We are here- the last week of school and I can honestly say that while summer break is always a restful and peaceful time; I’m not as excited as the kids are for this year to be over. It’s been such a year of growth for these 7th graders and a joy to have each and everyone of them in my homeroom class. Many blessings this summer and I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall. Here are a few things to remember this week:
7th Grade PIP hours available: We are looking for someone who could help secure a fire pit on Alki for the 8th graders on Thursday night after graduation. They would need to help build a fire for the students who would come around 9pm. If this is something that you are able to do please email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org It will be a beautiful night and a helpful gift to our graduates. A Huge THANK YOU to everyone who is helping our 8th graders celebrate! I encourage you to be at graduation, 7:00 on Thursday, this will be your kiddo’s next year, plus it’s such a time of celebration!
I PAD collections: We will be collecting these on Wednesday, please be sure to help the students bring all parts- charging cords, I Pads and cases. They will also need to take their passwords off of them.
Locker Clean Out: Please bring a bag for this
Books: Please be sure to check at home for any literacy books that might be hanging around. All of my books have colored tape on them or are labeled with a number.
Yearbooks: These will be handed out on Wednesday morning and the kids will have a chance to get them signed by classmates. There are still yearbooks available if you didn’t purchase one; sent $25 to the office.
Field Trip: Reminder that we are going Ice Skating; we will leave Hope at 10:15 and return around 1:30. Kids are to bring $5 each if they haven’t already. The kids should wear their uniforms to school and then at 10:00 if they would like to change into free dress for ice skating they will have this opportunity.
Thank you for such a great year!
Week of June 3-7
Welcome back to school, although it is a very odd week schedule wise, which is why you are getting this email as well as communication envelopes today and not yesterday.
Spring Concert is TONIGHT! Hope to see you there.
Week of May 6-10
- This is a big week for everyone as most of the students are getting ready to leave for Washington DC on Friday. We will be spending some time this week reviewing the itinerary and preparing them for what they will be doing, iIt will be such a memorably trip. I am also looking forward to being tourist in Seattle with the kids who are not going. We will start by going to the Space Needle on Friday. If you haven’t returned your field trip permission slip for this please do so asap. Just a reminder that the projects for these trips are due on Friday June 7th.
- Art Walk Project- The bench is done! The kids did an amazing job on it and it is one of a kind creation. Again a big Thank You to Cassidy’s family for all the time and help on this. Please be sure to have the Art Walk (June 1) on your calendar.
- We have finished up our Health unit on Sex Education. The kids overall handled this very well and I was proud of their maturity. We will end our health class with a unit on drugs and alcohol.
- In Literacy the kids are reading a book called Freak The Mighty. A story about two boys from two different worlds who learn to use each others strengths to help them get through middle school life. It is a easy read and has a powerful message.
Week of April 23-26
- These projects will be displayed during the Academic Fair on Tuesday April 30th at 7:00, all are welcomed to come and see these amazing kids and their projects.
- Bowling on Monday, April 29th, we are walking down to West Seattle Bowl at 1:00 and will be back by 3:00
- — Field trip to Bainbridge Island is next Tuesday, April 30th. We still need drivers for 11 students, please contact me if you are able to drive. Meet in the lower parking lot at 8:15, bring a sack lunch and money for ice cream (if you have a Chinook book, there is a 2 for 1 coupon in it, Mora’s Ice Cream). This is a free dress day for the kids (their reward for winning the pennies war)
- The kids are working hard on the bench, I will be sure to send pictures so you can see the finished project and get ready to bid on it during the Art Walk on Saturday, June 1, 6:30-10:00 at Seattle Lutheran’s Gym. Please be sure to get Taeya (Cassidy’s mom) $15 to help cover the cost of the bench.
- email@example.com or by apply pay 2067902809 or send a check/cash payable to Taeya Lauer to school
Week of April 15-19
- Please make sure you turn in your permission slip for our field trip on Tuesday, April 30th to Bainbridge. We still need drivers too. I have attached another copy if you need it.
- Kids are working hard on the Arts Walk project! Designing, building and painting is happening. It would be a good idea for everyone to stick a paint shirt in their backpacks. Taeya and Harry have been extremely helpful and a HUGE thank you to them. The overall project is running about $300. If everyone would donate $15 this would cover the cost and reimburse Taeya. You can either send in a check or send the payment via paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org or by apply pay 2067902809. It has been so much fun watching the kids be so creative and participate.
- Reminder that there is a meeting in the church commons TONIGHT (4/16) for those students going to Washington DC. It is an important meeting to attend as there will be lots of details shared.
— Happy Easter everyone- HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!!
Week of April 8-12
- NO SCHOOL: Reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences are Thursday and Friday so there is no school.
- Health Class Update: It is that time in our health unit that we are going to learn about our bodies and how they work. For the final 9 weeks of our health class we will be learning about puberty, the reproduction system and overall body image. During this unit we will also include a unit on substance abuse prevention.We will be using medical terms when talking about our bodies, talk about how it is normal to feel uncomfortable and confused and how peer pressure can affect our decisions. Of course we will connect all of this with God’s creation of our unique selves. This is an excellent time to open up the door of communication with your kids as they will have questions and may feel more comfortable asking you questions at home. Please let me know if you have specific questions, I’m happy to chat with you about the specifics of our curriculum.
- NOTECARDS NEEDED– Hey everyone, if you are out and about and think about notecards, we are in need of some as we are out. The kids regularly use these for vocabulary and research. T
- ART WALK PROJECT: A Huge thank you to Cassidy’s parents for coming in today and starting the bench project with the kids. We have a building team- and a design team! This is going to be one amazing project. I will be sure to keep you posted on the progress.
- FIELD TRIP: See attached form for an upcoming field trip to Bainbridge Island. A copy was also sent home in today’s communication envelope. We would love to have you come join us!
Week of March 25-19
WEEK OF MARCH 18-22, 2019
- A field trip form is coming home in the yellow communication envelopes, please fill it out and get it back to us by Friday, March 22
- Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner, please fill out the form if you would like to have one. These are not required, but we are always happy to meet.
- Trimester 2 Report Cards: These will be sent home next Tuesday, March 26th
- Research Papers: 7th graders are working on research papers. They have been learning how to paraphrase as well as create a strong thesis statement. These papers are due on Thursday, March 28th. If they use their time well, they should be able to complete these during class time. I look forward to reading about what they researched.
WEEK of MARCH 4-8, 2019
7th grade families,
- Trimester 3 Elective forms came home yesterday, please fill these out and return no later than Friday. We start new electives next week, Tuesday, March 12th.
- Reminder that there is no school because it’s a teacher grading day on Monday, March 11th.
- Talent Show tryouts are next week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, it would be fun to have 7th graders participate!
- 7th grade will start the third trimester with a research project. We have been working on how to paraphrase and they will get to practice this by researching a topic of their choice. I will be posting specific information about this on schoology next week. Students should be thinking about what they want to research.
WEEK of FEBRUARY 4-8, 2019
7th Grade Families,
It was great to see everyone today! What a crazy few days and if the weather man is correct we might have some more coming. Please let me know if you did not receive the communication that was being sent out from the office or if there was something unclear in the communication regarding the snow day information.
A few things to keep in your radar!
TONIGHT (Wed. 1/6) PTH Meeting – PIP hours available: 7:00 PM In the Church Commons (Child care provided)
ROMEO and JULIET Field Trip Permission slips and money- Please turn this in no later than Friday, I attached another copy if you need it.
East Coast Trip Monday/Friday Hot Lunch – Orders Forms Due this FRIDAY 2/8
Order forms are due this Friday, Feb. 8. Chicken strips, carrots and chips will replace Hot Dog Mondays. The second half of the year will begin Monday, February 11th and pizza will begin February 22nd. Contact Sally Heit at 206-935-8500 or email@example.com with questions.
Spirit Dress-Up Days – February 7 – 13, 2019
All students in preschool through 8th grade are invited to join us in spirit days as we gear up for LEST! These are optional spirit days and students not participating will need to come in school uniforms as usual.
Thurs. Feb 7th-Class Color Wars 7th grade should wear PURPLE!!!!
Fri. Feb.8th-Wacky Tacky Day (The crazier, the better!)
Mon. Feb.11th-PJ Day (Come to school in your warm pajamas!)
Tues. Feb. 12th-sports spirit (Wear anything sports-related-jerseys, team uniforms, Seahawks gear or college team sweatshirts, etc.)
Wed. Feb. 13th- Blue & Gold Day (Let’s show our LEST spirit!)
Dance- Hope will be hosting a Middle School Dance on Friday, March 1! Mark your calendar, this is an event that the kids don’t want to miss.
Welcome to the New Year, it’s great to be back and into the routine of things. We are starting a new novel, Farwell To Manzanar, a non-fiction story based on the Japanese Internment camps. We will follow up this unit by going to Bainbridge Island in the spring to visit a memorial and museum. Look for more information at a later date.
THANK YOU for all the Christmas gifts and specifically the generous gift certificate to Head to Toe! It is one of my favorite places to go and I look forward to using it!
Week of November 27-30
It was great to see the kids today, yesterday was productive for me, but the classroom was sure quiet and I can only handle that for so long!
Week of November 19-21
- Tomorrow- Wednesday, Nov. 21 is our end of the trimester “read-in.” Kids can bring pillows, blankets, stuffies, snacks and of course a BOOK to read.
- PIP hours opportunity: This year the 7th grade class has adopted a family for the giving tree at Hope church. Would someone be willing/interested to set up a sign up genius if I gave you the family info. and their wants and needs? Please let me know and I will send you the information. Thank you!
There is no school on Monday, Nov. 26th.
- 7th grade celebration:
The kids did great on their finals and really pushed
Week of October 29-Nov. 2
- PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES: No school for the rest of this week, WED.-FRI. I look forward to meeting with everyone.
- ITBS TESTING: The 7th graders finished their Cogat testing (this test is taken in odd grades) as well as their Reading Comprehension tests these last two days. They will continue testing all next week.
- PICTURES: These are coming home today in the yellow communication envelope, retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28th
- BUD NOT BUDDY FINAL PROJECT: This is due on MONDAY, NOV. 5th. The instructions are posted on Schoology and most of the kids have already started it.
Week of October 8-12
7th Grade Families,
Week of September 10th
Way to go 7th Graders! This is the first time I have EVER had all students return their yellow communication envelopes- let’s keep the habit going.
- I Pad Policy- sign and return by Friday, Sept 14th
- Pizza forms due-Thursday Sept 20
WELCOME TO 7th GRADE
WOW, what a FANTASTIC day! Thank you for sharing your kids with me. I am really looking forward to this year and working with each and everyone of them. This week we will be learning all about how middle school works, team building, schedules and setting up 7th grade standards.
A few things about 7th grade:
- I will be regularly sending emails out with 7th grade information and encourage you to email me when needed.
- Yellow communication envelope will be coming home every Tuesday. Please take a minute to read the information that is send home and look through the envelope as there are often time sensitive forms.
- I-Pads- we are hoping to have these by this Friday (9/7).
- Please have all school supplies by this Friday, (9/7).
School milk can be purchased for grades preschool – 8th. We are offering 2% ½ pints of Smith Brothers milk and will continue to offer chocolate milk on Wednesday’s.
Forms can be found online through K12 using your students ID & access key.Hot Lunch Program – Begins tomorrow Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
Hope is pleased to again offer NEST Hot Lunch by Café Stellina Catering. Locally sourced and organic lunches will be provided on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning Wednesday, September 5. Hot lunch is available to all K-8 students as well as full day preschool students, orderable and payable on a month-to-month basis. The registration form is on NEST’s website: http://www.cafestellinacatering.com/NEST-School-Lunch-Program.html. You may fill it out and scan/email it back to them or send it via snail mail and feel free to contact them with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the Hope School does not register or bill for this program.
- Author’s Night is TONIGHT 7:00-8:00- All are welcomed and I have offered extra credit to any student who shows up. Please come celebrate all of our amazing authors!
- 8th Grade Reception: It is the tradition that the 7th grade parents help host the reception for the 8th grade graduation. Please see the attached for more information.
- Miller family support: Allie (one of our fabulous 7th graders) and her family is going to Mexico this summer with St. Paul’s church on a mission trip. There is an auction/dinner is this Saturday (5/5) at SLHS and all are welcomed. Singles $15, Couples $25, and table for 6-$65. You can either register online at www. Saintpaulsmission.org or call April at 206-612-2457.
- Field Trips: there are two forms attached to this email. The first one is for alternative PE. This needs to be signed and return by TOMORROW, May 2.
- Bainbridge Island, (see attached form)- We need drivers- please complete and return by Monday, May 7th.
- Reminder that I PADs need to be charged and ready to go for class. I tell the students that not having these charged is coming to class unprepared. Please help support this at home.
Week of April 16-20
- AUCTION: It is not to late to RSVP for Hope’s Auction, Saturday, April 22. It will be a fun event and one you won’t want to miss.
- Special Treat for Art Elective students:Artist John Connors will be working with students in Art elective on how to create beautiful watercolor paintings “en plein air” He will talk to the class about his experience as an artist, do a demonstration for the class, and then guide them through their own watercolor paintings.
- Field Trip– Storm Game and S.T.E.M.- See attached field trip form-A form is also coming home today in the communication envelopes. Please return no later than Friday of this week. An extra PIP hour is available for those who drive.
Have a great week!
- Research Project: 7th graders have a research paper due Monday, April 30th. They can research a topic of their choice, see the attached for the directions. We will be using class time as well as they will need to work on this outside of class. The students have come up with some very interesting topics.
Week of March 5-9
Final Schedule Confirmation:
- Thursday: Math Test
- Friday: Literacy Project Due at the beginning of the period
All late work must be turned in by this FRIDAY, MARCH 9
No School MONDAY, MARCH 12- Teacher work day for the end of trimester 2.
Donuts with Dad! – TOMORROW at 8 AM
Calling all Dads or special guests! Start your day with delicious donuts and put a smile on your child’s face. PTH will serve donuts, coffee, juice, and milk in the Commons. We will gather in the church commons at 8:00 AM. Students must be in class by 8:30 AM. However, you are welcome to mingle and then join the Hope students at chapel starting at 8:40 AM.
- Week of February 26-March 2
- Believe it or not, the end of the 2nd trimester is upon us! The students will have finals next week March 8-9.
- Math and History will be on Thursday, March 8
- Literacy project (in place of final) due on Friday, March 9
- Science is still TBD
- The 7th grade Literacy Final for this trimester is a project. The students will be creating a story board showing the concepts of Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Society, Man vs. Self and Man vs. Technology. They will use the concepts from the book Across Five Aprils that we have read in class.
- FRIDAY, MARCH 2 in Literacy class we will be having a “read in” to celebrate national reading day. Students should bring in their books, cozy blankets, pillows, “stuffies”, snacks etc. All minutes read count towards reading logs!
- New elective slips are coming home in today’s communication envelope, please return these by MONDAY, MARCH 5
Week of January 29-Feb. 2
Happy New Year 7th grade parents-
Hotel Reservations: families who are attending LEST this year, please remember to book your hotel rooms as soon as possible, no later than January 23, 2018, as we have a limited number of rooms reserved and the discounted rate block will be released after the 23rd. Rooms can be reserved by calling Embassy Suites – Portland Airport directly at (503) 460-3000 no later than January 23, 2018 or until the room blocks are booked. The discounted rate is $144 per night, which is a fantastic rate for that hotel.
LEST Schedules: We typically hear from Concordia Portland mid-January with the first schedule of LEST events and will send home more information to traveling families at that point. The first events Thursday, February 15, will be basketball games (time TBD) and Knowledge Bowl which begins at 10:30 AM, along with opening ceremonies at 3:00 PM and the swim meet at 4:30 PM. Closing ceremonies will be Saturday February 17 at 3:00 PM. You may find more information about LEST by clicking here https://hls.hopeseattle.org/events/lest/. If you have other scheduling questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Okabayashi at email@example.com or your child’s event coach. Go Eagles!
7th grade Literacy
This next week the students will be writing a paper of their choice- they can choose from either an expository, persuasive or free write style narrative. We will be going over each form and the requirements and then they will work on these in class and home. They will also practice editing concepts. I look forward to reading their writings.
As always, be sure to contact me with any questions, blessings to you all.
Week of Dec. 11-15, 2017
- Class Party on Friday at 10:00 Thank you to Karlynn for coming up with a craft project and Maari and Sam for providing cookies and decorations. Our substitute teacher is Bridget Lawler and she will appreciate all the help.
- Students should bring their secret Santa gift and their snacks for the party on Friday morning
- The student received a project based around the novel The Pearl that we read. They are creating the front page of a newspaper with a total of 4 different articles based around specifics of our story. They have a handout explaining in details of the assignments. This will be worked on in class, but there could be some homework too. There will be a final test on the book next week.
- PTH is planning to serve beverages before/after the Sounds of Winter Concert on December 13. They are looking for volunteers to bring a light refreshment to share. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
- If you haven’t already please go to signup genius and sign up if you are able to contribute. Please have everything in by this Friday as we will spend time wrapping the gifts during our class meeting time. Looks like we could still use a girls XL sweatshirt and long sleeve shirts any color but pink. If you would like to contribute gift cards that too is an option.
THANK YOU for showing so much generosity!
- I will be working with the kids on Friday to talk about food and ask them to sign up for items to bring in, I’m sure they will share this with you.
- We will start our party at 10:00, school dismisses at 12:00 this day and just a reminder there will be a substitute as I will be in Arizona at my daughters college graduation!
Week of November 13-17, 2017
- Canned food drive is under way. 7th grade has an empty bin- can you help fill it? Class contests are going on and the winning class gets a free dress, plus it helps fill Hope’s food pantry!
- 7th grade Christmas party– I need your help! I will be in Arizona on this day, Friday, Dec. 15 for my daughters college graduation. The kids will have a sub, but I would love it if I could get some parents volunteers to help with the Christmas party. If you are willing please email me.
- WDC fundraiser is Thursday night at the American Diner in the junction from 5-10. A great way to get out of cooking dinner and support the students going to WDC.
- Also coming home today is Trimester2 Elective forms. Please complete these and return by this Friday, Nov. 17th
Week of November 6-10, 2017
I really appreciate all the time and effort everyone took to come and meet with us teachers during parent teacher conferences last week. It is such a valuable time to connect and partner with you when it comes to your kind, loving and fun children. I do have to say it is also great to be back with the kids!
- First of all, I apologize for the late notice, but 7th graders will be leading chapel tomorrow. We will be sharing about temptation. The devil and even Jesus himself will be joining us- come join us too if you can.
- It is already that time of year- FINALS! Finals are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 20 & 21. The students will be finishing a grammar unit as well as get their study guide in literacy at the beginning of next week. It is so hard to believe that the first trimester is over- this year is flying by!
- Please be sure to check the yellow communication envelope for information about; Donuts with Dad, Open House, Dine out for D.C. and Hopecoming 18- there are a lot of fun events coming up.
- Also being sent home are school pictures!
- Lastly- Student Council is holding a canned food drive-please help fill our bin!
Week of October 23, 2017
In Literacy we will start a Narrative Writing Unit entitled; “Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes. This is our first formal writing that we have done this year. We will be working on organization in telling a story with a beginning, middle and end.
A few things this week:
- This Saturday is our Fall Frolic from 4:30-7:30 at SLHS gym. If any 7th graders is able to volunteer there is a need. You can go to Hope’s website to sign up. PIP hours apply!
- The Book Fair is next week, our class will be helping set this up. It’s an opportunity to have a bookstore right outside our classroom door.
- ITBS testing is the next two weeks. I have already let the kids know. This is a time to be sure to get plenty of rest and bring in extra healthy snacks.
- Next week is Parent Teacher Conferences. Please make sure to send in your 3 options of times/days to conference. I will be putting the schedule together on Thursday morning and then sending home a slip with your conference time/day. I look forward to meeting with everyone.
Week of October 16, 2017
I have to take a moment to brag about these 7th graders!
Week of October 2, 2017
7th Grade parents,
- Coming home in the communication envelope this week is picture order forms. Picture day/time for seventh grade is Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 11:45. Students can wear their uniforms or “church” attire outfits.
- Remember it is not too late to sign up for the Orange Ruler fundraiser, sign up at http://orangeruler.com/
- This Thursday from 6-8 pm, at Seattle Lutheran High School is the showing of the movie Angst a documentary that is breaking the stigma around Anxiety. It is free and open to the community. Recommended for parents and students ages 12 and up.
- A reminder to be sure to be checking Chalkable with your child. For my literacy class I did hand out a missing work form for anyone who was receiving a grade lower than 70%. They should be talking directly to their teachers about any questions on assignments or tests. Get those weekly reading logs turned in!!
Week of September 25, 2017
“Jumping to Conclusions”, “Intent verses Impact” and “What did you hear me say.” These were the topics of our class meeting this past week. The students had chances to experience these concepts and we will continue to talk and roll play these type of situations.
- Student council speeches and votes are tomorrow (9/27) right after chapel, we have John, McKenzie and James all running in our class- Good Luck!
- Fall Olympics is this Friday, students will meet with their teams tomorrow. Come to school on Friday dressed in your team colors- it will be a fun day!
- It’s not to early to be thinking about H.S. A flyer is coming home today with upcoming open houses.
- PTH meeting on Wednesday Oct. 4th at 6:00, this is a great opportunity to meet other families and get involved in activities.
- Picture day is Oct. 9th- see flyer in communication envelope
I hope to see everyone tonight (9/19) at 7:00 for our curriculum night, we will all meet in the church.
- Parent login information to our new grading/homework portal.
- Pizza and Burrito lunch form that needs to be returned by Wednesday, Sept. 27.
- Picture Day is coming up on Oct. 9-see form to order
- Orange Ruler Info.
- AND last but not least, this will be the last week to sell those Chinook books, please plan on either returning your book or $ this Friday 9/22.
As we ended our first week I asked the students what the best part of their week was, the majority answered, “seeing my friends”. It’s been so great to see them catching up, hanging out and reconnecting.Week 2 is underway and believe it or not, we have already had students out because of sickness, boo hoo! A cold has defiantly hit us so I got the hand sanitizer out, but please make sure that everyone is getting plenty of rest and covering coughs etc. If your child does miss school, please make sure they are talking to their teachers to find out about missing work. In my class, there is a tray that the students can find any handouts, notes etc. that they might have missed. It is their responsibility to get these and talk to me if they need clarification on what they need to do.
Chalkable– this is the online system that we are using this year to post homework and grades. The students will be receiving training on how to access their homework and grades this week. I think they will find it user friendly, but please be sure to ask questions when they come up.
A few reminders:
- I-Pad contracts are being sent home today, please read and sign. I-Pad will be sent home once these contracts are signed and returned.
- Chinook books should be sold or returned by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22.
Save the Date, Upcoming events:
- October 4, PTH meeting 6:00 p.m.
- October 5, Seattle Lutheran High School will be sharing the movie Angst. This film looks at anxiety, its causes and effects and what we can do about it.This is open to the community and recommended for ages 10 and up.
- It’s not to early to be thinking about High School, as open houses are shared with us, I will be sure to send them out to you. There will be an Open House for Seattle Lutheran High School, Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Make it a SUPER week.
Welcome to 7th grade. I pray that your summer was full of rest and that you are all ready to ease back into the school year.