Upcoming Events in March - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Upcoming Events in March

Posted on March 9, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on March 9, 2006

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The campus is abuzz with inquiry presentations, practices for the Grandparents’ Day celebration, and Ho`olaule`a anticipation — all before Spring break, which begins after March 17. The entire multiage first and second grades have been slowly transforming their classrooms into ancient Egyptian environments and even plan on coming to school dressed in Egyptian regalia this Friday. And it’s insects! insects! insects! in both kindergarten classes. They’ve been immersed in learning about what makes these critters tick. Peer mediators in grades 3-5 will be demonstrating mediation skills over the next few days to the K-2 students. The preschoolers are taking the city bus up to the Manoa post office today to mail their hand-drawn invitations to their grandparents, not to mention working on their unfolding inquiries about ocean movements (via a wave-making machine) and dramatic play. The rain drenched our little ones but not their spirits! Learning couldn’t be more fun and challenging than what your children are experiencing.

Parents, you should be receiving the tuition agreement in the mail next week. Please observe the due dates for the contract and the deposit. Since you have a month to decide and we have some decisions to make about offering spaces to qualified applicants, I am sending home in the mail an “intent to return” form which should be returned to the elementary office by March 17. I know we all agree that tuition increases are the bane of private school education. President Rice has explained in his letter the reasons for the tuition increases, the most important being able to offer the faculty competitive salaries. Moreover, the increase will support the school’s mission to provide quality academic, artistic, and athletic programs from preschool through grade 12. With the exception of the fifth graders who will be moving into middle school, the faculty and I hope that we’ll continue working with your children next year in the preschool and elementary school.

Grandparents’ Day is next Thursday, March 16. Continental breakfast begins at 8:00am, followed by the children’s program at 9:00am, then classroom visits. The security guards and other MPI staff will direct grandparents and other guests to parking areas. Grandparents may be dropped off at the turnaround. Mr. Louie will be shuttling guests from the gym area to the elementary school. Any special parking requests for persons with wheelchairs must be called in to our office at 441-3800 by tomorrow.

HELP WANTED! We need your help to make the Ho`olaule`a on March 17 a success. We are hosting the Bounce House and Healthy Food booth. If you are able to work one or more of the two-hour shifts [11:00am – 1:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, 5:00pm – 7:00pm], please contact parent Pam Yoshihiro at 741-9637 or pamyoshihiro@hawaii.rr.com. The shifts are fun and easy; no cooking or preparing of food!

If you did not pre-order scrip for your child to use at the Ho`olaule`a next Friday, just send in your form and check BY TUESDAY, March 14, so that your child is prepared to use the scrip. Many of the teachers will be helping their students pre-plan their spending. We will give students their scrip on Friday, March 17, before we actually walk with them to the lower campus at 11:30am. You are more than welcome to join your child’s class or bring the whole family. The Ho`olaule`a ends at 7:30pm.

The WASC team completed its one-day visit of the middle school and high school today. They met with administrators and board members and visited a few classrooms. Green light!

Finally, philanthropist Henry Clarke and MPI friend August Yee visited the classrooms and had lunch with the children in the dining room this past Wednesday. They were totally charmed by your children. (And why wouldn’t they? They’re OUR children!)

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey