Parent News Bulletin November/December 2014

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson Superintendent


The theme that runs throughout 2014-15 is “Serve,” which is a one-word description of the ministry of Redwood Christian Schools for the last forty-five years. We Serve Christ by serving others within the Redwood Christian Schools Community or outside it, locally, nationally or internationally. Our school verse for 2014-15 is Joshua 24:14a (ESV): Now therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness…. Please be sure to use your school calendar each month for a tremendous verse focusing on Serving that the entire family can memorize together, and reflect on each day.


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, your principal, or if necessary, myself. 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 to 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

2014 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 665+ students in our classrooms need YOUR help in this, our 45th Year of Ministry! Please read the following carefully and contact RCS Director of Advancement Mike Kady or me directly if you have any questions. We also have materials we can send to you – just let us 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 . . . tremendous potential. Outstanding opportunity! Praise God!

You should find us listed as Christ-Centered Education/Redwood Christian Schools as our name 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 I encourage you to visit our website 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, 4200 James Avenue, Castro Valley CA 94546. 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 families who are currently home schooling their children? We have a program that addresses most every home school situation. Help them experience a slice of RCS, by contacting Mrs. Abbott, our Director of Home School Ministries. Please refer anyone who expresses interest in home schooling to Mrs. Abbott at 510-537-8734 or

The Redwood Christian High School Missions Trip

For the ninth 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. Led by teacher Greg Hinton, our twenty-three-person team (nineteen students and four chaperones will help with building projects, participate in church services, and make repairs to a Christian School. Our next opportunity to support the RCHS Missions Team is December 12, 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; please do!

Communication Tools between RCS and Your Family

Important Information:

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 Only E-mail List

This list is protected (individual e-mail addresses do not appear) and it is used to communicate important happenings and announcements such as our weekly email The Week in Review, which highlights significant upcoming events, 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.

You are receiving this Parent News Bulletin because you are a part of the Parent Only E-mail List. Please be sure we always have your most recent e-mail, and notify us of any changes.


Are you getting 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 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 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 e-mail 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? By registering your credit card(s) and/or your Safeway Club Card* with eScrip (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! *Please note you must renew your Safeway Club Card annually through eScrip and use only cash or debit cards. Do you shop online with the following: Amazon? Apple Store? Macy’s? Target? Home Depot? Log into your eScrip account from the computer used to set up your account, click on the green “At the Online Mall” link in the upper right hand corner, and start your online shopping as you normally would. Redwood will automatically receive a percentage of your purchase, up to 16%! Visit for more details

Giving to Redwood via Target Stores

If you use a Target REDCard while shopping at Target, you can designate 5% of each purchase to Redwood Christian Schools. Go to Target’s website to designate either our elementary or MSHS campus. You may also apply for a REDCard at the same site or at any Target store.

To those who are already giving to RCS via Target, Thank You!!

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.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

If you like the idea of being notified of local discounts and supporting RCS, select “Join” on this website.

Redwood Christian Elementary

Huemoeller, DaleMr. Dale Huemoeller, Principal

RCE Campus


Yes, everyone, the ultimate season for patience will be here shortly. Christmas will soon be upon us, along with all that the holiday season entails. Extra traffic on the roads, crowds in the stores and the mass chaos that goes with it mean we will need more than the average measure of patience during the coming holidays. Colossians 3:12 states that as God’s chosen people we are to put on, among other things, patience.

There are several ways we can prepare ourselves to practice patience in the coming months. First, get plenty of sleep. Being tired makes a person cranky, and cranky people are more apt to lose their patience. Second, give yourself plenty of time to run your errands. Time constraints can push even the calmest person over the edge of the Patience Cliff. Finally, have a realistic time frame when taking your children shopping and have a list of tasks prepared before you leave. Pushing your children past their limits as you try to make one, two or even three more stops is not fair to them or to you. Looking for selected items instead of browsing around will make the experience fun with positive long lasting memories.

So as we head into the holiday season our focus needs to be on those things that lead us to an attitude of patience: True Thanksgiving, True Gifts of Christ, True Light of the World.

