Parent News Bulletin August/September/October 2014

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

MR. BRUCE D. JOHNSON, SUPERINTENDENT

BRUCEJOHNSON@RCS.EDU

Bruce-JohnsonGreetings!

Please forward this Parent News Bulletin to your friends and family who may be interested in providing their children with a Christ-centered, Biblically-based education in a safe, secure, loving environment. This is a very big year for Redwood Christian Schools as we celebrate our 45th year of ministry!
Our school verse for 2014-15 is Joshua 24:14a (ESV): Now therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness. The more we Serve Him, the stronger our desire to Serve Him becomes. We teach our students to Serve Jesus because we love Him. We have been daily teaching and modeling Serving Jesus to the students in our classrooms since Redwood Christian Schools was founded in 1970. Our students are taught by loving teachers professionally and Biblically, preparing for the challenges that occur in every school.
I am so excited about the upcoming school year! God has blessed RCS in so many ways!
I trust you had a great summer! The Back to School BBQ is on Monday, August 18, and the First Day of School is Wednesday, August 20. After you pick up your personal copy of the RCS 2014-15 RCS Calendar at the Back to School BBQ, please read through each month’s verse with your family and continue to trust in Him for He alone is always to be trusted – and praised! If you have delayed re-enrolling, please do not wait to contact Mrs. Roberts at DebbieRoberts@rcs.edu.

New Faculty Members in 2014-15

Please be sure to search out and greet teachers new to RCS. You will have the opportunity to welcome our new faculty members at our upcoming Back-to-School BBQ on August 18 at our MSHS. We are so blessed!

Back-to-School BBQ at the MSHS

Are you ready for a great, exciting Christ-honoring school year? I am and I hope you are, too, because ready or not, school starts Wednesday, August 20! Be sure to attend our Back-to-School BBQ on Monday, August 18 at Redwood Christian Middle School and High School, 1000 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo. The BBQ begins at 5:00 P.M., and jump houses, a balloon artist, face painting, games and other activities will precede a short dedication program for the 2014-15 school year beginning at 6:30 P.M. Hot dogs and chips will be provided at no cost, soft drinks will be provided by the High School Missions Team and desserts will be provided by our high school Executive Student Council. Meet old friends, make new friends and pick up your RCS calendar. In addition to receiving the Official 45th Anniversary Collectors Edition of the Redwood Christian Schools Calendar and the official RCS bumper magnet for the 2014-15 school year, attendees will also receive two additional gifts, one that the students will especially enjoy! Don’t miss out on this great event!

Communication Tools between RCS and Your Family

We desire to utilize as many tools as feasible to enable open communication between our families and the school.

Parent E-mail List

Parents, please remember to notify us when you change your e-mail address. The Parent Only Email List is used to notify our parents of important news and school events. This list will also be used in case of emergency notifications.

School Calendar and Campus/Program Calendars on the website

Please remember that we have multiple calendars on our website under News/Events to assist parents with scheduling doctor/dentist appointments and family days. We will do our best to keep them updated with valuable information to help with your family planning. The calendars also include locations of various events. Please notify the campus/program involved if you have any problems with using these calendars. The Main, MSHS, RE, and Athletics calendars – should be “current” the week before school starts. You can visit the Main Calendar at any time. If you have questions about any event, please simply call the campus or the District Office.

45th Annual Dinner

Announcing a NEW LOCATION!
Please plan to join us on October 20, 2014, 5:30 P.M., at Canyon View in San Ramon, as we celebrate our forty-fifth year of ministry! The dinner is sponsored by RCS Supporters and is for adults only. If you would like to participate as a sponsor for this great event, please e-mail or call Mrs. Wolf (ValerieWolf@rcs.edu, 510-889-7526). Mark your calendar now to attend! The dinner is a GREAT place to introduce others to the RCS ministry. Please look for your invitation in late September.

Important “NO SCHOOL” days for 2014-15

These are great days for dentist/doctor appointments and “family days.” Please make every effort to coordinate appointments and vacations around the school calendar. Your cooperation is appreciated.

RCS Web Page

The place to find pictures and announcements about past and upcoming RCS events is www.rcs.edu. We also have a Facebook page! We encourage you to visit these sites often. And be sure to look at RedwoodChristianTV as many videos from throughout the year (and past years) are posted! RedwoodChristianTV is a great way to share RCS with other prospective families and family members who are unable to attend school events. You can access RedwoodChristianTV through our website at www.rcs.edu or going directly to http://www.youtube.com/user/RedwoodChristianTV.

RenWeb

What is RenWeb?
RenWeb is a school management software that will enable parents to go on-line and check their student’s progress in class, track homework assignments and communicate with teachers. You can access RenWeb by going to www.rcs.edu and clicking on the RenWeb icon. To learn more about RenWeb, please visit www.RenWeb.com.

Prayer Request

Throughout the year we have a need for volunteers to assist in our classrooms and the District Office with mailings and other “hands on” projects. If you would be willing to assist (and your schedule permits when we contact you), please e-mail Mrs. Wolf at ValerieWolf@rcs.edu.
I continue to praise God for the commitment of our families and their desire to provide a Christ-centered education for their children. Each one of your children is precious to our Lord Jesus and to us. Feel free to contact me either at the District Office at 510-889-7526 or e-mail me at BruceJohnson@rcs.edu. I do return telephone calls (usually within 24 hours) and e-mails the same day (if I do not respond, please re-send to me). It is critical that you sign all communications so I can respond (my practice is to not read anonymous mail as there is no one with whom to communicate). I am very responsive to e-mail and encourage its use.
Your family is in our prayers . . . please keep us in yours!

General Information

Tuition Payments
When paying FACTS directly, please log into your online account or pay by phone. Cash payments must be made at an RCE office.
When paying tuition or fees by check, use RCE or Redwood Christian Schools as the payee. DO NOT mail checks to FACTS.
Student Insurance Coverage (K-12)
If a student sustains an accidental bodily injury while attending school during school hours or participating in or attending school-sponsored activities, including travel in a school-provided vehicle, he/she is covered by the following provisions: Accident Coverage: An incident is to be reported to the school office within ten (10) days of occurrence. The parent then submits the necessary papers to the family’s health insurer for payment. The difference between that paid by the family’s insurer and the total cost incurred as a result of the accident will be paid by Redwood Christian Schools, up to $400 limit. Deductible: There is no deductible on this coverage.

Blessings!

Questions?
Call your campus or e-mail me at brucejohnson@rcs.edu

Redwood Christian Elementary

Huemoeller, DaleMr. Dale Huemoeller, Principal

RCE Campus

What a difference a year makes

I am Mr. Huemoeller, the new principal of RCE. I am excited to move into this important leadership position and I look forward to continuing the foundational work of providing a quality, Christ-centered education to all who come through our doors.
As I begin my new position here at RCE, I will be putting my focus into three main areas. First and foremost is the spiritual heart of each and every student. The single most important decision any of us can make is to allow the Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts, following Him and making Him the center of our every decision. It is my prayer that each and every one of your children makes this crucial decision and learns to follow Christ with all his or her heart.
My next focus will be on the safety of each RCE student. Students who feel safe in a loving environment are more likely to have a positive experience, to display a greater desire to attend school and to excel academically. I want all children to come to school knowing they will be loved and cared for by everyone with whom they come into contact. I also want them to be physically safe as they enter the school grounds. This means that parents and visitors will be asked to follow the requested speed limits and other traffic rules without exception.
Finally, I would like to focus the students’ academic goals toward a post high school education. My parents are a prime example of common career paths of their day. Both were very successful in their chosen professional fields, which at the time did not require a college education. However, today’s students are tomorrow’s future, and the need for a college education is more important than ever. It is my goal to have every RCE student graduate from the fifth grade with the future goal of receiving a degree from a college or university.
There is so much to do with very little time to accomplish all these tasks. I appreciate your prayers as I embark on this new adventure, and please know that you and everyone in your family are in my prayers. Thank you for entrusting your children to RCE.

It’s going to be a great year.

Helping to make the start of a new year a smooth one – 2014 – 2015

• You may already be shopping for classroom supplies and school clothing. Be sure to refer to the Classroom Supply lists and the Dress Code available on the school website at www.rcs.edu/elementary. Click on “Student Information” for both School Supply lists and Dress Code. Please be sure to read these over carefully. If you have any questions regarding classroom supplies or dress code, please give us a call at 510-537-4288.

• For each personal item of clothing and supplies for your child, please label clearly your child’s name with a permanent marker. This will greatly help us to reduce the number of items that end up in our lost and found.

• Reserve the late afternoon/early evening of Monday, August 18 to attend our Back-to-School BBQ – featuring an all-school barbeque with the faculty doing the grilling! This event is for Kindergarten through 12th grade, and starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Middle/High School campus in San Lorenzo (1000 Paseo Grande). RCS will provide the basics (hotdogs) and drinks will be available. Please be aware that the 4th and 5th Grade PE uniforms/Bible Sale will be at this event (all 4th and 5th graders are required to have an ESV Bible with a concordance for the 2014-15 school year). We will conclude our time together with a short program that will begin around 6:30 p.m. and end approximately at 7:00 p.m.

• On Tuesday, August 19, between 1:00-3:00 p.m., all of our students are encouraged to check out their classrooms on the RCE campus, put away their supplies, meet old and new friends, and talk to their new (and former) teachers!

For the safety of our children, please observe these traffic rules:

North Campus upper parking lot traffic: due to the narrow exit on James Avenue, please observe the ONE-WAY flow of traffic (always north to south); enter only from Alma Avenue and exit onto James Avenue. South Campus traffic: please note there is a two-way traffic pattern except for the lower driveway (Heyer Avenue) during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. During these times, although the upper driveway leading to James Avenue remains two-way, the driveway exiting southbound to Heyer Avenue is one-way only.

  • Drive no faster than 5 mph in the parking lots.

  • Please be courteous to fellow drivers.

  • Avoid backing up; accidents are more likely to occur in a parking lot when cars are backing up.
    Starting Wednesday, August 20 (the first day of school), and on all school days throughout the year, teachers will be opening their classrooms for their students at 8:45 a.m. All K-5 students who arrive earlier will be sent to Extended Day Care or will need to be under the direct supervision of their parents until 8:45 a.m. Please do not bring your child to the teacher’s door before 8:45 a.m. Please also be aware that the main playground in front of the RCE Office on the South Campus is solely for the use of Extended Day Care before and after school. Students may use the fenced-in playground (when open) before and after school if directly supervised by their parent. When using this playground, please make sure you are following all of the playground rules that are posted by the entrance gate.

Please use only the upper parking lot at North Campus and the main parking lot at South Campus to drop off or pick up students.

At North Campus, the lower parking lot is to be used only for Redwood Forest Preschool parents, District Office/North Campus faculty and staff, and parents that need to visit the District Office.

