News & Links - Nov. 19, 2015


Letter 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 the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 25, the entire 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 vulnerable keiki and kūpuna in our community. Our fresh and canned food offering will given to the Institute for Human Services (IHS) and our monetary offering will be given to Project Dana.

Food Offering

We are collecting fresh fruits and vegetables (onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes are most needed) as well as non-perishable items and canned goods for the IHS pantry. The most needed non-perishable items include rice, pasta, peanut butter, oatmeal, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, ground coffee, and canned protein (Spam, tuna, Vienna Sausage, etc.). Please be sure to check the expiration date on any non-perishable items. Donations may be dropped off at both the Upper and Lower School Autolines on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

(Special Note: Lower School students are also invited to bring their canned food or nonperishable items to the 3-Ewa Cardboard Arcade on Monday, Nov. 23. Students who bring in a donation will be able to play games that have been designed and constructed out of cardboard by our very own 3-Ewa students.)

Monetary Offering

Our financial gifts will be given to Project Dana. If you wish to make a monetary offering, place it in an envelope and bring it to school on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 25. Checks should be made out to "Project Dana." Your offering will be collected by your classroom teacher (Lower School) or your homeroom teacher (Upper School) and brought to chapel to be blessed at the Offertory.

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


The grades 6-12 admission deadline for the 2016-17 school year is Dec. 1. Please contact us if you need additional information at 943-2222 or email admission [at]

Current 'Iolani families interested in applying for financial aid for the 2016-17 school year can begin the application process now. Please apply online at

Deadline to apply and submit documents is Feb. 19, 2016. For more information, go to or contact the Financial Aid Office at 943-2397 or email financialaid [at]

Free Financial Aid Webinar for Families

SSS is offering a free webinars in December and January to help families successfully complete the PFS and upload the documents. Please go to to sign up for the following webinars and more.

Filing for financial aid can be a time-consuming and daunting process. But taking the time to complete the application carefully, thoroughly, and within the school's deadline is the surest way to have the best chance of receiving the assistance for which you qualify. These webinars provide valuable tips and information on how to complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) Online accurately.


'Iolani School's top two orchestras along with members of Halau 'Iolani will perform on Sunday at Hawai‘i Theatre.  The program includes orchestral favorites (Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet), meteorological commentary (Thunder and Lightning Polka), hula and tango, and two of the cornerstones of the orchestral repertory. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Admission is $7 and tickets will be sold at the Hawai'i Theatre Box Office. Click HERE for the lists of pieces that will be played.

Students enrolled in Advanced Theatre will present a special performance TONIGHT at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership. With the third-floor “flex space” transformed into an intimate theatre setting, the evening’s program includes both scenes, monologues, dialogues and a series of interview-theatre pieces (an artistic concept refined and made popular by actor/playwright Anna Deveare Smith).

Click HERE to view the remaining events on the 2015-16 'Iolani School Performing Arts Calendar.


Scrip certificates on sale now!

Our scrip certificates make the perfect gift for Raiders of all ages! And scrip certificate purchases of $100 or more will be eligible for a $10 bonus*! So buy some as gifts for your friends and family ... and receive a small gift for yourself! Click HERE to purchase your scrip certificates online. (*Bonus is good on purchases of $100 or more in scrip certificates. Purchases must be made between Nov. 16 and Dec. 31. Bonus limited to one per customer.)

Holiday Sale coming soon!

Get into the holiday spirit and get some shopping done at our Holiday Sale on Friday, Dec. 11. Delicious snacks and treats, handmade crafts, exclusive 'Iolani logo items, scrip certificates, and more! See below for more information.

  • 'Iolani Fair Holiday Sale
  • Friday, Dec. 11
  • Outside the Student Center Faculty Lounge: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Lower School Courtyard (Ewa entrance to Library): Lower School recess
  • Weinberg Building (ground floor, near snack bar): 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Click HERE to visit the official 'Iolani Fair 2016: "Race to Space" website.


Just in time for the holiday gift giving season, the Lower School Book Fair is selling fine selection of new books in the Lower School Library for one more day. Friday's hours are 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, an online book fair is available through Sunday. A wider variety of items will be available online. Sales benefit 'Iolani School. To participate in the online book fair, please click HERE.


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