Principal's Message

Principal Deena Moraes
Aloha and Welcome to Kilauea School-
We are glad that you are taking the time to visit our website and learn more about our wonderful school. 

Kilauea school is dedicated to inspiring a joy for learning while nurturing relationships between the students, faculty, staff and community. Kilauea School continues to promote a positive learning environment while focusing on school wide behavior expectations and general learner outcomes. Although we focus on delivering rigorous, differentiated instruction to meet all students needs, we go beyond academic achievement to ensure students become engaged, lifelong learners. 

Guiding us towards this vision is our mission: “We Light the Way,” through the acronym SHINE. SHINE stands for Supporting, Honoring, Inspiring, Nurturing, and Encouraging students for success. This theme was inspired by the landmark of our community, our Kilauea Lighthouse that stands on the northern corner of the island for all to see. More specifically, this year our theme is Together We SHINE- Ho'olau Kukui Mālamalama o Kaukahe, as it takes a whole community working together to be able to SHINE for our keiki.
We hope you enjoy visiting our website. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,
Deena Fontana Moraes
TA Principal- Kilauea School
Aloha Kilauea Elementary School Ohana:
Happy New Year!
I am excited to support your school as TA Principal in Ms. Gonsalves absence. Please allow me to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Deena Fontana Moraes. Most recently, I came to you from Wilcox Elementary School, where I served as vice-principal for the last 4 years. My experience in education consists of 7 years in administration and 14 total years in education. The educational settings where I have served have included a Project- Based Learning Charter School in California, an International school in Brazil and a number of Hawaii DOE schools. I hold two Master's degrees; one in Elementary Education and another in School Administration. My passion in education revolves around building communities and systems that support student success; academically, socially and emotionally.
On a personal note, although I spent several of my adult years away from Hawaii, I was born and raised on our beautiful island (in Kalaheo) and always dreamt of making a life on the North Shore. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, including my only son who is a Senior in high school. I also enjoy hiking, stand-up paddling, practicing yoga, cooking and traveling (when we are once again able to do so.)
I am excited to meet you and work in partnership with you. Indeed, this time that we are living is unprecedented in many ways. Regardless, our keiki deserve the safest, most positive and productive school year possible. It is my intention to continue to uphold the effective and nurturing systems in place at Kilauea Elementary School in order to make this happen.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,
Deena Fontana Moraes
Aloha Kilauea School Parents and Guardians,

Aloha and welcome to the 2020-21 school year!  We are looking forward to the safe return of our students.  We understand that many of you continue to have apprehensions about the health and safety of your children, and we want you to know that safety is our top priority.  In an effort to ensure the safety of our students and staff, the return to school plan has been adjusted.  Yesterday, the Hawaii Department of Education announced that Kauai public schools will transition to distance learning for the first four weeks of the 2020-21 school year.    

This means the first week of school (Aug. 17-21), students will be transitioning to distance learning while attending school on campus on their assigned day.  The group attending school on the first day has changed in order to allow both A and B groups to have two consecutive days to connect with their teachers and receive training on the distance learning platforms.  

The first day of school will be on Mon., Aug. 17 and only Group B will attend school on campus.  During this first week (Aug. 17-21) of school, students will report to campus on their assigned day.  Please see the schedule below for groups attending over the next four weeks.  
Starting Mon., Aug. 24 through Aug. 28th,
 Pre-K, 1st, & 2nd grade students will attend face to face on their assigned A/B Day
 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grade students will participate remotely on their assigned A/B Day  (Only identified vulnerable students will be allowed on campus.) 
Starting Mon., Aug. 31 through the remainder of the four week period, full distance learning will be implemented for all grades on their assigned days.  (Only identified vulnerable students will be allowed on campus.) 
Please go to the August 12th Parent Letter in the ADDITIONAL FILES below for more detailed information.
Looking forward to a great new school year!
Dear Kilauea School Families,
We really miss our Kilauea School Ohana!  While our school facilities remain closed, school is still in session.  This remote learning process is new for many of our teachers, students, and families.  As we continue to make adjustments, your understanding and flexibility is greatly appreciated.  I have enjoyed hearing the stories of how excited the students are to reconnect with their teachers and classmates through distance learning opportunities. We are very proud of the teachers and staff as they have been diligently working to get in contact with all of our students and their families.  Our goal is to provide continuity of learning using online learning, instructional packets or other forms of class assignments and projects throughout the remainder of the current school year which ends on May 28.  
Go to, About Us, Staff Directory and click on the name of your child’s teacher below his/her picture.  This is the central location for teachers to remotely communicate lesson plans with students/parents. Students, please remember when you are working online, you are still responsible for adhering to the State of Hawaii Acceptable Use Policy.  These assignments being provided are optional and are not intended to create any additional pressure on you or your child during this time.  If you are struggling to access or complete work, please reach out to your child’s teacher through the email address provided under his/her photo.  
We are very excited to announce Kilauea School will start serving Grab and Go Meals for breakfast and lunch beginning Monday, April 27.  Breakfast service hours are from 7:30 -8:00 AM and Lunch service hours from 11:30 AM -12:00 PM. These meals are served to any child under the age of 18 years on Monday through Friday, except on holidays.  
We encourage you to continue to check the website for the most current Hawaii Department of Education information and updates.  As you may have seen, the State of Hawaii has suspended the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics; Hawaii State Science Assessments (NGSS) Grade 5 testing requirements for this current school year.  Please contact teachers, counselors, and/or principal using email if you have questions or concerns relating to your child.  
You are encouraged to continue to follow the stay-at-home order, the CDC/DOH guidelines for social distancing, preventive measures for the spread of COVID-19 and wear masks in public- "My mask protects you, Your mask protects me." 
Sherry Gonsalves
Dear Kilauea School Families,
We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well.  As our extended Spring Break comes to a close, we find ourselves missing our students and normal routines.  The COVID-19 pandemic and the decision to close school facilities has impacted everyone’s life in one way or another and forces beyond our control are changing how we educate your children. 
Over the past week, our team has been working to provide remote enrichment learning opportunities for your children to help bring a sense of normalcy and routine to your child’s day.  While school facilities are closed and traditional education in school is on hold, starting Monday, March 30, teachers are providing learning activities to maintain and enrich what has been taught.  This may include online learning, instructional packets or other forms of class assignments and projects.   Please go to, About Us, Staff Directory and click on the name of your child’s teacher below his/her picture.  This is the central location as to how each teacher plans to communicate lessons with students/parents while away from the school campus.  If you have any questions about the assignments, please email the teacher by clicking on the email address under his/her picture. Please know these assignments being provided are optional and are not intended to create any additional pressure on you or your children during this time.  
Soon teachers will be completing third quarter report cards and IEP progress notes.  To help maintain the health and safety of all, these will be sent to the parent email addresses on file.  Please update your contact information with your child’s teacher through email if needed. For those parents without an email on file, a paper copy will be mailed to your home. 
We realize the decision to close school facilities has placed a hardship on many families and there is a lot of economic uncertainty at this time.  We are very grateful the Hawaii DOE School Food Services quickly mobilized 3 distribution areas on Kauai for breakfast and lunch.  The closest food distribution area is at Kapaa High School with Breakfast service hours from 7:30 -8:00 AM and Lunch service hours from 11:30 AM -12:00 PM.  These meals are served to any student under the age of 18 years old Monday through Friday, except on holidays.  
Prior to students and staff returning to school, we have instituted new cleaning procedures for our custodial staff during the extended school closures. This will help to ensure students and staff return to clean facilities when health experts determine it is appropriate to open the school facilities.  Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing and sanitization procedures at all times.  See additional CDC recommendations attached below.    
We encourage you to continue to check the website for the most current Hawaii Department of Education information and updates.  We will continue to inform our Kilauea School families of updates as we receive them on our school website. 
Thank you for being part of the Kilauea School Ohana and we hope this information is helpful so you can focus on what is most important at this time which is your health and safety as well as the health and safety of your family and loved ones. 
Sincerely, Sherry Gonsalves
We are in full support of the recent decision by Gov. Ige and Mayor Kawakami for the stay at home order until April 30.  The HIDOE will be adjusting our plans to continue to align with these important parameters for the health and safety of our employees, keiki and ohana.  Please remember to practice CDC recommendations attached below.    
The CDC recommends the following preventative actions to reduce the risk of developing the flu or other respiratory diseases, including:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
When you are sick, stay home.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you haven't already been immunized against the flu, it is not too late to get a flu shot.
Welcome to Kilauea School!  It is a blessing to have the opportunity to continue serving the keiki of the Kilauea School community.  We at Kilauea School strive to inspire students and staff to recognize and build upon their natural gifts and talents in order to attain their greatest potential.  Our commitment to helping your child have a sense of belonging while developing his/her social, emotional and academic skills, is found in our mission to the right: 
High academic achievement and character development continue to be priorities.  We dedicate time for teacher collaboration and data teams as well as providing an instructional coach.  All teachers are able to reflect on their instruction, discuss school data, align curriculum and explore best instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners.  As a result of believing in our students’ abilities to learn and closing learning gaps early on, we help the students to develop a love of learning which sets them up for academic success.
Quality instruction along with partnerships with parents and the school community are essential building blocks in a child’s education. The key to an effective school partnership is good communication between home and school.  By working together, we ensure that our students have optimal support in building connections between what is happening in the classroom, home and in our community. 
It is a privilege to work with such an amazing school community and I look forward to another year of excellence.  Together we “light the way” for the future of our students.
Sherry Gonsalves