Parent News Bulletin Aug-Oct 2013

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson, Superintendent


Greetings! Please forward this Parent News Bulletin to your friends and family who may be interested in providing their children with a Christ-centered, Biblically-based education in a safe, secure, loving environment.

Our school verse for 2013-14 is Isaiah 26:4 (ESV) – Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Trusting in the our Lord Jesus Christ is an ongoing act of worship. Trusting in Him through the challenges and the celebrations in life is critical to a Christ-follower, who seeks to glorify Jesus regardless of the situation. Trusting in Jesus continually provides a peace that is simply not understood by nonbelievers. We choose to Trust Him and His Word. The more we Trust Him, the stronger our faith becomes as we see His Hand in every detail of our lives, regardless of how big or small the details. The more we Trust Him, the stronger our Trust becomes in Him. We Trust Jesus because He has earned our Trust. We have been daily teaching and modeling Trusting Jesus to the students in our classrooms since Redwood Christian Schools was founded in 1970. Our students are prepared by professional, Biblically trained, loving teachers, for the challenges that occur in everyday life.

After you pick up your personal copy of the RCS 2013-14 Calendar at the Back-to-School BBQ on Monday, August 19, please read through each month’s verse with your family and continue to trust in Him for He alone is always to be trusted — and praised!

I am so excited about the upcoming school year! God has blessed RCS in so many ways!

Back-to-School BBQ is Monday, August 19, and the First Day of School is Wednesday, August 21

If you have delayed re-enrolling, please do not wait to contact Mrs. Roberts at

New Faculty Members in 2013-14

Please be sure to search out and greet teachers new to RCS. We are so blessed!

At our middle school and high school campus, we are so blessed to have Mr. Daniel Ray (Austin Peay State University) join the Middle School-High School English Department; Mr. Ray comes to us from Benbrook, Texas. Mr. Andrew Kiefer (Moody Bible Institute), who did his student teaching at our MSHS campus last Spring, will be teaching fourth grade at our Redwood Christian Elementary North Campus (he is married to 2008 RCHS Alumna Alyssa Borgerson). Former RCHS student, Mrs. Courtney (Poon) Marcus (California State University, East Bay) will be teaching first grade at our Redwood Christian Elementary South Campus. Mr. Jonathan Penberthy (The Master’s College) is joining our Physical Education Department at Redwood Christian Elementary South Campus.

Please meet and welcome our new faculty members at our upcoming Back-to-School BBQ on August 19 at our MSHS.

Back-to-School BBQ at the MSHS

Are you ready for a great, exciting Christ-honoring school year? I am and I hope you are, too, because ready or not, school starts Wednesday, August 21! Be sure to attend our Back-to-School BBQ on Monday, August 19, at Redwood Christian Middle School and High School, 1000 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo.

The BBQ begins at 5:00 P.M., and jump houses, a petting zoo, face painting, games and other activities will proceed a short dedication program for the 2013-14 school year beginning at 6:30 P.M.

Hot dogs and chips will be provided at no cost. Soft drinks will be available by the High School Missions Team and desserts by our high school Executive Student Council.

Meet old friends, make new friends and pick up your RCS calendar. Don’t miss out on this great event!

Communication Tools between RCS and Your Family

We desire to utilize as many tools as feasible to enable open communication between our families and the school and viceversa. Please read the following very carefully, and contact me if you have any questions. If I do not know the answer, I will refer your e-mail or call to someone who does.

Parent E-mail List

Parents, please e-mail me and request inclusion in the “RCS Parents Only” E-mail List for 2013-14. The list is protected (individual e-mail addresses do not appear) and it is used to communicate important happenings and announcements, and will also be used in case of emergencies. Please remember to notify us when you change your e-mail address. Each year approximately 25% of the e-mails we start the year with become “stale” and are returned to us. To be sure, simply e-mail and request to be added to the “RCS Parents Only” E-mail List each time you see this notice. Thanks.

School Calendar and Campus/Program Calendars on the website:

Please remember that we have multiple calendars on our website under News/Events to assist parents with scheduling doctor/dentist appointments and family days. We will do our best to keep them updated with valuable information to help with your family planning. The calendars also include locations of various events. Please notify the campus/program involved if you have any problems with using these calendars. These calendars — Main, MSHS, RE, and Athletics — should be “current” the week before school starts. You can visit the Main Calendar at any time. If you have any questions about any event, please simply call the campus or the District Office.

Annual Dinner

Please plan to join us on October 21, 2013. Doors Open at 6:00 P.M., at Willow Park in Castro Valley as we celebrate our forty-four years of ministry! The dinner is sponsored by RCS Supporters and is for adults only. If you would like to participate as a sponsor for this great event, please e-mail or call Mrs. Wolf (, 510-889-7526). Please mark your calendar now to attend! The dinner is a GREAT place to introduce others to the RCS ministry. Please plan to respond as soon as you receive your invitation in late September as seating is limited.

Important “NO SCHOOL” days for 2013-14

These are great days for dentist/doctor appointments and “family days.” Please make every effort to coordinate appointments and vacations around the school calendar. Your cooperation is appreciated.

RCS Web Page

The place to find pictures and announcements about upcoming RCS events is We also have a Facebook page and Twitter account! We encourage you to visit these sites often. And be sure to look at RedwoodChristianTV as many videos from throughout the year (and past years) are posted! RedwoodChristianTV is a great way to share RCS with other prospective families and family members who are unable to attend school events.

You can access RedwoodChristianTV through our website or going directly to


What is RenWeb? It is a school management software that will enable parents to go online and check their student’s progress in class, track homework assignments and communicate with teachers. You access RenWeb by going to and clicking on the RenWeb icon. To learn more about RenWeb, please visit

Prayer Request

Throughout the year we have a need for volunteers to assist in our classrooms and the District Office with mailings and other “hands on” projects. If you would be willing to assist (and your schedule permits when we contact you), please email Mrs. Wolf at

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 I do return telephone calls (usually within 24 hours) and e-mails the same day (if I do not respond, please re-send to me). It is critical that you sign all communications to me so I can respond (my practice is to not read anonymous mail as there is no one with whom to communicate). I am very responsive to e-mail and encourage its use.

Your family is in our prayers . . . please keep us in yours!


Questions? Call your campus or e-mail me at

General Information

Tuition Payments Our tuition is now being collected by FACTS Tuition Management. If you did not select the automatic ACH option your monthly tuition is due on the first day of each month and late after the 10th day. A $25 late fee will be assessed for late payments. You can avoid a late fee if at least half of your monthly payment is posted by the 10th of the month.

You may bring your tuition payments to any campus office, but note that:
a. The payee is FACTS. Please include your FACTS account number.
b. We do not date-stamp the payment or issue a receipt. We simply mail it to FACTS for you.
c. payment must be received by FACTS in time for you to avoid any penalties.
d. The exception to the above is cash payments, which we continue to accept.

Annual Asbestos Notice Each of our campuses has been inspected for friable asbestos by a licensed inspector. A management plan has been developed and is located in the District Office. Parents are welcome to examine this document.

Student Insurance Coverage (K-12) If a student sustains an accidental bodily injury while attending school during school hours or participating in or attending school-sponsored activities, including travel in a school-provided vehicle, he/she is covered by the following provisions: Accident Coverage: An accident is to be reported to the school office within ten (10) days of occurrence. The parent then submits the necessary papers to the family’s health insurer for payment. The difference between that paid by the family’s insurer and the total cost incurred as a result of the accident will be paid by Redwood Christian Schools, up to $400 limit. Deductible: There is no deductible on this coverage.

Interscholastic Athletics Interscholastic athletic competition requires medical insurance coverage mandated by California Education code 31751-55. Redwood Christian Schools does NOT provide this athletic insurance protection; therefore the parents must provide their own coverage. The Athletic Director can supply policy requirements and suggest a reputable carrier. (This also applies to pre-season and summer play; parents assume full responsibility.)

Redwood Christian Elementary

Elementary Principal

Mr. Mike Kady, Principal

Thoughts on A New Year and Godly Counsel When does the year begin? The answer can depend on one’s perspective. Most people will tell you the new year begins on January 1st . An accountant, however, might say it is the first day of a particular company’s fiscal year. A few may even say it is their birth date. For students the beginning of school after a long, enjoyable summer is often thought of (and referred to) as a new year as it is marked by so many new and fresh experiences and opportunities: new clothes, supplies, friends, teachers, classrooms, possibilities, knowledge, a change of season, or maybe even a new school. In a sense, the school year begins with a clean slate, ready to record the events as they unfold. There is definitely excitement (and sometimes apprehension) involved.

As the 2013-14 school year begins, my prayer is that we will faithfully partner together to help your child dwell on the “new” things that really matter–those things that will stay with your child for eternity. The Bible states in Isaiah 46:9b-11:

“I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ . . . I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.”

Clothes will fade, tear, be lost, and be outgrown. Crayons in their shiny boxes will become dull and each color will have two or more shorter, broken pieces. Pencils will be sharpened over and over until they are short, and their erasers will shrink until the metal edge scrapes the surface of the paper. Friendships may even come and go. God’s counsel, however, will stand forever. God has purposed it, and he will do it. God cannot be thwarted.

What better gift can we give to our children than to teach them to know God’s counsel and dwell in it? Let us move forward together into this “new year” as we seek, as partners, the mighty counsel of God for our lives and the lives of our precious children.

Help for a Good Beginning on the 2013-14 School Year

  1. You may already be shopping for the items listed on the Classroom Supplies and Dress Code lists that were mailed to you. Please be sure to read these over carefully. If you have any questions regarding classroom supplies or dress code, please give us a call or visit our school website in the Elementary section. If you did not receive these, you may pick up a copy at our office, or phone (510) 537-4288 to have a copy mailed to you.

  2. For each personal item of clothing and supplies for your child, please label clearly your child’s name with a permanent marker. This will greatly help us to reduce the number of items that end up in our lost and found.

  3. On Tuesday, August 20, between 1:00-3:00 p.m., all of our students are encouraged to check out their classrooms on the RCE campus, put away their supplies, meet old and new friends, and talk to their new (and former) teachers!

  4. Reserve the late afternoon/early evening of Monday, August 19, to attend our Back-to-School Night featuring an all-school barbeque with the faculty doing the grilling! This event is for Kindergarten through 12th grade, and starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Middle/High School campus in San Lorenzo (1000 Paseo Grande). RCS will provide the basics (hotdogs). Drinks and desserts will also be available.

Please be aware that the 4th and 5th Grade Gym Suit/Bible Sale will be at this event (all 4th and 5th graders are required to have an ESV Bible with a concordance for the 2013-14 school year). We will conclude our time together with a short program that will begin around 6:30 p.m. and end approximately at 7:00 p.m.

  1. North Campus upper parking lot traffic: due to the narrow exit on James Avenue, please observe the ONE-WAY flow of traffic (always north to south); enter only from Alma Avenue and exit onto James Avenue. South Campus traffic: please note there is a two-way traffic pattern except for the lower driveway (Heyer Avenue) during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. During these times, though the upper driveway leading to James Avenue remains two-way, the driveway exiting southbound to Heyer Avenue is one-way only.
  • Drive no faster than 5 mph in the parking lots.
  • Please be courteous to fellow drivers.
  • Avoid backing up; accidents are more likely to occur in a parking lot when cars are backing up.
  1. Starting Wednesday, August 21 (the first day of school), and on all school days throughout the year, teachers will be opening their classrooms for their students at 8:45 a.m. All K-5 students who arrive earlier may be sent to Extended Day Care or will need to be under the direct supervision of their parents until 8:45 a.m. Please do not bring your child to the teacher’s door before 8:45 a.m. Please also be aware that the main playground in front of the RCE Office on the South Campus is solely for the use of Extended Day Care before and after school. Students may use the fenced-in playground (when open) before and after school if directly supervised by their parent. When using this playground, please make sure you are following all of the playground rules that are posted by the entrance gate.

  2. Please use only the upper parking lot at North Campus and the main parking lot at South Campus to drop off or pick up students. At North Campus, the lower parking lot is to be used only for Redwood Forest Preschool parents, District Office/North Campus faculty and staff, and parents that need to visit the District Office. At South Campus, please do not use the “church use only” portion of the parking lot (near the Worship Center) to drop off or pick up students, as tempting as it might be, especially for those students in Kindergarten or the 2nd or 3rd grades that are up the steps in the A-wing. This area is usually marked by a yellow “sandwich board” sign and is reserved exclusively for Redwood Chapel church staff and visitors.

RCE Campus Calendar


  • 19: EDC will be closed.
  • 19: 5-7:00 p.m. Gym suit and Bible sale for 4th and 5th grade at Middle/High School
  • 19: 5-7:00 p.m. Back-to-School Night at Middle/High School for all K-12 students
  • 20: EDC will be closed.
  • 20: 1-3 p.m. K-5th grade classroom visitation (see the rooms and meet the teachers)
  • 21: 8:45 a.m. Doors open. School begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • 22: 5:30 p.m. Booster Club Dinner, Middle/High School
  • 23: 12:00 p.m. K-5th grade Academic Assistance Program Picnic
  • 26: ParentsWeb access turned on
  • 29: 7:00 p.m. K-3rd grade Parent-Teacher Night at RCE. Start in Worship Center.


  • 2: No School. Offices and EDC closed. Labor Day.
  • 3-6: Royal Choir Auditions, Grades 4-5
  • 3: 7:00 p.m. Elementary Back-to-Band Parents’ Meeting in N12
  • 5: 7:00 p.m. 4th-5th grade Parent-Teacher Night at North Campus. Start in N12.
  • 9: Elementary Strings begins (Mondays)
  • 10: Elementary Beginning Band begins (Tuesdays/Thursdays)
  • 11: Red, White & Blue Day
  • 11: 2:15 p.m. First Responders/Patriots’ Day Chapel in Worship Center
  • 12: Elementary Advanced Band begins (Wednesdays/Fridays)
  • 17: Royal Choir begins.
  • 17: 7:00 p.m. Royal Choir Informational Meeting for parents in N12
  • 24: 7:00 p.m. KB and KM parents: Pre-Victory Drill meeting
  • 26: RCE Earthquake Practice/Drill
  • 28: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Pancake Breakfast/Car Wash for HS Missions Team at MSHS


  • 1: 7:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher Fellowship in A2/A3
  • 2: RCE Photo Day . . . dress up and smile! 
  • 8-November 1: Elementary Yearbook on sale
  • 11: 1:30 p.m. Grandparents’ Day Program (starts in Worship Center)
  • 17-18: No School. EDC open at RCE. ACSI Teachers’ Convention.
  • 21: 6:00 p.m. Annual Dinner, Willow Park, for all RCS Parents and School Supporters
  • 21: ParentsWeb Grade Book access turned off
  • 24: Class Spirit Day
  • 25: No School, EDC open: Teacher Prep Day
  • 31: Academic Assistance Program K-5th grade ONLY: No School/No EDC; Parent-Teacher Conferences


  • 1: Academic Assistance Program K-5th grade ONLY: No School/No EDC; Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 1: Last day to order an RCE yearbook
  • 1: Report cards go home
  • 1: ParentsWeb Grade Book access turned on
  • 2: RCE Family Bowling, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Castro Village Bowl, Castro Valley (advance ticket purchase required)
  • 3: Daylight savings time ends
  • 4: 7-9 p.m. Home School Meeting in C6
  • 5: Election Day. Remember to vote!
  • 6: Photo Make-up Day
  • 7: 7:00 p.m. New Parent Information Meeting for Kg-12th grade, Williams Chapel
  • 11: No school; EDC closed; offices closed. Veterans’ Day observed.
  • 14: Harvest Day potluck for Kg-2nd grade, Gym
  • 15: Harvest Day potluck for 3rd-5th grade, Gym 
  • 25-29: No school; EDC and RCE Office closed; Thanksgiving Break
  • 27-29: District Office closed at noon on 11/27 and all day on 11/28 and 11/29


  • 2-6: Elementary Toy and Food Drive for Harbor House

Need Help Getting Around the RCE Campus?

Please use the map below to help you become more familiar with our North and South campuses.

RCE Campus Map


Extended Day Care (EDC)

Mr. Mike Kady, Director
for K through 8th grade

EDC School Day Hours: 7 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mornings: 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
K-8th grade: main sign-in/sign-out room: C-5 (South Campus)

Afternoons: 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
K-3rd grade: South Campus. Rooms for each grade will be posted in C-5.
4th-8th grade: North Campus, Room N-8

4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
K-8th grade: Main sign-in/sign-out room: C-5 (South Campus)

Select “No School” Day EDC Hours (please see your school calendar, examples include ACSI Teachers’ Convention, or Teacher Prep Days): 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Main sign-in/sign-out room: C-5 Phone: 510-537-8734

Where? Redwood Christian Elementary Campus. Note: Middle School students will need to either ride the bus or carpool to the RCE campus in order to attend EDC (Extended Day Care).

Phone 510-537-4288 (South Campus) or 510-889-7526 (North Campus)

Reminders K-8th grade students who are not under direct adult supervision at the Redwood Elementary Campus before 8:40 a.m. or after 3:45 p.m. will be signed into and charged for Extended Day Care use. If your child will be using EDC this year, be sure to enroll for the plan that best suits your needs. You will find registration forms on the school’s website or you may pick them up at your campus office, the EDC rooms, or the District Office. If you have any questions, please call the RCE Campus Office at 510-537-4288.

Extended Day Care is NOT offered on major holidays, or during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, and Easter Break. Please see your school calendar for details regarding what specific days throughout the school year EDC is open or closed.

Fall EDC “early bird” enrollment is due August 9th. Enrollment Forms are available in the school offices, or you may download an Enrollment Form through the website.

Middle School & High School Campus

RCS Principal

Mr. Al Hearne, Principal

“Lost in Thought” – Mr. Hearne’s Tips for Success I believe that a person’s attitude often determines his or her ability to succeed and that a student’s attitude toward school helps determine his or her academic achievement. As the new school year approaches here are my favorite tips for success that I’d like for you to share with your child(ren):

1) Daily spend time with God, in prayer and Bible study.
2) Eat a healthy breakfast each morning.
3) Go to each class with a positive attitude, expecting to learn. Arrive early, and get ready to learn.
4) Pay Attention in class.
5) Take active notes during class and review them on a regular basis.
6) Start projects as soon as they are assigned.
7) Complete and turn in homework on time.
8) Read for pleasure each day.
9) Spend time with your family, talking about what you’re learning in school.
10) Get 8-10 hours of sleep each night.

iLearn@RCS Update

In August, each student at Redwood Christian High School will receive a school-issued iPad as part of his or her educational curriculum. Each student will be given a school e-mail address and free apple ID to utilize as part of his or her digital learning experience. Students will be required to use their school-issued e-mail address for all correspondence with teachers. The Bible faculty will be adding instructional units to their curriculum designed to teach students how to live safe, God-honoring, digital lives.

iPads will be issued by order of seniority, starting with Seniors and working our way to the Freshman. Both students and parents are required to sign the iLearn@RCS Technology Agreements. Seniors will be receiving the same iPad and case that they used last year. Juniors will be receiving iPad 3’s. Both Sophomores and Freshman will be receiving iPad 4’s. In order to simplify the management of apps, RCS provides the paid apps that students are require to use and asks that students download themselves the required apps that are free. This allows for students to easily update the majority of their apps when an update is available.

For more information and to read the iLearn@RCS handbook please contact the MSHS Campus Office.

New-Student Orientation

We look forward to meeting with all the 6th Grade Students and New 7th-12th Grade Students!

New-Student Orientation is Monday, August 19th, 3:00 p.m. in the MPR. You will meet the Executive Student Council, begin making new friends, get acquainted with the campus and ask all the questions you want! Parents will gather in the canteen at 3:15 p.m. and students will be finished by 4:15 p.m.

Back-to-School BBQ

Reserve the late afternoon/early evening of Monday, August 19th, to attend our Back-to-School BBQ featuring an all-school barbeque with the faculty doing the grilling! This event is for Kindergarten through 12th grade, and starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Middle School & High School campus in San Lorenzo. RCS will provide the basics and the Missions Team will provide the drinks. We have also incorporated the PE uniform sale into this event. We will conclude our time together with a short program that will begin at 6:30p.m. and end approximately at 7:00p.m.

