Parent News Bulletin January/February 2016

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson Superintendent

Johnson, Bruce  Greetings!I trust all is well with your family.  Please know that you are prayed for individually and collectively.  Christmas is around the corner and 2016 is coming!January always has special meaning for me as it was January 1969 – 47 years ago this January – when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and accepted him as my Lord and Savior.  Please don’t hesitate to corner me sometime and ask me to share the incredible story of how I was brought to the saving knowledge of Jesus.  And it was at Redwood Chapel, the founding church of Redwood Christian Schools, too!  And be sure to ask me about the “blonde” I saw in the choir that first day who I said I would someday marry — and did!  I praise God for Linda, my Bride of forty-six years.

It is obvious that the Christmas-New Year season has many memories for me.  I trust that you will “gather the tribe” (family) around you this busiest of seasons and make time to reflect on Who the Lord truly is in your life and the lives of your children.  John 1:34  states, “I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”  If you don’t know Him, please ask me to introduce you to Him.  What a great way to enter 2016!

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

Thank you for your commitment to provide a Christ-centered education for your child(ren).  It is an investment that pays eternal dividends over-and-over again.  Your faithfulness is very evident.  We realize that this is not without great sacrifice by you.  We appreciate you, and count it a privilege to partner with you.

Re-enrollment is coming!

Please look for your re-enrollment instructions for the 2016-17 school year in your e-mail on December 26.  Re-enrollment will be completed online through your RenWeb account.  If you need help, please simply contact one of our campus offices for assistance.

Please be sure to re-enroll no later than January 22.  You can pay the fee in four installments.  If you are unable to re-enroll online, please visit the District Office.

RAD – Redwood Appreciation Dinner and School Update Presentation- January 29th

You are invited to RAD – our annual Redwood Appreciation Dinner and School Update Presentation on Friday, January 29, 2016!  The evening is family-oriented and school-age children are welcome.  The pasta dinner will be free as our way of saying “Thank You” for your faithfulness and re-enrollment for the 2016-17 school year.  The meal begins at 6:00 P.M. and the program at 7:00 P.M.  The location is Redwood Chapel (the RCE Campus) on Redwood Road in Castro Valley.

This is going to be a very special dinner and meeting.  It is free to everyone ~ children and their parents/guardians!  Please remember, students are not permitted to attend without a parent/guardian.

As our way of saying “Thank you for your Faithfulness,” four partial tuition scholarships will be awarded during the RAD program: $4,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.  Parents re-enrolling by Friday January 22, will receive two drawing tickets.  Parents re-enrolling AFTER January 22 will receive one drawing ticket, so be sure to re-enroll by January 22!   Parents/guardians must be present for the drawing. These partial tuition scholarships are being funded by a school supporter who wants to encourage parents to commit early for the 2016-17 school year.

The scholarships awarded are good only for students attending RCS in 2016-17.   Faculty, Staff and Board of RCS and International students are ineligible.

Reservations for the dinner are required and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  After re-enrolling online, be sure to make your reservations!  You do not need to attend the dinner, but you do need to be present for the School Update Presentation to participate in the partial scholarship drawings, and you must be re-enrolled.

To make reservations for the evening, please e-mail Valerie Wolf at ValerieWolf@rcs.edu or call her at 510-889-7526.  If you plan to only attend the School Update Presentation, please call Mrs. Wolf.  Thank you.

We are looking forward to having all of our eligible families present.  School-age children (K-5th) attending will be served pizza and will have a special program just for them.  They will be supervised by faculty, assisted by our high school student leaders.  6-12th grade students who attend must remain with their parents/guardians throughout the evening.   We are hoping that 100% of our current families choose to re-enroll and participate in this great event!

What Happens If We Wait to Re-enroll?

Families who re-enroll after January 22 pay a higher re-enrollment fee and risk having classes/programs filled by new students.  If you have not received your family’s re-enrollment e-mail by December 26, please call the District office at 510-889-7526.  Re-enrollment by January 22 and having your 2015-16 tuition account current guarantees that a classroom seat will be held for your child(ren) until June 10 when the first tuition payment for 2016-17 is due.

Parent E-mail List

It is critical that you keep RCS informed of any changes to your e-mail address.  E-mail is used to communicate important happenings and announcements such as our weekly Preview of the Upcoming Week, which highlights significant upcoming events, and will be used in case of emergencies.  Please be sure to remain on this e-mail list or you will miss some very important information every week!

I also recommend that parents regularly visit our website at www.rcs.edu as well as join the RCS Facebook community. Re-enrollment will again be processed online for the 2016-17 school year to simplify the process and ensure accuracy of the information provided.

Host Families for International Students

We are always looking for prospective Host Families for international students, who come to RCS to attend school.  As RCS is not a boarding school, we are not equipped to provide homes for students.  However, we can recommend good families who have a heart for Jesus and a desire to show students from other countries a Christian home and their walk with Him.  Working with RCS through our International Student Program (RCS Global), each student pays monthly for room and board with the school setting the fee.  It is truly a win-win for both the international student (being able to attend RCS and live with an American family) and the family (helping with the cost of tuition).  Please contact Ben Warner, Director of RCS Global, at BenWarner@rcs.edu or 510-317-8990 for more information.

Homecoming Basketball Games and Program

Plan to join with other RCS families at our Homecoming Basketball Games and Program on Saturday, January 23 at Canyon Middle School!  This is a “Don’t Miss” event each year!  Students of all ages have a GREAT time and concessions will be sold.  Bring the whole family!

Tuition Grants Available

We use a third-party provider called FACTS to process applications for tuition grants from Redwood Christian Schools.  Go to www.rcs.edu and click on Information.  To assist us in funding tuition grants, all applicants are required to also apply, as applicable, to the BASIC Fund for grades K-8 (www.basicfund.org), and The Guardsmen Scholarship Program for grades K-6 if you are on a Guardsman scholarship this year (www.guardsmen.org/scholarship).

Applications are required each school year for the one-year grants.  Plan to apply to FACTS and the outside funds between January 1 and February 15, 2017.  If you are not accepted for outside funding for 2016-17, apply for 2017-18.  Please do not call for an application from the outside funding organizations until January 1, and then follow their instructions.

If you are awarded a tuition grant from Redwood Christian Schools, you will be notified, usually within 30 days of application.  The award will include any funding from the outside organizations listed above.  Failure to apply for outside funding will negatively impact your tuition grant award.  Monthly tuition payments are required for Tuition Grants to remain active.

Letters to the Superintendent

I am thankful for the many letters, telephone calls and e-mails of encouragement and suggestions I receive each year.  The notes of encouragement you and your children sent me to read at our recent Faculty-Staff-Board Fellowship were very special!  When writing or e-mailing me, always enclose your name so that I can contact you for clarification or to just say “Thank You!”  Although I receive very few of them, it is my policy to not read anonymous letters.  Please also include a subject-line in all e-mails so your message is not deleted by mistake or sent to my Junk Mailbox.  Thanks!

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

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Prayerfully consider making a generous gift to Redwood Christian Schools to support our kids and the RCS ministry. Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated.

Most contributions to Redwood Christian Schools are cash gifts, entitling you to a tax benefit through itemized deductions. You can easily make a secure online cash gift by credit card.  Click here to DONATE.  If you wish to donate by check, please make it payable to Redwood Christian Schools and mail to the following address:

Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA  94546

Redwood Christian Schools also accepts gifts of appreciated property in the form of securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares, other than closely-held), gifts of tangible personal property or services (i.e. gifts-in-kind), automobiles, gifts of real property, and planned gifts. For more details, please contact Mike Kady, RCS Director of Advancement, at (510) 889-7526 or you can reach him by email at MikeKady@rcs.edu.

Tax regulations change from time to time. Therefore, if you are considering making a gift of securities, personal property, real property or a planned gift you should first consult your financial advisor.

Redwood Christian Schools is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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Redwood Christian Elementary

Mr. Dale Huemoeller, Principal

Huemoeller, DaleThe Start of a New Year

Here we are in the middle of the school year and ready to start 2016!

I pray that this school year has been a positive experience for your child and the New Year continues to bring inspiring experiences and memories, both at home and school, to last a lifetime.

As parents and educators, we want to be sure that we are always encouraging our children to do their best, to be their best and to treat others in the same way.  We do this because we love our children. However, not all children show and receive love in the same manner. Each one is an individual and as such conveys love in different ways.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

By understanding the five love languages, we can more easily discern the emotional needs of your children and what form of love speaks the loudest to each child. Here is a brief description of each love language:

Physical Touch: 
Describes your child ~
Receives hugs
Likes high fives
Enjoys family cuddles
Climbs in your lap or next to you to read a story or talk

Words of Affirmation:
Describes your child ~
Likes to receive compliments
Favorite words to include:
I like how you help….
You worked really hard….
That was a great try….
You are so smart….

Quality Time:
Describes your child ~
Loves to do things with you: watch a movie, yard work, go out to eat, run errands.
Likes to play games
Tries to get your undivided attention

Receiving Gifts:
Describes your child ~
Feels good when someone gives him/her something.
Enjoys a special present or surprise.
Enjoys birthday presents, surprise treats, earning a treat, having a favorite food made for him/her.

Acts of Service: 
Describes your child ~
Likes to practice sports
Enjoys working together on a project
Teach them how to serve others

If you haven’t done this already, during Christmas break I encourage you to spend some time with your child/children and learn what you can do to better show them that you love them unconditionally.  If you would like more information on the five love languages, you may visit http://www.focusonthefamily.com/

Harvest Day: A Day of Fun And Thankfulness

Our school family gathered on November 12 and 13 to give God thanks and reflect on those things for which we are thankful.  After I gave a Thanksgiving welcome, everyone shared a wonderful feast of great food and fellowship.

Many were blessed seeing the younger students dressed in costumes as Pilgrims and Native Americans. Joining us as our special guests were members of the RCS Board and the staff and pastoral team from Redwood Chapel Community Church.  We are equally grateful for them as they continue to serve as our faithful and committed partners in Christian Education.

A hearty “thank you” to Mrs. Sharon Chia, who spent many hours behind the scenes organizing this great event, and for all of our parents, who provided the great feast for the day.

Ministering to Our Community: Harbor House

Nearly 300 new toys and dozens of bags of food were donated to Harbor House Ministries during our annual Toy and Food Drive for Harbor House this year.  The toys and food were brought by the classes to our December 5th Chapel in the Worship Center and dedicated to the Lord.  Following Chapel, 5th grade students Katelyn Gee, Adriana Gonzales, Joshua Headley, Vienna Hendren, Ethan Neal, and Andrew Niiya accompanied Mr. Kady and me as we delivered the gifts and food to Harbor House in Oakland.

Melissa McKinney, Executive Assistant at Harbor House Ministries, commented how grateful and blessed they were to receive all the toys from RCE as over 160 families had signed up to use the Harbor House’s Christmas Store, and several organizations that typically help provide toys for the store had not followed through this year.

For more information about Harbor House, please visit:  hhministries.org/about-us

Ministering to the World: Operation Christmas Child

This year it was Miss Masin’s 16 kindergartners who went from classroom to classroom on the North and South campuses November 17th.  Their job was to collect gift-filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. They collected 270 boxes here at RCE and delivered them to the collection center at Neighborhood Church.
(If you were one of those who added a tracking label to your box we would love to hear about your box’s final destination!)

Bibles Awarded

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Congratulations to our newest Victory Drill reading champions for passing page 50 in Victory Drill:  Aurora Arce-Macias, Kyle Bogdanov, Brody Braswell, Amayah Brinkley, Sydney Carter, Kabir Chibber, Ella Conrad, Samuel DeCastro, Makayla Gathright, Kaitlyn Hoang, Gianna Humes, Mia Mejia, Andre Prelipceanu, Jeffrey Rice, Jose Rincon, Kobi Sanchez, Tselemiah Smith, and Rachel Valle.

Upcoming Events

Kindergarten Parent Night
January 5, 6:00 -7:00 p.m.  This is a very important meeting for our Kindergarten parents to come and hear the plans for the second semester.  Information regarding the Victory Drill program for reading will be shared.  Both Academic Kindergartens will be together in Room A3.

Elementary Open House at RCE
January 19, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Our classrooms will be open for school parents. Parents are invited to visit the classrooms and see students’ work on display.  This event is also an excellent opportunity to invite those you know who might be interested in attending RCE next fall.

RAD – Redwood Appreciation Dinner and School Update Presentation 
January 29, 2016
You are invited to RAD – our annual Redwood Appreciation Dinner and School Update Presentation on Friday, January 29, 2016!

Look for further information in your e-mail coming soon!

Jog-a-thon Kickoff is February 8th

On February 8, Jog Man, Jr. returns to RCE to help kick off our exciting and fun-filled season of Jog-a-thon, our only school-wide fundraiser of the year!

