Keeping your head on straight by Kristen Okabayashi
I have written previously about the challenges my oldest son Ryan has faced with back-to-back ACL repairs and the long road to recovery. While it was hard for him to miss track and football seasons, his favorite sport is basketball, and so missing that has been even more difficult for him and for those of us who love him! To add to that, last year his team at Seattle Lutheran High School took third place in the state, and with almost all the starters returning to the team this year, hopes were high of the team finishing even higher this year.
Coached by our own Brett Kapels, the team finished up their regular season winning their league with only one loss the entire season, and headed off to state playoffs in Spokane a couple weeks ago, one of just 8 teams left. It was a magical season and the team was playing at a high level. And then in the first game, the team faced the number one ranked team in the state, and while the game was tight, in the last few seconds the entire season crashed to a stop as the other team had a 5 point lead. Our players were so disappointed, and I’m sure that Coach Kapels had a lot of emotion and thoughts running through his mind in those moments, knowing that with the loss, it would not be possible to finish higher than 4th place.
And yet, with all that was happening in those final moments of the game, Brett had the presence of mind to substitute Ryan into the game, knowing that Ryan would most likely not get to play a competitive game again. In my mind, this is what separates him from most coaches. He is a competitive coach and I know the impending loss was weighing very hard on him, and yet he still chose to step outside of the moment and honor Ryan’s past contributions to the team by subbing him in. His actions speak well of him as a person, and this mom appreciates it! He also won “Coach of the Year” in the league for the second year in a row, an amazing feat, and it is very deserving.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tues. 3/15: 4:00 PM Knowledge Bowl @ Concordia Tacoma / 6:30 PM Auction Meeting in Commons
Wed. 3/16: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 1 / 1:15 PM Talent Show
Wed. – Fri. 3/16- 3/18: Grade 7/8 Finals
Fri. 3/18: Free Dress Day / Trimester 2 Ends / Auction Donations Due
Sunday, 3/20: 10:30 AM Palm Sunday Service K-5 Grade Invited to Participate
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Track Coaches Needed!
Hope is on the search for a set of adults to help run our track team this upcoming season. Coaching is a great way for parents to become involved with the kids. It is also an opportunity to earn your PIP hours! Season runs from April 11th until May 24th and includes 4 Saturday meets and 1 Tuesday Meet. Positions needed: Throwing coach – Louis Couwenberg, Long Jump Coach- Needed, Running Coach – Needed, Additional Coach –Needed, Head Coach – Needed (can be one of the above). Please contact Brett Kapels if you are interested! Bkapels@hopeseattle.org.
2016-2017 School Calendar
The basic school calendar for 2016-2017 is coming home today, to help with vacation planning and work schedules. Please note that this is a tentative schedule, with the final version to go home with our summer 2016 mailing. Please let the office know if you have any questions.
Recruiting for PTH Board 2016/2017 School Year
The PTH Board is looking for a few good parents to fill vacant positions or board members whose terms are up this year. If you are interested in supporting your school and completing all or half of your PIP hours for your service for the next year or two, please contact the school office or email PTH President Sonjia Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Anticipated Vacant Positions are:
Vice President, two year term, PIP completed
Member-at-Large, one or two year term, ½ PIP completed
Promotional School Video Filming
Hope is working with Seattle Lutheran High School graduates, Christopher Scragg and Colleen Lyle, to create a promotional video about Hope School. Filming of classrooms, recess, PE, robotics, the talent show, boys and girls basketball game, band and bell choir practice will be occurring on these dates: March 16th, 17th, 18th, and 21st. If you have any questions or concerns or do not want your child filmed, please email Sally Heit at email@example.com or call the school office.
Last Auction Meeting – Tonight, March 15 @ 6:30 in the Commons
25 days left until the Great Gatsby Gala! Join us tonight at 6:30 to discuss the details of the event at the last auction meeting. It’s a great way to get your PIP hours in. Procurement forms are due in by March 18th! Big or small, everything counts towards funding future PTH projects for the students. Invite friends and family members to a fun evening. RSVP by April 4! Let’s fill those tables! Check out the most current list of business and family donations here.
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
Auction Help – ongoing
Check out PTH’s signupgenius page and search by the general PTH email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for other opportunities.
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Auction News & Opportunities – Click Here
Next meeting TONIGHT, March 15th at 6:30 pm in the church commons
Get Buzz-y Cleaning Those Closets!
It’s time for Spring Cleaning! Why not donate those gently used clothing, shoes, and handbags to Hope Lutheran School! Bring your clothing donations to your child’s classroom between April 11 through April 20 and a special prize will be given to the classroom that beings in the most donations (determined by average articles of clothing per student). An instructional flyer will be included in next week’s envelope.
Hope Lutheran Church Dates to Save
Palm Sunday, March 20th – Hope School children Preschool through 5th grade are invited to be part of the worship procession waving palm branches and singing songs at the 10:30 am church service. Youth group serving a Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 am
Easter Sunday, March 27th with 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am church services – All are welcome
Vacation Bible School – July 18 – 22, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hope 101 New Member Class – Begins on Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 PM and will continue for eight weeks through May 25. If you are interested in this class please contact Patra Mueller at email@example.com.