Picture Day

MSHS pictures will be taken on Friday, August 23rd, beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Student Drivers Must Have A Parking Permit

The office will be issuing parking permits to student drivers beginning Wednesday, August 14th, on a first-come-first served basis. Student drivers may not park at school without a parking permit. To obtain a parking permit, student drivers need to make a refundable deposit of $20 and turn in the parking permit form mailed home with your class schedule. Please remember, that student drivers may only park in their assigned space and that your parking permit must be visible. Also remember, that the parking lot is closed to students during the school day.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

Parents, we ask that students not be dropped off at school before 7:10a.m. and that all students be picked up by 4:00p.m. (unless your child(ren) are playing sports). Students on campus between 3:00p.m. and 4:00p.m. have the choice of four locations: 1) the library; 2) the side basketball court; 3) a teacher’s classroom; or 4) in the front of the school. After 4:00p.m. students who are still on campus will need to be waiting in the front of the school.

Together, by being polite and patient, we can keep the parking lot safe!!! Because the parking lot can easily become congested we are asking you to please observe the following

· 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

mshs map

SAT Prep Class

We are offering a PSAT & SAT Prep class, to help the Sophomores and Juniors prepare for the PSAT in October, as well as for the Juniors and Seniors who will be taking the SAT. The class will be held from 9:00a.m.-12:30p.m. on 9/7, 9/14, 9/21 and 9/28. The cost: $175 until 8/29 and $185 after 8/29. The registration deadline is 9/3. Brochures will be available at the MSHS office.

Parent-Teacher Night

Tuesday, August 27th, at 7 p.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit EACH of your student’s classes and hear from the teachers concerning course content and class procedures.

Class Schedules

Schedules for MSHS students will be mailed home prior to the first day of school. Please contact Mr. Huemoeller via email ( before the start of school for any changes. Changes will be made in the order that they are received and not all changes will be possible. After the start of school no changes will be made until Tuesday, September 3 (except moving a HS student into a teacher’s aide position). Parent, counselor and possibly teacher approval are needed for class changes.

Lost and Found

Please label your student’s clothes. This will make it easier to return lost items. Clothing in the Lost and Found will be donated to a local charity at the end of each month.


All MSHS teachers will be using our Web-based school management software, RenWeb. This program allows information to flow from our campus into your homes. RenWeb has a unique ParentWeb service which allows parents and students to log-in and check lesson plans, daily homework, class progress, grades, tardies, and attendance, all under password protection, from any location via the Internet. All students are required to have an email address in order to utilize RenWeb to its fullest potential. In addition, please make sure that the office has your most recent e-mail address so that you can also receive the progress reports that are automatically emailed out each weekend.

If your e-mail address needs to be updated, please call Mrs. Kidwell (510-317-8990) or send her an e-mail (

MSHS teachers use three symbols in their RenWeb gradebooks: a grade, “P” for pending, or “M” for missing. “P” means that the assignment has been turned in but has not yet been graded, whereas “M” means that the assignment was not turned in (please ask your child why it wasn’t turned in). On the day an assignment is collected, MSHS teachers will mark either “P” or “M” in the gradebook. Rather than expecting to see a “P” changed to a grade overnight, please allow a teacher five days to correct and post “regular” assignment grades and 10 days to correct and post grades for tests, projects, and essays.

Dress Code

We are thankful for the partnership we have with our families and it is our desire that the dress code does not become a distraction with our students and families. The purpose of the dress standard at RCMSHS is four-fold: (1) to promote neatness and modesty; (2) to encourage the attitude that school is a place of instruction rather than play; (3) to enhance safety during the school day; (4) to promote school spirit and enthusiasm. By maintaining a standard of dress, we hope to encourage our students to learn how to make appropriate dress choices as Ambassadors for Christ, representing Him in all we do.

All clothing must be modest, neat and clean in appearance without frays, holes, or rips, and free from slogans, pictures, logos, etc., that are inconsistent with RCS philosophy.

Please note the following clarifications for the 2013-2014 dress code:

· For all students – In addition to wearing a shirt with a fold-over collar or a RCS t-shirt, students may also wear a pull-over hoodie sweatshirt and still be in dress code.
· For all students – The first, second, and third dress citations of the year will result in students having to “fix” the outfit. The fourth and following will result in demerits.
· For boys – The waist of pants or shorts must be around waist (not the hips), with a belt, and undergarments may not be visible.
· For girls – When wearing a skirt, dress, or shorts the hem must be 4″ from the floor when kneeling (knee length when standing).

Please ask these questions when selecting clothing and hairstyles:
· Is it immodest (I John 2:15-17)?
· Might my appearance be disruptive to learning by calling Attention to itself?
· Does my appearance identify with a negative countercultural group or a rebellious element of society?
· Does the clothing present a health or safety hazard?
· Is the clothing faded from washing, worn, or improperly fitted?
· Is the clothing designed for a purpose other than school wear?

If the answer is “yes” to any of the above, then the attire or appearance is not acceptable for school.

Please visit to review the entire dress code and remember all students need to wear either a RCS spirit tshirt, a shirt with a fold-over collar, or a pull-over hoodie

Washington, D.C. Trip!

Eighth graders and parents of eighth graders, the plans for our Washington, D.C. trip have already begun. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the many sights that have shaped our country. We will have the opportunity to see Boston, Amish country, and much of the Washington, D.C. area. This is a trip you don’t want to miss. An informational meeting will be held on September 11th.


When your child is absent, please call Mrs. Kidwell in the office at 510-317-8990, or send a note to school with your child when he or she returns. Either of these will excuse the absence. While we do grant permission to miss school for family events, we ask that you limit the number of days that your student will be gone. Please plan time out of school during no-school days.

