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Charting the rest of the course

Posted on April 19, 2009

by Dr. Edna Hussey on April 19, 2009

It feels like summer.  Brilliantly blue skies. Gentle trade winds cooling warm temperatures.  A reminder that we have a mere six weeks remaining in school year 2008-2009 and several important school events ahead.  

May 1.  From preschool through fifth grade, the students are practicing the songs and motions for their class number in the May Day program, 12:30pm, in the gymnasium. Although May Day in Hawaii is traditionally hula, mele, and a May Day court, we celebrate this festive day a bit differently from other schools.  The first year as MPI, we prepared a traditional program with a Hawaiian paniolo theme.  The following year was a celebration of our natural environment, from the mountains to the sea. Last year was the school opera, Kahala`opuna, Princess of Manoa (celebrating our 100th year in Manoa).  This year, it's a review of well-known Broadway musicals.  You've probably heard your children singing and dancing at home. Just wait for the costumes, props and stage sets! Several parents have been coming in on Saturday afternoons to work on the backdrop and costumes.  Don't worry. You'll still be able to wear fragrant lei of plumeria, tuberose, and pikake on May 1st, also known as Lei Day in Hawaii.  This year's program promises to be memorable, spotlighting the many talents of our children.

May 21-22. Parent-student-teacher conference days.  Although there is no school on both days, we do offer childcare all day on campus.  We call these two days "Fun Days," not because regular school days aren't fun, because indeed they are, but because these childcare days provide lots of unstructured fun.  Fun Days are offered to parents unable to find childcare since they are working.  I will be writing more about these conference days as we approach the first week of May.

May 26.  Student recognition assembly, during which time all students who have provided service to the school community are acknowledged for their school spirit.
These students include the Peace Team, autoline helpers, CSAL teams, peer mediators, and any other special recognition.  The April assembly is this Thursday, April 23, 8:00am, in the dining room.

May 27. Our traditional "leavetaking" ceremony celebrates the transition of our Fifth Graders into Middle School. Only parents and immediate family members are invited to the 10:30am ceremony in the dining room, as well as preschoolers and students from kindergarten through fourth grade.  The ceremony is followed by a fifth grade family potluck luncheon.  

May 28.  Field Day and last day of school. Can't think of a better way to end the school year when everyone gathers on the baseball field mid-morning for a number of water-play activities. It is truly a celebration of our MPI community! Ms. Jenkins, faculty coordinator, welcomes all parent volunteers to help supervise the activities. (Please contact her through the school office, if you can lend a hand.)

In addition to these schoolwide special events, there are all the other class events such as inquiry presentations, book talks, excursions, special projects (such as the herbal and floral gardens being grown by the children, etc.) , which your child's classroom teacher should be informing you about via the class weblog.  

Don't miss the `Ohana meeting this Tuesday at 5:00pm in the dining room, followed with a presentation by Mark Hines, MPI Director of Educational Technology.  He'll address the diverse ways technology is infused in the lives of our children, what MPI offers in terms of preparing students for 21st century demands, and some of the ethical challenges in the world of technology. Parents, the future is today.

And on a more personal note -- yes, a granddaughter, newest member of the family!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey