With one more week ahead bursting with special school events -- inquiry presentations in some classes, a recognition assembly, the Fifth Grade Leavetaking, and Family Field Day -- this is an appropriate time to acknowledge the many who have supported the children, the faculty/staff, and the program. We begin with you, our parents, who have invested time, talent, and treasure to Mid-Pacific Institute. Thanks for your active participation in the life of the school by way of attending parent education sessions, your children's presentations throughout the year, assessment conferences, special events (e.g., Christmas Program, May Day Celebration), and reading all school communication via the website and classroom blogs. Your primary role has been, of course, to oversee your child's learning, which includes supervision of any work assigned to be done at home, being available as resources and attentive to your child's development in all areas -- intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
We are deeply grateful to the members of the `Ohana -- the officers and
classroom parent representatives -- who have been the key organizers of
school events, such as the Welcome Barbecue, new parent orientation,
open houses, and many other events. All are working parents who have
volunteered much of their time to monthly `Ohana meetings and thinking
carefully about building a strong parent community. All of these events
foster school spirit!
Thank you to the parent volunteers -- The Lunch Bunch -- who've faithfully supervised
children during lunch in the dining room. They open milk cartons, help
children with cleaning off trays, and listen patiently to some of the
disagreements among children. We are also grateful to the parents -- The Nap Angels -- who
have helped with preschool nap supervision on Fridays so that the
preschool faculty can meet with me to discuss curriculum, projects, and
other preschool-related issues.
The partnership between parents and teachers, home and school, is
critical to your child's development. These early years of your child's
education, from preschool through elementary, tend to be overlooked in
the grand scope of "education." By the time a student leaves the
elementary grades and is headed for middle school, this student would
have developed relationships with peers and faculty over eight years in
the preschool and elementary program! This is a significant amount
time with us during the most precious, tender years of your child's
Dear Parents, we thank you for your generous support, trust, and confidence in our program. We're a great team together -- child, parent, and school!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey