SCC (School Community Council)
The SCC is an advisory board to the principal. Our SCC consists of one representative from each role group - Certificated staff (teachers), Classified staff, Parents, Community, Students and Administration - of Kainalu. We have a unique situation where there are two representatives who attend from the teacher and student role groups but they have one vote per role group. This year's representatives, elected by their peers are Kalei Chu and Kathy Saito (Certificated) , Katy Deacon (Classified Staff), Aimee Kiakona (Parent), Dave Willweber (Community), and (Student Council President and Vice-President).
Monthly meetings are held to discuss matters that affect student achievement and school improvements. The primary role is to address the overall education plan for the school via quarterly assessments of our Academic and Financial Plan, a document that highlights our school's goals, programs, and available resources. The SCC also guides the student's growth through education, civic responsibility, as well as ensuring them a safe and secure school environment. You are invited to read SCC monthly agendas and meeting minutes and provide input and/or participation.
As parent representative, I have the task of voicing issues which concern us as parents to the SCC. Please contact me with any SCC related concerns or suggestions for the 2015-2016 school year.
PCNC (Parent Community Networking Center)
Kainalu Elementary's PCNC coordinator helps to facilitate communication between the home and school. The PCNC's mission is to make parents aware of school efforts and invite them in to our school. The PCNC is also responsible to coordinate all volunteer work and for the Kainalu newsletter - The Kainalu Carrier. Feel free to call (808) 263-1400 with any questions and concerns and our PCNC can point you in the right direction.
Popular Topics of Interest
HOW TO HELP MY CHILD WITH HOMEWORK
Homework is the link between school and home that shows what children are studying. Research shows that when homework is turned in to the teacher, graded and discussed with students in a timely manner, it can improve students' grades and understanding of their schoolwork. (Source: NEA - National Education Association)
Keep control of homework
Most kids struggle with homework sometimes. Many problems can be addressed with tried-and-true homework strategies, such as:
(Source: Nancy Paulu, "Helping Your Child With Homework.")
More tips on helping your child with homework
HELPING KIDS COPE WITH DEPLOYMENT
(Message from our PCNC - Jenny Mansfield)
"I know from my experience as a military wife and mother that there's no perfect way or magic formula to helping our children cope with the separation. I feel for you and would like instead to share with you some of the things my daughter and I do while my husband is away.
First, the rules are the same whether Daddy is home or not. Dinner time is the most difficult part of our day during our separation. So, when Daddy is not here we do these:
Reminder to Mom and Dad: Don't forget to take time for yourself!" (The Kainalu Carrier - Nov. 2006)
CARING STARTS AT HOME
Many community service lessons such as those about responsibility and caring are learned at home. Help your child tune in to relatives. What are their feelings and needs? How can he help them? If a sibling has a hard day, for example, your child might do something to cheer him up. (Susan Solomon Yem, "Community Service for Kids.")
HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN FROM MISTAKES
It has been said that "there are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake." Children can learn a lot from mistakes, but they need help with this. You can: