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Welcome Back from Winter Break

Happy New Year and welcome back from Winter break!  After a lengthy hiring process, I am delighted to welcome 2 new members to the Lower School.

Līhau A. Galo: Lower School Teacher Aide - After teaching elementary school in the Hawaiʻi public school system for 7 years, Līhau decided to renew her passion for teaching and is grateful for the opportunity to serve at St. Andrewʻs Schools. Līhau has taught grades 3-5, and most recently at Kāneʻohe El. She earned her teaching degree in Elementary Education at Chaminade University and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. She has an elementary ed. license through the Hawaiʻi Board of Education, and has been trained in Orton-Gillingham: Math and Reading, ELLS, and GLAD (guided language acquisition development), among other educational training relevant to teaching. Līhau will be working primarily in the Priory 3rd grade classroom, in addition to other duties as assigned. Līhau brings with her not only her experience; but, her "passion by making an impact on the lives of the children of Hawaiʻi through education. Whether I am working directly with students or fellow educators, I feel it is my personal kūleana to use the gift of my experiences and education to prepare our keiki to become problem solvers and community contributors in our ever-changing world."

Irenea Dupio: Lower School Teacher Aide - Some of you may be already familiar with Irenea. She is currently a lead teacher at Queen Emma Preschool. Irenea will be assisting The Prep K and 1st grades with Marlene and Michele. Irenea has over 20 years of experience working with children. Her experience along with her passion for education made her an ideal candidate for this position. She "loves helping students reach their full potential, and supporting my colleagues in creating the best and meaningful learning experience."  Irenea also has a daughter, Jurene in the 6th grade, and this opportunity will give her more time to spend with her. Irenea will complete her responsibilities at QEP before joining us on Tuesday, January 25th.

Lihau and Irenea share our schoolsʻ Mission and Vision and look forward to perpetuating and honoring the legacy of Queen Emma with their time, talents, and skills.

Safety Guidelines

We also ask for your increased vigilance, especially in these areas:

Stay home if showing symptoms – Students or employees who show any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection should not come to school. Please consult your doctor and arrange for a COVID test. Follow isolation or quarantine procedures as necessary. We will use the 5-day isolation and quarantine periods in accordance with the current CDC/Department of Health guidance for preschools and K-12 schools.

Masks – Everyone on campus must wear a mask that fits correctly, covering the nose and mouth. We will continue to help younger children learn how to properly wear a mask.

We highly recommend the use of medical-grade masks – at the minimum, three-ply surgical (“disposable”) masks. If possible, invest in KN95 or N95 masks. Please note that cloth masks alone are not effective against the Omicron variant; double-masking (such as layering a cloth mask with a disposable mask) is recommended
 

Testing – If you have concerns about your child’s possible exposure to or infection with COVID-19 at any time, we strongly urge you to arrange with your healthcare provider to have your child tested.
 

Please refer to the updated Health Response Plan.