MILILANI WAENA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Dear Mililani Waena Families:
We hope you had an enjoyable Spring Break and were able to re-energize for the 4th quarter. As we get back to work, let's finish this year on a strong note. We still have much to accomplish and as always, your involvement is needed.
As we work our way to the end of the school year, we once again will be involved in testing and assessing your child’s academic growth. Students have been working diligently to obtain knowledge this year. If your child is in grades 3 –5, they will take the SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment). You can help your student make the most of our Spring Testing Window by asking questions about their studies, setting an early bedtime, and encouraging plenty of exercise and fresh air. Even as we turn more to technology, it is paramount that children have time to explore and play outside, to exercise their bodies, and to learn to solve real world problems. Limiting video game and TV time is also a great help to a "testing frame of mind". We extend our thanks in advance for the help you can give us.
Please feel free to contact me with your questions, concerns, or ideas. Thank you for your constant support and trust in Mililani Waena Elementary.
Troy Tamura, Principal
5/1- Mililani Complex Track Meet at Mililani High
5/1 - Student Primary Elections for Secretary, Vice President, & President
5/2 - Grade 4 Field Trip @Polynesian Cultural Center
5/8 - Student Council General Elections
5/16 - Grade 1 Field Trip @Lyon Arboretum
5/22 - Volunteer Breakfast @8:30 AM in Cafeteria
5/23 - School Community Council Meeting @3:30 PM in the Library
5/24 - Na Leo Showcase @6 PM in Cafeteria
5/27 - No School (Memorial Day Holiday)
5/29 - Recognition Assembly @8:30 AM
5/30 - Grade 5 Banquet @ Okinawan Center
5/31 - Grade 5 Aloha Assembly
5/31 - Last Day of School
4/12 - JPO Field Day Competition @Central Oahu Regional Park
4/13 - Robotics Team competes in Robofest @ Pearl City High School
4/13 National History Day students compete in state competition @Windward Community College
4/16 - Smarter Balanced Assessment begins 3, 4 & 5 (UNTIL 4/26)
4/16 - Kinder/Pre-School Field Trip @Hawaii Theater for Youth
4/19 - NO SCHOOL (GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY)
4/22 - Summer Program applications available for pick up (Space is limited. Enrollment based on order you turned in application. Only for Mililani Waena students. Program runs from June 12 - 28)
4/23 - Flag Football Intramural Begins
4/24 - Military Purple Up! Day (Wear purple)
4/30 - Student Council Primary Elections (Historian & Treasurer)
M - Motivated
W - Well-rounded
E - Engaged
S - Self-directed
SCHOOL VISION UPDATE
Over a series of meetings, Mililani Waena staff engaged in exercises to reflect on what kind of school we want to become, how we plan to so, and what beliefs are driving our decision-making. Through this process, our staff constructed an updated Vision, Mission, & Beliefs. 2007 was the last time the staff updated these statements. As we move into the 2019-2020 school year, we will continue reflect on what the Vision, Mission, & Beliefs mean to our school community and we will identify tangible ways that show are commitment to the Vision.
TRRFCC traits promote success.
Learning occurs at various rates and through different styles.
Learning events should be connected to real-life experiences.
We set high expectations for students & staff to reach our highest potential.
We learn together and support each other to reach our goals.
Students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and persevere through all challenges.
Character Counts Week - February 12 - 16
The Six Pillars of Character were celebrated all week through lunch-time character trivia, dress up days, daily awards for demonstrating the Six Pillars, and a Character Counts Fair on Saturday.
National History Day (Central District Fair) - February 23
The theme Triumph and Tragedy was woven through our NHD contestants projects at the Central District NHD Fair. Project topics included the Salem witch trials, nuclear bombs, Galileo, Nazi Art in WWII, and disability rights. Our twelve student participants spent many hours engaged in the historical research process. Their thesis statements and evidence culminated in either an exhibit, oral performance, or documentary. Student participants included Noelani Rae Nakamoto*, Claire Smith, Luke Jeffers*, Thea Dona, Maddyn Robinson-Sato, Lauren Omine*, Amelia Malone, Ainsley Coullahan*, Kalea Maglidt*, Hayden Freitas*, Hanna Rogers, and Jordan Worley*. * - Qualified for the state fair.
Spelling Bee (Central District) - February 27
Portentously. Amethyst. Xanadu. These are a few words on this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee list. Not to mention sturgeon. Treacle. And, miscreant. Our Spelling Bee representatives this year at the Central District Spelling Bee were Kalea Maglidt and Noelani Nakamoto. Although they did not move onto the state tournament, they spelled their way into our hearts.
Read Across America - March 1
To emphasize the fun and interactive nature of reading, our students met with their "buddies" to read aloud stories together . Some classes also celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday by dressing up in Dr. Seuss characters, reading his stories, and eating green eggs and ham.
Mililani Complex Choral Festival - March 14
Students from the various Mililani complex schools showcased their musical talent with a variety of performances. Our Na Leo 'O Menehune performed a mashup of Perfect and Fight Song, My Shot from the Tony award winning musical Hamilton, and Queen's We are the Champions.
