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Parent Letter - 12/2/22

December 02, 2022
By Bill Sharp

Dear Parents and Families of RCS,

The in-between times of Thanksgiving and Christmas can leave us feeling a bit overwhelmed and pulled in every direction so it is a great time to stop, breathe, and think about how thankful we are.  Here at RCS, we daily count the blessings God pours out on the staff, students, and families.  “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15).  We are grateful for:

  • God’s provision in staffing, as He brought a blessing in the form of Mr. Weir, a Middle School English teacher, to replace Mrs. Williamson who had to move for family reasons.
  • The $475 was raised by the RCS Yard Sale to help buy food and other needs for the Good Samaritan Inn.
  • The 128 shoeboxes were collected by the Elementary students for Operation Christmas Child.
  • Over $3,700 raised from the RCS Auction to help pre-fund our financial assistance

I’d like to remind you of the protocol involving sickness for you and your student:

  • If your student develops a fever or complains of continual sore throat or headache, please keep them home.  They may return to school once they have been fever-free WITHOUT MEDICATION for 24 hours.  Although a sore throat could be due to a number of factors, consider testing for strep; follow your doctor’s recommendation for treatment and return to school.
  • If your student tests positive for COVID, keep them home for a minimum of 5 days from the onset of the first symptoms.  If they are symptom-free after 5 days, they may return to school, but we recommend they wear a mask for the next 5 days.
  • If your student has been exposed to COVID but is asymptomatic, they should wear a mask for 10 days and should get tested on Day 6 after first exposure.  If they develop symptoms at any time, they should isolate themselves and follow the steps listed above.

Here is an easy way to support RCS by just “doing what you do”.  If you shop at Kroger (or know anyone else who shops there), all you have to do is link your Kroger Shopper’s Card to RCS.  Here is a link to do just that - https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards.  Please tell/encourage anyone you know who shops at Kroger to link RCS to their Shopper’s Card.  Thank you!

Praying for peace and safety over you this week; we are thankful for each of you and your partnership with us.

Blessings,

Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School
 

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Parent Letter - 11/4/22

November 04, 2022
By Bill Sharp

Dear Parents and Families of RCS,

Welcome to November – only 51 shopping days until Christmas!  But, before we get the decorations out, let’s pause and take a moment to give thanks for all God is doing in Warrior Nation.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  The apostle Paul knew about the persecution and opposition the young church in Thessalonica would face.  But his words served as a reminder that no matter what is before us, it is all known to God, and we can be thankful that we have a God in heaven who has our lives in His hands.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the first annual Fall Fellowship from 9 am – 2 pm.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to come and have a fun time with the RCS family!  There will be activities for the whole family, and you can help judge the apple pie and chili cookoff contest for only a couple of dollars.  In addition, there will be a fun run around the campus, bounce houses, bubble soccer, a bake sale, and a 16-team cornhole tournament to watch.  This will also be the official kickoff of the RCS Auction, where the bids for available items will be placed online until next weekend.  Proceeds from the auction will go toward pre-funding student financial aid, while proceeds from the competitions will be used toward student activities this school year.

Next Tuesday, we will have our first Open House event of 2022-23, starting at 6:00 pm.  We still have open appointment slots.  So, if you have friends, family, or co-workers looking for a Christ-centered, loving school environment, have them reach out to the main office at 804-276-3193 to make an appointment.  They will meet the teachers, hear about the great things happening at RCS, and be given a campus tour by our student government members.

Here is an easy way to support RCS by just “doing what you do.”  If you shop at Kroger (or know anyone else who shops there), all you have to do is link your Kroger Shopper’s Card to RCS.  Here is a link to do just that - https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards.  Currently, there are about 40-50 Shopper’s Cards linked to RCS through this program, and RCS receives around $400 per quarter.  Imagine if we had 100 or more people linked to RCS!  Please tell/encourage anyone you know who shops at Kroger to link RCS to their Shopper’s Card.  Thank you!

Praying for peace and safety over you this week, we are thankful for each of you.

Blessings,

Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School
 

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Weekly Parent Letter - 10/21/22

October 21, 2022
By Bill Sharp

Dear Parents and Families of RCS,

As cooler weather moves into the area and the leaves begin to change, I am reminded of the verses from the beginning of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, that starts with “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven;”.  It goes on to list 14 contrasts that seem to each be opposite ends of a spectrum.  In his Bible commentary, Matthew Henry writes that these contrasts of “several events of the time, and conditions of human life, are vastly different from one another, and yet occur [regardless], and we are continually passing and repassing between them.”  He further points out that in the end, it is all in the hands of our Creator. We, as believers, are to walk in them with complete trust in our Heavenly Father, that He will bring us through every circumstance in His time and strength as long as we lean on Him.  Whatever you are facing today, God already knows it and has it in the palm of his hand!

As this calendar year ends, you may be considering ways to give and take advantage of the tax benefits.  If you are interested in receiving a 65% state tax credit (that’s right, Credit!) for an end-of-year donation and simultaneously helping RCS, please consider the Children’s Tuition Fund.  Here’s the short version of the steps:  you contribute to the Children’s Tuition Fund, receive a 65% state tax credit for the contribution, and RCS receives a disbursement from the Children’s Tuition Fund for our qualified families.  Individuals and businesses can contribute to the program and receive tax credits.  Our Business Manager has personally contributed to this program and can answer any questions you have about it.  Feel free to contact him directly at his extension, 3034.

Here’s another way to help RCS; it only takes a few minutes of your time.  If you shop at Kroger (or know anyone else who shops there), all you have to do is link your Kroger Shopper’s Card to RCS.  Here is a link to do just that - https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards.  Currently, there are about 40-50 Shopper’s Cards linked to RCS through this program, and RCS receives around $400 per quarter.  Imagine if we had 100 or more people connected to RCS!  Please tell/encourage anyone you know who shops at Kroger to link RCS to their Shopper’s Card.  Thank you!

Don’t forget the first annual Fall Fellowship coming up on Saturday, 5 November, from 9 am – 2 pm.  There will be activities for the whole family and competitions to participate in, including a cornhole tournament, chili cook-off, and apple pie contest.  Invite your friends and family to this fantastic community event.  Proceeds from the auction will go toward pre-funding student financial aid, while proceeds from the competitions will be used toward student activities this school year.

Blessings to you and your family for a fantastic weekend.  Thank you for your partnership.

Blessings,

Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School
 

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Weekly Parent Letter - 10/7/22

October 07, 2022
By Bill Sharp

Dear Parents and Families of RCS,

It is hard to believe that one week from today, the school year will be one-quarter of the way complete!! We have so much for which to praise God in His provision and goodness as we count the many blessings God has provided so far.  Coming out of COVID and last year's challenges, it would be easy to sit back as a school community, catch our breath, and relax.  However, I feel it is the time to rally together and march forward, taking back for God's kingdom the places Satan has tried to steal.  In Deuteronomy 30:16, the word says, "For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess." Simply put, love God, be obedient, and keep his Word, and He will provide the increase and blessing as we move forward with him.

Two significant events are coming in the next two weeks.  First, on Friday, 14 October, the 1st Quarter officially ends and is a half-day early release for students.  No lunch will be served, and Aftercare will close at 4:00 p.m.  Elementary dismissal will be at 11:40 am, and Secondary dismissal will be at 11:55 am on that day.  The next day, Saturday, will be the homecoming festivities, including the presentation of the homecoming court, the announcement of the homecoming king and queen, and a football game against Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot.  Homecoming court festivities begin at 3:00 pm, with kickoff scheduled for 4:00 pm.

Then in two weeks (21 October), the school will be closed for students to have our fall parent-teacher conferences.  Appointments will be scheduled with teachers between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and can be made starting Monday, 10 October, by calling Rhodie Bond, Admin. Assistant, at 804-276-3193 Ext. 3047.

By now, you should have received information from Mrs. Patton regarding the Fall Fellowship events for which to sign up.  Proceeds from the auction will go toward pre-funding student financial aid, while proceeds from the competitions will be used toward student activities this school year.

Enjoy this beautiful fall weekend, and thank you all for your prayers, support, and partnership.

Blessings,

Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School
 

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