Friday, October 2, 2015

Coffee Connection a Big Success

Many thanks to Kori King, for putting together the first of many great Coffee Connection mornings to come. It was a big success!

Thank you to all of the parents, staff, teachers, Head of School, Board of Directors members and helping hands who kicked off our new weekly event. Lots of great conversations, fresh ideas, and happy people.

A big thanks also goes to Robotics and Sandy Catlin for their generous donation of Thunder Chicken coffee. They offer bags of coffee for sale in the Front Office. Please support Kauaibots with a purchase of their special blended, locally grown brand.

Next Coffee Connection is Friday, Oct. 16th 7:30-8:30am. Hope to see YOU there.

Girls Volleyball Tonight - Friday Oct. 2 - Wilcox Gym

Aliana Ho Wins Kaua‘i Youth Photo Challenge

Congratulations to Aliana Ho '18, winner in the high school division of the “Through the Eyes of Kaua‘i Youth Photo Challenge.” Read her story in Friday's Garden Island.

Aliana Ho's winning photograph
Anne Cushnie '17, came in second in the high school division

Amber Asuncion '21, received third place in the middle school division

Na Pua O Ka Maile to Dance at Eo E Emalani

Na Pua O Ka Maile is dancing at Eo E Emalani, a hula event in honor of Queen Emma.  On Thursday, to give the dancers some background of Queen Emma, Kumu Kauka took the group to Queen Emma's cottage at Lawai Kai, a part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. The festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Koke‘e State Park, from 10:00-4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The halau includes:   

Quinn Catlin '19
Mao Fukada '19
Maria Grigorova '19
Sierra Jonas '18
Alaya Mallas '17
Lindsey Nakea-Tresler '18
Gabrielle Peleras '19
Pualei Pratt '17
Waileia Siale-Santos '19

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Fun for Ages 4-10 During Autumn Break

Join Mr. Dean for five fun filled fall days featuring arts and crafts, fall reading, science experiments, campus hikes, indoor and outdoor sports, and much more.

We'll be in Island School's Kindergarten Classroom

from 8 am – 4 pm Monday 10/ 5 – Friday 10/9

$250.00 for five full days $55.00 full day/daily

$130.00 five half days 8am - noon or noon – 4pm

$30.00 half day/daily 8am – noon or noon - 4pm

Please bring morning snack, afternoon snack, lunch and beverages

Register at the Island School front office.

Library of Congress Sponsors Writing Contest for Grades 4-12

Below are a flyer and entry form for a fun Library of Congress sponsored writing contest for literature lovers in grades 4th-12th. Mahalo to Young Adult Librarian, Sierra Hampton-Eng for keeping us in the loop!

Students are asked to write a response to the following question:

How did an author’s work change your view of the world or yourself?

Students will compete to win a $1000 cash prize, but it is also a good opportunity for students to reflect on the ways literature has affected their lives (and practice the endangered art of letter writing).

Week of Sept. 28: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

V♥ ♥ ♥ the following volunteers at Saturdayʻs Cross Country Meet: Brad Sato, Shannon & Maria Graves, Cadice & Fred Pascual, Joey & Kristina Caminos, Bill Suttell, Carla LaFratta, Abril Esquivel, Lehia Pomroy, Sean Magoun, Cindy Wortmann, Traci Sullivan, Donna King, Elsie & Steve Penner, Hasina & Michael Mitchell, Jeri Cook, Joyce Flagg, Kathy Richardson, Archie & Stephanie Achuara, Janet Powell, Lance Okasaki, Ehren & Leah Edwards, Louis LaFratta, Lynne MacDonald, Marcus Punua ʻ13, James Kealalio, Mike Goto, Philip Steinbacher and Roland Augustin; and to students: Mia Fitzgerald ʻ18,Kyle Leibow ʻ18, Lola Temme ʻ18, Audrey Warner ʻ19, Izzy Ancharski ʻ19, Lexi Warnock ʻ19, Olivia Gegen ʻ19, and Summer Suttell ʻ18, Julia Randolph-Flagg ʻ17, Katie Cook ʻ20, Ki‘ilani Arruda ʻ20.

♥ ♥ ♥ Debra & Ernie Blachowiak, Mary & Bob Capwell, Cushnie Construction, Jim Guerber, Nadine Horner, Inkspot Printing, Alan & Monica King, Charlie King & Mary Bea Porter-King, Jim Mayfield, David & Carol Pratt, Sam & Robin Pratt, David & Darnney Proudfoot and Sonia Topenio for helping to support the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce after-hours event that was held at the Frear Center last Thursday.

