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Shoreline Christian School Alumni Monthly E-Newsletter
October 22, 2015

 2015 Presidential
Gala & Online Auction

Whether or not you will be attending the Gala this year, you can join the fun and bid online on our auction!

Click the link below to view and bid on great items and support Shoreline Christian School.

In this edition, be sure to read our featured alumni story from Andrea (DeKoekkoek) Colvin. As well as the news about our 2nd grade teacher and athletic director. It continues to be a year of transitions, and we continue our journey forward in faith.

Please continue to pray for our current students and families as we settle into this year.

Tassie DeMoney
Director of Development and Marketing

Featured Alumni:  
Andrea (DeKoekkoek) Colvin      
Submitted by  Andrea (DeKoekkoek) Colvin, class of 2009
After graduating SCS in 2009, I attended Western Washington University. I dual majored in Special Education and Elementary Education. During my 5th year of school, I started the job hunt. I went to a couple career fairs, but one caught my eye. A job fair for only Alaska school districts. I went to the event knowing close to nothing about the state to our north. They gave me a name tag that said "Andrea DeKoekkoek: Special Education/Elementary Education. "Clearly the schools were looking for special ed teachers because I got offered a job on the spot!

The following summer, I moved to Sitka, Alaska and started working as a special education teacher. I am now in year two of teaching and am absolutely loving it! I have six 3rd grade students on my case load with varying needs. The town of Sitka has about 9,000 permanent residents. Cruise ships come daily in the summer and it rains every day in the winter. It is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to. It is right on the water with mountains going straight up to 3,000 feet!

This past summer I got married. My husband, Taylor Colvin, and I met at WWU and I convinced him that Alaska is a pretty great place to live. He is a triplet from Breckenridge, Colorado and is building us a house here in Sitka. We enjoy taking advantage of the beautiful scenery surrounding us by hiking and enjoying time in the outdoors.

Second Grade Teacher Update

The journey to find our next second grade teacher is paved by the prayers of our community, and we move forward in faith.  At a time when we needed God the most, He saw fit to bring Anja Rossiter back to our community.  Mrs. Rossiter has done an amazing job with our students.  I am so thankful for her spirit, and her love for our children.  As much as we would like Mrs. Rossiter to stay, we always knew that she was not our long term solution.  Over the last forty days, we have waited to see who God would bring to replace her.   I am pleased to inform you that Erika Bakker, our current Elementary Music Teacher, will take over second grade beginning October 30.  The Rossiters have finally sold their house and will move to Lynden in Mid-November.
Prior to being our Elementary Music Teacher, Mrs. Bakker served as a second grade teacher for five years while living in British Columbia.  She loves our kids and is excited about getting to work with the second grade students.  We are in the process of searching for an Elementary Music Teacher who can help us finish the school year.  Having Mrs. Bakker in place allows us to fill the second grade position for the remainder of the school year. This provide us more time to find a teacher during our normal hiring season, and give Mrs. Bakker the opportunity to return to teaching Elementary Music for the 2016-17 school year.
While God and I are still in discussions about why He saw fit to put us through all of these changes and challenges, I am comforted by His faithfulness to our school and to our community.
Tim Visser

A Note From Jill Hoogerhyde (Class of '88)

After much trepidation and prayer, I have decided to resign my position as athletic director, effective as soon as possible.  My opportunities and job responsibilities with Falck Northwest have been increasing and it has become too difficult to maintain both jobs.

I am grateful for the patience and generosity of time and resources that have been gifted to the athletic department and to assist as the athletic director for the past 14 years.  It has been an incredible experience, and I love the staff, parents, and students of Shoreline Christian School.

Paul Hopkins, our current facilities manager, will be taking over the responsibilities of AD.

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.

Featured Alumni Stories:
Each month we like to feature an Alumni in our newsletter.  This is a great way for alumni to re-connect. We would love to hear from you about where you are and what you are doing now.  Share your story with us.

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

Class of 2005 - 10 Years
Class of 1995 - 20 Years
Class of 1985 - 30 Years
Class of 1975 - 40 Years
Class of 1965 - 50 Years

This year we will be hosting two fantastic homecoming events the week of December 14. Tuesday night, December 15 don your green and black to the Watson Groen Memorial Gym and cheer on the high school basketball teams as we face Concrete High School. Games at 4:30, 6:00, and 7:30.  

Then join us December 17 at 7:00 pm in the First Christian Reformed Church of Seattle (the church across the parking lot from the school) for our annual Christmas Concert as we celebrate the season with music.  Take part in the alumni tradition of singing of Peace, Peace then reminisce with friends and faculty at the alumni reception following the concert.