Iroquois Point Elementary

IB Learner Profile: Principled, Open Minded, Thinker, Reflective, Caring, Knowledgeable, Communicator, Risk Taker, Reflective, and Inquirer.


March 29, 2017
Aloha F6B Families,
It's been great to see all the students back at school!
The letter about the SBA testing went home yesterday. Please read through it and let us know if you have any questions. Additionally, there is a practice site that you can have the students go to so that they can practice and see what types of questions will be on the test. I've made a quick presentation that goes over how to access the practice test step-by-step. It can be accessed here:
Please note, the student practice site can also be accessed at:
Please try to have your child take the CATs (computer adaptive test) for ELA and Math. We will be taking our ELA CAT on Friday, March 31. Please help your child be prepared by doing the following:
  • Ensure they get a good nights sleep
  • Make sure they eat breakfast
  • Provide a snack to keep them going!
Today in SEL (social emotional learning), we talked about calming down strategies, including centered breathing, so you can also remind them about doing that!
Mahalo for your support,
Ms. Monkoski
P.S. STEM night at IPES is tomorrow from 6:00 - 7:00!! Please see the orange flyer in the Red Wednesday folder for more information!! I hope to see you there!!
March17, 2017
Aloha Parents,
Mahalo nui loa for all of your support throughout Exhibition and on Exhibition night! The students did such a great job!! The teachers are so proud of them and all of the hard work that they put into the project. I hope you enjoyed watching the presentations and getting to see the culmination of all of your child's hard work. They are truly globally aware citizens, who can make informed, research and evidence-based decisions, and take action that will make a change!
I hope you and your families have a nice spring break - you deserve it! Please note that school resumes on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. 
Ms. Monkoski

February 22, 2017

Aloha Parents!


Only 15 short more school days until Exhibition!! We counted in class today! These are the things that need to be done and the dates they should be done by:



The student’s actions should be completed by March 1, 2017. Please speak with your child and the other parents to clarify what the actions may be. This is a student-directed project, and student-initiated action, but please support your child in any way possible, especially when completing the action. They’ll need transportation or guidance, etc. Remember, your child will be presenting about their action, how they came up with it, and whether it impacted the problem.



Students are writing interview questions to ask their interview subject. They’re also writing the introduction email and sharing it with me, which I will email. You can help them by assisting them with brainstorming of questions.



We haven’t really started talking about the presentation too much yet. It should be something interactive, where people can ask the students questions and the students can highlight the process they went through for Exhibition. Some are talking about making a video to show, some are discussing an interactive demonstration, and some are looking at a poster board.



I am working on giving feedback to students on their papers. I will get them to students on Monday, February 27, 2017. This gives them about 2 weeks to complete their final draft. Please note, the second draft (with parent editing and feedback) was due on February 16, 2017. If I do not receive a draft by tomorrow (2/23) I cannot guarantee that your child will receive feedback from me prior to the final draft being due. If I did not receive a draft from your child, you will be receiving a second email from me. ALL PAPERS ARE DUE ON MARCH 10, 2017. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.


Thank you for continuing to support your child through the Exhibition process.


Ms. Monkoski

February 10, 2017
Aloha Families,
Just one more thing! Please note the following days this month where we do not have school:
Monday, February 13, 2017 - Teacher Institute Day
Monday, February 20, 2017 - President's Day
Friday, February 24, 2017  - Campbell-Kapolei Complex PC day
Have a wonderful weekend!
February 10, 2016

Aloha F6B Families,


I hope all is well!


Students have been busily planning their action for Exhibition! Please ask them probing questions like:

  • What are you considering for you action?
  • Why this action?
  • How does it help address your problem?
  • Who will it impact?
  • Why these people?
  • How?
  • Who needs to be involved?
  • What help do you need?
  • What materials/supplies might you need?
  • Do you need permission? From who?
  • Who is responsible for what in your group?
  • How will you know when/if people complete their part?
  • What does a successful version of your action look like to you?


They had homework last night on Google Classroom where they had to answer a few questions on Google Forms about their action.


They should be working on their action proposal. Some groups are really excited about doing their action but need to slow down and actually plan it out. Asking them questions like the ones I listed above will help them to plan it out more thoroughly.


Additionally, students need to conduct an interview with an expert so that they can collect information from a primary source. Please help them by asking them to share some of their interview questions with you, or provide suggestions on the ordering of interview questions. They should’ve already done a mock interview with you, but maybe they can practice again! They may also need suggestions about where to look to find an expert to interview.


Thank you to those of you who gave their children feedback and editing assistance on their argumentative letter. I will be reviewing these soon and giving my own feedback and suggestions.


Please feel free to email me if you have any questions!



Ms. Monkoski




February 6, 2017


Aloha Parents,


I just wanted to make sure that you all were aware of the new meal payment and monitoring system that the HIDOE will be implementing. A paper was sent home in the Red Wednesday folder last week (2/1) that details the information about it. This system is going live on February 13, 2017. Please see the handout for more information. 


January 31, 2017


Aloha F6B Families,


The first draft of the Exhibition Argumentative Letter was due on Friday, January 27! In order to help the students with their writing a little more, the 6th grade team created some very specific success criteria for the argumentative letter. This was given out and explained in class today. I had the students go through their first draft and highlight or underline the parts of the letter that they had, and check it off on the success criteria. This helped to also show what they were missing. Students were then tasked with writing a second draft, using the success criteria to guide them in their writing. Please work with your child to make sure they are paraphrasing information and citing their sources. Remember, the 6th grade team created guided research questions for the students so they could take notes online. The paper needs to be research-based.


You can ask the following questions to help with the writing process:

  • Do you need help editing your letter?
  • Can I take a look at your first draft?
  • What pieces are you missing?
  • Where do you feel you’re exceptionally successful in your letter? What can we do to other parts to make the whole thing exceptional?
  • Where did you find this information?
  • Is it in your own words?
  • Did you cite your sources?



Groups also began brainstorming ideas for actions. We started by talking about the different types of actions (see Exhibition binder). Then each student created an individual bubble map of all the actions they could think of, and then they shared that with their groups. Tomorrow we will be talking more about the action plan. Here are some possible questions you can ask your child about the possible actions:


  • What actions are you thinking about?
  • Can I see your bubble map?
  • How will this action be different from other actions already occurring?
  • Who will this action help?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is this action feasible?


Mahalo for your kokua in making Exhibition a successful endeavor for your child.

January 19, 2017
Aloha F6B Families,
Just a couple notes!
Field trip tomorrow, Friday, January 20. Please make sure of the following:
  • Wear red school shirt
  • Covered shoes
  • Student ID
  • Home lunch/water
  • No financial obligations
If you don't have these things, your child will not be able to go on the field trip.
Sacred Hearts Science Symposium for Girls in grades 5-8! If you're interested you can go here for more information or to register your child.

January 11, 2017
Aloha F6B families,
Happy New Year! 
We are half-way into our first week back and definitely making progress on Exhibition! By now, your children have generated topics of interest and formed groups based on those topics. They are currently conducting research and getting to know all facets of their topic so that they will become the experts. 
In order to help facilitate this process, you can do things like ask your child questions such as:
  • What is your topic?
  • What are some questions you have about it?
  • How is your research going?
  • What questions have you come up with so far? Can you work on taking notes and citing sources that help to answer those questions?
Please remember that Exhibition is a student-initiated project. You should only be asking questions - not doing the research for them.
If you're feeling confused - don't worry! We have our Exhibition Parent Information Meeting tomorrow, Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 6:00-7:00PM in the IPES library. We look forward to seeing you all!!
Additionally, please see below for a few important dates:
Thursday, January 12, 2017
  • Exhibition Parent Information Meeting @6:00-7:00PM
Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Field trip $ and form due today
Monday, January 16, 2017
  • No school - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Ms. Monkoski
December 20, 2016
Aloha Parents/Guardians,
Welcome to the last week of school before winter break!!
Just a couple reminders for tomorrow:
  1. Winter Songfest tomorrow!! The program starts at 8:30 I suggest you get there early to get good seats!!
    • Please make sure your child wears red or green for the performance! Students can wear santa hats if they have them. :) Also, sunglasses are allowed for our second song.
    • If you'd like to take your child out of school early, please make sure to sign them out at the classroom.
  2. End of 1st semester celebration of learning tomorrow
    • Please bring your potluck item to share with the class
    • White elephant gift 
Ms. Monkoski
December 15, 2016
Aloha F6B Families,
Here are a couple important announcements:
Friday, December 16, 2016 - Mass Evacuation Drill
  • Please bring water, shoes, a hat, etc. We will be walking to the evacuation point at the baseball field. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - Last day of school before break AND Winter Songfest - "Winter Magic"
  • Winter Songfest is in the cafe at 8:30 - 9:30 
  • Please have students wear red or green. They can wear santa hats and sunglasses for our second song. :)
November 23, 2016
Aloha F6B Families,
Some students have asked, so please see below for the order code for the scholastic reading club book orders.
Ms. Monkoski
December 5, 2016
Aloha F6B Families, 
I hope December has been treating you well! Here are just a few important dates coming up this month:
Geography Bee
When: Wednesday, December 8, 2016
Where: IPES Cafeteria
Time: 8:15-9:30 AM
Winter Songfest
When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Where: IPES Cafeteria
Time: 8:00-9:30 AM
November 22, 2016
Aloha F6B Families,
Just a couple reminders about upcoming dates and activities! This is a short week because of Thanksgiving! There is no school Thursday, 11/24 and Friday, 11/25.
Final Spelling Bee
When: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Where: IPES Cafeteria
Time: 8:15-9:30 AM
Geography Bee Semi-Finals
When: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Where: IPES Cafeteria 
Time: 8:15 AM
Note, I emailed a link to study materials to parents who have students in the geography bee semi-finals, please encourage your child to study for the event! This is the link:


Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Ms. Monkoski

November 16, 2016
Aloha F6B Families,
Parent-Teacher conferences are officially over! This means we will resume our usual dismissal schedule of 2:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 1:10 on Wednesday.
Please note, registration packets for Ilima Intermediate and Ewa Makai were sent out in the Red Wednesday Folders. If you have questions, please contact the intermediate school.
Ms. Monkoski