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August 17, 2023
Dear GUSD Families,
As we begin the 23-24 school year, more than ever, I am convinced that The Power of Belief Creates a Future of Hope. This statement is a call to action and a promise that we (all of us) will make a difference for each other, our community, and the children who will lead us into the future. During my summer reading, I was reminded of how important it is to create a work environment where employees are valued, appreciated, and feel a sense of safety and belonging. When those characteristics are present, there is joy in the job, and employees are better equipped to meet the needs of children. Furthermore, when we meet children's basic needs and children feel safe, accepted, and valued, they are prepared to engage in learning and succeed at challenging tasks. These statements are grounded in decades of research. Still, sometimes we must be reminded of our capacity to believe in children so much that children strengthen their confidence and belief in themselves. The beautiful word, OHANA is the Hawaiian term for FAMILY – No one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten!
Family may include our relatives and our social support system: friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. Ohana includes our schools and district departments. Parents, you, too, are members of the GUSD Ohana! You serve a vital role in your child/ren’s support network. You are also essential members of the support network for the children in your neighborhood and school community. The first day of school begins soon. This is an opportunity to strengthen our community of care. Smile and get to know someone new as you participate in school events, walk with your child to school, or stand at the bus stop. Don't be shy. Smile, say hello, and let the magic happen.
I am a proud member of the GUSD family. We care. We are dedicated and strive to be the best we can be for ourselves, for each other, and most importantly, for our children!
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