Mindful Moments: Time to Reset, Refocus, and Relax by Lucy Kuhn, 4th Grade
During our second trimester, Hope’s fourth grade class had the good fortune to add a special online elective to our weekly routine: “Skills for Wellness” taught by the multi-talented Rev. Emily Tanis-Likkel. Each Thursday, I open our Zoom call and give up my “host” duties for a refreshing half hour after morning recess. Fourth grade students are guided through skills and activities to focus the mind and better understand feelings both “big and small.” They are learning to gain awareness of body signals related to feelings, and are introduced to specific tools to tackle some of life’s difficulties including how to get along a bit better with each other. I act as facilitator and participant during this class, and I have gained respect for my students’ emotional self-awareness because of the sharing nature of this reflective time.
I feel blessed that our class was given the gift of this learning opportunity during an unusual and emotionally difficult year: a ‘making lemonade out of lemons’ group experience in 2021. We can BRAKE (Breathe, Relax, Ask, use Kindness, and Enter the moment) more easily when difficulties arise in our day because we are learning to practice mindfulness techniques. I strongly believe that wellness skills are important for both our mental and physical health; Hope’s students are extremely fortunate to learn this at an early age. Thank you to Hope School and Rev. Tanis-Likkel for “Skills for Wellness” this challenging year!
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Tues. 5/11: Fall 2021-2022 Tuition Materials Due to Office
Wed. 5/12: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Mr. Kopecky, Youth Minister
Tues. 5/18: Track Meet No School for 5-8 Grades
Wed. 5/19: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Mrs. Mueller, Family Life Minister
Fri. 5/21: Free Dress Day
Tues. 5/25: 7:00 PM Final PTH General Meeting via Zoom
PTH Notes and News
If you were not able to make our last PTH general meeting on April 20th, click here to see the recorded video and written minutes. Please contact your President Heather or VP Ashli at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be considered for the open positions this coming Fall. Our next (and last) general meeting will be on May 25th at 7:00 PM .
Hope students recently competed in a “virtual” Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament and did very well! Congratulations to the following award winners:
Champion of Character: Isaiah G., 8th Grade
Knowledge Bowl: 6th place
Writing: Sabrina E. 5th Grade- 3rd Place Short Story, Ellie F. 6th Grade- 2nd place Personal Narrative, Declan S. 8th Grade- 4th Place Personal Narrative
Math: Isaac R. 6th Grade- 1st Place, Hannah M. 8th Grade- 3rd Place
Music: Isaiah G. 8th Grade Piano- Blue Ribbon Performance, Hannah M. 8th Grade Piano- Blue Ribbon Performance, Jhana H. 8th Grade Vocals- Blue Ribbon Performance
Spelling: Silas S. 6th Grade- 1st Place
No School / Track Meet for 5th – 8th Graders Tuesday, May 18 @ 9:30 AM
Parents, please note that Hope School will be having a track meet on Tuesday, May 18th at West Seattle stadium and there will be NO school for our 5th – 8th grade students on this day. This meet is for students that are actively participating in track. Unfortunately this year we are not able to allow students at the meet that are not on the team. Parents will need to make alternative care arrangements for their 5th – 8th gr. students who are not participating in track and who would normally attend school in person.
No Grandparent/Special Person Day – May 27
Due to our current restrictions on large gatherings we are not able to host our much loved annual Grandparent/special person day on Thursday, May 27. We will still conduct an early dismiss for k through 8 grade students with k-3 dismissing at 11:45 am and our 4-8 dismissing at 12:00 pm. Our ESC will be open for those registered for this extra day.
Hope Summer Camp
This year’s summer camp will offer a variety of fun themes and will begin the week of June 21. We will be open Monday through Friday for students who have completed one year of preschool through age 12. Preschool/extended care director Christina Figgins will run our summer camp program with our regular wonderful extended care staff.
Summer camp registration is open with weeks still available. For more information, you may click on the link below. We look forward to a fun summer!
Open Teacher Positions at Hope School
As we look ahead into the coming school year with two teachers stepping away to different opportunities and one teacher moving up to the assistant principal position, Hope Lutheran School is excited to open up three homeroom teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year.
Parent and families, please share the following information and job link with any wonderful teacher candidates you may know who could potentially be a good fit for us at Hope. We are actively seeking candidates for two elementary teachers who will teach all core subjects, and one middle school teacher with a language arts focus. Interested teacher candidates should submit an application and resume to Kristen Okabayashi at email@example.com by Monday, May 31, 2021. Teaching jobs begin August 23, 2021.
More information, job descriptions, and the application form are available on our website here:
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