Open House: parents' night out! - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Open House: parents' night out!

Posted on August 23, 2007

by Dr. Edna Hussey on August 23, 2007

Open House is a time-honored tradition at many schools across the U.S. and here at Mid-Pacific. Parents of preschoolers, kindergartners, and multiage first and second graders meet next Wednesday, August 29. On September 5, parents of students in third through fifth grades will meet for their Open House. Please come directly to the Dining Room at 6:00pm for a general meeting and introductions of the faculty, including the specialists. Your classroom session will follow. Open House Night is the only event for which we do not offer childcare, so I hope you've already made arrangements for your child. We want your full attention at Open House. Since this is the meeting when parents learn about their child's learning program and also meet one another, we strongly advise parent attendance. The faculty and I feel it's that important!

Typically during this evening meeting, teachers explain the class curriculum, themes of study, the daily schedule, school and class policies, special projects, and assessment of student learning. During the meeting, you might participate in an activity, usually something that demonstrates a learning strategy or invites you to communicate with your child. We ask parents to take in the campus and classroom environment, the place where your children spend anywhere from seven to ten hours daily. Be ready to sign up for one or more parent-volunteer committees related to the parent organization (at MPI, the `Ohana). The teachers may need your help with class projects and special activities throughout the year. Bring your calendar, something to write with, and any questions.
Light refreshments will be served in the Dining Room.

We gathered on the courtyard lawn this brilliant morning for our first preschool through fifth grade assembly of the year. As Ms. Koshi played "Morning" from Peer Gynt, the children walked quietly and respectfully to their places on the mats. The children met all faculty and staff, and we acknowledged the students and staff celebrating a birthday in August with a silent cheer. Our fifth graders presented three skits about their special responsibilities during the school day, beginning with H.U.G.S.S. (Helping Us Grow with Service and Smiles) and how they help students to exit and enter their cars safely in the autoline. The second skit depicted students playing ball on the playground and how their game turns into an argument over use of the ball. Peace Team members step in to help mediate the misunderstanding. The fifth graders shared posters that they designed about the Preschool/Elementary Welcome Barbecue on September 15, 2:00-5:00pm, on our campus. We were impressed by these students' poise, confidence, and example of leadership. All parents are invited to the assembly each month. Check the calendar for the next assembly.

Enclosed in today's Thursday packet is information from the Hawaii State Department of Health regarding free influenza (flu) vaccines offered at public and private schools for students in kindergarten through middle school. Vaccinations will be offered at Mid-Pacific Institute, one of the sites, on October 17. Please read the information carefully and check with your family physician whether you should give permission for your child to be vaccinated. If you have any questions about the vaccination, please contact the number and website provided on the form and letter from the Department of Health.

Just to clarify: Since it's the beginning of the school year, you'll be seeing more Thursday packets coming home with information. However, please make it part of your routine to check the preschool/elementary website beginning each Thursday for updated information. If you don't see a Thursday packet, it still means that updated information continues to be posted on the website, our main method of communicating with you.

Many thanks to parents who attended our first `Ohana meeting this past Wednesday evening. It was gratifying to see the leadership, interest, and enthusiasm our parents demonstrate in their child's school. All parents are invited to participate in these meetings, held monthly in the Dining Room, 5:30-6:30pm. Childcare and a light dinner are provided for all. A newsletter about the discussion at each meeting will be posted on the elementary website. The next meeting is September 12.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey