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Chapter Five: Celebrations of Learning

Posted on July 19, 2008

by Dr. Edna Hussey on July 19, 2008

As we look forward to our last week of summer school, the students, faculty, and staff invite you to several celebrations of learning.  

•  Our end-of-summer-school assembly is Friday, July 25, 11:00am, in the dining room. We’ll feature the remaining classes that have not yet had an opportunity to do their presentations.  We have been so impressed with every class that has presented at previous assemblies, so we’re hoping to end summer school with a splash!

•  On July 24, the Afternoon Camp sessions will gather in the dining room at 2:00pm for another assembly to showcase other student skills and talents. This past Wednesday, the Afternoon Camp students showed us some of the computer skills they’ve learned in a six-week learning unit called “Passport” to four different countries.  Another group demonstrated some of the volleyball skills they’ve been practicing, as well as running and catching skills. They ended their presentation with a team huddle and cheered “Owls!”
Students in art camp have made opihi shell jewelry, pinwheels, habitats for their insect creations, and small canvas paintings using one-point perspective.

•  On July 23, the Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees classes will feature several items in their long-awaited sale — bookmarks, flower pens, beaded jewelry, musubi, popcorn, fabric bags, and many other one-of-a-kind student-crafted items. The sale will be held on Wednesday morning, and all classes will have a chance to visit the sale.  Please remember to have your children come to school on Wednesday with some spending money. Ideally, this money should come from their own allowance or money they’ve earned so that the experience of spending it will be much more meaningful to the students.  Proceeds from the sale are going to China’s earthquake survivors and the many families devastated by flooding in Midwest USA.  

•  The same day (July 23), The Camera! Lights! Action class hosts their Red Carpet screening of their original film shorts in their classroom.

It’s my understanding that a few classes are having their own “open houses” — parents will be visiting during the morning at their own leisure to participate in some activities with their children.

During summer school, we’ve had four practice fire drills. Overall, the students have followed the evacuation procedures and have behaved in a safe manner. Students practiced evacuating to the baseball field or to the grassy area by the parking lot.  

I do hope you’ll be able to attend any or all of the events this week.  Your children are having a truly fun summer (though hot as it may be, the classrooms are all air-conditioned, and we have those balmy Manoa breezes) with one more week ahead!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey