Mālama Club Newsletter
⇑ Kailua High Students study water quality in a Lo’i (left);
Keolu students at HIMB look at zooplankton (right)
» Mahalo to Ms. Sally, and Welcome Ms. Erin!
∗Two New Storytimes! Bring the whole ‘ohana!
⊕ Part 2 of "The 5 R's!"
♥ All the Latest
and more! Read on!
What is ‘Āina-based Learning?
The word ‘āina literally means “that which feeds” from the land and earth. An ‘āina -based organization is driven by the fundamental premise that, by nurturing the Land and Earth, we nurture ourselves. It is a holistic practice that is inextricably intertwined with learning, living and teaching to perpetuate extant knowledge acquired across millennia.
In the 21st century, it has taken on an even more important meaning. A healthy community is one that is connected to the ‘āina. In turn, the practice of ʻĀina-based education connects and empowers people to be lifelong learners. By empowering each other we can accomplish more.
In this pandemic time, caring for place and each other are more important than ever. It is the connection to ‘āina that is fundamental to recovery based on an indigenous Hawaiian history applied in new, profound ways.
It is with great fondness that we say “Aloha” to Ms. Sally (Sally Mix), PAF Administrative Assistant and Keolu Elementary School Mālama 21st instructor.
Ms. Sally will be leaving Mālama 21st to take a full time teaching position at Le Jardin Academy, but we will continue our relationship!
And…you can still watch all of her videos on Mālama Club Channel T! We wish her all the best on her new journey! ♥
New to the Mālama 21st Administrative Team is Erin Nishimura Horner.
Ms. Erin’s background as an electrical engineer has been a driving force in her love of providing outreach educational programs and activities in science and technology.
Please help us welcome Ms. Erin, shown above with her sons Raiden and Rowen, to our PAF ‘Ohana! ♥
Puohala Elementary School!
With Purple Mai’a, a Hawaii non profit that teaches Hawaiian children to code, the students at Puohala have used Minecraft in an innovative way!
Haumana (students) are challenged to build model ahupuaa systems with the digital application. At first glance the students seem to just be playing the relatively popular Minecraft video game, BUT, students are acutally building connection to place and each other!
Kumu Jenny and Kumu Jarom guide students by creating experiences for practical applications of learning the values of a kaikuaʻana & kaikaina (older and younger sibling) relationships.
Class sessions and growth experiences are only guided and monitored by the kumu, leaving most of the experiences driven by the haumana. The Kumu would, from time to time, increase the challenge (and incentive) by extending build challenges, math obstacle course or a ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi wale nō (only Hawaiian language) time period to keep everyone on their toes.
The real beauty was in how students collaboratively built homes & communities using this digital ʻāina. Concurrently, they developed relationships, skills and values, affording them the comfort to take risks, fail, learn and grow together. It was what education could and should be!
Mālama Ko‘olaupoko Mālama Honua
SPRING 2021 Enrollment Open
for the 9 schools we serve.
Whether your school is back on campus, continuing with distance learning or doing both, the Mālama 21st Afterschool Program is here to keep you active, connected and supported.
New Students welcomed
from Blanche Pope, Kailua El, Kailua High, Keolu El, Malama Honua, Olomana, Puohala, Waiahole Elem, and Waimanalo EIS
Returning Students, re-register for Spring 2021! Your teachers will notify you when you're enrolled!
The ʻOhana Corner
We hope to encourage and equip you to help your child succeed -- not just at school, but for life. We will try to answer your questions and share resources with you so you can decide what's best for you, your child and family.
Hawai’ian Phrase of the Month:
E aloha a me mālama kekahi i kekahi
(To love and take care of one another)
SPECIAL GUEST READER
Olympic Gold Medalist
Thursday, February 25th
on PAF Zoom
Thursday, March 4th
7:30-8:15pm (PAF Zoom)
Storytime in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi!
special guest reader
Hawaiʻian language teacher at
Hālau Kū Māna Charter School.
ʻO Manu, Ke Keiki Aloha Manu is the translated version of the newly released picture book Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds.
News Literacy Project (NLP)’s resource library includes lesson plans, classroom activities, posters and infographics, quizzes and more for educators and parents.
“Silver Linings” - Challenges and triumphs of schools through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Features Malama 21st ‘Ohana from Blanche Pope Elementary, Pū‘ohala School and Mālama Honua PCS.
`Olelo has a free App you can download to watch this and other wonderful community shows. Live stream channels on any device. It can also be found on the online VOD service, Olelonet. Channel 53
A big “MAHALO!” to Herb Lee, Matt Lorin, ‘Olelo Community Media and Kamehameha Schools for making this show possible.
Part 1 Live: Wednesday Feb 17th at 2pm
On Demand: watch online!
Part 2: Wednesday Feb 24th at 6pm on Channel 53
Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Join TeenLink Hawai‘i for a free virtual workshop to hear from teens, college students, and young adults on important issues and concerns young people are having today; resource tools that were developed to help each other; and how to access these tools and resources so that it can have a broader reach and support youth and teens in taking care of their health and wellness.
