Posted on December 14, 2014
Walking through Mānoa town in the annual Christmas Parade really strikes a resonant chord that Mid-Pacific is part of the neighborhood. On Saturday, nearly a hundred students, parents, and staff representing Mid-Pacific took up the 1.5 mile trek along East Mānoa Road, waving to residents along the sidewalks and distributing peppermint candy canes. Some preschoolers and elementary students rode in style on decorated razors, bikes, and wagons. Behind us a band belted out Feliz Navidad and Santa Claus is Coming to Town in marching tempo. The Mid-Pacific Owl (Trevor Orr) warmed the hearts of young and old, hugging and high-fiving neighbors weʻve seen at familiar places like Safeway, Starbucks, or Longs in the Mānoa Shopping Center. It didnʻt just feel good walking down the street waving at neighbors -- it felt right. We belong here in Mānoa. Three cheers for our parent organizers Meeta Vu, Danielle Nicholson, and Pat Onesta and the many others, including Melanie and Charlie Long with the comfy bus, Staci Koike and Orasi Design for the flashy holiday t-shirts, all who made it so much fun to participate in the Christmas Parade. Next year, weʻre marching in impressive formation :-)
One more bit of holiday news. President and Mrs. Turnbull invited the preschoolers and their parents to the annual Christmas Tea in Atherton House this past week. Can you tell by the attentiveness of the children, their eyes riveted on Dr. Turnbull, just how much they were engrossed in his storytelling? Later each child took to a table laden with plain butter cookies and all the accoutrements for decorating -- all kinds of sprinkles and icing -- and went to merry work. Christmas songs on the piano by Dr. Turnbullʻs daughter and Lego building rounded out their full morning of memory-making.
Did your children come home last week talking about an unusual hour on their iPads? It was completely legitimate, parents! Students joined nearly 5 million students at all grade levels across the nation to participate in the Hour of Code. This movement is to introduce students of all ages to computer science and to gain a practical understanding of basic coding. In this photo, a 5th grader manipulates already-coded commands or directions for the ice skater to form intricate geometric designs (see upper left corner). Coding is a mathematical skill requiring logical thinking and pattern recognition and formation, among other complex skills. Computer science is a 21st century curricular area our students are already experiencing and enjoying!
We have a busy last week of school ahead: parent-teacher-student conferences, an assembly, and the special Christmas chapel, adding to the studentsʻ already-busy days of classroom learning. Conference summaries will be emailed to your home by December 21. Iʻll follow up with one more blog to end 2014. Father and daughter pictured come in every year as Santaʻs helpers to deliver candy canes to her classmates.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.