Posted on December 18, 2022
As 2022 comes to a close, the students and faculty celebrated many holiday traditions in their classrooms and as a school community. In my last blog of the calendar year, sit beside me as I share images from the pages of my Christmas 2022 album.
Traditions like this tell the enduring story of Christmas. Fifth graders read the gospels of Luke and Matthew while we sing classic carols. This Christmas chapel tradition harkens back nearly 50 years in the history of the Mid-Pacificʻs elementary.
In last weekʻs blog, I explained the special art project involving the elementary, preschool, and a few high school classes. On this day, we gathered on Aloha Hill to chant the oli, Welina Mānoa, with our high school friends to celebrate the collaboration to express our hopes for peace.
Mid-week, another tradition -- a chorale reading of ʻTwas the Night Before Christmas -- in which every faculty and staff member reads a couple of lines in the most expressive, dramatic voice we can muster. . . .
. . . followed by the familiar jingle of bells and hearty ho!ho!ho! Santa arrives right on cue with his yearly message of good cheer while students sing several holiday tunes while waiting for . . .
. . . cool treats Santa has brought from the North Pole!
Amid classroom activities in every classroom throughout the week, the Kindergartners met with their Fifth Grade Buddies to read together. This loved Buddies tradition (about 20 years now) is a favorite.
Topping The Week is the annual Christmas Performance. Every student takes the stage to sing, dance, or play a musical instrument in the spirit of Christmas. Note the parents in the foreground. Each parent has a Star on the stage!
Thank you for taking a moment with me to share the smiles of this last week of 2022 with me. In the two-week interim, our classrooms and campus will be given a good cleaning so that the facilities are ready for the return to campus on January 4th. The school office will be open daily except for December 23, 26, 30 and January 2 when the staff observes the holidays.
On behalf of the faculty and staff, our very best wishes to our families and friends for a
Happy Christmas and Bright New Year!
for our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.