Parent News Bulletin Jan-Feb 2013

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson, Superintendent –

Bruce D. Johnson, Sr.Greetings! I trust all is well with your family. Please know that you are prayed for individually and collectively. 2013 is coming!

January always has special meaning for me as it was January 1969 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Please don’t hesitate to corner me sometime and ask me to share the incredible story of how I was brought to the saving knowledge of Jesus. And it was at Redwood Chapel, the founding church of Redwood Christian Schools, too! And be sure to ask me about the “blonde” I saw in the choir that first day who I said I would someday marry — and did! I praise God for Linda, my wife of forty-three years.

It is obvious that the Christmas-New Year season has many memories for me. I trust that you will “gather the tribe” (family) around you this busiest of seasons and make time to reflect on Who the Lord truly is in your life and the lives of your children. John 1:34 states, “I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.” If you don’t know Him, please ask me to introduce you to Him. What a great way to enter 2013!

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

Thank you for your commitment to provide a Christ-centered education for your child(ren). It is an investment that pays eternal dividends. Your faithfulness is very evident. We realize that this is not without great sacrifice by you. We appreciate you, and count it a privilege to partner with you.

Re-enrollment is coming! You should have received your re-enrollment instructions for the 2013-14 school year in your e-mail. Please contact me at, if you have not received this information. Again this year, Re-enrollment will be completed on-line through your RenWeb account. If you need help, please simply contact one of our campus offices for assistance. Please complete this task no later than January 9. If for whatever reason you are unable to re-enroll on-line, we will have paper copies available for you at the District Office. Please read the rest of this article and it will all make sense why you should not put off re-enrolling!

Redwood Appreciation Dinners (RAD) and School Update Presentation You are invited to the third annual Redwood Appreciation Dinner (RAD) and School Update Presentation on January 10 or 11, 2013! The evenings are family-oriented and school-age children are welcome. Choose the date that works best for you! The meal will be free as our way of saying “Thank You” for your faithfulness and re-enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. This is going to be a very special dinner and meeting, and free to everyone who attends — children and their parents/guardians! Students are not permitted to attend without a parent/guardian. Please read this letter in its entirety.

As our way of saying “Thank you for your Faithfulness,” three partial tuition scholarships will be awarded each night: $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000. You must be re-enrolled and present to win. Parents re-enrolling by Wednesday, January 9, will receive two drawing tickets. Parents re-enrolling on January 10 or 11 will receive one drawing ticket. Parents/guardians must be present for the drawing. These partial tuition scholarships are being funded by a school supporter who wants to encourage parents to commit early for the 2013-14 school year.

The drawing for the partial tuition scholarships will be restricted to only families who have re-enrolled for the 2013-14 school year. Faculty, staff and board of RCS and international students are ineligible. The scholarships awarded are good only for 2013-14 RCS students. There are a limited number of seats both nights, so reservations are required and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. After re-enrolling online, be sure to make your reservations!

If you choose not to attend the dinner served at 6:15pm, you must still be present at the School Update Presentation at 7:15pm to be eligible to win one of the scholarship drawings. Re-enrollment for 2013-14 is also required for drawing eligibility. For those not attending the dinner, you must arrive by 7pm to register and receive your ticket (s), before the presentation begins.

To make reservations for the evening, please e-mail Valerie Wolf at or call her at 510-889-7526. If you plan to only attend the School Update Presentation, please let Mrs. Wolf know. Thank you.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. each night. There will be a delicious pasta dinner, followed by the School Update Presentation, which will share what is happening at RCS and announce changes that are coming! We are looking forward to having all of our eligible families present. The school-age children attending will be served pizza and presented a special program just for them. They will be supervised by faculty, with assistance by our high school student leaders. Older students who attend must remain with their parents/guardians throughout the evening.

We are going to have a great time on January 10 and 11! RCS faculty will be serving the delicious catered dinner each night. Both evenings are for families with children currently in grades K-11. They will be held at our Redwood Elementary Campus which is located at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. We are hoping that 100% of our current families choose to re-enroll and participate in this new event!

We look forward to receiving your RSVP for the dinner and/or program, and be sure to re-enroll so that your family can be part of this tremendous opportunity.

