Raggant Standard

October 2017

REMINDER: No School on Friday, October 13th for Teacher Training

Letter from the Headmaster (U.H.)

For a moment I'm going to remove my U.H. hat and replace it with a H.D. hat.  Oh, and H.D. stands for "Hopeful Dad."  

As you're probably aware, I'm the father of three Raggants.  I have a vested interest in seeing our school thrive and our students' success, and it goes beyond my role as headmaster.  If your family is like ours, you have moments when schooling is especially hard.  Some books are really hard to read.  Some math concepts are really hard to grasp.  From Logic to Latin to Literature, faithfulness in the trenches can be challenging.  We've had plenty of 10:00pm Latin caputs and revisions of math problems after evening church functions.  I get it.  It's hard.

But recent homework marathons (perhaps a bit of an overstatement, I grant) have reminded me of a few points that I preach to others in my more lucid moments.  These are things that I know:

I know I don't want preferential treatment for my kids.  Though he's getting better, my son has a tendency to be sloppy in his homework assignments, and I praise God that Miss Bour doesn't give out neatness points cheaply.  If he gets full neatness points for subpar work, he'll learn that mediocrity is the standard, and putting forth 70% effort is good enough.  It makes the points cheap.  Someday soon he'll get full neatness points and it'll be a big deal when he does.

If Mr. Bowers makes exceptions for Abbie because she's my daughter, he's depriving her of a good education.  So as a dad I want him to know that he has my full support and I value his faithfulness.   

I know that my kids are being enculturated, and a report card can't fully capture that.  If Ellie is faithful and earns straight C's, she'll come away from ECS with an appetite for knowledge, broad interests, deep loves, vibrant relationships, and having beheld Christ for 11 years (she was in 2nd grade when the school opened).  She'll appreciate Latin and history, even if she's mastered neither.  And she'll have the work capacity of a locomotive.  This is because of the cultural water she's swimming in.  We (and her teachers) are using a bunch of tools like good books and math lessons to train her in character.  And I want her to be faithful.

I know I'm always teaching.  How I respond to adversity and frustrations and joys and opportunities are effective tools for training my kids about how to handle life.  My (hopefully-humble) readiness to laugh as a taunt to our enemy while remembering God's sovereign goodness is instructive for my kids.  My eagerness (or hesitation) to seek forgiveness when I wrong my children is showing them how I expect them to treat each other. 

All together, this motivates me to be intentional in my living and grateful for the education that my children are receiving.  And by God's grace I see plenty of reasons to remain one H.D. 
Our parking lot is home to lots of activity after school.  In the interest of student (and toddler) safety, we recommend that all families park on the perimeter of the parking lot and that you back into your parking spaces.  This optimizes visibility as you pull out of your parking spaces.  And as always, please drive slowly in the lot and on the adjacent residential streets. Thank you!  

School Pictures

School pictures will be done by the talented Kelly Bowie this year on Friday, October 20th (Dress Uniform day) during 4th period and lunch. For pricing information, see the ECS Parents Facebook Page.
Scholastic Publishing Poetry Contest 
Scholastic Publishing is sponsoring a poetry contest with over $4,000 in prizes! All students 3rd grade and up are welcome to participate.  Entries with completed entry forms are due to Mrs. Bowers by Tuesday, October 31st (forms available at the School or above link).

Pumpkin Patch

Though we aren't having an official ECS Pumpkin Patch Field-trip this year, all ECS Raggants are invited to Gordon's Pumpkin Patch on Monday, October 16th from 10am - about noon for unofficial frolicking and fun.

Nutcracker Field Trip

Our second official field trip will be for all students on Friday, December 9th to the PNW Ballet's Nutcracker. School will begin as usual, with Matins at 9am. From there, we will drive to McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. The show itself begins at 12pm and lasts about two hours. Tickets cost $17/student and $27/adults - this is very special pricing for students, so the students must outnumber the adults and comprise the majority of our group. That said, we would still love to have parents (and potentially grandparents) join us as chaperones, so please let Mrs. Bowers know by Friday, October 27th  if you are interested in chaperoning and/or driving. Payment for students is also due on this date to Mrs. Bowers. Please plan on packing a completely disposable "paper bag" lunch this day. We will meet back at the school after the show, with dismissal likely around our normal time at 3pm.

Reformation Feast 

We will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a host of festivities on Tuesday, October 31st. Students are encouraged to come in Reformation-appropriate costume (think Medieval). Please no specific-princess themed, frightening, or macabre costumes, but you are welcome to be creative! We will have games, fun, and feasting, with a bread and soup lunch (each family please provide a loaf of bread and pot of soup). Festivities will begin after recess.  School will begin and end at the usual time. 
Secondary Students are encouraged to enter the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards! Writing Entries are due by December 14th and Art Entries are due by January 9th. Forms are due to Mrs. Bowers by Friday, December 8th.
Transcript Adornment Night
You are invited to join Mr. Sarr and Mrs. Bowers on Wednesday, November 29th at 6:30pm at the school to discuss updated Washington State graduation requirements, post-graduation plans, college advising, and answer general questions about ECS' role in all of it! 
Upcoming Events
  • October 6th: Dress Uniform + Assembly
  • October 13th: NO SCHOOL: Teacher Training Day
  • October 16th: Gordon's Pumpkin Patch @10am - Noon
  • October 20th: Dress Uniform + Picture Day
  • October 27th: Deadline for Nutcracker Payment 
  • October 31st: Reformation Celebration & Feast
  • November 3rd: End of Quarter 1

October Birthdays

  • Oct. 2: Gideon Marlatt
  • Oct. 5: Elias Smith
  • Oct. 6: Hallie Higgins
  • Oct. 6: Revellie Paine
  • Oct. 9: Esther Pakinas
  • Oct. 10: Addison Hall
  • Oct. 20: Isaiah vanderBeken
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