Celebrating Lutheran Schools
By Kristen Okabayashi, Principal
This week is our annual week where we celebrate Lutheran Schools across the country. Hope Lutheran Schools is part of a larger community of schools including over 1,600 preschools and early childhood centers, and more than 800 elementary schools. Together, these schools serve over 178,000 students.
In typical Lutheran schools style, we are turning outward into the community around us to honor this week. Some of these events include taking daily online mission trips to Australia, creating cards to send out to members of the church congregation, and building kits to hand out to people in need or who may be experiencing homelessness. Thank you also to our students who participated in our church services this past weekend.
Additionally, I would like to recognize three of our staff and teachers for their longest tenures serving in Lutheran schools: Shari Wallace at 26 years (long-time office manager and currently oversees tuition and billing), Jennifer Neafcy at 29 years (current Kindergarten teacher and head teacher), and Mary Norton at 30 years (long-time third grade teacher at Hope). We are so fortunate to have these talented people with their veteran years of experience working with us at Hope!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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
Thank you to everyone who gave an hour of their time to meet with Charlene Coughlin, President of Twist Creative. Twist has been retained to assist Hope administration with marketing Hope School to the community of Seattle. She loved her visit to Seattle and enjoyed meeting all of you! She will be back out in March.
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 last week Current families should re-enroll for the following year through GradeLink 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. ALL families should either re-enroll or communicate with Sally Heit about their intentions for next Fall. February 1st enrollment opens to the larger community.
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.
Sports, Milk and Bible Link- https://bngn.blackbaud.school/?id=xnxrcid4vjy
National Lutheran Schools Week
NLS Week is this week, January 21-27! Students will participate in all kinds of special activities including an online Mission Trip to Australia! We kicked off the week at our worship services on Sunday, January 21. Students in grades K-5 did a great job of singing and reading the Gospel. The worship band performed three songs and rocked the house!
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.
2024 Summer Art Camps are being offered at Hope North. All rising first through sixth graders from all schools are welcome to attend. Dates: July 8-11 and July 15-18. We may also offer a third week of art camp in August at Holy Rosary – stay tuned! Each camp offers a totally new and unique set of projects. These camps are taught by Lacey Reuter. More info and registration here: www.rainbowparrotart.com
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.
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)
CLUB45 is beginning on Wednesday, January 31st, 6:30-8:00pm. All 4th and 5th grade students are invited to participate in this fun evening including dinner, games in the gym and a Bible study.Drop your child off in the Fellowship Hall for dinner and pick them up in the gym. Questions of would you like to help? Contact email@example.com.
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.