February 2017

Planning Ahead?
Important dates for the 2017/2018 School Year

Mark your calendars for December 2017. The Christmas break begins December 18 and students return on January 8, 2018. This is a three-week vacation. (As a point of information, the local school district begins their Christmas break on December 23, 2017 and students return on January 8, 2018.)

As an independent school, RCS is required to provide a minimum of 850 hours of instruction each year. As in past years, the minimum hours of study are exceeded at RCS. In the 2017/2018 school year, the instructional hours will range from 872 to 905 hours at the various campuses.

Three weeks of vacation provides significant time for families to travel and visit relatives in other parts of the world. Lately, there has been an increase in the number of families who begin their Christmas vacation well in advance of the school break and return late in January. This is detrimental to the learning of the individual student and should be avoided. Such practice is disruptive to the class and impedes the completion of the curricular requirements by the Ministry of Education. It would be greatly appreciated if our families would schedule their holidays within the scheduled school break.

The 2017/2018 Spring Break follows the local school district and is scheduled from March 19, 2018 until April 2, 2018. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Good Friday and Easter Monday fall within the Spring Break time frame in the next school year.

Mr. Roger Grose
Superintendent

Journey to the Holy Land

In just a few short weeks a team of teachers, students and parents from the Secondary Campus will be lead through Israel and Jordan on a tour that follows the steps of Jesus! The bible comes alive as you walk, learn and see the landscape where our Saviour ministered to the people. Please be in prayer for the entire team that is leaving on March 16th. We ask that you pray for safety, health and open minds ready to savor the surroundings and teachings of Jesus.

Do Snow and Grandparents Go Together?

Yes they do! We were excited to see so many smiling faces on grandparents as they made their way inside the Middle Campus after facing snowy roads on the morning of the big event. We were thrilled that many were able to join us despite the horrible weather. Grandparents enjoyed a tour of the school, had a special photograph taken and then were treated to an early lunch. All three choirs performed and both Mr. Grose and Mrs. Walker welcomed them to our school.

We love being a blessing to grandparents and grand-friends who mean so much to our community!

Mrs. Ann-Michele Ewert
Development Director

End of Year Appeal

We want to thank everyone who participated in the End of Year Appeal in December and January. We were raising funds for all three campuses, for items not contained in our yearly budget. We were able to raise $54,769 and we were able to put funds towards the Elementary Campus’ remodeled kitchen while the Middle Campus received monies towards another set of iPads. The Secondary Campus will be receiving a new outdoor basketball net and tables to facilitate activities outside the classroom. When our community is faced with a challenge they rise to meet it! We are grateful for such generous families.

Mrs. Ann-Michele Ewert
Development Director

Volunteer Hours

Periodically our parents receive emails with volunteer opportunities at all three campuses. Thank you to everyone who clicks through to Sign Up Genius to help us with so many chores. There will be many more opportunities coming as we celebrate Elementary Grandparents Day (Wednesday May 3rd), our school production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (May 18th-20th), the RCS Carnival (Saturday June 3rd) and more!

Thank you for being available to support our community.

Mrs. Ann-Michele Ewert
Development Director

Facebook!

Did you know that we have an RCS Facebook page? We try and post reminders of weekly newsletters and other interesting things that are happening around our campuses. Go to facebook.com/richmondchristian/ for sign up and join the other 700 people who are learning more about us everyday!