Parent News Bulletin Mar-Apr 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.

Please be sure to read through this entire bulletin as it has several important items. 

I continue to praise God for the commitment of our families and their desire to provide a Christ-centered education for their children. Each one of your children is precious to our Lord Jesus and to us. Feel free to contact me either at the District Office at 510-889-7526 or e-mail me at BruceJohnson@rcs.edu. I do return telephone calls (usually within 24 hours) and e-mail the same day (if I do not respond, please re-send to me). You ARE recognized for your faithfulness!

Promotions for 2014-15 School Year

At the conclusion of the 2014 RAD (Redwood Appreciation Dinner), two staff promotions were announced effective June 16, 2014. Redwood Christian Elementary Principal Mike Kady will be moving to the District Office and becoming Redwood Christian Schools Director of Advancement, and Redwood Christian Middle School and High School Principal, Dale Huemoeller, will become the new Principal at Redwood Christian Elementary. When you see them, please be sure to congratulate them!

Re-enrollment for 2014-15

Re-enrollment is well underway and applications are coming in every day from families with prospective students! Classes that are currently open may fill up in the very near future. If you have not re-enrolled yet, please go on-line to RenWeb and do so by completing the FACTS re-enrollment along with selecting your payment plan (all steps must be completed).

If you need help, please contact Mrs. Spade at the MSHS (BrittanySpade@rcs.edu), Mrs. Boyd at RCE (PattyBoyd@rcs.edu) or Mrs. Roberts at the District Office (DebbieRoberts@rcs.edu). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at BruceJohnson@rcs.edu. Thanks!

Use of E-mail Addresses by Redwood Christian Schools

We use e-mail to keep our families informed of current events and announcements. If you would prefer NOT to receive school e-mails at work, please email Valerie Wolf at ValerieWolf@rcs.edu and ask to have your business e-mail removed from our mailing list. Be sure, though, that you leave us with at least one e-mail. Thanks!

Tuition Assistance

Possible tuition assistance funding for qualified RCS families is available for the 2014-15 school year. If you are currently receiving funding from The Basic Fund, Independent Fund (discontinued except for existing ISF families) or Guardsmen (Discontinued except for existing Guardsmen Scholarship families), you must renew your scholarship with them. RCS uses FACTS tuition assessment for inhouse evaluations and recommendations. Simply go to Tuition Grants. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please Note: You must apply each year.

Host Families

RCS is looking for families interested in opening their homes to International (I-20) students. Please consider the following opportunity with RCS Global:

RCS Global, our international outreach program, is looking for families willing to open their homes and hearts to international students who will be coming to Redwood Christian Schools for the 2014-15 school year. This opportunity allows our families, in addition to RCS, to share the Light of Christ to students from other countries. We have several International students who would like the “total American experience,” including an excellent education and staying with one of our families. We are looking for families who attend church regularly and are able to provide a private bedroom for the International student. Please consider opening your heart and your home to one or more of these wonderful students. The student’s family or agent will take care of the tuition and will work out a host fee to cover room and board with you ($12,000 per year payable in ten payments). Your obligation/ministry would be to care for this child as you would one of your own, including church, family dinners, family outings and provide a safe, secure, loving environment for a student a long way away from home. We ask you to prayerfully consider this opportunity and let us know as soon as possible.

School begins on August 20, 2014. Students will be arriving around August 10, give or take a week, as travel is individual. If you are interested, or you have expressed interest in the past, but do not yet have a student assigned to you, please e-mail Mrs. Wright at DeborahWright@rcs.edu or call her at 510-889-7526. Within your e-mail, let her know how many students you can take, prefer boy or girl (please use your family as a guide for this, e.g., if you have a teenage boy, ask for another), and if you would prefer to work with an agent or with the family directly.

We are praying that the families the Lord would have do this will fill the tug on their hearts and answer this call.

Redwood Appreciation Dinner

Thank you to all who attended RAD (Redwood Appreciation Dinner) in January! Attendance was tremendous. We shared a great meal, we were blessed by the talents of many of our students, we received training on how to effectively use Word of Mouth to promote RCS, and we witnessed four families win partial tuitions for 2014-15 donated by one of our supporters! We discussed seven things all children need and the Ten Reasons to Enroll at RCS. Both of these brochures are available at all campus offices for our families to distribute at work, church, friends and relatives. You may also e-mail Mrs. Roberts at DebbieRoberts@rcs.edu and let her know how many to mail to you! Thank you, in advance, for your support.

We have a number of New Parent Information Meetings on the calendar, and it would be great for you to not only recruit a family or two to attend the meetings, but accompany them! The next New Parent Information Meeting is Tuesday, March 11, in Williams Chapel (on the Redwood Elementary campus at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley).

Our 2014 Jog-A-Thon is coming in March

The students have completed forms and received individual recognition for their “friend-raising” efforts. Be sure to come out and support your jogger the day of the jog! And bring Grandma and Grandpa with you! See you there! Please contact your campus office for jog times.

RCS Parent Only E-mail list

Please inform us when your email changes. The Parent Only Email List is our communication tool to our parents about upcoming events, announcements and updates.

Blessings!

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


Redwood Christian Elementary

Mr. Mike KadyMr. Mike Kady, Principal

RCE Campus

Re-Enrollment

It is re-enrollment season and we are experiencing a high rate of re-enrollment for next year. Thank you, parents, for your commitment that helps us plan appropriately.

If you have not already done so, please re-enroll your children as soon as possible. When you take into consideration both your child’s and your overall experience at RCS – the partnership we enjoy, as together we establish a firm spiritual foundation for your child. Also, a strong and well-rounded academic program that averages 1.5 years above national norms, a caring administration, faculty and staff, strong music, art, and physical education programs, before and after day care, weekly chapels, and so much more – it helps put into perspective that God has blessed us with a great opportunity that will return priceless dividends back into the lives of our students both now and for eternity.

Our Best Advertisers – YOU!

Research has proven over and over again that an organization’s most effective advertisers are its own members. Are you displaying the RCS magnet on your car? Consider posting some of your RCS success stories on social media such as Yelp.com, GreatSchools.org, or SchoolDigger.com. If you know of families who are searching for a quality education, please share the benefits of attending our school. Encourage them to take a tour of the campus, invite them to attend a New Parent Information Night (see Calendar below), and even offer to attend with them. We would love to sit down with them and share further how RCS can make an impact in the life of their child.

P.S.: more RCS car magnets are available in our office or the District Office, if you need another one.

Bibles Awarded

Congratulations to our newest Victory Drill reading champions for passing page 50 in Victory Drill: Nicholas Bansraj, Stephanie Lopez, A.J. Macedo, Cielo Magana, and Reese Penberthy.

Upcoming Events

Throughout March, many Jog events are planned for individuals and classes who qualify for them. Activities for individuals include pizza parties at Mountain Mikes (for individuals who turned in 60+ jog forms), and bowling (for individuals who turned in 100+ jog forms).

Class activities in March include the Jog-a-jumper inflatable obstacle course (for classes who reach 100% of their goal), the Jog-a-dog BBQ (for classes who reach 150% of their goal), and an ice cream video party (for those super classes who reach 200% of their goal). Please see the calendar section below for specific dates. And yes! We do need many volunteers to help with these events!!

Finally, please plan on joining us March 12 to cheer on the joggers for the RCE Jog Run. Parking will be available at the South Campus, and we will be running our laps in the upper parking lot at the North Campus.

Track times are as follows:

TRACK A (110 YARD TRACK)
KB | 12:35 p.m. | 110 yds. | 15 minutes 
1M, 1O | 1:00 p.m. | 110 yds. | 15 minutes
3B | 1:25 p.m. | 110 yds. | 15 minutes

TRACK B (110 YARD TRACK)
KM, K/1C | 12:35 p.m. | 110 yds. | 15 minutes 
2Be, 2Bl | 1:00 p.m. | 110 yds. | 15 minutes 
3S, 2/3C | 1:25 p.m. | 110 yds. | 15 minutes

110 YARD (X2) TRACK
4A, 4K, 4/5F | 2:00 p.m. | 220 yds. | 15 minutes 
5N, 5E | 2:25 p.m. | 220 yds. | 15 minutes

Spiritual Emphasis Week

We are pleased to have Pastor Malcolm Mackinnon as our Spiritual Emphasis Week speaker March 24-28. Pastor Mackinnon is the Associate Pastor for Preaching and Family Ministries at Trinity Bible Church located in Felton, CA. He is a gifted speaker who will be challenging our students from God’s Word using a variety of creative visual aides. Some of his talks can be viewed on YouTube.com (search for Malcolm Mackinnon).

Parents and friends are more than welcome to join us for Spiritual Emphasis Week, beginning at 2:30 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. each day in the Worship Center.

Annual Achievement Testing

We will be taking the TerraNova 3 assessment April 28-May 9 (2 weeks).

Here are some practical ways to help our children:

1. A good night’s sleep is important for clear thinking the next day.

2. A healthy breakfast – plenty of protein would be excellent.

3. Encourage a serious but relaxed attitude – some children treat the testing so casually that they make careless mistakes. Some children get so anxious that they do not work up to their ability because there is too much pressure.

4. Attendance is important! Please do not schedule trips, doctor or dentist appointments, etc., during the mornings of these days. Plan to arrive to class early (doors open at 8:45 a.m.) – you may not receive important Terra Nova 3 summary scores if your child has missed some of the assessments.

Calendar

March

  • 4 K-2nd Grade Jog Pizza Party (for those who turned in 60 jog forms), Mountain Mikes, CV – 11:45 a.m.
  • 5 3rd-5th Grade Jog Pizza Party (for those who turned in 60 jog forms), Mountain Mikes, CV – 12:35 p.m.
  • 6-7 NO School, BASS Convention at RCE, EDC open at MSHS
  • 7 ACSI Choral Festival for Royal Choir at Fremont Christian, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • 9 Daylight Savings Time begins (move clocks forward an hour)
  • 10 3rd-5th Grade Bowling with Mr. Kady (for those who turned in 100 jog forms), CV Village Bowl – 1:30p.m.
  • 11 K-2nd Grade Bowling with Mr. Kady (for those who turned in 100 jog forms), CV Village Bowl – 1:30p.m.
  • 11 New Parent Information (NPI) Meeting for K-12, 7:00 p.m., RCE South Campus
  • 12 RCE Jog-a-thon Run Day, upper North Campus parking lot, 12:35 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
  • 14 Jog-a-dog BBQ (for classes who reached 150% of their class goal), gym – 11:45 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
  • 17 Jog Ice Cream/Video Party (for classes who reached 200% of their class goal), gym – 1:45 p.m- 3:15 p.m.
  • 17 ParentsWeb Grade Book/Weekly Progress Report disabled
  • 19 RCE Jog-a-thon Make-ups, North Campus parking lot – 9:10 a.m.
  • 19-20 Jog Inflatable Obstacle Course (for classes who reached 100% of the class goal), gym, during PE classes
  • 20 End of 3rd Quarter
  • 21 NO School, EDC open, Teacher Preparation Day
  • 24-28 Spiritual Emphasis Week, Chapels daily at 2:30 p.m. in Worship Center
  • 28 Report Cards come home with students
  • 28 Jumprope Assembly and Workshop
  • 31 ParentsWeb Grade Book/Weekly Progress Report enabled
  • 31 Speech Meet Campus Run-offs, Worship Center, 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (continues through April 3)

April

  • 1-3 Speech Meet Campus Run-offs, Worship Center, 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • 3 New Parent Information (NPI) Meeting for K-12, 7:00 p.m., RCE South Campus
  • 5 ACSI Band Festival, 4th-12th grades, Santa Rosa
  • 6 ACSI Festival of Fine Arts, 4:00 p.m., Redwood Chapel in Worship Center
  • 14-18 NO School, Easter Break, EDC and offices closed
  • 21 School resumes
  • 23 Administrative Assistants Day
  • 28-30 TerraNova 3 Achievement Assessments; please have students in school during mornings (continues through May 9)

