Letting Go by Sally Heit, Admissions Director
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
In three and a half weeks, Hope’s 8th grade class graduates. There are twenty-eight students in all; several students have been together since preschool and kindergarten. I find myself in a unique position as a parent and a staff person at Hope this year. As a parent I feel nostalgic and slightly sad. I’m sending off my first-born to high school, my curly blond-haired little girl whose arrival into this world was noisy and chaotic and indoctrinated me into the realm of motherhood. We learned together and made mistakes together, and now she is flying out of the nest that is Hope Lutheran School. There has been great comfort for me knowing that she has been loved, celebrated, challenged, supported, encouraged and cherished here. Even before I joined the staff I knew Hope was a special place, but more so now. Daily I see and experience the amazing, intentional work that happens here with our teachers and students to prepare them for the next stage of their journey outside the nest.
I have enjoyed the privilege of watching the growth and changes that occur in our students throughout the year, small ones and big ones, and I’m reminded that God truly does have plans for us. He knows where each of his children is headed, and puts the people and situations in place that will help get them there. He doesn’t promise it will be easy, but he does promise that we will prosper, stay safe, and have hope and life. This also applies to our school as a whole. God knows where Hope Lutheran School is going and how we will get there, so when I worry and fret over my responsibilities here, I have to remind myself that I’m not in charge as much as I’d like to think I am.
When Emily and her classmates walk across the stage on June 9 and receive their diplomas, their class verse above from Jeremiah will be my prayer for each one. While I will miss them, they are ready to launch, and I’m confident that God has their back. Blessings Hope Lutheran Class of 2017!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tues. – Fri. 5/16-5/19: Scholastic Book Fair
Wed. 5/17: Grandparents Day / 8:40 AM Chapel / 10:30 AM Drama & Musical Performances / 11:30 AM Dismissal – Book Fair Open
Fri. 5/19: Free Dress Day
Mon. 5/22: 6:00 PM East Coast Trip 2019 Meeting
Tues. 5/23: Book Exchange All Grades / 9:00 AM 5-8 Grade Track Meet at WS Stadium / No School for 5-8 Grades / Wild Wave Ticket Orders Due
Wed. 5/24: Book Exchange All Grades / 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 8 – Acts 10:9-16 / 7:00 PM Sounds of Spring Concert
Spring Scholastic Book Fair – This Week!
Looking for great summer reading books for you and your kids? Want to earn funds for our school? Then plan on attending our Scholastic Book Fair where you can purchase books for kids, grandkids, and yourself! The fair will be located on the 1st & 2nd floor and open after school from 3:00 – 4:00 PM with the exception of Wed., May 17th where we will be open for Grandparents and preschool families from 9:30 to 10:30 am then 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. Funds from these sales go directly to Hope School to promote literacy and build classroom libraries.
Grandparents / Special Person Day – Tomorrow
Tomorrow we welcome our grandparents or that special person for a day of celebration. We will start off at 8:40 AM with a welcome by our Principal, Mrs. Okabayashi, and Pastor Peter in the sanctuary, followed by our Chapel service. On the agenda: breakfast with your grandchild, drama & musical performances, and our book fair.
Wild Wave June 13 – Order Forms Due May 23
Reserve your discounted tickets now to our annual family fun field trip on June 13th! This event is open to ALL of our preschool through 8th grade students and their family members. Order tickets online here. Order forms are due by May 23rd. Please call Mrs. Wallace with any questions. Thank You.
No School / Invitational Track Meet for 5th – 8th Graders Tuesday, May 23
Parents, please note that Hope School will be hosting an Invitational track meet on Tuesday, May 23rd and there will be NO school for our 5th – 8th grade students on this day. Parents will need to make alternative care arrangements for their 5th – 8th gr. students. Students not participating in track are welcome to attend and cheer their classmates on with parental supervision only. Students participating in track will plan on meeting at the West Seattle Stadium prior to the event. Mr. Allen will provide more details as we get closer to the meet.
