Leaders of Their Own Learning: Learner-Led Conferences

Aloha, Alaka`i O Kaua`i  Families,
Last week, Alaka`i O Kaua`i held Learner-Led Conferences (LLCs). Unlike traditional parent-teacher conferences, the learner is not only present but in charge of explaining their progress, reflecting on accomplishments, and reviewing progress on their Individual Learning Plan (ILP) goals, which were set at the beginning of the year. For learners to be truly invested in their own learning and develop a growth mind-set, they need to be involved in the conversations about their strengths, challenges, and goals. Learner-Led Conferences promote a school culture of engagement and growth and ask the learners to play an active role in the process.The structure builds the learner’s sense of responsibility and accountability to themselves for their own learning, and it helps to hone their understanding of what it means to meet their academic and social-emotional goals. Additionally, the experience creates a powerful incentive for learners to develop their skills, through the communication of high expectations, public display of meaningful work, and opportunities to showcase talents in modalities that best suit learners’ distinct learning styles. Learner-Led Conferences help to build better communication and stronger relationships among our learners, facilitators, families, and school community.
Ms. Linda Krystek
Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Exploring Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School Culture: Habit 5 of the 7 Habits

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of articles on the pillars of Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School’s educational philosophy and approach.

They say communication is key, but if we lack understanding in our relationships and interactions, how can we ever hope to truly, clearly communicate?

This week, we’re examining Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood.

Many of us often seek first to be understood; we want to get our point across. But in doing so, it’s easy to ignore the other person completely, pretend that we’re listening, selectively hear certain parts of the conversation or attentively focus on only the words being said, but miss the meaning entirely. And so, what happens is that we filter everything through our life experiences and decide what someone means before they’ve even finished.

But is that the most effective communication?

Our listening tends to fall into four categories:

  1. Ignoring: We’re not listening at all.
  2. Pretending: We may say “uh-huh, right,” but we’re not really tuned in.
  3. Selective listening: We hear part of what the person says, but the rest of the time we’re distracted.
  4. Attentive listening: We’re actively listening, paying attention but not taking our listening to the ultimate level — empathetic listening.

Dr. Stephen Covey defined empathetic listening as listening with the intent to truly understand. To really understand, we need to get inside another person’s frame of reference, and see the world from their point of view. Our listening also needs to be driven by an authentic desire to understand the other person and to build trust with them.

As part of the Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School educational model, we encourage learners to incorporate the following practices into their communication:

  • I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.
  • I try to see things from their viewpoints.
  • I listen to others without interrupting.
  • I am confident in voicing my ideas.
  • I look people in the eyes when talking.

When we listen with the intent to understand others, instead of simply with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship-building. Seeking to understand takes kindness; seeking to be understood takes courage. Effectiveness in our communication thrives in a balance of the two.

Join us next week as we explore Habit #6: Synergize.

For more information on the 7 Habits and other leadership resources, click here to visit the FranklinCovey website.

Summer Camp Now Enrolling!

Aloha!

We’re excited to share an incredible learning opportunity for summer break!

Learners who will be entering 7th-12th grade in the fall of 2020 are invited to Camp Kahili! There are four weeks available to campers (June 21-July 18), and you can opt to stay for one, two, three…or all four weeks!

Community. Culture. Adventure. 

Campers will be immersed in learning, adventure, and service through a multitude of activities, such as the following:

  • Hike Kaua’i Mountain
  • Zipline
  • Learn to Hula
  • Beach Cleanup
  • Attend a Luau
  • And Many More!

Click here for more info on dates and the cost of tuition!

Uncle Willie K

Uncle Willie K Benefit Concert for Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School February 22!

Update Feb. 18, 2020:

Aloha, Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School Family and Supporters,

It is with sadness and great respect for Uncle Willie K that we must inform you the Benefit Concert for Alaka’i O Kaua’i, which was scheduled for February 22, has been canceled. Uncle Willie K is facing some health issues, so we are allowing him time to rest and sending him our best from all of us at Alaka’i O Kaua’i.

