Parent News Bulletin January/February 2015
Submitted by Alyssa Kiefer in Parent News Bulletin on January 13, 2015
Mr. Bruce D. Johnson Superintendent
I trust all is well with your family. I trust you had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.
January always has special meaning for me as it was January 1969-46 years ago this January-when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and accepted him 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-five 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 during this busy time and 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 2015! 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 over and over again. 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.
Please carefully consider before unsubscribing from RCS e-mails. If you unsubscribe from one e-mail, you will remove yourself from receiving ALL RCS Parent E-mail Communications, such as re-enrollment information, the Parent News Bulletin or Emergency Notices such as school closings or other critical announcements. The school depends upon e-mail and social media to bring school information to our parents. If you choose to opt out, you will be responsible for finding out school information some other way. We do our best to post on www.rcs.edu and our school Facebook page, but the primary contact is through the Parent E-mail Communication system we use called Constant Contact. Thanks!
Re-enrollment is coming!
You should have received your re-enrollment instructions for the 2015-16 school year in your e-mail on Friday, December 26. Again this year, Re-enrollment will be completed online 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 23 with the fees paid (if needed, you can divide your payments up over four months). If you are unable to re-enroll online, we will have paper copies available for you at the District Office.
Redwood Appreciation Dinner (RAD) and School Update Presentation
You are invited to the annual Redwood Appreciation Dinner (RAD) and School Update Presentation on Friday, January 30, 2015! The evening is family-oriented so school-age children are welcome. The meal will be free as our way of saying “Thank You” for your faithfulness and re-enrollment for the 2015-16 school year. Doors open at 5:45pm, the meal begins at 6:00pm and the program at 7:00pm. The location is the Redwood Christian Elementary Campus (Redwood Chapel on Redwood Road, Castro Valley).
This is going to be a very special dinner and meeting, and free to everyone who attends — children and their parents/guardians! Please remember, students are not permitted to attend without a parent/guardian.
As our way of saying “Thank you for your Faithfulness,” four partial tuition scholarships will be awarded during the RAD program: $4,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000. You must be re-enrolled and present to win. Parents re-enrolling by January 23, will receive two drawing tickets. Parents re-enrolling after January 23 will receive one drawing ticket, so be sure to re-enroll by January 23! 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 2015-16 school year.
The drawing for the scholarships will be restricted to only families who have re-enrolled for the 2015-16 school year. Faculty, staff and board of RCS and international students are ineligible. The scholarships awarded are good only for students attending RCS in 2015-16.
Reservations for the dinner are required and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. After re-enrolling online, be sure to make your reservations! You do not need to attend the dinner in order to attend the School Update Presentation and participate in the partial scholarship drawings. However, you must be re-enrolled and present to participate in the drawings.
To make reservations for the evening, please e-mail Valerie Wolf at ValerieWolf@rcs.edu or call her at 510-889-7526. If you plan to only attend the School Update Presentation, please call Mrs. Wolf. Thank you.
RAD includes a delicious pasta dinner, followed by a School Update Presentation at 7:00pm. We 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 will have a special program just for them. They will be supervised by faculty, with assistance by our high school student leaders.
MSHS students attending can remain with their parents/guardians throughout the evening. We are hoping that 100% of our current families choose to re-enroll and participate in this great event!
RSVPs are required so we can plan appropriately.
What Happens If We Wait to Re-enroll?
Families who re-enroll after January 31 pay a higher re-enrollment fee and risk having classes/programs filled by new students. Re-enrollment by January 31 and having your 2014-15 tuition account current guarantees that a classroom seat will be held for your child(ren) until June 10 when the first tuition payment for 2015-16 is due.
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 www.rcs.edu as well as join the RCS Facebook community. If you do not have an e-mail account, I recommend establishing one.
Re-enrollment will be completed “online” for the 2015-16 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.
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. Working with RCS through our International Student Program (RCS Global), each student pays monthly for room and board with the school setting the fee. 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 Ben Warner, Director of RCS Global, at BenWarner@rcs.edu or 510-317-8992 for more information.
Homecoming Basketball Games and Program
Plan to join with other RCS families at our Homecoming Basketball Games and Program on Saturday, January 24, at Canyon Middle School! 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
Please be sure that RCS has your current e-mail address. You may send updates to Valerie Wolf at ValerieWolf@rcs.edu or any campus office. It is important that we have current information to ensure that families receive all school communications.
