Parent News Bulletin Jan-Feb 2014

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson, Superintendent

Brucejohnson@rcs.edu

Bruce-JohnsonGreetings!

PLEASE READ THIS BULLETIN IN ITS ENTIRETY. 
Contains Important Information.

I trust all is well with your family. Please know that you are prayed for individually and collectively. I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

January always has special meaning for me as it was January 1969 – 45 years ago – 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 wife of forty-three 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 2014!

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 2014-15 school year in your e-mail no later than Friday, December 27. Again this year, re-enrollment is going to be completed
online through your RenWeb account. If you need help, please simply contact one of our campus offices for assistance. Please complete this task no later than January 24 with the fees paid (if needed, you can divide your payments up over four months). If for whatever reason you are unable to re-enroll online, we will have paper copies available for you at
the District Office.

You are Invited to the Fourth Annual Redwood Appreciation Dinner (RAD) and School Update Presentation on Friday, January 31, 2014!

The evening is family-oriented and school-age children are welcome. The meal will be free as our way of saying “Thank You” for your faithfulness and re-enrollment for the 2014-15
school year. The meal begins at 6:00 P.M. and the program at 7:00 P.M. The location is the Redwood Christian Elementary Campus (Redwood Chapel on Redwood Road, Castro Valley).

This is going to be a very special dinner and meeting, and free to everyone who attends — 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: $4,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
You must be re-enrolled and present to win.

Parents re-enrolling by Friday, January 24, will receive two drawing tickets. Parents re-enrolling after January 24 will receive one drawing ticket, so be sure to re-enroll by January 24! 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 2014-15 school year.

The drawing for the scholarships will be restricted to only families who have re-enrolled for the 2014-15 school year. Faculty, staff and board of RCS and international students are ineligible. The scholarships awarded are good only for students attending RCS in 2014-15.

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 be guardians/hosts to these young people. However, we can recommend good families who have a heart for Jesus and a desire to show these students 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 at $1200 per month
for ten months. 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 25, 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!

IMPORTANT: Updated Information

Possible tuition grants for qualified RCS families for the 2014-15 school year

NEW!

Beginning in 2014-15, we will be using FACTS to process applications for tuition grants from Redwood Christian Schools. The FACTS icon is located at www.rcs.edu under the information tab, then click tuition grants. To assist us in funding tuition grants requests, 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).

New applications are required for each school year. Tuition Grants do not carry over year-to-year. Plan to apply to FACTS and the outside funds between January 1 and February 15, 2014. If you are not accepted for outside funding for 2014-15, apply for 2015-16. Please do not call for an application from the outside funding organizations until January 1, and then follow their lead.

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 in order 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 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

General Information

Vehicle Donation Program

We offer a free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax deductible donation benefiting Redwood Christian Schools. You can donate online
at www.rcs.edu or call 877-999-8322 to make your donation.

Donate While you Shop

Log into www.escrip.com and click Family of Merchants to see which of your favorite stores electronically donates to RCS. You can register through this website to support your school!

Click Online Mall to donate to Redwood when you make a purchase at several online stores, including Amazon, Dell, Groupon, Home Depot, Nordstrom, and Walmart.

Redwood Christian Elementary

Mr. Mike KadyMr. Mike Kady, Principal

RCE Campus

Great Fellowship at Family Bowling Night

Nearly one hundred students, adults and friends of RCE were present for our Family Bowling Night event at Village Bowl on November 2nd. Students and adults alike enjoyed the family atmosphere and the fellowship with each other in various ways ranging from bowling (of course!) to eating tasty treats from the snack bar.

Harvest Day: A Day of Fun And Thankfulness

Our school family gathered on November 14th and 15th to give God thanks and reflect on those things for which we are thankful. After a Thanksgiving challenge shared by Principal
Mike Kady, everyone present sampled some of the finest foods to be offered in Castro Valley that day.

Many were blessed seeing the younger students dressed in costume as Pilgrims and Native Americans, and joining us as our special guests were 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. 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 6th Chapel in the Worship Center and dedicated to the Lord. Following Chapel, 5th grade students Joshua Dupree (4,5F), Ariez Pimentel (4,5F), Davis Banks (5E), Sarah Lee (5E), Skyler Johnson (5N), and Ian Wang (5N) accompanied Mr. Kady and Mr. Ball to deliver 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 fallen through this year.

For more information about Harbor House, please visit their website: www.hhministries.org.

Ministering to the World: Operation Christmas Child

This year it was Miss Masin’s 14 kindergartners who put on red elf hats and went from classroom to classroom on the North and South campuses November 19th. Their job was to collect gift-filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas child, a part of Samaritan’s Purse.
With the help of the MOPS program, Mrs. Allie Dodson, and Mrs. Josie Warneke, the elves filled two vans and one car trunk with 213 shoe boxes. One student was heard to say ‘This is the funnest day I ever had!” Miss Masin agreed.

(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!) ~Miss Masin, RCE Kindergarten Teacher

Bibles Awarded

Congratulations to our newest Victory Drill reading champions for passing page 50 in Victory Drill: Maxx Chebetnoy, Gabby Daodu, Jerryann Dania, Joaquin Gomez, Isaiah Gonzales, Travis Granzow, Nathaniel Kary, AJ Macedo, Kaleb Nunez, Kristine Pak, Myla Sorel, and Alex Spahn. 

Upcoming Events

Kindergarten Parent Night

January 7, 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 B4. 

Elementary Parents’ Night

January 14, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 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.

Redwood Appreciation Dinner (RAD)
and
School Update Presentation
January 31, 2014

Dinner

As space is limited for the dinner, be sure to call Valerie Wolf at the District Office (510-889-7526) and RSVP for the evening. Dinner is open to all RCS families, elementary and secondary. Dinner will begin in the gym at RCE at 6:00pm.

Program

The program in the Worship Center will start at 7:00 p.m. All RCS parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Childcare

Childcare for school-age children will be provided. Pizza will be served at 5:45 p.m. in Room A3 for grades 3-5. Pizza will be served at 5:45 p.m. in Room B1/B2 for grades K-2. After pizza, students will be escorted to Rooms B3/B4 (K-2nd) and the Williams Chapel (3rd -5th grades) for games and activities.

Re-enrollment and the parent’s presence IS REQUIRED at the program to be eligible for a partial tuition scholarship. Computers and assistance will be available before dinner for parents still needing to re-enroll.

Jog-a-thon Kickoff is February 10th

February 10. Jog Man, Jr. returns to RCE to help kick off our exciting and fun-filled season of Jog-a-thon, RCS’s only school-wide fund raiser of the year! Jog-a-thon helps the RCE campus raise tens of thousands of dollars each year that is used for tuition assistance and other campus classroom items, and 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. 

Calendar 

January

  • 1-3 No School – Christmas Break. EDC and RCE Office closed. District Office will be closed January 1st. 
  • 6 School Resumes / Preferred Re-Enrollment Begins 
  • 7 KB and KM Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Night, 7:00 p.m., Room B4 
  • 13 ParentsWeb Grade Book access disabled 
  • 14 Elementary Parent’s Night (Open House) at North and South Campuses, 7:00 p.m – 8:30 p.m. Your children are your guides for the evening. 
  • 16 End of 2nd Quarter 
  • 16 New Parent Information (NPI) Meeting for K-12, 7:00 p.m., Williams Chapel 
  • 17 NO School, EDC open, Teacher Preparation Day 
  • 17 Registration for general public for Fall, 2014 begins 
  • 20 NO school, EDC closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
  • 22 Preferred Re-enrollment ends 
  • 23-24 All Kindergartens and AAP 1st-5th grades only: NO school/EDC. Parent- Teacher Conferences. (Regular day for all other 1st-5th Grade students.) 
  • 24 Report Cards sent home 
  • 24 ParentsWeb Grade Book access re-enabled 
  • 27 Home School Meeting, 7:00 p.m., C6 31 RAD (Redwood Appreciation Dinner and program), see above for details 

February

  • 6 New Parent Information (NPI) Meeting for K-12, 7:00 p.m., Williams Chapel 
  • 8 Booster Club Crab/Tri-tip Feed and Auction: tickets are available for purchase in any campus office 
  • 10 Jog-a-thon Kick-off Assembly, 2:30 p.m, on Monday in the Worship Center, all are welcome! 
  • 17 NO School, EDC closed: Presidents’ Day 
  • 26 Last day to turn in Jog-a-thon forms, 10:00 a.m. 

March 

  • 4 Jog K-2nd Pizza Party, 11:45 a.m to 12:55p.m., Mountain Mikes, CV (tentative) 
  • 5 Jog 3rd-5th Pizza Party, 12:35 p.m. to 1;45 p.m., Mountain Mikes, CV (tentative) 
  • 6-7 NO School, EDC open at MSHS: Teacher Bible Training Days, BASS at Redwood Chapel 

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 (510-537-4288).

January Holidays/Non-School Days

  • January 17: No School, EDC OPEN at RCE (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) – Teacher Prep Day, Pre-pay by January 10 for best rates 
  • January 20: No School, EDC CLOSED – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
  • January 23-24: No School or EDC for ALL Kindergarten and ALL K-5th Grade AAP STUDENTS ONLY – Conferences. (Regular day for all other 1st-5th Grade students.) 

February/early March Holidays/Non-School Days

  • February 17: No School, EDC CLOSED – Presidents’ Day 
  • March 6, 7: No School, EDC OPEN at MSHS – Teacher Bible Training Days/BASS

Middle School & High School Campus

HearneMr. Al Hearne, Principal

Lost In Thought

Where does time go? I can’t believe Christmas Break has come and gone. Everyone had two weeks where life (hopefully) slowed down. We all got to take a break from school (no nightly homework, no tests, quizzes or projects due the next day), and celebrated the birth of Christ, and recharged!

School will be back in session January 6th and a student’s fast-paced life will once again be in full swing. There will be nightly homework assignments, preparation for quizzes and tests to prepare for, and the creation of presentations. For the high school student, returning to school in January means that FINALS are right around the corner. Beginning on January 14 and through January 16 all high school students will be taking their final exams.

At RCS, a final is worth 20% of the semester grade! If a student does well on a final it can bring a grade up! (The reverse is also true.) A semester grade is calculated by 40% first quarter, 40% second quarter and 20% of the final. So the final, which lasts 90 minutes is worth one-fifth of the semester grade. This can create additional stress and pressure in the life of a student. But with proper study time, good study habits, and the right attitude, students can be prepared for their finals without stressing out.

Here’s my advice to helping your high school student navigate finals. 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 for your finals!” Each student should start studying early and study often. Dedicate a set amount of time each day to specifically study for finals. 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! 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 final?” “What type of questions will be on your final … 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 you can do on the final.

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 into finals 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. As finals approach you will need to step in and 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 finals), how much time should be spent on the various options (hint, hint, more time studying and less time on Facebook), 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!!!!!!

As finals week approaches, I believe that the best answer to the question, “Where does time go?” would be along the lines of, “Well, I spent 30 minutes a day studying math, and another 30 minutes on English … Math and Science together took up 45 minutes … and I’m ready to ace all my finals!

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 or Mr. Huemoeller. Scholarship information can be found on the Internet or on our Scholarship Opportunities page.

Three good web-sites 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

High School Finals Schedule

Tuesday, January 14

  • English 8:00-9:35 a.m. 
  • Bible 9:55-11:25 a.m.

Wednesday, January 15

  • Mathematics 8:00 – 9:35 a.m.
  • Social Science 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 16

  • Foreign Language & AP European History 8:00-9:35 a.m.
  • Science 9:55-11:25 a.m.

All high school students will finish with finals no later than 12 noon and then need to be off campus. High school students who do not have a final should not be “hanging out” on campus.

Middle School students have Regular Schedule during high school finals and will finish at 2:50.

Spirit Week 2013

Spirit Week is officially January 22-24 although we kick it off a bit earlier with the Homecoming Banquet on January 17. This year’s homecoming banquet theme is “A Night At The Circus” and will be held at Wedgewood Banquet Center in San Ramon.

There are numerous activities during Spirit Week, ending with the Homecoming Games on Saturday, January 25, 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 fund-raisers this year, with a variety of needs being met. We appreciate the help of parents and students in these events.


Department of Athletics

ClevelandMr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Visit the RCS Athletics Home Page

Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball Teams to play at Oracle Arena – Tuesday January 28

The Varsity teams will have the opportunity to play at the Oracle Arena preceding the Warriors vs. Wizards game later that night. This is an exciting opportunity to play where the pros play! Game times are 12:30 p.m. for girls’ varsity and 2 p.m. for boys’ varsity. High school students will have the opportunity to attend the games (school bus transportation provided) with the purchase of a $20 Warrior game ticket. Following the high school games we will have a tailgate BBQ before attending the Warriors game at 7:30p.m.

Join RCS for this exciting event. Tickets for the Warriors game are available through the athletic office for $20. Drop by the Athletic or Main MSHS office to purchase tickets to the Warriors game.

RCS Athletics Booster Club Annual Crab/Tri-tip Feed and Auction February 8, 2014 5:00 p.m.

First Covenant Church, 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland. $40.00 adults, $30.00 kids under 12.

Make plans to attend this outstanding event. All proceeds go to the athletics programs at Redwood Christian Schools. We offer a unique event that includes all you can eat tri-tip and crab. So even if you are not a crab lover you will have plenty to eat! 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 crab feed 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 25. 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 12, 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 10 depending on the sport. The next season for Middle School is girls’ volleyball and boys’ soccer beginning January 27th.

Congratulations to The Varsity Girls’ Cross Country Team

The team earned the North Coast Section Scholastic Girls’ Team Award for the fall season 2013. The Cross Country team had a cumulative GPA of 3.73! The award is presented to the top three teams in each division or classification in each sport with the highest composite GPA. Considering that there are 165 schools in the NCS, this is indeed an outstanding achievement! Congratulations to the players and Coach Ken Mattson for their contribution to this worthy accomplishment!

RCS Music Department

CagleMMr. Mark Cagle

What a great three months we have had with all of the choirs at RCS! The Elementary Royal Choir did a fantastic job at Grandparents’ Day in October, and their Christmas Chapel was fantastic! There are currently 41 singers in Royal Choir from the 4th and 5th grades. They really are doing a great job!

The Middle School New Horizon Choir, the High School Concert Choir, the International Choir, and Honor10 Vocal Ensemble (DayBreak) did outstanding choral presentations at the Christmas Concert on December 9th, a presentation titled “A Christmas Encounter.” Over 300 parents, family, and friends gathered to celebrate God’s encounter with man as the student’s performed songs with this message in mind.

Performances included beautiful renditions of Silent Night and What Child is This? performed as instrumental duets by Haley Martinez (flute), Chris Wu (guitar) and Sam Lee (violin). Middle-school choir soloists Anese Atkins-Henesley, Yuhao Zhang, Lauren Tang, Arianne Sturtevant, Chanyah Gomer, Cameron Nunley, and Autumn Tucker helped fill folks with the true Christmas spirit.

