Posted on May 5, 2005
Dear Parents of Mid-Pacific Institute,
We began our first �hard hat� tour of the new elementary school site this past Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. There were about thirty parents and grandparents on board. By the time you read our latest website posting or receive your packet, we will have already begun our second scheduled tour (May 5, 5:30 p.m.) with over sixty people. Our largest group, about seventy-five participants, will tour on May 14, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Taking the tour will give you a very concrete (pun intended) impression of the breadth and expanse of our new campus and facilities. Tour coordinators are President Rice, Vice President Kristy Tong, and me. Because we walk the entire site, all visitors must wear closed-toe shoes. No children are permitted on the tour for safety reasons, but child care is available for children aged 3-12. If you�d still like to attend and need child care, please call the Development Office at 973-5052.
Construction update: All the walls and roofs are up; roof tiles are being installed on the Wilcox roof. Classroom interior walls are being taped. The concrete for sidewalks will be poured next week. Scott Yoshinaga, our elementary school technology coordinator, and I will meet on Monday with the project manager to make final decisions about hardwiring and networking the campus. The faculty and I will be selecting the graphic designs for some classroom exterior wall surfaces. We are still looking at a mid-July completion date.
Enclosed in today�s packet is information regarding your child�s parent-student-teacher conference time on either May 26 or May 27. Please contact your child�s teacher directly if you are unable to meet at your assigned time. This is the last time we will be offering �Fun Days� (we provide child care for up to sixty students whose parents are unable to find child care services; supervision is provided by the specialist teachers). Beginning academic year 2005-2006, all classroom teachers and specialists (art, character/Christian education, music, and p.e.) will be available for conferences. This is to address parent concerns about not being able to meet with our teaching specialists. However, we will respond to a high demand for �Fun Day,� if necessary and pending logistics.
I received more than fifty written replies and another dozen or so verbal responses to the school uniform survey (distributed to families in Kindergarten through grade 4), and I thank those of you who completed the survey and wrote comments and suggestions during the two-week response period. Thirteen families did not support a school uniform for various reasons. Given the number of positive responses, I�ll proceed with plans on a t-shirt and polo shirt design. Students will wear the school t-shirt or polo shirt, appropriate shorts, pants, or skirts, and will be able to wear �free dress� on different designated days each week. An order form and information will be available in a few weeks.
One of our parents, Dr. Jeffrey Kam (Malcolm, Kindergarten) invites the school community to a free public meeting, �Breathe with Ease,� to learn more about asthma, allergies, and pulmonary problems. The sessions are on May 7 at the Renaissance Ilikai Hotel, Pacific Ballroom, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Although the mail-in registration deadline was April 29, please call 524-6755 to register. Sponsored by the Straub Clinic and Hospital, the information sessions will be led by physicians and specialists. Dr. Kam is the program chair.
The Student Council is sponsoring a talent show on May 31. They�ve posted audition signup sheets, and it�s great to see such enthusiasm about sharing a talent such as singing, dancing, storytelling, riddle- or joke-telling, instrument playing, etc.
The countdown begins . . . we are coming to the last four weeks of school beginning next week. When I met with some of the `Ohana parents last night, I mentioned the possibility of asking for parent help when we begin our moving process. I will provide information as the time approaches. (Island Movers will handle the entire move, but teachers will pack boxes.)
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey