Hour of Code by Kevin Jones, Hope Technology Director
In 2005, Google launched an initiative called Google Summer of Code in order to expose more college-aged students to computer programming. In one summer, over 8,500 students collectively wrote 50 million lines of software “code” (programming language). Related to this, twin brothers Ali Partovi and Hadi Partovi created a non-profit coding organization to encourage students in all grade levels to work on coding at school and at home.
In December 2013, every Hope student who attends Technology classes took part in a new non-profit educational initiative called Hour of Code, contributing to the over 500 million lines of code written by 15 million other students in a single week. Using a web browser (i.e., Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) Hope students immersed themselves into the world of computer programming, writing their own “code” using visual aids that helped them actively learn programming concepts. Their activities ranged from moving a virtual robot around a factory floor to programming an “Angry Bird” to navigate through obstacles to get to the greedy pigs. Interspersed through these activities were group discussion, collaboration with partners, and high-quality videos from public figures describing the importance of computer programming in our everyday lives.
Ask your child about Hour of Code, or even better, try it yourself! Even if you’ve never done programming of any kind, you may be surprised how fun it is! Don’t forget, just as we do in the Technology Lab at Hope, it’s O.K. to ask your child (or Mr. Jones) for help! Find out more at: http://code.org.
Calendar of Events
Today 1/21: No School – Semester Break – ESC Open
Wed. 1/22: 8:40 AM Chapel by Patra Mueller on World Vision Missions / Quarter 3 Begins
Thurs. 1/23: 6:30 PM All School Auction Meeting
Sun. 1/26: Lutheran School Sunday – Preschool @ 8:00 AM Service – K thru 8 grades @ 10:30 AM Service / 9:30 to 10:15 AM School Open House
Tues. 1/28: 2nd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home / PIP Statements Sent Home
Admissions by Sally Heit
I want to thank the Hope school and church staff and all the volunteers who made and served food, watched children, greeted and talked with parents, passed out flyers, stuffed packets, prayed for us, and helped to make ALL our school open houses this year a success! Last Tuesday at our annual open house, we had six families come to give Hope School a second look, including two families who turned in applications and four families who toured for the first time. That is so exciting for us as a school! And what is even more exciting is that since the beginning of September, Mrs. Okabayashi and I have toured 43 families through our great school! It is thrilling to know that so many families were able to see our classrooms, meet the students and teachers, and experience the warmth of our school. There are great things happening at Hope Lutheran School, and we are so excited to have all of you as part of the Hope family. As a reminder, re-enrollment forms are due this Friday, January 24th, and we will begin to process new applications January 27th, so please don’t delay.
2nd Quarter Report Card
Your students’ 2nd quarter report cards are coming home on Tuesday, January 28th. Please keep your copy, sign the envelope to verify receipt and return to your student’s homeroom teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher first with any questions or concerns. Honor roll students will be recognized during chapel on Wednesday, January 29th.
All School Auction Meeting – January 23
Come join us as we continue our preparations for the Hope Lutheran School 2014 Gala Dinner and Auction. Our biggest PTH fundraiser of the year is only 2 months away!
Anyone is welcome! All Committee Chairs, Committee Members and PTH Members should definitely plan to attend and be prepared to share the progress made in your specific task. Please turn in all donation slips to date. We would love to have all donations in by Feb. 13th. There is still a lot to be done to make this important event a success. Be there to help support our great school. See you there!
Kelly Gorman – 206.229.4181 – CKlGorman@comcast.net
Jennifer Young – 206.915.6427 – email@example.com
Advertise in the Auction Catalog Today
We are less than two months away from the auction! Invites are printed and will be sent out within the week, and volunteers are busily procuring items, making lists, and checking them twice to make sure every detail is taken care of so we have a successful auction. One of the great things about Hope families is that they are involved in the local community, whether it is by owning their own business or working and shopping locally. Whether you are a new business or one that has stood the test of time, we invite your support of Hope School by advertising your business in the auction catalog. Not only will your business be front and center before 250 guests, but you will be helping to defray the costs of printing the catalog, invites, and marketing pieces for this event. Ad prices are reasonable; half page is $75 and a full page is $125. Ads print in black and white, jpeg or pdf files preferred. Email advertising coordinator, Sally Heit at firstname.lastname@example.org for a spec sheet and more information. Don’t delay, support your school today! Ads due by February 28th.
Seattle Lutheran High School Open House
January 30, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Prospective students and families are welcome to join us January 30, 2014, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at 4100 SW Genesee Street for our Open House. You will meet students and teachers, see classrooms and learn how iPads are used to enhance the learning experience. Come see how we make education personal and relevant for 21st Century learners. For more information call Rachel Bigliardi at 206-937-7722 or go to our website at www.seattlelutheran.org.
Financial Peace University Class
New Year’s Resolution – Get out of debt? Then come join our Financial Peace University class meeting on Mondays starting February 17th, at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for 9 weeks. It’s not too late to sign up, call Larry Koltz at 932-8036. Note: Child care will be provided if requested prior to start of the class.