Raggant Standard

May 2018

Letter from the U.H.


Fundraising Like a Calvinist

If God is in control of everything, then why do we bother to work?  Why bother to pray?  If He’s got it all figured out, knowing which blessings He plans to dole out and the best times to do so, why ask for anything at all?  And more to the point, why should we ask Him to bless the school financially when doing so doesn’t change His plan?

In brief, knowing God is in control is not intended to prevent our faithful behavior.  Rather, it ought to energize it.

First, God commands us to ask.  Knowing our anxious thoughts doesn’t keep God from wanting us to bring Him our requests: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:4-6). 

Our faithful praying makes God’s act of blessing an answer to prayer.  And He loves to answer the prayers of His saints.

What’s more, God commands outcomes as well as means to those outcomes.  When it comes to growing our school, we all have opportunity to be used by God, whether it means bringing in families or funds.  

Last, our confidence in the sovereign control of God frees us to rest and feast.  Come next Friday night, my biggest concern will be that my heart is rightly oriented to give God thanks along with you, as I fully trust that He will bring in as many dollars as He wants.  No more, no less.  And while I care deeply about the school, I won’t fret a moment over the dollars; He is in charge, not me.  

If you’re receiving this letter, you’re our people.  You are the ones I want to feast with on May 11, as the extended family of our school.  If you can give cheerfully to the school, awesome.  If your contribution is grateful and merry feasting and packing away a second dessert, then cheers!  Regardless, please RSVP to Jolie Hall by this Friday so we can plan for your presence.

Risus est bellum!


Speech Meet
Congratulations to the students who represented ECS at the Inter-school Speech Meet on April 27th at Cornerstone: Addison Bowie, Hallie Higgins, Anne Callender, Merian Bowers, Tatyana Pohli, Abigail Sarr, Calvin Higgins, and Henry Callender - and a special congratulations to Anne Callender who placed 2nd in 4th Grade and Calvin Higgins, who placed 1st in 6th Grade! 
Kinder Prep
  • May 3 - June 7, Thursdays 9am - 11am at ECS (Reclamation Church in Marysville).
  • Open for students who are considering Kindergarten for the 2018 - 2019 school year.
  • Gain valuable skills such as how to hold a pencil, follow standard school directions, respond to a teacher, line up, etc.
  • The cost is FREE and it is a wonderful time of fun! 
  • To register, contact Gale Light:
Our Fundraising Feast is HERE!  A separate letter of invitation is available on our website

When: Friday May 11, 2018, 6:30pm
Marion Field (woo-hoo!!!) 
Who: Friends of ECS and their friends (Please invite your friends!) 
Cost: Free
RSVP: Jolie Hall ( by Friday May 4.
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.  

Raggant Romp 2018!
  • Thank you for your support of the Rummage Sale! We made about $1,000 towards the UK Trip!
  • UK team members, remember your next payment is due May 15th to the tuition box.
  • Upcoming UK Presentations: May 4th Kelly on Durham Cathedral and Bede; May 11th Mrs. Bowers on York; May 18th Kara on Oxford and William Tyndale; June 1st Reese on Churchill and Blenheim Palace.
  • Next UK Meeting: Wednesday, June 27th from 5pm - 7:30pm at the vanderBeken home. Please bring a main and a side to share for a Potluck dinner, followed by discussion on travel etiquette/practical tips, and presentations from Kara on Rouen Cathedral and Mr. Sarr on Pegasus Bridge.
Pacific Northwest History Summer Class
To satisfy Washington State graduation requirements, ECS will be offering a PNW History class this Summer on Thursdays from 9am - 11am at the vanderBeken home in Marysville. Students who will be in 7th - 12th grade in the 2018-2019 school year are eligible to take the class (if students take the class as 7th or 8th graders they will not earn high school credit for the class but it will satisfy graduation requirements). The cost for the class is $125 + any field trip fees. The schedule will run:
  • Th 6/21: The Land & First Residents
  • Th 6/28:  Explorers, Fur Traders, & Missionaries 
  • Th 7/5: NO CLASS (4th of July)
  • Th 7/12: NO CLASS (Teacher Training)
  • Th 7/19: Westward Expansion, Working the Land, & Building Towns
  • Th 7/26: Two World Wars & One Great Depression
  • Th 8/2: Recent Times
  • Th 8/9: Civil Government & Final Presentation (Research Project)
  • Th 8/16: Final Field Trip to Mount St. Helens and the State Capital
Email Mr. Bowers ( by Friday, May 4th to confirm your enrollment. Payment is due (check payable to ECS) on the first day of class, Thursday, 6/21.
We will be once again be using TreeRing as ECS' Yearbook provider. The deadline for ordering is May 5th - if you choose to add custom pages (remember, two pages are included in the base cost of the book), those also need to be print-ready by May 5th, as that is when we will be submitting it all for printing!

All the students did excellently on the CLT Exam! A special congratulations to ECS' top performers: Gresham Callender on the CLT10 and Kara Rothenberger on the CLT. Gresham also earned a Regional Scholar award, scoring in the top 5% of all those who took the CLT10. 
Our final Field Trip will be a Hike at Camano Island State Park! Plan to meet at the park at 10am (more details soon forthcoming). You need a Discovery Pass (or $10) to park here, so it would be wise to carpool with Raggant families who live near you!  
The Secondary Students are working on their FIRST full-length play!  Stay tuned for showtimes, dates, and more!
For planning purposes, here are some upcoming Summer and early Fall dates:
  • June 27th: UK Meeting & Potluck at the vanderBeken home @ 5pm
  • July 22nd - July 25th: Trinity Evangel Church Youth Retreat: all students are invited! Contact Mr. Bowers for more information.
  • July 27th: UK Meeting & Potluck at the vanderBeken home @5pm (remaining balance for trip due)
  • August 16th: ECS Orientation Night @ School
  • August 20th - September 1st: UK Trip (Raggant Romp 2018)
  • September 5th: First Day of School! 
Upcoming Events
  • 5/4: Dress Uniform & Assembly: Mr. Sarr speaking
  • 5/4: UK Presentation: Kelly on Durham Cathedral and Bede
  • 5/4: Final Day to Register for Summer PNW History Course
  • 5/5: Yearbook Ordering & Custom Pages Deadline
  • 5/11: UK Presentation: Mrs. Bowers on York 
  • 5/11: Fundraising Feast @ 6:30pm Marion Field Farm in Arlington
  • 5/15: UK Payment Due @ Tuition Box 
  • 5/15 - 5/18: Grammar CTP-4 Testing
  • 5/18: Dress Uniform
  • 5/18: UK Presentation: Kara on Oxford & William Tyndale
  • 5/19: Cantamus singing w/Sonus Boreal
  • 5/22 - 5/24: 7th & 8th Grade CTP-4 Testing
  • 5/25: Field Trip #4: HIKE at Camano Island State Park
  • 5/28: No School at Home: Memorial Day
  • 5/29: Spring Concert @ 6:30pm. Students arrive @ 6pm in Event Uniform.
  • 6/1: Dress Uniform
  • 6/1: UK Presentation: Reese on Winston Churchill & Blenheim Palace

May Birthdays

  • May 8th: Thomas Callender, Ashlynn Blake, 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
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