Parent News Bulletin March/April 2015

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson Superintendent


Please be sure to read through this entire bulletin as it has several important items.

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.  Please feel free to contact me at the District Office at 510-889-7526 or e-mail me at  I do return telephone calls (usually within 24 hours) and e-mail the same day (if I do not respond, please re-send to me).  You ARE recognized for your faithfulness!


Re-enrollment is well underway and applications are being received daily from families with prospective students!  Classes that are currently open may fill up in the very near future.  If you have not re-enrolled yet, please go on-line to RenWeb and do so by completing the FACTS re-enrollment along with selecting your payment plan (all steps must be completed).  If you need help, please contact Mrs. Spade at the MSHS (, Mrs. Boyd at RE (, or Mrs. Roberts at the District Office (  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at

E-mail Addresses

We use e-mail to keep our families informed of current events, announcements, and emergencies – such as the December storm that closed school.  Please remember that if you would prefer NOT to receive school e-mails at work, it is important that you provide us with a home e-mail, as we must have a way to contact you.

If possible, please be sure to check your e-mail nightly for communications from the school.  You can contact Valerie Wolf at and direct her which e-mail you wish to use as the priority contact.  It is vital to alert us when to remove an email from our contact list.

Possible Tuition Grants for qualified RCS families for 2015-16 school year

If you are currently receiving funding from The Basic Fund, Independent Fund or Guardsmen, you must renew your scholarship with them.

RCS uses FACTS tuition assessment for in-house evaluations and recommendations.  Simply go to the RCS website and click on the “Information” tab.  Select Tuition Grants and begin the application process.    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Please remember that you must apply each year.

Always Looking for Families Interested in Opening their Homes to International Students

Please consider the following opportunity.  RCS Global, our International student program, is looking for families who are willing to open their homes and hearts to international students who will be coming to Redwood Christian Schools for the 2015-16 school year.  This opportunity allows our families, in addition to RCS, to share the Light of Christ to students from other countries.  Our International students are looking for the “total American experience,” including an excellent education and staying with one of our families.  We are looking for families who attend church regularly and are able to provide a bedroom for the International student.  Please consider opening your heart and your home to one or more of these wonderful students.

The student’s family or agent will take care of the tuition and paperwork.  RCS Global pays a host family fee to cover room and board with you ($12,500 per year payable in ten payments).  Your obligation/ministry would be to care for this child as if they were one of your own, including church, family dinners, family outings and provide a safe, secure, loving environment for a student a long way from home.  We ask you to prayerfully consider this opportunity and let us know as soon as possible.  School begins on August 17, 2015.  Students will be arriving around August 7, give or take a week, as travel is individual.  If you are interested or if you have expressed interest in the past and have not yet had the opportunity to host, please e-mail Mrs. Wright at or call her at (510) 317-8992.  Within your e-mail, let her know how many students you can take, if you prefer a boy or girl (please use your family as a guide for this, e.g., if you have a teenage boy, ask for another boy), and she will send you the Host Family application and Reference forms to begin this process.

We are praying that the families the Lord would have do this will fill the tug on their hearts and answer this call.

Teachers who will be either retiring or moving to another ministry after 2014-15 school year

We are so blessed by all of our teachers who have served at Redwood Christian Schools in our first forty-five years of ministry.  At the end of this year we will be saying “Thank you for your commitment” to three outstanding educators, who have served at Redwood Christian Schools for a combined 88 years: Fifth Grade Teacher Tim Enns (42 years) and High School Math/Science Teacher George Sugimura (33 years) are retiring; and Instrumental Director/Teacher Doug McClure (13 years) will be leaving us to serve with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in Hawaii.  Each has earned a hearty Matthew 25:21: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Thank you to all who attended RAD(Redwood Appreciation Dinner) in January!

