Life Lessons in Sports by Kristen Okabayashi
Last month, I traveled over to the Peace Lutheran School in Bremerton to cheer on Hope’s 5th and 6th grade boys and girls basketball teams in a tournament. This is a tournament that we compete in every year, and my own four boys competed in it for years as well. Now that my kids are older, I ponder some of the life lessons they learned in addition to actual basketball skills by competing in tournaments such as this.
One of the biggest lessons we hope all our Hope athletes learn by competing in sports is to win and lose gracefully. For those of us who can be overly competitive, this is a really important lesson to learn well! And learning it can help our students build resiliency as well.
Another big lesson they learn is how to play well together as a team. For example, our boys team this year was fairly inexperienced in playing basketball, but the team has some great athletes on it. The team didn’t necessarily have one or two “star players” which sometimes our teams have, but instead they learned to pass to others and rely on each person’s skills to work together very well as a team, and ended up taking first place in the tournament.
The last lesson I’ll share is that our kids learn how to keep cool under pressure. When another team is pressuring you to make a decision about the ball, or the game is on the line and you are shooting a free throw, our athletes learn how important it is not to panic, but to keep calm and keep your wits about you.
My middle son Alex learned two of those lessons during one LEST game several years ago, during a very difficult loss, and it made such an impact on him that he wrote about it for one of his college application essays! He learned a lot about life during just that one game, and I hope for the same for all our students.
Tues. 4/9: 6:30 PM Arts Walk Auction Meeting
Wed. 4/10: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Jack Menashe – SLHS Teacher / Coffee with Kristen Postponed – New date TBA
Thurs. 4/11 & 4/12: No School for Parent-Teacher Conferences / ESC Programs Open
Mon. 4/15: 6:30 PM Information Meeting for 60th Anniversary
April 15 – 19: Holy Week – 8:40 AM Daily Chapel Services
Fri. 4/19: Good Friday – 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Peter Mueller / 12:00 Dismiss – ESC Programs Open / Free Dress Day
Arts Walk Auction Meeting Tonight – April 9 @ 6:30 PM –Please join the PTH as we organize this amazing event and earn PIP! Meet in the church commons. Next meeting is Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30 PM.
ESC & Sand Dollar Club Open April 11 & 12
Our extended school care programs will be open during our parent/teacher conferences on April 11 & 12. Our ESC K-5 grade families will need to pre-register their students for these full days for staffing purposes. Prepay forms can be found on our website here. Thank you for your understanding.
Pennies, nickels and dimes, oh my! Thanks to all of your generous contributions, our Student Council Penny War was a huge success. Together we raised a grand total of $2, 564.61! We will use those funds to give a $1,300 donation to the Davidson family for medical expenses and also support classroom needs with $100 Amazon gift cards for each grade. We would like to thank Sound Credit Union for counting all those coins for us free of charge, and most importantly, we would like to thank all of our Hope families for their enthusiastic participation!
PTH & PIP Opportunities – Click Here
Hope School’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Information Meeting – Monday, April 15th
In 1959 a dream was realized and Hope Lutheran School opened its doors to 88 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and grew from there. This coming fall, Hope celebrates its 60th year! That is something to celebrate. We are forming a steering committee to help organize some special events next school year and we want you to be a part of it! Current families, alumni, church members and past and present staff are welcome to attend an information meeting, Monday, April 15th at 6:30 pm to discuss ideas of how to mark this big milestone and begin the planning process. PIP hours apply to all current Hope school families. Memorabilia is also being collected such as old pictures, clothing, yearbooks, etc. If you are not able to attend, but have some ideas to share, please email Sally Heit at email@example.com. Can’t wait to get started!
School Clubs at Hope – Click Here
Coding with Kids “Minecraft Modding” will not be offered at this time due to low enrollment. Watch for fall information for 2019-20.
Rainbow Parrot Art is hosting a spring workshop – Art Workshop 1.4. Apr. 18, Apr. 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 30. Visit https://www.rainbowparrotart.com/workshops to register. We’re going to be doing some super super fun projects!
We are looking for a parent volunteer to head up our Lego Club after spring break as Mrs. Brumberg is not available until Fall. Please contact Mrs. Wallace if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org. This would be a 2 month, once a week 1 hour commitment with Legos provided.
Lost and Found Items
Items from our lost and found bin for parents to claim will be posted here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/skhiRp8Sgta7vE5u5. If you recognize an item, please add your family name in the comments, and they will be delivered to Mrs. Wallace in the office on Monday, April 15th. Last day to claim before donation will be Thursday, April 18th.
Care Packages For Military
We have an opportunity to help support a U.S. Army Special Forces team currently deployed in Afghanistan. Hope has a connection to this team! A member of the team is Nathan Wolanin, the son of George & Patrice Wolanin here at Hope. These 15 men have given us a list of items they would like to have but don’t have ready access to. Your cards & notes are also appreciated! Please see the list of care package items in your weekly communications envelope. Another way to give is through the team’s Amazon Wish List for specific items (Croc sandals by size, tactical socks, air purifiers & filters) that can be ordered and shipped for free. Click on the link https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3516E487P5AUX. For prayer support, and to send something personalized, the team names are: Rob, Alberto, Kyle, John, Nathan, Clay, Joel, Jesse, Rob, Chris, Jimmy, Brad, AJ, Alex, Kayle. Shipments will be on-going as our boxes fill up! Thank for your continued support!
Library Lab drop in at the West Seattle Branch
Library Lab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering, and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges and let us show you how to do and create amazing things using digital technology.
April 10: Coding Without Computers – Learn the basics of coding by trying out analog coding with gadgets and games! For kids ages 6 – 12 years old
West Seattle Branch, 2:30 – 4 pm Wednesdays. 2306 42nd Ave SW, Phone 206-684-7444
Church News & Activities – Click Here
Vacation Bible School – July 29 – Aug. 2, 2019
“Roar! Life Is Wild – God Is Good” VBS Registration is open online! https://vbspro.events/p/events/cb7831. Preschool children (age 4 by Sept. 1, and potty trained) through those entering 5th grade in the fall are invited to register. Participant and volunteer registration is available at hopeseattle.org. The registration fee is $25; after May 1 it’s $30. Scholarships are available upon request.
Seattle Lutheran’s Seniors Parents Night Out – April 13
Help the Seattle Lutheran Seniors celebrate safe and responsibly on their own graduation trip! Children from 3-12 years old will enjoy a movie, fun games, light dinner (bagel bites, milk and carrots.) Suggested donations are $15 for the 1st child and $10 for each additional child. When: Saturday, April 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Where: Seattle Lutheran High School 4100 SW Genesee St.
Seattle Lutheran High School Drama Presents
The Wizard of Oz! By L. Frank Baum. The performance times will be on the evening of Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 PM and the afternoon of Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2:30 PM in the Seattle Lutheran High School gymnasium located at 4100 SW Genesee Street. Tickets: Adults $10, Students and Seniors $7, Children 6 and under are Free. Buy tickets on line at www.seattlelutheran.org.