‘Aikahi Elementary Technology Drive

‘Aikahi ‘Ohana,

We have a specific need next year for technology. The letter below provides complete information. We welcome you to share this donation opportunity with family and friends. This is a big endeavor and we all need to pitch in to make it happen!

Me ke aloha pumehana,

Tina, Katina, Christian, and Molly
Your 2014-15 PTA Board

.pdf version of this letter, for your convenience.


Twenty Dollars Per Student
That’s all it will take to raise $10,000 to ensure our students have access to a great technology asset for our school.

‘Aikahi is in need of a Chromebook Cart, which will provide 30 Chromebook laptops and the necessary mobile charging station. ‘Aikahi made their first purchase of one cart that began circulating this year, but a minimum of two carts are needed to provide consistent access for all grade levels. Due to DOE budge cuts, our school cannot purchase a second cart unless we as parents step in and help out. This is why we have the PTA – to bridge the gap between what the DOE can provide and what our students and teachers need.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 before the start of the next school year.

Please donate $20 for each child you have attending ‘Aikahi Elementary in the coming school year if possible. Family and friends can also donate at http://www.aikahipta.org. There are no fundraising incentives, no prizes, no parties, just the knowledge that 100% of your donation will go to purchasing these needed laptops.

‘Aikahi PTA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Your donations are always tax-deductible. If we are fortunate enough to surpass $10,000, the money will be applied toward technology maintenance and other technology-based needs.

To learn about the other valuable programs that our PTA funds, please visit our website at www.aikahipta.org or join us at our next meeting. Thank you!

Sincerely,

The ‘Aikahi Elementary PTA Board

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More on Chromebook Carts: Chromebook Carts have proven to be an efficient way to deliver technology opportunities to students. Laptops are charged, protected, and transported in a single unit, can be checked out by teachers or rotated through classrooms, and are inexpensive to maintain. They can be used for research projects, subject matter enhancement, and educational software programs such as typing lessons, graphic arts, and more. While many schools across the country have a 30-laptop Chromebook Cart per grade-level that is checked out by a classroom for an entire day, or even one laptop per student, ‘Aikahi rotated a single cart through 20 classrooms this year. This provides limited access, at best, to a valuable technology experience.

Back to School Night and Kindergarten Schedules

Back to School Night is here! Here is a little peak at what will be happening:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

5:00 p.m.   At promptly 5:00 the class lists will be posted and doors will open for Back to School Night. Bring your checkbook and sign up to be a PTA member. The PTA works hard to raise money for ‘Aikahi programs such as our Music Program, Library Books and Star Parties, Healthy Choice, Math Olympiad, Science Fair, Yearbooks, Yellow Ribbon Day, Enrichment classes and scholarships, Teacher Appreciation, and much more.

You will get your first chance to see our fundraisers at work. This year we are selling Bread with Regal Bakery. The top seller wins an Xbox 360 and a chance to enter a raffle for an Xbox One. We will also be selling our newly designed ‘Aikahi Elementary t-shirts, Lost in Kailua Books, Boston’s Pizza tickets, and First Aid Kits.

5:30   Join Mrs. Kobayashi in the library for a short talk on the Common Core Wonders Program. Computers will also be set up to unveil ‘Aikahi’s brand new website.

6:15   Mrs. Kobayashi will give a second Common Core Wonders talk and answer any questions you have regarding the newly implemented Common Core Curriculum.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

9:00 a.m. Kindergarten Meet and Greet. Both parents and students should attend this meeting. During this time, school procedures, policies, and other important information will be discussed.

Friday, August 1, 2014

7:50-12:30 First day of school schedule of Kindergartners

7:50-2:05   First day of school schedule for 1st – 6th graders.

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‘Aikahi Welcome Night – July 30th

It’s almost time for ‘Aikahi Welcome Night!

Find out your child’s teacher and room number when the doors open on Wednesday, July 30th, at 5pm. Bring your calendar and checkbook, because this is your chance to get your entire fall schedule planned!

‘Aikahi has one of the largest after school program offerings in our area, so take advantage of unique and convenient activities such as art, athletics, clubs, and more. They will run for 12 weeks only, beginning August 27th.

Make your contributions now as we kick off our PTA fundraisers for the year! These include tasty Bread sales through Regal Bakery, First Aid Kits, Boston’s Pizza tickets, and a guide to local stores and events in Kailua. Also, get the first pick of our newly designed ‘Aikahi Elementary t-shirts. If you would like to make a direct contribution to the school, check out our website at http://www.AikahiPTA.org and click on the “Donate Now” button.

Our PTA works hard and responsibly to provide many needs throughout the school such as the MUSIC program, TECHNOLOGY contributions, AWARDS and recognition for students and teachers, family and student EVENTS, and much more. Please take a minute to stop by our booth and learn about all the ways the PTA supports ‘Aikahi. Both new and returning parents, please make sure the PTA has your current contact information when you arrive.

See you there!

Gearing up for 2014-2015!

Aloha Parents, Friends, and Family! It is hard to believe we are in the last few weeks of summer! The Aikahi front office has asked for our help in putting together Welcome Back packets. The more hands the lighter the load! If you are around please join us Thursday, July 17 at 9:00 a.m. at Aikahi. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Aikahipta@yahoo.com. Mahalo!

Final Morning Announcement

Thursday, May 29, 2014

S1:    Good Morning Aikahi!  I am 5th grader, Malia Gady.

S2:       And I am 5th grader, Abigail Kung. Today is Thursday, May 29th, 2014. These are your last announcements for the year!

S1:       Please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance (wait 10 seconds) Ready, begin: I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

S2:       Please pause for a moment of silence and think about how you can be responsible by having your name tag at lunch (wait 10 seconds and then…) Please be seated (Wait 10 seconds.)  Our lunch menu for today is: Sandwich Surprise!

S1:       Please return all borrowed library books, return all textbooks to your teachers, and make sure to pay any outstanding money you might owe for lost textbooks or on your meal tracker account.  These responsibilities need to be taken care of to receive your report card today!

S2:       Any 4th or 5th grade students who want to be a JPO or 3rd, 4th or 5th grader who want to run for the Student Council next year need to turn in their applications today!

S1:       Keeping you safe on recess duty today will be Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Campbell, Ms. Bodner, Mrs. Ono, Mr. Ogan, Mrs. Mah, and Ms. Kim (pause) Have a fabulous day and a restful summer!

Morning Announcements

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

S1:    Good Morning Aikahi!  I am 5th grader, Malia Gady.

S2:       And I am 5th grader, Abigail Kung. Today is Wednesday, May 28th, 2014. These are your announcements.

S1:       Please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance (wait 10 seconds) Ready, begin: I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

S2:       Please pause for a moment of silence and think about how you can be responsible by having your name tag at lunch (wait 10 seconds and then…) Please be seated (Wait 10 seconds.)  Our lunch menu for today is: Spaghetti with meat sauce, spinach and romaine salad, pineapple chunks, and French bread.

S1:       Please return all borrowed library books, return all textbooks to your teachers, and make sure to pay any outstanding money you might owe for lost textbooks or on your meal tracker account.  You have 2 more days to take care of these responsibilities!

S2:       Any 4th or 5th grade students who want to be a JPO or 3rd, 4th or 5th grader who want to run for the Student Council next year need to pick up an application from the front office.   Applications are due by Thursday!

S1:       Keeping you safe on recess duty today will be Mrs. McDonald, Ms. Goergen, Ms. Nagli, Mrs. Meyers, Mr. Ikeda, Mr. Malina, and Mrs. Egan (pause) See you at the Awards Assembly this morning and have a fabulous day!