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Parent Letter - 4/19/24

April 19, 2024
By Bill Sharp

Dear Warrior Nation,

The Gospels tell of the crucifixion of Christ, and near the end of the story in John (20:30), Jesus is quoted as saying, “It is finished.”  These three words in English are a translation of the Greek word tetelestai, which actually has multiple contexts from the time of Jesus.  First, the word was used in business on receipts to indicate that a literal financial debt was completely paid in full; in a judicial context, it was used in court, which indicates that a sentence has been completely served; in a military context, it was used to indicate that a battle was won, and the enemy had been completely defeated.  When Jesus cried out on the cross, “Tetelestai,” he was saying this:  Your debt of sin is fully paid, the judgment for your sin has been fully served, and the spiritual war against death, sin, and Satan has been completely won on your behalf.  The victory Christ won for us through his death, resurrection, and ascension is complete; all we have to do is accept it.  If you have never done that, today is the day of salvation, my friend.  Call me, and let’s talk about it.  (Adapted from “It Is Finished” by Josh Howerton)

This is just a reminder that we have one final Open House event scheduled for 9 May, starting at 6:30 p.m. We still have open slots for prospective families to come, tour the school, meet the teachers and administrators, and hear what you already know — that RCS is a great place for their students to receive a Christ-centered education! If you know someone interested, have them call the main office at 804-276-3193 to register.
Next week (22-26 April) is our annual IOWA Assessments.  Testing will happen in the morning on those days; then, regular instruction will occur for the rest of the day.  These tests are purposeful for many reasons.  For you, you can use them to chart your student’s progress year to year.  For teachers, it is useful to see areas of strength and struggle for students to help tailor enrichment and remediation for the coming year.  For the school, it helps us compare our progress to that of other schools and helps us in decision-making for future curriculum and course needs.  Please help your students by ensuring they get a good night’s sleep each night and a good breakfast before coming to school.  Also, it will be super helpful to be sure they are in school on time each day, as testing begins at 8:00.  Thank you in advance for your partnership and support in this area.

With only five weeks remaining until the Secondary School exams, it is crucial for students to stay focused and finish strong. Remind them of 2 John 1:8: “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.” Your encouragement and support can make a significant difference in their preparation.

May the Lord bless and keep you in His righteous right hand!

All 4 Him!

Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School

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