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Natividad Internationale -- our holiday gift

Posted on December 22, 2008

by Dr. Edna Hussey on December 22, 2008

It was the most fun we've had altogether-- students and faculty -- performing at the annual Christmas program this past Friday evening in Bakken Auditorium. Natividad Internationale celebrated cultural communities around the world, and the children sang songs in different languages, from Hebrew and Japanese to Spanish and French. From the preschoolers' rendition of O Tannenbaum (complete with a teacher on stage dressed as Christmas tree!) to the fifth graders accompanying their kindergarten "buddies" on percussion instruments for salsa music, the program showcased the talent of our students.  The third and fourth graders danced their way across the stage and played their recorders, and the first and second graders charmed us with It's a Small World. Even the 26-member preschool and elementary faculty, accompanied by Hawaii's most well-known salsa artist Rolando Sanchez on the conga drum, sang in their debut performance as a chorus!  The holiday performance, expertly directed by music teacher Diane Koshi, was a fitting blessing for the newly renovated Bakken Auditorium, as well as a simple, heartfelt gift of appreciation to our parents and friends of Mid-Pacific Institute this Christmas season.  Special thanks to the `Ohana who set up a dazzling variety of sweets after the program.  

While the two-week vacation is a time of rest and recreation for many, including the faculty, it's an opportune time for school maintenance such as tree pruning, painting, floor waxing, and carpet cleaning.  The office will be open from 7:00am to 3:30pm daily except December 25-26 and December 31-January 1.  Students' performance continua and conference summaries will be mailed on December 29.  You should receive these packets of information no later than January 3rd.  

As forewarned, any items left in the lost-and-found bin have been given to charity. During the last two days of school, we held up every item and asked students to help identify the owner of each piece.  The students were actually very helpful in tracking down several owners. Parents, it would be very helpful if you could remember to write your child's name on the garment label or on the lunchbag with a permanent marker.  

When school resumes on January 6, we begin the new admission season, beginning with presentations to prospective preschool and kindergarten families and assessment sessions nearly every weekend through early April.  You should have already received through the packets in the last two weeks the new enrollment or re-enrollment forms for the afterschool program classes, e.g., piano, ballet, tennis, etc.  Please heed enrollment due dates.

As Christmas Day approaches, my wish for all MPI students and their families is a strong relationship of trust, respect, and love that will continue to deepen as the children grow and mature.  Here's to a Bright 2009 for all!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey