Friday, August 31, 2012

1,000 Bulb Challenge Saving Energy One Bulb at a Time

6th graders have been working very hard advertising, educating, and trading light bulbs for the Blue Planet Foundation 100,000 light bulb challenge.  Thank you to ALL for all your trade ins, and most of all, for helping our environment!!  We've already traded 1,000 incandescent bulbs in just 2 weeks!  Thank you Blue Planet Foundation and KES community for all your help and support!

Pizza! Pizza! Get Your Pizza!

Pizza Hut Night Fundraiser

Plan to have pizza for dinner on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. Order from Pizza Hut (Carryout, Delivery, Dine-in), mention “This is a Pizza Night order”, and detach the claim check from the Pizza Night flyer, and 25% of the sale will be donated to Keone’ula. Stay tuned for the Pizza Hut Night flyer.

 Please help support our school!

Comedian, Not Chameleon, Frank Delima!!

There's always an air of excitment and nervousness in the beginning of the school year, but it's just excitement on the day Frank Delima welcomes students to school.  As a teacher, I still look forward to his visits, and I'm always hopeful he'll sing his "Buta Hunt" or "Peanut Butter Jelly" songs. We didn't hear them in the upper grades assembly, but we did get to hear his Zippy's menu song to the tune of Beethoven's  5th.  Which made everyone a little hungry.  Especially my one student who announced prior to the assebly starting, that he was hungry because he woke up too late to eat breakfast that morning. 
He spoke to everyone about the importance of working hard, listening, remaining healthy, being balanced, and respecting others.  A lot of important messages packed into a short amount of time, but very powerful because students need to hear it from others besides their parents and teachers.  It truely takes a village to raise a child, and I'm always excited to have community members sharing words of wisdom with us!  Thank you Frank Delima!   

Myon is Saving you Money!

By: Rhyanne Javier

     Daddy and mommy could you please buy me this book? Heard that often?Book prices are high specially when it come to chapter books. Now heres my question for you! Do you spend a lot of money or books for your children to read? Here's our solution for you!MYON. Myon is an online program for your child to read books for FREE. They mostly have kindergarden to 4th grade kind of books. If you're looking for great picture books, awesome chapter books, and lots of genres and styles, you've come to the right website. Another great reason why you should choose Myon is when your bookcase is overflowing and when you don't have extra money for books.

      Have you ever thought of giving them away to charity or selling them? Let me guess, they said no didn't they? I know from experience. My bookcase is overflowing and I can't fit anymore. Now that I have Myon I sold my books and now I have room for more. Trust me you'll be saving money on books when you start Myon. If your child doesn't have an account please see their teacher for one. Here are some reviews on Myon. Don't forget Myon, books to read when your bookcase is overflowing.

      I asked Gabby Menez why she likes Myon and she said, "I like Myon because it's fun to use and you can just 'grab' a book and read."

      I also asked Taryn Kanai what her favorite book was on Myon and she responded. "I can't pick one they are all so awesome." I think what she said was true because not one book that I read wasn't engaging to me, it all grabbed my attention.

Dasia Burr said that Myon is quick and easy because you can just grab a book and read.

I asked Leialoha Bugarin how is Myon helpful to students and she said that "there are no due dates, so you don't turn it in and they have millions of copies of that book."

That's all I have to say about Myon and see it for yourself, also grab a book and read, I promise you that you will enjoy it. Goodbye bye for now, till next time.

Friday, August 24, 2012

K.I.C. Say's, "You'll Save, And We Receive!"

Written By Julaluk Multhrop And Alyssa Neal

What's that reaction you have, when you see your electricity bill? You're like, ,"Um, I'm not paying for this." Then, you think back to all those times you didn't turn off a faucet, light, or used the A.C on a breezy day? Okay well, K.I.C is trying to encourage you to sign up for the HECO Challenge.

This is how it works. You should/will receive a form, from your child that goes to Keone'ula Elementary School. Once you sign that form, its time to get your energy saving powers in action! Just watch out for things that could be upping your electricity bill, like a fully charged phone still in the charger, or you can even try manually washing the dishes, instead of using the dishwasher.

Last year, our school won 3,000 dollars. The money is being used for the aquaponics that is going to be built in the peace garden, behind E-Building. For first place, our school can win 10,000 dollars! That's a heck of a lot of money!

We can use that money to help out our school become a better learning environment. You are not just helping the school, you are helping yourself and your family save energy and money! So please, sign up for the HECO Energy Challenge, so you can help earn money for our school and help families save money.  Remember, once you enter, you are also eligible to win a Kumu Kit from HECO which includes a photovoltaic system, WOW!

    So start turning the lights off and close that wallet parents. You won't be paying much, anymore! So just remember, "You'll save, and we receive!"

For more information about the HECO Challenge, you can visit

Monday, August 20, 2012

Blue Planet Rocks!

By: Rhyanne Javier

So we went to the library for a Blue Planet Foundation presentation. Honestly, I thought that it was about our solar system, mostly about the planet Neptune because it's the blue planet. When we finally got there, it wasn't about the planets at all, it was about how much we depended on oil and the outcome of the amount of oil that we use for our daily lives.  Mr. David, our presenter taught us how to use less electricity which means less oil that gets shipped to Hawaii.

I learned a lot from that one presentation.  We depend on oil A LOT and we use A LOT of money to ship that oil from other places to Hawaii. Now that I know we depend on oil for our daily lives like electricity, we have to be careful for how long something is plugged in, and to remember to unplug it because even though it's off, it's still grabbing some electricity. What I thought was interesting was how little ice is left compared to 20-30 years ago, and that icebergs and glaciers are small now compared to how HUGE it was then.  Can you imagine Waikiki beach reaching the Alawai canal?  Well, just 1 meter of melted ice will do that to our island.  We need to make changes NOW to prevent this. 

I couldn't believe that when you trade in your incandescent light bulbs you get a free, energy saving CFL (Compact Flourescent Lightbulb).  CFL's are WAY better.  Why do we depend on oil so much when we have other great resources that can be used to run electricity like water, the sun, and wind? Why d0 we have to depend on non-renewable, unclean resources that costs a lot of money and pollutes the air? That's why we have solar panels and wind mills. I was also wondering if the ice will still be there, or will it be all gone 10-20 years from now?

It's time to make positive changes for a cleaner, brighter future, NOW.  Exchange your lightbulbs! A small step for a brighter future!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Statehood Day

By: Bryce Nichols

Do not come to school!  I repeat, do not come to school!  Why, you ask?  Well, because it's a holiday!  I hear clapping and cheering in my ears, but why are you cheering if you don't know what holiday it is?  Well students, teachers, and parents, it is Statehood Day.  Statehood Day commemorates Hawaii's permission as the 50th state of the United States.  On August 21, 1959, President Eisenhower allowed statehood to Hawaii.  So do not come to school on August 17th, but do take the time to remember and study the significance of this day. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Welcome to Our KES School News Blog

Welcome to our KES School News Blog!  Ms. Tasha Firestone's Class, F-205, will be maintaining this blog throughout the school year.  Stay tuned for Keone'ula news!