Parent News Bulletin August/September/October 2015

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson, Superintendent

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. This is a very big year for Redwood Christian Schools as we celebrate our 46th year of ministry! The theme this year is “Seek,” which is one of our primary responsibilities to parents who entrust their children to the ministry of Redwood Christian Schools for the last forty-six years. We must all work together to teach our students to “Seek” the Truth in every daily situation to help ensure that our students do not get caught up in worldly teaching. And seeking does not only apply to our students as all of us must continually be on guard. Our school verse for 2015-16 is Matthew 6:33 (ESV): But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

The more we Seek Him, the stronger our desire to Seek Him becomes. We teach our students to Seek Jesus because we love Him and by seeking Him daily, we will know him better each day. We have been daily teaching and modeling seeking Jesus to the students in our classrooms since Redwood Christian Schools was founded in 1970. Our students are prepared by loving teachers professionally and Biblically ready for the challenges that occur in every school.

When you pick up your personal copy of the RCS 2015-16 Calendar at the Back to School BBQ on FRIDAY August 14, (note the day change), please read through each month’s verse with your family and continue to seek Him, the source of all Truth.

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

The First Day of School is Monday, August 17.
If you have delayed re-enrolling, please do not wait to contact Mrs. Roberts at

New Faculty Members in 2015-16

Please be sure to search out and greet teachers new to RCS. Please meet and welcome our new faculty members at our upcoming Back-to-School BBQ on Friday, August 14 at our MSHS. We are so blessed!

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 Monday, August 17! Be sure to attend our Back-to-School BBQ on Friday, August 14 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 balloon artist, face painting, games and other activities will precede a short dedication program for the 2015-16 school year beginning at 6:30 P.M. Hot dogs and chips will be provided at no cost, soft drinks will be available through 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. In addition to receiving the Official 46th Anniversary Collectors Edition of the Redwood Christian Schools Calendar, your will receive an official RCS bumper magnet for the 2015-16 school year and the RCS cup. 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. 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.

Importance of E-mail at RCS

Having a current e-mail account is important for receiving news, school information and critical updates from RCS. I also recommend that parents regularly visit our website at as well as join the RCS Facebook community. If you do not have an e-mail account, I recommend establishing one. Please let us know of any updates to your e-mail address so that we can be sure to update our information. Thank you

Unsubscribing from RCS E-mail

Please do not be tempted to unsubscribe from RCS e-mail, as this tool is used to communicate valuable information to our school community. Too often families have been inconvenienced when they failed to receive an important notice that was e-mailed to them because they had deleted themselves from the list.
Unsubscribing will remove you from all RCS e-mail.

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.

46th Annual Dinner

Please plan to join us on October 19, 2015, 6:00 P.M., at Canyon View in San Ramon (same location as last year) as we celebrate our forty-six years of ministry! The dinner is sponsored by RCS Supporters and is for adults only, so plan now if you need childcare so you can attend. 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.

Important “NO SCHOOL” days for 2015-16

No school days 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 past and upcoming RCS events is We also have a Facebook page! 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 at or going directly to


What is RenWeb? It is school management software that will enable parents to go on-line 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 e-mail 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!


Call your campus or email me at

General Information

Tuition Payments
When paying FACTS directly, please log into your online account or pay by phone. Cash payments must be made at an RCS office.
When paying tuition or fees by check, use RCS or Redwood Christian Schools as the payee. DO NOT mail checks to FACTS.

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 incident 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.


Redwood Christian Elementary

Mr. Dale Huemoeller, Principal

I believe one of the most important gifts we can give our children is the gift of developing healthy disciplines. Helping your child create sound habits now will help them to see the importance of boundaries which will help them as they move from your house to their own homes. Here are a few things you can do to help your child develop those healthy disciplines:

  1. Be a good role model – What is important to you is what is important to your child. As they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

  2. Be an encourager – Children tend to respond to words of affirmation quicker, with a better attitude and with a greater appreciation. Also, children tend to stick with something they love.

