In This Issue
NOVEMBER 
CALENDAR DATES 

Veteran's Day
Chapel
 11/2
   
 
NO SCHOOL
Teacher In-Service Day
BASC/SLC Open
11/9
 
NO SCHOOL
Veteran's Day Observance 
BASC/SLC CLOSED
11/10
 
NO SCHOOL 
Parent-Teacher Conferences
BASC/SLC Open 
11/16-17
 
11:30 AM DISMISSAL 
Thanksgiving Vacation
BASC/SLC Open
11/22
 
NO SCHOOL
Thanksgiving Vacation  
BASC/SLC CLOSED 
11/23-24    
 
NOVEMBER  2017
Randy McMillan,  Head of School

Two weeks ago, I attended the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) Conference with the other RCS administrators and teachers. I experienced what I already knew; we have amazing teachers! Each of them is passionate about teaching your children AND passionate about learning how to do that better.
 
One thing we learned during a general session was to cultivate curiosity in our students. Dr. Kevin Washburn suggested that children are innately curious and curiosity leads to learning. He further suggested that many academic settings do not cultivate curiosity in their approach to learning. We experience this curiosity when our kids are young and go through the "why" stage. They ask "why" in response to everything! Although this can be tiresome, the hunger to know why fuels their growth and learning.
 
We want Renton Christian School to be an environment that cultivates curiosity in every aspect of a student's learning. In math, Bible, English, science, history, music, regardless of the area of learning, we want to develop students who know how to learn and love to learn.
 
Thank you for entrusting your child's education to RCS. As I begin as Head of School, I do not take that trust for granted. I am thankful for the strength of RCS. We are blessed with skilled Administrators and gifted teachers. I am committed to building on that strength to create an education environment based on a Biblical-worldview where your child will excel.
 
Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family.
 
Randy McMillan
Head of School

Laura Brundage, Elementary Principal



Growing a Growth Mindset
Laura Brundage, Elementary Principal

There are many ways to look at situations that arise in our lives. We can look at events as things that happen and must be endured, or we can view events as life shapers. We can choose to look at circumstances as obstacles or as opportunities. I happen to be a bright side of things thinker. Don't get me wrong, I have been through some dark times, but God made me a "cup half-full" kind of girl. So, in the end I consciously choose to look for God's work in all things. This lead me to reflect on fixed and growth mindsets.

As parents, educators, mentors, and role models we must consider what we show the children of today. People who have a growth mindset believe that your abilities and intelligence are things that can be developed through practice, hard work, determination, and motivation. Conversely, people with a fixed mindset believe either you are born with it or not; nothing can change that.

So, in light of the world we live in today we have some things to think about. Because we are molding the leaders of tomorrow, we get to help them reach their potential. They need to realize that there will be times that they will fail or make a mistake. They must not fear failure. Take that failure or mistake as a lesson and grow.  Being corrected is not always fun, but what a student does with that correction can help them achieve amazing things. Giving up or accepting mediocre is easy. What children must learn is to never give up. Keep trying, keep going, keep growing!

Here's the good part...as educators we can see the potential for growth in all students. Know that while your child is at school we are helping them to see that they can learn from their mistakes, that they can take risks, for them to seek feedback,and  take challenges head on. By putting forth maximum effort they can be motivated to succeed.
 
Romans 12:2 says "Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."

Julie Schmitke, Secondary Principal
Standardized Test Scores
Terra Nova 3 Results Are Here
  Julie Schmitke, Secondary Principal

We are happy to report that we have received our score reports for the Spring 2017 testing cycle.  We kept you informed last spring of a delay in the scoring due to unforeseen circumstances. Last month, teachers spent their in-service time going over students' reports. This involved passing the reports from last year's teacher to this year's teacher. It also provided an opportunity for teachers to have a better knowledge of the students that they are presently teaching.

We will deliver last spring's individual student score reports, along with report cards, at parent-teacher conferences in November by your child's present teacher.

We appreciate your patience in the delay of getting your child's Terra Nova 3 results to you.

SOS Hours Opportunity
SOS Hours!
 
The library is looking for assistance in organizing and shelving library books.   If you would like to earn SOS hours while working in the library, please contact Mrs. Hopp to schedule a time to come in.
 
Mrs. Hopp, Librarian 
 
Parking Lot Reminder . . .
A note from  Security Officer, Luke Cruise...
  • Please be careful to observe the 10 MPH speed limit in our parking lot.  Help keep our children safe during the before school drop off and after school pick-up periods.
  • Please do not drive distracted with cell phones during these times also.  Be careful to watch for small pedestrians.

Thank you for your help! 

Operation Christmas Child
Earn SOS Hours!

Here is another great opportunity to earn SOS hours.

Shoe boxes filled with some toiletries. school supplies and small toys, will be dropped at the KidTown Lobby the week of Nov. 13 - 20.  These boxes of goodies will be processed and packaged to be sent to needy children around the world.  These boxed items never fail to bring happiness and the light of Jesus to these children.   Your help is needed to greet people and receive the boxes and answer questions.  Please click at the Sign Up Genius link below to register the date and time you can serve.

Thank you!


 
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