8th Grade Olympia Trip by Roselyn Newton
It is our responsibility as teachers and parents to educate our children for citizenship in a democratic society. Learning to read, write, and do math is certainly the beginning of this process. Learning about our government’s operations is also part of this process.
Our eighth grade trip on January 22nd to tour the Capitol was the richest of trips. Students toured the Capitol building, the Temple of Justice, and the Governor’s mansion. They met with Mr. Michael Shaw, Alexander’s father, who is a lobbyist. He explained his work, how he gains support for a bill, how he works with both the House committees and the Senate committees for agreement on vocabulary and how both sides hopefully agree to a compromise. It is a high-energy job, requiring hours and hours of work to help our great state of Washington become a better place. Eighth graders also met with all three legislatures from District 34: Rep. Eileen Cody, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, and Sen. Sharon Nelson. All three hold important committee positions in education, transportation, and budget. The three described their career paths. Eighth graders visited the offices of the Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer.
In the Temple of Justice the eighth graders learned about the work of the Supreme Court, and they participated in a mock trial. Students became the Appellate, the Respondents, the Bailiff, and the Supreme Court judges. They ruled in the case and then compared their results and reasoning with the results and reasoning of the Washington State Supreme Court.
Finally, the eighth graders toured the main level of the Governor’s Mansion. Here they learned about the history and function of the Mansion. They did not see Governor Inslee, but apparently he was holding a committee meeting in the building because they had to maintain silence to avoid disturbing his work.
Calendar of Events
Wed. 2/12: Spirit Days – Blue & Gold Day – Show your school spirit!
Tues. 2/11: 6:30 PM All School Auction Meeting – Double your PIP Hours
Wed. 2/12: 8:40 am Chapel w/Mr. Kopecky & 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Recognition / Noon Dismissal / ESC “XTRA” & Sand Dollar Club Open
Thurs. & Fri. 2/13 & 2/14: No School LEST / ESC & Sand Dollar Club Open
Mon. 2/17: No School & No ESC – Presidents Day
Tues. 2/18: No School – Midwinter Break / ESC Open
Fri. 2/21: Free Dress Day
All School Auction Meeting – Today Feb. 11
Double your PIP hours at this meeting and find out how you can help at our biggest PTH fundraiser of the year which is now only 5 weeks away!
Questions? Contact your co-chairs Kelly Gorman – 206.229.4181 -CKlGorman@comcast.net or Jennifer Young – 206.915.6427 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Talent Show Date Change
Due to a scheduling conflict, the date for our annual Hope Talent Show has been changed from March 19, 2014 to March 26, 2014, still at 1:30 PM. Sign up forms will come home soon!
Website Update by Sally Heit
This year we excitedly redesigned our school web site, and are pleased that it is fitting the needs of both our parents and visitors. As with most technological projects there are usually some glitches, and we have appreciated the feedback we have received from you about some of the things that have not been working properly, such as the calendar. I am pleased to inform you that through the diligent efforts of Jeremiah Easter at Oly Web Development and Kevin Jones, our Technology Director, we have implemented a solution that should make looking at the calendar on a daily, and even hourly, basis easy and accurate.
When you click on the Calendar icon on the home page you are taken directly to a current monthly view of the school calendar which also incorporates the sports calendar. If you only want to see the basketball schedule, simply go to Agenda in the upper right corner and deselect “Hope Lutheran School Calendar” and you will see only the schedule for basketball or any other sport going on at the time.
We appreciate your patience as we have been working through this issue, and please continue to give us your feedback. Our site is not completely finished, and will continue to be updated in the coming months.
One last updated LEST schedule is going home today in the Tuesday communication envelopes to grade 5-8 families. All events are now scheduled, and this schedule is also posted online on our website under “Events”. We are also sending home information regarding the updated cafeteria at Concordia University’s campus. Go Eagles!
Hoops Invitational Tournament (HIT) Update
Congratulations are in order to our Hope boys and girls basketball teams for the hard work demonstrated in their tournament last week. With many inexperienced players, our boys team has battled hard all season and finished up the tournament 2-1 and won the consolation bracket. Our girls team has had a strong season overall and finished up the tournament with a 2nd place finish!
PTH General Assembly – Feb. 26
The School body and the P arents and T eachers of H ope (PTH) meet 3 times a year for “All School Gatherings”. General school business is conducted and these meetings are for all parents. On Wednesday, February 26th we are having the second of our General Assembly Meetings. The event starts at 5:30 pm in the Commons with a potluck (bring a favorite dish or dessert) and our school business will begin at 5:45 until 6:45 pm. For those with younger children, childcare will be available from 5:45pm to 6:45pm.
Seattle Pride AAU Basketball
Does your 5th-8th grade love basketball? AAU coach Jason Vann will be hosting tryouts for boys and girls in 5th grade through high school beginning Saturday, February 22 at Seattle Lutheran High School. For more information, you may visit the Seattle Pride website at SeattlePrideBasketball.com.
DENNIS Uniform Special
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