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What If? Dreaming Big

Posted by Erika Bakker, 2nd Grade Teacher

As I help students develop their writing skills, I often have them play with the question, “What if?”.  The children usually ask the question on their own.  It comes naturally.  I help them linger there for a while.  “What if?” is the gateway to all sorts of fun.  We go on long and silly tangents, making long lists of wild possibilities. 

Several months ago, the second graders enjoyed hearing the story called “The Littles” by John Peterson.  In the story, a family of very small people live in the walls of a house.  The Little family watches the Bigg family, borrowing small things, feasting on leftover crumbs and often helping to solve Bigg problems – all without being seen. 

I am Grateful

Posted by Eileen Faber, 1st grade teacher

I’m not only certified to teach First Grade, I have a K-12 English teaching endorsement. This summer when I renewed my certificate for the 6th time, I once again was told that I could take Joel Bratt’s job. 

Language and words have always been important to me.  I was the editor of the school paper in high school.  I’ve always liked to write.  Transformational grammar was my favorite college course.  I have to make sure my texts have the correct punctuation or I just don’t feel good about sending them.  We don’t write a lot in first grade, but we use lots of spoken language.  I hope that my first graders leave my classroom remembering many things that I have taught them: (Some of these are grammatically related; some are just my first grade bits of wisdom to live by.) Read more >> about I am Grateful

Unwrapping Gifts at Full Life Center

Posted by Sue Visser, Kindergarten Teacher

The First Graders, Kindergartners, and Second graders are making a difference, and have been doing so for the last ten to twelve years. Several times during the school year, we visit a place called Full Life Center, a daycare facility for the elderly, stroke patients, and physical and developmentally disabled. They contacted our school to see if we would be interested in visiting their facility several times per year.

What Makes Parents In Prayer (PIP) Special

Posted by Tuvette McCroskey, SCS Parent and PIP co-leader with Jen Colver

How does it feel to be known and loved?

I began attending PIP ten years ago when my oldest was 10 and my youngest was beginning kindergarten.  I was looking for community and joining a prayer group seemed like a good place to start.  I was a “young mom”, new to the school and was instantly in awe of the prayer leader, Chris Kredit, who had kids in HIGH SCHOOL! Read more >> about What Makes Parents In Prayer (PIP) Special

Student Recruitment: A Community Effort

Last week I attended a webinar hosted by Christian School International on the topic of student recruitment. The two administrators from Christian school’s similar to our size shared ideas and stressed the importance of community involvement. I was encouraged because the things they shared we’ve been doing for the last couple of years.

Here are a few of those things we can keep doing as a community. Read more >> about Student Recruitment: A Community Effort

SCS Basketball Coach: Luckiest Coach in the World

Posted by Jeremy Barrie, SCS Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach

As I reflect on my second season as coach of the Girls' basketball team, I can’t help but feel I am the luckiest coach in the world. Why or how, with two wins in two seasons, could a coach say that? Simply put, our team's culture. Our culture is something we fight to build on a daily basis. For us it’s about growth and showing constant improvement, where mistakes are expected because we value heart and maximum effort above perfect play. We hold each other accountable both on and off the court.   Read more >> about SCS Basketball Coach: Luckiest Coach in the World

Making A Difference in Africa

Posted by Bev Koops, 5th grade teacher

Two years ago we had an elementary chapel about the need of people in Kenya to get water, especially clean water.  Boni Piper had come back from Kenya after helping build bases for water tanks, and she shared with us how much getting clean water drastically improved their lives.  Some of the kids were moved to help raise money for those tanks.  Two of the current 7th graders are still raising money for WEI, the organization that helps with this.  Now Agnes, a lady from Kenya who had received a tank several years ago, was in Seattle to give a speech. 

Making a Difference

Post by Tom Rietkerk, SCS School Board President from the 2016 Presidential Report

The theme for our school year this year is “Make a Difference.” It comes from Philippians 4:13, where Paul is encouraging the church with the reminder that “we can do all things through Christ, who gives us strength.” I find this theme to be especially compelling for our family as my youngest child is preparing to graduate this year and we are knee deep in college applications, scholastic testing, and working through the emotions of this transition for parent and child.
 

Kelso's Choice: Learning to Problem Solve

Posted by: Andrea Grafmiller, SCS School Counselor

As the school counselor, I think it is important to interact with students in the classroom and teach them skills for coping with problems at school or at home. This year, I visited each of the elementary classrooms to teach the students about Kelso’s Choices. Kelso is a frog puppet that helps me teach the students about how to solve their own small problems. First, I help students understand the difference between small problems and big problems. A big problem is when a student feels scared or there is a risk of someone getting hurt.

Growing Emotionally and Socially

Posted by: Andrea Grafmiller, SCS School Counselor
 
As a school counselor, I believe it is important for Shoreline Christian to help students grow, not only academically, but also emotionally and socially. An essential part of my role as the school counselor is to support students’ social and emotional growth in order to help them build a foundation for their futures. I facilitate social and emotional learning through our counseling program from a holistic approach, where I reach students in the classrooms, small groups, and individually.