End of Year Reflections by Kristen Okabayashi, Hope Principal
As we wrap up this school year, I always spend time reflecting on the year and considering what went well or even what did not go well. I found myself getting a little teary watching our 8th graders arrive this morning and thinking of how far they have come. This class was in first grade when I started here as principal, so it is really something special to know many of these students for so long, and watch them grow up! This year our 8th graders are headed off in different directions, including Seattle Lutheran HS, Kennedy Catholic HS, West Seattle HS, Chief Sealth HS, Aviation HS, and Seattle Prep HS. I know they will do well and succeed wherever they are headed!
Highlights for my year include:
- Successful fundraising by our PTH to fund a new playground structure! Our students voted last Wednesday and by an overwhelming majority, they selected our first option which holds a wide variety of play pieces including a giant slide, a smaller slide, a climbing wall, and monkey bars. Unfortunately no zip line as some of the students requested, ha-ha. We will really need adults to help with the demolition and installation of this new structure this summer in late July and early August, so please contact us at the school office if you can help us with that, and keep the price within our budget.
- Students in grades 1-8 designed, reviewed, and printed a 3D project using Tinkercad or SketchUp software, including middle school who all created a light source with a partner student in another country as part of our Level Up Village global unit
- Our girls winning the LEST basketball championship! Under the coaching of Jacob Menashe, this group of girls practiced so hard and played really above their ability level to win it all at LEST, and I was so proud of them.
As we prepare for summer vacation, we have a lot to be thankful for, and I invite you to join us for our last chapel celebrating our year tomorrow at 8:40 AM, and 8th grade graduation at 7:00 PM.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tues. 6/12: 12:30 Preschool 4 PM Class Graduation / 1:45 Kindergarten Graduation
Wed. 6/13: 8:40 AM Closing Chapel Services led by Mrs. Okabayashi / 7:00 PM 8th Grade Graduation
Thurs. 6/14: Enchanted Parks Wild Wave Day!
Wed. 6/20: Summer Camp Opens – Pre-registration Required
Medications Kept at School
All student medications kept and administered at school will be returned with your student today. A new medication consent form will need to be completed through K12 for the fall if your child is required to take prescription or non-prescription medicine during school hours as stated in the parent handbook. Please call the school office with any questions at 206-935-8500.
Yearbooks Still Available!
We still have a few copies of our yearbooks available. Drop in or call the school office to reserve yours at 206-935-8500. Yearbooks cost $25.00 each.
Outstanding Tuition & Fees
Please note that student transcripts, report cards and diplomas will be withheld at the end of the school year until all outstanding tuition and fees (includes library and text book fines) are paid in full. For tuition information contact SMART Tuition Management at 1-888-868-8828.
School Office Summer Hours
Usual summer office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm so feel free to stop by and say hi!
Summer Help Offered – Ms. Clark
As many of you know, I am planning to move to the Los Angeles area after finishing teaching here at Hope Lutheran. I will likely not be moving until August or September of this year and I am looking to make some extra money in my spare time this summer as I gear up to move and look for a new job. I’d love the opportunity to house sit, babysit, or provide care for pets for any of the wonderful families here at Hope Lutheran! Please reach out if you or anyone you know is looking for help in these areas. Kelsey Clark @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-963-4427.
Rainbow Parrot Art Workshop – July 23-27
Lacey Reuter will be offering a Summer Art Camp during the week of Vacation Bible School (July 23-27th). Logistics: If your child attends VBS, Lacey will pick them up and check them out when it finishes at 12:00pm and walk them to Seattle Lutheran High School where they could eat their lunch and participate in this Art Camp. Our official Art Camp time would be 12:30-3:30 each day. Pick up would be at the Seattle Lutheran courtyard.
Age eligibility: Students who have completed kindergarten up through 5th grade
Location: Seattle Lutheran High School, Cost: $235 (includes all materials)
Projects: All new projects! If you are interested, please email Lacey email@example.com.
Summer PIP Opportunities –Click Here
Moving of furniture June 25th, 28th, 29th & July 2nd – Help is needed to move furniture out and then back into classrooms to assist in waxing and beautifying our floors.
West Seattle Summer Fest – July 13-15
Hope will be hosting a game tent featuring LARGE JENGA and passing out water on July 14th. Stop by and see us or volunteer to help out! Email Sally Heit for details, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wash the Bus! It needs a good scrubbing before and after the parade July 21st.
West Seattle Grand Parade – July 21, 11 am
Hope will be walking in the parade passing out candy and showing off the bus! Get your PIP hours in early! Sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F084EAEAB23ABFA7-west
Playground Community Build – July 28-Aug.11 – Join us to demo the old and construct the new!
We need 12-24 volunteers on each day.
July 28 – Demo of existing structure
August 4 & 5 – Prepare the site for new structure
August 11 – Install new structure
August 28 – ribbon cutting at back to school BBQ
Replace Ceiling Tiles – Lunchroom Chair Cleanup/Repair – Light cleaning of Staff Work Room – Office Assistance – call or email Mrs. Wallace at 206-935-8500, email@example.com.
Library Help – come re-organize our picture books, replace cards and clean plastic covers. Email Jen Rice at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org coordinate date.