Parent News Bulletin May-June 2013

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson Superintendentbrucejohnson@rcs.edu

Bruce D. Johnson, Sr.Greetings! 2013-14 will be our 44th year of ministry! Please plan ahead to be involved in as many of the activities as possible. Please see below for Important Dates for 2013-14 for planning family outings and other activities.  

As this is the final Parent News Bulletin of the year, be sure to read it thoroughly and keep it in a safe place for use throughout the summer. You may also visit our official school website at www.rcs.edu for school information and calendar updates. The school website is a GREAT way to share RCS with your friends as we have lots of pictures of the kids plus highlights, general information about events such as Grandparents Day, Royal Choir, athletic teams, awards programs, bowling, and much more.

The 2012-13 school year has been a tremendous blessing to the entire RCS Community. It is critical to remember that by having your children at Redwood Christian Schools they are being taught, without apology or compromise, the Truth in God’s Word regarding the sanctity of life and marriage, as well as creation and the Ten Commandments. These (and others) bedrock keystones of the Christian Faith are consistently taught and modeled throughout our school community.

Reminder As a cost-saving effort, all campus offices are closed every Friday in July. There is a mail drop in the District Office door for your convenience. 

Are you on our RCS Parent E-mail list? We have over 600 on our list! This is a protected list (your individual e-mails will never show) and ensures that you receive updates on a variety of school programs and opportunities in a timely manner. If you would like to be included, please e-mail me at BruceJohnson@rcs.edu.

RCS has a Facebook Page Please become one of our friends and be a part of this valuable source of information for RCS events and news. You can also find school pictures on the RCS Facebook Page.

RCS TV on YouTube We will be posting most school videos of programs and events so you can share in the excitement again and again!

Re-Enrollment Some classes are nearing a waiting list. If you have not re-enrolled, please don’t put this off any longer. We are planning some exciting additions and need your response to plan productively.

Graduations are GREAT events at RCS The week of June 3 will be a full one with kindergarten graduation (June 3), fifth grade graduation (June 5), middle school graduation (June 6) and the senior high graduation (June 7). Invite your family and friends to attend now! More information is available in the campus sections of this bulletin and will also be posted on our website.

Important School Dates for 2013-14 Calendar We do our best to let our families know as soon as the school calendar has been set for the upcoming year. Hopefully, this will allow parents to schedule doctor appointments, family celebrations, etc.


 Be Sure to Cross Check Against Parent News Bulletins and e-mails Throughout the School Year


 Special Dates During the 2013-14 School Year

*Calendar dates are subject to change

  • August 19: Back-to-School BBQ at MSHS Campus (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
  • August 21: Wednesday – School begins
  • September 2: Monday – Labor Day – No school – Offices/EDC closed
  • October 17 & 18: Thursday and Friday – ACSI Teachers Convention – No School; Offices/EDC open
  • October 21: Monday – 44th RCS Annual Dinner – 6:30 P.M., Willow Park Golf Club, Castro Valley
  • November 11: Monday – Veterans’ Day – No school – Offices/EDC closed
  • November 18-22: Thanksgiving Break – No school – EDC closed; Offices closed – from noon November 20 through November 22
  • December 20 to January 3: Friday through first Friday in January – Christmas Break; No school – No EDC; Offices closed 23-25, 31 and January 1
  • January 17: Friday – Teacher Prep Day – No school – Offices/EDC open
  • January 20: Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No school – Offices/EDC closed
  • February 17: Monday – Presidents’ Day – No school – Offices/EDC closed
  • March 6 & 7: Thursday and Friday – Teacher Training Days – No School, Offices/EDC Open
  • April 14 to April 18: Easter Break No school – Offices closed April 18 only, EDC closed all week
  • May 26: Monday – Memorial Day – No school – Offices/EDC closed
  • May 30: Friday – Teacher Prep Day – No School, Offices/EDC Open
  • June 2 to 6: Monday – Friday – Graduation Week

Blessings!


