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Upper School Update - May 23

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

Students sometimes overlap and are part of more than one exhibit. Some students will be sharing independent inquiry projects and science fair projects that they have spent the year working on.  Other students will be sharing work in progress. This is an evening to simply celebrate our year with our families.

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

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

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

We know that emotions take up most of our time, even as adults. How we manage ourselves and our emotions with regard to others is developed during middle school years and continues throughout high school years. We happy that we are able to help coach, support and grow these capacities within our students. Programs like RULER help all of us to use similar language and to support these critical skills.

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

Mālama pono,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

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May 9 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 9

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

Thank you all for attending our May Day program last week Friday. This year, I could feel the strength and spirit of our Upper School student body leading up to May Day and culminating at the program. Please make sure to read the story and see the beautiful photos from our May Day program. Mahalo to Kumu Hiwa for working with our students leading up to May Day.  And a big mahalo to the members of her hula hālau; they helped get our students ready by pinning, pulling, fixing, tying, dressing, etc.  

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

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

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

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

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

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

May 2 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 2

Aloha, Upper School Families,

Happy May Day!

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

This is a very busy time of year for all of our families. Thank you for all that you have done to help prepare your daughters for tomorrow.  As a reminder, the girls will dress for the program once they get to school. Please carefully review the May Day attire instructions which contain specific instructions for undergarments to wear under their hula attire and how they should have their hair on that day. After the main event, parents are invited to join their daughters for lunch in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. After lunch, Upper School students will participate in learning activities around the theme of conservation in Hawai‘i, beginning with guest speaker Robert Perkins from the Polynesian Voyaging Society. 

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

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

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

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

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

April 25 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 25

Aloha, Upper School Families,

May Day is upon us!

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

Please help your daughters remember to wear either aloha attire or their uniform to school on May Day. They will dress for the program once they get to school. Please carefully review the May Day attire instructions which contain specific instructions for undergarments to wear under their hula attire and how they should have their hair on that day. After the main event, parents are invited to join their daughters for lunch in Ylang Ylang Courtyard. After lunch, Upper School students will participate in learning activities around the theme of conservation in Hawai‘i, beginning with guest speaker Robert Perkins from the Polynesian Voyaging Society. 

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful remainder of your week!

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

April 18 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 18

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

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

Please help your daughters remember to wear either aloha attire or their uniform to school on May Day.  They will dress for the program once they get to school. Please carefully review the May Day attire instructions which contain specific instructions for undergarments and how they should wear their hair on that day. As a reminder, the last day to order lunch for May Day is this Friday.

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

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

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

Mahalo,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

April 11 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 11

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mahalo,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

April 4 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 4

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

Mahalo,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

March 14 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - March 14

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

A hui hou!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

March 7 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - March 7

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

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

   

  

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

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

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

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

Under the Sea - Marine Biology

Mālama ‘Aina - S.T.E.A.M.

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I

Beginning Band

US Government

Intro to Computer Programming

World Cultures

Hawaiian History

Independent Study (Tech Department)

Fitness for Life

British & World Literature

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I

Geometry

 

Announcements and Reminders 

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

A hui hou!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

February 28 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - February 28

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

Entrepreneurship Comes to Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hui hou!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

February 21 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - February 21

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

February 14 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - February 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

February 7 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - February 7

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

Reminders for Parents

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

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

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

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

January 31 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - January 31

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

January 24 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - January 24

Aloha, Upper School Families,

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

A hui hou,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

January 17 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - January 17 

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

January 10 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - January 10 

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

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

December 20 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - December 20

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

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

December 13 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - December 13

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

Upcoming events
12/10-12/14: Deck the Halls, grades 6-12
12/14:  Christmas Pride Day
12/13: Cocoa for Everyone for National Cocoa Day
12/14: Choir Concert at Washington Place
12/18: Christmas Eucharist
12/20: Second Quarter Ends
12/20: Parent Appreciation Day – Cup of Good Cheer
12/21-1/4: Christmas Break – No School 

December 6 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - December 6

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

Reminders and Announcements 

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events
12/7: Choirs Christmas Concert, 6 p.m.
12/9: Honolulu Marathon, Priory Band performance
12/10-12/14: Deck the Halls, grades 6-12
12/14:  Christmas Pride Day
12/13: Cocoa for Everyone for National Cocoa Day
12/14: Choir Concert at Washington Place
12/18: Christmas Eucharist
12/20: Second Quarter Ends
12/20: Parent Appreciation Day – Cup of Good Cheer
12/21-1/4: Christmas Break – No School 

November 29 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - November 29

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

Teacher Spotlight ­­– Misha Matsumoto

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

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

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

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

We have just one collection day left. Please bring donated items to the front gate of the school from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. on  Friday, December 7. 

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

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

Upcoming events
11/29: Home for the Holidays shopping event, 5-8 p.m.
12/1: Great Holiday Pick-Up, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
12/5: Orchestras and Bands Christmas Concert, 6 p.m.
12/7: Choirs Christmas Concert, 6 p.m.
12/9: Honolulu Marathon, Priory Band performance
12/10-12/14: Deck the Halls, grades 6-12
12/14:  Christmas Pride Day
12/13: Cocoa for Everyone for National Cocoa Day
12/14: Choir Concert at Washington Place
12/18: Christmas Eucharist
12/20: Second Quarter Ends
12/20: Parent Appreciation Day – Cup of Good Cheer
12/21-1/4: Christmas Break – No School 

November 15 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - November 15

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Aloha,
Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

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

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

Please bring donated items to the front gate of the school from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. on the following days:
November 16
December 7

Upcoming events
11/16: Pacific Model United Nations (PACMUN) Conference, Hawai‘i Convention Center
11/21-23: Thanksgiving Break 
11/29: Home for the Holidays shopping event, 5-8 p.m.

November 8 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - November 8

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

Reminders and Announcements 

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

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

Please bring donated items to the front gate of the school from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. on the following days:
November 16
December 7

Upcoming events

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

November 1 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - November 1

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

Día de los Muertos

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

    

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

Hope Lodge Club

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

2018 Pro Bono Celebration

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

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

Congratulations to Maya for her outstanding achievement!  

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

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

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

October 25 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - October 25

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

October 18 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - October 18

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

The Hawaii Children and Youth Summit

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

 

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

Greenpeace’s “Arctic Sunrise”

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

This short movie and news story document their experience.

World Cultures and Language Day

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

Dia de Los Muertos - Day of the Dead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

October 11 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - October 11

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

   

Announcements and Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pizza with a purpose fundraiser 

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

October 4 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - October 4

 Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

Me ka haʻahaʻa,

Nichole Field

Announcements and reminders

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

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

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

Global Summit Paris-Davos Trip Still accepting applications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

September 27 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 27

 Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements and reminders

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

September 20 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 20

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

          

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

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

Announcements and reminders

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

September 13 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 13

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

September 6 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 6

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

August 30 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - August 30

Aloha Upper School Families,

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

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

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

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

Aloha,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

May 24 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 24

Aloha Upper School Families,

It’s an incredible time of year. At The Priory, we are blessed with many traditions, making this both a busy and exciting time of year. Our students are working hard to balance their involvement in events with a strong finish of the school year. Thank you for encouraging them to get lots of rest and to take good care of themselves so that they can enjoy the end of the year fun!

On Tuesday, or seniors delighted us with Senior Chapel. We enjoyed the gifts of music from Band, Orchestra and Choir, and the seniors used their creativity to describe their experience at The Priory with mylar balloons representing each letter of the alphabet. It was clear that they had put so much thought into reflecting on their many years here. On Wednesday, we held our annual awards ceremony and were able to recognize students who won awards that were national, local and school specific. Congratulations to many of our students who were recognized at this ceremony!

Priory in Lana‘i City
The Priory in the City seniors ventured to Lana‘i City thanks to the gracious hospitality of the Matsumoto and Utsugi ‘Ohana. Senior Kamryn Matsumoto and her family curated a special insider’s trip featuring executive visioning boards, tech farming and personalized hospitality. Highlights included an outing to the Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i, a tour of the restaurant Nobu, and a visit to the state-of-the-art hydroponic facility being built on the island. Click here to learn more about this extraordinary career trip. READ THE ARTICLE

Congratulations to our 2nd place Peace Poem winners at City Hall - Annabella Murdock (pictured in the second row first from the right), Katherine Course, and Lilia Alameida (not pictured).

Spring Performances Continue This Week: This past week our Spring Performances continued. On Wednesday, we were delighted with Mr. Uyeharaʻs Orchestra classes. The concert was an exhibition of learning for Beginning, Advanced Intermediate, Intermediate and Chamber Strings. As is tradition, seniors were part of this focus and this year he will be saying aloha to several seniors. This year we say Aloha to Sophia Zarella, Ailin Beveford, Taylor Chung, Emily Kurth, Kiana Hasegawa and Aliyah Abanes!

I hope to see many of you at The Choir Concert this Friday as we honor this year’s seniors and bid a fond farewell to Ms. Castro.

Lastly, we are excited to announce the East-West Center Hawaii Partnership for Youth (P4Y) is a global exchange program that brings together American youth from Hawaii and other US cities with their peers from the Asia Pacific region to focus on youth leadership and community revitalization through the lens of environmental stewardship, social and economic justice, and peace building.

In supporting P4Y Vision 2030, the leaders of Hawaiki Atua in New Zealand seek to provide opportunities for todayʻs youth to develop an appreciation for the traditions and practices of the Māori, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous peoples across the Pacific and how their cultures and knowledge systems can contribute to a sustainable development agenda.

This opportunity extended for to rising Sophomores and Juniors, of whom four were selected. The process was very competitive and many excellent applications were reviewed. Selected students will implement a year-long sustainability project throughout next school year. The selection committee announced the selection of the following students yesterday: Maya Reid, Shaye Nishimura, Christy Kwok and Stephanie Albañia. Congratulations ladies!

This year has been such an incredible opportunity for me as an educator to learn and grow, to push and challenge myself in a new direction. I finish up the year with a grateful heart and a list of unforgettable adventures. I thank all of you for your support this school year, and I wish each family in the Upper School a summer filled with adventure, quiet reflection, and joy. I'll see you at our year-end events!

Mahalo,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

US ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • May 24: Senior Grades Due
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert - 6 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Andrew
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement

 

May 17 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 17

Aloha Upper School Families,

For many of our students, especially juniors and seniors, Ascension Day constitutes a core memory of their time here at The Priory. For many of our younger students, this day is something that they will look forward to. It was an experience to see the cross transform late into the evening and know that it was a transformative experience for our students as well. We are especially thankful to our Junior Class Advisor, Alethia Donathan, who has guided our juniors through this process all year, which culminated in their presentation of the cross to the school and to the senior class.



Spring Band Concert

Congratulations to Mr. Stanton Haugen and The Priory Band for an outstanding spring concert this past Wednesday! This year, we were graced with many modern compositions from groups such as: Journey, The Monkeys, Bruno Mars, and A-Ha! The Spring Concert is so special for our seniors: Emily Hinrichs, Ailin Beveford, Charlene Leodones, Tracy Pham, Allegra Palk, Jordan Jones, Tiana Hughes and Nevaeh Leforge. We will miss the sounds of their music next year!

As we move deeper into May, there are so many wonderful events taking place to close the year. Please encourage your daughters to stay rested and hydrated. The combination of many fun traditions that take place and the end of the school year can feel a bit overwhelming for students. Staying focused can be a challenge and your support is appreciated as we encourage students to finish the year strong!

Have a wonderful remainder of your week!

Mahalo,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

Global Leadership Trip, July 2019: This all-inclusive tour, students learn about how the world communicate through specially designed cultural activities in Paris, France and Davos, Switzerland. The unique trip will culminate in students attending a 3-day Global Leadership summit in Davos, with conferences and workshops led by world-renowned experts in a variety of fields such as : education as a human right, international peace and justice, freedom, consequences of conflict, humanitarian issues, etc. The general theme of the 2019 Summit is “The Power of Communication”. Design Thinking methods will be used during workshops to empower students in building a brighter future matching their hopes and dreams. Check the Tour at www.eftours.com using the Priory code 2063050UR. Registration period extended until August 1, 2018. Enrollment is done directly online with the above code. Questions? Please contact msipola@standrewsschools.org

View the video to better understand this exciting opportunity!

US ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • May 22: Priory in the City Presentations
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement
  • June 4: All grades Due

May 10 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 10

Aloha Upper School Families,

Mahalo to parents and to the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) for the generous contributions to our teacher appreciation day.Teachers and Staff are always very thankful for this special day.Your kindness and generosity was felt school-wide.Thank you!

At the National Honor Society (NHS) induction ceremony last Friday, new NHS students were sworn in. These new inductees comprise those members of our student body who exemplify the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Inductees were reminded that the traits they exemplify are needed to affect positive change in today’s world.They were invited to utilize each of them well in order to make their own contributions to our collective world.Scholarship -- to learn all that they can so that they can solve at least one serious problem.Service -- to use their deep commitment to service, to stay true to the needs of the world we inhabit, and to do what is necessary to serve those who are in need.Leadership -- to use their leadership skills to influence others to do what is right and to affect positive change.Character -- to use their strength of character, to be fearless when needed, and to go against the grain when that is the right thing to do.

Congratulations to this year’s inductees: Stephanie Albania, Kaili Delos Santos, Sydney Hirayama, Emily Kurth, Christy Kwok, Catherine Mount, Lauren Mukae, Maya Reid, Kira Terada, Cassidi Yamauchi. (not all inductees featured in below photo)

Happy Ascension Day!

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

This year marks our 151st celebration of Ascension Day. When I talk to students who are in middle school, they often cite Ascension Day as the tradition that they are most excited to be involved in. Our juniors work throughout the year with their Junior class advisor, Alethia Donathan, to plan the design of the cross, which is kept “top-secret” until Ascension morning.

It seems that each week leading up to summer, is packed with events and traditions. Thank you for supporting your daughters and encouraging them to stay balanced and well rested during this busy time. Enjoy tomorrow’s Head of School Holiday.

Have a wonderful rest of your week,

Nichole

Global Leadership Trip, July 2019: This all-inclusive tour, students learn about how the world communicate through specially designed cultural activities in Paris, France and Davos, Switzerland. The unique trip will culminate in students attending a 3-day Global Leadership summit in Davos, with conferences and workshops led by world-renowned experts in a variety of fields such as : education as a human right, international peace and justice, freedom, consequences of conflict, humanitarian issues, etc. The general theme of the 2019 Summit is “The Power of Communication”. Design Thinking methods will be used during workshops to empower students in building a brighter future matching their hopes and dreams. Check the Tour at www.eftours.com using the Priory code 2063050UR. Registration period extended until August 1, 2018. Enrollment is done directly online with the above code. Questions? Please contact msipola@standrewsschools.org

View the video to better understand this exciting opportunity!

US ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday, No School
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement
  • June 4: All grades Due

May 3 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 3

Aloha Upper School Families,

Thank you all for supporting your daughters through another fabulous St. Andrew’s Schools May Day!

A new faculty member told me that the morning of May Day was surreal- she could hear students practicing hula and oli around campus and it felt so special. My own daughter, who is new to The Priory, shared that she felt so connected to the school on this day. There is no doubt that our May Day is so special; it is the culmination of work that spans the school year.Kumu Namahana taught our students their hula, while Ms.Castro prepared the students for their mele and oli.

As May Day approached, all other staff members pulled together extra practices to help bring about the beautiful performances. We are a bit emotional, as we know that we are bidding aloha to Kumu Namahana this year. The girls shared a special part of themselves with her this year in their performances, and I know that she will take this beautiful memory, and the memories of several years here at St. Andrewʻs Schools, with her.

The Wiz Jr. was also incredible! I am so impressed with our girls, who performed so wonderfully on stage Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of this week! I loved observing the range of students who participated in the production. Theater is such a wonderful space for students to cultivate their best selves. It was awesome to see students push themselves out of their comfort zones.Hulō Priory Girls!!

Congratulations to Meenakshi Kutty for an incredible win with ‘Ōlelo Community Television this past week. This year’s Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Contest finalists were selected from a total of 983 entries.The 15th Annual ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition Awards Banquet Hawaii’s oldest and largest statewide student video contest, presented by SONY, was held on Thursday, April 26, at the Hawaii Convention Center.Our very own Meenakshi Kutty won her division, the Short Category for Middle School Division with her Short film, “Labels.”We are so proud of her and are so appreciative of the support she received from Mrs. Alethia Donathan.

US ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 4: NHS Induction Ceremony
  • May 10: Ascension Day - Grades 9-12 dismissed following program
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday, No School
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement
  • June 4: All grades Due

April 26 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 26

Thank you all for joining us this past Friday at our Upper School Exhibition Fair! Students were happy to share a snapshot of the work in which they engage. This year’s fair was an opportunity for students to share both long term projects as well as slices of curriculum from various courses. We look forward to continuing the tradition of sharing student work annually at Exhibition Fair. My observation was that students enjoyed the opportunity to share with families during this event. For students, this was also an opportunity to articulate their learning with an outside audience, which helps them crystallize their thinking about learning. Our Performing Arts department added even more energy to this event. This is a very busy time of year for all of us, we appreciate you taking the time to join us. Congratulations to our students on a job well done!

View the Exhibition Fair Gallery

We have so many events coming up over the next couple of months, beginning with May Day! Our May Day program will begin at 9am, tomorrow. Students will come to school at the regular time and get ready with their classmates. Students have been preparing throughout the year for this event and are excited to share their mele and hula with all of you. Please join us for lunch (be sure to bring your email lunch order confirmation) after the program on Ylang Ylang courtyard.

MAY DAY

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

LUNCH

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

PARKING

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

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

The Spring Production: The Wiz, Jr.

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! Please purchase your tickets online here! You will notice that there will also be merchandise on sale for you or your children to wear during the Emerald City scene.

US ANNOUNCEMENTS

May Day is TOMORROW! Parents, please see the link for information regarding your daughter’s/son’s attire requirements and responsibilities for the day.

  • April 27: May Day (Special Schedule)
  • April 28 - April 29: Spring Performance, The Wiz, Jr.
  • April 30: School Performance, The Wiz, Jr. (special Schedule)
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 10: Ascension Day - Grades 9-12 dismissed following May Day
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement

April 19 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 19

Please join us for Exhibition Fair tomorrow evening! The Exhibition Fair is an exciting opportunity for families to experience a snapshot, or a moment in time, of student learning here at The Priory. Tomorrow students will share samples of their work ranging from long term projects, such as Independent Research and Science Fair, to shorter term projects from their classes. The student work that will be shared is authentic, some highly polished, and others will be in-progress. The purpose of Exhibition Fair is for parents to engage with students and to observe their learning. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Ylang Ylang Courtyard with opening remarks from Dr. Ruth Fletcher. Student projects will be displayed throughout the evening and our performing arts students will provide music while you enjoy the variety of student work.

The Spring Production: The Wiz, Jr.

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! Please purchase your tickets online here! You will notice that there will also be merchandise on sale for you or your children to wear during the Emerald City scene.

Congratulations to Select Wind Ensemble!

On April 12, our Select Wind Ensemble, taught and directed by Mr. Stanton Haugen, competed in the Parade of Bands at Roosevelt High School. We are very proud to announce that they received the highest adjudication grade that a high school band can receive in their division.

Priory in the City Juniors Attend Girls’ Summit

On April 13, Priory in the City juniors attended the 6th Annual Girls’ Summit at the YWCA Oahu with students from Farrington High School and McKinley High School. This event was produced by the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership. The students liked the design thinking workshop by Oceanic, which focused on the methodology used by designers to solve complex problems and find viable solutions for clients. The Priory girls also took a computer coding class using Altino autonomous cars that are manufactured by Oceanic’s partner, SaeOn, in South Korea. The girls learned how to write code to make the car drive in circles or patterns. These workshop sessions support The Priory’s desire to provide innovative educational opportunities for girls.

