Real World 101 by Kristen Okabayashi, Principal
This trimester, I’m teaching an elective I’ve been thinking about for at least two years, which we’ve called “Real World 101”. While Hope graduates typically do very well in high school, I’ve often thought about what types of skills students will need to function in the real world, and my list of ideas could easily last an entire school year. That being said, I’ve condensed down my ideas to what I think are the most important, and this trimester I’m excited to try it out with a group of middle school students.
So far, the students and I have talked about what’s important in selecting a high school, and how that could be different from person to person. Then, we talked about potential careers, and took some career testing quizzes to help get the students thinking about what they are interested in, what they have aptitude for, and what kind of education they will need to obtain those kinds of jobs. Up next, students will learn about personal finance, including saving and budgeting, basics of credit and debt, investing, more on education and careers, global economics, and marketing/consumerism. For this longer unit, we will use a wonderful series called “Foundations in Personal Finance”, partially written by well-known finance trainer Dave Ramsey. I also have some surprises in store for the students relating to real world skills so I won’t share about that yet.
It’s a joy to teach these students and I look forward to what they learn about themselves through this class.
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Wed. 12/7: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 1 – Symbols of Advent / 7:00 PM Gr. 1-5 Christmas Performance
Fri. 12/9: 6:30 PM Kindergarten & Preschool Christmas Is Coming Performance
Mon. 12/12: Deadline to place Scrip Orders / Santa Grams on Sale
Wed. 12/14: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Kindergarten Class – He’s Here! Luke 1-2 / 7:00 PM Sounds of Winter Concert
Fri. 12/16: Noon Dismiss / ESC “XTRA” Open
December 19 to January 2, 2017 – No School & No ESC – Christmas & New Year Break
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1st Trimester Report Cards
Your students’ 1st trimester report cards are coming home today, December 6. Please keep your copy, sign the envelope to verify receipt and return to your student’s homeroom teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. Honor roll students will be recognized during chapel tomorrow, December 7.
Parent Involvement Program (PIP) Statements
Your 1st trimester PIP statements are being sent home today. Any hours submitted from June 1st to November 23 will be recorded on your statement. PIP value has increased to $750 for this school year 2016-17. If hours are not fulfilled, a rate of $25 per hour will be assessed in June.
PIP Program Guidelines can be found in your handbook and are as follows:
“Each family with children in grades K through 8 is required to contribute (30) thirty volunteer hours per year (per family, not per child). Single parent families are required to contribute (15) fifteen hours per year. The program year runs from June 1st through May 31st of each year. Hours must be worked before May 31st to be credited toward the current school year and hours worked after June 1st will be credited to the following school year.”
Submit your PIP hours online or pick up a hard copy form through the school office. Online forms can be found at http://hopeluthstg.wpengine.com/home/parents/pip/ under “Parents” link, and then select “PIP Form”.
Christmas Spirit Dress-Up Days – Dec. 12-16
Monday Dec.12-“Merry Monday Morning”-come to school in your winter pjs like it’s Christmas morning!
Tuesday Dec.13- Holiday scarves, ties, jewelry worn with your school uniforms
Wednesday Dec.14-Holiday socks & tights worn with your school uniforms
Thursday Dec.15-Holiday hats, antlers, headbands worn with your school uniforms
Friday Dec.16-“Festive Friday!” Red/green clothes, Christmas sweaters & sweatshirts
Please note that only Monday & Friday are free dress days for Christmas Spirit dress up. If you chose not to participate on Monday & Friday, school uniforms must be worn.
Santa Grams – Sold Dec. 12 – 16
Student Council will be selling Santa Grams the week of Dec. 12-16 before and after school in the school lobby for 50 cents per Santa Gram. These are special messages that can be given to peers, teachers or family members. They are then attached to a candy cane and they will be delivered to classrooms on Friday, Dec. 16th.
Christmas Kindness Calendar
Student council would like to challenge everyone in the school to do 25 acts of Random Kindness as we count down to Christmas. We will be sending home a calendar today with 25 suggestions (one for each day) but feel free to change the ideas out for ones of your own. The idea is to focus on others this holiday season! Bring the calendar back signed when we return from Christmas break and exchange it for a prize from student council.
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