Elementary Monday Note: May 8

Week at a Glance

Monday, May 8

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Cambridge Uniforms – Uniform Fitting Day @ Port Coquitlam Campus
1:30 pm Grade 2 Swimming Lessons

Tuesday, May 9

9:05 am Parent Prayer @ Port Coquitlam Campus

Wednesday, May 10

9:00 am Chapel – Guests, Christian Studies 8 Class

1:30 pm Grade 2 Swimming Lessons

Thursday, May 11

Friday, May 12

6:30 pm PTL Father Daughter Dance

Monday, May 15

1:30 pm Grade 2 Swimming Lessons

Tuesday, May 16

Wednesday, May 17

9:00 am K-12 Chapel – Guests, Camp Luther

9:45 am All School Panorama & Class Photos @ Port Coquitlam Campus

1:30 pm Grade 2 Swimming Lessons

Thursday, May 18

Friday, May 19

Dress Down Day Grad 2017 Fundraiser – $2 to participate

1/2 Professional Development Day – SCHOOL DISMISSED @ 12:00 pm

12:30 pm PTL Staff Appreciation Lunch @ Port Coquitlam Campus

Principal’s Post

The Christian Principal’s Association of BC conference was held at a retreat centre surrounded by beautiful grounds nestled in the Sumas prairie. At one end of the gardens emerges a cross tucked in amongst the trees. If you follow our school Facebook page you will have seen the pictures. I write this devotional thought while sitting at the foot of the cross resting and wondering at the great love that Jesus must have for us as one who suffered our punishment, even death so that we might have eternal life with God, our Father.

As I savor this quiet time, I am reminded of the nugget of wisdom that my mother shared with me on one especially exasperating day of parenting three preschool boys.  She encouraged me to begin each day communing with God; reading my Bible, communicating with God through prayer and inviting Him into my day to be part of this race called life.

A couple of weekends ago a team of Hope students and parents participated in the Creek Classic Triathlon. As I participated as an observer, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the words in Hebrews 12 that compare life to a race. In it we are reminded to run with perseverance, fixing our eyes on Jesus. At the triathlon there were individuals and teams racing, some with smiles and some suffering obvious anguish and pain, but there was a much larger group of parents, teammates, friends, and even strangers who were cheering them on. It seemed that those with the most obvious signs of distress hailed the loudest cheers.  It was a beautiful picture of God’s desire for the Kingdom of God.

In Hebrews 12 it talks about a cloud of witnesses, the faithful from the past, who are cheering us on in the faith. Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 that we are to “…encourage one another and build each other up….” We can be both racers and cheerleaders as we team together to bring up our children in the ways to the Lord.

As a Christian school, we want to consider ways that we might encourage one another perhaps by overlooking imperfections and irritations as we run fixing our eyes on Jesus who promises to run alongside and even carry us as we press to the finish and receive the victorious crown of life.

It is finally spring as evidenced by tulips ablaze, the warmer sunshine, and goslings swimming on the pond. It is a time of new life and the promise of lazy summer days. As we encourage our children to persevere in completing their school year strong let us join together in reminding them daily to invite Jesus into their day and fix their eyes on Him.

Susan Eisner

Parent Teacher League (PTL) News

On behalf of the PTL Executive and Hope Families, I wish to take this opportunity to thank Karri Kurucz who served as the Elementary Member-At-Large, Maria Van der Leur who served as Secretary, and Evy Belikava who served as the Middle School Member-At-Large for the past two years.  It has been a real pleasure and a privilege to have worked with you all on the Executive. Thank you for your volunteer service, it has been a real blessing to us all!

The PTL Executive is very pleased to welcome Irlanda Sutherland as the new Elementary Member-At-Large.  We look forward to working with you.

I want to thank all the parents who volunteered this school year.  The commitment of parents to volunteer is a huge part of what makes Hope so great.  It is a huge blessing to our children and builds a strong, healthy community.  

Jolene, Hope Lutheran PTL President

1.Father Daughter Dance – 6:30 pmFriday, May 12.  Tickets are no longer available.

2. Staff Appreciation Lunch Friday, May 19 We need some help setting up, serving, and clean up. Thank you for all your support!

3. Hot Lunch – Friday, May 26.

4. Used Uniform Sale – parents can join Hope Lutheran School’s used Uniform Facebook group at: Used Uniform Facebook Group


Old Tartans – This is the last year students are permitted to wear the old tartan colour.  Please save your old tartan uniforms and they will be collected from May 1st onwards to donate to Villages of Hope – Africa.  All tunics, skorts and kilts must be clean and in wearable condition.  Please do any repairs of hems, buttons, etc. before donating.  A collection box will be placed in the foyer during the month of May.

Villages of Hope – Africa is a Canadian charitable organization bringing hope to children in need throughout six countries in Africa.  The mission of Villages of Hope-Africa is to bring lasting hope to orphans and vulnerable children by providing them with love and care so they can embrace adulthood as contributing members of society.  Their programs provide education, nutrition, shelter, and healthcare.

If you have any questions about tartan uniform donations, please contact Lisa Klym at lisaklym@telus.net.

5. Call for Volunteers – The PTL is looking for parents who would be interested in volunteering in the 2017/2018 school year in the following positions:  Treasurer, Secretary, Middle-School Member-At-Large, Hot Lunch Coordinator, and Events Coordinator.

Thank you to all who were able to attend the PTL meeting last Friday.  Please see the link below for the minutes from that meeting:


Parent Prayer

A parent from the Port Coquitlam campus has organized a once a month prayer time for parents/family members of Hope Lutheran Christian School:

Please join me to pray for our children, our families, the Staff and Teachers at Hope and our Community of Port Coquitlam. We will share and learn from one another, be inspired by Bible readings on prayer and of course – pray together!  Email Tina Goetz for more info: mylifeforhis@shaw.ca

Location: Please meet in the Narthex/Foyer of the Port Coquitlam Campus

NEW TIME: Parent Prayer will be at 9:05 – 9:35 am for May and June

Tuesday, May 9, 9:05 – 9:35 am                        

Tuesday, June 6, 9:05 – 9:35 am

Christian Book Order Information

Students (youngest or only in each family) are taking home the Spring/Summer catalogue which has a great selection of books for all ages, preschool to adult, and offers fabulous prices!  Each purchase will raise funds for purchasing books for the school library!

To place an order, simply remove the order form from the back of the catalogue and submit it to your child’s teacher by May 15, 2017.

Payment options: **All prices include tax and shipping

  • Cheque made payable to Books 4 Eternity
  • Credit Card information can be put on the order form
  • E-Transfer with school (Hope Lutheran Christian School) and student name to:  accounts@books4eternity.com (the answer to your security question: Books)

NO CASH please!

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Watson, who will be submitting and organizing these orders.

Last Fundraisers for 2017 Grad Class

1. Panago Pizza
Starting today you can purchase a Panago certificate for $12, the bearer is entitled to a medium pizza with multiple toppings of their choice at any Panago location. Please fill out the order form sent home with your child and hand it in with your cheque to the classroom teacher(Port Coquitlam Campus) by Tuesday, May 23; Pitt Meadows Campus please hand into the office.
2. Helping Hands
For one month, from May 15th – June 15, the Grads will be available to lend a helping to those who may need some extra hands after school and on Saturdays. Jobs, like cutting grass, weeding gardens, babysitting or even baking. Please contact Ms. Gabeli, at jgabeli@hopelcs.ca, to book a student. Minimum $10/ per hour suggested donation.
Thank you for supporting our Grads this year!

Reading Link Pizza Party

If you child was part of Reading Link this year, they are invited to a wrap-up Pizza Party on Tuesday, May 23.  Students are to go to the grade 4A classroom at lunch time, during the regular Reading Link time.

Sports Day

Sports Day is coming up on Friday, May 26. It will be a rain or shine event. Many volunteers will be needed to help make this event a success. Please see the following link to sign up to volunteer. Any questions can be directed in an email to Maria at msvandeleur@gmail.com.


KM Club

Km Club has concluded and we are very thankful for all the parents who put in time to make this event happen and to all the students who ran!  Students results will be tallied and awards will be handed out at the end of the year awards event that takes place in June, during the Celebration Chapel.

School Operations Committee (SOC)

The School Operations Committee (SOC) is comprised of interested stakeholders (parents of students attending HLCS, members of Hope Lutheran Church, or members of the greater community). This committee was recently established as a result of changes in the governance of Hope Lutheran Church. Members of the SOC work under the school administrators to assist in a variety of areas.  Applications are now being accepted for a volunteer who has abilities in the area of policy writing.

The portfolio requires:

  1. Work with the Principals to create and update policies as needed
  2. Research policies in other schools to glean information about what might work at Hope.
  3. Presents proposed policies or changes to the Principals and SOC
  4. Updates the Policy document for the school
  5. Attend monthly meetings

Criteria for the position:

  1. involvement in a Christian church and an understanding of Christian education
  2. evidence of strong written communication skills


  1. experience in policy writing
  2. knowledgeable in Canadian laws

Please contact Susan Eisner (seisner@hopelcs.ca) with relevant information containing your experience and training as well as your motivation for your application.

Applications will be received until the position is filled.

Track & Field

The Grades 4-6 classes are now starting their unit on track and field in Physical Education. We will be practicing on Wednesdays from 10:45-11:45 and Thursdays at the same time.

We will be practicing rain or shine, so students need to have their gym strips for all practices and be dressed for the weather. This is in preperation for our Track and Field meet at Swanguard Stadium on Tuesday, May 30.

More information about this including a permission slip willing be coming out to students the first week of May.

We will be looking for parent volunteers to help at the track meet, so please indicate if you are able to come and help with supervising when the permission slip comes out. We look forward to getting ready for this fun track meet.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Medeiros at jmedeiros@hopelcs.ca

Summer Camps

Hope Lutheran School is excited to launch its summer camps this year.  Don’t miss your chance to join the action this summer.  All details can be found on our school website by clicking on the summer camp banner.  Online registration is open. Spaces are limited and registrations are taken on a first come first serve basis.

Information about the program themes have been sent out by email and are available on our website.

Click on the following link to take you directly to the Summer Camp information:



The Spell-a-thon is officially under way!  May 19 is our spelling day.  Please help your child learn words and find sponsors.  If your child has not brought home the envelope pack or has lost it please let their teacher know.