‘Aikane o Nu‘uanu

Nu‘uanu Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization

Mar. 16-May. 29

All Classes and Activities CANCELLED

Fri., May. 1


Fri., May. 8

Family Fun Night CANCELLED

Cool Nu‘uanu School!

Help us raise funds to install air conditioning units in 14 classrooms! Use this link to donate today.

A+ Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

Letter from the YMCA:

This is to inform you that we will be starting the A+ Registration process for school year 2020-21 on Monday, May 18th. Parents/guardians will be notified via email or USPS mail if we do not have their email addresses on file. We are also posting the information on our YMCA website. I am sending you our notification letter for your information. Link here.

Parents/guardians are being directed to our YMCA website (www.ymcahonolulu.org) to download the registration packet (A+ Parent Handbook, registration forms, subsidy application forms). They may also pick these up at their designated YMCA Branch. More information here. Completed forms are to be submitted to their YMCA Branch.

Should parents/guardians contact you with questions about A+ registration, please refer them to my office and I will assist them or refer them to the appropriate staff person who will be able to.

We are standing by to hear from the Superintendent's Office and the Community Engagement Branch on the official first day of school and any directives for the A+ Program due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please know that the YMCA has been providing emergency child care since the stay at home/work from home order and have developed procedures to meet CDC guidelines and restrictions by local officials. These include social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, and health care practices (e.g. temperature checks). Our staff training modules have been modified accordingly.

Please continue to be safe and stay well. We look forward to serving you and your school community.


Diane Tabangay

(808) 541-5470

2020_21A+ Cover Email Letter_final_05 15 2020.pdf

A+ Reg Schedule.docx

‘Aikane Summer School and Morning Care Cancellations


Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, it is with deep regret that we inform you of the decision to cancel the remainder of ‘Aikane O Nu‘uanu programs through the summer break. This includes cancelling:

▪ Nu‘uanu Elementary School’s summer school program,

▪ Summer intersession care program, and

▪ Morning care.

This difficult decision was not made lightly. However, our primary concern remains the health and well-being of our children, families, staff and the community. If you were enrolled in these programs and have paid, please fill out this form at https://bit.ly/AONREF by May 8 to ensure that we can reimburse your family in a timely fashion.

During these unprecedented times, our community is being challenged but we are also coming together, and growing stronger. Thank you to our teachers, faculty and staff who continue to provide our families with the resources and support needed to keep up education at home. They have quickly risen to the challenge of teaching remotely, navigating new technology, and are serving as a guide to families through these challenging times. Many have created online live learning spaces so our children can continue to connect virtually with their classmates whom they miss dearly. I’m sure that we can all agree that our educators deserve the biggest MAHALO!

We are a strong and resilient school community. As your PTO Board of Directors, we want you to know that we will continue to support and uplift each other through these difficult times. While we can’t be together IRL (in real life), please know that our thoughts are with every single one of our Nu‘uanu families.

We hope that you and your family are healthy and well and look forward to seeing you again in the 2020-2021 school year.


‘Aikane O Nu‘uanu Board

Grab-and-go Student Meals

Breakfast service hours: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Lunch service hours: 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Note: Meals will not be served Thursday, March 26, in observance of Prince Kuhio Day


Honolulu District

Kaimuki High, McKinley High

Central Oahu District

Leilehua High, Makalapa Elementary, Waialua High & Intermediate

Windward Oahu District

Kahaluu Elementary, Kahuku High & Intermediate, King Intermediate, Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate

Hawaii Island District

Kau High & Pahala Elementary, Kohala High, Konawaena High, Pahoa High & Intermediate, Waiakea High

Maui District

Hana High & Elementary, Kahului Elementary, Kalama Intermediate, Lahaina Intermediate, Lanai High School, Molokai High

Kauai District

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle, Kapaa High, Waimea High

The following schools will start Tuesday, March 24

Honolulu District

Dole Middle School, Farrington High

Windward Oahu District

Kailua Elementary

Hawaii Island District

Honokaa High, Kahakai Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Waimea Elementary

The following schools will start Wednesday March 25

Leeward Oahu District

August Ahrens Elementary, Campbell High, Kapolei High School, Maili Elementary, Nanaikapono Elementary, Nanakuli High & Intermediate, Waianae Intermediate, Waianae High, Waipahu Elementary

‘Aikane Event Cancellations

Aloha Nu‘uanu Elementary school families,

With coronavirus (COVID-19) dominating the news and all of our thoughts, your PTO executive board of directors are doing our best to find the right balance between protecting the health and well-being of our students and families, and ensuring that we can support our families through this time of great uncertainty. We have decided to use the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to guide our decision making.

As of March 15, 2020, the CDC advises to cancel events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. Following this issuance, the Board has made the difficult decision to:

· Cancel Family Fun Night on Friday, May 8. This is our biggest family-friendly event and revenue generator for the year however, the Board feels it is prudent to follow the CDC guidelines and to allow our families to properly attend to their family’s needs.

· Cancel all ‘Aikane sponsored events for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, including:

- Rocket launch night on March 27,

- Campus beautification on April 18,

- Movie night on May 15,

- In person PTO meetings through May.

Also, the YMCA who runs our spring intersession care is cancelling this service beginning Thursday. Families enrolled in the program have been informed of the change. We understand that this is an inconvenience to our families who rely on this program and thank you for understanding that these are extenuating circumstances and is the best decision for the community at large.

These were not easy decisions to make but the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community remain our number one priority.

We can all work together to prevent the spread of germs by following the CDC guidelines during this difficult time to protect our families and neighbors:

· Stay home if you’re sick.

· Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

· Disinfect areas that are touched frequently.

· Avoid contact with people who are sick.

· Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbows.

· Call your doctor/health care provider if you are sick before going into the office.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves. We are in close contact with the school principal and will be sure to update you as we hear anything. You can find updates on our website and social media sites. We encourage everyone to regularly check the CDC’s and Hawaii State Department of Health websites for important updates and safety information.

We are a strong and resilient community and will get through this together. Take care of the health and well-being of yourselves and your families. We look forward to seeing you in person again soon.

Stay healthy and safe,

Your ‘Aikane O Nuuanu Board of Directors

HIDOE COVID-19 Information and Updates

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is working closely with the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) on guidance for our students, teachers, parents and staff to prepare for and prevent the possible arrival of the COVID-19 disease at school campuses. Click here for notices sent out by Nu‘uanu Elementary. The HIDOE website lists more information and updates on response plans.

Spring Day Camp with the YMCA - CANCELLED beginning 3/19

Note: As of Tuesday afternoon, 3/17, the Spring Break Day Camp is cancelling this service beginning Thurs., 3/19.

Family Fun Night 2020 - Fri., May 8 - CANCELLED

This is our biggest family-friendly event and revenue generator for the year however, the Board feels it is prudent to follow the CDC guidelines and to allow our families to properly attend to their family’s needs.

Experts Needed!

Aikane O Nu’uanu is looking for

1. Licensed Electricians

2. Monetary Donations

3. Installers

We need to raise at least $50,000 to install air conditioners in all our classrooms this year.

There are several ways you can donate:

1. Visit our Go Fund Me page at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cool-nuuanu-school

2. You can give a monetary donation (When writing your check, please include ATTN: AC in the memo.)

Please contact pres@nuuanuschool.org if you are willing to help with donations or if you know anyone who can install and if you know or you are a licensed electrician. Download the flyer here. Thank you!

Working Together to Help Our Students


I’m excited to announce that we just kicked off our “Cool Nu‘uanu School” campaign. This fundraising campaign is aimed at creating an optimal learning experiencing by raising funds to install air conditioning units in all our classrooms. We set an ambitious goal to raise $50,000 this year. It sounds like a lot but when you break it down, that’s only $140 per student!

Why is this so important?

  • There are 358 students and 45 staff at Nu‘uanu Elementary School
  • 14 more classrooms need AC units
  • Temperatures peaked at 91 degrees in August!
  • Even now in these “cooler” months, temperatures are ranging between 85 and 88 degrees
  • According to a Harvard study, temperatures over 80 degrees impacts student concentration and learning

How You Can Help

Donate money and/or participate in any of our fundraiser campaigns listed below.

Thank you for your support and let’s #CoolNuuanuSchool.


Go Fund Me

Donate to ‘Aikane O Nu’uanu through our new Go Fund Me account. Use this link to donate today or go to www.gofundme.com and search for Aikane O Nu‘uanu. All the money raised on this platform will be specifically earmarked for air conditioning. Help us spread the word with your family, friends, and surrounding community by sharing the link on your social media accounts.

Use AmazonSmile for your online shopping!

Don’t forget to use AmazonSmile for all your Amazon orders. This is FREE money for Aikane O Nu‘uanu! 0.5% of your purchases goes to our school, so remember to sign in through this AmazonSmile link and choose Aikane O Nu‘uanu as your charity of choice.

Android Users: An AmazonSmile app is now available in your store.

Apple Users: While AmazonSmile doesn’t have an app, you can still add a shortcut to your phone's home screen.

1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com in your phone’s browser and log into your Amazon account.

2. Tap the share icon at the bottom of the window.

3. Tap Add to Home Screen, and then tap Add.

4. Tap the new icon on your home screen to return at any time to smile.amazon.com

5. Make sure to designate Aikane O Nu‘uanu Inc. as your charity of choice

Shopping on the regular Amazon app or site will not benefit ‘Aikane O Nu‘uanu.

Meet your 2019-2020 ‘Aikane o Nu‘uanu board!

Standing from left:

Alyssa Fung (Social Media), Ferozah MacKenzie (Recording Secretary), Kristine Lee (Treasurer), Jennifer Noblado (Corresponding Secretary), Robyn Fujioka (Business Manager)

Sitting from left:

Holly Miskella (2nd VP), Moani Wright-Van Alst (President), Leslie Chinn (1st VP), Jen Catanzariti (Communications), Lori Yamada (PCNC)

Not pictured:

Tanya Florin (Campus Beautification), Tobias Huber (Fall Fundraiser), Trisha Nakayama (Technology), Dayle Hoopai (Early Arrival Program), Edna Padayhag-Lin (Hospitality), Gary Hashimoto (Boy Scouts), Crystal Kapua (Cub Scouts), Clinton Wong (Girl Scouts)

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

Welcome, Families!

Welcome to ‘Aikane o Nu‘uanu (AON), Nu‘uanu Elementary School‘s Parent Teacher Organization. We are an all-volunteer organization comprised of parents, teachers, staff, and the Principal of Nu‘uanu Elementary whose main function is to provide support to Nu‘uanu Elementary School, and to create and maintain the spirit of “ohana” within our school community.

Our organization is made up of 6 officers, 30+ committee chairpersons, and lots of parent volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact us at info@nuuanuschool.org.

If you’d like to be updated on activities and events via AON's email broadcast service, please send an email message to info@nuuanuschool.org with “Please Subscribe” in the subject line, and include your name, your child(ren)’s name(s) as well as grade level(s) in the message body.

In addition, we hold monthly board meetings on the third Thursday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 15. Hope to see you there!

Before School

It's not too late to sign up for the Early Arrival Program for grades K-5. The program runs from 6:30 a.m. – 7:55 a.m. daily, excluding holidays and waiver days. Applications are in the main office. Any questions? Email daylehoopai@yahoo.com

After School


Through a partnership with the DOE, the YMCA of Honolulu provides inexpensive after school care for Nu‘uanu Elementary School from end-of-school until 5:30 p.m. Applications are in the main office.


Little Veterinarian School


Contact: Sue Bigelow (808) 639-7572



Sports Jam Grades - K-3


Contact: David Sur (808) 383-1134


Deadline to register: Aug. 16, 2019

Click here for flyer.

Mokichi Okada Association (MOA) Art for Kids


Contact: Roy Otaguro (808) 222-2031


Bricks 4 Kids Grades - K-4


Contact: Dawn Sur (808) 255-5522


Deadline to register: August 20, 2019

Click here for flyer.