May

  • 1-9 TerraNova
  • 3 Achievement Assessments; please have students in school during mornings
  • 3 ACSI Speech Meet, Vacaville Christian School, Vacaville

Extended Day Care

Summer Extended Day Care will be open to care for your children from June 9th through August 15th. Enrollment information will be going out to all students currently enrolled in Kindergarten through sixth grade on Thursday, March 20th. Open enrollment will begin Monday, March 24th. In order to receive the best rates, enrollment forms will be due in the EDC office by May 9th.

Summer EDC use is different from school-day use in several ways. Only those enrolled and pre-registered for Summer EDC may participate in the program. We do not offer “drop-in, hourly, or partial day” options during the summer. Each pre-registered weekly payment is due on Monday the week prior to the actual week being used.

Just some of the potential Summer EDC activities: Vacation Bible School; Swimming; Park Days; Team Building; Arts and Crafts; Themed Days; Guest Speakers; Field Trips (tentative); Sports; Jumping Castle; PLUS many more FUN activities!

Middle School & High School Campus

Mr. Al HearneMr. Al Hearne, Principal

Lost In Thought

My dad used to tell me that time only speeds up and the older I get the faster the days will speed by, so that was why he insisted we spend as much time as possible together as a family. To be completely honest, when I still lived at home I thought he was crazy! It seemed to me like the days slowly crawled by and I couldn’t wait to grow up, leave home, and decide for myself how I wanted to spend my time. Little did I know then the wisdom of my dad’s words.

Toward the end of my junior year at Bethany College, I was feeling a bit of financial pressure and wondering how I was going to pay my cell phone bill. Feeling a bit sorry for my dwindling checking account, I began to think back to the “good old days of high school” where my parents basically paid for everything I needed. I suddenly realized that I hadn’t lived in my parents’ house for nearly three years. My thoughts wandered to how I was able to spend my time, going to class, reading assigned textbooks, writing assigned papers, studying for tests, and going to work. In fact, I was surprised by how little time I had to do the things I wanted to do. Although I was on my own, I wasn’t able to decide how I was going to spend my time because I now had responsibilities of my own that had to be taken care of before I could go to the Board Walk to play laser tag (my favorite past time during college), read the books I wanted to read, hang out with friends, or watch TV.

Life happens, decisions are made, commitments are met, responsibilities are fulfilled. Although we don’t get to control how each passing minute is going to be spent, we can control where we place our priorities and where we spend our “free time.” In the Hearne household growing up, as much as possible, free time was spent with the family, talking, playing games, doing chores, or just hanging out. As I look back now, I can see just how precious that time together really was. My parents placed their priority on family time, and now I can see how that family time helped to shape my work ethic, my faith, my ability to think and communicate. Although in those moments back then, especially during my high school years, I wasn’t always thrilled with spending quality family time, in all honesty, that was the best thing for me. My mom and my dad are now two of my
best friends and closest confidants.

So parents, my challenge to you is to set aside some family time each week so that you and your kids can get to know each other better. It might be rough right now, but in 10 years both you and your children will be glad you did!

The Blue Personal Activities Permission Slip

When a student is going to be absent from school for events other than doctor/dentist appointments, funerals or illness, a blue Personal Activities Permission Slip must be filled out by the student, the teachers and the parent, and turned in to the office 24 hours prior to the absence. The purpose of this is to inform the parent of the student’s current standing in each of his or her classes and about what work needs to be completed before returning to class. A student near failure in even one class might not want to miss school to leave early for a snow trip, for example. This is required even if only one period is missed. A detention will be assigned to the student who fails to turn in the BLUE SLIP.

It’s Time to Sign-Up for Middle School Classes

During March and April, fifth, sixth and seventh graders will register for next year’s classes. Students will receive an elective sheet which will give brief explanations of the electives and provide a place for indicating a preference. Most courses in Middle School are required; when you read the course descriptions, you will note that students will have the opportunity to learn a great deal of content, and they will, with due diligence, also learn a several academic skills.

