Love One Another by Kristen Okabayashi, Hope Principal
This past weekend both Hope and Seattle Lutheran High School kicked off their basketball seasons, which makes for a fun time of year! However, at one of the high school games on Saturday, we had a strange incident happen. I was sitting with a group of other Seattle Lutheran parents when a fan of the other team sat himself down right in the middle of our group. This particular fan had clearly imbibed in what we’ll call “holiday cheer” before arriving, and he continually stood up to cheer for his team loudly, blocking the view of the group I was sitting with. A couple of us politely asked him to sit down or to move to an area where he wasn’t blocking, but he was getting annoyed with us and we were getting annoyed with him. Fans get emotional in games, and so it was not a good situation.
Fortunately, the overzealous fan left at halftime and we all relaxed to enjoy the second half. But just before the second half began, he came back and plunked himself down right in the middle of us again. I began scanning the area to look for seats to move to. But then something interesting happened. My husband Scott looked at me, smiled, and with a bit of a sigh, he sat himself right next to the other fan and started talking with him. It turned out that the fan was purposely trying to be annoying through complicated reasons of his own, partly as a result of him misunderstanding what one of our fans said. But my husband talked and talked with him, and by the end of the game both of them were cheering for each other’s teams if one of the players made a particularly strong play. The fan stopped getting up and blocking our view, and was completely pleasant to sit with.
I am fortunate to be married to someone who can almost always find common ground with anyone. God has blessed him with the ability to love others, even when they might seem unlove-able to many of us! I couldn’t believe how this particular situation turned around completely. As we continue on in the season of Advent, let’s follow Scott’s lead and even more, the directive God gave us, to love one another.
John 13:34 English Standard Version (ESV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Calendar of Events
Wed. 12/9: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Eilers / 7:00 PM 1st – 5th Gr. Christmas Concert
Fri. 12/11: 6:30 PM Preschool & Kindergarten Christmas Concert
Mon. 12/14: 2:00 PM Drama Elective Performance “Last Stop Till Christmas” by Pat Cook
Wed. 12/16: No Chapel Today / 7:00 PM Sounds of Christmas
Fri. 12/18: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Kindergarten / Noon Dismiss for Christmas Break / ESC “XTRA” Open / Free Dress Day
Mon. 1/11: Math Club (Changed from January 4th. Affects January Only)
*Please note Lego Club is now being offered every first and third Tuesdays.
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Parents Day Out – Saturday, December 12!
Do you find Christmas shopping a challenge because you have you have to make arrangements for your kiddos? Look no further! PTH is hosting a Parent’s Day Out this Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 PM. Feel free to drop off child(ren) ages 3 and up. First the children will play or do crafts either outside or in the school. Then the children will move to the Multi-Purpose room from 12:30 to 2:00 pm where we will enjoy pizza and a movie. Pre-registration cost is just $20 per child, $25 for the day of. If you have any questions or would like to pre-register, please contact Ms. Corie DeMers Broga, at firstname.lastname@example.org or turn your form into the school office.
Scrip Orders for Christmas
The last date to get your order in for Christmas scrip purchases is this Friday, December 11. 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! Click here to print a form.
No Hot Lunch Thursday, Dec 17
Our hot lunch provider is taking a much deserved Christmas vacation and will not be here to provide lunch on Thursday, December 17. If your student takes hot lunch normally, please be sure to send an alternate lunch on that day.
Christmas Spirit Day, Friday, 12/18
Get ready to show some Christmas spirit on Dec. 18! Student council is sponsoring a day to wear your fun jingle bells, hats, t-shirts, sweaters, and colors to share the joy! You could even make your own silly Christmas sweater. Merry Christmas from student council!
Mark Your Calendar – General Auction Meeting January 14th at 6:30 PM
We will start off 2016 with a bang as we begin the big push to secure items for our Gatsby Gala April 9! We need as many volunteers as we can get to help!
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After School Club Volunteers needed
Hope School Christmas Performances
Our first Christmas performance by students in grades 1-5 is tomorrow night, December 9, at 7:00 PM. Then on Friday, December 11 at 6:30 pm Hope’s early childhood program (preschool and kindergarten) will perform C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S is Coming!”
Hope’s middle school musicians will perform in our annual “Sounds of Christmas” concert coming up on Wednesday, December 16 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 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!
A light hearted Christmas performance – December 14th @ 2:20 PM The drama elective for the first trimester is putting on their play “Last Stop Till Christmas” by Pat Cook. You are welcome to come watch!
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