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June 2018

The Last day of Class is Friday, June 8th! 

Letter from the U.H.


The Headmaster's Summer Reading List

One of the things I love about my job is the number of things I have to read in order to (try to!) stay ahead of the students.  It means blowing through a silly number of books in the course of a year (this year it was 39 texts in Omnibus plus some fun essays).  But when the summer comes and some the external accountability goes away, not surprisingly, the pace slackens profoundly, and the focus shifts to one of personal leisure and enjoyment.

C.S. Lewis taught, in essence, that a liberal arts education trains students in how to spend their discretionary time well; it trains you for what to do with your day off.  This is on full display in the summer.  In addition to a mountain of logistical planning for school next year, I plan to clean my house, pull a lot of weeds, and do a lot of reading…of my own choosing (but with some admitted help from others).  So while it may not be impressive, I thought I’d share with you my summer reading list.  (Subject to expansion, but not shrinkage).  Enjoy.

Bible

This year, I’ve decided to read through the New Testament four times.  That’s once a quarter.  This morning I read Ephesians, and I’m on track to finish my second round this month.  So this summer, I’ll read through the New Testament again, finishing by September 30.  It works out to about three chapters a day, in case you’re wondering.  

Fiction

Some of these books I’ve read, others are firsts for me.  But good fiction is always in order.  

First, your illustrious school board (of which I’m a part) has decided - for a host of reasons - that we’d do well to read The Chronicles of Narnia.  Since we meet monthly, we plan to tick off one book a month and then talk about it at our meetings.  So for the next three months, we’ll be reading…

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Horse and His Boy

Additionally, I’ve just started The Door Before, which is the prequel to the 100 Cupboards series, also by N.D. Wilson.  So I’ll finish that sooner than later, God willing. 

Beyond this, I aim to read the third book in the Outlaws of Time Series, by N.D. Wilson.  It’s entitled The Last of the Lost Boys.  

You may have noticed how these are all modern youth fiction.  There are a few reasons for this, but chief among them is that I’m a dad, and I want to cultivate the right sorts of loves in my children.  I love the imagination and lessons that all these books promote, and I want to talk about them with my kids.  If they see me reading them, hear me talking about them, and discuss them with me, I’m hoping it’ll whet their appetites to spend their days off craving good books.  

If I finish these, any other fiction reading is just icing.

Nonfiction

With the elders of Trinity Evangel Church, we continue to plod through Antifragile, which is a very thought-provoking book.  It’s not a Christian book per se, though a number of the principles promoted in the book are fitting for those who want to raise sturdy children or shepherd sturdy sheep.  And it’s about the right sort of rough handling that builds character-muscle.  

I simply love John Piper’s The Swans Are Not Silent series.  It currently has seven volumes.  I read the first five within weeks of receiving them.  I haven’t been able to get to volumes six and seven as yet, but I aim to do so this summer.  They are…

In each of the books, Piper follows a consistent layout: he takes three historical figures and connects them with the thread of some spiritual lesson.  That overview is the first chapter.  What follows is a biographical snippet of each of the three saints, with particular attention on the theme-thread he’s tugging through each life.  I enjoy the style, Piper’s heart, and the accessible introduction to a variety of figures from Church history.  So check them out!

That’s it.  But subject to change, as I said.  Once more…

  • The New Testament
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • The Door Before
  • The Last of the Lost Boys
  • Antifragile
  • Swans Series Book 6
  • Swans Series Book 7
I hope that offers you some encouragement too plan your own reading, rather than winging it.

And do have an excellent summer, everyone.

Risus est bellum!

Jonathan 

Thank you for your exuberant feasting, fellowship, and giving at our Fundraising Feast! It was a glorious evening that blessed the school abundantly!

Please join us to celebrate our graduates, Gabby Marlatt and Kara Rothenberger, at a Graduation Party at the Bour Farm on Sunday, June 10th at 3pm.  Last names A-M, please bring a delectable dessert; last names N-Z, please bring drinks.
You are all cordially invited to our End-of-the-Year Festivities! We will have a special Assembly on Friday, June 8th at 12:45pm with Mr. Higgins as the speaker. Lunch will follow the Assembly with ECS providing hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks.
  • Each family, please bring a side to share.
  • Those families with students with summer birthdays, you are welcome to bring your student's Birthday Treat as a dessert to share at the BBQ!
  • KinderPrep families, you are also welcome, and we would appreciate you bringing a dessert to share.
  • Dismissal will be at the usual time. Remember to sweep the building for your personal possessions and clean out cubbies!


Raggant Romp 2018!

The next UK Meeting will be Wednesday, June 27th from 5pm - 8pm 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 from Mr. and Mrs. Hanley, 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. The schedule will run:
  • Th 6/21: The Land & First Residents (Chapters 1-2)
  • Th 6/28:  Explorers, Fur Traders, & Missionaries  (Chapters 3-4)
  • 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 (Chapters 5-6)
  • Th 7/26: Two World Wars & One Great Depression Chapter 7)
  • Th 8/2: Recent Times (Chapter 8)
  • Th 8/9: Civil Government (Chapter 9) & Final Presentation (Research Project)
  • Th 8/16: Final Field Trip to Mount St. Helens and the State Capital
Thank you to the SIXTEEN students who have registered!

Remember, payment (check payable to ECS) and  Chapters 1 - 2 (The Land & The First Residents) are DUE on the first day of class, 6/21.
Thank you for your yearbook orders! They will be distributed at dismissal on Wednesday, June 6. If you did not purchase one yet, you still can! You will just need to pay for shipping and have the book sent to your home address.
The secondary students are presenting their FIRST full-length play June 14th - 16th at Reclamation Church. Check out the Facebook Event for times, cost, and more information! 
Our Uniform Sale is tentatively planned for the summer, location TBD (but somewhere in the Marysville area). More details will be forthcoming - check the Facebook Parents' page for a current poll on interest and potential dates.
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: Raggant Romp 2018 (UK Trip)
  • Choir Retreat: (tentative) September 2nd @ 2-5pm at the Sarrs' home + additional movie at dusk (after Afterglow)!
  • September 5th: First Day of School! 
We are planning the 2nd Annual Raggants Got Talent for the Fall of 2018! Use this summer to begin thinking about and practicing your act for tryouts, tentatively set for late September. 
Upcoming Events
  • 6/8: LAST DAY! Assembly and BBQ beginning at 12:45pm
  • 6/10: Graduation Party @ 3pm at the Bour Farm in Granite Falls
  • 6/14-6/16: Anne of Green Gables Play
  • 6/21: First Day of Pacific Northwest History Class (payment and Chapters 1-2 Due)
  • 6/27: UK Trip Meeting @ 5pm at vanderBeken home
  • 6/28: PNW History Class Session #2

June Birthdays

  • June 7th: Miss Bour
  • June 8th: Kara Rothenberger
  • June 9th: Claire Pakinas & Jane Callender
  • June 11th: Finley Walker
  • June 14th: Mrs. Sarr
  • June 18th: Ethan Walton
  • June 19th: Aaron vanderBeken
  • June 21st: Olivia Harsh
  • June 26th: Joshua Sarr 
  • June 30th: Mrs. Hall (psst, it's a milestone!)
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