Jog-a-thon helps the RCE campus raise tens of thousands of dollars each year that is used for tuition grants and other campus classroom items. Students need your encouragement and assistance as they prepare jog forms. Please check your calendars now and watch for e-mails and school flyers from Mr. Kady beginning in early January, as we will need many volunteers daily to make our Jog-a-thon a success.

RCE Campus Calendar

 January
1         No School – Christmas Break. EDC and Offices closed.
4         School Resumes; 3rd Quarter Begins
4         Preferred Re-Enrollment Begins
5         Parent-Teacher Night for Kindergarten – 6:00pm
7         5th grade visits MSHS
7         5th grade Parent Meeting at MSHS – 6:00pm
14        New Parent Information Meeting for K-12 – 7:00pm, Williams Chapel
18        NO school, EDC CLOSED, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
19        Elementary Open House at RCE – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
29        RAD (Redwood Appreciation Dinner and Program), see above for details
  February
4        New-Parent Information (NPI) Meeting for K-12, 7:00pm, Williams Chapel
6        4:00pm Tri-tip BBQ and Auction: tickets are available for purchase in any campus office
8        Jog-a-thon Kick-off Assembly, 2:30pm on Monday in the Worship Center, all are welcome!
15        NO School, EDC closed: Offices Closed Presidents’ Day
24        Last day to turn in Jog-a-thon forms, 10:00am.

Extended-Day Care

For parents in need of regular or emergency day care, Extended- Day Care (EDC) provides a safe and secure environment for our K-5th grade students before school and K-8th grade students after school. Parents may choose from several rate plans that provide maximum flexibility in scheduling their use of EDC.

If you would like more information regarding the EDC program, please call the Elementary Office

Middle School & High School Campus

Mr. Al Hearne, Principal

Hearne, AlLost In Thought  

Where does time go? I can’t believe that by the time you read this Christmas Break will have already started. Christmas Break, two wonderful weeks where life will (hopefully) slow down. We all get to take a break from school (no nightly homework, no tests, quizzes or projects due the next day), celebrate the birth of Christ, and recharge!

Here’s my advice to helping your student with the second semester. First, in the words of Mr. Monk, “By an inch, it’s a cinch! By a mile, it’s a trial!!!” In other words, “Don’t cram!” Each student should start studying early and study often. Dedicate a set amount of time each day specifically to study. Break this time into small manageable segments and schedule short breaks between each segment. This dedicated study time should be free from ALL ELECTRONIC DISTRACTIONS (i.e., leave your smart watch, iPod, MP3 player, email, Facebook, Instagram accounts alone). Remember that your iPad is an educational tool and not a personal entertainment device. Study in an atmosphere that is conducive to studying: good light, minimal distractions, quiet environment, etc.

Second, a student should approach his/her teachers outside of class and ask, “What do I need to know and be able to do in order to ace your class?” “What type of questions will be on our next test … Multiple choice … True/False … Fill it the blank … Short answer … Essay?” “When will you be handing out a study guide?” Why do I suggest that a student approach his/her teachers “outside of class”? Because this communicates to the teacher that the student cares about the class and is willing to sacrifice his/her own “free time” in order to do the best he/she can in class.

Third, as with so many things in life, a student’s attitude will go a long way to determining success or failure. An attitude founded on educational excellence is much more likely to achieve success. If a student goes to school expecting success … expecting to learn the material … expecting to do well … and if you study early, often, and properly, what usually happens? The student usually succeeds and gets good grades.

Going back to my opening paragraph and the idea of jam-packed schedules … Parents, your kids need your help here. Help your child make appropriate decisions regarding how to spend his/her time. Help your child create a schedule that is based upon what is most important (hint, hint: being prepared for school) how much time should be spent on the various options (hint, hint: more time studying and less time on Instagram), and then see to it that this plan is put into action. As mom or dad, you may have to put your foot down and make the final decision … and guess what? This is totally OK for you to do!!!!!!

College Information for Seniors

To acquire any type of financial aid for college, you must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This form must be completed by March 2 (sooner, if possible), especially if you plan to attend a California college or university. If you need another form or have any questions, see Mrs. Cagle, Mr. Castaneda or Miss McGrath. Scholarship information can be found on the Internet.

