Thank you for your interest in attending Experience Italy, one of Hope Hall’s most popular events of the year! This event, that will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 6 to 10 PM at the Italian American Sport Club, located at 1250 Buffalo Road in Gates is as popular as ever.
Attendees can look forward to a delicious and authentic seven-course Italian meal, prepared from the freshest ingredients. The evening includes wine, dessert, music, raffles and loads of fun!
Although we’re getting close to capacity, we still have a few seats left. To reserve a spot contact Megan Pickering at (585) 426-5824, ext 108. If you still need to pay, you can send a check, on or before April 8 to: Hope Hall School 1612 Buffalo Road Rochester, NY 14624 or you can call Megan Pickering at the number above to pay by credit card.
All proceeds from this event go directly toward the education of Hope Hall students.
P.S. We welcome the donations of in-kind gifts for our event raffle. This is a great way to promote your business and to help support the education of Hope Hall’s students! To make an in-kind donation, contact Samantha Standing at Samantha.Standing@HopeHall.org or (585) 426-5824, ext. 107.
A few favorite photos from last year’s event
Click here for our facebook album from last year’s event
For this month, Sister Diana reflects on the dark days of December, when “the light in our northern hemisphere is very much diminished,” noting that it reflects a certain darkness surrounding us in our city, nation, and our world.
She points out that this makes it so important for each of us to become a point of Light and Hope.
Because we are all connected, we can spread that light and hope, and become a force for good. When we do something purposeful for others, and recognize the things in our own lives for which we are grateful, “We can make a difference. We can make someone else’s world better even in a small way.”
She also shares tips for bringing that sense of connection, light and hope into the lives of our children.
In this issue, you’ll also:
Meet our Student of the Month (Adelina, a.k.a. Addie Hunneyman) and discover how she was chosen for this recognition by the Rochester A.M. Rotary Club.
Discover the achievements of two of our Alumni
Learn about our new and upcoming Celebrate Hope Interactive Open House on February 17.
Check out how our Trailblazing Blackhawks did in the Pumpkins in the Park 5K run.
Read several of “The Animal in Me” poems from the 6th Grade Poetry Project. (To see all of “The Animal in Me” poems, Click here.)
Learn how our 2022 Annual Appeal makes a difference in the lives of our students
See our “Twelve Days of Hope Hall Values” Christmas and Holiday Greetings.
Click on the newsletter below to download and read the issue.
Join us in Hope Hall’s gymnasium on Saturday, December 10 from 9 am to 3 pm for our Annual Holiday Woodworking and Craft Sale!
We’ll have an extraordinary selection of high quality woodworking items, hand-crafted by Hope Hall staff and volunteers. You’ll find something for everyone, even those for whom shopping is challenging! Choose from among home and holiday décor, furniture, toys and games!
You’ll also discover a great assortment of craft items created by staff and friends within the Hope Hall Community.
We’lll definitely get you in the holiday spirits with our “select-a-gift” raffle, holiday décor and music!
In November’s newsletter, Sister Diana points out that, in spite of all that is happening in the world that may be bringing us down, focusing on things and people we are grateful for helps alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety and helps bring HOPE.
During the month of November, she will be encouraging our students to develop a habit of gratitude by listing 5 things for which they are grateful each night before they go to sleep, and by thinking of 5 things for which they are grateful before they leave school for home at the end of each day.
She encourages all of us to do the same to reinforce and bring Hope into our lives.
You’ll also find:
A spotlight on two of our alumni
An update on our Gala, and a thanks to all who contributed
An inspiring excerpt from our Gala Parent Speaker, Roxanne Henry
A Thanksgiving Blessing
An article on an innovative strategy one of our teachers is using to teach history
We’re thrilled to participate in A Community Thrives fundraising initiative. This grantmaking and crowdfunding program is supported by the Gannett Foundation. A Community Thrives provides a national platform to get the word out about the amazing work being done at Hope Hall. Our success in raising $6000 will put us on the court to be eligible to receive a share of $2,000,000 in national grants.
In the past, this initiative has been very successful in helping to fund our Career Development and Occupational Studies Program. Last year, it helped raise funds for Senior Scholarships and activities supporting our Senior Class.
This Year’s Campaign
This year, our A Community Thrives campaign targets our Athletic Program, and the impact youth sports has on our students, and the community as a whole.
Hope Hall’s sports program differs from other programs in several ways:
We have a no-cut policy, meaning any student who wants to play a sport can and will play.
The students, not the teachers and coaches, choose the intramural sports that are played.
