Hoa Mai children and staff celebrated their Lunar New Year with a dragon and lion parade!! Students led a parade (complete with ao đais and masks) from outside of the school by the lightrail station, all the way through the halls of Hoa Mai! The children were then given lucky red envelopes.
Tết, the Vietnamese New Year holiday, is the most important celebration in the Vietnamese culture. This observance is known for the first day of spring and the first day of the Vietnamese-Calendar year. It is typically spent cooking food, spending time with family and giving lucky money to children.
Hoa Mai’s neighbor buildings recently received a mural makeover! Faced with a perpetual graffiti problem, 2 years ago the owners of the O’Reilly’s near Hoa Mai had a mural painted on the back of the building and hasn’t had an issue since. In light of this statistic, other neighbor businesses decided to partner with Mt. Baker Hub Alliance and other organizations to create murals all around the corner of Forest and Rainier across from our sand box. Feel free to check out the video and you may see a couple students from Hoa Mai checking out the new art while being painted!
Community Building through Public Art: Mt Baker (Seattle)
In April 2018, Mayor Durkan proposed the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Plan to replace an expiring education levy. The levy will help close the opportunity gap in order to build a more affordable Seattle. This plan is integral to the success of our young minds at Hoa Mai because it allows the children access to affordable, high quality care and invaluable resources for our program. We at Hoa Mai are happy to announce the levy passed! Thank you voters for helping build the children’s futures.
A Welcome Back Event was held at Hoa Mai to help welcome new and returning families. Catering was provided by Tony’s Bakery. There was a wonderful turnout with families as they participated in classroom activities, asked questions regarding the program, and met staff. Families also had the opportunity to sign-up for a library card. Thank you to our families for attending and we look forward to the year ahead!
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration of harvest practiced among the Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, and the Philippines. The intent of the festival is to celebrate three key concepts; family and friends, to give thanks to the harvest for the year, and for religious purposes. With the advances in technology, science, the economy, culture, and religion, traditions have changed over time however, these concepts have remained the same and is the underlying purpose of the Moon Festival. Mooncakes (delicious pastries) and lanterns are some common symbols of the festival.
Hoa Mai children celebrated mid-autumn by making their very own lanterns. The lights proved very fascinating for their curious minds.
Seattle’s Farm to Table program visited the children recently to help promote their partnership funded by the Seattle Soda Sugar Tax. The children were given samples of blueberries and cucumber from two farms in Monroe and also heard a story related to seasons and produce.
Hoa Mai will receive fresh local produce to integrate into the menu and there will also be opportunities throughout the year for representatives from Seattle Farm to Table to visit with children and incorporate lessons about farming, where fruit and vegetables come from, etc. into the curriculum.
Seattle’s very own Mayor Jenny Durkan visited with staff and students at Hoa Mai Preschool last Wednesday. On the rooftop of the site with Mt. Rainier in the background, she engaged with some of the children and partook in activities like watering the plants and planting flowers with them. Mayor Durkan, joined by Councilman Johnson, Councilwoman Gonzalez, and the Program Center Director, Gloria Hodge spoke on a bill that will go to voters November of 2018 known as the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Plan. This levy is important to the families, children, and staff at Hoa Mai because it plays an integral part in delivering funding to the Seattle Preschool Program. Please feel free to learn more about the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Plan here. Below are some photos taken during the event courtesy of Tumelius Media.