Fourth Grade Hits the Road! By Lucy Kuhn, 4th grade teacher
After a long Seattle winter, fourth grade kicked off our return from Spring Break with the first of several field trips that we will experience together in 2017. We boarded Hope’s awesome short bus and several private vehicles to tour the Seattle Aquarium for the day and to participate in a class on plankton. Students gathered water samples by throwing special nets into the Puget Sound from a high pier and scooping up the slightly green water in special containers. We observed plankton using microscopes, and learned that some types of plankton grow into familiar marine creatures such as barnacles, clams, sea stars, and crabs to name a few. Students were surprised at the shapes and sizes of the plankton and that the seemingly clear water samples held numerous forms of life in just a few drops like an underwater world. For an hour, students acted as active scientists to learn more about our local Puget Sound waters and the life it holds which is not easily observed by the unassisted eye.
After this excellent class, fourth grade spent time eating lunch together in an underwater dome room surrounded by a wide variety of Puget Sound fish and then toured many colorful exhibits including the tidal pool touch tank. Students described what the various animals felt like, looked like, and tried to pronounce scientific names. We enjoyed watching the playful antics of the sea otters and the northern fur seals and were grateful for a sun break to watch some of these animals basking in the sun on rocks and sometimes fighting over a certain desirable spot. I frequently heard, “Ms. Kuhn, look!” from excited students.
A lot of learning takes place in the classroom, but when students leave their school as a group to explore the world around them a different level of learning occurs. Students learn how to navigate crowds, listen to volunteers for directions, take in information by reading signs and asking questions, and how to keep themselves safe in a less structured setting than the classroom. Students also practice interacting in positive ways with their classmates and develop an awareness of how to present themselves in socially acceptable ways to strangers. These are skills that need to be practiced outside of school to build well rounded individuals who are able to function successfully outside of the confines of the family or classroom structure. Field trips are not just for fun!
As we move through the last trimester of the school year, bodies and brain have matured in fourth grade. It feels good to stretch and move beyond Hope together as a class to explore places and have adventures that will become strong memories of what we “did” in fourth grade, and there will be many!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 4/19: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Peter – Easter, Matthew 28
Fri. 4/21: Free Dress Day
Tues. 4/25: 7:00 PM Academic Fair – All Grades
Wed. 4/26: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Jonathan – Ascension, Matthew 28
Upcoming Save the Dates
Teacher Appreciation Week – May 1-5
Last PTH Meeting – May 3 @ 6:00 PM
Grandparents Day – May 17 @ 8:30 to 11:30 AM
Eagles Classic Golf Tournament – June 3 @ 8:00 AM
School Clubs – Click Here
Academic Fair – April 25 @ 7 pm
Hope students and teachers invite parents to the Academic Fair on Tuesday, April 25th. This is a great opportunity to not only see what your student has been working on, but also peek at what other classes have been studying. Students will be showcasing activities or projects they have been putting together in the classroom pertaining to a variety of subject matter. Some classes will have individual student presentations and more information on your student’s presentation time will be communicated by your their teacher. Families are strongly encouraged to visit each classroom together so that everyone may enjoy the projects. Attending the Academic Fair is not required however strongly encouraged so that each student as an opportunity to shine. Look forward to seeing you!
Track Coaches needed – season runs April thru May.
Golf Tournament – Help also needed at our annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 3rd. Contact Mr. Allen at email@example.com.
PTH Board positions open for secretary and treasurer contact Sonjia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative Fundraiser Continues – April 18-26
You may have noticed that Parents and Teachers of Hope (PTH) has only had one fundraiser this school year where we asked families to “SELL STUFF” (Chinook Books). To help us continue to minimize the “SELLING of STUFF,” we are asking families instead to make a love offering through our alternative fundraiser. If each student’s family donates just $50, PTH will be able to continue to support our students and teachers, as well as offer low cost events without having to sell more “STUFF.” The classroom that raises the most (average per student) will win a fun prize. Look for the Alternative Fundraiser form here and send in today!
Mom & Son Fun – May 13, 2017
Calling all moms with sons!! Put on your camo (and running shoes) for Mom & Son Event. Enjoy an afternoon of Nerf games, snacks, raffles, and more at Tag Zone in Des Moines. Space is limited, and all participants must be age 6 or older! Pre-order your ticket by May 9 for the special price of $35 per couple, $13.00 for additional sons. Tickets purchased at the door will be $40 per couple, $15 for additional sons. Any special adult such as an aunt or grandmother is welcome to accompany each gentleman on this fun afternoon. All proceeds benefit Parents and Teachers of Hope (PTH) programs.
Hope Auction – Spring 2018
Earn PIP hours while helping plan the most anticipated biennial event that helps fund extra supplies in the classrooms, subsidize school program, as well as organizing events that you know and love such as Grandparent’s Day, Donuts with Dad, Back to School BBQ and more! We need one or two volunteers to oversee the committees, and keep the team on schedule by setting expectations, motivating, and empowering the team for success! Most of these duties can be done from the comfort of your home. We also need volunteers to assist with projects, procurement, childcare, check-out, advertising, and many more opportunities for general volunteers. Why not grab a friend and do it together? Contact PTH at email@example.com for more information.
PTH Board 2017-2018
There are (only) 2 months left of school, but it is never too soon to start planning for volunteering during next school year. Parents and Teachers of Hope (PTH) are looking to fill two board positions for next school year:
- Treasurer – The majority of the work can be done on your own schedule – after the kids are in bed, during the day, after work, whatever suits you. Start the transition before May 31, 2017 and you can earn PIP for 2016-2017 school year too!
For your successful service in an officer position, you will earn 100% of your PIP requirement for the school year. If you are interested or have questions, please contact PTH President Sonjia Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope Church & Youth Events – Click Here
VBS is coming July 24-28 – Registration is now open and is filling up quickly! Register and see all of the details at: http://vbspro.events/p/4c92da
Summer Sports Camps at Seattle Lutheran High School
Middle School Volleyball Camp for students entering grades 6-9 during 2017-18 school year (all abilities welcome.) June 26, 27 and 28, 2017, from 3:00 – 7:00 PM, at SLHS gymnasium, Cost is $75.00 and includes T-shirt, snack and volleyball instruction.
Little Saints Basketball Camp for boys and girls entering grades 1 – 5 during the 2017-18 school year (all abilities welcome.) July 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2017, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, at SLHS gymnasium. (If student is attending Hope Lutheran Vacation Bible School, SLHS staff members will pick up students from VBS and walk them to volleyball camp. VBS students must bring a sack lunch which they will eat at SLHS gym before volleyball camp.) Cost is $75.00 and includes T-Shirt, snack and basketball instruction.
To register for either camp, go to http://www.seattlelutheran.organd click on the Summer Camps link under the Quick link menu on the home page or click here https://www.seattlelutheran.org/slhs-summer-camps/ For more information please David Sleighter at 206-937-7722 ext. 29 or visit our website at www.seattlelutheran.org