Welcome Iliahi Ohana to the 2017-2018 school year. I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing summer, but yet took advantage of the opportunity to have your child increase his/her literacy skills by reading everyday. We are excited to begin another school year filled with many academic opportunities for your child to learn and grow. This year, we will be visited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). The ACS WASC/HIDOE accreditation process systematizes and standardizes the ongoing evaluation of a school’s program and streamlines planning and reporting.
To promote school spirit and Iliahi pride, we have adopted certain colors/attire to wear during the week. This is not mandatory but highly encouraged to show your commitment to excellence.
Mondays: Purple to represent our Purple Hand Pledge
Tuesdays: Blue or Iliahi school shirt day
Wednesdays: Any college shirt day to represent college and career awareness
Thursdays: Red to support drug awareness
Fridays: Green and Gold to show our support as our students will attend Leilehua High School in the future
Students will begin their journey to the Iliahi experience. The excitement and enthusiasm that students bring daily to school demonstrates that they can and will learn. Iliahi Elementary School’s motto is “E holomua na pua’o Iliahi” or “Go forward children of Iliahi.” Our expectation is to ensure that each student has the opportunity to learn and grow, eventually becoming a productive citizen in today’s global society. Our faculty and staff are excited for the journey ahead. We encourage all of you to get involved in your child’s education. Parent involvement is paramount to your child’s success.
The following information are some ways you can help your child:
- Read and go over with your child(ren) our Parent-Student Handbook.
- Make sure your child is in school on time: (School begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 2:05 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays. On Wednesdays, school ends at 12:40 p.m.) Students are labeled chronically absent in Hawaii if they miss 15 or more days of school for any reason.
- We want our students to remain safe; therefore, students must leave campus directly following the release from school unless he/she is enrolled in the Kama’aina Kids After School Program or is participating in other school activities. Students are discouraged from playing on the City & County playground equipment before and after school, as there is no adult supervision provided in these areas. The playground on school property is off limits before and after school.
- Provide extra assistance at home with your child’s schoolwork. Spend time and help encourage your child in his/her studies. The effort invested in your child’s education is the key to them becoming life-long learners.
- Communicate with your child’s teacher about his/her academic and behavior progress.
- Be an Iliahi Dragon and get involved. Attend grade level parent days and parent meetings, get involved with the PTA and/or School Community Council, or volunteer for school functions. We have a number of volunteer opportunities available on and off campus, as well as during and outside of school hours.
- Have your child join various extra-curricular activities such as Dance Club (DC) Hui, Na Kamali’i ‘O ‘Iliahi, Robotics (Grades 4-5) and Coding (Grades 2-3). We also have cross-country, volleyball, basketball, and track teams when needed for Leilehua Complex Meets.
Should you need any information, please contact our school at 622-6411. Our Iliahi Faculty/Staff is committed to demonstrating “Dragon Pride”, by Inspiring, Engaging and being Student Centered. Once again, welcome and I look forward to working with all of you and your child(ren).
Garett Yukumoto, Principal