Possible tuition grants for qualified RCS families for the 2015-16 school year
We use a third-party organization called FACTS to process applications for tuition grants from Redwood Christian Schools. The FACTS icon is located on www.rcs.edu at mid-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 (www.basicfund.org), and The Guardsmen Scholarship Program for grades K-6 if you are on a Guardsman scholarship this year (www.guardsmen.org/scholarship).
New applications are required for each school year. Tuition Grants do not carry over year-to-year. Plan to apply to FACTS and the outside funds between January 1 and February 15, 2015. If you are not accepted for outside funding for 2015-16, apply for 2016-17. 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 award will include any funding from the outside organizations listed above. Failure to apply for outside funding will negatively impact your tuition grant award. Monthly tuition payments are required in order for tuition grants to remain active.
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!” Although I receive few of them, 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 or sent to my Junk Mailbox. Thanks!
Questions? Call your campus or e-mail me at email@example.com
eScrip: Support RCS While You Shop Around Town or Online
Do you shop at the following stores: Safeway*? Food 4 Less? Big O Tires? By registering your credit card(s) and/or your Safeway Club Card* with e-Scrip (eScrip ID number 6556456), you can make sure that Redwood receives a donation with every purchase you make. Your shopping is not delayed; the process is automatically activated with each swipe of your card. Encourage your friends and family to enroll. Every swipe helps!
*Please note you must renew your Safeway Club Card annually through eScrip and use only cash, check, or debit cards as contributions are not earned on purchases paid for with a credit card. However, you may enroll your credit cards with eScrip.
Do you shop online at Amazon? Apple Store? Macy’s? Target? Home Depot and many, many others? Log into your eScrip account from the computer used to set up your account, click on green “At the Online Mall” link in the upper right hand corner, and start your online shopping as you normally would. Redwood will automatically receive a percentage of your purchase, up to 16%!
Visit www.escrip.com for more details.
Giving to Redwood via Target Stores
If you use a Target REDCard while shopping at Target, you can designate 5% of each purchase to Redwood Christian Schools. Go to Target’s website to designate either our elementary or MSHS campus. You may also apply for a REDCard at the same site or at any Target store.
To those who are already giving to RCS via Target, Thank You!!
Our bank will no longer accept checks made payable to anything other than RCS or Redwood Christian Schools
Examples of unacceptable “made payable to” include:
1. Redwood Christian Schools EDC
2. RCS Extended-day Care
3. RCS Athletics
4. RCS Boosters Club
Please use the check’s memo section to designate payments. If you use Bill Pay, check to ensure that the payee is in accordance with the above policy.
A New Year…A New Beginning
Welcome back. I trust everyone had a safe and blessed Christmas season. January brings to all of us a new year, a new semester and a time to refresh our spirit and mind. Maybe for some of us that could mean a time to start a project that we have been putting off, or to call someone we have not spoken to in a while. The opportunity to minister to a friend or someone you may not even know might be right around the corner if we take the time to look for it. Whatever this New Year may mean to you, I pray for health and happiness for you and your family. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Harvest Day: A Day of Fun And Thankfulness
Our school family gathered on November 13 and 14 to give God thanks and reflect on those things for which we are thankful. After a Thanksgiving welcome by RCE Principal, Mr. Dale Huemoeller, everyone shared a wonderful feast of great food and fellowship.
Many were blessed seeing the younger students dressed in costume as Pilgrims and Native Americans, and joining us as our special guests were members of the RCS Board and the staff and pastoral team from Redwood Chapel Community Church. We are equally grateful for them as they continue to serve as our faithful and committed partners in Christian Education.
A hearty “thank you” to Mrs. Chia, who spent many hours behind the scenes organizing this great event, and for all of our parents, who provided the great feast for the day.
Ministering to Our Community: Harbor House
Nearly 300 new toys and dozens of bags of food were donated to Harbor House Ministries during our annual Toy and Food Drive for Harbor House this year. The toys and food were brought by the classes to our December 5th Chapel in the Worship Center and dedicated to the Lord. Following Chapel, 5th grade students: Benjamin Nunley, Kiyara Stafford, Haley Guittard, David Reddy, Lyndsey Wolf, and Isaac Sanchez accompanied Mr. Kady and Mr. Huemoeller delivered the gifts and food to Harbor House in Oakland.
