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November 2018 Eagle Newsletters

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
With 99% of our student population being military dependent, I would like to acknowledge our families for their dedication and service in protecting our country’s freedom. On Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:00 am, the Hickam Honor Guard will join our Nimitz Safety Patrol at the flag pole for a brief Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony as we honor and salute all American Veterans for their service and sacrifice.
The faculty and staff appreciate your support in this year’s Fall Festival which was a huge success! A big mahalo to our coordinator, Mrs. Sheri Honnaka, who put in many hours planning for this event. We couldn’t have done it without our PTO officers and the many parent/student volunteers who assisted us with the food booths and games. Thanks to our families for their generous donation of cookies, cakes, pies, etc. for the Cake Walk.
Last year, students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 took the Smarter Balanced assessments that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Based on the SY 2017-2018 results, Nimitz Elementary School continues to make progress despite having a transient population. The results include data on student proficiency in reading, math, and science (4th grade only); student growth in reading and math; chronic absenteeism, and achievement gap.
Our students in grades 3-6, received 70% in reading proficiency, 60% in math proficiency, and 73% in science (4th grade only). The state’s scores were 54%, 48%, and 57% respectively. For Chronic Absenteeism, Nimitz has one of the lowest rates of 2% for 2015 and 2016 and 1% for 2017. Last year, we went back to 2%, which is still considered very low compared to the state’s average of 13%. Thank you, parents, for ensuring that our students are in school on a daily basis.
The teachers and staff are dedicated to helping our students succeed. Nimitz Elementary has high expectations, which are in line with the State Strategic Plan and the Strive HI Performance System. We are committed to “continuous improvement” and strive daily towards student learning and achievement.
Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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October 2018 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Congratulations to all of our student athletes who participated in the Radford Complex Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. A special thanks goes out 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 demonstrating sportsmanship and eagle pride. They had a record of 4-2!
We just started our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. I hope you will have a productive meeting with your child(ren)’s teacher(s). Your continued support is appreciated since communication between home and school is vital to the success of your child(ren).
You are all invited to attend our annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm on our school campus. There will be plenty of fun for everyone with food, games, prizes, bounce houses, a cake walk, and a shower power booth! For those who live in Earhart Village Community, the Aupaka Gate will be opened from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and will re-open from 5:00 – 5:45 pm. Mark this on your calendar. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!
We would like to bid a fond aloha to our Parent Community Network Coordinator (PCNC), Mrs. Becky Roberts, who will be leaving soon to be closer to her family. “Miss Becky” has done an outstanding job as our PCNC, and we thank you for your service and dedication to Nimitz Elementary. You will be missed! We are fortunate to have Mrs. Norma Sosa to take her place when we return from Fall Break. Mrs. Sosa has been shadowing Miss Becky for a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition into her new position.
As we come to the end of our 1st Quarter, I want to thank you for your active involvement and support our many school activities/events. Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break! We will see you back on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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August 2018 Eagle 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 2, 2018. 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 learn to write, inquire, collaborate, organize, and read (WICOR).

We’re excited about our schoolwide positive behavior intervention system starting this school year. Our goal is to practice the following four values so that we can “SOAR” to success:
*Self-discipline (Managing impulses)
*Open mind (Flexible thinking, Empathy)
*Attitude (Growth mindset, Positive approach, Personal responsibility)
*Respect (Authority, Campus, Your peers, Yourself)

The behavior matrix was introduced at our Welcome Back Assembly to all of our students, and further discussion took place in each classroom. The matrix has been posted around the school campus and in classrooms as a visual reminder of our behavior expectations.

We would like to welcome a couple of new faces to Nimitz Elementary. Mrs. Carey DeBeaux is a Grade 4 General Education teacher, and Mrs. Shannon Wellbaum is a Grades 3/4 Special Education teacher. They come to us with a wealth of experience, and we are excited to have them as part of our school community.

Our calendar of events offers many opportunities for you to be actively involved at Nimitz, 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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Front Office Location

PLEASE NOTE: If you have a Kindergarten student attending our school and received an 08/02/2018 Meet & Greet postcard, then please disregard. Meet & Greet is only for Grades 1-6.