RSVPs are required.

What Happens If We Wait to Re-enroll? Families who re-enroll after February 1st pay a higher re-enrollment fee and risk having classes/programs filled by new students. If you have not received your family’s re-enrollment e-mail, please call the District office at 510-889-7526. Re-enrollment by February 1st and your 2012-13 tuition account guarantee that a classroom seat will be held for your child(ren) until June 10 when the first tuition payment for 2013-14 is due.

Changes in Tuition Management Effective in 2013-14, we will be using a third-party administrator – FACTS, for our tuition management. Families who select the ACH (Automatic Clearing House) program may pay tuition as late as the 20th of each month. Many of us use ACH to pay for utilities, garbage and other recurring monthly expenses. Families who elect to pay monthly by check or cash must continue to pay by the 10th of each month to avoid a late fee. Redwood will no longer accept tuition payments via credit/debit card or PayPal. Savings realized by not accepting credit cards for tuition payments help enable the lower tuition increase for 2013-14. We encourage parents who pay monthly to select the ACH option. In fact, we will pay the $46 annual FACTS charge for our ACH families. The ACH option will enable the school to be as efficient as possible.

Please note the following advantages in using the FACTS system for tuition payment handling:

  • Convenient online payment plan sign-up
  • Maintain your demographic and financial account information online 24/7
  • Automatic withdrawal with ACH as late as the 20th of the month with no late fees 
  • Receive e-mail payment reminders before your payment is due
  • Online tuition payments
  • Multiple payment options
  • Security: FDIC insured, PCI compliant, Red flags compliant
  • Web-based interface in real time for account viewing 24/7, including mobile devices.

Questions? Please contact our Business Manager, Ed Hubbard at or 510-889-7526.

Importance of having, checking and using e-mail daily to be sure you receive information from RCS I cannot stress enough how critical it is for everyone associated with RCS to have an e-mail account and check it regularly for information from RCS to our families. I also recommend that parents periodically visit our website as well as join the RCS Facebook community. If you do not have an e-mail account, I recommend creating a gmail account. It does not cost anything and it is the provider we use at RCS, so communications do not get dumped into a spam file. Re-enrollment will again be completed on-line for the 2013-14 school year to simplify the process and ensure accuracy of the information provided. If you need help establishing an e-mail account, please let me know.

We are always looking for Host Families for International Students We are always looking for prospective Host Families for international students, who come to RCS to attend school. As RCS is not a boarding school, we are not equipped to be guardians/hosts to these young people. However, we can recommend good families who have a heart for Jesus and a desire to show these students a Christian home and their walk with Him. The amount each student pays monthly for room and board is made by agreement between the host family and the student’s family or representative and is usually around $1200. It is truly a win-win for both the international student (being able to attend RCS and live with an American family) and the family (helping with the cost of tuition). Please contact Deborah Wright at or 510-889-7526 for more information.

Name Change of Concept Help Program to Academic Assistance Program Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the current Concept Help (including PEACH and Basic Ed) programs will be called the Academic Assistance Program and will have three sections, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The program will continue to be the same outstanding program it is today.

Homecoming Basketball Games and Program Plan to join with other RCS families at our Homecoming Basketball Games and Program on Saturday, January 26, at Canyon Middle School! Look for further information via email. This is a “Don’t Miss” event each year! Students of all ages have a GREAT time and concessions will be sold. Bring the whole family!

RCS Parents-Only E-mail List If you did NOT get an e-mail entitled “Re-enrollment is coming – beginning Monday, January 7!” from me, it means that I do not have your e-mail address as part of my “RCS Parents-Only E-mail List.” Please send your e-mail address to me at so that you do not miss out on any important news!

Possible tuition grants for qualified RCS families for the 2013-14 school year To apply for a Tuition Grant, go to the Tuition Grants page. To assist us in funding tuition grants requests, all applicants are required to also apply, as applicable, to the BASIC Fund for grades K-8, and The Guardsmen Scholarship Program for grades K-6 if you are on a guardsman scholarship this year.

New applications are required for each school year. Plan to apply to FAST and the outside funds between January 1 and February 15, 2013. If you are not accepted for outside funding for 2013-14, apply for 2014-15. Please do not call for an application from the outside funding organizations until January 1, and then follow their lead.

If you are awarded a tuition grant from Redwood Christian Schools, you will be notified, usually within 30 days of application, the first notification is scheduled for April 30th. The award will include any funding from the outside organizations listed above. Failure to apply for outside funding will negatively impact your tuition grant award.

Letters to the Superintendent I am thankful for the many letters, telephone calls and e-mails of encouragement and suggestions I receive each year. The notes of encouragement you and your children sent me to read at our recent Faculty-Staff-Board Fellowship were very special! When writing or e-mailing me, always enclose your name so that I can contact you for clarification or to just say “Thank You!” It is my policy to not read anonymous letters. Please also include a subject-line in all e-mails so your message is not deleted by mistake. Thanks!

Questions? Call your campus or e-mail me at

General Information

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

Donate While you Shop Log into and click Family of Merchants to see which of your favorite stores electronically donates to RCS. You can register through this website to support your school! Click Online Mall to donate to Redwood when you make a purchase at several online stores, including Amazon, Dell, Groupon, Home Depot, Nordstrom and Walmart.

Redwood Christian Elementary

Mr. Mike Kady, Principal

Elementary PrincipalLarge Turnout for the RCE Family Bowling Event A large number of students, parents and RCE friends turned out Saturday, November 3, for a time of fellowship and bowling at Village Bowl in Castro Valley. Twenty-two lanes were filled with bowlers from those in Kindergarten to grandparents, as nearly 110 tickets were pre-sold for the event.

Harvest Day: Giving Praise and Thanks A time of gathering around a great meal and offering our thanks to God occurred at the Harvest Day feast on November 15 and 16. Students, many dressed as Pilgrims and Indians, joined family and fellow classmates in the RCE gym for the annual potluck offering a variety of tasty foods prepared by our parents. Staff and pastors of Redwood Chapel Community Church were also able to join as our special guests on Thursday. Before each feast, Mr. Kady led us in a short time of reflection and giving thanks. Friday’s potlucks also featured a time of hula praise, performed by Susan Graffe of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, the aunt of 4th grade student Makayla Massone. A big “Thank You” is given to Mrs. Chia, who faithfully spent many hours behind the scenes organizing this great event, and for our parents, who prepared all of the scrumptious foods for our meal.

Ministering to the World: Operation Christmas Child Once again Redwood Christian Elementary showed love and generosity to others. Families packed shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, and other small items for Operation Christmas Child, run by the Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse and led by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. Miss Masin’s first grade elves went from class to class on November 14th collecting the shoe boxes, which completely filled Mrs. DeMann’s truck and Mrs. Dodson’s van. The Grand Total? 248 shoe boxes! Special thanks to Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) who joined with us in this world-wide, Christ-honoring ministry!

Ministering to Our Community: Harbor House Christmas is the season for giving, and Harbor House Ministries in Oakland gratefully received food and new toys donated by RCE families through our Harbor House Food and Toy Drive. The food helped replenish their food pantry depleted by the Thanksgiving season. The new toys became part of Harbor House’s Christmas Store, enabling parents in the local community to afford Christmas gifts for their children as well as supporting the employment of youth from the area who are paid from the proceeds.

Despite the blustery, wet weather, Mr. Kady and Mr. Ball, joined by fifth grade students Morgan Carlton, Olivia Clausen, Dennis Fernandes, Andy Kernycky, Kharena Magana, and Hannah Severs, delivered the donations to Harbor House on November 28.

In a recent e-mail received from Harbor House, it reads, “The amount of need we are encountering is staggering. Just this week, while distributing food to the families of the children in our after school program, many parents expressed their deep gratitude for all that Harbor House is doing for their families.” Thank you, RCE parents and students, for your generosity to this ministry. For more information about Harbor House Ministries, please visit their website:

Bibles Awarded Congratulations to our newest Victory Drill reading champions who have passed page 50 in Victory Drill: Julia Angotti, David Burnett, Matthew Burnett, Ethan Caliwag, Lara Cha, Emily Doehne, Caleb Francis, Savannah Hines, Danielle Lacy, Isaiah Macedo, Danny Milligan, Keilani Montoya, Chisom Nwebube, Shelby Smith, Jacob Tang, Joseph Tong-Schmidt, Sydney Walters, and Gideon Warneke.

