A Principal’s Joy by Kristen Okabayashi
A couple weeks have gone by with Easter and spring break, but I wanted to be sure to go back to last month’s talent show and basketball tournament. As important as academic learning is to us as a school, sometimes our extra-curricular events are so inspiring and joyful that I must share a couple stories with you all!
Our annual talent show is one of the school events that I am actively involved in, from auditioning our acts to giving suggestions along with our other “talent scouts”, to overseeing the actual show itself. This year’s talent show was the biggest we have ever had, with 24 acts and a wide variety of talent, including skits, songs, dancing, and gymnastics. I was so impressed with our kids this year in many ways. First I was impressed that we have so many brave students, most of who were very nervous beforehand, but still were able to get up and perform a talent in front of hundreds of people in the gym. We had several kindergarten students perform this year, which really takes courage at that young age! But second, I was so proud of a couple of our students who stepped in literally the day of the talent show and filled in for friends who were sick. We had a fifth grader who stepped in during lunch, an hour before the show, and filled in beautifully for another student, and we even had a preschool student sibling fill in for a kindergarten that was sick. All these kids have so much God-given talent, and I was so proud of them! Third, I was especially grateful for our older students, who really set the example in cheering for and encouraging everyone who performed. They were great role models for our school and I could not have been more proud of them.
The second story is about our annual trip to Bremerton for Peace Lutheran’s 5th and 6th grade basketball tournament. Both the girl’s team and boy’s team went over this year and competed against several other teams. Our girl’s team worked hard all season and really improved, finally winning their first game in the very last game of the year before the tournament. To our surprise, they played hard in every single game and ended up winning the tournament! I have to say I actually teared up when they won because I know it meant so much to them. Our boys also won the tournament, which we think is a first for us as a school.
We are blessed to have students who work hard in everything they do, and who encourage and support each other. It is my joy to work with them every day!
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Calendar of Events
Wed. 4/15: 8:40 AM Chapel w/4th Grade
Thurs. 4/16: 6:30 PM WADC Parent & Student Meeting
Fri. 4/17: Free Dress Day
Tues. 4/21: 3rd Quarter Report Cards & PIP Statements Home
Wed. 4/22: 8:40 AM Chapel w/3rd Grade
Yearbook Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kicks Off Today!
Our cookie dough fundraiser, which benefits our yearbook fund, kicks off today. Look for your student packet and call the school office with any questions. A Free Dress Pass prize will be given for the top seller! This fundraiser begins Today, April 14th and will end on Tuesday, April 28th.
Academic Fair – A Student Art Show – April 28, 2015 6:30 – 8 pm
You are invited to attend Hope’s Academic Fair, a student art show! As you walk through the school doors transport yourself to a fancy gallery opening of young up-and-coming artists. Featuring pottery created by preschool through 5th grades students, quietly make your way through each of the classrooms showcasing work celebrating God’s days of creation. In hushed tones, learn from the artists about the inspiration and process of each piece. And don’t forget to view art work created by our talented Middle Schoolers on our second floor.
Eagle Classic Registration Open
Registration is open for the Eagle Golf Classic May 30th! Don’t delay in signing up your team of four or we can place you on a team. Invite your friends and family to play in support of Hope Athletics! Sponsorships are available too. Click here to register by May 18th. Go Eagles!
Hope Lutheran School Preschool Lead Teacher Position
Hope Lutheran School seeks a full time preschool 4s lead teacher beginning with the 2015/2016 academic year. Applicants must have experience working with preschool students, along with a strong personal faith and a servant heart. Early childhood education is preferable. Applicants must be professional and have good oral and written communication skills. Hope Lutheran School preschool teachers teach with a play based approach and a creative curriculum, using a variety of learning centers. Interested parties can visit our website at HopeSeattle.org for an application, or call the school office at (206) 935-8500. Interested candidates should submit a resume and application to the school office or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10, 2015.
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
Track & Field Coaches- April & May
Contact Mr. Kapels at email@example.com
Assist Yearbook Fundraiser – April 28
Help is needed to process orders and then to distribute cookie dough & Bon Appetite items when delivered. Please contact the school office if you can assist at 206-935-8500.
Teacher Appreciation Week – May 4-8
Grandparents Day – May 13
VBS Volunteers Needed
Attention Parents of Middle School Students – Is your teen looking for an opportunity to volunteer and help others? VBS (Vacation Bible School) is coming July 20-24, 9:00- noon at Hope! Middle school students are needed to serve as assistant crew leaders for the preschool and elementary ages. Sign up online at Hopeseattle.org (church) and click on the Mt. Everest icon. Questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Assembly
Bob Lenz, a national youth speaker will be presenting at an assembly to our middle school students on Tuesday, April 21 at 1:15 pm at Seattle Lutheran High School gym. Students from two other Lutheran middle schools will be part of the assembly as well. Parents are welcome. To learn more about Bob Lenz go to www.lifepromotions.org.
Women of Hope Spring Tea – May 9
Are you looking for a fun tradition to start with you daughter? Come to the Women of Hope Spring Tea Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 pm. Get dressed up and bring all the special girls in your life for a special afternoon! The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for girls under 12 years old. You can reserve your spot online at hopeseattle.org/church. Our mission spotlight will be the Compass Center Women’s shelter with their director sharing her personal story of how her life was transformed after being homeless herself.