LEST Perspective by Mary Norton, 3rd grade teacher
Another Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament (LEST) has passed and it is such a pleasure to talk to former students and reminisce about their own experience. “Remember when I made that 3 point shot?” “Remember when we won 1st place?” The LEST memories become part of our story at Hope. Our current students and families now have their own LEST memories.
Students and families from Lutheran schools around the Northwest gather and compete for 3 days. LEST has been celebrated for 52 years. It started as a basketball tournament and has since evolved into a celebration of sport, academics, and the fine arts.
Each year, we have the privilege of choosing a champion of character from our school. This student is nominated from our school as a person who strives to model a life of integrity, respect, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. This year, 8th grader Hannah M. is our Champion of Character. I have personally had the pleasure of teaching her in 3rd grade but also coaching her as part of our drama program. Hannah is the quiet leader though sets a strong example for her class and others. She consistently goes above and beyond in her schoolwork, achieving honor roll status each quarter but even more importantly, setting a foundation for life-long learning. Hannah’s drama coach Sandra Scragg says about her, “Outbursts of laughter are frequent during drama class, and it’s often due to Hannah’s incredibly clever sense of humor, coupled with a rare talent for character acting, as she impersonates a myriad of different people from different walks of life. Hannah is a supremely talented actress, but that is not the only thing that makes her such a pleasure to have in class. Hannah is conscientious, always being the first to have her lines learned, no matter how many different productions she is in, and she can be relied upon to have her complete costume ready and present at every dress rehearsal and performance. She is consistent – I can always rely on first-rate effort from her, no matter if she is feeling tired or isn’t well and I just love watching her natural exuberance bubble up when she is acting out a particularly funny part. She genuinely cares for others and this care is demonstrated in her leadership qualities as she directs groups of younger students. Hannah is my “go-to” student and I will miss her more than words can say next year when she goes to high school.”
It has been my pleasure to watch Hannah grow and spread her “wings” at Hope and try new activities. She is a great example of what LEST is about. All students have an opportunity to participate, gain confidence, and make memories.
Calendar of Events
Wed. 2/25: 8:40 AM Chapel w/7th Grade / 6:00 PM PTH Meeting LENT Soup Supper – bring dessert to share
Fri. 2/27: 7:00 PM 7th & 8th Gr. PTH Sponsored Winter Dance – attendance by invite only / Parent-Teacher Conference Forms Due
Tues. 3/3: Grades 5-8 Quarter 3 Midterms Sent Home
Wed. 3/4: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Pastor Peter
Fri. 3/6: Free Dress Day / Talent Show Sign Up Deadline
PTH General Assembly & LENTEN Soup Supper
Tomorrow, Wed., February 25th we are having the second of our General Assembly Meetings and a post-LEST celebration. The event starts at 6:00pm in the fellowship hall (lower area of the church on the south side entrance) joining Hope Church members with a Soup Supper Celebration. Please bring a dessert item to share and come see the awards and share in the talents of our Hope kids this evening. Our general meeting will start at 6:15pm and the evening will conclude by 6:50pm.
Everyone is invited to attend Hope Church’s Lenten Service beginning at 7pm following the PTH meeting.
Parent-Teacher Spring Conferences
Sign up forms for our optional parent-teacher conferences are coming home today in the Tuesday envelopes. If you would like a conference or your child’s teacher requests a conference, please fill out the sign up form and return it to the school office by this Friday, February 27. K- 8 grade conferences will be held on Thursday, March 12, from 1:00 to 8:00 PM and preschool conferences will be held on Thursday, March 12 & Friday, March 13.
Talent Show Forms
Our talent show is coming up on Wednesday, March 25 at 1:30 PM. K-8 students are invited to show off their talents or potential talents in front of the whole school. The venue will be Seattle Lutheran High School’s gym, so we will not have a piano available but we do have access to a keyboard. Sign up forms go home today so be sure to get yours turned in by next Friday, March 6.
March Box Tops
Just a reminder-please clip Box Tops to help raise funds for Hope. We need a lot of help to reach our goal of $1000 for the year. Every Box Top helps so please send them in! Collection boxes are in the office and the classrooms. A new collection sheet is being sent home today. Return it to the office by St. Patrick’s Day with your student’s name on it. The first 12 kids who bring in a completed sheet will receive their own pot ‘o gold chocolate coins! Thank you for your continued support of this program.
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Track Coach and Field Assistants Wanted
Are you short on PIP hours? Do you have a lot of energy and enjoy working with children? We are looking for individuals to coach and assist with our track team this year. Practices are held during the week 2 to 3 days after school with Track meets usually on Saturdays. If you are interested please contact Mr. Kapels at Bkapels@hopeseattle.org.
Seattle Lutheran Boys Basketball
The Saints have had a great season and are still alive. They have reached Regionals, which is the round of 16. They play Saturday, Feb. 28th at 2pm. The game will be played at Bellevue College. The Saints are 19-6 this year. If they win they advance to State in Spokane. Please come cheer on many Hope Alumni including: Garret B., Ryan O., Brandon L., Grant B. & Isaiah D.