When students know ahead of time that they will be missing school (other than for illness, doctor/dentist appointments, or funerals) they need to obtain a blue Personal Activities Permission Slip from the office. The slip is to be signed by each teacher involved, by the parent, and then by the assistant principal AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. If the absence will be for more than a day or two the permission slip should be obtained a week in advance.


Parents, we need your help!!! We need to reduce the number of tardies to first-period classes. Last there were 1125 tardies to first period. Teachers think about this as 1125 disruptions to their first-period learning environment. In 2011-2012 there were 1084 tardies, so this is a 4% increase. We need to dramatically reduce our first-period tardies.

To help reduce the first-period tardies, plan on getting your child(ren) to school by 7:45am. We know that the parking lot becomes congested but if you arrive between 7:30 and 7:45a.m. you can typically drive right up to the drop-off point. Please help us reduce the number of first-period tardies by getting your child(ren) to school early.

Here is another way to think about 1125 first period tardies. On average, a tardy student causes a 30-second disruption to class. This results in the loss of 562 instructional minutes. Another way to think about 562 instructional minutes is that it equals 11 class periods. Our first-period tardies are resulting in the loss of two weeks of first period instruction. A student walking into class automatically causes a distraction and draws the Attention away from the teacher. The way to solve this problem is to arrive at school at 7:45a.m.. Please help reduce the number of first-period tardies by arriving to school by 7:45a.m.


With only a few exceptions, RCS provides textbooks at no additional charge. One of these exceptions is that students will need to purchase, from the school, selected novels they read in English class. These novels will become the property of the students and they will be taught how to write in them.

Please remember that students are responsible for the care of their textbooks. Upon receiving a textbook, a student must write his or her name inside the front cover and then put on a book cover. For the duration of the school year, textbooks need to be properly covered and properly put away (inside a backpack or locker) when not in use. Textbooks that are not properly put away will be taken to the office and the student will be fined $1.00. In addition, the student will have to pay for damaged or lost textbooks.

Minimum Day Alert

The first Wednesday of almost every month is a minimum day, with school ending at noon. We ask that you pick your child(ren) up by 12:30p.m. so that the faculty can focus on their professional development. Minimum Days provide a block of time for the faculty to plan and coordinate the next month of instruction. Any student on campus after 12:30p.m. is required to individually study in the library.

This year’s minimum days will be on September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4 February 5, April 2, and May 7. The Daily Schedule for all Minimum Days is:

Minimum Day Schedule 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 2/5, 4/2, and 5/7

Minimun Days 2013-14

College Counselor’s Corner

Wow! It is never too early to begin thinking and planning for college. This year, our students will have many opportunities to help with their preparation for their college and career future: college fairs, meeting college reps, financial aid workshops, SAT prep classes, PSAT testing and meeting with our guidance counselor, Mrs. Cagle.

We are proud to announce the addition of Naviance to our Middle School & High School college counseling program.

Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. Naviance enables students to find college and career pathways that are right for them. Students will be able to set personalized goals, learn more about their skills and interests, and explore career options based on those interests. Naviance will also assist students in the search for colleges, apply for scholarships and track their admissions status. For more information contact


In September, seniors will meet with Mrs. Cagle to discuss their college choices, application deadlines, SAT/ACT testing, etc. They will be attending the Christian College Fair and throughout the year they will be kept informed of other college opportunities, including a pre-admission meeting with a Chabot college rep.

Juniors & Seniors

Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT Prep Class that is offered here at RCS in the fall. In October, they will be given the PSAT test. They can also attend the Christian College Fair in the fall. In the spring, Juniors will meet Mrs. Cagle to register for classes and are also encouraged to take the SAT test if they have not done so yet. Juniors should also begin visiting colleges during their summer break.

Sophomores & Freshmen

These students will be attending the Christian College Fair, as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to become aware of the many college options that will be available to them. They will be taking the PSAT test in October. They will meet with Mr. Huemoeller or Mrs. Cagle in the spring to register for classes.

SAT DATES for 2013-2014

  • October 5, 2013 (registration deadline September 6, 2013)
  • November 2, 2013 (registration deadline October 3, 2013)
  • December 7, 2013 (registration deadline November 8, 2013)
  • January 25, 2014 (registration deadline December 27, 2013)
  • March 8, 2014 (registration deadline February 7, 2014)
  • May 3, 2014 (registration deadline April 4, 2014)
  • June 7, 2014 (registration deadline May 9, 2014)

Registration fee is $50 for the SAT. For the SAT Subject Language and Listening Test the fee is $46. For all other SAT Subject Tests the fee is $35.

For more information go to:


Before you start your SAT study prep: 1) Decide what you are going to study. 2) How are you going to study? 3) When and where are you going to study?

Department of Athletics

Cleveland, Jim

Mr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Visit the RCS Athletics Home Page

Welcome Back! If you have any questions regarding programs, tryouts or scheduling, please contact the Department of Athletics. Thank you in advance for your support of the athletic program!

Practice Schedule for High School Athletics

Girls’ Volleyball (J.V. and Varsity) 

John Wilcox, COACH (Varsity); Glenn Orr, COACH (J.V.)
Conditioning, week of August 12th – 16th, 3-5 p.m.
Tryouts begin August 19th, 3-6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Neighborhood Church

Girls’ Tennis

Tryouts begin August 19th – 23rd, 3-5 p.m.
Mervin Morris Tennis Courts

Boys’ Soccer

Jason Thigpen, COACH
Conditioning begins August 5th – 9th, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Open Fields August 12th – 16th, Times 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Tryouts begin August 19th, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Cross Country

Ken Mattson, COACH
Begins August 19th, 3:10-5:10 p.m., MSHS

Middle School Sports

There will be a meeting at lunch on Thursday, August 22nd, for fall athletes (boys’ and girls’ softball). Bring your lunch! Practice schedules will be announced at the meeting. Tryouts begin August 26th. A Physical and Insurance Form will be required from all athletes before they can practice. The season runs September through October.

RCS Booster Club

Please plan to join and get involved in this exciting facet of our Department of Athletics! The Booster Club enables school parents to participate in raising funds for athletic uniforms and equipment, as well as building up school spirit. Be a member of this organization in the upcoming year! The Boosters have been a tremendous support to our athletic teams over the years. Sign-ups for the new year will begin at our Pasta Feed on August 22nd.

Trying out for Athletics?

Please leave messages for individual coaches at the Department of Athletics Office (510-317-8988). Be sure that you have completed your Physical, Insurance Form, and the Parent/Athlete Contract (click here), so that you can begin practicing with your team on the first day. You will only be allowed to participate once the form has been turned in. If additional forms are needed, they may be obtained from the MSHS campus office, from the District Office, or online at and then click on “Athletics” in late August.

Gym Clothes Sale

The 4th and 5th Grade Gym Suit Sale will be during the Back-To-School Night BBQ on Monday, August 19th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the MSHS campus. Gym clothes for MSHS students will be sold at the New-Student Orientation on August 19th beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the MPR on the MSHS campus.

The cost of the clothes will be $30 ($18 for the T-shirt and $12 for the shorts). Sweats may be red, white or navy blue. A separate pair of P.E.-only tennis shoes must be worn with the uniform. Please take care of this BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS! All students in grades 4 through 10 who are in P.E. will need gym clothes. Redwood Christian sweatshirts can also be purchased from the Booster Club at Back-to-School Night.

Boosters Back-to-School Pasta Feed and 2013-14 All-Sports Meeting for Parents and Coaches

This year’s parent/coaches meeting will be held in the MSHS MPR on Thursday, August 22nd, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a pasta feed by the Boosters, including all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, and drinks. Become a member of the Booster Club that night and receive a free dinner. At 7:00p.m., Athletic Director Jim Cleveland will begin the meeting with information related to all MSHS sports, followed by a required parent-coach meeting for all MSHS fall sports. Information about winter and spring sports will also be available at this meeting.

RCS Music Department

Cagle, Mark

Mr. Mark Cagle

The Importance of Music Martin Luther was a music lover. “Next to the Word of God,” he said, “the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world! The riches of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them.”

Music surrounds us and we wouldn’t have it any other way. An exhilarating orchestral crescendo can bring tears to our eyes and send shivers down our spines. Background soundtracks add emotional punch and brings life to movies on the big screen, your HDTV, smartphone, or tablet. Praise bands lift our spirits preparing us as we enter the throne room of God in worship. Organists at ballgames bring us together, cheering, to our feet. Parents croon soothingly to infants.

We see the importance of music in God’s Word. Multiple passages, as well as, an entire book: Psalms, refer to music or are songs to be sung. We are even commanded to sing: “Sing praises to God, sing praises. Sing praises to our King, sing praises” (Psalm 47:6, NIV). Saint Paul even exhorts the Ephesians and the Colossians “to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16).

From an article by Phillip F. Schewe titled “Music Improves Brain Function” dated November 6, 2009, we can read about the physiological importance of music:

For most people music is an enjoyable, although momentary, form of entertainment. But for those who seriously practiced a musical instrument, or used the voice, when they were young, perhaps when they played in a school orchestra or sang in the school choir, the musical experience can be something more. Recent research shows that a strong correlation exists between musical training for children and certain other mental abilities.

Laurel Trainor, director of the Institute for Music and the Mind at McMaster University in West Hamilton, Ontario, and colleagues compared preschool children who had taken music lessons with those who did not. Those with some training showed larger brain responses on a number of sound recognition tests given to the children. Her research indicated that musical training appears to modify the brain’s auditory cortex.

Can larger claims be made for the influence on the brain of musical training? Does training change thinking or cognition in general?

Trainor again says yes. Even a year or two of music training leads to enhanced levels of memory and Attention when measured by the same type of tests that monitor electrical
and magnetic impulses in the brain.

“We therefore hypothesize that musical training (but not necessarily passive listening to music) affects Attention and memory, which provides a mechanism whereby musical
training might lead to better learning across a number of domains,” Trainor said.

Trainor suggested that the reason for this is that the motor and listening skills needed to play an instrument in concert with other people appears to heavily involve Attention, memory and the ability to inhibit actions. Merely listening passively to music to Mozart — or any other composer — does not produce the same changes in Attention and memory.

Harvard University researcher Gottfried Schlaug has also studied the cognitive effects of musical training. Schlaug and his colleagues found a correlation between early-childhood training in music and enhanced motor and auditory skills as well as improvements in verbal ability and nonverbal reasoning.

