WOH November 1, 2022
Fall Athletics by Mark Goodspeed
With a new school year comes an opportunity to begin to recover from the most recent challenging two and a half years. Opportunities for growth, for change, and to start to return to how things “used to be” in relation to sports and team activities have been embraced here at Hope. With Fall Sports this year, our students have had that chance to create new opportunities for fun and lifelong experiences with the community here at Hope and with their classmates with many of the restrictions placed upon us being lifted. Our coaches were given the opportunity to switch back to how we used to train for our sports here at Hope, and being involved and part of a team and all the fun and experiences that it entails while still taking the lessons learned through COVID and the past two years to keep our students safe.
When things like the pandemic come at us we want to focus on ourselves and many of us did that. It has been a challenge to get our athletes to engage again into the opportunities that are offered to them, to work together as a team and engage with the outside world around us whether it is through bus rides, or carpools to games or practices. A new goal of our athletic program is to encourage students to take the opportunity to engage with their fellow competitors, and to really see themselves again as part of a bigger world, rather than just their immediate experiences and knowledge have allowed them to be most recently.
Our volleyball team this year led by Coach Rice and Assistant Coaches Heit and Zetzsche were able to go to tournaments this year that had not been on our schedule the past two years. The team traveled to Peace Lutheran School in Bremerton where the girls got to be with each other in their hotel rooms and create memories and experiences that will last for years. And this past weekend, the team competed in our league championship up in Lake Stevens, coming home with 3rd place overall!
Our Cross Country team with Coach Zumbrunn was able to engage and experience new opportunities with a Monster Dash Run on a weekend with hundreds of other people, and to see that there is more than just our league when it comes to running. Many younger aged students were on our Cross Country team this season and it was fun to watch them seize the opportunity to start on the ground floor and work hard to push themselves to do well. They also finished in 3rd place this season at our league championship meet which is a huge accomplishment for students where most of them have never run a long distance race before and many had personal bests at that meet.
Our Soccer team this year, with coach Alba and coach Rice, has been given the opportunity to challenge themselves to work through adversity as many of the schools in our league have teams filled with older 7/8th grade players and our team has 1 8th grader and 3 7th Graders out of 13 playing for the team. It has given them a unique opportunity to focus on how to work better together as a team and to rely and trust on each other as they play their games and to quickly work through mistakes and learn at a level they may not get if they were playing against teams with students their own age.
As we continue to work and grow out of the past two and a half years I challenge you to look for the opportunities in your own life to become engaged and part of the community here at Hope in whatever way that that looks to you. We will continue to also challenge our students to make the most of the opportunities that come to them to engage as well.
“Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them, or you stay afraid of taking them” ~ Jim Carrey
Calendar of Events
Thurs & Fri 11/3 & 11/4: No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wed, 11/9, 4:00-10:00 pm: Dine Out for Hope
Thurs 11/10: 8th Grade Diploma Name Sheet Due
Tues 11/15: All School Open House, 6:30pm, Meet in the Commons.
Wed, 11/16: Donuts with Grownups, 7:45-8:45 am
MAP Assessment Results Going Home Today
The MAP assessment results for K-8 are going home in the yellow envelopes today. This fall, we are sharing a more detailed profile page for each student’s test results. Please take a few minutes to review the test results at home, and our teachers look forward to talking more about the results later this week at conferences, along with sharing more about what our incredible students are doing!
Notes from the Admissions Department
It was so fun seeing our Hope families at the Harvest Festival in the West Seattle Junction! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped run the event; it was a very busy afternoon! These types of events are perfect ways for our school to get out into the community to show prospective families what we do at Hope.
As we look to our Open House on November 15th, be thinking of who you could invite to attend. Which families in your neighborhood or friend pool might be looking for a change in schools? Word of mouth is still the best way that families hear about Hope. Invite them to the open house to meet our experienced staff and our student council representatives and tour the campus. Or, tell them to schedule a tour with me; it’s one of my favorite things to do!
Basketball Season Begins
Basketball practices for middle school boys and girls will begin in the middle of November. The season runs from mid November through mid February. Head boys coach is Scott Okabayashi and head girls coach is Anthony Stordahl, both veteran coaches. If your child is interested in joining the team, please be sure they reach out to athletic director Mark Goodspeed.
Auction Meetings – Every Tuesday – 6:30pm-7:30pm
Come help us plan the auction and earn your PIP hours. Meeting in the Commons.
Donuts with Grownups Event – Wednesday, November 16th, 7:45am -8:25 am
Kid(s) and their Special Grownup will gather to socialize and enjoy donuts/refreshments before their class start time. Located in the Commons. Grownups are invited to stay to attend Wednesday Chapel service after the event.
EAST COAST TRIP FUNDRAISER: Dine Out for Hope Fundraiser: Close your kitchen and Dine Out For Hope at Pegasus Restaurant on Wednesday, November 9th from 4:00-10:00pm. Pegasus Pizza is locally owned by a Hope school family!! They will be serving their delicious menu of pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches and beverages. Dine in and take out is available. Please mention the code word “HOPE” when ordering. Proceeds will benefit the Hope Lutheran 7th/8th East Coast Trip.