Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hawaiian Studies Students Make Quilt Designs

These third grade Hawaiian Studies students learned to cut designs like those used to make Hawaiian quilts. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday's Annual Giving Message

At the close of Annual Giving Week we write to thank you for all that you do in support of Island School. Please click the link below to enjoy a short video to commemorate this week and our special school!

The Annual Giving Campaign runs through the fiscal year, and will close on June 30, 2015. Donations to Annual Giving offset general operating costs and are used wherever the school needs it most. For more information on how you can participate, call the Advancement Office at (808) 246-0233. To give now, visit

Boxes from Chorus Concert For Sale

The gift wrapped banker boxes from the Winter Chorus Concert are for sale at $5 per box. Contact Sam Suttell  808-213-5040 or

Girls Basketball Dec.16 & 19 -- Soccer Dec. 20

Girls Basketball will play their  first game on Tuesday 12/16 at Kaua'i High. 

Come cheer the Voyagers and the beginning of our new program. Game starts at 5:30pm at Kaua'i High School gym.  Rides for students from Island School to Kaua'i High and back can be arranged through Bill Suttell  206-999-4799 or

Girls Basketball first Home game is Friday 12/19. Show your school spirit and pride. Let's make Wilcox gym rock! Game starts at 5:30pm  All grades and parents welcome.

Girls Soccer game is Saturday 12/20 at Vidinha Stadium. Come watch your Voyager girls take on Kaua'i  High.  Game starts at 10am

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday's Annual Giving Message

or call us between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM at (808) 246-0233

Week of Dec. 8: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥ the Obert family for their donation to the LRC.


♥ ♥ ♥ the following 5th grade parents for washing costumes from "Sleepy Hollow:" Debra DeBusca, Katherine Apao, Donna Bowling and Kate Cline


♥ ♥ ♥ Catherine Barale for hosting a lovely staff/faculty holiday party last weekend.

♥ ♥ ♥ David Harris '15, for donating props for the high school play, The Imaginary Invalid.

♥ ♥ ♥ Kori King for donating a Christmas tree to the 1st grade classroom & to Kori and Carrie Mackey for decorating it.


♥ ♥ ♥ Bill & Cathy Cowern, Bernadette Kaeo, Sabra Kauka, Cristy Peeren, Edwin & Cynthia Sorenson and Emily Thomas, Karen & Kenny Agudong, Anonymous, Adam Beetles and Sierra Hampton-Eng for contributions to Annual Giving.

♥ ♥ ♥ Lon & Lianne Malapit for a gift to the Island School Chorus.

♥ ♥ ♥ Mel & Pauline Ventura for a donation to Tuition Aid. 

♥ ♥ ♥ Natasha Arruda, Catherine Barale, Adam Beetles, Donna Bowling, Aaron Brown, Mary Castelanelli, Joe Corbo, Daryl Edwards, Nathaniel Evslin, Joyce Flagg, Pat Gegen Liz Hubbard, Jeff Kozak, John Macko, Susie Massaro, Gaye Miller, Deatri Nakea, Penny Nichols, Carol Peacock-Williams, Janet Powell, David Reynolds, Valerie Rivera, Lulu Schilleci, Joan Shaw, Traci Sullivan, Bill Suttell, Sam Suttell, Lorraine Tamanaha, Cindy Wortmann for their assistance with preparations and work for the chorus concert.

Chorus Concert Made Us Merry and Bright

Bob's thoughtful comments:
Aloha kakou -- It seems we go from one triumph to another. The Winter Concert last evening, All is Merry and Bright, truly was amazing. Congratulations to Philip, Rosie, and the students. From the opening Heralds to the closing full entourage, there simply was no down time. Things moved without a hitch, the genius of programming and stage management clearly evident, though unobtrusive. Things simply happened, one after the other, in proper order, with students on their best behavior and performing with personality and style.
The feeling was upbeat, including Linus and Lucy (based on comic characters) dedicated to Island School graduate, Christy Mayfield. There were two student accompanist, Allison Summerhays and Michael Miller, each of whom played with poise and perfection. There were violinists, bell wringers, tap dancers, a trumpet, finger cymbals, tambourines, and a glockenspiel. There were gifts/props galore, and appropriate antics. The evening was entertaining and inspirational.
From my standpoint, an interesting aspect of the event is the number of staff members who assist with the production. Listed on the printed program were 23 such individuals, from box office attendees to wardrobe assistants. It takes a village to make a concert! These behind-the-scene individuals deserve recognition and applause as well.
To one and all, hearty thanks and appreciation. Last night's concert was special, reminding us down deep of the joys and delights of the holiday season.

More pictures will be up on the Island School Shutterfly site soon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day Three of Annual Giving Week

To mark the third day of Annual Giving week, we're offering a video message from our Board President, Kathy Richardson. Special thanks to the high school digital media class for gathering and editing the video footage!
For more information about giving to Island School, please give us a call at 246-0233 or visit our website at
The Advancement Team

Hanai Family Program for MS & HS

Island School Holiday Service Program

“Holiday Hanai Family” Program for Grades 6-12, 2014 

As a holiday giving project, students in grades 6-12 are being given a great opportunity to help families who are less fortunate. They are invited to collaborate with Child & Family Service Kaua‘i and the Queen Liliu‘okalani Childrenʻs Center to provide seven different families with gifts based on a family profile. Those who wish to participate are asked to find gifts for their "hanai family" and bring them into their homeroom or class adviser for distribution.

During homeroom and class meetings, students will brainstorm the kinds of gifts that fit their family’s needs. Parents are encouraged to find ways for their student to earn money at home that can then be contributed toward gifts and gift cards.

Students have received brief descriptions of their hanai families and their wish lists. They are encouraged to share these at home and decide if they wish to participate in this effort.

Gifts should be unwrapped and brought in to their homeroom classes or the student activities office beginning on Monday, December 15th. The deadline for gifts is the last day before break Friday, December 19th.

Ballet Kaua‘i To Perform Friday

Come see two of our lovely dancers, Maria Grigarova ʻ19, and Ming Hsu ʻ16, and the rest of their ballet company.

An Annual Giving Letter

As we enter this season of reflection and giving, we write to thank you for supporting the mission of Island School and all those who work so tirelessly to bring it to fruition. Community support and collaboration have always been at the heart of Island School's success. This is especially true for our fund raising and advancement efforts. Donations to Island School inspire innovations in teaching and improvements to the campus. Most of all, they bring us together for a common purpose - to invest in our youth and the future of our island community.

This week is our first official Annual Giving celebration. Over the next few days, we will be sending messages your way that will share information about Annual Giving and the impact that it has here on campus. If you haven't already done so, we hope you will participate in Annual Giving by making a donation at a level that is meaningful to you. Island School is a registered, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and gifts to the school are tax deductible. You can donate online at, call the office, or mail or walk in checks (or cash) at your convenience.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact any member of the Advancement Office by calling us at 246-0233. Again, thank you for being a part of our 'ohana. We wish you a warm and happy holiday season.

With Aloha,

Sean Magoun, Director of Institutional Advancement
Joan Shaw, Director of Development & College Counseling
Daryl Edwards and Deatri Nakea, Advancement Office

Interact Club Helps With Holiday Gift Giving

Fifteen members of Island Schoolʻs Interact Club met at Walmart on Tuesday afternoon to pick out gifts for needy Kaua‘i children. For several years, Island School has teamed up with Po‘ipu Rotary Club, Nanaʻs House and high school students from other Interact Clubs for this service event. After choosing gifts, students returned to Island School to wrap the presents. Rotary members will deliver them to Nanaʻs House for distribution at their event this coming Saturday.

Students are encouraged to attend the gift giving event at Waimea Theatre at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Interact Club adviser Dave Reynolds reports that it is well worth the effort to get up early for this event. "Rarely are we given the opportunity to see the results of our service first hand," said Reynolds.

Genevieve Foster ʻ15, Lauren Oelke ʻ16, Ally Pascual ʻ15

Sterling Bird ʻ16, Jade Murphy ʻ16, Alaya Mallas ʻ17

Ashley Sylvestre ʻ16, Alex Obert ʻ16, Coleman Jonas ʻ16, Amanda Nguyen ʻ16, Zeb Wichert ʻ16, Cole Murphy ʻ16, (exchange student from Kaua‘i High}, Julia Randolph-Flagg ʻ17, Gabri LaFratta ʻ17

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

After School Basketball for Grades 6-9

Nick Lynch has been running a co-ed after school basketball program for grades 6-9 for 2 months now.  They meet Monday and Wednesday from 3:15-4:30. Students practice basic skills and play pick-up games as well.  There are usually 8-12 players and they have had enough interest to enter 2 teams in the upcoming Community League.  The Community League games will begin next month and students are still welcome to join.  See Mr. Lynch to pick up a parent consent form if you are interested in joining the Community League team, or just show up on the court any Monday or Wednesday if you want to play in the pick-up games.

Senior Update

Ashley Larkin has been accepted at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Autumn Warnock has been accepted at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, CA. Madison Moore has been accepted at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State, MS.


Sign Up Now For Dean & Rachelleʻs Winter Fun - ages 4-10 - begins Dec. 22

MS & HS Spirit Week Begins Monday 12/15

Monday, December 8, 2014

28 Acronyms Every Parent Should Know

This informative article begins, "If you think you are tech savvy all because you know what ʻLOLʻ means, let me test your coolness."

Click on this link to a CNN article/video to learn some less well-known acronyms that teens are using to engage in some pretty dangerous activities.

Acronyms Every Parent Should Know

Thursday Bus Schedule - For PK-5 Only

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 is ½ day for students in PK-5, because of parent/teachers conferences. The bus will depart with the ELEMENTARY STUDENTS from Island School at 11:25 a.m. No lunch will be served. 

Parents - Please make arrangements to meet the bus at the designated drop off point for your elementary student.  

On Friday, December 12th, there is no school for Elementary students.  

Note: There is no change of bus departure time (3:10 pm, Thursday & Friday) for students in Middle and High School. Mahalo, Business Office #246-0233.

Check the Elementary Highlights Page your child is in grades PK-5, there is lots of information for you on the Elementary Highlights page of our Voyager Voice. For example:

STUDENT-LED PARENT CONFERENCES: Parents should sign up for these conferences outside their childʻs classroom door. They begin on Thursday, Dec. 11, which is a half-day, and continue through Friday, Dec. 12. There are no classes for elementary on Friday, Dec. 12. Contact your childʻs teacher if you have any questions.

SECRET SANTA: Children will draw names this week and choose their Secret Santa buddy. Each child will become that childʻs Secret Santa and purchase a gift (for about $5) for that person. Teachers will send the recipientʻs name home with each child. Secret Santas are SECRET, so please wrap the gift, write the recipientʻs name and grade on the tag, but do not sign it. Gifts are due on Tuesday, Dec. 16th. Contact your childʻs teacher for more information.

HOLIDAY PARTIES: On Friday, Dec. 19, classroom parties will be held right after lunch from 12:55-1:55. Santa will make his rounds and distribute Secret Santa gifts in each classroom. Immediately after,  there will be an all-school pep rally from 2:00-2:30, . Homeroom parents will be contacting you for more information. Parents are welcome to attend.

Plus - grade-by-grade highlights of the week are posted. You'll want to check this page regularly: 

Christmas Chorus Concert - Wednesday, Dec. 10

The Music Department is pleased to announce its upcoming Christmas concert. Island School's four choral ensembles, together comprising the Island School Chorus, take center stage at the Kaua'i Community College Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, December 10, to present their seventh annual holiday concert. Under the direction of Island School choral director Philip Steinbacher and accompanied by music teacher Rose Alfiler, All Is Merry and Bright showcases over 120 students from grades 4 through 12.

Tickets are available at the Island School Office and at the KCC box office December 10, if space permits.

Week of Dec. 8 - Community News/Classified Ads

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