Looking Ahead, by Kristen Okabayashi
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday and a relaxing Spring Break! We are now entering the final stretch of the school year, which I can hardly believe. Even as our students and families are focused on finishing up the school year, as a staff we are also thinking ahead into next year. Some of the projects we are working on include:
- Curriculum review – when I first started at Hope almost 8 years ago, we implemented a 7 year review cycle to ensure that our curriculum materials remain relevant to current teaching standards and methods. The first new curriculum we implemented in Fall 2011 was our language arts curriculum “Good Habits, Great Readers”. Now it’s time to update it as 7 years have passed! Thank you to our curriculum review team (Jennifer Neafcy, Julie Hartley, Lucy Kuhn, Lisa Richardson, and Lisa Meyer) for working on this throughout the year. From determining how we can improve our current curriculum for our learners, to reviewing materials and samples online, this team is close to making a final selection for next year.
- Staffing – we have some small staffing changes noted in yesterday’s email communication, so we will have hiring teams put in place as we search for new teachers and staff.
- Preschool Expansion – with an ever growing need for full day preschool programs, next year we plan to offer two preschool 4s classes instead of just one, which will allow us to provide more full-day and more morning spots for our families.
- Technology – This year, technology director Kevin Jones has had the goal of each student designing and printing up their own object on 3D printers. As he finishes this up, he is looking ahead into next year and considering how he can best support our teachers. One of his goals for next year is to spend more time guiding and assisting the technology learning in class, as technology continues to impact our students’ learning experiences.
Enjoy the last couple of months of this year and with that, we look forward to next year as well!
Upcoming Save the Dates
Hopecoming Auction – Sat. April 21 @ 6:00 PM
Academic Fair – Tuesday, May 1 @ 7:00 PM
Last PTH Meeting – Wed., May 9 @ 6:00 PM
Teacher Appreciation Week – May 7-11
Grandparents Day – Wed., May 16 @ 8:30 to 11:30 AM
Auction Update: Hopecoming is 11 days away!
Help is needed for set-up, clean up, cashiering, bid spotters, and general help. To volunteer, contact Heather Paar (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use Sign Up Genius here: Hopecoming– Saturday, April 21, 2018 Early Bird special of $45 has been extended to Friday April 13th! Buy your tickets today, don’t delay!
Who have you invited to join you at our totally awesome auction? Neighbors, friends, and grandparents are all welcome! There is a prize for whoever invites the most guests – could you be the winner? We have some amazing auction items this year. You can preview the silent and live auction items on the event website (listed above). Need some PIP hours? There are many opportunities to help next week. Help package silent auction items for display (you can do it from home!), pick up printed materials, or help with set-up Friday afternoon from 3-7 or Saturday morning starting at 9am. We are still looking for volunteers for the event to help with cashiering, live auction spotters and bid recorders, and clean up crew from 10-11pm Saturday and noon-2 on Sunday. Do you have an art easel we could borrow for the silent auction? Contact Heather Paar (email@example.com) to get connected.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 4/11: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 7
Thur. & Fri. 4/12 & 4/13: No School for Parent Teacher Conferences / ESC “XTRA” Open with pre-registration
Wed. 4/18: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Mr. Dave Meyer
Fri. 4/20: Free Dress Day
Sat. 4/21: Hopecoming Auction Party 6:00 PM
Parent/Teacher Conferences, April 12 & 13
These spring conferences are optional for our K-8 grade families however required for our preschool families. Your confirmed conference times will be sent home today, Tuesday, April 10.
Parent Involvement Program (PIP) Statements
Our Parent Involvement Program year runs through May 31st of each year. Submit your PIP hours online here or pick up a hard copy form through the school office.
PIP Opportunities – visit signupgenius.com and search by firstname.lastname@example.org
- Auction Help Needed – In need of a volunteer to help bundle note cards for the auction next week; exact date TBD, but potentially April 17th or 18th. Email Heather Paar at email@example.com
- Track Coaches needed – season runs April thru May. Contact Mr. Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PTH Board positions open for secretary and treasurer contact Sonjia at email@example.com.
School Clubs – Click Here
Spring club registrations are now available for Chess, Coding with Kids & Drama.
Church News & Activities – Click Here
VBS is coming July 23-27, 2018!
VBS is open to Preschool children (age 4 by September 1 and potty trained) through those entering 5th grade in the fall. Students entering 6th grade in the fall are invited to serve as volunteers. Being a part of the VBS team is a blast! Last year we had over eighty volunteers. Pray about how you can get involved this summer. Online registration for participants and volunteers is open at Hopeseattle.org. The registration fee is $25 and after May 1st is $30. Scholarships are available upon request.
Summer Camps at Seattle Lutheran
Seattle Lutheran is proud to offer elementary basketball camp, football training camp, middle school volleyball camp, and art camp this summer.
Click here to view our summer camp brochures and register.
Seattle Lutheran High School Drama Presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors!
Seattle Lutheran High School Drama is proud to present this story about characters that lose, confuse, and regain their identities in an enticing but eerie, morally suspect city. This production will be set in an era evocative of the 1920s, in a prosperous seaport city filled with ostentatious wealth, lively jazz, seedy characters, zany antics and the mafia. The performance times will be on the evening of Friday, April 27, at 7:30 PM and the afternoon of Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:30 PM in the Seattle Lutheran High School gymnasium located at 4100 SW Genesee Street. Tickets: Adults $5, Children 7-14 $2. All 7th and 8th grade students are admitted free with school ID. For more information visit our website at www.SeattleLutheran.org.