Extraordinary East Coast Trip! By Kristen Okabayashi
Earlier this month, I was so blessed to lead the biennial East Coast Trip with Hope’s 7th/8th graders. Longtime teacher Roselyn Newton led this trip flawlessly for years; with her stepping back to a very part-time role this year, she kindly delegated this trip to me, along with US History teacher Lisa Meyer. Our group traveled with six students and three chaperones from Concordia Seattle, allowing us to fill the largest charter bus available with 56 travelers between our two schools.
We flew out to Washington DC first, arriving in time to see many historical monuments including the Jefferson Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, one that I found especially moving. His words are ingrained throughout the memorial, including, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The next day we visited the Capitol and the stunningly beautiful Library of Congress, along with various Smithsonian Museums by different small groups, lunch along the Mall, and more evening memorials.
We then visited Arlington Memorial Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, along with walking through the cemetery and learning more about how it started. We made a quick trip through Baltimore, lunching at the Inner Harbor and visiting Fort McHenry. We traveled through Gettysburg, another particular highlight for me, viewing the Cyclorama and the battlefield. We enjoyed a back roads tour of the Amish Farmlands and were blessed to have dinner at an Amish woman’s home, a dear friend of our tour guide. That particular evening we had some much needed down time at a hotel with a basketball court, bocce ball, and a swimming pool so we could all relax a bit and head to bed early.
Next we spent the day in Philadelphia, visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Christ Church Cemetery where Ben Franklin lies. A particular highlight this day for the students was a presentation by a talented Thomas Jefferson impersonator, who was very witty, and a trip to Franklin Fountain for ice cream.
We then headed for New York City! We visited Concordia University in Bronxville for a beautiful Holy Week chapel service, then visited Grant’s Tomb, Harlem, and Alexander Hamilton’s grange. We had a fun dinner in Little Italy and then visited the “Top of the Rock” at Rockefeller Center, where you can look all around the city. The next day we took the subway in to the city and visited the September 11 Memorial, Wall Street, and had an amazing harbor tour including a view of the Statue of Liberty. We had dim sum in Chinatown and saw the Broadway show “Hello Dolly” starring Bette Midler. Our final day we visited Teddy Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill, lunch in the city, a Fifth Avenue walk and shopping, and then we headed to the airport.
We were so blessed by wonderful sunny weather, fantastic kids, and helpful chaperones. It felt like the trip of a lifetime to me and I hope the students felt the same way!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tues. 4/25: 7:00 PM Academic Fair – All Grades
Wed. 4/26: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Jonathan – Ascension, Matthew 28 – Music led by Chapel Band
May 1-5: Teacher Appreciation Week
Wed. 5/3: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Kindergarten Class – Pentecost, Acts 1-5 / 6:00 PM PTH General Meeting
School Clubs – Click Here
Academic Fair – Tonight @ 7 pm
Everyone is invited to join us tonight at 7:00 PM for our annual Academic Fair.
An event for the whole family! 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!
Tuition Materials for 2017 – 2018
Tuition materials for our 2017-2018 school year are being sent home today. If you DO NOT receive a tuition contract your student(s) are not currently registered for fall. To register, please visit: http://secure.k12online.us/hope-lutheran-school and enter your student’s access key to complete the registration process. Access keys can be obtained by calling or emailing the school office. The following items must be completed and returned to the school office by Wed., May 3rd. Tuition Invoice – This shows your total tuition owed for the school year. Tuition Contract – This states the school’s policies regarding tuition payments and PIP requirements; it must be signed by each responsible party. SMART Enrollment Form (provided to new families).
Please note that our financial aid deadline is April 30th. Financial assistance notifications will be determined by mid-May and adjustments then made to your tuition amounts.
PIP Opportunities – Click Here – Program Deadline May 31
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.
Box Top Drive
We are hoping to do a final push for Box Tops for the year. Proceeds are used to help purchase school supplies and keep our costs down. Please check your cupboards and send them in to the office or your child’s classroom. Fill out a Cinco De Mayo collection sheet by May 5th, bring it to the office and your child can choose a prize from the treasure chest! Thanks for supporting this program.
Hope Students Art Displayed at Hotwire
The artists from Hope Lutheran School invite you to come see a variety of artworks they have created in art class this year. Artworks from Kindergarten through 8th grade are on display at Hotwire on California Ave. for the entire month of May. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 1-3pm for the students and their families. Prepare to be amazed at the drawings, paintings, prints, collages and more! These students created works of art in the style of such artists as: Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Keith Haring.
Our students are proud and excited to share their creations with the community!
Alternative Fundraiser – Last Week of the Drive
You still have time to make a love offering through our alternative fundraiser. If each student’s family donates just $50 per student, 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. Currently 3rd Grade is in the lead!!! Look for the Alternative Fundraiser flyer coming home today or donate by credit card at https://www.paypal.me/pthseattle.
Teacher Appreciation Week – May 1-5
Look for information coming home today! There are still volunteer (PIP) opportunities available this weekend. Signup here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545ada823aafa7-teacher1. This celebration of our teachers is co-facilitated by Hope Student Council and the PTH.
PTH General Assembly Meeting – Wednesday, May 3, 6 PM
Join your PTH board in the Church Commons to celebrate the successes of the 2016/2017 school year, discuss opportunities for next year, say farewell to outgoing board members, and elect incoming board members. Childcare will be provided, AND PIP hours apply!!! We still have two vacant positions for next year: Secretary and Treasurer. We look forward to seeing you there! Please email PTH President Sonjia Barker for more information at sonjiabarker@Hotmail.com
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. Al participants must be age 6 or older. Space is limited so RSVP today! 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 young man on this fun afternoon. This event is brought to you by the PTH.
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 / Little Saints Basketball Camp
To register for either camp, go to www.seattlelutheran.org and 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