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


General Information Clearing Your Accounts
All school accounts must be paid in full prior to:

  1. The issuance of report cards;
  2. The grading of high school finals;
  3. The final conference for PEACH and Basic Education classes.

If you suspect that you may be behind in your payments, please call the Business Office at 510-889-7817.

2013-14 Tuition Payments Begin in June
The June tuition payment is nonrefundable. It continues to hold a spot for your child beyond June 30.

Please remember the following changes for 2013-14:

  • All tuition payments other than cash should be made directly to FACTS.
  • If you pay your tuition by check, you may drop it off in one of our offices, and we will mail it to FACTS for you. Include your FACTS account number in the memo section.
  • If you selected the invoice option, your tuition payments should be posted by FACTS no later than the 10th to avoid a $25.00 late fee.
  • We will no longer accept tuition payments through our website or by credit/debit card.

You may contact us regarding any payment issue at accountsreceivable@rcs.edu or by calling 510-889-7817. We expect some transitional discomfort at first, but we are confident that FACTS will prove to be a user-friendly way for you to manage your financial accounts at Redwood Christian Schools.

Support Redwood Christian Schools
Support Redwood through your workplace fundraising campaigns and donation of vehicles and other property. Please remember to list Redwood Christian Schools on all fundraising campaign applications, including all government campaigns (local, state and Combined Federal Campaign), United Way and workplace campaigns. On our website you will find information about a free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck or RV into a tax-deductible donation benefiting RCS. Our trusted service ensures that your vehicle is properly handled so you get your tax deduction and RCS receives the benefit of your donation. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of the RCS ministry!


Redwood Christian Elementary

Mike KadyMr. Mike Kady, Principal

Events Jog-a-thon 2013
Jog-a-thon 2013 was again a great success at RCE, raising funds that will be applied toward enhanced curriculum, equipment and student grants. These funds will enable children to attend RCS who, otherwise, would not be able to do so.

Students, with guidance and encouragement from their parents, worked hard and turned in a total of 9,650 jog forms achieving an impressive 240% of our goal. As a result, students were awarded with individual and class prizes. Jog t-shirts, sweatshirts, gym bags, a pizza party, or even bowling with Mr. Kady were some of the individual prizes earned. Classes also enjoyed the Inflatable Obstacle Course (all classes made it!), the Hot Dog BBQ, and the Ice Cream Video Party.

Perfect jogging weather greeted our joggers in the North Campus parking lot on March 13 as students, teachers, and even some parents walked, jogged, or ran a grand total of 6,016 laps!

A big “Thank You” goes out to all of our parents who encouraged their children to do their best. Jog Man, Jr. is also very thankful to all those who were faithful in helping count and process the jog forms every day in the Jog Room, and for those who volunteered to set up and supervise all of the fun-filled events that followed.

New Victory Drill Champions
Congratulations are in order to Cristiana Ramos, Ava Sablan, Ezekiel Smith, Nia Smith, and Asia St. Lawrence who passed page 50 in the Victory Drill Book and have received their Victory Drill Bibles.

Spiritual Emphasis Week
Spiritual Emphasis Week was held during the week of March 25-28. Our guest speaker for the week was Miss Jenny Bruce, Director of Children’s Ministries at Creekside Community Church of San Leandro. She took the students on a tour through the book of Acts and highlighted the many obstacles faced by the early Christians, leaving with our students the challenge that God can overcome any obstacle they may face in their lives.

Upcoming Events Parent-Teacher Fellowship – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14
Please note the earlier start time of 6:30 p.m. Come join us for our final Parent-Teacher Fellowship of the year on Tuesday evening, May 14. Our last PTF will be a potluck dinner starting at 6:30 p.m., and will focus on a great evening of fellowship. Lasagna, plates, cups, napkins, and eating utensils will be provided. Parents should bring a salad (serving 5 to 10 people) or drinks or a dessert. Please RSVP by giving our Office a call at 510-537-4288 by Friday, May 10.

Family Life for 4th and 5th Grade Girls – Thursday, May 23
All fourth and fifth grade girls and their mothers are invited to our annual Family Life presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in Room N15 on the North Campus. The one-hour presentation by Mrs. Patty Boyd (RCE Assistant Principal) and Mrs. Neal (5th-grade teacher) will be both informative and practical. Parents, please note: you may choose to attend when your daughters are in either fourth or fifth grade.

Family Day at Great America – Tuesday, June 4
Come celebrate the completion of a great school year by playing at Great America on Tuesday, June 4. Discounted tickets are currently on sale in the campus offices, including the District Office. The deadline for ordering your tickets is Tuesday, May 14. Mark your calendar now for Tuesday, June 4. For more details, please see the flier that was sent home with the students or call the Elementary Office at 510-537-4288.

Graduations and Awards – June 3, 5 Academic Assistance Program Kindergarten Students Only (IN K/1C)
Year-end awards will be given to our Kindergarten Academic Assistance Program students in the classroom at 11:00 a.m. on June 3. Parents of our Academic Assistance Program Kindergarten students may take their student home after the ceremony. Extended Day Care will begin as usual after school.

Kindergarten
Our Academic Program Kindergarten students will be graduating on Monday, June 3, in the Worship Center. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. Students should report to their classroom by 6:45 p.m. Kindergartners will close out the school year with a half-day of school on Monday morning and then go home to rest and prepare for the big event that evening. THERE IS NO AFTERNOON Extended Day Care FOR THAT HALF DAY.

1st – 4th Grade
Annual awards for all students in the Academic and Academic Assistance Programs in grades 1 through 4 will begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 5 in the Worship Center. Students in grades 1 through 4 should report to their classrooms by 8:45 a.m. School will be out for the summer at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Extended Day Care will begin at noon for any remaining students.

5th Grade
Our fifth graders from the Academic and Academic Assistance Programs will receive year-end awards and graduate in the Worship Center on Wednesday, June 5, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Students should dress up (use moderation, please) for their graduation: dress shirts, slacks, ties and dress shoes for the boys would be appropriate, while girls should wear dresses with sleeves and low heel dress shoes within dress code regulations (they will be climbing and standing on risers). School will be over at the conclusion of the ceremony. More information will be sent home in May.

Reminders Early Arrivals
As a reminder, students are not to be dropped off prior to 8:45 a.m. unless they are checked into Extended Day Care or being supervised by a parent. Students who are on campus before 8:45 a.m. without parental supervision will be checked in to EDC. We appreciate your cooperation regarding this to keep our students as safe as possible.

School Dismissal
Please remember that students who are not regularly enrolled in Extended Day Care should be picked up at 3:30 p.m. Students will be supervised until 3:45 p.m. After 3:45 p.m., students who are remaining are then signed into EDC.

Opportunities to Help RCS
We continue to get checks from E-Script, Target, General Mills Box Tops, etc., as parents and friends designate Redwood Christian Schools for donations. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the forms and then mentioning RCE or RCS as you shop, and for collecting Box Tops and bringing them to school. All of these are paying dividends and we are very grateful to you and to these businesses for their generosity.

Student Re-enrollment
If you have not re-enrolled for next year, please do! Re-enrolling now helps our administration plan effectively for next year. Please do not put this off, and re-enroll today.


 Campus Calendar

May

  • 1: Speech Meet Showcase Assembly, Worship Center, 2:30 p.m.
  • 2: National Day of Prayer, 3S Chapel, Worship Center, 9:10 a.m.
  • 2: 5th Grade takes MDTP (Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project) Assessment, classrooms
  • 3: Notices of Concern sent home
  • 4: ACSI Elementary Speech Meet, Vacaville
  • 9: New Parent Information (NPI) Night, Williams Chapel, 7:00 p.m.
  • 10: Last day to check out books from RCE Library
  • 10: Summer EDC enrollment/registration due
  • 11: Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade on Castro Valley Blvd.
  • 13: Library closed for inventory
  • 14: Last day to order discount Great America tickets
  • 14: PTF Meeting, A2,3, 6:30 p.m. (Potluck dinner/students welcome)
  • 17: Last day to return library books
  • 18: Family Bowling Event, Castro Village Bowl, 4:30p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 23: 4th and 5th Grade Girls’ Family Life at RCE, N15, 7:00 p.m.
  • 27: School and EDC closed: Memorial Day
  • 28: ParentsWeb Grade Book access turned off
  • 29: Last day for Elementary Advanced Band
  • 31: No School, EDC open: Teacher Prep Day

June

  • 3: Year-end Awards for K/1C Kindergarten students, 11:00 a.m., last day for Kindergarten students in K/1C, EDC open for students of K/1C after school
  • 3: Last day for all students in KB, KL; school ends at noon, no EDC for KB and KL
  • 3: KB and KL graduation program in Worship Center at 7:00 p.m.
  • 4: School closed, EDC open: K-8 Great America Family Day
  • 5: Grades 1-4 Awards Assembly at 9:00 a.m. in Worship Center; School year ends at noon; EDC open; no afternoon EDC for 5th Grade
  • 5: Grade 5 Awards and Graduation Ceremony at 11:10 a.m.
  • 10: Summer EDC begins at RCE; moves to MSHS campus July 1, back to RCE on July 29

Extended Care Ministries The last week of school is always hectic! Below is the EDC schedule.

Friday, May 31:
NO SCHOOL (Teacher Prep Day); EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, June 3:
For Middle School only: NO SCHOOL and NO EDC. This is a halfday for the Academic Program Kindergarten students, and there is no EDC for them from noon until 6:00 p.m. All other students may attend EDC from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in their regular locations.

Tuesday, June 4:
NO SCHOOL (Great America Day); EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5:
For all K students, EDC will be open at the Redwood Elementary Campus from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDC will be open at the RCE South Campus for 1st through 4th graders from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., and noon to 6:00 p.m. There is no EDC from noon to 6 p.m. for 5th grade.

Thursday, June 6:
NO SCHOOL; EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, June 7:
NO SCHOOL; EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Extended Daycare (EDC)
Summer enrollment due by Friday, May 10th 
Summer Extended CARE Enrollment Packets were mailed in April. If you plan to use Extended CARE after June 7th, you must enroll. We cannot take children in the summer program on a drop-in basis. Summer enrollment forms and fees are due in the ECM office by Friday, May 10th. Enrollment fees increase after May 10th. Please call the Redwood Christian Elementary Office 510-537-4288 or e-mail Mike Kady at if you have any questions or need another enrollment packet.


Middle School & High School Campus

RCS Principal

Mr. Al Hearne, Principal

Lost in Thought
By Mr. Hearne

Introducing iLearn@RCS
Our 1:1 iPad initiative, iLearn@RCS, has been a success this year and we are extending this educational program to include all high school students. Beginning in August, all students at Redwood Christian High School will receive a school-issued iPad as part of their curriculum.

As with all curricular programs at RCS, learning goals have been created in order to guide the instructional aspect of iLearn@RCS. These learning goals identify several higher-order thinking skills and identify digital citizenship as critical for students to learn effectively for a lifetime and live productively in the 21st century.

The iLearn@RCS learning goals for students are:

  1. Students will be able to apply the truth of God’s Word in their daily lives through utilizing 21st century skills.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate creativity and innovation while utilizing 21st century skills.
  3. Students will engage in communication and collaboration while utilizing 21st century skills.
  4. Students will be able to conduct research and display information fluency while utilizing 21st century skills.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making while utilizing 21st century skills.
  6. Students will be able to model appropriate digital citizenship utilizing 21st century skills.
  7. Students will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations utilizing 21st century skills.

The iLearn@RCS learning goals have been adapted from the International Society for Technology in Education: http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students/nets-studentstandards-2007.aspx

 

RCS High School Students Selected as Winners in a National Writing Contest Four Redwood Christian High School students have been selected as WINNERS in the annual John Stossel’s essay contest, from amongst the 4000 submitted essays.

Chelsea Martinez was selected the overall 2nd Place WINNER and she will make an appearance on John Stossel’s weekly program in the months ahead!  You can read Chelsea’s essay by clicking here: http://stosselintheclassroom.org/essay_contest/second_place/

Seniors Katherine Burckin and Samantha Morris were selected as two of 20 finalists. And Jacob Ellis, a senior at RCS, was selected as one of 100 semi-finalists.

This year’s Essay Topic was taken from John Stossel’s TV special and book of the same name, “No They Can’t,” where Stossel makes the case that free people and free markets do a better job of solving problems than government. The essay prompt simply asked students to answer a simple question: Do you think he’s right? Why or why not?

Congratulations Chelsea, Katherine, Samantha and Jacob. 
We are all proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lost and Found All items in our Lost and Found will be given away after Friday, June 7. Encourage your students to check for any items that may belong to them. We have quite a collection! 

Purchasing School Lunches The MSHS campus does not use lunch tickets. A minimum of $25 may be put into a student’s lunch account at any time. If the account is overdrawn for more than a day, students will not receive lunch service until a deposit is made.

Fourth Quarter Report Cards Report cards will be distributed by homeroom teachers and advisors following the awards assembly on June 7. If a student is going to be absent, please clear it with the office and arrange for the report card to be picked up or mailed. A self-addressed, stamped envelope is required if you would like the report card mailed. Overdue lunch money, borrowed money, tuition, bus fees, fines for damaged or lost books, and overdue library books MUST BE PAID BEFORE REPORT CARDS WILL BE ISSUED.

MSHS Campus Calendar

  • 5/1: Minimum Day
  • 5/2: National Day of Prayer
  • 5/2-5/10: 8th Grade Washington, DC Trip
  • 5/8-10: AP Exams (Calculus AB, English Lit. & Composition, European History, and US History)
  • 5/15-17: AP Exams (English Lang. & Composition, Macro/Micro Economics, World History)
  • 5/10: MS and HS Class Council applications due
  • 5/13: MS Athletic Awards 7:00pm
  • 5/17: MS and HS Class Council elections
  • 5/17: High School Play 7:00pm
  • 5/18: High School Play 7:00pm
  • 5/20: HS Athletic Awards 7:00pm
  • 5/23: Last full day of classes for Seniors
  • 5/23: Principal’s Coffee Hour 9:00am
  • 5/24: Senior Chapel and Tea 8:15am
  • 5/27: No School – Memorial Day
  • 5/28-5/30: Senior Finals
  • 5/31-6/3: Senior Trip
  • 5/30: Last Day Of School for Middle School
  • 5/30: Pops Concert 1:00pm
  • 5/31: 8th Grade Banquet 6:00pm
  • 6/4: MS No School- Great America Day
  • 6/3-6/5: High School Finals
  • 6/6: MS Awards 9:00am
  • 6/6: 8th Grade Graduation Rehearsal at Redwood Chapel 11:00-12:15pm
  • 6/6: 8th Grade Graduation at Redwood Chapel 7:00pm
  • 6/7: HS Awards 9:00am
  • 6/7: Senior Graduation Rehearsal at Redwood Chapel 11:00-12:30pm
  • 6/7: Senior Graduation at Redwood Chapel 7:00pm

Summer Reading Program It’s been a great year and we are all excited about the coming months of summer. Before school gets out, we wanted to let you know about the summer reading program. Students will be held accountable for their assigned reading within the first week of the new school year. NOTE: Do not just watch the movie and do not just read the Cliff Notes/Spark Notes! The novel, the Cliff Notes/Spark Notes, and the film are very different.

6th grade going into 7th grade – 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Lewis

7th grade going into 8th grade – 
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by Lewis

8th grade going into 9th grade – 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee

9th grade going into 10th grade – 
AP – Lord of the Flies by Golding; Blink by Gladwell
Regular English – Lord of the Flies by Golding

10th grade going into 11th grade – 
Honors – And Then There were None by Christie; In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Rutledge
Regular English – In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Rutledge

11th grade going into 12th grade – 
AP – The Return of the Native by Hardy and Portrait of Dorian Grey by Wilde
Regular English – Great Divorce by Lewis

High School Only

Parents of Seniors The Senior Chapel and Tea will be held on Friday, May 24, at 8:15am. This is a very special event which you won’t want to miss. We encourage you to make an extra effort to be here with your child. Many parents take their students to lunch afterward, as there are no classes for seniors that day.

High School Finals for 9-11 Grades 9-11 will be taking the following finals. Students need to be 100% in dress code in order to take their finals. Please check your child’s dress before he or she leaves the house.

  • 6/3 – 8:00-9:35 Math and 9:55-11:25 Social Studies 
  • 6/4 – 8:00-9:35 English and 9:55-11:25 Bible
  • 6/5 – 8:00-9:35 Foreign Language and 9:55-11:25 Science

High School Awards Assembly The High School Awards Assembly will be held on Friday, June 7, at 9:00 a.m., in the MSHS multipurpose room. Special awards will be given to students, including subject awards, scholastic awards, student officer recognition, and ACSI student awards. All parents and friends are invited. Parents of students receiving awards will be notified. ALL students are expected to be present and in school dress code.

High School Graduation Rehearsal At 11:00 a.m. on June 7, following the awards assembly, the graduation rehearsal will be held at Redwood Chapel. All seniors are expected to attend. The rehearsal should be finished by 12:30 p.m. Students are to arrive at Redwood Chapel no later than 11:00 a.m. Parents and guardians please make sure that your child is at the graduation rehearsal.

Transcripts Seniors who need transcripts sent to the college of their choice need to turn in a transcript request before leaving on the Senior Trip.

High School Graduation The Senior Class of Redwood Christian High School announces its commencement exercises on Friday evening, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Worship Center at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Graduates need to be in the Gym at Redwood Chapel, already dressed in their graduation regalia by 6:40 p.m. RCS practices a historical, academic graduation and asks that everyone in attendance, including the graduates, behave with the proper decorum.

From The Counselor Students are in the midst of finalizing their class selections for next year. We encourage discussion at home concerning appropriate class selections. Official class schedules will be mailed home during the third week of August. That will offer time for a final review of the schedule and an opportunity to adjust the schedule before school starts.

MSHS Parking Lot Instructions Parents, thank you for BEING patient and courteous in the parking lot, which we know easily becomes congested. In order to help the traffic flow as smoothly as possible, we are asking you to please observe the following guidelines:
DO NOT DRIVE IN THE EXIT
 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

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Middle School Only

From The MS Counselor’s Office Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students’ classes are all required; however eighth grade students may elect to take Algebra I rather than Algebra A, while seventh grade students have the option of taking general math or Algebra A, but that is the only academic subject in which students have a choice. The results of the Algebra Diagnostic Test should be of some help in making this decision. The most important indicator, however, is grades. 

Middle School Awards Assembly The Middle School Awards Assembly will be held on Thursday, June 6, at 9:00 a.m., in the MSHS multipurpose room. Special awards will be given to students, including subject awards, student officer recognition, and performance awards. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend. ALL students are expected to be present and in dress code. 

Eighth Grade Graduation Following the Awards Assembly on Thursday, June 6, all eighth graders will be bused to Redwood Chapel for graduation practice. They must be picked up at Redwood Chapel at 12:15 p.m. Every eighth grader should be at the practice. Parents and guardians, please do not be late when picking up your child.

Graduation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m., in the Worship Center at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Graduates need to be in the Gym at Redwood Chapel, already dressed in their graduation regalia by 6:40 p.m. All graduates should be dressed in “Game Day Dress” under their graduation gown. Please invite your relatives and friends to attend the graduation ceremony and share this joyous and important event in the lives of our young people. RCS practices a historical, academic graduation and asks that everyone in attendance, including the graduates, behave with the proper decorum.


Department of Athletics

Cleveland, JimMr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Visit the RCS Athletics Home Page

Middle School Awards Night We will honor the middle school athletes who have participated on the various sports teams throughout the year. Join us in the MSHS multipurpose room on Monday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m. The evening will include the presentation of individual awards and a potluck dessert. Please plan to attend this special event.

Senior High Awards Night On Monday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m., we will honor the high school athletes who have participated in spring sports teams. The awards ceremony will be held in the MSHS multipurpose room. Special year-end awards (Inspirational Christian Athlete, Senior Athlete of the Year, etc.) will also be presented. The evening will conclude with a time of fellowship and refreshments.

Booster Club Make plans to be a member of the Redwood Christian Athletics Booster Club for 2013-14. This active organization is concluding a tremendous year raising support for the athletic teams through various fundraising efforts culminated by the Crab Feed and Auction in February.

Sports Physicals Now is the time to schedule your sports physical for the 2013-14 school year. Fall sports begin in August, and all athletes in grades 6-12 MUST have current physicals in order to try out. Members of Kaiser Permanente should schedule physicals immediately.

Summer Sports Camps Call the Athletic Office at 510-317-8988 for more information and registration materials.

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Camp Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach Drew Sanchez and Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach Erin McGrath will host the 24th Annual RCS Basketball Camp, to be held June 10-14 at the Sunset Gym. There will be morning and afternoon sessions to choose from; including Skill work & Games Clinic and Shooting Clinic. Don’t miss this week of fun, learning and competition. Boys and girls who are going into grades 4 through 8 are invited, including students from other schools.

Baseball Camp This year’s 19th Annual RCS Baseball Camps will be held July 8-11 and July 15-18. Multiple sessions, offered each week, include pitching, hitting, catching, all skills, and advanced camp. All sessions will be held at Redwood Christian High School under the direction of Varsity Head Baseball Coach Jim Cleveland. Students from outside schools are welcome. Sessions are available for ages 8-16.


RCS Music Department

Cagle, MarkMr. Mark Cagle

What a great festival season the choirs of Redwood Christian have had! 

March 7-8 the high school Concert Choir went to “Musicale” (High School Choral Festival) at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, where we joined 14 other choirs. This was a fantastic event. Our choir did outstanding and was well received by all at the festival. The choir performed two pieces for adjudication, “Wade in the Water” and “I’m Gonna Cross the River Jordan,” as well as singing six other pieces with the mass choir in a performance on Friday evening. 

DayBreak, as well as, four soloists (Melissa Edwards, Andrew Fellows, Chris Leong, and Tatiana Sturtevant) sang for adjudication and all did a fantastic job! In fact, Andrew Fellows received a “Command Performance” for his solo, and was able to sing it at the Friday evening performance.

On March 20th, the Concert Choir performed for this year’s “Relay for Life Kick-Off Event” for the American Cancer Society at the San Lorenzo Homeowner’s Association building. Our choir was received very well and they did a great job in contributing to the success of this event!

On March 22nd the Royal Choir went to Fremont to sing at the Elementary Choral Festival. What a fun day this was. There were only three choirs present, but this turned out to be a great opportunity for the children to sing for each other, make new friends and learn from each other. Royal Choir sang two pieces, “A Winter Song” and Handel’s “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” and three other pieces with the mass choir in their concert on Friday evening. I am so proud of them!

Ending the festival season, our middle school New Horizon Choir joined other choirs at the ACSI Choral Festival in Roseville on Friday, April 22. There were five choirs present and the mass choir sounded great! Our choir sang two pieces both for adjudication and as part of the performance on Friday evening: “This Child Is” and “Lightning!” They sang great!!

