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Welcome to Waiau Elementary School's website. My name is Queena Yuen-Ohta. My students call me Mrs. Yuen. I received my Bachelor's Degree and Professional Diploma in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. I am a fifth grade teacher. My teaching career started at Kapalama Elementary School in SY1993-1994 as a second grade teacher. Moving to the Leeward side a year later brought me to Waiau Elementary as a fifth grade teacher. I have been teaching fifth grade ever since and hope to stay at this wonderful school until retirement.

Teaching has been a dream of mine since I was eight years old. I remember playing "school" at home with my classmates. Of course, I had to be the teacher with the chalk in my hand writing on the blackboard and giving out math problems for my "students" to do. My childhood dream is now a reality. "Playing school" as an eight year old is very different from teaching 25+ ten year olds while ensuring these precious children are learning and growing, however, one thing remains the same. Teaching is fun, and I enjoy it. My goal is for my students to leave fifth grade knowing more than what they came in with, and I hope to impart a love of learning to my students. Thank you for taking time to explore and learn more about me and Waiau Elementary School.


Ice pop Donation and Volunteers Round 2

Grade 5 is scheduled to sell icepops in March. We are currently accepting 200 count boxes of icepops and/or $10 donations. Please turn in boxes of icepops to the office with your child's name on it. Thank you to families who made monetary donations thus far-Leong family, Yamada family, and Fujishige-Piianaia family. 
See schedule for student volunteers below. Please remember to make afterschool pick up arrangements with your child if he/she is not in A+ 
Friday, March 8-James, Kea, Anthony, Grace, Marco
Monday, March 11-Lehua, Caelum, Anthony, Grace
Tuesday, March 12-Ayden, Kea, Riley, Marco
Thursday, March 14-Ayden, James, Caelum, Riley
This will be the last fundraiser for the school year. Thank you all for your support!

Ice Pop Sale Done!

Thank you to students who volunteered their time to help sell ice pops afterschool and to families who donated boxes of ice pop for this fundraiser. Money raised will be used toward grade level activities. We have another chance to raise funds in the month of March. We will be asking for donations and student volunteers again in February. Thank you so much for your support!

Ice pop Volunteer Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 1 - Aidan, James, Anthony, Riley, Skyler
Friday, Nov. 2 - Kea, Anthony, Kevin, Grace, Skyler
Monday, Nov. 5 - Marco, Kea, Kevin, Grace, Riley
Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Rylan, Rhyanne, Marco, Ayden
Friday, Nov. 9 - Lehua, James, Rhyanne, Marco, Ayden
Start getting ready 10 minutes before the end of the day. Clean up about 15 minutes after the bell.

Icepop Donation and Volunteers

Grade 5 is scheduled to sell icepops in November. We are currently accepting 200 count boxes of icepops and/or $10 donations. Please turn in boxes of icepops to the office with your child's name on it. Students may volunteer to sell icepops afterschool. The forms were due on Oct. 5th, however, we will still accept late forms. Please make afterschool pick up arrangements if your child is not in A+. Also, if your child is a JPO, check the JPO schedule so it doesn't conflict with helping to sell icepops afterschool.  We are scheduled to sell icepops again in March. Thank you, in advance, for your support.

Brownie Fundraiser

Brownie Fudge Delight fundraiser tickets have been distributed to your child on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Please take caution when selling to people in your neighborhood. Unsold brownie tickets and money are due on Friday, November 2nd. You may request for more tickets, however, any profits from tickets sold over 25 will be used for grade level activities. More information about the camp overnighter will be given in December/January.

Class Rules Rap

Felix wrote the lyrics and performed his rap on our class rules to help him memorize the class rules. Such a talented young man! Class rules: Show respect to others Have pride in yourself Raise your hand when you want to speak Use classroom voices Do your assignments and turn them in


Welcome to a new school year as a fifth grader! Please take some time to look at the forms on the right side of this page. The Parent Letter which has the PE and Music schedule and Homework Policy are essential to read at the beginning of the school year. I will post notices and forms throughout the school year so remember to check in at least once a month. I look forward to an awesome 2018-2019 school year with you!

SBA Testing in April

SBA testing is just around the corner. See below for 104A's testing schedule:
Tuesday, April 10 from 8:00-9:30 CAT ELA
Wednesday, April 11 from 8:00-9:30 CAT ELA
Thursday, April 12 from 8:00-9:30 CAT ELA
Tuesday, April 17 from 8:00-9:30 PT ELA
Wednesday, April 18 from 8:00-9:30 PT ELA
Thursday, April 19 from 8:00-9:30 PT ELA
Tuesday, April 24 from 8:00-9:30 CAT Math
Wednesday, April 25 from 8:00-9:30 CAT Math
Thursday, April 26 from 8:00-9:30 CAT Math
Please refrain from scheduling appointments on these days. Help your child to have a positive testing experience by making sure your child has enough sleep the night before, eats a good hearty breakfast, and comes to school on time. We will start testing shortly after the tardy bell rings. Your child should have earbuds or headphones in school, but there are a handful of students who have lost them, broke them, or took them home and didn't bring them back to school. Please ask your child if he/she needs another set of working headphones or earbuds and have your child bring them to school right away. We are currently doing SBA Practice/Training tests so students can navigate through the test with ease, use test taking strategies, and review content that was taught in the past quarters. Students are encouraged to review past materials on their own as well using i-Ready, IXL, SBA practice tests, completed practice books and worksheets. Let's put in our 100% of effort into this state assessment!

Shout Out...

...to Kumagai ohana, Carino-Vickery ohana, and Kadooka ohana for donating money or boxes of icepops for our March icepop fundraiser. Thank you to Archer, Kylie, Matthew, Chason, Kiara, Titan, and Jayden for volunteering your time to help with the sale of icepops. Monies made from the fundraiser will be used to purchase t-shirts for this year's Ho'olaule'a performance.

Looking Ahead...

As a reminder, USS Battleship Missouri Overnighter fieldtrip forms and money are due January 22, 2108. There are 3 forms to fill out. Please complete them thoroughly and turn them in with your payment. The overnighter is on Thursday, Feb. 8 to Friday, Feb. 9. We will depart school around 11:15. We will be having an early lunch before we leave for the overnighter. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the galley of the ship. We will be back to school the next day, Feb. 9 around 9:30. A packing list will be distributed later this month. We are in need of male parent chaperones. If you are interested, please indicate your interest by marking an x on your child's fieldtrip form.
Fifth grade will continue our grade level fundraiser by selling icepops once again in the month of March. We will be asking for either boxes of icepops or monetary donations of $10 to raise funds for our grade level. We are looking for students to volunteer their time afterschool to sell icepops too.  More information will be forthcoming next month.
SBA state testing will start in April. Please check Waiau's monthly bulletin for 5th grade's testing dates and avoid scheduling doctor's appointments during those days. Thank you for your support.
Grade 5's stretch learning parent showcase will held in late April or early May. We will send out more information in April. 

Happy New Year!

I hope all of you had a fun and relaxing Winter Break. Although unnecessary but greatly appreciated, thank you for the wonderful and generous Christmas gifts. With two weeks off, your mind and body should be refreshed and ready for another semester of brain workout! Let's work together to make the rest of the school year a successful one! I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and blessed 2018!

Icepop Fundraiser

Mahalo to the generous families who either donated boxes of Otter Pops (Kumagai family and Pao-Gumapac family) or made a monetary donation (Sanchez family, Diaz family, Mercado family, Gonzaga family). Your donation will help 5th grade meet our fundraising projection.
Mahalo to student volunteers who will be offering their time afterschool to sell icepops. Below is the schedule I have thus far. It may change. I will be accepting volunteers up to Nov. 20. Turn in your form if you haven't done so yet. And of course, I will also continue to accept icepop and monetary donations. We still have the month of March to fundraise.
Monday, Nov. 20 - Miakoda, Archer, Matthew, Logan 
Tuesday, Nov. 21 - Taydem, Archer, Matthew
Monday, Nov. 27 - Miakoda, Andrew, Archer, Matthew
Tuesday, Nov. 28 - Chason, Archer, Matthew
Thursday, Nov. 30 - Chason, Archer, Matthew

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences Done!

It was a pleasure meeting all the parents who attended P-S-T conferences. I enjoyed talking with you and sharing what we (teacher and students) do in the classroom. If you have any future concerns, please feel free to drop a note or call the school.

USS Missouri Battleship encampment fundraiser

I hope all is going well with selling Chocolate Lovers' Brownie Delight.  As a reminder, money and unsold tickets are due Friday, October 27. Brownie pick up will be on Monday, November 20 afterschool in the breezeway. Profits made will be deducted from the costs of the fieldtrip. Many students who participate in the fundraiser end up going to the fieldtrip at no cost! Sell twenty-five brownie tickets at $8 each, and your child will go to the overnighter for free! If you would like to sell more tickets, send me a note and I will give your child the tickets. The fudge brownies are a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert spread! :)