News and Announcements

Welcome New Staff Member

This semester, we welcomed our newest staff member, Mrs. Nicole Yamada. She has taken over for Ms. Chun, who is on maternity leave.
Last year, Mrs. Yamada worked at our neighboring school, Waialae Elementary. She has also worked at Voyager School. Mrs. Yamada is excited to be at Kahala and looks forward to getting to know her grade 1 students and families, as well as the rest of our Kahala school community. Please be sure to welcome Mrs. Yamada to Kahala when you are near B building!

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Winter Break is Here!

Friday, December 21 will be the last day of the second quarter. Students and teachers will be on winter break and return for classes on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. The school office will remain open daily from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Students can still access their iXL, KidBiz, and Imagine Learning accounts during the break, and everyone is encouraged to start on their third quarter AR goal.

While on vacation, we also encourage everyone to enjoy some outdoor time - ride your bikes, go whale watching, hike up the Koko Head trail! We look forward to the new year and all the new adventures we will share together in 2019!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

In 1968, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This law requires all K-12 schools to be inspected to identify any asbestos-containing building materials. The law further requires the development of a management plan based on the findings of the inspection. The plan outlines our intent in controlling the potential for exposure to asbestos fibers in our school. According to section 763.84 of the AHERA Act, our school is carefully inspected every six months for hazardous materials. This inspection has been completed and our school is free of any friable materials. The inspection is another means of assuring the public that Kahala Elementary School has a commitment to provide a safe environment for all members of our school community.
A copy of each school’s management plan is on file at the Honolulu District Office at 4967 Kilauea Avenue. A copy of our individual school plan is on file in our Administrative Office. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call Principal Gardner at 733-8455.
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Kaimuki Christmas Parade - Thursday, December 6

Join us as we participate in the Kaimuki Business Professional Association's 2018 Christmas Parade. The parade will go east on Waialae Avenue from Chaminade to Koko Head Avenue. Featuring over 50 units and over 2,000 marchers, dancers, walkers, floats and things! Meet in quadrant two by 5:30 p.m. All students must be accompanied by an adult.
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6th Annual Science Showcase, December 12

Kahala School’s Annual Science Showcase is SIX this year! Selected students in grades K-2 and all students in grades 3-5 will present their projects to parents and guests. Class, individual, and group projects will be on display and open to our entire Kahala ‘ohana. More details coming soon!
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Thanksgiving Can Food Drive Nov 1-20

Our Student Council is sponsoring aThanksgiving Can Food Drive. Please bring in non-perishables items to homerooms by November 20th.

The Hawaii Food Bank will pick up our donations and provide them to needy families on Oahu!!
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Turkey Trot - Wed., November 21

Turkey Trot 2018 is coming soon! Students will run along a course that winds around Kahala Community Park and will participate in field games and other activities. The festivities begin at 8:15am and end at 10. See you there!

If you would like more volunteer or sponsorship information, please contact the school office.
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Teachers Participate in Science Professional Development

On Wednesdays, teachers convene from 2:00 - 4:00 to learn about the latest in curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies. Recently, our teachers took part in a professional development session to learn more about Next Generation Science Standards using the 5E Model. They constructed a SUPER INSECT using a lesson from our science curriculum, StemScopes.
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Today, Kahala students, staff and The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) joined a national movement for inclusive, nurturing learning for all. October 24, 2018, is Unity Day so everyone was encouraged to wear orange to show we care about safe, supportive schools, and communities. Let’s show solidarity during National Bullying Prevention Month.

To support this positive movement, all students and staff received orange bracelets with the message Unite for KINDNESS, ACCEPTANCE, and ALOHA. In addition, students were encouraged to wear orange shirts today instead of their red Kahala shirts as we usually do on Wednesdays. Together we will show our unity for a safe, caring and supportive learning environment for all.
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Mark your calendar! Scholastic Book Fair - October 22-26

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held during the week of October 22-26 in the library. Use this link to find out more about: the hours, shopping online and the Book Fair App. If you are interested in volunteering, stop by and see Mrs. Weisz in the library or email –
Look forward to seeing all of you at the Scholastic Book Fair.
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