East Coast Trip 2019 by Kristen Okabayashi
The Capitol, the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the show “Aladdin” on Broadway in NYC were all places we visited on our East Coast Trip May 10-17 with the 7th and 8th grade classes. The trip was just incredible, full of historical learning opportunities and wonderful events.
The trip is very fast-paced, designed for middle-schoolers, not us middle-aged teachers and parents who tagged along! But despite that, we all kept up well and enjoyed the overview of Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City. With 56 people on the trip, probably each one of us could describe different favorite memories of the events and activities. A favorite of many of us, which is difficult to describe well, was a family style dinner in Little Italy at a restaurant called “Puglia”, pronounced “Poo-lee-uh”. The dinner in itself was delicious, but what was more fun was the entertaining musical duo who sang to us and somehow got us all standing on our chairs waving napkins around and dancing. I particularly enjoyed the nighttime visits to the Washington DC Memorials and the visit to Arlington National Cemetery, which are all so moving.
On this trip, I also particularly noticed how the students seemed to mature before our eyes, over the course of eight days. At the beginning of the trip, it seemed that we had a lot of “lost” items such as name tags, wallets, etc. The students had a difficult time keeping track of all their belongings, and it seemed that they were having difficulty adjusting to the schedule of the trip. For example, on our second night, we walked through the pouring rain to our restaurant for dinner, for what felt like miles and miles. Many of us including me felt a little grouchy and annoyed. By the end of the trip, I think we would have all handled these difficulties much better as we became very resilient and able to “go with the flow”! Key phrases we learned were “stay on the right”, “two by two”, “MY ladies and gentlemen”, and who can forget the George Washington Bridge song! It was a lively and memorable trip with a great group of students and parents.
Tues. 5/28: 6:30 PM Arts Walk Meeting
Wed. 5/29: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 5
Sat. 6/1: 6:30 PM Arts Walk Benefit at Seattle Lutheran High School Gym
Tues. 6/4: 6:30 PM East Coast Trip Meeting for 5/6 Graders
Wed. 6/5: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Peter
Fri. 6/7: Free Dress Day
Tuesday, June 11 at 10:00 AM is our Preschool graduation (Sea Turtles and Orcas).
Wednesday, June 12 at 1:45 PM is our kindergarten graduation.
Thursday, June 13 is our last day of school with our closing chapel at 8:40 AM with a 10:00 AM dismissal.
Arts Walk Benefit – Saturday June 1 @ 6:30 PM
Arts Walk is THIS Saturday, June 1st from 6:30 to 10:00 PM. Tickets are $25 per person and attire is business casual. Your children have worked so hard on their class projects and individual art pieces. They are truly amazing! We sincerely hope that you will come, support our school, and purchase your children’s art, bid on beautiful class projects and art donated graciously by Hope parents, faculty, alumni and friends of Hope.
To purchase tickets and participate, please click the link below (you will be asked to make an account) or drop a check in the office for $25.00 per ticket, payable to Hope Lutheran School.
We appreciate your support!
Hope School Graduations
Congratulations to our 8th grade class on their upcoming graduation on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 PM. We would also like to congratulate our kindergarten class and our preschool 4’s classes. Our preschool 4 classes will be held on Tuesday, June 11th at 10:00 am. Kindergarten class will be on Wednesday, June 12th at 1:45 pm. All are welcome to join in the celebration as these young people reach a milestone in their life. These events will be held in the church sanctuary.
East Coast Trip Kickoff Meeting – June 4 @ 6:30 PM
This kickoff meeting is for our current 5th and 6th grade students and their parents to plan our 2020-2021 East Coast trip. Come learn about the trip and the many financial assistance and fundraising tools available. Tuesday, June 4th at 6:30 PM in the church Sanctuary (enter through commons).
Library Books due June 1
All books should be returned by June 1st. If you received a notice but believe a book has been returned, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (note corrected email). Fines will be assessed for missing books billed at $15.00 each.
PTH & PIP Opportunities – Click Here – Program Deadline Extended to June 1, 2019
School Clubs at Hope – Click Here
Lego Club class will meet one more time on Tuesday June 4th in the kindergarten classroom. This is for grades K-4 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Don’t forget to email your teacher to let them know of participation in Lego Club.
Tuition Materials Past Due for 2019-2020
Notices are coming home today as your 2019-2020 school year tuition materials are now past due. Please remember that the following items must be completed and returned to the school office ASAP; Tuition Invoice and Tuition Contract. SMART Tuition accounts need to be set up or re-enrolled as well. Please call the school office if you have any questions regarding these materials or instructions for SMART Tuition at (206) 935-8500.
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