‘Aikane o Nu‘uanu

Nu‘uanu Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization

Family Fun Night Needs a Theme!

WIt's that time of year... the preparations for our beloved annual Family Fun Night are about to begin! But first we need a theme...

What’s a theme?
A theme is a clever message or movie reference created by students from Nu‘uanu Elementary School for Family Fun Night. The theme is used for games, decorations and Family Fun Night t-shirt designs. Some past themes include last year’s “Nu‘uanu Candyland,” “The Wizarding World of Nu‘uanu” (adapted from Harry Potter), “Nu‘uanu Go! Catch Some Fun!” (adapted from Pokemon Go!) and “Family Force Night, Nu‘uanu Awakens” (adapted from Star Wars).

Flyers will be sent home with your child this week. You can participate by submitting your ideas by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Or submit ideas online with this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZGbF4K5IKUS9_BJF7YGMs4mdT5fzlbTo--Ff5TQGzzu6RQA/viewform?usp=sf_link. One entry form per student.

The winner of the Theme Contest will receive $10 in Family Fun Night scrips and a youth Family Fun Night t-shirt!

Join Us for the Kickoff Meeting!

Calling all families and friends. We need help leading and participating in committees for this year’s Family Fun Night being held on May 12, 2023. Family Fun Night is our school’s most beloved annual event and the only way it can happen is with the help and support of our Nu‘uanu families.

Come learn more about Family Fun Night and how you can help at our 2023 Family Fun Night kick off meeting on Wed, Jan. 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m in the cafeteria. Pizza will be provided. This is also a great chance to meet and get to know other families.

If you can’t join in person but are interested in helping, you can join the meeting via zoom with this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82606338520?pwd=ejNaVkVRVkF5NUZ4RzFjRDdnVUVBdz09, and/or email ffn@nuuanuschool.org or pres@nuuanuschool.org.

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Congratulations to Nu‘uanu Elementary School for being recognized as one of only three Hawai‘i public schools to achieve the U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon School status.

According to the USDOE website, Nu‘uanu achievement was categorized as an "Exemplary High Performing School," meaning it was among the state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

Thank you to Principal Uemae, all of the wonderful teachers, amazing staff and supportive parents for helping to make Nu‘uanu Elementary a place where students are "learners for life"! Go nene!

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Volunteer Today!

For ‘Aikane O Nu‘uanu to be effective and truly representative of the school, it’s essential to have family involvement from as many families as possible. Many working parents feel that they can’t be included because they can’t attend every meeting but there are endless possibilities in ways you can help.

We always need parent-family support. We have several committees that need help such as Family Fun Night, fundraising, events, and much more. If you can give 5 hours of your time a month or only 30 minutes, we’ll take it. Currently we are looking for volunteers for the following committees:

❏ Family Fun Night
❏ Events Committee Members
❏ Campus Beautification Co-Chair
❏ Fundraising Committee Members

If you’re interested in volunteering or learning more about these committees, email pres@nuuanuschool.org.

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Welcome Families!

Aikane O Nu‘uanu would like to welcome all new and returning students and families back to school!

What is Aikane O Nu‘uanu?

Aikane O Nu‘uanu was founded in 1975 and is your parent-teacher organization. Our mission is to foster a spirit of ‘ohana between students, their families, staff and our community so that together, we can make every Nu‘uanu Elementary School student’s pursuit of lifelong learning a reality.

What do we do?

Through membership dues and fundraising efforts, we help to enrich our student’s learning environment by purchasing necessary items such as air conditioning, new classroom furniture, a new playground, TVs, computers and supplies, and providing field trip subsidies, just to name a few things. We also foster a spirit of ‘ohana and aim to create life-long memories by hosting family-friendly events such as Family Fun Night to bring our community together.

We need you!

For ‘Aikane O Nu‘uanu to be effective and truly representative of the school, it’s essential to have family involvement from as many families as possible. Many working parents feel that they can’t be included because they can’t attend every meeting but there are endless possibilities in ways you can help.

1. Volunteer. We always need parent-family support. We have several committees that need help such as Family Fun Night, fundraising, events, and much more. If you can give 5 hours of your time a month or only 30 minutes, we’ll take it. If you’re interested in learning more, email me at pres@nuuanuschool.org.

2. Become a member. Join ‘Aikane O Nu‘uanu today by filling out the membership form in your student’s welcome back to school packet, via SignUpGenius, or online at nuuanuschool.org.

3. Donate and/or Fundraise. All your donations goes back to directly support the school.

The only way we can be successful and accomplish our mission is with the help of YOU!

2021–2022 Recap

You may be wondering just exactly what we do and what we accomplished last year? Well, I’m proud to tell you that we did quite a lot to be proud of especially in the middle of a pandemic.

  • Raised nearly $68,000 from our regal foods and just dance nuuanu fundraisers and Family Fun Night. All the funds will be used on school improvement projects such as

o A new playground

o New classroom furniture

o Classroom air conditioning

o Technology upgrades

o May day video

o 5th grade graduation

o Teacher classroom supply reimbursements

  • Showed our teachers and staff just how much we appreciate them with snacks and signs

  • Hosted 10 in person or virtual events

  • Held two campus beautification events

  • Brought back Family Fun Night

Contact Us

If you have suggestions, questions or comments, please contact me at pres@nuuanuschool.org.

Mahalo and I look forward to meeting you in person soon,

Moani

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Meet your 2022-2023 Aikane O Nu‘uanu Board!

President: Moani Wright-Van Alst
Vice President: Shauna Raboteau
Treasurer: Kristine Lee
Secretary: Jen Noblado
Communications: Jen Catanzariti
Fundraising: Tobias Huber
Events: Page Ogata
Campus Beautification: Blaine Onishi

*Note: We are still looking for Family Fun Night and Hospitality Chairs. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact pres@nuuanuschool.org

Connect with us by emailing communications@nuuanuschool.org and find us on Facebook and Instagram.


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Family Fun Night
Kick Off

Wed, Jan 18
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Virtual Aikane o Nu‘uanu
Board Meeting
Thurs, Jan 18
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Register with this link.
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STEM Night
Fri, Jan 27
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Register with this link.
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Before School Program (provided by the YMCA)

The YMCA - Nu‘uanu will be running their Before School Program at Nu‘uanu Elementary School for academic year 2022-23.

Families who are interested in signing up their student for the Before School Care program should contact the Nu‘uanu YMCA at (808) 678-4296 or visit https://www.ymcahonolulu.org/youth-programs/before-and-after-school-program

A+ After School Program (provided by the YMCA)

Through a partnership with the Department of Education, the YMCA of Honolulu also provides the A+ after school care for Nuuanu Elementary School. Please contact the Nu‘uanu YMCA at (808) 678-4296 or visit https://www.ymcahonolulu.org/youth-programs/before-and-after-school-program

*Both programs are first come, first served and fill up quickly.