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Elementary School Updates

Posted on January 25, 2007

by Scott Yoshinaga on January 25, 2007

Students gathered in the dining room yesterday for the January assembly and were treated to Ms. LeBlanc’s multiage first and second graders’ geography presentation — two well-known favorites (This Land is Your Land and He’s Got the Whole World) recast into a geography lesson and illustrated with students’ hand-drawn posters. All M 1-2 classes’ current inquiry is about the landmasses and bodies of water that make up the world. They’re learning about latitude, longtitude, the weather, and navigational instruments, and will eventually learn about how geography and location affect a country’s economy and culture.

We invited the varsity basketball team and cheerleaders to the assembly to remind us about MPI’s homecoming game versus Damien High School this Friday, January 26, 7:30pm, in the gym. The team thanked the students for their rousing support a few weeks ago when over 100 preschool and elementary students (and their parents) attended the basketball game played against Maryknoll. The cheerleaders led some cheers and rallied our school spirit. This is an important game, so I encourage all of our MPI students and families to attend. Students should bring their school I.D. for free admission; tickets are $5 per adult and $3 for non-MPI students. I hope to see you this Friday.

We’re sending home Thursday packets today because of the Jump Rope for Heart information and registration form. We’d like every student to participate in this annual school event, which not only raises our students’ awareness about maintaining good diets and exercise to lead healthy lives with strong hearts, but also reinforces the notion that exercise can be fun and enjoyable. We have very few extra registration forms, so I advise you to complete the forms now and send them to the school office. Ms. Jenkins and her student teacher are working with the children on jump rope techniques and routines. On the day of the event, it’s always tempting to get on the gym floor and jump rope with the children!

Great news about the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders on the CSAL (Christian Schools Athletic League) boys’ basketball team, who scored two recent wins! The MPI Green Team played Le Jardin on Tuesday, 34-33, and on Wednesday against St. Anthony (Kailua), 33-11. Congratulations on your teamwork!

I shared the homework survey results with the faculty at our meeting yesterday. I’ll be reporting an analysis of the results in next week’s Thursday letter.

At chapel today, your children learned a new meaning for MPI. Ask your children what the letters M, P, and I stand for and its relevance to decision-making.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey