Merry Christmas from Hope by Kristen Okabayashi
I generally take time throughout each school day to make at least one full “lap” around the building, peeking into classrooms to see what’s happening, doing a quick visit if teachers are not in the middle of actively teaching a lesson, and checking out the hallways for artwork displays, students seeking a quiet moment to work at a table just outside the class, or students coming and going from a specialist. These “laps” are one of the parts of my job that I enjoy the most, as it gives me time to connect with teachers and students, answer any quick questions, and witness what is happening throughout the school.
My lap this morning was especially fun because it was Christmas Pajamas Spirit Day! Each day this week, we offer a different spirit day as a chance for students to anticipate Christmas and celebrate together as a community. God repeatedly calls us to live in community with each other, as in Hebrews 10:24-25: And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. As I walk throughout the school, I see this community every day, from all the teachers joining in the fun of Christmas pajamas, to our students learning with and from each other, to Mrs. Wallace taking care of a student who was over-heated in pajamas. I’m reminded of the strength of our Hope community including students, staff, and parents in partnership together.
Thank you for being part of our Hope family and Merry Christmas from all of us!
Make a Gift to Hope by December 31
We sent out a letter to all families inviting you to make a year-end tax deductible gift to support the excellent education we offer at Hope. Every gift makes a difference! It’s easy to give here. Thank you for your support!
12/16 – 12/20: Christmas Spirit Dress-up Week
Tues. 12/17: 7:00 PM Sounds of Winter Concert for Middle School
Wed. 12/18: No Chapel Service – Moved to Friday
Fri. 12/20: 8:40 AM Chapel led by 8th Grade / Noon Dismiss for Christmas & New Year Break / ESC & Sand Dollar Club Open
Mon. 1/6: School Resumes
Last Hope School Christmas Performance Tonight
Hope’s middle school musicians will perform in our annual “Sounds of Winter” concert tonight, December 17 at 7:00 PM. The concert will feature our middle school chapel band and choir, handbell choir, and glee club performing with the Seattle Lutheran High School choir. We hope you can join us for our last festive event held in the Hope Church sanctuary. Merry Christmas!
School, Extended School Care & Sand Dollar Club Closures
Please note that our School, School office and Extended School Care/Sand Dollar Club programs will be closed during Christmas/New Year’s break starting Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3, 2020. School and ESC programs will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.
Christmas Spirit Dress-Up Days Continue This Week
Wednesday Dec.18 – Christmas sweatshirts & sweaters (worn with your school uniform)
Thursday Dec.19 – Holiday hats, antlers & headbands (worn with your school uniform)
Friday Dec. 20 – All-Out Christmas (wear all the red/green/Christmas clothes you have!)
1st Trimester Report Cards / Honor Roll / PIP Statements
Your students’ 1st trimester report cards are coming home today, December 17. Please keep your copy, sign the envelope to verify receipt and return to your student’s homeroom teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.
Middle school honor roll students will be recognized during chapel this Friday, December 20.
Your 2019-20 PIP statement is included in your yellow envelope today. Please contact Mrs. Wallace at email@example.com with any questions or concerns regarding your statement.
Thank you to one of our awesome families who donated the last $100 to help us meet our goal of $700! What a blessing that Hope school is able to give this extra support to our child we sponsor through Compassion International, Christopher, during this Christmas season.
Eagles Winter Hardwood Classic
Thank you to everyone who came out to the first ever Eagle Winter Hardwood Classic on Saturday to shoot some hoops! It was a fun morning full of games of bump and 3-point shooting. Congratulations to Greyson who was our 3-point winner with a total of 9 3-point shots in 30 seconds! We plan on making this event a tradition for current and alumni Hope Eagles. $340 was raised for our athletic department to help fund gym and field fees and uniforms.
Re-Enrollment for Fall 2020 – January 13-24
Christmas break will fly by and before we know it, it will be time to re-enroll for the fall 2020! Re-enrollment will begin January 13th to the 24th for currently enrolled families. You will receive more information on our online re-enrollment process the second week of January. On January 27, 2020 we will begin processing new applications from the community. If you have any questions about re-enrollment, please email or call the school office or admissions director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschool Open House, Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 PM
Invite your friends, neighbors and family members to check out our Preschool Open House on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm. Hope School offers a 3 year-old and 4 year-old play-based programs with two to five day options and an option for extended care. Bring your little one and see first-hand the learning and fun students have here at Hope.
School Clubs at Hope – Visit Here
Visit our school website for updated information on our school clubs at www.hls.hopeschool.org.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
Lunch & Recess Help Still Needed – Tuesdays & Fridays
Hope Auction – Please consider signing up to make this the best auction yet and EARN PIP!!
Auction Meeting – No Meeting tonight due to our Christmas Concert
Shop with Scrip this Holiday Season
Don’t forget to pick up your Scrip gift cards this week. You can place scrip orders online at ShopwithScrip.com. Use enrollment code 1C27LC3812L43.
Contact Scrip Coordinator Sonjia Barker at email@example.com with questions.
Church News & Activities – Click Here
Bible Study – Join The Story in 2020! Have you ever wondered what’s in the Bible or wanted to read it? Join Hope beginning in January 2020 as we begin reading the “Story” together. It is an abridged version of the Bible arranged in a chronological format written to read like a novel. For more information click here. Join the Facebook discussion group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HLSeattle.TheStory
Purchase your copy of the Story for $5 in the church office during the week or in the Commons on Sunday morning!