At South Campus, please do not use the church-use only portion of the parking lot (near the Worship Center) to drop off or pick up students, as tempting as it might be, especially for those students in Kindergarten or the 2nd or 3rd grades that are up the steps in the A-wing. This area is usually marked by a yellow sandwich board sign and is reserved exclusively for Redwood Chapel church staff and visitors.

2014-15 RCE CAMPUS CALENDAR

Aug
18 EDC will be closed.
18 5-7:00 p.m. PE uniforms and Bible sale for 4th and 5th grade at MSHS
18 5-7:00 p.m. Back-to-School BBQ at Middle/High School for all K-12 19 EDC will be closed.
19 1-3 p.m. K-5th grade classroom visitation (see the rooms and meet
the teachers)
20 8:45 a.m. Doors open. School begins at 9:00 a.m.
21 5:30 p.m. Booster Club Dinner, Middle/High School
25 ParentWeb access turned on
28 7:00 p.m. K-3rd grade Parent-Teacher Night at RCE. Start in
Worship Center.

Sept
1 No School. Offices and EDC closed. Labor Day.
2 & 4 Royal Choir Auditions, Grades 4-5
2 7:00 p.m. Elementary Back-to-Band Parents’ Meeting in N12
4 7:00 p.m. 4th-5th grade Parent-Teacher Night at North
Campus.Start in N12.
8 Elementary Strings begins (Mondays)
9 Elementary Beginning Band begins
(Tuesdays/Thursdays)
10 Elementary Advanced Band begins (Wed/Fri)
11 Red, White and Blue Day
11 9:10a.m. First Responders’/Patriots’ Day Chapel in Worship
Center
12 K-5 AAP Picnic – 12pm
16 Royal Choir begins.
20 8 a.m.-12 p.m: Pancake Breakfast/Car Wash for HS
Missions Team at MSHS
23 7:00 p.m. KB and KM parents: Pre-Victory Drill meeting
24 Vision Screening for all 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students
25 RCE Earthquake Practice/Drill

Oct

1 RCE Photo Day . . . dress up and smile!
6-31 Elementary Yearbook on sale
10 2:00 p.m. Grandparents Day Program (starts in Worship Center)
16-17 No School. EDC open at RCE. ACSI Teachers
Convention.

20 5:30 p.m. Annual Dinner
NEW LOCATION! Canyon View Dining Hall

San Ramon, for all RCS Parents and School Supporters
20 ParentsWeb Grade Book access turned off
23 RCE Class Spirit Day
24 Teacher Prep Day/ No School; EDC Open at RCE
30-31 No School/No EDC AAP K-5 ONLY; Parent-Teacher
Conferences
31 Last day to order an RCE yearbook
31 Report cards go home
31 ParentsWeb Grade Book access turned on

Nov
2 Daylight savings time ends
3 7-9 p.m. Home School Meeting in C6
4 Election Day. Remember to vote!
5 Photo Make-up Day
10 No school; EDC closed; offices closed. Veterans’ Day
observed.

11-14 RCE Book Fair in C-6
13 7:00 p.m. New Parent Information Meeting for Kg-12th grade,
Williams Chapel
13 Harvest Day potluck for Kg-2nd grade, Gym
14 Harvest Day potluck for 3rd-5th grade
Gym
24-28 No school; EDC and RCE Office closed;
Thanksgiving Break

24-28 District Office closed at noon on 11/26 and all day on
11/27 and 11/28

Dec
1-5 Elementary Toy and Food Drive for Harbor House

Need Help Getting Around the RCE Campus?

Please use the map below to help you become more familiar with our North and South campuses.

Elementary Campus Map

Extended Day Care (EDC) (for K through 8th grade)

Mr. Dale Huemoeller, Director

EDC School Day Hours: 7 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mornings:
7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
K-8th grade: main sign-in/sign-out room: C-5 (South Campus)

Afternoons:
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
K-3rd grade: South Campus. Rooms for each grade will be posted in C-5.
4th-8th grade: North Campus, Room N-8
4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
K-8th grade: Main sign-in/sign-out room: C-5 (South Campus)

Where? Redwood Christian Elementary Campus.

Note:
Middle School students will need to either ride the bus or carpool to the RCE campus in order to attend EDC (Extended Day Care)

Phone: 510-537-4288 (South Campus) or 510-889-7526 (North Campus)

Select No School Day EDC Hours (please see your school calendar, examples include ACSI Teachers’ Convention, or Teacher Prep Days): 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Main sign-in/sign-out room: C-5
Phone: 510-537-8734

REMINDERS!
K-8th grade students who are not under direct adult supervision at the Redwood Elementary Campus before 8:40 a.m. or after 3:45 p.m. will be signed into and charged for Extended Day Care use. If your child will be using EDC this year, be sure to enroll for the plan that best suits your needs. You will find registration forms on the school’s website (www.rcs.edu) or you may pick them up at your campus office, the EDC rooms, or the District Office. If you have any questions, please call the RCE Campus Office at 510-537-4288.

Extended Day Care is NOT offered on major holidays, or during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, and Easter Break. Please see your school calendar for details regarding what specific days throughout the school year EDC is open or closed.

Fall EDC “early bird” enrollment is due August 8th. Enrollment Forms are available in the school offices, or you may download an Enrollment Form through the rcs.edu website.

Middle School & High School Campus

Hearne, AlMr. Al Hearne, Principal

MSHS
I believe that a person’s attitude often determines his or her ability to succeed and that a student’s attitude toward school helps determine his or her academic achievement. As the new school year approaches here are my favorite tips for success that I’d like for you to share with your child(ren):
1) Daily spend time with God, in prayer and Bible study.
2) Eat a healthy breakfast each morning.
3) Go to each class with a positive attitude, expecting to learn. Arrive early, and get ready to learn.
4) Pay attention in class.
5) Take active notes during class and review them on a regular basis.
6) Start projects as soon as they are assigned.
7) Complete and turn in homework on time.
8) Read for pleasure each day.
9) Spend time with your family, talking about what you’re learning in school.
10) Get 8-10 hours of sleep each night.

iLearn@RCS Update

In August, each student at Redwood Christian High School will receive a school-issued iPad as part of his or her educational curriculum. Each student will continue to use the school e-mail address and free apple ID to utilize as part of his or her digital learning experience. New students will be given these same tools. Students will be required to use their school-issued e-mail address for all correspondence with teachers. The Bible faculty will continue to provide instruction on respectful and responsible digital citizenship units as part of the curriculum designed to teach students how to live safe, God-honoring, digital lives.

iPad Orientation and Issuance will be on Tuesday, August 19.
Seniors – 10:00 AM
Juniors – 11:00 AM
Sophomores – 1:00 PM
Freshmen – 2:00 PM

Both students and parents are required to sign the iLearn@RCS Technology Agreement. Returning students will be receiving the same iPad that they used last year. Incoming students will be provided with an iPad; Freshman will be receiving new iPads. In order to simplify the management of apps, RCS provides the paid apps that students are required to use and asks that students download the required apps that are free.

New-Student Orientation

We look forward to meeting with all the 6thGrade Students and New 7th-12thGrade Students!
New-Student Orientation is Monday, August 18th, 3:00 PM in the MPR. You will meet the Executive Student Council, begin making new friends, get acquainted with the campus and ask all the questions you want! Parents will gather in the canteen at 3:15 PM and students will be finished by 4:15 PM.

Back-to-School BBQ

Reserve the late afternoon/early evening of Monday, August 18th to attend our Back-to-School BBQ featuring an all-school barbeque with the faculty doing the grilling! This event is for Kindergarten through 12thgrade, and starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Middle School & High School campus in San Lorenzo. RCS will provide the basics and the Missions Team will provide the drinks. We have also incorporated the PE uniform sale into this event. We will conclude our time together with a short program that will begin at 6:30 PM and end approximately at 7:00 PM.

Student Drivers Must Have A Parking Permit

The office will be issuing parking permits to student drivers beginning Tuesday, August 12th, on a first-come-first- served basis. Student drivers may not park at school without a parking permit. To obtain a parking permit, student drivers need to make a refundable deposit of $20 and turn in the parking permit form mailed home with your class schedule. Please remember that student drivers may only park in their assigned space and that parking permits must be visible. Also remember, that the parking lot is closed to students during the school day and students may not leave until 3:00 PM to help with safety and traffic congestion.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

Parents, we ask that students not be dropped off at school before 7:10 AM, and that all students be picked up by 4:00 PM (unless your child(ren) are playing sports). Remind your student to be waiting for you in the pick-up zone if you are coming for him or her between 2:50 PM – 3:00PM. Students on campus between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM have the choice of being in four locations: 1) the library; 2) the side basketball court; 3) a teacher’s classroom; or 4) in the front of the school. After 4:00 PM students who are still on campus will need to be waiting in the front of the school.
Together, by being polite and patient, we can keep the parking lot safe!!! Because the parking lot can easily become congested we are asking you to please observe the following guidelines:

DO NOT DRIVE IN THE EXIT, USE THE ENTRANCE SIDE ONLY.
ONLY DROP YOUR CHILD OFF IN THE DESIGNATED PICKUP/DROP OFF AREA

• be patient and courteous when dropping off and picking up your children
• make the full loop and do not cut through the student parking spaces
• keep moving forward in the pick-up lane (the right lane)
• do not cut through the cones
• do not pick up or drop off from the passing lane (the left lane) or the parent parking
• do not park in the student parking spaces, in the passing lane, or the pickup lane
• DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO WALK ACROSS THREE LANES OF TRAFFIC

Castro Valley School Parking

SAT Prep Class

We are offering a PSAT & SAT Prep class, to help the Sophomores and Juniors prepare for the PSAT in October, as well as for the Juniors and Seniors who will be taking the SAT. The class will be held from 9:00a.m.-12:30p.m. on 9/6, 9/13, 9/20 and 9/27. The cost: $175 until 8/22 and $185 after 8/22. The registration deadline is 8/29. Brochures will be available at the MSHS office.

Parent-Teacher Night

Tuesday, August 26th, at 7:00 PM
Take advantage of this opportunity to visit EACH of your student’s classes and hear from the teachers concerning course content and class procedures.

Class Schedules

Schedules for MSHS students will be mailed home prior to the first day of school. Please contact Miss McGrath via e-mail (ErinMcGrath@rcs.edu) before the start of school for any changes. Changes will be made in the order that they are received and not all changes will be possible. After the start of school no changes will be made until Tuesday, September 2 (except moving a HS student into a teacher’s aide position). Parent, counselor and possibly teacher approval are needed for class changes.

Lost and Found

Please label your student’s clothes. This will make it easier to find lost items. Clothing in the Lost and Found will be donated to a local charity at the end of each month. Please avoid bringing expensive items to school. If you can’t afford to lose it, it probably shouldn’t come to school (electronic items included).

