Teachers’ Appreciation: Breakfast Cart

Teacher appreciation week is May 6-10. Let’s spoil our teachers with breakfast on Wednesday May 8. Click the link to sign up to help with your time or with treats:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c48aaa929a6fc1-staff

This time we will have a cart and take it from room to room for the teachers before school. So we will need food, supplies and of course some amazing volunteers (and maybe even some sweet KCS students to help as well).

Drop off for the supplies will be the day before the event, on Tuesday, the 7th. You can drop them in the office from 7:30 am to 10 am. The office will get the items to me to keep safe for the morning.

If you would like more information about this event, contact the PTSA Teach Support Committee lead Jamie McCracken at jmccracken{at}kiheicharter.org.

Hawaii State PTSA Annual Convention

The HI PTSA is holding its 92nd!! annual convention and Reflections Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 13, 2019 on Oahu at the Ala Moana Hotel. This is a great opportunity to learn from other PT(S)As and make new connections that can help move the local PTSA forward. If you think you might to attend, please send us a note if you might additionally be willing to represent the KCS PTSA at the event. Contact us at aloha@kcsohana.org.

To get the details, download the flyer and registration packet here as a .pdf file: Hawaii PTSA Convention Details 

Teachers’ Luncheons: Volunteers Needed

The teacher support committee is starting off strong with plans for teacher’s luncheons at Kihei Charter now underway. Signup for the February luncheon here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c48aaa929a6fc1-teacher

The luncheons will be held in the 2nd floor conference room and we are looking for two parents to set up and greet teachers. If you would like to donate food, it can be dropped off on campus before 10 AM the day of the luncheon. The list of needed items is listed on the signup page above.

If you would like more information about either luncheon, contact Mrs. McCracken at jmccracken{at}kiheicharter.org.

PTSA Meeting at Kalama Park : Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5 PM

We are having a “later” meeting next week – 5PM at the usual spot at Kalama Park, in the pavilion next to the play ground. On the agenda:

  • Update on PTSA application status
  • Report on Jan.15 KCS School Board meeting
  • Update on Teacher support committee
  • Collecting dues ($10 per member, cash or check made out to HPTSA)

Hope to see you there!

Initial PTSA Board Elected

At the last general meeting, we elected our first set of officers, who will serve for the remainder of the school year, and they are:

  • Morgan Andaluz, Secretary
  • Kimberlee Baldridge, Treasurer
  • Frank Flores, Vice President
  • John Starmer, President

Thank you all for taking on the (bureaucratic) leadership responsibility for the group.

As a reminder, we are building an organization that will be as “flat” as possible and everyone that wants to realize that they have the opportunity to lead.

We will only be successful if our members are willing to lead on topics they are interested in as committee or project leaders. If you have something you are passionate about, come to a meeting and pitch the idea!

PTSA Meeting at Kalama Park : Thursday, Dec. 20 at 4 PM

Our next PTSA meeting will be at the usual spot; the pavillion next to the the playground at Kalama Park.  Join us this Thursday (Dec. 20) at 4 PM.

On the Agenda:

  • discuss and ratify bylaws (we will be working of this Hawaii PTSA template)
  • (possibly) elect our association officers (at a minimum President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer)(Look for job descriptions here)
  • decide on a bank to open an account with
  • consider forming a safety and fundraising committee and initial assignments
  • Mrs. McKraken will present on her proposal to form a teachers support group/committee.
  • start collecting membership dues
  • discuss membership due levels.

As you can tell, a fair bit of important stuff that will move us down the path to getting “official.”  Please join us if you’d like to volunteer as a committee lead or, even better, one of the official board members.

PTSA Meeting – Nov.26, 5 PM at Kalama Park

We’ll be meeting at the same place this coming Monday, in the Kalama Park pavillion next to the play ground. Note this meeting is a bit later than our first meeting.

On the agenda are:

  • details about helping out with the PTSA table at the ice cream social (need some volunteers) and the “Giving Tree” idea
  • the teacher’s support group
  • an update on the PTSA application (the paperwork  has arrived!!)
  • discussion of setting up a meeting with the police and County Council Member Kelly King to discuss the Piilani Highway crossing

KCS Ohana Community Planting Day

A message from Leslie Baldridge

“Mark your calendars for KCS Ohana community planting day!

Saturday, November 17th,  from 8-11am at the school campus.
If you have any of these items bring them along:
Planting trowels, scissors for cutting jute mat, gloves, wheelbarrow.
If you do not have these items no problem we will have some tools to share.

RSVP’s greatly appreciated – lbaldridge@kiheicharter.org

See you on Saturday!”

First Organization Meeting Outcomes


Thanks to everyone that was able to attend our first meeting at Kalama Park last week.  There was good discussion among the group. I really appreciate HS Principal Michael Stubbs presenting some of the concerns of the administration and school in general.

I’ve tried to capture my takeaways from the meeting on this collaborative etherpad: https://etherpad.net/p/KCSPTSA2018.11.8  Feel free to add your input on this if I missed or misinterpreted the discussion. (Shoot me a note at aloha@kcsohana.org if you have any issues accessing this) This is a temporary home for meeting minutes, but a great way to get group input. I’m working on a place to permanently memorialize our meeting summaries.

Thank you again for helping build community at KCS!

– John

Join us for our First Meeting at Kalama Park – November 8

Please join us for an initial organizational discussion at Kalama Park on Thursday, November 8 in the pavilion next to the playground. We’ll start gathering there after school and will start the “official” business by 3:30 PM and finish up by 4:30 PM.

{{ Note that we are currently in “Work In Progress” mode.  This is just a first effort to connect and feel our peoples interests, commitment and desires.  Expect future meeting times and locations to change as we get a better sense for the needs of our community. Mahalo! }}

On the Agenda:

  • Timeline for getting the organization organized.
  • Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) or Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). (What’s the difference? Read this article: PTO vs PTA)
  • Review the great suggestions submitted on our anonymous survey form.

If you haven’t added your comments to the survey or if you can’t make our initial meeting, please consider doing so before the meeting >>here<<.

Look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!