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Summer School Update

Posted on June 22, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on June 22, 2006

Dear Parents of MPI Summer School,

Our first week together is nearly over, and the children are steeped in projects and activities. On Tuesday, all summer school students gathered on the courtyard lawn to meet the teachers and teaching assistants. We also reviewed playground rules, the most important being to make good choices. We will gather again in assembly during the last week of school to share what we’ve learned together.

Some first week “new math” observations:
20 students in Ms. Cotterell’s class went on an excursion to Manoa Marketplace to observe several businesses and learn firsthand from the managers and employees how their businesses operate + 15 in Mr. Black’s class have been swimming and hiking, most recently at Black Point. Yesterday, they hiked the St. Louis Heights trail and returned along the ridgeline back to the campus + 20 students in Ms. Hoddick’s class are researching non-fiction topics on the Internet for writing ideas + 11 preschoolers spent the other day sliding into two large plastic pools of cool water and painting the lanai with water + Mr. Williamson’s class of 18 was on the playcourt the other day playing math games with balls marked with numbers + 12 budding filmmakers in Mr. Harders’ class have already begun drafting their storyboards and scoping the campus for appropriate settings + Ms. Hitomi’s 12 Jump-Starters brainstormed foods with various textures as they explored “ooey gooey” foods + 11 in Ms. Vitarelli’s class are reading pet stories and designing pet charts to build their literacy and math skills + The afterschool program — computers, art, and physical education — is a big hit! Several children are either learning new skills or using their skills to create a book in the computer class. Art students have made bookmarks and self-portraits. I saw the younger children at p.e. learning how to hit balls using a padded stick = 119 children learning that learning is FUN! FUN! FUN!

Some reminders:
• Your child will be coming home this Friday, June 23, with a weekly report from your child’s respective teachers. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office, and we’ll deliver your message to the teacher.
• No school July 3 and 4.
• Healthy snacks, please.
• Covered shoes and socks for safety reasons on the playground and playcourt.
• Write your child’s name on the snack bag, lunch bag, or other items brought to school.
• Check the schoolwebsite, every Thursday afternoon for weekly updates.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey