Gung Hee Fat Choy!
In the spirit of Chinese Year, members of Gee Yung International performed the traditional lion dance this past Monday for our preschool and elementary community. Dramatic yet playful, three lions danced their way through classrooms and offices, fed with li see by undaunted children and faculty. The unmistakable clang, boom, and rumble of instruments provided a rhythmic backdrop, increasing the students' excitement. We were impressed by the agility and gracefulness of the lion performers, their movements so convincing with the wag of the tail or large eyes opening and closing. Even the ears on the lion's head flapped up and down. Students in some classes dressed in traditional Chinese attire or played the instruments they had made in class for Chinese New Year. We are grateful to Dr. Kuo and Dr. Chen for arranging the performance. Welcome, Year of the Ox!
I strongly encourage you to check your child's classroom teacher's
weblog under Daily Happenings on the main elementary page. I read every
posting, and I'm excited about the variety of learning in each
classroom. Just the other day, I visited Mr. Black's class while they
were in the middle of recording their learning reflections on science
experiments they had completed. Students could work independently or in
small groups to generate an inquiry, hypothesis, and method for testing
their hypothesis. They developed a detailed summary of their work in a
Pages document with photos of their inquiry process. On the morning
that I had visited the class, students were situated around desktop
computers and laptops, recording an explanation about the process using
First and second graders are continuing their geography
inquiry, which began with learning about the evolutionary timeline of
life. "Learning" geography goes much deeper than merely learning facts
and vocabulary. They are quickly perceiving the impact of geography on the
development of culture and discovering the broad similarities among all
And, oh, the excitement of learning in the preschool
continues to grow! The 3- and 4-year-olds are exploring the concept of
a line, the basis for understanding symbolic language, and the 4 and
5-year-olds are entering into the realm of the narrative framework. Our multiage third and fourth graders returned from their overnight
stay at Camp Erdman safe though tired from two days of team-building
activity and learning about Hawaii's natural environment. It is
exciting to be here at MPI and witness the depth of learning for all
The Varsity Boys' and Girls' Basketball teams invite all of you to
attend their homecoming games: Wednesday, February 4, 7:00pm for the
girls' team and Saturday, February 7, 6:30pm, for the boys' team. Both
games will be played in the MPI gym. The School Spirit Club and
cheerleaders will provide face painting, tattoos, and freebies for all
MPI students attending the games. In support of the girls' team, we are offering a free pizza dinner at 6:15pm for preschool and
elementary families who'd like to attend the Wednesday game. We are
unable to provide childcare at the game but encourage you to make this
a family activity. Please call our elementary school office by Tuesday
afternoon to let us know if you are planning to attend the game and
would like to have pizza.
The cheerleaders will be on campus this
Tuesday to talk about homecoming.
You have received the February calendar in the packet sent home on
January 30. Please check your child's backpack for the packet. Enclosed
is information about the next `Ohana meeting on February 11
our school librarians Marcia Kemble and Gail Weiss who will do a short
presentation on library services offered online to all MPI families.
Although not indicated on the February calendar, we do have admission
assessments for entering preschool and kindergarten, scheduled every
Saturday morning from 8:00am-12:00pm. Please note that there will be
no school on February 13
so that the faculties of the preschool,
elementary, middle, and high school can receive some professional
development in-service and work on schoolwide planning. This
information was included in the year calendar at the beginning of this
school year. Information about Summer School should be coming out this
month! We will be offering a half-day and full-day program of fun
OK. I admit it. I do have long days at school, but I assure you that every day
brings renewed energy and excitement as I work with the children and faculty.
Just check the teachers' weblogs and the MPI main page, just below my letter, for the announcement about our CSAL boys' basketball team. Inspiring!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey