Parent News Bulletin March/April 2016

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson, Superintendent


Thankful for Each Family
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-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 new 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 online 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. Blatchford at the MSHS at or Mrs. Boyd at RE at or Mrs. Spade at the District Office at brittanyspade@rcs.eduPlease be sure to re-enroll soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at  Thanks!

Possible Tuition Grants for qualified RCS families for 2016-17 school year

If you are currently receiving funding from The Basic Fund, Independent Fund or Guardsmen, you must renew your scholarship annually. RCS uses FACTS to provide the 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.  You must apply for a tuition grant each year.

RCS Global

We are always looking for families Interested in opening their homes to International Students.

Please consider the following opportunity with RCS Global.  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 2016 -17 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 he/she were one of your own, including church, family dinners, family outings and provide a safe, secure, loving environment for a student a long way away from home.  We ask you to prayerfully consider this opportunity and let us know as soon as possible.  School begins on August 15, 2016.  Students will be arriving around August 8, 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 510-317-8990.  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, i.e., 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.

Thank You for your Service!
We are so blessed by all of our teachers who have served at Redwood Christian Schools in our first forty-six years of ministry.  At the end of this year we will be saying “Thank you for your commitment” to two outstanding Christian educators:

Spanish/History  Teacher Elaine Mendenhall (10 years) and MSHS Science Teacher Janette Bogdanov.   Both have earned a hearty Matthew 25:21: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

RAD – Redwood Appreciation Dinner
Thank you to all who attended RAD (Redwood Appreciation Dinner) in January!  Attendance was tremendous 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 as four families blessed by winning partial tuition scholarships for 2016-17 donated by two of our supporters!

During the evening 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.  Please contact our Student Services/Registrar Brittany Spade 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 8, in Williams Chapel (on the Redwood Elementary campus at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley).

Our 2016 Jog-a-thon is here! 
Our elementary students will be jogging on March 9th on the upper parking lot of North Campus.  Please contact the elementary campus office or see below for jog times (Elementary Campus section).  Our MS campus will be jogging on March 10th at 2:00pm on the MSHS campus.  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!

Parent E-mail List

It is critical that you keep RCS informed of any changes to your e-mail address.  E-mail is used to communicate important happenings and announcements such as our weekly Preview of the Upcoming Week, which highlights significant upcoming events, and will be used in case of emergencies.  Please be sure to remain on this e-mail list or you will miss some very important information every week!

I also recommend that parents regularly visit our website at as well as join the RCS Facebook community.



Call your campus or e-mail me at

General Information

Re-enrollment Credits
Did you re-enroll for this school year by January 31, 2015?  Is your tuition account current?

If so, a Re-enrollment Credit should have been posted to your FACTS account in February.  The credit is 25% of your 2016-17 re-enrollment fee.

If this has not been posted, please contact Alyssa Kiefer at or 510-889-7817.

Mr. Mike Kady, Director of Advancement

Sharing the Vision: A New MSHS Gym (Update)
Mr. Al Hearne, the incoming Superintendent of Redwood Christian Schools, shared at the RCS Annual Dinner a vision to build a new gymnasium at the middle and high school campus in San Lorenzo.

In the initial phase, the 16,800 square foot gymnasium will provide a much-needed venue for RCS home-based sporting events such as practices and games for our basketball and volleyball teams, as well as locker rooms, PE offices, a concession area, and storage. It will also provide space for our PE program, especially during inclement weather, and it will serve as an assembly area that can accommodate the entire middle and high school student body when needed, something that currently cannot be achieved with the Multi-Purpose Room. In a future phase, team meeting rooms and additional classroom space will be provided.

The last few months have been busy meeting with neighbors and those involved in planning the new gymnasium. At two public community meetings, held on January 12th and 21st, members from the local community voiced strong and favorable support for the project. Meetings have also been held with our contractor, Mr. Dan McNely (RCS alumnus, Class of 1984) of McNely Construction Company, our architect, Mr. Anthony Tabacco of Anthony Tabacco and Associates, and our civil engineer, Jeff Moore of Greenwood & Moore, Inc., in order to design a facility that will meet the needs of the middle and high school for years to come. Site, floor and elevation drawings are being finalized, and RCS is now moving forward to seek approval from Alameda County for the project.

Please faithfully join us in prayer as we hope to finish the approval process with the county as soon as possible. Much work remains to be done in the days and months ahead. Also, be sure to stay tuned for future updates as we move forward to make the new gymnasium a reality.


Redwood Christian Elementary

Mr. Dale Huemoeller, Principal

Dear RCE Parents:

Here we are entering the month of March! Life is moving quickly on the elementary campus. Our annual Jog-a-thon is scheduled for March 9th! I hope to see everyone there encouraging all of our joggers! March 14th begins the 4th Quarter and the last stretch of the 2015-16 school year. April brings the Festival of Fine Arts on April 10th. This event promises to be one of the best of the school year! Please join the RCS community to celebrate the Music and Arts Departments!

In just a few weeks we will be celebrating Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ!  What an exciting time! My hope is that you will gather with your family and celebrate this glorious time. HE IS RISEN! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life…” John 3:16 ESV
Let us all rejoice! HE IS RISEN!

RCE Campus JOG Schedule

March 9

Join Us and Support your Jogger!
(upper parking lot-north campus)

KB, KC           12:35 p.m.    110 yds.    15 minutes
1M, 1O            1:00 p.m.    110 yds.    15 minutes
3V, 2C             1:25 p.m.    110 yds.    15 minutes

KM, 1C          12:35 p.m.    110 yds.    15 minutes
2B, 2H             1:00 p.m.    110 yds.    15 minutes
3S, 3C              1:25 p.m.    110 yds.    15 minutes

4A, 4N            2:00 p.m.    110 yds.    15 minutes
5V, 5E, 4/5F   2:25 p.m.    110 yds.    15 minutes

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Isaac Alarcon, Sofia Birky, Lucia Brown, Alexander Clark, Jordan de Almeida,  Lazarus Jones, Anthony Rincon, Naomi Whaling


Spiritual Emphasis Week – March 21 thru March 24

Mrs. Amber Warner will be our speaker during Spiritual Emphasis Week.  Join us as she speaks about Loving the Lord with all your Heart, all your Mind and all your Soul!!

Elementary Campus Calendar
Mark Your Calendars!

March 3-4
Teacher Training Days – No School – EDC Open at MSHS
BASS Church Workers Convention thru March 5th

March 8
New Parent Information Meeting – 7:00 pm – Williams Chapel/Redwood Chapel

March 9
JOG Day!

March 10
End of 3rd Quarter

March 11
Teacher Prep Day – No School – EDC Open at RCE

March 14
4th Quarter Begins

March 14 – 24
Grades K-5 AAP Conferences After School

March 16
JOG Make-ups

March 18
K-12  Reports Cards Sent Home

March 21
Home School Meeting – 7:00pm

March 21 – 24
Spiritual Emphasis Week

March 25
Good Friday
No School; EDC and Offices Closed

March 27
Easter Sunday

March 28 – April 1
Easter Break: No School; District Office Open; EDC and Campus Offices Closed

April 4
School Resumes

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

April 10
Festival of Fine Arts at RCE, Redwood Chapel – 4:00 pm

April 11 – 22
Grades K-7 Terra Nova Assessments

April 22
Notices of Concern


Middle School & High School Campus

Mr. Al Hearne, Principal

Lost in Thought…

Introducing iLearn@RCS – Different Brains Require Different Teaching Methodologies


Dr. Bruce Perry, Baylor College of Medicine has stated that “Different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures, as we shall see in the next installment, it is very likely that our students’ brains have physically changed and are different from ours as a result of how they grew up”.[1] Because the brains are wired differently the manner in which we teach must change. As Christian educators we must teach to the students that God has sent into our classrooms and sometimes this means that we have to change what we do in order to better reach the children under our care.

“Screenagers” Roaming the Land ..

