Admissions Corner by Sally Heit, Admissions Director
Happy New Year! Have you ever been so excited to see a new year begin?! It has been wonderful to see the students return to school after the holidays, rested and excited to see their friends. Soon, we hope to be back to our normal hybrid routine ready to finish out the second half of the year.
As we start the New Year, there are some important dates to keep in mind for this month. January 12 at 6:00 pm is our Preschool Open House. This is a great opportunity to invite families to check out one of the great play-based preschool programs in West Seattle. Our preschool teachers have done an amazing job making preschool fun and exciting while maintaining all of the safety precautions, and we look forward to sharing our classrooms with interested families.
Registration for Fall 2021 begins January 15th to January 26th. Re-enrollment information along with new tuition rates for 2021-22 will be mailed to each family so keep an eye out for that in your mailbox. Applications for new students will start being processed on February 1. If you want to enroll a sibling at Hope, please fill out the new student application in K12Online.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to register your student(s) for the fall as soon as you receive your registration information. We want to make sure to have a spot for your student(s). As you can imagine there is a lot of interest from the community about enrolling at Hope. I am frequently asked by prospective parents if there will be room for their student(s) which is difficult to answer. What we do know is that circumstances can change on a daily basis regarding the pandemic, so my advice to prospective parents is to apply, and I will do my best to find a spot for them. That being said, we want to make sure that all our current families have a place in our classrooms so be sure to register.
I’m constantly reminded of the amazing generosity, kindness, and love that are shared in our school and church communities, and this year is no exception. As a parent I feel blessed that my kids benefit from being a part of an extended family whose staff care about their welfare and life journey as much as I do. And, as a member of the staff it is a privilege to work with Christ-centered teachers who continuously cheer for the success of each and every student even beyond graduation. This year has been tough for all of us, but through these challenges the graciousness and goodness from all of you has shone brightly. Thank you for continuing to be a part of the Hope family and blessings to you in 2021.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Week of Jan. 11: PS-Grade 3 in Person, Grades 4-8 Full Virtual
Tues. 1/12: 6:00 PM Preschool Open House
Wed. 1/13: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Mr. Kopecky, Youth Minister
Fri. 1/15: Free Dress Day
Jan. 15: Re-Enrollment for Current Families Begin
Mon. 1/18: No School & No ESC – MLK Day
Week of Jan. 19: PS-Grade 4 in Person, Grades 5-8 Hybrid
Wed. 1/20: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Mrs. Okabayashi
Jan. 24-30: Lutheran Schools Week
Preschool Open House, Tonight, January 12, 6:00 PM via Zoom
Invite your friends, neighbors and family members to check out our Preschool Open House on Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Sign up through this link: https://forms.gle/8PMJQ2zoGfxzn8r6A and receive access to our event.
Hope School offers a 3 year-old and 4 year-old play-based programs with two to five day options and an option for extended care.
At Hope, we are seeing potential COVID-related symptoms and potential cases greatly reduced from early to mid-November numbers. Thank you to everyone for your support in minimizing social events and following safety protocols. We are approaching a point where teachers and staff will be able to be vaccinated in the coming months, so our goal is to keep school open with our collective effort.
On that note, as planned, next week on Tuesday, January 19, we look forward to welcoming back our 4th graders for in person learning, and our students in grades 5-8 will return to the hybrid model. With Hope potential cases down a lot and King County COVID rates down a bit also, we are excited to see everyone back. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Re-Enrollment for Fall 2021 – January 15 to 26, 2021
Re-enrollment will begin January 15 to the 26 for currently enrolled families. We have decided to mail all families their re-enrollment packet with information on enrolling through K12online. All students will receive a new student number and access key.
On February 1, 2021 we will begin processing new applications from the community. If you have any questions about re-enrollment, please email or call the school office or admissions director at email@example.com.
School Lunch Program – January 2021 Registration Available Online
NEST or Café Stellina continues to offer individually packaged lunches to Hope School. January registration has been revised to reflect our return-to-school schedule for grades 2 – 8. Visit our school website here to register each month and check out their lunch menu.
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School, Extended School Care & Sand Dollar Club Closure – January 18
Please note that School and Extended School Care/Sand Dollar Club programs will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Lutheran King Jr. day. We will not be offering Extended School Care.
Rainbow Parrot Art offers fun and engaging online art classes for kids. Each week, kids have the opportunity to create a new, super fun project and share with the group. This space has a collaborative feel. Kids are encouraged to share their ideas and get inspiration from each other. There are (optional) opportunities for fun breaks, games, movement activities, social connection, listening to music, dance, costume parties, and snack time. Join a free trial class or sign up for a 6-week session. Visit www.rainbowparrotart.com
Church News & Activities – Click Here
Hope 101 class
Have you thought about joining Hope Church? The next Hope 101 class will begin on Monday, February 1st, 7:00-8:30 PM on Zoom. If you can make this first meeting, please sign up at the link below. At the first meeting, Pastor Peter will discuss with you as a group whether you want to meet on Monday evenings or for a longer time on a weekend or a mixture of both. Click Here to register to participate in the first class on Monday, February 1st.
Women’s Bible Study: New women’s eight-week Zoom Bible study Jesus in Me beginning Thursday, January 7th! The group meets every Thursday mornings from 9-10:15 AM. This is open to women of all ages. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.