Posted on July 12, 2010
Attending a school assembly is always a special occasion because students are able to share the things they've learned -- and are always quite proud to do so! This summer session's final gathering in the dining room featured students in Reading and Writing Workshop, Math Adventures, the Genius of Invention, Ocean Explorations, Ikebana, Sewing & Knitting Magic, and Camera! Lights! Action! The students in Money Doesn't Grow on Trees proudly presented a check in the amount of $930.84 to a representative from the American Lung Association. Several high school classes and other MPI staff also participated in the fundraiser. Students learned basic principles of economy, created hand-made items, baked tasty treats, and sold these items to raise funds for their student-chosen charity. One of the highlights of the morning assembly was the video premiere by the iMovie class, an entertaining, informative overview of the summer program. (See the photo gallery to view images from the summer program.)
We also scheduled an assembly for the afternoon camp program later in the day. The Chinese language students impressed us with their command of numbers and a popular sung rhyme, all in Mandarin. Art students displayed their one-of-a-kind finger puppets, sock puppets, and facemasks. We observed students in Sports Camp going through fairly complex basketball drills, even kindergartners and first graders! Could you toss a basketball around your waist from hand to hand, or weave a basketball in and out between your knees without dropping the ball? Music Camp students recorded a clever song they had written and developed their own melody.
And at the end of both assemblies, refreshing popsicles for all!
We continue an extended two-week summer session, which ends July 23. In the meantime, we are preparing for the first day of the 2010-2011 school year, August 10. Facility and grounds maintenance, supply deliveries, curriculum planning, professional development -- all of the preparations necessary to begin the school year successfully.
If you are an MPI parent, you'll be receiving a packet in the mail with a few enclosures. Please review all materials carefully as there is a July 30 deadline for student information, which must be completed online.
This will be my last weekly entry until school resumes in August. If you have time, feel free to scroll down to the summer session teachers' blogs. And check out our summer session photo gallery. Enjoy the gift of your children!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey