- Meet our new Associate Executive Director, who many of you may already know!
- Hear from our graduates, regarding what they have learned that they are taking out into the world (To listen to their actual speeches, visit Hope Hall Senior Speeches 2023)
- Discover how we celebrated our Eighth Graders moving up to become High School Students
- Meet our three students who were recognized by Benjamin Bruce, Deputy Assistant Attorney General In-Charge of the Rochester Regional Office, for receiving New York State Attorney General Letitia James’s Triple “C” Award for Commitment, Character and Courage
- Get an update, with photos on the expansion and renovation progress happening on the Hope for Tomorrow Campaign
- See photos from Hope Hall’s Talent Show that happened toward the the end of June
- Discover what elements of their Living Environment Science class Hope Hall’s 10th Graders were able to identify on a field trip to the Seneca Park Zoo
- See photos from the Walk for Hope that raised over $48,000 toward the Hope for Tomorrow Campaign
As we kick off the month of June, a time of celebrations as our eighth graders move up, and our seniors graduate and begin the next phase of their lives as young adults, we will also celebrate all that the Hope for Tomorrow Campaign has, and will, accomplish for our students in a month-long on-line Hope for Tomorrow series. This special series will highlight some exciting facets of the Hope for Tomorrow Campaign, including construction, program expansion details, the impact of scholarships and financial aid, and more. Like and follow us on social so you don’t miss out!
Plus, our e-newsletter members will get a couple of exclusive “Deep Dives” during the month that provide the inside scoop on construction, and some detailed stories about how our students’ lives will be changed by this initiative to expand our footprint and programming in order to better meet the needs of students who learn differently. CLICK HERE to sign up for our e-mail list if you aren’t already on it.
Every NEW like and follow on our social media platforms and every NEW e-mail sign up between June 1st and June 5th will be entered into a contest for a Hope Hall Merch pack, including a Hope Hall drawstring bag, a Hope Hall sweatshirt, a Hope Hall polo shirt, hand-designed cards, and pens.
You won’t want to miss out!
Follow us on Social Media, or add your name to our e-news list using the links below, for a chance to win!
Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
The winner will be selected in a random drawing from among qualifying entries. A variety of sizes are available in the polo shirt and sweatshirt. Winner will be announced Tuesday, June 6th. Hope Hall Students, Faculty and Staff are not eligible to win.
In May’s newsletter, there’s a strong focus on this year’s Walk for Hope. Sister Diana talks about the importance of Sole Mates — our wonderful friends who help support our students in their Walk for Hope by donating to support individual students or classes in their fundraising efforts. You’ll also find additional ways in which you can participate…through being an individual or Community Partner or by donating gift cards to places students love, to be used as prizes. All of these options are so important this year because all of the money raised supports our Hope for Tomorrow Campaign, enabling the school’s expansion, renovation and enhancement to programming.
You’ll also find:
- “The Hope for Tomorrow Campaign is Music to Our Students’ Ears,” in which we share information on how the music room and program will be enhanced by the renovation.
- An article about Career Week at Hope Hall, and the visitors who came in to share insights about various career opportunities.
- “Readers Theater, A Mesopotamian Myth,” in which Mr. Carman uses the Dolce Method of Learning Mastery® to teach social studies curriculum about the ancient world
- An Alumni Spotlight on Georgia Dunn, Class of 2020, who just graduated from Continental School of Beauty
- Registration and Sponsorship Information on the High Hopes Golf Tournament (Register quickly, as the field is already 2/3 full!)
- A Poem of Thanks to our Amazing Volunteers
Ms. Shelby Dunning’s 12A Math class decided they wanted to do a fundraiser for Hope Hall’s Walk for Hope, which will take place at school on Thursday, May 25. This was the perfect opportunity for Ms. Dunning to collaborate with Ms. Kayla Swan on a cross-curriculum unit combining measurements and fractions with marketing for a real-world, hands-on initiative to support the fundraiser in which all of the students are involved in raising funds for the school. Many students point to the Walk for Hope as one of their favorite activities of the year.
In December, this same class had great success with a fundraising project for the Senior Class that they did in December, where they used their measurement skills to create delicious “Reindeer Cookie” recipes in a jar. These sold out before noon at Hope Hall’s Woodworking Sale!
In advance of starting the creation of these projects, the students presented a business plan to Sister Diana for approval, which she readily approved.
The students are currently working to produce a variety of products ranging from wrist and neck lanyards to Hope Ribbons and Coffee Koozies, using their measurement skills, fabric donated to the class by Mrs. McLean, and new sewing skills they are learning from BOCES teacher, Mrs. Sharon Ashrafian.
These items will be on sale in the school parking lot at 1612 Buffalo Road on Friday May 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. The sale is open to the public and to the Hope Hall Community.
If you cannot make the sale, or your prefer to pre-order your items, available in multiple colors and patterns, you can use the QR code on the flyer below right (simply click on it for the full-size pdf), or follow this link to make your choice in advance of the sale.
All proceeds from this sale will be split equally among the 8 students who have contributed to this project to support their Walk for Hope fundraising.
Construction on the expansion and renovation of Hope Hall School is progressing smoothly.
Our students have been fascinated to watch as the vestibule that was used as the exit for recess was taken down (watch the short video below, taken in February). Each day, as machinery operators dig the hole deeper and deeper to create the basement-level Woodworking Center’s Inventory Management Center, adults and students at the school marvel that the operators of such huge machinery as the excavators used to dig the cellar can be so precise.
For many of the students–especially the younger students who have not yet taken woodworking classes– concepts such as math and measurements come to life as they say the construction workers using these skills to ensure the construction is done properly. For older students considering what they may want to pursue once they get out of school, construction and heavy machinery operation has become an interesting career choice.
Stay tuned to our newsletters, website and social media for update on the Hope for Tomorrow Campaign construction.
For those who would like to help make the dream of the school’s expansion, renovation and enhancement to student programming, your gift would be much appreciated, and it would make a world of difference for our current and future students!
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
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.
December 10, 2022 from 9 am – 3 pm
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!