The sun came out last week so our Papa ‘Ekolu students could finally celebrate the end of the 2nd Trimester. This swim party was originally scheduled for February 13th, but poor weather foiled our plans. Thank you ke ‘Akua for blessing us with sunshine this time around!
Last week Monday, numerous students were acknowledged at our 2nd Trimester Awards Assembly for various reasons. Check out the photos below to see the awardees for the Hawaiian Value Award, Principal’s List and Perfect Attendance. These kids sure rock!
Yesterday we honored Kelson and Aaron at a special luncheon for receiving the Hāweo Award for the month of February. They have consistently demonstrated kahiau by sharing their positive attitude and joy with the class each and every day that they come to school. Mahalo to their ‘ohana for joining in on the celebration!
Way to go, boys!
Reminder: Conferences are being held on Thursday and Friday. Parents, please report to our classroom, Kina’u 632, for your child’s conference. Students will attend classes on both days. Mahalo!
Whew! My legs are tired and a bit sore after jump, jump, jumping away the afternoon today. But it was all for a great cause… to raise money for the American Heart Society and their fight against heart disease. Every year our keiki look forward to Jump Rope For Heart and so do I.
Jumping is such a great way to keep our heart and body healthy. I love to see the keiki exercising and having fun while doing it. Some of the kids attempted to teach me a trick or two, but this teacher’s younger days are gone and the body doesn’t work like it used to. But mahalo, children, for trying anyway! I enjoyed jumping with you!
Our annual Speech Festival was held today at Lunalilo Hale. Four fabulous fabulists retold fables that were originally written by a Greek writer named Aesop. Trinity and Sid recited “Jupiter and the Queen Bee” while Hina and Napua performed “The Donkey, the Lion and the Rooster”. Students from other grade levels entertained us with their own selections from a variety of genres as well. Excellent job, girls!
Congratulations to Shawna and Noah for being selected as our Hāweo recipients for January! These students were recognized and honored at a special luncheon last week. Mahalo to their families for joining in on the celebration! Sorry I missed it, but I was thinking of you two students.
It was a funfilled filled week of learning in San Diego with friends from KS Hawai’i, Maui, Kapālama and other people from places around the world. I met people from as far as Africa and Canada as well as teachers from across the United States. So many apps and tricks on the iPad were shared from teachers that use them in their very own classrooms. It was a bit overwhelming, but inspiring to say the least. Now I will need to sit down and skim through my notes to see what I can actually implement in my classroom.
A visit to a school named HI TECH ELEMENTARY also opened my eyes to classes that emphasize Project Based Learning. A philosophy of teaching that believes that student voice, choice and interest is core to their learning as well as creativity and collaboration. Many exciting activities went on in all of the classrooms there and the children were engaged and enthused about their learning. What a wonderful sight to see! I can’t wait to see my students again and share with them my new learnings and pictures from my trip.
Papa ‘Ekolu held their annual speech festival in their respective classrooms yesterday. Every student was well-prepared and did a smashing job in presenting a fable to their teacher and classmates. It was a close race, but when the points were tallied, the participants were narrowed down to five presentations to move forward.
Trinity and Sid: Jupiter and the Queen Bee
Kaelum and Braelyn: The Wolf and the Lamb
‘Alohikea and Shawna: The Rabbit Without a Tail
Kai: The North Wind and the Sun
Napua and Hina: The Donkey, the Rooster, and the Lion
The Semi-finals will be held on February 10, 2014 at 9:10 A.M. in Kina’u Pod. Good luck to all!
Earlier this week, members of the a Rotary Club of Hilo came to visit Papa Ekolu and gifted each haumana with a dictionary. This generous gesture is part of the Rotary Club’s mission to help others in their community. By providing children with dictionaries, the Rotarians hope to help foster a love for reading in our keiki.
Mahalo, Rotary Club of Hilo, for taking the time to visit us and for giving us a very useful tool to help us learn more and more each day!