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March 2021

A Note From Mrs. vanderBeken

It is hard to believe that a decade has already gone by and here we are together celebrating Evangel Classical School’s 10th anniversary. What an amazing experience it has been and what a tremendous impact those experiences have had on our family and so many others. 

Really, the groundwork for ECS was set long before 2012 when God in His absolute sovereignty brought together like-minded families at a small church in Marysville and eventually, through a series of challenges and events, the idea of creating a classical Christian school took form. 

The first day of school was a gorgeous September day with an abundance of excitement and anticipation. Rays of sunshine highlighted the freshly ironed uniforms and carefully organized school supplies and streamed through the windows of the…basement. Yep, a basement. A basement located in a home, on a farm, on Goebel Hill Road...with the family who owned the basement, in the home, on a farm, on Goebel Hill Road living in Brisbane, Australia. 

While the Bour family enjoyed their extended stint in the Southern Hemisphere, our family had enthusiastically taken on the opportunity to act as caretakers of their property. Then when the fledgling ECS needed a space to meet, it made perfect sense to utilize the property for this endeavor. After all, what could be a more idyllic setting for a classical school than a beautiful property with sheep, goats, cows, and chickens meandering through the surrounding fields, eagles soaring above the large garden; all with a breathtaking view of Mt. Pilchuck?

During that first year, Mr. Sarr’s desk was in a storage area right beside the hot water heater and under the pipes to the upstairs hall bathroom. While kindergarten through 5th grade met in the open area of the basement (about 300 sq. ft.), the three secondary students met upstairs in the living room. Recess included school-wide soccer games on the gravel driveway and, for a time, swinging on the rope swing in the barn (until it became too risky). 

Toward the end of September, the property’s well ran dry, so we brought in a portable outhouse and large bottles of water to get by until a new well was drilled. Ironically, later in the school year the basement flooded with an ample amount of water, and we were required to face the challenge of moving the entire school upstairs for a time. Our already cozy and crazy school setting was even more so and yet absolutely wonderful. 

The lessons of God’s sovereignty in both abundance and want continued to come into focus throughout the year. The garden produced wonderful vegetables, including carrots to nibble fresh out of the ground during recess and periodically, a newly laid egg could be found in the hen house. A school wide contest to name a newborn calf resulted with the winning name being “Stewy.” When the two ewes, Sophia and Lily gave birth to their lambs we were delighted to watch two sets of twins frolicking together, not to mention very entertained.  However, it was heartbreaking to have one lamb, Benny, rejected by his mother. The little black lamb was brought into the house to be cared for and bottle fed. Eventually Benny died due to a heart defect and many tears flowed. On the other hand, when a naughty and downright mean goat was sent to the butcher tears were not shed and the students thoroughly enjoyed snacking on tasty goat pepperoni sticks. 

Now here we are in 2022, far from the farm on Goebel Hill Road and instead nestled in essentially the middle of Marysville. The four 5th grade girls were joined by three additional classmates and together made up the largest graduating class so far when their graduation was held clandestinely at the Pakinas’ Farm in May 2020. The three original kindergarteners whose feet dangled precariously above the floor at their shared table during their phonogram tests are now a part of the 9th grade class. Recess on the gravel driveway is now, for the most part, in a large parking lot, and while the footprint of the school has expanded beyond a residential basement there are still, shall we say, space limitations.

However, God’s faithful provision is perfect, and taking the time to reminisce is encouraging. With grateful hearts we look forward to the next ten years and wonder what our perspective will be at ECS’s 20th anniversary. Whether your family has joined us this year or several years ago or anything in between, we all have the immense privilege and important responsibility to lock arms, work together, and anticipate God working tremendously through the ECS Raggants and their families. 

 - Mrs. Jennifer vanderBeken
Overseer of ECS' original basement home, mother of three Raggants, and one of our first teachers

Rhetoric Tournament

Thank you to all who helped time, judge, and otherwise run the Rhetoric Tournament! It was a great success!
ECS Spelling Bee
1st- 8th Grades

Congratulations to the top spellers in each grade, and to our overall Champion Anastasia Long and runner-up Lucy Bowers!
  • First Grade: Gwyn Lambert
  • Second Grade: Aubrey Olson
  • Third Grade: Sarah Olson
  • Fourth Grade: Ari Swobody
  • Fifth Grade: Anastasia Long
  • Sixth Grade: Lucy Bowers
  • Seventh Grade: Hallie Higgins
  • Eighth Grade: Merian Bowers
Fiction Festival

You have two weeks left to register for the the 6th Annual Raggant Fiction Festival! It is Saturday, March 26th, and will be based around the great Epics and how they have shaped modern man.

Regular and Student tickets gain you admission to all the sessions, a delicious lunch, entry into our door-prize drawing, and more!

Please note that the Children's Track is now FULL, though we still have spots remaining in the Main Session for students in 6th - 12th grades and for adults.

Registration closes March 18th, so purchase your tickets soon at EventBrite.

Tryouts for Raggants Got Talent are Thursday 3/17 from 4:15-6:15pm in the sanctuary.  There will be five-minute slots for a three-minute act.

 The talent show is Friday, April 29, at 7 PM in the Reclamation Sanctuary.  

Campus Clean-Up Day

Our first official "field trip" will be our annual Campus Clean-up Day on Thursday, March 31st. School begins as usual at 9:00am for announcements and work assignments. We will clean the inside and outside of the campus until 12:40pm, when the school will provide a pizza lunch! Parents are welcome to pick-up their students any time after 1:15pm.

Students should come in work clothes and bring gloves, hats, and any other supplies they think would be beneficial to their work (please clearly label any tools, jackets, hats, etc.).

Standardized Testing
  • CTP Testing for K - 2nd grade: April 12th - 15th
  • CLT Testing for 11th & 12th grade: April 20th
  • CTP Testing for the 3rd - 6th grade: April 19th - 22nd
  • CLT10 for 9th and 10th grade: April 27th
  • CLT8 for the 7th and 9th grade: May 4th
Upcoming Events
  • 3/3: Dress Uniform
  • 3/3: Assembly at 2:10pm featuring 5th Grade and David Liden speaking
  • 3/14-3/15: Large Group Choral Event CANCELLED
  • 3/17: Dress Uniform
  • 3/17: Raggants Got Talent Tryouts from 4:15 - 6:15pm in Sanctuary
  • 3/26: Fiction Festival
  • 3/31: Campus Clean-up Day & Last Day of Quarter 3
  • 4/4 - 4/8: Spring Break
  • 4/11: Return to School and First Day of Quarter 4

March Birthdays

  • 3/9: Ozero Moore
  • 3/11: Caden Brown, Ayda Harlan, & Arianna Garnett
  • 3/13: Logan Deatherage
  • 3/14: Jaelyn Johnson
  • 3/15: Kinley Bone & Josiah Fletcher
  • 3/19: Isabella Lawson
  • 3/20: Violet Henderson
  • 3/21: Juliet Barnett
  • 3/23: Aaron Blacker
  • 3/25: Karis Boyd
  • 3/31: Ellie Sarr
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