Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ms. Flagg Announces Upcoming LRC Theme Weeks

Nov. 2-6 :  Cat Week -- Students are invited to bring their favorite toy cats-- big, wild, small, tame, fictional (Pete the Cat, Garfield, Sylvester) --all kinds of cats are welcome!
Nov. 9-13:  Transportation Week -- We're on the move with trains, planes, and automobiles! Students are invited to bring in a model/book of their favorite mode of transportation.
Nov. 16-20: Native American Heritage Week -- Get ready for a trip through Indian Country from the Chumash in Southern California to the Penobscots in Maine. If students have any artifacts they'd like to share that are related to Native American Heritage Week, they are welcome to bring them to display in the LRC.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Chorus Wardrobe

All chorus students in grades 4-8 and all male chorus students in grades 9-12 are required to have black dress pants and black dress shoes for concerts. The winter concert is just about a month away so it's time to start thinking about finding pants and shoes. In efforts to assist with this, a clothing exchange has been set up to allow parents to borrow/use/donate used pants and shoes in good condition. Any parents (even those without students in chorus) can donate to the exchange. Anyone with black dress shoes and dress pants in good condition may simply add the items to the list OR send them to school and Mr. Steinbacher will add them to the exchange. The exhange document is found at Please contact Mr. Steinbacher at with questions.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Opportunities for Indigenous American Students - Summer, 2016

College Horizons is a non-profit organization that supports the higher education of Native American students by providing college and graduate admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants from across the nation.

Next summer, Amherst College (Amherst, MA) and Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) will host College Horizons in 2016! College Horizons is a 6-day summer program for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school sophomores and juniors on preparing for the college application process. Amherst will host from June 18-24 and Lawrence will host from July 9-15, 2016.

A completed application is required for consideration and admission to the program is selective. Learn more at

Halloween Photos on Shutterfly

Keep checking - more will be posted as they come in:
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Gift Box Received from Freestyle Photo

You may remember that, over Autumn Break, Mr. Dean's group of keiki made Freestyle Farm out of packing materials received from a company called Freestyle Photo Supply. The Farm was boxed up and sent to the company as a gift, with a note from the children. Freestyle Photo was so thrilled to receive the gift, they sent the children a box filled with goodies. Here's Mr. Dean describing what it was like when they opened the box:

"We opened the box on Tuesday and to our surprise it was filled with apple and camera shaped stress balls, stickers, refrigerator magnets, pins, coloring books, Halloween stamps, inkjet paper to make stickers, five rolls of color film, a paint can pinhole camera, two coffee cups and, of course, more packing peanuts. We each got an apple stress ball, magnets and stickers. We are sharing the coloring books and stamps with our Do Drop class. I'm drinking coffee out of those beautiful red mugs. This weekend I'm going to take some photos of our school with the pinhole camera and send some of them to Freestyle.
Yesterday I called our contact Christina to thank her and her team. She was so happy to hear that the kids loved all the goodies. She also said our farm – well their farm – is now on display in their retail store in Hollywood, CA along with the letter I wrote and the card the students made for them. How fun is that?"

Freestyle Farm - made from packing peanuts

Students received a gift box as a thank-you from Freestyle Photo Supply

Island School College Night

Recommended for all sophomores & juniors and their parents.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Island School Main Hall
with Joan Shaw, Island School’s College Counselor

Learn …

• how Island School’s college counseling program is set up

• what sophomores and juniors should be doing now

• how colleges make admissions decisions

• all about financial aid and merit awards

Pizza and drinks will be served
Please RSVP to Joan Shaw, 246-0233 or
College is just around the corner!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

RSpot Open Next to Main Hall

Robot Voyagers opened RSpot today. This is a space for the elementary students to come and create things with recycled materials. RSpot is located between the keiki bathrooms and the Main Hall.

The First Lego League team will use this area to practice for their project challenge, which is part of the competition to be held on November 14, in our Wilcox Gym. Other interested students are welcome to use the space.

Hawai‘i State Science Olympiad - Elementary Tournament

Halloween Memo from Police Chief Perry

LĪHU'E – Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl D. Perry is offering families a few simple tips to help
keep their children safe this Halloween.

“Halloween is meant to be a fun and memorable experience, but it’s always best to stay
vigilant to keep your keiki safe,” stated Chief Perry. “First and foremost, children should be
supervised while trick-or-treating, and all candy and treats should be inspected before children
can eat it.”

