The First Hope Blog, Week of December 15th


Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:


After School Sports Program – Spring Semester

The After School Sports Program is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. The cost for the spring semester is $900.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A time of love, joy, and traditions. One family tradition celebrated in my home was watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas on Christmas Eve. I find that in the hustle, bustle of the holiday season, Linus’s scripture reading from Luke 2 anchors me to the true ‘meaning of the season’. I share it with all of you, our TEEP families, as a reminder of the Nativity of Christmas.

Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!

Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please?

“And there were in the same country Shepards abiding in

the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the

angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone

round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said

unto them, ‘fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great

joy which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day in

the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this

shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in

swaddling clothes lying in the manger.’ And suddenly, there was

with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and

saying, ‘glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good

will toward men.’”

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.



The annual First Hope Christmas Shop was in full swing with shoppers from both TFH and TCS. Students from our Transitions+Secondary classes, along with several parent volunteers, served as the workshop elves. There was a wonderful selection of gifts for everyone from the family pet to that favorite aunt. The excitement of picking out and paying for their gifts “all on their own” could be seen in the big smiles and shopping bags filled with wrapped gifts. Many thanks to all who helped to make this years shop a huge success.

Livy is all smiles at the wrapping station



Mason and David waiting for their next customer

Mrs. Cash and students take a turn as shoppers


Carlos assists a younger shopper



David brushes up on his math skills while handling the cash register


Jennifer Mitchell- T+Primary Lead Teacher

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer ‘Jen’ Mitchell to our TEEP and The First Hope team. Jennifer will be serving as a Transitions+ Primary teacher and working alongside Tierra Brown.

Ms. Mitchell is an early childhood educator with experience in special education.  She has been blessed to teach and volunteer in a variety of settings and is thrilled to be joining The First Hope.  Her greatest hope is that the Lord Jesus Christ be central in all areas of her life, including teaching.  She loves music as a personal hobby and also aims to make it a key part of learning in her classroom.  She enjoys listening to live music, whether it be in a concert hall or at a street festival.  She also admires visual arts such as painting, photography, and dance.  Additionally, Ms. Mitchell appreciates spending time outdoors at the beach, state parks, and just about anywhere there is fresh air and sunshine.  She believes that integrating these and other fun, engaging activities into the classroom creates a wonderful environment for learning and growth.  She hopes to be a blessing to the families and staff of The First Hope and believes they will be a great blessing to her.


Meadow and JD

God loves all His children, but I often say I think our TFH students He has an extra special love.  Our students come in our lives and change them, they make us better, they help us grow closer to our Lord.  They are vulnerable, some struggle to communicate their needs, and others struggle to move each day.  Jesus was born on Christmas Day and we can rejoice in His birth, in His perfect plan for our lives.  He came to save us all.  As I look at our precious students acting out His birth in our group devotionals on Fridays I weep.  I weep to be honored that God chose me to lead this school and help these students.  It is a huge team effort with our staff and teachers.  We are blessed and God is gleaming about all the things happening here at The First Hope.  Merry Christmas!  

-Patty Myers


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