Yee-haw! and Mahalo! - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Yee-haw! and Mahalo!

Posted on May 11, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on May 11, 2006

The memory of the foot-stomping and paniolo hula of our May Day celebration still brings smiles. There were nearly 900 families and friends in the audience, not including the 250 children in the preschool and elementary. Thanks again to musical director Diane Koshi for her leadership, to Noe Vitarelli, who choreographed all the numbers, and to Pam Jenkins for assisting in the production. Thank you to our talented and spirited students, whose performance brought such heart-warming enjoyment to the audience. Many thanks to our teachers and staff for their patience and cooperation. Mahalo to the MPI maintenance crew for helping us set up and clean the gym.

But we’re saving our deepest appreciation to the parents who sewed and crafted the costume accessories, transformed the gym into the expansive lanai of a Molokai ranch, and cleaned up the gym after the performance. These parents were so generous with their time and talent that they deserve space here to be mentioned by name — Janyce Mitchell, Butch and Ann Loo, Daniel and Desiree Eng, Kendra Epstein, Henry and Linda Hasegawa, Torry Montes, Wes and Lisa Sakamoto, Linda Leleikis, Teri and Clarence Young, Shirley Wong, Kim, Jay and Jacob Soares, Wilfred, Sharon, and Sheri Tochiki, Jade Ching, Richard Hitomi, Jill Cullinan, Catherine Sustana, Linda Miyasaki, Jill Miura, Lori and Bernard Yip, Jane Fyrberg, Sarah McKay-Hines, Judy Dang, Vanessa Meyer, Sonia Driscoll, Koko Silvestre, and any parents I’ve inadvertently overlooked. Yee-haw!

The `Olelo TV crew is in the process of editing the footage. We’ll let you know when the taped performance will be aired on `Olelo Community Television. We’ll probably show the tape to the students, faculty, and staff first. Thanks for your patience.

The MPI Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Koshi, performed at Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawaii this past Tuesday evening. It was a delightful Spring Concert that showcased the children’s diverse musical repertoire. The children also performed with the MPI Senior Women at the Pupukahi I Ke Alo O Na Pua halau’s special end-of-year concert at the Hawaii Theatre on Sunday evening. We’re very proud of our 60-member chorus.

May 10 was the response deadline for all new applicants who received acceptance letters to enroll in MPI. We are nearing completion of filling the very few spaces available in the entire school, preschool through twelfth grade. The faculty will make determinations about class lists at the end of the school year, only after we have completed our enrollment process. The teachers, who know your children best, will confer in different grade-level groups to determine the best placement for your child, taking into consideration the other children who will make up the class community and the teacher who will best work with the class. You should be receiving a letter in June with the name of your child’s teacher.

All parents have been scheduled to meet with their child’s classroom teacher either on May 22 or May 23. If you would also like to meet with the specials teachers, please call them directly to schedule a meeting. They will be most happy to meet with you.
• Shirley Rivera (Character/Christian education for grades 3-5) 441-3839
• Loriann Yukihiro (Character/Christian education for preschool-grade 2) 441-3838
• Diane Koshi (Music/Choir) 441-3812
• Jill Brooks (Art, grades. 1-5) 441-3837
• Pam Jenkins (P.E., K-5) 441-3819
• Jordan Hasley (Art, preschool-K): 441-3837

Parents, here’s your end-of-year homework assignment: expect in the next few days the “summer packet” which will be mailed to your home. Please do not set it aside to review over the summer! Open the packet and set aside some time to review its contents. The deadline for most of the items requested is MAY 25, and you’ll see this date clearly marked in several places, Please help us be better prepared for the next school year by returning all information to us.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our MPI mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, godmothers, foster mothers, and hanai mothers. I’ll be celebrating with my family at home (catered!) and enjoying the gift of family.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey