Parent Hui Invitation to All Parent Meeting

Aloha Parents,

You are invited to an All Parent Meeting hosted by the Parent Hui on Wednesday, May 29th in Niu Hall to meet and discuss your experience at our beloved school.  There are TWO opportunities: 8:30AM Wednesday Morning OR 6PM Wednesday Evening

This meeting is intended as a platform for parents to share information with the HWS Parent Hui.  Following the meetings, the Hui will summarize all information gathered and share it with the school's Administration, Board of Directors, and Faculty.

As chairperson of the Parent Hui and a parent at the school for 10 years, my intention is to build a more cohesive community partnership for our school to operate within.  This means meeting one another with respect, and aloha.  We are certain we can make this meeting work as an effective tool, but we need your help.

You should have received an email with a link to our annual "School Climate Survey".  This anonymous survey began 3 years ago and is administrated by, High school faculty member, Layla Schuster for our Pillars of Peace grant.  This year the Hui is partnering with Layla to use the data collection to inform the meeting as well as gauge the parent body's thinking about their experience at HWS.

Near the end of the survey, please check off areas of concern or add a topic not listed.  The areas of concern that receive the most attention will be the agenda for the meeting.  Although we may not be able to address every concern with regard to time, it will be included in the data summary sent to the Board and Administration.

If you are unable to make it to one of the meetings, PLEASE FILL OUT THE SURVEY anyway!  Your voice will be heard in the form of data.  The survey is short and can help you to clarify your joys and concerns as you read through the questions.

Mahalo for your effort toward building a more cohesive community at HWS.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Gretchen Valentin

Sacred Sound Journey Benefits and Things to Bring

BENEFITS OF THE SACRED SOUND: 
-stress & anxiety relief,
-pain relief & reduces inflammation,
-speeds up the healing process,
-balances the left & right hemispheres of the brain
-stimulates Serotonin production & improves symptoms of depression, 
-PTSD antidote,
-anti-aging,
-repair & activate DNA, 
-increases Melatonin & improves sleep patterns, 
-brings more joy & motivation
-spark new creative ideas and help to bring clarity to those areas of your life you may be unsure about

What to Bring:
-Yoga Mat or something comfortable to lay on
-Light blanket 
-Eye mask (blocks out sunlight)
-Drinking water
-Journal in case you wish to document/remember your experience!

Auction Item Pickup Instructions

WINNERS! HOW TO RECEIVE YOUR ITEMS:

1. READ all of the details on your item description. It will say whether the item can be mailed to the winner (in some cases winner must pay for shipping), picked up during designated pick-up times (see below), or scheduled directly with the donor.

*DESIGNATED PICK-UP TIMES:  (in the EC Entryway, next to the former Enchanted Forest)

Wednesday May 1st: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Thursday May 2nd: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Friday May 3rd: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM OR 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sunday May 5th: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


*If your item is available to be mailed and that is your preferred method of receipt, please email AUCTION@honoluluwaldorf.org with the following information:
    -Your Item Name & Number   
    -Shipping Address
    -Contact Phone Number


*If your experience is to be scheduled at a mutually agreed-upon day/time, you will be contacted with the necessary information over the next few days via the email provided through your Bidding for Good account. 
A BIG mahalo to all of our bidders and donors!

QUESTIONS? FEEDBACK ABOUT YOUR AUCTION EXPERIENCE? 

Please email Auction@HonoluluWaldorf.org 

MAHALO!!!

Important Auction Tip

Important Auction Tip

Do NOT wait until the last minute to bid,
there is NO BENEFIT TO WAITING. 


Remember, the auction closes at 7:00 PM HST on Tuesday, April 30th.
But it's better to get your "HIGHEST BID" IN 
NOW!

We recommend bidding NOW with your highest possible bid vs. waiting until the last minute to avoid being outbid.

There is a feature in Bidding for Good that allows you to enter a “Proxy” bid of the highest amount you’re willing to bid on. The FIRST PERSON who enters that bids wins. 

INSTRUCTIONS/EXAMPLE: If the current bid on an item is $100 and you are willing to spend up to $200, you can enter $200, select “Bid up to this amount” (see graphic below) and the program will automatically bid on your behalf until it reaches $200. If someone else bids $200, you will become the highest bidder at $200, since you entered it first.

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Neighborhood Board Meeting Invitation & Sample Testimony

Dear Honolulu Waldorf Community,

We are in need of your written or verbal testimonial on behalf of our school's plan to unite Grades PreK through Grade 12 on the Niu Campus. 

Please consider coming to the upcoming neighborhood board meeting or submitting your written testimony.
 

The Kalani Iki Kuliou’ou Neighborhood Board Meeting 
Thursday, May 2nd
7pm
Grace Chapel
5275 Kalaniana’ole Highway
(Niu side of to the HWS High School, entrance opposite Nenue Street)


 
Please click HERE for a template to create written testimony. You may submit your written testimony to niucampus@honoluluwaldorf.org.

With Aloha,
Erika Takahashi
Board President

 Sample Testimony

TO:        Members of the Kuliouou-Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board

DATE:    Thursday, May 2, 2019

 RE:        Honolulu Waldorf School

 FROM:  your name

 [Testimony starts here.  Talking points may include:]

 ·       Your relationship with the school, e.g. I am the parent of an eighth grader and we have been part of the school community for 10 years.

 ·       Why you support moving H.S. students to the L.S., e.g. A united campus will increase our resources and the efficiency of our operations. It will increase the opportunity for positive, close relationships between all of the students, staff, and teachers.

 ·       Examples of positive events / activities students bring to the community, e.g., volunteering to help with the Honolulu Marathon, working with Chris Cramer of the Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center on a “Vision for Niu Valley,” doing community service hours on a regular basis.

 ·       How H.S. students interact with L.S. students, e.g. The integration of our school onto one campus will increase the opportunities for the high school students to mentor the younger students, and also to allow them to remember what it was like to be small—an important component of building empathy.

 ·       Anything else you think board members should know about H.S. students, the L.S. campus or Waldorf education in general

Picnic Raspberry Limeade

Raspberry Limeade

   *Makes 2 Qts

Simple Syrup

·        1 cup water

·        1 cup granulated sugar

Raspberry Limeade

·        1 1/2 cup lime juice

·        1 cup raspberries more for garnish (freeze the garnish berries)

·        1 cup simple syrup

·        5 cups water

·        sliced limes for garnish

Instructions

Simple Syrup

1.               cup of water with granulated sugar in a medium sauce pan and place over medium heat

2.               stir until sugar is dissolved

3.               remove and allow to cool

Raspberry Limeade

1.               pour simple syrup into a blender with the raspberries and puree

2.               pour through a strainer into a large pitcher to remove the seeds

3.               add remaining ingredients, stir and refrigerate to chill

4.               serve with sliced limes and frozen raspberries

 

2019 May Day Info

Latest Reminders (as of 5/2/19):

It's one of our favorite festivals of the year!  We need everyone's kokua to make it successful.

Stage Greens / Set-up:

Please save your greens and tropical flowers and bring to school beginning on on May 2nd to the back parking lot.  Bins will be provided.

Stage Set-up: May 3rd (Friday) from 3:00-5:00 pm
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents are the main helpers with the stage set-up.  

Potluck:

  • If you haven't signed up to help with potluck set up and clean up, please do.  The google drive link sent out by Parent Hui last week is here: MAY DAY.  Each grade has been assigned a particular task...making it EASIER for you to decide HOW you can help.

  • Your food contribution can be dropped at the tables & coolers as you arrive.  We request that you do not bring any desserts!  Our kids are sweet enough.

  • We continue to make great efforts to be GREEN so please kokua and bring your own plates, utensils and cups.  We will have a limited supply on hand for guests or forget me nots.

