Posted on December 26, 2012
All quiet on the MPI front. Just the sound of the lawn mowers as the maintenance crew trims the courtyard lawn and an occasional phone call. It's so quiet I can hear the air-conditioning unit. Hard to imagine that less than a week ago, the preschool and elementary classrooms were teeming with holiday activities -- attending a Christmas play, decorating gingerbread houses, making holiday gifts -- and parents streaming in and out of the school office bearing foods of all kinds for the class brunches and parties. The highlight of the entire week for me was attending the annual Christmas chapel, pictured here. Fifth graders narrated the gospel of the Nativity, the birth of Christ, while children dressed in costume, brought the story to life. The children sang traditional carols throughout the pageant, reminding all of us in the sweetness of their voices, the meaning of Christmas.
At the December assembly, several classes prepared holiday-themed presentations. One was especially poignant. Third and fourth graders shared their Christmas wishes, and every one of their wishes asked for peace, an end to violence in our schools, country, and world, good health, an end to famine and sickness, understanding, and the wisdom to understand that which we cannot fathom. In light of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary, the students' wishes revealed the depth of their understanding of events in the world around them and those closest to their hearts.
Santa made his way to Manoa and into MPI's dining room right after Mrs. Roth created some magic snow. He's the only Santa we know who dons sports sunglasses and speaks with an endearing pidgin "accent." Popsicle treats for everyone!
Today, December 26, is the first day of Christmas (as in the 12 days of Christmas), and so I hope you are appreciating the richness of family togetherness, holiday traditions, and the joys of the holiday season. As we continue to make our way to the close of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, our continued wishes for a peace-filled New Year, your good health and happiness.
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey
Reminder:School resumes Tuesday, January 8, 2013.