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Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 21, 2016

My goodness - it's been three weeks since I updated this blog. It's been super busy, but I shouldn't be making excuses.

Summer break will be here next week, and we are hopeful that the buildings will be ready for occupancy by the time school begins on August 1 or shortly thereafter. We are crossing our fingers and toes and hoping!

We are still waiting for the windows to arrive for the library area; they should be arriving shortly. This is what is holding up the completion of that building so the sooner those windows arrive, the happier I'll be.

Here's the latest updates:

For the first time in 3 years, we were able to put on a May Day program for our school community. The only area large enough to hold that many people was in front of O-building. The May Day Committee came up with a creative solution, and students danced on the fire lane. 
Each grade level did a performance; first graders danced to Bruno Mars' "Count on Me" which exemplified our theme, "Share Aloha."
Last week, we hosted visitors from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment who were on-island to discuss upcoming projects at Solomon Elementary and Mokapu Elementary. They also met with groups from the military as well as the Department of Education.  They were impressed with our project!
This is what the library circulation desk looked like on Wednesday when we took the visitors to that building.  
The easy section of the library will have these shelves and places where students can sit and read or look out the window. We're a little worried that there might not be enough shelf space for all of our books. We'll have to see when the building is complete and we start placing books on the shelves. 
The contractors connected the sidewalk to a concrete slab that we can use when students begin using this area for recess. We're thinking that hopscotch or four-square might work on that slab. Workers are waiting for approval before they finish the fire lane by the covered play court.
The circulation desk has been installed!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

School year 2015-2016 ends on May 26, and summer break will begin. By then, most of the project will be completed. The windows for the library won't be here until June, but hopefully, we can get them installed and the rest of the library media center can be finished. Until then, work continues in the library media/student support center and the covered play court.

Here are some updated photos of the work that is being done.

Workers are installing the translucent windows in the covered play court.
This is the view from the inside of the play court. The translucent windows let light in. 
Workers removed the black barriers in the hallway between buildings A/B/C and D/E.  I'm sure our parents appreciate being able to push their strollers down the hallway without feeling cramped.
Workers are starting on laying the tile flooring on the bottom floor of the library media/ student support center. After that, they'll be installing the permanent stairs. Then we can start to move boxes into the rooms but we cannot occupy them until everything is finished and we have the Certificate of Occupancy.
The lawn fronting O-building is looking better; we need to keep the grass short so the weeds can be kept under control. This is where we will have our May Day program on May 13.
The supports for the covered walkway were removed. There is one more area that needs to be completed; the covered walkway will go all the way to the cafeteria.