Posted on March 19, 2012
In the last week before Spring break, some amazing things happened on campus worth writing about. Still lingering in my thoughts is the assembly this past Thursday. The first and second graders in Chris Bailie's and Donna Revard's classrooms shared some of their inquiry work with us. I was totally taken by the slide presentation on the mummification of a chicken. That's right! A chicken mummy the children aptly named King Tutanchickmen. So how does one go about mummifying a chicken? The secret is lots and lots of salt rubbed all over the chicken and a healthy sprinkling of cinnamon. After 40 days or so of a salt and cinnamon treatment, Tutanchickmen was wrapped in linen cloth and decorated with amulets, accompanied by a curse to ward off anyone tampering with the mummy -- "Beware of the furious anger of the irate gods should you trespass within the tomb of King Tutanchickmen." This is an experience the students will long remember beyond high school.
The other class shared delightful stories gathered from their grandparents on Grandparents' Day about when they were their grandchild's age. Listening to radio shows because there was no television then. Black and white TV. Walking to school. TV dinners in foil trays. Playing outside. Getting 5 cents per tooth from the Tooth Fairy. Time-out in the backyard. Were I one of the grandparents interviewed, I might have added learning how to cook rice on the stove. Going to see King Kong at the Hawaii Theater when it was a movie theater. Playing jacks during recess. Or climbing mango trees for fun. Being 7 or 8 years old seems like such a long, long time ago.
On Friday the entire MPI community celebrated Ho`olaule`a under mostly sunny, breezy skies. The anticipation was palpable. In the morning hours before walking to Ho`olaule'a, the children were noticeably excited. Even the parents coming in to volunteer as chaperones seemed to be in festive spirit. It was pure joy to watch the children leave campus hand-in-hand in small groups accompanied by parent chaperones, all with cheerful glee on their faces. What a fitting send-off to two weeks of Spring break.
During this interim period, the elementary office will remain open, 7:00am - 3:30pm daily. Several faculty will be off island and others enjoying the bliss of just being home.
When school resumes April 2, it will be the busiest nine weeks remaining in the school year. Enjoy the opportunities available to you and your family for some special moments together to create their childhood memories.
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey