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WOH November 22, 2022

Thankfulness Kept Simple by Mairi Seraile, Orca PreK Class Teacher

As we head into the week of Thanksgiving I have the opportunity each year to spend one on one time with each student in my class and pen the answers based on this question: What are you thankful for?

This year I want to share with all of you the response of each student in the Orca Preschool class in hopes that it will help us to view thankfulness from the perspective of a child. The simplicity of being thankful for little things that are so often overlooked in my own life, yet surround me on a daily basis. Some of the answers for this project were silly, which filled our time together with laughter and joy; some were so genuine that it inspired me to slow down and take a look at thankfulness from a different view.

Weston:  I’m thankful for pumpkins, Christmas and Halloween

Ember:  I’m thankful for hanging out with my mom, dad and Ellie

Lucas: I’m thankful for birds, pumpkins and coconuts

Eva: I’m thankful for Thanksgiving songs, carving my pumpkin with my sisters and art work at school

Ryan: I’m thankful for Grandma, Mom and Dad and my friends

Kashton: I’m thankful for squirrels, school and Mrs. Seraile 

Kate: I’m thankful for my Mom and Dad, Tatta (great grandfather) and my friends

Goldie: I’m thankful for Prince my kitty, my friends Kate and Ella and mom and dad

Joni: I’m thankful for mom, Silas and dad

Rosie: I’m thankful for the whole world, Baca (grandma) and Peppa (grandpa) and mom and dad

Maria: I’m thankful for Christmas, spring and Halloween 

If your child is not listed above due to traveling or illness at the time we did this Thanksgiving project I invite you to take a moment with them and ask them what they are thankful for. I hope that it fills you all with joy, laughter and love. To feel the genuine simplicity of a thankful heart is both the will of God for us in Christ Jesus, and medicine for the soul. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

 “Give thanks in ALL circumstances! For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Calendar of Events

Early Dismissal – Wed, 11/23/22 – Last Day of Trimester

No School – Th, 11/24/22 – Fri, 11/25/22 – Thanksgiving Break 

No School – Mon, 11/28/22 – Teacher Grading Day; Full day PS/ESC Open

Christmas Concert Grades 1-4 – Tues, 12/6/22 at 6:30 pm

Christmas Concert Preschool-Kindergarten – Fri, 11/9/22 at 6:30 pm

Christmas Concert Grades 5-8 – Tues, 12/13/22 at 7:00 pm 

Pizza Order Forms Due! Fri, 12/16/22


Eagle Excellence Fund Supports Hope Teachers

 We all know how amazing Hope teachers are. Over the past 2 1/2 years, our incredible teachers showed up to provide in-person learning for students, remained in Seattle when some moved away to less expensive areas, and they continue to give their best to our students day in and day out. Between now and December 31, 2022 we aim to raise $60,000 for our Eagle Excellence Fund to invest in sustainable teacher compensation for our amazing teachers. Will you join us by making your best gift? It’s easy to give on our website or by submitting a check to the school office. Thank you for your generosity!

Pictures – The last of the Individual Student Pictures are going home today in yellow envelopes, as well as some student ID’s. We  are still looking for the homes of a few Team Pictures. If you ordered one and have not received it, please let the office know.

LEST Brochure and Student Interest Form Going Home today! 5th-8th grade students.

For those families not familiar with LEST, LEST stands for Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament. The primary goal of LEST is to provide an organized structure to promote fun, skill development, fair play, and fellowship among Lutheran elementary school youth through academic, athletic, and recreational activities. Today, we will be sending home the LEST Brochure and Interest Form to all students in Grades 5-8.

Please complete and sign the Interest Form and turn into the office or your homeroom teacher by Friday, December 2, 2022.

PIP Hour Opportunity – Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting Dec 3rd

Hope Lutheran School will be serving hot chocolate at the Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting December 3 from 4 to 8:30 pm. We need the help of parents and students. Please click on the Signup Genius Link to see how you can help at this fun event. This is our 5th year participating and a fun way to give back to the community and start the Christmas season! Please email Sally Heit with any questions: sheit@hopeseattle.org.

3rd Annual Drive-Through Holiday Food/Coat Drive!  Sat, 12/3/22; 10am-3pm

Where: Hope Lutheran lower parking lot (behind school off of Oregon Street)

“Hi, I’m Dominic, an 8th grader here at Hope. My brother, Atticus, and I are once again doing a food drive to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank during the holiday season. 

Just drive up and pop your trunk! Monetary donations are also appreciated. 

We are also collecting new or gently used coats of all sizes which will be placed by WIN (Westside Interfaith Network) at their welcome table, every Saturday in White Center.

Thank you once again for helping us support the members of our community during these times!”

PIZZA PIZZA FRIDAYS!!! — FINAL Orders for the rest of the school year!

2nd half of the school year pizza order forms are going out today.  Please fill out and turn these back into the school office as soon as possible.  We must have all forms turned in before the Christmas Holiday Break on December 15, 2022. 

This order form is for January 6, 2023 – June 2, 2023.  This is for all Fridays where the full school is open.   Continue to make Fridays easy and turn in your pizza order form.  If you have any questions, please email ectfundraising@hopeseattle.org.  We had a great PIZZA FRIDAY turn-out for the first session of orders.  THANK YOU!!!!   All proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Hope Middle School East Coast Trip!  Eat some pizza and support our travelers!!!!  Order forms are on the website 

Food Drive Recap: Thank you to everyone for contributing to the food drive! Hope School collected 390.6 lbs of food to restock the church food pantry that supports our local West Seattle Community! If you are looking for another way to help, check out the announcement below from 8th grade student Dominic Caudle on how to help during this season of giving.


PTH Auction Meetings – Every Tuesday – 6:30-7:30pm

Come help us plan for the auction and earn your PIP Hours. Meeting in the Commons.

RaiseRight with Scrip this Holiday SeasonOrder by 12/2 or 12/9

Do you have a person difficult to buy for on your Christmas list? Looking for stocking stuffers? Or would like to participate in the Hope Church Giving Tree, but don’t know what to get? Want to treat a teacher? We have Scrip for that! Scrip are gift cards that you purchase at full value of what you paid that Hope Lutheran School purchases at a discount. Hope keeps the difference to help fund school extras. Look for flyers in your weekly yellow envelope or pick up an order form from the School Office. You may also place your order online at RaiseRight.com. Use enrollment code 1C27LC3812L43. If we don’t have what you would like in stock, orders for Christmas will be placed on 12/2 and 12/9 for arrival in time for Christmas Break. Contact Scrip Coordinator Pearl Chan at pearl.chan1@gmail.com with questions. 


LIVING WATER INTERNATIONAL: Wednesday, 11/16/22,  we had a special chapel led by Julie Hill from Living Water International.  For the past ten years, our Hope community has raised $$’s every year to build fresh water wells all over the world.  Our chapel offerings will be going to support Living Water for the rest of the calendar year. CLICK HERE to learn more about this awesome opportunity to change lives! CLICK HERE if you would like to donate through Hope and choose the “Joy to the World” fund. 

SNOW TEAM: As we transition from Fall, Hope is looking for a few more people to join the Snow Team. Volunteers would be responsible for shoveling sidewalks and walkways around Hope as needed. Please contact Jon Johnson. Snow shovel is not required. PIP Hours available.