Advent Happenings by Kristen Okabayashi
With Thanksgiving on the later side this year and then the unexpected snowfall over the weekend; it seems that we have jumped right into the Christmas season! The season of Advent officially began on Sunday, which is the time that we look with hope and anticipation towards celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas. It is such a busy but wonderful time of the year!
If you are looking for the Christmas spirit, please feel both invited and welcomed to join us at Hope Church and School for some special Christmas events. We have many events for people of all ages and faith backgrounds to enjoy and we would love to have you celebrate with us! Here are some of the events we will host:
- Dec 9 1:30/7:00 PM – Christmas Musical (featuring Hope School grade 1-5 students)
- Dec 12 6:30 PM – Early Childhood Advent Program (featuring preschool and kindergarten students – guaranteed to provide Christmas spirit!)
- Dec 17 7:00 PM – Sounds of Christmas (featuring middle school musical groups and Seattle Lutheran High School band)
- Dec 18 2:20 PM – “Couch Potato Santa” (featuring middle school drama students)
- Dec 21 10:30 AM – “Sing a Song of Christmas” drama/music performance by Sunday School students (during our regular church service)
- Dec 24 4:00 PM – Family Christmas Eve service (very family friendly even for younger kids)
- Dec 24 6:00 PM – Contemporary Christmas Eve service (more contemporary music, perfect for all ages)
- Dec 24 11:00 PM – Traditional Christmas Eve service (more traditional music with communion)
- Dec 25 10:30 AM – Traditional Christmas Day service
Happy Advent Season as we count down towards Christmas!
Calendar of Events
Wed. 12/3: 8:40 AM Chapel w/2nd Grade
Fri. 12/5: Free Dress Day
Tues. 12/9: 1:30 & 7:00 PM School Christmas Musical / 5-8 Gr. Mid-Terms Sent Home
Wed. 12/10: 8:40 AM Chapel w/kindergarten
Fri. 12/12: 6:30 PM Early Childhood Program
Wed. 12/17: No Chapel / 7:00 PM Sounds of Christmas
Thur. 12/18: No Hot Lunch
Fri. 12/19: 8:40 AM Chapel w/5th Grade / Noon Dismiss / ESC Open
Mon. 12/8: 3:30 Girls Game @ Holy Trinity / 4:45 Boys Game @ Holy Trinity
Mon. 12/15: 3:30 Girls Game @ Buena Vista / 4:45 Boys Game @ Buena Vista
Student council will be selling candy cane Santa-grams from December 8-15 to raise money to support our school. Each candy cane comes with a Christmas greeting and they will cost 50 cents. Look for the table in the entryway of the school in the morning. Buy one for all your friends and teachers. Student council will deliver on Dec. 19.
Believe Fundraiser Results
Our winner of our 7″ Google Android 4.1 Tablet, donated by Believe, is Jaxson T., who sold 24 items. Congratulations Jaxson! Thanks to all our families for your support of this important fundraiser. With your orders and a large family donation we were able to reach our goal of $5000!!!
Box Top Monopoly Contest Extended
We have extended our Monopoly contest to December 12th so we can add more Box Tops to our mailing in December. Fill up a sheet, write your name and grade on it to be entered into a drawing for a Menchie’s gift card. The winner will be announced Tuesday, December 16th. You increase your chances of winning by sending in multiple sheets!
Thanks to all of you who continue to send in Labels for Education and Box Tops!
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
Lunch Recess Help Still Needed!
Volunteers still needed for our Pacific Science Center Van – Thursday, Jan. 15
Extended School Care & Sand Dollar Club
Please note that our Extended School Care and Sand Dollar Club will be closed during Christmas/New Year’s break starting Monday, December 22 through Friday, January 2, 2015. Both programs will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.
No Hot Lunch Dec 18
Our hot lunch provider is taking a much deserved Christmas vacation and will not be here to provide lunch on Thursday, December 18. If your student takes hot lunch normally, please be sure to send an alternate lunch on that day.
Scrip Orders for Christmas
Scrip order forms will be coming home next week or go here to download one. The last date to get your order in for Christmas scrip purchases is Friday, December 12! After that date we will only have what is available daily in the box.
Now is a great time to order for your teachers, family and kids. We also have “Scrip Gift Certificates” that can be turned in to purchase scrip if you don’t know what that special person wants! Thanks for your continued support!
AMAZON SMILE – Remember! When you shop at Amazon, use Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) and choose Hope Lutheran Church and School as your charity. A percentage of your purchases will go to support the ministries of Hope Lutheran Church & School!
Lunchroom Furniture Donations
Last weekend, the Women’s Ministry Team at Hope Church hosted their annual “Gifts & Goodies” sale to raise money for both missions and for new chairs and round tables for the Fellowship Hall, which is where school lunches are now located. Almost $5000 in total was raised, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans matched $1000 to it! We are still short of our goal to replace all of the chairs and add round tables, which will help create a more family-like environment. If you would be willing to donate toward this effort we may be able to complete the entire project. The chairs are $55 each and there is a poster in the school lobby showing the chairs we plan to purchase. Could you buy a chair (or two, or even half of a chair)? Just write your check to Hope Lutheran School and write “chairs” in the memo line. Thank you for your support!