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March newsletter 2018

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eakfast sandwiches, etc. Thank you all for your support and making every bake sale such a success! If you have any questions feel free to call Lisa Hummel at 217-1881. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT-MARCH 9TH Please come and join us for a FREE Family Movie Night Under the Stars! We will be featuring Ferdinand the Bull on March 9th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Admission and popcorn are free and there will be other treats for sale. All proceeds will go to benefit the school. We ask that if you are able to, please bring a canned or nonperishable food item for the Malama Na Keiki Backpack Program. They are in need of soups, spam, tuna, canned vegetables, etc. Everything that is collected will be distributed to children and families at our school. Anything that you bring will help. 3/ School Safety: What we are doing and how you can help! Key areas of safety we are currently working on as a school with the Department of Education, County of Hawaii and our Holualoa Community: 1. Ways to mitigate/reduce traffic congestion before and after school 2. Providing safe walking paths along the road in front of the school 3. Ensure student and staff are prepared for emergency situations 4. How can we eventually minimize the impact of having a road through campus 5. Safe access to the school offices and services for all stakeholders Key issues we are working with… We have had meetings with Department architects around creating a long-term Master Plan for the school facilities. Recently, I met with DOE and County officials to discuss the creation of a 6 ft level path for pedestrians in front of the whole length of the school. As a school, we have regular prescribed safety drills to ensure students and staff know the procedures/protocols in an emergency situation. Page 2 of 5

We will be holding meetings with stakeholders around the location of the school offices and other support services to make them safely accessible to all stakeholders. How you can help… Drop-off: Please use the front of the school. Using the area by the basketball court is a danger to both the students who are being dropped off and increases frustration by our neighbors up the road Checking in to the office: Please help us by ALWAYS checking into the office. It is critical whether you are just running in to give your student something they forgot or staying longer to ensure that we are aware of all visitors to our campus. Share your input: around safety or any of the issues I have mentioned directly to myself or Ms. Daniel or through PTO & School Community Council reps Looking for additional safety information? The Hawaii Department of Education website has additional information. Latest Happenings….the WASC Visit You may remember that the school went through the WASC Accreditation process in November. We finally got the official findings which included: A Few of the Areas of Strength Highlights: Well trained teachers who are open to learning, sharing and implementing a wide variety of instructional strategies that captures, engages and differentiates for the learning needs of students. There is a strong sense of community among all stakeholders which has created a very supportive and inclusive atmosphere of mutual trust which allows the majority of students to feel safe in taking academic risks and leads to their academic success. The school library, Hawaiiana, and gardening resource classes utilize local traditions and knowledge to build students understanding of individual culture. A Few of the Areas to Improve Highlights: The administration and ILT work with the faculty to ensure agreement on the use of communication tools in order to improve school communications with all stakeholders Page 3 of 5

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