Middle School Monday Note: January 9, 2023

Week at a Glance

Monday, January 9

7:30 – 8:15  – Girls Basketball practice at Elementary Campus

Prater club at lunch

Tuesday, January 10

7:30 – 8:15  – Boys Basketball practice at Elementary Campus

Newsletter Club at Lunch

2:45 – 4 pm – Homework Club – Canceled

Wednesday, January 11

7:30 – 8:15  – Girls’ Basketball practice at the Elementary

Ski Trip Payments Due

The Well @ Lunch

2:45 – 3:45 pm Yearbook Club

Thursday, January 12

7:30 – 8:15  – Boys Basketball practice at Elementary Campus

2:45 – 4 pm – Homework Club

Friday, January 13

Hot Lunch

Looking Ahead…

Monday, January 16

7:30 – 8:15  – Girls Basketball practice at Elementary Campus

Prayer Club at Lunch

Gr. 5 Experience at Middle School

Tuesday, January 17

Ski Trip to Mt. Seymour – No School in Session

Wednesday, January 18

7:30 – 8:15  – Girls Basketball practice at Elementary Campus

Gr. 5 Experience at Middle School

The Well @ Lunch

2:45 – 3:45 pm Yearbook Club

3:15 – 4:00 pm Christmas Musical Cast Party at Elementary Campus

Thursday, January 19

7:30 – 8:15  – Boys Basketball practice at Elementary Campus

2:45 – 4 pm – Homework Club

Friday, January 20

Hot Lunch

Ski Trip Payment Information

Payment for the Ski Trip to Mount Seymour is due on January 11, 2023.  Please submit a cheque or cash to the Middle School office.

$30 – Lesson &  lift ticket ONLY
$40 – Lesson & lift ticket & equipment rental
***Make cheques payable to Hope Lutheran Christian School (on the Memo Line, please include: Ski trip, the name of the student, and grade/class)

Basketball  Practice Update

 Attention!!Students who signed up for the LEST Basketball team, are strongly encouraged to attend all the basketball practices. 

Boy’s Basketball practice – Tuesday & Thursday 7:30-8:15 am – Elementary Campus

Girl’s Basketball practice- Monday & Wednesday 7:30-8:15 am – Elementary Campus

The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) 

Hope Lutheran Christian School has partnered with the Federation of Independent School Association in BC (FISA BC) and the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia to measure and promote children’s social and emotional development, health, well-being, and assets through the Middle Year Development Instrument (MDI). The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in middle childhood about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The MDI is the first survey of its kind to gather information about the lives of children both in school, in the home, and in the community, from their own perspective. The survey questions align with the BC Ministry of Education’s K-12 curriculum, which includes a focus on promoting children’s personal and social competencies.

Grade 8 students are invited to complete the MDI during the class time between: 
January 10th and March 3rd, 2023.

For more information and to view the questionnaires:

Contact the MDI project staff at mdi@help.ubc.ca or connect with your FISA Mental Health Coordinators: Michelle Hussey (michelle_mhc@fisabc.ca) and/or Jamie Morris (jamie_mhc@fisabc.ca)

Parent FAQs:


 If you don’t want your child to participate, please contact your child’s teacher, fill out the withdrawal form at the end of the parent/guardian informed passive consent letter, or contact the MDI project staff at mdi@help.ubc.ca.

School Communication

Over the weekend a few families reached out to share that they received an email from Pastor Hautz and Jennifer Watson.  That email was a scam and our IT department confirms we have not been compromised. Please note that any communication from the school will have our school signature at the bottom (theme verse, school addresses/contact info, and confidentiality notice) and be from our hopelcs.ca domain. If you received this email, please do NOT respond to it and delete the message.

2023-24 Re-enrolment Period for Current Families

Re-enrolment for our current school families for the 2023-2024 school year will be opening on Friday, January 27 and will close Friday, February 10.  Please watch your email for the 2023-24 Re-enrolment forms.  This is an important time for the school community as this sets the framework for what classes will look like for the 2023-24 school year.  We thank you for the attention and promptness you will put in your response during the upcoming re-enrolment period.

Christmas Musical Cast Party

Next week on January 18, we will have our cast party at the elementary campus after school. Come with your favorite memories, and be prepared to eat a snack of some kind. This is our way of thanking the actors and dancers for all their hard work!

March Ski Trip Opportunity

School-wide ski trip is still available to be filled out to determine our numbers.  No lessons will be offered but anyone who would like to come up to Mt. Seymour and have a ski or snowboard day with friends are welcome to join. This is open to both elementary and middle school campuses. This form is to determine how many parents and students are coming and how many rentals and passes are needed. Group rate has been posted on our email before the winter break. 

If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to email Diana at cuonganddiana@shaw.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. JR Youth is on this Saturday, January 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Hope Lutheran’s Elementary campus. Come join us for fun, games, and devotion! This is our kickoff event for 2023! We are excited to see each of you. 

Join our mailing list by clicking here to receive updates about our events.

Have questions? Please email Daniel (dsimpson@hopelcs.ca)

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

PTL News

Grade 8 Missions Trip

Please consider supporting our Grade 8 mission trip – donate your returnable beverage containers.  Labels with our school’s QR code can be obtained in either campus office or printed at any Express Return-It depot by using the phone number 604-111-2222.

All proceeds raised will go directly towards the spring mission trip.


PTL General Meeting

Our next PTL meeting takes place on Thursday, January 19th at 7 pm over Zoom.  A connection link will be shared with parents closer to the meeting date.  In the meantime, please review the November minutes


Participation Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE, the deadline to record your participation hours is January 31st.  After that date, the Term 1 sheets will be closed and hours tallied.  Term 2 sheets will be shared with all parents February 1st.


Maypole Dance Instruction

Port Coquitlam is celebrating their 100th May Day this spring.  We would like to put together a Maypole Dance Team for Hope students in grades 3-5 but, here’s the catch – a commitment from parent volunteers to instruct the four dances is required.

A Maypole Lead Instructor is available to teach the dances to the volunteer instructors and to support them as needed during practices. Practices begin after Spring Break and occur twice per week in the elementary campus gym before, during, or after school hours.

Parents, if you are interested in learning the four dances to teach to our students, Mrs. Watson needs to hear from you by Wednesday, January 18thOnce we know that we have the instructional support in place, we will make a signup form available for students to apply.

CommUNITY Relations

Open House – January 24th

We’ve learned from our admissions interviews that an overwhelming majority of our applicants come to our school because of word-of-mouth recommendations from our school community.  We are thankful that you, our parents, are our best advertisers.

Do you know of a family looking for a great school to call home?  Please tell them about your experience with Hope and refer them to our website at hopelcs.ca/school to register their attendance for our open house taking place Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30 pm at the Elementary Campus.

Information postcards were sent home with each student for you to hand out to anyone you know considering education options for their children.

Also, we are looking for a few parents to act as Parent Ambassadors and interact with prospective families after the tours.  The expectation is to be present in the gym from 7-8 pm and answer any questions parents may have about our school.  If this interests you, please let Lisa know at lklym@hopelcs.ca.


CommUNITY EVENT – Friday, January 27!

Celebrate Your Heritage and join us for a night of commUNITY.  

Please indicate your attendance on this Potluck Registration Form and, once registered, tickets can be purchased in either campus office – $5 per person or $20 for a family.  

This event will also include an Author Chat with two resident authors, a Scholastic Book Fair, a book walk for a chance to win prizes, and other fun literary activities for all ages.

Our last potluck dinner was an amazing success with a vast variety of ethnic foods.  We hope to repeat the experience so pull out your recipe books and consider what cultural dish you can contribute that celebrates your family heritage.  All attendees are to bring a food item (sweet or savoury) to feed 12 people.  Provision of food will count for one hour of parent participation time.



You may be wondering, what happened to the January newsletter.  You didn’t miss it.  We have delayed publication to allow us to include some exciting news that we wanted to be sure to share with our Hope Community.  Watch your inboxes on Wednesday for a link to the January Hope Herald.

Submissions are open for the February newsletter.  During February we hold our annual Intentional Acts of Kindness challenge.  What do you do to extend kindness to others?  Are you serving in a ministry or volunteering in a community group?  If so, we’d like to hear from you. Inspire others to do good by sharing your story.  Please email to Lisa Klym at lklym@hopelcs.ca


Prayer Community

Wondering about a new year’s resolution?  How about making prayer a priority for 2023?  Join our community of prayer partners as we gather each week at the Elementary Campus entrance and each month in the Chapel to pray for our school community and beyond. 

Prayer meetings take place every Monday at 8:45 am outside the Elementary entrance and the last Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Elementary Chapel – all are welcome and children are encouraged to participate in the evening prayer time.  

Our next evening gathering is Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 pm – hope to see you there. 


New Online Small Groups

New online Bible reading groups for both men and women are happening but it’s not too late to join.  Please email Lisa to receive a link to join a group (lklym@hopelcs.ca).

Parent Prayer

You are 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 meet outside at the Elementary Campus by the main entrance. 

Every Monday from 8:45 – 9:15 am (except for holidays).