Aloha Waimalu Ohana:
I know that we are approaching the holiday season, and it is a very busy time for all of you. It is no exception for us here at Waimalu Elementary School. We will be having our annual “Warrior Dash/Bubble Run” fundraiser, and most of our classes will be continuing their work to show “gratitude” towards themselves and others. Although it is a very festive and exciting time, we need everyone’s cooperation to make sure that our students remain focused on school.
I would like to take this time to welcome three new members to our ohana, and say farewell to another. Our School Food Services Manager Pam Yuen is temporarily assigned as a supervisor with the State School Food Services Office. In her 16 years here at Waimalu Elementary, Pam has done so much for our school and our students. We wish her well, and want her to know that we will miss her very much. In her place, Mr. Greg Honma is temporarily assigned as our new School Food Services Manager. Mr. Honma joins us from Makalapa Elementary School, and he started with us on November 16. He is very excited to do more great things for our school.
We also have two new members of our teaching staff. In October, we welcomed Ms. Jamie Higashi. Ms. Higashi will be working with our grade one inclusion students. Although this is her first full time teaching assignment, she is a familiar face at our school. She was previously a part time teacher here, working with our English learners, and also helped us as an office assistant over the summer. On November 20, we welcomed Mrs. Tieryn Shelton to our ohana. Mrs. Shelton comes to us from Oklahoma, and will be working with our deaf and hard of hearing students in grades 1-6. Welcome Mr. Honma, Ms. Higashi, and Mrs. Shelton.
On behalf of everyone at Waimalu Elementary School, please have a very happy and safe holiday season!
Glen Iwamoto, Principal