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Building School Spirit

Posted on January 19, 2009

by Dr. Edna Hussey on January 19, 2009

What happens when the MPI girls' varsity basketball team meets up with 250 preschool and elementary children? Fun! Fun! And more fun! The day before the team's game versus Iolani on January 13th, the entire team, Coach (and high school math teacher) Byron Cheng, and team managers visited our students during lunch recess and shot baskets. The team met the entire elementary school, including the preschoolers. It's moments like this when being part of a preschool through high school is clearly advantageous for students. The varsity team enjoyed their interactions with the students and was even more thrilled when nearly 75 preschool and elementary students with their parents cheered wildly for MPI at the basketball game this past Tuesday evening at 6:30pm. Iolani squeaked by with a win of 48 points to MPI's 46. Nonetheless, it was a heart-thumping, adrenalin pumping game! The boys' varsity basketball will join our students for lunch this Friday, January 23, and visit again on Monday, January 26, to play with our students on the court.  MPI will meet with Punahou on January 27 at 7:00pm in the MPI gym.

Although forms were sent home last week, there's still time to sign up your child for the game.  A new form will be sent home via your child, so please check backpacks. The athletic department will get a pizza dinner for students attending the game.  If you would like for your child to attend the game with our afterschool supervisors, please submit the form by Wednesday. If you already indicated that your child will be at the January 27th game, we have the information.   Go, Owls!

In the wake of last Friday's school closure due to anticipated high winds and potential danger, we're relieved that the storm bypassed the islands.  The Civil Defense met with several heads of independent schools, as well as administrators in the Department of Education last Thursday to explain impending weather conditions and the possibility of major damage. Rather than taking unnecessary risks for many of our families to commute to and from school in potentially hazardous weather, President Rice announced that school would be closed last Friday. I'm sure that an "extra" holiday, as it turned out for many across the state, was welcome respite.

We have begun admissions "season" with nearly every Saturday reserved to assess applicants for every grade level, from preschool through fifth grade. A faculty team observes and interacts with applicants, while I provide a slide presentation explaining the school philosophy, teaching and learning concepts, and the educational program. We have scheduled two sessions each Saturday for kindergarten, six sessions over three weekends for preschool admission, and multiple sessions for students applying into grades 1-5. Interest in our preschool and elementary is strong, thanks to the many recommendations you are making to family, friends, and co-workers. 

January 20 is an historic day for our nation. I'm sure your children will be asking questions and our teachers will be explaining the significance of Inauguration Day and the special meaning of this particular ceremony for our 44th president and all citizens across the United States.  The word 'change' has taken on heightened importance.

By the way, the Camp Erdman trip for our 3rd and 4th graders has been rescheduled to January 26-27. Hopefully, they'll experience an uneventful, safe camping trip on the North Shore.  

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we remember all those who have worked and continue to work to promote peace and a just society.  It is lifetime work that is deeply appreciated and deeply remembered.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey