Countdown to May Day - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Countdown to May Day

Posted on April 26, 2007

by Dr. Edna Hussey on April 26, 2007

The children in the entire preschool and elementary, including the faculty, President Rice, and many parents, gathered in the dining room on Wednesday morning for a very special April assembly. Mr. Samuel Haga, MPI’s oldest living alumnus — a strong 105 years of age — visited his great- grandson’s (Justin Schatz, Multiage 1-2) school to present us with a beautiful koa-framed mirror inscribed with the MPI motto, The Honor of My School is Mine. The mirror will be hung in the Dining Room alcove so that the students will see the mirror daily.

Mr. Haga was accompanied by his daughter, Betty Koike (’52), and granddaughter, Kimberly Koike (Schatz). Dr. Schatz spoke eloquently about her grandfather’s experiences as an MPI student and how he and his classmates worked in nearby fields to help pay for their tuition. Mr. Haga became an elementary school teacher in 1927 and taught on Molokai, Maui, and Oahu (Haleiwa Elementary, Wahiawa Hongwangi, and Wahiawa Elementary) before retiring in 1958. He hopes that the children appreciate all the learning they’re honored to experience at MPI. He is a grateful son of MPI, and we’re just as grateful for the touching example of how he continues to live the MPI motto, The Honor of My School is Mine. We hope to see him again at another school assembly next year when he turns a youthful 106!

It’s countdown to May Day, and everything is coming together, thanks to the efforts of the many volunteer parents who have been helping to build stage props and create costumes. The Kindergarten parents, who are largely responsible for the stage effects and costumes, have planned two weekends to complete the work prior to May 4. Just a reminder about the plumeria: on Wednesday, 5/2, pick enough blossoms for your child to make 2 lei in class. Gently immerse the flowers in cold water, and leave them in the water overnight to maintain its freshness. On Thursday, 5/3, drain the water and bring the flowers to school in a bag. The children will sew the lei in class. There’s a lot of positive energy in the school as the children rehearse their mele and hula in music class. Parents, you are in for a wonderful treat next Friday, May 4, 12:30pm, in the gym.

Those of you who have already called Margery Jacobson for a campus parking reservation will find a blue ticket in today’s Thursday envelope. We have a limited number of parking spaces on campus. Please place the ticket on your dashboard when you enter the campus next Friday. Once we run out of blue tickets, anyone calling for parking will be given a green ticket for a limited number of parking spaces near the school. A bus shuttle will pick you up at these off-campus sites between 11:30 and 12:00noon and drop you off at the gym. After the performance, you will be shuttled back to your car. Otherwise, you’ll have to find parking in the neighborhood.

Conference schedule reminders are in today’s packet, along with the signup form for childcare on conference days, May 24 and May 25.

Enclosed in today’s envelope is the 2007-2008 school year calendar. The first day of school is August 13, and the last day of school will be May 29. All school holidays and special events are also noted on the calendar. FYI: May Day next year, not noted on the calendar, is May 1, 2008.

The Preschool and Kindergarten studio work is still on display at City Hall (Honolulu Hale) until Friday, April 27, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Many thanks to several parents who volunteered their time this past Monday morning to help with setting up the display. You’ll be amazed by the learning processes these 3-6 year olds experienced, which are explained throughout the display. As you’ll see, it’s more about “art making” than art itself. Our preschoolers and kindergartners have gone down to Honolulu Hale to see their pieces beautifully displayed.

Finally, we sent home a reminder to all parents about sending sick children back to school only if they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication and if they do not have any symptoms, e.g., headache, cough, etc. The danger is risking the health of your child and the health of other children and faculty in the school. Please seek medical assistance from your pediatrician, if necessary, especially if your child is suffering from a persistent fever. Practice frequent handwashing at home as well.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey