It was really fun!

Today the boys participated in the Ascension Day chapel service. Following chapel, the boys were privileged to see the beautiful Coral Cross ceremony. It was a wonderful experience.

A reminder that there is no school tomorrow (Friday) as it is Head of School Holiday.

Upcoming Events

  • May 11: Head of School Holiday, No School
  • May 18: Library books due
  • May 23: Recognition Ceremony and Open House (Parents invited 11:00 am ceremony in Chapel followed by an open house at Jubinsky at 11:30 am.)
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day of school for students

May 3 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - May 3

Dear Parents,

It was really nice to see you at our May Day program last week. The boys were a bit nervous, but I thought they did a wonderful job. They were also delighted to see Mr. Rickman and Mrs. Schick dance hula with other faculty members.

This week we had a few field trips. The first and second graders went into Palolo Valley and got dirty in the Lo‘i fields. They worked the kalo and helped tend to other parts of the garden as a tie-in to the social studies units they are working on. At the end of May, they will be celebrating with a luau which will tie all of their learning together.

The third graders have just finished their wonderful wax museum and continue to learn about Hawaiian history. This Friday, they will visit the State Capitol and next Monday they will be heading to Kanehunamoku for a canoe voyage. How exciting! Recently the kindergarten boys went on an expedition of campus. They took their supplies and hiked up Stair Mountain, navigated the treacherous playground, and made it through the scary caves, also known as the hallways. All the while, having a blast doing it.

Thank you, Joni Stewart, for organizing and driving forward our first beach clean-up. It was a beautiful day and the kids learned an appreciation for service and protecting our Earth. Thank you to all the parents who went to the event in Waimanalo!

Below are a couple of photos from the lemonade stand that the second graders created and managed at Pearlridge Shopping Center. Thanks, again, to the parents for their help.We couldn’t have done it without you.

Upcoming Events

  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 4: Third Grade Trip to Capital
  • May 5: Coconut Island Camp (Gr. 3)
  • May 7: Teacher Appreciation Day
  • May 7: Third Grade Trip to Kanehunamoku
  • May 10: Ascension Day
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday, No School
  • May 18: Library books due
  • May 23: Recognition Ceremony and Open House (Parents invited 11:00 am ceremony in Chapel followed by an open house at Jubinsky at 11:30 am.)
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day of school for students

April 26 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - April 26

Dear Parents,

Lemonade Alley was a huge success with the boys bringing in more than $400. There were around 16 other schools at the Pearlridge Mall over the weekend and the boys, on top of making huge sales, won the award for being “Simple but Perfect!” Thank you to the parents who donated their precious time to help the boys through this event.

Last week Friday, the third graders took us in a time machine as they presented their Wax Museum projects. John A. Burns, King Kamehameha, and plantation workers were just some of the great historical characters that the boys shared. They discovered the impact those individuals had on Hawaii and why they became historical figures.

May Day is tomorrow!

MAY DAY

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

LUNCH

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

PARKING

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

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

Parents, please see the attached link to be aware of your son’s responsibilities for the day.

Upcoming Events

  • April 27: May Day
  • April 28 - April 29: Spring Performance, The Wiz, Jr.
  • April 30: School Performance, The Wiz, Jr.
  • April 30: Grades 1 and 2 Field Trip to the Loi
  • May 4: Grade 3 Field Trip to Capitol
  • May 5: Grade 3 camp
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday
  • May 23: Awards Ceremony

The Wiz Jr. - Our Spring Production!

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

Buy Tickets Online!

April 19 Parent eNews

The Prep Update - April 19

Good Afternoon Parents,

I hope all of you had a good week.We came back this week with the good vibes from Friday’s Field Day. The boys were treated to a number of crafts and a tour of Queen Emma’s Summer Palace.Afterwards, they participated with the Lower School girls in a number of relay games. The highlight (and when the kids seemed to be the most excited) was when the faculty battled in their own tug-of-war. It was a blast! Thank you to all the parents who came to help out. The wonderful event couldn’t have happened without you.

Other exciting happenings this week included Aidan Fitch competing in the Pacific Grappling Tournament run by NAGA (North American Grappling Association). Aidan competed against a number of boys in both the gi uniform and non-uniform brackets. Through focus and sticking to the fundamentals he has learned, Aiden earned first place in both tournaments. We’re really proud of Aidan!


This coming Saturday our first and second graders will be selling lemonade at Pearlridge shopping center.All proceeds go to the Dyslexic Center of the Pacific. The boys will be selling their lemonade from 10am-3pm. If you have some free time and want some delicious lemonade, please stop by. Thanks Joanne, Shino, and Clement for all your help!




May Day is coming soon!

Parents, please see the attached link to be aware of your son’s responsibilities for the day.

Upcoming Events

  • April 19: Grade 2 Field Trip to the Deaf and Blind School (via The Bus)
  • April 21: Grades 1 and 2 Lemonade Alley at Pearlridge Shopping Center
  • April 27: May Day
  • April 30: Grades 1 and 2 Field Trip to the Loi
  • May 4: Grade 3 Field Trip to Capital

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

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

RSVP ONLINE for the Event


The Wiz Jr. - Our Spring Production!

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

Buy Tickets Online!

April 12 Parent eNews

Prep Update - April 12

Good Afternoon Parents,

We’re making our way through April and things are moving fast. We have many events coming up so be sure to check the updates each week.

This past weekend we had planned to take the third graders to Coconut Island for camp, but unfortunately the rain didn’t make that possible. The good news is that we are now rescheduling for another date. More information will come out in due time.

Our first and second graders have spent the last month running an interesting science experiment. They have been surveying students, faculty, and staff on the best recipe for lemonade. Besides finding the right ingredients for a tasty drink and satisfying their natural curiosity, the boys are competing in a taste competition called Lemonade Alley. On April 21st, the boys will present their lemonade at Pearlridge Shopping Center. All the proceeds from the competition will be going to the Dyslexic Center of the Pacific.A great program for a great cause.

To help the boys, we are looking for donations of lemons.If you can donate lemons, please drop them off in J-101 or the Lower School Office. You can also drop them off at the traffic line on Tuesday morning, April 17th.

Another service opportunity for the boys has been led by Joni Stewart.She has organized a beach cleanup day for Sunday, April 29th at 10 am. The event will be at Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Park. After the beach cleanup, there will be a snack potluck. Please bring a garbage bag and gloves and feel free to contact Joni at 371-1497 or at wuchem99@yahoo.com to get more information about how you can get involved. Thank you, Joni, for providing our boys this opportunity to give back!

On April 17th, we will be holding a Parent Coffee. If you are available, it will be a great opportunity to discuss next year and how things will proceed. We hope to see you there!

PREP ANNOUNCEMENTS

May Day is coming soon!

Parents, please see the attached link to be aware of your son’s responsibilities for the day.

Upcoming Events

  • April 13: Field Day
  • April 17: Parent Coffee in Maulalani Gallery
  • April 17: Lemon Drop Off
  • April 21: Grades 1 and 2 Lemonade Alley at Pearlridge
  • April 27: May Day
  • April 30: Grades 1 and 2 Field Trip to the Loi Patch
  • May 4: Grade 3 Field Trip to Capital