Elementary Monday Note: October 1, 2018

Week at a Glance

Monday, October 1

3:15 pm After School Activity – Dance (pre-registered)

Tuesday, October 2

8:55 am Parent Prayer (meet in the school foyer)

3:15 pm Gr. 2/3 After School EAL Classes (Rm. 209)

Wednesday, October 3

Grandparents/Special Person Day

9:00 am Chapel – Mr. Leslie Dahl (guest)

3:15 pm Gr. 4/5 After School EAL Classes (Rm.207)

Thursday, October 4

NO SCHOOL IN SESSION – Teachers’ Conference

Friday, October 5

NO SCHOOL IN SESSION – Teachers’ Conference

Looking Ahead…


Monday, October 8

NO SCHOOL IN SESSION – Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, October 9

3:15 pm Gr. 2/3 After School EAL Classes (Rm. 209)

Wednesday, October 10

9:00 am Chapel – Special Guests, Kingcome

3:15 pm Gr. 4/5 After School EAL Classes (Rm.207)

3:15 pm After School Activity – Karate (pre-registered)

Thursday, October 11

12:00 Grade 4 & 5 Cross Country Practice

3:15 pm After School Activity – Coding/Robotics (pre-registered)

Friday, October 12

1:45 pm Al Simmons Concert

Parent Teacher League (PTL) News

 1. PTL VOTE –  Here are the results of the PTL vote on the purchase 2 portable bluetooth speakers.  The vote was passed: 38 in favour and 3 against. Thank you for voting!

 2. FUN FOOD – 
Fun Food Day is Friday, October 12.  Parents from all grades are welcome to participate in bringing baked goods and serving.  Sign up at the link below and earn volunteer hours:


3. HOT LUNCH –Hot Lunch will be on Friday, October 26.

Important Notice Re: 2019 Kindergarten Eligible Siblings

Although it feels like the school year has just begun, in the office we are already preparing for next September!

Each year we set aside spaces in our upcoming Kindergarten classes for potential incoming siblings. This information is determined by what a family has entered on the registration form of their older child.

We recognize that it may have been over 5 years since the first student in a family joined us at Hope Lutheran, and new siblings may have been added, or this section might not have been completed by the family at the time of registration .

If your family has a younger child who would be eligible for Kindergarten 2019 (born in 2014), and you did not received an email today from our registrar Clare Wood, regarding the 2019 Kindergarten sibling application process, please contact Clare directly at cwood@hopelcs.ca, by no later than Friday, October 12.  

Annual Report 2017-18  – We Saw His Goodness

Check out the release of our very first HLCS Annual Report. We know the entire Hope community will enjoy reflecting on the highlights from this past year, recognizing God’s faithfulness and feeling pride in what we’ve accomplished together. We look forward to an amazing year ahead in 2018-19!

View the report here:


Leaving School Grounds

Just a reminder to parents that if you would like to give your child(ren) permission to leave the school grounds after school, you must submit a written request. For a “Permission for Release” form, please contact the office. If you give permission for your child to leave the school grounds on their own, the school is not responsible for their safety. We also do not always have a crossing guard on York Street so your child should be knowledgeable of traffic rules and able to gauge traffic in order to safely cross a street on their own.

For Km Club, please ensure that you or your designated adult is picking up your child and supervising them at McLean Park for the entire run. I would like to emphasize that our Before and After School care (Schola Bohemia) is not responsible for your child unless they are registered in their program. Students not enrolled in the After School program are asked not to play with the enrolled students at McLean Park after school. Parents and guardians are encouraged to consider the level of supervision their child(ren) require(s) in order to be safe.

Lunch Monitors

Students in grade 5 who are interested in serving as lunch monitors to younger grades have started to assist parent volunteers by supervising primary classes as they eat their lunch. We are proud to have a large group of grade 5 students using their gifts and demonstrating what it means to be REAL.

Handicap Parking Spaces

The designated handicap parking spaces are for individuals who have a handicap parking pass. Please use the drop off zone in the morning unless you have a handicap and are parking to come into the school.

School Theme Logo Contest

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the School Theme Logo contest is Chris from Grade 6. Thank you to all who participated. Please take a look at the entries which are on display at the elementary campus. We will soon have posters produced with the winning logo.


Welcome to Lucinda Donaldson and Haley who are offering our K to 5 students a gymnastics program during PE for the next 3 weeks. We look forward to having Gymsense every fall at Hope Lutheran Christian School. Students in grades 2 to 5 require gym strip for their Gymsense days while students in K and grade 1 wear their uniform clothes. Students wear bare feet so please have girls come to school in socks. Girls are also reminded that privacy shorts are a uniform requirement and are especially important to have on during Gymsense.

Terry Fox Run

If we reach our goal this year to raise $3600 between both campuses for the Terry Fox Foundation, Mr Lok has volunteered himself to be duct taped to a wall! Also, the class with the most fundraiser participants will receive a prize (yet to be determined). Pledge sheets were sent home Thursday, September 20. Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated. Donations of $20.00 or more that are listed on a Terry Fox pledge sheet (with a full name and address) are automatically receipted. Cheques and cash will both be accepted although online donations are greatly encouraged. Donating online is fast and easy. Simply, go to


Please make any cheques payable to The Terry Fox Foundation. All monies raised will be forwarded to The Terry Fox Foundation. Pledge forms and donations are to be completed and returned by Tuesday, October 2. to the classroom teacher. Please ensure any cash donations are put into a plastic baggie and clearly marked with the student name and class.

Parents in Prayer

For the coming school year, 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 us on the first Tuesday of each month for Parent Prayer. We will meet from 8:55 – 9:30 am and 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 – we will pray together! Email Tina Goetz for more info: mylifeforhis@shaw.ca

Location: Please meet in the Narthex/Foyer of the Port Coquitlam Campus at 8:55 am on Tuesday, October 2.

The dates for the rest of the school year are:

November 6

December 4

January 8

February 5

March 5

April 2

May 7

June 4

Special Persons/Grandparents Day

This year Special Person/Grandparents Day will be Wednesday, October 3, beginning with Chapel at 9:00 am.  This is an opportunity for your child to introduce our school to a special adult in their life.  We ask that students invite someone other than a parent such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor, pastor or family friend.  

  1. On October 3, children who have a special person with them are to check-in with their teacher at 8:50 am, drop off backpacks, and immediately go with their special person to chapel
  2. Children will sit with their special person in chapel at 9:00 am
  3. After Chapel the children will escort their special person to their classroom(s) to visit and do an activity together.  Siblings who have invited a special person should stay together as a family as they visit each child’s class.
  4. At 10:15 am, the children will say good-bye to their special person.  We ask that special persons help the young ones to get back to their classrooms
  5. Recess will take place at 10:30 am

The parking lot will be open for our guests, however, we ask them to leave via the alley at 10:30 am as the students will be crossing the entrance to the parking lot to cross to McLean Park for recess.

Hope Junior Youth

No Youth October 6 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Join us when we are back on October 13 for Junior Youth (grades 5-8) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm!

Want more information? Join our class on Edmodo with the code: yptd7w

Cross Country

Grade 4 and 5 cross country practice next Thursday, October 11 and 18, during lunch time.   All grade 4 and 5 students who regularly run in Km Club can participate on the Cross Country team for the race on October 25 at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Any parents who want to help train our runners should contact Mr. Mathew dmathew@hopelcs.ca.

Al Simmons Concert

Juno Award-winner Al Simmons demonstrates, with hilarious results, how the various instruments of a symphony orchestra make music in his renowned school show:  Sounds Crazy.

Hope Lutheran PTL is proud to sponsor a special concert for our students at 1:45 pm on October 12. Parents are welcome to attend this K to 8 concert to be held at the Port Coquitlam Campus.

For more information please see https://www.vancouversymphony.ca/artist/al-simmons/.

