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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.
 

Knitting Community Together

Posted by: Aimee Ray, Preschool and Childcare Director

I firmly believe people are designed to be in community, and school is such a practical and automatic place to find it. But, meaningful connectedness doesn’t just happen, even if you are surrounded by the same community day after day. Building community takes time, intentionality, and giving of yourself to serve others; and often gives back in the form of connectedness and support from people when we need it the most. Read more >> about Knitting Community Together

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.

SCS First Grade Turkey Recipes

Its that time of the year . . . time to be thankful for our creative First Graders and their Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes.  Thanks to the help of Juanita Bunch (recipe scribe) and Jay Faber (recipe illustrator), the 26th edition of this tradition is ready for your enjoyment.  Yes, the First Graders at Shoreline Christian have been trying to cook turkeys since 1990. Happy Thanksgiving from Mrs. Faber and the Class of 2028. Read more >> about SCS First Grade Turkey Recipes

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.

Liturgies, Formation and Ecosystem

I wish we could bottle all the enthusiasm and excitement from the start of our school year so that I could release it in small doses later in the year.  New clothes, new faces, new school supplies, and renewed attitudes all blend together to generate a liturgy of praise.  This continues into the school picnic where the simplicity of sharing a grilled hotdog with old friends and new acquaintances becomes an opportunity to worship within the ecosystem that supports the Christian formation of our children.

Let Your Light Shine

The following blog post was originally a devotional presentation by Mr. Adam Haulter at the Senior Breakfast the morning of graduation.

“Let your light shine” is the theme for your senior year. It’s easy for me to be cynical about that theme from the get-go--Another great thing to sing about and paint pictures of in the elementary. How do I know what that even means as we see light being blotted out in so many corners of our human experience? There are refugees, and there are hungry people, and there are mass shootings, and there are viral outbreaks, and on and on. When I hear or read about these happenings I feel overwhelmed. What difference do I make?

2016-2017 Updates

Students and Parents,

While so much of our focus seems to be invested in wrapping up the school year, there is quite of work already being done to get the 16-17 school year off to a good start. Part of this involves making a couple of changes.

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