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Welcome to my January-February 2018 Principal WEB Message


Aloha Hickam Elementary School Families, Friends and Community.


With the Saturday alert and possible event of a natural or man-made emergency such as a hurricane, tsunami, bomb threat, or release of an unknown substance into the air that threatens the health and safety of our students and school personnel, our school has emergency response plans developed.  Moreover, we are required to practice emergency drills on an annual basis to minimize exposure to dangers.

In the event of an emergency, your child will be cared for by our staff in accordance with our school plans and guided by emergency response personnel such as security forces, fire, and emergency medical services.

At times like these, we ask your cooperation by:

  • Remaining where you are and not rushing to the school campus.  This will help to keep roadways clear and allow emergency responders quick access while not exposing you
    to danger.
  • Listening to the radio or watching the television for information and instructions. Picking up your child(ren) at the regular dismissal time unless otherwise directed. We will be using our website, email and phone systems for alerts.
  • Avoiding calls to the school to keep phone lines open for communications with emergency responders.
  • There may be instances when we will need to keep your child(ren) at the school or at the evacuation site for long periods of time to ensure their health and safety.  Please wait for an “all clear” signal from appropriate authorities before going to the school or evacuation site.

We do have plans for extended periods of shelter-in-place, including health and nutrition needs.


Below are resources for Parents, which are from National leaders on mental health:  


SAMHSA's Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events: A Guide for Parents and Educators https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-talking-to-children-after-traumatic-event.pdf 


Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A guide for parents, caregivers, and teachers https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/KEN01-0093R/KEN01-0093R.pdf


Coping With Crisis: Tips for Parents and Educators https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/war-and-terrorism/helping-children-cope-with-terrorism


NCTSN Trauma Types and Resources http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters 


Another thing, not for helping kids, but to see some specifics on Hawaii’s emergency preparedness from the State:


Hawaii Emergency Management Agency: Emergency Preparedness (2017-11-11) https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/files/2017/11/HI-EMA-PUBLIC-BMP-working-brief-NOV-2017.pdf 


To continue addressing the whole child, we are slowly introducing our Social Emotional Learning called The Leader in Me. We also incorporate a system framework called Positive Behavior Intervention. Both our The Leader in Me and Positive Behavior Intervention (PBIS) includes our Seven Habits of Healthy Kids. The Seven Habits of Healthy Kids make it possible for us to grow social-emotional skills, attitudes and leadership dispositions. We are training as a school on February 2, our Complex Waiver Day (No School).


We will continue to grow our students voice and leadership through our Student Council and our Anchored4Life Team Leaders. We look forward to their participation in our school design and developing a successful school system.


This school year, we will continue to provide our students with college- and career-ready strategies that will support our school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) system and help our students be organized, self-directed learners and critical thinkersOur AVID Parent Night will be scheduled in the near future, and more details will be sent home with your child. On some Wednesdays during the school year, our students and staff will wear their college colors or college shirts as a reminder that we are preparing to be college-and career-ready. 


We are pleased to announce that new faculty and staff members who have joined our team this Term:

  • Emily Wolfe, Grade 5/6 Teacher
  • Carla Sutton, Educational Assistant
  • Sophie Atkins, PPT
  • Amanda Lambert, PPT
  • Josephine Santos, PPT


Our Theme this year is: One School! One Team Making A Difference! We’ve been letting student know that each one of us has unique super powers and talents to save the day, but together – like the Justice League or Avengers --, we are better and can save the world.


Finally, our heroic faculty and staff members are always ready to work with our students, and we thank our PTO and you, Hickam Team, for opening our campus to families for great family event! Winterfest is a great tradition of engaging our community, and we had the fun addition of a Talent Show. Plus, our families have many transitions so creating a family/school event brings comfort and a sense of belonging. Mahalo for your hardwork and commitment!


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 808-421-4148.


Mahalo Nui Loa!