The choirs of both middle and high-school performed a variety of Christmas melodies, including Noel! Sing Noel!, Christmas Time is Here, Mary Did You Know?, and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Redwood’s A Christmas Encounter indeed proved to be a wonderful reminder of man encountering God. The conclusion of the evening’s festivities featured all the choirs coming together to form an 84-member chorale which sang with the fervor and spirit of the multitude of heavenly hosts, on earth as it is in heaven. The light of the Lord truly shone round about the MPR as this one-of-a-kind combined choir brought a wondrous Christmas encounter to all those in attendance. I am so proud of them! They all sang so well. I am certainly looking forward to the spring semester and the choral festivals to “show off” our wonderful talent in these choirs.

Dates to remember

  • High School Musicale Choral, Festival March 7-8 in Sacramento (HS Concert Choir)
  • Elementary Choral Festival, March 7 in Fremont (Royal Choir)  
  • Middle School Choral Festival, March 28 in Roseville (MS New Horizon Choir)
  • Festival of Fine Arts, April 6th, 4:00 pm at Redwood Chapel (All Choirs)

Rise up singing His praise!
Mr. Mark Cagle


 

McClureMr. Doug McClure

Well, it always seems like the Christmas season is “suddenly” upon us, but not for the band and string members at RCS! They practiced hard and all the hard work paid off in two great Christmas concerts at both the Redwood Elementary Christmas chapel and the MSHS Christmas Concert at Redwood MSHS!

The Elementary Christmas Chapel included both the Elementary Band and Elementary Strings. Also featured were several soloists including Noah Drisdon on piano, and Theo Lau, Makau Mbithi, & Noah Sanchez on herald trumpets, and a special Advanced String Ensemble that included Noah Drisdon, Joshua Macadaan, Adrian Monnier, Michelle Chen, and Rhys Fosdahl.

The MSHS Christmas Concert featured both the coKmbined MSHS Band and the MS String Ensemble. There were several solo and small ensembles featured as well. Pictured above are Daniel Chu, and Cody Fryling on herald trumpets and Andrew Otteson on trombone. Also pictured are Sam Lee on violin and Hayley Martinez on flute.

In keeping with all the IT updates here at RCS, the band introduced the first downloaded percussion instrument App played by Andy Kernycky. Go Andy!! Great job everyone on this year’s Christmas music ministry at RCS!

RCS Global

WarnerMr. Ben Warner

On December 13, the RCHS Missions Team hosted an event called “Navajo Night Out.” This was a dinner and talent show fundraiser for the Navajo Missions trip April 3-12, 2014. The 18 act talent show was a great success. The winning act was the Lum Family Jazz Trio (Christine, Michael, and Dad)! We praise God for his provision as the talent show raised just over $1,500 which brought the total for the evening to just over $3,000! Please be praying for the team as we continue to raise funds to help build homes for Navajo families on the trip. We have a goal of $7,000 to raise before the trip in April. If you are interested in making a donation, you may send a check (payable to RCS and leave the memo line blank) to the District Office. Include a separate note that the donation is for the Navajo Missions trip.

We would also like to ask the RCS family to continue in prayer for our International Students. Pray that as they attend classes and interact with our students and staff that they would experience, understand, and see the love that God has for them. There are amazing spiritual conversations and new understandings happening every day. Pray also that the walls of opposition to the gospel would be torn down for each student, and that each would understand the truth exactly as they need to in order that they might surrender their life to the Lord.


Home School Program

Mrs. Sue Abbott

The Home School Program is continuing to grow. Twenty-three families have partnered with RCS to help meet their goals for home schooling their children. Thirty-six students have participated in the program this year. Some are in the Private Satellite Program and have RCS holding their records and collaborating with them on choosing curriculum and assisting in many ways to meet their goals. Twenty-one students are taking on-campus classes and nine students are (or will be) playing on sports teams – Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball and Track.

Congratulations to Justine Brown for receiving her 2nd Varsity Letter for Varsity Girls Tennis and for receiving the Most Dedicated Award. Congratulations, too, to Rachel Largusa, for receiving the Most Valuable Player Award for participation on the JV Girls’ Volleyball team.

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


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