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Things to Know this Week (May 31st)

RCS Families,

 

The next two weeks will be full of opportunities to have fun and acknowledge the academic and character growth of our students. Let’s enjoy this time as we conclude another incredible year at Renton Christian. Below are details of the upcoming events to end our year.

 

Here are a few things to know this week:

 

Profile of a Student Awards | June 13th 

On Thursday, June 13th we will celebrate the character of each student through our Profile of a Student Awards. This year we will align our awards around the characteristics and indicators of our Profile of a Student. Parents are welcome to join us for these award ceremonies. They will take place in the Auditorium Building one grade at a time based on the following schedule:

 

June 13th: Main Auditorium:

(All ceremonies in the Main Auditorium will be live streamed here: https://rcs.online.church/.)

8:50-9:20am: 4th grade

9:30-10:00am: 2nd grade

10:10-10:40am: 1st grade

10:50-11:20am: 3rd grade

11:30-12:00pm: 5th grade

12:10-12:40pm: 6th grade

12:50-1:20pm: Kindergarten

1:30-2:00pm: 7th grade

 

June 13th: North Auditorium 

8:50-9:10am: Kprep AM

12:15-12:35pm: Kprep PM

 

Field Days | KP – 2nd: June 10th | 3rd – 5th: June 12th 

We celebrate the end of each school year with a fun outdoor experience for students called Field Day. On June 10th, Kprep – 2nd grade will participate in Field Day. 3rd – 5th grade will participate on June 12th.  Students should wear athletic attire and bring their water bottle.

 

Field Day Volunteers Needed | June 10th  & 12th 

We are looking for parents to serve at our upcoming Field Days especially with set-up. CLICK HERE to get more information and to sign-up to help.

 

Last Day of School | June 14th – 11:30am Dismissal  

Our last school day is almost here! We will dismiss all grades at 11:30am. BASC is open for extended after school care on that day.

 

8th Grade Recognition | Tuesday, June 11th | Main Auditorium 

We will honor our outgoing 8th graders for their hard work and accomplishments at Renton Christian at our 8th Grade Recognition on Tuesday, June 11th in the Main Auditorium. Appetizers begin at 6:00pm. The ceremony begins at 7:00pm. Live stream link: https://rcs.online.church. We are proud of our 62 outgoing 8th graders and cannot wait to see how they impact our world for Christ in the coming years!

 

RCS Yearbook for 2023-2024 | Last Chance to buy!

Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase a yearbook for your student. Very limited copies remain. CLICK HERE to purchase one for your student. If you have any questions, please contact Austin Sankey asankey@rentonchristian.org.

 

RCS Mariners Game| Main level 1st Baseline tickets! | Friday, September 27th 

Almost 400 tickets are already sold! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to join us at the RCS Mariners game on Friday, September 27, 2024. We have a block of seats reserved on the main level along the first baseline (sections 115, 114, 112). Help us cheer on the 1st Place Mariners. This game is a Mariners Fireworks night as well as Fan Appreciation Night. Also, come early to see Mr. McMillan throw out the Groups First Pitch (approximately 30 minutes before game time). Tickets are only $25 and $5 from each ticket will go to strengthen our school security. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets for this incredible RCS Family Event to begin next school year! If you have any questions, email: packthepark@rentonchristian.org.

 

RCS Swag Survey

As we plan for next year we would like to get your feedback on RCS apparel items. CLICK HERE to complete a quick survey.

 

Fire Alarm

Around 3:15pm today (5/31) the fire alarm went off. A water vapor haze machine unintentionally triggered a smoke detector in a room on campus. There was no fire, and no one was in any danger. Everyone exited the building swiftly and remained outside until the fire department arrived to cancel the alarm. If you were here, thank you for your cooperation.

 

Have a great week!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School 

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Things to Know this Week (May 17th)

RCS Families,

 

The next two weeks are an important time for our middle school students. Next week our 6th grade students will be going on their Outdoor Education Retreat. The following week our 7th & 8th grade students will be on their end of year retreat. Please join me in praying for them. Pray that God would move in the life of each student during evening chapels. These moments away are key times for students to strengthen or develop their faith without the normal constraints of time or distractions. I am expecting God to do some incredible things in the life of our middle school students!

 

Here are a few things to know this week:

 

Spring Concert | 2nd – 4th Grade | Thur, May 23rd @ 7pm 

On May 23rd, our 2nd – 4th grade students will have their Spring Concert in the Main Auditorium. The concert will begin at 7pm, and the doors will open at 6:30pm. Let’s celebrate our students as they share with us their gifts and dedication. We will stream the concert live at: https://rcs.online.church/.

 

Musical Theater Production | Cinderella | Carco Theater | May 16 - 18

Tickets are selling fast. Tonight’s (Friday) performance is sold out and two Saturday performances have very limited tickets remaining. Don’t miss your opportunity to see Renton Christian School’s Royal Theatre Company’s presentation of Cinderella at Carco Theatre in Renton. For more information and to buy tickets CLICK HERE.

 

Field Day Volunteers Needed | June 10 & 12

We are looking for parents to serve at our upcoming Field Days especially with set-up. CLICK HERE to get more information and to sign-up to help.

 

No School Memorial Day Weekend | May 24th & 27th  

We will have a four-day break for Memorial Day Weekend! There will be no classes on Friday, May 24th due to an unused snow make-up day. BASC will be open until 4pm. SLC will be closed for teacher in-service training. Everything will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

 

RCS Yearbook for 2023-2024 | Only one more week to buy!

Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase a yearbook for your student. Yearbooks will be on sale through May 24th or until they have sold out. CLICK HERE to purchase one for your student. If you have any questions, please contact Austin Sankey asankey@rentonchristian.org.

 

RCS Mariners Game | Friday, September 27th 

We reserved 600 main level tickets along the first baseline (sections 115, 114, 112) for the Seattle Mariners Game on Friday, September 27, 2024. Almost half are already sold! We would like to invite all RCS and SLC parents, students, and grandparents to join us at T-Mobile Park to cheer on the Mariners. This game is a Mariners Fireworks night as well as Fan Appreciation Night. Also, come early to see Mr. McMillan throw out the Groups First Pitch (approximately 30 minutes before game time). Tickets are only $25 and $5 from each ticket will go to strengthen our school security. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets for this incredible RCS Family Event to begin next school year! If you have any questions, email: packthepark@rentonchristian.org.

 

Have a great week!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School 

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Things to Know this Week (May 3rd)

RCS Families,

 

April 30, 2024 will go down as an important date in our school’s history. Tuesday morning, we had our first official meeting with the City of Covington about our high school project! God brought together an incredible team to develop this property. Our Owners Rep, who has extensive experience in development projects, said this was “the best Pre-App she has ever been part of.” Even the city staff said that the city is “excited about what this project could be for the city.” God’s continued favor and direction was evident. There is an extensive process ahead, however, there were no red flags or roadblocks from this meeting! Thank you for your prayers and support as we develop our future high school together. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Here are a few things to know this week:

 

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week | May 6 - 10

Next week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at RCS. God has gifted us with an incredible team of teachers and staff who deeply care for each student. This is our opportunity to thank them for their passion and dedication. The very appropriate theme is Superheroes. CLICK HERE for more information about how you can partner with our PTF to appreciate our team.

 

Musical Theater Production | Cinderella | Carco Theater | May 16 - 18

Renton Christian School’s Royal Theatre Company presents Cinderella. Tickets are selling fast. We expect tickets to sell out. Don’t miss your opportunity to support our students at one of our four performances at Carco Theatre in Renton. For more information and to buy tickets CLICK HERE.

 

Spring Concert | 5th – 8th Grade | Tue, May 7th @ 7pm 

Next Tuesday, May 7th, our 5th – 8th grade students will have their Spring Concert in the Main Auditorium. The concert will begin at 7pm, and the doors will open at 6:30pm. Let’s celebrate our students as they share with us their gifts and dedication.

 

Mothers’ Day Chapel | Thursday, May 9th 

Next Thursday will be a special chapel where we will honor and celebrate all mothers. KP-2nd grade @ 8:45am, 3rd – 5th grade @ 9:45am, 6th- 8th grade @ 11:45am. If you can’t join us in person, join us online HERE.

 

RCS Mariners Game | Friday, September 27th 

We have reserved 600 main level tickets for the Seattle Mariners Game on Friday, September 27, 2024. We would like to invite all RCS and SLC parents, students, and grandparents to join us at T-Mobile Park to cheer on the Mariners. This game is a Mariners Fireworks night as well as Fan Appreciation Night. Also, come early to see Mr. McMillan throw out the Groups First Pitch (approximately 30 minutes before game time). Tickets are only $25 and $5 from each ticket will go to strengthen our school security. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets for this incredible RCS Family Event to begin next school year! If you have any questions, email: packthepark@rentonchristian.org.

 

RCS Yearbook for 2023-2024 | Now Available!

We are excited to announce that our school yearbooks are now available for purchase from today to May 24th, or until they have sold out. The yearbook is priced at $40. CLICK HERE to purchase one for your student. If you have any questions, please contact Austin Sankey asankey@rentonchristian.org.

 

Grandparents Day Success

Last Friday over 600 grandparents and students created priceless memories. They enjoyed a taste of our weekly chapel, an interactive time in the classroom, and a Chick-fil-A lunch. We love our RCS grandparents and love seeing our students value their time together.

 

Encouragement and Prayer:

Today’s culture thrives on division. When something happens, we are thrust into different camps, requiring us to declare which side we are on. Often, this process occurs along ideological or political lines. Our friends and loved ones can move from family to foe in an instant. This is not God’s plan for us.

 

Instead of seeing people as potential enemies, the love of Christ should bond us together. The Apostle Paul addresses our relationships with one another in his letter to the church in Rome. Take a moment to read the following passage to see the stark contrast with how today’s culture would have us act:

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:9-21.

Our starting point should be love. Love should bind us together, not divide us. Love should focus our attention on the needs of others, not toward self. Love should guide us toward harmony and peace, not strife and division. As followers of Christ, let’s reflect the love described by the Apostle Paul and not the divisiveness of today’s culture.

 

God, bind us together in unity, despite our differences. Help us to enter each conversation with the foundation of Your love. Help us to find common ground and unite around Your redemptive mission. We pray for our divided culture and country. Bring healing and peace. Give us Your mercy and grace today. Amen.

 

Have a great week!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School 

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Things to Know this Week (March 27)

KP – 1st Grade Easter Concert | March 28 | 8:45AM

Tomorrow, March 28th is our Kindergarten Prep – 1st grade Easter Concert. This will take place during their normal chapel time at 8:45am. Everyone is welcome to join us and celebrate the hope we have in our risen Savior! Our Spring Concert for 2nd – 4th grade will be on May 23rd. Our Spring Concert for 5th – 8th grade will be May 7th. Each of these concerts will be streamed at: https://rcs.online.church/. Details for our May concerts will be sent out in the coming weeks.

 

Pray for Middle School Mexico Missions Trip

Every year, a group of RCS middle school students, parents and staff go on a trip during Easter break. Every other year our trip goes on a missions trip to Mexico and the alternate year, we go to Washington DC & New York City. Please pray for our group heading to Mexico on April 1st. Pray for their protection, health, and serving opportunities as we build a home for a great family through YWAM (Youth With A Mission). 

  

RCS Mother Son Night Success 

Our first ever Mother Son event took place on March 14th! Over 600 moms and sons had an incredible time at DEFY, the indoor trampoline park in Tukwila. Family events like this help build relational bonds between parents, students, and families. We are committed to developing a strong community at RCS.

 

Save the Date! | RCS Grandparents Day | April 26th | 11am – 2pm

We are excited to announce the return of Grandparent's Day on Friday, April 26th. We had so many Grandparents come last year that we decided to dedicate an entire school day for this year. Only students with participating Grandparents will need to join us onsite for April 26th. Grandparents will hear about the vision of RCS and the amazing ways God is working in the lives of staff and students. They will have the opportunity to visit an RCS classroom, engage with their grandchildren in a fun classroom activity and get a memorable picture taken.  They will also eat a delicious Chick-fil-A lunch together. This is a day to honor RCS grandparents and to share the future vision of RCS. Please let your RCS grandparents know about this amazing day. They won’t want to miss it. They can CLICK HERE to RSVP. Please RSVP by April 3rd. Please contact Mai Bonilla at mbonilla@rentonchristian.org or (425) 226-0820 ext. 487

 

Easter Break | No School | April 1-5 

RCS is closed next week for Easter Break. BASC is open April 1-3. SLC is open as normal.

 

Have a great weekend and Easter Break! He is Risen!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School 

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Things to Know this Week (March 8)

RCS Families,

 

God is at work at Renton Christian! This week at chapel, 32 students publicly declared their faith in Jesus Christ though water baptism. Spiritual formation is a foundational element of RCS. When a student begins or develops their faith in Christ, we celebrate! So far this school year, over 50 students decided to make Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior! When this decision happens, we encourage students to connect with a pastor at their church to make that decision public. Many churches use water baptism to outwardly declare this inward transformation. Each year, we provide an opportunity for RCS students to be baptized at one of our chapels. It was so moving to see 32 students publicly profess their faith in front of their peers at chapel this week! Please join me in praying for each of these students. Pray that the commitment they made will carry them to adulthood and ultimately to eternity.

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

RCS Gala and Auction | 6:30pm, Friday, March 22nd | Main Auditorium

It’s not too late to join us at our Annual Gala and Auction on Friday, March 22nd. We have some exciting news about our RCS High School to share. CLICK HERE to register today! Come expecting a grand Fiesta meal, live music, live and silent auction, friends, community, and an inspiring message on the vision and future of Renton Christian School. Doors open at 5:00pm. Dinner is served at 6:30pm and childcare is available! Please buy your tickets today! For more information and to register for this event CLICK HERE.

 

RCS Mother Son Night | 5:30pm-7:30pm, March 14th 

Our first ever Mother Son event will take place on Thursday, March 14th! We have booked out DEFY, the indoor trampoline park in Tukwila, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. RCS Mothers and Mother Figures, get ready for an incredible night of fun with your son. There is no charge for this RCS family event. Onsite concessions will be available for purchase. CLICK HERE to complete the required waiver from DEFY.

 

Serving Opportunities | Lunch Helpers, RCS Auction, Grandparent’s Day, etc. 

We have some great opportunities for you to get involved at RCS. We are looking for some parents to assist us with our new lunch program, help facilitate our upcoming Auction and Grandparent’s Day events. CLICK HERE to see how you can get involved. Thank you for your continued partnership.

 

Save the Date! | RCS Grandparents Day | April 26th | 11am – 2pm

We are excited to announce the return of Grandparent's Day on Friday, April 26th. We had so many Grandparents come last year that we decided to dedicate an entire school day for this year. Only students with participating Grandparents will need to join us onsite for April 26th. Grandparents will hear about the vision of RCS and the amazing ways God is working in the lives of staff and students. They will have the opportunity to visit an RCS classroom, engage with their grandchildren in a fun classroom activity and get a memorable picture taken.  They will also eat a delicious Chick-fil-A lunch together. This is a day to honor RCS grandparents and to share the future vision of RCS. Please let your RCS grandparents know about this amazing day. They won’t want to miss it. They can CLICK HERE to RSVP. Please RSVP by April 3rd. Please contact Mai Bonilla at mbonilla@rentonchristian.org or (425) 226-0820 ext. 487

 

STEM Day Recap

Wednesday was STEM Day at RCS! Steamboat Studios spent the day with us. Each RCS student learned about different forms of forces and magnetism. They saw science demonstrations in an assembly and then performed hands-on experiments in the classroom with personalized science kits. It was a great day of inspiration and instilling scientific curiosity in each student.

 

Prayer & Encouragement:

This year I am reading through the Bible from the beginning. Right now, I am reading through the book of Numbers. I love this book, not just because I am a numbers guy, but also because it demonstrates God’s intentionality and provision for His people. The book of Numbers records the journey of Moses and the Israelite people through the Desert of Sinai after they left Egypt and on their way to the promised land. This journey was full of frustration, complaints, and hardships. However, it was also full of God’s provision, presence, and protection. The humanity of the people of God was on full display. God’s presence was clear through a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. God’s provision was miraculous by providing manna each morning and water from rocks. God’s protection from their surrounding enemies was powerful. Despite all of this, several times, the Israelites, complained to Moses for bringing them out of the slavery of Egypt. Why? I believe they allowed the hardships of the moment to suppress the promise of their future. The unknowns of the Promised Land and the challenges of the journey created more discomfort than the known reality of their past. God has a purpose and a call for each of us to fulfill His mission going forward. This applies to us individually and together as a school. God gave us a dream to see 100 students graduate each year, rooted in Christ, and equipped to change the world. Let’s remain focused on where God is calling us rather than where we were or any momentary hardships. We serve a faithful God. My prayer is that God’s presence, provision, and protection will remain on each person at Renton Christian. Please join me in prayer for God's continued clarity, wisdom, and direction.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School 

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THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

As March welcomes the warmth of the sun and the blossoming of cherry blossom trees, it signifies the arrival of spring—a time of new beginnings and hope. It's a season that reminds us of the beauty of growth and the promise of brighter days ahead.

