Emergency Preparedness by Kristen Okabayashi
One of the most emotionally challenging parts of my job is emergency planning for the school. I feel that in order to really prepare for emergencies, I have to put myself in the mindset of actually picturing different types of emergencies that could occur here at Hope. While it is emotionally draining, it also helps me think of ways we can always improve our emergency planning.
Based on the recommendations from OSPI, Hope School practices different types of drills, typically one per month: fire, earthquake, earthquake and evacuation, shelter in place, full lockdown, and modified lockdown drills. At this point in the school year, we have practiced a fire drill and an earthquake/evacuation drill. Each staff person in the school (and church) has a list of these drill procedures so in the unlikely event of an actual emergency, staff and students will know what to do. During this week’s evacuation drill, we simulated situations where students were injured as we set up a first aid station, search and rescue, and a communications center.
Each classroom has a red emergency backpack filled with first aid supplies and other emergency items to be used for drill and any actual emergencies if needed. Emergency food bars and water are available in containers near the school lobby. We also have individual kits of items such as survival blankets and waterproof ponchos.
If needed, the school’s first evacuation point is our lowers playground; other potential evacuation sites could include the Eagles parking lot to the west, the Seattle Lutheran High School gym to the north, and if we needed to leave the area completely, we could go to the West Seattle Stadium or Hiawatha Park. We have not practiced leaving Hope campus for a drill and would let parents know if we did leave campus. In the case of an actual emergency, we would do our best to share evacuation information with parents. I hope and pray that we never have to actually use what we have practiced, but being prepared sets my mind at ease, and hopefully your minds as well.
Wed. 10/3: 8:40 AM Chapel / 7:00 PM PTH General Meeting
Fri. 10/5: Free Dress Day
Mon. 10/8: All Grade School Pictures – Classy Dress Day
Wed. 10/10: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 6 / Noon Dismiss
Thursday & Friday Oct. 11 & 12 No School – ESC Open – District Teachers Conference
Kindergarten Night 10/23 at 6:30 PM – For current preschool and prospective families
PTH General Meeting – Tomorrow Wed. Oct. 3 at 7 pm
Want to get involved at Hope? Join your Parents & Teachers of Hope (PTH) group! This first meeting will be about getting to know our parents and planning for the year. Come meet your PTH Board and learn about some of the exciting things planned for this school year, upcoming PIP opportunities, and more! We will brainstorm meeting topics, fundraising ideas and vote them into action. Get your Parent Involvement Program hours for attending!
School Pictures – All Grades – Monday, Oct. 8
Monday, October 8 will be picture day! We will offer students the choice to wear uniforms or “Classy Dress”. Please help your child select clothing they would like to wear for their picture, following the free dress day guidelines. Order forms can be found in your Tuesday envelopes today and should be brought in on picture day. Our picture ID number with Lifetouch is LS118053Q0. Simplify Picture Day by ordering online at mylifetouch.com. No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online. See more options available online and you can use a credit card or PayPal on their secure site.
Preschool 3s Wednesday – Friday only students will have picture day on Wed., November 28.
Chinook Book Fundraiser – Ends Oct. 15
Our important fundraiser for PTH (Parents and Teachers of Hope) Chinook Books continues. Return envelopes with payments to the school office no later than Monday, October 15th.
We are asking each family to raise $ 25 – $50 and our school keeps 50% of all sales!
Make checks payable to Hope Lutheran School. Questions? Contact Heather Leaman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-419-2158.”
School Clubs at Hope – Click Here
Fall classes are underway!
Do you want to be included in the school directory?
The office will be publishing a school directory for current parents. If you would like to be included in the directory, please log into your student’s K12Online account and make sure to fill out the form by October 2nd. Also please ensure we have up-to-date information on your family, address, phone numbers, contacts, etc.
School Forms to Complete – K12Online Site
You can locate forms and pay for school items such as milk, PE uniforms and athletic sports through our K12Online system Webstore.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
Earthquake Preparedness Free Events
Sunday, October 7, 2 – 5 pm, High Point Community Center & Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 – noon, Hiawatha Community Center. Events are identical.
Hear about response plans from Police, Fire, and Public Health. Learn how you can be better prepared personally, what steps you can take to mitigate your potential damage and learn skills to help you quickly respond to a disaster and meet your neighbors so that we work effectively together for recovery. Free and open to everyone! Register today to reserve a seat at https://bit.ly/2PcsqEQ Sign up for one. Host – West Seattle Hubs & West Seattle Be Prepared – http://westseattlebeprepared.org.
Screening of Like – Monday, October 15 @ 7:00 pm
On Monday, October 15, 2018, at 7:00 PM, Seattle Lutheran High School will have the first showing in the area of the screening LIKE a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives. Click here to watch the trailer. This free screening is open to the community for adults and students both!
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.