Another highlight was the mentoring session. Business and community leaders shared their insights, challenges, and strategies for leading with influence. Priory girls appreciated the wisdom shared by mentors from Hawaiian Electric Industries, American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, U.S. Small Business Administration, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii Tech Support, and other organizations.

The YWCA Oahu CEO, Noriko Namiki, also thanked The Priory for helping to design and launch the first Girls’ Summit. It is collaborations with like-minded organizations that enrich Priory in the City experiences and allow The Priory to offer real-world opportunities in the heart of downtown Honolulu.

English 8 is Connecting with Community!

English 8 students are partnering with St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Florida.They are introducing themselves via a video sharing app, Flipgrid.Mr. Wyrick’s English class is building a reading blog where they will share ideas and thoughts about literature they are currently reading, including our common class novel, The Outsiders.This is part of our school’s emphasis on teaching our girls to think and act globally, by interacting with students their age while centering on common topics and themes.

US ANNOUNCEMENTS

May Day is coming soon! Parents, please see the link for information regarding your daughter’s/son’s attire requirements and responsibilities for the day.

  • April 9 - April 20:WrAP Testing (administered to grades 4, 6, 8, 10, 12).WrAP is a standardized test and provides the school with a way to assess our writing curriculum.
  • April 20: Exhibition Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • April 24: Waikiki Aquarium Distinguished Lecture Series, Tenney Theatre
  • April 27: May Day (Special Schedule)
  • April 28 - April 29: Spring Performance, The Wiz, Jr.
  • April 30: School Performance, The Wiz, Jr. (special Schedule)
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 10: Ascension Day (Special Schedule)
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement

April 12 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 12

Things are so busy in the Upper School. I was thankful to attend the “Leading Schools of the Future” conference last week. This was an opportunity to learn from many experts in the field of education. Members of St. Andrew’s Schools’ Leadership Team were able to engage in dialogue with other schools about moving towards and implementing personalization in education.

On Friday, I was able to enjoy a few hours of the “Froshmore” sleepover. This is a special bonding tradition, shared by the students in grades 9 and 10. Students have been planning the activities for the last several months. I loved seeing the joy that they experienced when they were able to spend time with each other and run around their school late into the evening. Some students trickled in from the Parade of Orchestras, which also took place last Friday. I look forward to sharing more about that event next week.

The Junior Senior prom took place Saturday at the Waikiki Hilton. Our girls were stunning in their formal wear and the special evening allowed the classmates to create many memories. The evening was beautiful and it was evident that the students put so much work into creating a memorable experience for everyone.

I ended the weekend, by attending the graduation of Priory students, Olivia Stoetzer (11) and Lilia Almeida (12), from the fellows program with The Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders. What stood out to me most when watching the graduates speak is that this was a program that helped people find their confidence. Youth work for the year with local leaders to develop skills and to design and implement a project that deals with a local issue. Consistently, the students messaged that they were not the typical leader in their respective schools, i.e. the one who is always in the front and they surprised themselves with the confidence they grew through this program.

So much is happening at this time of year at The Priory. It is steeped in beautiful traditions such as May Day, Ascension Day, and Commencement. I hope our Upper School young women are able to fully enjoy these precious moments. For our underclassmen, my hope is that they enjoy their participation and the observation of very long-standing traditions that make The Priory so special.

I hope we will see many of you next week Friday at our Upper School Exhibition Fair which will take place in and around Ylang Ylang courtyard from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. May Day is approaching quickly and all of the students are working hard to prepare. Please visit the May Day reminders to help you prepare for this event.

Have a wonderful remainder of your week,

Nichole

May Day is coming soon!

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

Upcoming Events!

  • April 13: Upper School Spring Social
  • April 20: Exhibition Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please mark your calendar, invite and information will be forthcoming.
  • April 24: Waikiki Distinguished Lecture Series, Tenney Theater
  • April 27: May Day (Special Schedule)
  • April 28 - April 29: Spring Performance, “The Wiz”
  • April 30: School Performance, “The Wiz” (special Schedule)
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 10:Ascension Day (Special Schedule)
  • May 11: HOS Holiday
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement