Announcements


Grade 3 Google Classroom LINK!!!

posted Mar 28, 2020, 4:14 PM by Leila Bajarin

ATTENTION
Our Distance Learning page will be up and running very shortly. 
For now, 3rd graders can click on the link below for their Grade 3 Google Classroom:



On-Line Resources

posted Mar 24, 2020, 5:53 PM by Leila Bajarin

Aloha Kalihi Waena families,

These spreadsheets have a variety of websites with ideas you and/or your children may do on-line and off-line.  
We will continue to add to the Google sheets.  Please stay safe, keep well, and take care.  Mahalo.




Superintendents Letter Announcing School Closure to April 30th.

posted Mar 24, 2020, 3:41 PM by Daniel Larkin

Hello students, parents, families, and community members.  Please read the attached superintendents letter which extends the school closure until April 30th. 

Grab-and-Go Meals Update

posted Mar 23, 2020, 1:21 PM by Daniel Larkin

The Hawaii State Department of Education will be implementing the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program a few months earlier than scheduled, as approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs (HCNP).

During the extended Spring Break period, a total of 38 Hawaii public schools will be providing breakfast and lunch to children who are 18 years or younger. They will be able to stop by one of the designated schools (see list below) to pick up a grab-and-go meal. Adults who come to pick up a meal must be accompanied by their child.

Breakfast service hours:

7:30 to 8 a.m.

Due to food safety, the meal must be consumed by 10 a.m.

Lunch service hours:

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)

Due to food safety, the meal must be consumed by 2 p.m.

Note: Meals will not be served on Thursday, March 26, which is Prince Kuhio Day.

There will be no personal interaction between the Hawaii State Department of Education employees and the community. All meals will be placed in containers. Meals will be located outside of the cafeteria, preferably closest to a driveway or other natural access point on the campus. There will be no access to the cafeteria.

List of Grab-and-Go Meal School Sites

Honolulu District

  • Kaimuki High
  • McKinley High

Central Oahu District

  • Leilehua High
  • Makalapa Elementary
  • Waialua High & Intermediate

Windward Oahu District

  • Kahaluu Elementary
  • Kahuku High & Intermediate
  • King Intermediate
  • Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate

Hawaii Island District

  • Kau High & Pahala Elementary
  • Kohala High
  • Konawaena High
  • Pahoa High & Intermediate
  • Waiakea High

Maui District

  • Hana High & Elementary
  • Kahului Elementary
  • Kalama Intermediate
  • Lahaina Intermediate
  • Lanai High School
  • Molokai High

Kauai District

  • Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
  • Kapaa High
  • Waimea High

The following schools will start on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Honolulu District

  • Sanford B. Dole Middle School
  • Farrington High

Windward Oahu District

  • Kailua Elementary

Hawaii Island District

  • Honokaa High
  • Kahakai Elementary
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Waimea Elementary

The following schools will start on Wednesday March 25, 2020

Leeward Oahu District

  • August Ahrens Elementary
  • Campbell High
  • Kapolei High School
  • Maili Elementary
  • Nanaikapono Elementary
  • Nanakuli High & Intermediate
  • Waianae Intermediate
  • Waianae High
  • Waipahu Elementary

COVID-19 Update #3

posted Mar 22, 2020, 10:35 PM by Daniel Larkin

Good evening Lions parents,

As we plan for how to provide educational opportunities for your students we will need your help. We are asking everyone to go to https://bit.ly/kwelearn to take a short survey about what access your children have to the internet and a few other questions. 

Two other reminders,

#1: Starting Tuesday, and every day except Thursday this week both Farrington High School and Dole Middle School will be serving grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches.  I highly recommend you take advantage of these meals.  If you do not live near these schools or are staying with family in other parts of the islands, there are a large number of other schools that are offering starting tomorrow.   Please go to www.hawaiipublicschools.org for information on this program.

#2: Until at least April 7th the Kalihi Waena Elementary campus is closed to the public.  Although you may see some individuals at work between now and then they are not to have interactions with the public in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Please do not come to the school to ask them questions.  If you do have any questions please direct them to me at my email address Daniel_larkin@kwes.k12.hi.us.

Keep strong Lions.  Remember.  We are the Lions.  We are the Future! Together we will defeat COVID-19.

Aloha,

Daniel Larkin

COVID-19 Update #2

posted Mar 18, 2020, 6:33 PM by Daniel Larkin

Dear Lions Ohana,

Today marked a major shift in the State of Hawaii’s response to COVID-19.  As you may have heard, we have extended spring break until March 30th as of last week.  Today the state of Hawaii is canceling school until April 7th.  In the meantime we are asking that all students, parents, staff, and community members stay off campus.  You may see some essential workers returning prior to the April 7th date, however, these workers will be busy ensuring a safe for the return for your students.  Many meetings and events will have to be rescheduled and/or canceled.  We ask you for your patience and understanding in this difficult time. 

We also ask that you check the DOE’s website, www.hawaiipublicschools.org and our school’s website www.kwes.k12.hi.us for information about all of our events that have been changed and/or canceled.  The school’s office will be closed until April 3rd at the earliest, therefore, please direct all other inquires to my email Daniel_larkin@kwes.k12.hi.us and I will try to respond as soon as possible.  I will be holding a public web meeting in the near future as well and will announce that information once I am ready.

I hope all of you stay safe in this unsure time and if anyone of you needs anything please let me know and I will do what I can to help.  Please stay tuned to local information sources and if you know of someone who does NOT receive this information who should, please send me an email for them with their contact information and student name so we can fix their information in our system. 

Stay strong Lions.  Remember. We are the Lions. We are the Future!

Aloha,

 

Daniel Larkin

KWE COVID-19 Update #1

posted Mar 16, 2020, 7:29 PM by Daniel Larkin

Hello Lion Ohana, 

Since yesterday there is no significant change.  Students are still expected to return March 30th.  The school is conducting a deep clean of all areas and disinfecting school wide.  Please note that all school wide events, including the awards assemblies, are canceled.  All community events hosted by outside organizations, such as Zumba, are canceled.  This is in effect until April 30th.  

Currently after school activities, such as ballet, A+, orchestra, etc. are still anticipated to continue. 

One exception is our Principal's Coffee Hour, scheduled for 7:45 on April 8th.  I will still conduct this meeting, which will be in the cafeteria so as to answer parent questions.  Participation will be limited to the first 40 parents.  If there is a high demand another meeting will be scheduled.  Social distancing will be enforced and parents will be asked to sanitize their hands prior to handling food/coffee.  Sanitizer will be provided.  If you have any questions prior to this event, please check the doe website at www.hawaiipublicschools.org and the CDC's website www.cdc.gov/COVID19.  If you still have questions feel free to call us at 808-832-3210

In addition, there are a number of wonderful opportunities for families available, including but not limited to: 

Spectrum is offering free internet for families who have students for 60 days and all spectrum wifi sites are now free of charge. 

Some awesome free websites
Khan Academy is a great online learning website for students of all ages. The site offers short video lessons on thousands of topics, and their programs are personalized to allow children to learn at their own pace. To top it off, all videos and resources are free for all users. Check out their daily schedules for students ages 4-18. 

2. Code

Learn to code online! Code.org provides free K-12 computer science lessons and games to help students learn how to code at an earlier age. Code.org is supported by tech company donors, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and many more.

3. Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids features fun games, riddles and puzzles, to supplement any online learning for young children. 

4. Sesame Street

Who doesn’t love Sesame Street? Students have access to hundreds of video clips and games that help them with phonics, rhymes, colors and more. 

5. PBS Kids

PBS Kids is a great online learning option for K-12 students who love interactive content, including sing-along videos, TV series, games, virtual lessons and more. You can also download their PBS Kids Video app for live-tv streaming.

6. CoolMath

CoolMath.com offers online math games that help students ages 3+ with basic math lessons, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, money and more. CoolMath4Kids.com is appropriate for ages 3 through 12 and CoolMath-Games.com includes math games for pre-K students.

7. National Geographic Kids

What could be cooler than learning about animals? On National Geographic Kids, students of all ages can enjoy science experiments, animal watch cameras and a ton of activities to keep them busy for hours.

8. Starfall

Starfall.com is a great online resource that helps pre-K to 3rd grade students with language arts and math lessons. It also offers a parent-teacher resource center for free, downloadable worksheets and more. 

9. The KIDZ Page

TheKidzPage.com is the perfect online resource for parents and teachers who are looking for word games, coloring activities and puzzles to try with their students. Check out their printable section for off-line activity sheets as well.

10. How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works is a comprehensive articles-based site that introduces and informs on a variety of topics like culture, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes, and videos are also available to supplement the articles.

11. Scholastic

You can play games, create your own comics, and more. Most importantly, Scholastic features an online discussion board for your students to connect with friends online.

12. Fun Brain

Fun Brain is designed for pre-K to 8th grade students to explore topics in math and reading through fun videos and games.

13. Exploratorium

Exploratorium (yes, the same one as the museum in San Francisco) has a website that teaches students about science and art. Help your students go far into the galaxy or deep down to the bottom of the ocean on this site.   

14. BBC History for Kids

Students can walk through ancient history, or choose specific countries for more deep learning. BBC History for Kids is an adventure through time.

15. Nick Jr.

Beyond the television network, Nick Jr. offers many educational printables, games and other activities (yes, it includes Peppa Pig) for students to love.  

16. Learning Games for Kids

Learning Games for Kids is all about games that can teach students about a variety of topics and subjects. Game lovers will be thrilled. 

17. TIME for Kids

TIMEforKids.com offers interesting articles, photos and videos on topics like politics, the environment, entertainment, sports and health. 

18. Disney Jr.

Mickey Mouse and friends will keep your students busy for hours with games, coloring pages, videos and more. 

19. Duolingo

Looking for a language learning site with fun games and creative lesson plans? Duolingo offers a rewarding, personalized learning experience in more than 20 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and more. 

20. Highlights Kids

Highlights Kids offers online ways to play, read and craft with animated stories and more. According to their website, they are on a mission to “help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight and foster joyful learning.”

And some great informational websites. 

Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

 

Considerations for School Closures ­- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

 

Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - U.S. Department of Education

 

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak - U.S. Department of Education

 

FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - U.S. Department of Education

 

Protecting Civil Rights of Students During COVID-19 - U.S. Department of Education

 

Transitioning to Online Learning: What You Need to Know - ASCD

 

The Resilient Leader - ASCD

 

A Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach to Responding to Health Crises - ASCD

 

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands - ASCD

 

Summertime Strategies Can Help Schools Respond to Coronavirus - ASCD

 

School Communities Rely on Calm and Thoughtful Leadership - ASCD


Sincerely,

Daniel Larkin 

COVID-19 Update

posted Mar 15, 2020, 6:44 PM by Daniel Larkin

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education is extending its spring break through March 27 for all public and charter schools. Mililani Middle, Kapolei Middle and Holomua Elem. will be off multi-track schedules for two weeks from March 16-27. Normal school operations for all schools are expected to resume Monday, March 30. A letter to faculty, staff, parents and guardians is posted on our website. For more details, see official Hawaii DOE COVID-19 updates at www.hawaiipublicschools.org. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in prioritizing the health and safety of our school communities.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Spirit Week 2020

posted Mar 2, 2020, 11:09 AM by Leila Bajarin

          
        

Coffee Hour with the Principal

posted Nov 14, 2019, 3:33 PM by Leila Bajarin

Parents, come talk story with Mr. Larkin and enjoy some coffee and donuts, too!
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
8:00 - 9:00 am
Teacher's Workroom


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