Christmas Spirit by Mairi Seraile, Preschool Teacher (and former Hope student)
When returning to the Preschool 4 Orca classroom after the Thanksgiving holiday (which flew by), visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in my head were quite the opposite of the feelings that were consuming my mind on my walk down the school hallway. As I stopped to pull my keys out of my rather “busy” looking teacher tote, I paused for a moment and couldn’t help but notice the warm comforting feeling that quickly erased the, “Oh my this is going to be a crazy week” thoughts. I remembered walking down the same hallway when I was a student here at Hope. In my mind, I remember my art work that was hung carefully on the wall, Ms. Tagge’s piano playing number 557 from the Lutheran Hymnal, and a warm hug or a kind smile from a teacher in the classroom awaiting me daily. I could go on and on but simply put, I was given a gift of comfort.
The revelation that I enjoy revisiting is that I was given that gift all because of one person. Jesus! I have the privilege of sharing that same gift with my students because He first loved us. We are called by Him to share His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control because God sent His Son in flesh to show us how to bear fruit for His glory. These seeds of hope were planted in me as a young girl right here at Hope.
I have a little homework assignment for all of us. This season, no matter how busy we feel or how many accomplishments we mark off the list or gifts we buy our loved ones, let’s simply pause for a moment. Let’s let His Spirit remind us that He is the reason comfort and love can change business and chaos into a simple gift to share with others. So amazing- a free gift that costs us nothing but cost Him everything – is the reason for this season. Let’s share His comfort and love with others for His glory. Merry Christmas!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 12/6: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Kindergarten / 7:00 PM Grades 1-5 Christmas Concert
Fri. 12/8: 6:30 PM Preschool & Kindergarten Christmas Concert
Mon. – Fri. 12/11 to 12/15: Christmas Spirit Dress Up Days
Mon. 12/11: 6:30 PM Auction Meeting School Classroom
Wed. 12/13: No Chapel / 7:00 PM Sounds of Winter Concert
Fri. 12/15: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 2 / Noon Dismiss for Christmas Break
Extended School Care & Sand Dollar Club Closures
Please note that our Extended School Care and Sand Dollar Club will be closed during our Christmas Break December 18th through Monday, January 1, 2018, resuming on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Monday Dec.11-“Merry Monday Morning”- come to school in your winter pjs like its Christmas morning!
Tuesday Dec.12 – Holiday scarves, ties, jewelry worn with your school uniforms
Wednesday Dec.13 – Holiday socks & tights worn with your school uniforms
Thursday Dec.14 – Holiday hats, antlers, headbands worn with your school uniforms
Friday Dec.15 – “Festive Friday!” Red/green clothes, Christmas sweaters & sweatshirts
Please note that only Monday & Friday are free dress days for Christmas Spirit dress up. If you chose not to participate on Monday school uniforms must be worn. Friday is already a free dress day.
Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm students in grades 1-5 will perform their Christmas concert.
Friday, December 8 at 6:30 PM is Hope’s early childhood program (preschool and kindergarten). Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 PM our Hope’s middle school musicians will perform in our annual “Sounds of Winter” concert. This concert will feature our middle school chapel band and choir, handbell choir, and glee club performing with the Seattle Lutheran High School band.
We hope you can join us for at least one of these festive events, all of which will be held in the Hope Church sanctuary. Merry Christmas!
Scrip Orders for Christmas – Due Dec. 8
Scrip order forms are available on our website here or from the school office. The last date to get your order in for Christmas scrip purchases is this Friday, December 8! 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.
Hopecoming Gala Planning Meeting – Monday, December 11 @ 6:30 PM
Hey you guys!! Let’s pump *clap* the planning up! We need the whole Breakfast Club to join the Hopecoming Planning Committee to make this a FUNdraising community event to remember. Join us in the Hope Commons next Monday, December 11 at 6:30 PM to make this event like a totally tubular to the max! You earn PIP by helping with the planning! Say what?!
Pardon me; do you have any grey poupon? Or a cabin you’re willing to donate for a night? Do you love to cook big meals and have a friend that would love to host? Do you know of a business that is willing to DJ or a table? Or donate a bottle of wine or a keg of beer? The Hopecoming Committee would love to hear from you! Contact Heather Paar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-300-5233 for more information.
PTH Facebook Invite
Hope Lutheran’s PTH invites you to join their Facebook group. This closed group was created for current parents and guardians that serve as another communication outlet for our families. It will be a place to post school-specific events and other reminders, as well as volunteer opportunities (did someone say “PIP”?!). All posts and invites are monitored by the PTH. To join this group, search for Parents & Teachers of Hope Lutheran School or click here.
To see all the great things happening around our school, don’t forget to follow Hope Lutheran Church & School on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hopeseattle/.
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Join Hope Church for any or all of their Christmas and New Years’ worship services:
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services: 4:00 pm- Family Contemporary Service, 6:00 pm- Family Contemporary Service, 11:00 pm- Candlelight & Communion Service
Christmas Day: 10:30 am – Worship Celebration
New Years’ Day: 10:30 am – Worship Celebration