Thursday, November 24, 2011

Reminder for Parents

Aloha Parents,
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your ohana.  There is so much to be thankful for especially as we watch your children grow.

Mahalo nui loa for your generous canned goods contributions.  The needy will definitely appreciate your kindness.

Arigato for all the empty Campbell Soup cans.  There is a sufficient amount of cans for our upcoming activity.

All the students are really jazzed about the Symbaloo webmix because they can view all the tiles at a glance.  This allows them to simply click and play educational games. Please continue to assist and  encourage them to read. As mentioned in our Parent-Teacher Conference, they have the opportunity to read on a  personalized level through myON Reader as this educational reading site will help improve their writing, creativity, critical thinking skills, etc.

Dates to remember:
  • Monday, November 28th - Foster Garden Walking Field Trip Consent Form distributed.  Due date - December 5th.
  • Wednesday, November 30th - Book Share due
  • Friday, December 2 - Bodhi Day Service, 9:00am.  Please dress your child appropriately for this Temple service.
It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves.
-- Robert Hutchins

A hui hou,
Mrs. Lee

The PIlgrims Coming to America: The Gift of Freedom

Life for the Pilgrims was not easy.  They really wanted to leave England and find another place to live so they could be free. These are some things we learned about them.


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Reminders to Parents

Aloha Parents,
Just wanted to inform you of the following:
  • Monday, November 21st - Scholastic Book orders due
  • Tuesday, November 22nd - Canned goods donation due
  • Wednesday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving Service at the Temple.  Please dress your child appropriately (Girls - dresses or pants outfit, boys - collared shirt and long pants)
  • Thursday and Friday, November 24th, 25th - Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, November 30th - Book Share due. Each child should bring a book he/she read and share their favorite part to the class. Students will receive a Pizza Hut coupon, good for 1 personal pan pizza as a token for their hard work. Please note, Pizza Hut coupons are valid for one month from date of issue.
  • Wednesday, November 30th - Campbell Soup can due (10 3/4 oz can, without label)

Mrs. Lee

Skyping with Massachusetts

This week we Skyped with our friends from Southampton, Massachusetts.  There were a few problems as Mrs. Lee couldn't connect with them. But we finally were able to see smiling faces sitting on the carpet across from us.  They asked us questions about what we do in our gym and if we had a cafeteria. Mrs. Poulin's students and our class agreed that pizza was the best lunch. We wondered what the weather was like over there because they were all wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants.  A thick jacket was also something they needed. We all normally wear t-shirts and shorts  because it is so warm.
They shared two poems, 'Five Little Indians' and 'I am a Little Indian'  with us.  They were very loud and clear.  We read  'Thanksgiving Colors', a poem, to them. They are  having an 'Apple Pie and Craft Fair' very soon at their school. There are people who will be selling pretty  Christmas ornaments. We wish we could go to that fair since it sounds fun.

It'll be fun to Skype with Mrs. Poulin and her class next month.  We'll learn more about their class and maybe we'll sing songs together.

I am thankful for...

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the many people who love and  care of us. Making our paper turkeys were fun, but the best part was sharing our thoughts with everyone.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Reminders for Parents

Aloha Parents,

Please note the following:
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences -  Friday, November 18th.  Your child may attend the conference.
  • Thanskgiving Service - Wednesday, November 23rd.  Kindergarten students are asked to donate canned goods in lieu of flowers.  Students can bring in their donation  before Tuesday, November 22nd. Temple attire suggested. (Boys - collared shirt and long pants.  Girls - dresses or pants outfit)
  • Book Share - The keiki enjoyed sharing a favorite part of a book and receiving the Pizza Hut coupon last month. They will be doing another Book Share before Wednesday, November 30th.
  • Empty Campbell Soup Can(s) (10 3/4 oz size,without the label) are needed for a holiday project.  Please bring them in by Wednesday, November 30th.  If I don't have enough soup cans for all the students, my husband and I will have to  drink alot of  soup to make up the difference.

    Mahalo nui loa,
    Mrs. Lee

Native American Indian Children

The Wampanoag (People of the First Light)  People lived all over North America before the Pilgrims arrived many centuries ago. The children were very important to them because they were a gift of life. We have been studying how the Wampanoag children  helped their parents and a little about their lives.  

Monday, November 7, 2011

Storybird - Keoki and His Dream

Our class created this story on  It was fun trying to pick the art work since there was so many nice pictures to choose from.  Thinking of a story was a little difficult since we all had good ideas. Hope you enjoy reading Keoki and His Dream as much as we had writing it.

Keoki and His Dream by david8wendy on Storybird

Friday, November 4, 2011

Reminders for Parents

Mahalo nui loa to everyone who shared Halloween treats with their classmates.  It was enjoyed and brought smiles to all.

HMS is going greener.  Plastic bottle caps are now being collected so please save them for us.  It has been found to be the most common beach trash item. The caps might be left by beachgoers or float through the street run-off to the ocean.  Plastic doesn't completely dissolve and plastic bits and microplastics are now harming our marine life worldwide.  You can drop off  bottle caps in the Office, Library, or K-1.

We are celebrating Veterans Day,  an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans on November 11th.

Fall Activities

We have been learning our sounds,  reading short stories, and  counting to 100. Besides schoolwork, there has been many exciting activities. Some of them were the Halloween parade, the games in the gym, and our performance at Kuakini Hale Pulama Mau. We had lots of fun!

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Mahalo to Mrs. Yoshikawa for the Halloween Parade photos.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


What is Symbaloo? This is a great site which allows me to create a page with links to educational sites so your child can have the opportunity to review, practice and enrich their skills. All they need to do is click on the tile and play. Hope they enjoy the HMS K-1 Symbaloo  (Please click on the bold text to be taken directly to Symbaloo.)

FYI, rather than list different "Websites  for the Keiki" on the left side of the blog, there is just one "Symbaloo" listed for easier navigation.