Alumni Lance
May 25, 2017
Fred Van Hal Retirement Party
Fred Van Hal is retiring after 37 years of teaching at Shoreline/Watson Groen Christian School. The Van Hal family would love for friends, family, coworkers, students, parents, and alumni to join and help him celebrate his time serving the school and its students. 

Please join them for an open house in the Watson Groen Memorial Gymnasium on June 11th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. They will gather around 3:30 pm for open mic speeches and memories.  Please spread the word as not all alumni and former school community members receive these communications

If you are able to make it, please RSVP the Van Hal family by texting 206-383-3515 or emailing  so they can have an idea of numbers. If you are unable to make it and would like to send a congratulatory/thank you message for Fred/Mr. Van Hal, please send them to  and they will be assembled in a memory book for him. 

The Shoreline Christian School community will be honoring Fred at the Spring Pops Concert on June 9th at 7:00 pm. Please join us in celebrating his years of service.
65th Anniversary  Celebration
Come help us celebrate 65 years of Watson Groen/Shoreline Christian School on September 30th, 2017. We are planning a large celebration that you won't want to miss. Gather your friends and family and join us for the festivities!
Chargers Golf Classic
We're heading back to the beautiful Echo Falls Golf Club on Thursday, June 22, 2017. It's one of our favorite events and would love for you to join us!

Registration is now open!  Individual, family, and corporate sponsorships are available.  To register click here.
Career Opportunities at SCS
We currently have staff openings for this coming school year.  Applications are being accepted for: full time preschool/childcare director, and part time office administrator.  Job descriptions and applications are available on our website. 
Featured Alumni Story: Chris and Kelly Lute

My husband Chris Lute and I have known each other since preschool. We both attended and graduated from Watson Groen Christian/Shoreline Christian School. My parents Richard and Eileen (Visser) Verver both taught at WGC/SCS. My siblings Ryan, Kevin and Teri also graduated from the school. Our youngest niece Isla attends preschool at Shoreline Christian School now. Chris's mom Kathy was a room parent and his dad Mike did a lot of work in the computer lab. Chris's sister Danielle attended WGC/SCS.

A number of my elementary teachers were influential in my decision to become a teacher. I was a TA (teacher's assistant) in the first grade classroom and the second grade classroom when I was in high school.

Some memories that really stand out to us from our time at Watson Groen Christian/Shoreline Christian School are our field trips to Yakima/Sunnyside apple picking in Second Grade, Pioneer Farms in Third Grade, and Deception Pass in Sixth Grade. We also remember Junior/Senior Banquet at Columbia Tower our Junior year and on The Spirit of Puget Sound our Senior Year. We have lots of great memories from our Senior Trip to Florence, Oregon, too.

We were highschool sweethearts and we went to the Junior/Senior Banquet together both our Junior and Senior years of high school. We lost touch, though, after we graduated from high school in June of 1999.

I graduated from Dordt College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English/Language Arts in 2003. I then went on to receive my Montessori Certification in Early Childhood Education in 2005 from the Montessori Teacher Education Center in San Leandro, CA. I love teaching preschool. I have been teaching in the field of early childhood education for fourteen years

Chris attended Lake Washington Technical College. Chris is great with computers and technology and he works in IT Support. Chris says he would not be in the computer/technology field today if it wasn't for all the time he spent in the computer lab at SCS.

In February 2007, My Mom, my brother Kevin, and his wife Cheryl were shopping at a second hand thrift store in Greenwood for a dining table for Kevin and Cheryl. Chris was working there at the time. My Mom taught at Watson Groen Christian/ Shoreline Christian School and Kevin was in the class above us. They got to talking and Chris gave Kevin his phone number to pass along to me for me to call him. Chris and I played phone tag. We reconnected and we got together for coffee.

The next year, in August 2008 we got engaged, and we got married June 27, 2009 at First Christian Reformed Church in Seattle. It's where my parents got married. It's where I was baptized. It's where we attended chapel together as students

We’re also excited the place where we grew up going to chapel and got married will be part of the next stage of our life as well. We have decided to add a tiny (but GREAT!) Lute to our family through adoption, and will be attending adoption trainings at First CRC. It is so awesome how God is working through all of this. Chris is going to be a great Dad. He is so great with our godsons and our nieces and nephews

You can find updates on our adoption journey on our GoFundMe page (click here to visit the page). 

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

Class Reunions
Is your class planning a reunion?  We'd love to see you back on campus.   Let us know your plans.
2016 Presidential Report 
SCS School Board President, Tom Rietkerk shares his thoughts on the school theme "Make a Difference," read updates from Admissions, Advancement, Buildings and Grounds, Education, and Finance.   Read more online.

Memorial Garden Plaques
We created a physical space 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.