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Makua Lani Christian School Page 1 Newsletter February 2010 Makua Lani “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by Christian School the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what 74-4947 Mamalahoa Hwy God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 Holualoa, HI 96725 Dear Friends, Ph. (808) 329-4898 Fax (808) 334-0969 Is there a difference between public and Christian education? email@example.com www.makualani.com Since I have taught in public, private Christian and home schools, I would say that there is definitely a difference. It all surrounds the Office Hours worldview from which the subject is presented. Are there excellent 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. teachers in public and private schools, absolutely. The difference is what can be taught and from what view point. Pricipal & Administrator Consider the following BIG IDEAS TO CONSIDER. Taken from Thaddea Pitts discoverchristianschools.com Secretary Page Alapai 1. There are basically two kingdoms: a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness. It seems strange to have those who walk Board of Directors in darkness educate children of light. Gordon Dong 2. 2. If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is Lord of all. We cannot President divide things into secular and sacred. Jamie Kilkenny Vice President 3. All truth is God’s truth, and God’s Word sheds light on our path. Thaddea Pitts* Only in His light can we see light. Education is not focused on Secretary/Treasurer possibilities but on certainties found in God’s world. Jan Bolton *non-voting member 4. Deuteronomy 6:24-27 tells parents that, in all they do, they should provide a Godly education. 5. Three key institutions that shape a child are the home, the Mission Statement church, and the school. Children are served best when all three Makua Lani Christian School will work together with the institutions point them in the same direction. (Note the parents and church to provide a school’s mission statement). Christ-centered spiritual, 6. Only an education that has the liberty to address the whole academic, and physical foundation that will produce child—social, intellectual, emotional, physical AND spiritual— individuals who will be Biblical reaches the possibility of excellence. thinkers capable of serving the 7. The best preparation for effective service is to be well grounded in world for Christ. one’s mind before direct engagement of the culture. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for In the next couple of weeks, intent forms for next year will be coming you . . . Plans to prosper you out. Please consider the ideas presented above as you make your and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” decision. One thing that I have seen over and over again, is God giving blessings to those that put their trust in Him. Blessings Thaddea MAKUA LANI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Page 2 Newsletter February 2010 Valentine Community Outreach Chapel Update Each year our high school students and teachers go out into the community Praise and Worship was around Valentine's Day to share the love of Jesus. This year we will be going on led by Jonny Buell our Friday, February 19th to the Hualalai Elderly Housing Center, Kona Adult Day Care Praise and Worship leader. Center, The Regency, Life Care and Kona Christian Academy. The students will Our praise team includes: spend time at each facility handing out pillows, Valentine's Day cards, and Jesse Cuaresma, Justin entertaining the residents. They will also be spending time reading, playing and working with the elementary students down at KCA. Pham, Nick Brennt, Dylan Hardie-Jordan, Beau Hesketh, Andrew Dong, Spencer Brennt, Jason Valentine Outreach Needs Formanack, Ciana We need to make our 100 heart-shaped pillows. We need fabric scraps (at ½ Shackelford, Tatiana yard square – 18 inches high and 18 inches wide), Polyfill for stuffing and lace or Kamautule, Emma Elliott, trim for decoration. For the gift cards: red/pink paper, cutout / stick-on hearts, Kristen Elliott, Grace etc…For gifts: hotel size personal products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, combs, Chloe and Masaki Shields. perfume, shaving gels, etc…. January 13th Dale Phillips, the accreditation team chair, gave TUITION our chapel. Mr. Phillips Tuition payments are due on the 10th of each month. Please contact Debbie shared about how Christian Mabuni at KCA (329-3093) if you have any questions. Please keep your account Schools were doing in the current. United States and in the world. He also shared about when Peter begins to sink when getting out of the boat Advanced Placement Exam Fees to walk on water towards Students taking AP Literature or AP US History will be charged $86 per exam taken Jesus. Peter didn’t sink in May 2010. This will be added to your tuition. Please call the office if you have because of his lack of faith any questions. but because he failed to believe he could be like the master. Jesus knew what the disciples could do—the Spring Sports disciples just didn’t see what The high school Spring sport season has begun. Makua Lani has a Tennis, Golf, Jesus saw in them. Baseball and Track team. Practices have begun. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sports paperwork is available on our January 20th website. All Spring sports fees are now due. Please get them into the office ASAP. Jonny Buell gave our chapel. His main topic was to help one another. He shared with Junior Class College Night us how we can help and give All juniors and parents are urged to attend the Junior College Night on Tuesday, to the people of Haiti. It February 16th at 7:00pm in room 7. This is invaluable for getting ready for the helped us to remember we college application process which will begin later this year. Mrs. Dong and Mrs. can pray and act for Jesus. Pitts will be there to share and answer questions. Thank you, Mr. Buell. January 27th Dusty Bauer gave an Student Intent Forms excellent chapel on how the In the next couple of weeks you will be given a Student Intent form for next enemy targets our youth. He year: 2010-2011. This re-enrollment form allows us to project numbers for staffing shared ways that the enemy during the upcoming school year. Please read information about the 10 Differences uses technology to get our of Christian Schools on page 5. minds off of Jesus and on to other things that can become idols. This was excellent, Mr. Bauer. MAKUA LANI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Page 3 Newsletter February 2010 College Corner- FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS Mrs. Kim Dong is our college counselor. You may contact her directly at email@example.com with your questions. You can go online to the college board website- www.collegeboard.com for more information and to register your child. Most of our students take the SAT at Kealakehe High School. You usually have to register about a month before the exam so you do not have to pay a late registration fee. Makua Lani’s school code is 120064. SAT Test Dates: Mar. 13, 2010 ACT Test Dates Apr. 10, 2010 IMPORTANT DATES May. 1, 2010 Jun. 12, 2010 June 5, 2010 February 2010 15 NO SCHOOL - President's Day Helpful Websites as you prepare for college: 22-26 GIG Week 2 www.collegeboard.com – The College Board - an organization of colleges and high schools. The site includes advice for students and parents, a college search program, online applications and everything you need March 2010 to know about SAT testing and you can also register your student for 19 3rd Quarter ends the test. 22-26 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break http://www.act.org - the official site of the ACT. It includes college April 2010 searches, online applications, advice and timelines, financial aid 2 NO SCHOOL - Good Friday information and estimator, and lots of information on the ACT tests. https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx - the official site May 2010 from which you can download the Common Application, view the list 3-7 Teacher's Appreciation Week of participating colleges, and get application information. 6 AP English Literature Exam 7 AP US History Exam http://www.number2.com/ - a helpful site that offers free SAT and ACT 25-27 Senior Finals test preparation practice. 26 Senior Chapel 29 Senior Graduation 31 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Dress Code Reminders June 2010 All tops MUST have at least a 2 inch strap, please use a ruler and not 2-4 Final Exams finger-width. ALL shorts must have at least a 4 inch inseam, once 3 8th grade Graduation again please use a ruler when in doubt. Parents, please help inform 4 Last day of school - 1/2 day your child as to what an inseam is. This also includes ALL Makua Lani school functions as well as sports practices and games. Citizenship Points are being given after repeated warnings. We are encouraging our young ladies to respect themselves as well as the young men around them. We appreciate your help! Pre-arranged Student Absences Please contact our office via e-mail or letter if your child will be absent or need to leave for an appointment. PLEASE REMEMBER - THERE IS A FEE IF YOUR CHILD MISSES MORE THAN 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS (illness is excused). You can get more information on this policy on page 4 & 5 of our Parent / Student Handbook. Yearbook Sales Yearbooks are still on sale for $35. Please send in your money to the office ASAP. Checks can be made out to Makua Lani. Thank you! Cell Phones Please remind your students that ALL cell phones MUST be turned in at the beginning of each school day. They will be stored and then returned at the end of each day. MAKUA LANI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Page 4 Newsletter February 2010 2nd Quarter HONOR ROLL – CONGRATULATIONS!!! SUPERIOR HONOR ROLL (4.0+ GPA) 12th grade 11th grade 10th grade Whitney Aguilera Josh Brunner Grace Choe Emmaline Elliott Jordan Heres Liana Jensen Dylan Hardie-Jordan Lexi Mabuni Alex Todd Steve Hayward Ryder Souza Damian Mabuni Paul Whalen Briana Sugai 9th grade 8th grade Keawe Alapai Allie Amstutz Mercedes DeCarli Joy Choe Lilly Dorr Andrew Creitz Lauren Mabuni Tyler Dorn Kanoa Reid Laura Dowsett Karissa Komo Amanda Madigan Naomi McCracken Justin Pham Savannah Pitts Kamela Souza Bailey Wanner HONOR ROLL (3.5 – 3.99 GPA) 12th grade 11th grade 10th grade Lexi Anderson Jesse Cuaresma Gage Allen Nick Brennt Joy Manzo Joseph Campbell Tatiana Kaumatule Thalita Marcial Andrew Dong Shayla Loando Elisha Navarro Kristen Elliott Sina Mandaquit-Atoa Daniel Turner Emmanuel Gordon Cassin Mauramoto Beau Hesketh Amber Pitts Brandt Mabuni Ciana Shackelford Keelee Martin Masaki Shields 9th grade 8th grade Cori Anderson Zoe Acdal Chaya Cacal Spencer Brennt Kimberly Casino Shantelle Eliana Tiffany Nakamura Cara Jernigan Adora Omodt Genesis Marks Madison Wanner James Whalen Helpful Parenting Website to Help Establish Media Standards in Our Homes Website to research movies, video/DVDs, music, TV programs, games and books - www.pluggedinonline.com Mission: “Plugged In” is