Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament (LEST) Coming Up! by Kristen Okabayashi
What is LEST and why are we excited about it? The first LEST occurred in 1962 on the campus of Concordia University Portland, with 4 Portland schools competing in a basketball tournament. Over time, schools from outside the Portland area began traveling to LEST and additional events were added, culminating in the current structure with multiple team events including academics, fine arts and performing arts, and athletics and 21 different Lutheran schools.
With the closure of Concordia University Portland in 2020 and then the pandemic, LEST 2021 was a virtual event. Last year, a smaller in-person LEST happened in Tacoma, WA as a rebirth of the annual tradition, now known as LEST Northwest.
LEST is a highlight of the school year for students, families and staff. Open to students in grades 5-8, this year’s LEST is coming up February 16-18, 2023. Many of the students at Hope are competing in at least one event this year, and anyone is welcome to watch this year.
A preliminary schedule for Hope events is going home today in the Tuesday envelopes. Families may find more information by checking the LEST main website at https://lestnorthwest.org/ or the Hope LEST webpage @ https://hls.hopeseattle.org/news/lest/.
Go Hope Eagles!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tues, 1/17/23 General PTH Meeting 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Tues, 1/17/23-Th, 1/19/23 – Early Bird Auction Tickets Available
Wed, 1/18/23 Basketball & Cheer Sports/Team Pictures 3:15-5:00pm
Mon-Fri, 1/23/23-1/27/23 National Lutheran Schools Week
Mon, 1/23, Wed, 1/25 & Fri, 1/27 Auction Wine Wagon
Wed, 1/25/23 Donuts with Grownups Event -7:45am-8:25 am
Sat, 2/4/23 7th/8th Grade School Dance – details below
NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK is coming January 22-28! Students will participate in all kinds of special activities including an online Mission Trip to India! We will kick off the week at our worship services on Sunday, January 22. Students in K-8 are invited to sing at the 9:00 am service, and preschool students are invited to sing at the 10:45 service. Mark your calendars and join us for this special celebration!
Basketball & Cheer Sports & Team Photos – Order Forms in yellow envelopes today.
Wed, 1/18/23 in the SLHS Gym
Girls Basketball: 3:30-4:00pm
Boys Basketball: 4:00-4:30pm
Cheer: 4:30-5:00 pm
Re-enrollment for current families for Fall 2023 opens TODAY. Tuition rates and fees for the 2023-24 year will be going home today in the yellow envelope along with re-enrollment instructions. Current families will re-enroll their student(s) for the following year through GradeLink (Select Re-enroll tab) and submit the $200 registration fee/child at the end of the registration process.
If you need to enroll a sibling new to Hope, please fill out an application for them through this link. This would include students entering preschool or new to the elementary or middle school programs. Beginning February 1st, new applications will be processed and placed into programs, so in order to secure a spot for your child next fall, please make sure to apply or re-enroll them before January 31st.
PIP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Submit your PIP Hours: Please remember to submit your volunteer service / PIP hours into your Gradelink account, so that you can stay up to date on them.
Volunteers Needed! Pacific Science Center on Wheels school visit January 20, 2023
The Science Center exhibit will be set up in the Fellowship Hall on Friday, 1/20/23, for our students to visit and interact with. We are in need of a few more adult volunteers for the school day to assist with the visit.
*7:15-8:30am – 2 to help unload/ set up items
*8:35am-2:15pm – 1-2 to supervise & interact at exhibits with students (half or full day)
*2:15-3:00pm – 2 to help take down/load up items
Weekly Auction Thursday Newsletters:
The “Celebrate Together with Hope” Auction is getting closer. Every Thursday the PTH will send out a weekly newsletter. It will contain helpful information and links. One major item in the newsletter from last Thursday is that the Early Bird Auction Tickets go on sale on 1/17. You can save $20/ticket if you buy between 1/17-1/19.
- Auction Early Bird Tickets go on sale today 1/17 till Thurs. 1/19
- Link for early bird tickets https://hopeseattle.ejoinme.org/tickets
- Link for Auction Page on School Website: https://hls.hopeseattle.org/community/pth-auction
SIGN UP TO HELP WITH THE AUCTION– PIP Hours apply!
Donuts with Grownups Event – Wednesday, January 25th, 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.
Auction Wine Wagon – Mon, 1/23, Wed, 1/25 & Fri, 1/27
Donate wine for the auction at d/off and p/up. Details coming later
7th/8th Grade School Dance – Sat, 2/4, 7:30-10:00pm
Come “Light up the Night!” Hope Lutheran’s 7th/8th grade School Dance will be held at the Seattle Lutheran High School Gym. Tickets are $15/each. There will be a DJ, photo booth, glow necklaces & light refreshments included in the admission fee.
*Please note: the date for Hope’s MS Dance is Sat, 2/4! The date for Holy Rosary’s MS Dance is Fri, 1/20.
NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY A Study of First Corinthians is a twelve week video series by Jennie Allen filmed in Greece. Join us Thursday mornings, 9:00-10:15 am in the Commons. CLICK HERE to watch the trailer. CLICK HERE for all of the details and to register. Questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date: Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be July 10-14, 9:00-noon. Watch for more details to come!