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Announcements - Friday, October 5th will be a PD day for our teachers and there will be no school for students on October 5th. Fall Break begins on Monday, October 8th and runs through Friday, October 12th. Parent Teacher Conferences will be the week of October 22nd-26th and school will end at 12:30 that week to be able to meet with parents. For details, please see the letter from Mr. Okamoto regarding upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences.

9/11/18 - Due to Tropical Storm Olivia, Pu'u Kukui Elementary School will be closed Wednesday, September 12th. After school programs in Maui county will be canceled starting Tuesday, September 11th due to Tropical Storm Olivia. This includes After School A+ Programs. Please see letter from Dr. Kishimoto for more details. Refer to the DOE website for updates. Follow the storm here.

8/1/18 - New dates for Open House - September 4th (grades 3-5) and September 6 (grades K-2) 6:00-7:00 pm

7/09/18 - Due to Hurricane Lane, our previously scheduled Open House has been rescheduled. New dates are: Tuesday, September 4th - grades 3-5 and Thursday, September 6th - grades K-2. Please begin in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. Open House will end at 7:00 p.m.Message from Superintendent

**Menu changes this week (due to Hurricane Lane)**
Breakfast: Orange wedges, fried rice & scrambled eggs, fruit juice & milk
Lunch: Turkey pastrami sandwich, Shredded lettuce & tomato slice, peaches & milk
Salad: Chinese Chicken Salad

Breakfast: Peaches, bagel w/cream cheese, fruit juice & milk
Lunch: Pepperoni pizza, tossed salad w/baby carrots, baked beans, orange wedges & milk
Salad: South Western Chicken Salad

Breakfast: Apple wedges, breakfast smoothie w/jelly toast, milk
Lunch: Roast pork w/gravy, rice, tomato salad, mixed fruit, vegetable juice, milk
Salad: Taco Salad

Breakfast: Mixed fruit, breaded chicken patty w/gravy, rice, fruit juice
Lunch: Meat & cheese Lasagna, tossed greens w/baby carrots, cantaloupe, garlic bread & milk
Salad: Chicken Caesar Salad

Please read the message from Superintendent Kishimoto regarding Hurricane Lane.

8/21/18 - Hurricane Lane information - Updates on school closures will be posted on HIDOE's website ( and on social media -Twitter and Facebook, @HIDOE808, starting at 9 p.m. this evening.

Effective Wednesday, August 22, all after-school activities and programs including inter-scholastic athletic events are canceled for the rest of this week and will resume on Monday, August 27. All school-related inter-island travel this week will be canceled as well.

7/27/18 - Our wind turbines are being installed. Tell me more!

7/09/18 - Do you need information about student transportation?
- - This website can help parent/guardian(s) know where our studentsʻ bus stops will be, including drop off & pick up times for morning and afternoon.
- - more details about bus transportation, drop off and pick up

6/22/2018 - Kindergarten Play Date - Sunday, August 5th, Puʻu Kukui School and the Puʻu Kukui PTSA will be hosting a Kindergarten Play Date to welcome all incoing Kindergarten students and their families.
- 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- Meet Kindergarten teachers and school staff
- Meet new families and friends
- Tour the school campus

6/22/2018 - What is Proactive Pueo Day? On August 1, 2018, families are welcome to bring in school supplies ahead of our students' first day of school. Classrooms will be open on August 1st from 2:45-3:45 in the afternoon, so that supplies can be dropped off. If you are able to make it during this time it's a great opportunity to be proactive and get your child's supplies set up for the school year. Teachers will be in a training session prior to 2:45 and won't be available to open classrooms early, so please honor the 2:45-3:45 drop-off time. Our office will also be open for the following activities:

- bus applications/payments (in the office, please check back for times)
- lunch deposits/free & reduced lunch applications (in the office, please check back for times)
- lost or damaged book fees (in the office, please check back for times)
-purchase uniforms (in the office, please check back for times)
-drop off supplies and meet your teacher for all students (in classrooms, 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.)
-register for A+ after school program (please check back for times and location)

6/22/2018 - The Pu'u Kukui School PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) is a private, non-profit organization of parents, teachers, students, and community members who strive to better the lives of children. We are part of an association that is organized at the local, state, and national levels. By joining your local PTSA, you are automatically a member of the state and national associations. The PTSA is the largest child advocacy volunteer organization which speaks for the interest of all children and their safety, health, welfare and education.

Throughout the year, our PTSA puts on many family events and raises funds to support our students, teachers, classrooms, leadership clubs and programs. In 2017-2018, these events included Fun Run, Winter Jubilee, Spring Fling, Free 'Ohana Movie Nights and more!

Join the Fun! Learn about membership, donate, or follow us on social media. We are also on Facebook and Instagram! Find the social media links and learn more by visiting our website at:

2/7/18 - Kindergarten Registration Now Open!
Your child will need to be 5 years old by 7/31/2018 (born by 7/31/2013) to register for Kindergarten.  Please bring in child's birth certificate, proof of residence, TB clearance, Student Health Form (from doctor) and photo ID of person registering the student (parent/guardian) to register.

7 Habits9/4/17 - The 7 Habits for Parents guide(linked below) is based on the timeless principles found in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me. It shares easy-to-understand ideas and activities, and a reading list to help you teach and model powerful 7 Habits principles to your children at home. Please take a look!
7 Habits for Parents Guidebook | 7 Habits Parent Survey (2016-2017)

Employment Opportunities

Educational Assistant
- Deliver academic, social, and vocational instruction to students under the guidance of the classroom teacher, oversee a small group of students in the classroom and playground, and other duties as assigned
- Part-time
- Bachelor or Associate degree (must include 48 semester credits) OR
- 48 semester credits at the baccalaureate level (must include 3 credits in English and 3 credits in Math) OR
- Passing score on the ParaPro Assessment (minimum score: 459)
If interested, please contact April Gragas in the main office at 727-3000 or email her with your resume at:

Are you interested in being an Educational Assistant? <See details>

Substitute Educational Assistant
Work 1-on-1 with students requiring closer supervision
Hours: 7:00 am - 2:30 pm or 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Pay rate: $13.30/hour

Adult Supervisor
Supervise students during morning and lunch recess
Hours: 9:15 am - 12:45 pm
Pay rate: $13.88/hour

Classroom Cleaners
Cleaning classrooms
Hours: daily, afternoons

Substitute School Custodians
Building maintenance, clean-up, and yard maintenance
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

4/7/17 - Our new playground equipment will be open for use beginning on Monday, April 10th. Be sure to follow safety rules when using this equipment.

Playground_Rules_2017 from Debi Tisdell on Vimeo.

12/16/16 - There have been several cases of the mumps in our complex area schools. Please read the following memo for more information. <Mumps Information>

10/18/16 - Your Rights under the McKinney-Vento Act (Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001) see the flyer

Lesley Alexander Castellanos - Equity Specialist for Baldwin Kekaulike Maui Complex Area may be reached at 808-600-9417 or via email at:

"Continual Notice of Non-Discrimination" - The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and its schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, or disability in its programs and activities. Please direct inquiries regarding HIDOE nondiscrimination policies as follows:

ADA/Section 504 Inquiries - Krysti Sukita, ADA/504 Specialist, Civil Rights Compliance Office, Hawaii State Department of Education, P.O. Box 2360, Honolulu, Hawaii 96804, 808-586-3322 or relay

Title VI, Title IX, and other inquiries - Anne Marie Puglisi, Director, Civil Rights Compliance Office, Hawaii State Department of Education, P.O. Box 2360, Honolulu, Hawaii 96804, 808-586-3322 or relay

"Annual Notification of Privacy Rights" - "Know your privacy rights as they apply to 1) student record information; 2) directory information; 3) surveys and other information collection; and 4) military recruitment information. For more information on your privacy rights, the laws that protect them, and how to exercise your rights, contact your school administrator or visit"

"Parental Right to Request Teacher Qualifications" - "As a parent/guardian of a Hawaii Department of Education student, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher(s) and the educational assistant(s) who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teacher(s) and educational assistant(s) and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner upon request."

HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) Letter for parents/guardians from Mr. Okamoto (2018-2019)

Please contact our school office (727-3000) if you need the following information:

1. Whether the teacher has met licensing criteria and has earned the designation of Highly Qualified for the grade levels and subject areas in which he/she teaches.
2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
3. The teacherʻs college major, whether the teacher has any advancdd degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees; and
4. Whether any teachersʻ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.