Mrs. Van Horn's Newsletter

Gateway Christian School

May 2017 Newsletter


How Do We Struggle Successfully when after 60 years we are Closing?


James 1:2-4 (TLB) Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations?  Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems.  For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.


Are those hard words for you to understand?  You may be saying to yourself, “I don’t want to be joyful”, or “I don’t like difficult times.”  Remember that God does not roll His eyes at us when we think or say those words. 

For 20 years I have had the joy of writing a monthly newsletter to you, the parents of Gateway Christian School.  I was really dreading this last letter, when last August I decided that the 2016-2017 would be my last year as Administrator.  At that time I was sad, but I thought that I would be introducing you to a new Administrator who would continue to guide, encourage and help the parents and staff on this journey of early childhood education.  Little did I know that we would be closing Gateway Christian School after 60 years of faithful service to the Gateway/Parkrose community?  I do “count it all joy” the 20 years that I have served GCS, the staff and families whom I have been honored to know and love.  I know that there are many who are grieving, just as the staff and I, over the decision to close.  I know that each staff person would gladly have continued to serve for many, many more years.

But we must remember that God’s ways are not always our ways, and we must in faith continue to pray “Your will be done.”  There were many prayers and many hours spent trying to keep the school going for another year, but, for the last 5 years, we have been confronted with low enrollments and we have always said, “Next year will be better; we just need to wait one more year.”  I have asked myself many times, “should I have done more, should I have??????????????????”  At last, there is no blame and the history of Gateway Christian School has no shame.  Its reputation remains untarnished and its goals were never changed nor compromised.  But the world around the school has changed.


Our end of year Kindergarten/First Grade Program will be Wednesday, May 24th, at 7:00pm.  It will be amazing, so please feel free to join us that evening, even if your child is not in Kindergarten/First Grade.


Each class will be presenting a program for the end of the year.  Please plan to attend your child’s.


Please be in prayer for our staff.  Each one has cried many tears:  Jan Lintner office, Jodi Cyphers and Debbie Bartlett First grade, Julie Manwell and Valerie Johansen Kindergarten, Denise Cummings and Cindy Correll Jr. Kindergarten, Dawn Schiave and Betty Roland 2 day 4 year olds and Lois Stephenson and Charelette Weeks 5 day 3 year olds.


As always, I am….

Yours for the children,




Carol Van Horn