Update from Hope Academy in Week 8!

Dear Hope,

We’re thanking God to be in week 8 of this school year, and wanted to share an update. Though it has been by far the most challenging and complex school year, we praise God that we’re able to continue caring for the majority of students in-person (about 70%), as well as providing online schooling for those who need it (about 30%).

Even with face masks, desk dividers, and new protocols, children know they are loved, and are adapting to this year’s new normal. Students are happy to see their teachers and friends again, and flourish with structure and routine.

Last week, teachers did a virtual “home visit” with each family in their class, connecting, encouraging, and praying for one another. Next Saturday, we’ll host a virtual Parent Involvement Day, providing a variety of workshops parents can choose for their growth and equipping.

This fall, we’re also grateful to have launched initial HopeTech courses in woodworking, coding, robotics, and more. This is part of a broader initiative to better prepare students for the future of work by exposing them to the trades and technology, in addition to their classical coursework.In all of this, we praise God that He is our Rock, our Refuge, and our Hope in times of trouble. As the world continues to swirl around us, He is constant, eternal, and unchanging. If you are praying, giving, or otherwise supporting our community in this time, thank you. You are making a world of difference for children and families in our city. If you’d like to learn more or get involved in these ways, please see the links below.

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love, and Christ’s perseverance.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Let Hope Arise,


Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

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7th & 8th Grade World History Fair

Open to all classrooms and parents from 3:40-4:20, Wednesday, May 30th.

7th & 8th Grade Science Fair in Gym

Open to all classrooms and parents from 2:00-3:40pm, Friday, May 25th.  Optional Science Fair Open House for parents – Thursday, May 24 5:00 -7:00 pm.  Students are not required to be attend that evening, but parents are welcome to come and view the projects.

If I wasn’t at this Jesus school…

One of the greatest opportunities we have at Hope Academy is to teach children that God is love. Let me tell you how that is making a profound difference, on the most practical level.

 

 

“Mrs. Hayden, if I wasn’t at this Jesus school, I’d probably hit that kid!” said one of our Kindergarteners. Something is registering with him; love is working its way into his heart.

“Miss Mann, can we just work out our problems before we celebrate Valentine’s Day?”asked a tender-hearted second grader. Students are learning that love means moving towards others in kindness–especially when you don’t like them.

“I’m very thankful for Mrs. Pearce’s tough love,” one of our graduates reflected. “Some people are soft and just want to please you. She wanted us to understand what was good for us.”

Praise God that love is so much more than a nice sentiment, conflict-avoidance, or sweeping things under the rug. At Hope Academy, “We love because he first loved us,”and that makes all the difference.

With a grateful heart,

 

Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

Youth Basketball Coaches Needed

We are now looking for Youth Basketball Coaches for Hope Academy’s winter basketball teams (Kindergarten through 7th grade). If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering, please contact Kelby Brothen – kelbybrothen@hopeschool.org .

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If you’d enjoy learning more or staying connected to Hope, we invite you to:
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Rejoice with us! Incredible news for 5 Act Six recipients

The entire Hope Academy community is celebrating this month because five Hope Academy students were just awarded $800,000 in college scholarships over four years from Bethel University and the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, as part of the Act Six scholars program.

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Yosief Temnewo, Ruth Norman, Matthew Anfinson, Shania Castillo, and Joshua Gillespie

Selected through a rigorous, three-month competition among more than 200 applicants, Yosief Temnewo (2014 Hope graduate), Ruth Norman (future 2015 Hope graduate), Matthew Anfinson (2015), Shania Castillo (2015), and Joshua Gillespie (Hope Academy 8th grade graduate; son of staff member Darrell Gillespie) were among 27 urban students chosen for their distinctive leadership, academic potential, and commitment to making a difference in their communities.

On the day of harvest, everyone rejoices-not just those who wielded the sickle. Everyone who contributed to making a crop is happy when the harvest is brought in.

The Apostle Paul wrote about this communal joy in developing people. He said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Cor. 3:6-7

Last week, Act Six scholars began an intensive seven month training program that involves retreats, campus visits, and weekly meetings to equip them to succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.

As contributors to Hope Academy, you have a part in our joy in their success. Rejoice with us, and join us in praising God who deserves the glory.

As the Scripture says, “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything (in comparison), but only God who gives the growth.”

With great gratitude,

Russ Gregg
Head of School

P.S. – Please join our Hope Scholars Breakfast on Thursday, May 28 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. to learn how you can play a critical role in bridging the gap to college for many more Hope students. RSVP to jamieolson@hopeschool.org.