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Dear Sea Turtle Families,

3-2-1 Blast-off! We are off to explore outer space, starting with stars!

We started this week learning about stars and celebrating Epiphany – when the wise men followed the Star of Bethlehem to baby Jesus. We watched a short, fun movie in chapel today to learn more about it.

For science, we have bottles of spices (like frankincense) that the kids have enjoyed (or in some cases, not) smelling. We are also exploring gravity and what that means. We looked at sound during Music Monday and learned that noise can not be heard in outer space. Be sure to ask your kids why this happens. 😊

In our literature and math studies, we are focused on the “S” sound, as in “stars” and “space”. We are also working on writing the numbers 1,2,3 & engaging in activities that cement our knowledge of positional words (over, under, beside, etc…).

Over the next few weeks we will expand our space studies to the relationship between the moon and the sun, as well as explore our planets. Please feel free to have your kids bring in books related to these topics.

As many of you may know, Mrs. Sonheim is getting ready to take off on a fabulous adventure to Fiji with her husband to help chaperone/teach 15 Seattle Lutheran high school students about ecology and the local culture/customs. They will be hiking, white-water rafting, living in villages, scuba diving and having a great time. I’m sure she would appreciate all of your prayers! She will be leaving this Saturday and will be out of the classroom for two weeks. Mrs. Ruth Gardner (former Orca preschool teacher here at Hope) will be standing in for her while she is gone. Safe travels Mrs Sonheim. We hope you have an amazing journey!

Snack Family this week: Monzingo family – Thank You!


Upcoming Events:

Jan. 14 to Jan. 24: Re-Enrollment for Current Families

Re-enrollment will begin January 14th to the 24th for currently enrolled families. You will receive our re-enrollment packet next Tuesday, January 14th in the communication envelope with information on enrolling through K12online. All students will receive a new student number and access key.

On January 27, 2020 we will begin processing new applications from the community. If you have any questions about re-enrollment, please email or call the school office or admissions director at


Preschool Open House, Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 PM

Invite your friends, neighbors and family members to check out our Preschool Open House on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm. Hope School offers a 3 year-old and 4 year-old play-based programs with two to five day options and an option for extended care. Bring your little one and see first-hand the learning and fun students have here at Hope.


Janet Manuta Art Show

Hope Lutheran art director, Janet Manuta, will be showcasing her work at Cupcake Royale through the month of January as part of the West Seattle ArtWalk. Her work will be displayed Thursday evening (1/9) at Cupcake Royale and she will be there so stop by and say hi!



Mrs. Shelver