The fourth grade is an important year of growth. In this year, the students become more independent in their learning and more accountable for their actions. Crossing the courtyard to the upper elementary means that productive work choices are expected routinely and time management is practiced and evaluated on a daily basis.
There are enhanced roles and leadership opportunities on Student Council, in the Christmas and May Day programs, and at various assemblies and activities (for example, Earth Day, Jump Rope for Heart, and graduation). There are field trips to enhance learning and conditioning hikes in preparation for the Big Island trip, which begin in the ‘Aina Haina neighborhood and progress to Diamond Head Crater or to the Makapu’u lighthouse. Other field trips may include visits to the Hawai’i Nature Center, Bishop Museum and other historic sites around the island.
The Big Island trip, usually in the spring, integrates learning across the curriculum. This 3 day, 2 night trip starts out in Hilo and ends in Kona. During this trip, time is spent exploring the different trails, museums and lava tubes in Volcanoes National Park and we will stop at other historic landmarks that we have studied during the year. The trip will conclude with a zodiac boat ride, complete with snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay and also at the Place of Refuge. (This trip may also be adjusted based on the classes’ progress in becoming independent and responsible students).
4th Grade Teacher
Alan Ching is in his seventeenth year of teaching fourth grade at Holy Nativity School. Before this job, he taught for 3 years at Epiphany School doing their P.E. program and 1 year at Kapalama Elementary as a Kindergarten and 6th grade assistant. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands, from where he graduated in 1992. He has also taken classes towards his Masters Degree in Social Studies at the University of Hawaii.
Outside of Holy Nativity School, Alan has been very active in the athletic areas coaching basketball at Punahou School and Maryknoll Schools. He was the head coach of the boys Intermediate team at Punahou for 3 years and then was promoted to the head coach of the Junior Varsity team for 5 years. During this time he has also assisted on the boys Varsity team at Punahou for 4 years and been an assistant on the girls Varsity team for 10 years. He was also an assistant on the girls Varsity team at Maryknoll for 2 years.
A quote Alan likes to base his teaching and coaching after is, “Give everything your best and the best will come to you”. By following this quote, Alan will also try his best in everything he does to help your child grow academically and physically and most importantly, become a better person.
4th Grade Assistant Teacher
Pamela Kaaihue is in her tenth year at HNS and her second year as the 4th grade Assistant Teacher. Before coming to Holy Nativity, she spent ten years at Punahou School as a first grade teaching assistant during the school year. Pam still teaches Kindergarten Afternoon Fun at Punahou Summer School.
She grew up and graduated High School in Ventura, California and attended Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu.
She loves working with younger children because of their spontaneous and genuine attitude towards life and the world around them. She also loves working at Holy Nativity School because of the size and closeness of the school and being able to know all of the children and their families by name. She feels lucky to work with such caring, professional and dedicated people and she treasures the friendships she has made with her co-workers at Holy Nativity. Pam has two daughters and two grandsons and enjoys spending time with them. She loves hand crafts. sewing, crocheting and swimming. She is an animal lover who lives with a cute poi dog named “Pups” and one cat named “Skritten”.