April 2015

 Looking Ahead to Next Year (2015/16)


SuperintendentThe next school year is still several months away, however, the administrative team has already been occupied with budget preparation and calendar development for next year. School will open on September 8th, following the Labour Day holiday on September 7th. This is the latest possible day for school to open in September. This will make for a long summer break and we are hoping the summer weather continues well into September.

Throughout the school year there are times when the school is closed and classes are not in session. School closing takes place when there are statutory holidays and professional development days.

The following statutory holidays will be observed in the 2015-2016 school year:
October 12 Thanksgiving Day
November 11 Remembrance Day
February 8 BC Family Day
March 28 Easter Monday
May 23 Victoria Day

The last day of school in 2015 is December 18th. School will open following the Christmas Break on January 4th. Spring Break is scheduled from March 14th to March 25th with Easter Monday on March 28th. School will open on March 29th following Spring Break and Easter.

Although Professional Days are considered a school holiday by the students and families, these days are set aside in the school year for staff to attend educational seminars, develop curriculum or to engage in specific areas of learning. In November, the Professional Day is utilized by the staff to write report cards.

The following Professional Days are scheduled for next year:
October 9* Christian Teachers Association of BC Conference
November 27 Report Writing
February 4 & 5* Federation of Independent Schools Association Conference
April 25 In House seminar

Be sure to note that there is a change in the schedule of Professional Days in October and February. The typical two day conference held in October has been reduced to one day. This means that school will be in session on Thursday, October 8th. The Thanksgiving weekend will be a four day holiday this year. This change was made in order to accommodate the Federation of Independent Schools Association conference which is scheduled for February 4th and 5th, 2016. The scheduling of these Professional Days in February along with the BC Family Day on February 8th will create a five day weekend for RCS families.  The BC Family Day also coincides with the Lunar New Year.

The last day of classes in 2016 for both the Elementary and Middle campuses is June 22nd; and the last day of Provincial Exams for the Secondary students is June 27th.  An exam schedule will be made available in spring of 2016.

Hopefully by providing this information now you will be able to make your plans and accommodations during these school closures.

Mr. Roger Grose



(Top 2 Photos) Staff enjoyed guest speaker Julius Siebenga, Executive Director of Abbotsford Christian School, on a recent Professional Development Day.

(Above) All the staff from the three campuses joined together in  late August to pray for the school and the students before the school year began.

RCS Presents Shrek the Musical

On alternate years, RCS rents the Gateway Theatre in Richmond for the performance of one of their signature productions.  The school community has been thrilled with such previous productions as, “The Sound of Music,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Narnia.”

The anticipation is rising as we look forward to the presentation of “Shrek the Musical” on April 30, May 1 and 2.  All the performances are evening performances.  Tickets are now on sale and only available from the Gateway Theatre Box Office  for $15 each.  Group purchases of 10 or more tickets are available at $13 per ticket.  Click here to purchase tickets:  Gateway Theatre

These productions have always been stellar performances which highlight the gifts and talents of so many of our students.  Forty actors, 13 singer-dancers, 21 musicians, 22 artists… and this just in…. 11 surprise staff cameo appearances!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at “Shrek.”

Mr. Grose

From the Development Director

Volunteers are a vital part of our community!

Have you had an opportunity to complete your 10 volunteer hours yet?  We will have a number of evening opportunities available in the next weeks to help with our cast dinners for Shrek, at the Secondary Campus as well as our RCS Carnival coming in May.  Stay tuned to emails so that you can participate and help assist us with the work that needs to be done!

Professional Development for members of our Administrative Team

Each year our Superintendent, Business Manager and Development Director attend the SCSBC (Society of Christian Schools in BC) Conference to learn, network and brainstorm together with other business professionals from Christian Schools across Western Canada.  This year’s featured speaker was Michael Van Pelt of Cardus.  This organization conducts independent and original research in the area of education in North American public life.  (www.cardus.ca)  We were challenged to see Christian education through his analysis and thoughts.  Check out their website for additional information on the lasting value that Christian education has on its students throughout North America.

Interesting Fact!

According to information from the Independent Schools office….313 independent schools in BC have property assets of $1.7Billion.  These assets were funded entirely by the parents and supporters of independent schools.  We do not receive any monies from the government to purchase our land or build our schools.  What an incredible province we live in!

Parent volunteers are a vital part of the RCS community.  Here Mr. Zastre and Mr. Byrne help middle school students with their archery skills at Camp Stillwood.

Isaiah 53

As we break for this very holy Easter Season, we pray that the Son of God who died and rose again will be the focus of your Easter Weekend. The events of this Holy Week so many years ago provide us with redemption and the forgiveness of our sins. We have life because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

As a school we pray that this gift of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ would ever be central and key to the mission and purpose of Richmond Christian School.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”  (Isaiah 53:6)