Happy Holidays! - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 14, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on December 14, 2006

Since the completion of parent and student conferences last week, the teachers have been working on conference summaries. The school office will be mailing home copies of your child’s performance continua, the conference summary, and the specialists’ curriculum summary and performance assessment forms. Expect this packet by the end of next week, December 22. Please keep your child’s assessment records in a safe place at home. You were asked to take your child’s progress portfolio home so that you have more time together to read all the selections. We will need all portfolios returned to your child’s classroom teacher for continued work next semester.

We put a considerable amount of effort into each student’s learning assessment because assessment is the centerpiece of learning. Thank you for taking an active role and interest in your child’s learning by participating in the conference.

This past Tuesday, the MPI Jazz Band, under the direction of Allen Nii, treated our students to a rousing lunch concert in the dining room. It was fun watching the children keep time to the jazz rhythms —a lot of head-nodding, finger-snapping, and foot-tapping action. We’re looking forward to another lunch concert on our campus, perhaps in the spring.

Check out the Multiage 1-2 weblogs for news and photos about their Christmas sale. As part of their math and economics unit, students learned about money and how to count change. Each of the four multiage classes did market surveys to determine goods that would most interest consumers (the Kindergartners and M 1-2 students). All week prior the students made everything they put up for sale. This past Tuesday morning, the M 1-2 students opened shop in two classrooms and sold Christmas bead jewelry, bookmarks, reindeer candy canes, gingerbread cookies, hot chocolate, mochi, chocolate chip ice cream, and even featured a chocolate fountain with dipping items and a shoulder massage station. Proceeds will go to Human Society, American Assistance for Cambodia, and Shriners’ Hospital

By the time you read this letter, you would have seen the Christmas in Hawaii performance on Thursday in Bakken Auditorium. Many thanks to all of our students, from preschool through fifth grade, for a stunning performance. Special thanks our musical director, Diane Koshi, for her expert planning and instruction, and to the faculty and staff for their support through the practices and rehearsals. We’re grateful to Tim Savage (parent of Luke and Laney) for his technical consultation and to Jack Hufstetler of Theatrix Hawaii for lighting and technical support. MPI’s School of the Arts theater technician, Alan Templeton, set up the sound for our rehearsal. Noe Vitarelli, one of our teaching assistants, choreographed several numbers. Altogether, we were honored to have prepared this holiday gift of song and dance for our families and friends.

Our MPI Choir, under Diane Koshi’s direction, has been busy sharing their holiday voices. Last week, the Choir performed for the tree-topping ceremony at City Hall. Today, they performed at the Mayor’s Christmas Luncheon for City Council members at the Willows.
They’ve been invited to perform with the Royal Hawaiian Band in the spring.

During the Christmas break, we will be running Winter Camp on December 18-21 and December 26-28, from 7:30am to 5:00pm, for students already enrolled in the program.

The school office will be open December 18-21 and December 26-28, 7:30am to 3:30pm.

School resumes January 4. Afterschool care also resumes on the same day.

Enclosed in today’s packet is information for next semester’s afterschool classes. I’m excited about our newest offering — ballet and contemporary dance — taught by Celia Chun, who is well known and well respected by the performing arts community in Hawaii. The other afterschool instructors will have their flyers ready when we return in January.

Friday, December 15, is the last day we will be holding on to lost-and-found items. Everything goes to charity after today! (We’ve been reminding families via the Thursday letter for three weeks!)

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I thank you for your heartfelt support of all of our children, the faculty/staff, and our educational program. Your children are gifts to us. Enjoy your children these next two weeks, and we look forward to their return on January 4.

Happy Holidays and Happy Christmas,

Edna L. Hussey