Two, one-semester Middle School electives are offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; one elective is taken the first semester and the other is taken during the second semester. We do this so that students can take several different classes during their Middle School years. We do our best to give students their first choices for electives. Some electives may change depending upon teacher availability and interest. On Tuesday and Thursday all middle school students take Focus classes. Sixth graders take Social and Organizational Skills. Seventh graders take one semester of study skills and one semester of keyboarding. Eighth graders take one semester of Life Lessons and one semester of Executive Functions. We welcome parents’ questions and/or comments.

Feel free to call the school office at 510-317-8990. Parents of eighth graders should take note of the information for senior high students.

Scheduling High School Classes for 2014-2015

Class scheduling is the time to consider the future. What classes will best meet the requirements for post-high school plans? Students will be receiving registration materials in early March. There will be a group session, during which general information important to all students will be discussed. After students and parents have discussed next year’s program, students will need to make an appointment with the following administrators/counselors: eighth grade, classes have already been selected through the Focus Class on Tuesday/Thursday; ninth grade, Mrs. Cagle or Mr. Huemoeller; tenth grade, Mrs. Cagle or Mr. Huemoeller; eleventh grade, Mrs. Cagle or Mr. Huemoeller. During this appointment, a check will be made to see that the selection of classes is appropriate, questions can be answered, and the class selection sheets will be completed.

Students who are currently in the ninth grade generally have few choices, so they will fill out the registration materials in a group session. As there is need, ninth graders may make appointments to register for classes and/or ask questions.

While some changes can be made in the summer, our program will be structured by the choices expressed during this sign-up period. Therefore, this is the time to give serious consideration to the classes desired for next fall. Parents do need to watch for the schedule of classes mailed home in August. This is your time to double-check what your student has selected.

From the High School Guidance Counselor

Eleventh graders are encouraged to take the S.A.T. Reasoning and S.A.T. Subject or the ACT in May or June of this year. These tests are generally required as part of the college entrance criteria. Taking these tests early can be beneficial for a number of reasons which are too numerous for this column. There is seldom a need to take the S.A.T. before May of the eleventh grade. Students are usually best prepared to take the S.A.T. Subject when they are preparing for final exams. If you want more information, please have students see Mr. Huemoeller. The preferred method of registration is online at www.collegeboard.com.

AP Exam Alert!

Redwood Christian High School offers many Advanced Placement classes: Calculus AB, European History, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, US History, and World History. Students enrolled in any of these classes will be taking the AP Exam, which costs $87, during the first two weeks of May.

May 7 – 8:00am Calculus AB
May 7 – 12:00pm Chinese
May 8 – 8:00am English Literature and Composition
May 9 – 8:00am English Language and Composition
May 14 – 8:00am US History
May 14 – 12:00pm European History
May 15 – 8:00am Macroeconomics
May 15 – 8:00am World History
May 15 – 12:00pm Microeconomics

Campus Calendar

  • March 3 – Food Drive
  • March 6 & 7 – No School  
  • March 10 – 7pm High School Winter Athletic Awards  
  • March 14 – JOG 
  • March 16 – BAAM for MS  
  • March 17 – MSHS Spring Choral Concept  
  • March 18 – MS ACSI Speech Meet
  • March 20 – HS ACSI Speech Meet  
  • March 21 – No School  
  • March 28 – Report Cards Handed out  
  • *** April 3 – Degrees of Reading Power Assessment *** Date change  
  • April 4-April 12 – Navaho Missions Trip  
  • April 6 – 4pm Festival of the Fine Arts at Redwood Chapel Community Church
  • April 9 – Let’s Go Fishing For All HS Students  
  • April 10 – Petitions due for HS Executive Student Council  
  • April 14-18 – No School; Easter Break  
  • April 21, 22, 23, or 24 – Writing Test For Grades 6, 8, 10, and 12
  • April 25 – High School Drama 7pm Stage Right & PHAT Friday for MS

MSHS Parking Lot Instructions

Parents, thank you for being patient and courteous in the parking lot, which we know easily becomes congested. I have a huge favor to ask: do not allow your children to walk across three lanes of traffic. This is happening more and more. Some parents are parking by the fence across from the drop off / pickup area and we have had a few near misses in the last few weeks as parents let their kids walk across the three lanes. Please wait your turn in line and keep your children safe.

