Parent News Bulletin Nov-Dec 2013

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson, Superintendent


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Our school verse for 2013-14 is Isaiah 26:4 (ESV)- Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Your children are being taught, regardless of the situation or challenge, to continually trust the Lord as He truly is an Everlasting Rock. They are also taught that this is not done when convenient, but as an act of worship. 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!


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 you most, 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. For classroom concerns, please be sure to discuss with the teacher first, then the principal. For campus concerns, please be sure to discuss with the principal, then with me. Remember that we are responsible to continually model right conduct for those who are watching us. 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 the school year. Please refer interested families to Mrs. Roberts, Director of Student Services, at 510-889-7526 or

2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #73695), United Way (UW), State Campaigns and Workplace Campaigns

Thank you in advance.

It’s getting to be that time of year again, and the 675+ students in our classrooms need YOUR help in this, our 44th 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 Children’s Charities. 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 what could happen if three or four of your co-workers joined others, what tremendous potential and an outstanding opportunity!

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 and refer others to it 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 in, 4200 James Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546. And for Workplace campaigns, please look for matching contributions by your employer. Many companies have maintained this wonderful matching program and want to be part of your support of approved organizations like Christ-Centered Education/Redwood Christian Schools.

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 home school families 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 eighth 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. This spring our Missions Team will be returning to the Southwest United States and ministering on the Navajo Indian Reservation. While there, our 22-person team (18 students and four chaperons) will help build two “Hogans” (homes), participate in church services, and make repairs to a Christian School.

Our next opportunity to support the RCHS Missions Team is December 13 for our Missions Team Gala at our Middle School and High School in San Lorenzo. Two years ago we had more than 400 people attend the Gala. We are planning for 400 again this year! Tickets will cost $10 per person, and I strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets ahead of time. Please look for an announcement stating when tickets are available so you can purchase them from any school office and be part of this GREAT event. You will have several opportunities to support this wonderful opportunity!

Communication Tools between RCS and Your Family

We desire to utilize as many tools as feasible to enable open communication between our families and the school. 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

Parents, please e-mail when your email address changes.

This list is a protected list (individual e-mail addresses do not appear) and it is used to communicate important happenings and announcements such as our weekly The Week in Review, which highlights significant upcoming events, and will be used in case of emergencies. Each year about 25% of the e-mails we start the year with become “stale” and are returned to us, and we simply do not have the personnel to contact everyone. Please be sure to notify us of any changes! Thanks!


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

RCS 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 is also a great way to share the RCS ministry with family, friends and prospective students! You can also participate in school-related Blogs.

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 you would like to be added to the Volunteer email list, please contact Mrs. Wolf at


Questions? 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 card(s) and/or your Safeway Club Card with e-Scrip (eScrip ID number 6556456), you can make sure that Redwood receives a donation with every purchase you make. Your shopping is not delayed; the process is 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 MSHS campus. You may also apply for a REDCard at the same site or at any Target store. To those who are already giving to RCS via Target, Thank You!!

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 RCS by 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.

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

 Elementary PrincipalMr. Mike Kady, Principal

From the principal’s Desk – Our Children Are Watching Us

It’s hard to believe we are entering the last two months of 2013. It seems “Happy New Year!” was proclaimed by us not that long ago. We have traveled through this busy year (sometimes too busy!), and here we are . . . November has arrived. We are all too familiar with the coming routine. Grocery carts will be packed to the brim, waiting in long lines at the checkout stands. Plans will be made for family gatherings. Decorations will be put up throughout our homes and neighborhoods. Stores will be crammed with shoppers, and the media will surround us with all of the familiar images and sounds of the season. Our children’s minds will be shaped by all of the excitement, carefully taking in all that is happening around them.

Yes, November and December are here, and because of the “busyness” of the season, it can be easy to overlook that we are at the threshold of one of the most profound and teachable seasons in the lives of our children. Lessons will be learned – good and bad. The most effective lessons will be “caught” through the examples lived out by the adults in our children’s lives. As students witness our actions, supported by our priorities and choices, they will assimilate those lessons of what is deemed important and what is not.

