100 Days Smarter by Jennifer Neafcy, Kindergarten Teacher
Recently, the Kindergarten class celebrated the 100th day of school. Beginning on the first day of school in September, we have been counting each school day in anticipation of the 100th day of school. Once it finally arrived, we had to celebrate this milestone. The children each brought in a collection of 100 items. We created sorting mats to count and sort the items. Other activities included building a tower with 100 cups, collectively writing 100 words, drawing self-portraits of what we would all look like at 100 years old, and writing about what we will be doing when we are 100 years old. It was an exciting day for the class.
As an educator, one of my greatest joys is watching the children grow and develop, not only in their academic skills, but in their independence as well. These past 100 days have been filled with learning and growth. Kindergartners are strengthening their reading and math skills each day. If you ask any of the students what is their favorite part of the day (aside from lunch and recess) they would probably say centers. This is where we do the bulk of our reading instruction and practice. During this time, the children are able to work on their writing, build words, listen to reading, and read to either themselves or to others. We also spend time working on different strategies to tackle unfamiliar words. Currently, we use picture cues, phonics cues, sight words, context clues and prior knowledge. How great it is to watch the excitement on their faces as they use a combination of these strategies to read books. I think they even surprise themselves on how much they can actually read.
We have had a great first 100 days of school, and are looking forward to what is in store for the remainder of the school year.
Donuts with Dad! – TOMORROW at 8:00 AM
Calling all Dads or special guests! Start your day with delicious donuts and put a smile on your child’s face. PTH will serve donuts, coffee, juice, and milk in the Commons. We will gather in the church commons at 8:00 AM. Students must be in class by 8:30 AM. However, you are welcome to mingle and then join the Hope students at chapel starting at 8:40 AM led by 4th gr.
Auction Update – Hopecoming is 46 days away!!
Join us for our next meeting on Tuesday March 13 at 6pm at Hope. We are still looking for donations of beer and wine, special experiences, getaways, and buy-in party hosts! Keep those donations coming in; all donations are due by March 30. You can enter your donation online at: Hope Lutheran School Hopecoming 2018 or you can pick up a procurement form at school.
You can earn a few easy hours of PIP by donating your space to store our inventoried auction items. Help is still needed on the night of our event, check out the Sign Up Genius here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545ada823aafa7-hope
Class baskets are now due! Turn in your items and procurement forms to your class basket coordinator. We still have advertising opportunities available as well. Questions? Contact Heather Paar (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks for making our event a huge success!!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 3/7: 8:00 AM Donuts with Dad / 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 4
Fri. 3/9: Trimester 2 Ends / 5:30 PM & 7:00 PM East Coast Trip Dinner Fundraiser
Mon. 3/12: No School Trimester 2 Grading Day / ESC “XTRA” Open
Fri. 3/16: 7:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Dance!
Talent Show Coming Up!
Student, it’s time to bring out your acting skills, your tutus, and your instruments! Talent show signs ups are happening now. Fill out the talent show registration form in today’s communication envelope to reserve your audition spot for March 7, March 13, or March 16. We can’t wait to see our school’s talent!
PTH Meeting Minutes Available Here
We have the following opportunities: Hopecoming Auction Planning help- still lots to do, Midwinter Dance, Co-Lead a Parents Night Out/Movie Night. Also, your PTH Board is anticipating vacancies for the following positions for the 2018/2019 school year: President, Member-at-Large.
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Please note that tomorrow will be our last meeting for our Concert Band. Due to low enrollment we will end with trimester 2. We hope to offer this opportunity again in the fall 2018-19.
Spaghetti Dinner and Art Show – March 9th
We are excited to host this scrumptious spaghetti dinner this Friday, March 9th. RSVPs have been rolling in which is awesome! If you find yourself without dinner plans on Friday, stop on by. There will be artwork created by parents and local artists, so you do not want to miss this opportunity to decorate your home with that special piece. RSVP to email@example.com. Cost: Free Will Donation
Pizza Fridays- Extra slices
Thank you for your support of the students attending the East Coast trip next year by signing up for Pizza Fridays and Burrito Mondays! We wanted to let you know that we will have approximately 6 slices of cheese pizza and 7 slices of pepperoni available for purchase on Fridays. This is first come first serve and each slice is $2.50.
New Date for the 7th & 8th Grade Mid-Winter Dance – March 16
Friday, March 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM at the Menashe Family Gym at Seattle Lutheran High School 4100 SW Genesee St., West Seattle (parking lot and gym entrance off of Genesee St.)
Cost is $8 with two canned food items, $10 without. Light Refreshments are included in the admission fee and glow bracelets will be available for purchase of 50₵ each.
Church News & Activities – Click Here
Mid-Week Lenten Services, Wednesdays at 7:00 P.M. – We gather for a short worship experience featuring traditional hymns, contemporary worship songs, and inspiring messages to take us deeper into Jesus’ amazing love.
Lenten Soup Suppers – Come to the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays evenings for an informal meal of a variety of soups, green salad, and bread. It’s a wonderful way to connect! This Wednesday our Host Groups are the Hope Choir & SLHS Staff.
Visiting Choir This Wednesday – The 50-member Choir from Concordia University, Irvine, CA, is at Hope this Wednesday with Rev. Bil Hood preaching for our Mid-Week Lenten Service! Come to Soup Supper and stay for this special worship.
St. Patty’s Dinner – Next Sunday, March 11, 5 P.M. – Fundraiser For Youth Mexico Mission Trip – Join us in the Fellowship Hall for a delicious St. Patty’s Dinner complete with all the fixings! Support the youth in building two houses in Mexico.
Sign up in the Commons today to let us know you are coming!
Fundraising Event for Seattle Lutheran High School Seniors
Support SLHS seniors in their fundraising for Grad Night 2018 at Universal Studios
All proceeds go directly to helping students offset the cost of the trip.
March 10, 6 pm: A Chili Cook Off will be hosted in the Menashe Family Gymnasium. Show up, sample, vote, and support our seniors. Adult prices are $10, students are $5, and children five and under are free. If you are interested in bringing chili, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.