KMS Update 4/13/18


Wed  Apr 18    PTSA Fundraiser – Dave & Buster’s Power Card order forms

                       and payments due in AA
Mon  Apr 23    SCC nominations for Parent and Parent-Alternate position due

Fri    Apr 27    Power Card order pick up  at the PTSA Market Day (more info
                       to follow)

Fri    Apr  27    Summer Programs Fair – 2:15 to 3:30 pm in the KMS Library

Fri    Apr  27    PTSA Market Day – 2:15 to 7:00 pm KMS cafeteria

Fri    Apr  27    STEAM Showcase – 5:00 to 6:30 pm KMS cafeteria

Mon  Apr 30   Summer School registration/payment due
Mon Apr 30   BRAT-free dress day

SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL (SCC) invites parents to send in nominations (with the nominee’s consent) or volunteer themselves for the parent or alternate positions on the SCC for next school year 2018-19.  The SCC meets once a month on a Monday evening, from 5:00 pm in the school library. Please see the school website for more information about the SCC.  

All nominations must be received by Monday, April 23 in the school main office or email to  Please provide your name, who you are nominating (including yourself), and your email address and phone number.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL – Ali’i Warriors Continue to Strive High

State Science Fair Winners – “And the award goes to…”
Congratulations to the following KMS students on their success at the
State Science Fair:  Matthew Fujioka – 2nd place in category, Broadcom nominee
                                Johnathan Le – 1st place in category, Broadcom nominee
                                Anson Liang – 2nd place in category
                                Tyra Okuda and Courtney Wong – 2nd place in category
Read more about these stellar science fair participants, and the faculty who supported them, in the upcoming  school newsletter.
KMS Advanced and Chamber Combined Orchestra Score!
Among the 45 school orchestras (public and private) participating in the Hawaii – American String Teachers Association  29th Annual Parade of Orchestras Festival, our KMS Advanced and Chamber Combined Orchestra received a score of E- (Excellent minus) from a panel of judges that included two nationally recognized adjudicators.

Directed by Mr. Danny Mew, KMS students performed Handel’s, “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 (abridged) – two very challenging and advanced pieces.  

 KMS Speech Team  Featured in Star Advertiser Newspaper!
Read about the award-winning KMS Speech Team, in Michael Tsai’s column in the  Star Advertiser, April 10, 2018 edition, page B1, entitled, Middle school team thrives on gift of speech”.   Star Advertiser Michael Tsai column

Guided by Ms. Joy Turbeville, the article quotes her as saying, “This has been a great lesson for the team to see that hard work pays off.”

According to DOE Policy SP 46-2016, unpaid meal charges should not exceed the cash equivalent of seven days of lunch.  Therefore, students who pay full price cannot exceed a negative balance of $25.20. Students who pay a reduced price cannot exceed a negative balance of $4.90.  Additionally, students who receive free lunch cannot exceed a negative balance of $5.50, which is the cost
of a second meal.  Furthermore, schools will disallow the charging of a la carte or extra items, such as extra milk or snacks, by any child with a negative balance.  

To deposit money into your child’s lunch account, please bring a payment (cash only) to the school main office (Bldg A, 2nd floor) and fill out a meal deposit form.  An office staff member will write a receipt for the payment.

Meal Prices:

· Breakfast: $1.10, full pay           $ .30, reduced price for those who qualify
· Lunch: $2.50, full pay $ .40, reduced price for those who qualify

Mahalo for your cooperation

April 16 through Wednesday, April 25.  Students will be on a modified bell schedule on the Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays of the remaining two weeks of testing.  

 (See attached file: Modified Schedule 4_9-4_27.pdf) 

Please help us ensure that your child does well on the tests by encouraging them to be well rested, well nourished and on time for school.

KMS SUMMER SCHOOL information booklets and application forms are available now in the school main office (Bldg A, 2nd floor).  

Completed and signed forms along with full tuition payment in check or cash, must be received by Monday, April 30.  Please follow the
registration procedure as noted in the registration booklet.

The summer term begins on Tuesday, June 5  and ends on Tuesday, July 3.

(See attached file: 2018KMSsummerBrochure.pdf)(See attached file: 2018KMSsummerschoolApp.pdf)

A MESSAGE FROM KMS PTSA – Dave & Buster’s Power Cards
In order for the KMS  PTSA to continue to support  our students and teachers with events like Students’ Movie Night, Parents’ Cybersecurity presentation, Campus Beautification, Career Day, as well as  provide equipment and supplies for the classroom, PTSA must raise FUNDS!  

Please support the Dave & Buster’s Power Card fund raiser by purchasing $10 and/or $20 Power Cards – a great idea for birthday, graduation and appreciation gifts. Packets were distributed to all students but additional forms may be picked up at the school main office (Bldg A, 2nd floor).

(See attached file: D&B Power Card PTSA Fundraiser.pdf) 

Power Card order forms and payments will be due on April 18 in AA.  Pick up of cards will be on April 27 at the KMS Market Day (more info about this event will follow).

Mahalo from your KMS PTSA!

SAVE THE DATE – All on Friday, April 27
Summer Programs Fair/PTSA Market Day/STEAM Showcase

2:15 to 3:30 pm – Summer Programs Fair in the KMS library brings
   together representatives from various summer programs in our community
  (Kawananakoa MS, Roosevelt HS, PAL, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, Liliha Library,
  Booth Park Summer Fun, Lyon Arboretum, Palama Settlement and more) to share info
  and application forms with our KMS ohana.  If you haven’t decided what your
  child will do this summer, please walk through our fair and pick up
  information and forms.

2:15 to 7:00 pm – PTSA Market Day is a fundraising event to include
  food trucks, crafts, fashion and food booths.  Join the fun!
5:00 to 6:30 pm – STEAM Showcase will celebrate some of the
  outstanding work produced by our students in all academic and
  artistic disciplines including Science, Technology, Engineering,
  the Arts and Math. Enjoy the bright spots of achievement and
  creativity on display.

A CALL FOR HELP!  May 18, Friday, from 12:30 to 2:00
Parents, guardians and other family members of our KMS ohana who would like a chance to help our students in the classroom, here is a
great opportunity.
Team 8B teachers (Mr. Chin, Mr. Fahy, Mr. Hankins, Mr. Lum and Ms. Ullian) have planned an exciting interdisciplinary unit about fisheries for their students. The teaching team needs adult volunteers on Friday, May 18 from 12:30 to 2:00,  to guide students through some of the hands-on activities such as throwing fishing nets, tying fishing knots and making fish prints.

If you are interested in helping with this Team 8B activity, and even learning a little about fisheries yourself, please contact Mr. Chin at or call the school’s main office at (808) 307-0300 and leave your name and phone number so that Mr. Chin
can return your call.  Mahalo for supporting our teaching efforts!

MAHALO to the family of Diamen Brown who generously donated cookies for our speech team  and boxes of facial tissue for our class rooms.  If you would like to support our faculty, please see their wish list below.

TEACHERS’ WISH LIST – Help our teachers, help our students
Ms. Ishida is planning for her summer school arts & crafts class.  She requests origami folding paper for her summer session students.

Ms.Turbeville (Speech Team) requests four to six folding or stackable stools or chairs for the speech team’s practice room.

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

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.

“I have witnessed how education opens doors, and I know that when sound instruction takes place, students experience the joys of newfound knowledge and the ability to excel.”
                               ~ Daniel K. Akaka, born and raised in Pauoa Valley,
                                  former US Senator from Hawaii 

Warmest aloha and mahalo to the late  Senator Akaka, for his service and dedication to the people of Hawaii.
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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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