In This Issue
JANUARY 
CALENDAR DATES 

RE-ENROLLMENT
1/2 - 1/30
 
School Resumes
1/2
    
  Spiritual Emphasis Week
1/8 - 1/12

NO SCHOOL   
ML King Birthday
Observance
BASC/SLC CLOSED
1/15
 
Spirit Day
Theme (TBD)
1/19
   
Little Mermaid
JH Production
Renton Civic Theater
1/25-27
  
New Family
Open House, 7 pm
KidTown Gym
1/30
 
JANUARY  2018
Randy McMillan,  Head of School
 
Happy New Year!  We have had an incredible start to this school year, and I am excited about the new opportunities a new year brings.  Here are some of the remarkable things we have experienced so far:
  • Record enrollment of almost 600 students between RCS & SLC,
  • Over $64,000 raised through our Jog-a-Thon fundraiser (for new locker rooms),
  • We provided ten families with food and gifts for Christmas through the Renton Salvation Army,
  • Awesome Christmas Concert (Huge thank you to Mrs. Turner & Mrs. Krogh!)
I can not wait to see what God does for the rest of this school year.  I pray that 2018 would be a rewarding and fulfilling year for you & your family.
 
Believe it or not, it's time to register for next school year! We anticipate several grades to be full so, you don't wait to re-enroll your student for the 2018 - 2019 school year. CLICK HERE to begin the re-enrollment process for a current student. New families will be able to enroll beginning on January 30, so reserve your spot today!
 
Did you know you can save $1,000 on your family's tuition when you refer a new family to RCS?  Our first Open House is on Tuesday, January 30. Help us spread the word!
 
Thanks,
 
Randy McMillan
Head of School
Laura Brundage, Elementary Principal

We have Monday the 15th off...did you know that?  In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we take a day of observance to reflect on all that he did for Civil Rights, Americans, and the world.  His tireless work to bring injustice to light and create intentional change
are timeless examples to our  
children.  Dr. King sought to change the world in which he lived, by peacefully displaying inequality, and he stood up for equal treatment for all people. 
 
Dr. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor.  Additionally, he is the only non-president memorialized on the Great Mall in the nation's capital. He is memorialized in hundreds of statues, parks, streets, squares, churches and other public facilities around the world as a leader whose teachings are increasingly relevant to the progress of human beings. 
 
So as we take a day from school and work, let's all remember the shining example that Dr. King is to us all.  He exemplified godly behavior.  He stood up to judgement without shame. He embraced justice without fear. Most importantly, he cultivated a movement in which others would seek to make a great difference in the world.  Martin Luther King Jr. has taught us how to use peace to handle our differences and conflicts.
 
Remember to use peace as a measure to handle our differences, just as the remarkable Dr. King did. Love others as yourself.  And work hard for what you believe in. 

Julie Schmitke, Secondary Principal
 
 STEM at RCS
 
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has received much emphasis in recent years within education and business circles, initiating a growing need for training in these fields. Renton Christian School recognizes the necessity to contribute resources towards STEM training to better prepare our students for their best possible future!

STEM at Renton Christian takes many forms.  It may be presented within the classroom science curriculum, used by students when accessing technology, seen in hands-on activities taught by teachers to gain students' interests, or experienced in after-school enrichment classes.  Renton Christian offers two STEM enrichment classes to support learning in these prominent fields: Technology for 6th - 8th Grades, and the Robotics program.
 Robotics
The Robotics program provides students an atmosphere where creativity, problem-solving, technology, and friendship meet. Students experience success with constructing and demonstrating the abilities of their robots, designed and programmed by themselves.  RCS has one of the most successful 4th - 8th grade robotics program in the state.  For the past three years we have had one or more team of students competing in the state finals.  Less than forty teams out of five-hundred plus advance to the state finals.  Only one other school (public or private) has an equal record.  In both 2016 and 2017 our teams finished high in the state finals garnering two awards for best overall presentation in the state.

Students have been working hard on their presentations, robot design and program execution for the 2018 competition season. This year we have three teams advancing to the state semi-finals on January 20th and 21st,  just one step away from the state finals.  Our goal this year, with God's blessing and the continued support of our amazing parents, is to have all three teams make it to the state finals and maybe bring home an all-around state championship.

One of the teams, Mystic Tears, came up with an innovative solution for water conservation and shared it with Ciscoe Morris from Gardening with Ciscoe who was delighted with their idea! The other two teams, Techno Emojis and Ascension Laboratories, are also working on solutions in the area of hydrodynamics.  We owe much of the program's success to our three fabulous coaches Ken Johnston, Chris Spahn, Eric Sorensen! Special recognition is due to Ken Johnston who started the program and has participated in its continued success.

Office 365 and Learning Management System
for 6th - 8th Grades

Another STEM highlight is the inclusion of Office 365 accounts for all 6th - 8th grade students.  7th and 8th grades have been using Office 365 since the beginning of the year, and 6th grade is converging with their peers in this same opportunity for Office 365 training beginning
this week!  Students are receiving, at no additional cost to families, a school email address, the Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and access to ParentsWeb for students.  Additionally, students in 7th and 8th grades have been using LMS (Learning Management System) that includes online discussion walls, granting students opportunities to interact with teachers and classmates within the context of class activities. LMS also gives students the ability to submit assignments online. 6th graders are provided a Mobile Computer Lab, and 7th and 8th graders are required to provide their own devices. The device specifications are available on the school website.

RCS is committed to offering goal-oriented STEM education to our students. We are excited to provide students with the chance to train, create, and imagine the possibilities through STEM - we hope you join us in becoming part of the team of the future!


AFTER SCHOOL  
ENRICHMENT CLASSES
 

New Enrichment Classes
are beginning soon . . .  
  
New class sessions are beginning soon in several enrichment areas.  For example, a Beginning Tap class is starting again. 

Stop by the office to check out class information and availability.  Be sure to fill out an enrollment form to secure your desired spot.
SCHOOL CLOSURE ALERTS

In case of a school closure or delay, you can go to the FlashAlert Newswire and Messenger web site  and sign up to receive emails through a  free phone app. Select and right click on the address below to go to the Flash Alert page.

https://www.flashalert.net/
BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE

January BASC News  
  • BASC will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of ML King Jr.'s birthday.
  • There are no BASC non-school days in January.
  • The next BASC non-school day will be Friday, February 2 - Super Bowl Day!
 
LIBRARY NEWS
 
Hi everyone!  Happy New year from the Library!  
  
We have been fortunate enough to purchase some new and exciting books for the library, but will need help laminating these books in order to get them on the shelves quickly.  Laminating books is    simple and can be done at home.  What a great way to earn SOS hours!  Please email Lisa Hopp at lisa.hopp@rentonchristian.org if you would like to laminate books from home to help fulfill your SOS requirement. 

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