On Monday, March 15, the MS and HS Choirs (Concert Choir and International Choir) presented their Second Annual Spring Concert. This was an outstanding night of singing as the three choirs presented the music that they had learned from their respective choral festivals and spring music. The Concert Choir, combined with 12 students from Chinese Christian School Concert Choir, performed all six of the ACSI Musicale songs! It was very impressive, and I believe a “first” for us at RCS to present a home-Musicale-type concert. The students are sure working hard!

All of our choirs sang for the Festival of Fines Arts on Sunday, April 28. What a blessing that was! It was amazing to see all of our talented musicians, artists and dramatists present their talents! I hope you were able to go!

There is more to come as we have an end-of-year Pops concert and graduations! Stay tuned for more details to be sent home and e-mailed to you.

Upcoming Choral Dates:

May 30: 8th Annual Pop’s Concert MSHS Campus at 2:00 pm
June 5: Royal Choir sings at 5th grade graduation at 11:00 am, RCCC
June 6: MS New Horizon Choir sings at 8th grade graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.
June 7: HS Concert Choir sings at Senior High Graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.


 RCS Global

Warner, BenMr. Ben Warner 

This year’s High School Missions Team had a fantastic trip to New Mexico where we were able to work with a couple of ministries within the Navajo Nation. Twelve students and four adults spent ten days March 21-30 in Smith Lake, NM and Window Rock, NM.

This trip was unique as it was our first time visiting the Navajo Nation and this trip was very much focused on service projects as opposed to years past when we put on a VBS. The area of Smith Lake is small and most of those in the area live in poverty. While there, we partnered with Cornerstone Ministries who is working to build ten new Hogans (homes) for ten families who are living in difficult situations. Cornerstone Ministries has partnered with World Vision and has received an incredible amount of supplies from World Vision. While we were there, we were able to help organize supplies to help make the Hogan building project easier. During one of our days there, we moved and stacked over 46,000 lbs. of insulation! We were also able to help build the walls of a Hogan which will be given to a young family who have a five-year-old daughter and a five-month-old daughter.

Our time in Window Rock was spent at Western Indian Ministries. On this campus they have a church, radio station, and an ACSI elementary school. While in Window Rock we did various service projects including: sealing a roof, painting benches for the school, patching drywall, and building a storage shed. We were able to lead devotions for several of the elementary and preschool classes and participate in a church service with songs and testimonies. We were also able to build great relationships with many of the youth who live on the campus at WIM.

I am so proud of our students and staff. The unity of purpose and willingness to do whatever was asked was incredible. We hope to return to the Navajo Nation next spring. Thank you for all of your prayers and financial support. God taught us so much, and used us to be a light and encouragement to those we came in contact with.

The 2013 Missions Team Members were:
Scott Bandy, Katherine Burckin, Hannah Choi, Abigail Diaz, Clare Dunnegan, Melissa Edwards, Jacob Ellis, Justine Gee, Cordon Moog, Leah Reed, Alexis Marie Stoy, Kirsten Uy, Mrs. Savage, Miss Suth, Mr. Hinton, and Mr. Warner.


Home School Program

Sue AbbotMrs. Sue Abbott 

Congratulations to Justine Brown, who was given the “Most Dedicated” trophy for Girls’ Tennis. Way to go, Justine!

Good job to Rachel, Joshua and Amy for completing the Terra Nova Assessments this week.

Redwood’s Home School Program is growing by leaps and bounds! We have added 5 new families in the past three weeks. Find out why these folks are so excited about the program, come to the next New Parent Information night, Thursday, May 9.

Please visit the RCS Home School Program on the RCS website.

For more information, e-mail SueAbbott@rcs.edu or call Mrs.
Abbott at 510-676-0094

Please Note for future reference
Bus Service will end the Friday before Finals week in June.

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Redwood Christian Schools
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Castro Valley, CA 94546
510-889-7526

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