Aloha, AMS Families!
My name is Alecia Morgan, and I’m the PCNC at Aliamanu Middle School. That acronym stands for Parent/Community Network Coordinator; in a nutshell, it’s my job to WELCOME you to our school community and to COMMUNICATE any pertinent information that will keep you CONNECTED to what’s happening at our school. To do so, I’ll send two REGULAR communications—our school newsletter, PAW NOTES, typically published at the beginning of each month (August’s is still in the worksJ), and THE MIDDLE YEARS, a subscription-based publication designed to support and encourage parents of “tweens.” These will come to your inbox in PDF format for easy viewing from any computer, tablet, or smart device. Kindly adjust your filters to reflect this is “not junk” so you can stay current on what’s happening at Aliamanu Middle School. If you know someone that is NOT receiving these, please reach out to let me know so we can insure they DO!
We appreciate your patience as you eagerly await our plans for the beginning of the school year. In the meantime, I’ve attached a document called “The Caregiver’s Guide to Remote Learning.” This resource is designed to help you better understand what distance learning will look like, and can serve as a guide as you help your CHILD develop realistic expectations, rituals and routines to prepare him or her for success! You’ll also find important links to help you become familiar with some of the platforms our teachers will use as part of their virtual curriculum. I encourage you to download or print this out; it is a handy reference tool.
DID YOU KNOW the Department of Education has a “Parenting in a Pandemic” webinar series? The next webinar is “Motivating Children during a Pandemic,” and streams this Friday, Aug 7, from 2:00-3:15 pm. If you missed it…no worries! Recordings are always available afterwards. You’ll also find several “back-episodes” from throughout the summer that might interest you, too. You can register for this series at https://sites.google.com/k12.hi.us/kkcomplexwebinarseries/home
And FINALLY, it goes without saying that 2020 will look quite different than school years in the past! While we were unable to greet you face-to-face at our traditional SMART START event, our friendly folks in the front office will be happy to help as you pay fees, add money to a lunch account, apply for free or reduced lunch (even if you’re already qualified, you have to do this every year), sign up for the bus, and take that beloved school-ID photo. Please note: we are a CASH ONLY school. Our front office can assist you with these tasks from 8 til noon each day.
At Aliamanu Middle School, we pride ourselves on our open door policy. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s anything I can assist you with. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll track one down or connect you with someone else that DOES!
Enjoy the last few days of summer, AMS families. We look forward to welcoming your students soon!
— Alecia MorganParent Community Network CenterAliamanu Middle School