Parent News Bulletin November/December 2015

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The View from the Superintendent’s Office

Mr. Bruce D. Johnson, SuperintendentJohnson, Bruce

The theme that runs throughout the 2015-16 school year is “Seek,” which is a one-word description of the ministry of Redwood Christian Schools for the last forty-six years. We Seek Christ in every activity and program as Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ saturates the Redwood Christian Schools Community as well as outside it, locally, nationally or internationally. Our school verse for 2015-16 is Matthew 6:33 (ESV): … seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Please be sure to use your school calendar each month for a tremendous verse focusing on Seeking 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, 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 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

There are many ways and opportunities to support the ministry of Redwood Christian Schools. Please see the article enclosed by our Director of Advancement, Mike Kady. Information about the Combined Federal Campaign and other opportunities are available. Please read and respond to as many opportunities as possible to support your school.

Home School and RCS

Do you know someone who is 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 you learn expresses interest in home schooling to Mrs. Abbott at 510-537-8734 or

The Redwood Christian High School Missions Trip

For the tenth 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 23-person team (19 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 11 at the Navajo Night Out – Dinner and Talent Show at our Middle School and High School in San Lorenzo. Last year we had more than 200 people attend the event. We are planning on more than 200 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 and vice-versa. 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

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


Are you getting the full benefit of RenWeb? RenWeb is a school management software that will enable parents to go on-line and check up on their students progress in class, track homework assignments and communicate with the teachers. You will 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!

Volunteers Needed

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 . . . Please e-mail Mrs. Wolf now letting her know you may be available to help!


Call your campus or e-mail me at


General Information

Tuition Payments

When paying FACTS directly, please log into your online account or pay by phone. Payments made by check or cash must be made at a school office.

When paying tuition or fees by check, use RCS or Redwood Christian Schools as the payee.
DO NOT mail checks to FACTS.

Student Insurance Coverage (K-12)

If a student sustains an accidental bodily injury while attending school during school hours or participating in or attending school-sponsored activities, including travel in a school-provided vehicle, he/she is covered by the following provisions: Accident Coverage: An incident is to be reported to the school office within ten (10) days of occurrence. The parent then submits the necessary papers to the family’s health insurer for payment. The difference between that paid by the family’s insurer and the total cost incurred as a result of the accident will be paid by Redwood Christian Schools, up to $400 limit.
Deductible: There is no deductible on this coverage.

Support Redwood Christian Schools

Year-end Tax-deductible Gifts

Prayerfully consider making a generous year-end gift to Redwood Christian Schools to support our kids and the RCS ministry. It is easy to do and is also tax-deductible for this year if postmarked by 12/31/15. Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated.

Most contributions to Redwood Christian Schools are cash gifts, entitling you to a tax benefit through itemized deductions. You can easily make a secure online cash gift by credit card by clicking here, or you may send a check payable to Redwood Christian Schools to the following address:

Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Redwood Christian Schools also accepts gifts of appreciated property in the form of securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares, other than closely-held), gifts of tangible personal property (i.e.,gifts-in-kind), gifts of real property, and planned gifts. For more details, please contact Mike Kady, RCS Director of Advancement, at (510) 889-7526, or you can reach him by e-mail at

Tax regulations change from time to time. Therefore, everyone considering making a gift of securities, personal property, real property or a planned gift should first consult their financial advisors.

Redwood Christian Schools is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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Redwood Christian Schools!

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Do you shop online with the following:
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Redwood Christian Elementary

Mr. Dale Huemoeller, Principal

Huemoeller, Dale

November begins the busiest season of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Planning and preparation are underway as we want to be sure to have the perfect turkey with all of the trimmings for Thanksgiving. Soon after that we desire to have the most amazing tree, beautifully decorated with lights and ornaments. Making sure to carve out enough time for all the Christmas events, time with family, and most importantly time with God becomes a high priority for us all.

With so much going on, mistakes, both big and small are inevitable. The turkey is a little dry, or the tree leans to one side, or we just did not plan our time correctly and cannot do everything we need to do. These little mistakes or imperfections as we may see them, should not take the joy out of the season, but should be an opportunity for us to learn from our mistakes and move forward.

At RCE the idea of having “grit” is an important concept we want our students to learn. Helping them to persevere in their learning and understand that a mistake is not a permanent failure but can be an important lesson. Students are being taught not to fear making mistakes, but to actually see them as important steps towards success. A mistake is only what we did not know at the moment. If the fear of making mistakes keeps us from trying anything new, then our fears will always hold us back from accomplishing great things.

Almost every significant discovery for the well-being of mankind came with mistakes. Great minds like Thomas Edison see mistakes in the real light. He said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Isaiah 41:10, ESV Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

Noteworthy Highlights

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.

1 End of Daylight Savings Time (Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour)
2-13 K-5 AAP Conferences after school
3 Election Day
4 RCE Photo Make-up Day
6Grandparents Day at RCE – 1:30pm
9 Veterans Day Observed – No School; No EDC; Offices Closed
10-13 RCE Book Fair
12 RCE Harvest Day, Grades K – 3
12 New Parent Information Meeting – K-12 – 7pm – Williams
13 RCE Harvest Day, Grades 4 – 5
13 Notices of Concern – Grades K -12
14 Castro Valley Light Parade
23-27 Thanksgiving Break – No School – No EDC
25 Offices Close at 12pm
26-27 Offices Closed
30-4 Elementary Toy and Food Drive

1-4 Elementary Toy and Food Drive continues
11 RCE Christmas Chapel – 9am
17 End of Grading 2nd Quarter
18 Teacher Prep Day – No School; Offices and EDC Open
21-1 Christmas Break; No School; Campus Offices
and EDC Closed
21-22 District Office Open
23-25 District Office Closed
28-29 District Office Open
30-1 District Office Closed

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 10, through Friday, November 13. 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 Chapel

Our Christmas Chapel featuring Royal Choir and the Elementary Band is planned for Friday December 11th at 9:10am. All parents, family and friends are invited!

