Posted on April 17, 2022
A refreshing past week with the students and faculty excited about this Easter weekend! The tradition of dyeing eggs was not lost at the preschool and kindergarten, the process itself bearing the hallmarks of a science/art experiment. How long does the egg need to sit in the colored liquid to get a "good" dye? What happens when I dip the egg in two or more colors? How does the dye not go through the shell? At another level, perhaps the discussion turned to the cultural symbolism of abundant new life represented by the egg, bunnies, and the season of Spring in all its splendor.
Each week there is more and more evidence of a return to school life as we had known nearly three years ago. The preschoolers have been on research trips since last semester, and they continue to board the buses to the research site at Wa'ahila Ridge where there are spectacular views looking down into Mānoa. But the preschoolersʻ focus has been the magical forest where the stately trees and the surrounding quiet speak to the children, and children build sculptures for the trees.
The fifth graders left for Camp Erdman on Friday for a full day of team-building activities, a last hurrah before entering middle school. (We have a tradition at the preschool and elementary where our students or pueo "fly up" to the next grade level; so, too, when the Fifth Graders have their Leavetaking ceremony.) In paired and group activities, the students enjoyed learning more about themselves, each other, and, I hope, a sense of class spirit.
What a wonderful ending to the week with an actual performance in Bakken auditorium by the XLP Taiko class led by Taiko Master Tsutomu Nakai and Mrs. Shinozaki. Every parent attending their childʻs performance was impressed by the studentsʻ precision drumming, focus, and composure. Iʻm hoping these students continue in their taiko learning. I can just imagine the power and increasing confidence theyʻll have next year.
This coming Tuesday and Wednesday weʻre filming for the May Day performance. Check the music teacherʻs page or your childʻs teacherʻs page for information on what to wear. Other than all of these happenings, itʻs business as usual in the classrooms. "As usual" means weʻre always pleasantly surprised, energized, and amazed by what our students teach us. Hardly ordinary!
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.