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Monday Message – March 23, 2020

Aloha, Alaka’i O Kaua’i Families, We miss seeing everyone and hope you’re taking good care of yourselves and one another during this unprecedented time. In consultation with the Hawaii State Charter Commission and Hawaii Department of Education, we have modifiedRead more

Monday Message – March 9, 2020

Aloha, Alaka’i O Kaua’i Families! The Outdoor Classroom has launched at Alaka’i O Kaua’i! Learners are already enjoying our new mud kitchen, loose-parts area, balance beam, and a freshly-mowed playground! Can’t wait to show you how much fun they’re havingRead more

Alakai O Kauai Charter School

Monday Message – February 24, 2020

Aloha, Alaka`i O Kaua`i Families!  Last Friday was a very special day for parents and learners who attended a fantastic show performed by high school dancers from Tahiti. The Tahitian dancers closed out the show by inviting many of ourRead more

Presidents Day

Monday Message – February 17, 2020

Aloha, Alaka’i O Kaua’i Families, We will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of  Presidents’ Day. We look forward to seeing you when classes resume Tuesday, February 18! The Alaka’i O Kaua’i Team

Monday Message – February 10, 2020

Aloha, Alaka`i O Kaua`i Families, We have some very exciting news to share with you. Please read on for a special announcement about an upcoming benefit concert for our school featuring a beloved musical legend! In addition, you’ll find infoRead more

Alakai O Kauai POL

Monday Message – February 3, 2020

Project-Based Learning at Its Finest! Last Friday, January 17, 2020, our 4th grade learners were able to present what they learned about a Hawaiian Cultural practice. Leading up to the Presentation of Learning, their 4th grade facilitator, Ms. G., describedRead more

Alakai O Kauai Public Charter School

Monday Message – January 27, 2020

Aloha, Alaka`i O Kaua`i families, We are so grateful to our community for the support they show our Alaka`i O Kaua`i learners. On Tuesday, January 14, our learners were visited by the Rotary Club of Poipu Beach and given dictionariesRead more


Monday Message – January 20, 2020

Aloha, Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School Families, We find great inspiration in the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to the work of love, justice, true peace, and mercy. This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the 25th anniversaryRead more

Alakai O Kauai Public Charter School

Monday Message – January 13, 2020

Aloha, Alaka’i O Kaua’i families, I hope your children had a fun-filled time back at school last week! Please check out our Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School culture article, our exciting spelling bee results, and a friendly rainy-day request below.Read more

Monday Message – January 6, 2020

Aloha, Alaka’i O Kaua’i families, I hope you had a rejuvenating Winter Break, resting and enjoying family fun.  We’re looking forward to welcoming learners back on Tuesday, January 7, for another great week at Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School. OnRead more

Winter Production Alakai O Kauai

Monday Message – December 16, 2019

Aloha, Alaka`i O Kaua`i school community, We had our wonderful first annual Winter Production on Friday! Thank you to our learners, facilitators, and families for making the event so special. Read all about it below. Winter Break is coming soon!Read more

Monday Message – December 9, 2019

Aloha, Alaka`i O Kaua`i families, All of our classes have been working diligently on project-based learning units. It is always a pleasure for me to walk into every classroom each and every day and observe the different methods and stylesRead more

Monday Message – November 25, 2019

Aloha, Alaka`i O Kaua`i families, This week we will have school Monday through Wednesday, and then we’ll have a break on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for Thanksgiving weekend. As our learners enjoy a well-deserved break, I wishRead more

Veterans Day

Monday Message – November 11, 2019

Aloha, Alaka`i O Kaua`i families, On Monday, November 11, we will observe Veterans Day, honoring those who have served our country in the Armed Forces, including those in our Alaka`i O Kaua`i community. Our learners gave me cards for Veterans Day in celebration ofRead more

Monday Message – October 28, 2019

Aloha, Parents and Guardians,  “Education can only fulfill its promise as the great equalizer — a force that can overcome differences in privilege and background — when we work to ensure that students are in school every day and receiveRead more

Alakai O Kauai Students

Monday Message – October 14, 2019

Presentations of Learning Alaka’i O Kaua’i recently wrapped up some wonderful Presentations of Learning (POLs) on campus.  The week of Oct. 1 was an exciting time because parents and guardians were invited to attend the POL exhibited by our learnersRead more

Monday Message – October 7, 2019

As we are well into our new school year, Individual Learning Plan (ILP) meetings have started, with learners collaborating with parents, guardians and facilitators to create a plan that includes goals academically aligned to state standards and social-emotional goals. TheRead more

Monday Message – September 16, 2019

Aloha, Everyone! Our second grade learners have been studying dinosaurs for the past three weeks, and we are going on Week Four of this PBL with two more weeks of dinosaur study to go! So far, we have learned whichRead more

Alakai O Kauai Students

Monday Message – September 2, 2019

“Project Based Learning (PBL) is an inquiry-based process designed around important questions or problems that need to be answered or solved. Throughout the process, students are compelled to acquire core knowledge and other information necessary to answer the questions orRead more

Monday Message – August 26, 2019

Last week marked a very special week for most of our learners! Our 3rd-6th graders got to experience a combination of art, music, and Hawaiian culture activities. Next week, all of our learners will experience one of four specials (Spanish,Read more

Monday Message – August 19, 2019

The dust is settling after our first two weeks of the 2019-2020 school year, and we are off to a wonderful start! It is great to see learners happy to come back to Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School for aRead more

Alakai O Kauai

Monday Message – August 12, 2019

I hope everyone will agree that we had a great start to the first week of our 2019-2020 school year. The success in starting our second year was contingent on two factors: school front office help and school staff (Ms.Read more

Monday Message – June 24, 2019

Ms. Ari’s kindergarten Showcase of Unique Learning was a fabulous event for everyone. First, the learners served their families food that they made at school: healthy candy (made with nuts, raisins, and honey), mashed potatoes, and fried potatoes. Then theRead more

Alakai O Kauai Playground

Monday Message – June 17, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians, I cannot express how happy I am to continue to partner with you in the education of your child. I feel very fortunate to have a job that I really love and enjoy! The most enjoyableRead more

Monday Message – June 10, 2019

Project-Based Learning Bubbles Up Who would have thought that learners can enjoy blowing bubbles and learn at the same time? To walk into a classroom and see learners blowing bubbles was amazing. I immediately had a conversation with our 3rd/4thRead more

Monday Message – June 3, 2019

On May 22, Miss Katie and Miss Ashley’s 4th grade and Miss Amy’s 5th grade learners set out on the first overnight adventure for Alaka`i O Kaua’i learners. After three days and two nights at Kokee’s Discovery Center, they returnedRead more

Monday Message – May 27, 2019

Project-Based Learning with Ms. Z Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum! I smell the learning of little ones! Project-based learning gives Alaka’i the unique opportunity for learners to interact with literature in a hands-on way. In kindergarten, we are studying the power of fairy talesRead more

Monday Message – May 20, 2019

Morning Meeting K-12 schools have changed considerably since 2001, when No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was enacted. The whole purpose behind NCLB was to ensure that no child was left behind academically by nationally assessing all students to determine whetherRead more

Monday Message – May 13, 2019

One of the joys of Project-Based Learning is seeing our learners focus on topics that are meaningful, that have an impact on the 21st Century world we live in now, and in the future. Our 5th-grade class chose a projectRead more

Monday Message – May 6, 2019

Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School Project-Based Learning – Focus on Kindergarten! Unlike traditional Hawaii K-12 public schools that spend lots of time giving learners worksheets and preparing them for the annual state standardized tests; Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School believesRead more

Monday Message – April 29, 2019

Social Emotional Education The foundation of Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School centers around Project-Based Learning, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students, Love and Logic, and the social emotional development of all our learners. We encourage all our facilitators (teachers) toRead more

Monday Message – April 22, 2019

Two Sundays ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Desperado Orchestra Music Ensemble Spring Music Recital. Some of our learners participated in the recital, which was held at Elele Elementary School. After watching our learners participate, I realized thatRead more

Monday Message – April 15, 2019

As I perform my daily classroom visits, I am so proud to see the depth of learning and understanding that our learners are experiencing at Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School. This depth of knowledge and understanding is displayed by theRead more

Monday Message – April 8, 2019

Last Thursday morning, I met with a family in my office who left our school a few months ago, but decided that they wanted their son to return to our school for the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, they willRead more

Monday Message – April 1, 2019

“The research is clear: if children cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade, they face daunting hurdles to success in school and beyond. Third grade marks a pivot point in reading. Reading is the ‘Open, Sesame’ for acquiringRead more

Monday Message – March 25, 2019

Alaka’i O Kaua’i will be hosting Learner-Led Conferences on March 28th and 29th. Thursday, March 28th will be a minimum day (Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.)  to provide our families ample opportunities to sign up for a slot most convenient forRead more

Monday Message – March 11, 2019

I moved to Hawaii (Oahu) more than 20 years ago. There was a phrase I would often hear on our local radio and television stations: “Lucky we live Hawaii.” I always felt good when I heard that phrase, because IRead more

Monday Message – March 4, 2019

Based on the response I received about last week’s Monday Message, I realize that our Monday Message is read by many people outside of small school community. Conversations I’ve had with some parents indicated that relatives (aunties, uncles, grandparents, etc.)Read more

Monday Message – Feb. 25, 2019

Here we are again, the beginning of a new school week. I was performing my daily routine of visiting classrooms to make sure our facilitators and learners are safe, discussing the topic of the day or a continuation of whatRead more

Monday Message – Feb. 18, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians, On Wednesday, Reports of Progress (ROP) will be sent home. This message serves as a guide to help you understand the ROP, as well as differentiate how academic and social-emotional mastery and growth is measured atRead more

Monday Message – Feb. 11, 2019

As I was walking to school last week, I happened upon one of my kindergarten facilitators. I asked her, “How is project-based learning working out with such young learners?” She replied, “It is the best way for children to learnRead more

Monday Message – Jan. 28, 2019

Dear Alaka’i O Kaua’i Ohana, I have been a school leader for well over 20 years, and one very important ingredient that existed in all of my previous schools was a high level of parent of involvement! Parent involvement isRead more

Monday Message – Jan. 21, 2019

Aloha Alaka’i O Kaua’i Families, We had another amazing week! One of the highlights was Miss Ari’s kindergarten walking field trip to our pond for a music class and nature study. First, a learner carefully demonstrated the boundaries for safeRead more

Monday Message – Jan. 14, 2019

Aloha All, As we kick off the second week of 2019, we are adding some new initiatives for learners to follow at Alaka`i O Kaua’i Charter School, and we want to begin by introducing our new SCHOOL SONG! With theRead more

Monday Message – Jan. 7, 2019

Aloha All, Happy New Year! Although this is not the start of a new school year, it is a new start for me as the Director of Alaka`i O Kaua’i Charter School. I cannot express to you how excited IRead more

Monday Message – Dec. 17, 2018

Dear Parents, In his 1926 classic, “Winnie the Pooh,” A.A. Milne wrote, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” Our little pink friend was grateful for theRead more

Monday Message – Dec. 10, 2018

Dear Parents, We would like to invite you and your family to join us for our first Presentation of Learning, this Friday, Dec. 14, from 12:30-1:40 p.m. Our first school-wide project is based around the creation of a school garden,Read more

Monday Message – Dec. 3, 2018

Dear Parents, Alaka’i O Kaua’i has several upcoming opportunities for parent involvement over the next few weeks. I would like to invite you to join me for our 2nd Coffee and Conversation, this Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 8:15 a.m., inRead more

Monday Message – Nov. 26, 2018

Dear Parents, We were thrilled to welcome new director Fred Birkett last week. The staff and learners enjoyed seeing him on campus and getting to know him. Mr. Birkett will be participating in new director onboarding at iLEAD Schools inRead more

Monday Message – Nov. 18, 2018

Dear Parents, We held the first Alaka’i Ohana Multicultural Feast last Friday, Nov. 16, and enjoyed a day of fun, fellowship, and great food. I would like to thank all of the parents and families who attended, brought food, helpedRead more

Monday Message – Nov. 12, 2018

Dear Parents, We held the first Alaka’i Ohana Network meeting last week, and it was very well attended. We are fortunate to have parents that are not only skilled in fundraising, event planning, marketing, and volunteering, but are deeply passionateRead more

Monday Message – Nov. 5, 2018

Dear Parents, Magical things take place here every day at Alaka’i O Kaua’i. My favorite parts of the day are when I visit the classrooms and get to know the learners. Last week, the fifth-graders created their own business planRead more

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