Mālama Club Newsletter
All the Latest News from M'Club!
In today's issue:
Climate Change and Kuleana
'Ohana Club Parent Resources
Part three in our series of the 5 R's
Recipe of the Month
E hahai I ke ala o ka hana pa’akikī,
Pursue the path of challenging work
Climate change. What is that? There is increasingly more talk about how our climate is changing in Hawaii and around the world. In recent years, Hawaii has begun to experience really high tides or “King Tides” that in some ways are the preview to rising seas on the planet.
At our Waikalua Loko I’a these King Tides have risen so high that they completely covered our 400-year-old kuapa wall.
Image credit: Loren Ybarrondo (Facebook @ybarrondos)
Each one of us whether we know it or not is contributing to the effects of climate change. We continually create what is called a carbon footprint, an amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by our actions. It is a result of the food we eat, use of power, fuel, the clothes we wear and more. The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world. Experts believe that to have the best chance of avoiding a 2℃ rise in global temperatures, the average global carbon footprint per year needs to drop to under 2 tons by 2050.
The power to prevent or even reverse the impact of climate change lies with us. Lowering our carbon footprint can be done with small changes to our actions, like eating less meat, taking less connecting flights and line drying our clothes. The pandemic has shown us how a lowered human impact can reverse damage. After being closed to the public for the first time in years, Hanauma Bay has displayed a remarkable ability to heal itself as well as other places both in the near shore and mauka areas.
We all have kuleana to try our best to reverse the effects of climate change. It starts with all of us, one person at a time! It will be a challenge, so let’s start making a difference now! Pass it on! As COVID restrictions ease, consider volunteering at the Waikalua Loko I'a.
to Ms. Kristi Yamaguchi!
Our Malama Club families enjoyed a special treat when Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Gold Medalist and New York Times Bestselling Children's Book Author was special guest for February Storytime!
"Cara’s Kindness”is a delightful story that reflects Kristi's accomplished career as a US figure skater, as her figure skating main character, Cara, starts a chain of kindness amongst her friends to "pay it forward!"
Ms. Yamaguchi is a member of the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Hall of Fame after capturing the gold medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics, the world champion and two U.S. National Champion titles.
She founded the Always Dream Foundation (ADF) in 1996 to help children build a love of reading.
Mahalo for the wonderful storytime and all your generous assistance to support PAF students through Always Dream Foundation!
Mālama Ko‘olaupoko Mālama Honua
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, Mālama Honua, Olomana, Pūʻōhala, Waiāhole Elem, and Waimānalo EIS
Returning Students, re-register for Spring 2021! Your teachers will notify you when you're enrolled!
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.
Hawaiian Phrase of the Month:
He aliʻi ka ʻāina, he kauwā ke kanaka
(The land is a chief, man is her servant.)
Students in Grades 4 - 8
Join PAF this summer for
Nā Maka O Ka I’a
(Free) STEAM Summer Program
Monday thru Friday
9am daily login/F2F activities/end 11am
Registration open now at https://thepaf.org/namaka
More information - please contact your Mālama 21st Lead Teacher
Challenges and triumphs of schools through the COVID-19 pandemic.
TECHNOLOGY, OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS, GOOD LEARNING.
Mālama 21st ‘Ohana from
Blanche Pope Elementary,
and Mālama Honua PCS.
Available on the ʻOlelo app, online VOD service, ʻOlelonet. Channel 53, or on YouTube. Click to watch!
COVID-19 has posed many challenges for us all and I am so proud of the Mālama Koʻolaupoko Mālama Honua ʻOhana with their resiliency, adaptability, and creativity to provide our community the services and experiences we need.
One of the ways in which Pacific American Foundation has made a shift in its programming is the creation of 360° virtual experiences to connect people to place in a time when taking school groups to our community partner sites is not safe.
We reached out to Loren Ybarrondo, the creator of the Smithsonian Museum Virtual Tours, initially to create these experiences for us, but what also developed was an amazing partnership.
Loren refused to simply create our tours for us. He said that since WE were the ones who knew our own locations and culture, that WE should be telling our own stories. So, he posed a solution that he could teach US how to create these 360 virtual tours and that he would mentor and troubleshoot for us.
Please join us in thanking Loren! His guidance and creativity on these tours has greatly contributed to a new paradigm in education.
You can find Loren's work on Facebook @ybarrondos and at the Smithsonian Virtual Tours.
--Herb Lee Jr., Derek Esibill, The Pacific American Foundation
More Resources from our Partners and Community
"One Caring Adult for Every Youth"
- from Compassionate Ko’olaupoko
When young people experience these relationships in their families, schools, programs, and communities, they are more likely to be resilient in the face of challenges and grow up thriving.
Monday, March 22, 3pm to 4pm, via Zoom! Youʻll learn about and discuss how we can cultivate more healthy role models for our youth!
Parent Focus Group Invitation: The State CTE (Career and Technical Education) office is working with staff and students at UH to gather information about the CTE programs in Hawai’i, such as courses in accounting, teacher education, welding technology, etc.
If you or your family members have taken CTE classes (or tried to take them) in a Hawai'i public high school or community college in the last three years, consider joining the group to inform them what worked and what needs to be improved.
Discussions will be held March 11, 12, 18, 19, 12pm-1pm or 6:30pm-7:30pm, or March 13 or 20, 3pm-4pm. All discussions will be online. Please visit https://forms.gle/y18km85s7Cr8GeD88 to register.
Tinker & Do Academy is hosting a virtual Introduction to Scratch Coding workshop with Pū‘ohalaSchool and Waiāhole Elementary on March 30 at 4:30pm. The workshop is for students in grades 2 through 8 and is open to the public.
Zoom Meeting 822 2992 3839 Passcode TINKER
More information : www.puohala.weebly.com
RECIPE of the MONTH!
Easy Bisquick Mexican Bake
Make the Crust:
Combine refried beans, Bisquick mix, and water. Spray pie plate with PAM and spread mixture to cover the pie plate bottom and sides to create the pie crust.
Create the filling
Create layers. Start with the meat, add bell peppers, mushrooms, salsa, cheese. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with olives and avocado!
1 can refried beans
1 cup Bisquick
¼ cup water
8 oz. sausage sliced and cooked
*1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 bell pepper sliced
½ avocado sliced
4 mushrooms sliced
1 small can olives sliced
1 cup chunky salsa
1 cup shredded cheese
the FIVE R's
This is the third of a five-part Series
to Encourage Students, Parents & Teachers
To Know, Live, & Teach the Five R's
Resourceful means to be able to deal creatively and effectively with problems and challenges. It also means taking care of belongings, our own as well as others and to take care of the land.
Children who are taught resourcefulness will grow up to be good stewards of the land as well as good problem solvers. When children are given everything with little effort on their part they have difficulty handling challenges as they arise, whether at school, or later in life.
Tips for Parents, Teachers and ‘Ohana
Value of Hard Work: Many children are given everything they want with little thought as to whether they really need it, or just want it. Very few have to work to earn privileges, even by doing chores, and therefore feel that everything should come easily.
Finding Another Way: When a task becomes hard help them find another way to look at it. Try to figure out another way to get it done. When they ask for help with homework, don’t just give them the answer; help them
work it out. Show them how to use the internet, their book, and other resources to get information and assistance.
Talking It Through: If they say a task is too hard, have them talk through the problem. Sometimes we confuse our children because we use a different vocabulary than is taught in school. Having them tell you what they are supposed to do often helps them to remember how to do it on their own. This helps to teach them that they have many of the answers in their brains.
Brainstorming: When kids make a mistake don’t focus on the mistake, brainstorm with them ways to do it differently next time so that they don’t make the same mistake again.
Chores and Good Routines: Give them chores to help them learn to take care of personal property, theirs and yours. This will also help them learn time management and that they are capable of finishing things even when they don’t want to.
Making Their Own Money: When kids want a new cell phone or video game, help them find ways to make money so they can buy their own. Children who buy their own things tend to take better care of them and will make them last longer. It is fine to give extra chores to help them earn the money just don’t always reach into your pocket to buy for them.
Kids Making Their Own Repairs: When things break down at home try to fix them before going out to buy a new one. Teach them about maintaining the car or truck, especially the basics like checking the oil and
tire pressure. Let them know that taking care of belongings make them last longer which helps
to save money and resources.
Making Judgments: Help your kids weigh the consequences of their actions and use good judgment. Talk about events you see on TV or in the paper with your child. Ask them if the person made good choices and how the outcome may have changed if they made a different choice.
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
Background on the Five Rs: 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.
Nā Hopena A‘o - EXCELLENCE
I believe I can succeed in school and life and am inspired to care about the quality of my work. A sense of Excellence is demonstrated by a love of learning and the pursuit of skills, knowledge and behaviors to reach my potential. I am able to take intellectual risks and strive beyond what is expected.
Define success in a meaningful way
Know and apply unique gifts and abilities to a purpose
Prioritize and manage time and energy well
Take initiative without being asked
Explore many areas of interests and initiate new ideas
Utilize creativity and imagination to problem-solve and
See failure as an opportunity to learn well
Assess and make improvements to produce quality work
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 throughout school and beyond.
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