Elementary Monday Note: December 9, 2019

Week at a Glance

Monday, December 9

Tuesday, December 10

8:55 – 9:25 am Parent Prayer (meet in the school foyer)

9:00 am Gr. 1B High Touch: High Tech in school field trip

10:45 am Gr. 1A High Touch: High Tech in school field trip

12:00 – 12:25 pm Gr. 4 boys basketball

3:15 – 4:15 pm EAL After School Class (gr. 2/3) (Connection Rm)

Wednesday, December 11

9:00 am Chapel – Joel Bergum

3:15 – 4:15 pm Grade 5 Girls Basketball

Thursday, December 12

3:15 – 4:15 pm EAL After School Class (gr. 4/5) (Connection Rm)

Friday, December 13

Dress Down Day for LEST (Lumberjack Day); $2 to participate

8:30 am PTL Coffee Fellowship (Connection Rm)

2:45 pm Hot Chocolate & Cookie Fundraiser

Looking Ahead…

Monday, December 16

Tuesday, December 17

8:55 – 9:25 am Parent Prayer (meet in the school foyer)

12:00 – 12:25 pm Gr. 4 boys basketball

6:30 – 8:30 pm Bethlehem Walk (First shift of students arrive 6:00 pm; second shift arrive 7:00 pm)

Wednesday, December 18

LATE START – 12:45 pm School Start

6:30 – 8:30 pm Bethlehem Walk (First shift of students arrive 6:00 pm; second shift arrive 7:00 pm)

Thursday, December 19

NOON DISMISSAL – Last Day of School Before Christmas Break

Friday, December 20

NO SCHOOL IN SESSION – Christmas Break

Parent Teacher League (PTL) News

PTL Coffee Fellowship – Friday, December 13

Our next coffee fellowship is coming up this Friday.  Since we’re so close to Christmas, let’s get into the spirit – whether it’s festive, fashionable or ugly – wear your Christmas sweater.

If you would like to contribute baking or help to set up, please sign up here:  PTL Coffee Fellowship  

Following our Coffee Fellowship, the PTL Executive will meet to discuss future events and fundraising.   Anyone interested in helping with these initiatives is welcome to participate in the discussion.

Parent Volunteer Hours

REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS:  Please remember to record your Parent Volunteer Hours as you complete them on your youngest child’s spreadsheet.  Term 1 ends on January 31 and after that date, the sheets will be closed. Please ensure you record any eligible hours prior to January 31, 2020.

If you are short on hours, there are many opportunities, evenings included,  to help with the Bethlehem Walk production. Nightly Production Help Needed

Volunteer Opportunities – 2019/2020 School Year

1. Baking: The Bethlehem Walk production, December 17 & 18, requires 80 dozen pieces of assorted cookies and squares per evening!  Please sign up at the following link and keep your baking in your freezer until the morning of the performance: Bethlehem Walk Refreshments

2. The Well: Our middle school food services club, The Well, is in need of one parent a week to assist in the clean up each Friday after the meal service.  If you are able to spare an hour at the Pitt Meadows campus from 12-1pm, they would greatly appreciate your assistance. Please sign up at the following link:  The Well food services cleanup

3. Lunchtime Supervision: We are looking for volunteers for lunchtime supervision at the Port Coquitlam Campus from 11:50 am – 12:45 pm each day.  This extra support is needed so the kids can go over to McLean’s Park. Orientation will be provided by Mrs. Watson.  Thank you so much for giving your time in this area! You can sign up at the following link: Port Coquitlam Lunch Supervision

Community Relations

Calling All People!

There are many roles to fill to help make Bethlehem Walk a successful outreach to our community.  This year we have received a generous grant from the City of Port Coquilam’s Community Cultural Development Investment Program and our Mayor, Council and City Staff will be invited to attend.  Let’s make this year the best year ever!  

Please sign up where you can.  These roles are designed to fit with your child’s performance schedule so you won’t miss a thing!  Nightly Production Assistance

Bethlehem Walk – Props Needed

A number of props are necessary to enhance the various scenes presented in our Bethlehem Walk production.  The requested items are listed in the following link: Props Needed.  Please sign in the appropriate spot for the item you are able to lend to the production and please confirm its suitability with the teacher in charge before leaving at the school.  All items must be clearly labelled if it is to be returned.

Community Newsletter

Submissions are open for the December newsletter.   Have you been involved in a service project recently or will you be during the month of December?   If so, we’d like to hear from you.

Submissions to Lisa Klym at [email protected]

Submission deadline:  December 13

Publication date:  December 18  

Parking Lot

Please remember that if you are dropping off your children in the morning to do so at the assigned point behind the school.  If the lot is closed you will need to park your car and walk to the school with your child(ren).

Also, please note that the parking lot will be closed to all users starting Monday, December 16 as our tent will be set up and getting ready for our Bethlehem Walk performances.

Grade 5 Girls Basketball

Grade 5 girls who are interested in joining our school basketball team are invited to come to practice after school on Wednesday, December 11.  Practices will continue on Wednesdays in the new year. We are trying to organize a couple of different playing opportunities in the community – details to follow.