Melissa McKinney, Executive Assistant at Harbor House Ministries, commented how grateful and blessed they were to receive all the toys from RCE as over 160 families had signed up to use the Harbor House’s Christmas Store, and several organizations that typically help provide toys for the store had fallen through this year.
For more information about Harbor House, please visit its website: www.hhministries.org
Ministering to the World: Operation Christmas Child
This year it was Miss Masin’s 20 kindergartners who went from classroom to classroom on the North and South campuses November 19th. Their job was to collect gift-filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a part of Samaritan’s Purse. They collected over 225 boxes here at RCE and delivered them to the collection center at Neighborhood Church.
(If you were one of those who added a tracking label to your box we would love to hear about your box’s final destination!) ~Miss Masin, RCE Kindergarten Teacher
Congratulations to our newest Victory Drill reading champions for passing page 50 in Victory Drill:
1. Isaac Baumann
2. Christabel Francis
3. Malayka Gobena
4. Jordin McBride
5. Joshua Chulata
6. Noah Bruno
7. Sofia Jones
8. J.D. Mendenhall
9. Amira Forte
10. Zoey Dang
11. Jalena Guevara
12. Thorin Warneke
13. Raiden Warneke
Kindergarten Parent Night
January 13, 6:00 -7:00 p.m.(please note time change). This is a very important meeting for our Kindergarten parents to come and hear the plans for the second semester. Information regarding the Victory Drill program for reading will be shared. Both Academic Kindergartens will be together in Room A3.
Elementary Open House at RCE
January 20, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (please note time change). Our classrooms will be open for school parents. Parents are invited to visit the classrooms and see students’ work on display. This event is also an excellent opportunity to invite those you know who might be interested in attending RCE next fall.
Redwood Appreciation Dinner (RAD) and School Update Presentation
January 30, 2015
Space is limited for the dinner, so please be sure to call Valerie Wolf at the District Office 510-889-7526 and RSVP for the evening. You may also e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner is open to all RCS families and is complimentary. Childcare and pizza will be provided for school-age children. Dinner will begin in the gym at RCE at 6:00pm. Doors open at 5:45pm.
The program in the Worship Center will start at 7:00pm. All RCS parents are invited and encouraged to attend. You must be present and re-enrolled to participate in the partial-tuition scholarship drawings.
Childcare and pizza for school-age children will be provided. After pizza, students will participate in games and activities, supervised by RCS Faculty with assistance by our HS student leaders.
Re-enrollment and the parent/guardian’s presence IS REQUIRED at the program to be eligible for a partial-tuition scholarship. Computers and assistance will be available before the program for parents still needing to re-enroll. Arrive early!
Jog-a-thon Kickoff is February 9th
On February 9, Jog Man, Jr. returns to RCE to help kick off our exciting and fun-filled season of Jog-a-thon, our 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. Students need your encouragement and assistance as they prepare jog forms. Please check your calendars now and watch for e-mails 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.
1-2 No School – Christmas Break. EDC and Offices closed.
5 School Resumes
5 Preferred Re-Enrollment Begins
13 Parent-Teacher Night for Kindergarten – 6:00pm
13 K-5 AAP Terra Nova Assessments
15 End of 2nd Quarter
15 New Parent Information Meeting for K-12 7:00pm, Williams Chapel
16 NO School, EDC Open, Teacher Preparation Day
19 NO school, EDC CLOSED, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
20 Elementary Open House at RCE – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
22-23 Academic K & AAP K-5; No School ; No EDC, Conferences (Regular day and EDC for all other 1st-5th Grade students.)
