Parent News Bulletin Nov-Dec 2012

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson

Redwood Christian Schools Middle School High School Enrollment

Greetings!  Our school verse for 2012-13 is Psalm 105:4 (ESV) – Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Your children are being taught to continually seek the Lord and his strength and not to depend solely upon ourselves. They are also taught that this is not done as ritual that once done, it is not repeated. We are teaching that they continually invite our Lord Jesus Christ into our lives continually. The children see this lesson being modeled daily by their teachers, both in word and action. Thank you for your commitment to provide a Christ-centered education for your child(ren). Your children are precious to us and so are you!


Appreciation  I so appreciate it when parents sit down and take the time to drop me a note about how the ministry of RCS has impacted their student(s) and family. Some of the notes are quite long, while others are just a sentence or two. Please know that all are read, appreciated and shared with the appropriate staff member. At the same time, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to bring them to the person who can help youmost, and then, if necessary, the campus principal, and then, if necessary, to me. Please always identify yourself if you call and sign your name on all written communication. The Matthew 18 Principle is key to our lives and conduct being an example to all members of the RCS Community, especially our students. Thank you for honoring Jesus Christ in this way. (The Matthew 18 Principle is found in Matthew 18:15-17).

Mid-Year Entry into RCS
Throughout the year, families may choose to leave their current educational situation for a Christ-centered education. We are able to expedite applications anytime throughout thes chool year. Please refer interested families to our Mrs. Roberts, Director of Student Services, at 510-889-7526 or

2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #73695)
United Way (UW), State Campaigns
and Workplace Campaigns

Please read carefully. Thank you in advance –

It’s getting to be that time of year again, and the 640+ students in our classrooms need YOUR help in this, our 43rd Year of Ministry! Please read the following carefully and contact me directly if you have any questions. We also have materials we can send to you – just let me know! Redwood Christian Schools has been accepted for membership in the international federation of Christian Charities USA ( Please look for us there listed as Christ-Centered Education/Redwood Christian Schools.

Please know that the potential for this is tremendous! If each one who receives this information designates his or her campaign gift to Christ-Centered Education/Redwood Christian Schools and recruits one co-worker, we can double the potential funds designated to the Lord’s work at Redwood. But it can’t happen without you–you are the key to this becoming a reality. Just think whatcould happen if three or four of your co-workers joined others, what a tremendouspotential and outstanding opportunity! Praise God!

You should find us listed as Christ-Centered Education/Redwood Christian Schools during all Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #73695), United Way (UW), and State Campaigns. However, if you do not find us listed as above, please let me know immediately. There has been no retreat in our ministry, mission or leadership. We know what we have been called to do, and we request your help to get it done! School information is available at our Website at I encourage you to visit us and refer others also, to see the “dividends” your support provides! For Workplace campaigns, look first for us to be listed as Redwood Christian Schools. In most Workplace campaigns, you can also write RCS.

Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley CA 94546

Home School and RCS
Do you know someone who is currently home schooling a child? We have a program that addresses most every home school situation. Help a home school family experience a slice of RCS, by contacting Mrs. Abbott our Director of Home School Ministries at 510-537-8734 or

The Redwood Christian High School Missions Trip
For the seventh year in a row, Redwood Christian Schools will be sending our missions team to serve the less fortunate and model Jesus while receiving valuable training and experience. For the last six years our students and chaperones have gone to Latin America. This year our Missions Team will be traveling to Southwest United States and ministering to Native youth within the Navajo Nation from March 21st through March 30th. While there, our 16-person team (twelve students and four chaperones) will build friendships, lead Vacation Bible School, tutor students, participate in church services, and help with small construction projects.

This year’s trip will cost approximately $15,000.If you are interested in financially supporting this year’s trip, you may turn in a donation to any of our school campus offices. Your support both financially and in prayer are greatly appreciated.

Communication Tools between RCS and Your Family
We desire to utilize as many tools as feasible to enable open communication between RCS and our families. Please read the following very carefully, and contact me if you have any questions. If I do not know the answer, I will refer your e-mail or call to someone who does!

Parent E-mail List
Are you on the Parent Only Email List? Please e-mail and request that your email be added to this important tool of communication. The list is protected (individual e-mail addresses do not appear) and it is used to communicate important happenings and announcements, and will be used in case of emergencies. Please remember, when you change your e-mail address, to notify us! Each year about 25% of the e-mails we start the year with become “stale” and are returned to us, and we do not have the personnel to contact everyone.