  • High School:  Help to set up and take down tent in drive thru

  • Grades 1 and 2:  (5) Tables and cloths setup/clean up Please set up under tent

  • Grades 3 and 4: Utensils, Serveware, Papergoods (provided by school, donations also accepted), clean and return serveware and dishes

  • Grades 5 and 6:  Receive Food/Maintain Service, help with cleanup

  • Grades 7 and 8:  Setup and clean up of Water Jugs

Arrival Times:

  • If your teacher has requested help in the classroom beforehand, please let them know if you are able to arrive early.  The younger grades need assistance with costumes, hair and leis.

  • Call times and required attire were distributed last week.  Please contact your teacher with any questions.

General Information

Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Time: 4:00-5:00 (performance); 5:00-6:00 (potluck) Where: Niu Campus

Call Time for Students:

1st - 4th graders meet at 3:30 in their classroom
5th - 8th graders meet at 3:00 in their classroom
High School females meet at 3:00 (or earlier) in the Niu Hall. High School males meet at 3:00 in the Kukui PSK.

Seating:

Bring mats or low beach chairs for seating. Limited chair seating for kupuna.

Potluck:

Following the program, all are welcome to join the potluck. Bring your own plates and utensils to be green. We ask that you bring your food item covered or in a cooler in order to be set out at 5:00 pm. No desserts please. Water will be provided.  Please see the sign up sheet provided by your classroom parent representative for help with setup and clean up.

Costumes / Lei Information by class

1st Grade – “Pi'apa” (Hawaiian alphabet)
Lei: Handmade plumeria leis
Girls - Hair is half up-half down, costumes provided by Kumu Boys - Black/Blue Shorts
White shirts or shirtless at teacher’s discretion

2n d Grade – “Kamali’i ‘Ike ‘Ole” (Phases of the Moon Song) Costumes/Lei: Same as 1st grade

3r d Grade – “Lili’u E” Costumes/Lei: Same as 1st grade

4t h Grade - Kumulipo
Costume: Kihei made by the students. Dark shorts with same color shirt (Donna can choose).

Lei: Shredded ti-leaf lei. Senorita Jaimes will assist

5t h Grade – “Kāwika”
Costumes:
Girls - provided by Kumu
Boys - Black pants and white, long-sleeve, collared button up shirt Lei: Provided by Kumu

6t h Grade – “ʻUlupalakua”
Costumes: blue jeans with either a white, denim, or plaid, preferably long-sleeve “cowboy” shirts. Kumu will provide bandanas and cowboy hats
Girls – hair 1⁄2 up 1⁄2 down
Boys – hair brushed out of face
Lei: Flower lei of any variety

7t h/8t h Grade Boys – “Kahi Mea”
Costumes: Black pants and white, long-sleeve, collared button up shirt Lei: Kukui, provided by Kumu
Kūpeʻe: Kukui, provided by Kumu

7t h/8t h Grade Girls – “Waikīkī Hula”
Costumes: “Surfboard” dresses. Provided by Kumu. Lei: Flower lei of any variety

High School – Students have been told what is expected of them 

Middle School Students: Chair set-up
High School Students: Chair clean-up

MAHALO!

Souls On Fire: Celebrating the Music of the American Synagogue

A note from Alumnus Malka Rappaport about

Souls On Fire: Celebrating the Music of the American Synagogue

 This concert will be presented in honor of my friend, Herman White, a Holocaust Survivor. I created this program as a celebration of the creativity of American Jewish composers of the twentieth century.

 Souls On Fire will feature music from some of the greatest figures American Jewish liturgical music –such as Max Janowsky, Max Helfman, Ben Steinberg, and Cantor Israel Alter. This program also will introduce you (through this stunning repertoire) to a beautiful marriage between Western Classical music and a hundreds-year-old Jewish synagogal music tradition called Chazzanut.

 Come and learn about the origin of the texts and the liturgical significances of the pieces and immerse yourself in a world of sound not-often-heard in the synagogue or the concert hall!

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Taglines / Slogans inspired by HWS Talking Points

The paragraph blocks below are “Talking Points” that were developed in 2015. The short, underlined sentence following each point is an example of a tagline or slogan that might naturally follow from the point.

What inspirations might you have? Click HERE to enter your answers on our survey.

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The “whole human being” comes first. HWS feels that it is essential that students express themselves through the arts, that they collaborate with each other in a non-competitive manner, and that they have a global and moral sensibility.

Human Beings First!


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Prepared. Waldorf students and graduates are ready, and passionate, to take on life challenges as independent, involved, self-directed and innovative human beings.

Prepared and passionate.
 

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Waldorf teaches beyond testing. Students get involved in imagining and testing creative solutions to complex problems. They learn to think beyond standardized tests. At HWS, learning is rigor plus discovery.

HWS: Creativity at Work.
 

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Waldorf students are successful in the world. The holistic, inclusive, global nature of Waldorf education results in academically and socially successful students who will be independent, self-directed lifelong learners and who will make a difference in the world.

Where a lifelong love of learning begins.

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Waldorf exposes every student to a broad curriculum. Each student experiences every part of the Waldorf curriculum all sciences, all levels of math, history, literature, music, language, movement, and PE & circus arts. The conviction is that K-12 education is a time to excite a wide array of possibilities in students, not the time for narrowing and specialization.

All the good things. Everyday.
 

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Culturally connected.  Hawaiian Values are taught in every aspect of HWS. From mo’olelo (storytelling), to the study and performance of chanting and hula, to studies of local geography, flora, and fauna, to volunteer service to help preserve local resources, HWS is connected to the Hawaiian culture in spirit, actions, and its sense of place.

Aloha. Lokahi. Pono. Honolulu Waldorf.
 

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Waldorf students are taught to make a difference in the world. As connected, global citizens, Waldorf students, and graduates know how to collaborate with others to make the world a better, more compassionate and beautiful place.

Global begins here.

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A unique viewpoint. Waldorf students and graduates, having been exposed to handwork, hands-on learning, and the arts view the world in a unique way. They have imaginative, creative ideas that are unbounded and are driven by discovery.

Unbounded imagination. Driven by Discovery.

 

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Compiled by Kat Fitzpatrick, April 2019

from 4frontbranding document created for HWS in 2015

 

HWS Talking Points

Waldorf education is unique. Experiential learning using the integration of the arts and hands-on techniques is very different than the teach-to-test methods of most schools.
 
The “whole human being” comes first. HWS feels that it is essential that students express themselves through the arts, that they collaborate with each other in a non-competitive manner, and that they have a global and moral sensibility.
 
Prepared. Waldorf students and graduates are ready, and passionate, to take on life challenges as independent, involved, self-directed and innovative human beings.
 
Waldorf teaches beyond testing. Students get involved in imagining and testing creative solutions to complex problems. They learn to think beyond standardized tests. At HWS, learning is rigor plus discovery.
 
Waldorf students are successful in the world. The holistic, inclusive, global nature of Waldorf education results in academically and socially successful students who will be independent, self-directed lifelong learners and who will make a difference in the world.
 
Waldorf exposes every student to a broad curriculum. Each student experiences every part of the Waldorf curriculum:  all sciences, all levels of math, history, literature, music, language, movement, and PE & circus arts. The conviction is that K-12 education is a time to excite a wide array of possibilities in students, not the time for narrowing and specialization.

Culturally connected.  Hawaiian Values are taught in every aspect of HWS. From mo’olelo (storytelling), to the study and performance of chanting and hula, to studies of local geography, flora, and fauna, to volunteer service to help preserve local resources, HWS is connected to the Hawaiian culture in spirit, actions, and its sense of place.
 
Waldorf students are taught to make a difference in the world. As connected, global citizens, Waldorf students, and graduates know how to collaborate with others to make the world a better, more compassionate and beautiful place.
 
Lifelong learners. As lifelong learners, Waldorf students are ready for the challenges of higher education and life in general. They are academically and socially prepared to be productive citizens of their community and the world.
 
A unique viewpoint. Waldorf students and graduates, having been exposed to handwork, hands-on learning, and the arts view the world in a unique way. They have imaginative, creative ideas that are unbounded and are driven by discovery.

Compiled by Kat Fitzpatrick, March 2019
from 4frontbranding document created for HWS in 2015