Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Closing Note

Aloha Parents,

Several students  worked diligently on creating a new picture book online and wish to share it with everyone.  Please click on the student's name to view their own book!
Their work was excellent! Congratulations to all of them.

On a personal note......
It was wonderful for you to think of me at this bittersweet time of the school year.  The gift card for Pure Joy Day Spa was just the type of relaxing treatment in a serene atmosphere I was dreaming of and I'd like to thank you for your thoughfulness.  The beautiful orchid lei was absolutely exquisite. I've received many compliments while wearing it after school. I also appreciate all the kind words and thoughts in the card. 
It was a pleasure teaching all the students this year.  They are so special and each child is a gift in his/her own way. I hope this last day of school and the beckoning sun, brings forth a vacation full of fun.

I've worked with your flower,
And helped it to grow.
I'm returning it now,
But I want you to know...

This flower is precious
As dear as can be.
Love it, take care of it
And you will see
a bright new bloom
with everyday...
It grows in such a special way.

In August, a bud,
Midterm, a bloom, so they say,
Now, a lovely blossom
Comes home to you in May.

Remember this flower
As dear as can be,
Though rightfully yours...
Part belongs to me.
-Author Unknown-

Best of luck to all of my K-1 parents and students. Once again, wishing everyone a wonderful and safe summer!!!

A hui hou,
Mrs. Lee

Friday, May 18, 2012


Aloha Parents,

This Kindergarten school year has gone by quickly, but we aren't finished yet.  All the keiki are excited and speak frequently about attending first grade. 

A collection of  writing samples were sent home on Friday.  The children would love to share a giggle or two as you read them together. They will also be bringing home their clipboards, aprons, watercolors, etc, on Monday. You might consider keeping some of the items as they could be recycled and used in 1st grade.

Additional important items:
  •  Monday, May 21st -Time is running out so please return any Library books.
  • Tuesday, May 22nd - P.E. class in the gym.  A water bottle is essential.
  • Tuesday, May 22nd - If you wish to share end of the year goodie bags kindly bring them in by next Tuesday. 
  • Wednesday, May 23rd - Stories at Sunrise, a collection of skits by the Kindergarten classes in the Dojo, beginning at 10:00am. Your child may come to school in the attire worn for the skit. Ms. Kanayama, Mrs. Kina, and Mrs. Christian has volunteered to help with costuming prior to the performance.

Summer Fun

We had a fantastic year in Kindergarten and learned so much. But now it is time for a short break to relax and have time to swim, play outdoors, and/or even attend summer school. Here's what we plan to do for fun these next few warm and sunny months.
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Saturday, May 12, 2012


Aloha Parents,

The students had an additional computer class since January where they have worked on Kerpoof and a picture book maker.  The following two students wished to share their book with you.  Don't you agree their work is outstanding?  Click on the link to view it.  If that doesn't work, copy and paste the link into the URL bar. Please be patient as it takes a little while to load. The site is a tad finicky so if all else fails, try to view the books at a later time.


Mahalo to Sarah, Drew, Kylen, and Elon for participating in the PTO Language Arts Fair on Tuesday evening. They shared information about their writing pieces to our visitors.  They did a fabulous job.

Congratulations to Ryden as his artwork was selected to be featured in the Aloha Care Children's Art Exhibit at Honolulu Hale!  His work was exceptional!

The Library is now closed for the year in order that Mrs. Okamura can organize her collection of books.  She would appreciate it if all library books are returned as soon as possible. 

Practice will continue for our class skit - One Fish, Two Fish.  Continue to work with your child so s/he can remember their lines.  Would there be 2-3 parents who could assist me with costuming in the classroom about 9:30am that morning?

Tidbits for the week:
  • Monday, May 14th - Musubi Making Day.  If you would like to share your musubi rice mold for this activity, please have your child bring it to school, labeled with his/her name.
  • Tuesday, May 15th - Gotan-e Service (The celebration of Shinran Shonin's Birth) in the Temple.  Please dress your child appropriately for this special day.
  • Tuesday, May 15th - P.E. will be held in the Gym.  Your child can change into their P.E. clothes after the Gotan-e Service.
  • Wednesday, May 16th - Awards Assembly
  • Wednesday, May 23rd - Stories at Sunrise performed by the Kindergarten students. Location in the Dojo, beginning at 10:00.
"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it" Chinese Proverb

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

These videos are for all of our mommies.  We love you very much. Thank you for everything you do for us!

Friday, May 4, 2012


It's already May and there is still so much to do but so little time.  We're looking forward to a busy and fun-filled next few weeks.

Your children are encouraged to read daily through books they have at home. HMS also offers an effective  personalized online reading program, myON Reader, so  please continue to support your child  to improve their reading skills.

All the students enjoy our online 'Mathletics' program which is a fun way to practice and challenge their Math skills.  Therefore, additional tasks have been assigned on a more challenging level.  Please help your keiki if they some assistance logging in.  Due date is Friday, May 11th.

Stories at Sunrise, short skits performed by the Kindergarten classes will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd in the Dojo at 10:00am.  K-1's  students have been practicing their skit One Fish, Two Fish . Each of them have an important role and  are getting quite excited to share their acting talents. Mrs. Cari Lee (Taira), HMS Drama instructor has been generous to allow the students to borrow some costumes from her collection. Therefore, please dress your child as follows:
Red fish - Jacob and Mari - red t-shirt/shorts or skirt
Blue fish - Drew and Kylen - blue t-shirt/shorts or skirt
Yellow fish - Jackson and Sarah - yellow t-shirt/shorts or skirt
Mr. Gump - David - black or gray t-shirt and long pants
Monkeys - Ryden, Aya, and Norika - brown t-shirt/any colored shorts
Wolves - Elon, Matson, and Trip - gray t-shirt/long gray pants

If your child doesn't have the particular color as suggested,  s/he can wear a similar color or you can be creative.  Any questions?  Please contact me.

Dates to remember:
  • Tuesday, May 8th - Free Swim for Kindergarten classes from 1-2pm .  Your child needs to bring all swimming gear.
  • Tuesday, May 8th - PTO meeting beginning in the Cafe at 5:30.  Language Ars Fair in the classrooms with informal student Presentation of Learning.  Elon and Sarah will represent K-1 to share their Reading and Writing masterpieces to our visitors.
  • Wednesday, May 9th - MAPA musical 'We Call Dem Slippahs" parent consent form and payment due.
  • Friday, May 11th - Last Library class and all Library books due.
  • Friday, May 11th - Mathletics tasks due

Happy Children's Day,
Mrs. Lee

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