Partnering with Parents by Kristen Okabayashi, Hope Principal
Research demonstrates that when parents/guardians are involved in their child’s school experience, students have higher school attendance, stronger grades, and learn more than when parents are not involved. Parent-teacher conferences are coming up in three weeks, and they are such a great way for parents to become involved and engaged in their child’s classroom experience at Hope. It’s a wonderful opportunity to discuss our favorite topic: our students and children! It’s the time to share questions and observations about your child with their teacher, so we can partner together to help our students meet their potential.
K-8 student fall conferences are highly encouraged/required and so all families will be assigned a conference time. If you have a preference for your conference, please fill out the request form going home today in the Tuesday communication envelopes and return it to the office or your child’s homeroom teacher by Tuesday, October 22. Fall conferences are optional for our preschool students and you will hear more information from your child’s preschool teacher.
Please let us know if you have any questions about parent/teacher conferences; we look forward to meeting with all of you!
Wed. 10/16: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 6
Fri. 10/18: Free Dress Day
Tues. 10/22: 6:30 PM Kindergarten Information Night
Wed. 10/23: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 3
60th Anniversary Auction! – March 7th
Hope School turns 60 this year and we are raising funds to help her age beautifully! Many hands make light work! Please consider signing up to make this the best auction yet and EARN PIP!! Auction Meetings are held every Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the Church Commons unless noted otherwise. We sincerely appreciate your support! Sign Up Here to volunteer.
Kindergarten Information Night – Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Is my child ready for kindergarten? We invite you to attend our Kindergarten Information Night which will provide information regarding kindergarten readiness and what to look for in a kindergarten from our Preschool Director Mrs. Figgins, hear more about our kindergarten program from our highly experienced teacher, Mrs. Neafcy. Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email email@example.com for more information. Spread the word!
This event is for parents only as there is a lot of information shared and childcare is not available.
LEST Drama – New Start Date of Nov. 13
Hope School’s LEST drama will now start on Wednesday, Nov. 13 for the 2019/2020 school year. Our rehearsals will be on every Wednesday from 3-4:30 PM. The Nov. 13 rehearsal will begin in Mrs. Norton’s classroom (3rd grade). Each student will receive a schedule of rehearsals and our meeting place will normally be in the commons. I encourage kids to bring a snack to eat before we act. LEST takes place in Portland, Oregon at the Concordia University on February 13-15, 2020. There are all kinds of competitions and our drama team is one of many. You must be committed to attend every rehearsal and go to Portland for the drama competition. The drama team is open to grades 5-8. Please be aware there may be auditions needed to keep the size of the cast manageable for the stage.
Amazon Smile – Support Hope Lutheran Church & School when you shop on Amazon
Hope Lutheran Church & School will receive a portion of the purchase price when you shop at smile.amazon.com at no cost to you. It’s a simple and automatic way for you to support Hope Lutheran Church & School and you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com. To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device, the select Hope Lutheran Church & School – West Seattle when prompted. Hope Church & School operate under a combined budget; Smile dollars received will be recorded in a joint line item in the operating budget. Thank you for your support!
School Clubs at Hope – Visit Here
Visit our school website for updated information on our school clubs at www.hls.hopeschool.org.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
Tall and Small Family Ball – Friday, October 18th 6:30 – 9:00 pm – Come one, come all, to the Tall and Small Family Ball! Moms and Dads – boys and girls – get out your dancing shoes and join the PTH at the Seattle Lutheran High School Gym for an all age’s night of family fun!! (P3-8th) Sign up here
Can you help spread the word?
The admissions director would love some help putting up open house posters and postcards in the junction area and high traffic areas frequented by families. If you would like to get your steps in for the day and walk the junction or if you have a business that you could hang up a poster in, please let Sally Heit know. We need to spread the word about our Awesome school!
Lunch & Recess Help Still Needed
First Communion Class – Begins on Sunday, October 20
Students fifth grade or older, and their parents are invited to learn and review the basic teachings of our distinctive Lutheran belief about the Lord’s Supper. One or both parents are expected to join their children in the class and work with them during the week on their simple assignments. Grandparents, aunts & uncles are also welcome to participate with a student. This five-session class will meet in Room 212 on the 2nd floor of the school on Sundays: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, and 17, 2019. To help us prepare, please register by contacting Deacon Dan Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the church office at 206-937-9330.
Save the date: First Communion for students who attended these classes will be on Sunday, November 17, at the 10:30 service.
Online Safety Presentation – Oct. 17 at 7:00 PM
Seattle Lutheran High School is hosting an Online Safety Presentation for Families on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM at 4100 SW Genesee Street, Seattle, WA 98116. Speaker Kelly Crouch from Seattle Police Department will be speaking on the topic of online safety. This event is free and open to the public and to families with children of all ages. For more information call Seattle Lutheran High School at 206-937-7722.
Seattle Lutheran High School’s Open House – Oct. 24 at 7:00 PM
Seattle Lutheran open house will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM at 4100 SW Genesee Street. School visitations for 8th grade students are on Tuesdays, beginning October 8, 2019. You can sign up for a visit on our website at www.seattlelutheran.org under the Quick Links menu on the right side of our home page. For more information contact Rachel Bigliardi at email@example.com or call 206-937-7722.