Parent Info
A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.
Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf Schools
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Aloha Honolulu Waldorf School parents,

This section was designed for your ease in accessing information and forms you may need during the school year or in preparation for the coming school year. Much of this information can be found in the Parent Handbook and Roster, available as PDFs.
News & Announcements
News & Annoucements
  • HWS Parent Handbook (Niu Campus) - Early Childhood thru Grade 8   click here

  • HWS Parent Handbook (Makai Campus) - High School  click here

  • AWSNA - INFORM Newsletter Septemeber 2014-15  click here

  • Kula Makua Adult Education; Mandala Workshop  click here
  • Kula Makua Adult Education; The Joy of Color Workshop  click here
Quick Questions
Curriculum:

Early Childhood: Cindy Sydow
csydow@honoluluwaldorf.org
808-377-5471

Lower School: Mary Jo AbiNader
mabinader@honoluluwaldorf.org
808-377-5471

High School: Nicole Lueker
nlueker@honoluluwaldorf.org
808-792-4550

Tuition and Fees:

Irene Knuuti, Business Manager
iknuuti@honoluluwaldorf.org
808-792-5042


Absences, After Care, General Information:

Niu campus office at 808-377-5471
Email: niu@honoluluwaldorf.org

Makai campus office at 808-735-9311
Email: makai@honoluluwaldorf.org


Student Records and Reports:

Registrar
registrar@honoluluwaldorf.org

Calendar

For School Monthly Calendar Events and School Holiday Calendar please click HERE

2014-15 Forms
All School
High School
Middle School
Lower School
Early Childhood
2013-14 Forms
All School
High School
Middle School
Lower School
Early Childhood
Student Absences or Tardiness
Attendance, Punctuality, Tardiness and Absences

Parents are required to notify the school in the event that their child will be absent from school, or will need to leave school before dismissal time. Please telephone or email the office and email the class teacher and/or high school sponsor to make these arrangements.

Early Childhood

Call 808-377-5471   Email: niu@honoluluwaldorf.org
Early childhood children should be in school by 8:00 a.m. If circle or a birthday celebration has begun, please wait outside the classroom with your child until it is over (about 15 minutes.)

Lower and Middle School (Grades 1-8)

Call 808-377-5471   Email: niu@honoluluwaldorf.org
Any child who is not ready to enter the classroom at 7:55 a.m. will be deemed tardy. Tardiness compromises the rhythm of the entire class as well as the learning of the individual tardy student. Every tardy child must report to the office, obtain a late slip, and explain his/her reason for the lateness in order to be permitted to enter the classroom.

High School (Grades 9-12)

Call 808-735-9311   Email: makai@honoluluwaldorf.org
High School students who are ill, tardy, or who have a family emergency must be excused by a telephone call by a parent or guardian to the High School Office before 7:50 a.m. All students that are running late must report to the office to receive a tardy slip.

For more information about student illness, absences, or extended absences, please refer to the Parent Handbook & Roster.

Emergency and Disaster Policies
The Department of Human Services and the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) have recommended that all schools and childcare facilities formulate an Emergency Preparedness Plan. Our plan is detailed below for your convenience:

Fire

We practice building evacuation periodically. These drills are done during school hours and in our After School Care program. The signal for a drill is the ringing of the fire alarm bell. Those who have difficulty walking or have other physical limitations will be assisted during the fire drill. Children will leave their classrooms under staff supervision in an orderly fashion according to the evacuation plan posted in each classroom. Students at the Niu Valley campus will proceed to the back (makai) fence of the grade school yard. After a short stay, where roll will be taken, they will return to their classrooms. High School students will exit the building and proceed to Punahele Street on Kalanianaole Highway before returning to their classrooms.

In the event of an ACTUAL FIRE our evacuation procedures and destination will be the same as for a drill for the Niu campus and for the Makai campus (unless deemed to be unsafe). Everyone will proceed to ‘Āina Haina Elementary School.  Children with physical limitations will be helped by a staff member. Should our buildings not be habitable, we will be housed temporarily at Niu Valley Middle School or ‘Āina Haina Elementary, and we will call for you to pick up your child as soon as possible.

Tsunami
A tsunami is a series of waves generally caused by earthquakes on or near the ocean floor, anywhere in the Pacific Basin. The Department of Emergency Management issues TSUNAMI WATCHES and WARNINGS. A TSUNAMI WATCH means an earthquake that could produce a tsunami has occurred somewhere in the Pacific but the presence of waves has not yet been confirmed. A TSUNAMI WATCH means prepare.

A TSUNAMI WARNING means that waves have been confirmed and a threat to life and property exists. All coastal areas of Oahu (identified on the maps in the front of the telephone book) must be evacuated.

There is a new classification called URGENT TSUNAMI WARNING that refers to waves generated locally. If you hear this warning, those in evacuation zones have 40 minutes maximum evacuation time.

The Department of Emergency Management has determined that our Niu campus is outside the tsunami inundation zone and that our Makai campus IS IN the tsunami inundation zone, and has recommended that in the event of a tsunami:
If the tsunami warning is issued while school is in session, the Niu campus will remain in school and there should be no significant change in our normal routine. The Makai campus will be evacuated to ‘Āina Haina Elementary School. For your safety and to avoid contributing to unnecessary traffic congestion, it is advised that you NOT leave work and rush to school until the “all clear” is announced. We will take care of your children until pick up can be accomplished safely.

If the tsunami warning is issued before school begins, classes will be cancelled and the school will be closed.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm

Hurricanes and tropical storms are intense weather systems, usually generated over warm Pacific waters from June through November, capable of producing damaging surf, destructive winds, and heavy flooding. HURRICANE or TROPICAL WATCHES are issued by the National Weather Service 36 hours prior to the arrival of storm effects. WARNINGS are issued when the storm could affect Oahu within 24 hours. When a WATCH is issued, we will monitor the storm and make a decision whether or not to close the school before the issuance of a warning. The timing of the closure will generally coincide with the end of a normal school day. If a WARNING is issued before school begins, classes will be cancelled and the school will be closed.

Earthquake
Should an earthquake of significant magnitude occur on Oahu, we can anticipate considerable disruption to our road networks. At both campuses, if we are indoors when an earthquake occurs, we will stay indoors and immediately take cover under desks, tables, in supported doorways, etc. If outdoors at the Niu campus, we will stay outdoors and move toward the back fence in the grades yard. If outdoors at the Makai campus, we will move as far away from buildings and utility wires as possible. When the shaking stops we will evaluate the condition of the school.

If the facility is sound, we will remain in place and listen to our battery-operated radio for DEM instructions.

If the facility is damaged, we will take the students to the closest designated DEM Shelter, which for the Niu campus is at Niu Valley Middle School, and for the Makai campus is ‘Āina Haina Elementary School.

Flooding

The Department of Emergency Management has determined that the Niu campus is NOT in a flood zone. However, during extremely heavy periods of rain or under tropical storm or hurricane conditions, flooding in our area is possible. In the event we are advised to evacuate, we will follow the directions of DEM officials.

General Emergencies

As a general rule, if it is announced over radio or television that the public schools are closing, we will also, in all likelihood, be closing. Under no circumstances, however, will we close until all children have been picked up by their parents or a designee,  or until other suitable arrangements have been made.

Please do NOT call us during emergencies. Please keep the telephone lines open and available for those who have urgent needs. During power outages the school has only one working telephone line. You should establish individual and family plans for emergency preparedness. If you need assistance, contact the Department of Emergency Management at 808-723-8960.

Please be assured that we will do everything we can to take good care of your children during any emergency or disaster.