Elementary Monday Note: December 5

Week at a Glance

Monday, December 5

8:00 am Grade 5 – 12 Winter Activity Day @ Grouse Mountain. Return 5:00 pm

Tuesday, December 6

Wednesday, December 7

9:00 am Chapel – Kindergarten A & Mrs. Stewart; Elementary Choir performing

Term 1 Reports Issued

3:30 – 5:00 pm Gr. 6-8 Girls Basketball Practice (Jr. & Sr. welcome) @ Pitt Meadows Campus

Thursday, December 8

Friday, December 9

Hot Food Day

Monday, December 12

Tuesday, December 13

Wednesday, December 14

9:00 am Chapel

7:00 pm Kindergarten – Grade 6 Christmas Musical Performance, “Angel Alert”

Thursday, December 15

12:45 pm LATE START – No School in morning

1:00 pm Kindergarten – Grade 6 Christmas Musical Performance, “Angel Alert”

7:00 pm Kindergarten – Grade 6 Christmas Musical Performance, “Angel Alert”

Friday, December 16

NOON DISMISSAL – Christmas Break Start

Principal’s Post for December

 Today we have the expectation of snow! After what seemed like “biblical-like” rains for over 40 days, I welcome a little snow, especially on a day that we enjoy God’s great Grouse mountain.

In our wonderful part of the world we often associate snow and Christmas. I have heard people say after a rare Lower Mainland December snow fall that it now feels a lot more like the “Christmas season.” What really makes the Christmas season? If you ask someone in New Zealand, where there is no snow at Christmas you will get answers like beaches, BBQs, and bonfires. We have many wonderful Christmas traditions and events that make the Christmas season enjoyable, fun, and festive. But once again, what really makes the Christmas season?

You only need to examine the very word “Christmas” to get the straight forward and true answer. You can have no snow, no big dinner, even no presents; yet you can still celebrate Christmas. However, you can’t have Christmas without Jesus Christ. Around the world, for over two thousand years, generations of people celebrate Christmas with many special cultural family traditions that make the season fun, memorable and very special. A Christmas without family, friends, festivities, fun, food and presents might not be our ideal Christmas celebration, but a Christmas without Christ is impossible.

The words spoken to Joseph remind us about the most important and significant aspect of the Christmas season. [Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.  Matthew 1:21

Amidst your family’s preparation and expectations for this Christmas advent season, take lots of time to reflect on the true meaning and reality of the Christmas season. Jesus came to earth to save all people from their sins. This alone gives us all we need to celebrate the Christmas season.

Blessings on your season of Advent and for a wonderful celebration of our Saviour’s birth this December.

Mr. Mathew

Parent Teacher League (PTL) News

PTL Treasurer – The PTL is looking for a talented person for the Treasurer position.  If you are interested, please email Jolene at hopelutheranptl@hopelcs.ca.

Christmas Hamper Campaign – Hope Lutheran’s annual Christmas Hamper Campaign begins today, Monday November 28. Watch for an email from the Class Liaisons with a link to sign up The donation lists are specific to each class, in an effort to avoid duplication of items.

Christmas wrapped collection bins have been placed in each classroom for Kindergarten through Grade 6, and if you are at the Pitt Meadows Campus, please place your items in the bins outside of Mr. Mathew’s office.

Donations will be collected for 2 weeks – Monday, November 28 until Monday, December 12, 2016.
Thank you for your help & support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Karri at hopelutheranptl@hopelcs.ca

Tree of Gratitude

God has been faithful for the last 21 years to Hope Lutheran Christian School.  From year to year we see the work of His hands and His plans for our school unfold.

At this time, we would like to offer your family the opportunity to share in giving God glory for His continued goodness as part of the legacy of the Tree of Gratitude which is displayed near the entrance of the Elementary campus.   Its history dates back to 2002 when the school launched plans to develop the south wing.  The Tree stands as a testimony and commemoration of the partnership and culture of giving within our community.

If you would like to give a monetary gift to Hope this Christmas season, please fill out the form in the following link and drop off all gifts at the school office.


Winter Dress

The forecast is for cold weather this week.  The students will be going out for recess so please make sure that your child comes to school with a warm, winter jacket, hat, gloves/mittens/scarf, and boots.  Students can wear white undershirts under their school shirt and long underwear or tights under pants.  Just a reminder that pants are available through the uniform store for girls from K-12.  Outer ski pants may also be worn outside at recess to keep legs warm.  Black leggings are not to be worn in class. Thank you for helping your children in being prepared for the cold, winter weather.

Volunteer Opportunity!

Help is needed to deliver postcard-sized invitations that advertise the upcoming Christmas events at Hope Lutheran Church and School . If you can volunteer an hour this week to walk around your Port Coquitlam/Coquitlam neighbourhood and deliver invitations, please sign up on the link below.
Please identify the streets or the location that you will deliver so that we do not duplicate homes. The invitations can be picked up at the Port Coquitlam school office.
In addition, classes of students will be delivering to the homes neighbouring the church and school. The teachers of these classes will be needing adult volunteers to help with supervision. Please watch for information to come directly from your child’s teacher.

Reading Link Volunteers

Reading Link is looking for volunteers to help with reading and creating questions, to help prepare Reading Link students for their competition in the spring.  Duties would include reading a grade 4/5 level book and creating questions using a provided template.  All hours reading and creating questions can be used towards volunteer hours, and can be completed at home.  Each book and set of questions is approximately 7 – 8 hours of time.  Questions would be due the first week of school, in January 2017.  If interested please email Kristin Le Ross at kristin.leross@mytwu.ca for more information.

Winter Activity Trip (Ski Trip)

Grades 5 – 12 are away on Hope Lutheran’s annual Winter Activity Trip.  Reminder that the bus, with grades 5 & 6 students, will be returning to the Port Coquitlam campus at 5:00 pm.

Elementary Choir

Our Elementary school choir (grades 3-6) will be singing two songs in chapel on December 7. We invite you to come and support your children in their first performance of the year.

EAL After School Classes

This will be the last week of EAL After School classes before the Christmas Holiday Break.  Classes will resume in January 2017.

Cambridge Uniforms

A note from Hope Lutheran’s uniform supplier, Cambridge Uniforms:

Dear Cambridge Families, We will be closed during the holidays from December 18 -28.

We will be open the following days: Thursday December 29 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday December 30 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday December 31 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

We will return to regular hours of operation as of Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Christmas Musical

All Kindergarten – grade 6 students will be performing in the Christmas musical, “Angel Alert” on the evening of Wednesday, December 14, and in the afternoon and evening of Thursday, December 15Thursday, December 15 will be a 12:45 pm late start for school.

Note for families:

  • Students that have roles and who need to provide their own costume will receive a note this week to put into their agenda describing what their character should be wearing.
  • Students who do not have specific roles in the play will need to wear black or dark navy blue bottoms and a white top or may dress all in white.

The Christmas Musical is considered part of the students’ Fine Arts curriculum and students are expected to be in attendance for both evening performances.  If you child is unable to attend any of the performances please inform your child(ren)’s teacher and submit an online absence form.