Three good websites are:
1. http://www.fastweb.com – a comprehensive, free scholarship- search service for students
2. http://www.collegeboard.org – Click on Financial Aid Services.
3. http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=1177

RAD – Redwood Appreciation Dinner and School Update Presentation

January 29, 2016
You are invited to RAD – our annual Redwood Appreciation Dinner and School Update Presentation on Friday, January 29, 2016!
Look for further information in your e-mail coming soon!

Spirit Week 2016

Spirit Week is officially January 20-22 although we kick it off a bit earlier with the Homecoming Banquet on January 15th. This year’s Homecoming Banquet will be held at Shannon Community Center in Dublin. High school students will have a minimum-day schedule. To attend the banquet all class periods must be attended.

There are numerous activities during Spirit Week, ending with the Homecoming Games on Saturday, January 23rd, at Canyon Middle School, 19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley. The first basketball game starts at 3:30 p.m. A great way to show your school spirit is to come out and cheer the Redwood Eagles on to victory. Please come to support our student athletes, meet the homecoming court, and to see our exciting halftime entertainment!

CSF Sign-Ups

All high school students are eligible for CSF (California Scholarship Federation) membership if they meet the academic requirements. During the first four weeks of second semester, interested students should pick up the application from Mr. Gillette. Dues are $5 and must be paid when submitting the application. CSF is sponsoring a number of fundraisers this year, with a variety of needs being met. We appreciate the help of parents and students in these events.

Annual Fire Inspection

We passed our annual Fire Inspection by Alameda County with flying colors. I’m sure that you have noticed the new “No Parking Signs” along the fire lane by the Multi-Purpose Room. Please refrain from parking in the fire lane.

MSHS Parking Lot Instructions and 1st Period Tardy Update

Thank you for being patient and courteous in the parking lot. I really appreciate you dropping your child(ren) off in front of the school and getting the kids out of the car as quickly as possible.

As we know from previous experience, the parking lot can easily become congested and we need your help to keep it flowing as smoothly as possible. My appeal is for you to continue to wait your turn, observe the 5 mph speed limit, and only drop your child(ren) off in front of the school.

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Please observe the following guidelines:

  • Wait your turn in the drop off/pick up line of parents;
  • Only drop your child off and pick your child up in the designated pickup/drop off area in the front of the school;
  • Do not allow your child to walk across three lanes of traffic;
  • Be patient and courteous when dropping off and picking up your child(ren);
  • Make the full loop and do not cut through the student parking spaces;
  • Keep moving forward in the pick-up lane (the right lane);
  • Arrive at school before 7:50 to drop off;
  • Do not cut through the cones;
  • Do not pick up or drop off from the passing lane (the left lane);
  • Do not park in the student parking spaces, in the passing lane, or the pickup lane;
  • Do not park in the fire lane or by the dumpster.
  • Only drop your child(ren) off in the designated Drop Off/Pick Up location in front of the school.

Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Cleveland, JimVisit the RCS Athletics Home Page
RCS Athletics Booster Club Annual Tri-Tip BBQ and Auction February 6, 2016 – 5:00pm
First Covenant Church 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland $40 adults, $30 kids under 12
(After January 24th Adult Tickets will be $45)
Make plans to attend this outstanding event. All proceeds go to the athletics programs at Redwood Christian Schools. Due to the uncertainty of the crab season we have decided to go with a “non-crab” feed but still offer the outstanding tri-tip that we have always served. In addition the menu will include other BBQ meats, pasta, salad, and dessert. Along with great food there will be fabulous items available during the silent and live auctions. Tickets can be purchased from any of our school campuses or the District Office. The Booster Club is currently accepting donation items for the event.

Last year’s BBQ feed and auction sold out, so get your tickets early! Please call 510-317-8988 for more information.

Homecoming is here!

This year’s Homecoming Games will be held at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley on Saturday, January 23. We look forward to seeing all supporters, students and alumni of Redwood Christian at the games.

The schedule of events is as follows:
3:30 p.m. Boys’ Junior Varsity game
5:00 p.m. Girls’ Varsity Game
6:30 p.m. Homecoming Activities
7:30 p.m. Boys’ Varsity Homecoming game.

Middle School Winter Sports Awards

Mark your calendars for the Middle School Sports Awards Chapel. This year we will honor all winter athletes who participated on the basketball teams on Wednesday, February 10, at 8:40 a.m. during chapel. These awards chapels will allow parents, fellow students and teachers to recognize the accomplishments of these athletes and teams.

