Elementary School Principal's Blog

With the Winds

Posted on December 11, 2022

by Dr. Edna Hussey on December 11, 2022

Holiday traditions and celebrations continued this past week, the highlight of which was the Preschool Tea with President and Mrs. Turnbull. Inquiries also continued in classrooms with expert resources from our community. Before viewing the accompanying images that capture highlights of the past week, we have special events ahead. Be on the lookout for notification in myPueo when your childʻs performance continua will be available. An email was sent this past Friday, December 9, explaining access to the continua. Three traditions will be celebrated this week--Christmas chapel on Monday, Special Assembly on Wednesday, and the Holiday Performance Thursday at 10:00am, which Iʻll highlight in next weekʻs blog. Please read the information in the Sunday newsletter about specifics for Thursday. Join me now for a glance at this past weekʻs happenings.


Picture perfect. On the other side of this photo, the childrenʻs adoring fans.



Every year the preschoolers gather on the rug for a warm Christmas story. President Turnbull is a pretty good storyteller.


Listening carefully seems to work up an appetite. ʻTwas a feast to behold -- everything a preschooler (and adult) would love to eat. Gingerbread. Cupcakes. Cookies. Candy canes! Thanks to Mrs. Claus.


Can you guess what happened next?


Play, of course. Legos are the best.


Take a look at this photo and the next two. Good teachers do this. They observe and they guide so the learner can be successful. The preschooler was trying to figure out how make the train move on the tracks. By the way, President Turnbull constructed the train set.



Community experts were on campus to a few classroom working on their ongoing inquiries. Music specialists from UH-Mānoa talked with Ms. Angaranʻs first and second graders whose inquiry into balance has now taken a path to the concept of balance in music. Page Chang from Pukoʻa shared artifacts to provoke questions about everyday items and how these were skillfully created from the bark of wauke, a tree endemic to Hawaiʻi. High schoolers from the Cyber Owls club shared their coding skills with fifth graders as we observe Computer Science week. Other classes investigated e-waste and how to transform cords, cables, cartridges into other useful things.


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I end my blog with words from our Art Specialist Abbey:

As we are still coming out of Covid-era isolation and reestablishing our community, the high school photography teacher and I saw an opportunity to connect our younger and older students by exploring our wishes and our prayers for the school year. We observed, discussed, and were inspired by Tibetan Prayer Flags and their meaning. We learned that the more the flags degrade in the weather, the more the prayers are believed to come true. From preschool through 5th grade, the students began to design their own flags with their wishes. The results are varied - Safe from Covid, More friends, Recess, Learning about Countries, Kindness, and Calm, to name a few. The students painted their ideas on their flags and some classes had the opportunity to share their learning with the high school students who were engaging in the same process. We noticed that many of us, despite our disparate ages, have similar wishes. The flags are strung together with sewing help from a generous parent and hanging on Aloha Hill. The Mānoa winds will carry our wishes and bless our school community.


I echo Abbey and the intent of this mindful experience of our students -- The Mānoa winds will carry our wishes and bless our school community. Perhaps it was a coincidence, but as soon as the flags were being hung, the winds picked up through the week. And mightily strong winds. Our studentsʻ wishes are in the air. Breathe it in.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.