Preschool Update by Christina Figgins, Preschool Teacher and Director
What’s happening in the Sea Star Class this year? Just like each year, we started off by getting to know each other, learning the rules and routine, and figuring out how to get along with others. And oh yes, this year we wear masks and social distance…in preschool! But, you’d be amazed how well these kiddos do with all this. They put on their own masks, they change them when they get wet, they use their “Eagle arms” to keep their distance in line, they wash their hands A LOT,” they use sanitizer…and of course they remind me of all these important protocols when I forget. They are rule followers in the best way!
Besides all that, we have been business as usual. Our current theme is Fire Safety. We have a fire station set up with fire hoses, phones to dial 911, and many many fire trucks. The imaginative play is wonderful, except for possibly the recurring siren sound effects. Out of all the fire safety tools we’ve learned, the favorite is “stop, drop and roll.” We practice this often, even when lining up to go outside. Always best to be safe!
One last very special thing that is happening in the Sea Star class is that we are becoming a family. As I observed the kids eating snack (and this is a special social time) I noticed the sweet bond that is forming. We have inside jokes, “Hey, my mom said, you better clean up your mixer truck!” And we all roar! The kids have invited me over to their house to play, once the germs are all gone from our world. And, when we pray, we all close our eyes and talk about how special it is to talk to God. The kids love to remind me how they were able to keep their eyes closed during the whole prayer, just like Mrs. Mueller taught us at chapel.
Yes, we have all taken some twists and turns this year; in the Sea Star classroom, we are right on track!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 11/18: 8:40 AM Online Chapel Led by Mr. Kopecky
Fri. 11/20: 9:00 – 11:00 AM School Picture Retake Day
Wed. 11/25: Noon Dismiss for Thanksgiving Break / ESC & Sand Dollar Club Closes at 3:00 PM for Thanksgiving Break / Last day of Trimester 1
Thur. & Fri. 11/26 & 11/27: No School / No ESC – Thanksgiving Break
Mon. 11/30: No School – Grading Day / ESC & Sand Dollar Club Open
Extended School Care & Sand Dollar Club Closures
Please note that our Extended School Care and Sand Dollar Club will be closing at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, 11/25; both programs will be open before school.
We will be closed Thursday & Friday 11/26 & 11/27 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Hope All School Virtual Open House – Tonight November 17, 2020 @ 6 pm
It is a fact that the majority of new families that seek out Hope School do so because a friend referred them or encouraged them to check us out. You, our families, are our biggest cheerleaders, and we thank you! We will be hosting a virtual all school open house November 17th and need your help to spread the word far and wide. Invite your friends and family members to log on and see what Hope School is all about. Register to attend the event.
School Pictures Retake Day Nov. 20
Please note that our retake day is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Students who were absent will have pictures taken this day. If you feel you need a retake, bring your first picture packet in on picture retake day to return to photographer. Virtual students and Hybrid group A students that missed getting their picture taken or feel they want a retake will need to come in during this time as well. Please call the school office with any questions.
You can order on www.my.lifetouch.com and enter your Picture Day ID EVTZPBSJV
End of Trimester 1 Grading Day – No School Monday, Nov. 30
School will be closed on Monday, Nov. 30 as teachers finish grading and prepare reports cards. Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Please sign the envelope to acknowledge receipt of report card and return to your students’ homeroom teacher. Hybrid T/F groups and Virtual students report cards will be mailed. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions.
Hope Job Openings
Hope School is looking for subs for the current school year. If you enjoy working with children and ideally have teaching/coaching experience, we would love to talk with you! Please fill out the Hope job application here http://hls.hopeseattle.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/APPLICATION-FOR-EMPLOYMENT-0915.pdf
and submit to Hope Principal Kristen Okabayashi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities – Click Here
Human Care Ministry Giving Tree 2020
As you know, our Giving Tree looks very different this year. We have had to change many things about the way we are helping kids this year. We are looking for people to come and help us process our gifts. Please click on the signupgenius here:
Review the available time slots to see if you can help us out! If you see a time that works for you – click on the button to sign up. The location will be in Renton and the address will be given once you are a confirmed member of the church or school. We will be following the current CDC guidelines regarding health protocols and screening. Please call the church office at 206-937-9330 if you have any questions. Thank you!
Ways to Support Hope School:
Shop with Scrip this Holiday Season and Fundraise for Hope
Do you have a difficult-to-buy for person on your Christmas list? Looking for stocking stuffers? Or would like to participate in the Hope Church Giving Tree, but don’t know what to get? Want to treat a teacher? We have Scrip for that! Scrip are gift cards that you purchase at full value that Hope Lutheran School purchases at a discount. Hope keeps the difference to help fund school extras.
There are many ways to order:
- Shopwithscrip.com (Enrollment code: 1C27LC3812L43)
- RaiseRight App (Enrollment code: 1C27LC3812L43)
- Paper order from (available at Hope’s website under Parents, then Scrip)
NEW! If you order physical cards online or through the app, your order may qualify for shipment directly to your home. Even if your order of physical cards doesn’t qualify, orders for Christmas will be placed on 12/10 in time for Christmas Break if we don’t already have that card in stock. Contact Scrip Coordinator Sonjia Barker at email@example.com with questions or special requests.
Hope Lutheran Church & School will receive a portion of the purchase price when you shop at www.smile.amazon.com at no cost to you. It’s a simple and automatic way for you to support Hope Lutheran Church & School and you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com. To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device, then select Hope Lutheran Church & School – West Seattle when prompted. Hope Church & School operate under a combined budget; Smile dollars received will be recorded in a joint line item in the operating budget. Thank you for your support!
Church News & Activities – Click Here
Thanksgiving Eve Online Church Service Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00 P.M.