'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free, 'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.Simple Gifts
was the perfect melody to sing for Margery Jacobson, office manager and administrative assistant for the preschool and elementary, who leaves Mid-Pacific Institute this week. At the school assembly in her honor, children queued up to thank her and share special memories of their interactions with her. Lori Abe, the character education teacher for preschoolers and K-2 grade levels, shared a delightful prayer -- actually a list -- of what the first and second graders wished for Miss Margie: ". . . that you can speak the same language that the people in Chicago speak;" ". . . . that your airplane gets you to the right place;" ". . . .that you get a good pair of walking shoes and really warm clothes. . . ." Margie will be taking with her to Chicago a beautiful koa album filled with children's notes, poetry, drawings, and photos to remind her of nearly twenty years of her life at Epiphany School and Mid-Pacific Institute. Truly down to earth, pragmatic yet compassionate, witty and unbelievably organized, Margie helped to make our lives manageable by attending to the daily minutiae of school business. And she had a wonderful, simple way of touching every person's life, students, faculty, and parents alike. Yesterday's assembly was poignant affirmation about her relationship with us. We wish Margie a safe journey as she travels back home to Chicago!
We welcome Mrs. Kelli Tokuyama as the new administrative assistant.
She has worked for nearly twenty years in various positions with the
state, such as the Department of Human Resources Development and the
University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is leaving her position at the
College of Education (UH-Manoa) as secretary for the chair of the
Curriculum Studies Department Masters program. She begins work this Friday with Margie at her side to get situated.
The faculty of the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school
levels spent a full day of team building and professional development
working in various areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
They enjoyed continental breakfast and lunch together. The preschool
team conducted a webcam session with Reggio Emilia specialist Dr.
George Forman (we are consulting with him throughout the year via
webcam) to deepen their understanding of children's learning. The
elementary faculty began their second session with consultant Ermile
Hargrove on learning more strategies to help their students improve
attention, memory, and focus.
In the afternoon, all school faculties gathered at Kawaiaha`o Theatre to
share their "stories" of how they see the new MPI vision, developed by
the Board of Trustees and the MPI administration, fully implemented in
the next five to ten years. There is clearly energy and commitment
from all teachers about the new vision. The historic Friday meeting --
the first time the entire MPI faculty has met to discuss a school
initiative -- will be the first of many planning meetings to carefully
develop ways to implement the vision. We were reminded by facilitator
Cynthia Kitagawa of Insights that the journey or process far outweighs
the destination because it's how we fare in the process that is the
measure of success. You'll be hearing more about MPI's new vision.
Rest assured that the mission of the school remains the same, which is
to provide an educational program that develops the intellectual,
emotional, spiritual and physical dimensions of all students so that
they can become compassionate, lifelong learners and global citizens.
The flu vaccinations for all students with parental permission are this
Thursday beginning at 8:15am. The teachers will walk their students to
Scudder faculty lounge where there will be several parent helpers. The
vaccination process went well last year with very few children shedding
tears, and with so many nurses available to give the shots, the process
goes quickly. A word of advice: Talking too much about the vaccination
can make your child overly anxious and fearful. A few words,
reassuring hug and encouraging smile when you drop off your child will
do the trick!
I am asking for your support on two safety issues. I know that our MPI
grassy hills are inviting playgrounds. However, we had a near accident
after school last week when one of our children ran downhill on the
grassy slopes leading to the lower autoline, stumbled, and landed in
the road. This incident was reported to me by security, teachers, and
parents. Thankfully, there were no cars. So, we will not permit
students to play on the grassy hills.
Please note that when teachers
take students outside, we never permit them to play on the grassy
The second issue is in regards to double parking next to the cars
closest to the royal palm trees (upon entering the elementary school,
immediately to the right). Drivers entering the elementary campus
cannot see around these double-parked cars and exiting cars cannot get
by. Beginning this Tuesday, October 13, double parking will not be
The only persons who should be parking from 7:40am during morning
drop-off (besides faculty with permits) are parents of preschoolers.
Otherwise, if you want to walk your child to school, or want to meet
with the teacher in the morning, etc., please park in the lower area by
the outdoor basketball courts and walk your child to the elementary
campus. We really like seeing so many of you on campus in the morning,
but parking is very limited, and we don't want to prohibit double
parking only after an accident occurs. If your child is a
kindergartner, please drop him/her off in autoline. And please drive
all the way around the turnaround to stop and drop off your child
rather than stopping midway.
Moon Over Manoa is next Saturday at the Sheraton Waikiki. Thank you,
parents, for your generous contributions to the class baskets. If you
were unable to drop off your donation last week, please do so by
Tuesday, October 14. Last I heard, there are about five hundred
attending this gala event. I'm looking forward to seeing many of our
preschool and elementary parents!
For our children,
Edna L, Hussey