Basketball Excitement - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Basketball Excitement

Posted on January 11, 2007

by Scott Yoshinaga on January 11, 2007

The score: Mid-Pacific 49, Maryknoll 34. What an electrifying evening charged with high energy and school spirit! Our MPI varsity team played strategically and professionally and displayed fine sportsmanship on the floor. Last night was one of those events that reinforce the establishment of our fairly new preschool through high school community. It was amazing to see our students, parents, and faculty engaged in an uplifting, exciting experience. Thanks, parents, for allowing your children to attend the game. The next game is January 16, 8:00pm, at Punahou. Check the school website for a complete listing of upcoming games.

Enclosed in today’s packet are flyers for after school sports, piano, choir, art, preschool music, piano, and ukulele/guitar. We sent information about ballet classes last week. Please note registration due dates; all classes begin next week. We’re excited about how our afterschool offerings are expanding!

I’m reminding all parents about our no-peanuts policy in the preschool and elementary. We have several children who have severe allergic reactions to peanuts and other nut products. In order to ensure our students’ safety on campus, no foods containing any form of peanuts and macadamia nuts are served by the school or our lunch caterer. Please do not send your child to school with packaged nuts or products with nuts. During lunch, we make sure that students with peanut butter sandwiches are seated at another table away from the students with nut allergies or nuts with shells. Children who bring a peanut butter sandwich or other foods with nuts for lunch or snacks must wash their hands and faces when finished and make certain that their clothes are free of any crumbs or other residue. (This information is also included in the parent handbook.) I also spoke to all the students from first grade through fifth grade today at lunch about the same concern, particularly handwashing.

Dr. Jeffrey Kam, parent of an MPI second grader, is also the chief of the Department of Allergy/Immunology at Straub Clinic and Hospital. Please take a few moments to read his two-page article about the seriousness of food allergies. Consult your pediatrician if you notice any signs of possible allergic reactions to food.

I should have the results about the parent homework survey to you within the next two weeks. Many of you took time to write additional comments, which we’ve been coding in a rudimentary way. Thanks for your thoughtful comments and feedback.

On Tuesday, January 16, Dr. Tony Wagner, author of Making the Grade: Reinventing America’s Schools, will be spending the day at MPI observing classes throughout the school and meeting with faculty and student groups. We are consulting with Dr. Wagner to address ways to enact meaningful school changes to ensure that all students are successful learners and citizens. Although he won’t be talking with our elementary school students, he will be meeting with students who have transitioned from the elementary to middle school. Dr. Wagner is Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation education programs.

On January 15, we remember the compassionate leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all leaders who promote the rights of all people to a just and dignified life.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey