Raggant Standard

February 2018

Mid-Winter Break: February 16th - 19th

Letter from the U.H.

Showing up at Disneyland on a whim is good.  But maximizing your Disneyland experience involves a bit of planning and prioritizing.  Intentionality, even. Your school experience is the same.  

First, a disclaimer.  By the remarks that follow, I do not mean to suggest that we have arrived at our philosophical or cultural destination.  Neither do I wish to suggest that we’re awesome in and of ourselves.  It is unmistakable, however, that God has blessed ECS beyond our most presumptuous requests, and He’s done so using lots of crazy means, like people, curriculum and the gospel.  We cannot take credit for any of this, even though we’ve been in the middle of it.  


Rather, I say this as one who has been shaped and grown in staggering and unexpected ways the last six years, as both a teacher and as a parent who is trying to navigate some unfamiliar waters…and I’m very glad to be joined by some pretty good swimmers.  


Parents, I believe that your intentional investment in our school’s culture is good for you and your children.  You get to know the people who are pouring into your children and you get to be a part of making the culture better.  That said, I would like to suggest (in no particular order) some ways that you can maximize your family’s experience with Evangel Classical School. 


Stay for Matins


Matins sets the tone for the day at ECS.  I love seeing all the Raggants in one place, excited to start the day.  More than once their enthusiasm has swept me up and my hurried heart has been warmed and filled.  When you come to drop off your student, consider sticking around until about 9:07 to see the school come together, to get to join some happy treble voices in a hymn or psalm, to be reminded of our Creed, and to pray.  You can give one more hug before sending them off to first period.  


Get out of your car after school


I love Matins, but the 3:00 hour is my favorite part of the school day, and not just because the lessons are over.  I enjoy our people rubbing off on one another, sharing thoughts, victories, struggles and stories while the Raggants scamper about filling the air with giggles and footballs.  


Some administrators get nervous when they see a knot of moms yammering in the parking lot.  I love it.  


Take some time to talk and visit and brainstorm and just enjoy the other school families.  Odds are you’ll leave encouraged.  


Have your child’s teacher over for dinner


Relationships are important, and spending time cultivating a relationship with the person who is investing in your child is well spent.  What’s more, when we are engaged in the sort of heart-work demanded of education, there are bound to be opportunities to practice forgiveness, and that’s easier when the relationships have been strengthened.  


I would rather have the ECS teachers than any teaching staff on the planet, and it’s not just for sentimental reasons.  They are a gift to our school and our families, and getting to know them (and their spouses) is wise.  You’ll get to show your appreciation for them, and they’ll get to know you and your students better, better enabling them to serve you.  


Read your Raggant’s literature books


I love talking with my children about the books they’re reading, and even more so when I’m familiar with the books.  I’m able to help them make sense of what they’re reading and discuss themes, issues and characters.  


If your child is in Omnibus and you cannot keep up with that reading load, consider at least reading the introductions to the text in the Omnibus textbook.  (Ask your students what I mean; they can tell you). You’ll be better equipped to help and support your student while also getting some great worldview training yourself.  


Besides, many of us are (righteously, of course) jealous of what our children are getting; this is one small way to make up for lost time and opportunities.  


Tell a friend about the school  


When you tell others about ECS, you may find yourself forced to articulate the school’s vision and mission.  This is always a good exercise.  


It’s a normal Christian practice to gush to others about the stuff we love.  Hopefully you feel this way about the school.


Pray for the teachers and other families


Praying for people impacts my attitude toward them.  It grows my compassion and helps to align my own attitudes as I go to God on their behalf.  What’s more, it’s loving and obedient…two things we’d like to see in our children. 


Visit a class unannounced


This may be hard to believe, but I mean it.  When I drop in on classes, I always leave encouraged, and I trust you would, too.  Perhaps you’d like to hear Mr. Higgins’ Nacho Libre impersonations or how Mr. Bowers makes Prince Henry the Navigator a fascinating character.  Perhaps you want to learn how Miss Bour puts awesome dance moves to the Bible songs or eavesdrop while Omnibus students discuss Just War Theory.  


We love having parents around the school, so you’re most welcome to drop in.  


And there’re likely more ideas, and I’d be glad to hear them all.  The more we’re investing in our school community, the better it will be, and the more we’ll get out of it.  


Risus est bellum!



We had fourteen new families visit - thank you for making our Information Night a joyous success!
Re-enrollment for the 2018 - 2019 school year is open! Packets went home with the oldest sibling for each family on February 1st; paperwork and deposits are due by April 10th.
Kelly Bowie's school picture gallery is up and available for ordering: Click here to preview and order. Also, please "Favorite" which picture you would like included on Sycamore and in the Yearbook for your student (click on the "Favorite" icon with the little star to the lower left of the picture).
Picture orders are due February 16th.
Raggant Rhetoric Tournament

Parents are heartily invited to come and watch the Finals of the second annual Rhetoric Tournament on Friday, February 23rd at 1:15pm in the Sanctuary! All Secondary students will be required to compete in one event, and may compete in up to two events:
  • Literary Interpretation
  • Duet Acting
  • Impromptu
  • Persuasive Speech
Spring Clean Up
Our third field trip will be a service day at the school on Friday, March 23rd. More details to follow.

Rummage Sale 2018!

In the midst of your own spring cleaning, consider holding on to your sellable goods and donating them to the 2018 Rummage Sale, tentatively set for Friday and Saturday, April 6th - 7th, and then come shop for new-found treasures. All proceeds benefit the UK Trip attendees! 
Upcoming Events
  • Feb. 2nd: Dress Uniform & Assembly at 2:15pm with Board Chairman Mr. Weinberg speaking
  • Feb. 16th - Feb. 19th: Mid-Winter Break
  • Feb. 16th: Deadline for School Picture Orders
  • Feb. 23rd: Rhetoric Tournament
  • Mar. 2nd: Dress Uniform & Assembly

February Birthdays

  • Feb. 2nd: Zander Hevia
  • Feb. 10th: Kiana Pakinas
  • Feb. 10th: Anne Callender
  • Feb. 20th: Addison Bowie
  • Feb. 25th: Ella Durham
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