Fitness Fun Day - March 15, 2019
Fitness Fun Day provided got our students' hearts pumping and legs moving through multiples fitness stations. With our goal of making exercise a positive experience, our students worked in teams to complete each fitness task. Stations like the dizzy bat relay, water bucket pass, firewood fetch, and parachute play made it a fun and energetic event.
Science & Engineering Fair (Central District) - March 1
We entered twelve students into this year's fair at Leilehua High School. Students could engage in the Scientific Inquiry Process (SIP) in which experiments are conducted or the Engineering & Design Process (EDP) in which a product or system was designed. Topics included saltwater electricity, disphonics, H20 cleaner, and mongoose traps. Our student participants were Alllyson Keane, Noelani Nakamoto, Tia Cochran, Hayden Freitas, Liliana Estrella, Lauren Omine, Sophia Kusumoto, Kawika Miyamoto, Matthew Ching, Kayla Miyashiro, Josie Borthwick, Henry Christley, Thomas Kimak, Ryden Hong, Jathan Ten Cate, and Emily Wright. The fair produced several winners from our school. In the SIP category, Allyson won 1st place for experiment on Coastal Erosion. In the EDP category, Kayla and Josie won 2nd place for their project on H2O Malolo and Kawika won 3rd place for his mongoose trap.
The entire Mililani Complex Choral Festival will be aired on television on Spectrum Channel 356.
April 14 - 3 PM
April 15 - 1 PM
April 20 - 10 AM
April 21 - 3 PM
April 22 - 1 PM
April 27 - 10 AM
Congratulations to fifth grade teacher Bryn Okamura for being selected by her peers as our Teacher of the Year! Ms. Okamura was honored at the Hawaii State Teachers Association Central District Banquet on March 30.
At the Quarter 3 Recognition Assembly, we honored students who received an academic progress or citizenship award. These students demonstrate what it means to be enthusiastic explorers who reach new heights of learning. At the assembly, our student council astronaut explorers got some assistance from Peter Cottonail Bunny who had been traveling the solar system. Peter Cottontail brough along some eggs to help us remember the importance of kindness and making good choices. The assembly also featured a pre-school video on caring and a special song on citizenship sung by our third graders.
Spelling Bee and National History Day Contestants
Fitness Fun Day
Character Counts Week
Read Aloud America!
Drive With Aloha!
Kindergarten - This quarter was a busy one for the Kindergarten students. In February they celebrated their 100th Day of School. They made headbands and put together a snack with 100 food items. They went on two field trips, Kahuku Farms and The Honolulu Zoo. At Kahuku Farms, they were given papaya and apple banana to taste, got a tractor ride, and even took home a lettuce plant. At The Honolulu Zoo, the saw and learned about many different animals.
Second and fourth grade buddies enjoyed a special morning celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. One highlight was Miss Hawaii 2018, Penelope Ng Pack, reading the book Oh, the Places You'll Go. Another highlight was a fantastic obstacle course to reflect the book's theme.
grade level happenings
First grade-If you've ever read an Elephant & Piggie book by Mo Willems, you would understand why our first graders went crazy over Honolulu Theater for Youth's production of We Are In A Play! They were familiar with little excerpts from many of the books and enjoyed the humor, the singing and the dancing while learning about the treasure of friendship. In March, they got together with their fifth grade buddies to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day! They proudly wore their red and white striped hats as their fifth grade buddies read a book. They also spent time together working on Dr. Seuss crafts. Finally, Miss Jessica, a dental hygienist from Aloha Medical Mission, came to school to teach our first graders about how to properly brush and floss their teeth and about which foods to avoid eating. Now they have no excuse for getting cavities!
Throughout the quarter, fourth graders conducted an experiment to determine if there are things in the environment that cause dead organisms to stay fossilized. They learned how to identify evidence in rock layers and fossils to explain changes to the Earth’s landscape over time. In social studies, they studied the different types of fishponds: brackish, saltwater, and freshwater. Students wrote opinion essays in writing on whether or not seawalls should be built. Some of the fourth graders entered a poetry contest, writing about their favorite dish from locally grown and locally raised ingredients. In addition, we celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America with our second grade buddies!
Fifth grade's excitement toward learning was contagious during the third quarter! We went on a field trip to Mililani Middle School to tour the campus, meet the administration, and get answers to some of our questions about the next stop in our educational journey. The students chosen from all six of our fifth grade classes for the district Science Fair represented our school proudly on March 1st. We proudly received awards and recognition for our hard work. The fifth grade class also participated in a Roald Dahl author study. We read the book James and the Giant Peach as a read aloud, then students chose from 7 other Roald Dahl books to read and compare themes and points of view. The quarter went by so quickly, and we're looking forward to our final quarter in elementary school!
Third grade had a blast learning about native Hawaiian animals on our field trip to the wetlands. We enjoyed learning a song for the assembly to promote Citizenship. Fitness Fun Day was a blast! Third grade also had a speaker come to present about the green sea turtles and monk seals which are endangered.