One treat in particular that is concerning law enforcement and health officials is being
marketed as an “organic fruit roll-up” that apparently contains marijuana. The product is
reportedly made in Hawaii and sold on Instagram.

“This fruit roll-up appears to be a healthy snack that parents and children may not
realize contains marijuana,” warned Chief Perry.

Marijuana edibles are gaining popularity due to the legalization of marijuana in some
states; however, the public is reminded that it is illegal to consume non-medical marijuana in

“Whether legal or illegal, any consumption of marijuana is dangerous to a child,” added
Chief Perry. “The reality is that these products exist, and while it may be unlikely that a child
will receive such candy while trick-or-treating, it’s a good reminder to parents to be aware of
what their children are consuming, not just on Halloween but every day.”

The Kaua‘i Police Department offers additional Halloween safety tips:
  • Trick-or-treat in well-lit areas in a familiar neighborhood. 
  • Keep a flashlight or glow stick handy. 
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating. 
  • Children should know their address, phone number, and how to dial 911 in an emergency. Young children should have this information attached to their costume, in the event they get separated or lost. 
  • Inspect all candy before consumption. Dispose of any candy that is not in its original packaging or shows signs of tampering. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Don’t hesitate to report suspicious activity to police. 

“We’re fortunate to live in a safe community, but as parents, we never want to take that
for granted,” added Chief Perry. “On behalf of the Kauai Police Department, we wish our
community a safe and happy Halloween!”

Día de los Muertos Celebrated in Spanish Club

Today our High School Spanish Club painted pumpkins like calaveras (skulls) in honor of Día de los Muertos which is celebrated in Mexico November 1-2. Spanish Club member Valeria de la Mora discussed the happy remembrance of loved ones who have passed and the traditions of visiting cemeteries and leaving loved ones’ favorite foods for their spirits to enjoy when they return on Día de los Muertos. We also sampled pan de muerto, a traditional sweet bread shaped like a bun and decorated with bone-like dough pieces. ¡Delicioso! ¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

State Cross Country Meet This Weekend

Good luck to these Voyager cross country runners at this weekend's State Championships on Maui:

Josh Miller '16
Rebecca Stevens '17
Carolyn Price '17
Gianna D'Annibale '16
Jade Murphy '16
Makenna Olson '16

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

PA Meets Next Tuesday, Nov.3

This is just a reminder that there will be an Island School Parent Association Meeting next                   Tuesday, November 3rd, at 1:00 pm in the teachers’ lounge. All parents are invited to attend. I look forward to seeing you there.

Coffee Connection - Bring Your Computer Questions Friday

Middle School Costume Contest

The Middle School Student Council has announced a costume contest on Friday, Oct. 30, during their Morning Meeting. Students are invited to dress up in one of the following categories:

1. Funniest … a costume that makes people laugh

2. Hocus Pocus … Witches, fortune tellers, magicians, magical characters, fairies etc

3. Wicked/Scary … evil characters Joker, Riddler, Gobelin, Headless Horseman, etc

4. Celebrity … movie star, rock stars, politician

5. Cartoon Character … Bugs Bunny, Sponge Bob, etc

6. Robot … robots, computer games or parts, etc.

7. Ethnic … dress from specific culture or country

8. Sports … team or star

9. Weirdest/Random … tourist, unique creation, etc

10. Grand Prize … Best Costume of the Day

Week of Oct. 26: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  co-chairs Penny Nichols & Becky Snowden and our wonderful Art Day teachers:Marci Calvillo, Helen Meade, Mary Nakamura, Casie Yannarell, Gaye Miller, Philip Steinbacher, Dean Wakamoto and Cindy Wortmann. Also to their helpful assistants & group guides: Marissa Evslin, Carrie Mackey, Amanda Rosenthal, Amy Spindt, Robin Soong Putman, Laura Barzilai, Katie Johnson, Becky Snowden, Jessica Jovanovic, Kat Ho, Valerie Riera, Sheryllee Ponce, Brian Pearson, Emma Kelekoma ʻ18, Makai Mycynek, Karen Summerhays and Akiko Shindo.

♥ ♥ ♥  Daryl Edwards and her crew of luncheon servers: Terri Kass, Akiko Shindo, Natsumi Yamasato, Lovey Calio, and Joy Stanley. Also - to the many families who brought the delicious food.

♥ ♥ ♥  Lynda Liesse and our Art Walk entertainers: Jeremy & Aimee Brown, Richard Porto & Peggy Ellenburg, Zander Phelps and Rosie Alfiler.

♥ ♥ ♥  the behind-the-scenes people who helped with Art Day in numerous ways: Jeff Kozak, Traci Sullivan and the junior class  for putting up the clotheslines; Liz Hubbard for a huge assortment of things; Alice Pajela for ordering the supplies, making the signs and name tags; Lulu Schillici for putting the snack bags together; Daniel Bicciche for filling in for Mr. Dean in the kitchen.

♥ ♥ ♥  these volunteers who made Art Day for Na Pua Keiki lots of fun: Leah Agustin, Tyler Hashimoto, Colleen Kaiminaauao, Annette Hashimotoand Nadine Horner.

♥ ♥ ♥  Pepe Trask for arranging last week's 3rd & 5th grade trips to Kilohana.
♥ ♥ ♥  Deatri Nakea and her team for putting on the New Beginnings Art Exhibit: Rick Randolph & Stephanie Britt from KCC, Sandy Nishek & Kaua‘i Nurseryand Keoni Macko.

♥ ♥ ♥  Joan Shaw and her assistants Robin Pratt '89, and Patti Pears, for putting on a successful college fair. Also to Mary Pratt and Lapperts for donating refreshments for Sunday's panel discussion, and to Starbucks for donating coffee. Another big mahalo to all of the helpers who set up, cleaned up and performed many needed tasks.

♥ ♥ ♥  Monica King for taking notes at the Parent Association meeting and typing them up for school-wide distribution.

♥ ♥ ♥  Kristi Buchanan for organizing the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 5. NBov 5th.

♥ ♥ ♥  Rocco April for creating the Parent Association online forum at and for giving free computer, networking, and IT advice at the Parent Coffee Connection.

♥ ♥ ♥  Kat Ho for her donation of a cake stand.

KIUC Calendar Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Island School students who won awards in the KIUC Calendar of Student Art contest! Their artwork will be featured in the 2016 calendar and they will be honored at an awards ceremony in December.

These students won "month awards," competing with hundreds of Kaua‘i students at their grade levels. The winner for First Grade has their artwork featured on the month of January. Second Grade is February, Third Grade is March, etc. Each "month" winner receives a $100 prize.

Phoenix Ma …… First Grade …… January
Shea Olson …… Eighth Grade …… August
Maile Mijares …… Tenth Grade …… October
Alexandra Temme …… Eleventh Grade …… November

These students won honorable mention awards. Their artwork will also be featured in next year's calendar. Each Honorable Mention awardee receives a $50 prize.

Olivia Baker …… Kindergarten
Amber Asuncion …… Seventh Grade
June Hsu …… Eighth Grade
Maile Mijares …… Tenth Grade
Mattea Wortmann …… Eleventh Grade

Shea Olson - 8th grade - August

Maile Mijares - 10th grade - October

Alexandra Temme - 11th grade - November 

Phoenix Ma - 1st grade - January
Amber Asuncion - 7th grade - Honorable Mention

June Hsu - 8th grade - Honorable Mention

Maile Mijares - 10th grade -  Honorable Mention
Mailie's drawing is of teacher, Tuba Abassi,  who modeled for students in high school art class. Maile used something called a "bamboo sketch pen."  which is just a piece of chiseled bamboo -  similar to drawing with a quill pen - very primitive.

Mattea Wortmann - 12th grade - Honorable Mention

Olivia Baker - Kindergarten - Honorable Mention

Parent Association Announcements

Bring Your Tech Questions to This Week's Coffee Connection

Next Coffee Connection is Friday, Oct. 30, in the Frear, from 7:30-8:30am.

Do you have computer questions? Bring them to this week's Parent Coffee Connection and ask our tech guy! Our special guest, Rocco April will be available to answer computer, networking and IT questions free of charge! 
7:30-8:30 a.m.

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Planning Underway

This year's Teacher Appreciation Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, November 5th. We are looking for help with planning and coordinating the event. This is a great way to get involved, meet new friends, and show our amazing staff & faculty some love!!

Please contact Kristi Buchanan to join the Breakfast Committee at (970) 379-9505

Chili Cook-Off Called Off

Proudly presented by Your Parent Association 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

3rd & 5th Grades Visit Kilohana

Last week, the third and fifth grade classes visited next door to Kilohana. They got to see how the imu was prepared and they fed the goats. A highlight was a ride in the train! Many thanks to Pepe Trask for sharing this adventure with the students.

Another Wonderful Art Day

Click on this link to see the wonderful things that were happening at Art Day!


Here are a few to get you started:

Middle School Retreat - a Real Winner

Last Thursday and Friday, middle school students went on their retreats. Each day, special activities were planned.

6th - Humane Society training, water safety at the YMCA pool, tubing on the Wailua River, and team building games.

7th - Art project, water safety at YMCA pool, Save Our Seas presentation, reef training and snorkeling at Anini Beach.

8th - Winners Camp on campus, a day with the Coast Guard, Fire & and Police Dept., boat trip, helicopter basics and rescue games. 

HACAC College Fair Well Attended

Hundreds of college bound students and their parents and teachers from all over Kaua‘i attended both the College Admissions Panel discussions on Sunday and the College Fair on Monday. Booths were set up in the Wilcox Gymnasium, completely filling up the space, with representatives from over 70 colleges and universities.

Many thanks to our college counselor, Joan Shaw and her team - Robin Pratt and Patti Pears, for heading up this event and to everyone who helped.

High School Retreats - Experiences to Remember

Freshmen: paddling on the Wailua River with Puuwai Canoe Club, Winners Camp on campus.

Sophomores: overnight at Hanchett Ranch in Moloa‘a.

Juniors:  overnight at Koke`e Hui O Laka CCC  Camp.

Seniors: overnight at Polihale State Park and Hawaiian Village restoration work at Nu‘alolo Kai on the Nāpali Coast 

High School Halloween Dance - Oct. 30

New Beginnings Winners Announced

Thirty-four pieces of art were entered into the New Beginnings competition. The categories were K-2, 3-5, and photography.
Winners K-2
  • 1st Place
                                  Sadie Stiglmeier  -Gr. 1:  "Chicks"
  • Honorable Mentions 
                                 Mohalapua Silverston -Gr.1: "Hibiscus"
                                   Brianna Jovanovic -Gr. 2: "Animal Garden"
Winners 3-5
  • 1st Place
                                 Luisa Junqueira -Gr. 3 -  "The Dream Flower"
  • Honorable Mentions                          
                                 Ke`alohi Molina- Gr. 3 - "The Nest"
                                   Misa Mycynek -Gr. 3- "The Cherry Blossom"
                                   Selah Snowden -Gr. 3- "Little Blossom Opening to the World"
                                   Zachary Ing - Gr. 3-"Meadow of Peace"
                                   Marina Jovanovic -Gr. 4- "Happy Life"
Winner Photography
  • 1st Place
                                       Max Evslin- Gr. 2: "Morning Sun"

Save Nov. 6-8 for "Aladdin"

5th graders will be ready and excited when the curtain "goes up" on Friday, Nov. 6, for their first public performance of "Aladdin." The show runs Fri/Sat at 7pm, Sunday at 3pm in the Island School "Theatre." Tickets are $4 Single Admit, $15 Family Pass, and are available from cast members and in the Front Office.

Save Your Plastic Water Bottles

Science Olympiad Team Collecting Water Bottles

The middle school science Olympiad team is building bottle rockets this year, and need your help. They are collecting 2-liter bottles with the labels. If you have 2-liter bottles with their labels in your recycle bin, please bring them to room 7.  The students will transform them into a water powered bottle rocket that will safely carry a raw egg into the troposphere! 


School Picture Retakes Nov. 10

School portrait orders and ID cards have been distributed to all grades.   

Parents may go to or call 1-800-359-9126 if you have questions about your order.

School Picture Make Up/Retake Day is scheduled on Nov. 10 between 8:00-11:00 a.m. in the Weinberg Gymnasium. Order forms are available in the school office.

Any student wanting to have their photo retaken, must return ALL of the contents from their original portrait package. 

New students, students absent on the original picture day or those who want to order additional packages may also have their pictures taken on make up day. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Week of Oct. 16: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥ co-chairs Penny Nichols & Becky Snowden and our wonderful Art Day teachers: Marci Calvillo, Helen Meade, Mary Nakamura, Casie Yannarell, Gaye Miller, Philip Steinbacher, Dean Wakamoto and Cindy Wortmann. Also to their helpful assistants & group guides: Marissa Evslin, Carrie Mackey, Amanda Rosenthal, Amy Spindt, Robin Soong Putman, Laura Barzilai, Katie Johnson, Becky Snowden, Jessica Jovanovic, Kat Ho, Valerie Riera, Sheryllee Ponce, Brian Pearson, Emma Kelekoma ʻ18, Makai Mycynek, Karen Summerhays and Akiko Shindo.

♥ ♥ ♥ Daryl Edwards and her crew of luncheon servers: Terri Kass, Akiko Shindo, Natsumi Yamasato, Lovey Calio and Joy Stanley. Also - to the many families who brought the delicious food.

♥ ♥ ♥ Lynda Liesse and our Art Walk entertainers: Jeremy & Aimee Brown, Richard Porto & Peggy Ellenburg, Zander Phelps and Rosie Alfiler.

♥ ♥ ♥ the behind-the-scenes people who helped with Art Day in numerous ways: Jeff Kozak, Traci Sullivan and the junior class for putting up the clotheslines; Liz Hubbard for a huge assortment of things; Alice Pajela for ordering the supplies, making the signs and name tags; Lulu Schillici for putting the snack bags together; Daniel Bicciche for filling in for Mr. Dean in the kitchen.

♥ ♥ ♥ these volunteers who made Art Day for Na Pua Keiki lots of fun: Leah Agustin, Tyler Hashimoto, Colleen Kaiminaauao, Annette Hashimoto and Nadine Horner.

♥ ♥ ♥ Pepe Trask for arranging last week's 3rd & 5th grade trips to Kilohana.

♥ ♥ ♥ Deatri Nakea and her team for putting on the New Beginnings Art Exhibit: Rick Randolph & Stephanie Britt from KCC, Sandy Nishek & Kaua‘i Nursery and Keoni Macko.

♥ ♥ ♥ Joan Shaw and her assistants Robin Pratt '89, and Patti Pears, for putting on a successful college fair. Also to Mary Pratt and Lapperts for donating refreshments for Sunday's panel discussion, and to Starbucks for donating coffee. Another big mahalo to all of the helpers who set up, cleaned up and performed many needed tasks.

Community News/Classified Ads - week of Oct. 26

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway


Garden Training

Kaua‘i  Youth Orchestra

TUESDAYS Nov 17 – Jan 5, 2016
  • Beginning Orchestra 6:00-6:45pm
  • Intermediate Orchestra 7:00-8:00pm 
Classes At Bandwagon Music Center
3-3100 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue
Unknown Artistsʻ Faire
At the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on November 14th, 2015, from 10am to 5pm. Open to anyone who is unknown as an artist (at this time) and living on Kaua‘i (depending on space).The costs of the Faire will be shared by all the vendors. Call 651-0339 if youʻd like to be a vendor.
Open Reception/Fund Raiser Oct. 26th
Opening Reception for Sam's Ocean View Bar + Kitchen where the former Beachwalk/Scotty's used to be. New owners, new look, new food, same great view! And onMon. Oct. 26th you can try it out on them and find out more about MISSION: Y.E.S. with a donation in return!

Free Halloween Bowling Party for Ages 14-24

Kaua‘i Concert Association Event
Thursday, November 12-- The Glenn Miller Air Force Band (77th Anniversary)-- this is 26 band members, singers and dancer, plus Ron Wiley is emceeing.
For tickets or info, visit:

Free KISS Concert

"Mary Poppins" Comes to Kaua‘i

Auditions for KCC Production of "Carnival"
Greg Shepherd, musical theatre director at KCC, is looking for juniors and seniors to audition for the chorus for a production of the musical "Carnival." Those interested should have with solid, in-tune voices. Dependability is essential, so any prospects should know that they're required to come to all rehearsals and performances on time unless arrangements are made beforehand. Rehearsals will begin on January 9, 2016, and will be held late afternoons on Saturdays. Performances are the last two weekends in May. Contact Peggy Ellenburg for more information.

Kaua‘i Sings Christmas