New Law, UH Athletes and Presentations - Mid-Pacific Institute

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New Law, UH Athletes and Presentations

Posted on November 30, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on November 30, 2006

Last day of November!

We’re sending home packets today with very important information. Please make sure to check your child’s backpack by Sunday!

You’ll find information about the new booster seat law — the Child Passenger Restraint Law — which will be enforced on January 1, 2007, by all county police departments. Hawaii will become the 35th state to have a booster seat law. The classroom teachers will also educate your children about the necessity of using a booster seat. The new law will require children between the ages of four through seven to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat whenever traveling in a motor vehicle.

The only exemptions are if the child is over 4’9” or if the vehicle has lap-only seat belts in the rear seat. The driver is held responsible for compliance with the law. Violators of the Child Passenger Law are required to attend a 4-hour class and may be assessed a $100-$500 fee. For your child’s safety, please abide by the new law and inform all relatives and family friends who might be transporting your child or any child. Remember, children first.

The children have begun practicing their songs and dances for the Christmas Program in Bakken Auditorium. Even though we’ve sent home information about the program and Ms. Koshi has posted information on her weblog, there continues to be some confusion! I hope that I can clarify for you:

  • The Christmas Program is on December 14, Thursday, 4:30pm and 6:30pm, in Bakken Auditorium.
  • We have scheduled two performances to accommodate all the families and friends who will be attending the program (the auditorium seats an audience of 600). Based on our past experiences with school performances, we have had audiences between 800 to 1000! • The 4:30pm performance is the only performance which will include the preschoolers.
  • You may attend one or both performances! Children, grandparents, family friends, MPI friends — all are welcome.
  • Check Ms. Koshi’s weblog for all information regarding costuming.

We sent home the forms for tickets last week. If you’ve ordered tickets, please check your child’s backpack. You may send in your request for program tickets by December 11 or call Margery Jacobson at 441-3801.

The Parent `Ohana will provide a light dinner for all students in the 6:30pm performance only (after the 4:30pm performance).

As their community service project, sixteen UH athletes representing a wide range of sports (Ian Sample, football; Brittney Grice, basketball; etc.) each visited a class on Monday, from preschool through fifth grade, and read stories aloud. They also answered questions about the respective sport they played. They have a rigorous practice schedule, at least three hours daily, in addition to games and their academic courses. Check the elementary website photo gallery to see these athletes at work in the classrooms.

The Multiage 1-2 classes invited their parents to attend their first inquiry presentation on prehistoric times. If you are an M 1-2 parent who attended these presentations, I’m sure you’ll agree that the students were impressive in their knowledge about the time periods and the multitude of carnivores and herbivores that once mightily ruled the earth. Students shared timelines, artifacts, and three-dimensional representations of dinosaurs. The scientific names rolled easily off their tongues, and they each sounded every bit the paleontologist. Some students demonstrated their facility with the Smartboard in their classroom.

We love your children, but if your child has a cough, runny nose, sore throat, or slight temperature, please keep your child home for his/her own health and the health of all other children.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey