March 2018 Newsletter

Newsletter March 2018

Aloha Kaʻōhao Families,

Thank you for having your student/s arrive at school on-time and ready to learn every day!

Kaʻōhao is grateful for your support! Whether it be in class, with students, at the Vintage Auction Gala or our annual Career Day, we appreciate all volunteers that gave their precious time to our school.

Kaʻōhao School is excited to celebrate your student/s and their friends in the March newsletter.

Thank you to our young Principal-for-Day McLean for giving our students more recess time and encouraging peaceful Four Square play during his day of tenure. All the students enjoyed the extra time outside during the sunny day.

Student Council has a full week ahead for our school from March 12-16. Please peek inside and read how Kaʻōhao School will be celebrating Spirit Week.

Hawaiʻi Humane Society will host a Windward Canine Game Day at Kaʻōhao School on March 24. More information is located on the last page of the newsletter or go to the Hawaiʻi Humane Society Facebook event page to learn more.

Have a relaxing Spring Break, refresh, reset.


Espie Chapman


Newsletter December 2017

Newsletter December 2017

Aloha Kaohao Families, Staff and Community,

You ALL should be very proud of your charter school! If you were here for morning assembly on Thursday, you were in for a treat!

We were fortunate to schedule a visit with DOE Superintendent Dr. Kishioto, Senator Laura Thielen, and Representative Chris Lee, Charter School champions Sione Thompson and Jeanine Souki along with our Governing Board Members.

I am sharing with you what Representative Chris Lee had to say about your little school.

“What you guys have done together is incredible! Lanikai, now Ka’ohao, is one of those examples around the state that’s done more with less and we want to give you guys more resources, we want to give you guys what you need.

BUT what you guys have done has proven to be a model for zero waste,  for composting, for recycling, for doing what you guys do responsibly to protect our environment AND to produce a better result, better education, and frankly a better community, not only in this school, but in Kailua. That’s something really special because there are very few other schools that have stepped up to accomplish what you guys are doing on regular basis every single day here.
That is something that the entire state is looking at when we  talk with our colleagues, Senator Thielen, me, and everybody else down at the state capitol and think, what kind of resources should we be giving our schools? What kind of good food from our farms locally can we provide to you guys?
This is the model that everyone looks to!
It is this school. You guys are are leaders! So keep it up!”

Please take three minutes of your busy day to help Kaohao secure funding for improvements. Click on the link below and participate in the Safe Routes to School survey.

Below is your December PDF waiting to be opened. CLICK an find out about our awesome students at school, how much was raised at Jump Rope For Heart and meet those kind Rotarians who came to gave free vision screening to students in grades one through three.

Remember we are still asking for food drive items until December 8.

Still looking for the perfect Holiday gift? Why not Vintage Auction tickets? Help the school, enjoy a night out with friends, free food, live music… sounds like a great gift!

“KSO (Ka’ohao School Ohana), our PTA or parent group will be looking for new board members for 2018-2019 school year! President, Vice President 1 and 2, Membership Head and Treasurer will be finishing their two-year term so contact Kara Spheeris at with any questions or interest.

Also, thank you to those who attended our KSO meeting last Thursday. We encourage all families to attend to hear latest school updates and offer ideas and suggestions. Next meeting THURSDAY, FEB 8 at 6pm!”
Please be safe, be merry and Happy Holidays!
Aloha Kaohao,
Espie Chapman

Newsletter November 2017

Newsletter November 2017

Aloha Kaʻōhao Families,

We thank you for sharing your student/s with us. Everyday is a new discovery into their personality and uniqueness.

Please open the PDF below and get more information about your child/s school and what we have been up to this past month.

It’s time to pull out your calendar and pencil in some very important Kaʻōhao School dates.

Stephanie Lum of Hawaii News Now was on campus filming and interviewing students.

Why? Click on the PDF below to photos of our student leaders.

As we celebrate being “Heart Smart”, come and join our school by volunteering for Jump Rope For Heart on November 22.

Click below and see where you are needed.

​Kokua Hawaii Foundation loves Kaʻōhao Keiki,  Parent Volunteers, Teachers,  and our beautiful garden! KHF has our school on speed dial anytime they want to highlight your child/s sweat equity in the  garden program. Click that  PDF to see what grade level helped some members of the General Contractor’s Association of Hawaii Give Back Program receive a check towards KHF!

Learn more about your surroundings and get your hands dirty by giving love to the land! Ulupo Heiau State Historic Site is asking for you to help at their community work day.  This work is so important that I am just going to tell you, or urgently ask … show up at 1200 Kailua Road,(behind the YMCA) Saturday, November 11– about 9AM. Bring a reusable water bottle,  tabis (if you have), a great attitude and or love of the aina.  You won’t regret it.

Enjoy the weekend Kaʻōhao families.

Please feel free to contact me for questions at



Espie Chapman

Parent Community Network Coordinator

Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter October 2017

Aloha Ka’ohao Families and Community,

Another packed PDF below for you to view and a great time to update your calendars! Open the PDF below for all the info.

Congratulations to the #1 school in the entire state of Hawaii for both DOE and Charter in academic proficiency in the areas of English/Language Arts, Math and Science! Please read about YOUR successful students and YOUR highest achieving school in Hawaii, Ka’ohao School!

Mahalo to our amazing staff and mahalo for your support at home!  Click on the link below to read the press release from DOE.


This year’s much anticipated Kaohao Carnival brings rides, trains, dunk tanks and ono grindz! Get a head start and pre order your unlimited ride wristband at the link below.


Please be aware of the road work starting in October by Kalapawai and how that might impact, drop off and pick up at school.
Read the news in the PDF and find out details of the construction ahead which might last anywhere from 3-6 months. Need a contact to get your construction questions answered?… Click the PDF below.

Interested in fresh veggies  and produce for dinner? It’s as easy as saying yes and signing up. Oahu Fresh is offering a CSA service our school, but we would need at least 15 orders to qualify for the donation program. Check out the program at

Please send an email to if you are interested, if we get 15 or more subscribers, I will set up the CSA program and donations will go towards garden efforts at Kaohao.

SEEKING….. KSO needs a few donations and you will be happy to see the kiddie closets tidy and neat… click that PDF and you will be happy you did!

REMINDER: September 28 and 29, are Parent Teacher Conference Days, please do not bring your student/s to the meeting unless your meeting is student led, please confirm with your student’s teacher.


Have a safe weekend Ka’ohao families. Continue the good work at home and we will continue to do the same at Ka’ohao Charter School.

With Aloha,

Espie Chapman

September Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

Love of Reading Night Flyer

Aloha Kaʻōhao Families,

Please keep up the “Kindness Matters” meter at home because we see the needle moving at school! Mahalo for your support!

Please have a look at this month’s news and updates.

This Friday is Love of Reading Night and we are looking forward to seeing you and your family here. Celebrate the classics and watch book characters come to life, they might even read a book to your little one if you ask nicely.

Click on the PDF below to find out  more.

Have look at the very important dates that you must put on your calendar NOW… there is a bedtime story reading by Dr. Noh, parent conferences, photo retakes, carnivals and much more that need to go on your calendar… CLICK.

Please don’t forget to turn in your federal survey cards, it only takes about two minutes to complete and our school needs the precious funding dollars.

Kaʻōhao School is very fortunate to have a School Director like Dr. Noh. While you guys got an extra day to relax with your child last Friday, Dr. Noh allowed for the staff to work the land at Ulupo Heiau State Historic Site and learn more about Kaʻōhao for our Professional Development Day. Not only did the staff help to weed, harvest and replant native Hawaiian plants, we were also gifted with fellowship and laughter.  Mahalo to Dr. Noh and Ulupo Heiau Historic State Site.There is an opportunity for you to learn more about Ulupo Heiau and Kaʻōhao while you turn your hands to the land and help. Please contact for more info.

Just one click on the PDF below and you will get all the latest info.

Mahalo Kaʻōhao!


Espie Chapman