Montessori Country School’s 30th Anniversary Ho’olaule’a

Montessori Country School in Pahoa is celebrating its 30th Anniversary at their Ho’olaule’a Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, March 29th from 9am to 2pm. Lots of food, entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy!2014 HoolauleaIf you (or your keiki) are one of our MCS alumni, there will be a special “alumni only” drawing and all photo albums and class pics will be on display. Come join the fun!

Hawaii Application Period for “Preschool Open Doors” Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will be accepting applications for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program between March 1 and April 30, 2014.  Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Montessori Country School at the Pahoa Aquatic Center

Montessori Country School at the Pahoa Aquatic Center

POD is a DHS child care subsidy program that provides statewide services to eligible low- and moderate-income families sending their children to a licensed preschool, prior to kindergarten entry. The goal of POD is to promote school readiness and to help children develop a life-long love for learning.  The DHS POD program is a collaboration with the Governor’s Executive Office of Early Learning.

Effective August 2014, a child must be five years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten.  Families affected by the new 2014-15 entry age, and families with children who will be enrolling in kindergarten during the 2015-16 school year, are encouraged to apply for the POD program.  Underserved or at-risk children born between August 1 and December 31, 2009 will receive priority consideration for the 2014-2015 school year.

POD applications will be available from the DHS contractor, PATCH, beginning March 1, 2014.  To reserve your packet on Oahu call 791-2130; on the Neighbor Islands call 1-800-746-5620.  Applications also can be downloaded from the PATCH website

Applications must be received by April 30, 2014 to be considered for the 2014-2015 program year.  Return the completed POD application to:

560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218
Honolulu, HI  96817

POD subsidies help Hawaii families pay tuition at any of the State’s 627 licensed group child care facilities (i.e. preschools).  Eligible families may select the preschool of their choice. Contact the PATCH office to find a facility in your area.

Priorities for POD program selection are detailed in HAR 17-799 posted on the DHS website at

Coming Up – 2012 Montessori Country School Ho’olaule’a

2011 Montessori Country School Ho’olaule’a

Today was the 2011 Montessori Country School annual Fundraiser Ho’olaulea.

Councilman Fred Blas was in attendance

There was a little bit of everything from horseback rides to plant and bake sales.

My wife always picks up a few of the "Bacon Quiche Pies"

Entertainment played throughout the day and despite there being on and off rain storms… the kids had a great time.

Entertaining the crowd

It wouldn’t be a Ho’olaule’a without someone painting kids faces!

Jennifer Mydock paints a childs face

The thing that I like most about this Ho’olaue’a is the steak plates… which of course I forgot to take a picture of but it consisted of corn, baked beans, french bread, rice and of course…  an awesome steak!

Wordless Wednesday – Ho’olaule’a and Rumble in the Jungle

Pahoa is gonna be happening this Saturday! Montessori Country School’s annual Fundraiser Hoolaulea in the morning:
And then a “Rumble in the Jungle” at the Pahoa Skate Park in the afternoon: