Posted on May 7, 2016
Many of the teacher blogs you open this week are about the May Day performance this past Friday. From the preschoolers dressed in different ethnic costumes singing It's a Small World to the fifth graders' hip-hop interpretation of Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah and everything else in-between, the entire performance brought the spirit of Disney to life! If you were in the audience gushing with admiration, I, too, was taken by the stage presence and poise of these young artists. Using Reggio Emilia's "hundred languages" as a conceptual framework, it was readily apparent to the audience of over 600 families and friends how the languages of music/song, dance/movement, and costume blended into a new language -- the magic of Disney!
Thank you to our music specialist Sarahlea Kekuna for patiently preparing students for the performance. We acknowledge May Day co-chairs Heather Salonga and Karen Wright and their dedicated team of parent volunteers who created costumes and the floral stage decorations. Hours and hours of preparation, and so well worth the time and effort. Just view the images in the teacher blogs posted this week and read the childrenʻs facial and dance expressions to better understand the messages they were conveying.
The faculty, staff, and I felt very much appreciated even more so during Teacher Appreciation Week. The workroom table was laden with treats all week, and so teachers and staff were especially upbeat. Thank you, parents, for your generosity and thoughtfulness. Please know our appreciation for our students and families runs deep and wide.
A special Happy Mothers' Day to all mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, godmothers, and aunts. Hope you enjoy the day surrounded by the gift of family.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L .Hussey, Ed.D.