RCE Campus Calendar

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


2 Daylight Savings Time ends – turn clocks back one hour                                                                                       3 Home School Meeting – 7 p.m. – South Campus, Room C6                                                                                  4 Election Day: Don’t Forget to Vote!                                                                                                                        5 RCE Picture Make-up Day                                                                                                                                   10 No School – Veterans’ Day Observed; EDC and Offices Closed                                                                     11-14 RCE Book Fair- South Campus, Room C6                                                                                                    11 Red, White and Blue Day: Wear Red, White and Blue – T-shirts are OK – Show your Patriotism!                                                                                                                                                                    13 New Parent Information Meeting – 7pm – Williams Chapel Invite your friends and neighbors to learn about RCS!                                                                                                                                                                            13 Harvest Day – Grades K-3rd                                                                                                                                14 Harvest Day – Grades 4th-5th Have you signed up on the class lists for a food dish to bring? The 13th and 14th are potlucks and students are invited to bring up to two guests on their Harvest Day with their class!                                                                                                                                                                               18 Last day to turn in Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes stuffed with gifts for our Christmas Children                                                                                                                                                                       18 5th Grade visits the MSHS Campus                                                                                                                      18 5th Grade Parents Meeting at the MSHS – 6:30 p.m.                                                                                         24-28 No School – Thanksgiving Vacation EDC and RCE Office Closed all week District Office will be closed November 26 (noon) – 28                                                                                                                         29 Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games


1-5 Toy and Food collection for Harbor House; new toys and non-perishable food need to be in classrooms by 9:00a.m. Friday morning, December 5. We will deliver them to Harbor House following Chapel on Friday, December 5.                                                                                                                                                               5 Christmas Chapel featuring our Elementary Music Departments – 9:10a.m. in the Worship Center                                                                                                                                                                        8 Christmas Concert at MSHS – 7 p.m.                                                                                                                  18 Crazy Hat Day! Make a crazy hat and wear it to school!                                                                                     19-31 No School – Christmas Vacation EDC closed over Christmas Break RCE and District Office Closed except for 12/19, 12/22-12/23 and 12/29-12/30


1-4 No School – Christmas Break – EDC Closed RCE and District Office Closed                                             5 School Resumes                                                                                                                                                       5 Re-enrollment Begins

Noteworthy Highlights

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 11, through Friday, November 14. 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 5 (featuring our elementary choral, band and strings groups), and December 12 (Mrs. Galloway’s 3rd 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 1 – 5. 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 18. 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 Rachel Hendren, Savannah Hendren, Katie Mendenhall, Jeremiah Tambunan and Azure Young 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 13 for KB, KM, K/1C, 1M, 1O, 2B, 2H, 2/3C, 3G and 3S and Friday November 14 for 4A, 4N, 4/5F, 5E and 5V. 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


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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 (K 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.

Please 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.


If you need to take your child for an appointment during school hours, please 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.

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 3:45pm 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 10), Thanksgiving Break (November 24-28), and Christmas Break (December 19 – January 4).

Middle School & High School Campus

HearneMr. Al Hearne, Principal

Pondering Principal

Mr. Hearne here with a few thoughts regarding the digital playground.

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. Parents should 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 emails 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 their device and ask them questions as they walk you through how to use it.


“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 & 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

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 allow students and teachers to get the apps they need, we will turn on the App Store once or twice a quarter, based upon teacher request for new educational apps. All approved apps are posted on a list in the iLearn@RCS Schoology course. Ask you high school child to show you how to login to this Schoology course, by using their RCS email address and password. Students with unauthorized apps will be assigned a Saturday Detention. With the advent of iOS 8 (, Apple has given schools more control to help students be responsible & 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. In addition, additional internet filtering controls have been added to help restrict internet browsing off campus.

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 14th, 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 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. 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 pickup/drop off area in the front of the school;
  • Do not allow your child to walk across three lanes of traffic;
  • Be patient and courteous when dropping off and picking up your child(ren);
  • Make the full loop and do not cut through the student parking spaces;
  • Keep moving forward in the pick-up lane (the right lane);
  • Arrive at school before 7:50 to drop off;
  • Do not cut through the cones;
  • Do not pick up or drop off from the passing lane (the left lane);
  • Do not park in the student parking spaces, in the passing lane, or the pickup lane;
  • Do not park in the fire lane or by the dumpster.
  • Only drop your child(ren) off in the designated Drop Off/Pick Up location in front of the school.