If you purchased a ticket at a local vendor, please contact them for a full refund. If you purchased a ticket through Eventbrite, please stand by for more information. We are working with Eventbrite to make sure you are fully refunded.

Mahalo for your love for Willie!

The Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School Team

 

The world-renowned and Hawaii’s BELOVED LIVING LEGEND Uncle Willie K & Band will perform a benefit concert for Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School. This one-night-only special event will be held at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Lihue, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. General tickets are $55, but for Alaka`i O Kaua`i families, the price is $45. Preferred seats are $75.

The preferred seats are almost gone, and we don’t start sales until Monday at noon, but people have been buying preferred seats on EventBrite. The Performing Arts Center offers about 400 general seats and only 160 preferred seats. Former Mayor Bernard Carvalho will be the emcee. Our kids will be able to do a number or two before Kimberly Hope (the preshow) comes onstage!

Here is the committee that helped pulled this together so quickly:

  • Mark Perriello, Executive Director, Kauai Chamber of Commerce
  • Marynel Valenzuela: owner, InkSpot Printing
  • Cyndi Ayonon: Executive Assistant to past Mayor Carvalho and all-around go-to person
  • Ron Wiey: Kong Radio
  • Jeff Fishman: many hats and Go Kauai website
  • Kaleo Carvalho: Kauai Mayor’s Executive Protocol Officer
  • Nicola Sherrill and Rafael Tapia: Alaka`i O Kaua`i School Board Members
  • Jonelle Godfrey: iLEAD Schools Development (school’s nonprofit and advisor to Alaka`i O Kaua`i Board)
  • Cara Brosnius: Alaka`i O Kaua`i Parent Leader
Uncle Willie K

Uncle Willie K Benefit Concert for Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School February 22!

Update Feb. 18, 2020:

Aloha, Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School Family and Supporters,

It is with sadness and great respect for Uncle Willie K that we must inform you the Benefit Concert for Alaka’i O Kaua’i, which was scheduled for February 22, has been canceled. Uncle Willie K is facing some health issues, so we are allowing him time to rest and sending him our best from all of us at Alaka’i O Kaua’i.

If you purchased a ticket at a local vendor, please contact them for a full refund. If you purchased a ticket through Eventbrite, please stand by for more information. We are working with Eventbrite to make sure you are fully refunded.

Mahalo for your love for Willie!

The Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School Team

The world-renowned and Hawaii’s BELOVED LIVING LEGEND Uncle Willie K & Band will perform a benefit concert for Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School. This one-night-only special event will be held at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Lihue, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. General tickets are $55, but for Alaka`i O Kaua`i families, the price is $45. Preferred seats are $75.

The preferred seats are almost gone, and we don’t start sales until Monday at noon, but people have been buying preferred seats on EventBrite. The Performing Arts Center offers about 400 general seats and only 160 preferred seats. Former Mayor Bernard Carvalho will be the emcee. Our kids will be able to do a number or two before Kimberly Hope (the preshow) comes onstage!

Here is the committee that helped pulled this together so quickly:

  • Mark Perriello, Executive Director, Kauai Chamber of Commerce
  • Marynel Valenzuela: owner, InkSpot Printing
  • Cyndi Ayonon: Executive Assistant to past Mayor Carvalho and all-around go-to person
  • Ron Wiey: Kong Radio
  • Jeff Fishman: many hats and Go Kauai website
  • Kaleo Carvalho: Kauai Mayor’s Executive Protocol Officer
  • Nicola Sherrill and Rafael Tapia: Alaka`i O Kaua`i School Board Members
  • Jonelle Godfrey: iLEAD Schools Development (school’s nonprofit and advisor to Alaka`i O Kaua`i Board)
  • Cara Brosnius: Alaka`i O Kaua`i Parent Leader

‘Paradise Park Amusement Park’ – 2nd Grade POL February 10

On Monday, February 10, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., our 2nd graders will have a Presentation of Learning called Paradise Park Amusement Park.

Miss Brown and the learners will present a slideshow about the driving question: “How can we create an amusement park with fun-filled rides using math, science, and engineering?”

Pictures and short video clips will showcase learner work.

The following stations will be set up in the classroom:

  • Math Station
  • Map Station
  • Candy Testing Station
  • Individual Amusement Park Rides

In addition, learners will sell refreshments.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Exploring Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School Culture: Habit 4 of the 7 Habits

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of articles on the pillars of Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School’s educational philosophy and approach. 

“In the long run, if it isn’t a win for both of us, we both lose. That’s why win-win is the only real alternative in interdependent realities.”

— Dr. Stephen Covey

This week, we’re examining Habit #4: Think Win-Win. Someone with a win-win mind-set sees life as a cooperative arena, instead of a competitive one. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions, and means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying.

Why is this habit so vital to us at Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School? Because none of us lives in a vacuum. Every day, we interact with other people who have their own sets of passions, motivations, and priorities. So how do we successfully navigate the world as an individual among many other individuals? 

Dr. Stephen Covey held that a person or organization approaching conflicts with a win-win attitude possesses three vital character traits:

  • Integrity: sticking with your true feelings, values, and commitments
  • Maturity: expressing your ideas and feelings with courage and consideration for the ideas and feelings of others
  • Abundance Mentality: believing there is plenty for everyone

Developing a win-win approach is also beneficial to our growth and maturity. As we seek to have win-win interactions and relationships, we develop our humility, better recognize the humanity of those around us, develop long-term perspectives, and also learn to become more assertive. 

There are four steps that can help the win-win process be truly beneficial for all involved:

  • See the problem from others’ perspectives to understand their needs and concerns
  • Identify the key issues and concerns involved
  • Determine what results could make for a fully acceptable situation
  • Identify options for how to achieve those results. 

Developing a win-win mind-set is an important step toward being a more collaborative individual, which is at the heart of what the Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School learning model is all about. Win-win is certainly a balancing act, but when we strike that balance everyone benefits. 

Join us next week as we explore Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood.

For more information on the 7 Habits and other leadership resources, click here to visit the FranklinCovey website.

Exploring Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School Culture: Habit 3 of the 7 Habits

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of articles on the pillars of Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School’s educational philosophy and approach. You can find more articles by clicking here

This week, we look at Habit #3: Put First Things First. This habit, which all of us at Alaka`i O Kaua`i are working to put into practice, is about identifying and organizing one’s priorities. In essence, someone who puts first things first is saying, “I spend time on things that are most important. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow a plan. I’m disciplined and organized.”

Dr. Stephen Covey said that “first things” are basically all those things that you value most in your life. So, you should manage your schedule according to your priorities to get all essential things done on time.

Skills that can be learned by putting first things first include:

  • Time management
  • Cultivating a strong work ethic, flexibility, and adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self-management
  • Being accountable and responsible for actions and results
  • Cultivating analytical skills

An effective way to implement Habit #3, according to Covey, is breaking down activities into four quadrants of urgency and importance:

  • Quadrant 1: Urgent and important
  • Quadrant 2: Not urgent and important
  • Quadrant 3: Urgent and not important
  • Quadrant 4: Not urgent and not important

Covey suggests you become more aware of your internal drive, values, and goals. This makes it easier to say “yes” to the actions that are based on these factors. This way, values and goals are less often overruled by (non-important) urgent matters. Remember that whenever you say “yes” to one thing, you will no longer have time for something else. Time is the most valuable and least replaceable of all resources. Things that appear urgent will most likely trigger a “yes” if you are asked to help out. It’s useful to understand that saying “no” is also a legitimate option.

By identifying what’s most important to you, and where your passions lie, you can more easily learn to put first things first. 

Join us next week as we explore Habit #4: Think Win-Win.