  3. Be realistic – Setting realistic goals and limits is the key to adopting any new behavior. Small steps and gradual changes can make a big difference.

  4. Get the whole family involved – Habits are not easy to change or create. Getting everyone on the same page makes for a more cohesive family experience.

  5. Stay involved – Good habits are hard to make just like bad habits are hard to break. Practical life lesson disciplines may not be easy to develop, however, the benefits far outweigh the struggles you may come up against. The fruits of your labors will not appear immediately; but when they do, you’ll be thankful you took the time.

Helping to make the start of a new year a smooth one

• You may already be shopping for classroom supplies and school clothing. Be sure to refer to the Classroom Supply lists and the Dress Code available on the school website at Click on “Student Information” for both School Supply lists and Dress Code. Please be sure to read these over carefully. If you have any questions regarding classroom supplies or dress code, please give us a call at 510-537-4288.

• 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.

• Reserve Friday, August 14 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/High School campus in San Lorenzo (1000 Paseo Grande). Hot dogs and chips will be provided at no cost, soft drinks will be available through the High School Missions Team and desserts by our high school Executive Student Council. Please be aware that the 4th and 5th Grade PE uniforms/Bible Sale will be at this event (all 4th and 5th graders are required to have an ESV Bible with a concordance for the 2015-16 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.

• On Friday, August 14, 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!

The first day of school is Monday, August 17

Upcoming Important Dates

August 14 Back-to-School BBQ
August 14 RCE Open House
August 17 First Day of School
August 26 RCE Grades 4 & 5 Parent-Teacher Night
August 27 RCE Grades K – 3 Parent-Teacher Night

September 1 Royal Choir Auditions Grades 4 & 5
September 1 Elementary Back-to-Band Parents Meeting at RCE
September 3 Royal Choir Auditions Grades 4 & 5
September 7 Labor Day – No School – No EDC
September 8 Elementary Band Begins (Tues/Thurs)
September 9 Elementary Advanced Band Begins (Wed/Fri)
September 11 Patriots Day Chapel at RCE
September 15 Royal Choir Begins
September 22 Kindergarten Parents Pre-VDB Meeting
September 23 RCE Vision Screening
September 28 Jump Start Begins
September 30 RCE Photo Day

October 9 Teacher Prep Day – No School; EDC Open at RCE
October 15 -16 No School – EDC Open at RCE

For the safety of our children, please observe these traffic rules

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, although 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.

Starting Monday, August 17 (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 will 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.
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.

Need Help Getting Around the RCE Campus?

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

Extended Day Care (EDC)

(for K through 8th grade)

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

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

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)

Where? Redwood Christian Elementary Campus.

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)

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

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 in to 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.

If you pay the year’s flat-rate amount in full by August 10th, you will receive a 2% discount off of your year’s EDC fees.

Forms are available in the school offices, or you may download an Enrollment Form through the website.


Middle School & High School Campus

Mr. Al Hearne, Principal

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 every 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 continue to use the school e-mail address and free Apple ID as part of his or her digital learning experience. New high school students will be given these same tools. Students will be required to use their school-issued e-mail address for all correspondence with teachers. The Bible faculty will continue to provide instruction on respectful and responsible digital citizenship units as part of the curriculum designed to teach students how to live safe, God-honoring, digital lives.

There will be two iPad Orientations Thursday August 13 at 10am or 11am for grades 9-12.
There will only be one iPad Orientation on Friday, August 14, at 8:30am for grades 9-12.

Both students and parents are required to sign the iLearn@RCS Technology Agreement. Returning students will be receiving the same iPad that they used last year. In order to simplify the management of apps, RCS provides the paid apps that students are required to use and asks that students download the required apps that are free. An iPad insurance policy can be purchased through RCS for $110.00 or iPad and case insurance (one time replacement) can be purchased for $150.

New-Student Orientation

We look forward to meeting with all the 6th Grade Students and New 7th-12th Grade Students! New-Student Orientation is Friday, August 14th, 3:00 PM 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 PM and students will be finished by 4:15 PM.

Back-to-School BBQ

Reserve Friday August 14th, 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. Hot dogs and chips will be provided at no cost, soft drinks will be available through the High School Missions Team and desserts by our high school Executive Student Council. 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 6:30 PM and end approximately at 7:00 PM.

Student Drivers Must Have A Parking Permit

The office will be issuing parking permits to student drivers beginning Tuesday, August 11th, 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 and students may not leave until 3:00 PM to help with safety and traffic congestion.

Student Drop Off and Pickup

Parents, we ask that students not be dropped off at school before 7:10 AM, and that all students be picked up by 4:00 PM (unless your child[ren] are playing sports). Remind your student to be waiting for you in the pick-up zone if you are coming for them between 2:50 PM – 3:00 PM. Students on campus between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM have the choice of being in four locations: 1) the library; 2) the side basketball court; 3) a teacher’s classroom; or 4) in the front of the school. After 4:00 PM 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 guidelines:


• be patient and courteous when dropping off and picking up your children
• drive slowly over the speed bumps
• observe crosswalks carefully
• make the full loop and do not cut through the student parking spaces
• keep moving forward in the pickup 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


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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 9/5, 9/12, 9/19 and 9/26. The cost: $175 until 8/22 and $185 after 8/21.
The registration deadline is 8/28. Brochures will be available at the MSHS office.

Parent-Teacher Night

Tuesday, August 25th, at 6:00 PM. 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 Miss McGrath via e-mail ( 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 2 (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 find lost items. Clothing in the Lost and Found will be donated to a local charity at the end of each month. Please avoid bringing expensive items to school. If you can’t afford to lose it, it probably shouldn’t come to school (electronic items included).


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 e-mail 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 e-mailed 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 at (

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 2015-2016 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 an approved 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 the 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 counter-cultural 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 t-shirt, a shirt with a fold-over collar even with a pull-over hoodie sweatshirt.

6th Grade Outdoor Education Week
September 28 – October 1

The 6th graders will be heading off for a week of classes and fun at the Mt. Gilead Conference Center in Sebastopol, CA. The Genesis Account of American Outdoor Schools will provide the instruction for the classes and the camp staff will provide all meals. RCS will transport students on a school bus so we have everyone together. The cost is $265 per student and payment will be made through your school FACTS account. Permission slips will be sent home the first week of school and a parent meeting will take place on Monday, August 31 at 7pm.

8th Grade 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 9th.


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, thank you for your help!!! We reduced our first period tardies by 42% in 2014-15. There were only 656 tardies to first period. In 2013-14 there were 1125 first period tardies. Let’s continue to work together.

To help reduce the first-period tardies, plan on getting your child(ren) to school by 7:45 AM. We know that the streets leading to the school parking lot become congested as does the parking lot but if you arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 AM 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 656 first period tardies. On average, a tardy student causes a 30-second disruption to class. This results in the loss of 328 instructional minutes. Another way to think about 328 instructional minutes is that it equals 7 class periods. Our first-period tardies are resulting in the loss of one week 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 7:45 AM. Please help reduce the number of first-period tardies by arriving to school by 7:45 AM.


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 12:30 PM 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. The school bus will leave at 12:10 to transport students into Castro Valley.

This year’s minimum days will be on September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2, February 3, & May 4.

Minimum Day Schedule
9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 2/3, and 5/4

Period Time Amount of time
Period 1 8:00 – 8:30 30
Period 2 8:35 – 9:05 30
Period 3 9:10 – 9:40 30
Period 4 9:45 – 10:15 30
Break 10:15 – 10:25 10
Period 5 & 6 10:25 – 10:50 25
Period 7 10:55 – 11:25 30
Period 8 11:30 – 12:00 30


College Counselor’s Corner

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 trips and 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.


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 representative.

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.

SAT Dates for 2015-2016

October 3, 2015 (registration deadline September 3, 2015)
November 7, 2015 (registration deadline October 9, 2015)
December 5, 2015 (registration deadline November 5, 2015)
January 23, 2016 (registration deadline December 28, 2015)
March 5, 2016 (registration deadline February 5, 2016)
May 7, 2016 (registration deadline April 8, 2016)
June 4, 2016 (registration deadline May 5, 2016)

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Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim Cleveland, Director

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Welcome Back!

If you have any questions regarding programs, tryouts or scheduling, please contact the Department of Athletics at 510-317-8988. 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); TBA, COACH (J.V.)
Conditioning, week of August 10th – 13th, 3-5:30 p.m.
Tryouts begin August 17th, 3-6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
Neighborhood Church

Girls’ Tennis
Tryouts begin August 17th – 21st, 3-5 p.m.
Mervin Morris Tennis Courts

Boys’ Soccer
Greg Hinton, COACH
Conditioning begins August 3rd – 7th
Tryouts begin August 17th, 3:10-6:00 p.m.

Cross Country
Ken Mattson, COACH
Begins August 17th, 3:10-5:00 p.m., MSHS

Middle School Sports

There will be sign-ups for fall athletes (boys’ baseball and girls’ softball) the first week of school. Tryouts begin August 24th. A Physical and Insurance Form will be required from all athletes before they can practice. The season runs September through October. Practices and games follow a Monday-Thursday schedule most weeks with a couple Friday games if scheduling requires.

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 20th. Come and visit our table at the Back to School BBQ.

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, 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 held at the Back-To-School Night BBQ on Friday, August 14th, 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 14th 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 be purchased from the Booster Club beginning at Back-to-School Night, August 14th.

Boosters Back-to-School Pasta Feed and 2015-16 All-Sports Meeting for Parents and Coaches

This year’s parent/coaches meeting will be held in the MSHS MPR on Thursday, August 20th, 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 7:00 p.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

Mr. Mark Cagle

Sing Together And Connect

“One of the most significant neuroscientific contributions in recent times involves the linking of the hormone oxytocin with singing. If there is such a thing as a morality hormone, oxytocin just might be it. Oxytocin is a hormone produced by the brain that contributes to feelings of trust, generosity, compassion, kindness, caring and empathy for the people around you.

An activity that leads to the highest levels of oxytocin production is singing, and in particular, singing in choirs. Therefore, singing together can transform people to a more receptive frame of mind for bonding with one another. We have been aware of the health benefits of singing in a choir for some time, such as the ‘feel good’ factor, the boost in self-esteem, a lowering of stress levels, and socialisation benefits. We know that choristers feel happier, more energetic, and more relaxed after a rehearsal. Now we understand why from a scientific perspective, as neuroscientific investigation contributes to a growing body of evidence.

Oxytocin is stimulated when people sing together. Singing together generates trust and harmony among people, and trustworthiness is an essential factor for prosperity and happiness. Perhaps this is why primitive peoples and tribes have always sung together. To survive, communities need to establish loyalty and trust. Trust is one of the most precious commodities in life. Does oxytocin point to a chemistry of morality? Moral codes are based on empathy, connectedness, and generosity, and these qualities prosper with the release of oxytocin. Will this revelation spark a new impetus for the establishment of school, community, and even corporate choral programs?”

“Supporting emotional health is of fundamental importance for communities, and very clearly, choirs achieve this. Having a performance outlet is also valuable; there is something quite empowering and pleasurable about transmitting an aesthetic experience to others. What’s more, people gain increased confidence through public performance. Self-confidence, which is related to self-esteem, is enhanced through involvement with a choir.

There is no doubt that choral singing is good for physical health. The full body experience that is singing requires Attention to posture and various body muscles. There is a connection between the emotional and physical. When we are stressed, it affects our body. Blood pressure, pulse rate, body temperature can all increase. We can become tense and suffer ailments such as headaches and insomnia. Activities that alleviate stress reduce these physical health problems. Music-the most emotional and centripetal of the arts-has a unique capacity to moderate our emotions.”

