Preschool Science and Exploration by Marie Tornow, Preschool Director
There is a lot of science going on in the preschool department! As all our elementary classes are preparing for our Academic Fair, the preschoolers are getting ready as well. The Sea stars (3s) have been creating lots of color mixing, rainbow and weather chart study; the Orcas and Dolphins (4s) are getting introduced to the water cycle, the properties of water and even reporting the weather in their own weather station!
Along with these spring activities, we as a preschool department are planning some new and exciting activities for our preschool garden classroom! One of the things the kids enjoy so much (and learn so much from) is the use of water! Currently, we use the water from the spigot to fill up our water pump, water our plants and create rivers, dams, mud pies, and stews. We would like to be better stewards of this resource; so we have an idea to capture some of the free rain water by putting a roof on our trellised stage area, send the water into a gutter and into a rain barrel. What a wonderful lesson this will be for the kiddos as well! Other ideas we would like to implement include creating a covering for our trikes and an outdoor art and sound area. Preschool is thrilled to have a garden that teaches and nurtures nature. Our little plot of land is in need of some supplemental compost, potting soil and fertilizer. We would like to grow enough to share produce with those in need as well as support the environmental and science learning of three preschool classes. During the school year, students will start seeds, plant them and get them going. During the summer, we could use some help watering and harvesting! When the kids return in the fall, we can collect seeds, harvest and share the bounty.
If any of you would like to contribute resources or skills toward any of our ideas, please contact me or the preschool teachers. Thank you so much!
Calendar of Events
Tues. 4/8: Quarter 3 Report Cards sent Home / 6:30 PM Academic Fair & Move Up Night
Wed. 4/9: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Grade 3 and Honor Roll Recognitions
Thurs. 4/10: 3:15 PM Track Practice
Mon.-Fri. April 14-18: Holy Week – 8:40 AM Daily Chapel Services
Fri. 4/18: Noon Dismiss – Good Friday / ESC “XTRA” Open
Spring Break April 21 – 25: No School & ESC Closed
3rd Quarter Report Cards
Your students 3rd quarter report cards are coming home today in your communication envelope. Please keep your copy, sign the envelope to verify receipt and return the envelope to your student’s homeroom teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. Our middle school honor roll recognitions will be held during chapel tomorrow, April 9th.
April Chapel Offerings
Due to the recent event in Oso, we have change our chapel offering for the month of April. We will donate these April offerings to United Way, who has set up an account where 100% of the donations go directly to the families. Last week your children donated $155.24! Great job Hope families and thank you for your support.
Reminder track season starts this Thursday, April 10th. Schedules were sent home two weeks ago with a form to be filled out and returned to school. If you need another copy please let Mr. Kapels know. Track practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday every week. We have 5 track meets, 4 of them on a Saturday, with our final meet being our home meet on Tuesday, May 20th.
Easter grams will be on sale April 10-15.
What is an Easter gram? A jellybean filled egg for 50cents. You can buy one for your friends and classmates here at Hope. There will be a table in the morning 8:15-8:30 and 3:00-3:15 in the afternoon. Proceeds go to our student council.
Golfers (or want-a-be golfers) Save the Date!
Dust off those clubs and shine those shoes for the 12th Annual Eagle Classic May 31st! Even if you have only played once in your life or consider yourself an equal to Tiger Woods, we invite you to join in on a fun-filled day full of good natured competitions and great prizes! Invite your friends, co-workers, and family and build your own team of four or sign yourself up for a great afternoon. Registration details to come soon, so stay tuned!
Principal for the Day
Our sixth grade principal for the day, Nicky, was out sick last Wednesday and so we have rescheduled our official day for tomorrow, April 9. No free dress day but please welcome Nicky as our principal Wednesday!
PTH has decided to reschedule the upcoming May walk-a-thon to Fall 2014, mostly because of the high number of events coming up needing volunteers as well as all the people who volunteered countless hours on our auction. If you are interested in helping with the walk-a-thon in fall 2014, please contact PTH President Beth Grotelueschen at email@example.com.
Do You Have This Auction Certificate?
The auction committee was recently notified of an item (Young At Art Birthday package, item #376) that was not received by the auction winner. It was sent home by mistake with someone else, however we are unable to determine who that person was. If you happened to receive this auction item the night of the auction would you please return to the school office or email Kelly Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. Thank you.
Are you still in need of PIP Hours? Here are several opportunities available:
- Track & Field Coaches – April & May: Contact Mr. Kapels at email@example.com
- Teacher Appreciation Week – May 5-9: Contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scholastic Book Fair – May 12-16th: Contact the school office at 206-935-8500
- Grandparents Day – May 14th: Complete sign up form in your Tuesday envelope
- Track Meet @ WS Stadium – May 20th: Contact Mr. Kapels at email@example.com
- Golf Eagle Classic Tournament – May 31st: Contact Mr. Kapels at firstname.lastname@example.org
All PIP Hours MUST be worked and submitted to the school by end of day May 31st. Contact Mrs. Wallace with any questions regarding your PIP statement.