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Ohana and Community

Posted on September 15, 2005

by Dr. Edna Hussey on September 15, 2005

The `Ohana met for the first time last night � parents from preschool through fifth grade � to discuss all the special activities and events we have planned for the children and families throughout the year. We can tell from the response and enthusiasm that this will be an exciting year. The first event is the Welcome Barbecue this Saturday. Come anytime between 4:00 and 6:00pm. The purpose of the event is to welcome our families and to do some community building. If there�s a heavy downpour, we�ll need to reschedule the event. We�re hoping for sunny weather.

We�re taking small, yet significant steps in creating the sense of one, large MPI learning community. For example, the 5th graders will be working on a peace project with the 6th graders who are enrolled in Japanese language classes. Ms. Rivera and Ms. Kurashige will help students explore the concept of �peace� by reading and discussing literature. Together they�ll create symbols of peace, present their project at an assembly, and share their learning with a school in another state.

The middle and elementary school will be working together on a project to learn about historic cultural sites on the MPI campus, which are also an important part of Hawaii�s history. The yearlong Wailele project will also prepare us for MPI�s 100th year celebration in 2008.

And the MPI Student Council has been brainstorming ideas for middle and high school students to get together wih us. We might be doing something special for our annual Spooktivity (Halloween celebration) on October 28.

We�ve transformed the area where children eat lunch into an inviting dining room, complete with tablecloths and flowers in vases. We even turned down the lights to add to the ambience.

In fact, we will be calling this area the Dining Room so that the children understand that it is a special place for dining and pleasant conversation. I visited most of the classrooms yesterday to explain our expectations of students in the dining room, They were tickled by the transformation.

In addition to all the other packet enclosures, look for a small bright orange card with information about another alternative for childcare. The Honolulu Zoo offers a winter session.

Our first school assembly (preschool & elementary) is next Wednesday, at 8:15am. Mr. Black�s 5th grade students will be the leaders of this assembly. The entire school will gather around the courtyard (until the grass grows in!). We also acknowledge students celebrating September birthdays.

We encourage families to commemorate their child�s birthday by participating in the Birthday Book program. You and your child can purchase a book for the class library.

Check with your child�s teacher about any recommendations. Your child will complete a nameplate for the book. At the assembly, children who have gifts for their classroom library are asked to show the book(s) at the assembly and to say a few words about the book(s). They usually read the title and give the author�s name. Parents are always welcome to attend the assembly.

Hoping for sun and fun at the Welcome Barbecue on Saturday!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey