Posted on February 5, 2022
Highlight of the week? The traditional Chinese New Year celebration with lion dancers in top form and the heart-thumping beat of the cymbals and drums! Aside from everyone wearing masks and social distancing, it seemed pre-Covid "normal" with the sea of students dressed in auspicious red and giddy happy clapping and jumping up and down. Instead of slipping into classrooms where students could individually feed li see to the lions, the lions stopped at each door to eat a few envelopes filled with donations.
Students gathered on the courtyard lawn and around its perimeter, as they have done in the past, for the finale -- a pas de deux where two lions stamp their feet, prance, and stretch high to snap the lettuce and li see tied to graceful bamboo stalks. This is always my favorite part of the celebration when I stand holding the bamboo as high as I can. I try to make it a bit challenging for the lions. My second favorite moment comes just a few seconds later when the remnants of the lettuce shoot out from the lionʻs mouth and lay strewn on the grass. So dramatic! The ceremonial scroll the lions leave for the school is attached to the office glass doors.
A stop into a classroom, Ms. Dayʻs art class of third and fourth graders. If you might recall two blogs ago, I used an image of a student unraveling knots from a very long strand of yarn. Hereʻs what they were making: yarn clouds with rain. I was taken by the use of technology using an iPad camera to demonstrate the step-by-step process to tie up the strands. Reminded me of those cooking demonstrations. Each student is so proud because it has required dexterity and patience weaving the yarn on the loom.
Last stop in a multiage first-second grade class where Ms. Manuelʻs studentsʻ inquiry on movement has led to an investigation of the water crisis at Red Hill. Here they are Zooming with Ms. Cookeʻs first graders at Nimitz Elementary where the challenges of clean water access are lived daily. Nearly all of these students are living in hotels where they can shower and eat. Teachers at the school fill large jugs of water for consumption and cleaning. Every day. In the photo below, Nimitz students on the left half of the screen and Mid-Pacific on the right. Communication between the two classes will continue.
In the Year of the Tiger, symbolic of bravery and courage, it is an apt reminder of the resiliency and strength we need in times of challenge and struggle. Tigers we are.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.