November 8, 2007
What’s the longest word in the English language?
It’s not supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The longest English word — all 1,909 letters — is a Tryptophan synthetase A protein, an enzyme that has 267 amino acids. (Sorry, but space limitations prevent me from including the word in this letter. It would take up quite a bit of space. But if you have a third or fourth grader, ask her/him to show it to you in their dictionary.) For the past two years, members of the Rotary have provided each of our multiage third and fourth graders with a lasting gift — a dictionary. Marc Lizama of KTLA Design and Ron Tsukamaki of Atlas AOAO Insurance Consultants visited the classes this morning and distributed dictionaries, followed by a brief review of this particular edition, which includes lots of interesting facts. These dictionaries were already put to good use this morning as students worked on vocabulary assignments.
Kathy Bentley’s presentation on “Setting Limits and Appropriate
Consequences” was well received by an attentive audience of about 60
parents this past Tuesday evening. She began with a set of statements from Rex Forehand’s and Nicholas
Lang’s book, Parenting the Strong-willed Child, to be used as
self-reminders when our children misbehave — e.g. “I can handle this
situation more effectively if I stay calm,” or “It is understandable
and irritating when my child misbehaves, but it is not terrible,” or I
am not a bad parent just because my child broke a rule. All children
break rules.” Kathy provided suggestions on setting up conditions to
prevent or limit opportunities for misbehavior. For example, give your
child some time to transition to another activity rather than expecting
your child to automatically switch gears (Kathy reminded us that even
adults need some advance notice!). Consistency is important — enforce
the rules you set every time, and make sure these rules are clear and
limited to just an essential few rather than a laundry list of rules.
Praise goes a long way when offered sincerely and for some actions. Of
all the wisdom that Kathy shared, I think the most important is to
regard your children respectfully in thought, word, and action.
Although parents at the session will admit they’ve heard some of these
suggestions before, most also need the reminders and encouragement.
So, parents, stay the course!
We just completed a schoolwide fire inspection. Outlets, use of
extension cords, fire extinguishers, storage of flammable and poisonous
chemicals, etc., are all checked. Pleased to report that the preschool
and elementary came through with flying colors. Our goal is to maintain a safe environment every day on this campus.
The last day to return UNICEF boxes is tomorrow, Friday, November 9. As
of today, we’ve collected $1,324.72, compared to last year’s final
total of $1,649.82. Every penny goes to medical supplies, clean water,
and food for children in other countries. Thanks for encouraging your
children to participate in the UNICEF fund drive.
Tomorrow is also the deadline for orders and payment to the Hawaii
State Ballet performance of The Nutcracker at the Mamiya Theatre on
December 14, 15, and 16. MPI has discounted tickets at $12 per person. If it isn’t already in
your home, seeing The Nutcracker makes a nice holiday family tradition.
Please turn in the form and payment to the elementary school office.
Tickets will be issued after all orders have been filled.
The Holiday Gift Cards order form and payment are due November 13, next
Tuesday. Start making your holiday gift list! These gift cards make
excellent and practical gifts for family and friends.
We’ve included the December lunch menu and order and December calendar in this week’s packet. Take note of the following days:
• December 7, Teacher preparation for end-of-semester parent-teacher-student conferences. No childcare is available.
• December 11, Preschool Christmas Tea with the President and Mrs. Rice. Personal invitations are forthcoming.
• December 13-14, Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences. Childcare is
available for the first 75 families who cannot find childcare. We will
take reservations for your child beginning November 19.
• December 19, Christmas Program (PS & ES), 6:00pm, Mills Gym.
• December 19, Last day of school before winter break.
• December 20-January 7 No school
• January 8 – Return to school
This Monday, November 12, is a day on which we honor all military
veterans. If you’re spending the day at home with the family or at the
beach, take a moment to remember why we have this holiday — and these
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey