October 2016


Principal’s Message Dear, Pukalani ‘Ohana,

Our Mission: “Pukalani Elementary School is to provide all students with a wellrounded, standards-based education so they become caring, capable, and contributing leaders of the 21st century.” ________________ The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey, 2005) 1.

Be Proactive


Begin with the End in Mind


Put First Things First


Think Win-Win


Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood




Sharpen the Saw

The STRIVE HI scores published in the Maui News and other Hawaii newspapers this week provided some insight into the academic strengths and challenges our students have at Pukalani Elementary School (PES). We have already taken action at the school level to address the challenges students are showing in meeting the SBAC benchmarks in reading and math. While the information we get from the SBAC scores is valuable, it is just one piece of data that we look at to meet the diverse needs of all our students. Students are making progress in all areas of achievement as shown by other data sources. Students’ individual achievement needs are targeted through our core instruction in reading and math, through our response to intervention program, and through our Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math (STREAM) instruction. When looking at the individual SBAC scores for students, 68% of our 4th and 5th grade students’ Language Arts scores increased. Students’ science scores have been steadily increasing each year , and 60% of our 4th grade students scored in the proficient range. Most importantly we have seen a huge increase in the amount of students wanting to participate in our after-school programs. Our mission for all students is to be provided the instructional opportunities to support their growth in becoming caring, capable and contributing 21st century leaders. This is reflected by the amount of opportunities students have to participate, not just in their core instruction, but in art, physical education, and garden throughout the week. Students of all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in grades K-5 are excited to have the opportunity to participate in the after school enrichment programs PES offers. Over the past few years PES students have shown their leadership in art and science as reflected in the amount of students who have participated and placed in the County Art Fair and the recognition our Robotics teams have received at both the State and National Levels. PES Stallions are amazing! Each child presents special qualities that makes our school unique. We will continue to work on planning rigorous instruction to ensure that a higher percentage of students will be able to reach the SBAC benchmarks. As important, however, are our continued efforts to provide instruction that meets the individual needs of each child and celebrate the success they make in all of their academic, social and emotional development.

EARLY STUDENT PICK-UP We know how valuable your time is and would like to have your student ready for you when you need to pick them up early.

WeVoteHawaii Kids voting for candidates in the general election will happen at Pukalani School on November 3rd and 4th. All students who vote will receive a I VOTED sticker and a letter home to the parents about the program.

Please call the office 1 hour before you will be at the school. This will ensure you that we will be able to contact the classroom and have your student ready to go without any waiting!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR November 3rd and 4th between 11:30 and 1:45. Please call the PCNC at ext. 2245.

I stop, I think I tell you how I

to you with appreciation from the Health Room. . .

I never lie or steal

Calvin-Paul Araki, grade 4 and his parents Catalina & Charles Araki for their generous donation of rubber slippers. These will certainly come in handy when a student breaks their slippers.

II keep my hands to myself


Feel I use my workds

I follow the Golden Rule Cuz here at

Pukalani we’re a BULLY-FREE

Jayvin Valdez—Grade 3—Corpuz “Your eyes will sting if you rub them with soap on your hands.” Regan Kashiwagi—Grade 4—Cayaban “ Don’t stand too close to the person in front when you’re climbing a ladder, he can kick you in the eye if he misses a step.”

Thank You for sending in your Box Tops….Keep Them Coming. Help Us Reach our Goal of $1,000.00

Vision and Hearing Screening VISION SCREENING Friday, November 4, 2016 8:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m. HEARING SCREENING Thursday, November 17th 8:00 a.m.— 10:30 a.m. The screenings will be provided by the Lions Club of Maui for grades K thru 2 only. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON BOTH DAYS Call Chris at ext. 2224. MAHALO!


THIS BEAUTIFUL MURAL WAS A COMMUNITY EFFORT! SPECIAL THANKS TO Calley O’Neill , Kitty Walsh and all our Volunteers!!


Pukalani School PTA is preparing for our

Pukalani now has an APP that is available for download. Simply go to the App store on your device and type in Pukalani and is free!

Grand-est Fundraiser of the year….. FUN RUN & HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY NOVEMBER 10, 2016 Be a part of the hard working team of parents, community and staff volunteers that use their positive energies to make this event happen for our students! Fill out the yellow form sent home or call our PCNC at ext 2245 to have one emailed to you.

Education should be a feeling process, the formal period serving as a foundation on which life’s structure may rest and rise. Robert H. Jackson



Make sure your child sells with a parent or guardian

JAMBA JUICE IS BACK!! PTA will be selling Jamba Juice on Fridays for $3.00 Flavors will be Strawberries Wild and Pog Dream YUM!!!!


NO door-to-door sales to homes of people you don’t know

November 8—Elections

DO NOT sell after dark

November 11—Veterans Day

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Sell to family, friends and co-workers

october 2016 newsletter.pdf

and a letter home to the parents about the pro- gram. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR November 3rd and 4th. between 11:30 and 1:45. Please call the PCNC at.

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