Launching to High School by Sally Heit, Admissions Director
We are one week into the school year and already students are off and running; they are reading books with reading buddies, choosing electives, meeting new friends, receiving iPads and learning all about the class routines. Hope school is excited to welcome 52 new students this year! There is at least one student that is new in each grade, so we encourage you to introduce yourselves at school events and welcome them to Hope.
If you are a new family to Hope, I’m sure you feel a little nervous or anxious about joining a new school, wondering what it will be like, how your child will adjust, and if you made the right decision. This year I felt some of those very same emotions as I watched my daughter, Emily, march into her freshman year at Seattle Lutheran High School down the street from Hope. It is the first year that I have not had all three of my kids under one roof and it feels a bit weird, to be honest. She has attended Hope since preschool, so a lot of time has been spent and memories made in these hallways. I’m used to seeing her throughout the day, at lunch or on the playground and knowing how she is doing and where she is going, more so than the average parent since I work at Hope. I still look for her in the hallways.
Emily, on the other hand, has had very little anxiety or stress over this new adventure. She has jumped in with both feet and never looked back, which is exactly how it should be. She is playing volleyball, joined the cheer team and is on top of all her assignments and schedule. She walks around the junction with friends and arranges her social life. As parents, we relax the reigns just a little bit more with every grade as our students mature and blossom, giving them a little more responsibility and freedom, trusting that the foundation we have formed with their education and faith in God will guide them.
Speaking as a parent, Hope school is part of that fundamental foundation and one of the reasons that Emily is prepared to take the plunge into high school; the nurturing, loving teachers, top notch curriculum, abundant after school activities, and strong Christian values have all played an important part in raising her up to take on the next challenge. I hope that as new families to Hope, you feel welcomed and begin to experience all that Hope has to offer your student and family, perhaps experiencing a bit of a relief knowing that when 8th grade arrives, your child will be ready to fly and take on the world.
Wed. 9/13: 8:40 AM Chapel – Family and friends welcome to join us!
Fri. 9/15: Free Dress Day / Hope Apparel Orders Due
Tues. 9/19: 7:00 PM Curriculum Night
Wed. 9/20: 8:40 AM Chapel / 2:15 PM Orange Ruler Kick Off
Wed. – Fri. 9/20 to 9/22: 6th Grade Outdoor Ed.
Fri. 9/22: Chinook Book Fundraiser Deadline
Our Chinook Book Fundraiser
We are off to a great start! A few reminders are being sent home today so watch for your flyer.
The books that were sent home on the first day of school need to be sold for $25 or returned to the school office in sellable condition.
Books include an app subscription (Code is inside the book!). If people want to buy the app only for $15, they can do so via this link: https://chinook.co/hopelutheranschool
Any future refills purchased for apps sold via our promotors will benefit Hope too.
Turn in all money collected for book orders to the school office no later than September 22.
Want to take 10 Books to your office or door to door in the neighborhood and sell without waiting? Contact Heather Paar at 206-300-5233 or email@example.com to pick up books.
Orange Ruler Fun Run – Sept. 20
On Wednesday, September 20 we will kick off our annual Orange Ruler Fun Run. This FUNdraiser aims to not only inspire students to support their school, but also to work as a team to achieve a common goal, believe in themselves, and staying active. Our goal is to raise $25,000 in gross donations.
Our first offering of the school year will start tomorrow. Look for your student’s envelope in their Tuesday communication packet. This month our offerings will go to assist those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. As the number of lives touched by this disaster continues to grow, we are able to help through our Northwest Distrist of the Lutheran Church as 100 percent of the funds Texas District receives from your donations will be used to assist the disaster relief efforts.
Hope School Spirit Wear and Gear
Don’t miss out on sporting your Hope apparel! All orders due this Friday, Sept. 15th. Hope youth and adult t-shirts and sweatshirts plus much more is available online to order through our K12Online system with a student access code. Samples of wearable items available in the first floor hallway across from the gently used uniforms. Go EAGLES!
September 27 6:00 PM – Auction/Gala Meeting, location TBD
Come learn more about this highly anticipated event and how you could earn up to 2 FULL YEARS of PIP. We’re looking to kick off the planning committee. Everyone can contribute! We need people with energy or experience in event planning, fundraising, marketing, graphic design, auction item procurement, and a host/emcee for our event! First meeting of the year will be Wed., September 27. Do you have connections to local businesses or leaders in your industry? Sign up to lead our event sponsorship team!
PTH General Meeting – October 4 at 6:00 PM. Earn DOUBLE PIP hours for attending! Plus, meet your PTH Board, learn what’s coming up at school, and share your ideas.
Other PIP Opportunities:
Scrip Chair – Scrip cards are gift cards that can be purchased from the school office, and a percentage of sales gets returned to our school. We need a new chair to promote this easy and fun way to support our school all year. It’s a minimal time commitment, and easy to manage from home – and fulfills your entire year of PIP!
Lunch Room Parent – It’s a great way to connect with kids mid-day, see the lunch room in all its fun and flurry, and it’s a short weekly (or biweekly) commitment from 11:40 am to 12:50 pm. Help our teachers get the mid-day break they need.
Recess Parent – Come play outside! Even in the winter months you can get some Vitamin D and a quick hug on the playground. Hours are 12:00 to 1:05 pm. One day a week or more!
If you can help with any of these times, please contact Shari Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 935-8500.
Church Youth – Middle School
RüT – pronounced “root” – is what we call our middle school youth. RüT is a place for sixth through eighth grade students to play games, eat snacks, and experience Jesus.
We meet in theSAFE, which is our youth room. theSAFE stands for SPIRITUAL, ACTIVE, FUN, and EDIFYING. theSAFE is located through the Oregon Street entrance up the first set of stairs on your left. Come hangout with us on Wednesday nights 7-8:30pm. You are invited!
Next event: September 13, Arbor heights swim club 7:00 PM, $10 for non-swim club members & $5 for AHSC members – Pizza and pool party, bring a friend! Register HERE.