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St. Joseph ELC and parish geared up for their largest Fundraiser of the year...The St. Joseph Feast. Three days of fellowship, food, games, auctions and entertainment. Everyone worked hard and worked together to make thisevent a success. The Feast opened with the May crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is tradition that the top script seller will crown Mother Mary with a haku lei . This year our top scrip seller from the Butterfly class was Jason Joseph Pahed-Medeiros, son of Darren and Claudette Medeiros seen if the photo assisting the crowning. Following the crowning Fr. Jaime Jose announced the winners of the booth decoration contest. To close the program the students from the Early Learning Center performed two songs before a culminating prayer. Thank you God and all those who made this event a success.

National Dental Health Month - the students got a visit from the dental team at Mālama I Ke Ola Health Center. The students learned how to properly brush, healthy food choices and how often you should brush your teeth. The children were blessed with free tooth brushes, floss, stickers as well as gloves and masks so they will feel at ease when they see the dentist. We would like to thank Ladybug student Tevai Demello, Orta Kuba's mother Rae Orta, and Dr. Mike  for sharing their time and expertise with the children.

Catholic Schools Week - In celebration of Catholic Schools Week the students of St. Joseph Early Learning Center started their Spirit Week with "Crazy Hat Day" on Monday Jan. 28th. Pictured in the photo are the students sporting there hats displaying their whimsy and uniqueness. On Tuesday, they enjoyed dressing up as a career they would like to be when they grow up. It was called "Career Day." For Wednesday, the student body cozy-ed up for "Pajama Day" and on Thursday the students took part in a Trike-a-Thon fundraiser for their school. The children raised almost $1,900.00 for the days event. They enjoyed riding their bikes around the school and working together.The week ended with a county - wide mass and workshop at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku for all staff, administration and personal. Thank you to all for your dedication and support of Catholic Education in Hawaii.

Christmas Program - "Jingle Bells" this is the frist song that the students of St. Joseph E.L.C  performed for their Christmas Program on Dec. 20th that ended the first half of their school year. Despite the rain the children sang with their hearts filled with the excitement of Christmas. Parents and 'Ohana were well attended so supportive despite the weather. The T-shrits worn by the students were hand made literally with individual hand prints and thumb pints to depict Baby Jesus under a coconut tree and read with the title theme of the program: "Mele Kalikimaka"  The children also preformed a nativity play as well as nine songs, five of which they also preformed for the patients at the Kula Hospital the week before during their caroling filed trip. You could say the children ended their year with the true spirit of Christmas.

Halloween - The St. Joseph E.L.C. students got a blessing from Fr. Jaime Jose and Deccan Pat Constantino before they began their Halloween Costume Parade through the  neighboring Makawao Town. It has been a tradition at the school for over forty five years. After returning from their walk the children learned of the winner from the Halloween Pumpkin contest. This years top winner was Ladybug Student Jade Ribucan. The students then returned to their classrooms to partake in trick-or-treat goodie pass out and games. Thank you Fr. Jose and Deccan Constantino and all the parents and 'Ohana that helped with the events.

Ordination Banner - The St. Joseph E.L.C. students presented Fr. Michael Tolentino with a banner and a lei for the celebration of his 14th Ordination Anniversary. The banner was also used at Fr. Mike's potluck dinner following his Ordination Mass on Oct. 2nd at 5 p.m.. It was well attended and and great way for the parish to get to know the new Parochial Vicar for St. Joseph Parish Makawao. Best of blessings be upon you Fr. Mike and thank you for your sacrifice and shepherding God's flock.

Staff Retreat - The Staff of the St. Joseph Early Learning Center enjoyed fellowship, blessing and renewal from their recent staff retreat. The retreat took place on Friday, Sept. 14th at St. Joseph Convent Chapel and mass was celebrated by Fr. Jaime Jose. The theme this year was "The Good Steward". The teachers and religious education coordinator was inspired by the DVD entitled "Long Term Stewardship Development" featuring Rev. Jim Golka, Pastor of St. Patrick's in North Platte, NE. After viewing the segment the staff got to meditate on how to best use their time talent and treasure as a way of life and giving back to God and how to instill that philosophy to their students. To close the day the group enjoyed some meditation, yoga and a delicious lunch. Pictured in the photo is Alicia Cordiero, Renette Koa, Helen Souza, Fr. Jaime Jose, Arneda Wilson, Sheri Harris and Mahealani Cavaco. Mahalo to Mark Clack at the Diocese Office of Stewardship and Development, also to Fr. Jose for helping to enhance the retreat for the staff and to St. Joseph Parish for your hospitality. God bless.

Welcome Back - Welcome back Ladybugs and Butterfly Class…we are off to a good start as we begin the year with our Parent Orientation Night that took place on Aug. 2nd 2018 at 6 p.m. Our staff read a book that will be introduced to the students to help them transition for the first day of school. The parents also will bring in a family photo that correlates with the books character bridging school and home. The night was well attended and informative helping to make the year go smoothly. Thank you to all who attended. Happy Back to School 2018!

