Sea Turtles At-Home and Online by Tammy Shelver, Preschool 4s Teacher
The transition from Hope to Home Learning has been a group effort in the Sea Turtle class. Our families have jumped fully into our new experience. They pick up activity bags from the school every Monday and often pick up their friends’ bags too and deliver them. The kids have really embraced “homework” assigned to them online at our Seesaw account. They post their creations on our class blog on a regular basis too. It’s so fun to see what they are doing at home.
At first, the social-emotional piece of the preschool experience was what was missing. The students miss seeing and interacting with their friends. We have done a number of things to help with this, and by far the best activity came from a parent. She offered to set up a scavenger hunt. Every student was to put up a shape in their window and then, starting on a specific day, all of the class could follow a map and “find” and record the shape. It was a huge success! All day long, cars pulled up to houses and the kids could wave to each other and chat through their windows. Many left encouraging and loving messages in their windows too.
As teachers, we have all poured our hearts and time into making this Home Learning experience as productive, and fulfilling, as possible. I feel blessed that our parents are so encouraging and are also willing to share their wonderful ideas with us. Given our current circumstances, we couldn’t ask for anything more!
May 4-8: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 22 & 25: Memorial Weekend – No School
Tuition Materials for Fall 2020-2021
Tuition materials will be sent home this week to those families that have registered, including financial assistance letters. Please make sure to apply for assistance no later than the end of April. We realize that this is a tough time financially and emotionally for families. Your family’s well-being and continued involvement in the Hope School community is important to us, so please reach out with any questions or concerns to Admissions Director, Sally Heit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Aid Information for 2020-21 Academic Year – Deadline This Thursday April 30
We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) for our financial aid process each year. Instructions for applying for financial aid at Hope Lutheran School are available by visiting sss.nais.org/parents. Our school’s SSS code is 179833. The deadline to apply for aid is Thursday, April 30, 2020.
East Coast Trip Hot Lunch Program Update
Now that the decision has been made that we will be at home for the remainder of the year, the East Coast Trip fundraising committee is reaching out to you all in regards to the East Coast Trip Hot Lunch Program on Mondays and Fridays. We appreciate any donations towards this rich learning experience that our 7th and 8th grade students attend every other year. If you would like to donate the balance of your money spent on hot lunch, we appreciate it very much! If you would like a tax deductible receipt for that donation, please reach out to fundraising volunteer treasurer Sonjia Barker at email@example.com. If alternatively you would like a refund on the money you spent towards hot lunch after mid-March, the fundraising group can issue that as well; please reach out to Sonjia by May 5, 2020, and she can compute your refund and mail a check. Thank you for supporting the East Coast Trip Hot Lunch Program. Stay safe and healthy and see you all soon.
Yearbook Orders from LifeTouch
Thank you Hope parents for alerting us about Lifetouch emailing about yearbook purchasing. Hope yearbooks are included in registration fees this year; each student will receive a yearbook at the end of the school year. We’ve reached out to Lifetouch and they have stopped emailing parents to purchase yearbooks.
Please do NOT order or pay through LifeTouch. We apologize for this confusion!
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