Are you receiving the full benefit of RenWeb? RenWeb is a school management software that will enable parents to go online and check their students progress in class, track homework assignments and communicate with the teachers. You will access RenWeb by going to www.rcs.eduand clicking on the RenWeb icon. To learn more about RenWeb, please visit

CS Web page is the place to find pictures and announcements about upcoming and past RCS events! We encourage you to visit the site often! It will be undergoing a re-work soon so visit it often for great encouragement! It is also a great way to share the RCS ministry with family, friends and prospective students!

Prayer Request
Throughout the year we need volunteers to assist in mailings and other “hands on” projects. If you would be willing to assist (and your schedule permits when we contact you), please email Mrs. Wolf at


Call your campus or e-mail me at

General Information

Support RCS While You Shop Around Town or Online
Do you shop at the following stores: Safeway? Food 4 Less? Big O Tires? Do you ever shop online at Amazon, Apple Store or Macy’s? By registering your credit cards (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 activated with each swipe of your card. Encourage your friends and family to enroll. Every swipe helps!

Visit the website at

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 middle school/high school 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!!

Receive Discounts While Supporting RCS
Now you can be notified via e-mail of discounts being offered for a limited time by local businesses and support RCSby taking advantage of the special offers. Bluebird by eScrip brings great deals from local businesses to you, your family, friends, and neighbors. Every deal is unique to your community.

To learn more, go to If you like the idea of being notified of local discounts and painlessly supporting RCS, select “Join” on this website.

Tuition Payments
If you use the same check to pay tuition, EDC and bus, please specify on the memo portion of the check or on the accompanying coupon, how the amount is to be divided. This will help ensure proper distribution of your payment.Also, tuition payments can be accepted at any campus. It is not necessary to pay at the District Office. Payments made ata campus by 9:00a.m. arrive at the Business Office the same day.

We e-mail tuition statements by the 5th of each month to everyone who does not have a zero balance. Feel free, at any time, to request a current statement.

Stocks and Giving
Redwood accepts donations of stock. Our broker will sell the stock on the day of the donation, if prudent. The value of the donor’s tax-deduction is the stock’s market price when it was donated. If the current market price is higher than the purchase price, the donor does not pay a tax on the capital gain. Call Mr. Hubbard at 510-889-7817 for additional information.

Redwood Christian Elementary
Mr. Mike Kady, Principal

Elementary Principal

From the Principal’s Desk
“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 is one of the most well-known, memorized and frequently quoted verses in the Bible. Examination reveals to
the reader God so loved. He loved, not selfishly, or with a limited love, but with a perfect love that could only come from the one and only perfect God. He loved the world. No exceptions; it embraces all of mankind. From love, God gave. Giving involves a gift and a recipient. The gift that was given was His Son. Priceless. Incomprehensible. It is a gift that promises eternal life to those who believe, to those who are recipients of the gift. For those who have embraced this gift, the response can be none other but genuine worship, ascribing worth to God and hopelessly entangled with thankfulness.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas this season with our families, may the reality of God’s ultimate gift, Jesus Christ, cause us to ponder and motivate us to give as God gives. Give in love. Give unselfishly. Give until it hurts. Give to those who are in need. Give gifts that will reap eternal rewards. And may we also reflect on the goodness of God in our lives and respond with authentic thankfulness, worship, and praise to Him who has and will continue to give to us exactly what we really need. Be thankful for your family. Be thankful for your health. Be thankful for the small things. And above all, be thankful for God’s gift of eternal life, for God so loved.

RCE Campus Calendar
The next few months are very busy for all of us with many exciting opportunities for family, fellowship, and service. Please take some time to review the events below.

New Parent Information Meeting

PEACH students only: No school or EDC for PEACH students -Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Report cards sent home today.

RCE Family Bowling, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Castro Village Bowl (3501 Village Drive, Castro Valley), $8 for 90 minutes of unlimited games and shoes. Parent-supervised family event. Buy your tickets at the RCE Campus Office or the District Office.

Daylight Savings Time ends . . . turn clocks back one hour.

Home School Meeting, 7 p.m., South Campus, Room C6

Election Day. Don’t forget to vote.

No School – Veterans’ Day Observed. EDC and Offices closed.