♥ ♥ ♥ Kurt & Arlene Bosshard, Shannon & Maria Graves, Erin & Jed Gushman, Ashley Hirano, Mark & Barbara Hubbard, Mary Hulitar, Alan & Chris Ing, Jessica & Danny Jovanovic, Tim King, the Kushkin 'Ohana, Bonnie & Edward Lake, Chiem & Kristen Ma, Sean & Katie Magoun, Jim & Betsy Munroe, Judge Clifford & Gloria Nakea, George Reizner, Edwin & Cynthia Sorenson, Milo & Amy Spindt, Bob & Nani Springer, S&S Business Machines, and Vallendee & Fred Wong for their gifts to the Voyager Fund.

♥ ♥ ♥ Tony & Tanya Colagreco for their gift to Athletics.

♥ ♥ ♥ Keola Keahiolalo, Lee & Megan Liddell and Ruth & Jim Parker for contributions to Tuition Aid.

♥ ♥ ♥ Keola Keahiolalo for a gift to the Endowment; and Jim Mayfield for a gift to the Endowment in memory of Christy Mayfield ʻ10.

♥ ♥ ♥ Wendy Atkinson for a donation to the Kindergarten class.

♥ ♥ ♥ Lesah Meritt of Safeway Hokulei for a contribution to Hawaiian Studies.

♥ ♥ ♥ the following people who donated door prizes for the Chamber of Commerce meeting last week: Tim Stuck of Suds Car Wash, Jean Marie Josselin of JO2 and Mike Scheerer of Skinny Mike's Ice Cream. 

Middle School Basketball Begins Oct. 13

Middle school basketball will start on Tuesday October 13th from 3:15-4:30 p.m. on the open court in front of the school.

The program is open to all middle school boys and girls and includes skills training and game scrimmages. The hope is to form a boys team and a girls team to compete in the Parks Department leagues this winter. It is not necessary to play on a team to turn out, just come have fun and learn about basketball.

The current plan is to have practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 -4:30 p.m., but that may change depending upon the needs of the students.

Remember Island School currently has a girls JV high school team and would like to get boy’s high school team going. This is great way to build skills and prepare to play in high school.
Any questions contact Bill Suttell  206-999-4799  or

Scientific Adventures in 3rd Grade

Third graders have been studying land forms. They took a trip to Aliomanu and made a list on their way of all the landforms they saw. When they got there, they observed many different landforms in the area. They sat on the retaining wall and learned about why it was built and how it affected the beach. They wrote persuasive essays about why the wall should or should not have been built. They collected specimens from the Anahola and Aliomanu Rivers, finding tadpoles, guppies and mosquito fish. They survived a big rainfall and enjoyed the ensuing mud. Finally, they made compass roses in the sand, using beach debris.

5th Graders Visit Water Dept.

Fifth graders took advantage of last weekʻ Make a Splash Festival put on by the Water Department for Kaua‘iʻs 5th graders at the Pua Loke Arboretum. Students learned about the various sectors of the community that use our water supply and participated in simulations that demonstrated how it is shared.

Students represented various segments of the community and learned what happens when one segment stresses the water system.

Apples Galore in Kindergarten!

Kindergartners celebrated "Apple Day" last Friday. They had quite a spread of apply goodies, including: apple crisp, homemade dutch apple pie, apple strudel, li hing mui apples, apple chips, apple manju, apple juice, apple cider, apple cookies and, of course, apples!

On Friday, the class will go to the YMCA pool with their 3rd grade buddies. Adults who wish to join them should bring $5 admission (members are free). Class funds will cover the studentsʻ cost. 

Elementary Student Council Elections

Elementary students elected their Student Council officers on Thursday.
  • President - Lucas McSweeny
  • Vice-President - Jayda Kurz
  • Secretary - Julia Barzilai
  • Public Relations: Thatcher Magoun, Kilinoe Oliveira
Representatives from grades 2-5 will be elected in their classes this week. The first "session" of Student Council will be on Friday.

Congratulations to all of the candidates for taking the opportunity to run for office.

Candidates for Student Council gave speeches at Morning Circle.

7th Grade Girls Ran to YMCA Last Friday

7th graders stop for a breath on their run to the YMCA

A well-deserved swim!

Progress Reports & Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences for 6-12 - Sign Up Using This Form

Midterm Progress Reports for students in grades 6-12 will be available on Friday afternoon.  An email message will be sent reminding you to check RenWeb.  If you have not signed up for a Renweb account now is the time to do it!  Go to New ParentsWeb Account-enter your email address that you gave to the school-follow directions to access your temporary password.  If you require a hard copy please email Katie at

Student/Parent/Teacher (S/P/T) Conferences will be on Friday, October 16th.  This means no school for grades 6-12 only.  School will be in session for grades PreK-5, which is why Monday Oct. 19th will be a “B” day.  Please sign up to meet with your child’s teachers by filling out the following form

Remember to bring your child(ren) on S/P/T conference day!

Join the PA for Coffee on Fridays

Skip Starbucks and get your cup of coffee at Island School on Fridays 7:30-8:30 a..m.

Beginning this Friday, The Parent Association will host a morning Coffee Connection to help parents meet one another, discuss issues, and buy a delicious cup of coffee, tea, or pastry.

