Newsletter February 2010 by HC120831005647


									                                      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
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                                   Is there a difference between public and Christian education?                 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   
          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.

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                                 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 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.
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Mrs. Kim Dong is our college counselor. You may contact her directly at with your
questions. You can go online to the college board website- 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 – 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 - 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. - 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 - 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
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.
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            2nd Quarter HONOR ROLL – CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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 -
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.”
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                 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

                             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

                             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

                               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!
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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.

Page Alapai has shared with me many of the articles found in 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.

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.


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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