Hope in the Community
As we celebrate Lutheran Schools Week, this year especially we are encouraging our students to consider not just how we are a part of our community and world, but how we can be a blessing to those around us. Throughout the fall and winter, Hope students and families participated in numerous giving projects, and we realize that sometimes if can feel like a lot. And yet, these projects have made a tremendous positive impact on others and our students.
One highlight was that our middle school students were asked by middle school faith teacher Mrs. Kunkel to donate their OWN money towards “Goats for Ghana”. This is a project where 100% of the donations go directly to purchase goats for singles mothers in Ghana, to help sustain their families. Our middle school students donated $1200 from their own money to purchase 25 goats, something that will impact those families forever.
In addition, the food collected through the school food drive, the gifts donated through the adoption of families in each classroom, tags taken off the giving tree, and donations of money all directly benefited the West Seattle community most of us live in, schools in particular. By working with Hope Church’s Human Care Ministry (HCM) Director, Elissa Sommer, we were able to help many families with food, bus and gas money, or a warm coat.
Please read this message of thanks from Elissa Sommer: “HCM is so appreciative to all for your donations of time, money and items. With your help, this Christmas we were able to provide:
- Gifts for 317 children, 60 Senior Citizens, and 28 other individuals
- Bicycles for 15 children
- Gift bags for 66 Single Mom’s and 3 Single Dads
- A crib and supplies for a 17 year old mom that had her baby in December
- 100 plastic shoebox size tubs filled with food and essentials for people who are homeless
- A meal on Christmas Eve for people who are homeless
- Gifts and assistance for 26 people in our Hope family.
What you give touches others’ lives in so many ways. Thank You!”
This week, students will put together food bags for people who are homeless and distribute goody baskets to some of our wonderful West Seattle neighbors as a thank you. Through these and many other projects, Hope is thankful to be able to encourage our students to be active in their community, aware of the needs of others, and empowered to help.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tuesday 1/26 – Friday 1/29: Lutheran Schools Week
Tues. 1/26: Open Enrollment Begins / 6:30 PM Parent Workshop in Commons
Wed. 1/27: 9:30 AM Chapel Service at Seattle Lutheran High School (For Lutheran Schools Week)
Wed. 2/3: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 8
Wed. 2/10: NO PTH Meeting – General Meeting Re-Scheduled to the 17th
Feb. 17: PTH General Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in conjunction with Lent Soup Supper
Sports Events Calendar – Click Here
Find 7/8 grade basketball schedules here as well as Cheerleading practice schedule.
Parent Workshop – TONIGHT – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Hope Commons
There is still time to RSVP and childcare will be available. Contact our PTH at firstname.lastname@example.org. All parents are invited to this special event – It’s way bigger than puberty. Greg Smallidge of Great Conversations will lead a conversation about staying connected with your children and not getting fired from being their sexuality educator.
Lutheran Schools Week – Community Project
We would like to show appreciation to our neighbors around the community by creating and delivering a Hope goodie basket to 24 neighbors (two to three per class). We would love to have student support Tuesday or Wednesday night this week as the assigned “homework” will be to bring homemade treats for a neighbor. Please bring in one dozen packable treats of some sort (cookies, etc.). Thanks for your help!
Re-enrollment materials are now due. Please call Mrs. Heit or Mrs. Wallace at 206-935-8500 if you have any questions or concerns. Forms can be found here and need to be submitted with our application fee of $150 for preschool or $175 for k-8 grade. Enrollment has opened up to the community as of today.
LEST Spirit Days – February 4 – 10
All students in preschool through 8th grade are invited to join us in spirit days as we gear up for LEST!
- Thursday, Feb 4 – Wacky Tacky Day – just use your imagination on this one
- Friday, Feb 5 – Wish I was in Hawaii – Mahalo! Break out that Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt and practice that hula dance
- Monday, Feb 8 – Pajama Day – roll out of bed and come in your PJ’s
- Tuesday, Feb 9 – Support your Favorite College – or your parents
- Wednesday, Feb 10 – Blue and Gold Day – wear our school colors, show your school pride! (Hair and face painting OK this day.)
With the exception of Friday, Feb. 5th, these are optional spirit days and students not participating will need to come in school uniforms as usual.
Parent Survey Feedback Deadline 1/31 – Access the Parent Survey Here
If you have not had a chance to fill out the 40-question survey the survey is still open. It should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes and will be available to complete for the month of January.
Box Tops Treasure Chest Campaign
We are hoping to increase our Box Tops this year to help buy much needed supplies for our Hope Preschool Program. Box Tops are on several products most of us already buy including cereal, Kleenex, some baking mixes, etc. Time to collect them and turn them in! For the next few weeks, we are doing a Treasure Chest campaign. Fill up a Treasure Chest sheet (coming home today in the Tuesday envelope), bring it in to the office and your child can pick a prize out of the treasure chest. Thanks for your help in this important ongoing fundraiser for Hope!
Auction Update – Next Meeting 2/18
Our next auction meeting will be February 18 at 6:30 pm in the church Commons. We’ll be focusing on getting as many donations as we can to the committee by March 18th. With any auction, last minute donations are a given, but we do want to get as many as we can by that date. We’ll also get updates on decorations, raffles, class projects, teacher experiences and going over details of the event.
Anyone looking for some PIP hours? Below is a list of tasks we need help with:
Drop Auction letter and procurement form at Costco Customer Service.
Pick up donation at West Side Music Academy between Mon-Fri, 3pm to 7pm.
Click here to access an electronic procurement form, auction letter and thank you letter as well as a list of businesses that still need follow up. Even if you take one or two, that gets us much closer to making our $85,000 goal at the Gala.
Other PIP Opportunities – Click Here
Auction Help – ongoing
PTH Mid-Winter Dance – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545ada823aafa7-midwinter
Check out PTH’s signupgenius page and search by the general PTH email address (email@example.com) for other opportunities.
Recycle Your Shopping Bags
Do you have extra shopping bags lying around? Instead of putting them in your recycling bin for biweekly pick up with your garbage, why not donate them to the PTH and know that they are going to be reused! A recycling container will be conveniently located in school lobby.
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Auction News & Opportunities – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
LEST Calendar of Events – Click Here
Seattle Lutheran High School Open House – This Thursday, 1/28
Please join us Thursday, January 28, 2016 for our Open House. We’ll begin in the gym at 7:00 pm where you will see projects completed during J-Term and meet our teachers, students and parents. Continue upstairs on tours of classrooms where you’ll learn how SLHS incorporates teamwork and iPads into our program. Questions? Contact Rachel Bigliardi in the Admission Office – 206.937.7722.
SLHS Bake Sale Wednesday
Tomorrow after school, Seattle Lutheran High School student council will be having a bake sale outside the front door from 3:00-3:20. They are fundraising for a school event, so bring a few dollars and buy some delicious treats!