WOH For Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Makerspace and Technology by Jennifer Neafcy, Assistant Principal
This past school year, I have been blessed to teach a variety of grade levels and a variety of subjects. One of the classes I taught this year was Makerspace and technology to K-2 students. The first half of the year focused on Makerspace. Makerspace, basically, means a space for making. It is a space where students can turn ideas into designs and products. Students are given a challenge or a problem to solve, and then find ways to solve the problem using a given set of resources. What I love about Makerspace is that it taps into students’ creativity and critical thinking skills to solve a problem with what is made available to them. It’s not just creating a masterpiece for the sake of creating (which is also an important skill), but it is creating with a purpose. Examples of activities included building structures with just toothpicks and marshmallows (that was trickier than we thought it would be), using craft sticks, clay, and cardstock to create a shelf to hold as many paperclips as possible, and creating animals using only pipe cleaners and pony beads.
The second half of the year, we focused on technology. More specifically, we focused on coding. Our coding adventures began with Ozobots, small robots that read color codes to move in certain ways. For instance, when an Ozobot travels over the colors green, red, green, red, the Ozobot will spin. Students created paths, with markers, for the Ozobots to travel with codes throughout the path. They were amazed at all that the Ozobots could do. After exploring coding with Ozobots, we moved on to coding apps on the iPads. We used Scratch Jr., Kodable, and Tynker. All these apps required the students to give commands to characters to complete a task. It was fun to watch the students think about the commands to give, test it out, and then make the necessary changes to complete the task.
I loved being able to spend time with our younger students and watching their creativity and critical thinking skills develop and grow.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tuesday, 5/24 – 5-8 Grade Track Meet 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – No School for 5-8 Grades
Friday, 5/27 – School Closed; Preschool & ESC Open with pre-registration
Monday, 5/30 – Memorial Day – School & ESC Closed
Tuesday, 6/7 – Sea Star Closing Ceremony – Sanctuary – 10:30 AM
Tuesday, 6/7 – Kindergarten Graduation – Sanctuary – 2:00 PM
Wednesday, 6/8 – Orca PreK Graduation – Sanctuary – 10:30 AM
Wednesday, 6/8 – 8th Grade Graduation – Sanctuary – 7:00 PM
Athletic Events – Click Here
K-8 & Preschool/ESC Closures May 27 & May 30
Please note that K-8 will be closed Friday, May 27 with only our Preschool & ESC programs open (with pre-registration for our ESC age group). On Monday, May 30st all programs will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
2022-2023 Hope Lutheran Calendar
Click for the 2022-2023 school year calendar. A more detailed calendar for the year, as well as the Preschool/ESC calendar, will come out over the summer.
COVID-19 Rapid Tests and Protocols
Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to take a PCR test, as the PCR test will detect the virus before rapid tests will. PCR tests are readily available in our community. In addition, you may order 10 rapid tests per month per household by clicking here. Tests are shipped via Amazon and arrive within days typically. You may also pick up rapid tests at the school office during school hours. With COVID on the rise again, to help us remain open and in-person, please be sure to remain home if you have symptoms; we encourage masking while at school.
2022-2023 School Year Tuition Contracts Due ASAP
Most tuition contracts, along with financial aid contracts have been sent home and are now past due. Please fill them out completely, sign, and return them to the office as soon as possible. You can do this in-person, through the mail, or via email. Please call the office with any questions or concerns.
Library to Close June 1st
Since the end of the year is quickly approaching, it’s time to get library books returned!
All checked out books will need to be returned by Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Outstanding Tuition & Fees
Please note that student transcripts, report cards and diplomas will be withheld at the end of the school year until all outstanding tuition and fees (includes library fines, iPad fines and sports fees) are paid in full. For tuition information contact SMART Tuition Management at 1-888-868-8828.
Due to processing delays this year our yearbooks did not arrive prior to the end of our school year. We are sorry for this inconvenience and will share more instructions for passing yearbooks out at a later date. Thank you SO much to Ms. Leah and Audrey who worked very hard to ensure we have a collection of memories from this blessed school year!
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PIP Hour Opportunities & Deadline
*Classroom Help: Reach out to your children’s teachers – many may need help chaperoning field trips, preparing classroom activities/projects and/or planning for end-of -school year parties.
*Lunch and Recess: Supervise lunch from 11:40-12:45 on Monday, June 6.
Supervise afternoon recess from 1:30-2:15 on Monday, June 6th. Email Jennifer Neafcy for more information.
*Please submit all PIP Hours by June 6, 2022.
West Seattle Summer Fest and West Seattle Grand Parade
Hope School is excited to be participating in the West Seattle Summer Fest July 14-17 and the West Seattle Grand Parade July 23rd! Summer Fest and the parade are a great way to get your PIP hours started for the next school year. Hope students/parents will be manning the game tent at Summer Fest (July 15) and passing out candy at the parade as we follow the decorated bus down California Avenue. Write these dates on the calendar and be watching for more information in the coming weeks. Immediate Need: Parade coordinator for Hope (day of). Email Sally Heit for more information.
Hope Lutheran Summer Camp – A few spots left!
There are a few spots still available in week 1, 3 and 5. 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.
Vacation Bible Camp
VBS is coming June 20-24, 9:00AM-12:00PM for students entering 1st-5th grade in the fall. The theme is “Treasured: Discovering You are Priceless to God.” Adult Volunteers are needed! Click Here to register participants and to sign up to volunteer.