a Focus on the Family publication designed to help parents, youth leaders, ministers and children with the essential tools that will enable them to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live. Entertainment is a potent influence on our culture for both good and evil. Through our reviews and discussions of that entertainment, we hope to spark intellectual thought, family discussion, spiritual growth and a strong desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” MAKUA LANI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Page 5 Newsletter February 2010 Ten Differences Between Public and Christian Schools Jonathan Ekeland and Bob Walton -The Christian Academy, Brookhaven, PA Understanding differences between secular and Christian education is critical if parents are to make an informed decision in favor of their child. We offer the following comparison so that parents can see that in every area of education there is a significant difference in approach. These two different philosophies reflect who is the ultimate source of truth. Please read and pray through these. Public Schools Christian Schools Purpose of Education: Purpose of Education: To prepare citizens for a humanistic society that To prepare citizens for the Kingdom of God who are tolerates all lifestyles equipped to spread the Gospel Content of Education: Content of Education: Humanism - no values are absolute and no truth is All of life is studied in submission to the Word of God final and its precepts Control of Education: Control of Education: The State determines the content and methods of The school functions in loco parentis, reinforcing education and supporting parental values Science: Science: Naturalism - everything comes from matter, time, God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things; and chance science involves knowing God through knowing His world History: History: Controlled either by autonomous man or by an Controlled by an omnipotent God who knows the impersonal process end from the beginning Math: Math: A tool that is useful because it seems to work in A reflection of the mind of an orderly God who has manipulating the natural world made us in His image to understand His world English: English: Literature must be representative of all cultures, Students are exposed to a variety of quality which are seen as having equal value, and has no literature, which is appreciated as a demonstration inherent meaning of common grace and interpreted in the light of God’s Word Teachers: Teachers: Varied backgrounds - Christianity or some other Born-again, committed believers seeking to model religion, humanism, atheism; Christ before their students Rules: Rules: Determined by state and federal laws and Determined by God’s Word and its moral standards guidelines Peers: Peers: Varied religious backgrounds, often receiving little Students from Christian homes who are there moral instruction or values at home or church because their parents support Christian values GIG Week 2 Please be praying for our next GIG week which will be February 22 through the 26 th. The night of prayer will be one night during the week—probably Thursday the 25th. Please mark that on your calendars and come. It is a wonderful thing when parents, teachers and students pray and praise God together! MAKUA LANI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Page 6 Newsletter February 2010 UpCOMING Hosting of 7th Grade On February 19th Makua Lani will be hosting an open house for the 7th graders at Kona Christian Academy. If you have friends that have students they may want to consider Makua Lani Christian School for next year regardless of the grade, please invite them to this. The Open House will begin at 10:40 and end at 2:30. WWW.DISCOVERCHRISTIANSCHOOLS.COM Page Alapai has shared with me many of the articles found in www.discoverchristianschools.com This is where I got the 7 points on the cover page. Other articles that I have been reading are entitled, ”Is There a Difference Between Public and Christian Education”, “Many of my Friends Say They Want Their Kids to Be Salt and light In the Public Schools. Should we do that?”, If I put My children in Christian School, Will I be sheltering them from the Real World?”, “My Child want to Play Sports, and the local Christian School has a Weak Athletic program, What Should I do?”, “My Children’s Friends Go to Public School. What Should I Do?”, “What Does God Tell us To do with our Children”, “I went to Public School and I turned out ok. Can’t my Children do the Same?” these and many other interesting writings are found on this extremely informative website. Accreditation Thank you to all of those that helped out during the accreditation visit. The recommendation of the team now goes to the board of the Association of Christian Schools accreditation and the board of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. These boards will make the determining factor concerning the length of the accreditation term that is given to the school. However, the recommendations were most favorable and we look forward to hearing the outcomes in May. Thank you for the prayers. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MAKUA LANI BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER TEAMS!! Both soccer teams had incredible seasons and qualified for the State Championships on Oahu!! Our Girls team will leave Feb. 2nd. Our Boys team will leave on Feb. 9th. We are so proud of our Lions! Well done!! Please keep the athletes in your prayers as they travel. GO LIONS!
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