RenWeb

All MSHS teachers will be using our Web-based school management software, RenWeb. This program allows information to flow from our campus into your homes. RenWeb has a unique ParentWeb service which allows parents and students to login and check lesson plans, daily homework, class progress, grades, tardies, and attendance, all under password protection, from any location via the Internet. All students are required to have an email address in order to utilize RenWeb to its fullest potential. In addition, please make sure that the office has your most recent e-mail address so that you can also receive the progress reports that are automatically emailed out each weekend.
If your e-mail address needs to be updated, please call Mrs. Kidwell (510-317-8990) or send her an e-mail (DeniseKidwell@rcs.edu).

MSHS teachers use three symbols in their RenWeb gradebooks: a grade, “P” for pending or “M” for missing. “P” means that the assignment has been turned in but has not yet been graded, whereas “M” means that the assignment was not turned in (please ask your child why it wasn’t turned in). On the day an assignment is collected, MSHS teachers will mark either “P” or “M” in the gradebook. Rather than expecting to see a “P” changed to a grade overnight, please allow a teacher five days to correct and post “regular” assignment grades and 10 days to correct and post grades for tests, projects and essays.

Dress Code

We are thankful for the partnership we have with our families and it is our desire that the dress code does not become a distraction with our students and families. The purpose of the dress standard at RCMSHS is four-fold: (1) to promote neatness and modesty; (2) to encourage the attitude that school is a place of instruction rather than play; (3) to enhance safety during the school day; (4) to promote school spirit and enthusiasm. By maintaining a standard of dress, we hope to encourage our students to learn how to make appropriate dress choices as Ambassadors for Christ, representing Him in all we do.

All clothing must be modest, neat and clean in appearance without frays, holes, or rips, and free from slogans, pictures, logos, etc., that are inconsistent with RCS philosophy.
Please note the following clarifications for the 2014-2015 dress code:

• For all students – In addition to wearing a shirt with a fold-over collar or a RCS t-shirt, students may also wear an approved pull-over hoodie sweatshirt and still be in dress code.

• For all students – The first, second, and third dress citations of the year will result in students having to “fix” the outfit. The fourth and following will result in demerits.

• For boys – The waist of pants or shorts must be around the waist (not the hips), with a belt, and undergarments may not be visible.

• For girls – When wearing a skirt, dress, or shorts the hem must be 4″ from the floor when kneeling (knee length when standing).

Please ask these questions when selecting clothing and hairstyles:

• Is it immodest (I John 2:15-17)?

• Might my appearance be disruptive to learning by calling attention to itself?

• Does my appearance identify with a negative counter-cultural group or a rebellious element of society?

• Does the clothing present a health or safety hazard?

• Is the clothing faded from washing, worn, or improperly fitted?

• Is the clothing designed for a purpose other than school wear?

If the answer is “yes” to any of the above, then the attire or appearance is not acceptable for school.
Please visit www.rcs.edu to review the entire dress code and remember all students need to wear either a RCS spirit t-shirt, a shirt with a fold-over collar even with a pull-over hoodie sweatshirt.

6th Grade Outdoor Education Week, September 29 – October 2!!

The 6thgraders will be heading off for a week of classes and fun at the Mt. Gilead Conference Center in Sebastopol, CA. The Genesis Account of American Outdoor Schools will provide the instruction for the classes and the camp staff will provide all meals. RCS will transport students on a school bus so we have everyone together. The cost is $265 per student and payment will be made through your school FACTS account. Permission slips will be sent home the first week of school and a parent meeting will take place on Monday, September 8th at 7PM.

Washington, D.C.Trip!

Eighth graders and parents of eighth graders, the plans for our Washington, D.C. trip have already begun. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the many sights that have shaped our country. We will have the opportunity to see Boston, Amish country and much of the Washington, D.C. area. This is a trip you don’t want to miss. An informational meeting will be held on September 2nd.

Attendance

When your child is absent, please call Mrs. Kidwell in the office at 510-317-8990, or send a note to school with your child when he or she returns. Either of these will excuse the absence. While we do grant permission to miss school for family events, we ask that you limit the number of days that your student will be gone. Please plan time out of school during no-school days. When students know ahead of time that they will be missing school (other than for illness, doctor/dentist appointments, or funerals) they need to obtain a blue Personal Activities Permission Slip from the office. The slip is to be signed by each teacher involved, by the parent, and then by the assistant principal AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. If the absence will be for more than a day or two, the permission slip should be obtained a week in advance.

Tardies

Parents, we need your help!!! We need to reduce the number of tardies to first-period classes. Last there were 1125 tardies to first-period. Teachers think about this as 1125 disruptions to their first-period learning environment. We need to dramatically reduce our first-period tardies.
To help reduce the first-period tardies, plan on getting your child(ren) to school by 7:45 AM. We know that the streets leading to the school parking lot become congested as does the parking lot but if you arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 AM you can typically drive right up to the drop-off point. Please help us reduce the number of first-period tardies by getting your child(ren) to school early.
Here is another way to think about 1125 first period tardies. On average, a tardy student causes a 30-second disruption to class. This results in the loss of 562 instructional minutes. Another way to think about 562 instructional minutes is that it equals 11 class periods. Our first-period tardies are resulting in the loss of two weeks of first period instruction. A student walking into class automatically causes a distraction and draws the attention away from the teacher. The way to solve this problem is to arrive at school at 7:45 AM. Please help reduce the number of first-period tardies by arriving to school by 7:45 AM.