Physicals

All Middle School and High School athletes need to get their physicals in for spring sports as soon as possible. Students may not participate in practices or games without a current physical form on file. Spring High School sports start on or around February 8 depending on the sport. The next season for Middle School is girls’ volleyball and boys’ soccer beginning January 25th.

RCS Music Department

Mr. Mark Cagle

Cagle, MarkWhat a great first semester I have had with all of the bands and choirs at RCS! The Elementary Royal Choir and Band did a fantastic job at Grandparents’ Day in October, their Christmas Chapel in December, and when they joined all of the other RCS choirs and bands for the evening Christmas Concert at Redwood Chapel. Everyone was fantastic!! God was highly glorified through their singing and playing!

RCE Beginning Band, RCE Advanced Instrumental Ensemble, Royal Choir, the Middle School New Horizon Choir, the Middle School Band, the High School Instrumental Ensemble, the newly formed RCS Elite Eagle Band, the High School Concert Choir, the International Choir, and For His Glory Men’s Ensemble performed outstanding presentations at the Christmas Concert on December 7th titled “Glory to God in the Highest.”

Over 350 parents, family, and friends gathered to celebrate God’s glory through praise in music. The concert was held in the sanctuary of Redwood Chapel Community Church
[THANKS RCCC for allowing us to perform there!!!].

I am so proud of them! They all sang and played so well.

I am certainly looking forward to the spring semester and the choral and band festivals to “show off” our wonderful talent in these choirs and bands.

Dates to remember:

  • Middle School Honor Band, Friday, February 5.
  • High School Honor Symphony, Friday, February 26.
  • High School Musicale Choral Festival, March 9-11 in Sacramento (HS Concert Choir).
  • Middle School Choral Festival, Friday, April 22 (MS New Horizon Choir).
  • Festival of Fine Arts, April 10th, 4:00 pm at Redwood Chapel (All Choirs & Bands)

Rise up singing and playing His praise!
Mr. Mark Cagle

RCS Global

Mr. Ben Warner

Warner, BenInternational Student Program

RCS Global exists to introduce Christ to students from around the world.  This year we have 80 International students in our HS and 4 in our MS.   It is exciting to approach each day anticipating God moments.  I would like to share one short story with you about how God is working in the life of one of our students.

Last year a student joined us who had some difficulties adjusting to life in America, but all along the way, he was shown love, grace, and mercy by his hosts and RCS. Just recently the student was in my office to talk about the great year he is having.  This year he seems settled into life in America and is doing well academically.  When I asked him about the difference that I am seeing in his life he got a big smile on his face.  He looked me in the eye and said, “Mr. Warner, I am beginning to fall in love with Jesus and with God.”  I could not believe what I was hearing!  This is taking place in his life because his hosts have loved him and have introduced him to Christ in their home and at church.

Working with people in ministry is often messy and even dirty work.  We are imperfect and we get to work with other imperfect people.  However, our God is perfect and is in the business of working out our imperfections.  As we continue to have international students at RCS, we will continue to have a need of host families that are willing to take students into their homes and lives.  This is at times messy, but it can also be beautiful.  If you are interested in opening up your home and lives to host an international student and join this awesome ministry, please contact me by email so that we can get the process started.  We have short-term and long-term needs this next semester.  You may contact me at benwarner@rcs.edu.

I would also like to invite you to continue to pray for our international students daily, as they are far from home and from their families, so that they would experience the love, grace, and mercy of Christ as they enter our campus each day.

RCS Home School Program

Mrs. Sue Abbott, Director

Abbott, SueAs we move into the last half of this school year, the RCS Home School Program continues to grow.

Families have many reasons for home schooling their children.  Some home school because they want a Christ-centered education but they cannot afford tuition;  some know their child’s learning style works best when in a small-group setting; some want the flexibility of choosing curriculum that focuses on the interests of their child; some children have medical or emotional needs that makes the home school option better for them; some are on the mission field but want their children to stay connected to Redwood so that when they come home, they will be able to move back on campus with little disruption.
Redwood is ready and willing to partner with any family who is interested in home schooling.

Thank you to all of the Home School families who are partnering with RCS this year.  It is a joy to work with you as you provide the Christ-centered education you desire for your children.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
The last day of bus service is May 19

Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

 

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