In order to help the traffic flow as smoothly as possible, we are asking you to please observe the following guidelines:

  • only drop your child off in the designated pickup/drop off area 
  • do not allow your child to walk across three lanes of traffic
  • 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 enter the exit

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Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim ClevelandMr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Visit the RCS Athletics Home Page

Elementary Bowling

Mrs. Amy Neal supervises this year’s bowling program. The program started the week of February 17 and will run for eight weeks.

Elementary Basketball

Mr. James Tucker and Ms. Katie Hopken are doing a great job with our elementary basketball teams! The teams compete every Saturday in the H.A.R.D. Basketball League. Come out and support them. Both teams play at El Rancho Verde gym in Hayward. Call the Athletics Office for directions and game times: 510-317-8988.

Sports Physicals

Schedule your sports physicals now for the 2014-15 school year! June or July is the best time to get them in order to be eligible for next year’s athletic teams. Please do not wait until the week before tryouts.

Winter Sports Awards

Plan to attend the high school Winter Athletic Awards program on March 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR at the MSHS campus. Bring a favorite dessert or finger food for six. Game Day dress code is in effect for all athletes! All winter athletes are required to attend unless excused by their coach.

Spring Sports Schedules

Schedules are online at www.rcs.edu (click on “Athletics”) or pick up your spring sports schedules for MSHS athletics in the office. Directions to away games are included.

Alumni Spring Sports

All RCS graduates are welcome to attend and participate in the following alumni games:

4/26 Girls’ Softball 11 a.m., CV Community Center
4/26 Boys’ Volleyball 1:30 p.m., Neighborhood Gym
4/26 Boys’ Baseball 7 p.m., San Leandro Ball Park

Booster Club Update

Many thanks to all who attended the RCS Booster Club Crab Feed and Auction. The event was a great evening of fellowship, fun, and good food. Over $11,000 was raised for the RCS Athletic Department. Proceeds from the event will go towards uniforms and equipment for elementary, Middle School and High School athletic teams.


RCS Music Department

Mr. Mark CagleMr. Mark Cagle

Wow!!! What a great job Royal Choir did at RAD!!! They were AWESOME!!! This was the first time Royal Choir performed for RAD, and as the saying goes: They “blew them out of the water!” Great job singers!! March and April are festival months for all of our choirs. So, what have the choirs been doing in January and February? They have been practicing new music for the upcoming festivals and for the upcoming Festival of Fine Arts program. All songs need to be memorized. Choir folders are being brought home and there should be singing going on in the bedrooms (especially the High School with Musicale only weeks away!)

The High School ACSI Musicale is coming up on Thursday and Friday, March 6-7, culminating with the Mass Choir Concert at 7:00pm, Friday evening, at Capital Christian Center (9740 Micron Avenue, Sacramento). The high school choir will be leaving Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm by school bus and returning late Friday evening after the concert (probably around 11:45 pm).

Royal Choir is preparing for its ACSI Elementary Choral Festival on Friday, March 7, at Harbor Light Assembly of God Sanctuary (Fremont Christian School) in Fremont.

The Middle School’s New Horizon Choir is preparing for its ACSI Middle School Choral Festival on Friday, March 28, in Roseville, at Adventure Christian Church.

Upcoming Choral Dates:

  • March 6 -7 High School Musicale Choral Festival, Sacramento (HS Concert Choir)
  • March 7 Elementary Choral Festival (Royal Choir)
  • March 28 Middle School Choral Festival (MS New Horizon Choir)
  • April 6 RCS Festival of Fine Arts Musicale, Redwood Chapel Community Church (RCCC) at 4:00pm
  • June 4 Royal Choir sings at 5th grade graduation at 11:00 am, RCCC
  • June 5 Middle School New Horizon Choir sings at 8th grade graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.
  • June 6 High School Concert Choir sings for high school graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.

