After School Fun by Audrey Figgins, ESC Teacher
During my past 6 months as the extended school care lead teacher for Hope, I have found the most wonderful place to work and call home. Though I have been a member of Hope Church my whole life and have been involved in our school programs in many ways, I have never felt more of a calling to join than when I began helping out in ESC this year.
Our crew of kids, ranging from kindergarten to 6th grade, has used our time together to try anything from puppet theatres to paper mache volcanic science experiments! Surprises occurred: 4th and 5th graders loved puppet decoration, and kindergartens couldn’t get enough of learning about chemical reactions with baking soda and vinegar. Your kids inspire me!
A typical day in extended care looks like an hour of outside play time to start. You link up with friends, tell Ms. Audrey (myself) about your class assignments, your weekends, and ask her why she dyed her hair for the 10th time already. Our troop heads inside right after to snack and pray – braver souls than I volunteer their hands for such things as “the Norway, Superman, the Lord’s Prayer” or something entirely unique like “The nugget prayer” with a dab or floss dance at the end of course. Once we have all composted our snack bowls and given Ms. Audrey puppy eyes in hopes of a third helping of snack- fun ensues!
Board games are flung out, art stations are thriving with beaded bracelets, emoji drawings, and paper planes. These small fragments of the day that I get to see your kids feel empowered, fight for their ideas, hangout with their best friends, and even tell me they love me sometimes give me hope for an amazing future to come. I’m so proud to be able to help them with homework, teach them how to communicate their feelings when talking to friends and meet their amazing parents.
One of my favorite things that I saw in ESC this year was telling all 20 or so kids that I had been accepted into UW for Spring- to which they put up little W’s with their hands for a picture. Some even wore UW sweatshirts and other Husky attire to school that week to congratulate me! I have made plans to finish out the year at Hope while starting school because it’s been such a pleasure to teach and learn from our ESC kids I couldn’t leave since we’ve become a little family. I’m grateful for all our silly, wild, and snack filled afternoons together, sometimes with the karaoke machine echo on a bit too loud but we love them anyway.
Wed. 3/13: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 1
Fri. 3/15: Free Dress Day
Wed. 3/20: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 3
Talent show on Wednesday, March 27, registration forms can be found here.
Noon dismiss on Friday, March 29th that starts our spring break (April 1 to 5, 2019).
If you intend to re-enroll your student for the fall, there is still time. Please click on the link below, select ‘Back To School Menu’ and enter your student’s i.d. and access key. Complete the forms, and don’t forget to click on the yellow ‘Register’ button. You may submit the $200 registration fee online through the Webstore in K12Online or via check to the school office.
If you are not returning to Hope for the fall, or have questions about Hope school for next year, please contact the school office or Sally Heit at email@example.com.
Financial Aid Information for 2019-20 Academic Year
We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) for our financial aid process each year. Instructions for applying for financial aid at Hope Lutheran School are available by visiting sss.nais.org/parents. Our school’s SSS code is 179833. The Early Decision deadline is March 29th and the final deadline to apply for aid is April 30, 2019.
Talent Show Registration Deadline Tomorrow – March 13
Hear ye, hear ye, brush off your accordions and dancing shoes, it’s time for the Hope talent show! If you have a special talent, this is a time to share it with the whole school! Any Hope student or group of students in Kindergarten – Grade 8 can participate. Complete your sign up form here. Auditions times will go roughly in grade order, youngest to oldest.
PTH & PIP Opportunities – Click Here
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Arts Walk Kick Off Meeting – Tuesday, March 19 @ 6:30 PM –Please join the PTH as we begin organizing this amazing event and earn PIP! Meet in the church commons.
School Clubs at Hope – Click Here
Possible startup of Lego Club after spring break, watch here for information.
Lost and Found Items
Our lost and found bin is overflowing with clothes, lunch boxes and miscellaneous items. Please make time this week to take a peek before items are donated. Our bin is located in the school lobby on the 1st floor.
Church News & Activities – Click Here
Vacation Bible School – July 29 – Aug. 2, 2019
Making plans for the summer? Make sure to include Vacation Bible School (VBS) -July 29-August 2, 9:00- Noon. Our theme this year is “Roar”! Online registration opens soon and email reminders will be sent to past participants.
Mid-Week Lenten Services at 7:00 P.M.
We will gather for a short worship experience featuring some of the best of our traditional and contemporary worship hymns and songs, “The Series of Jake” skit each week, and inspiring messages to take us deeper into Jesus’ amazing love.
Lenten Skits – Our mid-week services will include skits written by Jonathan Kopecky, (our Youth Minister), and will have youth actors under the direction of Hope member, Sandra Scragg. Tomorrow’s skit is “Jake is Caught Talking to a Social Outcast.”
Wednesday Soup Suppers – Come to the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. for an informal meal of a variety of soups, green salad, and bread. It’s a wonderful and delicious way to connect! This week’s Host Group is Hope’s Choir & Music Ministry Team. March 20th Host Group will be Hope & Seattle Lutheran school staff!
WSHS Parents Night Out 3/30/2019
Let West Seattle High School sophomore class students watch your kids while enjoying an evening out! This event is for childcare for kids ages 3(potty trained) to 11 years old and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, games, movies and crafts. Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 5:30-10:30pm at West Seattle High School, 3000 California Avenue SW. Check in at the historical entrance on the left side of the building. Cost is $35 per child or $30 with 2 cans of food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. For more information or to RSVP contact email@example.com. Thank you so much for your support!