Fall Sports by Brett Kapels, Athletic Director and 6th grade homeroom
“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.” –Mike Krzyzewski
Five years ago I remember making the comment to someone, “In five years, Hope Lutheran is going to be the best school in West Seattle.” I am not sure what criteria there is to make that judgment but I truly feel blessed to be a part of the family atmosphere that has been established here. When hearing other schools in our league talking about struggling with enrollment and being able to field teams, Hope tends to be on the other side where our teams are almost to the point we could field two teams. The relationships that are formed in being part of a team make it more desirable to play sports. Just like anything else, our teams start with the great leadership our coaches bring. If you have a chance, please thank these amazing coaches for their time and efforts this fall:
Volleyball: Jen Rice and Sally Heit
Cross Country: Sharman McAllister and Cara Marion
Flag Football: Larry Marion
Have you heard of Hope Lutheran Athletics? There is some serious talent in this school, and it is displayed on a regular basis. This fall our Volleyball team capped off their season with great showings in the League and Peace Tournaments. As the season progressed, they became more familiar with one another and the level of play was raised. They ended up winning their pool in the League tournament. Our Flag Football team had a great year, going 6-1. Once again it came down to a nail biter between us and Parkland Lutheran for the championship. It was a hard fought game that came down to the final drive, but we are proud of our boys. Cross Country continued their hot streak from last year as Hope was able to recapture the league championship and come home with the banner. You can find that banner hanging in our hallway for its third straight year!
As we move forward into the next sports season we reflect back on the ups and downs and in everything we did, we learn from it to make ourselves better for the seasons to come. If you did not have a chance to catch an event, please take the time this season. Hope is blessed to have great students, who also happen to be blessed as athletes too.
Calendar of Events
Today 11/18: 6:30 PM All School Open House for Prospective Families / Quarter 1 Report Cards Sent Home
Wed. 11/19: 8:40 AM Chapel – Led by Patra Mueller – Families Welcome to Attend
Fri. 11/21: Deadline for Food Drive / Free Dress Day
Tues. 11/25: Deadline for Believe Fundraiser
Wed. 11/26: Noon Dismissal / ESC Closes at 3:00 PM
Thurs. 11/27 & 11/28: No School & ESC Closed – Thanksgiving Break
1st Quarter Report Cards
Your student’s 1st quarter report card is included in your Tuesday communication packet today! Please sign the outside of the envelope, keep your copy of the report card, and then return the envelope to your homeroom teacher. This process will be repeated every quarter. Please review your child’s report card and contact your teacher with any questions.
Extended School Care & Sand Dollar Club
Please note that our Extended School Care and Sand Dollar Club will be closing at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, 11/26 however both programs will be open before school.
We will be closed Thursday & Friday 11/27 & 11/28 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Parent Involvement Program (PIP) Statements
Your 1st quarter PIP statements are being sent home today. Any hours submitted from June 1st to November 14th will be recorded on your statement.
PIP Program Guidelines can be found in your handbook and are as follows:
Each family with children in grades K through 8 is required to contribute (30) thirty volunteer hours per year (per family, not per child). Single parent families are required to contribute (15) fifteen hours per year. The program year runs from June 1st through May 31st of each year. Hours must be worked before May 31st to be credited toward the current school year and hours worked after June 1st will be credited to the following school year. Submit your PIP hours online or pick up a hard copy form through the school office. Online forms can be found at www.hopeseattle.org under “Parents” link, and then select “PIP Form”. Please contact the school office with any questions.
Holiday Pie Sales – Last Week Before Thanksgiving!! Extended Pick-up Times! What would the holidays be without some delicious pie?! The PTH is proudly offering 10 varieties to choose from to make your holiday feast complete. Please check your student’s envelope for order forms or you may order online here. All orders must be received and paid for by Friday November 21st and may be picked up on Tuesday, November 25th 2-6 p.m. or Wednesday, November 26th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have questions or would like to volunteer for PIP for this event? Please contact Sonjia Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-310-6103 or Beth Grotelueschen at email@example.com or 206-852-6846.
Lil Saints Basketball Camp
There is still space in the Lil Saints Basketball Camp. All 3rd-6th graders are welcome to attend. Take advantage of the opportunity for all talent levels to come and participate! Please look for information in your Tuesday Newsletter or on the Seattle Lutheran High School’s website under the basketball section. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Kapels at Bkapels@hopeseattle.org.
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
Lunch Recess Help Still Needed!
Volunteers needed at our Pacific Science Center Van – Thursday, Jan. 15
Hope Church Gift & Goodies Sale, Sunday, November 23rd
Along with Talent Coupons, we will be selling new and gently used items; used books for all ages; baked goods; quilts (a favorite!); and items made by our talented church members. So, come do some early Christmas shopping or pick up some gift & goodies for yourself! Open 7:30 am to 12:30 pm in the church fellowship hall.