In This Issue

MAY
CALENDAR DATES 
    
 
  SPIRIT WEEK
5/7-11
  
G2 FIELD TRIP
MARY OLSON FARM    
5/11
 
JH PRODUCTION
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 
5/17-19

ELEMENTARY 
STUDENT OF THE MONTH 
5/18  
 
SCHOLASTIC
BOOK FAIR
 5/21-24 
 
G4 FIELD TRIP
CAPITOL BUILDING
OLYMPIA
5/23

SPIRIT DAY  
RED/WHITE/BLUE
THEME
5/25
 
ELEMENTARY
SPRING CONCERT, 7 PM
5/24

NO SCHOOL
BASC/SLC OPEN 
5/25

NO SCHOOL
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
BASC/SLC
CLOSED
5/28

G1 FIELD TRIP
WOODLAND PK ZOO 
5/30

JH FIELD TRIP
APE CAVES
MT. ST.HELENS
5/31
 
 
MAY  2018
Randy McMillan,  Head of School
 
RCS Family,
 
As we near the end of the 2017- 2018 school year I wanted to share with you some incredible things we are experiencing at Renton Christian.
  • Decisions for Christ: Over the past month, over 20 students have asked Jesus into their life. This means they made a personal decision to make Jesus the Lord of their life and live for Him (Romans 10:9-13). This is amazing! We want to equip every student to become like Jesus and discover His plan for their life.
  • Renovated Computer Lab: Our students are enjoying our renovated computer lap installed over Easter break. Each workstation has a new computer and a faster internet connection.
  • New Track Surface: We installed a new cinder surface for our onsite track. This will provide a safer and reliable surface for our track team and our annual fall Jog-a-Thon.
  • Enrollment up for next year: We have over 100 new students who will join the RCS Family next year. This is more new students than we have had in the last five years. Six grades are already full. Many of our new families have heard about the school from one of you. Thank you for getting the word out about our great school.
  • 2018 - 2019 RCS Calendar Released: We just posted our updated calendar for next school year. Among other things, we added a mid-winter break and improved the flow of November. To view the calendar CLICK HERE.
 
Thank you for your partnership in shaping the lives of our incredible students. I am honored to serve this great school.
 
Randy McMillan
Head of School

Laura Brundage, Elementary Principal

Did you know that it is almost the end of another school year? If you have older students, they may have even began the "count down." This is the time of year to remember to finish strong. Perseverance, determination, and hard work should be part of our everyday self-talk. We must be intentional in our approach to finishing strong, or else it will be just a fizzle out. So here's the deal...you are part of helping your student finish strong. You are their role model, you are their hero. So, really when you think your child is not watching, they REALLY are.

How can you help your child to push on forward? Rest and nutrition are important parts of endurance and strength. It is challenging to get your child to sleep when it is light outside, but routine is key to success. Consistency in their routine helps children to flourish. Check in with them. Ask them questions about their school work, and their day. If they say they don't have homework...be on guard. Help them stay organized. Getting ready for school the night before will aid in this endeavor. You can do this by putting out their uniform, making sure that their backpacks are packed and at the door, making their lunches, and getting to bed on time. I pray for you all as you strive to finish the race strong!
Julie Schmitke, Secondary Principal
 
Being a middle schooler is hard. The social aspect of life becomes much more important than academics. The voices of friends begin to carry more weight than the parents', and technology is widely used. This is why I am so privileged to be a middle school principal in a Christian school through which we can teach the whole child. And it is so much more than just teaching. Our teachers care deeply about students. As an example, 60 of our junior highers attended the Next Gen conference hosted by NLC on Friday, 4/20 with one of their teachers.

In my years as a middle school principal, I have worked with families and students struggling through different mental health issues. As we have become a more post-Christian/post-modern culture, I have to wonder if kids are losing hope. The Barna group did research on adolescents viewing the Bible as a source of hope. Between 2015 and 2016, the percent of adolescents seeing the Bible as a source of hope dropped 6% to 47% of those surveyed in 2016. They hear messages that question identity, that they are here by chance and not the plan of a divine Creator, that there is no meaning to life.
Warning Signs:
  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks
  • Self-harm
  • Not eating, throwing up to lose weight
  • Severe mood swings
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still
The good news is that we have hope! We are created on purpose, with a purpose. We matter. This is what our students heard at the conference last Friday. The good news is also that parents can support their child too:
  • Talk with your pediatrician
  • Get a referral to a mental health specialist
  • Work with the school
  • Connect with other families
Being a middle schooler is hard. I haven't yet met someone who would want to repeat the middle school years. Being a middle schooler in a Christian school is better. This is an environment in which students are taught that they have a purpose, that they matter, and that they were created by the same Creator of our grand universe. It's also an environment in which they are loved by their teachers!
BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE
  
BASC Parents: 

Just a reminder that BASC will be closing at 4 pm on Thursday, May 24 and will be closed on Friday, May 25. We will be meeting with our BASC team for training and encouragement to ensure we provide the best environment for your child. Thank you for trusting us with their care. Thank you for your understanding as we invest in our team.  
 
- Mr. Mike

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION
 
Register now for Summer Camp!  
 
Register now through Friday, May 18, 2018 to take advantage of the $80 Registration Fee.  Be sure to stop by the school office to pick up a Summer Camp registration packet. 

Note that after May 18, the Registration Fee will go up to $125.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
                
                             
May 21 - 24  

This is a great time to honor the amazing "STAR" staff at RCS.  We are blessed with great teachers, teacher's aides, specialists, elective teachers, administration, office staff and BASC employees that serve our children and families.  Let's shower them with VIP treatment all week!

                         The week's themes are:
   
                              Mon:  I'm a "Fan" Day!
                       Fan mail: notes of appreciation/flowers
   
                             Tues:  "Walk the Red Carpet" Day
                              Walk the red carpet and enjoy coffee and
                              breakfast treats.                
 
                              Wed:  "Treat You Like a Star" Day
                              Teacher's Favorites
 
                              Thurs:  VIP Luncheon
 
Stay tuned for a letter from your room parents that will provide more information, including a list of your "teacher's favorites".
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
 
Scholastic Book Fair
May 21 - 24


Here's your opportunity to pick up summer reading material and gifts for both kids and teachers alike! (hint: Teachers leave a "wish list" for their classroom.
 
Visit the Book Fair between May 21 - 24 in the LIBRARY and from May 21 - Jun 2 ONLINE at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/rentonchristianschool.
 
Volunteers will be needed. A sign-up will be emailed in the next few days. One SOS hour will be awarded for each hour worked. Thank you!!
 
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
 
Over the spring break the computer lab had a major upgrade with the installation of 24 new IntelĀ® NUC CPU's, low profile keyboards, mouse and headphones. With the upgrade of technology, students will be able to have a much faster response time with all project based learning and STEM activities in the computer lab.

Also, every classroom had a document camera upgrade to the IPEVO V4K document camera. This document camera will help teachers with the projection and clarity of documents for students.

With the addition of our mobile computer lab this year we have been able to help teachers with adding technology easily into their classrooms.



If you have any questions please stop by and visit.
Melodee St. Clair,  Technology Specialist Teacher - K - 8th grades

RCS '17-'18 YEARBOOK ORDERS
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Renton, WA 98058
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