Staff Bulletin - Nov. 29, 2012

posted Dec 5, 2012, 8:26 AM by Matt Horne



ALL-STAFF CHRISTMAS PARTY – DEC 17:  The Aloha Club is planning our All-Staff Christmas Party for 12:00-2:00 on the Dec. 17 P/C Day after we’re finished with sharing out accreditation in the morning.  The party will be in Kara’s room and will include a potluck and other festivities.  Stay tuned for more information, but save the date!


NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL CONFERENCE in WASHINGTON, DC – SUMMER, 2013:  I just received an e-mail reminder that the early-bird registration prices for this next summer’s National Charter School Conference in Washington, DC end Dec. 21.  I thought Nau’i, Jade, Mas, and Tisha made a very compelling presentation of their participation last year and I’m inspired and encouraged to have us send representation again.  I’d like to entertain sending a representative from each department, so please discuss during your CTP time and get back to me.  The conference is June 30 – July 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.  More information can be found here:


ACCREDITATION FOCUS GROUP MEETINGS – WED, DEC 5:  Please meet in your Focus Groups on Wednesday.  You will be receiving a hard copy of the first draft as well as reflection sheets.  Your task on Wednesday will be to determine how you will share your chapter on December 17 with the entire staff and to begin to read through the first draft and to complete reflection sheets for each chapter.  Thanks you so much for your continued work. 


TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY TODAY FOR MALA'AI FARM STAND:  2:15-4 pm:  Thanks to students who have regularly “worked” the stand and the classes that have helped harvest and prepare for it each week…and special aloha to Charles Oldfather for his expertise as a “real” farmer to help students grow the produce, herbs and flowers that they’ve been selling.  The stand has provided meaningful lessons for students and also has been well-supported by students, faculty-staff, families and the community and Mala'ai hopes to start it back up in the Spring.


MORE TEACHERS NEEDED FOR HOMEWORK HELP: Numbers for homework help have jumped and we could use 1 or 2 more teachers to teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The classes would start on January 8, 2013.  Teachers would work for a total of 32 days for quarters 3 and 4.  Please see Bernie for more information and to express interest.


BELL SCHEDULE FOR FRI., DEC. 14: Please use this latest, approved revision to the final-day bell schedule:

8:00 - 8:10            HR

8:15 - 10:00         Spelling Bee at Kahilu Town Hall

10:00 - 10:15       Recess

10:15 - 10:30       Advisory - drop off bags, walk over to the gym

10:40 - 11:20       Lip Sync in gym

11:20 - Noon      Advisory – time for classroom end-of-semester/holiday celebrations

Noon - 12:45      Lunch

12:50 - 1:00         Homeroom/Move to Activities locations

1:05 - 2:15            Activity Day

RE-POSTING FOR TECH TEACHER/COACH:  The Technology Coach posting has closed and we received less than a few applicants, so we will be extending the application window and advertising the position more, including in local newspapers.  Please help recruit applicants any way we can; we want more than one or two applicants to look at.


LAST DAY FOR 2012 PURCHASE ORDERS – DEC. 14: We won’t have two check-signers in the office over break, so if you’ve got anything you need a PO for before January, it needs to be submitted no later than December 14.


MALA’AI IS HOSTING AN ONLINE FUNDRAISING AUCTION of “green” holiday gifts on eBay’s “Giving Works” site for non-profits.  Have a look-see – and please consider sharing this with family and friends…using this link:


KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)


·         Congratulations to all for excellent first-quarter attendance.  Our year-to-date attendance looks just as good!  These figures are outstanding.


Again - Congratulations for Student-Led Conference participation – a reflection of both teacher persistence and students encouraging families to attend.  Mahalo!

·         Another Big Win – Encouraging results from the First Round of Language Arts HSA Testing: 


I was lucky enough to be inspired yesterday by the Science Department’s arranging to borrow National Geographic’s Giant Map of the Pacific Ocean – one of only 3 such maps in the USA created in a partnership with Oracle!  All science classes participated in this Pacific Ocean lesson yesterday with the support of Captain Chadd Paishon and Kumu Keala Kahuanui.  The science team used a “Navigation” twist to the old “Simon Says…” game…to help students make many great discoveries about the ocean world we live in.   The kids were 100% engaged and I saw eyes lighting up all over the place as they made connections about their place in the world.

·         Thanks, too, to everyone who assisted with this including Mas and Guy who gave up the gym for the day. 

·         Thanks to all who contributed to the 8th Grade East Coast Travelers’ Imu and Pie Sale.  Wonderful to have families and students working w/ faculty-staff on an event that made Thanksgiving so nice for so many in our community! 

·         Monday’s LAP meeting was one of the better ever according to several of our long time LAP members.  Included good attendance including both OHA Trustee Robert Lindsey and Honoka’a High & Intermediate Principal Glenn Gray and Mala’ai Board Member Sam Murray.  Also excellent discussion as we reviewed and ultimately approved revised LAP Charter (for recommendation to HC Board) and LAP ByLaws.  Also good discussion about identifying the kinds of expertise needed/desired to help fill 4 LAP Community Representative positions – including replacing Dr. Christian Veillet who will be relocating to Utah to become the leader of an exciting astronomy project there.  Christian, who has serve on our LAP for more than 6 years, will be coming to our next LAP meeting – Jan. 7 – to say his “a hui hou.”  If you run into him around town, please express your mahalo for the time he has devoted to our students and school.

·         Also, a big mahalo to all that were involved in last Sunday’s re-enactment of the Ku’e Petition signing play…and to our ‘Ike Hawai’i and Social Studies team for working to create a new cast to share this important piece of Hawaiian history with our students this Tues., Dec. 4. 

·         Thanks to Goodfellow Bros. for a big box of beautiful apples to express their gratitude for our collective patience during extended highway road improvements fronting our joint campuses. 

·         Mahalo, too, to everyone who helped with, contributed to and participated in last Saturday's ‘Ohana Makahiki Festival.  Wish it had been better attended by families but the weather was cold and blustery, and there were many competing events!  For those who came, it was exceptional. 



WMS-PARKS & REC BOYS BASKETBALL:  Athletics Director/Coach Warren Tamaye will hold a meeting at 12:15 p.m., today - Thursday, Nov. 15 - in the shop with WMS boys interested in playing basketball.  He has required registration forms.   If you missed the meeting, please see Mr. Tamaye.


Clinics to assess skills are set for 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Wed., Dec. 3-4-5 for boys Ages 9/10, and from 4:30-5:30 p.m. the same days for boys ages 11-14.  The practice schedule will be announced after the clinics along with the game schedule.



Thurs., Nov. 29 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

4:15 pm – WMS Smack Dat 14U vs. WMS Rajah Dat 14U

5 pm - WMS Da Kine 14U vs. HPA 


COLD WAIMEA MORNINGS:  We still have some nice sweatshirts and a few jackets still in the office -- items left by students around campus that have not been claimed from Lost & Found.  They are now available to any student ... just come see Mrs. Bernie Marsh. 




3rd ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT PARKER SCHOOL TO KICK OFF ‘BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE’:  6 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 29.  Launching the in-gathering of donations so that everyone in our community is remembered during this holiday season.  Featuring The Lim Family of Kohala with caroling, plus food and warm beverages available to benefit Parker’s debate team, stories of Waimea Christmases Past and more culminating with the lighting of the giant Norfolk tree fronting historic Barbara Hall.  “Make It A Dozen!” donations to “Giving Tree” welcome.  Bring own chairs and dress warmly.  Free and all invited! 


ANNUAL PARKER RANCH CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING:  5-7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 30.  Gathering to light the majestic Cook Island Pine at Parker Ranch Headquarters at Pu’uopelu both to honor the memory of the late Richard Smart and celebrate the season with this magnificent beacon that can be seen for miles.  Free and all invited.  Bring a jacket – can be chilly.  Boy Scout Troop 27 will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to support a local food pantry.  Entertainment to include HPA Handbell Choir, Halau ‘Opuaikala’I, Kanu o ka ‘Aina Charter School, Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, and will conclude with tree lighting and hot chocolate and cookies.     



·         All-Day “Big Island Giving Tree” Celebration, Craft Fair & Donation In-Gathering: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1 – KTA’s Waimea Center.  Free entertainment featuring ‘Aoi’a, Beamer-Solomon Halau o Po’ohala, Kevin Haleamau & Friends, Gary Washburn’s Honoka’a Jazz Band, KAPA deejay Darde Gamayo (the funniest ever), and Darlene Ahuna and Duane Yamada with emcee Penny Keli’i Vredenburg.   

·         “Big Island Giving Tree” Store in Parker Ranch Center:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  Formally opens on parade day to accept donations throughout December.  Volunteers needed!  Store will be open thru Dec. 21 – if closed when delivering your donations, please leave them at Parker Ranch Store.  “Giving Trees” also will be hosted in shops, restaurants and businesses around town so donations may be delivered to these trusted community partners, too. 

·         A Gathering of Artists:  8 a.m. – noon, Sat., Dec. 1 at Waimea Town Parker at Parker School.  About a dozen of the Big Island’s best known artists will show their latest creations.

·         New Hope Waimea’s ‘Indoor Swap Meet’:  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. New Hope Gym. 

·         Waimea Seniors’ Christmas Bazaar:  9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  Senior Center at the main intersection – next to Firehouse Gallery.  Lots of Christmas gift crafts, baked goods, jams/jellies, pickles, sushi, variety of rummage items.

·         Hawai’i-Made ‘Crafty Hands & Gifts, Too!’:  10 a.m.– 4 p.m.  Thelma Parker Gym.  Featuring locally made items by dozens of island artisans.  Free and includes plate lunches and other food, plus lucky number drawing throughout the day.  Food donations suggested for Annunciation Pantry.  Christmas music too. 

·         Firehouse Gallery’s “Affordable Art” Exhibit & Sale:  9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  All invited.

·         Waimea Christmases Past – Photo Exhibit & Stories:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  Presented by Waimea Preservation Association (WPA) with pictures and stories stretching back to the first parade in 1960.  In WPA’s historic “home,” which is Waimea’s now restored tax office at the main intersection next to the Waimea Senior Center and Firehouse Gallery.  All invited – free.  Info: Pete Hendricks (885-4453) or go to

·         52nd Annual Twilight Christmas Parade – 5:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  Theme:  “Make It A Dozen!” to encourage donations of a dozen items to our “Big Island Giving Tree”!  There will be eight narrator stations between historic the east end of Church Row Park and Waimea Park  for the Waimea’s famous Christmas parade (the second oldest in Hawai’i), which includes a “12 Days of Christmas” Santa float, West Hawai’i County Band, many school, scout, church, community and business groups and a brigade of festively lighted trucks! Special this year will be the Grand Marshal unit honoring Vietnam veterans as well as families who have lost loved ones in Vietnam.    Please stand when this unit passes.  Participants are urged to kokua by picking up all trash before leaving and most important, keeping eyes on the keiki for the safety of all! 

·         TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Road Closure: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Expect delays!  Please watch keiki and stay on the curb - emergency vehicles may need to pass.  No candy throwing.  Please respect the ‘aina – don’t park on landscaped areas at hospital & shopping centers, pick up rubbish and no tents on private property.

·         Narrator Stations:  Note – parade to begin on the east (Hamakua) end of historic Church Row Park – not the west end as in the past.  A new narrator station will be located near New Hope Church plus at Keck, Ace, Radio Shack, Waimea Community Education, Bank of Hawaii and on Lindsey Road – at Shell Gas Station and Parker School.

·         Ono Foods Along Parade Route from 4 p.m. – to benefit Waimea educational programs including three connected to WMS:  

o    CHILI FRANK ‘N RICE BOWLS, VEGGIE CHILI ‘N RICE, QUINOA-KALE SALAD, HOT COCOA & HOT TEA at Waimea Community Education, served by WMS 8th Grade East Coast Travelers.

o    FRIED BEEF TACOS & WATER at Bank of Hawaii corner, served by WMS Leadership Students.

o    HOT SAIMIN & HOT COCOA at historic Spencer House (next to McDonalds), served by Kamehameha School’s West Hawai’i Association of Teachers and Parents (Bernie Marsh & other WMS families)

·         2nd “Giving Tree” Bucket Brigade:  Volunteers to walk beginning at 5 p.m. along the parade route – beginning at both ends asking for donations.  Matt Horne to join members of North Hawai’i Rotary, Waimea Community Association, Coqui Free Waimea, etc. to ask for community donations for the “Giving Tree.”  Please kokua. 

·         Luas:  Portaluas will be placed along the parade route.  On parade day, North Hawai’i Community Hospital is unable to provide public restrooms. 

·         Keiki Visits With Santa at Parker Ranch Center:  Immediately after the parade, and from noon-3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 2, and Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15 in the Fireside Food Court.  Have a free photo taken with santa – charitable donations accepted to benefit Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai’i Hospice.

·         Winter Star Party:  7-10 after parade at Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope’s Waimea headquarters.  Stargazing with CFHT astronomers and members of the West Hawai’i Astronomy Club, plus keiki activities.  If inclement weather, the public will be invited inside to watch live scientific observations being conducted at the summit from the remote observing room.  Free including coffee and hot chocolate. 

·         Parker Ranch Center Celebrates the “Big Island Giving Tree:” Noon-3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 2 in the Fireside Food Court featuring an HPA Handbell Choir, Aulani’s hula halau and other keiki groups.  Santa there for pictures and also there from noon-3 p.m. the following 3 Saturdays for picture taking!     


HPA PRESENTS HONOKA’A JAZZ BAND CONCERT:  3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 2.  Gates Performing Arts Center.  $5/Adults; $3/Students – can be purchased from band members and at HPA Bookstore, Waimea Music Exchange and at Café Il Mondo in Honokaa.  Will feature classic favorites and featured vocalists and instrumental soloists under the direction of Gary Washburn.  Info: 881-4005 or 881-4099.


19th ANNUAL CHARITY TREES AT MAUNA LANI BAY:  Dec. 3-19.  WMS Robotics Club students and families to enter a tree in this stunning holiday display in the resort’s lobby that provides local charitable organizations, schools, churches, etc. an opportunity to raise awareness and earn funds for their program.  Community members, resort guests, employees and friends and family are invited to view the entries and vote for their favorite tree ($1 donation per vote) and these funds along with a $3,500 contribution from the resort go to charities.  Mauna Lani awards cash prize to organizations whose trees receive the highest number of votes: $2,000 (1st Place), $1,000 (2nd Place), $500 (3rd Place).  The remainder of donations are divided up among all participants.  Please stop by and vote for our Robotics’ Tree!


‘DOUGH RAISING’ DAY AT DOMINO’S PIZZA:  Monday & Wednesday, Dec. 3 and 5.  10% of the day’s sales support WMS student programs.  Designated WMS days are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays and 1st & 4th Mondays.