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Parent Involvement

 Queen Kaahumanu School's EL Program has a parent involvement component, "Beyond Open House". It is the program's belief that the school and the home must work together to support the child if the goal of positive student achievement is to be realized. The program provides parents a variety of opportunities to participate in informational meetings, hands on workshops, and other activities to gain knowledge and skills as they strive toward this goal. 

Each year, the parents are provided opportunities to participate in activities planned by the EL Program.  Here are a few activities that are currently done and/or have been done in the past.

First Semester

Dates To Be Announced

EL Parent Orientation Meeting - To provide information about the EL Program and the different learning experiences and activities planned. To introduce the EL Program to teachers and staff members.

EL Faculty/Staff Meeting - To discuss EL Program guidelines and requirements with the school faculty/staff. To review the SIOP Model (which was introduced on 2/11/04)

EL Parent Workshop - To provide suggestions on how to help children at home. To learn how to make a Halloween windsock and how to integrate basic language skills into the activity.

EL SWAP Meet - To raise funds to support EL Program activities and projects.

Bilingual Storytelling Hour - To learn about different cultures by listening to stories in English and the native languages.

EL Parent Workshop - To show how to make some simple books using basic supplies with children at home.

EL Winter Program - To showcase the communication skills of listening, speaking, and reading through performances of songs of the season.

EL Parent Meeting - To discuss the upcoming school event coordinated by the EL Program - CULTURE DAY.

Second Semester

Dates To Be Announced

EL Coffee Hour - To provide an opportunity for the school's staff to meet the new EL staff members and to learn more about the EL Program.

EL Culture Day Opening Ceremony - Lion Dance

ELL Culture Day - To provide the entire school the opportunity to experience another culture.

EL Faculty/Staff Meeting - To provide awareness of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model to school faculty/staff. (Book: Making Content Comprehensible for English Language Learners: The SIOP Model). Funding support was provided by Project METALS of the University of Hawaii (educational materials)

EL Parent Meeting - To give information on the state-mandated tests that will be administered to all grade 3 and grade 5 students.

EL Community Day - To provide the entire school the opportunity to meet members in the community and learn about their functions.

EL Parent Year-End Meeting - LEARNING PAST THE BELL - To provide parents with suggestions on how to help their children at home and provide them with the appropriate materials (when available) needed to accomplish the task. To provide suggestions on how to help their children during the summer months.

EL Speaking/Writing Festival - To showcase the communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through impromptu speeches and writing by students.

McKinley Complex Schools EL Programs Parent Fair - Hosted by Queen Kaahumanu School. Funding support was provided by the McKinley Community School for Adults (buses) and Project METALS of the University of Hawaii (educational supplies/materials)

EL Parent/Guardian Appreciation Hour - To show appreciation of all the help and support provided by parents /guardians this school year.