Community Building within Hope By Tim Caudle, Middle School Teacher
One of the great joys of my week here at Hope is when my 7th Graders get to visit the Kindergarten classroom for reading buddies. They sit side-by-side and get to share wonderful stories together. It is so great to see my older students let their guard down a bit to smile and laugh and to form friendships with their buddies.
Students here at Hope have done this for years. My sixteen-year-old son still has a cross hanging on his bedroom wall that was given to him by his buddy ten years ago. These little moments matter. Together they experience the magic of reading, storytelling, and the importance of being good to each other.Someday these Kindergarteners will be the big kids and their buddies will most likely be in college. It all goes so fast but the lessons and memories last a lifetime.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tues, 1/16: 6:30pm – 7:00pm PTH General Meeting (updated time)
Tues, 1/16: 7:00pm – 8:30pm Parent Ed Talk (after PTH General Meeting)
Sun, 1/21:Lutheran Schools Week Sunday; 10:45am Service
Mon, 1/22-Fri 1/26; National Lutheran Schools Week
Tues, 1/30 3:00-4:00pm: 7-8 Basketball & Cheer Team Photos
Weds. 1/31 7:45am – 8:25am Donuts with Grownups
Hope School welcomes Charlene Coughlin, President of Twist Creative. Twist has been retained to assist Hope administration with marketing Hope School to the community of Seattle. She will be onsite Wednesday and Thursday, talking with administrators, teachers, staff, students, alumni and former parents. We look forward to introducing her to our Hope community.
With cold weather and snow in the forecast, please stay alert to any school notifications that may be sent out to you in the next few days. We will update you on any late starts, early dismissals, or school closures.
Enter to Win $1000!
A new year has begun! You can help Hope School by writing a review on Niche.com and be entered to win $1000! Now wouldn’t that be a fun way to begin 2024 and help your child’s school!
Re-enrollment for Fall 2024 is currently open. Information went home in the yellow envelope today. Current families will re-enroll for the following year through GradeLink beginning today through January 31st. The $200 registration fee/child can be submitted at the end of the registration process through GradeLink or by check or cash to the main office.
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.
Sports, Milk and Bible Link- https://bngn.blackbaud.school/?id=xnxrcid4vjy
National Lutheran Schools Week
NLS Week is coming January 21-27! Students will participate in all kinds of special activities including an online Mission Trip to Australia! We will kick off the week at our worship services on Sunday, January 21. Students in grades K-5 are invited to sing at the 10:45 am service. All students that come to sing will receive a free dress pass from Mrs. Okabayashi. Mark your calendars and join us for this special celebration!
Hope Praying Parent Group: Thursdays, 2:30-3:00 pm
Can you come a little early before pickup and join us as we pray for our Hope students and teachers? You don’t have to be an expert at praying out loud to come. You can listen and pray silently as well. We will gather in the sanctuary to pray. Questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chess Coach Needed:
LEST Chess Team is in need of a coach. PIP hours apply. Please contact Mrs. Shelver in the office if you are interested.
Today, January 16th: PTH General Meeting 6:30pm – 7:00pm in the School Sanctuary
Please join your PTH Board, room parents, teachers and staff for our second PTH General Meeting. We will be sharing information about the upcoming events and volunteer opportunities which you don’t want to miss. It will last 30 minutes, and you earn PIP credit! On hand SCRIP gift cards will be available to purchase by cash or check only.
Today, January 16th: Parent Ed Talk (after the PTH General Meeting) 7:00pm -8:30pm in the School Sanctuary
After the PTH General Meeting we will have an informative Parent Ed Talk. We welcome our speakers Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuña. Sue is a master Middle School teacher and expert in Learning Styles. She and Cynthia have worked together in seminars and with Focus on the Family many times as well as writing the Middle School book together.Their presentation will be a fun evening of encouragement and insight about: Strong Willed Child of all ages and Understanding Middle Schoolers.
Cynthia and Sue will share quick, practical ideas and strategies from the hearts and minds of strong-willed kids of all ages—this presentation can be a game changer for anyone who has to deal with a strong-willed child. They will also address why the middle school season of parenting is challenging and how parents can adapt to the changes in an effective way. Emphasis is made of the importance of keeping communication open through listening, observing and understanding. We are blessed to have these two outstanding women of faith and education knowledge lead our Parent Ed Talk.
Wednesday, January 31st: Donuts with Grownups Social Event 7:45am-8:25 am
Student(s) and their Special Grownups will gather in the Commons before their class starts to socialize and enjoy donuts (we will have coffee, tea and water). Grownups are invited to stay to attend Wednesday Chapel service after the event.
SIGN UP TODAY TO HELP WITH THE AUCTION – PIP Hours apply!
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: https://hopeseattle.ejoinme.org/volunteer
BUY YOUR AUCTION TICKETS NOW- Saturday, March 9th: Masquerade Auction 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Join us at the Hall of Fauntleroy in your loveliest cocktail attire and most gorgeous masquerade mask for an unforgettable evening of fun and fundraising! We will have silent and live auctions, dinner, dessert dash games, dancing, a photo booth and a marvelous after party!
Thursday, February 1st: Deadline for the donation of an item or an experience to the Auction.
We are still looking for item & experience donations such as: gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, vacation homes, overnight hotel stays, theater/opera/symphony tickets, hosted dinners, buy-in parties, art or cooking class, gift certificates to your favorite restaurant etc…The list is only limited by your imagination.
New changes at RüT! – Wednesday at 6:30 pm
We are joining efforts and creating a “midweek experience” and we are calling it, Wednesday CONNECT.
High schoolers will be invited to join us for Wednesday CONNECT, and at times we will have 4th and 5th graders, called “Club45”, on campus too. (They will be separate and do their own thing). However, high schoolers and RüT will be together for dinner, worship and prayer, and games. They will be separate for small group time.
The new thing: we will have DINNER! This week’s dinner will be a taco bar, starting at 6:30PM and going through our Lenten Services that starts February 14th. Then we will shift into our RüT/Lenten Season for 6 weeks.
The new times:
6:30 – Dinner (drop off Oregon St doors)
7PM – Worship, prayer, and message
7:30 – Small groups
8PM – Games
8:30 – Pick up at the Gym (Hope North Gym)
CLUB 45 is kicking off Wednesday, January 31. 6:30- 8:00 pm. This is for all 4th and 5th grade students.
Join us for dinner, worship and fun in the gym. Parents contact email@example.com if you would like to help.
NEW MEMBER DINNER at the Mueller’s!
Are you new to Hope and would like to learn more about how to get connected and become a member? Join Pastor Peter and Patra for dinner in their home on Sunday, January 21 at 6:00 PM. Questions or to sign up contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY MORNING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
The God Who Sees A Six-Week Study on six different women in the Bible who were changed through an encounter with the living God! Join us beginning January 11 on Thursday mornings 9:00-10:30 AM. CLICK HERE for more details, to watch the trailer and to sign up!
Save the Date for VBS (Vacation Bible School- June 24-28. Registration will open in April.