For more information on the 7 Habits and other leadership resources, click here to visit the FranklinCovey website.

Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School Introduces Kindness Club!

Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School is special because of our curriculum focus. The two main pillars of our curriculum are Project-Based Learning and Social-Emotional Learning. Last week, a new school club was formed to support the social-emotional needs of our learners. Our 4th grade facilitator, Ms. Kate, and a 4th grade parent, Mrs. Sally Nichols, have helped our learners start a new club called Kindness Club. 

The Kindness Club is described as “an opportunity for all learners who are interested to meet during lunch to talk about what kindness is and how they can bring it into our school community daily, as well as create projects to serve those around us.” 

Ms. G and Mrs. Nichols gave a presentation to invite learners to become involved in the Kindness Club.

Good results from this new Kindness Club have already manifested throughout our school as our learners left notes for their facilitators and peers expressing their appreciation for them. 

Alaka`i O Kaua`i Is Taking the Kids Heart Challenge!

Our school has officially kicked off Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association. Be sure to check your learner’s backpack for all the details. We are learning how to keep our hearts happy and healthy! Get started now by downloading the FREE APP called Kids Heart Challenge for Apple or Android OR visit www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge and search Alaka’i O Kauai Charter School to join our team, then click on the “connect to Facebook” button in your online headquarters to reach even more people with your message of heart health!

Earn a wristband and ALL the Heart Heroes, Perrie, Knox, Nico, Sofie, Crush, and Sunny, when you raise lifesaving donations.

Nico loves making others happy by showing kindness. Thank you for your kindness and helping our school and the American Heart Association save lives!

Exploring Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School Culture: Habit 2 of the 7 Habits

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of articles on the pillars of Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School’s educational philosophy and approach. You can find more articles by clicking here

When was the last time you went on a trip to a new place without first looking up directions? Unless you have a superhuman sense of direction, you searched for how to get where you were going, whether on your phone or an old-school paper map. That’s what this week’s habit is all about. 

Last week, we discussed the first of the 7 Habits: Be Proactive. A proactive person believes in taking responsibility for their lives and investing their time and energy on things within their control — and not losing sleep over the things they can’t control. 

But how does one successfully lead a proactive life? Part of the answer lies in Habit #2: Begin With the End in Mind. Starting a proactive journey is difficult if you don’t know where you are trying to go. Beginning with the end in mind is very much like consulting a road map. 

In short, to begin with the end in mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of the desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing one’s proactive muscles to make things happen. 

To reinforce a mind-set of beginning with the end in mind, Dr. Stephen Covey encouraged developing what he called a personal mission statement. It focuses on what you want to be and do. It is your plan for success. It reaffirms who you are, puts your goals in focus, and moves your ideas into the real world. Your mission statement makes you the leader of your own life. 

So what does it look like for learners to embrace a Habit 2 mind-set and develop their personal mission statements? Helpful steps include reminding themselves of the following:

  • I plan ahead and set goals for myself.
  • I am prepared at all times.
  • I think about how the choices I make now will affect my future.
  • I think about the positive or negative consequences of my actions before I act.

Do you know why Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School’s focus on developing children who are free thinkers fits so well with the 7 Habits? Because, for instance, Habit 2 is based on imagination — the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. When children are empowered to imagine what can be, the results can be incredibly inspiring. 

Join us next week as we explore Habit #3: Put First Things First.

For more information on the 7 Habits and other leadership resources, click here to visit the FranklinCovey website.

Board Meeting at Alaka`i O Kaua`i January 27

As a reminder, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this month’s board meeting will be held on Monday, January 27, instead of the third Monday of the month.

Anyone who would like to have a more informal conversation, ask questions, or share information with the board is invited to come to the meetings early (at 4:00 p.m.) to talk with one or two of our board members.

Exploring Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School Culture: Habit 1 of the 7 Habits

Last week, we introduced a vital element of Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School’s approach to education — The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Learning and practicing the 7 Habits has been instrumental to our learners’ success living out the Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School motto of “free to think, inspired to lead” — not to mention how it helps our staff thrive. 

