What’s Your Story? By Shari Wallace, Hope Office Manager
Sunday’s Hope Church messages recently have been on the ministry of Jesus called The Story. This message series has me thinking of God’s ministry at Hope and my part of His story through my time here. I was raised Lutheran so when the question is asked, “How did you come to know God?” I don’t have a clear answer as I’ve been Lutheran my entire life. However, I have several short stories of how God has moved me and those in my life to fulfill our purpose.
God first led me to Hope Lutheran back in 1995 because I wanted a school and church relationship for my family. My son, then in 4th grade, had already taken communion classes at our previous church which Hope hadn’t adopted for his age group yet, so he was the youngest to receive communion. This started some forward thinking within our church Elders and they now offer communion for 4th graders.
Then, in 2003 my friend Shirley Geller was on the Hope school board and learned that the school was in need of another secretary, so she suggested I apply. I’ll be honest; my first response was “you can’t afford me!” But then I truly felt God’s calling in my heart. After a family discussion and agreement we could make the financial adjustment. I interviewed with Principal Peter Renn who currently happens to be on our board of directors, and I was hired.
I have worked with one principal and 4 interim principals prior to the hiring of our fabulous Mrs. O., whom I toured when her boys were entering preschool many years ago. I worked out of the Church library during our last remodel with interim principal Mrs. Meyer, who is now our 7th grade teacher. I’ve been through 3 pastors before the hiring of Pastor Peter. I’ve witnessed the 100 year dedication of the church and watched as Mrs. Heit proudly gathered the story and vision of Hope School’s history to celebrate our schools 60th year anniversary last year. Now, we are making history here at Hope through these unprecedented times as we opened our doors for in school teaching during a pandemic.
How has Hope played a part in your story? I pray our story continues to unite us in Christ, bringing us His Hope. Amen!
K-8 Curriculum Tonight 7:00 PM
Please join us tonight for our first ever Zoom Curriculum Night! The event will begin at 7:00 PM when all families should log onto Zoom (linked below) for information from Mrs. Okabayashi about school-wide curriculum updates and general school procedures.
Meeting ID: 669 415 0590
The first session will end about 7:20 PM and the second session will begin at 7:25 PM. K-5 families should log in to their child’s teacher’s Zoom; middle school families will remain on Mrs. Okabayashi’s Zoom to hear from middle school teachers.
Families with one middle school child and younger siblings should stay for the middle school session first and then join the K-5 class. This will be a time to ask questions and touch base with each teacher. Curriculum Night will end at 8:15 PM. Teachers are sending home curriculum outlines today.
7:00 PM All Families – Log on with Mrs. Okabayashi (see above log in information)
7:25 PM K-5 Families – Log into your student’s teacher’s zoom account (to be emailed by the teacher/Middle School Families remain logged in to Mrs. O’s Zoom
Calendar of Events
Tues. 9/22: Curriculum Night via Zoom
Wed. 9/23: 8:40 AM Online Chapel Led by Jennifer Neafcy
Tues. 9/29: PTH Meeting via Zoom (link to be emailed)
Wed. 9/30: 8:40 AM Online Chapel Led by Jonathan Kopecky
Tues. 10/6: Picture Day Group A, In person K-4,, & Preschool
Thurs. 10/15: Picture Day Group B & All Virtual Students (Note: New date!)
Mrs. Wallace Update
Office manager Shari Wallace has been out sick, as unfortunately she broke her knee two weeks ago towards the beginning of the school year. You may have noticed our “Wednesday” office person Rachel Couwenberg answering phones and responding to emails throughout the week. Over the coming seven weeks or so, Mrs. Wallace will take time off as her knee heals, working from home a bit, and slowly transitioning to a return back to work. Thank you to Mrs. Couwenberg for extending hours during this time, and thank you all for your patience during this adjustment time with Mrs. Wallace’s expertise in the office.
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 how 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 two volunteers 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 email@example.com to volunteer.
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 or on the ‘Buy Now’ button below 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.