Raggant Standard

May 2019

A Feast to Remember

Feasts in the Bible are associated with special occasions and remembering.  Passover (instituted in Leviticus 23) was a feast to recall Israel’s deliverance from Pharaoh; the wedding at Cana (in John 2) was a feast to celebrate the union of a husband and wife before God; the Supper of the Lamb (in Revelation 19) will be a big feast celebrating the union of Christ and His bride, the Church.

So is it a misnomer to call our annual fundraising effort a feast?  Wouldn’t it rake in more dollars if we had a gala or an auction?  Maybe. But that’s not the point. If it is a feast, what exactly are we celebrating?  What are we remembering?

Well, the Fundraising Feast is a combination of two things: a fundraiser, and a feast.  We have financial needs as a school, and we’re not bashful about sharing those needs with those who love the school and are glad to be used by God to help meet those needs.  But as those who affirm happily that God is in control and He will ultimately meet our needs, we trust God to raise the necessary funds. We don’t need to freak out if we don’t meet our fundraising goal in one night, and we don’t freak out if we do.  Our job is to be faithful, and part of that faithfulness requires expressing those needs.

But we also want to remember the ways God blesses the school (especially contrasted with what we deserve), so we want the fundraising element to be enveloped in the grace-saturated context of feasting and revelry.  Every week we conduct classes and sing psalms and chant multiplication tables and scrape knees beneath a Niagara Falls of God’s blessings. We are getting inquiries from awesome families, we currently comprise awesome families, we have teachers who are discipleship-oriented, and our Raggants love their classmates and their teachers. We sin against each other all the time, but God has given us a handbook for dealing with that, too! (See Matthew 18:15-20.) While we watch and even take part, these students are being trained to engage culture, love Scripture, debunk Nietzsche, love their families and worship robustly Sunday through Saturday. For my part, I just don’t get tired of talking about at the great things He is doing at our school.  

Our school is financially stable, growing at a healthy pace (to keep us dependent and humble), failing with a healthy regularity (to keep us dependent and humble), deeply committed to our mission, and bafflingly blessed.  And we boast of our blessings because they’re God-wrought. All such boasting is humility; we make no claim to be worthy of our situation or to be the makers of it. God is at work among the families of ECS, and let us remember!

To be sure, God uses faithful human elements to effect His will; I don’t mean to downplay the role of the parents, grandparents, friends, students, teachers and the Board in all this.  But what we are reaping is far greater than what is commensurate with the academic and spiritual seed we’re sowing. The difference can only possibly be attributed to a gracious God. And that is worth a feast.  

There are a few dozen spots left, and I hope you’ll join us at our feast on May 10.  You can RSVP to Leila Bowers at

Risus est bellum!


Our Fundraising Feast is HERE! 

When: Friday May 10, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Marionfield Farm in Arlington, WA
Who: Friends of ECS and their friends (Please invite your friends!) 
Cost: Free
RSVP: Leila Bowers ( by Friday May 3rd (or until we are full!)
Other Notes: All Raggants will be performing in the program.  Supervision and dinner for the Raggants will be provided, but childcare for younger children is not available.  

Upcoming Choral Events

Fundraising Feast - May 10 
Who: All Students 
Date: Friday, May 10
What to wear: Event uniform 
When to be where: Come with your families to 
Marionfield Farm  by 6:30 and report to Mrs. Sarr.

Secondary Choral Concert with Marysville Public Schools - May 16
What is this? A concert featuring the secondary students of ECS as well as the choirs of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville-Getchell High School, Cedarcrest Middle School and Totem Middle School.  
Date: Thursday, May 16
What to wear: Event uniform 
When to be where: Meet at 
Marysville-Pilchuck HS Auditorium at 6:30pm.  Concert is at 7:00pm.  

ECS Spring Concert - May 28
Who: All Students
Date: Tuesday, May 28
What to wear: Event uniform 
When to be where: Meet at the school at 6:00pm for a 6:30 performance. 

ECS Graduation - June 2
Who: Secondary students 
Date: Sunday, June 2
What to wear: Event uniform 
When to be where: Meet at Trinity Evangel Church at 5:45pm for a 6:00 program. Report to Mrs. Sarr for headcount and warmup.   

Please let Mrs. Sarr know if you have any questions or are unable to make an event.  
Senior Events
  • You are invited to view the two graduating Seniors - Kelly Durham and Gideon Marlatt - as they present their Capstone Projects in the main auditorium at 2:15pm on Friday, May 31st.
  • Graduation will be at Trinity Evangel Church (Marysville Seventh-Day Adventist Building) on Sunday, June 2nd at 6pm with Reception following. Everyone is heartily encouraged to attend!

Spring Rent-A-Raggant

Check it out! Students employable to help you with yard work, cleaning, or basically anything you need help with on Saturday, May 18th!

If you would like to “Rent a Raggant” (or multiple!), please contact Abigail vanderBeken:

In your email please include:

  • Your home address.

  • The work you would like to be done.

  • How many people you estimate you will need.

  • The time slot(s) you would like (you may request multiple). Time slots: 9:00-11:00 11:30-1:00 1:30-3:00 on Saturday, May 18th.

Payment is by donation. All proceeds will go to the school play. First come, first served. Thank you! 

Our final Field Trip will be a hike on Friday, May 24 at Lord Hill Park in Snohomish. Plan to meet at the park at 10am (more details soon forthcoming). 
Last Day Of School 
  • Our End-of-the-Year Assembly will begin at 12:45pm on Friday, June 7th. It is jam-packed: final Penmanship Awards, House Cup, Sweater Ceremony, and more!  
  • Our End-of-the-Year BBQ will begin once the Assembly ends, with ECS providing hotdogs, hamburgers, buns, and fixings. All families, please bring a large side to share. Those families with a summer Raggant birthday, please feel free to bring your child's "birthday treat" as dessert, and KinderPrep families, we would also appreciate you bringing a dessert to share.
  • Dismissal will be at 3:15pm. We will be breaking down the building for the final time this year - as always, your help is much appreciated!
ECS Play
The students are diligently working on their second full-length play: The Grail (NOT heavily based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Performances will be June 13th - June 15th at the school building (Reclamation Church).
As you are cleaning and sorting this spring, please save any sellable goods! Our annual Rummage Sale will be Friday, July 19th - Saturday, July 20th at the vanderBeken home. Drop-offs will take place on Thursday, July 18th. All proceeds go to the Raggant Romp Fund (our next UK Trip is tentatively planned for the Summer of 2021). Secondary Students, please plan to serve all three days if you are able! 
For planning purposes, here are some upcoming Summer and early Fall dates:
  • Late June: Used Uniform Sale. More information forthcoming! If you have any questions, contact Ruth Callender or Mrs. Pakinas.
  • July 19th - 20th: Rummage Sale. Drop-offs on July 18th. Contact Becca Weinberg with any questions (
  • July 28th - 31st: Trinity Evangel Church Youth Retreat - all students going into 7th - 12th grades are welcome! Contact Mr. Bowers ( for more details.
  • September 4th (Wednesday): First Day of School! 
Upcoming Events
  • 5/3: Dress Uniform & Assembly: Mr. Sarr speaking
  • 5/3: Yearbook: Custom Pages Deadline
  • 5/10: Fundraising Feast @ 6:30pm Marion Field Farm in Arlington. Students please arrive in Event Uniform.
  • 5/16: Secondary Choir Concert at MP High school. Meet at 6:30pm - concert begins at 7pm.
  • 5/17: Dress Uniform day
  • 5/24: Field Trip #4: Hike at Lord Hill Park
  • 5/27: No School at Home: Memorial Day
  • 5/28: Spring Concert @6:30pm. Students arrive @ 6pm in Event Uniform.
  • 5/31: Senior Capstone Presentations @ 2:15pm in Main Auditorium
  • 6/2: Graduation at Trinity Evangel Church at 6pm
  • 6/7: Last Day of School! Assembly at 12:45 and BBQ to follow.

May Birthdays

  • May 8th: Thomas Callender & Tatyana Pohli
  • May 11th: Boaz Kulishov
  • May 12th: Lucy Bowers
  • May 13th: Madeline Smith
  • May 16th: Laird Marlatt
  • May 20th: Timothy Durham
  • May 21st: Madeline Harsh & Merian Bowers
  • May 22nd: Cheyenne Crane & Clinton Oliphant
  • May 23rd: Liam Wright
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