Hope to Home Learning: Middle School Message by Emily Tanis-Likkel, middle school health and electives teacher
I teach middle school health classes at Hope Lutheran School, and after we transitioned to online learning I quickly discovered that the students were too overwhelmed at first to learn from the regular health curriculum. I needed to find some very simple and practical ways they could integrate healthy living into staying at home. I also wanted to find a way for them to connect to each other. So I began a photo sharing assignment, where they would share a photo on the theme of the week to our virtual class discussion, then comment encouragingly to at least three of their classmates. The first week the theme was healthy snacks. It was really fun to see the wide array of smoothies, fruits and veggies. The next week was called Pictures of Calm. Their assignment was to take a photo of something that made them feel at peace, title it, and share it with the class. As they shared their pictures of calm: trees and flowers, sky and animals, and as they built up one another, with comments of validation, positivity and hope, it became a passing of the peace. I took in each photo, breathed them in, these pictures that calmed my students, they calmed me too.
Behind our closed doors we shared peace with one another, just as behind our closed doors, Jesus comes in and breathes on us and in us, giving us peace and calm and the power to forgive. John 20:19-21 says, “Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
We can share peace with one another because our closed doors, our masks and gloves, they do not keep out Jesus.
May 5-8: Teacher Appreciation Week Continues
May 22 & 25: Memorial Weekend – No School
Teacher Appreciation Week Schedule
May 5 – Write a personal note to say Thank You for all your teacher is doing or maybe write about a special memory you have of them. You can also make a video of yourself and your message! Or, make your own card or print out this card and write your message. taw-2020-ty-card Email it, post it to Schoology, or mail it to the school (4456 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116) and we’ll make sure they get it.
May 6: Decorate a door or window. Here is one idea, #AWorldofHearts. PTH would decorate the teacher’s doors at school; now you can decorate your own door at home or a window. Maybe you create a message or picture on your door, something your teacher would like. Decorating a window would allow your neighbors to see your appreciation for your teacher, too.
You may also drop off a special homemade treat (stay safe at home by not going to the store) and drop off the treat in a clear plastic bag at the front of the school in the bin. Don’t forget to ring the bell so we can take it inside. All treats will be evenly distributed among the staff.
May 7: Thank you Parade! This is optional for both families and teachers! This is going to be a very special day for students and teachers. We’re going to say Thank You to our teachers from OUR OWN CARS! Students and parents will drive down Genesee Street, turn right or left onto 41st Avenue and enter the Lowers through what is normally the Exit to avoid traffic build up on Oregon St. You will then drive VERY slowly through the lowers where the teachers will be lined up and practicing social distancing so you can wave and say hello and thank you! Exit the lowers onto Oregon Street, and if you can take a right instead of a left to keep traffic going.
See Parade route graphic and important rules here https://hls.hopeseattle.org/teacher-appreciation-week-may-4-7th/ .
Tuition Materials for Fall 2020-2021
Tuition materials were sent home last week to those families that have registered, including financial assistance letters. (If you applied for tuition assistance between March 31 and April 30, we are revising contracts now and will include your financial assistance letter.) Please contact the school office if you have registered but have not received your materials. We are still accepting applications for tuition assistance through May 15 as we realize that this is a tough time financially and emotionally for families. Your family’s well-being and continued involvement in the Hope School community is important to us, so please reach out with any questions or concerns to Admissions Director, Sally Heit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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