Weekly Parent Letter - 9/2/22
Dear Parents and Families of RCS,
I am sure many of our students are looking forward to that extra day of rest on Monday after their first week of school. I noticed some families had adjusted their morning arrival time, which has made the traffic flow even smoother. Remember, if you arrive at 8:00 am or later, please come to the front office to sign in your student.
Also, if you know your student will be out of school for any reason, please let the front office know as soon as possible. For example, if they are absent due to illness in the morning, please get in touch with Mrs. Montague in the office and let her know (by phone or email). Also, if your student has a doctor’s appointment, please send a copy of the doctor’s note when they return so the absence can be charted appropriately.
This week, the focus in Secondary Chapel was “Pay It Forward.” I challenged students to find or create opportunities to extend kindness to their classmates through scripture, an encouraging word or note, or other random acts of kindness. For example, in John 13:34-35, Jesus reminds his disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have a love for one another.” Please take time this weekend to chat with your student about creative ways to show kindness to others next week and beyond.
What is a Culture of Care? It is a place where Christ is placed first above anything and everything else. It includes administrators and teachers that truly model the character of Christ. Parents, staff, and students use words that are encouraging, thoughtful, and God-oriented, whose actions are based on serving others, and whose thoughts are centered around what God wants, not what we want. Our students strive for excellence in Christ, treating each other with love and respect. Our parents commit to praying for and encouraging teachers and administrators. As we wrap up Week 2, let’s remember these focal points and continually strive for excellence in these areas. New families, as well as long-time families, look to RCS because we are different from other schools. Let us continue to be the light to a lost and dying world.
Pray for peace, joy, and rest over you and your families this holiday weekend.
Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School