Building Community Together by Sally Heit
I have been working at Hope for 10 years as admissions director, but before that I was a parent, just like you, with a young daughter (Emily) who was ready for preschool. Being a young mom I had no idea how to navigate finding a school, and so I followed the lead of more experienced moms and began looking at schools. My search brought me to Hope preschool. I had always attended public school; my husband attended private school. Eric and I agreed that combining our church experience with our school experience would fit our family best; a faith-based community that did life together.
Flash forward and I’m a mom of a sophomore at Western WA University, a senior at West Seattle High School and an eighth grader here at Hope. All of my kids will have graduated from Hope School by this June. This community has seen our family through some tough times; we’ve made life-long friends with other parents; our kids have been baptized and celebrated their confirmations here; and the church and school staff have supported and lifted me up more times than I can count in my work at the school. I can’t imagine going through the pandemic without this community of parents, teachers, staff and parishioners.
As we begin this year coming out of the pandemic, the start of this year has been one of the most hopeful. It’s an exciting time of reconnecting with each other more freely, getting back into routines, and embracing the luxury of planning ahead for the year. Greeting our students in the morning, seeing their smiles, offering lunch in the Fellowship Hall, bringing back clubs and sports and seeing our sixth graders off tomorrow to Outdoor Ed fills me with joy and makes me appreciate all the more the community that is Hope School.
Calendar of Events
Tuesday 9/20 6:00pm-6:30pm: General PTH Meeting in the Sanctuary – earn PIP hours!
Tuesday 9/20 6:30pm-7:45pm: K-8 Curriculum Night
Wed-Fri 9/21-9/23: 6th Grade Outdoor Education
Thursday 9/22 7:00pm: East Coast Trip Fundraising Volunteer Meeting
Friday 9/23 6:30-9:00pm: Family Movie Night in the Commons or Sanctuary; arrive by 6:15pm
Friday 9/30 1:00pm: Fall Olympics
Friday 10/7 6:30-9:00pm: Tall and Small Family Ball in the Seattle Lutheran HS Gym. $20/family
Tuesday, 10/11: Picture Day – Individual, Class & Fall Team Sports Pictures taken by LifeTouch at school
Picture Day: October 11, 2022
Picture day is coming up! Paper order forms are coming home today in the Tuesday envelope or you may order online at mylifetouch.com with our school Picture Day id: EVT7S6TNM. See below for a volunteer opportunity on picture day.
East Coast Trip Fundraising Volunteer Meeting: Thursday, September 22 at 7:00pm
The meeting will be held in the church’s “Fellowship Hall.” The Fellowship Hall is located in the basement of the church (and also serves as the school cafeteria). To enter the building, please go to the back alley behind the church. The door is located next to the “lowers” parking lot and the trash dumpsters behind the church.
PTH Meeting: Tuesday September 20th – 6:00pm-6:30pm
The school year is under way and we are gearing up for our first Parent Teachers of Hope General Meeting of the year. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend (did I mention PIP hours?). We will discuss this year’s planned events, answer questions, and welcome new ideas! See you there!
PTH Sponsored Family Movie Night : Friday September 23rd from *6:15pm – 9:00pm
Drum Roll…..the movie winner is…ENCANTO!!
Thank you students for voting and helping us decide! The PTH is proud to present a Hope Lutheran Family Movie Night. Join us in the Commons for a fun evening! Movie, drinks, and snacks will be provided by the PTH. Please RSVP here by today 9/20 to secure your spots – as we have limited capacity. Donations can be made at the event or online.
*Please arrive at 6:15pm to set up your camp chairs, blankets & pillows.
PTH Hosted Tall and Small Family Ball: Friday, October 7th from 6:30-9:00pm.
At Seattle Lutheran High School : 4100 SW Genesee Street Seattle, WA 98116
Come one, come all, to the Tall and Small Family Ball! We’ll dance the night away remembering old dances and maybe learning some new ones. There will be a DJ light show, photo booth, and refreshments. Tickets will be $20/family. Please send cash or check to the office.
Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0545ADA823AAFA7-tall1
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.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (PIP hours apply!):
Lunchroom and Recess Volunteer Opportunities: Monday-Friday 11:40 am-12:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Volunteers are needed each day for lunch supervision, disinfection, and clean-up. Additionally, we could use one person each day to assist with lunchtime recess Monday-Friday 12:00 pm-1:05 pm. Please contact the Hope office to volunteer at email@example.com.
Picture Day Volunteer: Tuesday, 10/11. We need one more volunteer to help usher classrooms to and from the Commons on picture day, collect payment envelopes, and keep students organized. Duties begin at 8:30am.
Hope Church Reader Board Changer: We are looking for an individual who can change and update the Reader Board for the church and school either weekly or bi-weekly, depending upon the need. it is an important part of our communication to the community. PIP hours apply! Please contact Patra Mueller @ firstname.lastname@example.org
2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? Our Coaches!
Spirit/Cheer Club Coaches Needed: It has been a couple of years since our Spirit/Cheer Club could perform at basketball games and compete at LEST (Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament). Many students are interested in starting it up again and we’d like to see if we have enough students to create a spirit/cheer club. You may sign up your students (Grades 5-8) by emailing Cheerclub2022@gmail.com. The club is also looking for a few volunteers/parents to assist the students. It is a great way to earn those PIP hours, as well as support our students and show our school spirit. Flier is in the yellow envelope.
Cross Country Assistant Coach or Parent Volunteers: – Attention runners, joggers and walkers! We’re looking for an assistant coach or parent volunteers to help Coach Lana with pace groups once a week from 3:15-4:45 during the Cross Country season, September – October. You don’t need to be a strong runner – joggers and walkers welcome. This is a great opportunity to support student athletes and double down on your workout by getting PIP hours at the same time. Reach out to Lana at email@example.com for more info.
NEW for Fall Sports Athletes: The East Coast Trip Fundraising Group is happy to announce TO-GO SNACK PACKS available for purchase for your games/meets. Order today to make game days easy! Packs are available for Cross Country meet days, Soccer game days and away Volleyball game days. Each pack includes Gatorade or Sunny D, Cheese stick, mandarin orange cups, pirate booty and FRUIT SNACKS! Have a snack before or after your big event! Please submit physical orders by 9/23/22, Friday . Forms are in the yellow envelope. The orders are for the full season of your fall sport and the 1st event for fall sports will be 9/26/2022. Concessions will be sold at all Home Volleyball games. Let’s go Eagles!!!