English Learner Newsletter

September/October 2021

Classroom Without Walls

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our English Learners' program was going to be limited to virtual learning only. This was to help prevent the spread of the virus and to make sure all our keiki were safe and well. We also knew that virtual learning distances us and prevents us from seeing and talking to one another in a real and personal way. Thus, we imagined meeting in an outdoor setting where our students who have limited or no English can come in small groups to learn English with their specialized teachers. The outdoor classroom began on September 7.

Each group comes twice a week for half hour sessions. The EL teachers meet them outside close to where their classrooms are. The children are very excited about this and we are pleased to see their happy faces.

Traveling  Classroom

Classroom Without Walls

Ms. Song and Mrs. Dumas travel around campus with their gray wagons to meet their students outdoors. It's a better alternative than virtual learning because we can see our students face to face by homerooms so we are not mixing cohorts. The chairs and tables and the materials used are sanitized after each use. The students are much happier and so are we. We're thankful we can see our students.

Monthly Schedule

9/7/21 The EL Pull Out Program in the Classroom without Walls outdoors began

10/6/21 Testing of all EL new arrivals was completed

10/11 - 10/15/21 Fall Break

10/18/21 Students and teachers return to school


Kelly Sutcliffe & Jenn Ichiyama Bangan for helping with the WIDA testing of all of our new students. You help was much appreciated!

Mr. Kho, for the hats to shield us from the sun. Your generosity and kindness will not be forgotten. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and caring.