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 2014-2015 year are: Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan. 24, Mar. 14, May 2, and June 6. 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 will be scheduled for high school classes during their Executive Functions class.

Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim ClevelandMr. Jim Cleveland, Director

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 black or grey for $35. 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.


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 7. This event has raised over $20,000 for the RCS athletic teams and PE Department. 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 35th Annual Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at Canyon Middle School.

The Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games Event will feature:
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 in grades 2-5.
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. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Ticket prices are $5 for adults; $3 for K-12 student; $1 for Alumni spectator; $10 for Alumni participant. The doors open at 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss it.

Athletic Awards

The High school Fall Athletic Awards Night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 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 19 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 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 (

Energy Drinks: Important Warning Bulletin

The CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) has been notifying 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, when combined, 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 energy drinks 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, they stop using it 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 many 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

Mr. Mark CagleMr. Mark Cagle

What a great first quarter this was!! The choir students have really been working hard to become better singers and choir members. They have been working on vocal productions skills, singing posture skills (standing and sitting), diction skills, and music theory, as they have been learning their new music for the upcoming Christmas concert on December 8, at Redwood Chapel Community Church.

A9RD59FIn addition to the lesson plans and homework listed on RenWeb, I have a course page on Schoology for each of the choirs. I highly recommend that you ask your child to show you his/her Choir Schoology page. I use this page as the main avenue of communication for giving out assignments, posting web links, assigning articles to read about singing and singers, providing mp3s of the music we are working on in class, and many other things that have to do with choir.

We currently have 29 student singers in the MS New Horizon Choir, 22 student singers in the HS International Choir, 42 student singers in the HS Concert Choir, 7 student singers in the DayBreak Vocal Ensemble (for a total of 67 student singers in the high school choral program!!), and 26 student singers in Royal Choir.

Royal Choir did a fantastic job for Grandparents’ Day!! (Great solo, Xander Russell, on the song “Goliath”!!) And, what about that Vocal Ensemble DayBreak!! Weren’t they fantastic at this year’s Annual Dinner!! I am so blessed to be directing these very talented singers!!





Mr. Doug McClureMr. Doug McClure

We are off and running this year at what seems like 90 mph! All of a sudden, Grandparents’ Day, ACSI SH Honor Band, and RCS Annual Dinner are already behind us!! Grandparents’ Day was first this fall featuring the RCS Elementary Advanced Band. “Ode to Joy” featured our top four flute players – Victoria Brock, Cameron Brown, Hannah John, and Yael Cherry. Please see a few pictures from the elementary band performance at this great annual RCS event.





This year’s ACSI SH Honor Band Festival was hosted by Ripon Christian School. Christian high school students were chosen from a number of ACSI schools dotting the landscape of northern California. Five students were chosen from RCS SH Band to participate in this year’s festival. “Many are called, but few are chosen…” comes to mind as the competition for participation in this ensemble is tight and it is indeed an honor to be chosen. This year’s participants from RCS were: Michael Lum, Alexander Williams, Alexandra Meyer, PJ Swanson, and Cody Fryling. Pictured below are Mike and PJ, all 5 participants from RCS, and a picture from live on stage warming up for the performance.













Annual Dinner this year featured 4 flute soloists (Izzy Alfaro, Chelsea Chandra, Emma Najarian, and Britney Truscott) pictured below as well as another RCS historic “first” – a HARP! Charlotte Geng, an RCS international student from China joined the flutes for a beautiful rendition of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” Wonderful job to all our flutists and harpist!!


RCS Home School Program

Abbott, SueMrs. Sue Abbott, Director

The Home School Program continues to grow as we seek ways to partner with the Home Schooling community in the East Bay. We have 19 families participating in the RCS Home School Program this year. We have had several students transfer from the Home School Program into full-time, on-campus classes. We have also had students transfer from the on-campus program into the Home School Program. What a great opportunity to create bridges for families to easily move between these programs!

This year we have 28 students participating in the Home School Program. Home Schoolers are taking on-campus classes, participating in sports, using the on-campus libraries, staying for lunch after classes so they can “hang out” with their friends, taking offered testing, such as the PSAT, attending Chapel and getting involved with the RCS community. We are so grateful for the Home School community and the opportunity to partner with them in providing a Christ-centered education for their children.

Important Information:
Please Note, Bus Service will end the Friday before Finals week in June

Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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