Thanksgiving Joy by Kristen Okabayashi
As much as I love Christmas, Thanksgiving is a close second to me for favorite holidays. I love it that it’s a holiday filled with family, friends, great food, board games, football, and celebrating what we are thankful for – how much better could it get? I am not a great cook or someone who really enjoys cooking that much, so one of the things I’m thankful for is a husband who loves to cook! But, I do enjoy baking, and I consider Thanksgiving food to fall into that category – it’s so comforting to roast that delicious turkey and stuffing, which is one of my specialties (good crusty bread and mushrooms are the key). Mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, yum! And then you rely on your guests to bring the harder menu items – the salads, sweet potato dishes, and desserts.
When I was growing up, my mom always had room for an “extra” at Thanksgiving time. Especially when I was in college and in my early 20s, I had always had a friend or two that was away from their family for Thanksgiving, and my mom would always welcome them warmly into our family. I try hard to recreate that, as this year we will host an eclectic group of family and friends and a couple of my oldest son’s “extras”. Somehow everyone all fits no matter how many we have over!
From our Hope family to you, may you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy and thanks; there is much to be thankful for.
2017 Fall Sports Write-up by Mr. Allen, Athletic Director
We just wrapped up a very exciting Fall sports season where we had students competing against their peers at other schools in cross country, volleyball, flag football, and (brand new to our league this year!!!) soccer. It truly takes a village of dedicated volunteers to make each of these teams successful, and I want to thank all of our coaches for their dedication to the students and helping them grow as athletes and as people. It was especially fun to watch the soccer team compete this year because it had such a wide variety of athletes playing, as it was open to 5th-8th grade boys and girls. We had numerous athletes on the team that had not had the ability to compete at Hope before, and it was amazing to watch them as athletes outside of the normal classroom environment. Here at Hope we pride ourselves with the numerous opportunities the students have to compete and this past fall was a wonderful example of this!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 11/22: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 1 / Noon Dismiss / ESC Closes at 3:00 PM / Thanksgiving Break / End 1st Trimester
Thurs. & Fri. 11/23 & 11/24: No School No ESC – Thanksgiving Break
Mon. 11/27: No School – Trimester 1 Grading Day / ESC “XTRA” Open
Wed. 11/29: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 3
Fri. 12/1: Free Dress Day
Wed. 12/6: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Kindergarten / 7:00 PM Grades 1-5 Christmas Concert
End of Trimester 1 – No School Monday, Nov. 27
School will be closed on Monday, Nov. 27 as teachers finish grading and prepare reports cards. Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Please sign the envelope to acknowledge receipt of report card and return to your students’ homeroom teacher. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher first if you have any questions.
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, 11/22 however both programs will be open before school.
We will be closed Thursday & Friday 11/23 & 11/24 in observance of Thanksgiving.
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Hope Food Drive Results
Student Council would like to thank everyone who contributed to the school and church canned food drive. Our 4th grade class was our winner but with the help of all grades we collected 807 items of canned food! The food was sorted and weighed this past Sunday by students and Sunday school attendees and will be divided between the Hope Food closet and local food banks. Thank you for your gift of food!
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/
Scrip Orders for Christmas – Due Dec. 8
Scrip order forms are being sent home today and are also available on our website here or from the school office. The last date to get your order in for Christmas scrip purchases is Friday, December 8! After that date we will only have what is available daily in the box. Now is a great time to order for your teachers, family and kids. We also have “Scrip Gift Certificates” that can be turned in to purchase scrip if you don’t know what that special person wants.Thanks for your continued support.
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Thanksgiving Eve Church Service at Hope this Wednesday, November 22nd 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.