Aloha: Hello and Goodbye

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An important part of transitions is having a good-goodbye.  What does that mean?  It means telling people goodbye, telling people the impact they had on your life and leaving a place and feeling settled about the departure. Feeling like loose ends are tied up and things are resolved.

I am doing my part to have a good-goodbye with the students at KIS by meeting with each class this week.  I will be talking to the groups to say goodbye and also introduce them to the new counselor, Ms. Alex.

I will be using the word ALOHA which means hello, goodbye and so much more to express how I feel about leaving KIS.  Below is the information I will share with the students:

The Meaning of ALOHA

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Hawaiians say “Aloha” both when saying hello and also saying goodbye.
The real meaning of Aloha is deeper than just hello and goodbye.
Aloha is:
Love,
Peace,
Compassion and
“Joyfully sharing life”
Saying “Aloha” should come from your heart. The best part of Aloha is that the more you express your love and compassion for yourself and those around you, the more it comes back to you.  That is why it has become part of everyday language in Hawai’i.  People say it when meeting or saying goodbye.

Now is a time in the school year when we say goodbye- Aloha and in August it will be time to say Hello- Aloha to new people at KIS.
Aloha Ms. Alex!

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My name is Alex and I am from the Netherlands, a small country in Europe that is filled with delicious cheese! I love cheese!… I left the Netherlands when I was 9 years old, because my dad got a new job in Taipei, Taiwan. It was my first time coming to Asia, and I LOVED it! I had to learn English when I arrived so that I could go to an international school. It was hard but I liked my school and I made a lot of new friends. I lived in Taiwan for 5 years and was very sad to leave. After Taiwan, my family and I moved to Brussels, Belgium. I lived there for 4 years and graduated from High School. After I graduated from High school, I moved back to the Netherlands, and later England, to go to University. This was a very exciting time of my life because I was living on my own for the first time! When I finished University I moved to Beijing, China to work. I have lived in China for 6 years now, and it really feels like home to me. I am sad to leave, but I am also very much looking forward to starting a new adventure in Bangkok, Thailand. I have been to Thailand twice before, but I was very young and I do not remember very much. I am very excited to explore it when I arrive.

I am also eager to start working at KIS as the new elementary school counsellor. I know that KIS is a great school and I have heard that the students are lovely and really friendly! Of course, like any new person, I will be a bit nervous- but I am sure that the students and teachers that I will meet at KIS will make me feel right at home. I cannot wait to meet them!

In my spare time I like to try new foods, hike, travel, make jewellery and hang out with my friends and family. I love being a counsellor because it means I get to spend time with, and get to know, lots of children. I enjoy playing with them and helping them sort through any challenges they might have, or to celebrate any accomplishment they have made. If you ask me, its the best job in the world!
Say Aloha!
Meet Ms. Alex

 

Say Aloha!
Ms. Krista and her family are moving to Singapore.

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After four years at KIS my family and I have decided to move to Singapore. We have learned so much and tried so many new things in Thailand. I feel so lucky that I have been able to know the students, teachers and families at KIS that make it such a unique and caring community.
I will be working at Stamford American International School in Singapore. Ace will start grade 4 there.
We are looking forward to new adventures and are excited that we will still be in South East Asia. There is so much to do and see in this part of the world.
Thank you for helping Ace and I feel like part of the school community while we were here. We will never forget the special times we were able to experience here!
I wish all the KIS students the very best in their futures. I know you will do great things!
I wish you all Aloha: Love, Peace, Compassion and “Joyfully sharing life”
Aloha means
Hello and
Goodbye with
Love, Peace, Compassion and Joyfully sharing life.

These goodbyes will definitely be hard for me as I have connected with so many of the wonderful children and families here.  I will keep the tissues nearby!

Next week I will start goodbyes with the students that are leaving KIS this year. I will meet with them and a friend of their choice to read a special book and do an art project. More about that next week!

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