GRIT: Fighting for Understanding by Sara Kunkel, 8th grade homeroom teacher
“Heroes are never perfect, but they’re brave, they’re authentic, they’re courageous, determined, discreet, and they’ve got grit.” Wade Davis
At Hope, we have a unique opportunity to work with students individually and personally. It is our desire that all of our students are successful, are able to follow their dreams and can reach their goals. One of the ways that we help our students to actually realize their dreams is through teaching them that it is normal and good to fail, and then encouraging them to get back up again when they fall and keep trying. Anything worth doing is not easy. Learning is worth doing!
Angela Duckworth, the author of the book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” has discovered through several studies “that grit—comprising a person’s perseverance and passion—is among the most important predictors of success and that we all have the power to increase our inner grit.”
As the 7th and 8th grade math teacher at Hope, I find I repeat myself almost every day. I will tell my students, “Fight for understanding”. I also don’t allow my students to use the word “can’t” in my classroom. Feel free to come see my sign above my door that says “Say NO to Can’t”. I tell them that perhaps they haven’t learned the math yet but that doesn’t mean that they can’t.
Learning won’t just happen. Students need the skills to learn how to make mistakes and learn from them. They need to know how to put in the necessary effort to press through when learning feels hard. Hope allows students to learn how to persevere, be comfortable with who they were meant to be and to reach for their dreams.
We hear stories of our Hope students as they are venturing into their chosen high schools. They tell us that they are in the top of their classes in math and many have tested into honors level classes. They tell us that they learned the skills needed to do hard things. They tell us that they have the skills to be successful. Goal accomplished!
I am so grateful to be able to work with such an amazing group of students at this amazing school called Hope. Every day I see students fighting for understanding, exploring their passions and I know that we have heroes in our midst.
For more about GRIT, check out Angela Duckworth’s Ted Talk – “The Power of Grit”
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 9/27: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Sylwester / 6:00 PM Auction-Gala Meeting / Deadline for Pizza & Burrito Lunch Orders
Fri. 9/29: 1:00 PM Fall Olympics
Wed. 10/4: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 6 / 6:00 PM PTH General Meeting
Fri. 10/6: Free Dress Day
Wed. 10/11: School Pictures All Grades – Please note change in Date!
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Athletic Photos Needed
Yearbook is on the search for Flag Football, Cross Country, Volleyball and Soccer photos. If you are at the games or meets and have captured some great shots you can submit them to Ms. Evjen-Bryan at email@example.com
September 27 6:00 PM – Auction/Gala Meeting – Childcare provided by PTH!
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 at Hope School. Do you have connections to local businesses or leaders in your industry? Sign up to lead our event sponsorship team!
Monday/Friday Hot Lunch Forms Due – Wednesday Sept. 27
Turn in hot lunch forms by this Wednesday! NO late orders accepted. Pizza Friday will be begin Sept 29th and Burrito Monday will begin Oct. 2nd. Pizza will be ordered from Dominos and the burritos will be coming from Baja Taco in Jefferson Square. Each burrito will come with refried beans, cheese, lettuce and rice as well as pico de gallo and mild sauce. The beef and chicken options will just have the meat added to the above.
Fall Olympics – Sept 29 at 1:00 PM
Parents are invited to cheer on students in grades K-8 in the Lowers for our Fall Olympics. Students are divided into teams and compete in activities such as the slow bike race, shoe toss, hula hooping and much more. The students have a great time; it’s one of the highlights of the Fall. On Wednesday students will find out what team they are on and which team color they will wear on Friday. The weather looks good so come out and cheer!
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. Childcare provided!
School Pictures – All Grades – Date Change To Wednesday, Oct 11
Wednesday, October 11 will be picture day! We will offer students the choice to wear uniforms or “Classy Dress”. Please help your child select clothing they would like to wear for their picture, following the free dress day guidelines. Order forms can be found in your Tuesday envelope next week and should be brought in on picture day. Our picture ID number with Lifetouch is LS115363Q0. Simplify Picture Day by ordering online at mylifetouch.com. No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online. See more options available online and you can use a credit card or PayPal on their secure site.
Preschool 3s Monday-Tuesday only students will have picture day on Monday, November 20.
Before & After School Clubs – Click Here
We are sorry to announce that the after school Chess Scholars program was canceled due to low enrollment this session. A full refund has been processed back and if you have any questions, feel free to contact their office directly at https://chessscholars.com or call 847-482-9999.
PTH & PIP Opportunities – Click Here
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Picture Day Help – We need volunteers to assist with picture day on Wed., October 11. Contact Mrs. Wallace if you are able to help for the day or ½ the day between 8:40 am and 2:00 pm. Thank you!
Scrip Chair – Scrip cards are gift cards that can be purchased from the school office and a percentage of sales are 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 & Recess Help Still Needed – Earn Double PIP hours for the month of October! It’s a great way to connect with your students classmates and it’s a huge help to give our teacher the mid-day break they need. Our lunch time is from 11:40 am to 12:50 pm and our recess 12:00 to 1:05 pm.
If you can help with any of these times, please contact Shari Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 935-8500.
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Special Screening of Angst – Oct. 5
Seattle Lutheran High School will be presenting a special screening of Angst on Oct. 5 at 6:30 PM. Angst is a documentary that is breaking the stigma around Anxiety. This screening is free and open to the community and is recommended for teachers, parents and students ages 12 years and up. Visit their website here https://www.seattlelutheran.org/angst-community-movie-event/ for additional information. Parking is available across the street from the gym, 4100 SW Genesee St., and on nearby side streets and light concessions will be sold.