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

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

 

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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