Posted on April 15, 2006
It’s a glorious Thursday morning as I write my weekly letter — brilliant sunshine, blue skies dotted with clouds, and strong tradewinds. Since the weather changes so quickly from sun to rain, I’m soaking in the warmth, grateful for the clear conditions.
At this moment, the third and fourth graders, their teachers and parents are driving to Puuhonua O Honaunau on the Kona coast. Before they depart the Big Island this evening, they will also have visited Greenwell Botanical Gardens and the Waikoloa Petroglyph Field. Yesterday they explored the Puukohola Heiau, one of the largest in Hawaii, and Parker Ranch. The students prepared for this trip by focusing on Hawaii’s political history from ancient Hawaii to pre-statehood. They also studied the ahupua`a (land division system) and its impact on daily life. We hope they return safely.
I can hear the kindergartners practicing their number for our annual May Day celebration. Such enthusiasm in their voices! Diane Koshi, the music teacher, has planned an incredible program of mele and hula, a special gift for our families. The theme is a celebration of Hawaii’s paniolo (cowboy) heritage. Please read Ms. Koshi’s letter regarding costuming and practice sessions. The May Day program is on May 5, 12:30-1:30, in the gym. Parking will be on campus, weather permitting. We will be sending home via your child plans for an alternative parking site, in the event of rain. Formal invitations to you and grandparents are forthcoming. Since parking is limited, please call Ms. Jacobson in the main office, 441-3801, about the number in your family who will be attending, as well as the number of vehicles. We encourage you to carpool.
The preschool school year will end on June 15 instead of June 2. Due to state licensing requirements, we opened the preschool two weeks later than the elementary school, which is the reason we are extending preschool by two weeks. Thus, the end-of-year conferences for the preschool will be on May 30-31. There will be no school for the preschoolers only on May 26 so that the preschool team can prepare for conferences. Preschool parents, please sign up for your new conference date and time in your child’s classroom.
The `Ohana met last night to plan activities for the remainder of the year. We have decided not to take the school to Bellows for the annual end-of-year Beach Day because of ocean conditions and safety hazards. Instead, we will have a field day (relays and group games) on June 2, 9:00-11:00am, on our campus, and our families are invited to join the fun! The `Ohana will provide lunch for the entire school! You may pick up your child earlier that day, though we will be offering a regular day of school, including the afterschool program until 6:00pm. We’ll send home details next month.
These last seven weeks of school will be a very busy time for your children. Daily learning, explorations, inquiry, discussions, etc., continue, while teachers and students begin work on progress portfolios and final projects.
Happy Easter and happy egg hunting!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey