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September 30, 2019
Aloha Students and Families,

We are already at the end ofFirst Quarter - can you believe it?


Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up in October and we wanted to give you information so you could plan ahead. Forms will be coming home to sign up for a meeting with your child’s teacher. It is important for you to participate in these conferences as this will help you and your child’s teacher to support your child’s learning. Conferences will be held on October 28, 29, 31, Nov 1, 4. School will end at 1:05 pm on these days.


To prepare for the conference, please see parent tips and resources that we hope you will find helpful.


What should I expect?

A two-way conversation. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school. You can share your child’s skills, interests, needs, and dreams with the teacher so they know more about your child.

Emphasis on learning. Good conferences focus on how well your child is doing in school and how your child can do even better.


How should I get ready?
Be prepared for the conversation - look at your child’s homework, tests, and notices before the conference. Bring questions that you would like to ask the teacher.


Opportunities and challenges. Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.

What should you talk to the teacher about?

Progress. Find out how your child is doing by asking questions: Is my child performing at grade level? How is my child doing compared to the rest of the class? What do you see as his or her strengths? How could he or she improve?


Ask for examples of your child’s work. Be familiar with how your child’s teacher grades. Support learning at home. Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn.


Support learning at school. Find out what supports are available at the school to help your child.


How should I follow up?
Make a plan. Write down the things that you and the teacher will each do to support your child.


How will you keep communication going? What is the best way for you and your child’s teacher to communicate? Keep in touch as you need to.

Talk to your child. The parent–teacher conference is all about your child, so don’t forget to include your child. Share with your child what you learned. Show your child how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions.
(Adapted from the Harvard Family Research Project, October 2010.

HIDOE Standards Toolkit Standards Toolkit Link
Parent Roadmaps to Standards K-8 (English Language Arts) (Math)
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September 23, 2019

Aloha Hau’ula Families and Students, 



We know that today’s technology is amazing!  Although technology benefits our children in many ways, children are always at risk while searching the internet.  They may be exposed to inappropriate material, be victims of harassment, and become targets of child predators.  On Thursday, September 19th Officer Unga from the Honolulu Police Department came to our school’s Parent Night and presented on cyberbullying. 

Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure our keiki are using technology safely.


1.  Set limits on how much time children sit in front of the computer or use a phone.  They need to get outdoors, read, get exercise, and spend time with family.

2.   Consider keeping the computer and other electronics in a central location rather than in the child’s room.  This will help you to monitor your child’s activities.

3.  Tell them to never respond to threatening or offensive messages and have them tell you immediately if they do get such messages.

4.  Remind your keiki to never give out any personal information and to never meet in person anyone they have met online without parental permission.

Please call our Counseling Department if we can be of assistance to you. 305-2100. 




Mr. Nikora, Mrs. Tiechert, Aunty Loke and Aunty Roseanne


September 16, 2019


Aloha Students and Families, 

September is ATTENDANCE AWARENESS Month  for Windward District Schools. We are trying extra hard to make sure we’re all here, we’re all early, and we’re all accounted for. 


As an incentive, the District is awarding a prize to the school with the highest daily average attendance between September 3rd -September 30th.  Here are some strategies to make sure our keiki come to school and have good attendance habits:

  1. Adults must role model good attendance.  Children need to see adults in their homes getting up and going to work on a regular basis.  Children need to know that adults may lose their jobs if they miss too many days of work.  

  2. Parents need to keep regular, consistent schedules at home.  This includes having children going to bed and getting up at the same time, having set homework schedules, and planned exercise and playtime.

  3. Is the child struggling academically?  If the child got tutoring and extra help with his math, would he be more willing to go to school each day?


Please call our Counseling Department if we can be of assistance to you. 305-2100. 




Mr. Nikora, Mrs. Tiechert, Aunty Loke and Aunty Roseanne

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