Posted on September 14, 2006
Let me begin this week’s letter with a note of special thanks to Ruth Chang and Wilfred Tochiki for their leadership in planning and coordinating the annual Welcome Barbecue this past Sunday. We’re also grateful to the Fifth Grade parents and students who sign-waved, prepared foods, cooked, cleaned, and donated items for the event. I’d say we had well over 400 adults and children at the barbecue. Everyone enjoyed the shaved ice (long lines for over two hours!), hot dogs (Ruth’s husband grilled all 500 hot dogs), chili, salad, and desserts. The children crawled through a cardboard tunnel fashioned together as a green dragon, danced among the bubbles from the bubble-blowing machine, and played volleyball with beachballs, while parents and grandparents mingled under blue skies and cooled by refreshing tradewinds. What a fun event!
The preschoolers donned kimono and hapi coats for a bon dance with the sixth grade classes this past Wednesday. Middle School teacher Melvina Kurashige invited the preschool to join her Japanese language students and the entire sixth grade for a novel experience. A Japanese dance teacher taught three bon dances, each progressively more modern and lots more fun! It was a sight to behold — the sixth graders and their homeroom teachers forming one large circle around a smaller circle of preschoolers and their parents, moving in small steps to the rhythmic steady beat of the music. After a busy morning, the preschoolers fell fast asleep at nap time!
By this time, your child should have brought home some information about the “uku” (head lice) alert. As preventive measures, we will have checked (and in some cases rechecked) the heads of all students, sent home the children with head lice, and treated the classrooms with non-toxic materials. There is some additional information I’d like to pass on to our families regarding treating the individual and the family — do not use a crème rinse or combination shampoo/conditioner before using lice-killing medicine. Do not re-wash hair for 1-2 days after treatment. Continue to check all treated persons for 2-3 weeks until all lice and nits are gone. Your vigilance at home will keep the problem from recurring.
This Friday only, September 15, the Maile Way exit will be open from 12:30 to 3:00pm. This is because the middle school and high school dismissals will be earlier due to special class activities. Exit from MPI after 3:00 will be through Kaala St.
Thanks to the parents who attended the `Ohana meeting this past Wednesday evening. The next `Ohana meeting is October 11, 5:30-6:30pm.
Lastly, I’m happy to share that my husband and I are proud first-time grandparents of a grandson, born this past Sunday night. Both grandson and mother are doing well. What a blessing!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey