Last Week of School - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Last Week of School

Posted on May 26, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on May 26, 2006

My apologies for a late letter, but I just returned Friday after spending yesterday with the Fifth Graders on Moloka`i, an annual event celebrating the end of their elementary school years. When I left late yesterday afternoon, some students were rolling in the waves off Kaupoa Beach Village, while others collected beautiful shells in the tide pools or built sand structures. After observing an ancient Hawaiian welcome protocol to Molokai, the students and chaperones played several Hawaiian games, from spear throwing and rock throwing to “chicken fighting” and a tug-o’-war. The students are enjoying two sun-filled and fun-filled days of activities, camaraderie, fellowship, and reflection before they return home on Saturday.

We began the May school assembly on Thursday with cheerful greetings to students, faculty, and staff celebrating birthdays in May, June, and July. Then `Ohana parents Pam Yoshihiro and Kim Soares took the lead for the annual Faculty/Staff Recognition Program. Pam interviewed students from preschool through fifth grade to gather information about every faculty and staff member for a very sweet slide show that she put together. In the genre of riddles, descriptive “clues” were projected on a Smartboard as student representatives read the clues aloud. We had fun trying to guess the answers! Thank you, parents, for recognizing the professional leadership, hard work, and tireless efforts of the faculty and staff. We appreciate your thoughtfulness.

I hope you enjoyed the end-of-semester conferences with your child. Please hold on to the portfolios because we will ask students to bring them back to school at the beginning of the school year. Take time to take look carefully at the entries and your child’s reflections. The children and teachers worked very hard on selecting the items and organizing the portfolios.

The preschool parents will be meeting with their child’s teachers for the end-of-year conferences next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30-31. Preschool parents, you may bring your child to school if you can’t find childcare for your preschooler. We will provide childcare during the time that you’re meeting with the teachers. Check in your child with Ms. Kelley and Ms. Valerie at the character/Christian education house, next to the playstructure, on the day of your scheduled appointment. You may also meet with Ms. Jordan, the atelierista, if she’s available, in the Epiphany conference room. There’s still time to send her email over this weekend — — to request a meeting time with her.

Lots of activity during the last week of school!
• May 31, 9:00am: The Student Recognition Assembly on the courtyard (pending the weather). Certificates are given to students who have participated in sports and service programs throughout the year.
• May 31, 10:00am: Mr. Black’s Fifth Grade Class will present their American history play at 10:00am on the outdoor stage for all interested classes.

• June 1, 8:30am: We celebrate “Na Pueo Fly-up Day.” The entire school will “fly up” to other classes and see what’s ahead for the next grade level.

• June 1, 10:00am: We’ll gather — kinders through fourth grade — for the Fifth Grade Leavetaking, a celebration to close their elementary school years. This event is for the Fifth Grade parents only, since space is limited.

• June 2, 9:00am: Family Field Day on the baseball field. Thanks for returning your r.s.v.p. forms and for the snack donations. `Ohana parents Kim Soares, Catherine Trapasso, and Wendy D’Innocenti have been meeting with p.e. teacher Pam Jenkins to plan a fun-filled, water-themed morning for preschool through fifth grade. You may take your child home after Field Day, but you must speak directly with the teacher.

• June 2, regular dismissal at 2:30pm. Afterschool program for preschool until 5:30pm and kindergarten through grade five until 6:00pm.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend. We could all use a special day to remember those who have died in military service and to spend time with our families.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey