Monday message 11.01.2021

DreamUp To Space Collage

Director’s Message

Aloha to the learning community of Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School and welcome to the month of November. We finished off the month of October with an astounding “Trunk or Treat” event last Friday. This was just tons of fun for all involved. We greatly appreciate your support in making this possible.

Mahalo to you all for keeping our campus healthy, safe and open. We celebrated twelve COVID-free weeks on campus on Friday. Once again, we wish to acknowledge the important role you have all played in this success story.

The bestselling author Peter Diamandis once observed, “Space is the inspirational concept that allows you to dream big.” These wise words clearly capture the culmination of our schoolwide project- based learning experience of “Dream Up to Space”. For many weeks, our curious learners, under the steady guidance of a dedicated staff, have worked on their projects. We look forward to sharing them with a Celebration of Learning on Friday, November 5th in the gymnasium. By creating the following schedule, we can welcome vaccinated or Negative COVID tested parents on campus for this exciting day:

Setup= 8:45 am to 9:15 am

K/K= 9:15 am to 10:00 am

Grade 1/2= 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Grade 3/3= 10:45 am to 11:30 am

Grade 4/5/6= 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

(the Distance Learning Cohort will not be prepared to present on this project)

We also wish to acknowledge that many people would be unable to attend on campus due to other commitments in their busy lives. Our school will create a Zoom link for people to attend virtually and this link will be shared via Parent Square early this week. At the end of this week, our campus will be full of excitement with the November Wala’au on Friday at 10:00 am. This will simply be a chance for our learning community to Zoom in and observe. So, please do use the same link for both activities.

Please be patient with us as we may need to shift some times around based on our Thursday, November 4th Dress Rehearsal. If changes to the schedule are needed, we would once again share that information via Parent Square late Thursday afternoon. However, the Zoom link will remain the same.

From a fail forward growth mindset from the Zoom miscues of our Na Kupu Lau event held last May, all microphones will be muted upon entry and you will not have to be admitted by the host. Please do keep your microphones on mute out of respect for all involved.

We also wish to share our gratitude for the selfless volunteers who did agree to serve on our assessor panel for the “Dream Up to Space” project-based learning experience. We will announce these people to our learning community next week. Meanwhile, the assessor panel will be working diligently to come up with the semi-finalist by end of day on Friday, November 5th. A week later, on November 12th, we hope to be able to share the winning project that will be heading up to the International Space Station in May of 2022.

Mahalo for your support of our unique charter school and best wishes for a terrific  month of November. Best wishes to you all for a terrific day and malama pono.

DJ Adams

Po’o Kumu (Director)

Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School

Koloa, Hawai’i

“Ua ola no i ka pane a ke aloha.”

There is life in a kindly reply.

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