First Impressions by Mark Goodspeed, PE Teacher and Co-Athletic Director
Hello! I’m the new PE teacher at Hope this year and thought I would share more about my first impressions of serving at Hope. It’s been a busy fall season with teaching PE and helping manage five different sports teams but it’s been a lot of fun.
First off I would say that the kids at Hope are awesome! I’m a new teacher with new procedures and rules about how PE should work, and overall it has been a pretty smooth transition with the kids listening and following the new instructions well. The students are fun and polite and say thank you and please and will not groan or complain if I ask them to help pick up equipment or other tasks in class. They have also enthusiastically embraced block unit structure when it comes to how we develop sports in PE. Right now, we are in the middle of our first round of physical fitness testing for this year for all 3rd -8th grade students. The kids have done awesome so far and I am excited to see how they will finish it out. Next up will be our basketball unit that will carry us into Winter Break.
Secondly, it has been exciting to see so much parent involvement in the school and the student’s lives here at Hope. I am so encouraged by seeing so much parental engagement and support, which is such a big part of this thriving Christian school environment.
Lastly, I feel so fortunate to be able to work with such caring and dedicated teachers that have a heart for these kids, which goes beyond teaching. Praying for families, for kids who are hurting, and a desire to see them grow in the ways of the Lord as we teach is just a great environment to be around and I feel so blessed to be able to work here at Hope.
I look forward to many years here at Hope teaching PE and helping the kids grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Thank you!
Nov. 13-16: Food Drive Continues to Benefit Local Food Banks
Tues. 11/13: 6:30 PM All School Open House – For Current & Prospective Families
Wed. 11/14: 8:00 AM Donuts with Dad Event / 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 2
Fri. 11/16: Free Dress Day
Wed. 11/21: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 7 / Noon Dismiss / ESC Closes at 3:00 PM
Thur. & Fri. 11/22 & 11/23: No School & No ESC – Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 26, No School Tri 1 Grading Day / ESC – Sand Dollar Open
Wednesday, November 28 – School Pictures Retake Day – All Grades
The All School Open House Tonight, November 13th at 6:30. Enter through the Commons doors. The majority of new families that enroll at Hope have been referred by YOU, our awesome families! Thank you so much and keep up the great work. Invite friends, neighbors or families that are interested in learning more about a private school option. Through our Hope Referral Program, Hope offers $250 credit toward tuition to families who refer a new family that enroll.
Donuts with Dad! – Tomorrow – Wednesday, November 14 at 8:00 AM
Calling all Dads, grandfathers, uncles or that special guest! 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 a.m. However, you are welcome to mingle and then join the Hope students at chapel starting at 8:40 am led by our 2nd grade classroom.
School Clubs at Hope – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
Need PIP Hours?
Need one volunteer to assist with picture retake day on Wed., November 28 between 9:00 and 11:00 AM. Please call the school office to volunteer at 206-935-8500.
Hope Church & School Food Drive Continues
Join in this joint effort to stock Hope’s food closet, along with our two local food banks!
You can help by bringing in the following canned and boxed items through November 16: applesauce cups, fruit cups, raisins, dried fruits, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter-individual cups or small jars, jam, ready to eat canned meals: ravioli, spaghetti’s, stew, soups, chili, canned or pouches: tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon, beef, ham, vienna sausage, snacks – granola or protein bars, fruit snacks, individual servings of crackers, breakfast items individual packets- BelVita, cereal, oatmeal, spaghetti sauce, cup of noodles, top ramen, mac & cheese. Bins will be outside each classroom.
Items with pull-tops are preferred since many people don’t have can openers. Please note: we cannot accept any opened/used/expired products.
PTH Facebook Invite
The PTH is excited to invite you to join their Facebook group. This is a closed group created for current parents and guardians and will serve as another communication outlet for our families. It will be a place to post school-specific events and other reminders, as well as volunteer opportunities (did someone say “PIP”?!). All posts and invites are monitored by the PTH. To join this group, search for Parents & Teachers of Hope Lutheran School.
To see all the great things happening around our school, don’t forget to follow Hope Lutheran Church & School on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hopeseattle/
Lost & Found Items
Parents please note that we have a bin for lost & found items in our school lobby. A parent volunteer took home 3 bags full of clothing and misc. items. Please check out the above PTH Facebook page to claim your lost item. Unclaimed items will be donated.
Chinook Book Fundraiser Results
Thank you Hope families for supporting our school and PTH programs with the sale of the Chinook Book! We sold 88 books, 22 app cards, 31 online app subscriptions and received two generous donations! Our half of sales raised $3200.00! Amazing! Thank you.
West Seattle Junction Parking Request
Hope is fortunate to have the free 3-hour Junction Parking lot so close to our community for people to use. The Junction is asking for people to consider donating a few dollars at the new red boxes in the parking lot when you park to help Junction merchants continue to fund free community parking. #wspark #westseattlejunction.
Church News & Activities – Click Here
Thanksgiving Eve Church Service at Hope Wednesday, November 21st at 7:00 P.M.
Plan to join us in worship to give thanks for His goodness with traditional and contemporary music along with a special children’s message.