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Grandest of Days

Posted on March 3, 2017

by Dr. Edna Hussey on March 3, 2017

Love grows one by one, two by two, four by four, and eight by eight. Love grows round like a circle and comes back knocking at your front door.


284 children sang this song, capturing the spirit of 2017 Grandparents' Day. We often sing this song at our monthly assemblies as we exit the dining room, and it seemed fitting for today's celebration in Bakken Auditorium, which was filled to capacity with 600+ grandparents, great-grandparents, families, students and faculty. Earlier in the morning, grandparents visited their grandchildren's classrooms where students shared their inquiries, writing, art, poetry, math, and other learning.


The images on our website link capture, at best, the joys of grandparent and grandchild side by side, the excitement of children sharing their learning, and the friendships among grandparents who return year after year for the event. The performances in Bakken highlighted the specialist classes in art, music, character education, and physical education, and the preschool slide presentation explained their year-long inquiry, "What is treasure-ness?" The oldest great grandparent (of Mari and Mia) was Edna Marr, 97 years spry! Several grandparents traveled across continents and oceans to arrive at Mid-Pacific, from Australia, Boston, and Delaware! It certainly was a grand morning for grandparents.

Many thanks to -- the parent volunteer group headed by Kristie Matsumoto for organzing hospitiality, mementos, and refreshments; Middle School Student Activities Coordinator Ann Kondo and Middle School Dean Val Espaniaʻs Kanikapila Club and the Intermediate Basketball Team for the clean-up; security, maintenance, and office staff for shuttling grandparents from parking to the classrooms in golf carts. What an incredible demonstration of support from our school community!


Another international group of university students visited the preschool and elementary this past Thursday. Fourteen college education majors from Niigata University, Niigata Prefecture in Japan, observed preschool and elementary classrooms for an inside-view of American education. Observations were followed by lunch discussion with several of our faculty. Visitors asked questions about our educational philosophy and shared their observations -- students seated at round tables or on the floor instead of at desks, students working in small groups, how students freely express their thinking and ask questions, the warm rapport between teacher and student. Another group of twenty nutrition majors from Niigata went to Scudder for a brief lecture on nutrition by the Sodeo dietician and toured the kitchen facility. This year alone, groups from Korea, China, and Japan have requested visits to the preschool and elementary to learn about our Reggio-inspired program and inquiry-based approaches.

I hope to see you at Hoʻolauleʻa this Friday, March 10, 11:30am-6:00pm. Our students will enjoy the event until 2:30pm, at which time parents may check out their children or students return to the elementary for the afterschool care program, if needed. Iʻll be posting another blog next Sunday when our two-week spring break begins.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.