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February 2018 Eagle News

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana, February 2018

Congratulations to our girls’ and boys’ basketball teams who participated in the Radford Complex Tournament at Radford High School on January 19 and 29, 2018 respectively. Thank you to our parents who came out to support their daughter/son. I would like to acknowledge our coaches, Mr. Todd Matsumoto and Mr. Ryan Kam for preparing the teams for this event. Thank you to our coaches and players for doing an outstanding job representing Nimitz Elementary School.

Starting the month of February, the teachers will begin preparing our 3rd - 6th graders for the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) scheduled for April/May 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 through the alohahsap.org/SMARTERBALANCED/students/.

Please join us for our McTeacher’s Night coming up on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the McDonalds located at the Moanalua Shopping Center. Hope to see you there!

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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January 2018 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana, January 2018
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful break and reenergized as we enter the 3rd Quarter.
During the Winter Break, we had a few students register at Nimitz. I would like to welcome our new families to the school. We look forward to partnering with you and encourage your active participation. If you are interested in volunteering, you may contact our Parent Community Networking Coordinator (PCNC), Becky Roberts, at 307-4400 or stop by the PCNC office located in the cafeteria.
Are you looking for a way to get involved at our school? I encourage you to join our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), which meets once a month in the cafeteria. They are always looking for more support and volunteers. The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm. We hope to see you there! To contact the PTO, please email Nimitzpto17@gmail.com.
I would like to acknowledge our Student Council Advisors, Mrs. Sheri Honnaka and Mr. Todd Matsumoto along with our hardworking Student Council for planning our upcoming “Spirit Week” to be held during the week of January 22 – January 26, 2018. Here’s a sneak preview:
*Monday, January 22nd – Pajama Day
*Tuesday, January 23rd – Crazy Hair Day
*Wednesday, January 24th – Mix Match Day
*Thursday, January 25th – Sports Day
*Friday, January 26th – Fancy Friday
Be on the look-out for the flyer with more information. This will be a fun-filled week as our students get to show their school spirit and school pride!

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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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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