Kindergarten Update by Jennifer Neafcy
Every year, I look forward to meeting the new group of kindergarten students, and this year was no exception. It is a big transition moving from preschool to kindergarten. Our class is now a part of the “big” school, and as a result, students manage their own school supplies, complete work as a group and independently, eat lunch in the lunchroom with other grade levels, and have different teachers for specials such as art, music, and PE.
Kindergarten is a year of growth! Academically, kindergarten students will spend the year learning to write their letters and learning the sounds those letters make, eventually blending those sounds together to read words. They will expand upon their knowledge of numbers and counting to begin adding and subtracting numbers and to learn to read, write, and represent numbers up to 100. Socially, they will strengthen friendships, make new friends, work through conflict with others, and use words to express their needs and feelings. Spiritually, kindergartners will read stories from the Bible and sing songs that show how much they are loved by God and that share the message of the Gospel that Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of their sins. They will learn how these stories apply to their lives today.
There has been so much growth already since the beginning of the school year, and I am excited to be a part of their continued growth this year.
If you would like to know more about our kindergarten program including a new Transitional Kindergarten for fall 2024, please join us on November 7 for our Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30 PM.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Wed, 11/1- Fri, 11/3: Treats for Troops
Mon, 11/6 ECT Greenery Orders Due!
Tues, 11/7 6:30pm: Kindergarten Information Night
Fri, 11/10 No School-Veterans’ Day; PS/ESC closed
Tues, 11/14 6:30pm: All School Open House
Sat, 11/18 1:30pm and 6:00pm: Family Movie Night
Wed, 11/29: Photo Retake Day; Times TBA
Kindergarten Information Night – November 7 @ 6:30 pm
This is a perfect event for parents interested in what kindergarten readiness looks like at Hope. Share with friends who are also curious about this big transition from preschool to kindergarten. Information will also be shared about Hope’s brand new Transitional Kindergarten class for fall 2024 for 4 year olds and 5 year olds. RSVP here.
All School Open House – November 14 @ 6:30 pm
We’re opening up the whole school to current and new families who would like to meet our teachers and students and see the main campus, including our new campus where our expanded middle school will be in Fall 2024. RSVP here.
We have had a couple of incidents where students have been dropped off on the west side of 42nd Ave SW and tried to cross the street mid-block while cars speed past the pick-up line. Please drop off students only on the east side of the street and remind you students to always use the marked crosswalks when walking to school.
Sports, Milk and Bible Link- https://bngn.blackbaud.school/?id=xnxrcid4vjy
Hope North Capital Campaign Commitment Cards
Thank you to everyone for praying about your participation in our capital campaign for Hope North! We are so excited about the future expansion ahead of us. Please plan to turn in your commitment card pledges next week on November 1-3 to the school office. If you need an additional card please let us know. Thank you!
Treats for Troops – November 1-3:
Did you get too much candy this year for Halloween? Student Council is collecting all uneaten and unopened Halloween candy to send to our active duty troops overseas. Candy may be brought to school Nov. 1-3 and placed in the brown bags outside the classroom. A prize will be awarded to the class that collects the most average weight of candy per student. Thank you for sending a sweet treat to our troops.
Chapel Offerings for November
Students in every grade made a Hope North Bank last week in class. Students are invited to save money in their banks as a way to support updating the Hope North building. Students can bring their banks to the Celebration Worship Service on Sunday, November 19 or to the last chapel in November. Thanks so much!
East Coast Trip Greenery Fundraiser
It is that time of the year again! The East Coast Trip group will be selling Holiday Greenery as part of their fundraising efforts. They will be offering a variety of wreaths, garlands, and poinsettias. The order form will be sent home in the Tuesday envelopes (on Wednesday). The QR code is now up and running for online orders. The orders must be placed by Monday, November 6th. Greenery Order Form
Join us for Celebration Sunday! Sunday, November 19 at 10:00 AM. This will be the only service offered that day. We will gather for a special time of worship and lunch to celebrate our Capital Campaign. Preschool – 5th grade students are invited to sing a special song for our Celebration service. All participating student singers will earn a Free Dress Pass from Mrs. Okabayashi. Families are also invited to stay for lunch after the service.
Students in grades 5-8 may join the newly formed newspaper club! The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 7 at 3:00 PM in the View Room. Led by Hope parent Jennifer Kharrazi, newspaper club will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
5th through 8th grade students are invited to join the Robotics Club, meeting on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. Led by Hope alumni Josh Davenport, students will learn to build and code robotics, with a focus on developing a robot to compete at LEST in February.
Thank you for attending and helping make our first Trunk or Treat a great event ! It was such a fun evening (no rain, yay!) and the decorated trunks were awesome!
Next Auction Meeting: 11/7 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the Commons. Come help us plan our auction and earn your PIP hours! (Auction will be on March 9, 2024). The Auction Committee meets on Tuesdays (unless otherwise posted).
Auction Volunteers needed: Many hands (and hearts) make light work, and we need many volunteers to have a successful auction. There are many opportunities to work from home as well. Please use the link to sign up to help. https://hopeseattle.ejoinme.org/volunteer
Free Family Movie Time: Saturday, 11/18 in the Commons.
We will have 2 showtimes: 1:30pm and 6:30pm. See flyer and link to RSVP and for more information. Help the PTH and volunteer to help and earn PIP hours!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Earn your PIP hours!
Hope Church Reader Board Changer
Earn PIP Hours!! We are looking for an individual who can fill in when needed and change and update the Reader Board for the church. We have one changer who may need a sub at times. Please contact Patra Mueller @ email@example.com