May Day 2018

May Day was held on Friday, May 4th, 2018.  Despite predictions of thunder and lightning and rainfall, we were blessed with no rain during our performance and a lightly overcast sky made it quite comfortable to dance barefoot on the courtyard.  All the students participated by singing and dancing as we celebrated our Hawaiian culture. The performances were beautiful, colorful and entertaining.  The littlest preschoolers did a great job singing and dancing to Pu Pu Hinu Hinu, and despite a little stage fright, everyone warmed up and participated. The eighth graders looked beautiful in their regal outfits and the girls in white graduation dresses and leis to match the islands they represented.  Some teachers played the ukulele and others danced to the song Kanaka Wai Wai, in memory of the school secretary Mrs. Carol Mau. Thank you to all the parents for supporting us and coming out to join us on this memorable day!

Preschool Art Wall

This year, the 8th grade class raised money to add artwork to the preschool playground wall.  Each 8th grade student worked with several preschool partners to create a clay sea creature that they painted together and mounted on a plaque with their names and hand prints.  When the art pieces were completed, the students had a party and played together on their newly decorated playground.

Lemonade Wars

The Third Grade read the book, The Lemonade Wars, written by Jacqueline Davis.  In the story, a brother and sister compete against each other to see who has the best lemonade stand ever.  Our Third Graders decided to do the same thing!  They formed five teams with the goal to raise money to support two charities.  

While working on this project, the students used business strategies including marketing, advertising, pricing and promoting their unique stands the week before the sale.  The sale was held on Wednesday, May 9th, and each stand had lemonade and a lot more, including musubi, ice cream, baked goods, etc.  We had great parent support too….including one whose name tag said, Lemonade Master!.  

In the end, everyone had a great time and we all enjoyed the lemonade and yummy snacks!  The students raised $500 which they’ve donated $250 to the Hawaiian Humane Society and $250 to the Meals on Wheels Organization!

Thank you to the students for this fun activity, and thank you to all who supported their worthy causes!

Homemade Bread for our Teachers

The wonderful fragrance of homemade bread wafted through the schoolyard on Sunday, May 6 as the PTSG gathered to baked Portuguese Milk Bread.  They gathered with the goal to bake a loaf of homemade bread for all the faculty and staff of the school for Teacher Appreciation Week.  On Monday morning, the staff was delighted to receive the fresh bread with a Portuguese sausage!  The bread making project was led by our PTSG talented bakers, Mrs. Millie Gilmore and her mother, Mrs. Perreira, who shared their recipe.  With the help of other parents and the PTSG Board, they baked 62 loaves of delicious bread!

Spring Break tour of Italy

46 St. Anthony Middle School students and parents have just returned from a fabulous Spring Break tour of Italy.   St. Anthony’s students toured the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica as well as the ancient Roman sites of the Colosseum and the Forum.  A highlight of the Rome visit was an afternoon at the Gladiator school where both students and parents practiced gladiator combat techniques.  The tour continued with a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral in Bologna.  The final stop of the tour was a beautiful day spent in the city of Venice where the students enjoyed a gondola ride and a tour of the Doge’s Palace.  With shopping, food, and gelato for all, it was a very successful Spring Break trip!

Hawaii’s Top Middle School Youth Volunteer of 2018

Congratulations to SAS 8th Grader, Grace Kennedy who was selected as the Middle School Level Winner for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for the State of Hawaii.

Senator Cynthia Thielen presents Grace Kennedy (second from the right) with a Proclamation from the Hawaii State Legislature congratulating her on her accomplishment. With Grace is Iwi Kea Maxey, Henna Chong-Tim, Makayla Seeger and Maile Seeger, SAS students who worked on Kidz for a Cause.
Senator Cynthia Thielen presents Grace Kennedy (second from the right) with a Proclamation from the Hawaii State Legislature congratulating her on her accomplishment. With Grace is Iwi Kea Maxey, Henna Chong-Tim, Makayla Seeger and Maile Seeger, SAS students who worked on Kidz for a Cause.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.  All public and private middle level and high schools in the country and other community groups are able to nominate a member of their community for this award.  An independent judging panel selects the State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists. Grace was nominated by St. Anthony School Kailua which she has attended since preschool.

Grace has raised thousands of dollars to benefit sick and abused children as a board member of a Hawaii-based student philanthropic organization “Kidz For A Cause”. Grace was invited to a meeting of the organization “Kidz For A Cause” in 2014, and was quickly inspired to help with the group’s fundraising. “I learned that there are many kids having a really hard time growing up, “she explained. “I felt bad for the kids who are sick and abused.

Grace began by selling tickets to a benefit theater show, raising $1,000 to help buy clothes, toys and school books for abused or neglected kids at the Children’s Justice Center on Oahu. The next year, she recruited a group of friends to help her organize a celebrity chef dinner, where several of Hawaii’s most famous chefs provided a gourmet meal for 100 people. That event generated more than$6,000 to help expand a local hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Last year, Grace led fellow volunteers in staging a variety concert featuring local singers, dancer and comedians, along with a silent auction, to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House charity. “It feels great to know I helped the kids in my community!” said Grace.

Grace, along with the State high school recipient, Mahealani Sims-Tulba have each won $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense paid trip in late April to Washington D.C. for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2018.

Congratulations to Grace and thank you to Prudential Financial, Inc. for sponsoring this award that acknowledges and encourages young people to be leaders in their community.

Spelling Bee 2018

This year marks nine decades of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. St.Anthony School participates in the Bee because it sparks a love of reading and fosters an appreciation of the power of words! Every year, 3rd through 8th grade SAS students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the nation’s oldest and most iconic competitions. They progress from classroom to hall, from auditorium to civic center,
delighting friends, family, classmates and fans, just as many other students have done before them. Every year, two school champions are declared. Makayla Seeger, (with the winning word h-y-l-e-g) and Camryn Chun, first runner up, now go on to the Windward District Bee. It took 21 rounds to find a winner this year, proof that we have some awesome spellers!

Fast Forward:
Camryn and Makayla went on to compete at the District Spelling Bee and finished First and Second Place. Now on to the State Level. Good luck Warriors!

Beach Cleanup Day 2018

Pope Francis tells us that we must be good servants of our earth! On Monday, January 29th, the entire school headed across the street to beautiful Kailua Beach to do just this! Thanks to the support and an educational presentation from Dorae Shinn from the Kokua Foundation, Kailua Beach Adventures, and Plastic Free Hawaii, the students and teachers learned about protecting our beaches from “micro-plastic” that the tides bring in. The students used sifters and removed bags of small plastic pieces before heading back to school.

Cultural Awareness Day 2018

Cultural Awareness Day was a great success!  During the assembly, each class presented information about the country they selected including important landmarks, history, and language.  They also showed us posters and flags! Gabrielle even spoke to us in Italian!  Everyone did a great job and we all learned so much.  The SAS Warriors are studying to be global citizens through understanding other countries and cultures and celebrating the diversity of our wonderful world!  Thank you to the parents who came out to celebrate with us and for all the delicious ethnic dishes.  It was also fun to sing and dance along to the music as Mr. Stern played his ukulele for us!