KMS Update 03/09/18





Fri       Mar  9      8th Grade Career Shadow field trip (various locations)

Fri       Mar  9      KMS Band Concert @ KMS *6:30 pm – 8:30 pm FREE
                          (*Please note that an incorrect time of 7:00 was noted
                          in a previous KMS Update.) 

Sat     Mar  10    KMS Wrestling Team @ King Intermediate 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Wed   Mar 14    PTSA Board Meeting – 5:30 pm in the library

Fri       Mar 16    SQS Parent Survey due – must be post marked no later than 03/16/18

Fri       Mar 16     End of 3rd Quarter

Sat      Mar 17     KMS Wrestling Team @ King Intermediate 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Mon    Mar 19      Spring Break – No school March 19 through 23

Mon    Mar 26     Prince Kuhio Holiday – No school
Tue     Mar 27     4th Quarter begins

Wed   Mar 28      Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) Science – 8th grade only

Thu   Mar 29      BRAT free-dress day 

Thu   Mar 29     PTSA Cybersecurity Presentation and 
                         Students’ Movie Night – more info to follow  

Fri     Mar 30     Good Friday Holiday – No school

All KMS students received a letter this week from DOE Superintendent, Dr. Christina Kishimoto, regarding school safety and upcoming student led  “walkouts”.  If your child did not share this letter with you, please open and read the attached copy below.

(See attached file: HIDOE Parent Ltr on safety.pdf)

Please note that our Kawananakoa Student Association (KSA) is planning an organized 17 minute “walkout” on Wednesday, March 14, to honor the 17 victims of the recent Florida high school shooting.  Students who decide to participate will be asked to congregate in a designated meeting place.


                                            KMS BAND CONCERT
                                        6:30 to 8:30 in the evening      
                                                FREE – open seating

Please come and enjoy musical selections performed by the Kawananakoa Band (Beginning, Intermediate and Concert levels) and a few outstanding small 
ensemble performances from last week’s Punchbowl Ensemble Festival.  

KMS Gifted and Talented/Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classes once again brought home top awards for their outstanding competition results in the annual University of Hawaii Engineering Fair.  Congratulations to Mr. Hankins and his team for their outstanding performance. Please read more about our Ali’i Warrior student engineers in our upcoming KMS newsletter.

LEARN WHY PTSA NEEDS YOU – Attend a KMS PTSA meeting and learn how to join and become more involved in the success of our students and school. Meet current board members and find out why having an active PTSA is so important.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, at  5:30 pm in the school library. 

If you are interested in applying for a board position, or if you would like to nominate someone, please email KMS PTSA at or call Ann Yasui, PCNC, at (808) 307-0300 during school hours.

SAVE THE DATE – PTSA Cybersecurity Presentation  Thursday, March 29
Please join our KMS PTSA for an open discussion on what parents can do to safeguard our children from the dangers of the internet.  Mr. Loren Aquino, KMS parent, KMS alumnus, COO and Principal Analyst at HI Tech Hui cybersecurity consulting firm, will share ways to keep the family cybersecure.  Please don’t miss this important PTSA event.

Also, that evening, while parents and guardians are in the cybersecurity presentation, students will be treated to a movie. More information about the events for the evening will be shared in the next KMS Update. 

TEACHERS’ WISH LIST – Help our teachers, help our students!
Ms. Teixeira (Counselor) requests new or slightly used board games and other quiet activities like Lego building blocks to promote positive social interaction in her classroom.

Ms. Turbeville’s award winning speech team would like to replace their small stash of cookies which was taken from their storage space.  If you would like to help them, please donate packaged cookies (hint: they really like Oreos and chocolate chip!). 

Ms. Lulla (English) requests boxes of facial tissue (Kleenex) for her classroom.

Ms. Guardino’s (English Language Learners )classes are also in need of facial tissue  as well as new or gently used Dictionaries, English-to-Chinese/Chinese-to-English as well as English-to-Tagalog/Tagalog-to-English.  

Mr. Lee (English) needs new or used chapter books of all reading levels for his classroom library.  

Team 7A teachers (Ms. Bott, Ms. Sepulveda,and Ms. Togashi) are requesting boxes of facial tissue (Kleenex).

“A kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.”

                          ~ Percy Jackson and The Battle of the Labyrinth

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alternate email address, please advise us.

Ka na`auao me ke aloha – Knowledge and wisdom with compassion 

Enjoy the weekend! 
Ann M. Yasui
Parent-Community Networking Center (PCNC) Facilitator
Kawananakoa Middle School
49 Funchal Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
(808) 307-0300

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