This week, we’re continuing to unpack the habits with Habit #1: Be Proactive. In short, being proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. Instead of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control, proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control.

In general, most of us fall into one of two categories: Either we’re reactive to situations in life, affected by factors outside of ourselves and believing we have no control over situations — or we are proactive, realizing that we are “response-able” and that we have freedom to choose our responses. A proactive individual peppers their language with “I can” and “I will,” while a reactive person falls back on “I can’t” or “if only.”

In short, proactive people focus their efforts on what Dr. Stephen Covey calls their Circle of Influence. They work on the things they can do something about, like health or problems at work. On the flip side, reactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern — things over which they have little or no control. 

It has been amazing to see how understanding these concepts empowers Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School learners to take charge and command over both their education and their lives. We’ve seen time and again how it trickles down to every aspect of their lives, and that is at the heart of the Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School model: developing the whole child so that they are equipped to live with purpose and intent. 

As Dr. Covey said, “The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct, and learn from it.” When children learn to apply this in an academic setting, it can only spread to every other area of life. 

Next week, we’ll continue exploring what makes the Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School approach to education so innovative, explaining Habit #2: Begin With the End in Mind.

For more information on the 7 Habits and other leadership resources, click here to visit the FranklinCovey website.

Board Meeting at Alaka`i O Kaua`i January 27

Due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this month’s board meeting will be held on Monday, January 27, instead of the third Monday of the month.

Anyone who would like to have a more informal conversation, ask questions, or share information with the board is invited to come to the meetings early (at 4:00 p.m.) to talk with one or two of our board members.

Exploring Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School Culture: The 7 Habits

We’re happy to introduce a new series of articles in the Monday Message, aimed at unpacking some of the essentials of the Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School educational model.

Our educational model is driven by much more than simply making sure children are good students. Rather, it’s focused on equipping them to be lifelong learners who are fully developed and prepared to lead in the 21st century. 

Whether you’ve been part of the Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School family for a while or are fairly new, you’ve most likely heard a lot of talk about “The 7 Habits” and how important they are to what we do. Stephen Covey’s best-selling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been deeply influential in the shaping of our approach to project-based learning, as well as our staff development. We are constantly inspired by how we see our learners put the 7 Habits into action.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll expand on each of the habits, how they relate to learning at Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School, and even practical ways you can incorporate them into your daily life.

To get things started, though, we wanted to take today to introduce the 7 Habits.

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive: Being proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. Proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control instead of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control.
  • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind: At the heart of this is beginning each day, task, or project with a clear vision of one’s desired direction and destination, and then continuing by flexing proactive muscles to make things happen.
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First: This is where Habits 1 and 2 come together. It happens day in and day out, moment by moment, and deals with many of the questions addressed in the field of time management. Habit 3 is about life management, as well — your purpose, values, roles, and priorities.
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win: This habit presents life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. A win-win approach means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying.
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood: This habit can help transform communication. Too often, many of us can listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. We can filter everything we hear through our life experiences and our frame of reference. Consequently, we decide prematurely what the other person means before they finish communicating.
  • Habit 6: Synergize: This is the habit of creative cooperation. It’s a process of teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. It thrives on the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw: Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself. To “sharpen the saw” means to preserve and enhance the greatest asset you have — you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of  life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Coming up next week, we’ll dive into the first habit, Be Proactive, discussing what it looks like in practical terms and how you can make it part of your life.

Alaka`i O Kaua`i Spelling Bee Results Are In!

Pictured, L-R: Isabella Salamey, Tavelu Harris, Corbin Castle, Joshua Martin.

Congrats to our Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Spelling Bee champ, Isabella Salamey (4th grade), and all our spellers! Our top two spellers will advance to the Kauai District Bee on January 16 at Chiefess Middle School cafeteria at 6:00 p.m.

We held the Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Spelling Bee for grades 4-6 on Friday, January 10, in our gymnasium. The spelling bee was open to all of our learners in grades 4-6, who could advance to the district bees with the potential of ultimately going to the state spelling bee and finally the national spelling bee!

Final Local Spelling Bee: Kama’aina Kids Hawaii State Spelling Bee
Location: The New Hope Oahu auditorium at 290 Sand Island Access Road
Date & Time: March 13, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

All district bees will be completed by February 26, 2020.

Key Dates:

  • January 10, 2020 – School Bees Completed
  • February 15, 2020 – Big Island District Bee
  • February 26, 2020 – Maui County District Bee
  • January 16, 2020 – Kauai District Bee
  • February 1, 2020 – Honolulu District Bee
  • February 7, 2020 – Windward Oahu District Bee
  • February 13, 2020 – Central Oahu District Bee
  • February 7, 2020 – Leeward Oahu District Bee
  • March 13, 2020 – Kama’aina Kids Hawaii State Spelling Bee

Check out the Scripps National Spelling Bee website for more information.

Extra Clothes for Rainy Days

Ah, rain! There’s been a lot of it lately, and sometimes that results in muddy clothes. Parents and guardians of learners in ALL grades, we encourage you to send an extra change of clothes and shoes for rainy days to keep your kids clean, dry, and comfortable so they can focus on another fun-filled day of learning at Alaka’i O Kaua’i!

Friday, January 10: Alaka`i O Kaua`i Spelling Bee

We are holding the Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Spelling Bee for grades 4-6 on Friday, January 10, at 11:30 a.m. in our gymnasium.

The top speller from our school will receive a free one-year subscription to Britannica Kids!

The Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Spelling Bee will include only spelling, not vocabulary.

This spelling bee is open to all of our learners in grades 4-6 since they are the ones who can advance to the district bees with the potential of ultimately going to the state spelling bee and finally the national spelling bee! The top two learners from our school will advance to the Kauai District Bee on January 16 at Chiefess Middle School cafeteria at 6:00 p.m..

Final Local Spelling Bee: Kama’aina Kids Hawaii State Spelling Bee
Location: The New Hope Oahu auditorium at 290 Sand Island Access Road
Date & Time: March 13, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

All district bees will be completed by February 26, 2020.

Key Dates:

  • January 10, 2020 – School Bees Completed
  • February 15, 2020 – Big Island District Bee
  • February 26, 2020 – Maui County District Bee
  • January 16, 2020 – Kauai District Bee
  • February 1, 2020 – Honolulu District Bee
  • February 7, 2020 – Windward Oahu District Bee
  • February 13, 2020 – Central Oahu District Bee
  • February 7, 2020 – Leeward Oahu District Bee
  • March 13, 2020 – Kama’aina Kids Hawaii State Spelling Bee

Check out the Scripps National Spelling Bee website for more information.

Classroom Holiday Wish Lists

Aloha, Alaka’i O Kaua’i Families!

Please consider donating to your child’s classroom for the holidays. Each wish list is below. Every little bit helps our facilitators and keeps our learners happy and excited to come in each and every day! We appreciate you for choosing Alaka’i O Kaua’i Public Charter School, and we wish you a wonderful and happy winter break.

Also, if you order something on Amazon or elsewhere and you are worried it may not arrive until after the break, please go ahead and order anyway. Our facilitators will continue to be thankful and appreciative throughout the New Year! 

Mahalo!

Alaka’i O Kaua’i Office Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alaka`i O Kaua`i’s First Annual Winter Production

Last Friday, December 13, 2019, was a very exciting day for everyone at Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School, because we had our very first annual Winter Production!

Our music teacher, Elizabeth Lawson, who joined us this year to direct our school-wide music program, drew the best out of our learners.

All learners in K-6 performed beautifully, each grade performing a unique musical number centered around the holidays.

If you were at the concert, we’re certain you’ll agree that you saw some very special performances!