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

April 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter April 2019

Aloha Kaʻōhao Families,

Happy Spring to all! Please take a few minutes to read the April newsletter and don’t forget to mark a few dates on your calendar for April 2019.

Who had more fun on Monday, Roll Out Of Bed Day: Dr. Noh in pajamas or Principal For The Day, Mr. Liam Hubbard in pajamas? Open the PDF and look at the photos to find out.

Mahalo for your support and contributions to the Vintage Lanikai Auction. We would not be able to have a successful Vintage Auction without YOU!  Please also take a minute to thank our extraordinary team listed on the first page of the PDF below.

Are you interested in knowing how much monies were raised from the 2019 Vintage Auction? Turn to page two of the newsletter and find out the five figures raised in just a few hours!

Do you want to know what is happening at the parent organization level? To stay in the loop, do join the conversation at:!forum/kso-members to be a part of the ideas shaping the future of our school.

Huge Mahalo to our Kaōhao School ʻOhana for an amazing Staff Appreciation Week by filling our bellies full of yummy food. A special Mahalo to Hula Grill Waikiki, for donating trays of Kalua Pig Burgers, Crab and Macadamia Nut Wontons and Guava BBQ Ribs to compliment the delicious luau food for our staff last Wednesday.

Thank you to our Career Day volunteers and for sharing their talents and experiences with our students. Open the PDF below to see the fabulous folks and parents who gave up their morning to share their careers with our students.

Here are a few fun facts from Career Day about some of our parents:

One parent is an actor double for The Rock, like… THE ROCK (Dwayne Johnson).

One parent is the voice of Alexa and the husband and wife team are actors on TV.

One parent is the Veterinarian who always saves the seals and turtles who are sick.

One parent cooks healthy and delicious food.

One parent is a friend to other countries and helps keep the peace worldwide.

Open the PDF below and read all about it.

Does your child/ren have talents? The annual Kaōhaoʻs Got Talent auditions will take place April 2-4, open to Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, open the PDF below for more information.  Kaʻōhao’s Got Talent Show will be held on April 26, during school hours.

Kaʻōhao School is in search of a clothes dryer, do you have one to spare or are you ready to upgrade and donate your clothes dryer? Kaʻōhao School’s clothes dryer is on its’ last tumble! Please contact me or Uncle Jeff for pick up and let’s coordinate!

Lastly, if you love free Bobʻs Pizza, Student Artwork, and Pro Surfers, stop by Kailua Beach Adventures on Friday, March 15, 6-9 PM and check out the Malama Ka ʻAina Boardshort Art Challenge hosted by Freddy Patacchia and Quiksilver.

Have a safe Spring Break, enjoy, rest and be happy.

With Aloha,

Espie Chapman


Newsletter March 2019

Newsletter March 2019

Aloha Kaʻōhao Families and Friends,
We are looking forward to seeing you on February 23, at Mid Pacific Country Club to help support a 22nd Century Classroom for our keiki!
Mahalo to the team of dedicated volunteers who take on the responsibility to produce and provide this incredible social occasion. This is the one and only evening event during the school year when Kaʻōhao Staff are afforded no grade books, laptops, whiteboard markers or Mr., Mrs., Ms., before their names and are in attendance to relax with you.  “Vintage”, as the celebration is loving called, is when teachers and talk story with you off the clock, without your student/s in tow.  If you have never attended Vintage, now is the time to purchase tickets, you will not be disappointed. Please take this opportunity to celebrate your school, staff, children and wonderful community we call Kaʻōhao. You will enjoy this fun evening with your friends, families, and staff of Kaʻōhao School at the beautiful Mic Pacific Country Club.
Visit  to buy your tickets or donate to support your child/s school and education.
Open the PDF below and find out what is up for grabs at Vintage Lanikai Auction 2019, to benefit Kaʻōhao School.
Ask your child/ren which Teacher Experiences they would like to have for their special day. Teachers are donating their valuable time, outside of the classroom to hang out with your child/ren.
ALL students want to be the Director for A Day, and ALL Tutus and parents would appreciate FOUR  VIP seats at the much anticipated May Day 2019. Do you know where you have to be on Saturday, February 23rd to score those awesome deals?
Kaʻōhao School ʻOhana wants your opinions to be heard, do join the fabulous and fantastic females of KSO on March 6. Let your voices and choices be heard. Child care and light refreshments will be provided at the meeting, and they won’t stop you from taking seconds.
Go, support and gather on March 6!
Thank you to Ms. Sheila and Ms. Ruth for joining our crew at Kaʻōhao School front office. We appreciate you!
Have a safe, (fingers crossed) and sunny weekend.
PS- I am looking for 4-6 gently used fabric kitchen aprons for our Zero Heroes, please send them my way if you are ready to release them from your home. Mahalo.
With Aloha,
Espie Chapman