Creating Community by Sally Heit, Admissions Director
The word community has been on my mind these past few weeks; primarily, I’ve thinking about how belonging to a community, whether it is in a group, city, neighborhood, church or school, gives you a feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself. Life-long friendships are made, traditions are created, births and deaths are celebrated and honored, legacies are carried on, and lives are enriched when we are part of a larger community.
Like many of us, I spent this past Saturday running errands. It seemed that everywhere I went, I ran into someone I knew from a different community that I was a part of: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), the YMCA, Dream Dinners, Hope, and Seattle Lutheran High School. Although it is very tiresome to my kids who have to wait for me while I chat and get caught up with these friends, what I find so intriguing is that these communities of people are so intertwined with each other, like interlocking circles. It is fascinating to see how our paths cross with each other at different times in our lives.
Hope and Seattle Lutheran High School are great examples of shared community. At the Seattle Lutheran High School auction on Saturday night, two older women from different families spoke to me about how their kids, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren in one case had attended Hope and Seattle Lutheran Schools, and how important these two communities were to their families. Multiple generations attend the schools and have even become teachers or staff at the schools! At Hope, that has happened as well with current preschool teacher Mairi Seraile and second grade teacher Nancy Tagge graduating from Hope and then returning to serve here as teachers.
When parents look for the “right fit” in a school for their student, often times they are not only looking for academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and faith, but also a place where they will belong and make those life-long connections. On November 13 we’ll welcome new families to our All School Open House. Invite families you know to join us in showing what it looks like to belong to our incredible community at Hope, which has been going strong for almost 60 years!
Nov. 5-9: Standardized Testing Continues / Collection of Candy for Troops Continues
Nov. 6-16: Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Banks
Wed. 11/7: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Mr. Kopecky
Mon. 11/12: No School & No ESC – Veterans Day Observed
Tues. 11/13: 6:30 PM All School Open House – For Prospective Families
Wed. 11/14: 8:00 AM Donuts with Dad Event / 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 2
Wednesday, November 21 Noon Dismiss – End of Trimester 1 – ESC Closing at 3:00 PM
Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23 No School No ESC – Thanksgiving Break
Hope School Handbooks are coming home today in each family’s oldest child’s communication envelope. Please take time to review current policies together and be sure you are familiar with them. The most questions from students and parents are typically regarding drop off and pick up procedures and uniform/dress code so be sure to spend time reviewing these especially. Please return the signature page ASAP and let your child’s teacher or the school office know if you have any questions.
Sharing Extra Halloween Candy – Drive Continues
Have more Halloween candy than you don’t need around the house? Why not share your extra sweets with troops serving in our military? PTH will be collecting extra Halloween candy through November 9. Drop off in one of our three bins at school. Thank you!
Chinook Book Fundraiser Results
Thank you Hope families for supporting our school and PTH programs with the sale of the Chinook Book! We sold 88 books, 22 app cards, 31 online app subscriptions and received two generous donations! Our half of sales raised $3200.00! Amazing! Thank you.
The All School Open House is Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30. Enter through the Commons doors. The majority of new families that enroll at Hope have been referred by YOU, our awesome families! Thank you so much and keep up the great work. Invite friends, neighbors or families that are interested in learning more about a private school option. Through our Hope Referral Program, Hope offers $250 credit toward tuition to families who refer a new family that enroll.
Donuts with Dad! – Wednesday, November 14 at 8:00 AM
Calling all Dads, grandfathers, uncles or that special guest! Start your day with delicious donuts and put a smile on your child’s face. PTH will serve donuts, coffee, juice, and milk in the Commons. We will gather in the church commons at 8:00 am. Students must be in class by 8:30 a.m. However, you are welcome to mingle and then join the Hope students at chapel starting at 8:40 am led by our 2nd grade classroom.
School Clubs – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
Need PIP Hours?
Can you make coffee? Sally Heit, Admissions Director, needs a parent volunteer to help make coffee and organize a desert tray for the Open House, November 13. Deserts and coffee provided. Arrival time would be 5:45 pm until about 7:30 pm. Email Sally if you can help at email@example.com. PIP hours apply!
Hope Church & School Food Drive – November 6 – 16
Join in this joint effort to stock Hope’s food closet, along with our two local food banks! You can help by bringing in the following canned and boxed items: applesauce cups, fruit cups, raisins, dried fruits, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter-individual cups or small jars, jam, ready to eat canned meals: ravioli, spaghetti’s, stew, soups, chili, canned or pouches: tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon, beef, ham, vienna sausage, snacks – granola or protein bars, fruit snacks, individual servings of crackers, breakfast items individual packets- BelVita, cereal, oatmeal
spaghetti sauce, cup of noodles, top ramen, mac & cheese. Bins will be outside each classroom.
Items with pull-tops are preferred since many people don’t have can openers. Please note: we cannot accept any opened/used/expired products.
Fall Campus Cleanup Saturday, November 10th, from 8:00am to 12pm
Hope is SO blessed to have many volunteers who maintain our landscaping throughout the year. Once a year, we supplement this with a fast clean up to prepare the campus for winter (prune back bushes and hedges, light tree trimming, clearing beds, and raking leaves. Come for any amount of time to help and work alongside others to care for this campus that God has given us. Coffee and sandwiches will be provided. It will be fun and a great way to meet others and make a big difference in little time. Meet in front of the school at 8:00am (or whenever you can come). Signup in the Church Commons or here! School PIP hours will apply.
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Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars
If you’re an eligible Thrivent Financial member and have Choice Dollars® available to direct, please keep Hope Lutheran Church & School in mind. For more info or to direct Choice Dollars, call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice.” Or click here: http://bit.ly/XJrPZN. Thank you in advance for supporting Hope Lutheran Church and School!
Seattle Lutheran Christmas Greens Sale
Help support Seattle Lutheran High School students and teachers by purchasing Christmas Greens. The deadline to order is Monday, November 12th. You can pick up your order on Tuesday, November 20 from 3-7pm and Wednesday, November 21 from 1-4pm. Please contact Melissa Bailey-Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Visit our website at www.seattlelutheran.org to purchase online.