(Excerpts from ‘Bumblebee: Rounds & Warm-ups for Choirs by Michael Griffin)

We see the importance and benefits of singing also, and more importantly, 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). The apostle Paul even exhorts the Ephesians and the Colossians “to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to The Lord.” Col. 3:16 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”).

So as the choir director for Redwood Christian Schools, parents let me reiterate the importance of having your child singing in a choir to promote physical, emotional, and mental health; social skills, trust and harmony among the singers, and morality. Is there any better way of praising our Creator than with the voice in song? As I look forward to the 2015-2016 school year, I hope to see many of our RCS students enrolled in one of the choirs at school.

Rise up singing His praise!
Mr. Cagle

RCS Global

Mr. Ben Warner

International Student Program

One of the most exciting opportunities our students are able to participate in is the RCHS Missions trip. March 26-April 4, 2015, 19 students and four staff traveled to the Navajo Nation (in New Mexico and Arizona) and partnered with several different ministries. Our students were incredible. They worked tirelessly and were a huge encouragement to everyone they came in contact with.

The projects the team worked on include:

  1. Building an extension to a house at Western Indian Ministries that is being remodeled into a dormitory. Our students were key in completing the preparation to pour the foundation for the new extension on the dorm.
  2. Intentionally connecting with and encouraging the missionary families at Western Indian Ministries and teachers of Hilltop Christian School.

  3. Putting on a carnival at Hilltop Christian School in Window Rock, Arizona to help recruit families to the school for next year. The school is expanding from just Preschool through 4th grade to Preschool through 6th grade.

  4. Return to Good News Church in Houck, AZ and be a part of the worship services there. Students shared testimonies and helped in leading a few worship songs for the Navajo church.

Western Indian Ministries has a radio station as a part of its ministry. Each day that we were with them, a handful of our students went through their offices singing to and with them and praying over the staff of the radio ministry. This was a powerful and encouraging time for those who are a part of the radio ministry there. Our students were even invited to do a live segment where they were able to explain what we were doing there, share God’s love, and sing worship songs on the air!

The team also had the opportunity to help lead worship and to share testimonies as several church services and youth groups.
I cannot express how proud I am of each student that was a part of the trip this year. Our students worked so hard with an incredible sense of joy and unity. They took advantage of each opportunity to love and build others up. They did an amazing job of putting their faith into action!

The team was made up of 12 Seniors, 7 Juniors, and 4 staff:
Isaac Abuyen, Samantha Avolicino, Lily Bankas, Alicia Castaneda, Hyeon Jun Cheon, Ocean Cunha, Annie Diaz-Ambrosia, Gary Fields, Maxwell Goodell, Austin Harris, Lisa Kady, Christopher Leung, Michael Lum, Michelle Mejia, Heidi Nam, Katie Nelson, Matt Schibler, Jesse Stephens, Sally Truong, Mrs. Megan Boyd, Mrs. Louise Magee, Mr. Greg Hinton, and Mr. Ben Warner.

Thank you to all of the RCS Family for your support through prayer and through your finances to help make this trip a possibility.


RCS Home School Program

Mrs. Sue Abbott, Director

Congratulations to High School graduates Justine Brown, Louis Busch and Joshua Lim. These students did an outstanding job while in the RCS Private Satellite Program. They participated in sports (Basketball, Baseball and Tennis) and in on-campus classes along with their home studies.

The partnership between Redwood Christian Schools and families that home school their children is a win-win situation! The school benefits by having high achieving, motivated students involved in on-campus activities and the families benefit by being able to access on-campus classes, sports, activities and by receiving a High School Diploma from RCS.

What a blessing all of the home school families are to me personally and to RCS! Thank you for sharing your students!

Last Day of Bus Service is May 19.

Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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