Elementary Monday Note: September 27, 2021

Week at a Glance

Monday, September 27

9:00 am Parent Prayer

3:00 – 4:00 pm Gr. 5 Coding Club

3:20 pm Km Club (@ McLean Park)

Tuesday, September 28

Individual Student Photo Day – formal uniform required

Wednesday, September 29

Orange Shirt Day (observed) – Dress Down Day (no cost)


3:00 – 4:45 pm Gr. 4 & 5 EAL Class (in gr. 5A classroom)

3:20 pm Km Club (@ McLean Park)

Thursday, September 30

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation – NO SCHOOL IN SESSION

Friday, October 1

Terry Fox Run – Red & White Dress Down Day ($2)

Hot Lunch Day

3:00 – 4:15 pm Gr. 3 EAL Class  (in Connection Rm)

3:20 pm Km Club (@ McLean Park)


Looking Ahead…


Monday, October 4

9:00 am Parent Prayer

3:00 – 4:00 pm Gr. 5 Coding Club

3:20 pm Km Club (@ McLean Park)

Tuesday, October 5

Wednesday, October 6


3:00 – 4:45 pm Gr. 4 & 5 EAL Class (in gr. 5A classroom)

3:20 pm Km Club (@ McLean Park)

Thursday, October 7

3:00 – 4:15 pm Gr. 3 EAL Class  (in Connection Rm)

Friday, October 8

Hot Lunch Day

3:20 pm Km Club (@ McLean Park)

Individual Student Photo Day

Formal Uniform Required

Get ready to put on your best smile! Tuesday, September 28, is Individual Student Photo Day at the Elementary campus.  Students will be required to be in their formal uniforms.

Some tips from our photo company, Mountain West, to help your child(ren) prepare for photo day:

  • Parents, before your children leave for school on photo day, please remember to look them over and help them look their best. Faces that are clean and clothes that are stain-free will make for great photos!
  • Wearing glasses may result in glass glare and/or shadows on the face, and are difficult to retouch. For best results, please consider asking your child to remove their glasses for at least one photo.
  • Click Here to visit “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) about Photo Day.

Orange Shirt Day Observed

This Wednesday, September 29, students are encouraged to wear orange in recognition of Orange Shirt Day (September 30).  We wear orange to show awareness to the struggles the indigenous peoples of Canada faced (and are still facing) due to residential schools.  As well, we wear orange to honour and remember those young lives lost during the residential school experience.  No money will be collected for this dress down day.  Our teachers will be working with their students to explain more about why we wear orange and what September 30 (National day of Truth and Reconciliation) is all about.

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

For those interested:  This free event is an opportunity to learn about Canada’s Residential schools and the impact still felt today as well as celebrate Indigenous culture. Participate in medicine bag workshops, taste Indigenous tea and indulge in several flavours of bannock while you wander through a variety of Indigenous art on display and for sale. Check out this link for more information.  https://globalnews.ca/event/8186696/orange-shirt-day/ 

Road Safety – Drop off & Pick up

Thank you parents for being careful and mindful during our morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. Please be aware that U-turns and/or stopping on the road to let out students out is not permitted and unsafe.  Instead, park your car in designated parking spots and then walk your child(ren) to the school parking lot. You may also choose to arrive earlier and drop off in our parking lot so you do not have to park or get out of the car.  This drop off is closed at 8:30 am.  Please allow yourself extra time and to follow the laws of the road.  We have a lot of littles to watch out for and we appreciate your time and attention at these critical times.

Scholastic Digi Flyers Now Available!

Scholastics will, for the month of September, be online with orders shipped directly to your home. When you use the Class Code our school earns 20% of the value of the order in rewards and you get FREE SHIPPING on your order of over $40. Remember you can order online whenever you want at scholastic.ca/clubshop.

The SEPTEMBER FLYER is in this link. When you checkout, don’t forget to use our school Class Code: RC131640. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Stiles (tstiles@hopelcs.ca).

Terry Fox Dress Down

On Friday, October 1, 2021, we will be doing our whole school Terry Fox Run. This is a Dress Down day where students are invited to bring $2 (for Cancer Research) and wear their Canada colours (Red and White).  Please ensure that students are able to run comfortably in what they choose, and dress for the weather.

Terry Fox Run

Lets ‘Try like Terry’ to raise funds and awareness for Cancer research. Pledge sheets were sent home last week for you to start collecting pledges. If you require an additional pledge sheet please contact Mrs. Stiles at tstiles@hopelcs.ca. All pledge forms need to be returned to school by October 12. Cheques are to be made out to ‘Terry Fox Foundation’. Fundraising is optional, but all students will participate in the run at 9am on Friday, October 1. You are also able to donate online at: http://www.terryfox.ca/HopeLutheranChristianSchool. Together, we can make a difference.

This years incentives for fundraising are:

  • Lunch with Mrs. Watson for the child who raises the most money
  • Extra gym/recess time for the class with the most pledge participation
  • The opportunity to duct tape Mr. Mayer to the wall if the school raises over $2000
  • The opportunity to duct tape Mr. Lok and Mr. Mayer to the wall if the school raises over $3500 

Click here for some inspiration and information about this amazing initiative.

Parent Prayer

You are invited and welcome to join other parents and our school administration to pray (even if you’ve never prayed before!). Please consider setting aside 30 minutes of your time at the beginning of each week to join us for Parent Prayer as we pray for our school, families, and community. 

We will be meeting outside at the elementary Campus by the main entrance. 

Every Monday from 9:00 – 9:30 am (except for holidays).

Parent Teacher League (PTL) News

Parent Volunteering

An ongoing list of volunteer opportunities can be found here:  2021-22 Volunteer Opportunities  This list has also been posted on our website at hopelcs.ca/school/parents/volunteer and will be updated on a regular basis.

Looking for immediate opportunities for service?  

  1. Our photo shoot sessions require a Photographer’s Assistant.  Please view the following signup for available time slots to serve:   Photo Sessions 
  2. Have an eye for colour and design?  We’re looking for parents interested in corporate decor/interior design to serve on a decor committee for our new middle school location.  Contact Lisa at lklym@hopelcs.ca


Staff Appreciation

Last year our parents showed appreciation to our staff by supplying the staff rooms with treats and quick meal items such as granola bars, cookies, noodle bowls and canned soup.  Staff were touched by the gesture and enjoyed having a reason to get out of their classroom and meet in the staff room over a coffee and cookie.  Staff were also appreciative of a light meal of soup if  working late unexpectedly. 

If parents would like to continue with this, you may drop off your food items to either campus office.  Every $10 spent on food items will count as 1 hour towards the parent participation hours.


PTL Executive Call for Nominations 

The PTL Executive positions are 2-year commitments and after the two years, the position is to be open for nominations to give any interested parents an opportunity to serve on the Executive.  

The role of President has been filled by Lisa Klym for the last two years and the PTL is now accepting nominations for President.  Any parents wishing to step into this role, please email the PTL at hopelutheranptl@hopelcs.ca.  This call for nominations will be posted for four consecutive weeks and any nominations will be discussed and voted on at our November 4 PTL meeting.

Additionally, the role of Vice-President is vacant and available immediately for interested parents.  If you are interested in serving, have any questions or require further information, please email the PTL.

Thank you to Sue Corrigan for offering to act as our PTL Secretary.  We welcome Sue to our Executive team and look forward to working with her.


Family Portraits Fundraiser

If you have signed up for a photo session, please ensure payment ($50 cash or cheque) has been submitted to the office, addressed to Michelle O’Dell, PRIOR to your photo session date.

Spots are still available for prime photo sessions for our Family Portraits Fundraiser.  Outdoor photo shoots take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to October 23.  This is a great opportunity for families to have a professional photo taken with a portion of the session fee directly benefiting the school. 

To sign up for a session time, please register here:  Photo Sessions (please note the two tabs, for Weds/Thurs & Sat).  Details of the photo sessions is as follows: 

For a flat rate of $50 (60% of which will be donated to Hope Lutheran Christian School), you will get:

  • a 30 minute session at either Peace Park off Kebet Way OR along the Pitt River Dyke off Old Dewdney Trunk Rd (Please make note of which dates will be at each location when you sign up);  
  • complimentary editing; and
  • ALL usable photos in the form of an online gallery which you can download your photos from.

**Note: Michelle Evans Photography  reserves the right to use any and all photos from your session for social media and promotional purposes.

Payment is required the Monday before your scheduled session and can be dropped off at the Elementary School office. Only cash or cheque addressed to Michelle O’Dell will be accepted. Failure to make your payment, will result in the loss of your session time.

Community Relations

Online Bible Reading Plans

Parents are encouraged to be involved in the community through an online Bible reading plan app.  A new plan is starting today.  Please contact Lisa at lklym@hopelcs.ca if you wish to be involved. 


Supporting Our Hope Community

We like to support businesses within our Hope Community and tap into the talent and abilities represented by our parents in fulfilling areas of need around our facility and within our community.  Kindly review the following survey and provide as much detail as you can. 

Inventory of Interests and Abilities



Submissions are open for the October newsletter.  Do you have an achievement or special event you’d like to share? How about a story of wonder and exploring God’s creation?  Please send your submissions to Lisa Klym at lklym@hopelcs.ca.

Hope Lutheran Junior Youth

Junior Youth is a ministry of Hope Lutheran Church for students in Grades 5-8, connecting students with Jesus and one another.

Our next event is this Saturday, October 2 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Elementary campus.
To stay in the loop for our next events, join our email list by clicking here.

Have questions? Please email Danielle (danielle.andriulaitis@hopelcs.ca)

Blessings to you and your family from the Junior Youth Ministry Team!