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,
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
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.
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.”
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,
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.
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
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.
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