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Songs of the Season

December 11, 2015
By KCS Staff

Christmas programs are always one of the highlights of the first semester at KCS. Students from all grade levels shined during their concerts this week!

Mr. Kanakanui challenged the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students with their respective instrumental pieces for Wednesday evening’s concert. Third graders played their selections, “Good King Wenceslas” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” in harmony on their recorders. Fourth graders performed their songs, with the accompaniment of alto and tenor recorders, in four part harmony. Improvised solos by three students highlighted the fifth graders’ work on the ukulele.  

The middle and high school band and chorus students performed on Thursday evening. The 6th grade band opened the concert and featured six student soloists. Mr. Kanakanui was pleased by all the students who showed interest and auditioned for solos. The instrumental pieces continued with the 7th to 12th grade band playing classic songs in their sectional groups. Mr. Kanakanui credits the leadership of the upperclassmen to prepare each group for their performance. Mr. Wilcox led the 6th grade and 7th to 12th grade choral groups, providing the evening with a nice balance of instrumental and vocal songs. 

Preschoolers took the stage on Friday morning, recounting the Christmas story with a full cast and songs that celebrated the wonderful gift of Jesus’ birth. Their program, “Presents,” featured classic songs such as “Go Tell it On the Mountain” and “Little Drummer Boy.” 

In their program, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders made a joyful noise unto the Lord with exuberant singing.  Perhaps the highlight of the concert was the powerful words of the finale song brought to life. “He Made a Way in a Manger” blended lyrics from “Away in the Manger” to depict how the manger was part of Jesus’ journey to the cross. Images depicting Jesus as the Gate, the Vine, and Bread of Life were carried out on large canvases during the song. These bridged the way between scenes of the Nativity and Calvary. 

Bravo to all the students for their hard work! 

Creativity At Its Best

December 11, 2015
By KCS Staff

This morning, Jason Gradney and Maria Carvalho from Farmers Insurance presented kindergarten teacher Mrs. Kaji with a check for $2,250.  Mrs. Kaji submitted a proposal, “Creativity At Its Best,” to Farmers Insurance’s “Thank America’s Teachers,” a national grant program.  Proposals from across the country were available for voting via Facebook throughout the month of October.  Although she didn’t win the $2,500 award, she received a donation from Farmer’s Hawaii, made possible by AdoptAClassroom.org.  

As described in her proposal, Mrs. Kaji’s vision is to have outdoor areas for exploratory and creative play for students.  She hopes to use the grant money to purchase water and sand tables as well as equipment for outdoor art centers.  She says, “Children need to have experiences outside of the classroom in order to learn and grow.”  KCS applauds Mrs. Kaji, and thanks Mr. Gradney and the team from Farmers Hawaii for their heart and support of education!

Christmas Time in Kaimuki

December 04, 2015
By KCS Staff

Oh, What Fun!: On Thursday evening, Kaimuki ushered in the Christmas season with the 69th annual KPBA Christmas Parade. Spectators gathered along Waialae Avenue to watch participants from Kaimuki schools, organizations, and businesses share Christmas cheer. KCS marchers were highlighted by the 4th and 5th graders, who shared Christmas carols on their recorders and ukuleles. Approximately 100 students, parents, and staff joined in this festive event!

Christmas Blessings: Kindergarten to 3rd grade students visited residents at Leahi Hospital this morning. As a “warm up” for their Christmas concerts next week, students shared songs celebrating the birth of Christ with their voices and instruments. Students also hand-delivered artwork they created in Art class to each resident. KCS is grateful for the opportunity to share Christmas joy and hope in the community!

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