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Parent Information 
SY 2014-2015
Hale Kula Elementary empowers learners to 
explore, discover, create, and share. 
Our Mission 
At Hale Kula Elementary, learners explore 
through hands-on experiences and inquiry-based 
learning to discover new ideas. We 
expect students to collaborate and 
communicate with each other and to rely on 
critical and creative thinking skills to gain new 
insight into their learning.
 http://www.halekula.k12.hi.us 
 Check out our website for information about our 
school: 
 School calendar 
 Monthly menu for breakfast and lunch 
 Updated information on school activities and 
events 
 Grade level information 
 Photo gallery 
 Principal blog
For more information on your privacy rights, the 
laws that protect them, and how to exercise your 
rights, contact your school administrator or visit 
http://bit.ly/FERPAHI 
Learn more about: 
Directory information 
Opt-out forms 
FERPA 
PPRA
 The first bell rings at 7:45 a.m. It is strongly suggested 
that students be in their classrooms by 7:50 a.m. to 
ensure that they are on-time and ready to start the 
school day with their classmates. 
 If your child will be absent, we appreciate a phone call 
to the office (808) 3400 or the teacher to let us know. 
 School ends at 2:10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, 
Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesday, students 
are dismissed at 1:10 p.m. Please do not go to the 
classroom until 5 minutes before the bell rings to 
minimize classroom disruptions
 We do not accept cash from students in the breakfast 
or lunch line except for milk only purchases. Parents 
must deposit sufficient funds into an account for each 
child. Please make payments in the school 
office, cash or check only. 
 Breakfast begins at 7:15 and ends at 7:40. Cost is 
$1.00 
 Students pay $2.25 for lunch. Extra milk is $0.60. You 
can pay cash for milk or take the cost out of your child’s 
meal account. Parents may block purchase of a 
second milk. 
 This year, we will not be providing a substitute drink for 
students with milk allergies.
 Parents and non-Hale Kula siblings pay full price 
for meals. Cost for breakfast is $2.00 and cost 
for lunch is $5.00. Please let your child’s 
teacher know the day before that you will be 
joining your child for lunch so we can put in an 
order for you. 
Menu will be posted on the school website or 
a paper copy is available in the school office.
 It is important for all parents to fill out an 
application for free or reduced meals even if your 
child will not be purchasing breakfast or lunch at 
school. 
 Parents have the option of applying on-line at 
http://ezmealapp.com. 
 If you qualify, cost for a reduced breakfast is $0.30 
and $0.40 for a reduced lunch. Please make 
payment into your child’s account in the school 
office.
 Please be sure your emergency information is 
updated. We need current telephone numbers for 
yourself and for anyone you designate as a 
contact person in case of emergencies. 
 Let us know if your child has a medical condition 
that we need to be aware of. If necessary, an 
Emergency Action Plan will be developed.
 Your child may qualify to ride the school bus if you live 
more than 1 mile away from Hale Kula. 
 You must complete a bus application and prepay for a 
bus pass. If you have not done so, please go to the 
office and get an application. Cost for one way is $1.25. 
NO REFUNDS will be given for bus pass payments. 
 The bus driver will NOT accept bus fare. You must sign 
up for a payment plan and pay when you complete your 
bus application. Payment is accepted for the quarter or 
the year. Coupons can be issued on a limited basis.
 We expect all students to dress appropriately for 
school. Please read the guidelines in the Parent- 
Student Handbook. 
 On the days your child has physical education, it 
is suggested that your child wear clothes that will 
enable him/her to gain the most from their PE 
experience. Shorts/t-shirt and athletic shoes are 
recommended. 
 High-heeled shoes and large hoop or dangling 
earrings are inappropriate for school as they can 
be unsafe and students can be hurt.
 Please make prior arrangements with the teacher 
(24 hours in advance) if you would like to visit or 
volunteer in the classroom. 
 All visitors must sign in at the office and get a 
visitor’s badge before proceeding to the 
classroom.
 Our goal is bell-to-bell teaching. As such, we hope 
that students will remain in school for the full day. 
 However, if you need to pick your child up early, 
we ask that you let your child’s teacher know that 
day so the office can be notified. 
 The child needs to be signed out at the office. 
 Adults who will be picking up the child need to be 
on the emergency pick-up list and the office staff 
will ask for a picture ID prior to releasing the 
student.
 If you will be late to pick up your child, please let 
the office know. 
 Your child will be waiting in the office. 
 You will be required to sign out that you picked up 
your child. 
 If someone else will be picking your child up, 
he/she must be on the emergency pick-up list and 
show a picture ID.
Hale Kula is a TRIBES school and we follow the 4 
TRIBES agreements: 
 Mutual respect 
 Attentive listening 
 Right to pass/right to participate 
 Appreciations; no put-downs 
We expect all students, staff, parents, and school 
visitors to follow these agreements. As adults, we 
should model appropriate behaviors if we want our 
students to do the same.
 Students have the opportunity to participate in 
extra-curricular activities including service to the 
school and community. Activities include Student 
Council, Junior Police Officers (JPOs), Greeters 
Club, Robotics, Media Club, and complex-wide 
athletic events. Additionally, we have school-wide 
activities such as a Turkey Trot canned foods 
drive, Jingle Bell Run, Jump Rope for Heart, and 
Pennies for Patients.
 Due to the increased student enrollment and the 
need for safety, we will be implementing STAFF 
ONLY parking in the school lot from 7:00-8:15 
a.m. and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 
 We will have one lane of traffic; staff will be 
assisting to ensure efficient drop-off and pick-up of 
students. Exit will be RIGHT-TURN ONLY in the 
morning. 
 The parking lot will be closed to cars in the 
afternoon until after the buses leave. Students 
should wait for parents in the waiting area. 

If your child is having problems in school, please 
speak with your child’s teacher. This includes 
academics, behavior, emotional, or social 
problems. 
The SSC, Teri Taguba, has responsibility for 
coordinating all referrals if the implemented 
interventions or support plan are not working. She 
is located in Room A4.
We encourage parents to volunteer at Hale 
Kula. The PCNC, Ellen Petry, coordinates 
volunteer training and activities. Please visit 
her in room P14 if you would like to meet 
other parents and volunteer at Hale Kula. 
 Volunteers are welcome for morning and 
afternoon traffic duty. Please see Vice 
Principal Leinau if you would like to 
volunteer.
 We encourage you to join the PTO by paying 
membership dues. 
 The PTO sponsors activities throughout the 
school year for Hale Kula students and families. 
 Fundraising activities help to support our school 
activities. 
 The PTO president is Jeri Duncan.
 Ten members make up the SCC: 
3 parents, 3 teachers, 1 classified staff, 1 community 
representative, 1 student, and the principal 
 The SCC monitors our Academic and Financial Plan and 
develops an annual plan based on a weighted student 
formula. 
 The SCC also addresses any other issues which impact 
student achievement at school, including distribution of a 
parent and student survey at the end of the year to 
gather data for school improvement.
The YMCA provides after school care 
through the A+ program. All students 
whose parents work or go to school 
qualify to attend the program for a 
nominal fee. Services are provided until 
5:30 p.m. on school days. Applications 
are available in the school office.
The Transition Center is located in Room P14 with 
the PCNC and the PTO. Our Transition 
Coordinator, Sheila Ward, assists and supports 
new students and families by providing tours of 
our school and answering questions you may 
have.
 We received a 6-year term with a mid-term 
accreditation from the Western Association of 
Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our term expires 
in 2015 so we will be having a Visiting Committee 
in March. Parents will be invited to participate in 
our WASC Focus on Learning process. 
 We will address the recommendations of the 
WASC Visiting Committee to continuously 
improve student achievement for ALL students at 
Hale Kula.
We communicate with our parents in a number of 
different ways: 
Our website – halekula.k12.hi.us 
A Wednesday folder is sent home weekly 
A monthly parent bulletin (available on-line or paper 
copy by request) 
A weekly push notification of upcoming activities - 
hkeshighlights.blogspot.com 
Facebook and Twitter – click on the link on our school 
webpage
“Alone we can do so little; together we can 
do so much.” 
Helen Keller 
We hope you will be able to assist and 
support us at Hale Kula!

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Parent orientation

  • 2. Hale Kula Elementary empowers learners to explore, discover, create, and share. Our Mission At Hale Kula Elementary, learners explore through hands-on experiences and inquiry-based learning to discover new ideas. We expect students to collaborate and communicate with each other and to rely on critical and creative thinking skills to gain new insight into their learning.
  • 3.  http://www.halekula.k12.hi.us  Check out our website for information about our school:  School calendar  Monthly menu for breakfast and lunch  Updated information on school activities and events  Grade level information  Photo gallery  Principal blog
  • 4. For more information on your privacy rights, the laws that protect them, and how to exercise your rights, contact your school administrator or visit http://bit.ly/FERPAHI Learn more about: Directory information Opt-out forms FERPA PPRA
  • 5.  The first bell rings at 7:45 a.m. It is strongly suggested that students be in their classrooms by 7:50 a.m. to ensure that they are on-time and ready to start the school day with their classmates.  If your child will be absent, we appreciate a phone call to the office (808) 3400 or the teacher to let us know.  School ends at 2:10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesday, students are dismissed at 1:10 p.m. Please do not go to the classroom until 5 minutes before the bell rings to minimize classroom disruptions
  • 6.  We do not accept cash from students in the breakfast or lunch line except for milk only purchases. Parents must deposit sufficient funds into an account for each child. Please make payments in the school office, cash or check only.  Breakfast begins at 7:15 and ends at 7:40. Cost is $1.00  Students pay $2.25 for lunch. Extra milk is $0.60. You can pay cash for milk or take the cost out of your child’s meal account. Parents may block purchase of a second milk.  This year, we will not be providing a substitute drink for students with milk allergies.
  • 7.  Parents and non-Hale Kula siblings pay full price for meals. Cost for breakfast is $2.00 and cost for lunch is $5.00. Please let your child’s teacher know the day before that you will be joining your child for lunch so we can put in an order for you. Menu will be posted on the school website or a paper copy is available in the school office.
  • 8.  It is important for all parents to fill out an application for free or reduced meals even if your child will not be purchasing breakfast or lunch at school.  Parents have the option of applying on-line at http://ezmealapp.com.  If you qualify, cost for a reduced breakfast is $0.30 and $0.40 for a reduced lunch. Please make payment into your child’s account in the school office.
  • 9.  Please be sure your emergency information is updated. We need current telephone numbers for yourself and for anyone you designate as a contact person in case of emergencies.  Let us know if your child has a medical condition that we need to be aware of. If necessary, an Emergency Action Plan will be developed.
  • 10.  Your child may qualify to ride the school bus if you live more than 1 mile away from Hale Kula.  You must complete a bus application and prepay for a bus pass. If you have not done so, please go to the office and get an application. Cost for one way is $1.25. NO REFUNDS will be given for bus pass payments.  The bus driver will NOT accept bus fare. You must sign up for a payment plan and pay when you complete your bus application. Payment is accepted for the quarter or the year. Coupons can be issued on a limited basis.
  • 11.  We expect all students to dress appropriately for school. Please read the guidelines in the Parent- Student Handbook.  On the days your child has physical education, it is suggested that your child wear clothes that will enable him/her to gain the most from their PE experience. Shorts/t-shirt and athletic shoes are recommended.  High-heeled shoes and large hoop or dangling earrings are inappropriate for school as they can be unsafe and students can be hurt.
  • 12.  Please make prior arrangements with the teacher (24 hours in advance) if you would like to visit or volunteer in the classroom.  All visitors must sign in at the office and get a visitor’s badge before proceeding to the classroom.
  • 13.  Our goal is bell-to-bell teaching. As such, we hope that students will remain in school for the full day.  However, if you need to pick your child up early, we ask that you let your child’s teacher know that day so the office can be notified.  The child needs to be signed out at the office.  Adults who will be picking up the child need to be on the emergency pick-up list and the office staff will ask for a picture ID prior to releasing the student.
  • 14.  If you will be late to pick up your child, please let the office know.  Your child will be waiting in the office.  You will be required to sign out that you picked up your child.  If someone else will be picking your child up, he/she must be on the emergency pick-up list and show a picture ID.
  • 15. Hale Kula is a TRIBES school and we follow the 4 TRIBES agreements:  Mutual respect  Attentive listening  Right to pass/right to participate  Appreciations; no put-downs We expect all students, staff, parents, and school visitors to follow these agreements. As adults, we should model appropriate behaviors if we want our students to do the same.
  • 16.  Students have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities including service to the school and community. Activities include Student Council, Junior Police Officers (JPOs), Greeters Club, Robotics, Media Club, and complex-wide athletic events. Additionally, we have school-wide activities such as a Turkey Trot canned foods drive, Jingle Bell Run, Jump Rope for Heart, and Pennies for Patients.
  • 17.  Due to the increased student enrollment and the need for safety, we will be implementing STAFF ONLY parking in the school lot from 7:00-8:15 a.m. and from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  We will have one lane of traffic; staff will be assisting to ensure efficient drop-off and pick-up of students. Exit will be RIGHT-TURN ONLY in the morning.  The parking lot will be closed to cars in the afternoon until after the buses leave. Students should wait for parents in the waiting area. 
  • 18. If your child is having problems in school, please speak with your child’s teacher. This includes academics, behavior, emotional, or social problems. The SSC, Teri Taguba, has responsibility for coordinating all referrals if the implemented interventions or support plan are not working. She is located in Room A4.
  • 19. We encourage parents to volunteer at Hale Kula. The PCNC, Ellen Petry, coordinates volunteer training and activities. Please visit her in room P14 if you would like to meet other parents and volunteer at Hale Kula.  Volunteers are welcome for morning and afternoon traffic duty. Please see Vice Principal Leinau if you would like to volunteer.
  • 20.  We encourage you to join the PTO by paying membership dues.  The PTO sponsors activities throughout the school year for Hale Kula students and families.  Fundraising activities help to support our school activities.  The PTO president is Jeri Duncan.
  • 21.  Ten members make up the SCC: 3 parents, 3 teachers, 1 classified staff, 1 community representative, 1 student, and the principal  The SCC monitors our Academic and Financial Plan and develops an annual plan based on a weighted student formula.  The SCC also addresses any other issues which impact student achievement at school, including distribution of a parent and student survey at the end of the year to gather data for school improvement.
  • 22. The YMCA provides after school care through the A+ program. All students whose parents work or go to school qualify to attend the program for a nominal fee. Services are provided until 5:30 p.m. on school days. Applications are available in the school office.
  • 23. The Transition Center is located in Room P14 with the PCNC and the PTO. Our Transition Coordinator, Sheila Ward, assists and supports new students and families by providing tours of our school and answering questions you may have.
  • 24.  We received a 6-year term with a mid-term accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our term expires in 2015 so we will be having a Visiting Committee in March. Parents will be invited to participate in our WASC Focus on Learning process.  We will address the recommendations of the WASC Visiting Committee to continuously improve student achievement for ALL students at Hale Kula.
  • 25. We communicate with our parents in a number of different ways: Our website – halekula.k12.hi.us A Wednesday folder is sent home weekly A monthly parent bulletin (available on-line or paper copy by request) A weekly push notification of upcoming activities - hkeshighlights.blogspot.com Facebook and Twitter – click on the link on our school webpage
  • 26. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller We hope you will be able to assist and support us at Hale Kula!