December 13, 2018

Living God’s Story: Rooted, Growing, Serving.

Merry Christmas

From my family to yours, I wish you a merry Christmas! What a great time of year in school and out as we gather with family and friends, sing carols, enjoy gifts, and celebrate Jesus’ birth!

Lynden Christian’s mission to educate children of Christians so that they mature into perceptive, caring Christians is evident throughout our campuses. I see it in classrooms, in the Christ-centered education our students are receiving, and in the relationships between each other. It’s great! God is at work in each of us for our good and His!

It certainly is a season for gifts, the ones that we give and get to receive. Here are a few gifts I have been thinking about:

  • Students, everyone as a child of God; what gifts!
  • Parents and their commitment to their children and Christian education
  • Staff: secretaries, teachers, custodians, bus drivers, coaches, aides, principals, 2nd Chance, recycle center, nurses, technology, and librarians
  • Board members: Dan Turner, Michael TerBeek, Frank DeVries, Butch Kamena, Dale Van Rooyen, BJ Westra, Winerva Kramer, Bryan Van Loo, Dan Gibson, Lori TeVelde, Becky Bos, and Josh Levien
  • Staff Years of Service at LC: We recognized them at the staff Christmas party, but what gifts to share!

10 years - part time employees

  • Wendy Blok, Evergreen librarian
  • Connie Roosma, bus driver

10 years – full time

  • Mark Houseman, director of technology
  • Christ Rast, high school history teacher and assistant principal
  • Thane Veltkamp, 8th grade science teacher
  • Kristen Hinton, high school math
  • Karrin Simpson, high school admin assistant and attendance
  • Karen Rast, elementary librarian

20 years

  • Sharla Ellens, 2nd grade teacher
  • Deanna Pawlowski, Discovery therapist
  • Connie Kooi, 5th grade teacher

Again, Merry Christmas and blessings to you in the New Year.

Paul Bootsma, Superintendent



Wednesday, December 19

Evergreen campus only – 11:45 am dismissal for Christmas Break

Thursday, December 20

Art Club meets for their Christmas party from 3:30-5:15 pm in the HS Art Room (#123)

Friday, December 21

Noon Dismissal for Christmas Break (LC Preschool will not meet)

Monday, December 24 – Wednesday, January 2

No School – Christmas Break (ECS Break Dec. 19 – Jan. 1, school resumes Jan. 2)

Central Office open 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Thursday, Dec. 27, Friday, Dec. 28 and Wednesday, Jan. 2

Thursday, January 3

School Resumes

Thursday, January 17

Teacher Pro-D – Lynden Campus dismisses at 12:00 pm

Friday, January 18

No School – Teacher Work Day (End of 1st Semester)

Monday, January 21

No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Bus Drivers Needed - Are you interested in becoming a bus driver for LC?  Training begins January 19, 2019!  We have a few spots still open. Contact Rex Warolin for more information or to get registered at

LC Auction - Mark your calendars for the “Let’s Go!” dinner auction on Saturday, March 23, 2019!

Sponsor – If your business would like to help sponsor this event, please contact Ezra Stump (360-318-9525, option 4). We are offering several different levels of sponsors.

Donate – Please consider donating items such as services, gift certificates, baskets, vacation packages, etc.

Volunteer – We are looking for 200 volunteers to make this event happen. Put your talents to good use by helping the auction committee! There are many options for helping, such as decorations, promotion, set up and clean up. Choose your level of involvement by contacting Alanna Wagenaar at email or Ezra Stump at email

New Enrollment for 2019-2020 - Do you have friends and family who are considering LC for their children next fall? New Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will open on January 1, 2019 for the LC campus and February 1 for the ECS campus.  The best way to ensure you get the preschool schedule you want is to enroll early. For all enrollment questions please contact Ezra Stump at

HS and MS Athletic - As we have cleaned facilities, we’ve noticed that there is a lot of garbage left in the stands after games. When you attend a game, please help our staff out by putting your trash into the trash cans or recycle bins on your way out. Thank you for your help!! Information for athletics can be found at  This includes schedules (schedule changes), rosters, scores and directions to game locations.

Support Lynden Christian When You Shop and Travel this Christmas!

Expedia: Stay to Help Program supports Lynden Christian when you book a hotel through the link on our website under the SUPPORT US tab.  The program works a lot like Amazon Smile, with a much higher commission percentage.  Consider trying it out when you book your next hotel stay.  Thank you for all the ways you support LCS!  Your help keeps the cost of tuition as low as possible.

AmazonSmile – You can support Lynden Christian Schools when you do your Christmas shopping on AmazonSmile (  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, Prime benefits, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice.  Just go to  and select Lynden Christian Schools (benefits both campuses).  There are no strings attached and no setup is necessary.  For all the program details, click here.

Fred Meyer – Sign up for the Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program!  This program donates cash back to the school based on the Fred Meyer club card holders’ quarterly store purchases. To sign up for the program, follow this link Our NEW non-profit number is JE483. Even if you’re only an occasional Fred Meyer shopper, this is a huge help to our school! We have 131 households signed up and earned $363.90 this last quarter. Thank you!!!


Oh No!  The recent Home Bulletin provided incorrect information.  Hinton’s Chevrolet Buick only accepts their own $100 gift cards sold through the TRIP program not the generic Lynden Cash Back certificates. Thank you for honoring this preference by our valued partner.

NEW!  $50 gift cards are now on the order form for Anthony’s Restaurant earning 10% rebate!

Instant purchases:  Gift cards will be available at the Central Office on Thursdays, December 20 & 27 (8:00-9:00 am).

Employment Opportunities  are always being updated on the Lyncs website.  Most recently added:

  • Transportation Supervisor
  • Para Educator at Evergreen

For more information and application instructions, please visit and go to the employment page.


