Mahalo for a Great Spooktivity! - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Mahalo for a Great Spooktivity!

Posted on November 2, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on November 2, 2006

And it just keeps getting better!

Thanks to an incredible group of parent volunteers from Multiage 1-2, our `Ohana, and chairperson Tracy McConnell (with assistance from Wendy D`Innocenti), the annual Spooktivity was the best Halloween event yet! Every student dressed in costume, including the entire faculty and office staff. For one day, we were instantly transformed into pirates, princesses, fairies, skeletons, fairy tale characters, animals, Thomas the Train, superheroes, and sports stars, just to name a few of the diverse array.

In the morning, the preschoolers paraded in their fanciful costumes, much to the delight of the rest of the school and doting parents. Thanks to the creative artistry of several preschool parents and members of MPI’s Holomua (select seniors who organize service projects), they painted housefronts which were assembled into a “Treat Street” for more fun later in the day. After lunch, students in kindergarten through fifth grade queued up for the parade to the middle school and high school.

What a sight! The Purple Fairy Principal beating a small drum while leading over 200 costumed characters through Hartley Technology Plaza! We gathered in the quad area, danced the Hokey-Pokey, and trekked back to the elementary school. Master storyteller Jeff Gere told his version of the “night marchers,” followed by MPI Senior Ryan Yamauchi performing some great magic tricks. All the students visited Treat Street for Halloween fare generously provided by the middle and high school staff, the `Ohana, and MPI’s Holomua. Thank you, thank you, everyone, for your support. The children, faculty, and staff enjoyed this festive celebration.

Just an editorial comment about why we celebrate Halloween — There’s been a bit of press about Halloween and its foothold in American culture. Hallowed Eve, or “holy eve,” the day before All Saints’ Day, apparently has been banned in one school district on the mainland. Here at MPI, we view Halloween as a holiday celebration of childhood imagination and creativity. Childhood is just a few very, very important years, which we value and honor in the preschool and elementary. Many children think ahead about the character they’ve chosen. We’re very supportive of the parents who come in to help with pumpkin carving, as well as the Multiage 1-2 parents who organize the art activities in their classrooms to decorate the dining room. The primary classes (K-2) do math activities (estimation, grouping, graphs) with the seeds after pumpkin carving. Just so you know, prior to the Spooktivity event, the children continue their learning as scheduled (reading, writing, math, science, p.e., art, character education, music). Altogether, it’s a worthwhile community-building effort for the entire school!

You received in the mail information from the PTO about the gift cards program to support technology and capital improvement and the scholarship fund. It’s an easy and practical way to do your Christmas shopping. However, orders are due by November 8, so if you’re interested, you’ll need to start that Christmas list now. This is a one-time only project this year.

Thanks, parents, for contributing to UNICEF last week. Many children picked up the orange boxes and collected money when they went trick-or-treating. The amount raised so far was $1,061.39. Thank you for your part in supporting the work of the United Nations in caring for children’s food, medical, and educational needs in other countries.

Safe travel, everyone, through this inclement weather. Nice night for a bowl of soup or saimin. How about a family read-aloud with hot chocolate and cookies tonight?

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey