Skills for Wellness by Emily Tanis-Likkel, electives teacher
I am so delighted to be teaching Skills for Wellness to grades 5-8 this year at Hope. It is crucial for schools to prioritize social and emotional learning, now more than ever. The curriculum we are using is based on the skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In the first few lessons the students have been learning about moving from all-or-nothing thinking to honoring all sides of a situation. Stress can amplify all-or-nothing thinking and if your family is feeling stressed, you are not alone! This makes honoring all sides of a situation even more important.
A dialectic is when two opposing forces are both true. For example, “online learning is hard and it is getting easier.” Both can be true at the same time. We can honor different points of view and multiple perspectives by seeking to understand where others are coming from. We can strive to ask others about what they are trying to say and not make assumptions. We can communicate our own intentions when we think we might be misunderstood. We can accept that different opinions can be valid, even when we don’t agree. I asked Skills for Wellness students, “What is something we can say to someone with whom we disagree?” The chat function in Zoom quickly populated with statements like:
I will try to understand.
Tell me more about why you think that.
I see it differently and hope we can still be friends.
I understand how you feel and I stand with you.
A well of wisdom resides in our kids. The students each reflected on a recent experience of a time when it was difficult to see both sides of a situation. They wrote about how they could honor the other person’s point of view even when they didn’t see it the same way. We can recognize that we are all doing the best that we can and we can practice wellness skills for increased emotional resilience and healthier relationships.
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Tues. 10/6: Picture Day K-4, Group A 5-8 & Preschool
Wed. 10/7: 8:40 AM Chapel online Led by Mrs. Okabayashi / Early Dismissal K-3 at 11:45 AM and 4th at 12:00 PM
Thur. & Fri. 10/8 & 10/9: No School – NW District Teacher Conference / Full Preschool and Extended Care Open
Wed. 10/14: 8:40 AM Chapel Online Led by Mrs. Neafcy
Thurs. 10/15: Picture Day Group B 5-8 & All Virtual Students (Note: New date!)
MAP Testing in October
During the month of October, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on their Hope iPads. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in math, reading and language (language in grades 3-8 only).
MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.
We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Picture Day Is Today!
Pictures will be taken on TWO different days: October 6th and October 15th. Only individual pictures of students will be taken; NO class photos at this time. Students may wear classy dress for their picture or their uniform, and are not required to wear a mask while taking their picture. Students will hold their mask while taking the picture; the mask will not show in the picture.
Please note the days your student will be taking their picture:
Tuesday, October 6th: Group A 5th-8th, In person K-4 & Preschool
Thursday, October 15th: Group B 5th-8th & ALL Virtual Students*
*Virtual students should plan to have their picture taken between 8:15 AM and 12 PM on October 15th. All students will go through Covid19 Screening before entering the building prior to getting their picture taken, and will be properly spaced out while waiting.
Parents may still PRE order fall picture day packages online until the images are received by our lab for processing; this is usually about 48 hours after picture day.
To do this please go to www.my.lifetouch.com and enter your schools Picture Day ID.
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10/15 = EVTTGSDVW
Order Hope Apparel! Orders Due Today – October 6th
As Fall is upon us and our windows need to be cracked, now is a good time to order t-shirts and warm hoodies to bundle up in. Other items included are a snapback Hope Hat and bag tags for all those backpacks. See flyer in yellow envelope for details. Big thanks to Matthew Mason (Hope parent) at PromoShop for continuing to help support the school with soft, comfortable apparel. Click here to order your items online through SmartTuition Buy Now Give Now.
PTH General Meeting Minutes from 9-29-2020 – Click Here
Minutes from our 1st general meeting are now available on your school website.
Directories will be complied within the next week with our goal to have them available by the end of October. Please ensure we have up-to-date information on your family, address, phone numbers, contacts, etc.… You will also be able to select to opt out if you chose not to share your information in the school directory. Go to K12Online for any updates. You will need your student access key and student ID to log in. Please call or email the school office if you need this information.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
We need help to keep our campus clean and tidy! Contact Mrs. Wallace at email@example.com if you are interested in doing some weeding around the school campus and sweeping of our playground wood chips. This can be done afterschool hours or on weekends. We do have tools available or you are welcome to bring your own.
Reminder to Complete School Forms
If you haven’t completed the school forms sent home at our back to school events, please take a few minutes to complete and return to the school office ASAP. Scanned forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These include the following:
- Background check
- Handbook Signature Page
- Immunization (if applicable)
- iPad Terms
- Media Release
- Virtual Learning
You can locate additional forms and pay for school items such as milk, PE uniforms and Bibles through our K12Online system Webstore.
Please update or complete these registration forms as soon as possible also through our K12Online Registration site:
- Health information Update for Returning Students
- Field Trip/Off Campus Permission
- Student Directory
- Parent Interest Survey
- Media Release
Church Retreat Invites
Hello parents! Are you in need of some spiritual renewal? Check out these opportunities from Hope Lutheran Church:
Women’s Virtual Retreat, Saturday, October 10th – Click Here for all the details.
Men’s Online Small Group Gathering based on “Becoming a King”- Click here for all the d