Reach for the Stars by Julie Hartley, 1st grade teacher
Excited whispers of “Whoa, that is so cool!” and “That’s amazing!” and “Can we see more?!” were heard last Thursday inside the inflatable planetarium provided by the Pacific Science Center. Those were the exclamations of first graders; however, I suspect that many other students were just as blown away by what they saw. Once again, the Science On Wheels program delivered a fun day full of inquiry, discovery, hands-on learning, and informative talks to all Hope students from preschool through 8th grade. This is a full day event sponsored by our PTH that we anticipate with excitement, especially since they only visit every two years. The activities included an all-school assembly at the beginning of the day, along with hands-on activities in the Fellowship Hall and special classes held at nearby Westside Christian. What a wonderful community we live in, to be able to use a neighborhood facility to maximize an outstanding educational program featuring cutting edge technology from the Pacific Science Center. So many reasons to love Seattle!
This year’s theme was called Space Odyssey and the focus was on astronomy. The kick-off assembly in the sanctuary had the kids on the edge of their seats, fully engaged in learning about concepts like planet size, air pressure, and space travel. Many of my first graders left the assembly with dreams of being future astronauts and planning visits to the space station, and their enthusiasm reminded me of what it was like to be young and inspired by an event at school. I still remember my own days in elementary school and the times we would have Career Day or a guest speaker or an inspirational assembly. Those were some of the school days that I remember most clearly because they left a lasting impact. As a young child, I dreamed of many future professions because of these school events; at different times I aspired to be a firefighter, an actress, and even an author. As an older student, I learned about the importance of taking care of our earth, the impact of being involved in community service and the tragic consequences of drunk driving.
Events like today’s Science on Wheels play an important role in our students’ educational experiences. It is our duty and our privilege to open young minds and inspire them to become astronauts or scientists or anything else that God has in store for them. The sky’s the limit!
Calendar of Events
Tues. 1/20: LEST Deadline to Reserve Rooms
Wed. 1/21:8:40 AM Chapel w/4th Grade – Martin Luther King
Fri. 1/23: Quarter 2 Ends / Re-Enrollment Forms Due
Sun. 1/25: 8:00 & 10:30 am Church Services – Lutheran School Sunday
Mon. 1/26: Quarter 3 Begins / Enrollment Open To Community
Mon. – Fri. 1/26-1/30: Lutheran Schools Week
LEST Hotel Reminder
Last reminder to our 5th-8th grade families who are attending LEST this year – please remember to book your hotel room today as the discounted rate block will be released by the hotel tomorrow, January 21, 2015. You may book on line at www.portlandairport.embassysuites.com or call (503) 460-3000.
Date Correction – Lutheran Schools Week is Jan. 25 – 30
“Standing in Christ Serving Others”.
We will begin with our Sunday worship services on Jan. 25th and all children are invited to sing at the 10:30 service to kick off Lutheran Schools week. The children will lead the congregation in singing “Ten Thousand Reasons” following the Glee club who will sing the opening song.
Lutheran Schools Week – Community Project
Lutheran Schools Week is coming up next week, January 26-30. We would like to show appreciation to our neighbors around the community by creating and delivering a Hope goodie basket to 12 neighbors (one per class). We would love to have student support Tuesday or Wednesday night next week as the assigned “homework” will be to create a homemade thank you card for a neighbor and/or bring in one dozen packable treats of some sort (cookies, etc.). Thanks for your help!
Seattle Lutheran High School Open House, January 29, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm.
Please join us for our Open House where you’ll meet students and teachers and learn how we integrate technology, including student iPads, into learning. SLHS offers students the tools and experiences they need for success in the 21st century. Our January Term (J-Term) provides in-depth experience in holistic education by adding variety to the normal curriculum.
Seattle Lutheran High School provides a personal and relevant education for our students. With opportunities to excel academically, grow spiritually and compete athletically, the individual student’s character is allowed to thrive. In a day and age where schools measure success by standardized measures on tests, which are important, we define success through Confidence, Hope, Integrity and Passion, the cornerstones of a Seattle Lutheran High School education where it’s personal.
For more information or to schedule an individual tour call Rachel Bigliardi at 206-937-7722.
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Check out the new cooking class for grades 1-5, space is still available.
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
Three volunteers are needed Monday morning, January 26 from 9:00-11:00 am to sort items for the hygiene bags for the service projects the students will be doing for Lutheran Schools week.
Washington D.C. Fundraiser – Continues through 1/30
Give $1 and Save $5. Buy your Taco Time coupon books today! Coupon books will also be available before and after school in the lobby. This fundraiser is brought to you by the Hope Lutheran Washington DC committee. All proceeds will go to support the WADC enrichment program.