Advent Season – Homework

Our campus is going with a “no homework” moratorium for the last 2 weeks before the Christmas break so that families can focus on devoting and praying together, spending time together as a family, and serving others. We encourage families to slow down and take time to truly focus on Christmas and the baby in the manger.

Bethlehem Walk: Costumes, Invitations, and Logistics

Costumes for the Bethlehem Walk (grades 1-5) are provided by the school and will be shared amongst students this year.  Unless otherwise notified by a teacher, students are to wear neutral coloured clothing underneath their costumes (ie. black, navy blue uniform pants, gray, etc.) with dark shoes or boots.  Please do not send students in jeans or brightly coloured clothing that will detract from the bible-times theme of our event. All costumes are to remain at the school.

Coming home today are some invitations for you to invite family and friends to attend our Bethlehem Walk evenings.  If you need more please come to the office, where we will have extras ready for you. This event does not require tickets and is free to everyone. 

On the evening of the performances students are required to arrive 30 minutes before the start time – Shift 1 arrives at 6:00 pm, Shift 2 arrives at 7:00 pm.  This is to ensure they have enough time to get into their costume and any last minute prep. Students will enter the South Wing (grade 3-5 classroom building) and go to their assigned classrooms.  Parents/Guardians will need to sign their child(ren) in AND out. Sign out will happen in the same classroom that students arrived at. Shift 1 students should be signed out at 7:30 pm, Shift 2 students should be signed out at 8:30 pm.  Please note that once students are signed out they are expected to remain with their parent/guardian at all times.

Father Daughter Dance

Our Annual Father Daughter Dance is coming close. It will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020. Please keep a look out for a special invitation which will be sent home with your daughters early next week.

Dress Down Day

Friday, December 13 will be a “Dress like a Lumberjack Dress Down Day”, $2 to participate.  Funds raised will go toward our Middle School students going to LEST in February.

Hot Chocolate & Cookie Fundraiser

Dear parents, We’re excited to let you know that the Grade 5 Celebration Committee has set a fundraiser, on behalf of the Grade 5 classes for Friday, December 13, from 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm selling hot chocolate and a cookie for $2.

25% of the proceeds from this event will go to the BC Mission Boat charity and the remaining 75% of the proceeds will go towards the Grade 5 Celebration in June 2020.

Some info about BC Mission Boat

A group of people living on Vancouver Island, had a vision to build a boat in 1999 and travel to remote parts of the BC Coast to share the love of Jesus Christ with people living in remote communities. Between the years 2000 and 2010, they did this by taking teams in a boat to each community. Since that time the BC Mission Boat Society takes teams using various modes of transportation including car, water taxi and ferry to these communities. Various teams from all over Canada and the USA join us throughout the year to offer kid’s club, men’s and women’s bible studies, family games nights, elder breakfasts and spa nights for the people living in the communities we travel to. Our hope is to encourage believers in the communities and share the love of our Saviour to the people.

Please see the website: https://bcmissionboat.org/

Thank you all for your help and support! – Grade 5 Committee 2020

Family Ski Day – POSTPONED

Due to lack of snow, the Family Ski Day is being postponed to February 28.  This day is a student led conference day; therefore, families who are going skiing should go for their conference on February 27.  All information submitted will be transferred to the new date. If you are no longer able to attend and require a refund, please email Mrs. Olding ([email protected]). If you are now able to attend and would like to be added to this event, there may be some spaces available.  Please contact Mrs. Olding for more information.

Reading Link Volunteers

Reading Link is looking for volunteers to read and make quiz style questions. Multiple readers are needed, and all hours can be completed at home (great for working families!). The job requires a minimum of approximately 8 hours but can easily account for all of your volunteer hour needs if desired. Questions aren’t needed until mid January, so there’s lots of time. A proficiency in the English language is required. For more information please email [email protected]

Hope Lutheran Junior Youth (Grades 5-8)

Junior Youth is a ministry of Hope Lutheran Church for all students in grades 5-8 to grow in friendships and faith! 

The year 2019’s FINAL Junior Youth event is this Saturday, December 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. 

To join our email list, please email Mrs. Stephanie Mayer ([email protected]).


Volunteer Bakers Wanted in the New Year

During the last week of January, we need some bakers to bake some sugar cookies using a cookie cutter that will be provided. Please contact Mrs. MacLean in person or at [email protected], if you are interested.

Yearbook Orders

Once again, we are excited to partner with Jostens in developing a yearbook that will display special moments for all of us, including individual photos of our school family, as well as candid shots and amazing collages!

You may order your yearbook for $25. The deadline for ordering yearbooks is January 31, 2020.


       *Pick up an order form from the office, complete it, make a cheque out to Hope Lutheran School and return both to the school

       *On the cheque subject line, please write your child’s name, their class,  and “Yearbook 2019/20”

ONLINE: go to the following link and follow the instructions


Yearbooks will be delivered in June, before students leave for summer holidays.  Any 2019/20 yearbooks not picked up by June 30, 2021 will be used for school purposes.

If you have any other questions, please contact Mrs. Paul ([email protected]).