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, November 30 – December 4. Information has already gone home for Operation Christmas Child, and was presented by Miss Masin in Chapel on October 2. The deadline for Operation Christmas Child is Tuesday, November 17.

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 Jasmine Ball, Austin Beck, Gabrielle Benefiel, Caleb Burke, Ethan Chen, Jaden Christian, Selam Ermais, Ryan Gilmore, Vanessa Logan, Jaxon Russell, Samuel Ryan, Carter Strange, MacKenzie Victor, and Micah Wilkerson 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 12 for KB, KM, K/1C, 1M, 1O, 2B, 2H, 2/3C, 3V and 3S and Friday November 13 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. The park is to be closed and locked at 5:30 pm. Please also be aware the “park” playground is reserved on Wednesdays after 3:45 pm for 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 9), Thanksgiving Break (November 23-27), and Christmas Break (December 21 – January 1).

Middle School & High School Campus

Mr. Al Hearne, Principal

Hearne, Al

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, videos, 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.

I am sure you are familiar with the three Monkeys named Hear No Evil, See No Evil, and Speak No Evil. I’d like to introduce you to the fourth member of the group, Post No Evil. The first two monkeys represent how we are influenced: by hearing and seeing. The latter two monkeys represent how we process this influence, as Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “… out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”


“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 a shepherd’s heart 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 as a responsible & respectful digital citizen and how to properly use our iPads as a learning tool in class (and not a personal entertainment device).

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 13th, 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. In addition, all 9th grade students took the new 8/9 PSAT for the first time this year.

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 2015-2016 year are: Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 23, Mar. 5, May 7, and June 4. Starting in March, the new SAT will be taken. 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 elective time.


Department of Athletics

Mr. Jim Cleveland, Director

Cleveland, Jim

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 red, black or grey for $35. Please see any campus secretary or the Athletic Office to purchase your sweatshirts. Also available this fall is 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 6. 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 36th Annual Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Canyon Middle School.

The Alumni Memorial Scholarship Games Event will feature the following games:
Alumni/Faculty vs. J.V. Boys Basketball – 3:00 p.m.
Alumni vs. Varsity Girls – 4:00 p.m.
Peter Branson Memorial Game/Alumni vs. Varsity Boys – 5:00 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 Monday, November 16, 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, baseball and cross country) will be held during a special chapel on November 18 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: REMINDER

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 getting notices 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 continue to ban 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 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. These links are listed under “Announcements” under our home page at

RCS Music Department

Mr. Mark Cagle

Cagle, Mark

What a great first quarter this was as the new Band Director of our three bands: elementary, middle school, and high school; as well as, continuing leading the Middle School New Horizon Choir, the High School International Choir, and the High School Concert Choir!! It is great to have the opportunity to teach instrumentalists again! You may not know this, but I am a French Horn player, and I have taught band at all levels from elementary to college, and I was even the director of three community instrumental groups: the McPherson Community Orchestra in Kansas, the McPherson Brass Ensemble, and the “Knight Sounds” Stage Band of Modesto, California.

I have been working hard to reorganize our band program. I have been spending many hours reorganizing our band music library (only about halfway through!), finding what instruments we own and doing a lot of instrument repairs (Does anyone have a “well-cared-for-instrument” gathering dust in a closet or garage that you would like to donate to our band program?), setting up our music rooms on the elementary and MSHS campuses to accommodate the band students for productive daily rehearsals, reorganizing our music storage container on the MSHS campus, and most importantly: working with the band students helping them to become the most successful instrumentalist and band member that they could possibly be!

The students should be practicing their music at home and turning in the weekly practice slips. (Remember, parents, to encourage your child to practice and make sure and sign his/her practice slips. Also, please make sure your RCS Elementary Band student is on time for band practice at 8:00am. RCE Advanced Band meets on Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00am, and RCE Beginning Band meets on Wednesday and Friday at 8:00am in the Music Room – D2.)

There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but I have big dreams for our Band program here at RCS!

Three of our high school band students: Izzy Alfaro (flute), Emma Najarian (flute), and Yulai Shi (clarinet), auditioned for and were selected for the ACSI Senior High Honor Band! Congratulations to them (see picture below)!! They traveled to Ripon, CA. and practiced with other Honor Band students from the area Thursday evening, Oct. 15th, and all day Friday, Oct. 16th, and then performed Friday evening.

The middle school and high school 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 well as, learning new music. The high school Concert Choir (30 members) just attended the “Real Men Sing!” / “Real Women Sing!” Choir Festival at San Jose State University on Friday, October 9th. There was over 800 students involved! Our boys learned 3 songs and our girls learned 3 songs over the past couple of months for this event. What a fantastic sound they produced as a Boys’ Choir and as a Girls’ Choir when they came together to sing for each other at the Friday afternoon concert. What a fun event this was for our students! (See the picture below.)

Two music groups performed at the Redwood Christian Schools Annual Dinner which was held on October 19th. A high school male quartet (from members of the high school concert choir), and an 11-piece instrumental ensemble (made up of members from our middle school and high school bands). They were fantastic!! I am so blessed to be directing these very talented singers and instrumentalists!!

In 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 for communication, giving out assignments, posting web links, articles to read about singing and singers, providing mp3s of the music we are working on in class, as well as, many other things that have to do with their choir class and involvement.

I am so thankful to be able to work with such fantastic talented kids! I praise God for their efforts in glorifying Him with their voices and instruments! Rise up singing and playing His praise!!


Last Day of Bus Service is May 19.

Redwood Christian Schools
4200 James Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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