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He ho‘omaka hou ‘ana
A new beginning
Editor’sNote:As we begin this year with disturbing events at our nation’s Capitol, we’d like to share some thoughts from Po‘okumu Denise Espania from Mālama Honua PCS along with some online resources she suggests to help you and your family cope with this crisis.
It is with a heavy heart and a heightened sense of urgency that we prepare for school following a very turbulent day in United States history. How do we move from this place of chaos and turmoil to a constructive place where aloha will prevail?
Queen Lili‘uokalani reminds us that we have a greater kuleana to do what is pono, what is right, moving forward...⤵
“I could not turn back time for the political change, but there is still time to save our heritage. You must remember to never cease to act because you fear you may fail.
The way to lose any earthly kingdom is to be inflexible, intolerant, prejudicial. Another way is to be too flexible, tolerant of too many wrongs and without judgement at all.
It’s a razor’s edge.
It is the width of a blade of pili grass.
To gain the kingdom of heaven is to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen, to know the unknowable -- that is ALOHA.” ~ Queen Lili‘uokalani 1917
May 2021 be a better year for us all, and I hope these crisis resources prove helpful to you. ~Po‘okumu Denise Espania
Mālama Ko‘olaupoko Mālama Honua Afterschool Program
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.
Send keiki back to school with healthy nutritious snacks that will keep them focused and energized throughout the day. Sugar is often blamed for behavioral problems and hyperactivity in children. Your keiki can help you prepare snacks over the weekend or the night before.
Edamame (soy beans)
Celery sticks w/ cream cheese
Raisins or dried cranberries
100% fruit juice
A healthy snack provides energy and helps keiki get their daily nutrients
INTRODUCING the FIVE R's
Resourcefulness Relationships Resiliency
A 5-part Series to Encourage Students, Parents & Teachers To Know It, Live It, & Teach It!
To start this new year, we are presenting the first of a five-part series to open a discussion on how we can teach our keiki about the Five R’s, what they mean and how to live them.
Respect means to show honor or esteem for or to hold something or someone in high regard. It also means to show consideration for and avoiding intruding upon or interfering with others.
Respect is usually thought of in terms of relationships between people. We demand respect from our children. We expect our children to show respect to their elders. The problem with this is that, unless we demonstrate respect ourselves, children do not understand what respect is and why it is important that they show it to others.
As parents and other adults, we need to teach children what respect is and what it looks like. That starts by showing respect for our children. Ask them about their day and listen to their answers. Listen to their problems without making a judgment and help them come up with solutions. When they mess up, don’t yell and call them names. Talk about how disappointed you are in their behavior (but not them) and give an appropriate consequence, if necessary.
Research also shows that kids who grow up getting as well as giving respect are more successful in school and life. If adults show kids respect and kids show adults respect as well as themselves and others, we can decrease the problems in our schools and communities.
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
Tips for Parents, Teachers and ‘Ohana
Make rules, set limits and enforce them. Hold keiki accountable.
Remember that your keiki are always watching and your actions speak louder than your words.
Make sure that the words you use to describe others are words you want your keiki to use. Talk respectfully to your keiki and they will talk respectfully with others.
Be respectful of the environment, too! Don’t litter! Leave every place you visit in condition better than you found it.
Take your keiki with on stream and beach cleanups, and help clean up graffiti and teach your keiki to respect their community and local environment.
Teach keiki to turn their off their electronic devices, such as cell phones or iPods during meals or when in public gatherings, and make sure you do the same.
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