MILILANI WAENA ELEMENTARY
October 23, 2018
Dear Mililani Waena Ohana,
I hope your child had a great first quarter being Enthusiastic Explorers. As our students explore the many different facets of education, we are so proud of them as they continue to grow. A great exploration example occurred with our Student Council, JPOs, and GT student. In early October, these students explored what it meant to be a gold-medal winning Olympic caliber athlete. They participated in a once in a life time curling event in which Olympic gold medalists Tyler George and Joe Polo trained them in the sport of curling. We owe a warm mahalo to American Savings Bank for sponsoring this event and for providing our students with enriching life experiences.
I would like to thank our parents as well for their continued patience in the morning drop-off and afternoon pick up, as out traffic situation is very busy. We continue to work with the City and County of Honolulu, and State to try and come up with the best possible solution. Please remember to slow down when approaching our crosswalks. Please drive with ALOHA.
Don’t forget to save the date of Friday, November 16, 2018 as this is our annual Fun Fair. The fair runs from 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM. School gets out at 1:00 PM on that day, and Wednesday, November 13, 2018 dismissal is at 2:05 PM.
With the holiday season just around the corner, please take time to enjoy this special time with family and friends. Have a great quarter! We hope we are able to develop our relationships with you further through this month's parent teacher conferences.
10/22 - 11/2 - Parent Teacher Conferences, School ends at 1:00 PM
10/24 - Mililani Complex Cross Country Meet for Grades 3 - 5
10/31 - Grade 1 Pumpkin Carving,with parents
10/31 - Halloween Costume Parade (for students only)
12/18 - Kinder & Pre-S Gingerbread Decorating w/ parents
12/24 - 1/7 - Winter Break (No School)
1/8 - Staff Professional Development Day (No School)
11/1 & 11/2 - Grade 5 Camp Erdman overnighter
11/5 - Robotics STEM Night, 5 - 7 PM in the cafeteria
11/6 - Election Day (No School)
11/10 - First Lego League Robotics tournament
11/12 - Veteran's Day (No School)
11/16 - Fun Fair, 4:30 - 7:30 PM
11/22 & 11/23 - Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)
Our first annual Book Fair was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came by to support our school. Our goal for the Book Fair was to sell 800 books. We surpassed our goal and sold about 2,250 books! We know that kids read more books when they get to choose their own, and the more kids read the more their reading skills improve!
"You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book"
- Dr. Seuss
All of the donations that were made at the cash register was used to purchase classroom books! Congratulations to Mrs. Asuncion, Mr. Uyeda, Mrs. Hong, Mrs. Koide, Ms. Asuncion and Mrs. Gomez for being the lucky raffle winners!
This season's theme was "Enchanted Forrest". Students were invited to participate in a STEM project to build houses for gnomes and fairies. Congratulations to everyone who participated. We had over 40 entries! All of the students who visited the fair got to vote on the houses in three categories. The winners are:
~ Anela F. for Most Creative
~ Grace G. for Best Recycler
~ Kacy U. for Most STEMTASTIC
100% of the profits from the Book Fair went back into our classrooms! Grade levels met together to come up with a wish list of books that they wanted to add to their libraries. Mahalo for your support!
ON THE WAY!
LIBRARIES ARE GROWING!
Explore books with your child to increase their reading volume, stamina, vocabulary, and curiosity of the world.
Need a book for your child? Try these staff recommendations!
September 15 , 2018 - Mililani students celebrated Mililani High's homecoming by participating in the annual parade. Our students marched, cheered, and sang songs about Mililani Waena pride. The parade began at the Town Center, winded it's way through Kipapa to the Mililani Shopping Center, and concluded at the Mililani High track. Go Trojans! Menehune Pride!
October 2, 2018 - American Saving's Bank brought Joe Polo and Tyler George of the 2018 USA Olympic Gold medal team to Mililani Waena for a presentation on curling and what it takes to be an Olympic champion. Then, on October 4, they took our students on the ice at Ice Palace. Students used their brooms to adjust the friction on the ice as they glided along the sheet to move the stone into the button. This once and a life time event for our student council, JPOs, and GT students who participated.
"Who will save the world???"
October 3, 2018 - At the quarterly recognition assembly, our enthusiastic student council astronauts were faced with a terrifying scenario. Space Cadet Tamura beamed them a message from year 2030 that society has fallen apart. People have forgotten how to be TRRFCC towards each other. Fortunately, Scientists Holder and Nakama had some helpful advice for our astronauts. Fly to the moon and retrieve the satellite of trust to show our future world what it means to be trustworthy. Thank goodness our student astronauts are excellent explorers. They retrieved the satellite are one step closer to making 2030 TRRFCC. In addition to our assembly skit, we honored the academic progress and citizenship of students from each class. We also celebrated our students who earned perfect attendance. Congratulations all!
Student Council officers and representatives coordinated this year's donation drive.
The mission of Student Council for school year 2018-2019 is to promote school spirit and pride through teamwork, events, and activities. Student Council will develop student roles models who will become leaders of tomorrow. This mission was crafted from the officers.
Third grade students were tasked with designing and creating a tool using magnets that could retrieve keys after they fell into the lake. Students had a blast testing and redesigning their tools. Third grade also researched different cultures, and were able to experience a play of folktales from the Philippines.
Mr. King, the Reptile Man, came to talk to first graders about reptiles and amphibians. Students got a close up view of these animals and even got to touch them. At first some were apprehensive about touching these creatures but they quickly overcame their fears and enjoyed it. They learned about the Hawaiian Blind Snake, the Cane Toad, the Madagascar Giant Gecko, the Soft Shell Turtle, and many others.
Welcome to Kindergarten! The kindergarten students have gotten off to a great start. They've learned everything from daily routines, to how to get their lunch, to even using their sense of taste , eating different types of foods. With one quarter under their belt, they are ready for whatever lay in-stored for them.
Fifth grade learned and bonded during our first quarter. They were also able to explore substances and mixtures with our "Mystery Powder" science lessons. They also enjoyed the Golden Knights' display at the Mililani High School stadium in which all grade levels participated. They're looking forward to another fantastic quarter!
Grade 4 Spotlight - In quarter 1, our fourth graders participated in their bike education program where the students learned about bike safety and how to properly ride a bike. The students went on their first field trip to the high school to see the Golden Knights perform. We also had an introduction to our next field trip which will be at Pearl Harbor to go see The Missouri. Students wrote narratives, conducted experiments on various earth’s processes and landforms, as well as learned about the creation of the Hawaiian Islands.