Textbooks

With only a few exceptions, RCS provides textbooks at no additional charge. One of these exceptions is that students will need to purchase, from the school, selected novels they read in English class. These novels will become the property of the students and they will be taught how to write in them.
Please remember that students are responsible for the care of their textbooks. Upon receiving a textbook, a student must write his or her name inside the front cover and then put on a book cover. For the duration of the school year, textbooks need to be properly covered and properly put away (inside a backpack or locker) when not in use. Textbooks that are not properly put away will be taken to the office and the student will be fined $1.00. In addition, the student will have to pay for damaged or lost textbooks.

Minimum Day Alert

The first Wednesday of almost every month is a minimum day, with school ending at noon. We ask that you pick your child(ren) up by 12:30 PM so that the faculty can focus on their professional development. Minimum Days provide a block of time for the faculty to plan and coordinate the next month of instruction. The school bus will leave at 12:10 to transport students into Castro Valley.
This year’s minimum days will be on September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3, February 4, April 1, and May 6.

Minimum Day Schedule
9/3, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3, 2/4, 4/1, and 5/6
 

Period Time Amount of Time
Period 1 8:00-8:30 30
Period 2 8:35-9:05 30
Period 3 9:10-9:40 30
Period 4 9:45-10:15 30
Break 10:15-10:25 10
Period 5 & 6 10:25-10:50 25
Period 7 10:55-11:25 30
Period 8 11:30-12:00 30

College Counselor’s Corner

It is never too early to begin thinking and planning for college. This year, our students will have many opportunities to help with their preparation for their college and career future: college trips and fairs, meeting college reps, financial aid workshops, SAT prep classes, PSAT testing and meeting with our guidance counselor, Mrs. Cagle.

We are proud to announce the addition of Naviance to our Middle School & High School college counseling program. Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. Naviance enables students to find college and career pathways that are right for them. Students will be able to set personalized goals, learn more about their skills and interests, and explore career options based on those interests. Naviance will also assist students in the search for colleges, apply for scholarships and track their admissions status.

Seniors

In September, seniors will meet with Mrs. Cagle to discuss their college choices, application deadlines, SAT/ACT testing, etc. They will be attending the Christian College Fair and throughout the year they will be kept informed of other college opportunities, including a pre-admission meeting with a Chabot college representative.

Juniors & Seniors

Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT Prep Class that is offered here at RCS in the fall. In October, they will be given the PSAT test. They can also attend the Christian College Fair in the fall. In the spring, Juniors will meet Mrs. Cagle to register for classes and are also encouraged to take the SAT test if they have not done so yet. Juniors should also begin visiting colleges during their summer break.

Sophomores & Freshmen

These students will be attending the Christian College Fair, as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to become aware of the many college options that will be available to them. They will be taking the PSAT test in October.

SAT DATES for 2014-2015

October 11, 2014 (registration deadline September 12, 2014)
November 8, 2014 (registration deadline October 9, 2014)
December 6, 2014 (registration deadline November 6, 2014)
January 24, 2015 (registration deadline December 29, 2014)
March 14, 2015 (registration deadline February 13, 2015)
May 2, 2015 (registration deadline April 6, 2015)
June 6, 2015 (registration deadline May 8, 2015)
Registration fee is $52.50 for the SAT. For more information go to: sat.collegeboard.org. SAT Study Tip: Make a plan before you start your SAT study prep: 1) Decide what you are going to study. 2) How are you going to study? 3) When and where are you going to study?

Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim ClevelandMr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Visit the RCS Athletics Home Page

Welcome Back!

If you have any questions regarding programs, tryouts or scheduling, please contact the Department of Athletics. Thank you in advance for your support of the athletic program!

Practice Schedule for High School Athletics

Girls’ Volleyball (J.V. and Varsity)
John Wilcox, COACH (Varsity); TBA, COACH (J.V.)
Conditioning, week of August 11th – 15th, 3-5:30 p.m.
Tryouts begin August 19th, 3-6:00 p.m., Tuesday-Friday
Neighborhood Church

Girls’ Tennis
Erin McGrath, COACH
Tryouts begin August 18th – 22nd, 3-6 p.m.
Mervin Morris Tennis Courts

Boys’ Soccer
Jason Thigpen, COACH
Conditioning begins August 4th – 8th, 4-6:30 p.m.
Open Fields August 11th – 15th, Times 3:30-7 p.m.
Tryouts begin August 18th, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
MSHS

Cross Country
Ken Mattson, COACH
Begins August 18th, 3:10-5:10 p.m., MSHS

Middle School Sports

There will be a meeting at lunch on Thursday, August 21st, for fall athletes (boys’ baseball and girls’ softball). Bring your lunch! Practice schedules will be announced at the meeting. Tryouts begin August 25th. A Physical and Insurance Form will be required from all athletes before they can practice. The season runs September through October.

RCS Booster Club

Please plan to join and get involved in this exciting facet of our Department of Athletics! The Booster Club enables school parents to participate in raising funds for athletic uniforms and equipment, as well as building up school spirit. Be a member of this organization in the upcoming year! The Boosters have been a tremendous support to our athletic teams over the years. Sign-ups for the new year will begin at our Pasta Feed on August 21st.

Trying out for Athletics?

Please leave messages for individual coaches at the Department of Athletics Office (510-317-8988). Be sure that you have completed your Physical, Insurance Form, and the Parent/Athlete Contract (click here), so that you can begin practicing with your team on the first day. You will only be allowed to participate once the form has been turned in. If additional forms are needed, they may be obtained from the MSHS campus office, from the District Office, or online at www.rcs.edu and then click on “Athletics” in late August.