Concessions will be available all day with proceeds benefiting our WA D.C. group! If you would like to plan ahead for lunches and snacks, below is a sampling of what will be offered. Eagle Special for $5.00 allows you to pick from the following options: Pizza OR Hot Dog PLUS Chips or Cookie PLUS Drink (Gatorade, Water or Soda). In addition to the above items being sold individually, there will be a variety of other items including: fruit, bagels & cream cheese, chocolate milk, and coffee.
Book Exchange – May 23 & 24
We will be having our annual book exchange this year on Tuesday, May 23 & Wednesday, May 24. Please help your student to pick out up to 10 books at or around their reading level to bring in for the exchange. Please bring the books in a brown paper bag clearly marked with your student’s name and number of books brought by Tuesday, May 23. All students P3 through 8th grade are welcome to participate.
Sounds of Spring Concert – Wed. May 24
Please join Hope School and Seattle Lutheran High School students for our annual Sounds of Spring Concert. We will hear from Hope’s Glee Club, Chapel Band, Beginning Band and Handbell Choir, as well as the Seattle Lutheran Band. The concert will take place in Hope’s Sanctuary Wednesday night, May 24, at 7:00 PM.
School Clubs – Click Here
Most school clubs will be ending in May – please check the school calendar.
Parent Involvement Program
Please contact Mrs. Wallace at 206-935-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Exceptions will be considered for June activities to count towards this school year, just email Mrs. Wallace with your request. (Please note that diplomas and report cards will be held until all fees have been paid.) Lots of school and homeroom activities still to help with! See information below and visit our website for detailed information.
PIP Opportunities – Click Here – Program Deadline May 31
Book Fair – Week of May 15 – 19, Still need cashier help & break down May 19th.
Golf Tournament – Help also needed at our annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 3rd. Contact Mr. Allen at email@example.com.
8th Grade Reception – Evening of June 9th need help with our 8th grade graduation reception
PTH Board positions open for secretary and treasurer. Contact Sonjia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagle Classic Golf Tournament – June 3rd
“It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.” – Babe Ruth
Wanted: golf players! Reserve Saturday, June 3rd for the Eagle Classic. You don’t have to be good at golf to enjoy a fun morning at Foster’s Golf Links with friends. Captain or sponsor your own team or invite a friend to start their own team and receive 3 mulligans. Hope staff or alum receives 1 mulligan. Register today!
East Coast Trip 2019 Meeting May 22
As the East Coast Trip 2017 wraps up, it’s now time to launch planning and fundraising for the East Coast Trip 2019! Current 5th & 6th grade families, please join us for an initial kick-off meeting on Monday night, May 22, at 6:00 PM in Lisa Meyer’s classroom. Topics to be covered include:
- Past trip itineraries and tentative East Coast Trip 2019 itinerary
- Tentative timing and cost
- Potential fundraising events and opportunities to volunteer
PROJECT AT 4417 42ND AVE SW (NORTH OF HOPE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE STREET) – As you know, the neighborhood around Hope continues to change. We’ve been notified of another project being built nearby and so we wanted to share it with you. This project is at 4417 42nd Ave SW (on the north end of the block, north of Hope Lutheran on the west side of the street). The proposal is to allow a 4-story apartment building containing 58 units and 4 live-work units. Parking for 29 vehicles is to be provided below grade. There is an information meeting this Thursday, May 18th , at the Senior Center at 6:30pm. The opportunity for comment: During the early design guidance phase of the review, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection will accept written comments through May 18th, 2017 on the site planning and design issues for this project. All Comments should be made to email@example.com. Please note that public comment at the meeting is limited to design consideration. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts, such as traffic, parking, noise, etc. may be sent to SDCI following notice of that review.
Hope Church & Youth Events – Click Here
VBS is coming July 24-28 – Register and see all of the details at: http://vbspro.events/p/4c92da