Technology News by Roger Davenport, Technology Director
With all of us relying on technology more and more during this pandemic. I wanted to mention a few things. The most important factor to remember about technology is patience. We have worked hard to try and give the teachers the tools to be able to teach the students, both remotely and in class. This has been a steep learning curve for our teachers as well as the students. As occurs with any new system, things don’t always go according to plan. I ask that you and your learners have patience with the teachers and the process.
Hope has just started using more of the Google Classroom offerings and this means that your child will have a @hopeseattle.org email address. Rest assured that we are monitoring the usage of these services to keep our students safe. We have restricted YouTube to “strict settings”; however, once the students leave our wireless network, those restrictions only work if they are signed in to their @hopeseattle.org accounts. We ask for your support in monitoring YouTube access while at home. We are not letting them use email at this time.
Knowing that the technology aspect of the current school year can be challenging, I want each of you to know that if you are having issues, need advice or help, please feel free to reach out to either your classroom teacher or via email to me directly. If your child needs a question answered they can also reach out to me via Schoology. Without trying to sound too cliché, we are all in this process together, so let’s make sure we practice patience and seek help when needed. I am happy to help however I can!
Tues. 9/29: 7:00 PM PTH Meeting via Zoom – See Link below
Wed. 9/30: 8:40 AM Online Chapel Led by Jonathan Kopecky
Tues. 10/6: Picture Day K-4, Group A 5-8 & Preschool
Thurs. 10/15: Picture Day Group B 5-8 & All Virtual Students (Note: New date!)
PTH General Meeting – Tonight September 29 at 7:00 PM.
First PTH meeting of 2020-2021 school year! This is our 1st of 3 meetings for this school year. We will introduce your PTH team, review volunteer opportunities and school budget for this school year. Here is your link invite:
Topic: Hope PTH Zoom Meeting
Time: Sep 29, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 669 415 0590
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.
Each class will have a practice session to get used to this test, and students who are learning at home will also have a separate session to ensure all technology is working correctly. More information on this will come separately for virtual students.
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 Coming!
Picture day is just around the corner. Look for the flyer in the yellow envelope. 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.
To order click here and enter Picture Day ID: EVTZP6FRR
We will need 1 more volunteer on October 6th and 1 volunteer on October 15th to help LifeTouch with getting classes to the picture location in the Commons and helping to keep the schedule. All volunteers will be screened in the morning. On October 6th the time frame will be from 8:15 am to approximately 2 pm and on October 15th, 8:15 am to 12 pm. PIP (Parent Involvement Hours) will be applied. Email Sally Heit at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
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 email@example.com.
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
Order Hope Apparel! Orders Due by October 6th
As Fall approaches 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.
Connect to Hope School
It is always a good time to get connected to the Hope Lutheran community! Like our Facebook pages for the school and our parent organization (PTH) as well as our Instagram page to see fun pictures of students, teachers, and school and church activities.
Fundraise While You Shop
Gift card fundraising is an easy way to raise money for Hope Lutheran School. Buy gift cards (aka Scrip) at face value for your favorite brands to earn on your daily purchases. Hope earns a rebate on your purchase of the gift card. No extra money spent. No extra time wasted. You may place your order online at ShopwithScrip.com or use the new RaiseRight app on your smart device. Use enrollment code 1C27LC3812L43 when you sign up. Contact Scrip Coordinator Sonjia Barker at 206-310-6103 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. See flyers in the yellow envelope.
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 details.