The school year is almost upon us! We hope you enjoy your last week of summer and we look forward to seeing everyone soon.
We have one staff update to share with you: preschool extended care teacher Emily Tanis-Likkel let us know that she was offered and accepted a prekindergarten teaching position at another school on Mercer Island. She was a great addition to our extended care team over the past year and so we are sorry to see her leave, but glad to see her grow her skills in this new role. As a result, we are pleased to welcome back Carol Christian to our preschool team. Carol worked with us for 3 years as an assistant in the 3s class previously, and we are thrilled to have her join us again!
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Friday 8/26: 6th Gr. Students Only Pizza Party 12:00 to 1:30 PM / Preschool 3 & 4 Optional Meet and Greet Time 11:00 to 1:00 PM
Monday 8/29: Welcome Back Family Night/BBQ for All Grades
Preschool Orientation and Kindergarten Welcome Back 4:30 to 5:30 PM / All grades classroom visits 5:00 to 5:30 PM / Family BBQ in Lowers 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Wed. 8/31: First Day of School – Full Day for 1st – 8th Grades 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM / School Chapel – 8:40 AM
Wednesday-Friday 8/31 – 9/2: Kindergarten Only Noon Dismiss – ESC “XTRA” Open
Friday 9/2: All Grades Noon Dismiss – Free Dress Day – ESC “XTRA” Open
Welcome Back BBQ Monday, August 29th!
Join us for a fun evening with your school community. The evening will begin with preschool and kindergarten orientation at 4:30 then 5:00 all grade self-guided tours of the classrooms. Starting at 5:30 PM we will transition to the lowers/fellowship hall with a big BBQ – please bring a salad, side dish or a dessert to share (in a disposable container) according to the first letter of your family’s last name: A-H: Salad, I-P: Side dish or Appetizer and Q-Z: Dessert.
We can’t wait to see everyone!
Hot Lunch Program
Hope is pleased to again offer NEST Hot Lunch by Café Stellina Catering. Locally sourced and organic lunches will be provided on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning Wednesday, September 7. Hot lunch is available to all K-8 students as well as full day preschool students, orderable and payable on a month-to-month basis. The registration form is on NEST’s website: http://www.cafestellinacatering.com/NEST-School-Lunch-Program.html. You may fill it out and scan/email it back to them or send it via snail mail and feel free to contact them with questions at email@example.com. Please note the Hope School does not register or bill for this program.
Boohoo/Yahoo Social on Wednesday, August 31
Whether you think you will be sad or glad… You are invited to Boohoo/Yahoo refreshments for ALL parents (younger siblings are welcome). Join PTH in the Church Commons after dropping your students(s) at their classroom on the first day of school, August 31 from 8:15ish until Chapel begins at 8:40 am. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize!
Chinook Books Fundraiser Kick-Off – August 31
PTH is excited to announce the kick-off of their first fundraiser of the year- Chinook Books! Chinook Books help you save money at local businesses that do good things for the environment and the community. Use 1-2 coupons and the book pays for itself! These make excellent gifts for family, friends, staff, and clients. PTH earns up to 50% of all proceeds to help fund things like extra classroom supplies, Science Van, Grandparent’s Day, and much more! Stop by the Chinook Book table at the Back-to-School BBQ on August 29 to sneak a peek!
Important Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
As we get ready to kick off our new school year, please take some time to review our drop off and pick up procedures, as the goal is to keep this process running smoothly and to keep our kids safe! Please review these procedures with anyone who may drop off or pick up your child. Preschool families will have additional information available from your teacher. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher or ask us in the office. Thank you for your attention to this!
Drop Off Guidelines:
- Students may be dropped off in front of the school no earlier than 8:10 AM, as we do not have a staff person available to supervise students before that. If you need childcare before 8:10 AM, please use our extended care program or carpool with another family.
- When dropping off your child in front of the school on 42nd, please pull forward as far as possible and drop off quickly. If you need to enter the school for any reason, please do not leave your car in front but park somewhere else. You may park before school in our lowers parking lot entered through the alley or use street parking or use the lot kiddy corner from the school to the south on 42nd Ave.
Pick Up Guidelines:
- Cars outside the school on 42nd should pull as far forward as possible to keep traffic moving
- Do not leave your car unattended out front of the school on 42nd at pick up time.
- When waiting on 42nd Ave in front of the school, drivers please pay attention so that you can pull forward as soon as another car leaves.
- Please do not double park outside the front of the school and ask your child to come to your car across the line of parked cars – this is very dangerous.
If you are parked in another parking lot, please use crosswalks as you approach the school and ask that your child use crosswalks as well.
This year, we will continue offering lunch down in our fellowship hall. We need lunchtime volunteers to help from 11:40 -12:45 in the fellowship hall. We are also looking for recess volunteers to serve from 11:25-11:40 with the K-2 age group, and then from 12:25-1:05 with our grade 3-5 and middle school age groups. Volunteers can do all different age groups or split it up to do just one or the other.To sign up, please contact Mrs. Wallace in the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 935-8500.
Door Access System
We are thankful to have our door access system to improve the safety of our campus. The front door will be unlocked during drop off and pick up times. Our preschool and Extended School Care families will be issued a PIN code to provide them a more convenient way to access the building during program hours. Returning families PIN codes will remain the same and will be activated on August 31st. Our new PS and ESC families will be issued PIN codes on August 29th also effective starting August 31st. If you have questions about the system, you may contact the school office at 206-935-8500.
School Uniform Drive
We have gently used uniforms that have been donated to the school and church. These are available to all families and will be located in the school hall through September 9th. Please feel free to take what you need and/or to donate items your children no longer use. Please call the school office at 206-935-8500 with any questions.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
Welcome Back Night – Help is still needed for our Back to School Event on August 29th. Please visit our website here if you are able to volunteer.