Seaside Teacher Conference by Kristen Okabayashi, Hope Principal
Thank you so much to all of our Hope School parents for the time off in late October as 13 Hope staff members attended our annual teachers’ conference in Seaside, Oregon. One of the keynote speakers this year was George Couros, who spoke about helping our students develop an “Innovator’s Mindset”, based on his book of the same name. He led an energizing discussion of how we as educators can foster innovation, encourage critical thinking, and inspire creativity in our students by empowering them to wonder and explore.
In addition to the keynote speakers, teachers could choose from 21 different workshops throughout the course of the conference. Some favorite workshop topics included:
- Student-led parent/teacher conferences – our middle school teachers in particular were very inspired by this presentation, and we will consider if student-led conferences will be worth shifting to in the near future for middle school
- Coaching in Lutheran schools – this workshop included good tips for balancing leading a competitive team while also encouraging good sportsmanship, and general tools for organization athletic programs
- Growth Mindset – how can we encourage our students to be more resilient and flexible and look towards viewing mistakes and learning opportunities instead of failures?
In addition to the conference presentations and workshops, for the first time, awards were given to teachers and principals in recognition of jobs performed well. I was humbled and touched to receive the award for “Distinguished Principal of the Year” from our district. Our school is considered a leader in our district, and so I was very touched to be recognized for the hard work we have accomplished over the years. It is a reflection of our talented staff, along with our fantastic students and families, so you can all pat yourselves on the back for helping me receive it on behalf of Hope.
We always return from this conference energized and focused, which is a great feeling to have as we wrap up this fall season.
Tues. 12/3: 6:30 PM Auction Meeting
Wed. 12/4: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 1
Fri. 12/6: Free Dress Day / 6:00 PM Parents Night Out Event
Sat. 12/7: Hometown Holidays in the Junction
Tues. 12/10: 7:00 PM Christmas Concert for Grades 1-5
Wed. 12/11: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Kindergarten
Fri. 12/13: 6:30 PM Christmas Concert for Preschool & Kindergarten
Sounds of Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 PM
We continue to support Compassion International student, Christopher from Ghana through your chapel offerings and we are half way to our goal of $700! Use your yellow envelopes found in the Tuesday communication folder and turn them in during Chapel. Thank you for your support.
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
Hometown Holiday Help Needed – This Saturday, Dec. 7
Scholastic Book Fair – December 9-13
Lunch & Recess Help Still Needed – Tuesdays & Fridays
Auction Meeting – Tonight at 6:30 meet in the Church Commons
Hope 2019-2020 60th Anniversary Auction!
Hope School turns 60 this year and we are raising funds to help her age beautifully!
Many hands make light work. Please consider signing up to make this the best auction yet and EARN PIP!! Auction Meetings are held every Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the Church Commons unless noted otherwise. We sincerely appreciate your support.
Student Council Serve at Hometown Holidays – December 7
Thanks so much to those that have already signed up for a time to help at the junction event this coming Saturday. Help is still needed to prep hot water and clean up. Feel free to bring other friends-this is not just for student council kids. PIP hours apply and it’s lots of fun, too! Here is the link again: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4AA4A92FA6FE3-home
Parents Night Out – Friday, December 6 – 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Hosted by the East Coast Trip Enrichment Program at just $25/child ages 3 (potty trained) – 12 years old. Evening activities include pizza dinner, craft, cookie decorating, games, and Christmas movie. Tell your friends and reserve your spot today! Walk-ins accepted based on availability. Cash or check only please, payable to Hope Lutheran School. Sign up here.
Scholastic Book Fair Coming! December 9-13
The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school December 9-13 with a special family event scheduled for December 10. Volunteers are the motivators to help any Book Fair become a success. We hope that you share with us your skills to help students discover the power of reading. We are seeking cashiers on these dates from 3-4 PM Dec. 9-13 and Dec. 10 from 7:30-8:30 PM. As a cashier you will get to connect and get to know other students. You can make a real impact and help students find books that they can’t wait to read!
Eagle Winter Hardwood Classic – December 14, 9:30 AM
A 60th Anniversary Celebration and Athletic Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 9:30-11:30am at Seattle Lutheran High School gym (The Menashe Gymnasium). Cost is $5 for students and/or Hope Alumni and $10 general admission. Anybody 5th grade and older can participate. We will have complementary refreshments, $5 raffle tickets & prizes. Events include: 3-Point contest, Bump (with $1 buy-in if you get knocked out!), possibility of staff versus student scrimmage (depending on total number of participants).
Flashback through the years in athletics at Hope Lutheran School!
Shop with Scrip this Holiday Season
Do you have a difficult to buy for person on your Christmas list? Looking for stocking stuffers? Or would like to participate in the Hope Church Giving Tree, but don’t know what to get? Want to treat a teacher? We have Scrip for that! Scrip are gift cards that you purchase at full value of what you paid that Hope Lutheran School purchases at a discount. Hope keeps the difference to help fund school extras. Look for flyers in your weekly yellow envelope or pick up an order form from the School Office. You may also place your order online at ShopwithScrip.com. Use enrollment code 1C27LC3812L43. If we don’t have what you would like in stock, orders for Christmas will be placed on 12/6 and 12/13 for arrival in time for Christmas Break. Contact Scrip Coordinator Sonjia Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Lost and Found Round #2 for Fall 2019
We found lots of warm jackets left behind at Hope and we hope you find yours by visiting the link below. Please write your name in the comments for the photo and it will be dropped off in the office tagged for pickup. The deadline to claim items is Monday, Dec 9.
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Thanksgiving Eve Church Service at Hope Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 P.M.
Plan to join us in worship to give thanks for His goodness with traditional and contemporary music along with a special children’s message.