Mr. Doug McClureMr. Doug McClure

RCS instrumental students (gr. 2-12) are all hard at work on various Festival pieces, Pops Concert pieces and solos as well as preparing for the exciting Festival of Fine Arts concert right here at Redwood Chapel on Sunday, April 6th!

Once again the pictures I received from parents from the last big instrumental event do most of the talking! Over 38 students were chosen to participate in the ACSI MS Honor Band/Strings Festival held at the Vacaville Cultural Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 7th. Students from over 13 Christian schools across northern California were chosen to participate.

This was an all-day event that started with a bus ride from RCS at 7am to a full-fledged concert in the evening at 7pm. Students learned the music for the evening in concert in one BIG day!

Students are selected for four performing groups – Festival Strings, Festival Band, Honor Strings and Honor Band. RCS students participated in all of the four groups. Several students from RCS were given highest honors at the Festival. Sam Lee was chosen to be concertmaster of the Honor Strings group; Noah Drisdon was chosen as concertmaster of the Festival Strings ensemble; Joshua Dupree was chosen to lead the cellos in Festival Strings as 1st chair; Felicia Chandra was chosen as 1st chair 2nd violins and Sam Lee was asked to play a solo and finished with a rousing standing ovation from the audience! Way to go, Sam!!

I also had the honor of being asked by ACSI to be the guest conductor of the Honor Strings group this year. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience for all the students.

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RCS Global

Mr. Ben WarnerMr. Ben Warner

When I was young, I felt a tugging on my heart to be involved with international missions. Little did I know where that would take me and what it would entail. Redwood Christian Schools is involved with international missions on two different fronts that are so exciting. I am so thankful for the heart of our School Board who decided to pursue an international student program to reach students for Christ.

A few years ago international missions meant packing up all your belongings and moving your family to a far off country only to return once every four years. Every day, on both campuses, our students and staff get to interact and share the love of God with international students. Many of our school families are also involved in international missions from their home as they serve the Lord as host parents. This is such a different reality for international missions from only of few years ago. We have rejoiced with a few students who have become Christians, and we have been so encouraged as some of them have begun to understand that there really is a God. I want to recruit your help in daily praying for the salvation of our international students. Perhaps you have been watching from a distance and are now ready to jump in with both feet by becoming a host family. If you are interested in hosting, please e-mail me at benwarner@rcs.edu to find out what to do next.

April 3-12 is another missions opportunity for our students. 18 students and 4 staff will travel to the Navajo Nation for a short-term missions trip. The hope for the trip is to build two homes for Navajo families and to help with remodeling a ministry home to be used for dorms and for a conference/training center in the heart of the Navajo nation. We will visit Smith Lake and Window Rock, NM. I would like to ask you to help cover this trip and ministry time in prayer. Pray for safety as we travel and as we work, for a spirit of unity among the team members, for us to be an encouragement to everyone we come in contact with, and for us to learn to see people and the world as God sees them.

If you are interested in making a donation to the trip, you can send a donation to the RCS District Office and include a note that it is for the RCHS Missions Team.

2014 Missions team members are: Maxwell Goodell, Lily Bankas, Samantha Avolicino, Katie Nelson, Erin Choy, Kirsten Uy, Alexis-Marie Stoy, Leah Reed, Clare Dunnegan, Alicia Castaneda, Jeffrey Yuen, Katie Ellis, Cordon Moog, Christine Lum, Hannah Choi, Heidi Nam, Ocean Cunha, Matthew Shasky, Miss Suth, Mrs. Boyd, Mr. Hinton, and Mr. Warner.

I would like to encourage our RCS family to continue with or to get involved for the first time with international missions in some way this spring. Join us in fulfilling the call of Acts 1:8, ” But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”


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


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Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 889-7526

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