Posted on September 9, 2012
It has been a busy, family-intensive, parent-intensive, student-intensive period for the past two weeks in Open House meetings, iPad launch in classrooms, and an annual family event. A sunny afternoon, cooled down by Manoa showers, provided optimal conditions for a welcome barbecue on the elementary campus. A cheerful crowd of 400 families, students, and faculty swept through a bountiful buffet of picnic fare. Kudos to parent co-chairs Leslie Kobayashi and Karen Kawamura and the parents who manned the grill, replenished the buffet, ran the popcorn and shaved ice stands, cleaned up, and donated foods. Fun + fellowship + food + shaved ice + popcorn = a fabulous way to begin the school year!
Parents in grades 3-5 learned how their children are using iPads in the classroom. Here, parents tap out messages for their children on their iPads and download a photo or two, a far cry from the paper and pencil messages students usually find the next day when they return to their classrooms.
Before closing, please find time to read two faculty blogs. Although you may not be a parent of a first or second grader, Donna Revard's explanation about math instruction sheds light on how we teach the world of mathematics. Trust me -- you will appreciate Shirley Rivera's insightful "Parenting 101."
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey