Be Strong, Be Courageous by Kristen Okabayashi, Hope Principal
Joshua 1:9 (NIV) 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Our school year kicked off last Wednesday with an energetic chapel service led by Pastor Peter, introducing our school theme for this year, “Be Strong, Be Courageous”. Throughout the year, students will learn about people who have lived out this theme in their lives, along with figuring out how we can personally live out that theme. Some of the topics we will wrestle with include what does this theme mean, what does being strong and courageous look like, and how can we figure out what it means to each of us personally. It is truly a call to action!
Welcome back, all our Hope families! It was a wonderful first week of school and we look forward to a fantastic school year.
Calendar of Events
Wed. 9/9: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mr. Kopecky
Fri. 9/11: School Uniform Drive Ends
Tues. 9/15: 6:00 PM WA D.C. Meeting for 6th & 7th grade parents
Tues. 9/15: 7:00 PM Curriculum Night for K-8th grade parents
Wed. 9/16: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Pastor Eilers
Thurs. 9/24: 6:30 PM Auction Meeting
Chapel Offering Envelopes
Offerings are collected during our Wednesday chapel service from the students using their weekly offering envelopes. Hope School continues to sponsor a child, Christopher Tano, through Compassion International. Your students offering envelopes will be sent home each Tuesday. These offerings allow students to develop a pattern of giving as part of their Christian lives and to share God’s love by supporting missions and charities. Therefore, we encourage students to give from their own money (allowance or other earnings).
September Chapel Offerings
For the month of September, chapel offerings will be donated to Hope Lutheran Church in Tonasket, WA, who will pass on the donations directly to victims of the Washington fires. If you wish to donate directly, please send your personal check, cashier’s check or money order to: Hope Lutheran Church, Memo line: Fire Victims, PO Box 607, Tonasket, WA 98855. Thank you for supporting these families!
Great Gatsby Gala (Auction) Planning Meeting – September 24th
Calling all Guys and Dolls! Don’t be a wet blanket, get involved! The Roaring 20s are coming to Hope School and we need your help to make this school auction (April 9, 2016) the swankiest affair this side of West Seattle! Get a wiggle on and join us September 24 at 6:30 p.m. to meet the committee heads, discuss procurement ideas, and other ways to be involved. Parent Involvement Program (PIP) hours apply and all ideas welcome! No time to attend the meeting? Sign up here to get involved. Let’s make Hope’s Great Gatsby Gala the bee’s knees!
Attention all 6th and 7th grade families: our students will have the fantastic opportunity to visit Washington DC and other cities in spring 2017. There will be a kick-off Washington DC meeting on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:00 PM prior to Curriculum Night. Please come to learn more details about this trip and about fundraising opportunities. The meeting will be held in the 6th grade classroom.
Family Friday Bow-A-Rama September 25th
Start the year off with family time at West Seattle Bowl! Reunite with old friends and meet new ones while bowling, eating pizza and drinking a soda. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $25/bowler which includes pizza, pop, shoe rental and unlimited bowling from 4-6pm! Pre-register your group in the school office by September 23rd or pay at the door. Drop-ins are welcome! Proceeds benefit the Hope Lutheran Middle School Washington D.C. enrichment program.
Tuesday Newsletter & Communication Envelopes
Our newsletter is sent via email every Tuesday and will also be posted to our website at www.hopeseattle.org. Please notify the school office at 206-935-8500 if you require a hard copy. Our weekly newsletter is used for general announcements, calendar date changes or reminders, Parent Involvement Program (PIP) opportunities, sports, and much more! Other communication tools we utilize are Vertical Response, which goes out via email, and SchoolMessenger, which goes out via phone. Please ensure that the school office has up-to-date information for your family. Each kindergarten through 8th grade homeroom will also send home a bright yellow communication folder with important school forms. Please sign the outside of the envelope, remove the contents and return the folder to your child’s homeroom. Do not place forms inside this envelope, instead attach any forms returning to the school to the outside of the envelope.
School Directory & Handbook
Each year the school prints and distributes a school directory for our school families. Every effort is made to publish a complete and accurate directory. If you have had a change of address, phone or email since completing your registration or re-enrollment form for our 2015-16 school year, please notify Mrs. Wallace by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 11th. Our directory will be distributed Tuesday, September 22nd. Our handbook is in the process of being updated but can be viewed via our website and any changes will be communicated through our newsletter.
Free Homebuyer Seminar September 19th
Former Hope preschool parent Todd Crooks is leading a free five hour class on home buying and the world of home loans on Saturday, September 19th from 10-3 at Seattle Lutheran High School. Free to the public, contact Todd Crooks for more information at (206) 715-4483 or find more information on the flyers in the school office.
Parent Involvement Program – PIP Volunteer Opportunities
Lunch and Recess Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to assist with our lunch from 11:40am-12:50pm and our lunchtime recess from 12:00-1:05pm. Volunteers will be working with a teacher or staff person and will provide our hard-working teachers with a designated lunch break each day. If you can help with any of these times, please contact Shari Wallace at email@example.com or (206) 935-8500.