Thanksgiving Joy by KristenOkabayashi
Many of you know this is my 4th year as principal of HopeLutheranSchool. I have enjoyed serving as principal all four years, and yet I have to say that this is the year I have felt the most joy and thankfulness for my position. I am thankful for our amazing staff including our incredible new teachers, our fabulous students, and all of you as our families. I love our amazing office manager Mrs.Wallace, our creative and organized admissions counselor Mrs.Heit, and our new hot lunch program. I am grateful for new curriculum, great coaches, and the overall spirit of joy that surrounds our school as a whole. Have you felt that spirit yourself this year? Over and over again, I hear visitors reporting on the good “feeling” that fills up our school. All this is not to say that we are perfect, or that we don’t have things we can improve on and do better. However, we realize we have something special here at Hope and we are so thankful for all of YOU!
Here are a few more particular things I am thankful for, both large and small:
- Chapel band and Glee Club performing the song “Beautiful Things” at chapel last week – it was indeed a beautiful thing!
- One of our 4th graders, Hallie, noticing that I was holding one of her classmate’s forgotten lunch box out front, offered to run it up to class for me
- Families donating over 3,400 items to our annual food drive for families in need
- One of our 8th grade students, Alexander, stopping to help a younger student who had spilled their lunch on the stairs
- Our kindergarten assistant Ms.Lisko gladly offering to cover for a teacher who was not feeling well
As we enter in to our Thanksgiving holiday, for all our families, I pray for bountiful time spent together playing games, eating, and talking about what you are thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Hope!
Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Calendar of Events
Wed. 11/27: 8:40 AM Chapel – Grade 1 on Thanksgiving with Bell Choir performance
Wed. 11/27: Noon Dismiss / ESC Closes at 3:00 PM – Thanksgiving Holiday
Thur. & Fri. 11/28 & 29: Closed for Thanksgiving Break – ESC Closed
Tues. 12/3: Grades 5-8 Only – Quarter 2 Midterm Reports Sent Home
Fri. 12/6: Free Dress Day
Reminder – ESC & Sand Dollar Club Closure
Please note that our Extended School Care and Sand Dollar Club will be closing at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, 11/27 and closed Thursday & Friday 11/28 & 11/29 in observance of Thanksgiving. They will both be open before school and up to 3:00 PM on Wednesday, but we will not offer care from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.
Apple Cup Day Reminder
Our student council would like to offer the opportunity for students to wear clothing from their favorite college tomorrow Wednesday, November 27 in honor of the Apple Cup game. This is an optional spirit day and students choosing not to wear college apparel or college colors will need to wear school uniforms. We encourage students to cheer on their favorite college team!
Student council will be selling candy cane Santa-grams from December 9-17 to raise money to support our school. Each candy cane comes with a Christmas greeting and they will cost 50 cents. Look for the table in the entryway of the school in the morning and the upstairs hall during lunch. Buy one for all your friends and teachers. Student council will deliver on Dec. 20.
Lil Saints Basketball Academy by BrettKapels
All 3rd -6th grade students, it’s not too late to attend Lil’ Saints Basketball Program this winter. During the time together we will strive not only to improve your basketball fundamentals and skills, but also build a relationship between you and your team mates, incorporate life skills and make sure you have a positive experience. Order forms can be turned into the school office with checks made payable to Seattle Lutheran Boosters. Contact Mr.Kapels with questions at email@example.com.
Mighty Mite Boxes
Dear Hope Lutheran Parents, TeachersAND Students, It is with great joy and thankfulness that we send this letter to all of you. THANK YOU for giving Mites! Because of the Many Mighty Mites which the families – especially the kids – of Hope have given, boys and girls all over the world are having a better life. Your love makes all that possible. Be sure to pick up another box by the school office and keep those Mighty Mites coming! From Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Hope
Christmas Events at Hope Lutheran Church & School
Mark your calendars now for these special dates in December!
Saturday, Dec 7 8:00 a.m. HCM Shopping for the Giving Tree
5:00 p.m. Christmas Ship Event at Alki Bathhouse
Sunday, Dec. 8 1:00 p.m. Gift Wrapping Party in the Fellowship Hall
Week of Dec. 9 – 17 Gift Wrapping all week in the Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, Dec. 11 6:30 p.m. HopeSchool Early Childhood Advent Program
Sunday, Dec. 15 8:00 a.m. HopeSchool Handbell Performance
Wednesday, Dec. 18 7:00 p.m. Hope School & SLHS Sounds of
Christmas Concert in the Sanctuary
Sunday, Dec. 22 10:30 a.m. Sunday School Program in the Sanctuary
Tuesday, Dec. 24 4:00 p.m. Christmas EveFamily Service
6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Contemporary Service
11:00 p.m. Christmas EveCandlelight and Communion Service
Wednesday, Dec. 25 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day Traditional Worship