A major component of daily living in the 21st century is the proliferation of technology that is readily accessible. Students living today are digital natives, they are Screenagers. The Screenagers who roam the halls of RCS have grown up in a world of technology and their brains are wired differently than any other generation. Screenagers cannot imagine a world in which: videos cannot be made or watched on a cell phone, text messages cannot be sent at all hours of the day, status updates cannot be posted on Facebook, or video games cannot be played wirelessly against people in other countries. Screenagers are authors, creators, designers, and networkers. By virtue of their digital connections they have created a worldwide community and are creating a new version of the English language.

Screenagers learn in a different way in part due to their digital connections to others and in part to the manner in which their brains are wired. Screenagers are networkers and multitaskers who are easily bored and can become unmotivated by traditional teaching practices. Screenagers are used to having information at their fingertips and are able to quickly scan large amounts of text in order to find the data that they are looking for before they click and go on to the next page. Screenagers live a fast-paced life, one in which they are constantly bombarded with visual, auditory, and digital stimuli. Screenagers play video games, instant message, text message, watch TV, listen to music, surf the Internet, shop online, and Facebook, pretty much at the same time.
[1] Prensky – Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants – Part2

The vision for iLearn@RCS is to utilize a Biblical Worldview while providing 21st century living and learning skills.  21st century skills are commonly grouped into four categories: [2]

Ways of Thinking – creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and learning;

Ways of Working – communication and collaboration;

Tools for Working – information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy;

Skills for Living in the World – citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility.


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
Sixth and seventh graders will be registering 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. We welcome parents’ questions and/or comments. 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 2016-2017
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 Mrs. Cagle. 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 students see Mrs. Cagle. The preferred method of registration is online at

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 $87, during the first two weeks of May.

May 4 – 8:00 English Literature and Composition
May 5 – 8:00 Calculus AB
May 5 – 12:00 AP Chinese
May 6 – 8:00 US History
May 6 – 12:00 European History
May 11 – 8:00 English Language and Composition
May 11 – 12:00 Macroeconomics
May 12 – 8:00 World History
May 13 – 12:00 Microeconomics

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 not 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:

  • Wait your turn in the drop-off/pickup 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 pickup 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/Pickup location in front of the school.

Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Visit the RCS Athletics Home Page

Elementary Basketball
Mr. Jeff Neal and Mr. Peter Bibby 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. Check the H.A.R.D. website for game times or call the RCS athletics office at 510-317-8988.

Sports Physicals
Schedule your sports physicals now for the 2016-17 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 7, 2016 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  (RCS Athletics Home Page ) 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 21.

Alumni Spring Sports
All RCS graduates are welcome to attend and participate in the following alumni games:
4/16 Girls’ Softball 11 a.m., CV Community Center
4/30 Boys’ Baseball 7 p.m., San Leandro Ball Park

Booster Club Update
Many thanks to all who attended the RCS Booster Club BBQ 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

Wow!!! What a great job all the music groups did at the RAD (Redwood Appreciation Dinner) in January!!! They sounded AWESOME!!! What a treat it was for parents and guests to have a 45-minute “mini” concert in the foyer of RCCC as they moved from the dinner to the auditorium for the program. How fun was that!!

March and April are festival months for all of our choirs. So, what have the music groups been doing in January and February? They have been practicing new music for the upcoming ACSI festivals and the RCS Festival of Fine Arts. Choirs: All songs need to be memorized. Choir folders are being brought home and there should be singing in the bedrooms (especially with the High School, as the Musicale is only weeks away!) Band members, you need to be practicing your music and turning in your weekly practice slips.

The High School ACSI Musicale is coming up on Thursday and Friday, March 10-11, 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 Wednesday late afternoon (March 9) by school bus and returning late Friday evening after the concert (around 11:45 pm).

The Middle School’s New Horizon Choir is preparing for its ACSI Middle School Choral Festival on Friday, April 29, in Roseville, at Adventure Christian Church.

Congratulations to our MS Honor Band attendees: Daniel Chu (trumpet), Rohan John (clarinet), David Langansan (percussion), and Sophia Nicolas (French horn)!! They were selected for and attended this year’s ACSI MS Honor Band in Ripon, CA, on Feb. 5, 2016. What a fantastic job they did!

Upcoming Music Performance Dates:

March 10-11
High School Musicale Choral Festival, Sacramento (HS Concert Choir). Leaving March 9.

April 9 
HS Concert Choir performs at Great America Music Festival.

April 10
RCS Festival of Fine Arts at 4:00pm. Redwood Chapel Community Church (RCCC)

April 29
Middle School Choral Festival (MS New Horizon Choir)

April 30
MSHS ACSI Band Festival, Santa Rosa (MS & HS bands, and selected RCE band students)

May 11
“Liberty” 2nd Annual Performance at 7 pm, Location TBA (all choirs and Elite Eagle band)

May 24
Middle School New Horizon Choir sings and Elite Eagle Band plays at 8th grade graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.

May 25 
Royal Choir sings and Advanced Band plays at 5th grade graduation at 11:00 am, RCCC

May 26
High School Concert Choir sings and Elite Eagle Band plays for high school graduation at 7:00 pm, RCCC.

Let’s continue to build our music program. Parents, it has been scientifically proven that children involved in music score higher on tests! Let me ask you to encourage your child to stay involved in music, either, in band or choir. As we continue to build the band program here at RCS, I need every student who is presently playing an instrument to commit to the band, either at the elementary, middle school, or high school level.

I have been so excited at what has been happening in the bands this year. I look forward with anticipation to the 2016-17 band year! I see the Jazz/Pep Band growing and taking an active role in pep rallies and at homecoming, and other school related events. I hope to establish a marching band that will be able to march in the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade, as well as, other civic events.

RCS Global

Mr. Ben Warner, Director of RCS Global

Redwood Christian Schools has a tremendous international student ministry as well as an international mission ministry. It has been awesome to be directly over these two ministries for the last four years! I am so thankful for the heart of our School Board who decided to pursue these two programs to reach students for Christ.

March 17-26 is the Navajo Missions Trip. The goal for the trip is to partner with Western Indian Ministries (WIM) in Window Rock, AZ and encourage them in every way possible (light construction, school carnival, painting, chapel services, radio ministry, and more). I would like to ask you to help cover this trip and ministry time in prayer. Pray for safety as we travel and as we work, for a spirit of unity among the team members, for us to be an encouragement to everyone we come in contact with, and for us to learn to see people and the world as God sees them. If you are interested in making a donation to the trip, you can send a donation to the RCS District Office and include a note that it is for the RCHS Missions Team.

This year’s missions team is made up of 19 students and 4 staff.
The team members are: Isaac Abuyen, Monica Arce-Macias, Michaela Avolicino, Jessica Chan, Annabelle Diaz-Ambrosia, Hannah Garcia, Savannah Goodell, Nicholas Guadamuz, Christopher Hall, Nicholas Lam, Christopher Leung, Andrew Loux, Michael Lum, Jacob Martinez, Michelle Mejia, Cristian Rodriguez, Matthew Schibler, Sally Truong, Joshua Wen, Mrs. Magee, Mrs. Hinton, Mr. Hinton, and Mr. Warner.

International missions used to mean packing up all your belongings and moving your family to a far-off country only to return once every four years. Every day, on both campuses, our students and staff get to interact and share the love of God with international students. Many of our school families are also involved in international missions from their home as they serve the Lord as host parents. This is such a different reality for international missions from only of few years ago. We have rejoiced with a few students who have become Christians, and we have been so encouraged as some of the international students begin to understand that there really is a God. I want to recruit your help in daily praying for the salvation of our international students. Perhaps you have been watching from a distance and are now ready to jump in with both feet by hosting an international student. We are anticipating an increased need next school year. If you are interested in hosting, please email Mrs. Wright ( to find out what to do next.

I would like to encourage our RCS family to continue with or to get involved for the first time with international missions in some way this spring. Join us in fulfilling the call of Acts 1:8, But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

The last day of bus service is May 19

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