Gym Clothes Sale

4th and 5th Grade Gym Suit Sale will be during the Back-To-School BBQ on Monday, August 18th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the MSHS campus. Gym clothes for MSHS students will be sold at the New-Student Orientation on August 18th beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the MPR on the MSHS campus.

The cost of the clothes will be $30 ($18 for the T-shirt and $12 for the shorts). Sweats may be red, white or navy blue. A separate pair of P.E.-only tennis shoes must be worn with the uniform. Please take care of this BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS! All students in grades 4 through 10 who are in P.E. will need gym clothes. Redwood Christian sweatshirts can be purchased from the Booster Club beginning at Back-to-School BBQ, August 18th.

Boosters Back-to-School Pasta Feed and 2014-15 All-Sports Meeting for Parents and Coaches

This year’s parent/coaches meeting will be held in the MSHS MPR on Thursday, August 21st, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a pasta feed by the Boosters, including all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, and drinks. Become a member of the Booster Club that night and receive a free dinner.

At 7:00 p.m., Athletic Director Jim Cleveland will begin the meeting with information related to all MSHS sports, followed by a required parent-coach meeting for all MSHS fall sports. Information about winter and spring sports will also be available at this meeting.

 

RCS Music Department

Mr. Mark Cagle

Mr. Mark Cagle

Sing Together And Connect

“One of the most significant neuroscientific contributions in recent times involves the linking of the hormone oxytocin with singing. If there is such a thing as a morality hormone, oxytocin just might be it. Oxytocin is a hormone produced by the brain that contributes to feelings of trust, generosity, compassion, kindness, caring and empathy for the people around you.

“An activity that leads to the highest levels of oxytocin production is singing, and in particular, singing in choirs. Therefore singing together can transform people to a more receptive frame of mind for bonding with one another. We have been aware of the health benefits of singing in a choir for some time, such as the ‘feel good’ factor, the boost in self-esteem, a lowering of stress levels, and socialisation benefits. We know that choristers feel happier, more energetic, and more relaxed after a rehearsal. Now we understand why from a scientific perspective, as neuroscientific investigation contributes to a growing body of evidence.

“Oxytocin is stimulated when people sing together. Singing together generates trust and harmony among people, and trustworthiness is an essential factor for prosperity and happiness. Perhaps this is why primitive peoples and tribes have always sung together. To survive, communities need to establish loyalty and trust. Trust is one of the most precious commodities in life. Does oxytocin point to a chemistry of morality? Moral codes are based on empathy, connectedness, and generosity, and these qualities prosper with the release of oxytocin. Will this revelation spark a new impetus for the establishment of school, community, and even corporate choral programs?

“Supporting emotional health is of fundamental importance for communities, and very clearly, choirs achieve this. Having a performance outlet is also valuable; there is something quite empowering and pleasurable about transmitting an aesthetic experience to others. What’s more, people gain increased confidence through public performance. Self-confidence, which is related to
self-esteem, is enhanced through involvement with a choir.

“There is no doubt that choral singing is good for physical health. The full body experience that is singing requires attention to posture and various body muscles. There is a connection between the emotional and physical. When we are stressed, it affects our body. Blood pressure, pulse rate, body temperature can all increase. We can become tense and suffer ailments such as headaches and insomnia. Activities that alleviate stress reduce these physical health problems. Music-the most emotional and centripetal of the arts-has a unique capacity to moderate our emotions.”

(Excerpts from ‘Bumblebee: Rounds & Warm-ups for Choirs’ by Michael Griffin)

We see the importance and benefits of singing also, and more importantly, in God’s Word. Multiple passages, as well as, an entire book: Psalms, refer to music or are songs to be sung. We are even commanded to sing: “Sing praises to God, sing praises. Sing praises to our King, sing praises” (Psalm 47:6, NIV). The apostle Paul even exhorts the Ephesians and the Colossians “to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to The Lord.” Col. 3:16 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”).

So, as the choir director for Redwood Christian Schools, parents, let me reiterate the importance of having your child singing in a choir to promote physical, emotional, and mental health; social skills, trust and harmony among the singers, and morality. Is there any better way of praising our Creator than with the voice in song? As I look forward to the 2014-2015 school year, I hope to see many of our RCS students enrolled in one of the choirs at school.

Rise up singing His praise!
Mr. Cagle

Mr. Doug McClureMr. Doug McClure

It is still summer at the moment, but the upcoming 2014-15 school year is about to begin! Last year was a great year for the instrumental program here at RCS and I am looking forward to going to “higher heights” this year as RCS instrumental students continue to proclaim God’s glory with their God-given gifts and talents in music!

Parents of 2nd – 5th grade elementary students!

Be sure to keep the evening of Sept. 2nd on your calendars as the all-important “Back to Band/Strings” meeting will take place that night that will kick-off our first semester of all elementary band and string ensembles. This meeting is mandatory for all parents of beginning band and/or beginning string students. Some instrument sections fill up very quickly so be sure to come early to ensure that your child gets on the list to play their first choice of instrument. In the not-too-distant past, the drums and trumpet sections, for example, filled up and were closed before the meeting began! On “Back to Band/Strings” night, a long line forms outside of the main entrance to Room N-12. Just prior to opening the doors, I come outside and go down in line order and take all instrument section requests. Be sure to come early!

All middle school students (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)

be sure to sign up for advanced band and/or strings! If you play both a string instrument and a band instrument, you can sign up and participate in both classes. Middle school band and strings classes are for intermediate to advanced students. There are no beginning band or beginning string classes offered for grades 6,7, and 8. If you are going to be a 6th grader this year (2014-15) and participated in advanced band or advanced strings last year in 5thgrade, you are eligible to join middle school band and/or strings. If you don’t see band or strings listed as an elective for grades 6,7, and 8, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a class! There is!! Be sure to contact the MSHS office about signing up for middle school band and/or strings.
For those parents that are new to the RCS instrumental program this year, it may be an encouragement to hear from a few other parents who have been blessed to have their children participate in our band and strings program here at Redwood. Proverbs 27:2 says, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth…” so I would like to share a few comments from parents to help encourage you to enroll your student in our band and strings program this year and help your child discover his/her God-given talent!

What they say…

Dear Mr McClure, “We are excited about partnering with you and RCS in inspiring our son to be ‘a man after God’s heart.’ We thank you for your encouragement and interest and are excited about your involvement in the music programs at Redwood.” – RCS parent

“You’ve worked so hard with our kids and we would like to personally place on record our gratitude to you. May God richly reward you and favor you with greater rewards now and later!” – RCS parent

RCS Global

Mr. Ben WarnerMr. Ben Warner, Director

MSHS

RCHS Navajo Missions Trip Report

One of the most exciting opportunities our students are able to participate in is the RCHS Missions trip. On April 3-12, 2014, 18 students and four staff traveled to the Navajo Nation (in New Mexico and Arizona) and partnered with several different ministries. Our students were incredible. They worked tirelessly and were a huge encouragement to everyone they came in contact with. The projects the team worked on include:
1. Rebuilding a house that was burned on Christmas day in Houck, Arizona with Good News Church (see picture)
2. Framing many walls for a “Hogan” (house) building project with Cornerstone Ministries in Smith Lake, New Mexico
3. Cleaning out a warehouse to help create workable space and to get rid of old or ruined supplies at Western Indian Ministries in Window Rock, Arizona
4. Putting on a carnival at Hilltop Christian School in Window Rock, Arizona to help recruit families to the school for next year. The school is expanding from just Preschool and Kindergarten to Preschool through 6th grade.

“I praise God for your heart towards Him, the children and the music ministry. Your encouragement and leadership in my child’s life is welcomed and appreciated.” – RCS parent

“Thanks for all your hard work with the kids…the elementary concert was a great success!!” – RCS parent

“We are so thankful for you and your ministry. We praise God for the ways in which you are impacting the lives of our children at RCS.” – RCS parent

“I want to let you know how much I enjoyed your ‘Trumpet Voluntary’ at our annual dinner. The trumpet couldn’t have sounded better if a professional was playing! The timpani was great too! Thank you, Mr. McClure, for your expert direction in our music dept. When we came here 40 years ago, I never imagined we would have such an excellent music dept. Thank you for all you do for the music dept. at RCS!

Navajo 1     Navajo 2

Western Indian Ministries has a radio station as a part of its ministry. Each day that we were with them, a handful of our students went through their offices singing to and with them and praying over the staff of the radio ministry. This was a powerful and encouraging time for those who are a part of the radio ministry there. Our students were even invited to do a live segment with J.R. (radio host) where they were able to explain what we were doing there, share God’s love, and sing worship songs on the air! The team also had the opportunity to help lead worship and to share testimonies as several church services and youth groups. As the leader of this trip, I cannot, in words, express how proud I am of each student that was a part of the trip this year. Our students worked so hard with an incredible sense of joy and unity. They took advantage of each opportunity to love and build others up. They did an amazing job of putting their faith into action! The team was made up of 9 Seniors, 9 Juniors, and 4 staff: Samantha Avolicino, Lily Bankas, Alicia Castaneda, Hannah Choi, Erin Choy, Ocean Cunha, Clare Dunnegan, Katie Ellis, Maxwell Goodell, Christine Lum, Cordon Moog, Heidi Nam, Katie Nelson, Leah Reed, Matthew Shasky, Alexis-Marie Stoy, Kirsten Uy, Jeffrey Yuen, Mrs. Boyd, Miss Suth, Mr. Hinton, and Mr. Warner.

Thank you to all of the RCS Family for your support through prayer and through your finances to help make this trip a possibility.

Southern California College Tour

October 15-19 is our annual Southern California College Tour. This year we will visit schools in the San Diego area. This is a great opportunity for our students to visit colleges and to learn about the requirements for college applications and acceptance. The college tour is open to all Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Price for the tour is $400.

International Student Program

God is doing a special work in our midst with our international students. Every day we get to share the love of Christ with over 80 students from around the world. Last year twenty-one international students graduated from RCS. 100 % of our international graduates have gone on to colleges and universities including: NYU, UC Santa Cruz, University of the Pacific, University of San Francisco, Michigan St., University of Washington, Academy of Arts- San Francisco , and several others. I would like to say, “Thank you,” to so many of our RCS families who have stepped forward to become host families either through the RCS Global housing program or with an agency that helps bring these students to our school. I am confident that the ministry taking place in the homes as you live life together has a greater impact spiritually on the students then what we are teaching at the school. Your faith on display is going to make an eternal difference. We anticipate twenty-six new international students will join us in the fall. Our program will be right at 80 students when school begins. Week ONE (Orientation to a New Environment) begins August 11 at 1 pm at the MSHS campus. Week ONE runs every day through Friday, August 15. Each day we will introduce our students to the school and spend time helping them understand all that will be required of them. We will also take the students off campus for some fun activities including the beach, San Francisco, and Boomers! My prayer for this next school year is that as students from around the world connect with our students and families that we will love them in a way that points them to the abundant life that is available through Christ: “… I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” John 10: 10b. Join me in prayer this year for the salvation of our international students.


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