From a Preschool Perspective by Christina Figgins, Preschool Teacher/Director
I was listening to Pastor Peter give a sermon recently and realized how hard it must be to reach adults and encourage them in their faith journey. Adults become so bogged down with day to day life that simply thanking God for a rainbow can be overlooked. This is the reason I am so grateful that I get to spend my days interacting with 3 and 4 year olds. They look at life with so much joy and excitement.
Each day in the preschool room we say a prayer and after we say “Amen” we say thank you to Jesus for something. Often we thank him for toys, colors, moms and dads, climbers, band aids, dinosaurs… And they are truly thankful.
As their teacher I may often be the students’ first introduction to faith. It astounds me how open they are to learn about God. One of our recent themes was Noah’s Ark. We read stories and acted out setting up an ark and getting the animals on board. We discussed the storm that lasted 40 days and 40 nights, and that those animals were probably very tired of being on that boat! But, God sent a beautiful rainbow to show his love, and that meant that everything was going to be ok. I love asking the kids what it means when they see a rainbow. They say, “We are safe!”
I teach preschoolers stories from the Bible, and stories of faith. But when I look at their faces and see their excitement about this amazing life God has given us I am reminded of true faith. They are God’s greatest gift, and I get to learn from them daily. What a blessing to go to work and interact with pure individuals that can’t wait to see what’s next!
I’ll leave you with my favorite saying of the year, so far, by one of my preschoolers. “Sometimes I can’t remember what I was gonna say. I think it just fell outta my head.” Doesn’t that happen to all of us?!?
School Pictures – Tomorrow Wednesday, Oct 11
Wednesday, October 11 will be picture day! We will offer students the choice to wear uniforms or “Classy Dress”. Please help your child select clothing they would like to wear for their picture, following the free dress day guidelines. Our picture ID number with Lifetouch is LS115363Q0. Simplify Picture Day by ordering online at mylifetouch.com. No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online. See more options available online and you can use a credit card or PayPal on their secure site. Paper order forms were sent home last week and these should be brought in on picture day.
Preschool 3s Monday-Tuesday only students will have picture day on Monday, November 20.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Today 10/10: Orange Ruler Turn in Day / Online Deadline is Today at 11:59 PM
Wed. 10/11: School Pictures All Grades / 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 8 / 6:00 PM Hopecoming Auction Meeting
Mon. 10/16: Orange Ruler Fun Run! 1:30 Pig Race – 2:00 Fun Run
Wed. 10/18: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Mr. Allen / 12:00 PM Dismiss for District Conference / ESC “XTRA” Open
Thurs. & Fri. 10/19 & 10/20: No School – District Conference / ESC “XTRA” Open
Save the Date: Donuts with Dad – Wednesday, November 15 at 8 AM
School Athletic Events – Click Here
Athletic Photos Needed
Yearbook is on the search for Flag Football, Cross Country, Volleyball and Soccer photos. If you are at the games or meets and have captured some great shots you can submit them to Ms. Evjen-Bryan at email@example.com
Hopecoming Auction Meeting Tomorrow – October 11 at 6 PM
Join us on Wednesday, October 11 at 6 PM in the Commons to find out how you can make this highly anticipated event an evening to remember. Learn how you can earn PIP by contributing! We need people with energy or experience in event planning, fundraising, marketing, graphic design, auction item procurement, and a host/emcee for our event!
Do you have connections to local businesses or leaders in your industry? Sign up to lead our event sponsorship team!
Before & After School Clubs – Click Here
Lego club starts today! Check out the calendar for dates and times of your favorite club.
Kindergarten Information Night – Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Is my child ready for kindergarten? We will provide information regarding kindergarten readiness and what to look for in kindergarten from our Preschool Director Mrs. Figgins, as well as hear more about our kindergarten program from our highly experienced teacher, Mrs. Neafcy. Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
School Directory & Handbooks
Please ensure we have up-to-date information on your family, address, phone numbers, contacts, etc… Go to K12Online for any updates. Directories will be complied this month with our goal to have them available by the end of October. Our school handbook will have a few minor changes and we will publish those next week.
PTH Hosted Fall Frolic – Saturday, October 28 – Order Form
PTH invites Hope Lutheran Church and School families to their all school fall frolic celebration! Saturday, October 28 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Seattle Lutheran High School Gym. Featuring activities for all ages: bouncy house, games, crafts, face painting, pizza & cider, contests, and more.
Admission is just $10 per child (ages 3 and up) and includes five (5) activity tickets. Accompanied adults and kids under 3 are free! Presale tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event at Will Call. Admission tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the event; however they will only include two (2) activity tickets. Additional activity tickets will be available for presale and during the event for $1 each.
PTH & PIP Opportunities – Click Here
Want to earn PIP while your kiddos frolic? Go to SignUpGenius at http://www.signupgenius – to see how you can help!
Other PIP Opportunities – Click Here
Lunch & Recess Help Still Needed – Earn Double PIP hours for the month of October!
Help still needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays and every other Thursday. Our lunch time is from 11:40 am to 12:50 pm and our recess 12:00 to 1:05 pm. If you can help with any of these times, please contact Shari Wallace.
Hello Hope Lutheran Middle School students and Family,
Join Seattle Sounders FC in our first ever Pro Sports Career day! Allow your children to meet with some of our top executives within the Seattle Sounders FC Organization for a panel discussion, letting students hear from leaders in our Sales, Marketing and Finance departments on the possibilities of working within the sports industry. After the discussion, join the crowd as we host FC Dallas in hopes of clinching another MLS League Championship! For more information, check out the flyer in our Tuesday envelope and feel free to contact Hope Lutheran Middle School Alumni Troy- Mikal Oliger at mailto:troyo@soundersFC.com for more details. Cheers and Go Sounders FC!
Church News & Activities – Click Here
First Communion Class – Begins This Sunday, October 15, At 9:30 A.M.
We invite all 5th grade children, or older, to learn the basic teachings of our distinctive Lutheran Christian belief about the Lord’s Supper. One or both parents (or a close relative) are expected to join their children in the class. This class will meet for five weeks at 9:30 a.m. in Room 212, on the 2nd floor of the school. Pre-register by contacting Deacon Dan Jackson at email@example.com. You may also contact the church office at 206-937-9330. If you have questions or wonder if your child is ready for this class, please contact Deacon Dan. First Communion for the children who attended these classes will be on Sunday, November 12, at the 10:30 service.
Hope 101 – New Member Coming Soon! This class is led by Pastor Peter and is designed to inform you and welcome you to Hope. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up. We are excited to make Hope your church home! Classes will be offered in a Sunday afternoon seminar format.