With that being said, we have a wonderful opportunity early next month to teach an incredible lesson to our children. In partnership with Harbor House Ministries, we are seeking to minister to the needy children and families of Oakland through our Toy and Food Drive. My hope is that, as a school family, we will go overboard this year in supplying this ministry with an abundance of food and new toys for the Christmas season. By focusing on this as a family, we are showing our children that giving is more important than receiving. We are showing that we can make a positive difference in the lives of others. We are showing, contrary to the message that is constantly broadcast by our culture, it is not all about “me.” 

Will you plan to carve out time during this busy season to plan a trip or two to a couple of stores, taking your children along with you? By example, use this time to teach them the importance of abundant and sacrificial giving to others in genuine need. My hope is we rise up to the challenge, and make this a lesson that will positively shape our children for the rest of their lives. With certainty, a lesson is being taught to our children this month. School is in session. We, as adults, are prepared to teach the lesson of what is truly important and what our priorities are. And remember . . . our children are watching us, ready to learn.

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.


  • 1: Academic Assistance Program students only: No school or EDC Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 1: Report cards sent home
  • 2: RCE Family Bowling, 4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Castro Village Bowl (3501 Village Drive, Castro Valley), $9 for 1 hour, 45 minutes of unlimited games and shoes (parent-supervised family event) (Tickets must be purchased before Saturday, Nov 2)
  • 3: Daylight Savings Time ends . . . turn clocks back one hour
  • 4: Home School Meeting, 7 p.m., South Campus, Room C6
  • 5: Election Day: don’t forget to vote
  • 6: RCE Picture Make-ups
  • 11: No School – Veterans’ Day Observed; EDC and Offices closed
  • 14:New Parent Information Meeting, starts 7 p.m. in Williams Chapel (tell your neighbors and friends about RCS!)
  • 14: Harvest Day for K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd 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.
  • 15: Harvest Day for 4th, and 5th 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.
  • 19: Last day to turn in Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes stuffed with gifts for our Christmas Children
  • 19: 5th grade visits MSHS Campus
  • 19-22: RCE Book Fair, South Campus, Room C6
  • 25-29: No School – Thanksgiving Vacation. EDC and RCE Office closed all week District Office will be closed November 27 (noon) – 29
  • 30: Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games


  • 2-6: Toy and Food collection for Harbor House; new toys and non-perishable food need to be in classrooms by 9:00 a.m. Friday morning, December 6. We will deliver them to Harbor House following Chapel on Friday, December 6.
  • 6: Christmas Chapel featuring our Elementary Music Departments, 9:10 a.m. in the Worship Center.
  • 9: Christmas Concert at Middle School/High School, 7 p.m. 20-31 No School – Christmas Vacation EDC and RCE Office closed over Christmas Break. District Office will be closed except 12/27, 12/30

January – Happy New Year 2014!

  • 1-3: No School – Christmas Break. EDC and RCE Office closed over Christmas Break. District Office will be closed January 1.
  • 6: School resumes.
  • 6: 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 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on November 2 for families to come and enjoy a time of great fellowship. We are receiving a great deal: $9 for 1 hour, 45 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 and requires pre-purchased tickets.

Source for Enduring and Endearing Christmas Presents – Book Fair

We are delighted to host the Family Book Fair, making great books and other gift items available Tuesday, November 19, through Friday, November 22. This is RCE’s annual Book Fair, and it will be located on South Campus 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 6 (featuring our elementary choral, band, and strings groups), and December 13 (Mrs. Benefiel’s 2nd 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, and we hope you will participate in both. 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 Friday, December 2-6. Information has already gone home for Operation Christmas Child, and was presented by Miss Masin in Chapel on October 4. The deadline for Operation Christmas Child is Tuesday, November 19.