Last day to turn in Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes stuffed with gifts for our Christmas Children.

Harvest Day for K, 1st, and 2nd grades. Have you signed up on the class list for a food dish to bring? This is a potluck, and each student may bring up to two guests.

Harvest Day for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades (includes Mrs. Conley’s class). Have you signed up on the class list for a food dish to bring? This is a potluck, and each student may bring up to two guests.

No School – Thanksgiving Vacation. EDC closed all week. District Office will be closed November 21 (noon) – 23.Happy Thanksgiving!

Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games.

Toy and Food collection for Harbor House. New toys and nonperishable food need to be in classrooms by 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, November 28. We will deliver them to Harbor House by noon that Wednesday, November 28.

Family Book Fair in Room C6.


Christmas Chapel featuring our Elementary Music Departments, 9:10 a.m. in the Worship Center.

Christmas Concert at Middle School/High School, 7 p.m.

No School – Christmas Break. EDC closed over Christmas Break. District Office will be closed December 24-26, and 31. Merry Christmas!

January – Happy New Year 2013!
No School – Christmas Break. EDC closed over Christmas
Break. District Office will be closed January 1.

School resumes.

Re-enrollment begins.

Noteworthy Highlights

RCE Family Bowling
We have reserved over 20 lanes at the Castro Village Bowl (3501 Village Drive, Castro Valley) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 3 for families to come and enjoy a time of great fellowship. We are receiving a great deal: $8 for 90 minutes of unlimited bowling. Shoe rental is included. Many lanes will have the bumpers up, so bring the little ones as well. Please note this is a family parent-supervised event that requires pre-purchased tickets. Tickets are available in the RCE and District Offices.

Source for Enduring and Endearing Christmas Presents –
Book Fair

We are delighted to have Mr. and Mrs. Winn Oakes again bring their wonderful books and other gift items to RCE Tuesday, November 27 through Friday, November 30. This is our annual Family Book Fair, and it will be located in Room C6.

Lose Something?
Please write the names or initials of your students on clothes and valuables in case they get misplaced at school. If the name is on the item, we can often return it to its owner. If not, it may languish in our Lost and Found locations until claimed or shipped away. For South Campus, the Lost and Found drawer is located under the front porch of the school office. For North Campus, the Lost and Found bin is located in the North Campus hallway.

Christmas Chapels
Our Christmas Chapels are planned for December 7 (featuring our elementary choral, band, and strings groups), and December 14 (Mr. Carey’s 4th/5th grade class). Chapels begin at 9:10 a.m.

Toy and Food Drive
Students and parents will have two opportunities this season to share with those who are in need. First, we are participating in Operation Christmas Child, an international ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Second, our annual Toy and Food Drive for Harbor House in Oakland will be Monday through Wednesday, November 26-28. Information has already gone home for Operation Christmas Child, and was presented by Miss Masin in Chapel on October 5. The deadline for Operation Christmas Child is Tuesday, November 13. More information will be sent home in the near future regarding Harbor House. We are blessed to be able to participate in both of these two incredible opportunities, serving those in need within our local community and internationally as well.

Victory Drill Awards
Congratulations are in order to Denzil Adams, David Barquero, Jack Haserot, Jonathan Kelly, Benjamin Leonard, Berlin Lillard, Jonathan Murray, Mahliyah Ortez-Lucero, and Jackson Strange for passing page 50 in the Victory Drill book. A big “Congratulations!” is due to our newest Victory Drill Champs.

Harvest Day Potlucks
Our Harvest Day potlucks are scheduled for Thursday, November 15 for KB, KL, K/1C, 1M, 1O, 2Be, and 2Bl, and for Friday, November 16 for 2/3C, 3B, 3S, 4A, 4F, 4/5C, 5E and 5N. The feasts will be held in the gymnasium on South Campus. Please sign up on your classroom list located in the classrooms. Students may bring up to 2 guests. More information will be coming before the potlucks. Remember, dishes must be brought “ready to eat” 15 minutes before serving time. Come and join us for a great feast and time of thanking the Lord together for His many blessings.

A Few Reminders
Thank you for attending our parent-teacher nights. Here are a
few reminders of some things we covered (plus a few more):

1. Punctuality: It is important for all of our children to learn that getting to school on time, turning in assignments thoroughly completed and within the allotted days, and always being prepared are not only vital for school but important elements of success as adults.

2. Party Invitations: Please remember that party invitations can only be distributed at school if ALL the students from the class (or all the boys or all girls) are invited. Invitations should only be given at the end of the day. The classroom teacher may request that no invitations be distributed at school.

3. Rest and Nutrition: Make sure your child gets adequate rest every night and a nourishing breakfast each morning. Your child needs a good fruit break and lunch each day. Avoid sending soft drinks and sugary treats.

4. Weekly Lesson Plans:Be sure to read the weekly lesson plans. There are many important announcements on them that will help you stay informed about school activities. Please also see 10 below.

5. Dress Code: Copies are available in the office. Do plan ahead for growth spurts as you purchase new clothing for your children.

6. Vacations during school time: Please try to schedule vacations around school days. If this is unavoidable, and you are planning to be away during school days, please give notice 7 to 10 days prior to the trip to both the office and the teacher. Arrangements should be made for completing as much of the work as possible during the absence. Please note the student has 7 school days to complete other assignments after his/her return.

7. Parking:Always be considerate of other drivers and please drive slowly in all parking lot areas. If possible, try to avoid backing up your vehicle. As a reminder, always obey posted signs regarding entry into the parking lots. Do not enter the church-only parking area at South Campus as well as the lower parking lot at North Campus (unless you have business at the District Office).

8. Student Pick Up: Remember that students are only released to parents and others who are listed on a child’s student information sheet. South Campus children (Kg through 3rd grade) will not be dismissed to go to their cars by themselves. North Campus students should be picked up in the upper parking lot; because of safety concerns, please do not ask your child to meet you on the street. Remember: parents and others should plan to be at the school to pick up their children by 3:30 p.m. every day. If you are unable to routinely pick your child up at 3:30 p.m., please look into enrolling him/her in the Extended Day Care (EDC) program.

9. Appointments: If you need to take your child for an appointment during school hours, go to the Office first and obtain a yellow dismissal slip. Do not go directly to the classroom. Please do not tell your child to meet you at a particular place. Children need to be kept in the classroom until someone comes for them. Upon returning from an appointment, please come to the Office first.

10. ParentsWeb: This is a great Internet-based tool for obtaining school-related information such as lesson plans, grades, and important notifications. However, your e-mail address must be on file and you must log on to use this free service. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions or problems.

Extended Day Care
As a reminder, EDC is closed on major holidays and school vacations. This includes the observation of Veterans Day (November 12), Thanksgiving Break (November 19-23), and Christmas Break (December 21-January 4).

Middle School & High School Campus
Mr. Al Hearne, Principal

RCS Principal

Pondering Principal
Hello, Parents, Mr. Hearne here with an update regarding what’s been happening around the MSHS lately.

The MSHS participated with schools across the nation during Red Ribbon Week (October 22-26), challenging students to choose to be drug free through obedience to God and understanding the Biblical Christian Worldview. During Bible classes we tackled the issue of drug use in the American culture and provided opportunities for students to study the Bible and find validity in choosing to remain drug free. We also had campus-wide events. On Tuesday, October 23rd the 129th Rescue Wing of National Guard based at Moffett Federal Airfield landed a helicopter , a “Team Hawk – HH-60G Pavehawk” on the back field and addressed the student body, challenging them to remain drug free in order to achieve their goals in life. On Wednesday, October 24th, the HS drama class led both MS and HS Chapel presenting original works written under the direction of Miss Suth, challenging the students to remain drug free and honor God with their personal choices in life.

We are in the midst of branding our new ESLRs within the school culture and curriculum. “What are ESLRs?” you must be asking yourself. ESLRs are our Expected School Wide Learning Results. They are an integral part of the accreditation process. We are fully accredited by two agencies: the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As part of the accreditation process, schools must identify their ESLRs and integrate them within the educational program.

A Christian mind believes that:

God exists, He created and brought truth, order, purpose and authority into His creation. At RCS we believe that all truth is God’s truth and there is a difference between information and understanding. Information is the mere collection of facts and figures, whereas understanding uses these facts and figures to wrestle with God’s truth which will in turn lead to proper, God-honoring action. Our teachers all have shepherds’ hearts and guide their students, teaching them to wrestle with God’s truth so thatthey can use their intellect to honor God in all they do.

