Kindergarten Information Night by Sally Heit, Admissions Director
Tonight, the preschool, kindergarten staff and I look forward to welcoming new and current families to our Kindergarten Information Night. For many parents with preschoolers it feels like school just started, and now they need to begin contemplating kindergarten options and whether or not their little student will be ready for this big step in their academic journey. Speaking from experience, it is a bit overwhelming.
I remember what it was like when my oldest child Emily, who is now in seventh grade, was going to be entering kindergarten. With Emily being my first child, I didn’t know what to expect from her experience in preschool or how “ready” she was supposed to be for kindergarten. Attending the information night was a big help and set my mind at ease a bit. We heard from the preschool director who gave parents insight on skills they would be looking for from each student towards the end of the preschool 4s year, using their developmental checklist as a guideline. The kindergarten teacher discussed how she transitioned the preschool graduates to a full day of school, what to expect those first few months of intense learning, and the idea that being socially ready for kindergarten was just as important as being academically ready.
Thankfully, Emily transitioned well to kindergarten, as did my two younger boys, but I understand the concerns and questions that families have who are just beginning the search. Trying to find the right fit for your child, let alone saying goodbye to them on that first day of “big kid” school, is gut wrenching sometimes. But, as I kissed her on the cheek and watched her settle into her seat ready for her first day, I knew we had made the right decision and that she was ready, even if I did shed a tear or two.
Calendar of Events
Tues. 11/3: 6:30 PM Kindergarten Info Night / 7:00 PM Seattle Lutheran Open House
Wed. 11/4: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Peter
Thurs. 11/5: 6:30 PM Auction Meeting @ Sarah Nicol’s Home
Fri. 11/6: Free Dress Day
Mon. – Fri. 11/9 – 11/13: Food Drive Sponsored by Student Council
Tues. 11/10: 4:00 to 10:00 PM Dinner @ Mioposto – WA DC Fundraiser
Wed. 11/11: No School & ESC Closed for Veterans Day
Sports Events Calendar – Click Here
We have some amazing news to report to you all! From the money raised over the past two years through our Fun Run and a generous donor, we traded in one our old buses and purchased a new bus! It is a 2014 shuttle bus with very low mileage, painted blue and white, and fits 14 passengers with a large luggage compartment in the back. We are getting a back-up camera installed and our school name on the sides but it will be ready to drive shortly. Thank you SO much to all our families, friends, and our anonymous supporter for making this happen! The bus will be a blessing to our entire Hope community.
More Halloween Candy Than You Need?
Why not share your extra sweets with troops serving in our military? PTH is collecting extra Halloween candy until November 6th. Bring your candy to your child’s classroom and a prize will be given to the classroom that brings in the most donations (determined by weight per person).
Believe PTH Fundraiser – Starts TODAY!
Be sure to check your child’s yellow envelope today for the Believe catalog filled with fabulous gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season! With your help, PTH (Parents and Teachers of Hope) would like to raise $5,000 for programs and projects for the school. We are asking every family to participate and sell at least 10 items in order to hit our goal. The school receives 40% of every item sold! Thank you for your help & support.
How to Participate: Sell or purchase 10 or more items. Complete order form & collect money as you sell. Return orders to the school office by Monday, November 16th.
Make Checks Payable To: Hope Lutheran PTH
What You Get: Participants can win lots of prizes from the prize envelope and online. The student that sells the most items will also win a Beatspill portable stereo speaker with Bluetooth! Check out www.BelievePrizes.com and enter to win 100’s of awesome prizes. Contact Sandra Hines with any questions or if you would like assist with this fundraiser at Sandra@windermere.com.
Seattle Sounders Friday
This Friday, November 6, is a free dress day and in support of our Seattle Sounders who are competing in the playoffs, we invite our students to wear Sounders apparel and colors. Go Sounders!
School Pictures – Retake Day is Thursday November 19
Picture packets and student ID’s are coming home today with your Tuesday communication packets. If your student was absent on picture day you can still order at mylifetouch.com, LS115363Q1. If you are not satisfied with your photos, simply return your original package on picture retake day. Retakes will be taken on Thursday, November 19 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This will not be a free dress day. Please call the school office if you have any questions.
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Auction News & Opportunities – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
After School Club Volunteers needed
Open House help
Lil’ Saints Basketball Program Offered
Seattle Lutheran High School is pleased to offer the Lil’ Saints Basketball program for boys and girls in second through sixth grade. This program will center on skill and relationship building through the game of basketball. Registration forms are included in your Tuesday envelope or register online at www.seattlelutheran.org. Our high school athletes will work through different skills, drills and games with the campers. As part of the program, campers will receive a Lil’ Saints T-shirt, which they are encouraged to wear to Seattle Lutheran games. If you have any questions please email Coach Kapels at Bkapels@hopeseattle.org
SLHS Drama Nov 13 and Nov 15
This fall Seattle Lutheran High School Drama is proud to present four short comedies to tickle your funny bone. Trapped!, by Michael Green, shows us what happens when an Agatha Christie-style mystery play goes horribly awry due to bad acting and set malfunctions. 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview, by Ian McWethy, follows two unfortunate admissions officers who are trying to choose just one more student to accept from the wait list. Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit, by Jonathan Rand, is a hilarious parody of TV crime shows. Finally, 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, by Don Zolidis, provides us with important- and hilarious!- information about surviving a global zombie plague in one of the most popular short plays produced by high schools today.
Please join us for this fun-filled performance by our school’s talented student actors. Performances will be held Friday, November 13 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 15 at 2:30pm in the Menashe Gymnasium at Seattle Lutheran High School. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children 7-14, and children under 7 are free.
Family Math Game Night
The West Seattle Branch of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a special Family Math Game Night next Tuesday evening on November 10, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Math teacher Dan Finkel, of Math for Love, will help parents understand how to make their children’s learning process easier through playing a few math games. There will be a variety of math games, puzzles, and toys available, with volunteers helping to explain the rules and get everyone playing and having fun.