Aloha Waimalu Ohana!
Welcome back to school! We all hope that this summer was a memorable one and you are all ready for an exciting year!
This school year, we are looking forward to kicking off a new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program called “Choose Love.” This program was created by Scarlett Lewis, who lost her six year old son Jesse in the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. The program is based on four themes: COURAGE, GRATITUDE, FORGIVENESS, and COMPASSION. Our teachers will be working these lessons into their classes, and our students will have ample opportunities to apply and practice these skills. Our goal is to cultivate a positive and enjoyable classroom environment for students to succeed personally and academically. As this is our first year of the program, we will be learning with our students. If you have any questions, you can feel free to speak with your child’s teacher.
Although we have been very busy getting ready for school, we also said farewell to four teachers this summer. Mahealani Palakiko (Deaf/Hard of Hearing), Kathy Burch (Response to Intervention Coach), Sharyl Lynn Fujii (Curriculum Coach), and Heather Nekoba (Data Coach) left Waimalu for other opportunities in the department. I would like to send my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of them for their contributions to our students, and we wish you well in your future endeavors.
We welcome Jocelyn Aipa (Grade 3), Doris Boushey (Grade 4), Myriam Whaley (Gr. 1-2 Inclusion), Kaylee Harris (Gr. 3-4 Inclusion), Louis Lujan (Gr. 5-6 Inclusion), Lilian Richardson-Reynolds (Deaf/Hard of Hearing), Teiryn Shelton (Deaf/Hard of Hearing), and Amie Yanuaria (Grade 1). We wish them all the best as they begin their new journey at Waimalu Elementary.
Once again, please accept my greetings and best wishes on an enjoyable and successful school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to stop by the office. My door is always open.
Glen Iwamoto, Principal