Amidst the excitement of this season, I wanted to take a moment to encourage each of you. As a parent myself, I understand the challenges of balancing academics, activities, and the myriad of events that come with raising children. At RCS, we are here to partner with you on your parenting journey, supporting you every step of the way.

We believe that learning academic content is crucial for the future success of our students. However, we also emphasize the importance of instilling Christ-like behaviors within our community. In our Profile of a Student, you will find that love, character, and wisdom are the three core attributes we integrate into all lessons.

I'd like to share a few ways you can help your child grow in these areas at home:

Wisdom: Encourage your child to be open-minded and teachable, fostering a spirit of discernment and self-discipline in their studies and activities.

Love: Demonstrate love by serving others, honoring people even in disagreement, and offering encouragement to those around them.

Character: Model integrity, humility, and resilience, teaching your child to do what is right even when no one is watching and to take responsibility for their actions.

As we journey through spring, my prayer for you is that God would fill your hearts with joy and that you would feel the support of our school community. Remember, it takes a village to raise a child, and here at RCS, we are committed to supporting and honoring your role as parents.

Thank you for entrusting us with your children's education and growth. Together, let's work as a team to guide them along the path that the Lord has prepared for their lives.

Always in your corner,

Lisa Hopp

 

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Things to Know this Week (Feb 16)

RCS Families,

 

As we head into mid-winter break, my prayer is that God would provide you rest and that you would create lasting memories with your family. Thank you for your continued trust and partnership. We have several opportunities coming up to build relationships together. Please take a moment to learn about these community opportunities described below and make plans to join us.   

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

RCS Gala and Auction | 6:30pm, Friday, March 22nd | Main Auditorium

We have some exciting news about our RCS High School to share at our annual RCS Gala and Auction in our Main Auditorium on Friday, March 22nd. Come expecting a grand Fiesta meal, live music, live and silent auction, friends, community, and an inspiring message on the vision and future of Renton Christian School. Doors open at 5:00pm. Dinner is served at 6:30pm and childcare is available! Please buy your tickets today! For more information and to register for this event CLICK HERE.

 

New Lunch Service | Beginning March 1st 

We will begin a new partnership for school lunches in just two weeks! Our new lunch service will be through Academic Eats. This organization has developed relationships with three local restaurants to provide fresh, quality, and healthy meals for our students. CLICK HERE for more information, view the menu, and order lunches.

 

New Family Open House | 7pm, Tuesday, February 27th  

Help us spread the word about our New Family Open House on Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm! With 96% reenrollment and strong initial applications, we have very limited spots in each grade. Please encourage anyone considering Renton Christian to attend this open house for the best opportunity to join our school family. Prospective families can find more information through this link: RCS New Family Open House.

 

New Location of Sonshine Learning Center | March 4th

On March 4th we are launching a new location of Sonshine Learning Center in Covington (near Kentwood High School) at the brand-new Covington Campus for New Life Church. Almost 60% of spots are already filled! If you know anyone looking for a safe, loving, and Christ-centered early learning center, please send them to our brand new SLC website: www.sonshinelearning.org to apply for the limited spots remaining. We also have a couple of part-time and full-time positions available. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

 

RCS Mother Son Night | 5:30pm-7:30pm, March 14th 

Our first ever Mother Son event will take place on March 14th! We have booked out DEFY, the indoor trampoline park in Tukwila, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. RCS Mothers and Mother Figures, get ready for an incredible night of fun with your son. There is no charge for this RCS family event. Onsite concessions will be available for purchase. CLICK HERE to complete the required waiver from DEFY.

 

No School | February 19-23 | Mid-Winter Break

There will be no classes February 19-23 for Mid-Winter Break. BASC & SLC are closed on February 19th for Presidents’ Day. BASC is open for full day care on February 20th – 23rd. SLC is open regular hours on February 20th & 21st. SLC will close at 4pm on February 22nd and will be closed on February 23rd for Teacher In-service.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School 

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Things to Know this Week (Feb 2)

RCS Families,

 

96% of our current students reenrolled for next year! Thank you for your continued trust and partnership with Renton Christian. Our commitment is to keep Christ at the center of everything we do. We continue to us the Profile of a Student framework to filter our practices, programs, and activities. When a student’s time is done at Renton Christian, we want them to exhibit Godly Wisdom, Christ-like Character, and express God’s Love for One Another. Thank you for helping us develop the next generation of students who are rooted in Christ and equipped to change the world.

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

Join the Sonshine Learning Center Team! 

On March 4th we are launching a new location of Sonshine Learning Center in Covington (near Kentwood High School) at the brand-new Covington Campus for New Life Church. We are still looking to hire six people to join our SLC team as classroom teachers and classroom assistants. We will have open positions at both campuses. If you, or someone else is interested, go to our brand new SLC website: www.sonshinelearning.org to see open positions and to apply. We are also enrolling new students for our Covington Campus. CLICK HERE to get more information and apply for the limited spots available.

 

RCS Daddy Daughter Dance | 7pm, Friday, February 16th (Doors Open at 6:30pm)

We are just three weeks away from our third annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 16th. RCS Fathers and Father Figures, get ready to create some memories with your daughter! Doors to the Main Auditorium open at 6:30pm. Dancing, desserts, photobooths, and so much fun. There is no charge for this RCS family event.

 

RCS Student Water Baptisms | During each Chapel | March 7th 

During Spiritual Emphasis week, several students made Jesus Lord and Savior of their life! We encourage all students to connect with their Pastor(s) about how their church helps to make this decision public. In many of the churches represented at RCS the public declaration of salvation occurs through water baptism. On March 7th we will have an opportunity for students to be baptized during one of our RCS Chapels. If you have an interested student, CLICK HERE, to sign-up for our baptism class. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Turner: nturner@rentonchristian.org.   

 

SAVE THE DATE! | RCS Mother Son Night | 5:30pm-7:30pm, March 14th 

Our first ever Mother Son event will take place on March 14th! We have booked out DEFY, the indoor trampoline park in Tukwila, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. RCS Mothers and Mother Figures, get ready for an incredible night of fun with your son. There is no charge for this RCS family event. More details will be sent soon.

 

SAVE THE DATE! | RCS Gala and Auction | 6:30pm, Friday, March 22nd | Main Auditorium

Join us at our annual RCS Gala and Auction in our Main Auditorium on Friday, March 22nd. Come expecting a grand Fiesta meal, live music, live and silent auction, friends, community, and an inspiring message on the vision and future of Renton Christian School. Doors open at 5:00pm. Dinner is served at 6:30pm and childcare is available! For more information and to register for this event CLICK HERE. We are looking for several parents to help serve at this event. CLICK HERE to see serving opportunities for this great night!

  

No School | February 19-23 | Mid-Winter Break

There will be no classes February 19-23 for Mid-Winter Break. BASC & SLC are closed on February 19th for Presidents’ Day. BASC is open for full day care on February 20th – 23rd. SLC is open regular hours on February 20th & 21st. SLC will close at 4pm on February 22nd and will be closed on February 23rd for Teacher In-service.

 

Encouragement and Prayer:

Today was one of our Professional Development days for our teachers. These days are so important for us to step out of the whirlwind of the normal school day to become better teachers and leaders. We firmly believe our teachers are the secret sauce of Renton Christian. Will you join me in praying for our teachers?

 

God, continue to protect and provide for our teachers. Give them your wisdom and insight. Protect them physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Bless their families and honor their significant investment in our students. May your peace, that passes all understanding, guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

Read More about Things to Know this Week (Feb 2)
THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

I hope this finds you well and filled with the warmth of February, the month of love. At RCS, we are embracing love with a strong focus on the Profile of a Student domain of love this trimester. We are encouraging our students to express love through service, honoring one another, practicing forgiveness as Christ forgives, and uplifting and encouraging one another. As the fruits of the spirit include love, we aim to instill and inspire all our students to walk in love throughout this month.

 

Exciting events are on the horizon, with the highly anticipated Daddy Daughter dance just around the corner. This special occasion provides an opportunity for father figures to share quality time with their daughters, creating cherished memories that last a lifetime. It has become an annual tradition that I eagerly look forward to each year, celebrating the unique bond between fathers and daughters within our RCS community.

 

I also want to take a moment to offer some encouragement on the best ways to continue partnering with RCS and supporting your child's learning at home:

 

Partnership with Teachers: Foster open communication with your child's teachers. Your involvement and collaboration are crucial in supporting your child both at home and in school.

 

Literacy Integration: Incorporate literacy into daily activities. Whether it's reading recipes together, writing letters to family members, or having your child read aloud to you, these practices promote a love for learning and language.

 

Establishing a Predictable Routine: Maintaining a predictable routine not only encourages learning but also helps students strengthen their executive functioning skills, fostering organization and a sense of stability.

 

Active Learning and Curiosity: Encourage your child to actively engage with their curiosity. When they have questions, turn it into a fun activity by researching together and finding more information. This approach promotes a love for discovery and lifelong learning.

 

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for each of you and the incredible partnership we share. It is both a joy and an honor to serve you and your children, and I look forward to the continued growth and success of our RCS community.

 

Wishing you a month filled with love and the joy of the Lord!

 

Always in your corner,

 

Principal Hopp

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Things to Know this Week (Jan 26)

RCS Families,

 

Thank you for supporting the arts at Renton Christian! We had a packed house last night for the opening night of our musical theater performance of Wizard of Oz. Our students did so well! Their creativity and God-given gifts shown through so well. All remaining shows are sold out! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the remaining performances tonight and tomorrow.

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

Join the Sonshine Learning Center Team! 

On March 4th we are launching a new location of Sonshine Learning Center in Covington (near Kentwood High School) at the brand-new Covington Campus for New Life Church. We are still looking to hire six people to join our SLC team as classroom teachers and classroom assistants. We will have open positions at both campuses. If you, or someone else is interested, CLICK HERE to see open positions and to apply. We are also enrolling new students for our Covington Campus. Go to www.rentonchristian.org/slc to get more information and apply for the limited spots available.

 

Reenrollment Deadline Approaching for 2024-2025 School Year!

On Tuesday we had our largest New Family Open House ever! New applications are flooding in. We are only 5 days away from our reenrollment deadline for the 2024-2025 school year! Over 80% of our students have already reenrolled. Don’t miss out on a spot for your student(s) for next year. We expect multiple grades to fill up for the upcoming year. CLICK HERE to begin the re-enrollment process. If you have questions about the re-enrollment process, please contact our Registrar, Charity Warren. To begin the new sibling application process: CLICK HERE. The reenrollment deadline for current families is January 31st.

 

RCS Daddy Daughter Dance | 7pm, Friday, February 16th (Doors Open at 6:30pm)

We are just three weeks away from our third annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 16th. RCS Fathers and Father Figures, get ready to create some memories with your daughter! Doors open at 6:30pm. Dancing, desserts, photobooths, and so much fun. There is no charge for this RCS family event.

 

SAVE THE DATE! | RCS Mother Son Night | March 14

Our first ever Mother Son event will take place on March 14! We have booked out DEFY, the indoor trampoline park in Tukwila. RCS Mothers and Mother Figures, get ready for an incredible night of fun with your son. There is no charge for this RCS family event. More details will be sent soon.

 

No School | February 2nd | Teacher Professional Development

RCS will be closed on Friday, February 2nd for teacher professional development. SLC will be open at normal hours. BASC will provide full-day care for those registered.

 

Leak Update

God’s protection and provision continues to be evident in the 10 days since the broken fire sprinkler flooded our server room and computer lab. All affected areas have been fully and professionally dried out. All damaged sheetrock and flooring have been removed. All damaged equipment has been inventoried and removed. All critical systems have been restored with a temporary solution while the rooms are reconstructed. Replacement equipment and supplies have been reordered. We are working with the insurance company to approve the restoration scope. If everything continues to go well, we hope to have the bulk of the construction take place during mid-winter break and have everything restored (or near completion) when we return on February 26th.

 

Encouragement and Prayer:

This month I have been reading Genesis and Exodus. It is amazing to see God’s intentionality through this narrative as He protected, provided, and redeemed His people. God’s presence guided the Israelites through the desert with a cloud by day and a pilar of fire by night. Despite God’s providence and presence, the Israelites succumbed to fear, selfishness, and sinful behavior. Regardless, God desired reconciliation and provided continuous opportunities for the Israelites to turn their hearts back to Him. Today, we are susceptible to pressures, temptations, and sinful tendencies that can separate us from God. We need to make daily decisions to grow our faith and draw closer to Him. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can be fully reconciled to God. Although we can accept the gift of salvation in a moment, our spiritual development is a continual process.

 

I pray that God would draw you close to Him. I pray that you will commit again to live for God aligned with His nature and will. I pray that God will continue to protect and provide for your family and for Renton Christian.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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Things to Know this Week (Jan 19)

RCS Families,

 

Thank you for your patience this week with the weather and water leak impacts. I am thankful for God’s protection and provision regarding the leak caused by a broken fire sprinkler head. The leak occurred without students on campus but while staff were on campus. No one was hurt and things can be replaced. The timing of the leak allowed our team to respond immediately and limit the impact. The damage to the server room and computer lab was extensive, however, our team and vendors restored critical systems within 36 hours to enable us to open with only one lost day! The mitigation & restoration company is still drying everything out, inventorying all damaged equipment, and will begin restoring spaces next week. We are actively working to replace and restore impacted areas as soon as possible and are working with our insurance company to minimize the financial impact. We expect the exterior door systems and interior flow to be restored early next week. Please pray that the restoration and insurance claim process continue to go efficiently and smoothly. During times like this, I am so proud of our incredible team! We rally, we are flexible, and we respond with a positive “we can make this happen” mentality.

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

5 Ways to Build Resilience in Our Students | Parent Enrichment Night Video

The Chaplin of the UW Huskies and Seattle Seahawks, Jonathan Rainey, joined us for our Parent Enrichment Night last Tuesday. He shared 5 Ways to Build Resilience in our students. If you missed Pastor Jonathan Rainey’s message, take a moment to watch it this weekend! CLICK HERE to watch the video.

 

New Sonshine Learning Center Location | Covington | March 4th 

We are launching a new location of Sonshine Learning Center in Covington on March 4th! It will be located at the new campus of New Life Church near Kentwood High School. If you know of anyone who is interested in a Christ-centered early learning program (infant – preschool), please send them to www.rentonchristian.org/slc to get more information and apply for the limited spots available. Also, we are looking for some new team members to serve at both of our SLC locations. CLICK HERE to see open positions and to apply.

 

Reenrollment Deadline Approaching for 2024-2025 School Year!

We are only 12 days away from our reenrollment deadline for the 2024-2025 school year! Almost 60% of our students have already reenrolled. Don’t miss out on a spot for your student(s) for next year. New families will begin applying next Tuesday. We expect multiple grades to fill up for the upcoming year. CLICK HERE to begin the re-enrollment process. The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your information will be saved if you need to stop and complete it later. If you have questions about the re-enrollment process, please contact our Registrar, Charity Warren. To begin the new sibling application process: CLICK HERE. The reenrollment deadline for current families is January 31st.  

 

Wizard of Oz Tickets Almost Sold Out | RCS Musical Theatre Carco Theatre | January 25-27

Renton Christian School’s Royal Theatre Company presents Wizard of Oz. Our students will have four performances at Carco Theatre January 25th – 27th. Two performances are already sold out! CLICK HERE to buy your tickets today! Limited seats remain for Thursday evening (Jan 25) and Saturday evening (Jan 27) performances. You will not want to miss this!

 

New Family Open House | 7pm, Tuesday, January 23rd 

Help us spread the word about our New Family Open House on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7pm! Please like and share the event on Facebook and Instagram and leave a comment on what you love about Renton Christian. You can also receive a $500 referral bonus if you refer a new family who enrolls. For more details about the referral bonus, email fschubert@rentonchristian.org.

 

RCS Daddy Daughter Dance | 7pm, Friday, February 16th (Doors Open at 6:30pm)

We are just a month away from our third annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 16th. RCS Fathers and Father Figures, get ready to create some memories with your daughter! Doors open at 6:30pm. Dancing, desserts, photobooths, and so much fun. There is no charge for this RCS family event.

 

RCS Mother Son Night | COMING SOON in March

We are finalizing details for our first ever Mother Son event in March! As soon as we confirm the details, we will send out Save the Date information. This will be an incredible opportunity for mothers or mother figures to spend a fun night with their sons.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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Things to Know this Week (Jan 12)

RCS Families,

 

This week, the sense of God’s guidance and provision for Renton Christian was unmistakable. I reflected on the many things that God is orchestrating. The first reflection is about our teachers. The love and dedication of our teachers is amazing. I have received several emails from parents with specific appreciation for their student’s teacher and the way they served their family. Our teachers are the secret sauce of our school! If you have a story to celebrate, please email me. It is such an encouragement to me and our team. The second reflection is about our entire team. Our team is unified and aligned to accomplish our mission to disciple students through Christ-centered education. The third reflection is regarding unexpected opportunities. I have had conversations this week that are clearly God ordained that could significantly propel our mission forward. My last reflection is about our parents. Thank you for your continued partnership and encouragement. It is an honor to partner with you in developing your students into the men and women of God He desires them to become. I am humbled by God’s guidance and provision. There are some exciting days ahead for Renton Christian!

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

No School | Monday, January 15th | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

RCS will be closed on Monday as we are observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please take a moment to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend. Have a conversation with your students about him. CLICK HERE to watch an informative and entertaining video from Kid President to get the conversation started.

 

Parent Enrichment Night | 7pm, January 16th | Main Auditorium

The Chaplin of the UW Huskies and Seattle Seahawks, Jonathan Rainey, will join us for our Parent Enrichment Night at 7pm on Tuesday, January 16th in the Main Auditorium. He will speak on developing resilience in our students. Jonathan Rainey is a gifted communicator and will help us grow as parents! You do not want to miss this night! CLICK HERE to see a special welcome from Chaplin Rainey.

 

Reenrollment is now open for 2024 – 2025!

Reenrollment is now open for the 2024-2025 school year! Almost 400 students have reenrolled or begun the process in just 10 days! We expect multiple grades to fill up for the upcoming year. New families will be able to apply beginning January 23rd. Please take a moment to reenroll your students to reserve their spot for next year. CLICK HERE to begin the re-enrollment process. The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your information will be saved if you need to stop and complete it later. If you have questions about the re-enrollment process, please contact our Registrar, Charity Warren. To begin the new sibling application process: CLICK HERE. The reenrollment deadline for current families is January 31st.  

 

RCS Musical Theatre | Wizard of Oz | Carco Theatre | January 25-27

Renton Christian School’s Royal Theatre Company presents Wizard of Oz. Our students will have four performances at Carco Theatre January 25th – 27th. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets today! You will not want to miss this amazing performance. Tickets are selling fast. Almost 900 tickets have already been sold! Two shows are on the verge of selling out. The best opportunity to purchase tickets is for the Thursday evening (Jan 25) and Saturday evening (Jan 27) performances.

 

New Family Open House | 7pm, Tuesday, January 23rd 

Help us spread the word about our New Family Open House on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7pm! Please like and share the event on Facebook and Instagram and leave a comment on what you love about Renton Christian. You can also receive a $500 referral bonus if you refer a new family who enrolls. For more details about the referral bonus, email fschubert@rentonchristian.org.

 

SAVE THE DATE! RCS Daddy Daughter Dance | 7pm, Friday, February 16th (Doors Open at 6:30pm)

We are just a month away from our third annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 16th. RCS Fathers and Father Figures, get ready to create some memories with your daughter! Doors open at 6:30pm. Dancing, desserts, photobooths, and so much fun. There is no charge for this RCS family event.

 

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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Spiritual Emphasis Week - Jan 8-12th
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Our second Spiritual Emphasis Week of the year is this week, January 8th - January 12th! This is one of our favorite times of the year to be able to come together to worship and learn about God's word! Parents, you are welcome to join us at anyone of our chapels. If you can't join us in person, then feel free to use the link below to join us live!

Elementary Chapel

Theme: Think Tank

  • Knowing God and applying His Word in our lives

Memory Verse: “The Lord gives wisdom. Knowledge and understanding come from His mouth.” Proverbs 2:6 NIV

Monday, September 18th: Pastor Michael and Mrs. Turner (RCS) (Week 1: Matthew 2:1-12; Never stop searching for what’s true)

Tuesday, September 19th: Miss. Bri: (Week 2: Luke 2:42-52; Knowing God is the most important thing)

Wednesday, September 20th: Pastor Veronica (Week 3: John 1:9-42; John 3:22-26; When you discover something new, it can change you)

Thursday, September 21st: Pastor Jonny (Week 4: Luke 4:1-13; Remembering what’s true can help you make the wise choice)

Friday, September 22nd: Pastor Giselle (Week 5: Matthew 11: 1-6; If you don’t understand something, ask)

 

Middle School Chapel 

Theme: God’s Great Love

1/8/24: Pastor Aiden: The Man w/ Leprosy

1/9/24: Pastor Brianna: The Samaritan Woman

1/10/24: Pastor Freddie: The Thief on the Cross

1/11/24: Pastor Josh The Tax Collector

1/12/24: Good Foot or Pastor Vinnie

 Watch Live

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Things to Know this Week (Jan 5)

RCS Families,

 

Happy New Year! As we begin 2024, I have a renewed confidence in the work God is doing through Renton Christian. As society’s culture continues to stray from a Biblical Worldview, we will stay anchored in Christ. We are committed to providing a rigorous academic experience in a welcoming, Christ-centered environment. Thank you for your continued partnership and encouragement.

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

Special Purple & Gold Spirit Day | Monday, January 8

To celebrate the UW Huskies playing in the College Football National Championship, we are going to have a special Purple & Gold Spirit Day on Monday, January 8th. Students can wear their favorite UW Husky gear or RCS Spirit gear. Students not participating in Spirit Day should wear normal uniform attire.

 

Spiritual Emphasis Week | January 8-12

Next week is our January Spiritual Emphasis Week. Each day next week, we will have a chapel to develop each student’s faith. The theme for Kprep – 5th grade will be “Serving” rooted in the example of Christ. The theme for 6th – 8th grade will be God’s Great Love; taught through biblical examples of individuals who experienced God’s extravagant love. Parents are welcome to join us for any chapel (KP-2 at 8:45am; 3rd-5th at 9:30am; 6th-8th at 11:45am). Each chapel will also be streamed online here: https://rcs.online.church/.

 

Reenrollment is now open for 2024 – 2025!

Reenrollment is now open for the 2024-2025 school year! In the last two days, over 180 students have already been reenrolled! We expect multiple grades to fill up for the upcoming year. New families will be able to apply beginning January 23rd. Please take a moment to reenroll your students to reserve their spot for next year. CLICK HERE to begin the re-enrollment process. The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your information will be saved if you need to stop and complete it later. If you have questions about the re-enrollment process, please contact our Registrar, Charity Warren. To begin the new sibling application process: CLICK HERE. The reenrollment deadline for current families is January 31st.

 

Parent Enrichment Night | 7pm, January 16th | Main Auditorium

The Chaplin of the UW Huskies and Seattle Seahawks, Jonathan Rainey, will join us for our Parent Enrichment Night at 7pm on Tuesday, January 16th in the Main Auditorium. He will speak on developing resilience in our students. Jonathan Rainey is a gifted communicator and will help us grow as parents! You do not want to miss this night! CLICK HERE to see a special welcome from Chaplin Rainey.

 

RCS Musical Theatre | Wizard of Oz | Carco Theatre | January 25-27

Renton Christian School’s Royal Theatre Company presents Wizard of Oz. Our students will have four performances at Carco Theatre January 25th – 27th. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets today! You will not want to miss this amazing performance. Tickets are selling fast. Over 675 tickets have already been sold!  

 

New Family Open House | 7pm, Tuesday, January 23rd 

Help us spread the word about our New Family Open House on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7pm! Please like and share this event on Facebook and Instagram and leave a comment on what you love about Renton Christian. You can also receive a $500 referral bonus if you refer a new family who enrolls. For more details about the referral bonus, email fschubert@rentonchristian.org.

 

Winter Weather Communication Plan

Toward the end of next week there is a possibility of our first lowland snow of the season. We will monitor conditions as we get closer. Should there be the need to modify a school day or adjust afterschool activities, we will communicate through these methods:

  • FlashAlert.net – This is our first means of weather communication. FlashAlert is the primary means for schools and school districts in our region to alert local media of adjustments to normal school schedules or activities. You can sign up for email alerts or download the FlashAlert App and enable notifications on your phone.
  • Text & Email Message – Any weather-related modification will be sent via text and email to all parents.
  • Social Media – We will also post adjustments to our Instagram and Facebook accounts.

 

Security Project Update | Funded through 2023 Move-a-thon & Color Run

Over Christmas break we made progress on two security enhancements to our facility funded through our fall Move-a-thon & Color Run. We are committed to the safety of our students. Thank you for helping us fund the following enhancements.

  • Office Entrance – We are enhancing the physical security of our office entrance. We have added doors to secure classroom access. Once completed, during the school day, an individual will be remotely buzzed into the school office. After checking in, the office will remotely provide access to the necessary hallway.
  • Security Film – We are adding clear security film to the first–floor windows. This film holds shattered glass in place to prevent unauthorized entry. This film was already added to all doors at the end of last school year.

 

Encouragement and Prayer:

As we begin this year, I encourage you to self-assess your relationship with Christ. Do you feel full of hope & life or depleted & weak? There is a constant battle for our soul. Jesus came that we would have life and have it to the full. In contrast, the devil comes only to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:9-10). He demonstrated His extravagant love in our worst state (Romans 5:8). Jesus is also our source of nourishment and strength. He described himself as the vine and we are the branches. He promised if we remain in Him, He will remain in us, and we will be fruitful (John 15:5).

 

If you feel depleted and week, have you fully surrendered your life to Christ and received His salvation? If not, I encourage you to begin this year with this important step. If you want to do this, I would love to have a personal conversation to start this new faith journey. If you have already done this but still feel depleted and weak, how connected are you to the vine? What intentional practices do you have to spend time with your heavenly Father? Whenever I feel depleted, I assess my faith practices and usually realize I have become sloppy with them. I encourage you to dial in your faith practices as we start this year. For me, I read two chapters in the Bible each morning at 5am in the same chair in our living room. If you want to be more connected with Jesus, I encourage you to pick a place, pick a plan, and pick a time. With these things in place, you intentionally create space to commune with your Creator.

 

My prayer is that we would start this year working on growing closer with Christ. I pray that we would be an example for our students and experience the full life that God designed for us.

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Dear Renton Christian School Families,

 

Happy New Year! I trust this letter finds you well-rested and filled with the joy and hope that a fresh start brings. As we embark on the journey of 2024, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for the wonderful things ahead at Renton Christian School. God has His hand on RCS and I cannot wait to see what He has in store this year!

 

I am thrilled to welcome everyone back to school, and I am eager to dive into the new year with renewed energy and enthusiasm. We have a multitude of exciting events and activities planned, and I am confident that this year will be filled with growth, discovery, and accomplishments for each student.

 

One event I am particularly excited about is our Parent Enrichment Night scheduled for January 16th at 7 pm. Jonathan Rainey will be joining us to share insights on building resiliency in children. In a world that often presents challenges, teaching our children to be resilient is crucial. Resilient children are strong, able to weather storms, and understand that disappointments are a natural part of life. Mr. Rainey will guide us in understanding how God's plan provides a foundation for their resilience.

 

Additionally, I want to invite you to participate in our Spiritual Emphasis Week from January 8th to 12th. We encourage parents to join us for chapel services during this week, fostering spiritual growth and unity within our school community.

 

On January 23rd, we will be hosting a New Family Open House, a wonderful opportunity for prospective families to experience the warmth and community that makes RCS special. If you know of anyone considering Renton Christian School for their child's education, please encourage them to attend. As we move forward, it is essential to note the approaching deadline for all student applications, which is January 31st. Ensuring that all required materials are submitted on time will allow us to smoothly process applications and welcome new students into our RCS family.

 

Finally, I want to express my gratitude for the incredible sense of community we share at Renton Christian School. Doing life together with such a supportive and engaged group of families is a true blessing. I am confident that, together, we will make this year a remarkable and enriching experience for all.

 

Wishing you a fantastic start to the year filled with joy, growth, as we grow in Christ!

 

Lisa Hopp

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THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Dear Renton Christian School Families,

 

Happy New Year! I trust this letter finds you well-rested and filled with the joy and hope that a fresh start brings. As we embark on the journey of 2024, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for the wonderful things ahead at Renton Christian School. God has His hand on RCS and I cannot wait to see what He has in store this year!

 

I am thrilled to welcome everyone back to school, and I am eager to dive into the new year with renewed energy and enthusiasm. We have a multitude of exciting events and activities planned, and I am confident that this year will be filled with growth, discovery, and accomplishments for each student.

 

One event I am particularly excited about is our Parent Enrichment Night scheduled for January 16th at 7 pm. Jonathan Rainey will be joining us to share insights on building resiliency in children. In a world that often presents challenges, teaching our children to be resilient is crucial. Resilient children are strong, able to weather storms, and understand that disappointments are a natural part of life. Mr. Rainey will guide us in understanding how God's plan provides a foundation for their resilience.

 

Additionally, I want to invite you to participate in our Spiritual Emphasis Week from January 8th to 12th. We encourage parents to join us for chapel services during this week, fostering spiritual growth and unity within our school community.

 

On January 23rd, we will be hosting a New Family Open House, a wonderful opportunity for prospective families to experience the warmth and community that makes RCS special. If you know of anyone considering Renton Christian School for their child's education, please encourage them to attend. As we move forward, it is essential to note the approaching deadline for all student applications, which is January 31st. Ensuring that all required materials are submitted on time will allow us to smoothly process applications and welcome new students into our RCS family.

 

Finally, I want to express my gratitude for the incredible sense of community we share at Renton Christian School. Doing life together with such a supportive and engaged group of families is a true blessing. I am confident that, together, we will make this year a remarkable and enriching experience for all.

 

Wishing you a fantastic start to the year filled with joy, growth, as we grow in Christ!

 

Lisa Hopp

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Things to Know this Week (Dec 8)

RCS Families,

 

We are right in the middle of our Christmas season at Renton Christian. I love seeing the smiles and dance moves from students and parents as they walk in with Christmas music playing. Our hallways have exploded with Christmas decorations; they look incredible! Final practices and prep are being done for our Christmas concerts next week. This is such a great time of the year celebrating the birth of our Savior at RCS.

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

Support our Financial Aid | RCS Legacy Fund

We need your help! 164 students currently receive financial assistance. We do not limit our financial aid budget. Due to this commitment, this year, our financial aid increased by over $150,000. Will you consider a gift to our Legacy Fund to enable our continued financial support with these students? We want to ensure they continue learning in a Christ-centered environment. Thank you for your generosity and investment into the lives of RCS students. CLICK HERE to give a one-time or reoccurring gift.

 

RCS Christmas Concerts | Thursday, Dec 14th 

This is the season to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We will have three Christmas concerts this year. Our students have been preparing and practicing for this special concert and we cannot wait to see you there. Each concert will be in the Main Auditorium. Below are the three concert times. Each concert will also be live streamed at: https://rcs.online.church/.

  • Kprep-1st Grade: 8:45am
  • 2nd – 4th Grade: 10:00am
  • 5th – 8th Grade: 7:00pm

 

Save the Date! | Parent Enrichment Night | 7pm, January 16th 

The Chaplin of the UW Huskies and Seattle Seahawks, Jonathan Rainey, will join us for our Parent Enrichment Night at 7pm on Tuesday, January 16th. He will speak on developing resilience in our students. Jonathan Rainey is a gifted communicator and will help us grow as parents! You do not want to miss this night!

 

Reenrollment for 2024 – 2025 School Year | New Deadline, January 31st 

Reenrollment for next school year will open for current families on Tuesday, January 2nd. Current families will have until January 31st to reenroll before we begin placing new families. Several grades will have a waitlist based anticipated new family interest. We will send you an email on January 2nd with a link to reenroll current students and priority enrollment for younger siblings. Thank you for your continued trust and partnership with Renton Christian.

 

Spirit Day & Early Dismissal | Friday, December 15th 

We will have a Christmas themed Spirit Day on Friday, December 15th. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite red, green, and Christmas attire. Also, we will dismiss at 11:30am on Friday, December 15th as we start Christmas Break.

 

Encouragement and Prayer:

The book of Isaiah records a prophecy of the coming Messiah saying, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel,” Isaiah 7:14. Immanuel means “God with us”. This simple but profound truth speaks to God’s desire for redemption, reconciliation, and relationship. The creator of the universe loved you and me so much that even in our worst condition, He sent Jesus to us in the form of a baby to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (Romans 5:8). We do not serve a distant God who is uninterested in our lives or condition. We serve a God who is present. A God who desires full reconciliation from the separation our sin created (Romans 3:23-24). He loved us enough to provide the solution through His one and only son. That through our belief in Jesus, we can be redeemed and experience eternal life (John 3:16). All of this began with the humble birth we celebrate each December. Jesus was born as Immanuel, God with us.

 

My prayer for you is that you will fully experience Immanuel “God with us” this Christmas. I pray God’s presence would protect and provide for your family. I pray His presence would bring peace and reconciliation.

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

Read More about Things to Know this Week (Dec 8)
Things to Know this Week (Dec 1)

RCS Families,

 

This week we hosted a team of seven school professionals as part of our ACSI reaccreditation process.  Their job this week was to conduct a 360-degree review of our school to determine areas of strength and opportunities for growth. They met with our school board, parents, staff, and students. They reviewed our practices for spiritual formation, academics, relationships, well-being of students & staff, operations & finances, etc. The process was very encouraging both in the reinforcement of our strengths and in identifying areas we should focus our energy on over the coming years. The good news is that the team is fully recommending our reaccreditation to the ACSI Accreditation Commission! We should receive their detailed report in February. This reaccreditation process and report will inform and strengthen our school’s strategic plan for the coming years. We will share more details when we receive their final report.   

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

Annual Legacy Fund

We need your help! Tuition alone is not sufficient to fully fund Renton Christian. This year, our financial aid increased by over $150,000. 164 students currently receive financial assistance this year. Your gift to our Legacy Fund will enable our continued financial support with these students and ensure they continue learning in a Christ-centered environment. Will you give today to help these students? CLICK HERE to give a one-time or reoccurring gift. Thank you for your generosity and investment into the lives of RCS students!

 

RCS Christmas Concerts | Thur, Dec 14

This is the season to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. We will have three Christmas concerts this year. Our students have been preparing and practicing for this special concert and we cannot wait to see you there. Each concert will be in the Main Auditorium. Below are the three concert times. Each concert will also be live streamed at: https://rcs.online.church/.

  • Kprep-1st Grade: 8:45am
  • 2nd – 4th Grade: 10:00am
  • 5th – 8th Grade: 7:00pm

 

Spirit Day & Early Dismissal | Friday, December 15

We will have a Christmas themed Spirit Day on Friday, December 15th. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite red, green, and Christmas attire. Also, we will dismiss at 11:30am on Friday, December 15th as we start Christmas Break.

 

Reenrollment for 2024 – 2025 School Year

Reenrollment for next school year will open for current families January 2nd. New families will be able to apply beginning January 23rd. We have already given tours to prospective new families. We anticipate strong interest in new families desiring to join RCS next fall. We will send you an email on January 2nd with a link to reenroll. Thank you for your continued trust and partnership with Renton Christian.

 

Encouragement and Prayer:

Every December, a passage from the book of Isaiah is an encouragement and anchor point for me. In this passage, the prophet Isaiah describes Jesus as the coming Messiah with four powerful characteristics. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of PeaceIsaiah 9:6. These four characteristics anchor me during the busyness and chaos of the Christmas season. God is our Wonderful Counselor. We serve a God who wants to hear from us. We can share our celebrations and our cares. He provides perfect counsel that is full of wonder. God is our Mighty God. We serve a God that is more powerful than anything we are or may face. He desires to meet our needs and always be our source of strength (John 15:7). God is our Everlasting Father. Human time does not constrain our God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). His infinite context should provide us comfort and perfect context. God is the Prince of Peace. God’s domain is peace. Peace is His territory to rule and to provide. When we need peace, He is faithful to provide it to us (Philippians 4:7).

 

My prayer for you is that these four characteristics will encourage and anchor you during this Christmas season. I pray that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, would guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

RCS Families,

 

As we embrace the exciting month of December, I am compelled to reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas, a celebration that extends far beyond the twinkling lights, glittering decorations, and the exchange of gifts. At the core of this joyful season lies the profound truth of the birth of Jesus—His birth speaks of hope, love, and the promise of salvation.

I encourage each of our families to take a moment amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to impart the invaluable lessons of the birth of Jesus to our children. Let us spend quality time together, sharing the significance of Jesus' birth and reflecting on the timeless values of compassion, kindness, and selflessness.

In the spirit of embracing the true meaning of Christmas, I invite you to incorporate meaningful traditions into your family celebrations. Open the Bible together, read and reflect upon passages that highlight the essence of this blessed season. One such verse is Isaiah 9:6: "For to us, a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Moreover, let us take joy in the simple moments of the season. Spend time as a family marveling at the beauty of Christmas lights, enjoy heartwarming Christmas movies, and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

I am incredibly proud of the generosity our students displayed last month during our food drive for the Salvation Army and the enthusiasm they exhibited in preparing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Their actions of serving others truly embody the spirit of giving and compassion, making a meaningful impact on those in need within our community and beyond.

Our recent Christmas tree lighting ceremony was a testament to the strong sense of community that thrives within our school. It was heartening to witness families coming together to celebrate, share laughter, and create lasting connections. The warmth and camaraderie surrounding the event truly captured the essence of the holiday season.

As we approach the culmination of the year, let us remember that we are not just a school; we are a community, a family. May this Christmas season bring you moments of joy, love, and togetherness. Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas filled with blessings and the boundless joy that comes from the true meaning of the season.

 

Always in your corner,

Mrs. Hopp

 

 

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Things to Know this Week (Nov 17)

RCS Families,

 

I began last week in Phoenix at a conference with over 400 Christian school leaders from across America. Mrs. Hopp, Mrs. Barnes and I went down a day early to tour three incredible Christian schools in the Phoenix area to inspire and inform our plans for the RCS High School. We learned a lot and were inspired by specific ideas and opportunities. I love learning from other schools. With that said, I am humbled by what God is doing through Renton Christian. We are experiencing something special. I would not trade our teachers or staff for those at other schools. We have an incredible partnership with parents. I would not trade our parents for those at other schools. I am so excited about the future of RCS and the doors God continues to open for us. Thank you for your encouragement and partnership to make RCS the school God desires it to be!

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

RCS Cares | OCC and Food Drive Results 

Thank you for partnering with us to instill a spirit of serving in our students! Over the past two weeks we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our families. Here is what we were able to do together:

  • Operation Christmas Child – we received 492 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We will help 492 children around the world receive a Christmas gift and the message of Jesus on Christmas this year!
  • Food Drive – We received 4,485 food items for the Renton Salvation Army Food Bank. This food was picked up today and will provide much needed shelf-stable food for families in need during this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. We loaded up all the food this morning in a truck from the food bank. The truck was packed! The food bank was overwhelmed with the generosity of our families. Thank you for helping us serve our neighbors across the street and around the world!

 

First Annual RCS Christmas Tree Lighting Event | Mon, Nov 27th at 6:30pm

To start the Christmas season, RCS invites you to join us for a time of Christmas carols, Christmas cocoa and our first ever Christmas Tree Lighting. We are transforming an evergreen tree near the entrance into our Christmas tree! We can’t wait to see you on Monday, November 27th at 6:30pm for this 30–45-minute Christmas experience!

 

ACSI Accreditation Visit | Nov 26-29

To ensure RCS operates with best practices, we are accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Every 6 years, our school goes through a reaccreditation process involving an exhaustive self-study and a visit from a team of current school administrators to observe our school and confirm the findings of our internal study. Our team completed a self-study toward the end of last school year. The visiting ACSI team will be onsite on November 26th – 29th. This team will highlight areas of strength and collaboratively identify opportunities to strengthen our school. We are looking forward to this visit to help us strengthen our practices and become a better school. This reaccreditation process will inform and strengthen our school’s strategic plan for the coming years.  

 

No School | November 20 – 24 | Teacher Professional Development and Thanksgiving Break

There will be no classes next week, November 20 – 24 for our Teacher Professional Development and Thanksgiving break. We pray for safe travel for those heading out of the area and for all to have an enjoyable time with family and friends. BASC and SLC will be open until 4pm on November 22nd and both will be closed November 23rd and 24th.

 

Encouragement and Prayer:

Next week is Thanksgiving. This is a natural opportunity for us to reflect on the people and provision we enjoy every day. However, thanksgiving is a Christian virtue that each of us need to exercise throughout the year. Here are a few versus that help illustrate the breadth of this virtue:

  1. Worship – We should come before God “with thanksgiving” (Psalm 95:2, Psalm 100:4) and our praise should be infused with thanksgiving (Psalm 69:30). 
  2. Salvation – Thanksgiving is a natural outflow of the grace we receive through salvation in Christ (2 Corinthians 4:15).
  3. Prayer – Our posture when making requests from God should include thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6)
  4. Faith in Christ – thankfulness illustrates part of a fully devoted relationship with Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:6-7)
  5. Response to God’s Love – we should express thankfulness to God for His goodness and enduring love (1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 106:1)
  6. Provisions – Jesus frequently expressed thanks for God-given provisions (Luke 9:16, Luke 22:19).
  7. All Circumstances – The Apostle Paul instructed us to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
  8. People – The Apostle Paul modeled this thankfulness for people by expressing his thanks to the people to who he wrote (Philippians 1:3-6). 

 

Thanksgiving properly postures us before God and toward the people around us. Thanksgiving forces us to look outward rather than inward. Thanksgiving prompts us to pause and ponder. Thanksgiving is an antidote to pride, and it fosters humility. Every breath, every moment, every day is a gift from God. Let’s live in a constant posture of thankfulness. 

 

I am thankful for you and your partnership. I am thankful for the passionate and committed teachers and team at RCS. I am thankful for each student. I pray God bless you with moments of rest over Thanksgiving Break. I pray He would bring to mind the endless reasons to be thankful and help each of us exhibit thankfulness in every circumstance. 

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

Thanks,

 

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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RCS Cares | 2 Weeks, 2 Ways

November is a month we love to take the opportunity to give and put into practice our value of serving the community! Starting this week, we are accepting both donations for our annual Food Drive and Operation Christmas Child.

Food Drive

Need: Sending food to salvation army to give to families in our community in need of food and sustenance during this season.

When: November 6th – November 17th. Food needs to be turned in by 8:30am on Friday, November 17th

Who: The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank. 

What: We will be collecting non-perishable food for the Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank.  

Non-perishable Food Needs: 

o   Pasta 

o   Rice 

o   Meals in a can 

o   Soup, etc. in cans, preferably with pop-tops 

o   Flour  

o   Sugar 

Why: We are so excited to bless those who come to the food bank! God is going to be working through our students to feed our neighbors. Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21        

 

Operation Christmas Child: 

Need: We are giving a Christmas box full of fun Christmas surprises to children for Christmas morning who are unable to have toys for Christmas. 

When: November 6th – November 15th

Who: Good Samaritan's Purse  

What: Collectively, we are filling 500 boxes of gifts for children in need that will be under their tree Christmas morning. These boxes will be full of toys and age-appropriate activities. Each class is challenged to fill 10 boxes before Wednesday, November 15th. 

Each box should have at least 4 items. Some suggestions include but are not limited to:  

-  Stuffed animal  

-  Coloring Book 

-  Crayons 

-  Activity Books 

-  Stickers 

-  Small toys  

-  Journals 

-  Sports Trading Cards  

-  Books  

-  STEM projects

 

Reminder! Boxes for Operation Christmas Child need to be returned by Wednesday, Nov. 15th and Food Drive donations are due Friday, Nov. 17th at 8:30am.

 

 

Friday, November 17th

SPIRIT DAY | Apple Cup

Come to school dressed in support of either the UW Huskies or the WSU Cougars as we anticipate the big game! 

 

 

NEXT WEEK:

 

Monday, November 20th - Friday, November 24th

NO SCHOOL | Thanksgiving Break

 

Monday, November 20th - Wednesday, November 22nd

BASC OPEN

BASC is open Monday and Tuesday from 7am-6pm, and Wednesday 7am-4pm (Early Closure)

 

Thursday, November 23rd - Friday, November 24th

BASC CLOSED | Thanksgiving Break

 

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (November 6th-10th):

 

Monday - Thursday, November 6th - 9th

I:55 Book Fair | 8am - 5pm

Stop by the library between 8am-5pm this week to check out the amazing prescreened family friendly books that align with RCS values provided by I:55, a Christ-centered company! You may also CLICK HERE to view what is in store and make purchases online. Use the code “FREE50WA007” on orders over $50 for free shipping!

 

RCS Cares | 2 Weeks, 2 Ways

November is a month we love to take the opportunity to give and put into practice our value of serving the community! Starting this week, we are accepting both donations for our annual Food Drive and Operation Christmas Child.

Food Drive

Need: Sending food to salvation army to give to families in our community in need of food and sustenance during this season.

When: November 6th – November 17th. Please remind families: Food needs to be turned in by 8:30am on Friday, November 17th  

Who: The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank. 

What: We will be collecting non-perishable food for the Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank.  

Non-perishable Food Needs: 

o   Pasta 

o   Rice 

o   Meals in a can 

o   Soup, etc. in cans, preferably with pop-tops 

o   Flour  

o   Sugar 

Why: We are so excited to bless those who come to the food bank! God is going to be working through our students to feed our neighbors. Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21        

 

Operation Christmas Child: 

Need: We are giving a Christmas box full of fun Christmas surprises to children for Christmas morning who are unable to have toys for Christmas. 

When: November 6th – November 15th

Who: Good Samaritan's Purse  

What: Collectively, we are filling 500 boxes of gifts for children in need that will be under their tree Christmas morning. These boxes will be full of toys and age-appropriate activities. Each class is challenged to fill 10 boxes before Wednesday, November 15th. 

Each box should have at least 4 items. Some suggestions include but are not limited to:  

-  Stuffed animal  

-  Coloring Book 

-  Crayons 

-  Activity Books 

-  Stickers 

-  Small toys  

-  Journals 

-  Sports Trading Cards  

-  Books  

-  STEM projects

 

Boxes for Operation Christmas Child need to be returned by Wednesday, Nov. 15th and Food Drive donations are due that Friday, Nov. 17th

 

 

Friday, November 10th

No School | BASC Closed

This Friday, RCS and BASC will be closed in honor of Veterans Day Observed. Thank you Veterans and families for your bravery and sacrifice in protecting our country! 

 

 

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Things to Know this Week (Nov 3)

RCS Families,

 

God’s hand of blessing is on Renton Christian. I see it in the stories of student’s committing their lives to Christ. I see it in the smiles on every student. I see it in the doors God is opening for RCS to expand our capacity. I see it through encouraging thoughts and emails from parents. Let’s not take for granted God provision, protection, and guidance. Thank you for partnering with us to develop the lives of every student in our care. I appreciate your trust, your prayers, and your encouragement.

 

Here are a few of things to know this week:

 

RCS Cares | November 6th – 17th 

Our prayer is that every student at RCS learns to be missionally minded, thinking beyond themselves. We want to cultivate compassionate students whose heart breaks for the things that break the heart of God. In November, we have two opportunities for the RCS community to serve:

  • Food Drive: We will be receiving non-perishable food for the Renton Salvation Army Food Bank. There will be boxes outside each classroom to receive food beginning Monday, November 6th
  • Operation Christmas Child: We want to provide a Christmas gift to 500 children in need across the world. Special Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available in each class beginning Monday, November 6th
  • Additional details for both opportunities was sent by Mrs. Turner in an email on Monday (Oct 30th).  

 

RCS Fall Book Fair | Next Week: Nov 6th – 9th | 8am – 5pm

Next week is our fall book fair with I:55. This Christ-centered company provides family friendly books that are prescreened to ensure they align with RCS values. CLICK HERE to browse the types of incredible books that may be available next week. Free shipping is available on any online order over $50 with the code: “FREE50WA007”. Stop by the RCS Library anytime between 8am to 5pm to pick up some great books. Each class will also have an opportunity to visit the book fair during the school day next week. The book fair will accept cash or cards.

 

No School | Friday, Nov 10 | Veterans Day Observed

RCS, BASC and SLC will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day. We appreciate the service and sacrifice of veterans who protected the freedoms we enjoy each day.

 

RCS Spirit Day | Apple Cup Attire | November 17

Support your favorite team in the Apple Cup on November 18th for spirit day! Students can wear University of Washington or Washington State University gear for our Apple Cup themed spirit day. Students not participating in spirit day should wear standard RCS uniform attire.

 

Encouragement and Prayer:

How do you stay centered in the midst of uncertainty? You never know what you will see when you open social media or look at the news. For many, emotions of fear, anxiety, anger, or sadness can be invoked by each post or story. The flow of information that invokes these emotions is not new, however, the constant access to it is a modern feature of our always connected culture. It is all too easy to get sucked into the endless feed of the newest update, the latest crisis, or the next reason to be divided. 

 

We were not designed to live in a constant state of mental stimulation. The Bible teaches several practices that will help us return to our God-given design:

  1. Remain in Christ – Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” John 15:5. We are designed to be fruitful, not out of our own strength or abilities but because through the nourishment of being connected to Jesus.
  2. Seek Solitude - During a busy season of ministry, Jesus found a quite place. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” Mark 1:35. When are you intentionally in a quiet place, without distraction, where you can seek and hear from God? For me, it is 5am before everyone in my house wakes up. I read two chapters in the Bible BEFORE I turn on my cellphone. 
  3. Trust God to Provide – Jesus promised that as we seek God and His righteousness, God would provide our needs (Matthew 6:25-34). Sometimes we focus so much on our own self-reliance that we forget God is the true source of our provision.
  4. Find Rest in Jesus – Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” Matthew 11:28-29. We can find rest, not through binge watching Netflix or an extra nap, instead, true soul level rest comes through Jesus.
  5. Trade Anxiety for Peace – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:6-7. God can handle your questions and emotions. Give him your anxiety and He will trade it for an amazing peace the will protect your thoughts and emotions.

 

My prayer for you comes from the famous Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” So many things are out of our control. However, we can find firm footing for our soul in the promises and practices of Christ. I pray that God would give you peace in the middle of uncertainty today!

Have a great weekend! 

Thanks,

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

As we enter the beautiful month of November, we are reminded of the importance of gratitude and the numerous reasons we have to be thankful. The autumn leaves fall, and we gather together in our loving community to reflect on the blessings that God has bestowed upon us.

Thanksgiving: A Time for Reflection

This season, we encourage Renton Christian students, parents, and staff to take a moment to reflect on the many reasons we can be thankful. It's not only about the grand and extraordinary events but also the everyday blessings that often go unnoticed. Let's remember:

God's Grace: We are incredibly blessed to be part of the Renton Christian community that allows us to celebrate God's grace and love every day.

RCS Students: Our students are at the heart of everything we do. Their growth, potential, and enthusiasm for learning remind us daily of God's wonderful creation.

Dedicated Staff: We are grateful for our dedicated RCS teachers, staff, and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide a nurturing and faith-filled educational environment.

Supportive Parents: Our parents play a vital role in our school's success. Your involvement and partnership are invaluable.

Safe Environment: We are fortunate to have a safe and nurturing school where students can grow academically, socially, and spiritually.

Community: Our school community is a source of strength, support, and friendship. Together, we are a family that stands strong in faith.

Upcoming Events

We have some exciting events lined up for the month of November, including:

•            Veterans Day Chapels: November 2, 2023

•            Book Fair: November 6-9, 2023

•            Veterans Day observed (no school) November 10, 2023

•            Spirit Day Apple Cup Wear: November 17, 2023

Please make sure to mark your calendars.

Get Involved

This month let's make a collective effort to spread the spirit of gratitude. Encourage your children to express thankfulness in their daily lives, whether through prayers, acts of kindness, or gratitude journals. We are launching our RCS Cares campaign where students will be able to help those less fortunate in a tangible way.

We are also collecting non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army beginning November 6th in each classroom to support those in need this Thanksgiving. We are also partnering with Operation Christmas Child to gift 500 children in need across the world.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

In Conclusion

As we journey through November, let us be mindful of our blessings and give thanks for the many gifts we have received. Together, as a Christian community, we can make this world a brighter place through love, faith, and gratitude.

May God's grace continue to guide and bless us all.

Always in your corner,

Mrs. Hopp

 

 

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Things to Know this Week (Oct 27)

RCS Families,

 

I am humbled by what God is doing in and through Renton Christian this year! Last week 150 of our 7th & 8th grade students, staff, and parents spent three days at Black Diamond Camp for their fall retreat. God moved powerfully in the hearts of our students. 29 students made Jesus their Lord and Savior! Another 13 students felt called to consider full-time ministry as their future career! These unhurried moments at the altar will be foundational in their spiritual formation. We pray the seed planted and watered in their lives will come to fruition and produce amazing fruit for the Mission of God.

 

Here are a couple of things to know this week:

 

Move-A-Thon & Color Run Update (Our new bus arrived today!)

Thank you for all your help and partnership with our fall fundraiser! Together, we raised over $170,000! This year we raised money for a second new school bus and some campus security projects. I’m excited to announce our second new school bus arrived today! This will help eliminate our need to rent school buses for most field trips and prepare us for transportation between campuses when we add our future high school location. The first campus security project will strengthen and improve the security at our school office entrance. This improvement should be complete during Christmas break or mid-winter break depending on supply availability.

 

Veterans Day Chapel | Thursday, November 2

Next week, we will have our annual Veterans Day Chapels. Every year we invite all veterans of RCS students to join us. We will honor and celebrate their meaningful service and sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day. As always, all parents are welcome to come. Please take note of the chapel times for your student’s chapel: 4th – 8th grade @ 8:45am, Kprep – 3rd grade @ 10:30am. There will be a reception for all veterans at 9:30am between these two chapels. If you or a family member is unable to join us in person, we will live stream both chapels at: https://rcs.online.church/.

 

RCS Cares | November 6th – 17th 

Our prayer is that every student at RCS learns to be missionally minded, thinking beyond themselves. We want to cultivate compassionate students whose heart breaks for the things that break the heart of God. In November, we have two opportunities for the RCS community to serve:

  • Food Drive: We will be receiving non-perishable food for the Renton Salvation Army Food Bank.
  • Operation Christmas Child: We want to provide a Christmas gift to 500 children in need across the world.

Details for both opportunities will be sent early next week. Thank you for helping us train a generation of students to tangibly express the love of Christ.

 

RCS High School Update

We continue to conduct feasibility, design, and entitlement work on the RCS High School property. We are working diligently toward a pre-application meeting with the City of Covington in January or February 2024. This week an arborist is documenting and assessing each of the over 1,500 trees on the property to help us confirm the buildable area and inform the site design. We are making steady and diligent progress! CLICK HERE to learn more about the RCS High School.

 

November Serving Opportunities @ RCS 

This year we launched our new serving platform for Renton Christian School. Thank you for partnering with us! We are still looking for several parents to serve in November for our Book Fair and Veterans Day Chapel, and upcoming Christmas concerts in December. Please look at our upcoming serving needs at: www.rentonchristian.org/serve.  

 

Follow RCS on Instagram

There are some great pictures and videos on our social media accounts of our Harvest Day today and students turning me into an ice cream sundae yesterday. The best way to stay up-to-date with Renton Christian is on Instagram @rentonchristian. Please follow us on Instagram to see stories and posts that will inform, inspire, and give you a glimpse into your student’s day at RCS. You can also join us on Facebook as well.

 

Encouragement and Prayer:

As the leaves fall and temperature drops a sign of a new season is upon us. Each season has different rhythms, characteristics, and traditions. If you are like me, there are some seasons you prefer over others. There are some seasons you look forward to and others you endure. Like the seasons of nature, we experience different seasons as an individual, family, and organization. Some seasons are filled with joy and celebration, others with anxiety, loss, and pain. Regardless of how you would describe the season you are currently in, here are a few things to consider:

 

I pray that regardless the season you find yourself in you would find comfort and strength in Christ. I pray “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace” Numbers 6:24-26.

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

Thanks,

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (October 9th-13th):

 

Thursday, October 12th

Chapel in Classrooms

Due to NG Conference (New Life Church Event) the equipment used in the Main Auditorium for weekly chapels will be offsite and unavailable. Chapel will be held in each classroom instead. Parents, you are invited to join us when we return to our regular setup on Thursday, October 26th. Make sure to ask your student what they learned this week to stay in the loop!

Thank you for understanding!

Student of the Month

It's time for our second Student of the Month ceremony! This Thursday join us in the North Auditorium as we celebrate the students who have earned this special award for the month of October. See below for schedule:

K-Prep - 1st Grade @ 12:45-1:15pm

2nd - 3rd Grade @ 1:30-2:00pm

4th - 5th Grade @ 2:15-2:45pm

 

 

Friday, October 13th

No School | BASC Open

This Friday is our first Teacher In-Service day of the year. While School will be closed for the day, BASC will be open from 7am-6pm. Please contact our wonderful Director Brianna Prado at bprado@rentonchristian.org with any questions. 

 

 

Athletics:

 

Monday, October 9th

Girls Soccer (HOME - Starfire Sports) vs. Seattle Girls School | 4:00PM

 

Tuesday, October 10th

Girls Volleyball (HOME) vs. Providence | D1 @ 4PM, D2 @ 5PM

Cross Country @ Seward Park | 4PM 

 

Wednesday, October 11th

Girls Volleyball (HOME) vs. Eastside | D1 @ 4PM, D2 @ 5PM

 

Thursday, October 12th

Girls Volleyball (AWAY) @ Evergreen | D1 @ 4PM, D2 @ 5PM

Boys Basketball OPEN GYM (5th-8th Grade) | 3:30-5PM

 

Let's Go Royals!

 

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (October 2nd-6th):

 

Thursday, October 5th

7th & 8th Grade Color Run

It's finally here! Our hardworking students have been fundraising to help our school purchase another school bus and strengthen our school security! This Thursday they get to participate in our special Color Run thanks to your donations! For this day, students can wear athletic wear along with their provided Color Run shirt. Be ready to get messy at the end of the school day!

 

Friday, October 6th

Move-A-Thon

Our Kprep-4th graders have also been working extremely hard to raise funds for our school and have been having so much fun in the process! This Friday they get to have even more fun as we exercise, move, dance, participate in the annual Move-A-Thon alongside their classmates. Students may dress in athletic wear with their given Move-A-Thon shirt. See below for the schedule:

 

KPREP AM & K : 9AM-10AM

1ST & 2ND GRADE : 10AM-11AM

3RD & 4TH GRADE : 11AM-12PM

KPREP PM : 12:30PM-1:30PM

 

5th & 6th Grade Color Run

Our 5th and 6th graders are gearing up for their own Color Run that they get to participate in on Friday! Just like the other grades, please have your student wear athletic wear along with their Color Run shirt on this day to be comfortable and ready to exercise! It's going to be a "BLAST" as students and teachers get to splash washable color onto each other around our RCS Field. 

 

 

Thank you for your donations and for your generosity to our students and school! Let's continue raising funds for our goal of $100,000 !

 

Athletics:

Tuesday, October 3rd

Boys Soccer (AWAY) @ Cedar Park Lynnwood | 4:00PM

Cross Country @ Twin Ponds Park | Boys 4:00PM, Girls 4:20PM

 

Thursday, October 5th

Girls Soccer (HOME - Starfire Sports) vs. Lake Washington Girls School | 3:30PM

 

Let's Go Royals!

 

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THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Dear RCS Family,

October 1st, 2023

Fall is in full swing and there is excitement in the air at RCS.  We have all come back and acclimated to the new year and there is joy all around the building! We have so many amazing things that have brought us together as a community.  We are thankful that we get to partner with families for all RCS students.

We have much to celebrate!

  • Spiritual Emphasis Week chapels were life changing.  In Elementary Chapel it was emphasized the importance of knowing God and applying His word in our lives!  The focus Bible verse was Proverbs 2:6, “The Lord gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding from Him mouth. We want to inspire students to fully understand that they are so special.  God loves them so much.  God has an amazing plan for their life.  In Middle School Chapel we focused on spending time with God and having a personal relationship with Him.  It was outstanding to see parents join us for the message and worship.  Times like this are a great example of our strong RCS community and family.  We have spiritual emphasis week twice a year and it is truly a special time at RCS.  Our students are blessed to be surrounded by RCS staff who love and care for them, and who push them to grow every day both academically and spiritually.  Spiritual Emphasis week is an example of how we put time aside for students to grow spiritually.  Thank you for your continued partnership! Join us next Spiritual Emphasis week in the spring.

 

  • Move-A-Thon and Color Run fundraisers are in full swing.  This is an exciting fundraiser that has many opportunities for students to earn really awesome prizes as they raise money for RCS.  This year, we are raising money for a school bus.  God has continued to bless RCS with amazing growth, we realize the need to get another bus to transport students to events such as student leadership conferences, sports events and field trips.  Any extra funds will go into our safety and security area to equip the school entrance with greater security upgrades in our continual stive to have the best safety practices put into place. Please be looking out for emails on behalf of your child’s teacher noting the incentives for each day of this fundraiser.  Don’t forget the student(s) that raise the most money get to make our fearless leader, Mr. McMillan into an ice cream sundae!  Thanks in advance for helping to raise money for this cause. 

 

  • Homework can sometimes be a challenge. Some ideas that help students complete their homework with efficiency and precision consist of having a quiet area without many distractions to complete the work, having a break time between school and homework time to play and get outside and setting goals for homework completion.  Homework should always be a review of concepts learned in the classroom.  If your child is struggling with more homework, please reach out to their teacher to get ideas on how to support them.  We want our students to experience balance in life where there is work and play combined.  Setting up a homework routine and system is the recipe for success.  It also helps your student better understand life skills such as motivation, organization, and goal setting.

 

  • Goal Setting Conferences are on October 19th and 20th.  During Goal setting conference time, students do not have school. Please be sure to sign up for your conference time.  This time is set aside for you to talk with your child’s teacher about the goals that they have for the year.  We believe that all children can learn.  We know there is power in setting a target or goal.  We send the message that we believe in each student when we come beside them to set academic and personal goals.  At RCS, we value the parent partnership in the entire school experience.  This is one way we are continuing our teamwork with each parent.  You will be receiving your child’s goal sheet at this time.  Report cards will be mailed late Nov., early Dec. for Trimester 1.   

 

We have much to look forward to!

Our Harvest Days Celebration is scheduled for October 27th.  This is an absolutely exciting day where we bring in farm animals, create a harvest maze, have inflatables and (of course) our RCS pumpkin patch where all students get to take home a pumpkin. We will have farm treats and apple cider.  This is our 4th annual Harvest Days.  Parents are always welcome to join us to see this fun event.  Classes are all assigned a specific time.  Ask your child’s teacher if you want to pop by or go check out our serving website to help us make Harvest Days the best day of the year!

 

Move-A-Thon/Color Run

OCTOBER 5TH, 2023: 

  • 7th&8th Grade Color Run (2:25 PM -3:00 PM) – RCS Field

OCTOBER 6TH, 2023:

  • Kprep-4th Grade Move-a-Thon (9:00 AM – 1:30 PM) – Main Auditorium
  • 5Th & 6Th Grade Color Run (2:25 PM-3:00 PM) – RCS Field  

Thank you for your support and prayers for the 23-24 school year.  We are continually focused on:

  1. Student Thinking – Our students are actively engaged in reading, writing, and discussing the work all day. Science and math are integrated with technology and students are learning deep history lessons with life implications and lessons. All students should be actively thinking at all times each day.  We want our students to reason, analyze, collaborate and communicate as they tackle new concepts each day.
  1. Biblical Integration/Profile of a Student – Our students understand concepts about creation, purpose and God's truth.  God has a plan for their life and God cares about what they are learning.  We want students to understand the God of creation has thought through each detail and as they learn in specific content and subject areas, we ensure that they see how the Bible speaks about these concepts. They are learning and growing through a focus on love, character and Godly wisdom.  RCS students work in collaboration to serve.  We know that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to others in need.
  1. Instructional Time – Every minute matters: We are focused on protecting instruction time for all students.  We want to ensure that the education is well rounded and routed in opportunities for discussion and teamwork.  We also set apart time for Social/Emotional learning with our new Bible based curriculum, Friendzy which helps students connect and learn skills such as respect, empathy and compassion.    
  1. Complete partnership – one team – Each student is surrounded by teachers who love and care for them.  We value you as part of this team.  We know we can do outstanding things together.  Regardless of the situation, we are committed to come together to help raise up each student.  1 Corinthians 3:9 encourages us as fellow workers and we are truly better together.  I am so thankful for your partnership and prayers.

I pray that this year will be a year that brings excitement, blessing and the joy of the Lord.  I am always in your corner and my office has an open door.  Be blessed!

Sincerely,

Lisa Hopp

RCS | Principal

 

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THINGS TO KNOW THIS WEEK

RCS Families,

Last week I was in Washington, D.C. with 200 school administrators from all over the country at a Legal Policy and Advocacy conference through ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). The purpose of this conference was to educate and empower school administrators to share the story of the good work our schools are doing in our communities with elected officials and to advocate for issues that support Christian education. God is opening doors across the country to strengthen Christ-centered educational opportunities. As a private school we are not reliant on government to accomplish our mission, however, government can limit or complicate our endeavors. We want to build relationships and pray for our elected officials to strengthen and not limit what God is doing through our schools. People and policies across the political spectrum can partner together to be used by God to disciple students. We are committed to that end.

Here are a couple of things to know this week:

Signed PSA for RCS High School Property!

Today we received the signed Purchase & Sale Agreement for the RCS High School! This means we have secured the rights to the property for us to continue conducting feasibility activities. Last week we had a conceptional design meeting with our Architectural firm. We have a long road to go to develop our secondary campus, but it starts with securing the land. This is a huge step today! CLICK HERE to learn more about the RCS High School.

Spiritual Emphasis Week | God moved! 

This week was Spiritual Emphasis Week where we had daily chapels to focus our students on their spiritual development. God inspired and captured the hearts of our students this week! Over 50 students across grades committed their life to Jesus or rededicated their faith in Him! This is the core of what we are about. We want each student at RCS to have a fully devoted relationship with Jesus Christ.

Move-A-Thon (KP-4th Grade) | Color Run (5th – 8th Grade)

Our fall fundraiser kicked off on Monday and we have already raised over $75,000! Thank you for helping your student share the story about Renton Christian. This year we are raising money for a second new school bus and to strengthen our school security. The second bus will replace our oldest bus. This will eliminate our need to rent school buses for most field trips and prepare us for transportation between campuses when we add our future high school location. If your student hasn’t jumped in yet, CLICK HERE to register your student and get their custom video. 

New! Serve @ RCS Website

This month we launched our new serving platform for Renton Christian School. We have already seen almost 300 serving opportunities filled! I love how involved our parents are in the life of Renton Christian. Involved parents lead to successful students. We are still looking for several parents to serve in October for our Move-a-Thon and Fall Festival events. Please look at our October serving needs at: www.rentonchristian.org/serve.  

Goal Setting Parent/Teacher Conferences | October 19th & 20th 

Now is the time to schedule your Parent/Teacher Goal Setting conferences. We are excited to launch our conferences in a new format. In the past we have held conferences late in November. We are scheduling conferences in October this year to create a pathway for all students to meet their goals earlier on.  Teachers will be discussing goals that are specific to your child for the school year. Our value is to partner with you so your child will grow academically and spiritually throughout this school year. Parent/Teacher conferences are a time to reflect on the progress your child has been making and talk with the teacher about any questions you have. Schedule your conference time on the following links: Kprep-4th grade students: CLICK HERE. 5th – 8th grade students: CLICK HERE. 

Follow RCS on Instagram

The best way to stay up-to-date with Renton Christian is on Instagram @rentonchristian. Please follow us on Instagram to see stories and posts that will inform, inspire, and give you a glimpse into your student’s day at RCS. You can also join us on Facebook as well.

Encouragement and Prayer:

Normally, I use this portion of my weekly email to encourage you and provide a prayer for you. This week I want to ask you to pray for me and our team. Following my trip to Washington D.C., I developed some symptoms that turned out to be related to a bleeding ulcer. I spent three days in the hospital determining the cause and treatment. The good news is that the small ulcer they found is no longer bleeding and I am feeling much better each day. I want to thank our incredible team who carried the load while I was out of the office. This process has underscored my reliance on Christ for my strength and highlighted the value of such a great team at RCS. My request is that you continually keep myself and our team in your prayers. God is and will do great things through RCS and your prayers are critical. Prayer for physical and mental health. Pray for protection. Pray for wisdom and guidance. We serve a faithful God. Thank you for your partnership and support! 

Have a great weekend! 

Thanks,

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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What to Know Weekly @ RCS (Sept 25th-29th)
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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (September 25th-29th):

 

Monday, Sept. 25th

Move-A-Thon Assembly

This year our Move-A-Thon program is partnering with Dude Perfect for even more fun activities and prizes! This year our entire school will be working towards a fundraising goal of $100,000 to purchase ANOTHER school bus as well as increase our school security! Register your student today (Monday 9/25) for a mystery prize at mybooster.com .

 

Tuesday, Sept. 26th

Picture Day

The time has come for classroom and individual pictures! Purchase your photos HERE.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 27th

See You At The Pole | 8am

We are so excited to see you at 8am this Wednesday for a time of prayer as we get together to ask God for His hand in our school, community, and nation. 

 

Friday, Sept. 29th 

Pack the Park with RCS | 7:10pm

For those who have purchased tickets in advance, we cannot wait to cheer on our Mariners as they face on the Texas Rangers this Friday at 7:10pm! We are looking forward to this time of fellowship as we enjoy a fun-filled evening together at T-Mobile Park. If you have questions regarding this event, please CLICK HERE to reach out .

 

 

Athletics:

Wednesday, Sept. 27th

Boys Soccer

Home (Starfire Sports) vs. Brighton. Game begins at 4:00pm.

 

Thursday, Sept. 28th

Boys Soccer

Away @ Providence. Game begins at 4:00pm.

 

Girls Volleyball

Away @ Providence. D1 begins at 3:45pm and D2 will follow around 4:45pm.

 

Friday, Sept. 29th

Girls Volleyball

Away @ Cedar Park Lynnwood. This game is D1 ONLY and begins at 4:00pm.

 

Have a great week! Let's go Royals!

 

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Picture Day

Dear RCS Families,

RCS Picture Day is coming up on Tuesday, September 26th!

We wanted to share a few quick things to make your picture day experience smooth:

  • Students are not required to wear their uniforms on this day for pictures
  • Dorian has provided RCS with some Helpful Tips for picture day
  • Visit mydorian.com to order your RCS picture packages for your students

 

Order Pictures Now

 

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Move-a-Thon Coming Soon!
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Renton Christian School families! 

We’re only ONE week away from our RCS Move-A-Thon and our students and staff are so excited! We’re looking forward to having fun and building community together. 

⭐️  Log into MYBOOSTER.COM today to get started!  ⭐️ 

Register & share today to help our school reach our goal of $100,000 for students & staff. 

Thank you for supporting our school - we are grateful for our amazing school community! 

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What to Know Weekly @ RCS (Sept. 18-22)
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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (September 18th-22nd):

 

Monday, September 18th

Mexico Missions Meeting 6th-8th Grade Families

We want each student to develop an outward focused perspective. On our Profile of a Student framework, we call this being missionally minded. One way we do this is through middle school missions trips. This year we are combining two trips into one large trip as we partner with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) to build three homes for families in Mexico (Baja California) who have inadequate housing. The trip is open to all 6th – 8th grade students and will take place during Easter Break, April 1-5, 2024. Our last informational meeting is Monday, September 18th at 4pm in the small chapel across from the school office. CLICK HERE to sign-up for the trip. Deadline to sign up is Thursday, September 22, 2023.

 

Monday, September 18th-22nd 

Spiritual Emphasis Week | September

Twice a year we have Spiritual Emphasis Week. Our first Spiritual Emphasis Week is this week! We will have daily chapels to enrich and strengthen the spiritual growth of each student. Parents are welcome to join us. Here are the chapel times: Kprep – 2nd grade: 8:45am – 9:30am; 3rd – 5th grade: 9:45am – 10:30am; 6th – 8th grade: 11:45am – 12:30pm.
You can also join us online: CLICK HERE.

 

Friday, September 22nd

Popcorn Friday

Our wonderful PTF has decided to keep Popcorn Fridays going! Find them Friday after school at the flagpole where you can purchase their delicious popcorn for just $1! Please bring cash!

 

 

Athletics:

Monday, September 18th

Girls Volleyball

Away @ Cedar Park Bothell. D1 begins at 3:30pm and D2 will follow around 4:30pm.

 

Boys Soccer

Away @ Cedar Park Bothell. Game begins at 3:00pm.

 

Wednesday, September 20th 

Girls Volleyball

Hone vs. Evergreen. D1 begins at 4:00pm and D2 will follow around 5:00pm. Come cheer on our Royals at their first home game of the season! 

 

Boys Soccer

Away @ Brighton. Game begins at 4:00pm.

 

Thursday, September 21st 

Girls Volleyball

Hone vs. Cedar Park Lynnwood. D1 begins at 4:00pm and D2 will follow around 5:00pm.

 

Boys Soccer

Home (Starfire Sports) vs. Cedar Park Lynnwood. Game begins at 4:00pm. Meet us at Starfire Sports to cheer on our Royals at their first home game of the season!

 

 

Have a great week! Let's go Royals!

 

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Things to Know (Sept 15)

RCS Families,

Sept. 15th, 2023

What an incredible first two weeks of our school year! I talked with two different parents yesterday who said they loved how their kids came home happy every day and how excited each morning they were to come to school. It is so encouraging seeing so many smiling faces coming into school every day. Thank you for trusting us with your precious children. I can’t wait to see what God continues to do in the life of each student this year. 

Here are a couple of things to know this week:

New! Serve @ RCS Website

Yesterday we launched our new serving platform for Renton Christian School. We have already seen 184 serving opportunities filled! I love how involved our parents are in the life of Renton Christian. Involved parents lead to successful students. There are many serving opportunities still available for you to make a difference. Find a way to get involved today at www.rentonchristian.org/serve.  

Pray for RCS High School Property

This Sunday, September 17, the organization who owns the land we are trying to purchase for the RCS High School is voting on the Purchase and Sale Agreement. Their board has approved the PSA terms, this Sunday’s vote is with their entire membership. Please pray that they vote to approve the sale! Our team is excited to continue the property feasibility process and begin the entitlement and architectural design process. CLICK HERE to learn more about the RCS High School.

Spiritual Emphasis Week | September 18th – 22nd 

Twice a year we have Spiritual Emphasis Week. Our first Spiritual Emphasis Week is coming up next week beginning September 18th. We will have daily chapels to enrich and strengthen the spiritual growth of each student. Parents are welcome to join us. Here are the chapel times: Kprep – 2nd grade: 8:45am – 9:30am; 3rd – 5th grade: 9:45am – 10:30am; 6th – 8th grade: 11:45am – 12:30pm. You can also join us online: CLICK HERE.

Follow RCS on Instagram

The best way to stay up-to-date with Renton Christian is on Instagram @rentonchristian. Please follow us on Instagram to see stories and posts that will inform, inspire, and give you a glimpse into your student’s day at RCS. You can also join us on Facebook as well.

Mexico Missions Trip for 6th – 8th grade | Last Info Meeting | September 18th 

We want each student to develop an outward focused perspective. On our Profile of a Student framework, we call this being missionally minded. One way we do this is through middle school missions trips. This year we are combining two trips into one large trip as we partner with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) to build three homes for families in Mexico (Baja California) who have inadequate housing. The trip is open to all 6th – 8th grade students and will take place during Easter Break, April 1-5, 2024. Our last informational meeting is this Monday, September 18th at 4pm in the small chapel across from the school office. CLICK HERE to sign-up for the trip. Deadline to sign up is September 22, 2023.

Have a great weekend! 

Thanks,

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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What to Know Weekly @ RCS (Sept 11-15)
  • School News

It has been an amazing week having everyone back on campus for the start of the 2023-2024 school year! As we start our first FULL week of school, we have some exciting events coming! 

 

Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (September 11-15th):

 

Tuesday, September 12th

Back to School Night (KPrep-6th Grade) | 7PM

Parents of Kindergarten Prep all the way to 6th Grade, we welcome you to join us on Tuesday, September 12th at 7pm as we take some time to get to know one another! We invite you to take this evening with us as you visit your student's classroom and get to hear an introduction from their teacher as well as learn the basic structure of your child's day here at RCS. There will be two identical sessions, 7:00-7:30pm and 7:35-8:05pm to accommodate those of you with multiple students. We look forward to seeing you! Please head directly to your student's classroom at this time. 

 

Thursday, September 14th

Back to School Night (7th and 8th Grade) | 7PM

Parents of those in 7th and 8th grade this evening is for you! We invite you to join us in following along in experiencing a glimpse of your student's 1st-6th period. Upon arrival you will receive your child's schedule and don't worry, we will NOT be passing out tardies. See below for a tentative schedule of 7th and 8th Back to School Night:

Parents arrive to receive schedules | 7:00 - 7:05 p.m.

Period 1 (10 min) | 7:10 - 7:20 pm

  Passing (2 min)

Period 2 (10 min) | 7:22 - 7:32 pm

  Passing (2 min)

Period 3 (10 min)  | 7:34 - 8:44 pm

  Passing (2 min)

Period 4 (10 min)  | 8:46 - 8:56 pm

   Passing (2 min)

Period 5 (10 min) 8:58 - 8:08 pm

    Passing (2 min)

Period 6 (10 min) 8:10 - 8:20pm

 

Friday, September 15th

Spirit Day | Washington Sports Teams

It's officially time for the first spirit day of the year! Join us Friday in showing your spirit for your favorite Washington Sports team!

Please refer to Non-Uniform Day Policies listed below:

- Clothing must promote an image of pride and school spirit and to honor God, honor others and honor ourselves.
- Wording on t-shirts or other garments should be limited and convey a positive message.
- Shirts must have sleeves.
- Clothing must not be too revealing or immodest, show midriff or back and should fit properly.
- Hats or hoods are not to be worn in the building.
- Shorts, skirts and dresses must be no higher than 2” above the knee.

 

NEXT WEEK PREVIEW:

Monday, September 18th - Friday, September 22

Spiritual Emphasis Week

We are so excited for our first Spiritual Emphasis Week of the year where our Elementary students will get to learn more about Godly Wisdom and put their knowledge to the test with "Think Tank" and our Middle Schoolers will be spending each day learning about practical tools to keep in their "Toolbox" when it comes to exercising their faith and keeping God at the center. 

 

Follow our Social Media to stay informed on upcoming events and things happening around our school!

Follow Us on Instagram

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We look forward to another amazing week in community with one another. 

Let's go Royals!

 

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RCS Mariners Game Tickets Dispersed!
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RCS Mariners Game: Pack the Park | Friday, September 29th 

Digital tickets have been sent to the email address that was used to buy your tickets! We look forward to seeing you all at T-Mobile Park to cheer on the Mariners WIN during Fan Appreciation Night and celebrate watching the T-Mobile Fireworks show!

Any additional questions, please email packthepark@rentonchristian.org.

*$5 from each ticket sold is going to strengthen our school security.

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THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Parents/Guardians/Students,

August/September 2023,

Welcome to Renton Christian School for school year 2023-2024.  It is my pleasure to serve as principal of RCS.  This is going to be an incredible year.   

As we launch the 23-24 school year, I want to remind each of you that God has placed you on this path as a family of RCS and we are committed to journeying with you.  We are all about Jesus.  This will be a year of growth and learning.  Our leadership team has chosen the theme of the year to be “Honor God and Love People”. 1 John 4:7-8 tells us that love comes from God, and we can love because we know Him.  This year we will focus on what it is to love like Jesus.

The Mission of Renton Christian School is: Teach Academics from a Biblical Worldview, in a Christ centered environment in order to disciple and evangelize to students.

RCS Core Values are:

Teach from a Biblical Worldview:  The basis for all school curriculums will be the Bible, which will be integrated into the activities in the classroom, stage, chapel, and athletic courts/fields. The Bible is God's inspired Word for humankind and is our primary source for wisdom, correction, knowledge, and training in righteousness. It equips students to live as God desires (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

You will find that in each classroom and within each subject area, the Bible is woven into instruction and learning.  RCS students understand that God cares about the world He created and learn that the Bible is the source of truth and grace to help us live the life God has planned for us.

Commitment to Academic Excellence: Each student will experience a rigorous academic atmosphere in which they will be encouraged and enabled to meet their highest potential. Luke 2:52 says that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. At RCS, we seek the same for each of our students. A student's education must be well-rounded and address the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of life. It must be both Christian and academic.

When your child enters their classroom, they will be greeted by a teacher who prays for them and believes in them.  Our teachers champion each student individually and work diligently to create classroom communities that operate with respect and care.  Your child will be challenged academically and continually reminded that they can do hard things.  We have a deep-rooted belief that all RCS students can learn, and it is our mission to ensure that we meet the individual needs of all students.

Partnering with parents: We will establish a partnership of mutual respect and effort between teachers and parents that provides an optimal learning environment for students. Children are a gift from God (John 1:12-13) and created in God's image (Gen. 1:26). The family was instituted by God (Gen. 1:27Matt. 19:1-12Mark 10:1-12) for raising children to become responsible adults who promote the Christian values that will preserve and promote righteousness in our nation.

We are so thankful for our families.  We believe in the partnership and community we have with parents.  We know raising children can be challenging at times and we are committed to being a community that supports families.  We believe in family.  We know that strong families produce strong students.  We value keeping communication lines open and honest and we are always thankful for feedback whether it is constructive or complimentary.

Caring Christ centered community: RCS is a close-knit community in which teachers take the initiative to care for the academic, the spiritual, and even the personal aspects of their students' lives. We are a ministry of New Life Church and function as an extension of the local churches our families choose to attend. Our desire is to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus (Matt. 28:18-20) and to help the church to guide children to submit to God's will in faithful obedience (Prov. 22:6)

We do life together.  Renton Christian is more than a school.  We are a family.  We want both students and parents to meet lifelong friends throughout this year.  We encourage connection, which you will see by our events and family nights.  You are a huge part of our community, and we are thankful for you.  As we start the 23-24 school year, I want you to know my door is always open.  I am thankful to serve each of you as we start what will be the best school year ever.​

Sincerely,

​Lisa Hopp

Principal, Renton Christian School

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New RCS Serve Page
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This year at Renton Christian, we are launching a new way to get involved with a dedicated volunteer events page built with you in mind. Filter school events by grade level, topic, or browse all events using the search bar below. Click the event photo to learn important details and sign up to serve! 

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RCS Mariners Game Sold Out!
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RCS Mariners Game: Pack the Park | Friday, September 29th 

We have officially sold out of all 650 tickets for the Seattle Mariners Game on Friday, September 29th. Our ticket list is being submitted to the Seattle Mariners, and tickets will be distributed digitally via the email you purchased them with.

We look forward to seeing you all at T-Mobile Park to cheer on the Mariners WIN during Fan Appreciation Night and celebrate watching the T-Mobile Fireworks show!

Any additional questions, please email packthepark@rentonchristian.org.

*$5 from each ticket sold is going to strengthen our school security.

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Things to Know - Aug 22nd
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RCS Families,

August 22nd, 2023

School is almost here! If your family is like mine there is a tension this time of year. We don’t want summer to end but we are craving the structure and rhythm of the school year to be back! Our team is excited to see you in two weeks. Our teachers will all be back onsite next week for training and preparing their classrooms. Our facility is looking great. We can’t wait to see what God does in the lives of each student this year! We have been praying for each of you and are expecting another fruitful year rooted in Christ.

Here are a couple of things to know:

Meet Your Teacher Day | Tuesday, September 5th | 10am – Noon

Parents and students are encouraged to come meet their teachers any time between 10:00am and 12:00pm on 9/5. This is an opportunity to acclimate to the classroom, building, teachers, and meet new friends. Students will be able to deliver school supplies to their classrooms at that same time. This is one of the best ways to be ready for the first day of school. Stop by the covered playground for a hot dog and ice cream as well as pick up RCS gear from the RCS pop-up shop!

Back to School Details:

We want you to be prepared for the new school year! You should have received an email from our Principal, Lisa Hopp on August 11th that is full of information about the following. Click the links below or refer to Mrs. Hopp’s email for more information.

 Parking Lot Flow

We work hard every year to make our drop-off and pick-up process as safe and efficient as possible. Please take a moment to review this document that describes the pick-up and drop-off plan. Please remember the following:

  • Have Patience – Please plan enough time for morning drop-off. This is especially important during the first week or two of school. 
  • Park & Walk In – We want to encourage as many parents as possible to park and drop-off in person. This will limit the vehicle lines and build community with other families.
  • Drive slowly – please drive slowly through the parking lot. Remember, kids may pop out of a car without much notice. 
  • Use Designated Walkways – As much as possible, use the center sidewalk or conned off walkway when heading toward the buildings. 
  • Use Designated Crosswalks – Please only cross drive lanes using designated crosswalks. 
  • Walk with Students – Younger children should only walk through the parking lot accompanied by an adult. 
  • Exit Curbside – Please have students exit your vehicle along a curb. This is the passenger side for NL Kid’s Loop (1st – 3rd grade) and drivers’ side for Fast Track Loop (4th – 8th grade). 
  • Please Don’t Drop-off in Parking Lanes – Please only use the parking stall lanes (green path on map) to park and walk in. Please use the blue path for curbside drop-off. 
  • Please Don’t Block Intersections – Please be courteous to our neighbors and leave intersections unblocked. This includes the intersection near the parking lot entrance as well as the intersection near Starbucks.

BASC (Before & After School Care) Registration

Please take a moment to register for our Before & After School Care program. Our new BASC Director, Brianna Prado, led our BASC Summer Camp program well and she and her team are excited to serve your family during this school year. Our BASC program provides care and activities for students from 6:30am to 6:00pm as well as full-day care for non-holiday weekdays when school is not in session. CLICK HERE for more information about BASC. CLICK HERE to register for this school year. Please email Brianna with any additional questions: bprado@rentonchristian.org

NEW! Secure Visitor Check-in

We are launching a new visitor check-in system this fall. Instead of signing in and out on paper, visitors will scan their ID. The system will conduct a real-time background check against sex-offender registries and print a custom visitor badge with their picture. This will help us enhance the safety of our students and help us know who is on campus at any point in time. We will send additional information about this new check-in system leading up to the school year.

Encouragement and Prayer:

This month I am finishing a book called, Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger. It is a book about Christian leadership amid an uncertain or uncharted future. The author uses the analogy of Lewis & Clark in their journey to discover a water route to the Pacific Ocean. They had to abandon their canoes at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Their mission and tools that got them to that point was not going to take them to their eventual destination. As our societal culture continues to stray from a Biblical Worldview, our path as Christ-followers and as a Christ-centered organization is more and more uncertain and uncharted. Fortunately, we serve a God who is unchanging and we have a source of Truth in the Bible to guide us. As we head into the future, we must become more resolved in our God-given mission and more anchored in Christ to achieve what He has called us to.

One principle in the book that is so true is that our mission is more important than anything. “The focused, shared, missional purpose of the church or organization will trump every other competing value.” Although this is not a novel idea, it is our commitment as a school. We can do a lot of good things, however, if they do not help students develop a resilient faith in a Christ-centered environment that develops a Biblical Worldview we shouldn’t do them. Our Profile of a Student framework articulates our goal for each student at Renton Christian. This is our mission. This is our commitment.

My prayer for you for the last two weeks of summer is found in Numbers 6:24-26, “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” I pray God’s peace would guard the hearts and minds of our teachers, students, and families. Please join me in bringing this school year before the Lord. We can make our plans, however, “unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain,” Psalm 127:1. 

I appreciate each of you. Enjoy the rest of your summer! 

Thanks,

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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RCS Families,

August 22nd, 2023

School is almost here! If your family is like mine there is a tension this time of year. We don’t want summer to end but we are craving the structure and rhythm of the school year to be back! Our team is excited to see you in two weeks. Our teachers will all be back onsite next week for training and preparing their classrooms. Our facility is looking great. We can’t wait to see what God does in the lives of each student this year! We have been praying for each of you and are expecting another fruitful year rooted in Christ.

Here are a couple of things to know:

Meet Your Teacher Day | Tuesday, September 5th | 10am – Noon

Parents and students are encouraged to come meet their teachers any time between 10:00am and 12:00pm on 9/5. This is an opportunity to acclimate to the classroom, building, teachers, and meet new friends. Students will be able to deliver school supplies to their classrooms at that same time. This is one of the best ways to be ready for the first day of school. Stop by the covered playground for a hot dog and ice cream as well as pick up RCS gear from the RCS pop-up shop!

Back to School Details:

We want you to be prepared for the new school year! You should have received an email from our Principal, Lisa Hopp on August 11th that is full of information about the following. Click the links below or refer to Mrs. Hopp’s email for more information.

 

Parking Lot Flow

We work hard every year to make our drop-off and pick-up process as safe and efficient as possible. Please take a moment to review the attached document that describes the pick-up and drop-off plan. Please remember the following:

  • Have Patience – Please plan enough time for morning drop-off. This is especially important during the first week or two of school. 
  • Park & Walk In – We want to encourage as many parents as possible to park and drop-off in person. This will limit the vehicle lines and build community with other families.
  • Drive slowly – please drive slowly through the parking lot. Remember, kids may pop out of a car without much notice. 
  • Use Designated Walkways – As much as possible, use the center sidewalk or conned off walkway when heading toward the buildings. 
  • Use Designated Crosswalks – Please only cross drive lanes using designated crosswalks. 
  • Walk with Students – Younger children should only walk through the parking lot accompanied by an adult. 
  • Exit Curbside – Please have students exit your vehicle along a curb. This is the passenger side for NL Kid’s Loop (1st – 3rd grade) and drivers’ side for Fast Track Loop (4th – 8th grade). 
  • Please Don’t Drop-off in Parking Lanes – Please only use the parking stall lanes (green path on map) to park and walk in. Please use the blue path for curbside drop-off. 
  • Please Don’t Block Intersections – Please be courteous to our neighbors and leave intersections unblocked. This includes the intersection near the parking lot entrance as well as the intersection near Starbucks.

 

BASC (Before & After School Care) Registration

Please take a moment to register for our Before & After School Care program. Our new BASC Director, Brianna Prado, led our BASC Summer Camp program well and she and her team are excited to serve your family during this school year. Our BASC program provides care and activities for students from 6:30am to 6:00pm as well as full-day care for non-holiday weekdays when school is not in session. CLICK HERE for more information about BASC. CLICK HERE to register for this school year. Please email Brianna with any additional questions: bprado@rentonchristian.org

 

NEW! Secure Visitor Check-in

We are launching a new visitor check-in system this fall. Instead of signing in and out on paper, visitors will scan their ID. The system will conduct a real-time background check against sex-offender registries and print a custom visitor badge with their picture. This will help us enhance the safety of our students and help us know who is on campus at any point in time. We will send additional information about this new check-in system leading up to the school year.

Encouragement and Prayer:

This month I am finishing a book called, Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger. It is a book about Christian leadership amid an uncertain or uncharted future. The author uses the analogy of Lewis & Clark in their journey to discover a water route to the Pacific Ocean. They had to abandon their canoes at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Their mission and tools that got them to that point was not going to take them to their eventual destination. As our societal culture continues to stray from a Biblical Worldview, our path as Christ-followers and as a Christ-centered organization is more and more uncertain and uncharted. Fortunately, we serve a God who is unchanging and we have a source of Truth in the Bible to guide us. As we head into the future, we must become more resolved in our God-given mission and more anchored in Christ to achieve what He has called us to.

 

One principle in the book that is so true is that our mission is more important than anything. “The focused, shared, missional purpose of the church or organization will trump every other competing value.” Although this is not a novel idea, it is our commitment as a school. We can do a lot of good things, however, if they do not help students develop a resilient faith in a Christ-centered environment that develops a Biblical Worldview we shouldn’t do them. Our Profile of a Student framework articulates our goal for each student at Renton Christian. This is our mission. This is our commitment.

 

My prayer for you for the last two weeks of summer is found in Numbers 6:24-26, “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” I pray God’s peace would guard the hearts and minds of our teachers, students, and families. Please join me in bringing this school year before the Lord. We can make our plans, however, “unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain,” Psalm 127:1. 

 

I appreciate each of you. Enjoy the rest of your summer! 

 

Thanks,

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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RCS Families,

July 20th, 2023

RCS Families,

I hope you are enjoying this summer so far. We are busy preparing for the upcoming school year and are praying for each student and family God entrusts to our care. Our facility team is amazing! We have already completed several projects around campus including adding new carpet in some classrooms, constructing a new classroom, and touch-up paint throughout the campus. We also secured outside funding to add new smart boards in every classroom and they are already installed! (See below for more info) We can’t wait to see you back on campus soon! 

Here are a couple of things to know:

RCS High School Update

September 17th is going to be a significant date! The land we desire to purchase for the RCS High School is owned by a church. The church board has approved the Purchase and Sale Agreement. The last step is for the congregation to approve the PSA. The congregation is scheduled to vote on September 17th. Please pray that the congregation would be unified to approve the sale. We are excited to begin the next phase of land feasibility, entitlement, site design, and funding. We have already selected an architectural firm, general contractor, and entitlement development team to help us with this next phase. We are ready to run, but it all starts with the land! Please pray for continued wisdom and favor as we take these next steps. For more information about the RCS High School, go to: www.rentonchristian.org/highschool.

NEW! Smartboards Installed in Every Classroom

Recently, we were able to secure outside funding to acquire and install a Promethean smart board in every classroom! The installation is complete! These boards will provide our teachers with significant opportunities to enhance classroom learning. CLICK HERE to watch a video about these smart boards.

RCS Mariners Game: Pack the Park | Friday, September 29th 

We have already sold almost 500 tickets for the Seattle Mariners Game on Friday, September 29th. We reserved some additional tickets near our current block. We would like to invite all RCS and SLC parents, students, and grandparents to join us at T-Mobile Park to cheer on the Mariners. This game is a Mariners Fireworks night as well as Fan Appreciation Night. Tickets are only $15 and $5 from each ticket will go to strengthen our school security. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets for this incredible RCS Family Event to begin next school year! If you have any questions, email: packthepark@rentonchristian.org. The deadline to purchase tickets is August 21st or until tickets sell out.

NEW! Secure Visitor Check-in

We are launching a new visitor check-in system this fall. Instead of signing in and out on paper, visitors will scan their ID. The system will conduct a real-time background check against sex-offender registries and print a custom visitor badge with their picture. This will help us enhance the safety of our students and help us know who is on campus at any point in time. We will send additional information about this new check-in system leading up to the school year.

Summer Play Dates @ Renton Christian

Throughout the summer, we are hosting playdates on campus to stay connected with current families and meet new friends this summer. The first several have been a huge success. Join us at the bark playground during one of our remaining Play Around the Playground days! These playdates are designed for parents and students so please stay with your students as they play. For more information contact the school office (425) 226-0820. Here are the remaining dates:
 
KP & Kinder: August 1, 9-10am

1st & 2nd Grade: August 8, 10-11am

3rd & 5th Grade: August 15, 10-11am

Class Placement & Supply Lists

We work on class placements over the summer and will send a mailer to all families in mid-August with class placement, supply lists, and other school logistics. However, if you want to take advantage of summer school supply sales, CLICK HERE to see grade specific supply lists. 

Encouragement and Prayer:

This Summer one of the books I read was, Faith for Exiles by David Kinnaman & Mark Matlock. Incredible book! In it, based on research from the Barna Group, the authors identify five practices that contribute to a resilient faith for this emerging generation of digitally emersed students. Great read to help you guide your students in their faith development. 

Our culture continues to shift away from a biblical worldview. We are headed toward or are already in a post-Christian culture. A culture centered on self rather than oriented toward God. A culture that says truth is found from within rather than objectively found within Scripture. The authors suggest it is appropriate for us to view ourselves in “Exile” rather than in the “Promised Land” of Jerusalem. Our efforts are better served building a personally resilient faith that can thrive in exile rather than fighting to protect or search for a “Jerusalem” where our faith is not challenged. Throughout scripture, you find examples of the people of God thriving while in exile and influencing the culture around them for good. Exile doesn’t mean our faith is snuffed out; however, it does require a different level of resiliency. 

This book personally challenged me to strengthen my faith and continued to highlight the need to develop a resilient faith in every student, staff, and parent at Renton Christian. We are adding more intentionality to The Profile of a Student framework. We believe this framework, in partnership with parents and their church, will develop a resilient faith in our students. 

My prayer this summer is that God will provide His wisdom to each student at RCS. I pray that God would help them identify each idea that comes their way as either aligned or misaligned with the Bible. I pray God would strengthen their character to be more like Christ. I pray that their actions would demonstrate God’s love to everyone they interact with. I pray that the peace of God would guard their heart and mind in Christ Jesus. I pray that each student would have a fully devoted relationship with Jesus Christ. Let’s personally exemplify the faith we want to see in our students.

I appreciate each of you. Enjoy the rest of your summer! 

Thanks,

Randy McMillan

RCS | Head of School

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (June 12th-14th):

 

Monday, June 12th

 

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony

We will honor our outgoing 8th graders for their hard work and accomplishments throughout their time at RCS during our 8th Grade Recognition in the Main Auditorium. Appetizers begin at 6:15pm and the ceremony will follow at 7:30pm. We are proud of our 55 outgoing 8th graders and cannot wait to see how they impact our world for Christ in the coming years!

 

Tuesday, June 13th

 

Christian Character Trait Awards

Each student will receive a Character Trait award to end the year. Parents are welcome to join us for these award ceremonies. They will take place in the Auditorium Building one grade at a time based on the following schedule:

Main Auditorium:

8:50-9:20am: 1st grade 

9:30-10:00am: 2nd grade

10:10-10:40am: 4th grade

10:50-11:20am: 3rd grade

11:30-12:00pm: 5th grade

12:10-12:40pm: Kindergarten

12:50-1:20pm: 6th grade

1:30-2:00pm: 7th grade

 

North Auditorium:

8:50-9:10am: Kprep AM

12:15-12:35pm: Kprep PM

 

 

Wednesday, June 14th

 

Last Day of School | Early Dismissal

We've made it! This Wednesday is the last day of school with an early dismissal time of 11:30am. It has been such a great school year full of God's faithfulness! We are so excited for the 2023-2024 school year! But for now... Have a great summer!

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What to Know Weekly @ RCS (June 5th-9th)
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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (June 5th-9th):

 

Wednesday, June 7th

 

K-Prep - 2nd Grade Field Day at RCS

Starting first thing in the morning with our AM K-Prep our students through second grade will be participating in Field Day! During this time they will rotate through different group activities with this year's being Big Ball Soccer, Water Balloon Dodge, Relay Races, Inflatable Obstacle Course, and of course each student receives a yummy popsicle! Please make sure your student is in athletic wear and brings a water bottle to school this day.

 

 

Friday, June 9th

 

3rd - 5th Grade Field Day at Ron Regis

On Friday, June 9th, our third through fifth grade students will participate in their field day at Ron Regis Park down the street. Please follow school guidelines when it comes to athletic wear. T-shirts should have sleeves by the shoulder and if shorts are worn, the length must come close to the knees. Remember to bring a water bottle and be ready to have some fun in the sun!

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (May 29th-June 2nd):

 

Monday, May 29th

 

No School and No BASC | Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, there is no school and BASC will be closed Monday, May 29th.

 

 

Tuesday, May 30th

 

Miss Gibson Retirement Party

Meet us in the Small Chapel Tuesday, May 30th at 3:30pm for a time of celebration as Miss Gibson retires from after 30 years of faithfully serving our school.

 

 

Wednesday, May 31st

 

Staff vs. Student Basketball Game

Our staff and students will go head to head in this annual competition at 4:00pm in the RCS gym. Come watch and cheer on our teachers and students!

 

 

Thursday, June 1st and Friday, June 2nd

7th and 8th Grade End of Year Retreat

 

This Thursday and Friday our 7th and 8th grade students and chaperones will be at Great Wolf Lodge for a time of fellowship together before the school year ends!

