November 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter November 2019

Aloha Families,


*********Don’t forget tonight( 11/13), is the Kaohao School Ohana meeting at 6PM. ************
KSO will have food, prizes and announcements for our community. Please meet in the ART room.
Thank you for supporting Susan K Komen Race For The Cure.  Kaohao School was able to donate $5,000!!!!!

Seven students will “Pie Dr. Sakurai” on November 27th after our morning Jump Rope For Heart/ Field Day Event. Thank you Dr. Sakurai for being a great sport!
LOVE OF READING DAY, Friday, November 15, 8:15AM-11:15AM

Thank you to Mrs. Darrow and Mrs. Lemes for Chairing our Annual Love of Reading Day! If your have time to volunteer or donate, please click on these two sites to help on Friday, November 15:

Link for to volunteer on 11/15:
Link to donate items needed:
Vintage Lanikai Auction and Gala on February 22, 2020 @ Mid Pac Country Club

**Early Bird Tickets Now though Nov. 15th: $65 each**

Nov. 15th-Dec 31st: $85 each 

Dec. 31-Feb 15th: $100 each



Jump For Heart/ Field Day, Wednesday, Novemebr 27, 8:15-11:15 (including “Pie Dr. Sakurai”)
If your have time to volunteer or donate, please click below to help on Wednesday, November 27:
Please open the PDF below to read Dr. Sakuraiʻs message.
Happy Thanksgiving, I am grateful to each and evryone of you- especially your precious little student/s who make this school my happy place 🙂


Espie Chapman
PCNC, Governing Board Member

September 2019 Newsletter

September 2019 Newsletter

Aloha Kaʻōhao Families,

Enjoy this Labor Day weekend, rest, relax and reconnect with your loved ones.

Thank you again to KSO and Mary Greaney for hosting the KSO Campout last weekend. The Campout was a huge success.

Thank you to Ms. Raina, Ms. Erin and Ms. Alia for helping with photo day, these ladies made shuffling 400 people and taking photos easy on Wednesday.

Our first Scholastic Book Fair is coming up! Sales will be from Thursday Sept. 19th – Friday Sept. 27th. The book fair will be delivered on Monday 9/16. I’m looking for volunteers to help set up that day from 1:30-2:30. Below is a Sign Up Genius link for volunteers to help set up/break down and help cashier during the fair.
We are asking parents to take action on our Courage Kit request. Please read the request, and return your child/ren Courage Kit in a gallon ziplock by September 9.
Please have a look at the PDF below and calendar some dates ahead.
With Aloha,
Espie Chapman
PCNC, Governing Board Member

WELCOME BACK July 2019 Newsletter

Back to School Newsletter

Aloha Kaʻōhao ‘Ohana!

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful school community. Kaʻōhao is a very special place with an amazing staff and awesome students. It is an honor to serve as your new director. I love Kailua and I am so glad to be back home in the community I grew up in.

As I began typing this letter I realized that this begins my 30th year as an educational leader in Hawaii, It’s been a pretty epic journey starting with the Windward District School Advisory Council, then to the Hawaii State Board of Education, serving as a teacher and now as a school administrator for the past 16 years.

I truly believe education is important to both the success of the individual and to our society as a whole. I want students to love learning and take away great memories of their time at Kaʻōhao. My role as a leader is to help create opportunities for our teachers and students to be successful. I help do that by building culture and leading learning where every child is valued and receives a high-quality education to thrive in an ever-changing global society.

This year for me will be a time of active listening and learning. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you over the next few months!


Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D

Kaʻōhao School Director

Aloha Kaʻōhao School Families and welcome to 2019-2020 school year!

For First to Sixth Graders, we will all meet for the first day of school on Friday, August 2, first bell is at 7:50, please look for your teachers in the assembly area.

For Kindergarteners, a separate email will be sent out to Kindergarten families to explain the schedule for our youngest learners and their staggered start times.

Before we get excited about the first day of school, we need to make sure everyone has our very important information. Class rosters will be posted on Wednesday, July 31, at 4 PM.  On this day, from 4-6 PM, you can meet our parent group, Kaʻōhao School ʻOhana (KSO) Officers, and see how you can volunteer for school events and your child’s classrooms. KSO is our version of a PTA, but better because EVERY dollar goes towards the school to enrich their school experiences. We ask that each of our families find their passion and to get involved with our school events. Office staff will be able to take your payments anytime from 4-6 PM for the following: school supplies, remaining lunch balances, sign up for our lunch program, order your field trip shirts, and become a KSO (Kaʻōhao School ʻOhana) member!

After-school enrichment classes will be on-site to help you register your child/ren for the Fall.

Please plan on attending one of our mandatory parent orientation meetings on either Friday, August 2, or Monday, August 5 at 8 AM or Wednesday, August 7, at 6 PM to find out what is ahead for this school year and what volunteering opportunities are available for your family.

With Aloha,

Espie Chapman, Parent Community Network Coordinator


Important Reminders:

Wednesday, July 31, 4-6 PM, Kaʻōhao School ʻOhana Meet & Greet

Class Rosters will be posted, school payments will be received via checks, credit cards/Paypal (3% surcharge).

Friday, August 2, First Day of School!

You can drop off your student/s at 7:30 AM, the first bell is at 7:50 AM, the late bell is 7:55 AM, hint donʻt be late the first day of school.

Mandatory Parent Meeting (please attend one):

Friday, August 2, or Monday, August 5 at 8 AM or Wednesday, August 7 at 6 PM.

Friday, August 16, Statehood Day, No School

May 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter May 2019

Aloha Kaʻōhao Families,

I hope and you and your families had a memorable Easter Holiday and time to enjoy each other’s company.

Summer is soon approaching and our time at school with your children is valuable. Please make sure the kiddos are still in school mode as we have only a few weeks left to enjoy this school year.

We would like to thank our generous KSO for providing treats last week during the morning meetings with the two potential Kaohao School Directors for next school year. Once the search is over, we will make sure you are in the loop, and get the very important information to your family.
Please take a few minutes to read May’s newsletter below and see the important dates that must be on your calendar.
Please make note of the student release times during May 1-3, 2019.
On Wednesday,  May 1, student release will be at 2:10 PM, and on Friday, May 3, student release will be at 1:10 PM.
Mahalo to all the generous families who donated to Student Council and Family Promise. The Welcome Baskets filled with home goods were all appreciated and will come in handy when families in need are moving into their new homes.
New this May Day, KSO will be accepting lei orders for May 3. Please have a peek at the newsletter below to see how KSO can make May Day easier for you. KSO will be hosting the Annual Campout and Movie Night on May 10, to celebrate the amazing school year. You can preorder dinner from One Love Cafe,  buy Bob’s Pizza on site or bring your own meal, but please bring cash if you are buying pizza or snacks.
Congratulations to our confident learners who have pushed themselves to do their best!  All their hard work and grit were recognized at the Second Trimester Awards Ceremony. We are all so proud you, the children of the future. Please peek at the PDF and congratulate a student or two.
Have a great week everyone!
With Aloha,
Espie Chapman