March 2022 Newsletterwebmaster2022-05-01T18:37:31-10:00
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Mālama andLōkahi Newsletter March 2022
What's New at PAF?
Loko I'a Field Trip with Windward Nazarene Academy
Automotive Class with Castle High
Malama Aina Recipe of the Month! "Sunrise Delight" and more!
"Lokahi has allowed us to deliver homework assistance and enrichment activities to Ben Parker students. Transitioning to "back to school," hopefully we are on our way back to "normal."
The Lokahi program (previously CAFÉ) has allowed our teachers and school staff to provide support to our families. As long as I’ve been the principal at Ben Parker, parents have always asked for homework help for their child(ren). Lokahi has allowed us to meet the needs of our school community by providing the staffing to help students with their homework and participation in the enrichment activities.
Ben Parker Elementary School’s Response to Intervention (RTI) program started about 5 years ago. Prior to our current program we tried many different ways to provide intervention for the tier 2 and 3 students. Our RTI program is not viewed as conventional, it’s a pull out program with a RTI team working on the specific needs of students. For the first 2 years the focus was on students who were in tier 3, the next 2 years were on tier 2 and we have transitioned back to focusing on tier 3 students. During the COVID pandemic, our RTI team has had to focus on the social emotional needs of students. Sometimes it’s allowing students to vent and talk about what they are dealing with before focusing on the academics. Our goal at Ben Parker is to eventually have a RTI block where all students are receiving targeted intervention from focused on specific skill to enrichment.
As students transitioned from being at home back to school and now Lokahi, hopefully we are on our way back to “normal."
--Kathy Kahikina, Principal
Kathy Kahikina is the Principal at Ben Parker Elementary School, where she was previously the Vice Principal. Previously, Kathy was the ACE Vice Principal at Kane’ohe Elementary and school counselor at Castle High School. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with a specialty in Athletic Training and a Master in Education: K – 12 School Counseling.
Is your student missing out on our afterschool enrichment? Enroll now! Mālama and Lōkahi
Family Event at the Waikalua Loko fishpond, with their fishing class.
Castle High School
Students participate in our very popular automotive class!
Community partners KEY Project have been doing fun activities with Kahalu’u Elementary students! The students enjoyed making and drinking poi smoothies with Uncle Joe!
Kokua Alert - Windward Community! Given the current impact that the shortage of teachers and support staff have had on our schools, the Pacific American Foundation would love to hear from you if you wish to help teach, mentor, support and supervise students (grade k-12). Various Opportunities Available now. Mahalo for your support!
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
I ola no ke kino i ka mā'ona o ka 'ōpū
The body enjoys health when the stomach is well filled
Self-care, like moving more, preparing healthier meals, getting enough quality sleep,and taking a moment to de-stress, can help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and reduces your risk of heart disease, in addition to maintaining your mental health.
Car pollution is one of the major causes of global warming. Cars and trucks emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which contribute one-fifth of the United States' total global warming pollution. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, which causes worldwide temperatures to rise.
Gasoline doesn't just hurt your wallet - it hurts the earth.
Try to carpool! Walk or Bike! Take Public Transportation And when you use your car, try these gas saving tips
Keep tires rotated and inflated to ideal pressure for the best mileage
Glide into your stops. As you approach a stop sign or light, take your foot off the gas pedal earlier and let your car downshift before applying the brake.
Combine short trips. Warm engines run more efficiently than cold ones so run your errands in the same trip to save time, as well as gas.
Drive at moderate speeds. While every vehicle is different, mileage decreases quite rapidly over 50 mph in most cases.
Travel light. Extra weight in the car creates a drag on the engine and consumes extra gas. Check the trunk and back of the vehicle for unnecessary items that may be safely stored elsewhere.
Avoid excessive idling. Idling uses a surprising amount of fuel — more than restarting the engine. If you need to wait in your parked vehicle for more than a minute or two, switch off the engine and only start up again when you're ready to continue driving.
Recipe of the Month! Sunrise Delight A healthy, easy breakfast that can be ready in under 10 minutes! Whole grains and less added sugar will keep your body fueled!
1 Banana 1/4 cup Raisins 3/4 cup Quick Oats 1 tbsp Sugar 1 tsp Cinnamon 1 large Orange, approximately 3" in diameter, cut in half and juiced
Spray a small baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Mash banana evenly on the bottom.
Sprinkle dish with raisins.
Add oatmeal evenly over banana and raisins.
Pour the orange juice evenly over the oatmeal.
Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until oatmeal is tender.
YOUR COVID RESOURCES
We may be "done" with the virus, but it isn't "done" with us. Continue to be vigilant!
FREE and FAST!
If you haven't already done this, get your second mailing of 4 free home tests, free from the federal government. You just give your name and address online and the post office delivers.
Additionally, your health insurance is now required by law to cover your costs for COVID-19 test kits, with some quantity limitations. Consult your insurer for how to file a claim.
and Cool Things to Do!
Apply for the UH Mānoa Community Health Scholars Summer Program June 13 – July 23, 2022 Apply Now!
Explore the field of public health and prime yourself for college entry! Open to Hawai'i students who will be high school juniors, seniors, or incoming freshmen at any University of Hawai'i campus this Fall 2022!
Contact: Michelle Tagorda-Kamat firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 756 - 6273 if you have any questions!
Apply for AgDiscovery at UH Mānoa this summer! July 10 - 23 Grades 9-11
A unique summer opportunity for students to explore agricultural sciences and related careers with hands-on learning workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, laboratory and field exercises, and a variety of character- and team-building activities.
Attention graduating high school seniors who will be pursuing a Computer Science, Engineering, Business or Entrepreneurship degree at a 4-year University within the United States. Apply by April 30