Spanish Classes at Hope by Janice Lehmann, Spanish Teacher
In the newsletter this week, I would like to give you our perspective on why we offer Spanish at Hope Lutheran School.
Why learn another language? – Research shows that studying another language makes students “smarter.” It gives them better analytical and problem solving skills, especially with abstract concepts. It improves their memory, and helps them perform better on academic testing. Studying another language teaches us about how our own language works, and what being an American means. Through comparisons of language structure, vocabulary, and culture, we become better equipped as culturally aware, world citizens. Most high schools require at least two years of the same language in order to graduate, universities require that same two-year minimum to be accepted, and the workforce seeks multilingual, multicultural people.
Why study Spanish? – If we can speak Spanish, we are able to spread God’s love to millions of people in 21 different Spanish-speaking countries. There are more Spanish-speakers in the world than English speakers! (Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, followed by Spanish, then English.) And, did you know that the U.S. is the world’s third largest Spanish-speaking country? Mexico has the largest percentage of the world’s Spanish-speakers, followed by Colombia, then the U.S. The U.S. has more Spanish speakers than most Spanish-speaking countries!
Who takes Spanish at Hope? – Currently 200 students, from 4-year-old preschool through 8th-grade, study Spanish. We learn about the language through grammar and vocabulary, but my main goal is to use the language for meaningful purposes. We have fun in the language through activities such as playing games, singing songs, role playing, and conducting interviews. I pray that they find studying a language fascinating and fun, and eventually use their language knowledge and skills to be examples of Christ’s love in our country and beyond.
Calendar of Events
Tonight: 5:00 PM Open Taco Bar – Pecado Bueno
Wed. 3/25: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mr. Kopecky / 1:30 PM Talent Show @ SLHS Gym
Sun. 3/29: 10:30 AM Preschool Sing at Hope Church
Mon.–Fri. 3/30 – 4/3: Holy Week – Daily Chapel Services @ 8:40 AM
Fri. 4/3: Noon Dismiss – Good Friday / Free Dress Day / Quarter 3 Ends
Mon.–Fri. April 6-10: No School & No ESC – Spring Break
2015-2016 Hope School Calendar
The calendar for next year is being sent home today in the communication envelopes. This is our basic calendar showing our first day of school, testing dates and days off. Our more detailed calendar will go home with our July 1st summer mailing. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the school office.
13th Annual Eagle Classic May 30, 2015
Start practicing for the Eagle Classic on May 30th! This fun tournament is the one-and-only fundraiser in support of the Hope Athletics department. See flyer in your yellow envelope or register online here. Invite your friends, family and business partners to join Athletics Director Brett Kapels on the course, and help us reach our goal of $4000 which provides uniforms, coaches, field time, equipment and so much more to our students.
Volley Summer Camp at Seattle Lutheran – June 16-19, 2015
The goal of Saints volleyball skills camp is to instruct and inspire athletes in the game of volleyball. Players will receive three hours of instruction in the fundamentals of the game including forearm and overhead passing, attacking, serving, and defensive passing. Additionally you will learn team play and defense using multiple systems in use today in the high school and college game. Beyond skills of the game, coaches will provide you with a framework for playing the game, the worldview of the Christian athlete and using the game as a means of worship and praise.
Three sessions: morning, 9:00 – 11:45 am, afternoon, 12:15 – 3:00 pm or all-day 9:00—3:00.
Coaches Mr. Glenn Hoogerhyde and Ms. Jessica Hoogerhyde
Assistant Coaches Members of SLHS Saints Varsity Volleyball Team
Register here. For questions or more information, please contact the school.
Seattle Lutheran High School, 4100 SW Genesee Street, Seattle, WA 98116
206- 937-7722 www.SeattleLutheran.org.
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Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
Positions available on PTH Board for fall
Head Track Coach and Field Assistants Wanted
Teacher Appreciation Week – May 4-8 There are numerous PIP opportunities outside of school hours for this week-long event. Please go to Sign Up Genius at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040C4FAAA92BAB9-teacher or email Sonjia Barker at email@example.com for ways that you can help make this a successful event!
13th Annual Eagle Classic Golf Tournament
Community Service Opportunity
Hope Lutheran Church is having a large fundraising Rummage Sale on April 10th & 11th and help is needed each day prior to the sale from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. This is a great community service opportunity to share with your students in grades 6-8 during spring break. All proceeds will support 2 Christian Mexico Missions that help the poor and illiterate. For information please contact Mary Welch 206-718-1995 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.