HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH RECAP!

¡Qué divertido! Hispanic Heritage Month was Sept. 15th to October 15th. We had a lot of fun celebrating and learning about Hispanic culture here at Hope Academy! Some of our highlights included learning Spanish worship songs in chapel, reading Esperanza Rising in 5th grade (A story about a Mexican family that immigrates to the US) and reading Waiting for the Biblioburro (About a man in Columbia who delivers library books via donkey to various villages) in 3rd grade! Some Lower School students even sang “Las Mañanitas” as a surprise for Luz Maria on her birthday! Upper School researched different Hispanic scientists in Mr. Quiggle’s class and our PSEO Spanish students made a special Hispanic Heritage Month bulletin board! Our Mom’s Spanish Bible Study also started on Friday mornings. Click ‘Read More’ for some fun pictures!

 

              

             

VIRTUAL HOME VISITS ARE NEXT WEEK!

Virtual Home Visits are next week! Wednesday (10/20) – Friday (10/22).  These are 20 minute meetings for you and your student to relationally connect with their teacher! Teachers will be emailing your Teams meeting invite on Monday and Tuesday so keep an eye out. The invite will be sent to both your parent email and your students Hope email. If you have tech questions before Wednesday (10/20), please call Simon Hall at 612-540-2099. If you have tech questions or issues the day of your home visit, please call the front office at 612-540-2000. Need Spanish interpretation during your Home Visit? Please call Gloria Reyes at 612-540-2039 to make sure we have an interpreter scheduled for you. Thanks! We look forward to seeing you all!

NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 20 – 22

Because of home visits, there is no school Wednesday (10/20), Thursday (10/21), or Friday (10/22). Enjoy the couple of days off.

KEEPING POTENTIALLY SICK KIDS HOME

Reminder: Please keep potentially sick children at home when symptoms arise! If your child complains of a headache, stomach-ache, fever, or cough, please keep them at home and if possible, get a COVID test before returning to school. It’s better to err on the safe side and have one student miss a day or two, than to jeopardize in-person instruction for 20 of their classmates. Thank you! Doing school during a pandemic is challenging, but we can succeed with God’s help.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT DAY *NEW FORMAT!*

Parent Involvement Day is Saturday, October 30th from 9 am – 12 pm. NEW THIS YEAR: Because of health precautions we are splitting the Parent Involvement Day’s into two groups.
Fall Parent Involvement Day (10/30):
Upper School: Student last name starts with A – J.
Lower School: Student last name starts K – Z.
Winter Parent Involvement Day (1/22):
Upper School: Student last name starts with K – Z.
Lower School: Student last name starts A – J.
Note: If you have both Lower and Upper School students, you will be asked to attend both Fall and Winter Parent Involvement Days, otherwise you will only need to attend the one assigned above. This is a new format for this year only.

ACCESS YOUR POWERSCHOOL PARENT ACCOUNT!

Have you accessed your PowerSchool parent account?  Find the email “IMPORTANT: PowerSchool Account Info” from communications@hopeschool.org on 9/29 and complete the steps to access your PowerSchool parent account! Questions? Go to go to https://hopeschool.org/powerschool or email powerschool@hopeschool.org. Bonus: Download the “PowerSchool Mobile” app on your phone! District code: GGXD. US Families: Check your student’s PowerSchool account for daily assignments and grades. LS Families: This is where you will access your student’s quarterly report card. Daily assignments will not be available here.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Current COVID staff cases: 1
Current COVID student cases: 5 LS students
Number of current classes moved to Distance Learning: Grades 3-5 have moved to distance learning until 10/25

Need to get tested for COVID? Click here to find the nearest testing location to you.

Click here for our Health & Safety FAQ. If you contract COVID or are exposed to someone with COVID, please follow this document and reach out to our Health Assistant, Ms. DaVonne Cottrell at 612-540-2822. Masks are still required for staff & students.

SIGN UP FOR SECURLY TODAY!

Ever wondered how to control what your child sees on the internet? Well good news! Hope Academy has partnered with a software company called Securly to help do just that. As a parent, you can manage your child’s Securly settings and see what they are working on in real time! You can begin your journey via the Securly website: https://securly.com/parent-login or you can setup in the Securly App!

  1. Download the Free SecurlyHome App (or go to https://securly.com/parent-login)
  2. Tap the “Login” button
  3. Enter your school registered email: (Emailed to you from communications@hopeschool.org).
  4. Tap the “get instant access” button.

You can also set up a password if you prefer by clicking on the “Forgot Password” link.

Your Securly parent account has access to:

  • Block specific web addresses. Type in the URL’s you want blocked & your child won’t be able to see them on their school device.
  • Check the real-time activity feed to see what your kids are doing.
  • Set specific time windows for your child to have internet access. Whether bedtime or family time, parents can use this feature to encourage their children to take a break from devices.
  • Pause the internet on specific devices.
  • Enable “Flagged Activities” notifications to be alerted when activity indicating bullying or self-harm is detected on your child’s device.

Click here for instructions on how to set up these features on the Securly app!

Thank you for partnering with us in providing a remarkable, God-centered education for your children! Questions? Contact Hope Technical Support at support@hopeschool.org

 

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MOMS CONNECT

Join our Hope Academy Mom’s Bible Study!

Wednesday Morning: English Bible Study from 10 am – 12 pm in Room 141.

Friday Morning: Spanish Bible Study from 10 am – 12 pm. Contact Gloria Reyes with questions!

You can still attend either Bible Study no matter what language you speak! We’d love to see you there!

CULTURAL HARMONY CORNER

I would like to say a big “THANK YOU” for all of you who have agreed to help with transporting our students who are having bus struggles.  It is amazing when community pitches in to help and support one another!

As mentioned last week we have several principles that Cultural Harmony abides by.  We will focus on Principle 1, which states, We believe our commitment to the supreme authority and truth of the Scriptures deeply impacts our understanding of cultural harmony and should inform both our strategies and tactics of how we pursue the unity of the Spirit together. 

It is so important that we let scripture lead our interactions and respect for one another.  John 13:34-35 reads” 34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you [a]love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”  Love covers all and allows us a willingly acceptance to those and things which are different.

It continues to be my hope that you will continue to create an environment that allows our Hope Community to be our true authentic selves. When we allow each other to be true to ourselves it makes our interactions more impactful and healthier. Please look for ways to get to know someone new and help them reach their God given destiny. – Mr. G