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 Jusuf Burt, Joshua Castaneda, Beraiah Chan, Sammy Chen, Elijah Enos, Bethel Ephrem, Adam Hendren, Andrew Hendren, Alton Kwong, Nathan Shinoda, Malakai Stewart, Makaio Thompson and Bella Woods 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 14, for KB, KM, K/1C, 1M, 1O, 2Be, 2Bl, 2/3C, 3B, and 3S, and for Friday, November 15, for 4A, 4K, 4/5F, 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). Please also be reminded that the upper parking lot at North Campus is always one-way, entering only from Alma Avenue and exiting only at James Avenue.
  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.
  11. EDC Playground Use: The coned-off sections of the playground in front of the RCE Office on South Campus are reserved exclusively for Extended Day Care (EDC) use prior to 8:45 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m. The “park” playground on South Campus (where the slides are) is available, weather permitting, before and after school for parent-supervised children to play. Please also be aware the “park” playground is reserved on Wednesdays after 3:45 p.m. by our EDC program.

Extended Day Care

As a reminder, EDC is closed on major holidays and school vacations. This includes the observation of Veterans’ Day (November 11), Thanksgiving Break (November 25-29), and Christmas Break (December 20-January 3).

Middle School & High School Campus

Hearne, AlMr. Al Hearne, Principal

Pondering Principal

Hello, Parents, Mr. Hearne here with an update regarding what’s been happening around the MSHS lately. “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 that they 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!

The Five RCS 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 and 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 Respected 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 able 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

This year we are specifically focusing upon the Responsible & Respectful Citizen ESLR. In the Middle School we have focused upon how we should treat others who are made in the image of God. In the High School we are focusing upon how to live a responsible & respectful digital citizen and how to properly use our iPads as a learning tool in class (and not a personal entertainment device).


We have been progressing forward with implementing digital technology into the high school classrooms. To help educate parents regarding the “digital playground” Mr. Huemoeller and Mr. Castaneda offered two different classes during the Back-to-School BBQ. The high school Bible faculty has added lessons to their curriculum regarding how to live a God glorifying digital life.

As adults we all need to be diligent and help to monitor the “digital playground” and keep children safe. I suggest that parents monitor their child’s digital life on a daily basis. Parentsshould have the username and password for every single website, app, or program that a child uses. Parents should regularly check to see what websites children are visiting. Parents should check browser history, text messages, blogs, video’s, and e-mails on a regular basis. Maybe you don’t know how to do this, so do what I do. Ask your child to “teach” you how to use the device and ask questions as you are taught through how to use it, or use an Internet search engine to provide articles that will tell you how to do it.

With the advent of iOs 7 (, Apple has given schools more control to help students be responsible and respectful digital citizens. All student iPads should be signed in to iCloud with the student’s RCS assigned Apple ID, and the student should have “find my iPad” enabled with their RCS assigned Apple ID. If the iPad is lost or stolen this may help to find the device. To further our educational purposes at RCS, students who are having a difficult time focusing upon class content because they are distracted by apps unrelated to the curriculum will have their ability to install apps removed from their iPads and apps that are not educational in nature will be deleted. In addition, iOs 7 adds additional Internet filtering controls, and during the next month we will be adding these restrictions to the student’s iPads. Our goal is to have students learn to use their iPads in a manner that glorifies Christ and deepens their educational experience here at RCS.

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 15th, at 7:00p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the MSHS campus. Don’t miss this exciting night of theatrical talent! Contact the MSHS campus at 510-317-8990 for tickets or you may purchase tickets 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. This has been the best parking lot start of the school year that I can remember. The parking lot has been free flowing in the morning and not backed for very long. I really appreciate you dropping your child(ren) off in front of the school and getting the kids out of the car as quickly as possible.

As we know from previous experience, the parking lot can easily become congested and we need your help to keep it flowing as smoothly as possible. My appeal is for you to continue to wait your turn, observe the 5 mph speed limit, and only drop your child(ren) off in front of the school.

