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Shoreline Christian School Alumni Monthly E-Newsletter
May 28, 2015
Where are you?
Get it while it's HOT!

SCS Chargers Golf Classic is on June 25 at the beautiful Echo Falls Golf Club. Grab three friends and join us for an afternoon of golf. 



We are offering $100 off the registration fee to 8 alumni. Be one of the 8 to play in the tournament for only $75. 

Click the link for the discount:


To Infinity and Beyond


Last week the seniors made their presentations to their families, friends and the SCS faculty. Some of you will remember your presentation - the preparation,  anxiety, and relief when it was all said and done. 


In case you're not familiar with the presentation, each senior is asked to prepare a 10-15 minute presentation around three questions: Who am I , How did I get here, and Where am I going. 


This was only my second year hearing the presentations - I enjoy hearing about their journeys and plans for the future - they are full of life, excitement and hope.  

SCS is just a part of their continuing story, as it is yours. This month we are taking a break from alumni stories to share a story from Verna Alberda. After 46 years of service to WG/SCS she is retiring. She has impacted so many of us and will be deeply missed. 


Enjoy her story!



Tassie DeMoney

Director of Development and Marketing

Verna Alberda Retiring  
Submitted by Verna Alberda



It's all his fault that my intention to teach for 2-3 years is now ending after 51 years.  A few people have heard me say, "It's all my husband Bern's fault," meaning I am blaming or perhaps crediting him for my long career.  As I now look back, I see God's amazing plan that I never dreamt or imagined was ahead.

Bern and I grew up in rural Montana, graduated from the same Christian School, and headed off to Calvin College together.  We had begun dating in our junior year of High School and by the time we finished one year at Calvin we were committed to spending our futures together.  Our plan was to both become teachers--he for a lifetime, while my plan was to teach a couple years and then be a wife and mom.   God redirected our plans in an incredible way.  Bern's 45-year-old Dad died suddenly while Bern was in high school.  In order to keep the family dairy business going, each son had to miss a year of college to run the dairy.  Bern's turn came after his freshman year at Calvin.  While in Montana that year, he was called to substitute teach at the Christian School.  After 2 days of substituting he decided he had chosen the wrong career.  Not knowing what classes to take as he stood in the Calvin College registration line the next fall, he went with the suggestion of his high school classmate, who was also in line, and signed up for Pre-Med.  Needless to say, that made a degree in Education a requirement for me as I knew I would need to support his educational years ahead.


I went back to Calvin after teaching 2nd grade in Michigan for one year.  I was able to complete the undergraduate requirements in one year by attending a summer school session and taking extra credits that fall.  We were married the next summer and lived in Salt Lake City for 4 years where Bern went to Medical School and I taught a combined class of 33 first, second, and third graders. Although at the time this daunting assignment brought some tears and hard work, I now realize God was molding my heart to understand a variety of learners' strengths and challenges.  Many of the students were recent immigrants or Native Americans with little or no knowledge of the English language.  Bryce, a bright 3rd grader, was profoundly deaf due to complications from the Measles.  Bryce taught me to look for different paths to learning and to find ways to build teacher-student relationships in spite of barriers.  The training I was able to access through Bryce's needs became instrumental for a life-long journey in the teaching of reading using multi-sensory approaches.


I am and will forever be grateful to the Shoreline Christian School community for the 46 years I was given a contract to teach in so many areas.  Each year I was challenged to live out the lines in our Mission Statement that call us to celebrate the uniqueness of each student and to teach the truth that we live in God's Created World.  It has been a privilege for me to understand how individual students learn and process before I make lesson plans.  Mel Levine's book, A Mind at a Time, is a reminder that our Creator does indeed design each person uniquely.  I am also grateful that I have been able to witness the tremendous "difference-makers" some students become even when their years in school have been challenging. 


Designing and working in the Preschool and Childcare programs has been a part of my life that I will always cherish.   Recent research is still supporting that young children learn best through play.   It has been a great experience to work to establish programs that create joy-filled learning and interactions through creative and well-planned play that impacts long-lasting results for understanding relationships, problem solving, justice, and other key principles for healthy living.  I want to thank Shoreline Christian School for supporting the Preschool and Childcare programs for the past 42 years.


I also want to thank my supportive family, colleagues, parents, churches, and the school for the vision and daily commitment to be the community that strives to transform our world.  I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to partner with you.  Most of all, I praise God whose "fault" it really is that I was privileged to teach for 51 years.



Presidential Campaign

We've  had great response to the Presidential Campaign. Thank you to all who have contributed! Our goal is $500,000 and so far we've raised $339,202. 


We still need your help! Please consider supporting the education and spiritual formation of the next generation so they too can be transforming influences in the world.


Memorial Garden Plaques
In celebration of our 60th anniversary, a space was created for stories - past and present - a memorial garden. 

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.

Upcoming School Events:
  • Spring Pops Concert
     and Art Show 
    Friday, June 12, 7:00. Join us for a reception following the concert to honor retiring faculty. 
  • H.S. Graduation -Monday, June 15, 7:00 Calvary Christian Assembly, 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155
Where Are You Now?
Each month we like to feature a different Alum in our newsletter.  It's a great way to re-connect. We would love to hear from you about what you're doing now.  Share your story with us.

SCS Chargers Golf Classic

Tournament Sponsors:

North Seattle Pediatrics


Oak Harbor Freight Lines

Peninsula Truck Lines


Hole Sponsors:

Ellis, Li, McKinstry, PLLC

Bell Anderson Agency

Steven Finley, CPA

Evergreen Cleaning

Meredith Communications

Einfeld Family

Colver & McCroskey Families

Pacific Sales Group

Engineers Northwest


Palouse Design Associates


It's not too late to be a tournament or hole sponsor! Sponsorships start as low as $300. Contact Tassie DeMoney for more information. We need your help to make this a huge fundraising success for our school!