WOH August 23, 2022
Hello Hope Families,
The excitement for the new school year is building here at Hope. The teachers returned back to their classrooms yesterday and are busy preparing for their students. We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, August 29 for the Back-to-School event and on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 for the first day of school!
Weekly communication you can expect to see this year includes:
- WOH Newsletter: the school office will send out an electronic newsletter, called “Words of Hope,” every week throughout the school year, usually on Tuesdays. Please read through this each week so you are current about the many happenings at Hope! This newsletter will be posted in GradeLink and on our website.
- Yellow Envelopes: large yellow “Communication” envelopes will be sent home with your student every Tuesday. Please keep an eye out for them. Inside you will find a variety of communications between you and the school. Please sign the envelope and return it with your student the following day.
- Parent Involvement Participation (PIP) Hours: volunteer opportunities will be posted in our Words Of Hope Newsletter – please contact the office if you can help out. You can also reach out to your child’s teacher to see if they can use some assistance.
Calendar of Events
Sun., 8/28; 3-4pm: Kindergarten Social (on the playground)
Mon. 8/29; 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm: Welcome Back to School Event for Preschool-Grade 8 Families (see information below)
Wed. 8/31: First Full Day of School, except for early KG dismissal at 11:50 am / School Milk and NEST Hot Lunch programs begin; ESC “XTRA” Open
Thurs, 9/1: Full Day of School, except for KG early dismissal at 11:50 am / ESC “XTRA” Open
Wed. 8/31: 8:20am-8:45am “BooHoo/Yahoo” event in the Commons
Friday, 9/2: Free Dress Day
Friday, 9/2: Early Dismissal Day for the entire school; K-3 (11:50 am dismissal) 4-8 (12:00 pm dismissal). ESC Open.
Mon. 9/7: School Closed for Labor Day. All programs closed.
Wed. 9/20; 6:00pm-6:30pm: General PTH Meeting in the Sanctuary – you earn PIP hours for attending these meetings.
Wed. 9/20; 6:30pm-7:45pm: K-8 Curriculum Night
Welcome Back to School Events:
Sunday, August 28 (Kindergarten)
There will be a Kindergarten Social on Hope School’s Playground from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Come meet your new classmates and their families.
Monday, August 29 (Preschool-Grade 8)
We look forward to seeing everyone at our annual back to school event! Families are invited to join us in the classroom from either 11:00am-1:00pm or from 5:00pm-7:00pm, based on family last name (see below). After visiting the classroom and dropping off your student’s classroom supplies, please head out to the north parking lot for the uniform exchange tables, yearbook distribution, and the PTH table. PTH will host an ice cream social in the north lot and on the north playground for families.
Students will have an opportunity to meet their teachers during a 15 minute time slot, scheduled by last name. We are offering morning and evening time slots to accommodate varying family needs, so please choose the time that works best for you out of the two choices.
A – C 11:00 – 11:15 or 5:00 – 5:15 pm
D – F 11:20 – 11:35 or 5:20 – 5:35
G – J 11:40 – 11:55 or 5:40 – 5:55
K – N 12:00 – 12:15 pm or 6:00 – 6:15
O – R 12:20 – 12:35 or 6:20 – 6:35
S – Z 12: 40 – 12:55 or 640 – 6:55
Classroom Supply Lists:
You will find classroom supply lists on your student’s Gradelink account. Login, then click on the Teacher’s Homepage or Announcement page. At the back-to-school event, please drop off classroom supplies. Email Tammy Shelver with any questions at email@example.com .
Wednesday, August 31: First Day of School. PTH will be holding a “BooHoo/Yahoo” event in the Commons from 8:20 am-8:45 am. Stop by and say “hello” to your PTH board and other fellow parents. Light pastries and refreshments offered.
Student Medical Information Update:
If your student requires taking medication during the day, requires an Epi Pen, inhaler or even might need the occasional Benadryl for allergies, ect., the office must have an authorization form filled out and signed by the parent. This form can be obtained in the office or emailed to you and must be on file before medication can be given. All medications will be held in the office. Epi pens should be brought to school by the parent and given to the office on the first day of school.
If there is any change in your student’s medical history or insurance, such as an ADHD diagnosis, new IEP/504 plan, new medication, please email the school office so we can update your student’s history in GradeLink.
Substitute Teachers Needed: We are currently looking for Substitute Teachers. Please visit the Hope School website, please click here to fill out an application or share this opportunity with others. Feel free to pass on this opportunity to others if you know of people looking to sub.
Lunchroom Volunteer Opportunities: Monday-Friday 11:40 am-12:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Two volunteers minimum are needed each day for lunch supervision, disinfection, and clean-up. Please contact the Hope office to volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope Church Reader Board Changer: Hope Church’s reader board changer has faithfully served us over the Spring/Summer, but now needs to step down. We are looking for an individual who can change and update the Reader Board for the church either weekly or bi-weekly, depending upon the need. Please contact Patra Mueller @ email@example.com
Hope PE uniforms and school uniforms: available through Lands End.
Gently Used Uniform Exchange: Beginning Thursday, 8/18, from 9 am-3 pm, you are welcome to stop by the school and choose any gently-used clothing items your student may still need. You are also free to keep bringing in any uniform items your child may have outgrown. We will keep this available until Tuesday, 8/30.
Hot Lunch Program – Begins Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Our NEST Hot lunch program is now available 4 days a week (M-Th) during our 1st trimester to all PS – 8th grade families. The registration form is on NEST’s website orderable and payable on a month-to-month basis. You can also find monthly menus and registration information on their website. Forms may be filled out and scan/email it back to them or send it via snail mail and feel free to contact them with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Hope School does not register or bill for this program.
PIZZA FRIDAYS! PIZZA FRIDAYS! The Hope’s 7th and 8th Grade East Coast Trip Fundraising Group will host pizza for lunch on Fridays! Order your slice and dessert! Your choice of cheese or pepperoni. Make Fridays easy and order now! This lunch service will apply to all Fridays from September 9, 2022 through December 9, 2022. Open to all full-day students at Hope. We will send out reorder forms in December for January – June Fridays. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Hope 7th and 8th grade East Coast Trip! Order forms are in the Tuesday envelopes or print form here. All orders must be submitted by September 15, 2022.
LINKS you may find useful as you prepare for school:
Apparel Buy Now Link – https://bngn.blackbaud.school/?id=diio0jbz31h
We only order these Hope apparel items once a year. Take advantage of this opportunity now! Due date is September 9th.
School Milk – Begins Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Sports, Milk and Bible Link- https://bngn.blackbaud.school/?id=evqh0rndogb
Blackbaud Tuition Management Mobile App Discontinued
On August 31, 2022, the Blackbaud Tuition Management mobile app will no longer be available for download from the iPhone App Store or the Google Play Store. Additionally, previous downloads of the app will no longer be accessible on mobile devices. For the most up to date experience, please visit the mobile responsive payer site (parent.blackbaud.school) to view your account, process payments, and much more.
FALL KICK OFF at Hope Church: Everyone is welcome to join us on Sunday, September 11th as we kick off the fall season! Teachers will be recognized at the 10:45 service (new church service time beginning on 9/11/22) followed by lunch and lots of fun together with special activities including a bounce house and dunk tank! Fun for the whole family!