WOH For Tuesday, March 29, 2022
By Dominic Snyder, Seventh Grade Teacher
I’ve spent a lot of time in recent months reflecting on the importance of place and where it derives value. We all have those “sacred” spaces in our lives, the places where we feel a sense of belonging, the familiarity of home, or perhaps even some amount of responsibility. Having lived in the same city for all of my life, I have accumulated countless memories associated with seemingly every corner of my surroundings. How many memories do I have of spending time at that beach, or on that trail, or in that building, or in that church, or in that home? Many are deeply formative, many are ostensibly inconsequential. Some I cherish, some I try not to recall.
What a gift it is to feel a sense of belonging in a place. We all yearn for places that we love and that we feel loved by.
Certainly, some sacred places we prize for their solitude and the time we’ve spent in them alone. But in my own life, as I’ve reflected on all the places I hold dear and all that these places have given me, a superstructure emerges. This is a pattern of people and experiences which we most commonly refer to as a community.
I am so deeply grateful for the communities that have shaped who I am. It is these collectives of people, working and caring for each other, that have done the most to demonstrate to me what God’s love looks like. Walking into the places my communities call home, I feel a deep and powerful love.
What are the places that hold that importance for you? What are the sacred places in your life, and where do you feel a true sense of community? For me, my church is one of those places. One of the most important pastoral figures in my life passed away a few weeks ago, and it was powerful to spend time remembering her with the community she meant so much to, in the place that community calls home.
How can we live our lives so that we are a blessing to our communities? How can we give of ourselves to those around us, and how can we inspire those in our communities to do the same? We are meant to share life together in close community. We are meant to give and receive God’s love in this context. What does it look like to be a teacher, staff member, parent, or student who helps make this community that kind of place? Look to the beautiful examples all around us. May we be a community that blesses each other and the world.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tuesday, 3/29 – Report Cards going home
Thursday, 4/7 & Friday, 4/8 – Preschool & ESC OPEN; No School K-8; Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday 4/11-Friday, 4/15 – No School/No ESC – Spring Break
Monday, 4/18 – No School/No ESC – Easter Monday
Athletic Events – Click Here
Thank you to all of you who helped serve on an accreditation team, or who came in to meet with the validation team last week. A team of five educators was at Hope for three days, reviewing evidence and meeting with students, faculty, parents, board members, and congregation members of Hope to determine if the school should be recommended for accreditation. We are pleased to share that the team made the recommendation that our accreditation be fully renewed!
We received strong scores overall as a school and we thank Jennifer Neafcy for leading this process. She was organized and thorough, which made the visit an enormous success.
The validation team described Hope School’s outstanding strength in a beautifully worded paragraph, which we would like to share with all of you, as follows:
Hope’s teachers lead with love. Uniformly, parents and students pointed to the strength of relationships between Hope’s faculty and staff and their family. Parents express the belief that their student’s teacher cares for their student’s learning, and more importantly cares for their overall well-being. Teachers express that establishing positive, caring relationships with their students is essential and a crucial precursor to all learning. School families see Jesus’ love in the actions of Hope’s teachers and staff.
Class Picture Day Yesterday
Class picture flyers went home last week in the communication envelopes and were taken yesterday, March 28, 2022. To order click here and enter Picture Day ID: EVTSRD2DM
Report Cards Going Home – Today
Trimester 2 report cards will go home in the Tuesday envelopes TODAY, March 29, 2022. Please sign and return the small envelope containing the report card. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher and/or sign up for a parent teacher conference time (see below).
Parent/Teacher Conferences – April 7-8
Spring parent/teacher conferences for K-8 are coming up on Thursday and Friday, April 7-8. We are pleased to be able to invite parents back on campus to meet in person for conferences. Conference times are on Thursday, April 7 from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, and on Friday, April 8 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Spring conferences are optional. If you would like to have a conference with your child’s teacher, please click here to sign up.
Financial Aid Deadline – April 30th
If you would like to apply for financial aid for the next academic year, please do so by April 30th. To find out more information on how to apply, please click here. Families must re-apply for aid every year. Contracts will be sent out the third week of April to families who are re-enrolled.
There are only 6 weeks left before the Incredible Virtual Super Auction! Stay tuned for information on how to get tickets, timeline and how to be a Superhero for Hope! Fabulous items have been rolling in that you won’t want to miss out on. Be sure to check out the Facebook page for information as well and sneak peeks at the class baskets.
PIP Hour Notifications
You will be receiving your Family’s Service Hours statement today in the yellow envelopes. Please review them and let us know if you have any questions.
PTH Auction SignUp Genius
If you are looking for a way to earn PIP service hours and would like to support the school auction, you can go to Sign-Up Genius and find a way to help.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545ada823aafa7-incredible
Lost & Found Items – Please claim by April 1st
Here is the Lost and Found album. Help us find the proper owners.
Click on the picture and comment on any item that belongs to you The claimed items will be available for pick-up after Friday, March 25th. All unclaimed items will be donated and uniforms returned to the school April 1st.
Hope Lutheran Summer Camp
Summer Camp Registration is open! All Hope students in grades preschool through fifth grade are welcome to sign up! Fun themes include art, sports, animals, science, and drama. Space is limited and usually fills up quickly so please sign up here.
Save The Date: Vacation Bible School
VBS is coming June 20-24, 9:00am-Noon for students entering 1st-5th grade in the fall. The theme is “Treasured: Discovering You are Priceless to God“. Click Here to register and to sign up to volunteer. Due to COVID-19 space will be limited to eighty participants and first priority will be to our Hope community.
Summer Art Camps at Hope Lutheran School (in-person!)
Lacey Reuter, founder of Rainbow Parrot Art and former art teacher at Holy Rosary, will be hosting two weeks of Summer Art Camps at Hope Lutheran School in August. Art Camp #1 will be held from Aug. 8-12 @ 10:30am-2:00pm. Art Camp #2 will be held from Aug. 15-18 @ 10:30am-2:00pm. For full details and to register, visit www.rainbowparrotart.com.
Lil’ Saints Basketball and Volleyball Summer Camp – June 20-24, 2022
Join us at camp! Is your child interested in playing volleyball or basketball? At volleyball camp your student, 5th-9th grade, will receive instruction on passing, setting the ball, spiking and serving, and scrimmage, etc. Our basketball camp is for grade 1- 5 and campers will receive instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, playing defense, etc. Alongside the Head coach, there will be high school coaches to help your child grow in the game of basketball and learn valuable life lessons. To register, click here.
SLHS Spring Musical April 29-30 and May 1, 2022 – Purchase Tickets Here!
This spring, Seattle Lutheran High School Drama is proud to present The World According to Snoopy. Snoopy is the world’s most lovable dog, but people don’t feel the same about his owner, Charlie Brown. In a series of comic strip-like scenes, we watch everyone’s favorite “Peanuts” characters go to school, sit in the pumpkin patch, ask for psychiatric advice, and have wild flights of fancy. This funny, uplifting musical reminds us all of the power of friendship. Don’t miss it! Dates are April 29, 30 and May 1; tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and non-SLHS students.