Attendance was tremendous at RAD on January 30, 2015, as we shared a great meal, were blessed by the talents of many of our students, received training on how to effectively use Word of Mouth to promote RCS and watched four families blessed by winning partial tuitions for 2015-16 donated by one of our supporters!  During the meeting we discussed Ten Reasons to Enroll at RCS .  The Ten Reasons to Enroll at RCS brochure is available at all campus offices for our families to distribute at work, church, or to friends and relatives.  You may e-mail Mrs. Roberts at and let her know how many to mail to you!  Thank you, in advance, for your support.  We have a number of New-Parent Information Meetings on the calendar, and it would be great for you to not only recruit a family or two to attend the meetings, but accompany them!  The next New-Parent Information Meeting is Tuesday, March 10, in Williams Chapel (on the Redwood Elementary campus at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley).

Our 2015 Jog-a-thon

The students have completed forms and received individual recognition for their “friend-raising” efforts.  Be sure to come out and support your jogger the day of the jog!  And bring Grandma and Grandpa with you!  See you there!  Please call the District Office for specific times.

Redwood Elementary: March 11
Middle School: March 13
High School: March 23


Questions? Call your campus or e-mail me at


Redwood Christian Elementary

Mr. Dale Huemoeller, Principal

Huemoeller, DaleIn the beginning of the school year I stated 3 goals that I hoped to achieve for 2014-15.  The first was spiritual healing of each student; second, the safety of each student; and third, the students’ academic goals.  In this Parent News Bulletin, I would like to address the subject of bullying.  One aspect of student safety is ensuring that students feel safe at school and are not subjected to being bullied by fellow classmates.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another…” Ephesians 4:32

What is bullying? 
Bullying is the unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves real or perceived power imbalance (physical strength, access to embarrassing information or popularity).  The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

What bullying is NOT
Teasing; light-hearted banter between friends, meant to be laughed at; teaser and person being teased can easily switch places; not intended to hurt others; is discontinued when other person gets upset.

“See that no one repays evil for evil, but always seeks to do good to one another and to everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15

RCS is committed to:
*    Teaching students the Biblical model of showing kindness to others in all situations and how to speak truth in reporting.
*    Promoting good sportsmanship.
*    Training teachers and aides to identify and stop bullying behaviors and how to teach students kindness in all circumstances.
*    Closely supervising students.
*    Listening to reports from students and parents, investigating and following up.
*    Correcting all unkind behaviors we find in any setting using the Bible as our Guide and Christ as our Model.

What the family can do:
*    Be sure that bullying behaviors are not being modeled at home.
*    Teach children the difference between telling and tattling.
*    Teach children to like themselves.  They are a special creation of God’s and God loves them.
*    Discuss a plan on what to do if children feel that they are being bullied: walk away, tell a recess aide, say “leave me alone.”
*    Report to school personnel with details of date, time, place, and students involved.
*    Be truthful.
*    Supervise all electronics.
*    Don’t rush in to solve a problem for your child.  Don’t tell your child to avoid the bully. Don’t tell your child to fight back. Don’t confront the bully or the bully’s parents.  (Go through the school if the incidents are happening on campus.)


We can work together to educate our children on what to do if they feel they are being bullied and how to not bully others.

“Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

Elementary Campus Calendar

March 5 – 6
Teacher Training Days – No School – EDC Open at MSHS

March 10
New Parent Information Meeting – 7:00 pm – Williams Chapel/Redwood Chapel

March 11
JOG Day!

March 18
JOG Make-Up Day

March 19
End of 3rd Quarter

March 20
* ACSI Elementary Choral Festival
* Teacher Prep Day – No School – EDC Open at RCE

March 24 – 27
Spiritual Emphasis Week

March 27
Report Cards sent home

March 30
Home School Meeting – 7:00 pm – RCE Room C6

April 3
Good Friday – No School – EDC and Offices Closed

April 5
Easter Sunday

April 6 – 10
Easter Break; No School; EDC Closed; District and Campus Offices Open

April 13
School Resumes

April 19
Festival of Fine Arts at RCE, Redwood Chapel – 4:00 pm

April 20May 1
K-5 Assessments


Middle School & High School Campus

Mr. Al Hearne, Principal

Hearne, Al Lost in Thought

How Do I Spend My Time?

My dad used to tell me that time only speeds up and the older I get the faster the days will speed by, so that was why he insisted we spend as much time as possible together as a family. To be completely honest, when I still lived at home I thought he was crazy! It seemed to me like the days slowly crawled by and I couldn’t wait to grow up, leave home, and decide for myself how I wanted to spend my time.  And now, I can hardly believe that it is March.

Little did I know then the wisdom of my dad’s words. Toward the end of my junior year at Bethany College, I was feeling a bit of financial pressure and wondering how I was going to pay my cell phone bill, a whopping $60!!!  Feeling a bit sorry for my dwindling checking account, I began to think back to the “good old days of high school” where my parents basically paid for everything I needed. I suddenly realized that I hadn’t lived in my parents’ house for nearly three years. My thoughts wandered to how I was able to spend my time, going to class, reading assigned textbooks, writing assigned papers, studying for tests, and going to work. In fact, I was surprised by how little time I had to do the things I wanted to do. Although I was on my own, I wasn’t able to decide how I was going to spend my time because I now had responsibilities of my own that had to be taken care of before I could go to the Board Walk to play laser tag (my favorite past time during college), read the books I wanted to read, hang out with friends, or watch TV.

Life happens, decisions are made, commitments are met, responsibilities are fulfilled. Although we don’t get to control how each passing minute is going to be spent, we can control where we place our priorities and where we spend our “free time.” In the Hearne household growing up, as much as possible, free time was spent with the family, talking, playing games, doing chores, or just hanging out. As I look back now, I can see just how precious that time together really was. My parents placed their priority on family time, and now I can see how that family time helped to shape my work ethic, my faith, my ability to think and communicate. Although in those moments back then, especially during my high school years, I wasn’t always thrilled with spending quality family time, in all honesty, that was the best thing for me. My mom and my dad are now two of my best friends and closest confidants.

So, parents, my challenge to you is to set aside some family time each week so that you and your kids can get to know each other better. It might be rough right now, but in 10 years both you and your child(ren) will be glad you did!

The Blue Personal Activities Permission Slip

When a student is going to be absent from school for events other than doctor/dentist appointments, funerals or illness, a Blue Personal Activities Permission Slip must be filled out by the student, the teachers and the parent, and turned in to the office 24 hours prior to the absence. The purpose of this is to inform the parent of the student’s current standing in each of his or her classes and about what work needs to be completed before returning to class. A student near failure in even one class might not want to miss school to leave early for a snow trip, for example. This is required even if only one period is missed. A detention will be assigned to the student who fails to turn in the BLUE SLIP.

It’s Time To Sign-Up for Middle School Classes

During March and April fifth, sixth and seventh graders will register for next year’s classes. Students will receive an elective sheet which will give brief explanations of the electives and provide a place for indicating a preference.

Most courses in Middle School are required; when you read the course descriptions, you will note that students will have the opportunity to learn a great deal of content, and they will, with due diligence, also learn several academic skills. Two, one-semester Middle School electives are offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; one elective is taken the first semester and the other is taken during the second semester. We do this so that students can take several different classes during their Middle School years. We do our best to give students their first choices for electives. Some electives may change depending upon teacher availability and interest.

On Tuesday and Thursday all middle school students take Focus classes. Sixth graders take Social and Organizational Skills. Seventh graders take one semester of study skills and one semester of keyboarding. Eighth graders take one semester of Forensic Science and one semester of Life Lessons. We welcome parents’ questions and/or comments.

Please feel free to call the school office at 510-317-8990. Parents of eighth graders should take note of the information for senior high students.

Scheduling High School Classes for 2015-2016

Class scheduling is the time to consider the future. What classes will best meet the requirements for post-high school plans? Students will be receiving registration materials early in March. There will be a group session, during which general information important to all students will be discussed. After students and parents have discussed next year’s program, students will need to make an appointment with the following administrators/counselors: eighth grade, Mr. Hearne; ninth grade, Mrs. Cagle or Miss McGrath; tenth grade, Mrs. Cagle or Miss McGrath; eleventh grade, Mrs. Cagle or Miss McGrath. During this appointment, a check will be made to see that the selection of classes is appropriate, questions can be answered, and the class selection sheets will be completed.

Students who are currently in the ninth grade generally have few choices, so they will fill out the registration materials in a group session. As there is need, ninth graders may make appointments to register for classes and/or ask questions. While some changes can be made in the summer, our program will be structured by the choices expressed during this sign-up period. Therefore, this is the time to give serious consideration to the classes desired for next fall.
Parents do need to watch for the schedule of classes mailed home in August. This is your time to double-check what your student has selected.

From the High School Guidance Counselor

Eleventh graders are encouraged to take the S.A.T. Reasoning and S.A.T. Subject or the ACT in May or June of this year. These tests are generally required as part of the college entrance criteria. Taking these tests early can be beneficial for a number of reasons which are too numerous for this column. There is seldom a need to take the S.A.T. before May of the eleventh grade. Students are usually best prepared to take the S.A.T. subject when they are preparing for final exams.

If you want more information, please have your student see Miss McGrath. The preferred method of registration is online at

S.A.T. Test Days:
March 14
May 2
June 6

AP Exam Alert!

Redwood Christian High School offers many Advanced Placement classes: Calculus AB, European History, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, US History, and World History. Students enrolled in any of these classes will be taking the AP Exam, which costs $91, during the first two weeks of May.

May 5 – 8:00 Calculus AB
May 5 – 12:00 Chinese
May 6 – 8:00 English Literature and Composition
May 8 – 8:00 US History
May 8- 12:00 European History
May 13 – 8:00 English Language and Composition
May 14 – 8:00 World History
May 14 – 12:00 Macroeconomics
May 15 – 8:00 Microeconomics

MSHS Campus Calendar

  • March 5 & 6 – No School
  • March 9 – 7pm High School Winter Athletic Awards
  • March 12 & 13 – ACSI HS Musicale Sacramento
  • March 13 – JOG
  • March 17 – MS ACSI Speech Meet
  • March 19 – HS ACSI Speech Meet
  • March 20 – BAAM for MS
  • March 20 – No School
  • March 25 – Easter Chapels
  • March 26 – April 4 – Dominican Republic Missions Trip
  • March 27 – Report Cards Handed out
  • April 1 – Let’s Go Fishing For All HS Students
  • April 1 – Minimum Day Schedule
  • April 3 – No School – Good Friday
  • April 14 – Degrees of Reading Power Assessment
  • April 6-10 – No School
  • April 15 – Petitions due for HS Executive Student Council
  • April 19 – 4pm Festival of Fine Arts at Redwood Chapel Community Church
  • April 20, 21, 22, or 23 – Writing Test For Grades 6, 8, 10, and 12
  • April 24 – High School Drama 7pm Stage Right & PHAT Friday for MS

MSHS Parking Lot Instructions

Parents, thank you for being patient and courteous in the parking lot, which we know easily becomes congested. I have a huge favor to ask: please do enter through the exit.

In order to help the traffic flow as smoothly as possible, we are asking you to please observe the following guidelines:

  • only drop your child off in the designated pickup/drop off area
  • do not allow your child to walk across three lanes of traffic
  • be patient and courteous when dropping off and picking up your children
  • make the full loop and do not cut through the student parking spaces
  • keep moving forward in the pick up lane (the right lane)
  • do not cut through the cones
  • do not pick up or drop off from the passing lane (the left lane) or the parent parking
  • do not park in the student parking spaces, in the passing lane, or the pickup lane
  • do not enter the exit

Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Cleveland, Jim Visit the RCS Athletics Home Page

Elementary Basketball

Mr. Jeff Neal and Mrs. Jackie Moog are doing a great job with our elementary basketball teams! The teams compete every Saturday in the H.A.R.D. Basketball League. Come out and support them. Both teams play at El Rancho Verde gym in Hayward. Call the Athletics Office for directions and game times: 510-317-8988.