Due to the construction happening on campus, please note that the Administration Building will be closed. The Office personnel will be temporarily placed in Room 106. Hours are 7:30am - 4:00pm. Registration is from 8:30am - 2:00pm. Please call 808-307-4400. Our fax number is 808-421-4170.
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Public Schools Start Online Lunch Payment

Hawaii's public schools are launching a new online lunch payment system starting Monday, 05/07/2018. The state Department of Education is launching EZ-SchoolPay, which allows users to manage and pay for students' meal accounts online and through a mobile app available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. The DOE negotiated a $0.13 convenience fee to pay online. Parents still have the option of paying for school lunches by cash or check at no charge.
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Yearbooks

Deadline was March 27, 2018

At this time all yearbooks have been sold. If you would like to be put on a wait list for extra yearbooks that we may have come in please contact the PCNC at 307-4430.
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May 2018 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,

As we enter the month of May, we honor, remember, and recognize all military personnel, culminating with Memorial Day. We have a 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.

We also want to recognize our wonderful teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7th – May 11th). They have worked tirelessly throughout the school year. We are thankful for their hard work and dedication.

Our annual Volunteer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 8:00 am in the school’s cafeteria. We believe parent involvement is vital to the school’s success; so we want to take the time to show our appreciation for our parent volunteers. Thanks to our PCNC, Becky Roberts, for planning this special event.

Please join us for our Curriculum Fair Monday, May 14, 2018 – Friday, May 18, 2018. We encourage you to have lunch with your child during the grade level’s designated date/time and visit our fair in the cafeteria. We look forward to seeing you!

In closing, there are just a few weeks left to what’s been an amazing school year. Thank you for your continuous support with your child’s academic achievement. For those leaving Nimitz, we will miss you and hope for a smooth transition to your new school.

Have a fun and safe summer!

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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April 2018 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,

April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child”, a time to honor and celebrate all military-connected children and youth. We have planned a few activities in the upcoming weeks as a way to show support for our military families and recognize our students for their strength, sacrifices, and continued resilience. We want to thank our PCNC, Becky Roberts, for organizing each activity. We hope you can join us for “Eat Lunch with your Child” during your child’s designated lunchtime.

A big mahalo to our students and their families who participated in this year’s Keiki Great Aloha Run and ran on behalf of our school. Nimitz Elementary received $15 for each registered participant to support our physical education program. Thanks to our PE teacher, Todd Matsumoto, for picking up the packets to send home to our families.

We had an incredible turn out at our Family Fun Night! The students had a great time playing games, making crafts, and listening to stories in conjunction with Read Across America. Parents were able to purchase more books at the Book Fair. We appreciate the support of all the teachers and custodial staff who came out to help. We are truly grateful to the PTO for coordinating this wonderful event.

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 the 2nd Graders will be performing at our annual Radford Complex Music Festival. This year’s theme is “Around the World in Song.” We want to thank our music teacher, Nicole Sutorius and 2nd Grade Teachers (April Apana, Kelsey Arakaki, Christy Bongo, Roxanne Kauffman, and Jill Vanek) for preparing our students for this special performance. We are proud of our Eagles!

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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March 2018 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,

Congratulations to all of our Grade 3-6 students who participated in the annual Radford Complex Speech Festival on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Aliamanu Middle School. Our students did a great job with their presentations. We are so proud of you! A special thanks to Mrs. Darci Muromoto and Mrs. Jessica Osborne for taking the lead in coordinating the Speech Festival, along with the rest of our Grade 3-6 teachers, who helped prepare our students for this event.
There was a big turnout for our McTeacher’s Night on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Many of our families came by, 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 our parents for their support of Achieve3000 by ensuring their child (ren) in Grades 2-6 completes at least one article per week at home. According to the most current Achieve3000 report, 87% 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 Assessments (SBA) testing window for Grades 3-6 will be from Monday, April 23 – Friday, May 4, 2018. More information will be sent home with your child.
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 27, 2018.

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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