COVID-19 UPDATE: SCHOOL CLOSED STARTING TUESDAY (3/17)

Dear Hope Academy Community,

As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19, know that we are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The Minneapolis Public Schools district has made the decision to close schools starting on Tuesday, March 17 for several weeks.

This means that Hope Academy will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 

Please note that this is different from the rest of the State of Minnesota. Our plan is to resume classes after Spring Break on Monday, April 6. 

Please note:

  •  – It is extremely important that your children attend school on Monday, March 16.
      Instructions and plans will be communicated with students that day and curricular materials will also be sent home.
  •  – Communication will be sent through our five usual channels.
      Hope Happenings, Hope Academy website, Facebook, email, and text messages.
  •  – School Days:
      Even though we will not be meeting in person, students will be responsible for completing work during the regular   days off from school (this does not include Spring Break).
  •  – Monitoring Your Child’s Learning:
      We suggest that parents develop a schedule for their child to work on classwork and assignments. Regular check-ins   with your child will help them to complete their tasks. Teachers will be checking in with students or parents from time  to time on their students’ progress.

To answer questions about COVID-19’s effect on our school, I have included a summary of decisions made by our Hope Academy Leadership team that will be in effect for this two-week period (March 17-March 26):

 

  • Learning Plans:

    High School (Grades 9-12): Learning will continue online. Teachers will teach classes at designated times and assign assignments through Microsoft TEAMS. Students are expected to complete and turn in these assignments online. If a student does not have a laptop or computer with internet access, please inform Shannon Chislom at the Upper School office immediately (612-540-2014 or shannonchislom@hopeschool.org).

    Middle School (Grades 6-8): Students will be required to complete packets with daily schoolwork. Packets will be sent home with students on Monday, 3/16. Packets will also be available for download on their classes’ Microsoft TEAMS.

    Lower School (Grades K-5):
    Students will be required to complete packets with daily schoolwork. Packets and books will be sent home with students on Monday, 3/16.

  • Food:

    We are working on a system to make breakfasts and lunches available for pick-up. Look for more information on this later.

  • Health Care & Emergency Responders childcare program:

    If you are a Health Care Worker or Emergency Responder in need of childcare, contact the Main Office with your employment info and needed childcare hours. Every effort will be made to provide childcare under the supervision of Hope Academy Teaching Assistants between 7:45 am – 5:30 pm for K-5 children who would normally be at Hope.

  • Childcare (Acts 4:32 Connections):

    Looking for childcare during the day? Or willing to provide childcare?
    Hope Academy is looking to connect families who need childcare with families that have the capacity to watch other kids during the day.If you are a family that would be willing to host another family’s school-age children during school days, or if you are a family that could use a host family for your school-age children, click here to sign-up! While we cannot guarantee childcare, we hope that we can be a resource to bless families during this time. Email Hannah Mattson with any questions (hannahmattson@hopeschool.org).

    “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32

  • Athletics & Events:

  • All student activities and athletics are postponed through April 6.

We will continue to monitor the changing dynamics related to COVID-19 and make future decisions accordingly. As soon as we are able, we will resume classes and all activities.

We will continue to monitor the changing dynamics related to COVID-19 and make future decisions accordingly. As soon as we are able, we will resume classes and all activities.

I understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for our campus, state, nation, and world. It is our utmost goal to protect you – our students, faculty, and staff. I ask that you join me in prayer for all those affected by this disease and I encourage you to look to scripture for God’s reassurance. Remind yourself and your loved ones often of the words of Jesus, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give peace to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

Russ Gregg
Head of School

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90-Second Stories | This Neighbor Became a Supporter

Raised in Guatemala and Miami and having lived in the neighborhood around Hope Academy, watch as one of our Partners provides a unique perspective on how we can help Minneapolis change for the better:

I’m so encouraged by the army of people I see investing in the youth of our city, and pray hundreds more like you will be inspired to join this work.

7 simple ways you can help this Christmas!

Dear Hope,

December is a joyful month at Hope Academy. And now that joy is doubled!

To help meet the very real needs of children and families in our community, anonymous donors have stepped up to provide a dollar-for-dollar match of any new or additional giving to Hope Academy this school year, up to $225,000.

So, if you’re looking for ways to be blessed and be a blessing this Christmas, here are 7 simple options:

1. Support a student

Almost every child at Hope Academy needs a financial Partner to be here — someone who will make a generous gift to help offset the cost per student.

28 students still need a Partner this school year ($3,650/half, $7,500/full).

Learn what it means to be a Partner.

2. Give a day

Each year, we trust the Lord to provide for the financial needs of our students — including someone to sponsor each day of Kindergarten!

$650 sponsors one day. 180 need sponsors! 

Learn more here.

3. Give a book

Help us give each child at Hope Academy a gift-wrapped set of books to take home and enjoy, to encourage literacy and foster a love of learning.

$25/book, $500/class.

Click to learn more.

4. Join our Christmas Book Giveaway

Come to our Christmas Book Giveaway Tuesday, December 17th to enjoy a brief program, then deliver and read books with students. It’s one of the most joyful events of the year!

Click to RSVP.

5. Pray for Hope

Please pray with us.

So often, we are reminded that only God can heal wounds, change hearts, unite families, strengthen the weary, heal the sick, open the floodgates of provision, and provide divine wisdom. We are daily in need of God’s grace.

6. Invite a friend

Spread the word!

If you’re like most of our supporters, you found out about Hope Academy through a friend. Share your favorite video on Facebook, invite a friend to a monthly tour, or contact us to set up a visit.

7. Double Your Gift!

It’s hard not to mention it twice!

If you sponsor a book, day, or student for the first time this school year – or give beyond what you gave last year – your gift can be doubled.

Click for details, or to make a gift!

May the Lord bless you with a double portion of joy this Christmas.

With great joy,

Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School


Giving Stock? Get Double Benefits.

Did you know that giving appreciated stock can save you money on taxes, and allow you to give more? Click to learn how.

If you’d like to give a gift through a stock transfer, contact Jim Stigman at 612-540-2016 or jimstigman@hopeschool.org.

Growing Hope Campaign Complete!

Dear Hope,

It began as a question four years ago: “How could we provide a remarkable, God-centered education to even more urban youth?

Our enrollment had topped 400, but we were running out of space. Many questions remained. Would financial Partners who already give so much give even more to make room for more students? Could we navigate the nuances of our old building, and build a new gym, even though we were land-locked?

Today we are celebrating the answer to all of those questions. It is a resounding “Yes, and amen!”

Through the joy-filled, above & beyond support of so many, God has provided 16 new classrooms, added student support spaces, an expanded cafeteria, and a new gymnasium.

We’ve also celebrated the launch of the Spreading Hope Network, a nationwide initiative to create 10 more Hope Academy-style schools around the country. The first school in Houston opened in 2018, and three more have opened now near Raleigh, Cleveland, and Oklahoma City.

What does this mean for urban youth?

  • Our enrollment has already grown by 125 students, and we’ll be able to serve an additional 150 students in the coming years.
  • Students are receiving more robust training in the sciences due to expanded science facilities.
  • We’ll be able to grow our students’ appreciation for beauty, music, and art with the addition of designated art and music rooms for both our upper and lower schools.
  • Students struggling academically and emotionally can receive one-on-one tutoring and support to help them be successful in the classroom.
  • We’ll be able to deepen the sense of community among student and families through sufficient gym seating for basketball games.
  • Expanded recess and physical education space will ensure that our urban students are exercising both their minds and bodies, and developing critical team-building skills.
  • Lunch time will be more efficient and organized with the addition of a second serving line and added seating capacity.
  • And thousands more inner city children will have access to a Christ-centered education around the country.

Praise God for each prayer warrior, student, and the 141 donors who together contributed $9.4 million to make hope in God come to life for more children in our city, and beyond.

With great joy,

Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

Why Parents Matter

Dear Hope,

Simply put, parents are the most important teachers in a child’s life. But not every parent has had healthy role models of their own.

That’s why we go to great lengths to equip, encourage, and build true friendships with our parents–from home visits, to parenting workshops, to teacher/parent communication and more.

Click below to hear why one of our parents loves this.

With joy,

Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

I Didn’t Think They’d Accept Me Back

Dear Hope,

Have you ever been humbled by a second chance?

Andrew was on a path to destruction–until God’s grace intercepted him. Click below to hear Andrew share how his teachers’ love and grace changed his life.

With joy,

 

 

Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

90 Second Stories: Where’s Hope When Life’s Hard?

Life is hard for our students. Sometimes unimaginably so. The stress of fatherlessness, homelessness, poverty and trauma mounts quickly for some.
That’s why the best thing we can do is to be present, and to teach our students how to grapple with life when it’s tough.
Click below to hear how “Mr. G” helps our students find strength in pain, and how they’ve helped him do the same:
The more hardship I see, the more grateful I become that God truly is a refuge for our staff and the families we serve, even in the most excruciating of times.
Thank you for praying for us, and providing an extra layer of support when times are tough.
In hope,
Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

7 simple ways you can help this Christmas!

Dear Hope,

Each December, I’m overwhelmed by the kindness that pours into our Hope Academy community: presents for families, winter wear for students, generous year-end gifts. Proof that it’s more blessed to give than receive!

If you’re looking for ways to be blessed, and be a blessing this Christmas, here are 7 simple options:

1. Give a book

Each Christmas, every child at Hope receives a gift-wrapped set of books to take home and enjoy, to encourage literacy and foster a love of learning.

$25/book, $500/class.

2. Read a book

Come to our Christmas Book Giveaway Tuesday, December 18th to enjoy a brief program, then deliver and read books with students. One of the most joyful events of the year!

3. Give a day

Each year, we trust the Lord to provide for the financial needs of our students — including someone to sponsor each day of Kindergarten!

$625 sponsors one day for one class.
119 days left!

4. Pray for Hope

Please pray with us.

So often, we are reminded that only God can heal wounds, change hearts, unite families, strengthen the weary, heal the sick, open the floodgates of provision, and provide divine wisdom. We are daily in need of God’s grace.

5. Give a year

Almost every child at Hope Academy needs a financial Partner to be here — someone who will make a generous gift to help offset the cost per student.

19 students still need a Partner this school year ($3,625/half, $7,250/full).

6. Tell a friend

Spread the word!

If you’re like most of our supporters, you found out about Hope Academy through a friend. Share your favorite video on Facebook, invite a friend to a tour, or contact us to set up a visit.

7. Bless a teacher

Our teachers are the most selfless people I know, pouring themselves out on behalf of their students.

This Christmas, send a note of encouragement to a teacher, or email us about other ways to bless.

In a season that can so easily by dominated by consumerism, may you experience the deep and lasting joy of giving this Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who is making hope happen!

With a grateful heart,

Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

Giving Stock? Get Double Benefits.

Did you know that giving appreciated stock can save you money on taxes, and allow you to give more? Click to learn how.

If you’d like to give a gift through a stock transfer, contact Jim Stigman at 612-540-2016 or jimstigman@hopeschool.org.

A good time for good news.

Do you ever feel like bad news is increasing at an exponential rate?

Today, I want to share 7 happy headlines from Hope Academy that I think we can all celebrate (click here for the full report):

1. Breaking down barriers

Regardless of income, family composition, ethnicity, or zip code, Hope Academy is increasing access for low-income, urban youth to a remarkable, Christ-centered education.

2. Addressing the heart of the matter

At Hope Academy, we teach to the heart, as well as the head. “The thing I like best about Hope Academy is our teachers and how much they care about us,” said one student.

3. Transforming lives

“I”m not the same person I was two or three years ago, and that’s all because of God and because of my teachers,” shared Andrew (far right).

4. Strengthening urban families

“Coming from a Hispanic background with a single-parent home and a low-income family, there’s a lot of challenges that we face. I believe that God has totally flipped the story around; both my sister and I were awarded full-ride scholarships,” said Jose, Class of 2018.

5. Beating the odds

By God’s grace, we are seeing incredible results. In 2018, our students scored higher than ever on standardized tests in math and reading. 95% of seniors graduated on time, and 94% of all graduates have been accepted to 2- and 4-year colleges–many on full scholarships.

6. Grads giving back

One of our greatest joys is to see our graduates working for justice, economic opportunity, hope for the family, and joy in the community. Graduates are already leading and serving their communities, at Hope and abroad.

Praise God for his incredible faithfulness, and for each teacher, donor, volunteer, and prayer warrior who has made these things possible.

We are still trusting the Lord to provide supporters for 26 of our students this school year. Click to see how you can get in on the joy!

With a grateful heart,

Russ Gregg

Co-Founder & Head of School

We’re Growing!

Hard hats are back at Hope–an exciting reminder that, “We’re growing!”

Click below for a brief Growing Hope update:

With 500 students this year, there are many ways to get in on the joy! Learn more about the Growing Hope Campaign, and how you can give, serve, or spread the word.

With great anticipation,

Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

Join Us for a Growing Hope Tour!

Each month, we invite people in for a glimpse of the remarkable things God’s doing in our community, through Hope.

The number one response from visitors? “I wish I would have known about this sooner!” That’s why we invite you to invite your friends, and help us to get the word out.

Click to see our 18-19 Growing Hope Tour dates, and RSVP for you and a friend. We look forward to welcoming you!