Sports Physicals

Schedule your sports physicals now for the 2015-16 school year! June or July is the best time to get them in order to be eligible for next year’s athletic teams. Please do not wait until the week before tryouts.

Winter Sports Awards

Plan to attend the high school Winter Athletic Awards program on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR at the MSHS campus. Bring a favorite dessert or finger food for six. Game Day dress code is in effect for all athletes! All winter athletes are required to attend unless excused by their coach.

Spring Sports Schedules

Schedules are online at (click on “Athletics”) or pick up your spring sports schedules for MSHS athletics in the office. Directions to away games are included.  The final season for Middle School sports (Girls Soccer and Boys Volleyball) begins the week of March 23.

Alumni Spring Sports

All RCS graduates are welcome to attend and participate in the following alumni games:

4/25 Girls’ Softball 11 a.m., CV Community Center

4/18 Boys’ Baseball 7 p.m., San Leandro Ball Park

Booster Club Update

Many thanks to all who attended the RCS Booster Club Crab Feed and Auction. The event was a great evening of fellowship, fun, and good food. Proceeds from the event will go towards uniforms and equipment for elementary, Middle School and High School athletic teams.

RCS Music Department

Mr. Mark Cagle

Cagle, MarkWhat a great job Royal Choir and Day Break did at RAD!!! They were AWESOME!!! Thanks to the teachers and parents who helped supervise and coordinate Royal Choir setup and robe changes. I couldn’t have done it without you!!

March and April are festival months for all of our choirs. So, what have the choirs been doing in January and February? They have been practicing new music for the upcoming festivals and for the upcoming Festival of Fine Arts Program. All songs need to be memorized. Choir folders are being brought home and there should be singing going on in the bedrooms (especially the High School with Musicale only weeks away!)

The High School ACSI Musicale is coming up on Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, culminating with the Mass Choir Concert at 7:00 pm, Friday evening, at Capital Christian Center (9740 Micron Avenue, Sacramento). The high school choir will be leaving early Thursday morning (March 12) at 6:00 am by school bus and returning late Friday evening after the concert (probably around 11:45 pm).

The Middle School’s New Horizon Choir is preparing for its ACSI Middle School Choral Festival on Friday, April 24, in Roseville, at Adventure Christian Church.

Upcoming Choral Dates:

March 12-13      
High School Musicale Choral Festival, Sacramento (HS Concert Choir)

April 19
RCS Festival of Fine Arts at 4:00 pm
Redwood Chapel Community Church (RCCC)

April 24                
Middle School Choral Festival (MS New Horizon Choir)

June 3
Royal Choir sings at 5th grade graduation at 11:00 am, RCCC

June 4  
Middle School New Horizon Choir sings at 8th grade graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.

June 5                  
High School Concert Choir sings for high school graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.

Mr. Doug McClure

McClure, DougThe RCS Instrumental Department just finished two major performances – the RAD dinner and the ACSI MS Honor Band/Strings Festival at Ripon Christian. At the RAD dinner, the performance of “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” was masterfully handled by violinist Samuel Lee, and harpist Charlotte Geng. The beautiful photos you see here from this event were taken by Mrs. Humphreys. Thank you, Mrs. Humphreys, for capturing that awesome worship experience on camera!



Several students from the RCS MS were chosen to participate in the ACSI MS Honor Band/Strings Festival at Ripon Christian. The ACSI Honor Band/Strings festivals are prestigious events that include the top students from Christian schools throughout northern California. Pictured here are a few candid shots from this year’s festival a couple of weeks ago.

Congratulations to all the participants! Great job! You represented the Lord Jesus Christ and Redwood Christian Schools at both events. Praise the Lord!

Important Information:
Please Note: 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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