Library Time Must Go On! By Jen Rice, Hope School Librarian
There seems to be a common trend during this time of COVID: adjustment! Life in the library has been no different. As school prepared to open in the fall, the teachers and I agreed we still wanted students to be able to access library books but we know there is not a lot of space for a class to stay socially distanced so we had to get creative. Enter the book carts! Kindergarten thru Grade 4 has a designated cart assigned to each classroom that is packed full of library books. (Grades 5-8 use extensive classroom libraries.) These books are swapped out periodically so that there is always something new and even seasonal. If a class is working on a project, the teachers can request books that might be needed for research. And, while we all love Elephant and Piggie books, the carts have opened students to a wider variety of books that were hidden on the shelves. Students are meeting new characters and finding books they enjoy reading.
During this time, our library collection has received a much needed overhaul as well. Books that are outdated, damaged, and even broken have been sorted through. Newer books, including those that represent a wide variety of voices, characters, and cultures, have found room on our shelves. There are new series, graphic novels, and so many more to choose from; I am excited for students to return to the library and find something that sparks their interest!
Today, March 2nd, marks the first day of Read Across America; a time to celebrate the joy of reading. We have all heard how important it is for our kids to read at least 10-20 minutes every day, especially with all the extra screen time, but it is equally important for adults. Try to set aside time each day this week to find all the comfy blankets, a stack of books, and take time to read as a family. Pick a theme for your books: a favorite color, a different culture, a famous inventor or celebrity, a silly story, books about empathy or community. Download an audiobook or an eBook. The possibilities are endless! In addition to the school and public libraries, here are some great recommendations if you are looking for something new: Washington State Otter Awards and Washington Sasquatch Awards.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 3/3: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Jonathan Kopecky, Youth Minister
Fri. 3/5: Free Dress Day
Wed. 3/10: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Mrs. Okabayashi, Principal
Thurs. 3/11: Last Day of Trimester 2
Fri. 3/12: No School – Grading Day / ESC & Sand Dollar Programs Open
School, Extended School Care & Sand Dollar Club Closure – Friday, March 12
School will be closed on Friday, March 12 for trimester 2 grading day. ESC & Sand Dollar programs are open (ESC students need to pre-register).
MAP Testing Results
As mentioned in the email yesterday, this week K-8 families will receive results from the winter MAP testing cycle, as follows:
- In-person students in grades K-4 and Monday/Tuesday hybrid students in grades 5-8 will receive a hard copy of their MAP tests in the yellow communication envelopes today
- Thursday/Friday hybrid students in grades 5-8 will receive a hard copy of their MAP tests in the yellow communication envelopes on Thursday, March 4
- Parents of full-virtual students will be emailed a copy of their child’s MAP testing results today from the school office
Please take a few minutes to review the test results at home when they arrive; our teachers will review these during parent teacher conferences in April.
Grades 4-8 Morning Drop-Off Alert
When dropping off your older child in grades 4-8, please remember that our doors open at 8:15 AM. We are seeing a larger group of older students being dropped off prior to 8:15 AM, and are concerned about students mingling with other cohorts and potentially spreading COVID-19 as they wait for school to start. If you arrive early, please wait to drop off, as particularly in inclement weather, students tend to congregate in a small area and mingle with younger students as they arrive. Thank you for your support in reducing COVID spread.
Shoe Drive – Sponsored by Hope Student Grace M.
Got Sneakers? Why not donate them? Every pair of gently used sneakers are cleaned and given to people in need. Donating them will also keep the shoes out of landfills. We will be collecting them at Hope Lutheran lower parking lot on Saturday, March 20 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Watch for flyers with details coming home next month.
Book Drive – Sponsored by Hope Student Bryson A.
Bryson is collection books to donate to school age children, kindergarten through high school, in Africa. If you would like to donate a new or gently used book, students are asked to bring them to school next week. There will be a table to collect books in the entrance from Wednesday, March 10th through Friday, March 12th. Thank you for your support of Bryson’s confirmation project.
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Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough Sale – March 1 – 14th
Seattle Lutheran High School Boosters Club provides much-needed funding for athletic teams and clubs at SLHS. Boosters are asking for your support in a new Booster Club fundraiser: Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough! Many people are familiar with this local cookie company, and have called them the “best cookies from the Northwest”. There are several options to choose from including their Original Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Raisin, Classic Peanut Butter, Spiced Molasses-Ginger and Lemon Cheesecake.
These 3 lb. tubs of cookie dough are all natural; contain no preservatives and no Trans fats. The cookie dough stores well in the fridge (for 3 months) or in the freezer (up to 12 months) and makes approximately 4 dozen cookies! They are great to have around the house or to give as gifts to friends and family. For more information and to place an order, click here. Deadline to order is March 14th at 10 am. Orders must be picked up on March 31st at Seattle Lutheran High School. Thank you for your support!