23 Report Cards sent home
26 Home School Meeting, 7:00pm, C6
30 RAD (Redwood Appreciation Dinner and program), see above for details
5 New Parent Information (NPI) Meeting for K-12, 7:00pm, Williams Chapel
7 4:00pm Booster Club Crab/Tri-tip Feed and Auction: tickets are available for purchase in any campus office
9 Jog-a-thon Kick-off Assembly, 2:30pm, on Monday in the Worship Center, all are welcome!
13 Red Day!
16 NO School, EDC closed: Presidents’ Day
25 Last day to turn in Jog-a-thon forms, 10:00am.
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/Non-School Days
January 1 -2 : No School, EDC CLOSED, OFFICES CLOSED – Christmas Break
January 16: No School, EDC Open at RCE – Teacher Prep Day
January 19: No School, EDC CLOSED, OFFICES CLOSED – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 22-23: No School or EDC for ALL Kindergarten and ALL K-5th Grade AAP STUDENTS ONLY – Conferences. (Regular day for all other 1st-5th Grade students.)
February Holidays/Non-School Days
February 16: No School, EDC CLOSED, OFFICES CLOSED – Presidents’ Day
Lost In Thought
Where does time go? I can’t believe that by the time you read this everyone will have had two wonderful 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!
By the time this article is being read, 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. From January 13-15 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’s my advice to helping your high school student navigate finals. First, in the words of 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 (i.e., remember that your iPad is an educational tool and not a personal entertainment device. Study in an atmosphere that is conducive to studying: good light, 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 he/she 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 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 2 (sooner, if possible), especially if you plan to attend a California college or university. If you need another form or have any questions, see Mrs. Cagle, Mr. Castaneda, or Miss McGrath. Scholarship information can be found on the Internet.
Three good web sites are:
1. http://www.fastweb.com – a comprehensive, free scholarship search service for students
2. http://www.collegeboard.org – Click on Financial Aid Services.
High School Finals Schedule
Tuesday, January 13 English 8:00-9:35 a.m. Bible 9:55-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 14 Science 8:00-9:35 a.m. Social Science 9:55-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 15 Foreign Language & AP European History 8:00-9:35 a.m. Mathematics 9:55-11:30 a.m.
All high school students will finish with finals no later than 12 noon and then need to be off campus. High school students who do not have a final should not be “hanging out” on campus.
Middle School students have Regular Schedule during high school finals and will finish at 2:50pm.
Spirit Week 2015
Spirit Week is officially January 21-23, although we kick it off a bit earlier with the Homecoming Banquet on January 16. This year’s homecoming theme is “A Night At The Oscars” and will be held at Wedgewood Banquet Center in San Ramon.
There are numerous activities during Spirit Week, ending with the Homecoming Games on Saturday, January 24, 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 to see our exciting halftime entertainment!
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. Gillette. 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.
Annual Fire Inspection
We passed our annual Fire Inspection with Alameda County with flying colors. I’m sure that you have noticed the new “No Parking Signs” along the fire lane by the Multi-Purpose Room. Please refrain from parking in the fire lane.
MSHS Parking Lot Instructions
Thank you for being patient and courteous in the parking lot. I really appreciate you dropping your child(ren) off in front of the school and getting the kids out of the car as quickly as possible.
As we know from previous experience, the parking lot can easily become congested and we need your help to keep it flowing as smoothly as possible. My appeal is for you to continue to wait your turn, observe the 5 mph speed limit, and only drop your child(ren) off in front of the school.
Please observe the following guidelines:
- Wait your turn in the drop off/pick up line of parents;
- Only drop your child off and pick your child up in the designated pickup/drop off area in the front of the school;
- Do not allow your child to walk across three lanes of traffic;
- Be patient and courteous when dropping off and picking up your child(ren);
- Make the full loop and do not cut through the student parking spaces;
- Keep moving forward in the pick-up lane (the right lane);
- Arrive at school before 7:50 to drop off;
- Do not cut through the cones;
- Do not pick up or drop off from the passing lane (the left lane);
- Do not park in the student parking spaces, in the passing lane, or the pickup lane;
- Do not park in the fire lane or by the dumpster.
- Only drop your child(ren) off in the designated Drop Off/Pick Up location in front of the school.
1st Period Tardy Update
As I wrote about in the August-September edition of the Parents News Bulletin, we have been working to reduce our number of tardies to class. I am pleased to report that our new tardy system, where students write a letter to their parents explaining why they were tardy (and High School students e-mail it as an attachment) has dramatically reduced not only our first period tardies but our overall tardies as well. For the second quarter, thus far, we only have 252 first period tardies so far this quarter, whereas we had 399 first period tardies.
The best way to help us with this disruption to the first period classes is by dropping your child(ren) off before 7:50am.
RCS Athletics Booster Club Annual Crab/Tri-tip Feed and Auction
February 7, 2015 – 5:00 p.m. First Covenant Church 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland. $45.00 adults, $30.00 kids under 12. (After January 24, Adult Tickets will be $50.00). Make plans to attend this outstanding event. 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 24. 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 Winter Sports Awards
Mark your calendars for the Middle School Sports Awards Chapel. This year we will honor all winter athletes who participated on the basketball teams on Wednesday, February 11, at 8:40 a.m. during chapel. These awards chapels will allow parents, fellow students and teachers to recognize the accomplishments of these athletes and teams.
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 9 depending on the sport. The next season for Middle School is girls’ volleyball and boys’ soccer beginning January 26th.
Above: Steve Gillette (center) was presented his award by RCS Superintendent Bruce Johnson (left), who was the first RCS Cross Country Coach in 1974, and RCS Director of Athletics, Jim Cleveland (right).
Former RCHS Cross Country Coach Steve Gillette named 2014 North Coast Section CIF Honor Cross Country Coach of the Year
On November 11, 2014, Director of Athletics Jim Cleveland announced that former cross country coach Steve Gillette was selected as the 2014 North Coach Section, California Interscholastic Federation Honor Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Coach Cleveland shared with all present “We are excited to present tonight the North Coast Section Honor Coach Award to one of Redwood Christian’s finest coaches. The Honor Coach Program for the North Coast Section honors coaches who have had an outstanding coaching record, secondly they have made significant contributions to their sport by helping to administer league functions, meets or tournaments, third they have conducted themselves with professionalism and excellence, have coached for more than five years at the high school level, and have contributed to their school community in a variety of ways outside the arena of athletics.
Coach Gillette was the cross country coach for Redwood Christian Schools from 1984-2012. Coach Gillette led his teams to prominence in both the Central Coast Section and the North Coast Section.
He led the girls’ program to 3 league championships and 1 CCS Championship. On the boys’ side he led his teams to 9 league championships and 1 NCS championship and 2 runner up section finishes. In addition, he has helped four different athletes to accomplish a top 10 finish in the CIF State Cross Country Championships.” Mr. Gillette is in his thirty-first year of teaching at Redwood Christian High School.
What 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 in October, their Christmas Chapel, and they joined all of the other RCS choirs for the evening Christmas Concert. They were fantastic! There are currently 28 singers in Royal Choir from the 4th and 5th grades. They really are doing a great job!
Royal Choir, the Middle School New Horizon Choir, the High School Concert Choir, the International Choir, and DayBreak Vocal Ensemble did outstanding choral presentations at the Christmas Concert on December 8th, a presentation titled “A Bell Ringin’ Christmas.”
Over 350 parents, family, and friends gathered to celebrate God’s encounter with man as the student’s performed songs with this message in mind. For the first time this year the concert was held in the sanctuary of Redwood Chapel Community Church (THANKS, RCCC for allowing us to perform there!!!).
Redwood Christian’s A Bell Ringin’ Christmas indeed proved to be a wonderful reminder of man encountering God. The “kick-off” to the evening’s concert featured all the choirs coming together to form a 121-member chorale which sang with the fervor and spirit of the multitude of heavenly hosts, on earth as it is in heaven. The light of the Lord truly shone round about RCCC sanctuary as this one-of-a-kind combined choir brought a wondrous Christmas encounter to all those in attendance.
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.
Dates to remember:
- High School Musicale Choral, Festival March 11-13 in Sacramento (HS Concert Choir)
- Elementary Choral Festival, March 20 (Royal Choir)
- Middle School Choral Festival, March or April [date TBA] (MS New Horizon Choir)
- Festival of Fine Arts, April 19th, 4:00pm at Redwood Chapel (All Choirs)
Rise up singing His praise!
Mr. Mark Cagle
Redwood Christian Schools has “officially” been partnering with Home School families in the East Bay for the past six years, although we have had home school students take on-campus classes for many years.
We have been blessed by these families and all the talent and passion for Christian education they bring to Redwood. Thank you for allowing us to join you in providing a Christ-centered education for your children. May you have a blessed new year as you continue to honor God in educating your children.
Please Note, Bus Service will end the Friday before Finals week in June
Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546