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (May 22nd-26th):

 

Monday, May 22nd - Thursday, May 26th

 

6th Grade Outdoor Education

Our 6th grade students are attending Black Lake Bible Camp for a time of retreat, opening themselves to the opportunity for God to speak through their daily activities, community, and evening chapels. 

 

 

Tuesday, May 23rd

 

Track Meet | West Seattle Stadium

Our Track and Field students will be competing at West Seattle Stadium from 9am-2pm. The bus will leave RCS at 7:45am and return at approximately 3pm. Let's Go Royals!

 

 

Friday, May 26th & Monday, May 29th

 

No School | Memorial Day Weekend

No school in honor of Memorial Day weekend!

BASC will still be open on Friday, May 26th but will close on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

 

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week:

 

Monday, May 15th - Friday, May 19th

RCS Spirit Week

This week is Spirit Week at RCS! Each day has a different fun theme for students to dress in.

Monday: 'Merica Monday - Support America in your best Red, White, and Blue gear!

Tuesday: Tourist Tuesday - Who's ready for a vacation? Pick a location and dress for the occasion!

Wednesday: Workout Wednesday - Show up in your best athletic gear! Either sports teams or workout gear.

Thursday: Time Travel Thursday - Come dressed in your favorite decade! 70s, 80s, 90s or more!

Friday: Full Color Friday - Choose a color and dress head to toe!

 

 

Thursday, May 18th – Saturday, May 20th

Musical Theater Production | Mary Poppins | Carco Theater | Almost Sold Out!

Renton Christian School’s Royal Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins May 18 – 20. Tickets for 3 of the 4 performances are almost sold out! Don’t miss the opportunity to see our students at Carco Theatre in Renton. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets today!

 

Saturday, May 20th 

Track Meet at Franklin Pierce High School Stadium

Come support and cheer on our Royals as they compete at Franklin Pierce High School this Saturday from 10am-3pm.

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (May 8th-12th):

 

Tuesday, May 9th

Viva La Musica | 2nd-4th Grade Spring Concert

!Estás invitado!

You’re Invited to our annual 2nd - 4th grade spring concert as we celebrate our creator God and the gifts He has given us in family, friends, and music!!! 

 

Who: 2nd - 4th grade Concert! 

When: Tuesday, May 9th at 7pm 

Where: Main Auditorium of New Life Church 

*Coffee and tea will be provided*

 

We cannot wait to see you, your family, and your friends there!

 

 

Thursday, May 11th

Mothers' Day Chapel

You’re invited to celebrate Mother’s Day with us during our weekly chapels on May 11th! 

To all our Mom’s, we would like to honor you during this special day!

 

KPrep - 2nd Grade: 8:45am

3rd - 5th: 9:45am 

6th - 8th: 11:10am 

Main Auditorium of New Life Church 

*Coffee and Tea will be provided. Mom’s may sit with their kids during this special chapel event.*

 

 

Friday, May 12th

Last Student of The Month Ceremony

Our End of Year Student of the Month ceremony will be held Friday, May 12th in the North Auditorium during these times *TIMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED DUE TO FIELD TRIPS*

4th - 5th Grade @ 12:45-1:15pm

2nd - 3rd Grade @ 1:30-2:00pm

Kprep - 1st Grade @ 2:15-2:45pm

 

 

Saturday, May 13th

Track Meet

Our second track meet of the season is this Saturday, May 13th from 10am until 3pm at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Come support our Royals!!

 

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School yearbooks are now available for purchase until June 2nd. The yearbook is priced at $40 and can be bought HERE

The yearbook is a great way to commemorate the school year, and it is full of memories that your child will cherish for years to come. Please note that the yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to purchase one as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support of our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Austin Sankey asankey@rentonchristian.org

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (May 1st-5th):

 

Monday, May 1st - Friday, May 5th

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

It’s that time of year to show intentional appreciation to our teachers and staff! The PTF has put together ideas for students to celebrate their teachers each day.

Monday: write a kind note, staff will be provided breakfast courtesy of PTF

Tuesday: give a flower or plant

Wednesday: gift a snack, drink, or restaurant gift card

Thursday: give something useful for the classroom

Friday: staff will be provided with a fiesta themed lunch courtesy of PTF

 

Tuesday, May 2nd

Selah | 5th-8th Grade Spring Concert

Selah: pause, look back to reflect, worship, and praise 

You’re invited to our annual 5th - 8th grade spring concert. Take a moment and rest with us as we celebrate and remember all who God is what He has done and what He is going to do. 

Who: 5th - 8th grade Music Ensembles and Performing Groups

When: Tuesday, May 2nd at 7pm

Where: Main Auditorium of New Life Church 

*Coffee and tea will be provided*

 

Thursday, May 4th

PTF Pop-up Shop: Clearance Sale

Stop by the Flagpole between 2:30pm-4pm for the last chance at RCS gear this year at a lower price.

 

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (April 24th-28th):

 

Friday, April 21st-Friday, April 28th

Online Silent Auction

Our Annual Auction is live online! Now until Friday at 3pm, visit the Auction site to bid on popular items! Proceeds will go toward the initial development expenses for the RCS High School project.

 

Monday, April 24th-Thursday, April 27th

Spring Book Fair

We are using a new vendor for this book fair named I:55. This Christ-centered company provides family friendly books that are prescreened to ensure they align with RCS values. Stop by the RCS Library anytime between 8am to 4pm to pick up some great books or order online, you can have the books shipped to RCS for free using the code: “freeship2wa007.” Just remember to add your student’s name and grade at checkout.

 

Thursday, April 27th

Water Baptisms

This Thursday we have 48 students who have decided to declare their faith through water baptisms and we are so excited to celebrate this time with them. Baptisms will be streamed online at https://rcs.online.church and will be live in the Main Auditorium. Here are the times:

3rd-5th Grade: 9:30am-10:30am

6th-8th Grade: 11:10am-12pm

 

Student of the Month

Student of the Month will be held Thursday in the North Auditorium. Here are the times of each celebration:

K-Prep-1st Grade: 12:45pm-1:15pm

2nd-3rd Grade: 1:30pm-2pm

4th-5th Grade: 2:15pm-2:45pm

 

Friday, April 28th

RCS Half Day & Math Olympics

Classes will be dismissed early, at 11:30am, so that we may host Math Olympics! Dozens of students from schools around our region will join RCS students to compete in this math competition. Due to early dismissal, there will not be an afternoon Kprep class. BASC and SLC will stay open after school until 6pm.

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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (April 17th-21st):

 

Monday, April 17th

New Playground!

Over Easter Break, we received the missing pieces for our playground and it is officially ready for students to play on!

 

Baptism Class

Monday at 7pm in the Small Chapel, Mrs. Turner and Pastor Preston are leading a class for the students and families who have signed up for Baptisms on April 27th.

 

Friday, April 21st

Online Silent Auction Begins

Starting 8am, our annual auction begins! Register before Friday through rentonchristian.org/auction and preview the items available for bidding. This auction will be held online and will go from Friday, April 21st to Friday, April 28th. 

 

Spirit Day | Purple and Gold

Friday come dressed in your best school spirit covered head to toe in RCS gear or other purple and gold clothing in support of our school!

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Each year we have the privilege of setting aside dedicated time to celebrate our teachers and staff. This year we are taking the first week of May (1st-5th) to show our staff just how much they mean to us!

Here are some ways YOU can show your appreciation each day:

Monday May 1st - Write your teacher/CA/specialist a note telling them how great they are! 

Tuesday May 2nd - Bring your teacher their favorite flower or plant! PTF will be serving a staff breakfast before school.

Wednesday May 3rd - Bring your teacher their favorite snack, drink, or a gift card for their favorite place to eat! 

Thursday May 4th - Give your teacher something that can be used for their classroom!

Friday May 5th - PTF will provide a Cinco de Mayo themed lunch for staff.

While each day has its own theme, these are just suggestions! You are more than welcome to show our teachers and staff your appreciation in other ways! 

THANK YOU for your willingness to show our staff love!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact PTF@rentonchristian.org 

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What To Know Weekly @ RCS (April 3rd-7th)
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Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (April 3rd-7th):

 

Thursday, April 6th

PTF Pop-Up Shop

From 2:30pm-4:00pm at our Flagpole, the PTF team will be selling RCS gear! Swing by before pick-up and grab some new gear before the end of school! This is one of the last opportunities this year.

 

Friday, April 7th

BASC Early Closure | Good Friday

This Friday BASC will close early at 4:00pm for Good Friday. Please plan the pick-up of your student accordingly.

 

NEXT WEEK (April 10th-14th)

NO SCHOOL | Easter Vacation

He is Risen! Enjoy this week of Easter Vacation with your family celebrating the Risen King!

 

Wednesday, April 12th- Tuesday, April 18th)

7th and 8th Grade Washington DC and NYC Trip

Please pray for the 7th and 8th grade students as well as staff and parents as they go on this trip! While away they will be exploring different historical sites in our nation’s capital such as the White House, Lincoln’s Memorial, and various Museums, as well as watching a Broadway show while in New York!

 

Thursday, April 13th and Friday, April 14th

BASC Closed

There will be no Before and After School Care on Thursday, April 13th and Friday, 14th in celebration of Easter for our BASC Staff. 

 

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What To Know Weekly @ RCS (March 20th-24th)
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Welcome to "What to Know Weekly" where each week you can find reminders and updates about events happening around our school.

 

Here is what our Royals will be up to this week (March 20th-24th):

 

Monday, March 20th - Friday, March 24th

STEM WEEK (all-day)

All week our students 1st-8th Grade are participating in STEM week. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. A couple of weeks ago, STEAMBoat Studios visited our school to demonstrate different activities related to neuroscience in the form of illusions as well as different ways of exploring the senses (sight, sound, touch, and smell). Here are the topics for this week;

Grades 1-2:

  • Escape the Tower: Students will explore balance and center of mass and use their knowledge to successfully send a top-heavy load down a zip line.

Grade 3-5:

  • Marble Roller Coaster: Students will investigate friction and kinetic and potential energy through marble roller coasters and use what they have learned to complete a final challenge that follows specific guidelines about travel time and movement shape.

Middle school:

  • Suspension Bridges: discover different types of suspension bridges and how they compare to truss, beam, and other bridge designs.  In a challenge students will design their own suspension bridge to meet specific criteria such as load, span distance, and material cost, and then test to failure.

 

Tuesday, March 21st - Thursday, March 23rd

KPrep-1st Grade Easter Concert Rehearsals

This week our Music teaching team and our KPrep-1st grade students are hard at work preparing for next week's Easter Concert!!

Come watch and sing along March 30th at 8:30am as we celebrate the joy of Easter with our KPrep, Kindergarten, and 1st graders! Coffee and tea will be served in the lobby.

 

Thursday, March 23rd

Water Baptism Introduction to Students (during chapel)

RCS Water Baptisms are returning!! After witnessing and celebrating 25+ students committing their lives to Christ last year (2022), we are in excitement and continually praying for what God is going to do through our students, staff, and school this year!

With just over a month before the date, Pastor Preston and Mrs.Turner will be introducing the topic of Water Baptism to our students during chapel times on Thursday this week. Next week, there will be a more in-depth conversation where the message will be centered on Baptism.

Baptisms are open to students in 3rd-8th grade and will be held during their chapel times on April 27th. More information and sign-ups will be sent out to parents this week. 

 

Friday, March 24th

Grandparents Day (10am) & Legacy Dinner (7pm)

**In order to properly prepare for both events, RSVPs were requested prior to March 8th and are now closed**

These two new events are designed to share the vision of how Renton Christian is developing each student, more plans and details of the RCS High School, and how we can partner together in each of these endeavors.

Grandparents Day is a time of fellowship between RCS Grandparents, RCS Grandchildren, and our Head of School, Mr. McMillan. If you registered for this event, please meet us at 10am at New Life Church (Renton) where you will hear from Mr. McMillan and enjoy a Chick-fil-A lunch alongside your RCS Grandchildren.

Legacy Dinner is our way of sharing with current families and friends of RCS the details of our new High School including the vision, location, and timeline, as well as the many ways you can support this process. If you registered for this event, please meet us at 7pm in the Main Auditorium of New Life Church (Renton) where our time will be shared over a meal. 

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Diane Krogh Playground Dedication (Video Linked)
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On Wednesday January 11th at 8am, the school, community, friends, and family gathered together for the opening of our new Kindergarten and Kindergarten Prep playground. 

However, that was not the main purpose of our togetherness. We communed in honor of Diane Krogh, someone who has impacted our school beyond the 37 years she was a teacher here. Mrs. Krogh was an exceptional teacher, friend, colleague, and mentor to everyone she encountered and not only taught who Jesus was, but truly lived out the love of Christ to others. 

As the founder of our Kindergarten Prep program in 1984, we honor Diane in dedicating the new playground to her as the "Diane Krogh Playground"

 

The full dedication ceremony video can be found here 

Watch Now

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LEGO Robotics Advance to Semi-Finals
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Over the weekend, our Lego Robotics Team competed in the FLL Tournament hosted in Tacoma. Representing our school in heart and mind, they won the following awards:

  • Championship’s award – “This award celebrates a team that embodies the FIRST ®LEGO® League Challenge experience by fully embracing the Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in Robot Performance, Robot Design, and the Innovation Project.”
     
  • Robot Performance Award Finalist – The team scored 305 points placing 2nd in the
    tournament.


"I am proud of the boys," Coach Anna Kaminska says, "They demonstrated gracious professionalism during competitions: they stayed calm when the problems occurred, they were kind and respectful to other teams and judges."
 

Due to their perseverance and accomplishments, the Supercharged Electrons will advance to Semi-Finals taking place on January 21st or 22nd at Jackson High School in Everett.

 

Congratulations Team!!

This is our prayer to you as you advance,

Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. ” Psalm 3:6

May He grant your heart's desires and make all your plans succeed.  Psalm 20:4

We are so proud of this team's character and cannot wait to continue to watch them succeed in what they set their hearts to, glorifying Him in all of their achievements.

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BASC Kids Give Back Event!
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Our BASC Kids students got an opportunity to participate in a Give Back event this past week. Each student got to pack a box with toiletries, toys and school supplies, and then pray over the boxes. In total the students packed 66 boxes for kids around the world and gave our BASC Kids classes the chance to make a difference in someone else's life!

BASC Kids students also helped support 50/50 skate and surf. They are missionaries in Tijana, Mexico who give kids skateboards to keep them off the streets or joining a gang. They teach them how to skateboard, feed them, and share Christ with them!

Our BASC Kids families donated money to send 15 skateboards to Mexico! It was so incredible to see our BASC Kids families be so generous with both of these opportunities to show Christ to others!

 

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7th and 8th Grade Retreat 2022
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Our annual Junior High Fall Retreat was nothing short of transformative! 

In this time spent away from their typical schedule and schoolwork, strong relationships were built between students, chaperones, and teachers throughout the shared moments of laughter, tears, and friendly competitions. 

Opportunities like retreat create additional space for God to impact lives as we had several students commit their lives to Christ and open up in prayerful anticipation to His calling.

In returning to school and home, the biggest way you can support our students and staff is through prayer for continual movement in their hearts, minds, and souls beyond the time spent at retreat. 

 

View and download 2022 Retreat photos

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RCS Move-a-Thon Final Results
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Hello Amazing RCS Families,

 

We wanted to take a second and send a HUGE Thank You to our students, staff, and donors for this incredible RCS Move-A-Thon fundraiser.

Here are our final stats:

We raised $178,316.07 for a new school bus. This will directly impact our students and staff!

Our students ran/danced 23,485 laps combined to help our school!

We celebrated our community coming together and created unforgettable memories at our RCS Move-A-Thon event. Thank you for your support of our school. We are so grateful for our Renton Christian School community! Be sure to check out our Move-a-Thon and Color Run pages on our website and our Instagram to see all the fun!

P.S. Giving will remain open for one more week. If you’d like to continue to give and share, head to MYBOOSTER.COM today

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Spiritual Emphasis Week - Sept. 19th - 23rd
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Spiritual Emphasis Week is a special week that happens twice a year. Special why? Because we have Chapel every day that week! With 5 days of engaging speakers, interactive presentations, and inspiring messages, it’s easy to see why Spiritual Emphasis Week is a RCS favorite. Every Spiritual Emphasis Week points our student to a school wide biblical focus; one that reveals more of how great God is. 

Elementary Theme of the Week: Gadgets and Gizmos

Biblical Virtue: Creativity: Imagining what you can do because you’re made in God’s image!

Bible Verse: Psalms 139:14

Join us for chapel in person:

  • 845 - 930am - Kprep- 2nd
  • 945a - 1030am - 3rd - 5th

Join us LIVE Online: RCS.ONLINE.CHURCH 

 

Middle School Theme of the Week: The Holy Spirit

Speakers:

Monday - Pastor Freddie 

Tuesday - Pastor Jimmy Ebele

Wednesday- Pastor Canaan Baca

Thursday - Pastor Freddie

Friday - Pastor James

Join us for chapel in person:

  • 11:10a - 11:55am - Jr High

Join us LIVE Online: RCS.ONLINE.CHURCH 

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