Posted on April 5, 2007
I hope that you and your children enjoyed a restful spring break together. Our faculty returned re-energized and renewed, ready for the last nine weeks of school. Although it was very quiet during the past two weeks, our maintenance staff was able to do extra cleaning, while the office staff caught up on records, mail, budget-related tasks and the business office prepared packets for re-enrollment and new admissions to MPI. It was delightful to welcome the children back to school on Monday morning, many bright-eyed and sporting sun-kissed faces!
Now that school has resumed, the focus in every classroom is to make sure our students are prepared for the next grade level. Students are settling into some phase of their writing pieces, beginning a new inquiry (e.g, first-second graders are studying botany, fifth graders are learning about the structure and functions of government), moving forward on math concepts, or preparing for May Day (May 4). During the week of April 23-27, students in Multiage 3-4 and 5 will take the Stanford Achievement Test, so they’ve been test prepping for several weeks. Students are also thinking about selections for their end-of-year progress portfolios in preparation for the parent-student-teacher conferences on May 24-25. Please continue to read your child’s teacher’s weblog for weekly updates.
I am very happy to formally announce the name of our new school chaplain, Reverend James Koyama, who is currently associate pastor at the Community Church of Honolulu. He has been officiating at all school chapels at the elementary, middle, and high school since February. Reverend Koyama will be our full-time chaplain beginning school year 2007-2008 and will also teach the World Religions course in the high school. The children and faculty appreciate his messages of hope and his efforts in trying to relate to all age groups in an interesting and genuine manner. He often uses a visual “prop” to get their attention and uses some drama. Chapel is a refreshing time for quiet reflection. We have chapel every Thursday morning, so ask your children what they’re learning in chapel.
Enclosed in today’s packet is an order form for school uniforms. The forms are due May 15 to our school office. If you submit an order of $75 or more by the deadline, Intuition will give you a $5 discount.
Our MPI Children’s Choir will be on a Maui goodwill tour April 13-15 to perform at schools and at two public events. Thank you for helping them along the way whenever you purchased pizza on the Pizza Nights to raise funds. Our 5th graders will be going to Camp Erdman on April 11-13 for special team-building activities. And I know there are many more excursions several classes will be taking in the next few weeks.
The faculty, staff, and I wish you and your family a Happy Easter. Alleluia!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey