Families

April 4, 2019  -  Aloha WMS Families! 

We need a few minutes of your time please:

Kamehameha School’s Family Survey:  KS extended their deadline and because this is one of the ways they assess the benefit of the funding they provide to our school, we ask you to please spend 10 minutes to do it now (if not done so already) by clicking here:  https://bit.ly/2DJXSHV    

Intent To Return Survey:  This was sent earlier but quite a few current 6th and 7th grade families have not responded.  Please take just a few minutes to download and print the attached flyer or the quick online survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/egCsLN26UflfG0Vs2

Annual Student Assessments: 

Your student will be taking very important tests soon.  Every child must take these tests and makeups will be scheduled so please help them do their best by getting good rest and attending every day - on time.  During these test days, students should leave their phones – and watches if they have internet connectivity -- at home.  If they bring them, they must be turned off and will be collected and removed from the area, to be returned when testing is pau. 

We will be providing a Grab ‘N Go Breakfast every day of testing for every student to help them do their best. 

Testing Dates:

  • Math:                                       April 23-25
  • English Language Arts:           April 30-May 2, and May 7-9. 

All students will be tested during this time or during a makeup time. 

Important Coming Dates:

  • K(Arts Grand Finale:  Your family is invited to one or both student performances at Kahilu Theatre.  It’s free, fun and very family-friendly – please join us:
    • Wed., April 17 – Doors open at 5 pm; show at 5:30 pm
    • Thurs., April 18 – Doors open at 12:45 pm; show at 1 pm
  • May Day Ho’ike:  Fri., May 17 – 9 am Doors open to the gym.  9:30 am the Pu sounds!
  • Makali’i Send-Off Celebration @ Mala’ai Garden:  Sat., May 18 – 9 am-Noon.  All invited – includes tasting the delicious food that students and our community have prepared to send on the voyage.  It’s 100% locally grown/produced!  Free. No RSVP, just come. 
  • 8th Grade Exit & Final Day of School:  Friday, May 31, 2019.

Summer Opportunities:

Incoming 6th Grade Summer Bridge: June 12-28, 2019 from 8 am to 4 pm with 2 morning classes here at WMS, lunch, then a quick bus trip to Kanu o ka ‘Aina for 2 more fun afternoon classes (students get to choose).  Mornings will include middle school orientation and technology experiences.  $125 per child with snacks and lunch; some scholarships available.  Highly recommended. In partnership with 21stCentury Community Learning Centers.  See the attached application.  2019 WMS Summer Bridge for Incoming 6th Graders FINAL.pdf 

21st Century Summer Programs:  2 - 3-week sessions:  June 12-28 and July 1-19 – 8 am to 4 pm.  For 1st-8th grade.  Students choose from a wide array of classes including Hawaiian, Spanish, or French Culture, Art, PE, Taiko Drumming, Math, Science, Music, Cooking, Coding and more.  Includes morning and afternoon snacks and lunch.  $125 for 3 weeks; $200 for 6 weeks. (The above Summer Bridge is integrated into the first session.)  To apply: http://babystepshawaii.org/summerprograms.html 

WES/WMS/Neilan Foundation Summer Music Camp:  June 25-July 25, 2019 from 8 am to 12:45 pm with lunch and transportation home for K-5 (incoming 6th) grade students.  Music with Mr. Tan featuring the story and songs from “Moana,” plus art and fun reading!  $50. Will be refunded with perfect attendance (on time every day).  See the attached application.  WES-WMS-NF Summer Music Camp FINAL.pdf 

As always, if you have questions or comments, please call us (887-6090 Ext. 222). 

A hui hou -

Amy Kailimai

Family Outreach Coordinator




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8th Grade Ho'ike - Thursday, March 7 - 5-6:30 p.m. STEAM Learning Center - 2nd Floor 

Our teachers are committed to helping prepare students for the 21st century world and workplace and this is what our 8th Grade Hoʻike is all about -- helping students develop the tools to succeed.

These tools can be defined as “The Cs” – collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and compromise! 

Please join us for a casual stroll through upstairs classrooms in the new STEAM Learning Center to check out exhibits and mini-presentations by 23 student teams.  There will be light refreshments and if its anything like last year, it will be an inspiring celebration of student learning! 

All 8th grade students are encouraged to remain at school after dismissal that day.  They will be setting up their projects, eating an early dinner, and practicing presentations.  If students are unable to stay after school, please plan to have them arrive back at school no later than 4:45 p.m.  

Families make an important contribution to student learning.  We would like each student to have at least one adult family member in attendance and can’t wait to see you there!

Parking:  The back entry gate will be open.  Itʻs OK to park near the STEAM Learning Center but please do not drive or park on the field.  It is OK to park on the grass fronting Mala’ai garden, and along the edge of the entry drive and also in the parking lot near College & Career Center.  We recommend dressing warm or bringing a wrap/jacket. 



Student-Led Transition Night - All families with incoming 6th graders invited!  

Please RSVP and all who do so will be eligible for door prizes including clear water bottles and clear backpacks.  



Important Family News - How To Support Student Success!  


STUDENT RECORDS REQUESTS

WMS Parent/ Guardian request for records, please click on this document link or scroll to the bottom of the page to download, print and fill out the records request form to submit to the office.

A fee of $5 per record will be assessed for each Report Card or Transcript requested. If, for example, transcripts are requested for more than one year, the fee will be $5 per year. Also, if the same record is to be sent to more than one school or organization, the fee is $5 per record transmittal. Cash or check accepted for record requests.


Families May Now Request Text Messaging Service

Families may now opt in to receive text messages from our School Messenger system about school closings, events, safety alerts, etc.

It's very easy to do: Just send a text message from your cell phone, saying "Y" or "Yes" to our school's short code number: 67587. That's it. You can opt out at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with "Stop." Your information in safe and will never be given or sold to anyone else.

If you need assistance, please call the office.



Student/Family/Staff Compact

A copy of the 2018-2019 STUDENT/FAMILY/STAFF COMPACT compact will be sent home with students to share with their families and they are asked to read it together and sign it and then return it to the student's Advisor will sign it as a collaborative agreement on school-wide expectations. A copy of this compact is included in the Student Planner and available as a PDF by clicking on this link or scrolling to the bottom of the page to download.
WMS STEAM Family Night:  


MAHALO to all who participated!  

WMS POETRY NIGHT: 
WMS First Family Ho'ike Sept. 26 featuring student poetry presentations was a huge success -- mahalo to our students and teachers, and to all who attended!  

Mahalo to all for the great turnout for our 2018 Family Open House/Title I Annual Meeting on Aug. 29!  

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