Community

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,

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

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

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.
 

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.

Service Day: Campbell Hill Elementary Art Workshops

Post by: Diane Van Ornum, SCS Art Teacher

I met Tanita Horton at church several months ago. She had prayed for the Lord to send people to enrich the lives of "her kids”, as she is the office administrator at Campbell Hill Elementary School in Skyway. I approached her and told her that perhaps I could bring 8 students in my advisor group to do some art workshops with several of her classes, much like we had done for Service Days several years ago at Lockwood Elementary in Kenmore, which also had no art program.

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