Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Dear Mililani ‘Ike Families,

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Holiday Season!  This year is already moving quickly.  We are almost in the month of February with many exciting and important events. 

February marks the beginning of African American History Month.  We would like to celebrate the many influential leaders that have and are continuing to make significant contributions to our country.  This is a terrific opportunity to have learning discussions with your child.  Here are a few resources for you to preview and share with your child:
·      Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH): https://asalh.org
·      National Park Service website:
www.nps.gov/subjects/teaching withhistoricplaces/index.htm

This month we will also be hosting a Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation committee.  The visiting committee will be on our campus from February 4 – 7, 2019.  During this time, the team will be meeting with teachers and staff, visiting classrooms, and speaking to students and parents.  Their goal is to learn about the different learning opportunities happening at our school.

Our fifth grade student council representatives are coordinating a Pedestrian Safety Week from February 19 - 22.  These students discussed and researched problems in our state.  Through their research, they came to the agreement to focus on pedestrian safety.  The students discovered that pedestrian accidents are the second leading cause of death of children.

As an early reminder . . .
Please also save the date for our May Day program!  This special day will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019.  More information will be sent home with your child in the upcoming months.

We have a full quarter!  Please continue to have your child share what he/she is learning in class.  Find interesting topics for your child to read about and ask questions.  Our goal at Mililani ‘Ike is to champion all students to become critical thinkers!

Lynne Ajifu

Friday, January 25, 2019

Statewide Testing

Aloha 'Ike Families.

Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics between April 22 - April 30, 2019.  Your child's teacher will inform you of the specific dates.  In addition, students in grade 4 will take the Hawaii State Science Assessment on two separate dates:  Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, May 16, 2019.  

The Department of Education strongly encourages all parents to have their children participate in these assessments so that we can better identify their academic strengths and needs.  We are sending you these testing dates in advance and kindly ask that you avoid planning any trips or appointments during the scheduled testing blocks.

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge is scheduled nationally for the week of January 28 - February 1.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Great Book Exchange

The Great Book Exchange will be on Wednesday, February 6.  The library will accept books from Wednesday, January 30 through Monday, February 4.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Holiday Gift Bag Fundraiser

Thank you to all our students who participated in our Holiday Gift Bag Fundraiser last month, and to all our teachers who helped to make it happen!  The results are in, and a total of 272 bags were sold!  That's awesome!!  Thanks to All Access Ortho for buying 50 bags, and to Rise & Shine Cafe for selling all 110 of their bags!  Thank you to Alexander & Baldwin for donating money to the school on behalf of the Gateway Center.  Thank you everyone for supporting our school! 

Box Tops Collection Contest

Start collecting those box tops and we can earn money for our school!  Last year, we earned $1,700 from our box top collections!  The collection period is from January 14 to February 8, 2019.  The top two classes with the most collections will each win a $50 Walmart gift card and a special treat for the students, as sponsored by our Mililani 'Ike PTO.  The deadline for all Box Top submissions will be Friday, February 8, 2019.  Thank you in advance and start collecting those box tops now!