Thursday, June 4, 2015

General Announcements: Week of June 1st

Island School Sends a big MAHALO to All our Volunteers

 Parent Association Needs Officers & Room Parents

The Island School Parent Association is looking for parents to step up to the plate and become officers and Room Parents. These positions are open for the 2015-2016 school year:
Mahalo Leah Edwards, PA Presdent 2012-2015 - your leadership is greatly appreciated!
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Room Parents needed for grades:
  • PreK
  • K
  • 2
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6 grade girls
  • 8 grade boys & girls
  • 11
  • 12
Please contact outgoing president, Leah Edwards, to volunteer and for more information:

Plumeria & Tropical Foliage Needed for Graduation

The Graduation Committee is asking for donations of tropical flowers
and foliage to decorate the Wilcox Gym for graduation.
Donations of lau'ae fern, ginger, bird-of-paradise, monstera, haleconia, ti (all colors), etc. Please deliver by Friday afternoon, June 12, to Wilcox Gym Mahalo.

Bus Schedule Through End of School

Elementary students last day for school bus transportation will be on the morning of Friday, June 5, at the regular times.  There will be no PM bus transportation for elementary students on Friday, June 5. Elementary students must be picked up by parents from the Beach Blast Off event or make other arrangements. 
For High School and Middle School students, the afternoon school bus will leave Island School on Friday, June 5, at 2:10 p.m. The following week, Monday, June 8, Tuesday, June 9, and Wednesday, June 10, students will be picked up in the morning at special (later) times while the afternoon school bus will leave school at 2:10 p.m on two days; except for Wednesday, June 10th, when the bus will leave at regular time of 3:10 p.m. Notices will be handed out to bus riders citing the special times the morning bus will leave from each stop on June 8, 9, and 10.  Arrival at school on those days will be 8:30 a.m
The late van service will end on Thursday, June 4.  Late van/bus service will no longer be provided after June 4th.  If you have any questions please call the Office.  Mahalo. 

Annual Giving Goal Almost Reached!

A letter from the Advancement Team: Sean Magoun, Joan Shaw, Daryl Edwards, and Deatri Nakea

Aloha IS 'Ohana,

What a year! It's been a whirlwind of growth and productivity, and we are grateful for the support we have received from many generous friends of the school.

We are in the FINAL SPRINT to the end of the school year - and to the close of the 2014-15 Annual Giving Campaign. Just $7,000 is needed for us to meet our $70,000 goal! That's just $25 per family currently enrolled. If you haven't made your contribution, please join us. If you have given, please consider making another donation. Each and every gift makes a difference! Together, we can finish the year strong.

To give, visit or call us at (808) 246-0233. You may also stop by the office between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Donations to Island School are used for everything from classroom supplies to professional development - wherever the school needs it most. They are tax deductible, and are a great way for members of the community to show support for Island School's people, programs, and principles.

Mahalo nui loa for being a part of our 'ohana. We are deeply grateful, and wish you a good summer!

Sophmores Taking Orders for Graduation Lei

The Sophomore Class will be selling lei at graduation again this year. The price for the lei will range from $10 - $20.  If you are purchasing flowers for your favorite graduate, please consider buying from the sophomores. Email Traci Sullivan to pre-order ( or take your chances on the lanai before graduation.

Bob's Retirement Dinner Was Deeply Appreciated

photos on our Shutterfly site: (password=islandschool)

From Bob: 
Aloha kakou -- Thanks for an incredible evening. After each of these events I wonder, "How do we top this??" and, "What does one say now??" Leinani and I were overwhelmed. Though we were the focal point, we saw the event as a celebration of the entire Island School ohana.

For us the evening ended the way it should, with members of the faculty and staff joined together in a boisterous dance, front and center then down the aisle, arms gyrating, feet stomping, and countenances beaming to the lively beat of the music. How this was organized is a wonder in itself, a demonstration of an amazing, vibrant, lively and limber group (such movements!) that services so well our students and their families. 
The event was heart warming for Leinani and me, our moment of fame in a beautifully decorated gym, with lei aplenty, catered food and libations, beautifully danced hula and song, speeches and gifts galore, and roasts with some truths. I thought for a moment, "This is your life!" . . .  or at least a version of it, from joyous musical experiences during those early years at Kamehameha to classroom teaching and administration, ending with 18 marvelous years at Island School. It has been a varied and most interesting career.
I was quite pleased with last evening's representation: members of the Board of Directors; administrators, faculty, and staff; representatives of Island School's Alumni Association; officers of the Parent Association; three student performers; two members of the County Council; friends from the larger community, including five dear colleagues from Kamehameha. This is a credit to all of us working together in ways that provide useful services and build reputations. Island School is well established, the result of our coordinated efforts. I am given credit for much of what we have accomplished, and I take this recognition gratefully knowing that it represents you and what you have done much more than anything I have contributed.
I am deeply appreciative to the Board of Directors for its unwavering support over the years and for sponsoring "Bob's and Leinani's Night." Special mahalos to all who participated. This was an evening to remember.

 The Class of 2015 - who they are and their plans

  • Zacheria Beydoun: Colby College, Aptos, CA - business entrepreneurship
  • David Caminos: Kaua‘i Community College, with plans to transfer to University of Hawai‘i, Hilo - fire science
  • Kira Catlin: Adams State University, Alamosa, CO - metalworks  & jewelry, art history
  • Ian Cowden: accepted at University of Colorado at Denver, is taking a Gap Year - music business
  • Allison Culliney: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA - geoscience or engineering
  • Kaitlin Davidson: Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA - biology or environmental engineering
  • Shawna Dinnan: Kaua‘i Community College - culinary arts & business management
  • Jacob Dysinger: Emerson College, Boston, MA - film
  • Genevieve Foster: Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA - journalism or communications
  • Stephen Foster: Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR - education
  • Moeko Fukada: Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA - behavioral sciences, medical school
  • Francis Green: Grande Sports Academy, Phoenix, AZ - soccer, business management
  • Madison Gregor: University of San Diego, San Diego, CA - business, economics, finance, biochemistry, neuroscience and possibly medical school
  • Khayman Hamilton: Utah Valley University, Orem, UT- aviation
  • David Harris: University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa - computer engineering
  • Whitney Hay: American University of Paris, then University of Southern California, Los Angeles - international business, French
  • Amber Hopkins: Chapman University, Orange, CA - psychology, foreign languages
  • Davis Huffman: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA - engineering
  • Imara Joroff: Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY - management & business, psychology
  • Micah Kimi: Utah Valley University, Orem, UT - aviation
  • Ashley Larkin: University of Colorado, Boulder - international relations, political science,  business, economics
  • Michael Miller: California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA- exercise science, piano performance, aviation
  • Madison Moore: California State University, Long Beach, CA - mathematics, soccer
  • James Papa: Kaua‘i Community College - Hawaiian Studies
  • Ally Pascual: California Polyechnic State University, San Louis Obispo, CA - pre-med, kinesiology
  • Kyle Riddle: University of Colorado, Boulder - mechanical engineering
  •  Carlei Rutt: will take a gap year - photography, film, graphic arts
  • Adam Sclafani: University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - mechanical engineering and aviation
  • Deanna Sloger: Simpson University, Redding, CA - biology & outdoor leadership
  • Hannah Stone: Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA  - interior design
  • Whitney Summerhays: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT - political science and law
  • Autumn Warnock: Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT - international politics & economics, global studies & philosophy