February 26th, 4:30-6pm
Zoom Meeting ID 847 9053 6412 Passcode puohala
Pu‘ohala ‘Olelo Hawaii Event in celebration of
'Olelo Hawaii month
March 1-12, M-F from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Mana Media is a free two-week program for Hawaiian youth ages 14-18 years old providing access to professionals in the creative media field and industries that interest them. Utilizing the language of social media, participants will be broken up into groups to create 4-5 post campaigns around topics connected but not limited to environment/‘āina, food and nutrition, community/responsible entrepreneurship, and lifestyle/brands. Preference is given to youth of Native Hawaiian ancestry, but all are welcome to apply.
TUITION-FREE ENROLLMENT IN THE SKILLS WE NEED?
Hanahau'oli School announces the return of our virtual summer experience for students across the islands entering grades 2 through 5. Join us in multi-age, child-centered, collaborative and interactive online classrooms aimed at building the skills and foundation needed for lifelong learning and engagement in our diverse democracy. In this virtual course, students will embark on a thematic exploration of who they are, how the world around them is quickly changing, and the importance of connection.
The Hawai‘i Afterschool Alliance and the Hawai‘i Children's Action Network has a new survey to determine how afterschool and child care programs can best serve your family this year.
Please share your thoughts and needs for afterschool and child care during the pandemic.
The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.
Recipe of the Month
Peanut Butter Balls
(Makes about 36)
1 cup sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
1 jar (16-18 oz) peanut butter
4 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
36 Hershey’s Kisses
-Bring the sugar and Karo syrup to a boil, then remove from heat. Use care, as the mixture will be HOT!
-Add Peanut Butter and Stir until blended.
-Add Rice Krispies and Mix with a large spoon or spatula.
– Let mixture cool.
– Unwrap Hershey’s Kisses
Roll your mixture into half balls.
Press a Hershey’s Kiss into the top of each half ball, and roll up into more of a ball, or a complete ball, as desired. Be creative!
Refrigerate if desired, to store.
Best served at Room Temperature.
The Five R's
Part 2 of our 5-part Series, a discussion on teaching keiki what they mean and how to live them.
Today we feature: RESPONSIBILITY
Being responsible means knowing the difference between right and wrong, thinking rationally, and being accountable for one’s behavior.
Children who are responsible are more willing to do their homework, complete their chores, and take care of their belongings. They will also learn to respect other people’s property as well as their own.
Tips for Parents
It is a parent’s kuleana to teach responsibility to their children.
Children who are given appropriate responsibility are more likely to behave responsibly, both when they are with their parents, as well as when they are on their own.
Give children chores:
When children have chores that are appropriate for their age, they learn that they are capable. They manage their time and finish what they start. When everyone pitches in, the home runs smoother.
Getting Ready for School:
School age children can be responsible for getting themselves up and dressed for school. Many children respond remarkably well when you give them an alarm clock and tell them how much time they have. For children who don’t want to get dressed, taking them to school once or twice in their pajamas usually solves the problem (pack clothes to change into in their backpacks!)
Set them up; get them started; tell them to ask if they need help and then let you know when they are done so that you can check it. When they ask for your help, ask them how you can help them, but do not do it for them. When you check their homework, you should just check to make sure that they have done what was assigned. Your job is not to correct it.
Taking Care of Pets:
Younger children can have the responsibility for feeding pets, and older children can also cleaning up after pets.
Taking Care of Belongings:
Teach them to take care and put away their own belongings, toys, clothes, and sports equipment. Preschoolers can be taught to put away their own toys. Elementary school age children can put away their own clothes and sports equipment. Middle schoolers can wash and put away laundry.
One of the best ways to teach them to keep their commitments is by modeling. When you tell them you are going to do something, make sure you follow up; whether it involves discipline, taking them somewhere, or keeping a personal obligation.
Being a Role Model:
Most of all, if we want to raise children who are responsible, we must be good role models ourselves. Follow through on your commitments. Be considerate of others’ feelings. Take care of your surroundings.
Nā Hopena A‘o – RESPONSIBILITY
Nā Hopena A‘o or HĀ are six outcomes to be strengthened in every student over the course of their K-12 learning journey. The outcomes include a sense of Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total Wellbeing and Hawai‘i. When taken together, these outcomes become the core BREATH that can be drawn on for strength and stability through out school and beyond.
In 2004, the Castle Complex of schools adopted a framework for positive behavior support called the Five Rs. This initiative is now a community wide effort to develop a common language to help our students grow up to be drug free and good community members.
The Ho‘ā la Hou Project of the Pacific American Foundation supports these efforts of “Community Works in 96744.’ The Project uses a cultural approach to reawaken parent involvement at four schools through a series of educational ‘ohana activities.
About the Author: Kathy Bentley, Parent Educator, consults for the Ho‘ala Hou Project of the Pacific American Foundation and other agencies serving ‘ohana. kathyparentingsolutions.com
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Mālama 21st Century Community Learning Center is brought to you through a generous grant from the Hawaii Department of Education.