MR. BRUCE D. JOHNSON, SUPERINTENDENT
2014-15 will be our 45th year of ministry! Please plan to be involved in as many activities as possible. See below for Important Dates for 2014-15 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 and general information about RCS, such as Grandparents Day, Royal Choir, athletic teams and awards programs (including bowling!), and much more.
The 2013-14 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 sanctify 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.
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.
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!
RCS Parent-Only E-mail list
Please inform us when your e-mail changes. The Parent Only E-mail List is our communication tool to our parents about upcoming events, announcements and updates. That is how you are receiving this bulletin today!
RCS has a Facebook Page!
Please become one of our friends as we will be posting more and more school pictures on the Facebook Page.
Please visit Our Website!
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 2 will be a full one with kindergarten graduation (June 2), fifth grade graduation (June 4), middle school graduation (June 5) and the senior high graduation (June 6). 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 at www.rcs.edu.
Important School Dates for the 2014-15 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.
- August 18 Monday – International Student Orientation and Luncheon – 11:00am
- August 18 Monday – MSHS New Student Orientation at MSHS – 3:00pm
- August 18 – Monday – Back-to-School BBQ at the MSHS for all students and families K-12 – 5pm to 7pm
- August 19 – Tuesday – Elementary classrooms open to visit 1pm – 3pm
- August 20 – Wednesday – SCHOOL BEGINS
- September 1 – Monday – Labor Day – No school -Offices/EDC closed
- October 16 & 17 – Thursday and Friday – ACSI Teachers Convention (aka NEXUS) – EDC open at MSHS
- October 20 – Monday – 45th RCS Annual Dinner – Look for more information to come.
- October 24 – Friday – Teacher Prep Day – EDC open
- October 24 – End of first quarter
- November 10 – Monday – Veterans’ Day Observance – No school – Offices/EDC closed
- November 24 – 28 Thanksgiving Break – No school – EDC closed; Offices Closed from noon November 26 through November 28
- December 19 to January 2 – Friday through first Friday in
- January – Christmas Break No school – No EDC; Offices closed December 24 – 26, 31 and January 1 and 2.
- January 16 – Friday – Teacher Prep Day – EDC open
- January 16 – End of second quarter
- January 19 – Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No school – Offices/EDC closed
- February 16 – Monday – Presidents’ Day – No school – Offices/EDC closed
- March 5 & 6 – Thursday and Friday – Teacher Training Days – EDC open
- March 20 – Friday – Teacher Prep Day – EDC open
- March 20- End of third quarter
- April 3 to April 10 – Friday to Friday – Easter Break – No school – Offices closed April 3 only, EDC closed all week
- May 25 – Monday – Memorial Day – No school – Offices/EDC closed
- May 29 – Friday – Teacher Prep Day – EDC open
- May 29 – End of fourth quarter
- June 1 to 5 – Monday – Friday – Graduation Week
- June 2 – Great America Day
Clearing Your Accounts: To avoid timing problems related to report cards, end-of-year conferences and graduations, please ensure that your school accounts are paid in full by May 20.
2014-15 Tuition Payments Begin in June: The non-refundable June payment holds a spot for your child beyond June 20th.
Questions? Call your campus or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCE experienced another incredible Jog-a-thon, with students, teachers, and even some parents turning in a whopping 9,472 newly redesigned jog forms. This resulted in our campus reaching 245% of our goal, a 5% increase over last year! Funds raised through Jog-a-thon 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 were awarded for their hard efforts with individual and class prizes. Jog t-shirts, Jog sweatshirts, Jog gym bags, a pizza party, or even bowling with Mr. Kady. All classes enjoyed the Inflatable Obstacle Course and the Hot Dog BBQ. Fourteen out of fifteen of the classes earned 200% or more and earned an outing to the Ice Cream Video Party in our gym.
Perfect jogging weather greeted our joggers on the North Campus parking lot on March 12 as students, teachers, and even some parents walked, jogged, or ran a grand total of 5,662 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 Championships
Congratulations are in order to Devin Dellner, Alex Escoto, Julia Gehrke, Timothy Pak, Benjamin Sandoval, and Jessica Woods, 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 24-27. Our guest speaker for the week was Mr. Malcom Mackinnon, Associate Pastor at Trinity Bible Church located in Felton, CA. Using artistic story boards, Pastor Mackinnon challenged our students through a series of talks each day to stay on the right path that God has chosen for them as Christians, and to live their lives in such as way as to show evidence of their faith.
Many of Pastor Mackinnon’s talks are available for viewing on YouTube. Simply go to www.youtube.com and search for Malcolm Mackinnon.
Parent-Teacher Fellowship: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13
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 13. The entire family is invited! 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, and eating utensils will be provided. Parents should bring a salad (serving 5 to 10 people), drinks or a dessert. Please RSVP by giving our Office a call at (510) 537-4288 by Friday, May 9.
Family Life for 4th and 5th Grade Girls: Thursday, May 22
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 22 in Room N15 on the North Campus. The one-hour presentation by Mrs. Boyd (RCE Assistant Principal) and Mrs. Neal (one of our 5th-grade teachers) 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 3
Come celebrate the completion of a great school year by playing at Great America on Tuesday, June 3. You should have already purchased your discounted tickets through the campus office. Mark your calendar now for Tuesday, June 3. Fliers have been sent home with the students. Any questions, please call the Elementary Office at (510) 537-4288.
Graduations and Awards – June 2, 4
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 2. Parents of our Academic Assistance Program Kindergarten students may take their student home after the ceremony.
Our Academic Program Kindergarten students will be graduating on Monday, June 2, 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 Wednesday, June 4 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.
Our fifth graders from the Academic and Academic Assistance Programs will receive year-end awards and graduate in the Worship Center on Wednesday, June 4, beginning at 11:10 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 within dress code regulations. Girls should also wear low heel dress shoes as they will be climbing and standing on risers. School will be over at the conclusion of the ceremony. Watch for more information coming home soon.
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.
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 our Extended Day Care (EDC) program.
Opportunities to Help RCS
We continue to get checks from E-Scrip, 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.
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.
- 1 National Day of Prayer, 3S Chapel, Worship Center, 9:10 a.m.
- 1 5th Grade takes MDTP (Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project) Assessment, classroom
- 2 Notices of Concern sent home
- 2 Last day to order discount Great America tickets
- 3 ACSI Elementary Speech Meet, Vacaville
- 10 Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade on Castro Valley Blvd.
- 13 PTF Meeting, Room A2,3, 6:30 p.m. (Potluck dinner, students welcome)
- 15 New Parent Information (NPI) Night, Williams Chapel, 7:00 p.m.
- 16 Last day to check out books from RCE Library
- 22 4th and 5th Grade Girls’ Family Life at RCE, Room N15, 7:00 p.m.
- 23 Summer EDC enrollment/registration due
- 23 Last day to return library books
- 26 School and EDC closed: Memorial Day
- 27 Last day for Advanced Strings
- 27 ParentsWeb Grade Book access turned off
- 28 Last day for Elementary Advanced Band
- 30 No School, EDC open: Teacher Prep Day
- 2 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
- 2 Last day for all students in KB, KM; school ends at noon, no EDC for KB, KM
- 2 KB and KL graduation program in Worship Center at 7:00 p.m.
- 3 School closed, EDC open: K-8 Great America Family Day
- 4 Grades 1-4 Awards Assembly at 9:00 a.m. in Worship Center; School year ends at noon; EDC open
- 4 Grade 5 Awards and Graduation Ceremony at 11:10 a.m.; no afternoon EDC for 5th Grade
- 9 Summer EDC begins at RCE; moves to MSHS campus June 30, back to RCE on August 4.
Happy Summer to All!
Extended Care Ministries
Below is the EDC Schedule for the last week of school. It is a busy one, so please make note of these dates on your calendar as needed:
Friday, May 30:
NO SCHOOL (Teacher Prep Day); EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, June 2:
For Middle School only: NO SCHOOL and NO EDC.
This is a half-day 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 3:
NO SCHOOL (Great America Day); EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4: EDC will be open at the RCE South Campus for all Elementary students 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 5: NO SCHOOL; EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, June 6: NO SCHOOL; EDC open at the RCE campus, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Summer enrollment due by Friday, May 23rd
Summer Extended Day Care Enrollment Packets were mailed in April. If you plan to use Extended Day Care after June 6th, 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 EDC office by Friday, May 23rd. A $50 late fee is charged for registrations received after May 23rd.
Our second year of iLearn@RCS has been a success and we are excited to begin the third year. We have learned a lot this year about how high school students use their iPads and our goal is to help them be able to make better digital choices in the future. This summer will be spent implementing several tweaks to the program so that the faculty (and parents) have additional options available for helping manage a student’s digital choices.
First, iPads will be handed out to students on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, if the student and a parent attend the iPad orientation for the student’s grade level.
Second, we hope to have a new Mobile Device Manager in place which allows RCS to incorporate the new security features that Apple released with iOs 7.
Third, we hope to have a couple of different options available for parents to utilize with their home wifi.
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: www.iste.org/standards)
Lost and Found
All items in our Lost and Found will be given away after Friday, June 6. Encourage your students to check for any items that may belong to them. We have quite a collection!
Fourth Quarter Report Cards
Report cards will be distributed by homeroom teachers and advisors following the awards assembly on June 5 for MS students and June 6 for HS students. 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. Tuition, bus fees, fines for damaged or lost books, iPad fees, and overdue library books MUST BE PAID BEFORE REPORT CARDS WILL BE ISSUED.
MSHS Campus Calendar
- 5/1 – National Day of Prayer
- 5/7 – Minimum Day
- 5/1-5/9 – 8th Grade Washington, DC Trip
- 5/7-9 – AP Exams (Calculus AB, English Lit. & Composition, English Lang. & Composition European History, and Chinese)
- 5/14-16 – AP Exams (US History, Macro/Micro Economics, World History)
- 5/14 – MS and HS Class Council applications due
- 5/21 – MS and HS Class Council elections
- 5/16 – High School Play 7:00pm
- 5/17 – High School Play 7:00pm
- 5/12 – MS Athletic Awards 7:00pm
- 5/19 – HS Athletic Awards 7:00pm
- 5/22 – Last full day of classes for Seniors
- 5/22 – Principal’s Coffee Hour 9:00am
- 5/23 – Senior Chapel and Tea 8:15am
- 5/26 – No School – Memorial Day
- 5/27-5/29 – Senior Finals
- 5/30-6/2 – Senior Trip
- 5/29 – Last Day Of School for Middle School
- 5/30 – 8th Grade Banquet 6:00pm
- 6/2-6/4 – High School Finals
- 6/5 – MS Awards 9:00am
- 6/5 – 8th Grade Graduation Rehearsal at Redwood Chapel 11:00-12:15pm
- 6/5 – 8th Grade Graduation at Redwood Chapel 7:00pm
- 6/6 – HS Awards 9:00am
- 6/6 – High School Graduation Rehearsal at Redwood Chapel 11:00-12:30pm
- 6/6 – High School Graduation at Redwood Chapel 7:00pm
Summer Reading Program
Summer Break is just around the corner and with it comes an exciting change to the summer reading program. In an effort to give students more options to choose material that is of specific interest each grade level will have several selections from which students will be allowed to choose. AP and Honors courses will still require certain selections.
During the summer months students need to read their chosen selection(s) and upon returning to school in August be prepared to write an essay from a prompt specifically designed for your grade level. This first assignment will be used to assess not only knowledge of the chosen selection(s), but also the student’s ability to organize his or her thoughts according to a prompt that addresses specific literary elements. This essay will serve as the benchmark work for the year.
If a student chooses to enroll in an AP English course (AP Language or AP Literature) and does not complete the summer reading assignments specifically listed for the AP course, the student will be transferred to the general English course.
The book selections may be checked out of a local library, downloaded to a digital device, or purchased. It will be necessary to have the chosen selection(s) in class for the first two weeks of school.
The Middle school Awards Assembly will be held on Thursday, June 5, at 9:00am and the High School Awards Assembly will be held on Friday, June 6, at 9:00am. Both assemblies take place 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.
Parents of 8th Graders
The Eighth Grade Banquet is on Friday, May 30. The last day of classes is Thursday, May 29. The Awards Assembly is Thursday, June 5, 9:00am, in the MPR at the MSHS.
Following the Awards Assembly on Thursday, June 5, all eighth graders will be bused to Redwood Chapel for graduation practice. They must be picked up at Redwood Chapel at 12:00pm. Every eighth grader should be at the practice. Parents and guardians, please do not be late when picking up your child. The bus will not be returning to the MSHS.
The Redwood Christian Middle School traditional, academic
Graduation is on June 5 at 7:00pm, in the Worship Center at
Redwood Chapel Community Church
19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley.
Graduates need to be in the Redwood Chapel gym by 6:30, 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, behaves with the proper decorum.
Parents of Seniors
The Senior Chapel and Tea will be held on Friday, May 23, 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 they leave the house.
- 6/2 – 8:00-9:35 English and 9:55-11:25 Bible
- 6/3 – 8:00-9:35 Math and 9:55-11:25 Social Studies
- 6/4 – 8:00-9:35 Foreign Language and 9:55-11:25 Science
High School Graduation Rehearsal
At 11:00am on June 6, 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. Parents and Guardians please make sure that your child is at the graduation rehearsal.
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 6, at 7:00pm 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 traditional, academic graduation and asks that everyone in attendance, including the graduates, behaves with the proper decorum.
From The Counselor
High School 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. Juniors should also register to take the SAT.
Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students take required classes. 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 Singapore Math 7, 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.