The students at the St. Joseph Early Learning Center visited the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu for their field trip this month. April is the National Month of The Young Child and the children presented the Plantation with a poster depicting the theme. They also got to take a tram tour of the grounds and feed the fish, ducks and turtles in the pound. After the wonderful time at the Tropical Plantation they took a bus over to Keopulani park and enjoyed some play time on the climbing structures and a picnic lunch. What a fun and full day in the life of a child. God bless all our children.

Girls' Day - The students and staff at St. Joseph Early Learning Center celebrated Girls Day with fun activities and food.The students got to make their own Girls Day dolls out of paper, sample mochi a for snack and dress in kimonos. The girls were treated to a day of privilege by being first in line to go on the playground, getting escorted to the snack table by the boys and  being serenaded with the song "You are Special" at the start of morning prayer time. The boys now look forward to their Boys Day celebration coming up in a few months. Happy Hinamatsuri...God bless.

Makawao Post Office - The students at St. Joseph Early Learning Center enjoyed a wonderful morning at the Makawao Post Office on their February 9th field trip. They walked to the post office to mail out their hand-made Valentine Day cards to their families. They received a tour and a chance to sit inside a mail delivery truck. Pictured are Butterfly Class students Kaeo Varies and Slade Kamaunu presenting to post office staff Uncle Guy and Aunty Mel (Mother of student Victoria Cook) the school's thank you card. The little cupids also got to a celebrate a Valentines Day Picnic with love ones on Friday, February 12th outdoors in the school court yard. Thank you to all who made the Valentine events so special.

Makawao County Base-yard - As part of Catholic Schools Week the students of St. Joseph Early Learning Center took a field trip out into their community. On Feb. 3rd they visited the Makawao County base-yard right across the road from the school and church. They presented the community workers with a thank you poster, songs of prayer and thanksgiving for all they do to keep their neighborhood.The students were then treated to snacks, a tour of the grounds, equipment and they got to take home a souvenir hard hat. In addition to the weeks events they also served their parish by cleaning the church and trash pick-up in the parking lot, got to enjoy a morning with Parish Pastor Fr. Jaime Jose M.S. and enjoyed a "pajama" day at school. Thank you to all who support Catholic Schools and education.

Back From Break - St. Joseph Early learning Center students gear up for a new year as the return from their Christmas break ready to learn.The students look forward to the Catholic Schools Week coming up Jan 29th -Feb. 5th and will be preparing for the Lenten season with St. Joseph's famous malasadas on Fat Tuesday Feb. 9th. Have a blessed Lenten Season

Christmas Program - The St. Joseph Early Learning Center Christmas Program took place this year at the parish gymnasium on Dec. 17th and it  was a hit with the audience. The students did a wonderful job retelling the story of Christ's birth. The tale of the first Christmas was retold trough the exsprence of two stars that saw everything from up in heaven unfold. The children were treated after the play to a pot-luck dinner and fellowship. The next day Santa payed a visit to the preschool and passed out presents to all. We would like to wish everyone a blessed New Year!

Malasada Crew - Fr. Jaime Jose M.S. blesses the Malasada Crew before they began to make over 150 dozen of the popular tasty treat. Fr. Jose blessed all the workers and crafters at the annual Christmas Craft Fair fundraiser to benefit the St. Joseph Early Learning center. The event was well attended, with food, entertainment by Anthony Sardine and Santa's visit which made for a great way to start the Holiday Season. Thank you to all who made this event a success...God bless you all.

Halloween Parade - On Wednesday, October 30, 2015 the St. Joseph preschool held it's annual Halloween Parade through Makawao Town. It was a fun way to connect with the community and visit the shops and business. We also held our annual pumpkin carving contest. The winner this year, pictured, was student Pslam Moriwake from the Ladybug class and her mother Jayna. She won 4 movie passes and a certificate along with barging rights. Her pumpkin was a carving of the class mascot a "Ladybug". The children also exchanged gooddies and participated in some spooktacular games to round off the day.

Our "precious pumpkins" are found at the Kula Country Farm for a pumpkin patch field trip. They enjoyed a beautiful day of touring the grounds, a run through the corm maze and each student got to take home individual pumpkin as well as a large class pumpkin. It was the purfect end to the month of October and the harvest season. The students are also gearing up for their up coming Christmas Craft Fair that will be taking place at the parish gym on Sat. Nov. 21st 2015. It will be our first fundraiser for the year.

Dr. Mike Rockers - The students of St. Joseph E.L.C. enjoyed lunch with Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Mike Rockers on Sept. 9 2015. His visit happened to be on his birthday and he received a birthday song blessing, a Komoda Bakery apple pie and birthday candle. Dr. Rockers met with Pastor Jaime Jose M.S. and Director Helen Souza as one of several tours throughout the island.


Give Aloha - The students of St. Joseph E.L.C. sit together for a photo to place on their "Give Aloha" banner. The "Give Aloha" program is a state wide fundraising program for non-profit entities organized and in conjunction with Foodland stores. The staff and students have been in school for little less than a month and are looking forward to a great year. The Early Learning Center thanks you for all the suport and blessing from the St. Joseph Parish and community.

Welcome Back. The calendar has been updated for the 2015-2016 year. Please be sure to check it and download a copy for your records.


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