Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Klahanie School 2014-15 School Program

Klahanie School

Type of program: Montessori Preschool Program

Openings: Very few, contact the school for information and to schedule a visit

Ages: 2.5yrs-5yrs

Contact: Emily (Emmy) Graham (206) 491-9465,
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Age Blended Program: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

2.5yrs-3.5yrs: 9:30-Noon 
3.5yrs-5yrs: 9:30-1:30pm


Using the Montessori foundation of "Follow the Child," as well as nurturing the development of empathy through practical and useful Peace practice, the Klahanie School program is focused on expanding the child's love of earth, self, others and learning.  Parents are supported with twice a year parent conferences as well as daily check-ins while experiencing their child's development transitions and family experiences. Each school year Klahanie School seeks talented elders from our island community to visit our class monthly as specialists: sharing his/her skills with the Klahanie students.  Children are encouraged in a nurturing method to actively explore the school environment inside and outside at their own pace with fantastic Montessori lessons, nature walks, dramatic play and circle times supporting our monthly class themes during the child's cognitive, emotional, social and physical growths. Klahanie School's intention is to instill a love of life and the confidence necessary to explore our ever-changing world and preparedness for future school experiences.  This intimate program supports children and families during potty-training transitions.     

Summer camps: Intimate and based on same school foundations along with fun summer zest, these camps are themed around nature and self expression.  Camps are open to children 3.5yrs-6yrs (must be toilet trained). Encouraged for newly enrolled, current and alumni Klahanie students.  Please call for more information.

Special Needs: Call with inquiries

Meals: Parents provide daily easy to open snack and lunch

Holidays: Follows the Vashon public school calendar

Buses: No

Klahanie School Open House & Scholarship Plant/Bake Sale Saturday May 31 10am-1pm: Come check out our school while you treat yourself and family to something sweet to eat and some new plants!  

Klahanie School
PO Box 13376
Burton, WA. 98013

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Klahanie School Summer Camp 2014!

Summer Camp:
Klahanie School will host three summer camps:  Intimate and based on same school foundations along with fun summer zest, these camps are themed around nature and self-expression.  Camps are open to children 3yrs-6yrs (children must be toilet using and open to walks to-from KVI). 

Monday-Thursday 10-1pm:
Ages 3yrs-6yrs
Cost: $140 
Non-Refundable Deposit Per Camp: $60

·     July 14–July 17: Art and Earth Biomes & Everything fun with water!

·     July 28-31: Introduction to Gymnastics & Finding Balance with Nature

·     August 11-14: Art and Earth Biomes & Everything fun with water!

Important Dates Spring 2014!

End-of-the Year Date Reminders 
·     Klahanie School Open House & Scholarship Fundraiser Plant & Bake Sale: Saturday, May 31 10am-1pm

o  Plant Donations due: May 15th
o  Bake Goods Donations due: 9:30am Saturday May 31st
§  Please sign up to help out in one or more areas of our scholarship fundraiser.  Thank you for your help supporting affordable education!

Last Day of School:
 Thursday June 12th

Graduation/End of the Year Party:
Friday June 13th 10am-Noon

April 2014 Newsletter

Klahanie School
April 2014 Newsletter
March Reflection
Happy Spring!  And happy conferences!  I love this time of year when I am honored to share how wonderful your children are doing in school, what he/she have been up cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically.  And conference time is also time to offer parents time to ask questions and get some support or resource suggestions when requested.  Please feel free to email questions before hand.  Due to the back-to-back conferences, thank you greatly for being on time!

We began digging more in the soil during our outside play!  Thank you for dressing your children in clothes you are fine with coming home dirty.  The children are having so much fun!   

April Curriculum Topics
It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.
Wangari Maathai

·      Earth Day celebration & Honor of Dr.Wangari Maathai Tuesday April 22!  I will tell the age appropriate story of our very important African Peace Maker, Dr.Maathai.  Please look up her work ( and life story, you will feel inspired!  We will also start making large earth maps and singing the fun continent song.
·      Baby Animals, Farms and care of domesticated animals
·      Parts of a Flower: seed, roots, stem, corolla, pistil, stamen, nectar and pollen
·      Rainbows: what makes a rainbow
·      Primary color wheels and color matching
·      Introduction to sewing by hand

Reminders, Thank-Yous, Dates to Save & Changes
·      Thank you Tavi Black for donating art materials!  Thank you Jessica Seaman for making our monthly play-dough!

·      Spring Break/No School April 15-18

·      Parent Conferences April 1,2 and 7 (please see school board for your times).  Parents can meet in the classroom or have conference over the phone, please let Emmy know.

·      Re-Enrollment Due before and no later than April 24th.  Enrollment is on a first come basis, after this date enrollment gets opened up to the public and if there are remaining spots, they will be filled on a first come basis.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 2014 Newsletter

Klahanie School
March 2014 Newsletter

Welcome Solomon and family to our Klahanie School community!

Invite a friend to tea.

Serving Tea

The Aloha Spirit Law of the Hawaii Revised Statutes
The Aloha Spirit is the coordination of mind and heart within each person.  It brings each person to the Self.  Each person must think and emote good feelings to others.  In the contemplation and presence of the life force.  Aloha, the following unuhi laula loa (free translation) may be used:

A  Akahai, meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness
L  Lokahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony
O  Olu’olu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness
H  Ha’aha’a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty
A  Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance

Aloha means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. 
Aloha is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. 
Aloha means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
By Pilahi Paki (1910-1985)
February Reflection
Welcome Solomon Shaw and parents Theron and Elizabeth to your Klahanie School community!  Thank you for sharing such a sweet Valentines sing-a-long celebration!  My family was very honored to have a holiday to Hawaii (Oahu and Kaua’i) with all our Tutus (grandparents) where we explored the richness of our own family mixed with the depth of the Hawaiian spirit of people, animals and conservation of native plants and water. Thank you Jordan Beck, Maria Metler, Tavi Black, Jeff Adams and Alejandra Tres for helping in class the last week of February and Ginger Hamilton for your generous backup help!   Teachers Lauren and Lisa, thank you dearly for leading the care and consistency of our Klahanie School spirit!  My family and I are so grateful. 

March Curriculum Topics
  • ·      Hawaii and all the wonders of these rich islands.  Kaua’i (the Garden Isle) will be a main focus for the age of the island, how it was created from the big W’s: water, wind, wings as well as Hawaiian vocabulary and focus on the Aloha Spirit and how we Vashon islanders strive too kokua (help, aid, assist, support) a similar spirit. 

  • ·       Human Body study (check out when you have time for great introduction to all the human body systems).  In class we will take a basic look at the skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, digestive and urinary systems as they are more concrete to understand and relate to the children’s daily lives.  

  • ·       Water: why our earth and bodies need water and fun exercises to learn about water conservation in our own backyards.

Reminders, Thank-Yous, Dates to Save & Changes
  • ·       DATE CHANGE: March Parent Night Canceled

  • ·       Please keep an eye out for Klahanie Plant & Bake Sale information to support 2014-2015 scholarships!!  We will need your help to continue Klahanie School commitment to offer education to all families on island and offer scholarship to two families per year! The funds made during scholarship fundraisers helps to keep tuition reasonable for the upcoming school year as well as support families in need.   Sign-up will be posted on the school board this month as well as date for the sale.