MSHS Parking Lot Instructions
Parents, thank you for BEING patient and courteous in theparking 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. Watch for the new “Do Not Cross” signs.
Middle School Awards Night
We will honor the middle school athletes who have participated on the Spring Season #2 sports teams (Girls’ Soccer and Boys Volleyball). Join us in the MSHS multipurpose room on Monday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. The evening will include the presentation of individual awards, the year-end Inspirational Christian Athlete awards, and a potluck dessert. Please plan to attend this special event.
Senior High Awards Night
On Monday, May 19, 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.
Make plans to be a member of the Redwood Christian Athletics Booster Club for 2014-15. 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.
Now is the time to schedule your sports physical for the 2014-15 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. Non-RCS students are welcome to attend.
Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Camp
Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Drew Sanchez will host the 25th Annual RCS Basketball Camp, to be held June 9-13 at the Neighborhood Church Gym. There will be morning and afternoon sessions to choose from depending on grade. Don’t miss this week of fun, learning and competition. Boys and girls who are going into grades 2 through 8 are invited, including students from other schools.
Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Camp
Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach Greg Hinton will host a soccer skills camp June 16-20. Sessions will run from 4-6 p.m. Clinics are for ages 7-13. Instruction is geared towards all skill levels. Great activity for post V.B.S. Clinics will be held at Redwood Christian MSHS campus.
This year’s 20th Annual RCS Baseball Camp will be held July 7-10 and July 14-17. Multiple sessions, offered each week, include pitching, hitting, catching, all skills, and advanced camp. All sessions will be held at Redwood Christian MSHS under the direction of Varsity Head Baseball Coach Jim Cleveland. Students from outside schools are welcome. Sessions are available for ages 8-15.
Mr. Mark Cagle
What a Great Festival Season the Choirs of Redwood Have Had! On March 6-7 the High School Concert Choir went to “Musicale” (High School Choral Festival) at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, where we joined with 15 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: “Bonse Aba” and “Hallelujah,” as well as singing six other pieces with the mass choir in a performance on Friday evening. Honor 10 (DayBreak), as well as two soloists: Christopher Leung and Deanna Phillips, also sang for adjudication and did great!
On March 7 the Royal Choir went to Fremont to sing at the Elementary Choral Festival. What a fun day that was! There were four choirs present, and 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 “Patriot Dreams” which 5th grade student Rohan John accompanied on the piano! Since Mr. Cagle had to be at the High School Choir Festival in Sacramento, Mrs. Joan Kady directed the Royal Choir. What a fantastic job she did! The Royal Choir sang 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, March 28. There were five choirs present. The mass choir sounded great! Cameron Nunley, 8th grade, was chosen to sing a solo for one of the mass number pieces at the Friday evening performance. He was terrific! Our choir sang two pieces, both for adjudication and as part of the performance on Friday evening: “Sing, Song, Sing!” and “Let My People Go!” They sang great!
All of our choirs sang for the Festival of Fine Arts on Sunday, April 6. What a blessing they were! And, there is more to come as we have our end-of-year Spring/Pops Concert on Tuesday, May 27, followed by graduations the first week of June!
Stay tuned for more details to be sent home and e-mailed to you. I hope to see you at these end-of-year events!
Upcoming Choral Dates:
- May 27 Spring / Pop’s Concert at MSHS MPR at 7:00 pm (ALL CHOIRS TO SING)
- June 4 Royal Choir sings at 5th grade graduation at 11:00 am, Redwood Chapel Community Church
- June 5 Middle School New Horizon Choir sings at 8th grade graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC
- June 6 High School Concert Choir sings at Senior High Graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC
I was very proud of all the RCS instrumental students along with all the choirs, drama, and artists work displayed at the recent Festival of Fine Arts at Redwood Chapel in April. This is one of the biggest highlights of the entire year here at RCS. After working hard all year, it is so rewarding to see and hear all of God’s gifts “played and displayed” by these gifted students. To God be the glory!
Please enjoy the pictures below from this great event. Immediately following the performance, I received a very encouraging note – “This was the BEST Festival of Fine Arts I have been to!!” Thank you, Lord, for your goodness to us and for bestowing your gifts and talents so generously upon the students here at RCS!
We are looking forward to the final concert of the year – the RCS Spring Pops Concert on Tuesday, May 27th. This date is not in your regular RCS yearly calendar, so please mark it! The students have already begun preparation and are very excited for this upcoming performance. Please pray for them as they enter this “final season” of hard work before graduations in June. It has been another banner year for the RCS instrumental department. We are looking forward to next year already!
Please Note, Bus Service Ends May 29th
Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546