May Day Fever! - Mid-Pacific Institute

Elementary School Principal's Blog

May Day Fever!

Posted on May 4, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on May 4, 2006

May Day fever is high! The scent of plumeria lei, ukulele strumming, and line dance stomping fill the music room where the children have been rehearsing during music class. We look forward to seeing you, grandparents, aunties, and uncles this Friday at 12:30pm. Arrive earlier to secure parking on campus. Wear your paniolo regalia! You may take your child home after the performance. However, you must check out your child with your child’s teacher.

Students learned to play lacrosse last week, thanks to the tutelage of parent Jeff Overton (Grant, 5th grade; Olivia, 7th grade). The Aloha Youth Lacrosse Association (AYLA) donated balls and sticks to the elementary school, so it seemed appropriate that our students learn how to play this popular sport which was originated by Native Americans. Pam Jenkins, our P.E. teacher, coordinated play time on the court and ballfield, and the students in grades 3-5 went to town on the field! Many thanks to Jeff and the AYLA for their generous gift of time and equipment.

While the war continues in Iraq amid worldwide controversy, the children of Iraq suffer the ravages of war. One of our parents came to me with a service project initiated by PFC Angela Keighly, whom the parent “adopted” by corresponding with her and other military personnel. According to Keighley, the school children desperately need school supplies. If you would like to help, you can collect any of the following supplies and leave them at the elementary school office, now until the end of the school year.
• round-end scissors*
• erasers*
• pencil sharpeners* (manual)
• coloring books*
• 24-pack crayons
• pencils & pens
• 12” metric rulers
• glue sticks
• glue (6-oz,) bottles
• construction paper
They especially need the asterisked items. Check out the flyer on the elementary website for more information.

Our health aide, Shirley Young, has made a significant impact on the quality of childcare in the preschool and elementary school. She cares for a myriad of health and safety needs — head bumps, cuts, scrapes, allergic reactions, fevers, coughs, headaches, etc. Shirley is very caring yet firm in her own way, and the children respect her.
One of her tasks at the beginning of the school year was to read all the medical information on our students so that she was familiar with any special needs. She brought to my attention the number of students with breathing problems.

If you would like to learn more about the symptoms, triggers, and treatment of asthma, allergy, and pulmonary problems, consider attending the free public meeting on May 6, 8:30am to 12:30pm, at the Renaissance Ilikai Hotel. There will be interactive workshops by health care professionals, free screenings, and exhibits. Dr. Jeffrey Kam (Malcolm, M 1-2) is program chair and presenter on asthma and allergy symptoms. Dr. Elaine Imoto (Kiera, M 3-4 & Bridget, M 1-2) will talk about asthma medications.

Registration packets for the 2006-2007 school year will be mailed to you at the end of next week. Please review the contents carefully, and note the dates by which forms must be returned. A number of them are due by May 25, significantly earlier than in previous years. A return envelope will be included in the packet to simplify the process for you.

We look forward to seeing you at the May Day performance. It’ll be spectacular!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey