Words! Ideas! Imagination! Our September assembly was immersed in language literacy, from vocabulary found in students' book clubs or a spelling list to a sign language demonstration. Students in Ms. Byrne's class explained the learning process for vocabulary: find the definition(s), indicate the part of speech, use the word in a sentence, illustrate the meaning of the word, dramatize the meaning of the word in context, and use the word in a sentence. Sometimes students use a number of vocabulary words in a writing piece (e.g., short story, song, poem, etc.), challenging their ability to compose sentences that are relevant to one another. The most entertaining part of their presentation was, of course, their dramatization. Based on the theory that sensory and visual learning enhance understanding, dramatization is sometimes used as an effective instructional strategy. How effective? Let's see. The assembly was yesterday morning, and I am still able to remember four out of five words -- isolated, antics, baffle, and implement.
The next principal word we learned about was migration. The fifth
graders presented a theory of migration, which they are learning about
in social studies, explaining the migrations of the earliest people
living in North Africa (Mesopotamia) to Europe, Asia, North and South
America. They explained how this theory appears to be supported
through DNA testing. The students illustrated the migration patterns by
placing map outlines of continents and island groups and the
corresponding groups of people in their appropriate places on a large
sheet of paper. The point they were making was that all people,
regardless of skin color, cultural heritage, and homeland are a family
of races that can be traced to an origin. The fifth graders have a foundational beginning for understanding how
Native American Indians arrived in North America. There are wonderful
connections the first and second graders can make to this migration
presentation because they are currently learning about prehistoric
times long before human beings entered onto the timeline of creation.
Leslie Gleim, the preschool teacher for 3-year-olds, shared a language
in which she is a fluent speaker -- sign language. Having taught in an
early childhood setting with children having special needs, she
communicated frequently with her students using sign language. At the
assembly, she taught us the sign language for over twenty words, from
everyday greetings to gestures for some fruits, vegetables, and
children's favorite foods. Ask your children if they remember any sign
language from this week's assembly. (They are also learning sign
language for the alphabet in music class!)
We are so proud of our fifth and sixth grade boys who are playing
basketball in the Christian Schools Athletic League and proudly
representing MPI. The CSAL league is composed of seventeen schools,
each school playing in either the east or west division. MPI plays in
the west division with seven other schools. To date, MPI has won every
game! The scores and opponents are: MPI vs. Kamehameha, 30-10; vs.
Christian Academy, 40-13; vs. Saint Elizabeth's, 36-12; vs. Lanakila
Baptist, 68-11. There are two games remaining and a fellowship tournament, which will
include our fourth graders on the team. Go, Owls! Go, Pueo!
Even though high school may be several years away for your child, you might
think about attending the next coffee hour on October 21 with Principal
Richard Schaffer at 7:30am, followed by the Parent Community
Association meeting at 8:00am and guest speaker, Mark Hines, Director
of Educational Technology at MPI. The coffee hour and meeting will be
in Scudder Faculty Lounge.
Ms. Koshi's request for parent volunteers to clean and sanitize the
musical instruments received such an enthusiastic response that the
next two cleaning sessions are cancelled! Job all pau! Many thanks to
Nicole Chung, Alana Dean, Tammy Ishibashi, Monica Pang, and Kim
Soares. They even had time to spare, so they touched up the Epiphany
Conference Room and principal's display modules. Angels with dust cloths!
The recycling drop-off begins next Friday, September 26, and runs through the weekend. Please look for the large blue bin that will be stationed just at the entrance to the elementary school. Plastic, glass, and paper -- help us with our "Living Green" efforts and the yearbook project.
The Annual School Barbecue for our preschool and elementary families is
Saturday, September 20, 2:00-5:00pm. Join us for hot dogs, chili,
barbecued chicken (yes, grilled to perfection), salads, and desserts.
There's also shaved ice, popcorn, lots of fruit, and games. Three
cheers and pueo hoots for the Fifth Grade parents and students who are
responsible for the campus picnic, especially Nicole Chung who has
single-handedly organized this event. See you tomorrow!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey