Posted on December 16, 2017
Now that performance continua and digital portfolios have been reviewed and discussed at student-parent-teacher conferences, students have been preparing for this coming weekʻs special holiday events -- Christmas Chapel and the Christmas Performance. I stopped by chapel practice (pictured here) to hear the fifth graders narrate their lines from the biblical story of the birth of Christ. In my last blog of 2017 next Sunday, youʻll see the same students in costume, bright and fully engaged in their performance! Each year students from kindergarten through fifth grade are selected by their teachers to take a special role in the re-enactment of the story when the Magi find the Christ Child born in a manger in Bethlehem. The animal costumes (sheep and donkeys) were sewn about 40 years ago and have been carefully mended, patched, cleaned, and ironed over the years by wonderful groups of parents. Even the banners in the dining room, which depict the Christmas story, are about 40 years old! (Reminder for Monday, December 18): all students should wear the uniform green polo shirt (collared shirt) and long pants for Christmas chapel.)
Parents have been streaming onto campus in small groups to assist with another holiday tradition -- homemade ornaments! I remember making paper and glue ornaments as a young child and my mother hanging them proudly from our Christmas tree. I still have the ornaments my sons crafted when they were little ones and adorn our family tree with their handmade treasures each year. The amazing things one can make with a bit of patience and lots of white glue. :-)
This will be our final week of practice for the Christmas Performance -- Santa Spectacular! This will probably be the most upbeat holiday performance youʻll ever see. Program starts at 10:00am, Thursday, in Bakken Auditorium. Remember to bring your ticket. Arrive early to adjust for parking and the queue to get into the auditorium. Except for preschoolers whoʻll already be seated with their parents, all elementary students will walk back to their classrooms to pick up their belongings and be excused there by their teacher. 11:30am is dismissal for everyone, including the faculty. No afterschool care.
My deepest appreciation on behalf of Family Promise Hawaii for your generous donation of gift cards to needy families. These families wll be having a happy Christmas providing for their children because of your compassion.
I look forward to seeing you on campus sometime this week for our holiday events, a fitting way to bring 2017 to a close.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.