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Shoreline Christian School Alumni Monthly E-Newsletter
September 22, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE...
Gala Dinner & Auction

The 2016 Shoreline Christian Gala Dinner & Auction will be held Saturday, October 22nd, at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore.

Join us at this fun event that only happens every other year!

For more details and to purchase tickets

Make a Difference
 
We're a month in from the start of school. This year we focus on the last line of our Mission Statement by challenging our students, staff, parents and community to make a difference. 

We desire that our students be more than "brains on a stick,"  heads filled with knowledge but no arms or legs to use in service to God. We want to explore with them the liturgies that build formative habits and lead them to understand that all of life is to be lived "... as a dynamic and transforming influence for the glory of God." 

How are you making a difference for God's glory?


Tim Visser
Administrator
Featured Alumni:  Eric Dykstra 
Submitted by Eric Dykstra, Class of 2007

After graduation from Shoreline Christian in 2007, I started at the University of Washington.  By age 20 I was married to my lovely wife, Haruka, and at 22 I graduated with a degree in finance.  I didn't find the career outlook for a finance major to be one that suited me, so I looked in other fields to start my career.  My only job offer came from a small startup company in San Francisco, so to San Francisco we went.
 
In total we spent three and a half years in the City by the Bay. Although not too dissimilar from Seattle, it was quite a change to be going from student in my hometown to an employee in a city I had never been to before.  In an effort to become a better employee, I started to teach myself programming, and fell in love with it. I soon learned enough web development to get a job at a marketing agency as a web developer where I spent a little over half a year.  To accelerate my learning more quickly, I quit to take 3 months off of work to learn at a programming school. Following that, I honed my skills working for a couple of different startups over the following year and a half.
 
An idea that has stuck with me is that sometimes one has to stop doing something that's going well in order to find something even better.  Consistent with that line of thinking, in March of last year after finding new jobs in Tokyo we left our San Francisco life behind. I've been working as a software engineer for a Japanese media startup company ever since, and am enjoying it immensely, with the best work-life balance so far in my career.  In my away-from-work time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, playing baseball, listening to audio books, practicing judo, and going to live music shows.
 
When I think back to my time at Shoreline Christian, I think about all the opportunities I was given to try new things: playing all kinds of different sports, serving on student councils, acting in the school play, participating in Math Olympiads, taking Japanese classes at Shorewood, and many other things I may not have considered doing if I were at a bigger school.  I'd like to thank all my teachers and coaches throughout my time at Shoreline Christian for the encouragement and mentorship I received from them.  The ability to try new things without fearing the repercussions of failure allowed me to have many experiences through my years at SCS, and has been key to my continued growth and learning as an adult.  If anyone would like to connect, my email is eric@ericdykstra.me.


Class of 1986 Memory
Submitted by Harmen DeJong

In the mid - O.K. some might think it was early - 70's, a group of little kids were thrown together in a first grade class in a combined class room in Everett, WA.  Their parents were dedicated to the Christian education process they were about to embark on.  Some kids dropped off, others were added, but for at least five of them, the all stuck together for 12 years - eight at Everett Christian School and four at Shoreline Christian School.
 
This past Saturday, the class of 1986 celebrated it's 30th year reunion.  All five of those kids were in attendance.  The picture is attached - back row: Harmen DeJong and Ken Johnson; front row: Cathy Jubie Albrecht; Cami Colyn Haveman, Ruth Keller Weaver.
 
Many memories were shared - primarily of the long bus rides and car pooling between Everett and Shoreline.




Memorial Garden Plaques
In celebration of our 60th anniversary, a space was created for stories - past and present - a memorial garden. 

Now we need stories!  You can tell your story on a plaque that will be attached to the faces of the benches.   Learn more here.
Would You Like to Know What's Happening on a Weekly Basis at SCS?
If you would like to know about sporting events, class fundraisers, and other weekly events at Shoreline Christian, email us to be added to our weekly electronic Charger News or check our our schools' website billboard.









Featured Alumni Stories
Each month we like to feature an Alumni in our newsletter.  This is a great way for alumni to re-connect. We would love to hear from you about where you are and what you are doing now.