Friday, December 14

Pizza Day (for K-8 students who ordered)

Monday, December 17

7-12 Choral Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm in WFAC

Friday, December 21

K-4 Christmas Concert at 9:30 am in the High School gym

Noon Dismissal

Thursday, January 10

K-8 Milk and Pizza Envelopes due to the office (separate payment requested for milk and pizza)

Friday, January 11

Pizza Day (last one for 1st semester, K-8 students who ordered)

Inclement Weather Information – In the event that school will be delayed or cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, information will be posted on the school website as well as the radio and TV stations listed below. We will do our best to have this information available no later than 6:00-6:30 am. If the start of school is delayed by           2 hours, morning preschool classes will not meet. It is our general policy that once we are at school, we will stay at school - classes would not be dismissed early. The exception would be extreme weather.

FM Radio

AM Radio

TV Stations

KWPZ – 106.5

KGMI – 790


KAFE – 104.1

KPUG – 1170


KISM – 92.9




Milk Order Envelopes for second semester will be sent home this week with the youngest child in each family, grades K-8. If you wish to order milk for your child(ren), please fill the envelope out completely and return it with payment as soon as possible. Students whose order envelopes are received by Wednesday, January 16 will start receiving milk on Tuesday, January 22.

Lost and Found – Please have your child(ren) check the lost and found before leaving for Christmas break.  There are a lot of items (gloves, scarves, coats, sweatshirts, etc…) needing to find their way home!

Carol-o-Grams! - The LCHS Concert Choir will once again be delivering the true message of Christmas with their voices by travelling around Lynden and singing 4-5 classic Christmas carols for the person, family, business or Christmas party of your choosing! These students are raising money for the LC Choir Program and will be accepting donations for these carol-o-grams ($30 suggested for home/business deliveries, $10 suggested for faculty, staff, students or classes on the Lynden Christian main campus). Available dates are December 18-21. Download an order form here or at (click “Resources” then “Forms”) for more information and to select specific time slots. Return completed forms to the Central or high school office.

Yearbooks are on sale NOW!  Order yours at  Select “Yearbooks” at the top of the page and type in your school name (then select the specific building you are needing: High School OR Elementary and Middle School).  Yearbooks are $15.00 for elementary and middle school and $60.00 for high school, and can be ordered ONLINE ONLY again this year and the price goes up second semester!

Middle School (5-8)

7-8 Exams will be Tuesday, January 15 through Thursday, January 17.  Aaron Bishop will send out an email with the exam schedule later this month.  Please avoid scheduling appointments for your child during this time.

High School (9-12)

Scholarships - New to the Scholarships list at are the Hoksbergen Scholarship and the American Indian Endowed Scholarships.

Exams will be held on Tuesday, January 15 through Thursday, January 17.  The exam schedule and guidelines can be found on the Lyncs website or click here.

Seniors –  Lynden Christian requires a tassel and a navy blue cap and gown.  The rest is OPTIONAL.  You may borrow from previous graduates if you wish. For a short time you may also place orders at, prices go up December 15. GIRLS:  you will be wearing white sashes in addition to your cap and gown.  LCHS will order these for you and there is NO CHARGE for these.  You need not worry about ordering them.

HS Musical Costume Help Needed – Do you craft? Can you sew a straight line? Cut on the line?  If so, we would love your help with costume construction for our high school “Hello, Dolly!” production!  We need as many hands as possible to keep on schedule and make this production a success.  You can work from home, or we can work together!  Please contact Patti Assink ( to volunteer (yourself or someone else!) and to find out more details.  Thank you in advance!

High School Yearbooks are on sale NOW!  Order yours at  Select “Yearbooks” at the top of the page and then type in your school name (Lynden Christian High School).  Yearbooks will be available to order ONLINE ONLY again this year.  The cost is $60.00 (will increase second semester). 


ECS Inclement Weather – In the event that school is delayed or cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, information will be posted on the school website. In addition you will receive a parent alert via email and/or text. We will do our best to have this information available no later than 6:00-6:30 am. If the start of school is delayed by 2 hours, morning preschool classes will not meet. It is our general policy that once we are at school, we will stay at school, classes would not be dismissed early. The exception would be extreme weather.

TRIP Sales This Week – This Friday, December 12 is the last TRIP day before Christmas break, but is also our Christmas program morning. Therefore, the TRIP Ladies will be here to accept your orders (outside the sanctuary) before the program, but won’t be filling orders until after the program. Cards will be sent home with students on Friday (Cordata and Spring Creek families), unless you indicate you want to wait and pick up next week in the office.

Christmas Program – is this Friday, December 14 at 8:40 am in the church sanctuary at our Spring Creek campus. Everyone is invited including grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends and neighbors!

Christmas Sing-a-long – Join us on Wednesday, December 19 at 11:10 am at our Spring Creek campus location.

Parenting Conference – Cornwall Church is hosting a parenting conference put on by Intentional. It is a two day conference for parents who are looking to raise passionate Jesus followers. The conference is scheduled for February 8 & 9. Early bird pricing is NOW! Check out all the details here.


Winter Ride – The snow is beginning to fall and the ski season at Mt Baker is getting closer. It’s now time to get your paperwork turned in for Lynden’s Winter Ride program. Our first trip to Mt. Baker is planned for January 5, and you need to reserve your seat on the bus now. Copies of the required paperwork and further information about our program is available at: Completed paperwork may be turned in to the school secretaries at Isom Elementary, LMS, LHS, and LCHS. Please put them in a sealed envelope and address it to "Lynden Winter Ride - Mitch Kornelis - Isom Elementary".