Raggant Standard

November 2019


Letter From The Headmaster (U.H.)

Ours is the Business of Whetting Appetites

Ideally, when their training is complete here at ECS, we'll be able to tell the Raggants, "Go! Read, watch, sing, and pursue whatever you want." And we'll be able to do so knowing that they've developed appetites and loves that evidence maturity, discernment, and love for God and His people.  

In his essay "
The Weight of Glory," C.S. Lewis suggested the following: 

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. 

As you're probably aware, he goes on to explain that spiritual pursuits and satisfaction satisfy far more deeply than world pleasures.  After all, we're spiritual creatures.  But there's a broader principle in view here, as I see it.

Let's fast forward twenty years, when all the current Raggants are grown and gone, with families of their own, and having a bunch of children of their own roaming the halls of ECS.  Imagine if those grown Raggants sing psalms for fun (and for fight); imagine if they mow their lawns and coach soccer and run the corner drug store and vote and worship in their churches and train their kids to ride a bike in the driveway like culture shapers.  How awesome would it be to have grownup Raggants reading and rereading The City of God or The Canterbury Tales or Macbeth or Beowulf or That Hideous Strength because they love them, not because they're assigned? This will only come about if they have the right appetites.  

Only when we have the right appetites will we have the right least with any consistency.  If our students properly love the Word, they'll read it; if our students properly love their neighbors, they'll serve them; if our students properly love their spouses, they'll be faithful in heart and body; if our students properly love the Beautiful, they'll pursue the True and the Good.   

I say all this because (per our Mission Statement) classical education and sacrificial labors are tools that we use to "commend the works of the Lord to another generation."  Classical education is not the end.  As cheesy as it may sound, this is but the beginning of a life of worship and living so as to shape culture.  That's why we care about whetting in our students the right appetites. 

- The U.H.


Conferences will be Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13. We will have half-days these dates, with dismissal for all students at 12:40pm (directly before lunch) and conferences running from 1 - 4pm.

All new families are heartily encouraged to sign up for conferences, and all families are welcome to do so. The sign-up sheets will be on the bulletin board. New school families and families with three or more students are given priority sign-up opportunity on Tuesday, November 6; all other families are welcome to sign up on the following days.  
Picture Retakes
Picture Retakes will be November 1st during lunch (12:40 - 1:20pm). If you missed our original picture day, would like a retake, or weren't yet enrolled, swing by during lunch!
Cold & Flu Season

By way of reminder, we are entering cold and flu season. We generally ask that children who are have had a fever within the last twenty-four hours, have thrown up within the last twenty-four hours, or are in the throes of a cold not come to school. Please let Miss Bour know via text (360.502.6950) or email ( as soon as you have decided that your child will not be attending (this applies to any absence) and she will pass the word to your child's teachers.
Uniform Reminders
With a quarter under our belts and heading into colder weather, a few friendly reminders about the Uniform Policy:
  • All girls need to wear some sort of bike/cartwheel short under their skirts...even if they are wearing tights.
  • Students are more than welcome to bring heavier coats, hats, gloves, etc., and they may wear them before and after school and during recess. During class, they must be put away. If they would like to wear a jacket in class, it needs to be an embroidered Dennis uniform fleece jacket.
  • Along these lines, please make sure your student is in uniform at the beginning of Matins, having stowed any extra accoutrements.
  • Sweaters/cardigans, blue fleece jackets, skirts, and ties all need to be purchased through Dennis, the school's provider. It's important to purchase these items directly through Dennis (or from another Raggant family), as the colors/styles/etc. can change dramatically from plaid skirt to plaid skirt, even if they both have a "Dennis" label and appear similar.
  • That said, we are aware the Dennis website has some glitches, and we are trying to work with them to fix them! This PDF of the Uniform Policy is the most clear and accurate.
  • Finally, if you are wondering why we do this uniform thing anyway, here is a past Standard article on "Why Uniforms?" We don't want the Uniform Policy to be a burden, but a blessing! 
Upcoming Events

11/1: Last Day of Quarter 1!
11/1: Dress Uniform & Assembly @ 2:15pm w/Mr. Bowers speaking
11/7: Omnibus Lux @ 7pm
11/12-11/13: Conferences (half-days)
11/15: Dress Uniform
11/21: Omnibus Lux @ 7pm
11/23-11/29: Thanksgiving Break 
12/6: Dress Uniform + Assembly @2:15pm

November Birthdays

  • 11/6: Jack Doran
  • 11/7: Ronan Paine
  • 11/10: Alanna Schrader
  • 11/12: Collin Blacker
  • 11/13: Autumn Marlatt
  • 11/23: Calvin Higgins & Anastasia Lomakin
  • 11/26: Benaiah Liden
  • 11/30: Silas Black
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