Hope Hall takes sports beyond the physical skill development and focuses a lot of time on character development. Winning a game is great, but working as a team, making the teams we play feel welcome, and having FUN are far more important.
Why This Fundraiser is So Important
Hope Hall does not receive funding from school districts or government sources, so your gift to A Community Thrives is a slam dunk toward the success of our 2022-2023 athletic season!
This fundraising campaign is completely on-line, and takes place from July 18th at noon ET and runs through August 12th at 9:00 p.m. ET. During this 4-week period, Hope Hall needs to raise $6,000 on-line in order to be eligible for competitive grants of up to $2,000,000.
In addition, Hope Hall will also be eligible for Bonus Grants in different categories.
Please follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter to see updates, stories about the impact our Athletics Program has on our students, and Bonus Challenge information. And please DO consider sharing our posts with your friends and followers. The goal is to raise funds AND awareness, so by helping to spread the word, you’re providing tremendous assistance.
Together we can give students access to a high-quality, no-cuts sports program that helps them lead a healthy lifestyle, have fun, make friends and learn valuable life skills like team-work and perseverance.
Thank you, in advance, for your help!
Middle School Blackhawks Game
Italian American Sport Club hosts Summer Soccer Camp
Gaga Ball is always a student favorite
Anytime is a good time for soccer
The Lady Blackhawks took on teachers to fight cancer
In Hope Hall’s Summer Newsletter, Sister Diana thanks all the Do-ers of Good who helped make our 2022 Walk for Hope so incredibly successful. In her eloquent words,
“We know that love is stronger than hate, and good is stronger than evil, so all of these actions put so much good into our world, and helped us to raise $46,544.23 to support our operating budget and provide our students with a school in which they can thrive.”
In this issue, we feature photos from the Walk for Hope, as well as:
A list of the “Sole Mates” and supporters of our Walk for Hope
Pictures and a post about the send-off we gave our Class of 2022, along with Graduation Photos. (P.S. In case you’d like to see more photos, the Senior Speeches, or the Graduation Ceremony itself, click here).
Photos and fun from the High School Prom (for more photos, visit our facebook album)
How the Hayes Sisters Made a Slam Dunk for Charity
An update on our Sold Out Hope Hopes Golf Tournament
How you can support Hope Hall’s Sports Program through “A Community Thrives” fundraising initiative.
An announcement of our Emcee for the Toast for Hope Gala
Thank you to all the Sponsors, Supporters, Sole Mates and Participants who helped us EXCEED our goals!
About the Walk
Each year on the Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend, Hope Hall’s students, teachers and staff take a one mile Walk for Hope around the community in which the school is located. Following the walk, everyone returns to school for a picnic, followed by a field day with sports, games, chalk drawing, prizes and more.
For many of our students, this is one of their favorite days of the year.
In the May newsletter, Sister Diana Dolce put out a call for “Sole Mates” for our students…supporters who would make a donation to assist students who have been challenged to make the $100 or more that each participant is asked to raise.
We thank the many, many “Sole Mates” who contributed funds to help these students achieve their goals, as well as the donors who sent in gift cards, or funds to be used to purchase gift cards that will be used as prizes for students who reach or exceed their goals
We also send an ENORMOUS thanks out to our Community Supporters!
In May’s newsletter, Sister Diana departs from her traditional format to ask for community assistance in support of Hope Hall’s Walk for Hope, that takes place each May. This year, the school Walk for Hope will take place on Thursday, March 26. Each student and staff member participates in the Walk for Hope, and all money raised — each person strives to raise $100 or more–goes directly to helping Hope Hall’s students.
Sister Diana invites Members of the Community to participate in any of the following ways:
Doing a fundraising walk as an individual, or as part of a team any time during the month of May
Setting up a fundraising page to help Hope Hall raise funds for its students
Sponsoring a student who may have a challenge being able to raise $100 for the walk
Donating a gift card in an amount between $5 and $25 to be used as a thank you gift for those who achieve success in reaching or exceeding their goal of $100.
A form for donations and more information is included in the newsletter.
In addition, the newsletter features:
How the Fifth Grade Class has created micro-businesses to raise money for the Walk for Hope
A Science Project in which students practice sustainability in upcycling paper to become books
A Video Story Project in which 9th Grade ELA students collaborated to write a story of the Underground Railroad
The making of a new video series called “The Hope Hall Difference” to promote Hope Hall to new audiences
Letters from the Heart, in which students share their experience about attending Hope Hall versus other schools
A registration opportunity for the High Hopes Golf Tournament (Register soon! Foursomes are filling quickly!)