Raggant Standard

April 2018

Spring Break is April 2nd - April 9th!

Letter from the U.H.

In Omnibus VI, we’re currently reading Citizen Soldiers, which is a treatment of “The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to The Bulge to the Surrender of Germany.”  It’s been a fascinating study, and many of the students have devoured the this hefty historical volume, intrigued by the European Theater of WWII.  

This week as we discussed the book, we took the helicopter up another thousand feet to examine how the young men whose character was forged in the foxholes and firefights of France and Belgium were uniquely prepared on their return to lead America into a time of remarkable prosperity.  

I’m sure there are a host of factors, but I would suggest that at least part of the explanation is that in post-WWII America we had introduced to our workforce and society thousands of men who had been forced (in battle) to perform under pressure, to adapt to terrible circumstances, and to persevere in unfavorable conditions. These skills transferred well to just about any context, and the result was America’s economic and political flourishing.

But there were down sides, too.  These very young men went off to war before many of them had learned how to be faithful husbands, loving fathers, and sacrificial leaders.  In war, many of their leadership examples led from a safe distance, making some terrible decisions because they were so safely removed from the grind of the front lines.  Not surprisingly, many of the front-line soldiers returned to American society and practiced the same thing with their children. Many of those Baby Boomers were then born to incredibly capable but sometimes detached parents who wanted their children to have a great life, but who did not train their children to handle responsibility and adversity as they had learned in battle.  The moral revolution of the 60s and 70s didn’t come from nowhere.  

I really wish that I could say that our culture learned its lesson, repented, and started taking more proactive measures to disciple and provide for our children.  Quite the contrary, we’ve outsourced their training to the state.  We’ve modeled for them that work is bad and we should do as little of it as possible.  We’ve even taken measures to eliminate them before they’re born if they’re too much trouble.  

We still reap the benefits of the remarkable, dominion-taking labors of The Greatest Generation.  But three generations later, we have nearly none of their work ethic.  It’s our desire that Raggants who are stout image bearers and copious producers have the work ethic of their great grandparents while also having modern resources.  

But in order to cultivate that in them, we have to try as best we can to reproduce some of the lessons from the Belgian trenches and make them happen in the classroom, the kitchen, the back yard, or our imaginations. (Praise God for good books).  May God bless our efforts as we do so.  
Rummage Sale 2018!

In the midst of your own spring cleaning, please consider donating your sellable goods to the 2018 Rummage Sale! All proceeds benefit the UK Trip Attendees.
  • Drop off will be Thursday, April 5th from 9am - 5pm at Reclamation Church's Outreach Building (the building near 88th Street at the school). Please bring any sellable goods, except electronics (contact Miss Bour about those). 
  • The Sale will run Friday and Saturday, April 6th - 7th, from 9am - 5pm at The Outreach Building. Come shop for new-found treasure and spread the word! We could also use some trucks at 5pm on Saturday to help haul any leftovers to Value Village (where we will earn some additional $$)!
  • All Secondary students are invited to come and help! All UK Trip attendees are required to participate at the sale.

Also, UK team members, remember your next payment is due May 15th to the tuition box.
Re-enrollment for the 2018 - 2019 school year is due by April 10th!
Kinder Prep
  • May 3 - June 7, Thursdays 9am - 11am at ECS (Reclamation Church in Marysville).
  • Open for students who are considering Kindergarten for 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:
Classical Learning Test
This year we will once again be using the CLT (Classical Learning Test) for evaluative purposes. 9th & 10th graders will be taking the CLT 10 during the Omnibus periods on Wednesday, April 11th, and 11th & 12th graders will be taking the CLT on Tuesday, April 17th. All students should bring their own iPad, Chromebook, or laptop on their testing day (or use one of the school's Chromebooks). All the students have been registered through the school - if they would like to complete any practice exams, or to learn more, go to
 Secondary students will be traveling to EvCC to listen to Holocaust Survivor Henry Friedman on Wednesday, April 25th. We will be leaving ECS about 11:45am and returning to ECS at 1:50pm. Please have secondary students pack a fully disposable lunch this day, and let Mrs. Bowers know if you are interested in driving! 
Speech Meet
Students from 3rd - 6th grade have been nominated to participate in an Inter-School Speech Meet on Friday, April 27th at Providence Classical School. More details to come!   
Save the Date!  Our Fundraising Feast is fast approaching.  A separate letter of invitation is available on our website. Here are some details:

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.  

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.
The Secondary Students are working on their FIRST full-length play!  Stay tuned for showtimes, dates, and more!
Upcoming Events
  • 4/2 - 4/9: Spring Break
  • 4/9: NO SCHOOL AT HOME; School resumes 4/10
  • 4/5 - 4/7: Rummage Sale: Drop-offs on 4/5 @ the Outreach Building at Reclamation Church
  • 4/11: CLT 10 for 9th & 10th Graders
  • 4/12-4/13: Grace Agenda Conference
  • 4/14: CLT for 11th & 12th Graders
  • 4/20: UK Presentation: Mr. Sarr & Vindolanda
  • 4/20: Dress Uniform & Assembly @ 2:15pm w/Mr. Light Speaking
  • 4/25: Secondary Field Trip: Holocaust Survivor @ EvCC
  • 4/27: Inter-School Grammar Speech Meet @ Providence
  • 4/27: UK Presentation: Kelly Durham & Durham Cathedral
  • 5/4: Dress Uniform & Assembly
  • 5/11: Fundraising Feast

April Birthdays

  • April 18th: Jersey Walker
  • April 25th: Edith Bowers
  • April 26th: Mr. Bowers
  • April 28th: Bazen Hevia
  • April 29th: Jane Pakinas
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