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The Home & School Connection Made Visible

Posted on December 8, 2017

by Dr. Edna Hussey on December 8, 2017

Assessment conferences have concluded, a special opportunity for elementary students to reflect on their learning and talk with the individuals -- parents and teachers -- who are closest to the day-to-day encounters with the children. It is a time to acknowledge your child's strengths, and I hope you celebrated in some way. Students will be following through on the improvement plans discussed at the conference. Learning is about growing over time, taking risks, deepening your strengths, and continuing to derive our most meaningful learning from mistakes and misunderstandings. It's gratifying to see families leaving campus after a conference, knowing they have all just participated in one of the most important events in their child's learning and the clearest demonstration of the partnership between home and school.

Students attending "Fun Day" (our version of childcare on conference days), in addition to free play, enjoyed short presentations by a few middle and high school classes, a great way to learn more about the "big kids."

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Sixth graders from an introductory dance class taught by Mrs. Yojo demonstrated dance as movement through space and time.

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Kumu Kuahiwinui's Hawaiian Language students taught us the Hawaiian terms for parts of the body and colors through singing. These demonstrations were coordinated with the faculty by Ms. Goldstein and Ms. Adams.

I love the feel of a small community parade! Preschool and elementary families and members of the high school National Honor Society walked from Noelani School to the Mānoa District Park along with 39 other community groups. Along the route, one of the bystanders shouted, "Hey! Look! A green Santa!" Eric Koike (Nā ʻOhana Pueo president) returned with, "Iʻm the Jolly Green Elf! See? No big stomach like Santaʻs!" which caused everyone within earshot to laugh. Can you see his shoes?

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We'll be turning our attention back to the classroom to complete projects, units, books, and preparing for two special holiday events -- Christmas Chapel and the Christmas Performance. Chapel is held in the dining room on December 18, 8:30am, and the Performance is December 21, 10:00am in Bakken Auditorium. Space is limited for the chapel service, but parents whose children have a special role in our beloved tradition are most welcome. Two tickets will be issued for each student to the Christmas Performance. Look for more information in the next Owl Updates.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.