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Shoreline Christian School Alumni Monthly E-Newsletter
May 26, 2016

Charger Golf Classic
Registration Is Now Open!

We're heading back out to Echo Falls on Thursday, June 23!
Check-in will begin at 11:00 am. Tee-off will be 1:00 pm with a shotgun start.
Register as an individual or a team; $175 per golfer includes green fees, cart rental, two mulligans, contest entries, prize drawings, and awards banquet.

Early Bird Registration ends May 27.

 Registrations completed prior to this date will be entered in a drawing for two green fees to Echo Falls for a future date!


Goodbye Preschool 
How many of you have a photo with this fantastic teacher? 

June 10th is the last day of preschool which means we'll be saying goodbye to Mrs. Reinsma. After 27 years of teaching and directing our preschool program Barb is retiring. We appreciate her leadership and vision for the program, dedication and commitment to our community and her never-ending love for our students. She will be deeply missed!

If you have a photo of your preschool days with Mrs. Reinsma, please send it our way and we'll pass it on to her!

Tassie DeMoney

Director of Development and Marketing

Featured Alumni:  Jordan DeKoekkoek
 Submitted by Jordan DeKoekkoek  - Class of 1999

Tradition can sometimes have a negative connotation to it.  For many, hearing the word conjures up feelings of desperately holding on to a past, refusing to change.  So when I'm asked what it means to have a 3rd generation of our family attending Shoreline Christian School, I'm hesitant to simply chalk it up to tradition.  That answer isn't wrong, it's just incomplete.

I attended SCS for the full spectrum, Preschool through 12th Grade, graduating in 1999.  If I add in my years as an SCS parent, I've spent over half of my life with this connection.  By the time my youngest, Aurora (Preschool), graduates, I will have spent two thirds of my life involved with SCS.  If you couldn't tell already, math was always my favorite subject.  So what does this all have to do with tradition?  Webster's defines tradition as an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior.  I believe how I think, act, and behave today is largely shaped by my experiences at SCS.

Shoreline Christian has a tradition of instilling a love for knowledge and learning, and of supporting both creative and analytical minds.  It brings me great joy to see the excitement on my daughters' faces when they tell me what they've learned each day.  I recall the encouragement that I received from my teachers, which helped direct my love for math into a career as an insurance actuary, where I spend most days knee deep in numbers.  I feel blessed now seeing my daughters receive that same encouragement.  It doesn't hurt that my oldest, Evangeline (2nd Grade), has been taught by not one, but two of the same teachers I had.  Oddly enough, neither one of them seems to have aged!

Another tradition that immediately comes to mind is that of compassion and patience.  Growing up hearing my father's school stories, it really drove home the need for a teacher's compassion and patience!  I never got into too much trouble myself (that I recall...), but when I did, the teachers handled it with grace.  To see that same outpouring of love to my children today sets the bar for the type of parent I strive to be. 

Even more important than knowledge and compassion, Shoreline Christian has a tradition of teaching that faith and life are not intersecting paths, but inseparable ones.  That we can't just pay lip service to our faith, but have to live it as well.  I fall and fail as much as the next person (often in glorious fashion) but I believe Shoreline Christian School, alongside my family and my church helped equip me to "Fight the good fight of faith" (1 Timothy 6:12).  I believe they helped do it for my father, and I believe they're helping do it for my children.

Composer Gustav Mahler once wrote, "Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire."  My wife, Allyson, and I don't send our kids to Shoreline Christian School because of a family tradition or to continue some DeKoekkoek legacy.  They attend because we see a fire being preserved, the traditions the school has set instilling in them a love for learning, treating them with compassion, and helping us teach them a better way to live.  I wouldn't say the path my life has taken has been exceptionally interesting.  In fact, it's been rather traditional, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
-Jordan DeKoekkoek
Class of 1999

High School Flashback  
As an incentive to our high school students to raise money for our first ever 5K earlier this month, the teachers told students if they raised over $10,000 they would come to school dressed as they did back in high school.  Well, the students surpassed that goal and below is a picture with some of our teachers sporting their high school "look"!

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.

Would You Like to Know What's Happening on a Weekly Basis at SCS?
If you would like to know about sporting events, class fundraisers, and other weekly events at Shoreline Christian, email us to be added to our weekly electronic Charger News or check our our schools' website billboard.

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.  

Class of 2006 Summer Reunion
Information has gone out regarding the Class of 2006 summer reunion. We'll be gathering at the Swedish Club on Lake Union on July 30, 2016. If you did not receive the email a few weeks ago, contact Kendra Hoekzema at

Class of 1976 Summer Reunion
We are planning our reunion for this summer on August 12 & 13.  We have also created a page on Facebook:  Watson Groen alumni.  Contact persons are:  Brian Odgers at 206-313-4628 or 
Cindy Patten at 
or 951-538-3918.

Class of 1966 Summer Reunion
A reunion is planned for August 8th. We have planned an 11:00 SCS School Tour for those interested, and then a 2:00 lunch at McMenamin's Anderson's School in Bothell.