January 2017
Welcome Back, Bonnie!
The Elementary School Read-A-Thon kicked off on January 9th. Each year, Sue Cooper puts together a new theme to motivate the kids to meet their reading goals. This year she received some help from her daughter, Bonnie (Cooper) Shearer ('05). Students will make their way through the days of creation, depicted in six art quilts. Bonnie created adorable creatures for the air and the sea for day 5. And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” Genesis 1:20

Bonnie also spent a couple of weeks at WCS filling in for our recess monitor and working as an aide in Mrs. Pretorius's third grade class. Apparently she liked it so much she has decided to stay! Bonnie has accepted a position as a paraprofessional with Student Academic Services. She brings six years of experience working with a diverse group of students as a preschool lead teacher and classroom assistant, and as education coordinator for a program for infants through school age children. Bonnie, her husband, David, and their daughters recently returned to Whitinsville from Virginia. Daughter, Miriam, is a student at Stepping Stone Preschool, and is big sister to Hannah, who was born in November of last year.

Memory Lane
We posted this fun video of sledding at recess to the WCS Facebook page. It sparked a "stroll down memory lane" for several of our alumni from the class of '86.

Karyn (Baker) Schneider: Love that new hill! I remember when we used to go ice skating during recess on the little pond behind WCS. Anyone else remember?

Stacie (Sutherland) Capone: I do remember! And Kellie Sutherland Place will remember since she ended up with stitches in her chin.

Kellie (Sutherland) Place ('89): Yes, I did. But we slid down on our lunch box. Mr. Bajema brought me to meet mom at the Whitinsville hospital. I remember ice skating too.

Brenda (Baker) Abelli: I remember! I loved it.

Sherry (Kuik) Ohanian: That's my favorite school memory! Remember Miss Vander Zee's skates? They had furry edges, and she had blade guards. I was in awe of her skates!
Bethany (Steigler) Guiste ('90) and Ruth (Wynja) Gibbons ('91) have shared this photo on Facebook recently. This is the student body of WCHS in the 1988-1989 school year. Bethany posted, "I look at this photo and smile. I am still friends (on Facebook) with so many standing here. I am glad we all had the opportunity to be at WCS together and still support one another when prayer is needed."

Jonathan and Sarah (Haringa) McClure (both class of '98) welcomed a baby boy, Reuben James, to their family on January 26th.
Alumni Visitors
Earlier this month, members of the class of 2016 visited with seniors to share information about their first year of college. The group then received a VIP tour of the new Performing Arts Center and Fieldhouse. Photo on the left - alumni answer questions with Joe Mangiameli, HS Guidance Counselor. Photo on the right - pictured from left to right: Luc Booz, Grace May, Rachel Sullivan, and Sierra Thumann.
Rise Up & Build
We've seen many alumni visit WCS and check out the progress on the new building. Brittany (Kolodziej) Phillips ('06) shared her thoughts with us on the project. "I just met up with some old WCS friends. I am so impressed with the new Fine Arts facility! What an amazing addition! I am forever thankful for Mrs. Kuder, Mrs. Fogg, Mrs. Kay, Mrs. Roy, Mrs. Vanderbaan, and all of my other teachers at WCS. I will always fondly remember my experiences in the orchestra and the drama productions with Heather Hannon. I followed in my orchestra teachers' steps and studied music education at Providence College (BA, 2010)  and Boston University (MA, 2013). I have worked as a string orchestra teacher in MA, NYC, and Baton Rouge,  LA, and am currently a string orchestra director in the Cambridge Public Schools. If it weren't for WCS and Mrs. Kuder's influence, I would not be doing what I do today! I am so thankful for my education and experiences at WCS." 
We have reached over 94% of our Rise Up & Build goal. Now is the time to Rise Up and complete this project by having a seat! You can help complete the construction of our Performing Arts Center and Fieldhouse by making a donation that links a favorite Bible verse, your name, or the name of a family member or a friend in perpetuity with the life and work of WCS. Naming opportunities begin at $200. Please contact Adam Meyer, Director of Advancement, or click below for more information.
Have A Seat!

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279 Linwood Ave.
Whitinsville, MA 01588

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