News & Links - Nov. 20, 2014


The following is a message from The Rev. Daniel Leatherman and The Rev. Nicole Simopoulos-Pigato:

"As Thanksgiving nears, our thoughts turn to the blessings of our lives: family, friends, food to eat, the shelter and warmth of our homes, the beauty of our island, the gift of life, and all other blessings we enjoy. On Wednesday morning, Nov. 26, the school community will gather together in the Lower Gym to give thanks for God’s bountiful grace.

"Our all-school Chapel offerings are a special opportunity for our 'Iolani 'Ohana to support our local community. This year, our Thanksgiving Chapel offering will support the growing number of homeless, hungry and lonely kupuna in our community. Our food offering will given to the Institute for Human Services (IHS) and our monetary offering will be given to Project Dana.

"IHS is one of the most effective of the helping hands agencies in our wider community reaching out to people in need. It began as the Episcopal Church's street ministry to the hungry and has grown to involve a wide spectrum of concerned individuals and groups. On any given day, more than 100 of the guests served a hot meal from IHS are over the age of 62.

"Project Dana is a non-profit organization minutes from 'Iolani School that provides weekly home visits to older adults living alone in our community. They currently have 800 volunteers serving over 1,000 older adults. From their website: 'Project Dana is a Faith In Action program that provides a variety of services to the frail elderly and disabled to ensure their well-being, independence, and dignity in an environment of their choice.'

"Thank you for your support and may God be with you this holiday season."


Financial gifts will be given to Project Dana. If you wish to make a monetary offering, place it in an envelope. Checks should be made directly to Project Dana. Offerings will be collected by homeroom teachers on Wednesday morning and brought to chapel to be blessed at the Offertory.


'Iolani School is collecting fresh fruits and vegetables, non-perishable items and canned goods for the IHS pantry. The most needed non-perishable items include rice, pasta and canned protein (spam, tuna, vienna sausages, peanut butter). Please be sure to give items that are not expired and that you would want to receive for your family. Donations may be dropped off at both Upper and Lower School Autolines on Tuesday, Nov. 25, and Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 6:30 a.m. to  7:45 a.m. If you do wish to donate fresh food items, please bring them on Wednesday only. Mahalo!


The 'Iolani varsity football team will play top-seeded Lahainaluna for the HHSAA Division II State Football Championship tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 21) at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.

After receiving a bye in the first round of the tournament, the second-seeded Raiders beat KIF champion Kapa'a, 29-24, on Saturday at Eddie Hamada Field. 'Iolani trailed, 24-23, late in the fourth quarter, but regained the lead on a dramatic touchdown with just 1:35 remaining. Then, the Raider defense had to fend off a furious Warrior drive in the final seconds to preserve the victory. Click HERE for the official HHSAA D-II bracket.

'Iolani, which locked up its 11th consecutive ILH Division II title on Oct. 24, has won seven HHSAA D-II football championships since 2005.

The D-I championship game between Punahou and Mililani will take place following the D-II game at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Discounted tickets are available at First Hawaiian Bank branches.

Go Raiders! One Team!


The students of Orchestras 4 and 5 invite you to enjoy "Battle Music," their annual Gala Fall Concert tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 21) at Mamiya Theater. The free performance is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. Orchestras 4 and 5 are comprised of the school’s most advanced instrumentalists. The ensembles have prepared iconic masterpieces of the repertoire, a new piece composed by 'Iolani student David Pang '15, and Biber's 1673 Battle Music, a masterpiece depicting scenes of drums, drunken soldiers, blasting cannons, the wounded and the dying. The piece is riveting, elegant, poignant and surprisingly modern. Don't miss it!


The 'Iolani School Stage Band will host an incredible jazz concert on Sunday (Nov. 23) that also features the Moanalua Middle School Jazz Band, in addition to special guests Jimmy Borges and the Hawai‘i All-Star Big Band. You won't want to miss this free concert, which begins in Seto Hall at 4 p.m. Funding for this event is provided by the Tam & Young Arts Chair.


The 'Iolani Fair 2015 "Adventures in Atlantis" Silent Auction is now accepting donations! Black Friday and the holidays are a great time to shop and save! Please keep the 'Iolani Fair in mind when shopping this season. Donate a gift card from your business or get together with your fellow parents to put a package together or we can help you! We are always looking for donations to our Silent Auction to create themed baskets. We will gladly accept gift cards to purchase needed items to fill the baskets. For a list of some of the themes that we are looking for and for a donation form, please click HERE. We can even pick up your donation. Please contact Lisa Oshiro-Tamura at ltamura [at] iolani [dot] org or 943-2269 to schedule a pick up.


The 'Iolani Fair 2015 "Adventures in Atlantis" is already shaping up to be a fantastic, fun event with new rides, games and attractions. And you can already begin to support the event as you join us on Dec. 11 and 12 for our General Store Holiday Sale featuring baked goods, frozen take-home gumbo, and exclusive 'Iolani logo items!

General Store Holiday Sale
Dec. 11 -- 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Weinberg first floor (near the Snack Bar)
Dec. 12 -- 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Mauka side of Student Center (near the Faculty Lounge)


Looking for a perfect stocking stuffer for Raiders of all ages? We're offering a special holiday sale of a gift certificate for scrip wrapped with an 'Iolani logo item on sale at the holiday sale ... and you'll receive a BONUS of $10 of free scrip for every purchase of $100 or more. Beat the lines -- get your scrip early -- and make someone really happy with that holiday gift! Can't make it down? Not to worry! Click HERE to purchase your scrip stocking stuffer online and still receive your BONUS gift!


The admission application deadline for the 2015-16 school year is Monday, Dec. 1. Please contact us if you need additional information at 943-2222 or admission [at] iolani [dot] org.

Current 'Iolani families interested in applying for Financial Aid for the 2015-16 school year can begin the application process now. Please apply online at The deadline to apply and submit documents is Friday, Feb. 20. Click HERE for more information. You may also contact the Financial Aid Office at 943-2397 or financialaid [at] iolani [dot] org.

In addition, School and Student Services (SSS) is offering a free webinar on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (HT), to help families successfully complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online and upload the documents. Please click HERE to sign up for the informational webinar, featuring lots of valuable tips on completing the PFS. Filing for financial aid can be a time-consuming and daunting process. But taking the time to complete the application carefully, thoroughly, and within deadlines is the surest way to have the best chance of receiving the assistance for which you qualify.


'Iolani School would like to wish you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings. We are most thankful for you and your wonderful children! Of course, school will not be in session next Thursday and Friday, and all offices and libraries also will be closed. In addition, please note that there will not be a "News & Links" email next week. The next one will be on Dec. 4.



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Parents-Only Social is on Wednesday, Nov. 26
Please join the 'Iolani 'Ohana at one or more "Coffee Hours" with a few of our school administrators. Topics of discussion will include questions submitted by you, the audience. However, due to time constraints, not all questions may be addressed. Please feel free to come to any session. All "Coffee Hours" will be held on the fourth floor of the Sullivan Center from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Please see info and links below to RSVP and submit a question by Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Grades 6 - 8 Parents: Tuesday, Dec. 2
With Dr. Timothy Cottrell (Head of School), Dr. Aster Chin (Dean of Upper School) and Dr. Gabrielle Toloza (School Psychologist)
Grades K - 5 Parents: Thursday, Dec. 4
With Dr. Timothy Cottrell (Head of School), Mrs. Linda Look (Interim Dean of Lower School), Mr. Zachary Linnert (Asst. Dean of Lower School), Mrs. Joan Kaneshiro (Lower School Curriculum Coordinator) and Dr. Gabrielle Toloza (School Psychologist)
Grades 9 - 12 Parents: Friday, Dec. 12
With Dr. Timothy Cottrell (Head of School), Dr. Aster Chin (Dean of Upper School) and Dr. Gabrielle Toloza (School Psychologist)
We look forward to seeing you at one or more of the "Coffee Hours."

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