Preschool on Zoom? by Mairi Seraile, Orca Teacher
I think it’s fair to say that there are many mysterious feelings and circumstances that are encircling us these days. The sense of not knowing seems to be residing in our everyday schedules. In our Hope community, we realize that as parents and guardians we are faced with having to learn how to juggle a new normal in our world. As teachers we are faced with students who still need to continue learning. Needless to say, we’re not always sure of how children will adhere to new learning environments, especially preschool-aged students! Recently, my class went into quarantine, and so we again pivoted to a virtual learning platform for one week.
Having taught Preschool on Zoom has surprisingly been quite a positive experience for me. I must admit that I was reluctant to the idea of Zooming with Pre K students and somehow finding it to be successful for them. The energy it takes to connect learning and fun while keeping them engaged during our Zoom seemed nonexistent to me. However, they proved me wrong! It’s been two years since we began the journey into the world of technology with preschool students. I’m pleased to say that it has been successful!
Some of the things we do during “Circle in a Square” (as I call it) is our Scholastic worksheets, Zoophonics letter recognition and Handwriting Without Tears journaling. Also, we send home bags of craft projects that children can do at home and then show and tell us about during our Zoom session. It has been a journey but I’m always impressed with the amount that a Preschooler can actually accomplish. I’m proud to say that Zooming and Preschool can keep us connected during uncertain circumstances.
PTH General Meeting – Tuesday, Feb. 8 @ 7:00 PM
Please join us for our 2nd general Parents and Teachers of Hope meeting. We will be discussing how to earn PIP hours and support the school by volunteering with: the middle school dance, teacher appreciation week and the auction.
Topic: PTH General Meeting 2
Time: Feb 8, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Wed. 2/2: 8:40 AM Online Chapel for All Grades led by 1st Grade Class
Friday 2/4: Free Dress day
Tues. 2/8: 7:00 PM PTH General Meeting
Wed. 2/9: 8:40 AM Online Chapel for All Grades led by 6th Grade Class
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PE Teacher Transition February through May 2022
K-8 PE Teacher Mark Goodspeed is completing his Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and as his final project, he will be student teaching. We are fortunate to have him placed at Hope for his student teaching with veteran 2nd grade teacher Julie Hartley. Mr. Goodspeed will begin his student teaching experience on February 7, 2022, and will slowly transition to teaching full-time with second grade. During this time, he will continue to serve as athletic director, and will work closely with the substitute teacher for PE.
Please join us in welcoming Amulya Oehlschlaeger-Browne as the substitute teacher for PE! Miss O-Browne is spending time with Mr. Goodspeed this week and last week as she learns the routines and expectations of teaching at Hope. She is a former student of Mr. Goodspeed’s from another school, has subbed for him before and has coached with him for years. She has also spent extensive time working as a leader with Young Life and has experience helping students with trauma. We are so pleased to have her as a long-term substitute!
As Miss O-Browne takes over teaching PE this winter and spring, we anticipate some transition time from Mr. Goodspeed who holds over a decade of PE teaching experience, to someone who is relatively new to teaching PE. Miss O-Browne has a love of sports and students, and brings energy and enthusiasm to her teaching. Please be patient and lift this up in prayer as we all adjust to a new teacher on staff. Thank you!
LEST Must Go On!
After much discussion about safety protocols and current COVID trends, Hope has decided to compete in the in-person LEST (Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament). LEST is open for students in grades 5-8, and will be held during our winter break, February 17 – 19, 2022. If they have not already, coaches will be reaching out to interested students as they finalize teams.
An informational sheet and tentative schedule is going home today in the Tuesday communication envelopes for all students in grades 5-8. Even if your student is not competing, it is fun to go down and cheer everyone on in their events!
LEST Spirit Days – Feb 10 – 12, 2022
All students in preschool through 8th grade are invited to join us in spirit days as we gear up for LEST! These are optional spirit days and students not participating will need to come in school uniforms as usual.
Thurs. Feb. 10: Hawaiian/Tropical Day (shorts, Hawaiian shirts, flower leis, sunglasses, etc. No bare midriffs or spaghetti straps)
Fri. Feb. 11: Sports Day (wear a sports uniform or apparel from one of your favorite sports teams)
Mon. Feb. 14: Valentine’s Dress
Tues. Feb. 11: What I Want to be When I Grow Up
Wed. Feb. 12: Blue & Gold (temporary hair/face paint is ok on this day only- go Hope Eagles!!)
Enrollment for Fall 2022
The re-enrollment period is coming to a close. If you have not re-enrolled your child for the Fall 2022-23 please do so through GradeLink. If you need your GradeLink login information contact the school office. Re-enrollments should be completed no later than February 4th. New applications will begin to be processed at that time.
Hope School is looking for volunteer(s) to change our reader board 2 to 3 times a month. This does require using a ladder. If you are interested please contact Patra Mueller at email@example.com to answer any questions. Thank you!
Mentors Needed for SLHS Robotics Team
Seattle Lutheran’s Robotics Team is looking for parents/family members who work(ed) in the fields of STEM to be mentors. In particular, they need someone to head up the CAD division, such as a Mechanical engineer. Hours would go towards PIP hours and would help inspire young adults by giving them the tools to become well-rounded leaders and to strengthen innovations in science & technology in the future.
For questions and inquiries please email Jeff Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Spring Musical is Looking for Costume Volunteers
The Seattle Lutheran High School drama department is seeking people with sewing experience who are interested in helping make costumes for The World According to Snoopy! The primary time commitment for this project would be mid-February through mid-April. All expenses for materials would be reimbursed. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Mrs. Zandi at email@example.com.
Starting Point – A Hope Church Intro to Christianity Class
Have you ever wondered what Christianity is all about? What are the basic beliefs of Christians and why? Starting Point is an eight week experience in a safe and conversational environment where you can ask whatever questions you may have and discuss with others looking for answers as well. Whether you are wondering about Christianity or have a friend or family member who is, go to hopeseattle.org/linkhope to find more information and sign up today! Starts Thursday, February 3rd, in-person and online.
With her work grounded in connection and relationships, Megan Prince is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in West Seattle, where her children have attended Hope Lutheran School since 2016. Beginning her artistic career in New York City, Prince has continued her practice in the Pacific Northwest by approaching no-waste methods of making with her sculptures Jean Bodies and with her works on paper entitled Communities. Pivoting from the duties of motherhood and geographic changes, Prince is continuing to build upon her process orientated sculptures that breaches the concepts of global humanity, understanding, and amplifying muted voices.
Megan Prince: Great Mysterious Heart
January 7 – February 12, 2022 – At the Kirkland Arts Center
Visit Megan’s website for pictures and more information: www.meganprince.com