MILILANI WAENA ELEMENTARY FAMILY BULLETIN
QUARTER 3 2018 IN THIS ISSUE: PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE, ACCREDITATION, RECOGNITION AWARDS, FITNESS FUN DAY
Aloha Mililani Waena Families,
Our fourth quarter is off to a great start! Students have settled into their school routines and instruction has made learning a fun, engaging experience.
As we begin this new quarter, I think to the many events soon upon us such as the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). In the second half of April, our third, fourth, and fifth graders will take the annual SBA. This statewide assessment measures achievement in reading and math. If possible, schedule appointments in the afternoon during the last two weeks of April so your child will not need to make up the exam.
In this time of testing, we also recognize the importance of monitoring our keiki's social/emotional needs. Emotions play an important role in signaling whether a child might be struggling in school. Some students may be performing fine academically, but facing emotional difficulties. I'm asking parents to please pay attention to what your child shares with you outside of school and alert us to any difficulties they are having. I also ask you to help them get adequate amount of sleep and start the day with a nutritious breakfast.
Student safety, in addition to academics, is one of our most important goals. With the recent events that have been happening here in our neighborhood and nation, we installed a CCTV video surveillance system that monitors the perimeter of our campus 24 hours a day. Students attend the restroom in pairs and we monitor the presence of visitors on campus. Safety drills like fire, lockdown, and evacuation are practiced and we continue to work with the Department to Education to ensure the safety of our children.
In conclusion, I want to share how proud I am to be a part of Mililani Waena. The accreditation team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges commended our school community for its collaborative, friendly, and hard working culture. The results from the accreditation visit will be generated in the next few months. Thank you very much for being a part of our team that works together to ensure the best possible education for your child.
Troy Tamura, Principal
March 2, 2018 - Fifth graders Lauren Takemoto and Portia Chibana won second place at the Leilehua Complex Science Fair. Lauren and Portia grew green onions and lettuce using an aquaponics methodology that included tilapia, comets, and UV lighting. We are very proud of them! A special thank you to advisors Sherri Koide and Nolan Uyeda for their expert guidance.
March 18, 2018 - The 3rd Quarter Recognition Assembly featured the Menehune Easter Egg Hunt and the case of the missing eggs. Easter Bunny Sumida hid several eggs containing clues to the mysterious identify of Captain TRRFCC. Fortunately, the student council detectives found all the eggs despite April Trickster Sabado's attempt to make them disappear. The assembly also featured musical performances by our third graders and pre-schoolers about being TRRFCC. Other highlights of the assembly included recognizing students with perfect attendance, those who earned certificates for Academic Progress and Citizeship, our spelling bee
representativesMakayla Miller and Verity
January 29 - February 3, 2018 - The annual Mililani Complex Character Counts Week showcased the Six Pillar of Character. Everyday, students demonstrated a specific pillar of character and were rewarded with certificates that were featured on our library. We also had daily character trivia during lunch along with dress up days. Two major events during the week was a visit from Mililani High School athletes and musicians and Character Counts Fair with games, booths, and performances.
Character Counts Week
Accreditation Visiting Team (from left to right)
(Wendy Matsuzaki, Sabrina Feliciano, Abey Qureshi, Jane Hammaker, Akemi Faria)
March 7, 2018
Complex Choral Festival featuring Na Leo 'O Menehune
MakerSpace (right): After school MakerSpace was open to second and third graders this quarter. Students would rotate through different stations to explore different stations that challenged students to solve a variety of tasks such as building bridges across tables, programming robots, and making marble roller coasters.
Intramurals (above): During this quarter, our fourth and fifth graders had the opportunity to join an intramural team. Students were able to participate in flag football with Mr. Ragamat or enjoy MakerSpace in the library with Mrs. Koide.
Intramurals and MakerSpace
Fitness Fun Day is an event where we combine Jump Rope for Heart with other fun fitness activities. Teachers and students rotate through six different stations: Zumba, Water Play, Jump Rope Station, Firewood Fetch, Dizzy Bat Relay, and Parachute Play.
Fitness Fun Day
What went on in...
First: As part of their science unit first graders learned about how fish differ and how they have structures to help them to survive. They did research on what fish eat, where they live, unique features, and then, presented their information in a slide presentation. They also got to visit the Living Arts Marine Center to learn more about fish, touch sea animals in touch tanks, and make a fish print on a t-shirt.
Kindergarten: In February, the kindergarten students went on a field trip to Kahuku Farms. They learned about compost, lettuce growing in hydroponics, rode on a tractor, and even got to plant their own lettuce plant to take home. It was a muddy day, but they had a great time.
Second: On the last day of 3rd quarter, the second graders participated in their Grade 2 Puff Mobile Derby as a culmination of their STEM project. The students built a car using only tape, paper, straws, and lifesavers. Their cars could only move with a puff of air. One car from each class competed in the derby. It was so much fun!!!
Third: Third grade students have been hard at work learning in and out of the classroom. We ventured to the Honouliuli Wetlands this quarter to learn about animal adaptations. Students saw different structures on birds that help them survive. Back in the classroom, they constructed bird beaks out of recycled materials and tested them out using the Engineering and Design Process. We ended third quarter singing our citizenship song at the quarterly recognition assembly .
Fifth: The 5th grade had a 3rd quarter filled with fun, excitement, and learning! We had a blast at Mililani HIgh School's Musical Showcase. We went back to the high school for our complex Fitness Day where we enjoyed physical activities with 5th graders from all of the Mililani elementary schools. Our orientation at Mililani Middle School was informative and exciting. We were visited by Astronaut Jack Fischer who shared information and stories about his trip to space. We participated in Character Counts week and were proud to display our character traits. We partnered up with our buddy classes to share Valentine treats in February and we read stories and created crafts for Dr. Seuss day in March. The fifth graders also dived into theme and character analysis through an author study of Roald Dahl and his books. Fifth grade also represented our school at the District Science Fair, National History Day, and the Spelling Bee!
SAVE THE DATE! MAY 25TH!
Mililani Waena's Songfest 2018 is on Friday, May 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at Mililani High School's gym.Students will sing their hearts out to celebrate the arts and our school's diverse culture. This year's theme is "Inspire the World." This illustrates our school's expectations over the years to inspire our children to reach for the stars! We'd love to see you there!