Thursday, August 18, 2016

Welcome Rebecca Hanson to Fourth Grade

Due to a family emergency, our wonderful Natasha Arruda has had to resign as 4th grade teacher. Fortunately, we are able to welcome Rebecca Hanson into the position.

Rebecca holds a B.S. degree from Bemidji State University in NW Minnesota in Elementary Education and earned her B.A. from Concordia University in addition to her certification in education. Her experience includes working in elementary schools in Minnesota teaching fourth and third grades. 

Since moving to Kaua‘i, Rebecca has been working as a substitute teacher at Kalaheo Elementary and with Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre. Over the summer, she was director of the Summer Stars Program, and directed their production of James and the Giant Peach. She also directed Spamalot for HCTʻs After Dark program.

Sixth Graders Move Through Classes at Orientation

There was a great showing at middle school orientation on Thursday. Sixth graders had a longer session, as they have more to get used to as Middle Schoolers. Their parents joined them as they rotated through their classes for ten-minute sessions.

Mr. Corbo gives 6th graders and their parents a preview of their math class.

* Mahalo to Sam Pratt for sending in this photo.

Teachers Bond Through Art Activity

Our enthusiastc Island School teachers participated in a two-hour art workshop Tuesday entitled "Exploring Color," led by Penny Nichols. They watched an inspiring Ted Talk, where they learned to "embrace the limitations." Then they experimented with mixing colors, using the twelve-color wheel. Working with an unusual palette that contained only red, yellow, and purple, along with black and white, participants were challenged to "embrace the limitations" and create a seascape without any blue paint. 

An exhibit in the Main Hall showcases all of the teachers' extraordinary artwork.  Stop by and see all of their wonderful creative interpretations.

Here are some of their original creations:

by Alicia Hedelsky - Chinese Teacher

by Joe Corbo - Math/Science Teacher

by John Patterson - Science Teacher

by Keana Oliveira - PK Aide

by Philip Steinbacher - Music/English Teacher

by Stephanie Achuara - Math/Science Teacher

Maria Graves and Lei Kurz - elementary aides

Jessica Crowe, Spanish Teacher; Dave Reynolds, English Teacher; and Peggy Ellenburg, Theatre Arts Teacher

Joe Corbo, Math/Science Teacher

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Head On Driving School Begins August 26Head On Driving School begins their next driver's ed classes on August 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Ohia Room at Island School. Students must be at least 15 years of age, but do not need to have their permits to attend. Schedule will be decided by students on the first day of class. Contact Aaron to register or for more information: 808-652-7425.

Terno Ball  Sept. 17

Middle School Basketball Father/Son Pot Luck

On August 7, the Island School Voyagers Middle School Basketball ‘ohana had their end of the summer league Pot Luck and Father-Son game at Wailua Homesteads Park. Families enjoyed a fun water slide provided by Keoni Macko and Tom Grubbe (see photo at left) and a wonderful get together organized by team mom Aunty Sharon Inanod. Although the news forecast said there would be terrible weather for the day, the sunny skies opened up for the game to take place and family members of all ages were able to enjoy the water slide and good company.

The final score of the Father-Son game was 39-34 with the Fathers taking the "W". Fathers playing in the game included Dirk Apao, Keoni Macko, Tom Grubbe, Steven Hunt, Corey Dobashi, and also representing the Dads were Lauren Hunt and Stephanie Achuara. Sons included: Dwight Apao, Kaiwa Grubbe, Mason Hunt, Cody Manibog, Ethan Inanod, Tane Macko, Joshua Dobashi, and Titus Kanehe.

The Voyagers look forward to the upcoming school year to begin in a couple of weeks and the Winter Basketball season.

Fall KIF Line-up

Sean Magoun - Air Rifle coach.  Practices Mon-Thurs, begin Monday August 22nd 3:15-5:00 p.m. Please meet in the back of Weinberg Gym. Contact

Eric Wortmann - Cross Country coach.  Practices Mon-Fri begin August 22nd 3:15 pm - 5:00 p.m. Please meet at Wilcox Gym.  If students are interested to start running earlier please contact coach at

Brad Sato - Girls Volleyball Coach.  Practices have begun, Monday - Friday from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. in the Wilcox Gym. It's not too late to get started, but please come out as soon as you can. The Varsity and JV teams will split practices starting on August 22nd. JV practices will be from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Varsity practices will go from 4:45 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact coach at .
Please contact Kaipo at if you have any other questions.

Do Drop Inn

After School Care Program
Dean Wakamoto - Director
  • Who: Students ages 4 years & 8 months to 12 years old
  • When: Monday through Friday (school holidays excluded)
  • 2:55pm - 5:15pm
  • Cost: $130 per month/per student ~ advance payment or $15 per day for drop-ins
  • Late pick-ups after 5:15pm will be assessed an additional $20 per quarter hour or fraction thereof.

Pre-K BBQ Friday

re-K families are invited to a BBQ on the Pre-K playground this Friday, August 19th from 5:30-7:30.There will be a brief orientation for those who were unable to attend one over the summer.

Please bring a side dish or salad to share.

Please RSVP to Miss Sue -

Elementary Assessment Begins Monday, August 22; First full Day K-5, August 24

August 22 & 23, 2016
If you have not scheduled an assessment time for your elementary student, please call the Front Office at 808-246-0233.  Assessment time for each student, is approximately 30 minutes. Students will meet with their teachers individually during their scheduled time. This is the time for your student(s) to bring in their school supplies.

Their first full day of school will be Thursday, August 24th.

Kindergartners will begin their school year with two half-days: half will attend in the morning on Wednesday, August 24; the other half will attend in the afternoon. The next day, Thursday, August 25, the groups will flip-flop. The class will convene as a whole, for a full day, on Friday, August 26th.

Circle of Friends and Orientation Meeting Today!

Join new parents in the Main Hall for the annual Circle of Friends gathering. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18th

Immediately following, all elementary parents are invited to the Elementary Orientation meeting from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Parents will meet with their child's teacher in their classroom to learn what's ahead for the school year. This is an adults only meeting. Childcare is available, provided by Student Government Members. Please contact Adrya Siebring, Dean of Students, if you are interested:

Student ID Cards

During student orientation, students in MS and HS will have their pictures taken and be issued a student identification card.  The school ID card will be valid for the current school year and will include the student's name, school ID number, and picture.  Cards will be issued to each student after all required registration documents are completed by each student/family. Elementary students will have their ID cards processed during their assessment days (Aug. 22-23, 2016.)
Student ID cards will serve the following purposes:
  • Identification
  • Snack purchase for students with established Snack Account
  • Lunch ID for students on lunch plan
  • Library resource or technology equipment check out
  • Certain student discounts, such as admission to school events
  • Timekeeping for students leaving campus with prior authorization (doctor appointments, etc.)
  • Students are required to present their school ID card for prepaid lunch plans and any charges towards their established snack account. If a student does not present the ID card, they have the option to purchase with cash or obtain a new ID card for $10 and then be able to charge their snack purchases.
Your Student ID card is personal to you and may not be used by any other person.

Summer Haps

This has been ONE BUSY CAMPUS over the summer! Besides our summer school programs, both our own and those of the several renters, Mike Goto has been overseeing a long list of projects. Our fantastic summer workers have cleaned, painted, and landscaped in all corners of the campus.

One of the bigger projects has been moving the Pre-K to the new KCC facility. This involved building a lunch area, installing a gate and stepping stones, and painting a crosswalk so our keiki can travel safely to and from the main campus.

Three new (to us) school  buses have been acquired and WiFi installed in some of them.

In honor of the late Margo Latif (class of 2014) a group of her classmates planted several plumeria trees along the side of the Wilcox Gymnasium.

Another Matson container has been added for storage of robotics equipment for KauaiBots.

Stop by the Office! You'll see Alice's new Logo Store, which has been moved to a new room carved out of the LRC. She even has her own door, on the west side of the building. Valerie's accounting office has also moved into the former Logo Store, which has been divided into two spaces, one as a conference room.

(At left, Tailene Griep stops by to see Alice at the new Logo Store to purchase her son's Island School shirts.)

Asbestos Protection

On October 30, 1984, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promulgated regulations pursuant to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act, which requires schools throughout the nation to conduct training, write building management plans and perform inspections necessary to identify and manage asbestos containing materials found in school buildings. Island School’s Asbestos Management Plan is located in the Business Office and is available for public view.

Trimester One Lunch Payments Due

Payment for first trimester's lunch plan are due today. Lunch plans are pre-paid per trimester. Please use the link below to select and make necessary payment arrangements.  

Plan Options
  • 5-Days a week (Monday through Friday)
  • 3-Days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Pizza Day Only (last day of school week, usually a Friday)
Meal Options
  • Hot Meal with Salad Bar
  • Salad Bar Only
  • Hot Meal Only
  • Pizza Day
  • Salad Bar and Pizza Day
Snack Account Information
Snacks are served on a daily basis and snack accounts can be set up for your children by contacting the Front Office and putting money into an account. Students can order snacks and charge their account. When the account begins getting low, Lulu Schilleci will contact you to replenish the account. Students can use cash to pay for their snacks as well.

Questions? Contact Lulu at

Rotating Schedule Begins Next Week

Beginning with the new school year, a new scheduling format will be implemented. This change will mainly affect students in middle and high school, although elementary students will feel some minor changes.

The rotating schedule offers many benefits. It is being used with positive results in schools all over the country. One of the major advantages is that it recognizes the diversity of peak learning times among students. Here's how it works:

  • The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. instead of 7:50 a.m.
  • The schedule follows a seven day cycle. Instead of A & B days, there will be V-O-Y-A-G-E-R days.
  • There will be six 55 minute periods per day.
  • Classes will rotate down one hour each day.
  • Morning and lunch breaks allow for tutoring and meetings.
  • MS/HS will end their day at 3:00 p.m.
For ELEMENTARY grades:
  • Changes are minimal.
  • The school day begins at 8:00 a.m., instead of 7:50 a.m.
  • Morning Circle will be held first thing in the morning, as always.
  • Lunch and afternoon recess times will be longer and end at 1:00 instead of 12:50 p.m. 
  • The school day will end at 2:55, instead of 2:40 p.m.

Here's a peek at the seven-day VOYAGER schedule for grades 6-12:

Students and teachers alike are looking forward to the new, rotating schedule. While some confusion is anticipated at first, most agree that it will bring variety to our days and help students do their best work.