Caribou Math Contest

Select students from grades 3 to 5 will be participating in an international math contest called Caribou Math as part of their school math program. The goals of this program are to show that mathematical puzzles can be fun, that competing in math contests with interactive questions is exciting, and to improve student’s problem solving techniques by providing a wide variety of challenging math activities.

Parent volunteers are needed during the Caribou Math contest to assist students on logging onto the Chromebooks.

There are 6 contests in a year: October 18, November 15, January 17, February 14, April 4, and May 2. They will be held at 10:15 am – 12 noon on those dates.

If you can help please contact Mrs. Paul (ipaul@hopelcs.ca).  Parents are welcome to register their children to participate at home on the caribou math website: https://cariboutests.com

Parent Learning Evening

Changes to Reporting Student Progress  October 24, 7:30-8:30 pm – Port Coquitlam Campus

As our school continues to align our assessment and reporting practices with the new curriculum, parents are invited to come learn about these changes taking place across our province.  This evening will feature the Learning Directors from Society of Christian Schools BC who will share updates from the ministry and the rationale for the trends in reporting. Child care will be provided that evening.  

Fall Km Club

Kilometer Club got off to an amazing start due to the hard work of our parent volunteers! This fall’s club will run on Mondays and Wednesdays after school, as well as Tuesdays at lunch.  

About 15-20 volunteers are needed each day for the running of this event.  If your child is participating, it is strongly encouraged that caregivers volunteer a minimum of three times throughout the duration of the run. Volunteers are needed to: set up, hand out wristbands, conduct warm-up, be a course spotter, stamp and/or tally laps, clean up, run concession. (Please note, Tuesday volunteers require a completed Criminal Record Check to be on file with the school office.)

Your time spent helping with the Km Club counts towards the Parent Volunteer Hours.

To volunteer please see the following link: Km Club Volunteer

Please email Lisa Klym, Km Club Coordinator, at lisaklym@telus.net if you have any questions about this event.

Passing the Baton

Km Club is run twice a year – once in the fall and once in the spring.  Enthusiastic volunteers are needed this fall to job shadow the Club Coordinator position and the Event Overseer position to be able to take over these roles next year.  Some of our volunteer base will be moving on to the middle school campus and we’d like to have new volunteers trained and in place for the following school year. Role expectations include:

Club Coordinator:

Responsible for administrative functions of the Km club including creating sign-up forms for volunteers, spreadsheets for tracking laps, advertising and recruitment, creation and maintenance of supplies, ordering and distribution of awards, etc.  Bonus: this position fulfills volunteer requirements for the term.

Event Overseer:

To stay for the duration of the run to oversee event, create/repair wristbands on an as-needed basis, answer any questions, ensure proper set-up and clean-up.  Typically also does the timekeeper role but this can be shared with another person. Requires being at the field 30 min. before start of run until final cleanup is done and supplies are stored away (2 hour commitment each run day).  Ideally, this role is shared between several people, each person taking one or two days a week.

Km Club involvement is an excellent way for new families to get to know the school community.

Any parents/caregivers interested in either of these roles can contact Lisa Klym at lisaklym@telus.net for more information.

Family Math Games Night

What: This will be a fun family night with math games by Mathnasium (http://www.mathnasium.com).

When: Friday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

Who: There will be math games for students K-gr.8

Where: Our Family Math Games Night will be hosted at the Pitt Meadows Campus

Save the Date

Please make note of the following planned community event for K to 8 families:

January 25, 2019 – Father/Daughter Dance

Crayola Colorcycle Program

To save markers from the landfill, Hope Lutheran School will be participating in the Crayola ColorCycle program this year. Crayola will recycle any brand of marker, including dry erase markers and highlighters.  The program is simple. Students collect dry markers and deposit them into a collection box in their classroom. At the end of the school year we will ship them off to Crayola to be recycled. The Crayola company will pay all shipping costs.

Hope Lutheran Umbrellas

Official Hope Lutheran Christian School umbrellas are for sale!  These are amazing umbrellas with an extra large canopy for maximum coverage.  They will be selling for $25 each, and available for families to purchase from the school office, at both campuses.