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Shoreline Christian School Alumni Monthly E-Newsletter
May 22, 2014
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1 FREE Mulligan w/ Registration!

Join us at the beautiful Golf Club at Echo Falls Thursday, June 26, 2014.


Check in begins at 12:00 P.M. Optional Putting Contest at 12:30 P.M. Tee-off at 2:00 P.M. with a shotgun start. Entry fee is $150 per golfer. Entry fee includes: Green fees, cart for two golfers, buffet dinner and prizes.

Register online by June 5, 2014 and use coupon code #GTA14 to receive 1 Free Mulligan. 
Hearing Your Stories 

A few days ago, the sink in our home clogged.  I consider myself somewhat handy, so I began the process of plunging, snaking, and dismantling the kitchen.  Nothing I did worked and only led to more frustration.  I needed to call a plumber to redeem and transform this sink back to what it was intended to do.  I called an alum of the Watson Groen/Shoreline Christian.  When he arrived, it was great to see how God has unwrapped his gifts and talents to fix this for us. There was a sense of completeness experiencing that this is the way it's supposed to be.  


I enjoy connecting with alumni and hearing the story of what you are becoming.  Since I don't have a Facebook or Twitter account, I usually hear from you via email or face to face when we bump into each other shopping, eating, or even service calls.  I am proud of you when I learn about graduations, new jobs, adventures, records set,  growing families, research projects undertaken, and lessons learned.  I grieve with you when I hear about family members lost, jobs that disappear, illness, and yet to be fulfilled dreams.  


My prayers are that the alumni newsletters provide an opportunity for these connections to grow.  I encourage you to tell us and each other what is happening in your world.  Please share your joys, concerns, hopes, and questions.  We promise to keep you in our prayers.  No matter where you are, you are important to us!

Tim Visser

Featured Alumni:  Bethany Richards


One school record fell and several competitors earned top-five finishes as the Seattle
University track and field team participated in the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational, hosted by Western Washington University at Civic Stadium Saturday.

Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.) broke her own school record in the women's hammer throw, finishing fifth in the event with a mark of 48.02 meters (157' 6"), 65/100ths of a meter further than the previous standard. "Bethany made a good improvement today," Seattle U head track and field coach Trisha Steidl said. "I hope she is able to build off this momentum as we near the end of the season and bring it all together. She's been working hard, and it's great to see it pay off."


A Note From Bethany:

I did not plan on throwing for the Seattle U Track & Field team. It just so happened that I noticed a flyer posted in my dorm hall calling for thrower recruits my second week of freshman year. As I read the flyer, I could hear Mr. Visser and Bud Bakker's voices in the back of my head. It was like they were there, egging me on to just go for it. 


Both of them were there from the beginning of my throwing career. I remember throwing discus for the first time in seventh grade during a meet at Juanita High School. I literally had no idea what I was doing - what kid knows what to do with a 2kg black rubber disc? However, that day was the day it all began for me. I threw that discus a whopping 63 feet and took home a first place blue ribbon.   


Without realizing it at the time, throwing became a huge part of my life. It became my passion and my love. Every time I step into the ring after that first toss many years ago, I get a thrill. I live for the adrenaline, the anticipation, the exertion, the explosion, the letdowns, the victories, the sweat, the what-the-hell-am-I-doing-here moments, the tears, the cursing, and the laughing. But most of all I live for the bliss, the sweet, sweet, satisfying bliss that follows the perfect throw. My time at SCS opened my eyes to that bliss, and I will never forget it. And now, with my collegiate throwing career finished, I know that I will always have a love for track & field and the people that made it a part of my life.


Wayne Clousing Retiring

After teaching 40 years at Shoreline Christian School, Wayne Clousing, our 6th grade teacher at Shoreline Christian School, will be retiring at the end of this school year.  We asked him to share with us some of his memories from over the years here at Shoreline Christian.  Here are just a few of the memories:


Forty years ago we drove up to Watson Groen Christian School (now Shoreline Christian) and joined a community that has been a blessing to us all these years.  Before coming to Seattle, I had taught three and one half years, mostly in middle school grades in Michigan and Mexico City.  Only the "old-timers" will remember that when I arrived in Seattle, I taught mostly junior high/high school science classes for my first two years.  Then an opportunity came to trade with the sixth grade teacher who was interested in teaching high school science, so I went back to the grades I had taught at my previous schools. It's been a great forty years, with many wonderful memories.  Many students remember our overnight Deception Pass trips, which we have enjoyed for twenty-seven years.  Another memory is building castles as part of our medieval unit.  Did you know that the castle building project was started before I came? Many of my fondest memories, however, are of day to day interactions with students, parents, and fellow staff members.  It's been a privilege to be part of this wonderful school community, and I thank God for all of you.


Memory Book in honor of Mr. Clousing:

The 6th grade class parents are creating a memory book to present to Mr. Clousing, and they are collecting stories from past and present students and parents to include in it.  We would love to hear stories and memories from his past students and families.  If you have a story or memory to share, please email it to Jen Colver at by Friday, May 30th.


Join us for the Spring Pops Concert on Friday, June 13th at 7:00 pm, where Mr. Clousing will be honored and recognized.

Memorial Garden Plaques
In celebration of our 60th anniversary, work began to create a space for stories - past and present - a memorial garden. It has been a work in process. The benches are in place, a new sprinkler system was installed, trees and shrubs have been planted. It's beautiful!

Now we need stories!  You can tell your story on a plaque that will be attached to the faces of the benches.  Learn more here.

Three on Three
Basketball Tournament

Save the date!  On August 2nd, Shoreline Christian will be hosting a three on three basketball tournament. Details are being worked out.  More information to come.

Spring Pops Concert 
& Art Show
Save the date!  Our Spring Pops concert is scheduled for Friday, June 13th.  This is our final concert of the year and a highlight for our families and alumni. We will also be honoring Wayne Clousing during the concert.

Student artwork will be exhibited in the high school lobby before and after the Spring Pops Concert.  The Art Show will open at 6:30 pm and the concert will begin at 7:00 pm.

Reunions and Homecoming
Are you planning a reunion this summer? We'd love to hear about it!

Class of 2004 - 10 Years
Class of 1994 - 20 Years
Class of 1984 - 30 Years
Class of 1974 - 40 Years
Class of 1964 - 50 Years
Class of '04
We are planning a Homecoming Celebration
...more details to come! 

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