Our School Family by Kristen Okabayashi
My family and I went over to Lake Chelan for spring break, where we have a timeshare at Wapato Point. Lake Chelan is a gorgeous lake and usually very busy, but I think because our break was on the later side this year, it was not busy at all when we went over. We had the huge indoor pool there almost to ourselves, and it was so private that we were able to have an Easter egg hunt, multiple Nerf gun battles, and lots of Frisbee and football in the big grassy areas without having to share.
On one of our vacation days, the boys and I decided to have a late brunch at a little restaurant called Blueberry Hills in the tiny town of Manson. There were some other groups of people there but like the rest of our trip, it was pretty quiet. Imagine my surprise when a couple walks up to me and it’s two of our Hope school grandparents! They are a couple I know fairly well because they come to school events regularly to watch their two granddaughters Hannah and Summer. They were also on vacation, so it was so fun to run into them there! We had a good chat and caught up a little.
One of my very favorite parts of my job here at Hope is getting to know not just our students, but the whole family. I love running into our families out and about West Seattle, and even running into grandparents in Lake Chelan! Our Hope extended families become part of our Hope community as well. I hope to see many grandparents and other special people at our upcoming Grandparents Day next Wednesday, May 14! We have a special morning prepared with chapel, brunch sponsored by PTH, our spring musical, and classrooms visits. Thank you grandparents for being part of us!
Oso Chapel Offerings
Thank you to our students for their generous chapel offerings to support the Oso landslide recovery efforts! Throughout the month of April, students donated $608.67, which we will donate to the United Way Oso fund. We appreciate it!
Mark Your Calendars
Mon – Fri 5/5 to 5/9: Teacher Appreciation Week
Tues. 5/6: Grades 5-8 – Quarter 4 Midterm Reports sent home
Wed. 5/7: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mr. Kopecky / 5:30 PM PTH General Meeting / Health Screening Day
Fri. 5/9: Grandparents Day RSVP’s Due
Mon. – Fri. 5/12 to 5/16: Scholastic Book Fair
Wed. 5/14: 8:15 AM Grandparents/Special Person Day / Noon Dismissal
PTH General Assembly – Tomorrow, May 7
You will earn double PIP hours for this meeting and enter a drawing to win a $25 scrip card! The event starts at 5:30 pm in the Commons with a dessert & coffee time (bring your favorite dessert/coffee provided) and our school business will begin at 6:00 pm. For those with younger children, childcare will be available from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Box Top Drive
Hello Hope Parents, It’s time to send in more Box Tops! Please complete the attached sheet with Box Tops and enter your family into a drawing for a $10 gift card to Husky Deli for ice cream (or other treat your family likes). Please be sure to complete all 10 ice cream cones on the sheet and make sure your child’s name is written on the sheet. Then, turn in the completed sheet to your child’s classroom and put in the Box Top box. It’s easy, fun and best of all, helps out our school! The drawing will be held the last week of school. Thank you for your support!
Spring Scholastic Book Fair – May 12 – 16
Looking for great summer reading books for you and your kids? Want to earn funds for our school? Then plan on attending our Scholastic Book Fair where you can purchase books for kids, grandkids, and yourself! The fair will be located on the 2nd floor and open after school from 3:00 – 4:00 PM with the exception of Wed., May 14th where we will be open for Grandparents and preschool families from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. Look for the teacher Wish List pockets, posted in the hall, to make special donations to promote literacy and build classroom libraries.
Grandparents / Special Person Day – May 14
Wednesday, May 14, all grandparents or that special person are invited to attend a day of celebration. RSVP’s are due this Friday, May 9th. Please plan on joining us at 10:30 AM or 7:00 PM for our Spring Musical in the Church Sanctuary – all are welcome!
SMART Payment Information
Smart Tuition has recently paired with VISA. Families are now able to make tuition payments with their VISA card. Families are excited because this gives them an additional payment option and they are no longer will absorb the 2.65% convenience fee.
Contact Mrs. Wallace at 206-935-8500 to make a change to your SMART contract.
Book Club News
Book Club continues on Mondays 3:05-4:00pm for 5th-8th graders who love to read. It is not too late to join! We are just beginning the gripping historical fiction Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson:
During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out. Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie’s world upside down. At her feverish mother’s insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.
Come join us in the school library!
PIP Opportunities Still Available
Are you still in need of PIP Hours? Here are several opportunities available:
- Teacher Appreciation Week – May 9: Need dessert items for Luncheon & Lunch coverage for our Teachers – Contact Sonjia Barker @ 206-310-6103
- Track Meet @ WS Stadium – May 20th: Contact Mr. Kapels at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Golf Eagle Classic Tournament – May 31st: Contact Mr. Kapels at email@example.com
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.
Seattle Lutheran Athlete Fundraiser – May 16
Join us for an evening of BINGO and support SLHS athletes. Each ticket buys 11 games of bingo. Additional bingo cards may be purchased for $2 each. Winners receive prize baskets valued at $100. Admission includes food and beverages; beer & wine may be purchased. We will have a 50/50 raffle, giving you a chance to take home a cash prize.
When: Friday, May 16, 6:30—9:30pm
Cost:Tickets $25 each—This event is for ages 21 and over only.
Where: SLHS Gymnasium, 4100 SW Genesee Street, Seattle, 98116
For more information contact David Sleighter at 206.937.7722.