Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Final Thoughts

Dear  K-1 Ohana,

It was wonderful to receive the K-1 Memory Book with each page filled with photos, notes, and love from your keiki.  It will be treasured forever! Arigato gozaimasu!

I give you back your children, the same children you confidently entrusted to my care last summer. I give them back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than they were then.

Although they would have attained their growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch their personalities unfold day by day.

I give them back  reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a crowded classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other.

Ten years from now if we met on the street, your children and me, a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our faces, and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today.

We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give them back I must. Take care of them, for they are precious.

Remember that I shall always be interested in your children and their destinies, wherever they go, whatever they do, whoever they become. Their joys and sorrows I’ll always be happy to share.
Aloha and Mahalo,

Mrs. Lee

Friday, May 17, 2013

Kindergarten Memories

Memories are meant to be shared.  Listen as we explain what we liked best in Kindergarten.

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Aloha K-1 Ohana,

Here we are at the last week of school  It seems as if school just began!  But I'm happy that the children have come this far and we're all proud of them.

I've added a few important tidbits as we wind down the school year:
  • Monday, May 20th - Please be sure all Library books are turned in.
  • Monday, May 20th - Kindly return the blue recyclable bags as the keiki will need them to carry more items home.
  • Tuesday, May 21st - Last Kindergarten Lunch! Pizza, drink, and cookies, provided with my compliments. 
  • Tuesday, May 21st - Goodie bags due
  • Wednesday, May 22nd - 'Stories at Sunrise' Kindergarten grade level plays in the Dojo, 10:00-10:30am. Short program in K-1 to follow. If you wish to take your child home, you may sign them out at the office.  Otherwise dismissal is at 11:30am. Report Cards will be mailed home.
The Kona Ice Truck will be coming to campus starting at 10:00. The Preschool keiki will be having a fun activity eating the cool stuff  from 10:00-11:15am and after that everyone else is welcome to buy shave ice. The cost is $3.00 and the truck will stay for a little while after school is dismissed (the owner of the Kona Ice Truck is aware that it is our last day of school and will be ending at 11:30am).

A hui hou,
Mrs. Lee

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Time to Celebrate

The Honolulu Zoo was a great place to visit the animals and spend time with our 7th grade buddies.  They always take good care of us and we had lots of fun.

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Aloha K-1 Parents,

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms. Hope you have lots of fun with your family, especially the little ones under 4'6".
Wasn't it fun watching your keiki show off their swimming skills at the Showoffs?  Hope you took many photos and/or videos!
Between Thursday, May 16 through Tuesday, May 21st, please expect completed masterpieces,  school supplies, mats, etc. to be brought home. 
Here is what's happening in the next few weeks of school:
  • Monday, May 13th - Bring in all Library books for Mrs. Okamura. 
  • Tuesday, May 14th - Gotan-e Service. Gotan-e celebrates the birth of Shinran Shonin (1173-1272), the founder of Shin Buddhism. Please dress your child appropriately: boys-collared shirt and long pants, girls-dresses, tops with skirts/pants.
  • Friday, May 17th - Book Share and myON Reader assignment due.
  • Friday, May 17th - Free Swim for all Kindergarten classes.
  • Tuesday, May 21st - If you want to share Goodie bags for the end of the school year, kindly bring them in by this date.
  • Tuesday, May 21st - Pizza lunch and a drink will be provided.
  • Wednesday, May 22nd - 'Stories at Sunrise' Kindergarten plays in the Dojo, 10:00am.  'Kindergarten Farewell' program in K-1 to follow.  You may take your child home at this time after signing out at the office. Otherwise school dismissal is at 11:30am.
See you next week,
Mrs. Lee

Friday, May 3, 2013

We've Got the Spirit!

Our Field Day at Ala Moana was the best!!! We can't decide which was our favorite: the Bounce Houses, blowing bubbles, the school relay, the Backyard Cleanup game, or eating shave ice.  The most important thing was having fun in the sun with our friends and families!

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Aloha Parents,

It has been a busy HMS Spirit Week for everyone! Your keiki really got into the swing of things!!!

Thank you for coming to our Field Day and a special arigato to the parents who donated their time and equipment to help make this event a success!

Mahalo for the generous donations collected by the Seventh Grade Paramita Promoters for the Honolulu Zoo. It will be greatly appreciated. These items will be taken to the Zoo on Wednesday when we go there on our learning trip.

A few things to remember for the coming weeks:
  • Monday, May 6th - Library books due
  • Tuesday, May 7th - PTO meeting, 5:30pm in the Social Hall
  • Wednesday, May 8th - Honolulu Zoo learning trip, 8:30-11:30am. Lunch will be eaten when we return to school. Please wear 'K' t-shirt and sport shoes. A reminder will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Friday, May 10th - Parent Showoffs at the Pool, 12:00-12:30pm
  • Friday, May 17th - May Book Share due
  • Friday, May 17th - myON Reader assignment due
  • Wednesday, May 22nd - 'Stories at Sunrise' Kindergarten performances in the Dojo, 10-11:15am.
Have a fun weekend,
Mrs. Lee