Monday message 11.16.2020
Aloha to the great people in the Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School learning community, and hope this message finds you in good health today.
With the number of active COVID cases on Kaua’i climbing, we all share the same sadness of moving from a GREEN level (on-campus face-to-face education) to YELLOW level (hybrid model) in our revised Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School Opening Plan. Once we have an active COVID case count of ten or fewer on Kaua’i, then we can move back to the GREEN level, and we all hope this will happen soon.
As our wise Alaka’i O Kaua’i Board of Directors member Chris Town would suggest, let’s all “assume the positive” and find those areas that bring us joy about our school. Although the amount of time on campus for our keiki will be reduced to mitigate risk, the quality of their creative work will continue.
Check out the beautiful board on our Main Campus created by our 5th grade learners under the direction of Ms. Collette on their study of Indigenous American culture. We love showcasing their colorful work in full view of all our learners who pass this board daily, and many learners stop to examine their efforts.
The fourth grade class, with the steady guidance of Ms. Kate and Ms. Mary Ann, continue to work on their project-based Learning activity of building an alternative learning environment of an outdoor classroom. There is steady improvement with their project and it is refreshing to hear these learners share their findings thus far.
At the Board of Directors Meeting on Monday, November 16, we look forward to hearing about the amazing kindergarten project-based learning follow-up from Ms. Z. Our kindergarteners created their own instruments, and their work was captured in an outstanding video created about their music (you can find it in our article below!), so mahalo, Ms. Z and Mr. Adam, for your work.
These are just a few examples of many such open displays of learning on our campus. There are also offerings from the third grade class on the Plant Life Cycle, a 7 Habits Tree that will continue to grow, and a warm-up to Thanksgiving from the fourth grade class titled “We Are Thankful.”
Thankful indeed for engaged learners, dedicated facilitators, and supportive learning community. With all the potential negative messaging that can occur in our daily lives, please do accept this Monday Message as one of thankfulness for all of you and your contributions to our school.
Best wishes to you and your family for a healthy week.
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