The goal of the ESLRs is for our students to be “Developing a Mind for Christ” that fully recognizes God’s truth, realizes that ideas have consequences, and works toward impacting the world around them for Christ. We teach our students to know and recognize truth as revealed by God through Scripture. We teach our students to know and do what is right, to live by the values taught in Scripture. We teach our students to be skillful and to do everything as if it were being done for the Lord Jesus!

Our five new ESLRs are:

RCS students will be Active Learners who approach learning as a thinking activity and assume personal responsibility to remember and apply what is presented in school. They will be taught to:

  • Use and manage time by organizing priorities, setting & attaining goals
  • Identify similarities and differences
  • Ask their own questions and locate their own answers
  • Properly use resources
  • Listen and take effective notes
  • Read, summarize and study written text
  • Create metaphors and analogies to aid with memorization
  • Remember and transfer knowledge to different contexts
  • Apply the truth of God’s Word in their daily lives

RCS students will be Responsible and Respectful Citizens who treat others as they, themselves wish to be treated. They will be taught to:

  • Demonstrate respect for authority
  • Accept personal, social, and civic responsibility
  • Contribute their time and talents to improve the quality of life in their sphere of influence
  • Model responsible citizenship marked by kindness, integrity, compassion, and Biblical ethics

RCS students will be Critical and Creative Thinkers who approach the world with intellectual curiosity and solve problems using a Biblical Worldview. They will be taught to:

  • Identify, locate, and organize information and turn this into understanding
  • Apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas when solving problems
  • Investigate meaning beyond the obvious 
  • Identify fact and opinion
  • Determine the validity of sources
  • Evaluate information from a Biblical Worldview
  • Manage complexity by planning and prioritizing
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills in real life situations
  • Design creative and contextually appropriate presentations of the Gospel

RCS students will be challenged to be Spiritually Growing Students through service to Jesus Christ. They will be taught to:

  • Accept that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He wants to be involved in a personal relationship as their Lord and Savior
  • Demonstrate God’s love, will and authority in their lives through service to others
  • Develop spiritual gifts through involvement in ministry activities
  • Share God’s truth with those around them, through both word and deed
  • Respect the dignity and sanctity of all human life

RCS students will be Effective Communicators, able to express their ideas through various media, characterized by a clear sense of meaning, purpose, and audience. They will be taught to:

  • Conduct research using appropriate technology
  • Summarize reflectively 
  • Document sources 
  • Evaluate critically 
  • Identify the main purpose/point
  • Explain the difference between fact and opinion
  • Communicate the Gospel

In the days, weeks, and months ahead we will continue to work on integrating the ESLRs throughout our campus and curriculum, all in an effort to provide the best Christ-centered education for our students.

iLearn@RCS Update

learning school ipads

We started phase three of iLearn@RCS by issuing iPads to all of our Juniors and Seniors at the beginning of September. Phase One began in the spring when iPads were issued to the faculty. Phase Two took place during the summer when our wireless network infrastructure was updated. Now, Phase Three is well under way.

During this time I have been tremendously proud of our faculty and students. On the one hand, our teachers have taken up the challenge of learning to teach in a digital classroom with grace and poise. They have learned a new set of vocabulary, a new manner of classroom management, and they are learning new ways to teach. Each Friday morning one faculty member leads a professional development session regarding something he or she has learned about the iPad.On the other hand, our students are learning a new way to learn. While training the students on how to use their iPads in the classroom as a learning tool and not a personal entertainment device, I challenge them to be Responsible & Respectful Digital Citizens. I believe that they have lived up to this challenge; they have done a tremendous job of properly using digital technology in class as a learning tool and fighting off distractions.

The iPads have brought several meaningful changes into the RCS classroom. First, a few classroomtraditional textbooks have been replaced with digital textbooks, and we plan to continue to replace traditional textbooks with digital textbooks within our normal textbooks adoption cycle. Second, students are now taking digital notes and are able to easily collaborate, update their notes and share them with sick friends. Third, teachers now have a digital student response system which allows all students to answer a question before the teacher calls on one student to answer aloud.


One of the goals of iLearn@RCS is to educate parents and faculty regarding digital technology and I will pass along educational material as we learn of it. I recently read the following three articles that I found to be not only educational but helpful as well.

