Principal Edna Hussey's Thursday Message: May 26, 2005 - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Principal Edna Hussey's Thursday Message: May 26, 2005

Posted on May 26, 2005

by Dr. Edna Hussey on May 26, 2005

Dear Parents of Mid-Pacific Elementary,

Before you scroll down or turn to the next page, know that this will be the last hard copy packet for the school year (no Thursday packet next week, June 2). However, we will continue to post updated messages on the school�s website, www.epiphany-hi.org , throughout the summer, so check our website periodically.

Thank you very much to the `Ohana for the Teacher Appreciation assembly last Thursday. We so much enjoyed the delightful descriptive poetry written and read aloud by the student poets. Thank you, `Ohana, for the lei, poetry book marks, and gift certificates. Your thoughtfulness means so much to every faculty and staff member.

During these last few days of school, the students have been feverishly working to complete their portfolios and prepare for their conferences on Thursday and Friday.
I�ve been observing a few classes as students undergo this process of self-assessment and reflection. They are certainly fully engaged in the process of selecting pieces to meet portfolio criteria, writing statements of reflection, and assembling their portfolios. Thank you for participating in your child�s assessment conference. The purpose of the conference is to highlight your child�s learning strengths, how well your child achieved semester goals, and discuss plans for continuing and reinforcing learning through the summer. Please discuss the portfolio with your child when you get home by asking questions about the process for particular pieces and what each piece shows about your child�s abilities in different areas (e.g., reading, math, writing, music, art, etc.). Parking is available in the municipal lot or in the surrounding neighborhood. Please do not park in any stalls on campus which are reserved for the school staff and church.

Yesterday morning, Wednesday, was an historic moment for us � we gathered for our last chapel service on this campus in our wonderful church setting. After Diane Koshi led the school in �Let There Be Peace on Earth,� Shirley Rivera walked to the front of the altar and led us in the prayers that begin and conclude every Christian/character education class. It was touching to see the entire school participate in the prayers and use of hand motions. Our parting words � Shalom, shalom. Peace, peace.

I invite all parents to a very special event to bring closure to our 68 years on the Epiphany campus. Next Wednesday, June 1, 1:30 � 2:00pm � Memory Walk: Celebrating A Sense of Place � the students, faculty, and staff will gather in the church, take a reflective walk through the campus, and end in the Parish Hall with readings of children�s thank-you letters to Epiphany School and the Church of the Epiphany. If you can, please join us as we bid aloha to our Kaimuki campus.

We received a palette of boxes from Island Movers, so teachers can begin packing their classroom materials. From June 8 � 10, teachers will be sorting and packing. The storage containers arrive June 13 on the Kaimuki campus. We will be taking most of the classroom furniture and donating the rest. The school office will remain open through June 30, and thereafter, we should be operating on the Manoa campus in temporary quarters until we move into Wilcox Hall.

In addition to our closure gathering, we have other events scheduled for the last week of school:
May 31, 8:00 a.m. Student Talent Show
June 1, 8:00 a.m. Student Recognition Assembly
June 2, 10:00 a.m. Fifth Grade Leavetaking
June 3, 8:00 a.m. Bellows All-School Picnic

Enclosed in today�s packet is a map of Bellows Recreation Center with our picnic location circled. If you�re planning to go, make sure that you return your identifying information form to the school office by May 31. If you are not on our list, you will not be admitted. If you have turned in your form already but left out any of the required information, you may also be denied admission. Make sure to bring your driver�s license and that your car�s insurance, registration, and inspection are current. Also be aware that your cell phone reception might be poor; you may have to walk around a bit to find a spot where your phone works. We are most grateful to Skye Constable�s mother, Ming, and grandfather, Dick Clack, for reserving the picnic location for us.

Children should wear their swimsuits to school under a t-shirt or top and shorts. Pack a towel, change of clothes, and boogie board and sand toys (optional) for your child. Everything should have your child�s name written clearly on the item.

Lunch and beverages are being provided by our `Ohana for all the students and faculty only. We depart from the Manoa campus at 8:30 a.m., so please make sure that your child arrives in school on time (second bell rings at 7:45 a.m.). If you are taking your child to Bellows, please inform your child�s classroom teacher or the school office. You may also take your child home directly from Bellows, if you wish (though I�m sure your child would prefer to ride back to school on the chartered bus along with his/her classmates). We depart Bellows at 1:15 pm and arrive at school by 2:00 p.m. Please make sure you�ve completed the form with the appropriate information so that you can enter Bellows Recreation Center.

We will have six lifeguards on duty. A few of our faculty are also certified lifeguards. We always set up a �buddy� system so that children are never alone. As in past years, we hope that everyone is safe and celebrates this last day of school.

Mark your calendar! September 24, 2005, will be the 3rd Annual Moon over Manoa fundraising gala at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. If you�re interested in purchasing a corporate table or donating a silent auction item, please call Kaili O�Connell, Director of Development, at 973-5051.

And don�t forget the Memorial Day Lei project. See the flyer that was enclosed in last week�s packet regarding the annual service project to honor our fallen service men and women whose devotion in defending and preserving our national freedoms is deeply appreciated.

Our used cell phone collection for Special Olympics ends May 31.

We will be mailing home two packets this summer. The first will contain several forms which all MPI students fill out; these are due back at MPI by the end of June. The second packet, which will be mailed out in late June, will contain the preschool/elementary school parent-student handbook, updated school calendar, required elementary school forms, and other relevant information. If you have not received either of the packets by early July, please call 973-5000.

Construction update: Sidewalks continue to be poured this week. Ceilings are being measured and will be installed next week. The drywall has been completed in most buildings. End date is still July 15.

Again, please check our website for updated information about our move to Manoa and the construction process.

Although most of our current students will be continuing as MPI students, a few will not be returning. We thank our departing families for their warm support of MPI and wish you and your children a fond mahalo for many years of dedication, active participation in the life of the school, and sharing in our Children First philosophy.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey
Principal, Elementary School