Finish Strong by Kristen Okabayashi
My middle son Alex is a senior at Seattle Lutheran High School this year, and he is a kid who is involved in everything. From academics to sports in every season to student council to drama, he has given high school his “all”. He recently made the decision to attend Seattle Pacific University in the fall, and discovered firsthand that giving high school his “all” has resulted in a great benefit to college scholarships as well. He is really looking forward to starting his new adventure at SPU. With that decision made, he is also finding it difficult to finish out his senior year without looking ahead too much. He has a bright future ahead of him, and yet he has to push through this last month to end his year successfully.
Like Alex, some of our 8th grade students who will graduate in a few short weeks are struggling to finish strong. In looking ahead to their new high schools, they see a bright future beckoning to them. They wonder, how hard will the classes be? What clubs or sports will they join? What will their friends be like? And yet, even as they look ahead, they need to focus on the present moment and finish the hard work they have mostly completed here at Hope.
Not to be overly philosophical, but we all could learn a lesson with this. Many of us struggle with looking ahead to the future and looking back at the past, but sometimes we just need to finish what we started in the present. Like our 8th grade students, we have to finish that project, reach out to that good friend who we haven’t seen in a while, and continue to work hard on our current state.
And if you see one of our 8th graders, encourage them to finish strong!
Upcoming Save the Dates
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
Tract Meet No School for 5-8 Grades – Tues. May 22
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tues. 5/1: 7:00 PM Academic Fair – Authors Night
Wed. 5/2: 8:40 AM Chapel led by kindergarten class
Fri. 5/4: Free Dress Day
Wed. 5/9: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Mrs. Mueller & Mrs. Neacfy / 6:00 PM PTH Meeting
May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week
Academic Fair “Authors Night” – Tonight – May 1
Everyone is invited to join us this night at 7:00 PM for our annual Academic Fair.
An event for the whole family! Families are strongly encouraged to visit each classroom together so that everyone may enjoy the projects. Attending the Academic Fair is not required however strongly encouraged so that each student as an opportunity to shine. Look forward to seeing you!
Tuition Materials for 2018 – 2019
Tuition materials for our 2018-2019 school year are being sent home today. If you DO NOT receive a tuition contract your student(s) are not currently registered for fall. To register, please visit: http://hope-lutheran-school.k12online.us/hope-lutheran-school/portal and enter your student’s ID number and access key to complete the registration process. Student ID and access keys can be obtained by calling or emailing the school office. The following items must be completed and returned to the school office by Wed., May 9th. Tuition Invoice – This shows your total tuition owed for the school year. Tuition Contract – This states the school’s policies regarding tuition payments and PIP requirements; it must be signed by each responsible party. SMART Enrollment Form (provided to new families).
Please note that our financial aid deadline was April 30th. Late applications will still be processed then financial assistance notifications will be sent and adjustments then made to your tuition amounts.
Grandparents / Special Person Day – May 16
Wednesday, May 16, all grandparents or that special person are invited to attend a day of celebration. We will start off at 8:40 AM with a welcome by our Principal, Mrs. Okabayashi in the Sanctuary followed by our Chapel service. On the agenda: breakfast with your grandchild, drama & musical performances, and our book fair. Sign-up sheets can be found here and RSVP’s are due Tuesday, May 8th.
Spring Scholastic Book Fair – May 14 – 18
Looking for great summer reading books for you and your kids? Want to earn funds for our school? Then plan on attending our Scholastic Book Fair where you can purchase books for kids, grandkids, and yourself! The fair will be located on the 1st & 2nd floor and open after school from 3:00 – 4:00 PM with the exception of Wed., May 16th where we will be open for Grandparents and preschool families from 9:30 to 10:30 am then 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. Funds from these sales go directly to Hope School to promote literacy and build classroom libraries.
PIP Opportunities – Click Here
Scholastic Book Fair – Volunteers Needed May 11-18 Here’s the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545ada823aafa7-scholastic4. Feel free to sign up for more than one time slot. Contact Mrs. Norton at email@example.com for more info.
Grandparents Day – May 16 sign up to help with this fun day! www.signupgenius.com
PTH Help – Our PTH storage closet needs some shelving. We are looking for someone to measure, build (or purchase) and install shelving in the closet so that it can be better organized.
School Clubs – Click Here
Hope Lutheran School Open Positions 2018-2019
Hope Lutheran School in beautiful West Seattle, Washington, has several job opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year:
- Physical Education Teacher – full-time position working with K-8 students
- Preschool Lead Teacher – Part-time position teaching prek students in morning only program Monday through Thursday, with a Friday option
- Preschool Assistant Teacher – Part-time position assisting lead teacher in prek morning classroom Monday through Thursday
- Before and/or After School Care Teacher for K-5 students
- Recess Supervisor – typical hours Monday through Friday noon to 1:15
Qualifications: Candidates must hold a strong personal faith and a servant heart, and must be professional and strong communicators. Hope staff must be understanding of and supportive of the ministry of Hope Lutheran Church and School. Experience preferred. All positions begin August 22, 2018. Visit Hope’s website at http://hopeluthstg.wpengine.com/home/about/job-opportunities/ for more information, job descriptions and an application form, or call the school office at (206) 935-8500. Applicants should submit a resume and application to Hope School Principal at kokabayashi@HopeSeattle.org /mail by May 13, 2018.
Church News & Activities – Click Here
VBS is July 23 -27, 2018 – Register here