Hats Off to Hope by Kristen Okabayashi
I am so excited about our auction, coming up in exactly 12 days! Our bi-annual auction is by far our largest fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to our Parents and Teachers of Hope (PTH) association. PTH funds a variety of projects, from funding our upcoming performance from the 5th Avenue Theater, to classroom enhancements, to teacher appreciation week, and to gas money for our busses. In addition, we typically have a Make-A-Difference need that we ask parents to contribute to. At our last auction, we asked for money to purchase 7 interactive white boards to allow us to place one in every classroom, and our parents came through to fund it all. This year, we are asking for funding for something less glamorous but very important… bathroom remodels! We believe our bathrooms were last remodeled in the 1970s, and they are way overdue for some refreshing and updating. We hope to raise enough funds to remodel our lower floor girls and boys bathrooms with funds raised from this auction, and raise additional funds at a later date for the upper floor bathrooms.
Besides the practical purpose of the auction, the other part I am excited about is hanging out with all of YOU! It is such a pleasure socializing with some of my favorite people, all people who love Hope Lutheran School, from the school and the church and the community around us. The theme this year lends itself well to dressing up with fancy hats and outfits, but attire from casual business to quite dressy is appropriate. If you have not purchased tickets yet, the absolute deadline is this Friday, March 7. You can drop off the order form at the office. I look forward to seeing you all there!
Calendar of Events
Wed. 3/5: 8:40 AM Chapel – Ash Wednesday w/Pastor Peter and Seattle Lutheran HS
Fri. 3/7: Free Dress Day / Talent Show Sign Ups Due / Knowledge Bowl Canceled
Wed. 3/12: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Gr. 2 on Moses
Thurs. 3/13: Noon Dismiss – Parent/Teacher Conferences / ESC “XTRA” Open
Fri. 3/14: No School – Teacher Training / ESC Open
Saturday, 3/15: 5:30 PM Auction at The Hall at Fauntleroy
Fri. 3/21: Free Dress Day
PTH General Assembly
Minutes from our last PTH general meeting are included in your Tuesday envelope. We have several events coming up in May that will need parent volunteers. Watch your WOH for those opportunities. Our final PTH meeting will be May 7th so be sure to mark your calendars now!
Auction Meeting – Today, March 4th
Reminder that we are having our last auction meeting today, March 4th in the Church Commons at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome. PIP hours apply!
Parent/Teacher Conferences, March 13th
We look forward to seeing you next Thursday, for parent/teacher conferences. These spring conferences are optional. Conference times are being sent home in today’s communication envelope.
Talent Show Forms Due Friday
Sign up forms are due this Friday, March 7th for our talent show on Wednesday, March 26 at 1:30 PM (notice the date change, as previously announced). K-8 students are invited to show off their talents in front of the whole school. The venue will be Seattle Lutheran High School’s gym, so we will not have a piano available but we do have access to a keyboard.
Track and Field Coaches Wanted
Are you short on PIP hours? Do you have a lot of energy and enjoy working with children? We are looking for individuals to help us with our track team this year and no experience is necessary. Practices are held during the week 2 to 3 days after school with track meets usually on Saturdays. If you are interested please contact Mr. Kapels at Bkapels@hopeseattle.org.
After School Club Updates
New – Book Club: 5th-8th graders who love to read are invited to come to a new after-school Book Club. This club will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 3:05-4:00pm in the school library. Our first book will be The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman. This book is widely available at libraries, as well as Amazon for around $6.00 for a print copy or $2.00 for a Kindle version. No reading is expected before our first meeting on March 12th but please bring your book.
Please contact Emily Tanis-Likkel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-877-3786 with any questions.
Lego Club and Chess Club will continue to run through 3rd quarter. Lego club will meet March 4th and 18th and the last day for chess club will be Monday, March 24th.
Wednesday Study Hall will move to our 5th grade classroom and be supervised by Mrs. Richardson. You can email her at email@example.com if your child will attend Wednesday study hall.
Financial Aid Information for 2014-15 Academic Year
We are partnering with School and Student Services (SSS) for our financial aid process again this year. Instructions for applying for financial aid at Hope Lutheran School are available through the school office or visit sss.nais.org/parents. Our school’s SSS code is 179833. Due date for completing the Parents Financial Statement to SSS is April 30, 2014.
Parents Night Out is Back!
This Friday, March 7th, there will be a PNO hosted at Hope Lutheran. PNO is open to all children who are potty trained and older. It is a great opportunity for the kids to gather together for a fun time while parents can enjoy time away for themselves! From 6pm-9pm children can be dropped off and checked in either in the north parking lot or in the multi-purpose room (depending on the weather). During that time they will enjoy some play time, pizza and a movie all for the cost of $20/child. If you have any questions please contact Brett Kapels at Bkapels@hopeseattle.org.
Vacation Bible School – July 21-25
Join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) July 21-25, 9:00-Noon for children age four (by August 31st) – those entering 5th grade. Older children are encouraged to serve as volunteers. Our theme this year is “Weird Animals – Where Jesus’ Love is One of A Kind”. We will celebrate the love of Jesus through songs, games, crafts and much more! Each family will receive a CD so they can sing along all summer long. Register online at the church website at
http://hopeseattle.org/index2.php or pick up a form in the school office.
Questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taco Night Fundraiser Dinner
The Seattle Lutheran High School Robotics team welcomes you to a Taco Bar dinner on Thursday, March 6th at 6:30 pm located in the Menashe Gymnasium at 4100 Genesee St. Tickets are available at the door for the dinner and prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, kids under 7 are free. This is your opportunity to see the SeaBot robot perform before heading off to competition next week.