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A Time for Everything

There is a time for every purpose under heaven

I probably spend more of my time preparing for the 2017 - 18 school year these days than I do keeping this year on track. We are in the middle of re-enrollment for next year, we are looking at improvements we can make to our facilities over the summer, we are considering some program changes that would require curriculum adjustments, we are in the middle of determining staffing needs for next year, and sports schedules are being generated. With so many things in the works, I want to update you on a couple of the changes. Read more >> about A Time for Everything

Technology in Education

Posted by Kaelyn Bullock, High School Social Studies

Technology has been rapidly changing our world over the past ten years. It changes our lifestyles and work habits. It should also be changing our education system. Consistent technology integration in classrooms will better equip students for the life and jobs of their future.
 
One of the many ways technology has changed our world, is that it has put information at our fingertips.

Student of the Quarter: Kelly Lee

Kelly Lee has been chosen as the Student of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2016-2017 by the faculty of Shoreline Christian School.  Kelly is characterized by the faculty as someone who “is reserved but cuts a big swath.  Kelly is a tireless learner who does her best to make a positive impact on the school by stepping out of her comfort zone and rallying other students around learning in math and science.”  Read more >> about Student of the Quarter: Kelly Lee

A Look at the School Budget from the VP’s Point of View

Posted by Andrea DeYoung, SCS Board Vice President

While January marks the start of a new calendar year, it is right in the middle of our fiscal year at Shoreline Christian. And that means budget season. We have talked to you before about our budget process, at Society Meetings and in blog posts, but it’s a topic that benefits from revisiting from time to time.

Our school is a bit different--I know you know this, but humor me.

The Practice of Gratitude

Posted by Joe Filbrun, SCS Board Member
 
For many people, the beginning of a new year is a natural time to assess the past, look to the future, make new goals, and recalibrate plans. I find myself doing that each January, too, and it can be very helpful. But I’ve also noticed something else that can sneak in with all that assessing and planning: dissatisfaction. If I’m not careful, looking back can become an exercise in dwelling on my failures or disappointments,

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

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. 

Student of the Quarter: Anna Rietkerk

Anna Rietkerk has been chosen as the Student of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2016- 2017 by the faculty of Shoreline Christian School.  Anna is characterized by the faculty as someone “who is focused in class and is showing a lot of interest in her learning. Her attitude is very positive and helpful.  She is involved in her learning, in sports, and in Student Council. In all, she moves around with a smile on her face and with a mission.”

Parents Matter at Shoreline Christian School

I attended a Seattle Livewire event hosted by the Seattle Times last week.  The event involved the superintendents of a couple of the state’s larger school districts, two legislators, a CEO of a larger business, the Dean of Education from a state university, and the 2013 national teacher of the year.  All were there to discuss a vision for K-12 education in the State of Washington.  There were about 300 of us in the audience that listened to a dialogue between the panelists that was facilitated by two of the Seattle Times education columnists.

I found the discussion to be fascinating as it weaved from problems to potential solutions for the problems to problems with the solutions.  The discussion was interspersed with speeches,

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.
 

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