Upcoming Events

RAD (Redwood Appreciation Dinner) January 10 and 11 (Choose the night that works better for you!) What can be better than a free dinner and program (featuring some our talented students, of course!) to say “Thank You” to all of our RCS parents AND have the opportunity to win a partial tuition scholarship* for your child next year? As space is limited for the dinners, be sure to call Valerie Wolf at the District Office and RSVP for either one of these evenings. Each dinner is open to all RCS families, elementary and secondary. The dinners will begin in the gym at RCE, and doors open at 5:45 p.m. Childcare (including pizza) for school-age children will be provided in Room A3 both evenings.

*Re-enrollment is not necessary to attend the dinner.

*Re-enrollment and the parent’s presence are required to be eligible for a partial tuition scholarship drawing.

Re-enroll by January 9 and receive two tickets for the drawing. After January 9, one ticket will be given for the drawing. Parents will be able to re-enroll online at this event.

Elementary Parents’ Night, January 29, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Our classrooms will be open for school parents. Parents are invited to visit the classrooms and see students’ work on display.

Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF), February 5, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Come be part of our 2nd PTF Meeting of the year. Part 2 of the “Give Your Kids a Fighting Chance” video will be shown and discussed. This video helps equip you and your child with knowledge and lifesaving techniques for every stage of a dangerous encounter.

Jog-a-thon Kickoff – February 11 Jog Man, Jr. returns to RCE on February 11 to help kick off our exciting and fun-filled season of Jog-a-thon, RCS’s only school-wide fund raiser of the year! Jog-a-thon helps the RCE campus raise tens of thousands of dollars each year that is used for tuition assistance and other campus classroom items, and students need your encouragement and assistance as they prepare jog forms. Please check your calendars now and watch for emails and school flyers from Mr. Kady beginning in early January as we will need many volunteers daily to make our Jog-a-thon a success.



  • 1: Happy New Year, 2013!
  • 1-4: Christmas Break continues, EDC closed
  • 7: School Resumes
  • 7: Preferred Re-enrollment begins
  • 10-11: RAD (see above for details)
  • 14: ParentsWeb Grade Book access disabled
  • 14-17: PEACH Classes – TerraNova Plus Testing
  • 17: End of 2nd Quarter
  • 17: RCE Crazy Hat Day
  • 17: Preferred Re-enrollment ends
  • 17: New Parent Information (NPI) Meeting for K-12, 7:00 p.m., Williams Chapel
  • 18: NO School, EDC open, Teacher Preparation Day
  • 21: NO School, EDC closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 24-25: All Kindergarten and PEACH classes only – NO school/EDC. Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 25: Report Cards sent home
  • 25: ParentsWeb Grade Book access re-enabled
  • 28: Home School Meeting, 7:00 p.m., C6
  • 29: Elementary Parent’s Night (Open House) at North and South Campuses, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; your children are your guides for the evening


  • 5: Parent-Teacher Fellowship, 7:00 p.m., A3
  • 7: New Parent Information (NPI) Meeting for K-12, 7:00 p.m., Williams Chapel
  • 9: Booster Club Crab/Tri-tip Feed and Auction – tickets are available for purchase in any campus office
  • 11: Jog-a-thon Kick-off Assembly, 2:30 p.m., on Monday in the Worship Center, all are welcome!
  • 18: NO School, EDC closed – President’s Day
  • 27: Last day to turn in Jog-a-thon forms, 10:00 a.m.


  • 7-8: NO School, EDC open at MS/HS: Teacher Bible Training Days, BASS at Redwood Chapel

Extended Day Care For parents in need of regular or emergency day care, Extended Day Care (EDC) provides a safe and secure environment for our K-5th grade students before school and K-8th grade students after school. Parents may choose from several rate plans that provide maximum flexibility in scheduling their use of EDC.

If you would like more information regarding the EDC program, please call the Elementary Office (510-537-4288).

January Holidays

  • January 18: No school, EDC OPEN at RCE (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) – Pre-pay by January 11 for best rates
  • January 21: No school, EDC CLOSED – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 24-25: No School, No EDC for ALL K AND PEACH STUDENTS ONLY – Conferences

February Holiday

  • February 18: No school, EDC CLOSED – President’s Day

Middle School & High School Campus

Mr. Al Hearne, Principal 

RCS PrincipalLost In Thought Where does time go? I can’t believe that Christmas Break has already arrived. Two weeks where life will (hopefully) slow down. We all get to take a break from school (no nightly homework, no tests, quizzes or projects due the next day), celebrate the birth of Christ, and recharge! Soon school will be back in session and a student’s fast-paced life will once again by in full swing. There will be nightly homework assignments, preparation for quizzes and tests to prepare for, and the creation of presentations. For the high school student, returning to school in January means that Finals are right around the corner. Beginning on January 15 and through January 17 all high school students will be taking their final exams.

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

Here are my suggestions for how to prepare for finals. First, to quote Mr. Monk, “By an inch, it’s a cinch! By a mile, it’s a trial!!!” In other words, “Don’t cram for your finals!” Each student should start studying early and study often. Dedicate a set amount of time each day to specifically study for finals. Break this time into small manageable segments and schedule short breaks between each segment. This dedicated study time should be free from ALL ELECTRONIC DISTRACTIONS! Study in an atmosphere that is conducive to studying: plenty of lighting, minimal distractions, quiet environment, etc.

Second, a student should approach his/her teachers outside of class and ask, “What do I need to know and be able to do in order to ace your final?” “What type of questions will be on your final … Multiple choice … True/False … Fill in the blank … Short answer … Essay?” “When will you be handing out a study guide?” Why do I suggest that a student approach his/her teachers “outside of class?” Because this communicates to the teacher that the student cares about the class and is willing to sacrifice his/her own “free time” in order to do the best you can do on the final.

Third, as with so many things in life, a student’s attitude will go a long way to determining success or failure. An attitude founded on educational excellence is much more likely to achieve success. If a student goes into finals expecting success … expecting to learn the material … expecting to do well … and if you study early, often, and properly, what usually happens? The student usually succeeds and gets good grades.

Going back to my opening paragraph and the idea of jam-packed schedules … Parents, your kids need your help here. As finals approach you will need to step in and help your child (even if he or she is 18) make appropriate decisions regarding how to spend his/her time. Help your child create a schedule that is based upon what is most important (hint, hint, being prepared for finals), how much time should be spent on the various options (hint, hint, more time studying and less time on Facebook), and then see to it that this plan is put into action. As mom or dad, you may have to put your foot down and make the final decision … and guess what? This is totally OK for you to do!

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

College Information for Seniors To acquire any type of financial aid for college, you must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This form must be completed by March 1 (sooner, if possible), especially if you plan to attend a California college or university. If you need another form or have any questions, see Mr. Huemoeller. Scholarship information can be found on the Internet. Three good web sites are:

  1. FastWeb – a comprehensive, free scholarship search service for students
  2. College Board – Click on Financial Aid Services.
  3. Cal Grant – from the California Student Aid Commission

High School Finals Schedule

Tuesday, January 15

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

Wednesday, January 16

  • Mathematics 9:55-11:25 a.m.
  • Social Science 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 17

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

All high school students will finish with finals no later than 12 noon and then need to be off campus. Middle School students have Regular Schedule during high school finals and will finish at 2:50.

Spirit Week 2012-2013 Spirit Week is officially January 23-26 although we kick it off a bit earlier with the Homecoming Banquet on January 18. This year’s homecoming theme is “Under the Sea” and will be held at the Canyon View Country Club in San Ramon. There are numerous activities during Spirit Week, ending with the Homecoming Games on Saturday, January 26, at Canyon Middle School, 19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley. The first basketball game starts at 3:30 p.m. A great way to show your school spirit is to come out and cheer the Redwood Eagles on to victory. Please come to support our student athletes, meet the homecoming court, and see our exciting halftime entertainment!

CSF Sign-Ups All high school students are eligible for CSF (California Scholarship Federation) membership if they meet the academic requirements. During the first four weeks of second semester, interested students should pick up the application from Mr. Edington. Dues are $5 and must be paid when submitting the application. CSF is sponsoring a number of fund-raisers this year, with a variety of needs being met. We appreciate the help of parents and students in these events.

Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Castro Valley RCS Director of AthleticsVisit the RCS Athletics Home Page

RCS Athletics Booster Club Annual Crab/Tri-tip Feed and Auction February 9, 2013 — 5:00 p.m. Make plans to attend this outstanding event at First Covenant Church 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland. $40.00 adults, $30.00 kids under 12. All proceeds go to the athletics programs at Redwood Christian Schools. We offer a unique event that includes all you can eat tri-tip and crab. So even if you are not a crab lover you will have plenty to eat! Along with great food there will be fabulous items available during the silent and live auctions. Tickets can be purchased from any of our school campuses or the District Office. The Booster Club is currently accepting donation items for the event. Last year’s crab feed sold out, so get your tickets early! Please call 510-317-8988 for more information.

Homecoming is Here! This year’s Homecoming Games will be held at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley on Saturday, January 26. We look forward to seeing all supporters, students and alumni of Redwood Christian at the games. The schedule of events is as follows: 3:30 p.m. Boys’ Junior Varsity game 5:00 p.m. Girls’ Varsity Game 6:30 p.m. Homecoming Activities 7:30 p.m. Boys’ Varsity Homecoming game.

Middle School Fall and Winter Sports Awards Mark your calendars for the Middle School Sports Awards. This year we will honor all fall and winter athletes who participated on the Middle School softball and basketball teams on Monday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. Bring a finger food or dessert to share that evening.

Physicals All Middle School and High School athletes need to get their physicals in for spring sports as soon as possible. Students may not participate in practices or games without a current physical form on file. Spring High School sports start on or around February 4 depending on the sport. The next season for Middle School is girls’ volleyball and boys’ soccer beginning January 22nd.

Congratulations to The Varsity Girls’ Volleyball Team The team earned the North Coast Section Scholastic Girls’ Team Award for the fall season 2012. The Volleyball team had a cumulative GPA of 3.80! The award is presented to the top three teams in each division or classification in each sport with the highest composite GPA. Considering that there are 165 schools in the NCS, this is indeed an outstanding achievement! Congratulations to the players and Coach John Wilcox for their contribution to this worthy accomplishment.

Congratulations Varsity Basketball Teams Both boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams travelled to Calistoga in December to compete in the Gene Duffy Holiday Classic. The girls won two out of three games to win the Consolation Bracket. Also, the boys finished 2nd in the tournament out of 8 teams. All-tournament honors were received by Ismail Smith, Cordon Moog and Adaeze Okpalaugo.

RCS Music Department

Mr. Mark Cagle

Middle School High School Fine Arts TeacherWhat a great three months we have had with all of the choirs at RCS! The Elementary Royal Choir did a fantastic job at Grandparents’ Day, October 12th, and their Christmas Chapel on December 7th. There are currently 39 singers in Royal Choir from the 4th and 5th grades. They really are doing a fantastic job!

The Middle School New Horizon Choir, the High School Concert Choir, the International Choir (new this year with 35 students!!), and DayBreak (the High School Vocal Ensemble) did outstanding choral presentations that delivered a concert of musical selections titled “Like a River Glorious” (the Fall Concert, on November 7th), that presented the message of the “River of Life” offered and available to us through our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Christmas Concert on December 12th, a presentation of a mixture of Christmas Holiday songs. I am so proud of them! They all sang so well.

I am certainly looking forward to the spring semester and the choral festivals to “show off” our wonderful talent in these choirs and vocal ensembles.

Dates to remember:

  • High School Musicale Choral, Festival March 7-8 in Sacramento (HS Concert Choir)
  • Elementary Choral Festival, March 22nd (please note change from school calendar) in Fremont (Royal Choir)
  • Middle School Choral Festival, (Date TBA) in Sacramento (MS New Horizon Choir)
  • Festival of Fine Arts, April 28th, 4:00 pm at Redwood Chapel (All Choirs)

Rise up singing His praise!

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


Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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