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from the West Wing January 6th, 2016

New beginings. Aren’t you thankful for new beginnings? A new year is upon us and that always brings to mind new beginnings. This past Sunday at Fairview Church we sang the following song. It spoke to my hear then and continues to do so today. As you read the words, let them sink into your very being; hold on to them when the pain and sorrow threaten to overwhelm or the future seems hopeless. And as you contemplate the words, realize that a new day can not only be the start of a new year, but EACH day is a new day in Christ. Beauty for ashes Joy for my pain You’ve given me wings To fly again Strength for today A dance for my sorrows Because of You Because of You Hope for my future My life’s made brand new Because of You Because of You It’s a new day It’s a new day Shadows rise At the glory of the Son It’s a new day It’s a new day The past has gone And life has just begun Chains of fear turn to freedom Silence breaks into praise It’s a new day (It’s a new day) It’s a new day (It’s a new day) It’s a new new day (It’s a new new day) Since You came my way (Since You came my way) By Tim Michael © 2005 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Used under CCLI License # 304798 Have a blessed New Beginning! Read More

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From the West Wing December 16th, 2015

    Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas

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From the West Wing December 9th, 2015

This week we have been preparing for our school Christmas program. As I sat and listened to the rehearsals each day, I was struck once again on how fortunate our students are to be at Fairview Christian School. First and foremost, at Fairview we have a Christmas program. I don’t know how many of you really realize how unusual that is in today’s world. Many schools do not have any type of program at this time of the year, and if they do, it is called either a holiday concert or a winter concert. But, at Fairview, we have a Christmas concert; one in which Jesus is the reason we celebrate. Second, at Fairview we have outstanding Music and Drama programs. Our students not only learn to sing, but they learn to play instruments as well. This year you will hear xylophones, recorders, and bells. This year the students have learned all the songs and sing together as one choir. It is amazing to me to realize that as they have been learning the songs, they have not sung together until this week. But each class has learned the music and words well and it is wonderful to hear the parts put together so beautifully. It has also been marvelous to watch those with speaking parts stand center stage and speak out clearly. Last, but certainly not least, at Fairview the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed loud and clear. This year our program does not center on the birth Read More

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From the West Wing December 2nd, 2015

The power of a changed life; that’s what Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” is all about. Most of us have at least heard the story, read the book, seen a movie, or gone to a play production. Here at Fairview, we have put on a production of the story every other year for many years now. Of course, the words “Bah! Humbug!” are always associated with one Ebenezer Scrooge, the title character. As the narrator describes him at the beginning of the story, Scrooge was a tight-fisted, squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Not exactly the adjectives any of us would like to be associated with. As the story unfolds, Scrooge is visited by four spirits; the first, the spirit of his dead partner Jacob Marley and the other three representations of Christmas past, present and future. As Scrooge remembers some of the goodness of his younger days, particularly the kindness of Mr. Fezziwig, the master he apprenticed under, he begins to compare how he was treated with how he has treated his own apprentice, Bob Cratchet. The Spirit of Christmas Present continues Scrooge’s “reclamation” by showing him first how Bob Cratchet refuses to speak ill of him and then how his own nephew wishes him well, even when others are not so kind. The Spirit forces him to look squarely at his lonely, miserable life and one can begin to see chinks appearing in the thick armor he has used to protect himself for so many long Read More

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From the West Wing October 28th, 2015

One of the things I do here at Fairview is to write the lessons for our Family Chapel program. For those of you who may not be familiar with the program, each year we divide the student body from PreK through grade 8 into multi-age groups. We call these groups “Family Groups” and throughout the year they meet together, get to know one another, and form some wonderful bonds. The main reason for having these groups is to allow our older students to develop some leadership skills by leading a chapel lesson every month. We have found this program to be quite successful. But I digress. As I stated, it has become part of my job to prepare the lesson each month for the leaders to share with their individual groups. I must quickly add here, that most of the time the ideas are NOT original with me, but I glean lessons from a variety of places and put it all together. I am quite excited about this month’s lesson and I would like to share it with you. As part of the lesson, the leaders will be reading the book The Pumpkin Patch Parable, a delightful tale by Liz Curtis Higgs. The story tells of a Farmer who grows pumpkins, outlining the special care He takes to grow His crop. The story concludes with the Farmer picking one special pumpkin. He then washes the pumpkin, takes out all the icky stuff inside, carves a wonderful smiling face and then Read More

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From the West Wing October 14th, 2015

I recently saw a post that said a lighted candle will cast a shadow on the wall, but there will be no shadow of the flame. There was even a picture of the candle, with no visible shadow. The post suggested the reason there was no shadow was because the flame was the source of light. The post went on to say that the same could be said of God; since He is the Light, there is no shadow or darkness in Him. Now, since this was on the internet, it had to be true, right? Well, I guess the scientist in me needed more information. I decided to do a little more research and I found some interesting facts about candle flames. While it is true that a casual observation of a lighted candle will show a shadow of the candle, but not the flame, there are circumstances, that can be replicated rather easily, that will show the flame’s shadow. It seems that the flame actually does cast a shadow, we just can’t see it under normal circumstances. So, what does that do to the post about the lighted candle that I read? It seemed like such a wonderful way to show one of the attributes of God. What it tells me is that we need to be careful with the illustrations we use. While the whole illustration seems to be a nice thought it simply isn’t factually true. What is true, however, is that without light there is Read More

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From the West Wing October 7th, 2015

Last evening was our monthly PFT meeting. If you have never attended one of these meetings, I would encourage you to do so. It is such a blessing to experience the love and enthusiasm displayed for our school and child center. Last evening much of the discussion around the table was centered on how we could help beautify the grounds. Many of you have expressed the desire to see improvements on our east playground and we are beginning to research some possibilities of what can be done and how much such improvements might cost. While we realize that potentially the improvements could be quite costly, there was an overwhelming sense of “we can do this.” And I believe we can; or at least with God’s help we can. I have frequently been brought back to our theme verse for this year. “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” I think it is important for us to continually be reminded of these words of Jesus. Over the past few weeks, I have had moments when I have wondered how we would be able to accomplish all that God has set before us this year. In those moments, when I really stop to listen to God, I sometimes wish it were June already and we could be looking back over the year and marveling at how God has done the impossible. But, for right now, it’s only October and most of Read More

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From the West Wing September 30th, 2015

I recently made the statement that this has been such a crazy school year that I feel as though I have lost complete control of everything. It seems that each day brings a new challenge and I’m never quite sure what is going to happen next. Here’s a small example of what I mean. Yesterday as I was teaching 6th Grade Math, the document camera began taking random pictures. While this is a feature that can be quite useful at times, it is not something that is supposed to happen for no apparent reason. I tried several different things to stop the action, but to no avail. I finally gave up and just wrote on the white board. In teaching it’s called monitoring and adjusting. It seems that I have been doing that a lot lately; monitoring and adjusting that is. It seems that life is going along quite smoothly in one direction when suddenly something happens and everything is turned upside down. I’m sure most of you have experienced the same thing at one time or another. It’s no wonder we feel at times that we have lost control. As I thought more about my dilemma, I was reminded of something I actually read to the students in my morning announcements last week. I have been receiving a daily “Love Note From God” for several years now and I pass them on to the students each morning. Last Monday’s note said this: “I know you Sharilee and I see Read More

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The West Wing September 23rd, 2015

Today we have officially been in school for three weeks and we are in the middle of our second full week. By now, the kids are beginning to settle into the “school” routine and I’m sure that as families your schedules are also becoming more routine. Notice I didn’t say easy, or uncluttered, or manageable, just more routine. I’m not sure how some of you ever manage all that you cram into the days of the week, but I know those are choices that are made and somehow we do manage. What I did want to address today is a topic that strikes fear into the hearts of students and parents alike; homework. While I realize there is a debate as to whether or not homework is something that should even be expected, my purpose today is not to enter into that debate, but rather to address how to be the best homework helper. Your role as a parent is to be a consultant. Tell your student you are available as an ally, not an enemy. When fighting starts, learning ends. Their role as a student is to take ownership. Their homework has to be theirs. Tell your students that you are proud of them when they take ownership. Ask them how you can help. This will provide support and encouragement without doing the work for them or pushing them too hard. Never work harder than the student. Ask them if they would like some suggestions. If they tell you Read More

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The West Wing September 16th, 2015

Two weeks ago today we gathered at 8:50 on the east playground to pray for our new school year. There was wonderful excitement in the air. It truly was a wonderful beginning to another school year here at Fairview. This Sunday we will gather once again to pray for our new school year. You may be wondering why we have this event. Perhaps you are asking, “Didn’t we just pray for the school year on the first day?” Allow me to give you a little background. Fairview Christian School is not just a school and Fairview Child Center is not just a child center. Both are major ministries of the Fairview Church. Members of the Fairview Church conceived the idea of sponsoring a Christian school more than forty years ago. That dream became a reality after the congregation was able to purchase and renovate our current building. In the fall of 1985 the first Prekindergarten class began in the basement of John and Lavinia Worthen’s home on Greenlake since the church did not have final occupancy permits in September. That class was eventually moved into the Fairview building and by the next September Fairview school had expanded to include Preschool through grade five. I’m not sure of the exact year that we began having our Convocation service on a Sunday in September during the regular morning worship, but I do know that once we started, it has been an annual event since. Some may ask why we continue this particular Read More

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Sharilee West

I am a native Seattleite, the only daughter of a Church of God pastor. My dad pastored a congregation in south Seattle until I was a sophomore in high school. My family moved into Seattle proper at that time and I graduated from Lincoln High School in 1967. By the way, my dad’s picture is the one on the left as you come in the main door of the school. I graduated from Seattle Pacific College in 1974 (yes, it was only a college then) with my teaching degree. I later received a Master of Education form Seattle Pacific University in 1992. I came to Fairview Christian School in the fall of 1987. My first teaching assignment was a 5/6 combination class. The next year, I moved to the 3rd grade class and continued in that position for 6 years. I was away from Fairview for four years but returned in the fall of 1999 as the middle school math/science teacher. I enjoyed that position for ten years until the summer of 2009 when I was asked to become the school administrator. I met my husband, Lew, on a blind date in 1997, and we were married on Valentine’s Day in 1998. Together we are blessed with four adult children and nine grandchildren; six boys and three girls ranging in age from 5 to 18. My son and his family live in Kansas City, Kansas; my daughter and her family live in Ingalls, Indiana; Lew’s daughters and their families live in the Seattle area. I love my job at Fairview Christian School, particularly being able to serve such wonderful families alongside an outstanding staff. As the Apostle Paul so eloquently says, and I will take the liberty to paraphrase, “I am confident that God, who began a good work at Fairview will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”