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December 2017 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,

We hosted our annual Career Day on November 2-3, 2017 which helped to promote college, career, and citizenship readiness and incorporated the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) philosophy where our students can develop the skills, character, and knowledge they will need to be successful in their post-secondary endeavors.

Thank you to our upper grade counselor, Mr. Tomasu, for taking the lead in coordinating the Career Day. Also thank you to our PCNC and parent volunteers who helped to contact potential speakers and to those who came out to assist us with our guests. A special “thank you” goes out to our parents, who gave of their time to present at the Career Day.

We had a great turn out for “Olaf’s Winter Wonderland” Holiday Family Fun Night - Reading with Santa on Friday, December 1, 2017 with 331 students and parents in attendance. There were holiday crafts, storytelling, a photo booth with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and refreshments for the entire family. We want to thank our PCNC, Mrs. Becky Roberts, for planning this event and our teachers for helping with the set-up and at the craft tables. This event was free due to the generous support of our PTO.

Please join us on Friday, December 15, 2017 for our annual Jingle Bell Fun Run as we promote physical fitness along with school spirit. Don’t forget to wear holiday colors and lots of bells.

Due to the overwhelming attendance of our Winter Program, we will have two performances on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 8:30 am and 12:30 pm. This will allow ample seating in the cafeteria as well as parking in the back field. Please attend the show that is assigned to your child’s grade so that we can evenly divide the attendance. All grade levels will be performing in both shows.

On behalf of our Nimitz Elementary School Faculty and Staff, we want to wish your family a joyful holiday season and a prosperous 2018!

Mahalo,

Marcy Kagami Principal
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October 2017 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Congratulations to all of our student athletes who participated in the Radford Complex Volleyball Tournament on September 19, 2017. A special thanks to our PE teacher, Mr. Todd Matsumoto for taking the time to work with our boys and girls volleyball team. The students did a wonderful job showing sportsmanship and eagle pride. They had a perfect record of 6-0!
We just started our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. I hope you will have a productive meeting with your child’s teacher. Your continued support is appreciated since communication between the home and school is vital to the success of your child.
The safety and welfare of our students and staff are the highest priority at Nimitz Elementary School. Because of this, we will be conducting our Off-Campus Evacuation Drill on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:30 am. All students and staff will be evacuating the campus and gathering at Lynch Field. The entire exercise should be completed within 45 minutes. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills.
You are all invited to attend our annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm on our school campus. There will be plenty of fun for everyone with food, games, prizes, bounce houses, cake walk, and a shower power booth! For those who live on Hickam Air Force Base, the Aupaka Gate will be opened from 1:00 - 6:00 pm. Mark this on your calendar. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!
As we come to the end of our 1st Quarter, I want to thank you for your active involvement and support with our many school activities/events. Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break. We will see you back on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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September 2017 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,

During spring 2017, students in grades 3-8 and 11 took the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics. The test results measure the academic goals laid out in the Hawaii Common Core Standards.
The Smarter Balanced Assessments put more emphasis on writing, problem-solving, and critical thinking - skills that students need in the real world - and provide a snapshot of their child’s academic progress towards college and career readiness.
Your child’s teacher will be sharing the Smarter Balanced Assessments results during Parent-Teacher Conferences, which are scheduled from September 27, 2017 – October 5, 2017. We want to thank our parents for their cooperation and support in making sure our students were rested, provided breakfast, and brought to school on time during those two weeks of testing.
Our annual Fall Festival is coming up on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm. So please mark your calendar! More information will be sent home with your child in a couple of weeks. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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August 2017 Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Welcome to the opening of what promises to be a wonderful school year! It was nice to see so many families during our Meet and Greet Day on Thursday, August 3, 2017. The faculty and staff put in many hours to prepare for the start of the new school year, and I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication to our students.

This year, we will continue to implement our statewide reading program called Reading Wonders as well as Go Math!, which are both aligned with our Common Core State Standards. The school will be incorporating AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) strategies to help our students be organized, self-directed learners, and critical thinkers. An AVID Parent Night will be scheduled in the near future. More details will be sent home with your child.

