Holiday Joy! - Mid-Pacific Institute

Elementary School Principal's Blog

Holiday Joy!

Posted on December 18, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on December 18, 2016

As we close 2016, we look back at the recent week of holiday celebrations that brightened our spirit. Having successfully completed the end-of-semester conferences last Friday, students and faculty participated in many holiday activities that room parents organized -- craft-making, exchanges of "secret Santa" gifts, handmade holiday cards, classroom parties -- in addition to periods of reading, writing, math, specialist classes, and practice for the Christmas performance.

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We celebrate students' and faculty/staff birthdays each month. Preschoolers and Kinders with December birthdays blew out the birthday candle, joined by celebrants Shirley Rivera, counselor, and Noelani Goldstein, assistant kinder teacher.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa stopped by Mid-Pacific, enroute to visiting the homes of good little boys and girls. He loaded his sleigh with cool popsicle treats for all, perfect on a warm morning. The faculty shared their annual choral reading of "The Night Before Christmas" with dramatic flair!

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A surprise visit from Kahu Davis, his wife Mama Kahu, and friend Adam AhSing! Christmas caroling with the fifth graders joining in.

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The true meaning of Christmas was retold by the fifth graders and enacted by students from kindergarten through fifth grade. This is a much-loved holiday tradition we have celebrated at the elementary, hearkening back to pre-Mid-Pacific days at Epiphany. (Look for the photo of the Three Wise Kings in the photoslides below.)

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We have such talented faculty (certified hams -- give them a stage, and see what you get?) The children were delighted to see their teachers having fun during rehearsal for the Christmas performance.

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What a joy-filled Christmas Performance! Kahu and his group warmed the audience of 600 with a sing-along of Christmas favorites. Then our students from preschool and elementary took center stage with their holiday gift to all our families, under the direction of music specialist Sarahlea Kekuna. Yes, we believe in the magic. Impressive and heartwarming. A fitting way to end the year and the beginning of a two-week interim.

The school office will be open 7:00am-3:30pm every day except December 23, December 26, and January 2. Faculty have in-service learning January 3. Students return to school January 4.

The faculty, staff, and I wish you a blessed Christmas and bright New Year!

Enjoy the gift of your children! Treasures!

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.

Principal