Counselor’s Corner

By Miss Kimee Cruz, School Counselor

corner.pngI’m going to miss our 8th Graders. They each have their own little quirks which made them such a fun group of students to work with. One of the things I noticed about our 8th graders (and, in fact,  most of our students) is that in everything they do, whether it is good or not so good, it’s done with a purpose. Our teachers always try to encourage our students to do something or create something that they are proud of.  At times students’ behaviors can get in the way, but what we, as parents and educators, must remember is some behaviors are age appropriate. Our students take responsibility and show resourcefulness. I will miss them, but I am not worried because their character shows they will succeed and they have parents who will continue to support them.

corner1.pngAs a counselor at St. Ann’s I have a unique job, I get to listen to all the stories the students have. The students’ thoughts and their perspectives are all so different.  It is interesting to get an understanding of how the world works for them. Throughout the year I got to work with the students and teachers to find a common language in order for everyone to succeed. We really do have some amazing kids at this school. Something I observed at many of our family events, like our Ho’olaule’a, is how much love we have for each other. Parents want their kids to be happy, and kids want their parents to be happy. Believe it or not, many times when I ask a student what makes them happy, they respond if my parents/family are happy. Our children have complete trust in us. They worry about us, but of course we will talk with them and assure them everything is going to be okay. This kind of trust that they have in us, is the kind of trust we should have with Jesus.

This summer I invite you to take the time to remember what it was like when you were your child’s age and to see the world through your child’s eyes. As parents, we sometimes can get caught up in life and our kids may not always understand. Sometimes we need to slow down and just be there.  Our kids are always watching us and they want us to be happy, too. Take the time this summer to reconnect! We will see you in August!

Spiritual Adoption Program

MONTH 8 – Developing Baby — “I like to listen to my Mommy’s voice!”

adoption.pngNow your spiritually adopted baby is finished developing and is concentrating on gaining weight; she might be making her mother uncomfortable with her size. She will need a layer of fat to help her stay warm after she leaves the perfect temperature inside her mother’s womb. For some weeks now she has recognized her mother’s voice. In a short time, her baby will be born. Your baby’s mother appreciated the prayers you have said for her and her baby throughout the pregnancy. It has not been easy, but your prayers have given her the grace she needed to bring her baby to

Honoring Our Ali’i : May Day 2017, St. Ann’s Ho’olaule’a

Honoring Our Ali’i : May Day 2017


The theme for this year’s May Day Program was “Na Ali’i O Hawai’i.” Students honored the kings and queens of Hawaii through costumes, songs and dance.  The 8th grade court was comprised of students portraying different monarchs of Hawai’i.  This year’s program was dedicated with love to the Early Learning Center’s kindergarten teacher, Miss Audrey Tim who will be retiring from St. Ann Schools after 40 years.

St. Ann’s Ho’olaule’a


On May 6, 2017, St. Ann Schools held its first ever Ho’olaule’a featuring crafts, foods, entertainment and keiki rides, games and activities.  It was a beautiful day of fun and fellowship.  Mahalo Nui Loa to all the volunteers who came out to make this a wonderful and exciting first endeavor.  A very special thank you goes out to Sarah and Isabelle’s mother, Mrs. Jocelyn Tamashiro for taking the lead as the chairperson for this event.


The Little Prince

By Miss Brittney Guro, 8A Language Arts Teacher

prince.pngIn The Little Prince, the narrator often differentiates between childhood and adulthood, showing that as we grow older we begin to lose our innocence and imagination. We worry incessantly, judge others, and lose the inquisitive nature we once had. The seventh graders re-opened their minds and imaginations as they channeled their inner little prince. Each student received a similar cut of paper, drew a picture that incorporated their shape, and wrote an accompanying creative writing story. As they continue to look forward to maturing and growing up, they also remember the qualities of the little prince and hope to never lose the carefree, imaginative, open-minded attitude of their childhood.


Next Sunday’s Readings – June 18, 2017

Solemnity of the Most Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi

Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a   1 Corinthians 10:16-17   John 6:51-58


corpus christiWhat is the bread of life which Jesus offers to all who believe in him? It is first of all the life of God himself – life which sustains us not only now in this age but also in the age to come. The Rabbis said that the generation in the wilderness has no part in the life to come. In the Book of Numbers it is recorded that the people who refused to brave the dangers of the Promised Land were condemned to wander in the wilderness until they died. The Rabbis believed that the father who missed the Promised Land also missed the life to come. God sustained the Israelites in the wilderness with manna from heaven. This bread foreshadowed the true heavenly bread which Jesus would offer his followers.

Jesus is the “bread of life”

Jesus makes a claim only God can make: He is the true bread of heaven that can satisfy the deepest hunger we experience. The manna from heaven prefigured the superabundance of the unique bread of the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper which Jesus gave to his disciples on the eve of his sacrifice. The manna in the wilderness sustained the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land. It could not produce eternal life for the Israelites. The bread which Jesus offers his disciples sustains us not only on our journey to the heavenly paradise; it gives us the abundant supernatural life of God which sustains us for all eternity.


Author’s Day

First graders did a great job creating stories for their second Author’s Day. They began the process by using a story web. They learned to use their knowledge of adjectives to describe two animal characters of their choice that would interact in their story. They also chose a setting and described it, and then used the theme of “sharing” to creatively think of a problem and solution. After drafts were complete, final copies were written, and drawings done, they were ready to share their creative story. They very proud of their work and practiced reading their stories to one another. The anticipated Author’s Day was on May 10 and they confidently read their stories to students in the 2nd grade. Good job first grade!


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

holy trinity.pngReflections

Today’s Solemnity is not so much about trying to understand the theological intricacies of the doctrine of the Trinity.  It is more about recognizing that Baptism seals us into the Trinity – Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  By Baptism we belong to a community of Christians.  God calls us to imitate the Divine relationship by sharing God’s love with one another.  We do this at work, in our families, in our marriages and in this holy place.

How can you improve your relationship with others by imitating the Divine relationship of the Trinity?