13 Days of Thanksgiving: Preschool Style by Mairi Seraile, Preschool Orcas Teacher
As I entered this school year with some trepidation, once school began I realized God had given me a huge gift in my preschool class, who are truly a blessing to me and to our Hope family. These students have helped me find ways of being thankful this season. During this uncertain time there is one who remains true: Jesus. We praise God for this little “Orca Pod” of love and light. In no order or priority, read this with the “12 Days of Christmas” song in your head….
On the first day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me… a sweet girl named Ellie (she is so helpful! She always cares about setting up our classroom for others).
On the second day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me… a kind boy named Oliver (he has an imagination that inspires me and the entire class to think outside the box).
On the third day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me…a loving girl named Nova (she has such a loving spirit and it spreads all over the classroom).
On the fourth day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me…a dancing queen named Violette (I have met my true dancing partner in preschool! Such joy!).
On the fifth day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me…..my assistant Ms. Wingate (she deserves the “five golden rings” – she is a true teacher at heart and a special part of our preschool team – she is a blessing to all of us)!
On the sixth day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me … a super helper named Mitch (he is so helpful to everyone in our classroom – we often call on him as an example of this).
On the seventh day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me…a thoughtful girl named Emily (she adds a lot of heart felt thoughts and joy to our circle time topics).
On the eighth day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me…a superhero named Chase (he reminds me to be a superhero and we share favorites in Jesus and Flash).
On the ninth day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me…a gentle heart named Nicky (he comes right in and helps us keep everyone safe with our “germ buster machine”).
On the tenth day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me…a good friend named Olivia (she is a leader in friendships and it is truly inspiring).
On the eleventh day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me…a smart friend named Stella (she is so connected with our circle time topics and she loves to learn and share what she knows.)
On the twelfth day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me…a new friend named Mackenzie (Welcome! You added just the right amount of love to our class and we appreciate you jumping right in to our Orca family).
On the thirteenth day of Thanksgiving our Good Lord gave to me… a fruitful friend named Carmella (she loves to point out when others are sharing Fruits of the Spirit).
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24
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Wed. 11/25: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Mrs. Okabayashi / 11:45 AM & 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
Wed. 12/2: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Mrs. Mueller
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 tomorrow, Wednesday, 11/25; both programs will be open before school.
We will be closed Thursday & Friday 11/26 & 11/27 in observance of Thanksgiving.
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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. Report cards for virtual students will be mailed. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions.
Hope Kindergarten Information Night – December 1, 2020 @ 6 pm via Zoom
Kindergarten is a big milestone for your child, and there are many educational options to choose from. We want to help you with that decision by giving you information regarding kindergarten readiness and what to expect that first year. Join us December 1 to learn more about how ready your child is for kindergarten and what kindergarten looks like at Hope School. To attend this virtual event, please register using this link: https://forms.gle/mmRdnsvH3rhjt5A86. The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to participants the day of the event. Questions? Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email email@example.com for more information.
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.
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Drive-through Food Drive – December 12 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
My name is Atticus and I am an 8th grader here at Hope. I am organizing a COVID-safe, drive-through food drive to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank during the holiday season. Please drop off unexpired cans and packages of food. Cash and check donations for the food bank will also be accepted. Thank you for your support for people in our community during these times.
Where: Hope Lutheran Lowers (parking lot off Oregon Street)
When: December 12 from 10 AM to 3 PM
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!
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.
Seattle Lutheran Drama Performance – December 4 & 6
This fall, Seattle Lutheran Drama is proud to present a rare holiday-themed
performance! It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry is an adaptation of the classic film interpreted as a 1940’s-style radio drama. Clarence, an Angel 2nd Class, is given the daunting task of teaching George Bailey about all the good he has put into the world in order to prevent George from taking his own life. George sees his hometown and the changes that would have occurred if he had never been born. Our talented actors will each perform from their homes, assisted by live practical sound effects. Filled with all your favorite characters and lines, this heart-felt Christmas classic is sure to please!
Streaming two days only! Friday, December 4th and Sunday, December 6th
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Thanksgiving Eve Online Church Service Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00 P.M.