1) Apple has recently released iOS 6. This article briefly summarizes the update:

2) The iPad comes with several built in parental controls:

3) iOS 6 has a new feature, “Guided Access,” which allows for one certain app to be locked into place and not allow the user to use any other apps:

You may be asking yourself, “Why have we embarked on this great new educational adventure?” Simply put, because it is our responsibility to educate RCS students within the framework of a Biblical Worldview for the world in which they will live and work as adults.

biblical worldview

Magazine Sale
Thank you once again for your support of our Magazine Sale. For those who worked hard, the reward of reduced fees for their trips (Eighth Grade Washington, D.C. Trip and Senior Trip) will be substantial. We also use some of the profits toward missions’ projects and purchasing equipment for our campus.

Stage Left
The MSHS Drama Department presents the annual Stage Left, on Friday, November 16th, at 7:00p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the MSHS campus. The Middle School drama class will present “The Trial of Goldilocks.” The High School drama class will then present “The Great Nursing Home Escape.” Don’t miss this exciting night of theatrical talent! Contact the MSHS campus for tickets or purchase at the door.

Tickets are $5 adults & students if purchased early and $7 if purchased at the door.

MSHS Parking Lot Instructions
Thank you for being patient and courteous in the parking lot. We know that it easily becomes congested and we need your help to keep it flowing as smoothly as possible. Please continue to wait your turn.

Please observe the following guidelines:

  • wait your turn in the drop off/pick up line of cars (do not use the passing lane to cut your way to the front of the line)
  • only drop your child off in the designated pickup/drop off area in the front of the school
  • 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) 
  • do not allow your child to walk across three lanes of traffic
  • 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
Castro Valley School Parking

Eagles Nest Cafe
Monday through Thursday, the Eagles Nest Cafe will be serving hot lunches. To order, students must purchase lunch tickets of $25 or more from Mrs. Kidwell, then order lunch in their first period classrooms by 8:15 a.m. The menu will be changing from time to time. On Fridays, different classes will be selling food-it could be pizza, hot dogs, chicken and rice, etc.-to help raise money for their class accounts. Fridays are cash-only purchases. Please note that students are not allowed to use their lunch accounts to purchase lunches for friends.

Info From The Counselor

The following tests have been given in the months of
September and October at the MSHS campus:

The U.C. Berkeley Math Diagnostic Test taken by all students in grades 6-12 enrolled in a math class. The test is designed as a pre-test showing student’s math readiness as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

The Stanford Writing Assessment was taken by all students in grades 7, 9, and 11. This assessment is a direct measure of achievement in written expression. Evaluation occurs through holistic scoring as well as comprehensive information about students’ strengths and weaknesses. Seventh grade students received a descriptive writing assessment involving a description of a place or thing. Ninth grade students received an expository writing assessment involving the explanation of an option, issue or point of view. Eleventh grade students received a persuasive writing assessment involving the detailed support of a position, using logical reasoning and persuasive language to convince the reader to endorse the stated position.

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test was taken by all 10th and 11th grade students. The PSAT measures critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing skills developed over many years.

If you have not seen the results of these tests, ask your child when he or she received the results. The PSAT results will be coming to parents before Christmas break. Contact the MSHS office if you have any questions. After taking the PSAT, students are encouraged to take the SAT exam.

SAT testing dates for the 2011-2012 year are:

Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 28, Mar. 10, May 5 and June 2. More information can be found at

Also, this fall, Mrs. Cagle, our guidance counselor has been meeting with each senior to discuss college plans, the college application process, and the upcoming deadlines.

MS Gets Involved In The True Meaning of Christmas
The Middle School will be joining with Samaritan’s Purse to participate in Operation Christmas Child. The students will have the opportunity to put together a shoe box filled with simple gifts for children around the world who are less fortunate than we are. Please encourage your children to put together a shoe box and to pray for the child who will be receiving this Christmas gift. This is an excellent chance for our students to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with children around the world by giving them this Christmas gift and the Christian literature that Samaritan’s purse will be including. We may never fully understand or know the power of this simple gift in the life of the child who will receive it. Specific information will be coming the first week of November. You may also check out Operation Christmas Child at

Department of Athletics
Mr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Castro Valley RCS Director of Athletics

Visit the RCS Athletics Home Page

Booster Club

Sweatshirts, T-Shirts and Blankets
Fall is here and the weather is turning cold. Make sure you and your student stay warm by purchasing your new Redwood Christian sweatshirt. This year’s sweatshirt is available in navy blue for $30. Please see any campus secretary or the Athletic Office to purchase your sweatshirts. Also new this fall are long sleeve spirit t-shirts that are approved for school dress code. Come to the athletic office for an order form.


Crab Feed
We would like to invite all parents and friends to join the RCS Booster Club. One of the big RCS events of the year is the Booster Club Crab Feed scheduled for February 9 (*please note this date has been changed from the date on the RCS calendar). This event has raised over $20,000 for the RCS athletic teams and PE Department in the past. The success of past years’ Crab Feeds has allowed the Booster Club to purchase new uniforms and equipment for several of the MSHS sports teams. This year we have a need for new members to become involved in the fundraising efforts. We are looking forward to this year’s Crab Feed to be even larger and better. This can be accomplished with your support. If you own a business or work for someone who would be willing to donate towards this event or if you can donate time, please contact the RCS Athletic Department at 510-317-8988 as soon as possible. You are a very important part of the success of the Crab Feed. Remember to get your tickets early. The tickets will go on sale in early December.

Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games
The 33rd Annual Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Canyon Middle School.

The Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games Event will

  • Elementary basketball Clinic with Varsity Coaches Drew Sanchez and Erin McGrath – 2:30 p.m.  (Clinic is free with paid admission to the alumni games.)
  • Open to students 2nd through 5th.
  • Alumni/Faculty vs. J.V. Boys Basketball – 4:00 p.m.
  • Alumni vs. Varsity Girls – 5:00 p.m.
  • Peter Branson Memorial Game/Alumni vs. Varsity Boys -6:00 p.m.

We are anticipating a great time of fun and fellowship. Your entire family is invited to support this event! Concessions will be available. Proceeds from this event go to our Tuition Assistance Fund. Since this is a fundraiser, ALL spectators pay to attend.

Advance tickets can be purchased at any school office starting November 8th. The doors open at 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Senior High Athletic Awards
The RCHS Fall Athletic Awards Night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, in the MSHS multipurpose room, at 7:00 p.m. Let’s have 100% attendance by parents and athletes for this special night!

Schedules Available Online!
Check out Once there, click on Athletics in the  left column. You will find updated schedules for all MS and  HS athletic teams, starting dates and information about  Winter and Spring sports and return times and directions to all events. Also, please check out the scores and read the headlines about our athletic teams.

Important Note
Each middle school and high school athlete must have a  current physical, with a physical form on file in the Athletic  Office, before he or she can try out for any school team  throughout the year. A new form must be filled out each school year. Please plan to do this each July to avoid  delayed appointments in the future.

Thinking About Playing Athletics in College? offers the Student Athlete and College  Recruiting Program. This site is full of great links and  videos surrounding the college recruiting process. Specific  links to the NCAA Clearinghouse provide up to date information about the new academic requirements that will  affect all 2016 grads who wish to play NCAA Div. 1 and 2.  Access to can be found through the  “files and links” tab on our athletics website

RCS Music Department

Middle School High School Fine Arts Teacher

Mr. Mark Cagle
Wow! We are coming to the end of the 1st Quarter already! It has been an exciting, and quick, first quarter in  regards to the choral department at RCS! All choirs have been busy getting “into” the choir rehearsal routine.

One of our choirs, Royal Choir, has already had its first performance. The students performed for Grandparents’ Day  on Friday, October 12, at Redwood Chapel. They sang 3 songs (after only 5 rehearsal!!!) , and did a fantastic job!!! There are  approximately 40 singers in Royal Choir this year. What a fast learning choir they are! I am so proud of them!!

Our other choirs: MS New Horizon Choir, HS Concert Choir, and  HS International Choir, performed in the Fall Concert, on  October 29th, on the MSHS campus.

The theme for this year’s Fall Concert was “The River of Life,”  and as the singers learned the songs in preparation for this  concert, they were reminded about that River, God’s River,  Jesus Christ, that provides an unending source of nourishment  for our thirsty souls. As that old hymn says: “Like a river  glorious is God’s perfect peace. Over all victorious in its bright  increase. Perfect, yet it floweth fuller ev’ry day. Perfect, yet it  growth deeper all the way.” The river of life that flows from  God will always bring us peace, victory, and rest.

All of the choirs are now preparing for Christmas! Please be  checking your school calendar and/or e-mails for Christmas  concert dates and announcements.

Rise up singing His praise!
Mr. Cagle

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

RCS Castro Valley Christian School

Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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