Assets School K-8 Principal Blog


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Welcome

Aloha and thank you for visiting my blog!  I have created this space to share some of the incredible learning that occurs here at Assets School, along with how we support the academic, social, and emotional lives of our students.

Most of my posts will be specific to the Assets School community but I hope to also occasionally share thoughts and observations related to the broader field of education.

I invite you to join me here and to share your thoughts, questions, and recommendations.


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Speaking with Your Child About the Vegas Attack

My blog this week was supposed to be about October being Dyslexia Awareness month and the Dyslexia Awareness Fair that is occurring on campus this Saturday. Instead, I woke up this morning, like many of us, to learn about the horrific mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas. We grieve for those killed, the hundreds injured and the countless friends and family members who are impacted by this abhorrent violence. As educators and parents, we also search for how best to help our children process this tragedy and the media blitz that will follow. Today is Day 1 of news coverage but certainly this story will dominate the news cycle for several days.  How children are processing the news today may be different than in a few days. Continue reading


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K-8 Campus Construction Update (September 20, 2017)

Dear Assets School Community,

As we begin the exciting construction on our K-8 campus, I wanted to share with you information about the project. My goal is to keep you as updated as possible. I’ve tried to respond to the questions that I anticipate are the most common right now: Continue reading


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Our Newest Classroom Has No Walls

Everyone knows that we broke ground last week on our new K-4 Village, which is very exciting. What you might not have noticed is that we already added a new classroom to our campus over the summer – a roughly 850 square foot school garden! Though this classroom doesn’t have a roof or any walls, some of our deepest and most meaningful learning can occur in this type of natural educational setting. Our new garden area is located near the Assembly Area and features garden beds, a wash sink, benches, toolbox storage, compost bins, vermicompost bins and aquaponics. The school has always had classrooms that cultivated their own smaller gardens but this is the first time we’ve had a coordinated, campus-wide garden space. Continue reading


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Alice@Wonderland Is A Smash Hit!

I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then

Wow! I hope you were one of the lucky people who filled the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art last week for two sold out shows of our school production of Alice@Wonderland. If not, you missed a stunning performance, full of laughs, lively music, great acting, and of course, Jabberwocky. This production of Alice in Wonderland finds its humor and confusion when Alice, from modern day society, cell phone tight-in-hand, encounters our favorite characters from traditional Wonderland. Continue reading