Teaching Kindness through Creepy Critters by Lisa Richardson, 5th Grade Teacher
Back in January, the 5th graders received their first living creatures in science, mealworms. Yup, those gross, squirmy pests people find in their flours and cereals. At first, the students were a bit apprehensive and several refused to even touch them. I explained to the class that we would be observing the life cycle changes of this “worm” over the next few months. During this time, students would need to measure, illustrate, and provide a nurturing environment where their living creatures would flourish. They also learned that the mealworm was actually not a worm at all, but actually was the larval stage of the Darkling Beetle.
After the first week or so, many of the mealworms began molting—a good sign that they were growing. This excited many students but also caused a few to cringe. Several were still wary to touch their mealworms and observe the newly shed skins. Still, everyone continued to nurture their mealworms’ environment and more shedding ensued. Finally, after about 3 weeks, we had our first pupa form. The students were amazed.
Pupas are incredible when you think about it. One day we had something that looked just like a worm and the next day we had an alien life form that looked nothing like its previous form. Even more miraculous was what was taking place inside the pupa. During the pupa stage, the meal worm’s cells completely start to transform. The former larva changes into a soupy mess inside it’s pupa!
As a class we discussed how even the smallest of God’s creatures are actually amazing miracles and in order to grow, they all have to go through some major changes. Some of them are easy to observe but others are mysterious and often messy. Without these changes, we cannot become who God intended us to become.
As soon as our first darkling beetle emerged, this became obvious. The students could not believe the changes that occurred inside their pupas. They were the proud parents of beautiful, shiny, dark, adult beetles. They rejoiced! I know this sounds crazy, but I cannot describe any other words. They picked up their beetles, held them, talked to them and shared them with their peers. Suddenly, these creepy critters that used to gross them out had become their beloved pets. By nurturing them with, care and patience, these little creatures taught a class of 5th graders about the power of kindness.
Auction Update: Hopecoming is 25 days away! Last Call for Donations!!
All procurement forms for donated items need to be turned in to the school office no later than Friday March 30. Please turn in procurement forms even if you are still waiting on your donation to arrive.
Advertise your business in our auction book! You can purchase ads via our auction website or contact us for more information, only $150 for half page ads! Preview our auction catalog online – new items are added daily. You can also enter your donations, buy advertising space, and RSVP via our auction website: Hope Lutheran School Hopecoming 2018.
We are still looking for donations of beer and wine and event volunteers! Help is needed for set-up, clean up, cashiering, bid spotters, and general help. To volunteer, contact Heather Paar (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use Sign Up Genius here: Hopecoming- Saturday, April 21, 2018
Calendar of Events – Click Here
March 26-30: Holy Week Daily Chapel Services 8:40 AM
Wed. 3/28: 1:15 PM Talent Show at SLHS Gym
Fri. 3/30: Noon Dismiss for Good Friday / ESC “XTRA” Open
April 2-6: Spring Break – No School & ESC Closed
Wed. 4/11: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 7
Thur. & Fri. 4/12 & 4/13: No School for Parent Teacher Conferences / ESC “XTRA” Open with pre-registration
2nd Trimester Report Cards / Honor Roll
Your students 2nd trimester report cards are coming home today, March 27. Please keep your copy, sign the envelope to verify receipt and return to your student’s homeroom teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. Middle school honor roll students will be recognized during chapel this Friday, March 30.
Parent Involvement Program (PIP) Statements
Your 2nd trimester PIP statements are being sent home today. Any hours submitted through March 23 will be recorded on your statement. The program year runs through May 31st of each year. Submit your PIP hours online here or pick up a hard copy form through the school office.
Parent/Teacher Conferences, April 12 & 13
These spring conferences are optional for our K-8 grade families however required for our preschool families. Conference sign-ups are due back to your homeroom teacher today & confirmed conference times will be send home Tuesday, April 10.
Hope School Summer Camp – Registration Open
Registration forms are now available online at www.hopeseattle.org under our “ESC” link.
Hope is pleased to offer 4 ½ weeks of summer camp, June 20th to July 20th, for students ages 3 (completed preschool program) through 12.
School Clubs – Click Here
Winter clubs are wrapping up and spring club registrations are available for Chess, Coding with Kids & Drama.
Church News & Activities – Click Here
Holy Week & Easter Services at Hope:
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., Good Friday, March 30, 7 p.m.
Easter Morning Services: 8:00 a.m. Traditional Festival Service 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Easter Celebration 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Easter Celebration (Children’s Church will be available at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.)
Easter Breakfast complete with sausages, scrambled eggs, and pancakes! Served from 8 – 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. (A fundraiser for the Youth Mexico Mission Trip in June.) Join us between services!
Shipwrecked….Rescued by Jesus VBS is coming July 23-27, 2018!
This summer we will continue our awesome tradition of hosting VBS for the families of Hope and the community. Preschool children (age 4 by September 1 and potty trained) and those entering 5th grade in the fall are invited to register. Students entering 6th grade in the fall are invited to serve as volunteers. Being a part of the VBS team is a blast! Last year we had over eighty volunteers. Pray about how you can get involved this summer. Online registration for participants and volunteers is open at Hopeseattle.org. The registration fee is $25 and after May 1st is $30. Scholarships are available upon request.
Summer Camps at Seattle Lutheran Seattle Lutheran is proud to offer elementary basketball camp, football training camp, middle school volleyball camp, and art camp this summer.
Click here to view our summer camp brochures and register.
Seattle Lutheran High School Drama Presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors!
Seattle Lutheran High School Drama is proud to present this story about characters that lose, confuse, and regain their identities in an enticing but eerie, morally suspect city. This production will be set in an era evocative of the 1920s, in a prosperous seaport city filled with ostentatious wealth, lively jazz, seedy characters, zany antics and the mafia. The performance times will be on the evening of Friday, April 27, at 7:30 PM and the afternoon of Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:30 PM in the Seattle Lutheran High School gymnasium located at 4100 SW Genesee Street. Tickets: Adults $5, Children 7-14 $2. All 7th and 8th grade students are admitted free with school ID. For more information visit our website at http://www.seattllelutheran.org.