A Time to Reflect Together - Mid-Pacific Institute

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A Time to Reflect Together

Posted on August 29, 2015

by Dr. Edna Hussey on August 29, 2015

We begin every week on Monday mornings at 8:00am with chapel service in the dining room. Great way to set the tone for the week. The lower elementary chapel (kindergarten through second grade) is followed by the upper elementary chapel (grades 3 through 5). Two students light candles to signal that we are gathered together to reflect and sing together. Kahuʻs message is relevant, timely, and appropriate for the age range. Last week he showed slides of animals -- baby and adult -- to convey the message that we grow together with the support of parents and teachers. Chapel is often interactive; Kahu engages the students by asking them to share responses to his questions (Whatʻs your favorite time of day? What pets do you have at home? What does the word ʻcommunityʻ mean?). As you can see in this photo, Kahu goes to the preschool classroom or play structure for chapel with the preschoolers. If you read the image carefully, what is conveyed about the relationship between Kahu and the children and the importance of chapel?

We have rescheduled the K-2 Open House to Tuesday, September 1. Open House for grades 3-5 is Wednesday, September 2. Both Open Houses are 6:00-7:30pm, beginning in the dining room. The faculty is raring to go! However, we are monitoring the weather reports and impending hurricanes. Please heed any alert you receive from Mid-Pacific. If we are canceling Open Houses again this week, we will let you know as soon as possible. I have advised classroom teachers to send you their Open House materials electronically. Specialistsʻ curriculum overviews are already posted on the website under elementary blogs. Due to the sporadic, sometimes intensive downpours during the school day, specialists will go to the classroom to provide instruction rather than elementary students walking to the specialistsʻ classrooms. Iʻve suggested to the faculty that they might as well make the weather (hurricanes, lightning, thunder, storms) topics of mini-science inquiries.

Have you noticed? We finally have the colorful building names above room numbers. Many thanks to parent Craig Hirasaki of ConnectWorks for his design of the name plates. Do you know where to find Pueo 8? ʻAlala? ʻIwi 10? Noio 1?

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.