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Parent Letter - 11/17/23

November 17, 2023
By Bill Sharp

Dear Warrior Nation,

With a mere 39 shopping days until Christmas (not to mention Thanksgiving right around the corner), it is easy for us to feel various stress levels.  While some things in our lives that we enjoy bring stress that drives and motivates us (called eustress), there are other triggers we experience that bring us anxiety and stimulate negative responses (called distress).  In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul tells us, “But we glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope.”  While nobody is likely to say to God, “Thanks, God, for all this difficulty in my life!!”, we can know that when we trust God to walk us through the challenge, we develop perseverance with patience to press on and allow God to work the refining that builds our character.  The challenges chip off our rough edges, polishing us into a more perfect likeness of our Creator.  It turns our focus away from us (inward) and towards God (outward) and points us toward opportunities to walk with others in their trials.  How do you overcome stress?  Look to God, seek opportunities to help others, and watch God bring you victoriously through to the other side.

Don’t forget that school will be CLOSED for students the week of 20-24 November for Thanksgiving.  Staff will use Monday and Tuesday for professional development.  Please remind your students that upon returning from Thanksgiving, there are only two weeks of school before semester exams.  Your principal will communicate division-specific information for the week before Christmas Break.

Here are some ways to serve the school in the coming days:
The art department needs legos (particularly baseboards and dots), newspapers, and yarn for upcoming student projects.  If you wish to donate any of these, please contact Ms. Christman ( and arrange to drop them off for her.

Here’s another way to help RCS, and it only takes a few minutes of your time.  If you shop at Kroger (or know ANYONE ANYWHERE who shops there), please take a minute to link your Kroger Shopper’s Card to RCS.  Here is the link to do just that -  Currently, there are about 60-65 Shopper’s Cards linked to RCS through this program, and RCS receives around $475 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.  With all of the Thanksgiving purchases to be made in the coming days, it is a great time to link your card and help the school!

Thank you all for the privilege of partnering with you in Educating Hearts and Minds for Christ! 


Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School

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