Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Chorus Wardrobe

 All chorus students in grades 4-8 and all male chorus students in grades 9-12 are required to have black dress pants and black dress shoes for concerts. The winter concert is just about a month away so it's time to start thinking about finding pants and shoes. In efforts to assist with this, a clothing exchange has been set up to allow parents to borrow/use/donate used pants and shoes in good condition.  Any parents (even those without students in chorus) can donate to the exchange. Anyone with black dress shoes and dress pants in good condition may simply add the items to the list OR send them to school and Mr. Steinbacher will add them to the exchange. The exhange document is found at https://goo.gl/Ei421G. Please contact Mr. Steinbacher at philip@ischool.org with questions.

Professional Development Focuses on Children with Learning Differences

Two workshops were held for teachers on Monday, that informed and instructed teachers about being effective with students with learning differences.

The morning workshop, led by Karen Tyson, Psy.D., neuropsychologist and chief clinical psychologist at the LD-ADHD Center of Hawai‘i, dealt mainly with ADHD and Autism.

The second, led by Elizabeth Scamahorn and members of the Hawai‘i Dyslsexia Association, put the teachers through a simulation exercise on what it's like being dyslexic. Both sessions were extremely interesting and valuable.

Keana Oliviera, Lei Kurz and Shannon Graves, feel what it's like to be a dyslexic student. 

Natasha Arruda, Connie Kakalia, Erin Cobb-Adams, Jeff Kozak, Andrew Denny and Stephanie Achuara try to complete an exercise while facing obstacles, similar to those faced by dyslexic students.

Korean Puppet Show Fascinated Elementary Audiences

Elementary students enjoyed puppet performances of Animal Stories from Korea on Thursday, Nov. 19. Marionettes and shadow puppets fascinated the students. The show was interactive, as the audience was instructed to provide sound effects.

Elementary Families Feast on Friday

The rain didn't dampen anyone's spirits or appetite on Friday as parents, students and teachers lined up to share a humongous Thanksgiving feast.

The tables overflowed with turkey, ham, the always appreciated green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberries, gravy, mashed & sweet potatoes … you get the idea! Oh - and the desserts!

Many thanks to all the cooks and providers of food/plates/utensils, and the set-up/serving/ clean-up crews. A special thanks to Daniel Bicciche, for a last minute set up of the Main Hall for rainless dining.