Please help me welcome our new Vice Principal, Mr. Corey Allen to Nimitz Elementary. He was a social studies teacher at Radford High School and was actively involved with the school band. We are also fortunate to have Mr. Jesse Kastelic, our new Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC), who transferred from Solomon Elementary School.

I look forward to meeting the new members of our community and connecting with returning families throughout the school year. I encourage our Nimitz ‘Ohana to get to know each other so we can build new friendships and support each other as the need arises.

Our calendar of events offer many opportunities for you to be actively involved at Nimitz Elementary, such as our Parent-Teacher Conferences, Fall Festival, Book Fairs, Winter Program, Jingle Bell Fun Run, and grade level activities, just to name a few.

Please join us in striving to make this school year a rewarding, enriching, and successful one as we continue our journey to “Kulia i ka Nu’u” (Rise to the Summit).

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami, Principal
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May 2017 Eagle Newsletter

As we enter May, it’s an important month that honors, remembers, and
recognizes all military personnel culminating with Memorial Day. We have tremendous respect for all who serve and have served this great country of ours. On behalf of our Nimitz ‘Ohana, we extend a heartfelt “Mahalo” to you for your service and sacrifice.
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April 2017 Eagle Newsletter

April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child”, a time to honor and celebrate all military-connected children and youth. Everyone is encouraged to wear something “purple” on Purple UP! Day which is on Friday, April 21, 2017 as a way to show support and recognize our students for their strength, sacrifices, and continued resilience.
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March 2017 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Congratulations to all of our students in Grades 3-6, who participated in the annual Radford Complex Speech Festival on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Aliamanu Middle School. The students did a great job with their presentations. We are so proud of you! A special thanks to Mrs. Darci Muromoto, Mrs. Jan Shota, and Mrs. Jessica Osborne for taking the lead in coordinating the Speech Festival, along with the rest of our teachers from Grades 3-6 who helped prepare our students for this wonderful event.
There was a big turnout for our McTeacher’s Night on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Many of our families came, enjoyed a meal at McDonald’s, and had fun in the play area. We appreciate our awesome PCNC, Becky Roberts, who took care of all the details and made sure everything ran smoothly.
We want to thank you parents for your support of Achieve3000 by ensuring your child(ren) in Grades 2-6 complete at least one article per week at home. According to the most current Achieve3000 report, 82% of our students are using Achieve3000 outside of school hours. Research on adolescent literacy suggests that the amount of reading students do after-school hours is an accurate predicator of their in-school academic achievement.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) testing window for Grades 3-6 will be from Monday, April 10 – Thursday, April 13, 2017 and Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28, 2017. More information will be sent home with your child(ren).
As we come to the end of 3rd Quarter, I want to thank you for your participation and support in our many school activities. Have a fun and safe Spring Break. We will see you back on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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February 2017 Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,

Congratulations to our boys and girls basketball teams who participated in the Radford Complex Tournament at Radford High School on January 19-20, 2017. There were a lot of parents who came out to support our students. I would like to acknowledge our coaches, Mr. Ryan Kam, Ms. Erin Kam, and Mr. Todd Matsumoto for preparing the teams for this event. Thank you to the coaches and players for doing a fine job representing Nimitz.

Starting Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the teachers will begin preparing our 3rd - 6th graders for the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) scheduled for the month of April by administering the Interim Assessments in their classes. The SBA will measure not only what students know but how well they can apply their knowledge in real-world situations. If you are interested in assisting with your child’s preparation, there is an online practice test that can be accessed through a link on the Nimitz website or directly to alohahsap.org/SMARTERBALANCED/students/.

On Thursday, February 9, 2017 our 4th graders will be participating in the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) for Science. This test is aligned to the 4th grade science Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III (HCPSIII). It is especially important that your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast the morning of the assessment.

Finally, please join us for McTeacher’s Night coming up on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the McDonald’s located at the Moanalua Shopping Center. Hope to see you there!

Mahalo,

Marcy Kagami
Principal
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