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Faculty & Staff Celebration

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The EC Faculty and Staff celebrated another successful year with our annual celebration picnic. The culminating faculty and staff picnic is an annual tradition at Eastern Christian School that celebrates the great work of the previous year and ushers in the summer season.

The Administrative team grills up and serves some delicious food and there is a time of recognition of faculty and staff members who are celebrating a milestone year. This is followed by frozen treats and a cornhole tournament (congrats to Ben Kuiken and Max Harvell for taking home the trophy). We are so thankful for our faculty and staff for their gifts and their dedication to our students, our school, and our Lord. Enjoy your summer! We already can’t wait for another great year in 2017-18!


5 Years of Service
Sharon Spoelstra
Michael McKinney
Dawn Heerema
Rebekah Sankey
Ian Zacharias
Jesse Struck
Diane DeRooy

10 Years of Service
John Belanus
Laura Gorter
Thomas Dykhouse
Sarah Vander Wall
Sandy DeMarco

15 Years of Service
Liesl Botbyl
Ruth Kuder
Geraldine Gallagher

20 Years of Service
Laurie Genzink
Donna Holly 
Mildred Cameron

25 Years of Service
Jane Okma

30 Years of Service
Janyce Bandstra
Barry Veenstra

40 Years of Service
Ray Roberts



Eastern Christian School Class of 2017: Graduation Highlights

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Congratulations to the EC classes of 2017! As a preschool through high school community, we are blessed to be able to celebrate four unique annual ceremonies honoring promotion and graduation for our students.

Click the pictures below for a link to graduation and promotion photo galleries:


2017 Field Day Highlights

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Recently, EC athletes in grades 3-8 competed in The Northern New Jersey Christian School Association Field Day Competition. The team was led by physical education teachers Deb Veenstra and Aaron Goldstein. Six other schools were represented at the event. Students competed in the 50 or 100 meter dash, soccer dribbling obstacle course, broad jump, softball throw, 4×100 meter relay and the shuttle run. The Eastern Christian lower division team (3rd-5th grade) captured 1st place in the team competition while the upper division team (6th-8th grade) took 2nd. The students had a great time competing and fellowshipping with fellow believers from other schools and are looking forward to next year’s event.

Touch A Truck Recap

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God is good ALL the time and ALL the time, God is good! Prayers were answered and the rain was held at bay, allowing Touch A Truck to move forward as a huge success both in the community and on the books! The event had people traveling from as far as Staten Island, Spring Lake and even Pomona, New York State. With an estimate of over 700 people in attendance and nearly all the food sold out by the end of the three hour event, it was a financial success for EC’s PTO, who had their sights set on Smart Boards for the elementary school. Mission accomplished!

From the last event, there was an over 65% growth in proceeds and we have to thank our sponsors for this as they allowed the event to capitalize on all the sales that took place from the tickets to the ice-cream trolley from the Truck Stop SWAG shop to the Gator Rides. Event sponsors Visbeen Construction and Russo Development rolled in as our Fire Truck Sponsors as did our North Haledon Fire Department with their Hook & Ladder truck! Wayne Tile kept everyone’s bellies satisfied as our Pit Stop Sponsor with Burgers & Dogs on the Barbie and hot pretzels, cold ice-cream and homemade cookies available for purchase.

This year’s Touch A Truck had over 40 vehicles including a Military Unimog, Old fashion Tractor, Boom Truck, SWAT Vehicle and Criminal Investigation Unit. The Paterson K-9 unit had two demonstrations exemplifying their well-trained partner’s on the job roles. Children and adults lined the center island at the Middle School, watching with awe as large German Shepherds sniffed out hidden contraband and took down an officer role playing a criminal under pursuit.  

The first hour was reserved for quiet time and while air horns were nearly used up by the end of the second hour, children persisted in their exploration of all gadgets and buttons on every vehicle. Trucks were the focus for much of the show but there was also a Tesla XL on display and several other personal vehicles. Donors were generous in their time and all the driver’s, who were volunteers from the various companies being represented, were treated to lunch and a T-shirt. The TAT committee found the ECMS campus more suitable for such a large scale demonstration. They too were generous with their time and commitment to this event. A huge thanks to Alissa Leegwater, Catherine Belanus, Denise Wiegers, Katie Tarta, Lindsey Tuit and Shalom Russo as well as Lynda Vincenti, Lynette Matthews and Thelma Minnaar for their tireless service.

If you are interested in joining the Touch A Truck committee, please email espto@easternchristian.org

See you in 2018!