Kindergarten with Confidence! By Jennifer Neafcy, Kindergarten Teacher
Throughout my teaching ministry, I have taught almost every grade from preschool thru 8th grade. While I have enjoyed working with children of all ages, Kindergarten has become one of the grade levels that I have enjoyed the most. What a joy it is to work with these young children and watch them blossom and grow throughout the year. In the short time that I have spent with this year’s class, I have already witnessed these children become more confident and independent in their learning. They are eager to learn new things and to apply this learning to their daily lives.
Before each school year, I think about what I want the children in my class to experience and to learn during the year. First and foremost, I want all of my students to leave my classroom knowing the love and forgiveness of Jesus. I also want all of my students to have as many opportunities as possible for active learning. In our Kindergarten class, we are able to make this happen across the subject areas. During our literacy block, the class is moving through centers and completing activities that enable them to build words, strengthen their writing, and to think critically about stories they have read. In math, we use hands-on activities to teach number concepts. Our science curriculum provides the children opportunities to learn about their world using all of their senses. When learning about trees, we are outside gathering data. When learning about animals, we observe those animals in our classroom and learn more about how God created them.
Young children are active and have lots of energy! How wonderful it is that they can use that energy to be engaged in their learning. I am looking forward to watching how much this class learns and achieves this year!
To learn more about the kindergarten program, join us for our kindergarten information night on October 23rd at 6:30 PM.
Wed. 10/17: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 8
Fri. 10/19: Free Dress Day / Deadline For Chinook Book Orders
Tues. 10/23: 6:30 PM Kindergarten Night
Wed. 10/24: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 3
Standardized Testing October 29 – November 9 for Grades 1-8
Scholastic Book Fair October 26 – November 2
Hope Promotional Video Shoot October 17-19
Compass Creative Co, a promotion video company, will be on campus October 17-19 shooting footage of the school, students, classrooms and extracurricular activities to create a promotional video. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sally Heit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergarten Information Night – Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.
Is my child ready for kindergarten? We invite you to attend our Kindergarten Information Night which will provide information regarding kindergarten readiness from our Preschool Director Mrs. Figgins, and what to look for in a kindergarten program from our highly experienced teacher, Mrs. Neafcy. Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email email@example.com for more information.
Hope School Open House Postcards
Word of mouth is still the best way to communicate to friends and family how happy you and your student(s) are with your school. In your yellow envelope you have a postcard detailing the three Hope School open houses. Share them with your community, invite them to take a tour of the campus or visit for a half day. Or, share them at a local business. Help us grow our Hope community!
Chinook Book Fundraiser Extended to Friday – Oct. 19
We are still accepting orders and they will be available for pickup on Monday from the school office or sent home next Tuesday with your oldest student. Email Mrs. Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not want your Chinook book sent home with your child. Please note that there may be coupons that are inappropriate and not in line with our school mission. We are thankful for your support as our school keeps 50% of all sales. Make checks payable to Hope Lutheran School. Questions? Contact Heather Leaman at email@example.com or call 206-419-2158.
Scholastic Book Fair Coming Oct. 26 to Nov. 2
We need your help to promote literacy and earn free books for our school and classrooms. You can be a part of our Book Fair in many ways. Come and purchase books for kids, grandkids or yourself. The fair will be open after school starting Friday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Nov. 2 (open during our parent/teacher conferences). Check signupgenius soon for days and hours to volunteer.
School Clubs at Hope – Click Here
Fall classes are underway!
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
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The Admissions department needs your help as soon as possible in posting Open House posters and postcards at local West Seattle businesses, libraries, and community centers. If you own a business and would like to put up a poster, please contact Sally Heit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-935-8500.
First Communion Class – Begins Sunday, October 28, At 9:30 A.M.
Children in 5th grade and older are invited to learn the basic teachings of our Lutheran Christian belief about the Lord’s Supper. One or both parents (or a close relative) are expected to join their children in the class. Beginning Sunday, October 28, this class will meet for four weeks at 9:30 a.m. in Room 212, on the 2nd floor of the school. Pre-register by contacting Deacon Dan Jackson at email@example.com. You may also contact the church office at 206-937-9330. If you have questions or wonder if your child is ready for this class, please contact Deacon Dan. First Communion for the children who attended these classes will be on Sunday, December 2, at the 10:30 service.
Hope School Savings Day News: Thank you to those who have recently opened Young Investor accounts with the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF). As of October 1, 2018, the state of Washington has made it prohibitive for LCEF and other church extension funds to allow any new investors. All current investments, including those who started investing in September 2018, are still in place and will continue to earn interest. Until further notice, Hope School Savings Day is cancelled. We apologize for this short notice change. For more information, a copy of the letter that was sent to churches from LCEF is available in the school office.
Open House for Seattle Lutheran High School – Thurs., Oct. 25, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Seattle Lutheran High School has a unique and successful approach to education. Join us for our Open House to discover what makes us uniquely better. It will feature a tour of the facility, as well as interaction with Seattle Lutheran’s faculty and administration. We are located at 4100 SW Genesee Street, Seattle, WA 98116. For more information contact Rachel Bigliardi at 206-937-7722 or visit our website at www.seattlelutheran.org
Student visitations for prospective students are on Tuesdays from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. Sign up for a campus visit at www.SeattleLutheran.org. Lunch will be provided for all visiting students.