Please Observe the Following Guidelines

  • Wait your turn in the drop off/pick-up line of parents 
  • Only drop your child off and pick your child up in the designated pick-up/drop-off area in the front of the school 
  • Do not allow your child to walk across three lanes of traffic 
  • Be patient and courteous when dropping off and picking up your child(ren) 
  • Make the full loop and do not cut through the student parking spaces 
  • Keep moving forward in the pick-up lane (the right lane) 
  • Arrive at school before 7:50am 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 pick-up lane
  • Do not park in the fire lane or by the dumpster 
  • Only drop your child(ren) off in the designated drop-off/pick-up location in front of the school

Castro Valley School Parking


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 students’ 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 2013-14 year are: Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 25, Mar. 8, May 3, and June 7. 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. During October and November all 8th graders we will scheduled for high school classes during their Executive Functions class.

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.

 Department of Athletics

Cleveland, JimMr. Jim Cleveland, Director

 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 available this fall are long sleeve spirit t-shirts that are approved for school dress code. Come to the athletic office for an order form.

Show Your School Spirit!!!

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 8. 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 fund raising 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 34th Annual Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley.

The Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games Event will feature:

  • Elementary Basketball Clinic with Varsity Coaches Drew Sanchez and Erin McGrath at 2:30pm. The Clinic is free with paid admission to the Alumni Games. Open to students in 2nd thru 5th grade. 
  • Alumni/Faculty vs. J.V. Boys Basketball at 4:00pm 
  • Alumni vs. Varsity Girls at 5:00pm 
  • Peter Branson Memorial Game/Alumni vs. Varsity Boys at 6:00pm

We are anticipating a great time of fun and fellowship. Your entire family is invited to support this event! Concession will be available. Proceeds from this event go to our Tuition Assistance Program Fund. Since this is a fundraiser, ALL spectators pay to attend. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at any campus office. Ticket prices are $5 for adults; $3 for K-12 students; $1 for Alumni spectator; $10 for Alumni participant. The doors open at 2:00pm. Hope to see you there!

Athletic Awards

The High school Fall Athletic Awards Night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, in the MSHS multipurpose room, at 7:00 p.m. Let’s have 100% attendance by parents and athletes for this special night! Middle School Awards for fall sports (softball and cross country) will be held during a special chapel on November 20 at 8:45 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend.

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 a 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 the site at or on the RCS Athletics webpage at

Energy Drinks: Important Warning Bulletin

The CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) has been getting notice out to schools about the increasing dangers of teens drinking and using energy drinks or pre-workout supplementation. There has been increasing incidents of serious illness and even death that has resulted from students overdosing on these caffeinated products. Three of the most common drinks available are Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that emergency room visits linked to energy drinks has more than doubled from 10,000 visits in 2007 to over 20,000 visits as of 2011. This survey was taken from a sampling of 230 hospitals each year. Currently these drinks are not regulated by the FDA but are widely marketed and available to teens.

Pre-Workout Drinks

These supplements often are marketed as “nutritional supplements” can be even more dangerous because of the combination of unknown “natural ingredients” with caffeine. One such product, C4 Extreme, is a pre-workout supplement powder designed to be mixed with water and consumed before workouts. A couple of main ingredients include Creatin and Caffeine. These two ingredients combined together have been linked to some dangerous side effects including dehydration, high blood pressure and heart problems. A couple lesser known ingredients of this particular drink include Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) which is structurally similar to amphetamine. Secondly, C4 contains methylhexanamine, a product which the World Anti-doping Agency added to its list of banned substances. Also, Synepherine which is banned by the NFL and NHL and is similar to the drug Ephedra which has been linked to some instances of cardiac arrest.

Because of the unproven safety record of pre-workout supplements like C4 and other energy drinks, we believe it best to inform parents of the dangers and err on the side of caution. As a result we are banning any such energydrinks or pre-workout energy supplements from campus.We also recommend that if students are using a pre-workout supplementation that includes any of the ingredients listed above that they stop using immediately. Also, any supplementation should only be done under direct supervision of a doctor or professional nutritionist. (The employee working at GNC does not count!). While the products and marketing campaigns out there can be very alluring there are a lot of unregulated products readily available on the market that can cause serious side effects and medical emergencies. Again, if you have a question about whether a product is safe to use, consult a doctor or nutritionist before using.

I encourage you to visit our athletics website and read the Sports Medicine Bulletin about supplements from CIF and the video about energy drinks. These links are listed under “Announcements” under our home page at

 RCS Music Department

Middle School High School Castro Valley RCS TeacherMr. Doug McClure

RCS instrumental music is off to a great start is year! Elementary Advanced Band, Elementary Beginning Band, Elementary Strings, MS Band, MS Strings, and HS Band are all in full swing. I’d like to share a few pictures from three recent highlight events that featured some of our top talent here at RCS. Pictured below are three elementary soloists that were headlined at “Grandparents Day” at Redwood Elementary – Theo Lau on trumpet, Rohan John on clarinet, and Noah Drisdon on violin. Theo Lau is currently 1st chair trumpet in Elementary Band. Rohan John serves as 1st chair clarinet, and Noah Drisdon is 1st chair and concertmaster of the Elementary Strings. All three soloists did a great job at “Grandparents Day”.

Redwood Christian Band Students

Left to right: Hayley Martinez (assistant principal, flute), Tori Boykin (1st chair, alto sax), Cody Fryling (assistant principal, trumpet), Andrew Otteson (1st chair, trombone)

Every year, ACSI hosts an Honor Band festival with top students chosen from over 11 different Christian schools all over Northern California. This year four students were chosen for this distinct honor from Redwood Senior High – Hayley Martinez, Tori Boykin, Cody Fryling, and Andrew Otteson. All four students were chosen for very important leadership roles this year. 



Redwood Christian Music Program


On October 21st, RCS student, Sam Lee, was the violin soloist at the RCS Annual Dinner. He gave a stunningly beautiful rendition of the famous “Thais” melody for violin and piano. In the words of one of the attendees – “Aaaaammmmaaaaaazzzziiiinnnggg!!!” Great job, Sam. You brought down the house. 


RCS Global

Warner, BenMr. Ben Warner

This is such an exciting time to be a part of the life of Redwood Christian Schools! God is really doing a great work in our student body, and it is so fun to see what God is doing specifically in our International students.

We had a special time as a student body celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. Our Executive Council VP, Joseph Wang, led the student body in a basic understanding of what the Mid-Autumn Festival is and how it is celebrated throughout Asia. Several of our Asian-American and International students shared how their families celebrate the holiday. It was fun to see our cultures blend together! Following the short ceremony, the Executive Council provided Moon Cakes for the student body.

Just a couple of weeks ago a few of our American students invited an international student to attend a church service on a Sunday night. Following the service, the girls spent some time talking together about what it meant to be a Christian. The next day in class the International student gave a presentation in Bible class about Theism. Following her presentation, she approached her teacher and expressed that she was confident that Christianity was real and that she wanted to become a Christian. The teacher spent a few moments with her and the student prayed to receive Christ into her life!

We are seeing more and more of our International students joining into the life of RCS. We have several students playing boys’ soccer and girls’ tennis this fall, there are many who will try out for boys’ basketball and girls’ soccer in the winter, and some of our students have started an International Club that meets on Tuesdays at lunch time. These are not only great opportunities for our International students, but also for our American students, as together they are learning how to cooperate and share life with those from different cultures. As each finds the beauty in the other’s culture, doors for sharing the Gospel are opening up wide.

I would like the RCS family to be in prayer for our campus. God is doing some really cool things in the lives of our students. Please pray for continued opportunities for our American students and the staff to share Christ with our International students. Pray also for Mr. Hearne and myself as we travel to Asia to recruit students to RCS. As we go to Asia, we are asking for God to open our eyes to see the students He is drawing to Himself through the ministry of RCS.

Home School Program

Mrs. Sue Abbott

The RCS Home School Program continues to grow. We now have 32 students, many taking on-campus classes, playing sports and participating in various activities.

It’s not too late to get involved this year! Come to the New Parent Information Night on Thursday, November 14 for more information.



Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546


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