Elementary School Principal's Blog

Looking Ahead

Posted on November 26, 2022

by Dr. Edna Hussey on November 26, 2022

In the two days before taking a welcome five-day break from school, nearly all the classes took time to reflect on the significance of Thanksgiving. Many students wrote thank-you cards for their families and the faculty and staff. Kindergartners brought in ingredients for their annual "Stone Soup" contributions of chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, corn, and other vegetables added to a broth in two slow cookers, one in each classroom. At lunch, students asked for more than one serving of the savory soup, a simple communal meal created from their collective contributions. In the making and sharing of the soup, the message of community and giving thanks.

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After lunch on Tuesday, the preschool and elementary students were treated to cups of shave ice prepared by several Nā ʻOhana Pueo moms, a perfect way to cool off from recess.

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With the first of December just days away, we look forward to three busy weeks that will bring the semester to a close. The faculty will be preparing the performance continua, which will look different now that the "report card" becomes part of the schoolwide reporting system of Mid-Pacific. Expect the same assessment markings from "emerging" to "engaging" and the descriptive phrases that desribe the quality of student learning. However, the writing continua, like the inquiry continua, covers kindergarten through fifth grade. I will be explaining the reason for these formatting changes in a separate email. Preschool faculty is preparing for parent-teacher conferences. There are also preparations for the annual Christmas Holiday Performance on December 15, the Presidentʻs Tea with preschoolers, and the Christmas Chapel, which are all holiday traditions at the preschool and elementary.

We look forward to seeing our students back on campus and beginning the week on Monday morning with the ʻoli at 7:55am!

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.