We highly encourage you to join the Schoolʻs Community Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:00p (meeting link to follow!). The SCC needs to hear your personal experiences in what is working well to improve student achievement and Hawaiian world view as well as any suggestions to facilitate ongoing growth for our haumana. E hoʻomaupopo i ka lā!
What is a School Community Council (SCC)?
Per the Hawaiʻi DOE, SCCs are statutorily created forums that are part of the leadership structure at each school. SCCs play a vital role in Hawaii's education system and are important forums for exchanging ideas about how to improve student achievement among the school's stakeholders: principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students, and community members. Each school has one. SCCs help to craft the school's Academic Plan and Financial Plan, which establish the goals and programs for the school, and the available resources.
For more information about the purpose and function of the SCC, visit http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/GetInvolved/SCCs/Pages/default.aspx.
How can I get involved?
Parents are encouraged to get involved by filling SCC vacancies when positions open, attend SCC meetings or read the minutes if not able to attend, participate at the Community Meetings and encourage fellow parents to come as well, and, last but not least, reach out to Pū'ōhala SCC if there is ever manaʻo that you would like to share with the council.
How can I contact the Pū'ōhala SCC?
If parents have any questions about or comments that they would like to share with the Pū'ōhala SCC, they can contact the SCC directly at SCCPuohala@gmail.com or me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All feedback is welcome!
Aloha e ʻOhana,
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F Kennedy.
I am thankful for our Teachers, Kumu, and Staff at Pūʻōhala School for the time, effort, and enthusiasm they provide instruction and support for all our students. I am thankful to our parents and legal guardians for their patience and understanding during this school year. Lastly, I want to thank our students for their RESILIENCE in enduring our new learning way on and off-campus. I am thankful for the RELATIONSHIPS I have begun to build with some families and students, and I am eager to build relationships with all of our families and students.
I am thankful for my fourth-grade Elementary Teacher, Elly Tepper, and my High School Math Teacher, Katherine Baldwin. Both of them saw my strengths and helped me reach my potential. Many teachers, friends, and family members have helped me successfully earn my first Principalship at Pūʻōhala School, and I am grateful for them, and this opportunity to lead our school. Mahalo.
This season, I wanted to remind everyone that we need to celebrate and be thankful for everyoneʻs safety. Pūʻōhala School is grateful for all your support in preparing our students for our Return to Learn this week. As we continue to bring more students back to school, I want you to know that we are working diligently to keep everyone safe. Please review the links provided below.
HAWAI‘I STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RETURN TO LEARN: DAILY WELLNESS CHECK AT HOME
Hawai’I State Department of Education Return to Learn: Media Release Page
Check out our school Website for more information. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, respond to this email.
Mahalo Nui loa,
Poʻokumu Ikaika Plunkett
Aloha e Pūʻōhala ʻOhana,
Teachers will be reaching out to families to notify you of your return date. I have instructed teachers to bring back students on a small-scale basis to help ease the transition to face-to-face learning. If you have any questions, please call me at 305-5900 or respond to this email.
Return to Learn REMINDERS for students returning next week
As we invite more students to return to campus, you will be notified by your teacher. If your student is already attending on campus learning, teachers will notify you of any changes. We are using this time in the second quarter to get a better gauge of our capacity for students on campus in preparation for the third quarter beginning January 5, 2020 (keep in mind that the above schedule is subject to change based on the Health Metrics for our State).
E kala mai for the long message but we also have a few reminders and announcements:
Join us on December 11, 2020 for our annual Winter Wonderland Event. We will be hosting this event virtually this year. Yes, we will be building Gingerbread Houses and you can sign up to receive a kit too! Please RSVP and reserve a kit at bit.ly/pswwrsvp20 by December 2, 2020.
Donations are being requested (Diamond Bakery Graham Crackers, Candy Decorations, and Hot Chocolate Packets) and sign ups are on the RSVP form. Please drop off the donations at Grab-and-Go or send to school with your keiki if they are an in-person learner by 3pm on Friday, December 4, 2020.
The virtual meeting link will be posted as the event nears.
Aloha Pūʻōhala ʻOhana,
November 23, 2020 is approaching and we are preparing to have our students back on campus. In general, we will begin with lower grades but we have already begun to invite students to campus based on their quarter 1 progress, teacherʻs or kumuʻs classroom capacity, and most importantly, SAFETY. If you have any questions, feel free to respond to this email and I will work diligently to respond and provide clarification.
I am intentionally releasing information slowly due to the nature of this pandemic. As we get updated information, it may change the way we bring students back to campus and determine who and how many we have capacity for.
Attached to this message is our “OPT-IN” form for 100% Distance Learning. I am also providing a link to our Google form if you want to “OPT-IN” digitally. Complete by December 4, 2020.
Pūʻōhala School 2020.2021 100% DISTANCE LEARNING "OPT-IN" FORM
In preparation for students return to campus, I humbly ask you to practice the following habits at home NOW:
As we ALL prepare to return to learn, REMEMBER, if you are feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms, STAY HOME. Before November 23, 2020 assess yourself and your child, visit the Department of Health and Center for Disease Control websites to get updates on the pandemic and how we can keep everyone safe.
Visit our Pūʻōhala School website at https://puohala.weebly.com/.
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