Kindergarten POLs

The week of Oct. 1 in kindergarten, we did our first community helpers Presentation of Learning (POL). We are so proud of our kindergarteners! They worked so hard the past month to learn all about the community helpers.

In this POL, the learners got to pick who they wanted to be when they grow up. The goal was that the learners be able to articulate who they were, what tools they would use, and how they help the community.

Project-based learning is a great way to showcase an individualized learning around what each learner finds interesting.

Love and Logic

Discipline with Love and Logic

At Alaka’i O Kaua’i, our school-wide discipline policy is based on the foundational skills of Love and Logic. Love and Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. It is the approach of choice among leading educators, parents, and other professionals worldwide, as it is dedicated to making parenting and teaching fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. Alaka’i O Kaua’i believes:

Respect, appreciation, and love prevents potential problems

  • When learners feel respected, appreciated and even loved by their teachers, they are far  more motivated and cause far fewer problems.

Freedom to problem-solve and make decisions fosters motivation

  • Learners are far calmer and more motivated when their faciltators allow them to make choices and solve their own problems within limits.

Focusing energy on problem prevention is rewarding

  • Successful educators focus most of their energy on simple tools for preventing  misbehavior or keeping it small, rather than trying to provide consequences for every problem.

Showing empathy and compassion is effective

  • When consequences are necessary, effective educators provide them with sincere empathy or compassion.

 

 

 

Driving Reminder

Please remember to DRIVE WITH ALOHA! As a community, we all share our school road. Please be mindful of your speed, passing with care (only if necessary), and practice patience in one-lane areas.

The Importance of Learning Outside

We love to see learning “al fresco” at Alaka’i O Kaua’i.

Why is learning outside so important? An article entitled The Benefits of Learning Outside the Classroom states that direct experience outdoors is more motivating and has more impact and credibility.

The results from learning outside the classroom can be instantaneous as well as active and, therefore, impact behavior as well as tap into the learning styles of the more kinesthetic learner.

Through skilled teaching, interpretation or facilitation, learning outside the classroom can readily become a stimulating source of fascination, personal growth and can lead to breakthroughs in learning.

Active learning readily develops the learning skills of inquiry, experiment, feedback, reflection, review, communication, problem solving, an enterprising attitude and cooperative learning.

Quality learning experiences in “real” situations have the capacity to raise achievement across a range of subjects and to develop better personal and social skills. When these experiences are well planned, safely managed, and personalized to meet the needs of every child, they can:

  • Improve academic achievement
  • Provide a bridge to higher order learning
  • Develop skills and independence in a widening range of environments
  • Make learning more engaging and relevant to young people
  • Develop active citizens and stewards of the environment
  • Nurture creativity
  • Provide opportunities for informal learning through play
  • Reduce behavior problems and improve attendance
  • Stimulate, inspire and improve motivation
  • Develop the ability to deal with uncertainty
  • Provide challenge and the opportunity to take acceptable levels of risk
  • Improve young people’s attitudes

What is Morning Meeting?

Every morning, our learners gather together for Morning Meeting. It’s an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, learners and facilitators gather together in a circle for 20-30 minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components:

  1. Greeting:Learners and facilitators greet one another by name and practice offering hospitality.
  2. Sharing: Learners share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.
  3. Group Activity: Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps learners practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game that reinforces social or academic skills).
  4. Morning Message: Learners read and interact with a short message written by their facilitator. The message is crafted to help learners focus on the work they’ll do in school that day.

Ways to Get Involved

Interested in being a “Class Parent”? We would love to have you! Anyone interested in helping support a specific class, please contact the facilitator.

Class Parents are there to support by volunteering in the classroom, organizing special activities, helping coordinate field trips or class parties — whatever the facilitator and class needs! A huge MAHALO to those who have already jumped in to help. We really appreciate you!

ILPs

We are looking forward to your collaboration with your learners and their facilitator on the ILPs.

Alaka’i O Kaua’i embraces the whole child, focusing on both social-emotional and academic skills. In lieu of the traditional
parent/teacher conference, the learners, facilitators, and parents/guardians collaborate annually to create Individualized
Learning Plans (ILPs) to guide instruction.

Everyone works together to reflect on, monitor, and make adjustments to the ILP as needed. The primary goal of the ILP is to ensure that each child reflects on their own achievements and identifies areas in which they need to improve. Therefore, each learner will be working toward attainable goals aligned to their individual development.

ILPs

Alaka’i O Kaua’i embraces the whole child, focusing on both social-emotional and academic skills. In lieu of the traditional
parent/teacher conference, the learners, facilitators, and parents/guardians collaborate annually to create Individualized
Learning Plans (ILPs) to guide instruction. Everyone works together to reflect on, monitor, and make adjustments to the ILP as needed. The primary goal of the ILP is to ensure that each child reflects on their own achievements and identifies areas in which they need to improve. Therefore, each learner will be working toward attainable goals aligned to their individual development.

Bubble Bonanza PBL

Mrs. Ashley’s class just finished up their latest installment of Project-Based Learning,  “Engineering Bubble Wands”. They presented their designs to the 1st and 2nd grade classes and then took them through the engineering design process, where they were given the opportunity to construct their very own wands.

They also experimented with different designs and created bubble formulas to help discover all the things bubbles can and cannot do. They wrapped up their presentation with their BUBBLE BONANZA showcase, where they took their classmates out to the field and blew them away with some of the biggest bubbles the learners have ever seen. Their Bubble Bonanza showcase was a great success for all!

Field Day & End of Year Celebration at Alaka’i

All our keiki had a wonderful time at Field Day last week! We had a wonderful time playing field games, running in the sprinkler, going down the Slip N Slide, and playing more games in the gym with the Tapias! Mahalo to everyone who came out to celebrate the end of the school year with us. We look forward to making this fun event an Alaka’i O Kaua’i tradition in the many years to come.

Upcoming Events

(Please see the school calendar for more information)

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Tuesday, June 11th – King Kamehameha Day – NO SCHOOL
& Kindergarten RoundUp CANCELLED

Friday, June 14th: Schoolwide Field Day & End of Year Celebration

Friday, June 21st: Kindergarten Graduation, 12:30-1:40 p.m.

Tuesday, June 25th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

YOU’RE INVITED: Field Day & End-of-Year Celebration this Friday

This Friday, June 14th, we will be holding a schoolwide Field Day and End of Year Celebration. Field Day activities will take place between 9-11 a.m. All parents are welcome to participate and join in the fun!

If you would like to help facilitate the field games, we are looking for helpers. Please contact Claire at claire.woolger@alakaiokauai.org if you’d like to support your child’s class games!

After our field activities, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., there will be a whole school picnic, followed by an ice cream social and other treats! Families are all welcome! We will end our celebration with an assembly in the gym before dismissal. We hope everyone will be able to join us for our End of Year Celebration on Friday!

Alaka’i is Still Enrolling for School Year 2019-2020!

Please help us spread the word that we are still enrolling Grades K-6th. We have spaces still in all grades, including Kindergarten! We ask that you please share with your friends and continue to let people know about our school. Interested families are welcome to schedule a tour directly with Claire, or come to the school on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. to take a tour. Mahalo for your support.

ALSO…

We will be holding another Kindergarten RoundUp for new prospective families on Tuesday, June 11th, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. This event is an opportunity for new families to visit our campus and our kindergarten classrooms, learn about our program, and meet our outstanding facilitators. Keiki are welcome! Please help spread the word about this event. All are welcome!

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Amazing Summer Camp Opportunity

While the school year is coming to a close, we’re excited to share an amazing learning opportunity for summer break.

This camp is open to learners entering grades 7-12 (for the 2019/20 school year), who will travel to the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kaua’i this July for the inaugural year of Camp Kahili!

This exciting camp offers teens the opportunity to enjoy 1-3 weeks on the island. The project-based learning curriculum is focused on STEAM, multicultural studies, and international learning. There will also be a variety of awesome excursion opportunities allowing learners to explore the island.

Camp Themes

  • Week 1: Marine Biology (July 7-13)
  • Week 2: Earth & Space (July 14-20)
  • Week 3: Engineering & Coding (July 21-27)

Tuition includes ground transportation in Kaua’i, accommodations, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, academic courses and excursions.

SPACE IS LIMITED for this camp, so please click here to learn all about Camp Kahili and register your learners today!

Upcoming Events

(Please see the school calendar for more information)

Monday, May 27th: NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

Tuesday, June 11th: Kindergarten RoundUp

Thursday, June 13th: Miss Casey’s Presentation of Learning

Friday, June 21st: End of School Year Celebration & Kindergarten Graduation

Tuesday, June 25th: Last Day of Classes

 

Alaka’i is Still Enrolling for School Year 2019-2020!

Please help us spread the word that we are still enrolling Grades K-6th. We have spaces still in all grades, including Kindergarten! We ask that you please share with your friends and continue to let people know about our school. Interested families are welcome to schedule a tour directly with Claire, or come to the school on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. to take a tour. Mahalo for your support.

ALSO…

We will be holding another Kindergarten RoundUp for new prospective families on Tuesday, June 11th, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. This event is an opportunity for new families to visit our campus and our kindergarten classrooms, learn about our program, and meet our outstanding facilitators. Keiki are welcome! Please help spread the word about this event. All are welcome!

Lei Day at Alaka’i

A big MAHALO to everyone who contributed to and attended Alaka’i O Kaua’i’s first ever Lei Day Celebration. We look forward to growing this wonderful tradition with our school community in the years to come!

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10

Our wonderful facilitators and staff play a pivotal role in our children’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success.

Let’s show our thanks and gratitude to these stellar educators. Join us during Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they do to help our children reach for the stars.

Please let me know if you have time to volunteer on Friday, May 10th, at 11 a.m. so we can let the staff have lunch together plus help me lead a schoolwide activity for our learners. Please email Cara Brosius (mom to Sofia and Spencer) at carabrosius@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance!

This year, we are doing the following activities to show our appreciation:

  • MONDAY: Breakfast on us! Please sign up to bring a breakfast item. SIGN UP HERE
  • TUESDAY: You make us BLOOM! Bring your facilitator/staff a flower (fresh, artificial, or hand-drawn)
  • WEDNESDAY: Facilitators are NOTEWORTHY. Write (or draw) your facilitator a note to explain how they have impacted your life this year.
  • THURSDAY: My Facilitator’s a TREAT! Treat your facilitator to their favorite snack or treat
  • FRIDAY: Staff Luncheon; Please sign up to bring a dish. SIGN UP HERE

Charity Walk is Coming This Saturday!

Please come support our school for our second year participating in the Kauai Charity Walk, Saturday, May 11th, at the Vidinha Soccer Field. This wonderful event is a FUN way to help raise funds for our school arts and music programs.Last year, we raised $5,000 that went toward our playground!

Click here to DONATE, PLEDGE or WALK with us! We can’t wait to see you there!

The pledge amounts are $35 for adults and $25 for children. A T-shirt and breakfast is included. There will also be a Alaka’i-sponsored bounce house for the keiki!

Know someone who may be interested in enrolling their child at Alaka’i? This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the school and 2019-2020 enrollment.

About the Charity Walk

The Charity Walk, founded in 1974 and expanded statewide in 1978, is now Hawai‘i’s largest single-day fundraising event by a nonprofit organization. Since its inception, more than $32 million has been raised to support hundreds of local charities throughout the state. Spearheaded by the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and it’s nonprofit arm Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation, the Charity Walk is traditionally held every May on Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Lana‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and O‘ahu. Money raised on an island or county stays there. The public is invited to participate in this event featuring a morning of great food, fun, fabulous entertainment, and a little exercise to help island charities. 

Lei Day at Alaka’i O Kaua’i — Friday, May 3rd

On Friday, May 3rd, we welcome everyone to join us for our inaugural Lei Day Celebration! At 11 a.m., we will have a schoolwide picnic during which parents are invited to join their learners for lunch outside on our beautiful playground. Following lunch, we will have a hula performance in our school gym at 12 p.m. Some of our learners will be performing for our assembly, as well as local Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina`ala.

After the performance, keiki and their ohana will be making leis with us in the gym. We ask that families bring plenty of flowers and lei-making supplies on May 3rd, so that everyone can make their own beautiful lei to bring home.

We are seeking volunteers to help the keiki make leis this Friday. If you are able to help, please contact Claire at claire.woolger@alakaiokauai.org.
ALSO: We will be holding a BAKE SALE in the gym after our Lei Day program, while everyone makes leis. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the school’s new music program. Please let Claire know if you will be bringing baked goods. Mahalo!

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10

Our wonderful facilitators and staff play a pivotal role in our children’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success.

Let’s show our thanks and gratitude to these stellar educators. Join us during Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they do to help our children reach for the stars.

Please let me know if you have time to volunteer on Friday, May 10th, at 11 a.m. so we can let the staff have lunch together plus help me lead a schoolwide activity for our learners. Please email Cara Brosius (mom to Sofia and Spencer) at carabrosius@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance!

This year, we are doing the following activities to show our appreciation:

  • MONDAY: Breakfast on us! Please sign up to bring a breakfast item. SIGN UP HERE
  • TUESDAY: You make us BLOOM! Bring your facilitator/staff a flower (fresh, artificial, or hand-drawn)
  • WEDNESDAY: Facilitators are NOTEWORTHY. Write (or draw) your facilitator a note to explain how they have impacted your life this year.
  • THURSDAY: My Facilitator’s a TREAT! Treat your facilitator to their favorite snack or treat
  • FRIDAY: Staff Luncheon; Please sign up to bring a dish. SIGN UP HERE

Join us for the Charity Walk!

Please come support our school for our second year participating in the Kauai Charity Walk, Saturday, May 11th, at the Vidinha Soccer Field. This wonderful event is a FUN way to help raise funds for our school as well as our community.

Click here to DONATE, PLEDGE or WALK with us! We can’t wait to see you there! 

About the Charity Walk

The Charity Walk, founded in 1974 and expanded statewide in 1978, is now Hawai‘i’s largest single-day fundraising event by a nonprofit organization. Since its inception, more than $32 million has been raised to support hundreds of local charities throughout the state. Spearheaded by the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and it’s nonprofit arm Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation, the Charity Walk is traditionally held every May on Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Lana‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and O‘ahu. Money raised on an island or county stays there. The public is invited to participate in this event featuring a morning of great food, fun, fabulous entertainment, and a little exercise to help island charities.