LEST 2020 Final Thoughts by Kristen Okabayashi, Hope Principal
The news of Concordia University-Portland closing at the end of the school year added to the emotions we always feel during LEST. The joy of competing and doing your best, the sadness when an event doesn’t go quite as you planned, and the laughter and connection of being together added to the subtle grief of realizing this was the last year at Concordia.
Our Hope students had an exceptional year in the academic categories. The awards sheet goes home today in the Tuesday envelopes, so you can see how we performed. Our students did extremely well in math and all of our spellers placed in the top 3 in the spelling bee. One student placed in chess and another was awarded “most promising writer” so kudos to our smart students and our rigorous teachers!
Another highlight for me this year was seeing our overall school spirit shine so brightly. If you have been to LEST before, you know Friday is an exhausting day full of event after event. This year, we had a 7:30 AM boys basketball game the very next day on Saturday, which was so difficult to get excited about! And yet, most of our families and our entire cheer squad showed up and cheered loudly and proudly throughout the entire game. It was something I will remember always! Our students and parents are so supportive of each other and I know the players felt the enthusiasm.
Going forward, I am on the leadership committee to ensure that the LEST tradition continues. It will be in a different location and I’m sure there will be changes made, but we have a team of people who are very committed to LEST 2.0, as I like to call it. Go Eagles!
Calendar of Events
Wed. 2/26: Ash Wednesday 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Peter
Wed. 3/4: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Mrs. Mueller
Fri. 3/6: Free Dress Day
Thurs. 3/13: No School, Teacher Grading Day
Purchase Auction Tickets Now
There is still time and tickets are available to purchase to the 60th Anniversary Auction! Purchasing tickets is really very easy! This handy link – https://hopeseattle.ejoinme.org/tickets – will take you straight to the ticket page. Have you seen the FABULOUS class baskets on display in the Commons area? Check it out when you come to chapel or before or after school.
Auction News & Opportunities – Click Here – Next Meeting Tonight Feb. 25 @ 6:30 PM
Visit the sign up genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545ada823aafa7-60th
We are still in need of the following: Husky Tickets for a September game, alcohol, beer and wine for the bar and wine for the wine pull. Do you have an experience to donate, a vacation home, theater tickets or gift cards? You can fill out a donation form on our website (its true!!) and then bring the item to office!
Please help us with take down. We only have 2 people signed up right now and could use 4 more. You will enjoy the auction AND receive PIP!! PIP! PIP! PIP!
60th Anniversary Reunion Celebration – March 6, 2020
Hope Lutheran School is excited to celebrate turning 60 March 6th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Alumni and past staff will be touring the school and enjoying a presentation. Help is needed to greet, assist in the kitchenette, set up at 3 pm and take down at 7:30 pm. Please email Sally Heit, firstname.lastname@example.org, to volunteer. Great way to get your PIP hours!
Talent Show Coming! March 25, 2020
The talent show application form goes home today, Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Forms due by March 3rd. Please review the information carefully to ensure that everyone is prepared for tryouts.
School Clubs at Hope – Visit Here
Visit our school website for updated information on our school clubs at hls.hopeschool.org.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
Lunch & Recess Help Still Needed – Tuesdays & Fridays
Hope Auction – Please consider signing up to make this the best auction yet and EARN PIP!!
Auction Meeting – Tuesday’s at 6:30 PM
Hope 60th Reunion Celebration March 6 @ 4:30 pm
Church News & Activities – Click Here
Come to the 5th Annual St. Paddy’s Dinner
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 15th at 5:30 PM. Margaret and Greta will cook a traditional meal and the youth will be serving. This is a fundraiser for the Mexico Mission Trip 2020 (MMT 2020). RSVP online here: http://hopeseattle.org/next-steps/youth/ or follow that link if you can’t make it but would still like to make a donation towards our trip! Thank you for your support and hope to see you at the dinner!
Hope 101 Class – March 2, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm
The first class of Hope 101 will on March 2 in the View room. This class will be taught by Pastor Peter. If you would like to transfer your membership or learn more about Hope, please plan to attend. Sign up by contacting: Patra Mueller at email@example.com.