When: every Friday morning
Time: 7:30-8:30am
Where: Frear Center this Friday (and on B days) and om the Booster Shack on A days. Just look for the signs!!!

Questions? Contact Kori King 635-4420

Parking Kokua

Parking spots are available in the main parking lot. The lane in front of the school is active pick up only. Please do not park or back in directly in front of the school.  Mahalo!

Fire & Lockdown Drills

Our first fire drill was a success with an all school evacuation in less than 3 minutes!  We will soon be having our first Shelter-In-Place (SIP or Lockdown) drill. 

Almost 100 Attend Chamber Meeting at I.S.

Close to 100 business leaders from the island visited Island School's beautiful campus last Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce After Hours event held in the Frear Center last Thursday evening. Students led tours of the school to the guests, many of whom had never been here before.

Guests heard from Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Perriello and our own Shannon Graves and Kathy Richardson. Kumu Sabra Kauka and a group of students from Na Pua O Kamaile - Sierra Jonas ʻ18, Lindsey Nakea-Tresler ʻ18, Pualei Pratt ʻ17, and Waileia Siale-Santosʻ19, opened the evening's program with two oli (chants). 

Mahalo to our student tour guides: Lia Yamasato ʻ17, Michaela Fitzgerald ʻ16, Sam Goldberg ʻ16, and Emily Sullivan ʻ18.

Gift Wrap Sales Add $$$ to Classroom Funds

Figures are almost all in for the Gift Wrap sale. Monica King reports that it looks like sales have surpassed last  yearʻs. Participation was heavy in the elementary grades. A few middle and high school students also made significant contributions to sales.

Online sales have been popular and are still being calculated. As of this writing, online sales have accounted for about 38% of all sales.

A big MAHALO to Monica King and Heather Biedermann for putting in a huge effort toward making this PA sponsored fund raising event a success. Because of your leadership, it looks like we will be adding over $5000 to the classroom accounts this year. Specific figures will be announced when they become finalized.
Thanks also to all of the students who made the sales! Your hard work will benefit your entire class. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Student Art Exhibit in Frear Through Oct. 2nd

Check out the student art exhibit in the Frear Center, which will be on display until fall break. The exhibit features artwork produced this trimester by these fifteen students, representing our elementary, middle school, and high school.
First Grade ………… Makani Pham

Second Grade ………Max Evslin
                                   Kainoa Love
                                   Graydon Rosenthal

Third Grade ………    Misa Mycynek
                                   Selah Snowden

Eighth Grade  ……… Katie Cook
                                   Mia Lopez
                                   Ka'ohu Ranis

Tenth Grade ………   Bianca Colagreco
                                   Maile Mijares

Eleventh Grade ……  Anne Cushnie
                                   Gabri LaFratta
                                   Ajia Sclafani

Twelfth Grade ……… Mattea Wortmann

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Classisfied Ads/Community News: Week of Sept. 28, 2015

Wanted to Rent

An Island School family is looking for a 3 br/2 bath house starting mid-December. Looking at Kalaheo to Wailua. If you know of anything, please email Maria at
Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Clinic
Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association & The County of Kaua‘i
Coach Dennis Agena, Kalakaua Basketball Clinic
Open to boys and girls grades 5-12
(Some basketball experience recommended.)
COST:  $25.00 (Cash or checks made to KYBA)
Monday, October 5, 2015 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bernice Hundley Gymnasium
Kapa‘a High School
4695 Mailihuna Road, Kapa‘a
Items to bring:  basketball, basketball shoes and attire (shorts, t-shirt or tank top)
 Pre-registration contact: Karen Matsumoto, 332-9958
Students and coaches participating will have the option to ride the Kauai Bus' SPECIAL to and from the clinic. The Kaua‘i Bus runs from both east and west of Kapa‘a on regular routes, and as with past clinics, the SPECIAL relieves increased ridership by accommodating our participants between Kalaheo and Kapa‘a.
The Kaua‘i Bus rules and rates apply.  The cost is $1 per way for students, $2 for adults paid to the driver upon boarding.
The following is the bus schedule for the SPECIAL on October 5, 6 & 7:
  • 7:45 am     Kalaheo Neighborhood Center bus stop
  • 8:05 am     Kukui Grove - First Hawaiian Bank bus stop
  • 8:10 am     Laukona Road bus stopt
  • 8:30 am     Kapaa Neighborhood Center bus stop
  • 8:35 am     Kapaa High School Pavilion bus stop
  • 2:30 pm     Kapa‘a High School Pavilion bus stop
  • 2:40 pm     Kojima Store bus stop
  • 3:00 pm     Laukona Road bus stop
  • 3:05 pm     Kukui Grove - First Hawaiian Bank bus stop
  • 3:30 pm     Kalaheo Neighborhood Center bus stop

Band Wagon

Call 808-634-4040 for more information.

Online Reading Skills Programs

Upcoming From Kaua“i Concert Association