Spring Growth by Lucy Kuhn, 4th grade teacher
Spring break was an opportunity to rest and gather energy for our last trimester of the school year. In fourth grade many students took trips and returned with sun kissed skin and fresh haircuts. All had stories of adventures with family and we enjoyed sharing some of those with one another before settling into our classroom routines. It is always fun to share adventure stories among good friends, and it is important to building relationship within the classroom.
Fourth grade recently went on a class adventure to the Pacific Science Center to explore and see an amazing IMAX/3D film called Galapagos. It was a visual treat for the enthusiastic animal lovers in this class. The film’s primary focus was the great variety of adaptations seen in the interesting animal population of this chain of volcanic islands located near Ecuador. Some adaptations were physical, some behavioral, and some were learned and passed onto offspring and other group members.
This led me to think appreciatively about how adaptable children are to all of the many changes that come their way. They accept changes in all areas of their lives more readily and enthusiastically than most adults. They are ready to tackle the latest technology, demonstrate the next trending dance move, and solve math problems using a variety of methods. Fourth graders are eager to start new projects and love to try new approaches to solving problems. They are creative thinkers and risk takers who continue to adapt as they grow each year.
I feel blessed to work in an environment filled with the energy of adaptable young people who love learning and worshipping together each day. I feel certain that part of their great adaptability is built on the stability and security that their growing faith provides each individual. Spring truly is a time for growth, and I definitely see that in fourth grade!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 4/20: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Mr. Kopecky, Youth Minister / Clothing Drive Ends
Tues. 4/26: 7:00 PM Academic Fair / Tuition Contracts for Fall Due
Wed. 4/27: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 3
May 2 – 6: Teacher Appreciation Week
Fall Tuition Contracts Coming Home Today
Tuition contracts for fall 2016-2017 school year are in your Tuesday packet today. Please review, sign and return to the school office by Tuesday, April 26th. Please call the school office at 206-935-8500 with any questions. Thank you.
Academic Fair – April 26 @ 7:00 PM
Everyone is invited to join us on April 26th at 7:00 PM for our annual Academic Fair.
An event for the whole family! Tour each of the classrooms to see presentations, reports and displays on a variety of historical time periods, focusing on exploration, encounters and exchanges. In order to appreciate the work and care that each student put into their projects, we ask that families tour the classrooms together.
Clothing Drive – Tomorrow is the Last Day for the Drive!
Donate your gently used clothing, shoes, and handbags (please no socks or undergarments) to Hope Lutheran School! Bring your clothing donations to your child’s classroom by April 20th. Label your bags with your name as a special prize will be awarded to the classroom that brings in the most donations (determined by average articles of clothing per student). Currently 1st Grade is in the lead!
Thank you Dads and Special Guests!
A special thank you to the 60+ fathers and special guests that attended the Donuts with Dad event on Wednesday, April 13! PTH was so overwhelmed that they ran out of donuts within 15 minutes. It was a treat to see you all here and connect with you. For those that missed, we hope to see you at the next Donuts with Dad event next school year.
PIP Opportunities – Click Here – Ends May 31 – Statements Coming Home Today
There are several PIP opportunities coming up: Teacher Appreciation Week, Grandparents Day, Scholastic Book Fair, Family Movie Night, and more! Look for a flyer coming out in this week’s envelope or visit Signupgenius.com and search by the PTH’s email address firstname.lastname@example.org and see where you could help out.
PTH General Assembly Meeting – May 4th at 7 p.m. (Dessert Social at 6:30)
Join PTH to celebrate the successes of the 2015/2016 school year, plan the budget for 2016/2017, say farewell to outgoing board members, and elect incoming board members. There is still at least one board position that is vacant. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize. Childcare will be provided.
Hope Lutheran School Open Positions 2016-2017
Hope Lutheran School in beautiful West Seattle, Washington, has four job opportunities for the 2016-2017 school year:
- Full-time K-8 PE/middle school math or history teaching position – applicants must be certified teachers
- Part-time preschool through 8th grade Spanish teacher – applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Spanish or education
- Full-time or close to full-time position working with preschool extended care students
- Part-time kindergarten assistant
Additional required qualifications: Hope staff must be understanding of and supportive of the ministry of Hope Lutheran Church and School. Candidates must hold a strong personal Christian faith and a servant heart, and must be professional and strong communicators. All positions begin August 22, 2016.
Visit Hope’s website at http://hls.hopeseattle.org/home/about/
for more information, job descriptions and an application form, or call the school office at (206) 935-8500. Applicants should submit a resume and application to Hope School Principal at kokabayashi@HopeSeattle.org /mail by May 8, 2016.