The scientists also discovered that different instruments appear to cause a varying modification within the brain.

Changes in the brains of singers occur in slightly different locations than those seen for keyboard or string players.

I am so thankful that our school’s administration and school board see the importance of music here at Redwood Christian Schools. I hope you too as a parent realize the importance music can have on your child’s education and that you would encourage him/her to be involved in some type of music class: choir, strings, band. Let’s make this next school year a memorable year for our students who participate to glorify God through singing or playing an instrument.

Middle School High School Castro Valley RCS Teacher

Mr. Doug McClure

Well, it is hard to believe that summer is nearly over and it is back to school! I’m looking forward to another banner year this year in the RCS instrumental music program! If it is anything like last year, we have an exciting year ahead of us! All returning instrumental students who were in an ensemble last year, make sure that you sign up for Band or Strings before the deadlines hit after school resumes in August. Some sections in Elementary Band are nearly full already for next year due to the high number of returning students to Band and Strings.

Elementary students, don’t miss “Back to Band/Strings” night at the elementary campus on Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:00p.m.

This is an extremely important meeting to ensure that your child gets to participate this year! MSHS instrumental students be sure to check with the MSHS office to secure your Band or Strings elective this year.

They say that “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so here are a few highlights from last year that I am proud to share with you!

RAD 1Second semester’s RAD dinners featured a brass quartet that included Andrew Otteson on tuba and Steve Ghant, Cody Fryling, and Daniel Chu playing trumpet. They were a wonderful addition to this annual event at RCS. Great job, gentlemen!

The Festival of Fine Arts was a big success this spring as all Band, Strings, Choir, Drama, and Art students gathered to share their talents for an enthusiastic audience! Here a few pictures from that great event.


A dream came true for me this spring. After being invited to minister in music for the California State Prayer Breakfast in Sacramento in May, I put in a request to include an RCS instrumental student, Steve Ghant, for the National Anthem! My request was granted and Steve Ghant had the privilege of ministering in music for the Lord and the top leaders of California’s government. All of the State Senators and Legislators were invited as well as Governor Brown. It was a packed-out prayer event modeled after the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC each year with the President of the United States and leaders from around the world. Here are a few pics from the event as RCS student, Steve Ghant, is used by the Lord to reach out with his talent to touch the leaders of our state.










RCS Global

Warner, Ben

Mr. Ben Warner

What an exciting time to be a part of the ministry of Redwood Christian Schools! God is bringing the nations to us in the form of international students! Last year over twenty international students graduated from RCS. Each has been sent out into the world with an understanding of God’s love. It was exciting last year to watch some of our international students make decisions to follow Christ. Several of us were able to be present to watch one of our students get baptized! Over 90% of our international graduates have gone on to four-year colleges and universities including: UC Davis, UC Riverside, University of Oregon, University of San Francisco, Penn. St., Michigan St., Washington St., San, San Jose St., and several others.

I would like to say, “Thank you,” to so many of our RCS families who have stepped forward to become host families either through the RCS Global housing program or with an agency that helps bring these students to our school. I am confident that the ministry taking place in the homes as you live life together has a greater impact spiritually on the students then what we are teaching at the school. Your faith on display is going to make an eternal difference.

Our Host Family Orientation is on August 6 at 7:00p.m. at our MSHS Campus.

If you are hosting international students during the 2013-2014 school year, this event is for you, even if you have hosted previously. This will be a great time to gain valuable information and ideas for hosting international students and to connect with other families who have hosted in the past to form a sense of support and community.

We anticipate thirty new international students will join us in the fall. Our program will be right around seventy-five when school begins. Week ONE (Orientation to a New Environment) begins August 12 at 1:00p.m. at the MSHS campus. Week ONE runs every day through Friday, August 16. Each day we will introduce our students to the school and spend time helping them understand all that will be required of them. We will also take the students off campus for some fun activities including the beach, San Francisco, and an Oakland A’s game!

With the growth in our international student program, we are excited to add Miss Erin Suth to our staff full-time. Miss Suth is a blessing to our staff and students with her creativity, energy, and loving manner. Miss Suth will teach our English Skills classes and assist with TOEFL prep classes in addition to her Drama responsibilities in our Fine Arts

October 16-20 is our annual Southern California College Tour

This year we will visit schools in the Santa Barbara and Northern Los Angeles areas. This is a great opportunity for our students to visit colleges and to learn about the requirements for college applications and acceptance. The college tour is open to all Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

My prayer for this next school year is that as students from around the world connect with our students and families that we will be able to echo the words of Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” What a vision to have all of the students on our campus, regardless of nationality, connected in and through Christ!

Home School Program

Mrs. Sue Abbott

Can you believe it? The start of school is just around the corner. Where did our summer go? We have 28 homeschool students ready to start the school year. It’s not too late to join them! Some will be taking on-campus classes with the RCS day-school students, some will be participating in sports, some will be in the RCS PSP. RCS wants to partner with you to help meet the educational goals you have established for your children. Come to the New Parent Information night Thursday, August 1, 7:00 p.m., at the Redwood Elementary Campus: 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. You may want to checkout the web site for information or you can call Mrs. Abbott at 510-676-0094. Let us know how we can help you meet those goals!


Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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