Teacher Training by Kristen Okabayashi
Hope Lutheran School is part of a larger Lutheran district, including about 35 schools in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho. The district office in Portland, Oregon, sets up teacher professional development opportunities each year for all schools at a conference, typically located in beautiful Seaside, Oregon. The topics and workshops change from year to year based on school interest and decisions of the planning committee.
This year’s conference was wonderful as usual. Teachers had the choice of attending various workshops on a variety of topics including reflective teaching practices, “flipping” classrooms, proficiency-based learning, and building classroom community, among many other workshops. Hope teachers had time to collaborate together and build community within our teaching staff during the drives to and from Seaside and the limited free time during the conference. And the sunny weather this year was an added bonus!
We are not a school that is content to teach “as we’ve always taught” and so it’s really important for us to continue to challenge ourselves as educators to do our best, so we can then help our students in turn do their best!
Tues. 10/23: 6:30 PM Kindergarten Night
Wed. 10/24: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 3
Fri. 10/26 – 11/2: Scholastic Book Fair
Mon. 10/29 – 11/9: Standardized Testing Grades 1-8
Wed. 10/31: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 5 / 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences – No Middle School
Thurs. & Fri. 11/1 & 11/2: No School Parent-Teacher Conferences / ESC “XTRA” Open
11/1 to 11/2 – Parent-Teacher Conferences / Treats for Troops- Leftover Halloween Candy Collection
Treats for Troops Collection Continues November 5-9
PTH Meet Specialist Night – November 7 at 7:00 PM
Veterans Day Observed November 12 – No School & No ESC
Donuts with Dad PTH Hosted Event – November 14th at 8:15 AM
Kindergarten Information Night – Tonight, October 23, 6:30 p.m.
Is my child ready for kindergarten? Preschool parents and anyone looking at kindergarten for Fall 2019 is invited to attend the Kindergarten Information Night tonight! It is a great opportunity to get all your questions answered and learn more about the program here at Hope. Please call the school office at 935-8500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fall Frolic News
Unfortunately our PTH group is unable to host our Fall Frolic this year.
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 Signup Genius here for days and hours to volunteer. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0545ADA823AAFA7-scholastic5
Sharing Extra Halloween Candy – Nov. 1-9
Think you may end up with more Halloween candy than you need? Why not share your extra sweets with troops serving in our military? PTH will be collecting extra Halloween candy November 1 – 9. Bring your candy to your child’s classroom during Parent/Teacher conferences and the following week through Friday the 9th. Thank you!
School Clubs at Hope – Click Here
No Rainbow Art club the next two Thursdays. We will resume on November 8th.
Monday Chess club will now end at 4:15 pm and the last class will be December 10th.
LEST Drama Begins Tomorrow Oct. 24 – Grades 5-8
This is a reminder that auditions for the 2018/2019 LEST drama team are being held tomorrow, October 24, in the Hope Church commons from 3-5 PM. Students need to bring a snack and be prepared to be an attentive audience and participant in the process. If you get a part you must be able to commit to every rehearsal and the competition in Portland, OR during LEST February 14-17. Due to the extremely high interest, we are anticipating that we will not be able to offer a part for everyone this year.
Please know that LEST drama is just one part of the drama program at Hope, with other opportunities including the spring drama which promotes improv games and a fun production, an elective for middle school at times, and this spring our students will have the opportunity to have a small part in the Seattle Lutheran High School musical production February through April.
If you have questions please contact Mrs. Norton, LEST drama director, at email@example.com.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
Need PIP Hours?
Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers Needed Oct 26 – Nov 2 – Join us if you… like to organize and put things in place, bring creative flair to signs and decorations, enjoy offering a helping hand, setting up, or packing up. Want to help shoppers of all ages find the perfect book? We appreciate your support in whatever form it takes. Feel free to sign up here and for more than one time slot!
Open House Help – 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.
Hope Church Events This Sunday, October 28
First Communion Class – 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. 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.
Family Faith Event – 9:30 A.M Bring The Whole Family – All ages are welcome to meet in Hope’s Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. to assemble school kits for Lutheran World Relief. (No childrens’ Sunday School classes this Sunday.)
Bible Blessings For Third Graders – 10:30 A.M. Service – On Reformation Sunday we continue this wonderful tradition of presenting third grade students with a Bible during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. We have made it more personal by asking you as parents to pick out a new Bible and write a special message in the front of it for your child. If you have recently given your child a Bible or if you would like to use the one that some of you purchased to use at school, that will work as well. Contact Family Life Minister, Patra Mueller, if you would like to participate or if you have questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Hope Lutheran Church & School when you shop on Amazon!
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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://Pasthttps://www.thrivent.com/making-a-difference/living-generously/thrivent-choice/?wssrc=sharefbt&wssubject=thriventchoicee URL or type to search. 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 email@example.com if you have questions. Visit our website at www.seattlelutheran.org to purchase online.