Monday message 11.23.2020

Alakai O Kauai Distance Learning

Aloha to the good people in the learning community of Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School, and hope this message finds you in good health and happiness. Mahalo for your efforts in the transition to the yellow level in our revised school opening plan as we shifted to a hybrid model of education. Although all of us would prefer to continue on-campus face-to-face education daily, we also understand our social responsibility to keep everyone on our island safe and healthy.

This week in yellow level, we welcome the Monday/Tuesday group on Monday, the Thursday/Friday group on Tuesday, and then staff only on Wednesday. If there is a change back from the yellow to green level after Thanksgiving, then an email indicating the change will be sent to you on Friday, November 27, for your planning purposes. Otherwise, please do expect to stay in a hybrid model of education until you hear directly from the school and a reminder that the threshold is 10 active COVID cases on Kaua’i or less for two straight days on a Thursday/Friday.

As we move into the Thanksgiving holiday this week, it is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the wonderful gifts we enjoy here at Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School. The author Robert Brault once wrote, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Walking around our beautiful campus daily is a happy reminder of the wisdom of these words. We are surrounded by the wonder of nature nestled here in the lush greenery of Kahili Valley, complete with nature’s finest of chickens, geese, ducks, horses, goats, and pigs. Even the challenging road back to our campus is surrounded by lush trees, including a healthy crop of bananas.

Our learners never fail to impress me with their innate curiosity about learning about our world. They are engaged in authentic learning and have demonstrated incredible resilience to the changing models of education. We are thankful for those magic days we share with them on campus and are blessed to be part of their lives.

Our learning community also never fails to impress me with unconditional support of our charter school. We fully understand and respect how incredibly challenging the 2020-2021 school year has been for you as parents and caregivers. We appreciate your patience as we truly attempt to do the best job possible of delivering a quality education. We are thankful for your continued support of Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School.

Our staff also amazes me with their flexibility, adaptability, and dedication to make our world a better place. We are one of only a handful of public schools in the state of Hawai’i that has been open for on-campus education during this school year, and we are committed to having our keiki back on campus as soon as possible. This speaks highly of our staff as committed professionals, as we have now all endured five educational model changes in this school year alone. We are thankful to have such a talented and diverse staff who care deeply about our keiki.

Best wishes to you and your ohana as you remember to enjoy the little things, which are really the big things, over the Thanksgiving break. We sincerely hope you enjoy time filled with friends, family, food, and fun.

DJ Adams
School Director

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