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Na Uluwehi o ke Kai

Posted on May 3, 2007

by Dr. Edna Hussey on May 3, 2007

The fragrance of plumeria is everywhere! After chapel this morning, the entire school gathered on the lawn for May Day dress rehearsal under brilliant skies. The faculty were amazed by their students’ ability to move, sing, and dance on cue and their stage presence. Our music specialist Diane Koshi has done an outstanding job preparing the children for the annual May Day performance. Kudos also to Noelani Vitarelli, a kindergarten assistant teacher, who choreographed the performances. As I write this letter, children are sewing lei from the blossoms each child was required to bring to school today. What’s most impressive is that students have also learned about the significance of the songs and dances they’ve learned. Parents, you are in for a very special treat!

This evening, we have a crew of parents who’ll be setting up the stage (video and audio equipment, screens, backdrops, setting, and props) in preparation for the program. The past two weekends, parents sewed costumes and worked on props. Our Kindergarten parents have been responsible for most of the preparation for the program, and they’ve been so organized! We just learned that security will try to accommodate all cars on our campus. If you received a blue pass, place it on your dashboard, and you’ll be waved right in. If you received a green pass, the parking is at the preschool/church at the entrance to MPI. To get to University Avenue Baptist Church and Preschool, just go past the stoplight at the intersection of University Avenue and Kaala St. Take a right at the preschool sign and park in the stalls. You’ll be able to walk right onto campus from the parking lot. If you received no pass, you will still be allowed to park on-campus.

After the program, all children will be walked back to their respective classrooms with their teachers. You may check out your child with the classroom teacher. We feel that checkout from the classroom is much safer than excusing students from the gym, where it tends to be chaotic after a program. Thanks, parents, for your cooperation.

Lately, we’ve had some press about MPI over the past two weeks. In case you missed it:
• Scott Yoshinaga, MPI’s webmaster and technical coordinator at the elementary school, has just published “nemu*nemu,” a comic book about the adventures of two stuffed animals (pups) that come to life (articles in the Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser). The artwork and style are inspired by anime and manga culture. You can learn more by going to this website:
• Diane Koshi and Noe Vitarelli were interviewed for a Hawaii Parent magazine article on May Day traditions in Hawaii.
• Multiage 3-4 teacher Arlene Holzman is a master one-person canoe paddler, who has won many races and is preparing from the Moloka`i-to-O`ahu race in a few weeks. Read here, here and here.
• Parents Lynn Yanagihara and Susan Donlon were quoted in an editorial column about the shocking discovery of Marilee Jones’ falsifying her college credentials. The irony of this news is that Jones had been nationally regarded as having influenced college admissions processes by raising awareness about the extreme level of pressure and stress in children’s lives just to get into schools. Lynn is quoted as saying, “A child who can do everything but can’t get along with other people is not a happy or healthy child.” Susan hoped that “Jones’ advocacy for children’s well-being isn’t discredited” because of Jones’ indiscretion.

Congratulations to the students of Multiage 3-4 (Byrne) who raised the most money for the Pennies for Patients contest — $638.33. The entire school raised $2,237.82 for the Leukemia Society. Thanks to our students and parents for your participation in this worthwhile charitable project.

We’re hoping for sunny skies and balmy tradewinds tomorrow. I look forward to welcoming you to our May Day performance!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey