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Week of Nov. 2

7th grade families,

We welcome a new 7th grader Sullivan Pond to Hope.  Sully will be starting in class on Thursday, Nov. 12, welcome Pond family.
MAP Testing:  I apologize that I forgot to send these home yesterday for the Mon/Tue. in class students.  They are coming home today.  Thurs/Fri. students should have brought them home last week and all virtual students will be receiving an email with the results.  We can go over any questions during our parent teacher conferences this week.
Parent Teacher Conferences:  These are scheduled for Thurs./Fri. this week.  I look forward to meeting with each of you.
Schedule for the remaining of the week: 
Regular school for students tomorrow, Wed. 11/4
No school for students Thursday 11/5 or Friday 11/6.
Finals Schedule:  It is hard to believe that these are right around the corner.  I will be sending more information in the near future, but here is the basic schedule.
Friday, Nov. 20th Literacy
Mon/Tues: Nov. 23rd & 24th, Math-this is typically a 2 day final
Mon: Nov. 23rd Science
Tues: Nov. 24th History
I look forward to touching base with everyone this week to talk about your gifted kids!

Week of Oct. 19-23


Mid Term Reports:  If you have not signed these please do so and email them back to me acknowledging that you have seen them.  If you have any questions please contact the teacher directly.
Parent Teacher Conferences: Please follow the link below to sign up for a PTC, on either Thursday, Nov. 5 or Friday, Nov. 6th.
MIddle School Schedule Change:  There will now be school on Wednesday, Nov. 4th. This will be a regular day with the specialists.  Please let the teachers know if your child will not be in class that day.
Chapel:  This week’s chapel can be found on the link below or on our Hope website.
Chapel link is live on our Website! Click here
Here is the video link:
Faith:  This week we are studying the bible story of Noah’s Ark,  A time where Noah was asked to obey God and how this relates to us.
Literacy:  The students are plowing through their book Bud Not Buddy.  We did take a little time out to work on a creative writing story based on a scavenger hunt,  so if you are missing something from the bathroom ask your child where you can find it.
I am looking forward to reading these creative stories.
I love being with your kids- have a great week!

NO SCHOOL:  Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8-9.  


Oct. 7 Chapel–  Students should watch the message from Mrs. Okabayashi and complete the chapel reflection assignment that is posted in their faith class in schoology.

MAP TESTING SCHEDULE: Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12-13 at 10:45
It is important that every student has 2 devices in order to take this test.  One device will be used for the test and the other will be for getting on zoom.
Our schedule is different this week; The kids should log on to my zoom (Mrs. Meyer) after their morning break-10:45.  We will take the Math test on Monday, Reading test on Tuesday and then the following week, Monday, Oct. 19 the Language test.
I will be sure to go over this schedule with them as well.
One more thing- please have your child bring a book for silent reading (this can count towards their reading logs) so that if they are done early, they will have a quiet activity to do.
Just as a reminder, I went over this with the kids too:
Zoom Expectations are the following:
  • please do not have distracting virtual backgrounds,
  •  cameras must be on (unless you have a discussion with us in regards to this for a legitimate reason),
  • students NEED to show up on time/early to meetings and then STAY in the meeting for the whole duration (or until dismissed by their teacher).  Several students are still not signing into our morning class time 8:30-8:40 and are getting marked absent.
I hope you are able to enjoy the beautiful weather we are having, it sure does make a difference!

Hi 7th Grade Families,

Here are the happenings this week:
TONIGHT. TUESDAY, SEPT. 22 7:00– Please plan on joining us via Mrs. Okabayashi’s zoom (see below) for our annual curriculum night.  This will be one like no other!  We will go over the curriculum and overall how things are going.  I have attached the 7th grade curriculum.  Please take some time to look it over and be sure to ask questions if you have any.  I hope to see everyone tonight.
Chapel:  I have also posted these on schoology as well.  From this week forward, I will just be posting the link that takes the kids to the website where they can access chapel.  They should plan on completing the chapel reflection as well.
There are NO Yellow Communications Envelope this week as I have attached anything that should be coming home to this email.
Overall the kids are really getting into the swing of things.  A few reminders for everyone is to be sure to be checking the schedule and the specific times that classes start, several of the students are coming late to class via zoom.  One suggestion is to set the timer on their I pads.  Another reminder is that zoom students are expected to have their video camera on while they are in class.
Literacy students have their first test on Figurative Language this Friday, we will start our first novel, Bud Not Buddy next week.
Have a blessed week!

— Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

I am excited to be starting my 30 year of teaching and can honestly say I’ve never had a start to a teaching year like this one!  Remember that we are all in this together and I am here to help! 
Here is what is going on this week:
Yellow Communication Envelopes:  These will be coming home either Tuesday or Thursday depending on what day your child is in class.  I will also be attaching any information that is coming home to the weekly email for virtual learners.  If your child does receive an envelope, please have them return them on their next in class day.
Chapel Link/Song:  Here is the link, I will also post it in 7th grade homeroom folder marked Chapel.  The students should watch it and then complete the chapel reflection in the 7th grade faith course.
Curriculum Night, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:00 PM:  Mark your calendar for this event.  You should have received detail information as well as how to attend via Mrs. Okabayashi’s zoom in the WOH weekly newsletter.  If you have any questions please let me know.
7th Grade Literacy:  We are working on our figurative language unit and have covered, similes, metaphors and idioms so far.  The students have been creative in their work and I look forward to applying this to their writing.  They will have a unit test next Friday, Sept. 25th.  All students should also have a silent reading book and are expected to read a total of 150 minutes per week.  Reading logs are typically due Monday each week.
7th Grade Faith:  We have only had 2 classes so far because of the way the schedule has been and have walked through how chapel reflections will go as well as talked about our school theme- United in Christ.  Our first unit is on creation.
I’m looking forward to our first full week of school, the kids have done great with their schedule.  I did remind a few of them that if they have misplaced their schedule I have posted it on schoology in 7th grade homeroom.
Blessings on the rest of your week,

Happy Summer Break

Wow what an end to the 2020 school year! 
I am incredible proud of all of the middle school students who made the transition to online learning and did so with such perseverance, amazing attitudes and success.  This was not easy and you did it!
As we move towards the fall, I know that it will different than how we have started previous school years, but believe that you will continue to be amazing and successful.  We are in this together!  Have a well deserved summer break!
Mrs. Meyer
Week of February 3-7

Welcome to the month of February!   I don’t know about you, but I’m so happy to see this strange object- I think it is called the “sun”  these days! 

A few things to pay attention to:
Spirit Days to celebrate LEST:
  • Thursday- 2/6 Color wars- 7th Grade is team purple
  • Friday- 2/7 Wacky Tacky Day
  • Monday- 2/10 Pajama Day
  • Tuesday- 2/11 Hawaiian/Tropical Day
  • Wednesday 2/12- Blue and Gold

If your child chooses not to participate, they should wear their uniform.

LEST Pep assembly- Wednesday, 2/12, 11:15 at Seattle Lutheran’s gym
  • 1/2 day Wednesday, February 12- noon dismissal
  • No School Thursday, February 13-Tuesday, February 18.
If you haven’t returned the Mid-Term report that was sent home last week, please either email to let me know you saw it, or sign the bottom portion and send it back to me.
I also need permission slips for alternative PE field trips signed and returned, let me know if you need another copy.
Hope Auction:  See note from our awesome room coordinator, Heidi Gottshalls:

7th Grade Hiking/Camping “Basket”

7th Grade Hiking/Camping “Basket”

We still need a few items that will round out the class basket and
$350 dollar min value, if you could take one last look for signing up!

Needed: Day Pack, Small Camp Stove, Binoculars, Gift cards to Dick’s Sporting Goods, Big 5 or other.

Please deliver items to Mrs. Meyer’s room no later than Feb 14thwith a
completed procurement form (attached). Forms can be completed and
emailed electronically to Heidi Gottshall, or
printed and attached to the item.


Enjoy the sun and blue skies!

Week of January 27-31

Mid Term slips are coming home today in yellow communication envelopes.  Please sign and return them to me no later than this Friday, Jan. 31.  As always feel free to contact me or any of the teachers if you have any questions.
Good Neighbor Treat Baskets:  It is that time of year; as we celebrate National Lutheran’s schools week we will be taking goodie baskets to our neighbors on Friday.  If you could send in either some homemade (PIP hours available) or store bought goodies, the kids will put together nice treat baskets and we will deliver on Friday.
MAP Testing:  We will hopefully be finishing this up this week.
Alternative P.E. Field Trips Permission Slips:  Mr. Goodspeed is really on it this year!  These are coming home in today’s yellow communication envelope.  We need drivers so sign up if you can help.  It’s such a fun time for the kids.  Please sign and return the slips asap.
Have a great week!

Week of January 20-24

MAP TESTING:  This is scheduled for this week during our regularly literacy time.  Students will still need to do some literacy work as homework (mostly reading and vocabulary).  See schoology for updates on daily homework.

National Lutheran’s School Week:  This is scheduled for next week, Jan. 26-31 and will start with kids singing at the 10:30 service on Sunday, Jan. 26th.  Please plan on joining us as we celebrate our Lutheran School.


Seattle Lutheran High School J-Term:  Did you see the write up on the West Seattle Blog (see link below)?  This is a great program that allows students to participate in experiences that are outside of the normal school day.  Makenna’s sister Melina and my son Drew are on the trip in Fiji.  I’ve been talking to the kids about some of their amazing adventures; swimming with sharks, hiking, learning about a different ecosystem and hands on experiences with marine biology. If you are considering SLHS for High School, I highly recommend you go to their upcoming Open House on Thursday, January 30th from 7:00-8:30 pm to learn more about J-Term. You can RSVP with Rachel Bigliardi at 206-937-7722 or visit our website at to RSVP for the open house.
Have a blessed week!

Week of January 6-10

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a restful and family filled break.  All of my kids were home for 2 whole weeks, it was such a treat!  I started off the break by opening up all the gifts from the students- THANK YOU for the numerous gift cards and treats, I felt very loved and am so blessed!
A few things to pay attention to this week:
LEST is coming upon us quickly, please make sure you have your room reservation and look for the information that is sent home in today’s communication envelope.
Our very own talented Mrs. Manuta’s art work is displayed at Cupcake Royal this Thursday for the Junction Art Walk.  If you are in the area be sure to check out her amazing work. We are so blessed to have such a talented artist as one of our teachers!
The second round of MAP testing will be starting soon.  I am excited to see and share the progress that the kids are making.  I will be sure to keep you posted on the exact dates.  More to come soon.
Hope Auction:  You have already seen some information on this, but I wanted to send it out again since the holidays are over.  For the Hope Auction on March 7th, each class is assembling a high value ($350 and up) Auction Basket. The 7th grade theme is Hiking & Camping, ideal for PNW outdoor enthusiasts.  Thank you for your consideration! Heidi Gottshall, 7th grade basket coordinator

Have a great first week of 2020!


Week of Dec. 16-20


If you would like donate some cookies (please no cupcakes or cake) tonight (Dec. 17) for the middle school concert this counts towards PIP hours.  They can either be homemade or store-bought. Items may be dropped off at the school office anytime, including right before the show.  We could also use some help with set up, the more hands the merrier!
These are coming home today in the yellow communication envelope.  I encouraged the kids to talk to the specific teacher if they have a question on their final grade.  Please sign the envelope and return no later than Friday.
We will have our class party on Friday, starting at 10:00, the kids should bring some snacks to share.  Please join us if you are able!
I hope you all have an amazing, restful and family filled break.  I will see everyone on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020!
Merry Christmas everyone, you are all so loved and I’m thankful for you all!

Week of Dec. 9-13

7th Grade Families,
Thank you for all the generous donations to the family we adopted.  The kids wrapped the presents and we have sent them off to the family.  It is such an amazing opportunity for our students to give and see the needs of others and they did so with such genuine hearts and kindness!
Secret Santa:  The kids voted and overwhelmingly wanted to do secret Santa this year, I hope that works for everyone!  They have picked names and also have a form with their persons “favorites”.  The idea is to not spend more than $10-15 for the entire week.  Please let me know if there are concerns and we will figure out how to make this work.  I’ve not done this before with my class so this is a first for me too.
Christmas Party:  This will be on Friday, Dec. 20th.  The kids want to have treats, play games and maybe watch a movie.  I have a new game telestration (a combo. of telephone and pictionary) that I will bring in for them to play- it provides lots of laughs when our family plays it!  We will start at 10:00, please let me know if you would like to join us, you are more than welcomed!
Hope Auction/7th Grade Basket:  For the Hope Auction on March 7th, each class is assembling a high value ($350 and up) Auction Basket. The 7th grade theme is Hiking & Camping, ideal for PNW outdoor enthusiasts.  We wanted to share the link early for those who might appreciate finding deals for the auction while holiday shopping. Thank you for your consideration! Heidi Gottshall, 7th grade basket coordinator

Christmas Spirit:  Nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit more than a children’s  Christmas program.  If you are available Hope’s 1-5 grade students will be performing tonight, Dec. 10th  at 7:00, Pre-school will perform on Friday, Dec. 13th at 6:30 and our Middle School concert is next week, Tues. Dec. 17th at 7:00.  It a time to stop and remember the importance of this time of year!

Merry Christmas everyone!


Week of Dec. 2-6


Welcome to December,
I hope everyone had a restful and joyful Thanksgiving break!
Happenings this week are the following:
  • Trimester 2: This starts today!  I have suggested to the kids that they take this time to clean out their binders so that they can start fresh!  Trimester 1 report cards are being worked on and will be sent home in the yellow communication envelopes on Tuesday, Dec. 17th.
  • Please turn in any Giving Tree gifts by this FRIDAY, Dec. 6th.  There are still a few needed items if you are interested in donating- see link below.
  • Hope Auction- There has been an amazing team working on many aspects of this event, it will be here before you know it.  Our participation is needed to help make this event a success, and remember it benefits our kids!  See below the information on what 7th grade families are being asked to help with.
  • For the Hope Auction on March 7th, each class is assembling a high value ($350 and up) Auction Basket. The 7th grade theme is Hiking & Camping, ideal for PNW outdoor enthusiasts.  We wanted to share the link early for those who might appreciate finding deals for the auction while holiday shopping. Thank you for your consideration! Heidi Gottshall, 7th grade basket coordinator

Have a great week everyone, I’m so thankful for your children!!!

Week of Nov. 25-29

  • 7th grade is sharing the chapel message tomorrow.  Our topic is Joyful Thanksgiving.  Some of the students have prepared skits sharing how and why they are thankful for little things, like hair ties, and hands.  You are welcomed to join us, start time is 8:40.
  • Today we had our end of the semester “read in”  a class period dedicated to reading  They spent the first part of it with me reading to them from “It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel” and the second half with them reading either individual or in groups.  It is always one of my favorite days of the year and makes my heart so happy to see so much reading.  Happy end of trimester 1, they have worked hard and deserve a little break.  Second trimester starts on December 3
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27 the student council has added a spirit day where the kids are invited to dress up as something they are thankful for.  If they choose not to participate they should plan on wearing their uniform.  Free dress code rules apply to what they wear.  I hope they have fun with this, I thought it was a very creative and fun idea as we go into this time of year of Thanksgiving.
  • Reminder, half day, 12:00 dismissal on Wednesday, 11/27, No school Thursday, 11/28, Friday, 11/29 or Monday, 12/2.  I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, 12/3.

— A most blessed Thanksgiving to all of you, I sure am thankful for your families!


Week of Nov. 18-22


Finals Week:  It is here and will start on Thursday with part I of their math final.   Please make sure your child is taking time to study and is well rested.  They can be a little “off” sometimes with feeling some extra stress, so I always remind myself to have extra patience.
Final Schedule:
Thursday 11/21 Math and Science
Friday 11/22 Math and Literacy
Monday 11/23 History
Trimester 1:  Any missing work need to be turned in by Wednesday, 11/27.
Giving Tree:  Our class has “adopted” a family that consists of a single mom and 3 kids- Boy age 1, Girl age 15, Boy age 9.  They are in a domestic violence situation so any extra help with gas or food gift cards would be much appreciated. They could use some encouragement and prayers.  I think I’ll see if some of the students want to write them some cards too.
A sign up genius has been set up (thank you Christian Iovin) – see link below.  If you would like to contribute please use this as it will help us all communicate what has been purchased.  We need to have these items collected by Friday, Dec. 6th so we have time to wrap them.
Also coming home in the communication envelope is a form that needs to be signed and returned acknowledging you have read the Hope School Handbook:
Your 2019-20 school handbook has been updated and is now available to review online at General information and school policies are covered in your handbook. Please read through the handbook as there have been several small changes, one being our uniform guidelines, which we have communicated already. Other minor changes to note are enrollment priorities, middle school late work policy, standardized testing, cell phone and volunteer policies.
As always if you have any questions please let me know.  Have a blessed week!

Week of Nov. 12-15

7th grade families,Thank you for taking time to meet last week during parent teacher conferences, it was so valuable to us all.  Please be sure to pay attention to the following important dates:

Thank you for all the canned food donations, our human care ministry at Hope has been blessed by all these donations!

Picture re-takes are this THURSDAY, 11/14.  I told the kids that if they are getting retakes they can come in free dress, but will need to change into their uniform right after they are done.

Trimester 1 Finals schedule is the following:

Thursday, Nov. 21 Math and Science

Friday, Nov. 22   Math (yes math is both days)


Monday, Nov 25 History

TYPSE:  We are starting a new keyboarding program, I will go over this with them on Friday and then you should expect to see them practicing their typing at home.

High School Open House Information:  

  • Raisbeck Aviation: Info Night Nov 13 6-8pm (wed)
  • Cleveland STEM: Jan 17, Feb 1, Feb 7 – all at 9-11:30am
  • West Seattle High: Dec 5th 6:30-8 (thurs)

Seattle Lutheran Informal Information Night (see attached flyer)

  • Seattle Lutheran High School is hosting an informal information night at Pizzeria 22 in West Seattle on Wednesday, November 20th.  This is an opportunity to learn more about SLHS.

Adoption of a Family for Christmas:  Please look for a sign up genius to come home soon as our 7th grade class has adopted a family for Christmas.  If you are able to help to bless a family for Christmas we would really appreciate it.

Blessings on your week!


Week of Nov. 4-8

7th grade families,

  • Reminder that there is NO MIDDLE SCHOOL Wed.-Fri. this week.  I look forward to seeing everyone during Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • No School on Monday, Nov. 11. – Veterans Day observance
  • Yellow communication envelopes are full of many announcements, please be sure to take some time to look through them.
  • Thank you for sending all the canned food in, if you want to bring some in with your PTC, please do so!  Let’s get that 7th grades bin overflowing!


Glee will not be meeting this week due to no school for middle school parent teacher conferences. Please encourage your child to continue practicing during this break.
Also, auditions for the GLEE LEST group will be next Wednesday, November 13th during lunch/recess in Mrs. Kunkel’s room.  This group will be performing at LEST in the Vocal Ensemble competition and will have an extra rehearsal time during elective time in Trimester 2.  All Glee students will perform at the Christmas and Spring concerts and other exciting events.

Week of Oct. 28-Nov. 1

7th Grade Families:

  • Reminder that tomorrow- Wed. Oct. 30 is a noon dismissal and that there is no school on Thursday or Friday this week.  Happy Halloween everyone!
  • You should have received an email from me with your Parent Teacher Conference information, please let me know if you did not receive it.  I look forward to meeting with everyone next week.
  • See note below about our Robotics After School Club.

LEST Robotics After School Club

LEST Robotics will not be offered as an elective this year; robotics will instead be offered as an after school club. Experienced coder and programmer Hope parent Roger Davenport will lead this club on Wednesdays after school from 3:00-5:00 PM. Robotics Club will begin Wednesday, November 13 and end in mid-February. This club is open to students in grades 5-8 who are interested in programming and building Lego Mindstorms robots to compete against other robots, culminating in the LEST competition. Students/parents please email Roger Davenport at with questions or to reserve a spot, as space is limited.

Have a great week-


Week of Oct. 21-25

7th grade families,

  • Our annual canned food drive starts this week and will go until Nov. 8th.  Please send in any donations and no pressure, but 7th grade won last year, so wouldn’t it be fun to win again!!!!!
  • If you have not returned your child’s mid-term slip or signed up for a parent teacher conference please do so. The teachers are meeting on Thursday to assign days and times for conferences.  I will be sending you an email with your day next Tuesday.
  • It’s not too early to be thinking about high school.  Seattle Lutheran is hosting their fall open house this Thursday, Oct. 24th at 7:00.  It is a great opportunity to go check it out and learn about their programs.
  • If your child received a new Hope sweatshirt today, please take time to put their name in them, this makes it so much easier for when they are left in the classroom.
Have a great week,

Week of Sept. 30-Oct. 4

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Mrs. Meyer’s highlights for the week:
  • Reading the student’s creative writing stories.
  • Seeing 7th graders show kindness with each other and through the letters they wrote to the nursing home residence.
  • Having everyone do well on their first vocabulary quiz!
  • Reading to them out of the book “Things Not Seen” you could hear a pin drop; it is so quiet in the class and they are really into the book.
  • Being with your children!
Have a great week!

Week of September 23-27

TONIGHT:  I hope to see you all tonight at the PTH meeting (6:30) and Curriculum night (7:00).  It will be a night full of information as well as a time to touch base.

LITERACY CLASS: 7th grade had their first test on figurative language, wrote their first story using types of figurative language and will start their first book Bud Not Buddy this week, it’s a busy one!
FALL OLYMPICS:  Students will find out tomorrow what team they are on.  Friday they should wear their team colors and come prepared for lots of fun.  Please join us if you can, 1:00 in the lowers.
SCHOOLOGY:  Today’s yellow communication envelopes have your parents code to get onto your child’s schoology account.  We will be going over this tonight, but please let me know if you have any questions.  The kids have been doing a great job of monitoring themselves, but it is also good to for parents to be aware too.
ROOM PARENT:  7th grade needs a room parent or two- if you are interested please let me know.  It’s a great way to stay involved and also get your PIP hours.

Week of September 16-20

KINDNESS CAMPAIGN:  Part of being a 7th grader is learning how to maneuver social components.  The kids have been actively working on acts of kindness towards each other as well as towards their family.  This week we will be carrying it over to our overall community and setting up standards that state what “We believe” when it comes to kindness and how to be kind even when it is hard.  These are great talking points at home and I encourage you to ask you child about this.

 MAP TESTING: The students started with their MAP testing this week.  They completed the math portion yesterday and will take the reading comprehension test on Wednesday and the Language Arts test on Friday.  This is the test that we are doing instead of the ITBS.  The kids will be taking this each trimester and we will be using the results as one of the many tools to assess their progress and strengths and weaknesses in their learning.
PTH MEETING: Tuesday, Sept. 24th 6:30- See the flyer in your yellow communication envelope.
CURRICULUM NIGHT: Tuesday, Sept. 24th 7:00- A night full of helpful information, including how to best use schoology, late work policy, overall middle school curriculum and more!
Week of September 9-13
A few reminders this week:
  • TONIGHT (Tue. Sept. 10) at 6:30 there is a meeting for those interested in going on the 2021 WDC trip, please plan on attending if you can make it.
  • Mark your calendar for Curriculum Night on Tues. Sept. 24.  We will be going over how to access schoology and our new late work policy as well as overall curriculum.
  • Students have regular homework every night, please be sure to ask them about it.
  • Kindness goals– the kids have created action items to show kindness, they have been challenged to complete one action a week, please ask them about their plan.  We will also be creating 7th grade standards when it comes to showing kindness.  I will be sure to post our standards when they are completed.
Your kids are a blessing to us!
Have a great week.

September 3, 2019

Welcome Back To School!
WOW- what a great first day!  It was awesome to see the kids and get the 2019-20 school year started.  I am so looking forward to this great bunch of kids and the growth that they will have this year.
Just a few things this first week as I’m sure you have been bombarded with lots of information.
  • Communication:  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, (email is most efficient, but calling school and leaving a message works too).  I try very hard to get back to you within 24 hours.
  • Please take some time tonight to go through the yellow envelope that was sent home today, sign and return these tomorrow.
  •  I will go over the new uniform policy and late work policy with the kids tomorrow.
  • Sign and return the I-Pad policy as well as the elective form no later than Friday. I-Pads will be handed out tomorrow, but the kids will not be able to take them home until they have signed and returned the policy.
  • Mark your calendar: Curriculum night is Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00
That is all for now, thank you for sharing your kids with me!
Lisa Meyer

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   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

7th grade families,
I’m sending this out early as there is a lot going on.  Looking forward to a fun filled, busy two weeks as we end the school year.
Finals Schedule:  
Friday, June 7th: Literacy and Science
     Monday, June 10:  Math and History
     Tuesday, June 11: Math
WDC Project: For those students who went on this trip; Due Friday, June 7th.  Please do not pay rush shipping on this if you ordered a book, just let me know via email that it has been ordered.
Late Work:  All late work for this trimester needs to be turned in by this Friday, June 7th.  Please make sure to check schoology.
Graduation Party:  There is still help needed for set up, please let Chris Mueller know if you are able to help.  I encourage you to attend graduation, it will give you a great idea for next year.
End of the Year Class Party:  Attached is the permission slip for our end of the year party, please return by this Friday, June 7th.  Drivers are needed!
Just think, on June 14th you will have an 8th grader in your house!!
Have a great week,
Week of May 20-24

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.  

Just a few things to make sure are on your calendar.

Spring Concert is TONIGHT!  Hope to see you there.

Grandparent’s Day is tomorrow and there is a 11:30 dismissal.  I look forward to meeting grandparents
No school Friday, 5/24 or Monday, 5/27- Memorial Day weekend!
Flying Circus (Alternative PE ) Field Trip Friday, May 31st from 12-3:00
Reading Logs: there will be 2 more due: Friday, May 31 and Friday June 7
Art Walk:  Saturday, June 1 (see flyer coming home today)Our bench is done and ready to be bid on, you don’t want to miss this event:
WDC Project: Due Friday, June 7th
Trimester 3 Finals Schedule:  Friday, June 7: Literacy and Science
                             Monday, June 10: Math and History
                             Tuesday, June 11: Math
If your child is going to be gone for any of these days and you haven’t already let us know, please do so asap.  They will be getting their reviews next week.
End of the Year Party: Mark your calendar, Wednesday, June 12- We haven’t decided what we are doing yet and will let you know next week.
Last Day of School Thursday, June 13th- 10:00 dismissal!  You will then have an 8th grader living in your house!!!!!
Please let me know if you have any questions, it’s such a busy, yet fun time of year!

Week of May 6-10

Thank you for all the birthday wishes, the kids were so kind!

  • 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.
I will be praying daily for safety and fun for all the adventures we have coming up.

Week of April 23-26

He Has Risen!  I hope everyone had a blessed Easter!
A few upcoming events:
Our theme for the Academic Fair this year is “This Is Me”.  For our middle school students, a “time capsule” or display will be made at home to hold 5 items that your child feels represents themselves.  They will also be working on a writing project in connection with this project in class.  Please encourage your child to create a colorful display to hold their 5 items and turn it in by Monday, April 29th to their Faith class.  This project will be worth 50 points on their Faith grade.  Please contact Mrs. Kunkel with questions at .
  • 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.
    • or by apply pay 2067902809 or send a check/cash payable to Taeya Lauer to school
It is going to be a great week-

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: 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.
           It’s going to be a fun and exciting time!
  • 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


7th grade families,
Hopefully everyone received their report cards, please sign and return the envelope that they came in by Friday.
Penny Wars is going strong, I love the giving heart of these kids and I love their competitive nature.  They are all strategizing how to win!  Most importantly they are wanting to give to a great cause.  This fun competition ends on Friday!
Look for more info. to come out regard the Art Walk, you did receive an email about this from Ashli Brown (thank you Ashlie).  If you would like to help or have any ideas please let me know.
If you signed up for a Parent Teacher Conference, I sent an email with your day and time, please let me know if you didn’t not receive this and still need to know what day/time you are scheduled for.
2019-2020 school calendars came home this week.  Please keep in mind when planning trips that the last week of each semester are finals and if at all possible to not have students gone during this time.
Lastly- have a wonderful spring break, we are on hitting the finish line of this year and it is going to go by fast when we get back.

WEEK OF MARCH 18-22, 2019

What a beautiful day, I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it!
This week:
  • 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.
Have a great week,
Mrs. Meyer

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.
The kids are working so hard on their finals and I’m very proud of them, you should be too!
Mrs. Meyer

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 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.

Week of Jan 8-11

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!


Nutrition Unit:  The kids will be starting a new unit in health on how to care for their bodies.  The first part of the unit has to do with nutrition.  They will be using an app to help them track their nutrition.   This is not for the purpose of any type of diet, but for them to pay attention to the healthy and non healthy foods that they eat and how to read food labels.  We will be tracking our nutrition for about 3 weeks and then move on to the next unit on exercise.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
SLHS Open House Information:  It’s not to early to start thinking about High School!
Please join us for our Open House on January 31, 2019!
RSVP here
LEST: Information is starting to come home, be sure to look it over as this favorite event is just right around the corner.
Have a great week and Happy New Year!
Mrs. Meyer

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!

A few things this week:
Picture Retake is TOMORROW- go to  picture day ID # LS118053Q1 at  If students do retakes, they can come dressed in free dress but will need to change into their uniform after they are done.
7th grade Giving Tree– Our class has adopted a family to bless this year at Christmas.  Go to

to sign up – Thank you Paige St.George for helping to get this organized.
We would like to have all gifts collected by Mon. Dec. 10th.
Enjoy the last week of November 2018.
Mrs. Meyer

Week of November 19-21

7th Grade Families,
  • 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!
  • Reminders:
                     7th grade is leading chapel tomorrow, come join
                    us if you can and learn how to choose to be

There is no school on Monday, Nov. 26th.

                     It is a teacher work day.  I look forward to seeing
                     everyone on Tuesday.
                     If your child is going to miss school for a vacation
                     or family trip, please be sure to email all
                     of their teachers to let them know and get any

                     missed classwork.

  • 7th grade celebration:

The kids did great on their finals and really pushed

                     through these with amazing attitudes and
                     overall perseverance, I was very proud of them!
                     7th Grade won the canned food drive- Thank you for
                    your generous donations.  We will have an
                    ice cream party to celebration on Friday, Nov. 30th.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving break and I pray you enjoy your time with family and friends!
— Week of November 12-16
7th Grade Families,
Just a few things this week:
Final Schedule:
Thursday 11/15 Math
Friday 11/16 Math and Science
Monday  11/19 Literacy and History
I have been encouraging the students to use their class time well, and to take some time each night to study.  They can do this!
Trimester 2 Electives:
These forms came home today, please take time to fill them out and return on Friday.
Canned Food Drive:  
We do have a start, but it would be such a blessing to add more to our bin.  Please bring canned foods by this Friday!
7th Grade Chapel:
We will lead next Wednesday, Nov. 21st.  Please join us if you are able.
Literacy Class:
We are working on gathering ideas and writing introduction paragraphs for different genres of writing.  The students will be setting personal writing goals as well as editing and revising their papers.  This will continue on into the next trimester as well.
Make it a fantastic week!
Mrs. Meyer

Week of October 29-Nov. 2

It may be a short week, but it is a busy one!!
  • 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.
Prayers of thanksgiving- Joelle Briggs had her surgery on Monday and is now on the long road to recovery and treatment.  Please continue to pray for healing and for her sweet family!  Dinners are being arranged if you would like to participate.  I’m so thankful for this amazing community we live in, the love and prayers are felt!
Have a blessed week!
Mrs. Meyer

Week of October 8-12

7th Grade Families,

In today’s yellow envelope are Mid-Term Report.  The purpose of these reports are to be sure we are communicating where every student’s current grades are.  Please be sure to have your child check schoology if they are questioning a grade.
We are asking that these reports be signed by both you and your child and returned on MONDAY, OCT. 15th.
Also a reminder that tomorrow (WED. OCT. 10th) is a noon dismissal and there is no school for the rest of this week as the teachers will be at a district conference.
Have a great rest of the week,
Mrs. Meyer
Week of September 24-28
Curriculum Night
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone tonight at curriculum night.  Please plan on meeting in the sanctuary at 7:00.  This is an opportunity to come and talk to the middle school teachers and learn about the overall programs at Hope.  It is also a time for you to ask questions you might have.
This is our online communication to students and parents when it comes to homework and grades.  A sheet is coming home with your child today with information and a log in code for you to be able to set up your own account.  Please let me know if you have questions.
7th grade Literacy
The students have started reading their first novel, “Bud Not Buddy.”  They will have daily homework in either vocabulary, reading, questions from their packet or other concepts regarding this novel.  We will also be regularly working in class on grammar and writing as well. As a reminder the students are expected to read a minimum of 150 minutes per week and this should be recorded in their reading logs.
It’s been an amazing start to this school year with some amazing kids!
Mrs. Meyer

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. 

Communication Envelope:
This week there are a few time sensitive forms :
  • I Pad Policy- sign and return by Friday, Sept 14th
  • Pizza forms due-Thursday Sept 20
I Pad’s:
These will be coming home soon.  Mr. Jones our dear, sweet technology teacher has had some health issues and because of this there has been a delay in getting these ready.  Please keep him in your prayers!
It’s been another great start of a week, 7th graders are simply the BEST!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Meyer



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).
Below is some important information:
Electives forms are coming home today and should be turned in by Friday, September 7. Please read through this elective handout for an update on the middle school teaching structure as well as information about three new electives. Some students’ elective forms will include a note at the bottom encouraging enrollment in a particular elective or two to help this student gain skills that are important for their academic progress. If you have any questions about this recommendation, please reach out to the instructor for that elective or Mrs. Okabayashi.


School Milk – Begins tomorrow-Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
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: 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 Please note the Hope School does not register or bill for this program.
Have a restful night and I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
Mrs. Meyer

Summer 2018

Welcome to summer break!  I look forward to hearing all about the books you have read over the summer and what you recommend and learned.
Enjoy your break and I look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Mrs. Meyer
Week of May 28-June 1
Finals Schedule:
Thursday, June 7- Math Final
Friday, June 8- History and Science Final
Monday, June 11-Literacy Final
7th graders will be watching the movie “Snow Falling on Cedars” next week.  It is rated PG 13, see review on  This will finish up our unit related to the novel we read, “Farewell to Manzanar”
Graduation Help:
Help is still needs for the 7th grade hosted Graduation Banquet, go to
to sign up.
Class Party:
We will have our end of the year class party on Tuesday, June 12th.  The student will be voting this week on what they want to do.  We will need drivers- I will let you know by Friday what our plans are.
Finally, I know that everyone is getting excited about the upcoming summer break and that the count down has started.  I can honestly say that although a break is always appreciated, I will truly miss this amazing group of students as my homeroom group.  You have kids who have showed me how to be forgiving, caring, leaders, fun and faithful.  I absolutely love them and will miss them!  Thank you for sharing them with me this past year!
Week of April 30-May 4
There is a lot of information to share in these notes as well as some forms that you might need, it must be getting near the end of the year!  Please take some time to read through everything carefully.
  • 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. 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.
Whew- that is all for now! As always, please let me know if you have any questions!
Happy Tuesday and I hope to see you tonight!

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.
    • 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.
    Have a great week!
  • Week of March 5-9

    Final Schedule Confirmation:

    • Thursday: Math Test
    • Friday: Literacy Project Due at the beginning of the period

    History Test

    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
Have a GREAT week!
Mrs. Meyer

Week of January 29-Feb. 2

First of all- Congratulations to Leif and his family as they welcome his twin sisters, Sage and Saiores (pronounced- seer shuh).  Leif shared pictures of them and we are all in awe!  Please keep his family in your prayers as they transition home and into an even busier routine.
Thank you for the generous donations of treats that were sent in last week.  Our neighbors were thankful to get them and there were some left overs for us to enjoy!
L.E.S.T is just around the corner- Spirit week is next week starting on Thursday, please check out the WOH newsletter for the daily themes.
I will be gone tomorrow (Thursday) as I am taking the 8th graders to Olympia for a field trip, Mrs. Kunkel and Mr. Allen will be “subbing”.
We are half way through our novel study of Across Five Aprils- there has been good discussion as well as understanding of the Civil War time period and its impact on the families and community in the 1860’s.
Have a GREAT week!
Week of Jan. 2-5

Happy New Year  7th grade parents-

It is great to be back with the kids- their energy and joyfulness brings me normalcy, which is so valued these days.  As many of you know my mom has been diagnoses with stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones, lymph nodes and lung.  While this New Year brings me anxiety and fear I find hope and peace in God’s promises to be with us always and in HIS promise of everlasting life with HIM.  Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes for my mom- keep them coming! Thank you also for the blessings of the Christmas gifts- I’m looking forward to using my Head to Toe message!
As we start off this New Year there are just a few things to make sure you are aware of:

LEST Update

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  If you have other scheduling questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Okabayashi at 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.

Mrs. Meyer


Week of Dec. 11-15, 2017

Merry Christmas!
A few reminders this week:
  • 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
I’m so very thankful for this class; the students and parents.  It has been a great first part of the year and I look forward to continuing to be with these amazing young adults!  Many blessings over the Christmas break!  May your time be filled with family, love, joy and the peace of Jesus.
Mrs. Meyer
Hello everyone,
Just a few reminders/updates this week Dec. 4-8
Literacy Project:
  • 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.
PIP Hour Opportunity
  • 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 to sign up.
Giving Tree
  • 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!

Class Party
  • 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!
Have a great week everyone!

Week of November 13-17, 2017

Yeah it is a full week of school!  When I greeted the kids with that statement yesterday, they didn’t all feel the same enthusiasm, but I’m super excited!
This week in 7th grade literacy we will start a new novel with the hope of being able to finish it by Christmas break.  We are reading The Pearl, a Mexican folk tale based on a family living in poverty, diversity, tradition and hope.  The students will have vocabulary and a packet that they will be working on throughout this unit.
Final schedule is:
Monday, 11/20 Math-this will take up 2 periods
Tuesday, 11/21 History (they have a project due) Science and Literacy
Other news:
  •  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
Have a great week!

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!

This week there are a few things going on:
  • 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!
Have a great week everyone!
Be kind, gracious and know that you are loved!
Mrs. Meyer

Week of October 23, 2017

Did you know that when the student come in the classroom in the morning they start taking down the chairs preparing for the day without being asked?  I sometimes just sit and watch this in pure thankfulness for their kind, servant hearts.  I know as parents we can often get frustrated because we can ask and ask, (nag and nag). It’s good to know that all the hard work you have done as parents has paid off with their actions in the classroom!  This class continues to shine bright!

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.
That’s all for now, as always if you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Week of October 16, 2017

I have to take a moment to brag about these 7th graders!

Yesterday the 7th grade group as a whole was not excited about the Orange Ruler Fun Run.  This lack of enthusiasm was quickly spreading among the class the closer we got to the event.  I gave them a pep talk and encouraged/challenged them to go out and take this opportunity to be leaders,  run with enthusiasm, help out a younger student and change their attitudes!  Boy did they take this on- they had AWESOME attitudes, lead by example and ended the event showing leadership.  I was so proud of how they took this opportunity and made it so positive.  A great example of the type of class they are!
I also thought I would update you in what is going on in our literature class.  We have finished the book, Bud Not Buddy and they have been working on their final project of creating a suitcase that shows the settings of the story, the lessons learned and the values of the main character Bud.  They will finish this up tomorrow.  Next week we will be working on our DRA assessments and then move into a Narrative writing unit.   They are an enthusiastic class and I so enjoy teaching them.
Be sure to fill out the parent teacher conference form that is coming home in today’s communication envelope. I look forward to meeting with everyone!
Ask your child about our class pet- it’s quiet an idea!!
Have a great week and time off of school.  Looking forward to a good teachers conference and being back at it next week.
Mrs. Meyer

Week of October 2, 2017

7th Grade parents, 

Just a quick note today about a few things:
  • 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
  • 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!!
Have a great week!
Mrs. Meyer

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.

Upcoming events:
  • 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
PIP Hour Opportunities:
Lunch duty is a great way to get to know the students and get those PIP hours.  Help is still needed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Email Shari in the office to sign up,
As always feel free to email me with any questions.
Week of September 18, 2017

I hope to see everyone tonight (9/19) at 7:00 for our curriculum night, we will all meet in the church.

This week in the yellow envelopes please make sure to pay attention to the following:
  • 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.
Our class had it’s first lesson with our new curriculum, Second Step. Our lesson was on making mistakes and the value of being able to learn from them.  They created a visual to show this!  This week our lesson is on goal setting, for both personal reasons or in our school work.  I look forward to helping the students use their strengths and weaknesses to do this.
It’s been such a great start to the school year!  This class is so hard working, loves to read, full of fun and kind personalities.  Thank you for sharing your kids with me!
Make it a great week!
Week of September 12, 2017

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.

Tomorrow night (Tues. August 29th) is our back to school BBQ, starting at 5:00.  Come by the classroom to pick up your class schedule and then we will head down to the lowers for the BBQ at 5:30.  For a full schedule of upcoming events please go to our website,
Lockers will be assigned the first day of school, so please plan on bringing any school supplies then.
Looking forward to a great year with these amazing 7th graders!
Mrs. Meyer