Opportunities for RCS Elementary Students; Developing the Whole Child

One of the values that we have here at RCS is that God made every child with a unique temperament, skills, abilities, passions, interests, and academic abilities. As a result, it has been my desire to provide many opportunities for our children so that they can express who God has made them. I am so excited that the following after-school clubs have been formed for students with different interests. I have listed the sponsor of each of the clubs below. I would like to express my appreciation to these people for giving of themselves so selflessly. They put in several hours each week to build into our children. I truly look forward to what God has in store for future clubs at the RCS Elementary School.

 

Mrs. Hoppe

Elementary School Principal

 

 

Cougar Chorus: Mrs. Amanda Abell, RCS Music Teacher

Cougar Chorus 4th and 5th graders meet in the Elementary Music room from 3:20-4:20 providing an opportunity to grow spiritually as well as musically. They perform at different locations like local hospitals, senior living facilities and RCS concerts.

 

Worship Team (Chapel): Mrs. Shannah Grenz-Williams, parent and experienced worship leader

Influencing a future generation on how to develop and use their gifts to serve the Lord. 2nd -5th graders meet Tuesdays for instruction and practice in the Elementary Music room from 3:30-4:40. They then are given the opportunity to lead worship for our chapel on Fridays.

 

Chessmates: Mr. Bob Bellamy, parent and experienced chess player

They meet on Tuesdays or Wednesdays in the RCS Café and room #153 from 3:45-4:45. Coordinator, Bob Bellamy organizes meetings consisting of teaching time with Candidate Master and multiple-time State Champion, Coach Brad Lundstrom, followed by playing time with other club members. There are optional opportunities to participate in local competitions.

 

Intramural Wrestling Club: Dr. William Stultz, RCS Wrestling Coach

4th and 5th graders meet from 11:15-11:50 during lunch recess on Mondays and Fridays.  This is an opportunity to be exposed to the sport of wrestling or to improve upon the skills they already have.

 

Lego League (Robotics):  RCS HS Robotics Teacher, Mathew Collier and his wife, Kathy Collier

Lego League meets every Wednesday in the modular building from 3:30-5:30. They plan a team presentation, design and build a robot. The team competes in local First LEGO League tournaments. (Sept-Dec)

 

Running Club Coming In March:  Mr. Jason Conrad, RCS PE Teacher, and Mrs. Michelle Graff, 5th grade teacher

Children in grades 1-5 will have an opportunity to run together and prepare to participate in some local runs, including the Bolder Boulder.


A Unique Masterpiece

With 429 students enrolled in the elementary in Resurrection Christian School, I am continually amazed at how God has made each and every child as a unique masterpiece. Each morning, I greet students as they enter our school and see children who smile, giggle, hug, and skip into school.  I try to greet each and every one of them by name, but I have to admit at times, my memory fails me and I resort to saying, “Welcome, friend,” because that is exactly what they are to me. Our Lord, Jesus, forgets no one’s name because He crafted each and every one of us.

 

Psalm 139-13-15

13For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;…

 

I encourage you to remember that your child/children have been crafted by the God of the universe with their own unique temperament, passions, spiritual gifts, personality, abilities and quirks. At times, it is easy to compare children to others and even tell ourselves, “I wish he/she was more like ____.” You may even be tempted to compare your child to other children in his/her classroom and inadvertently pressure your child to be like someone else. Remember that your child has been fearfully and wonderfully made and deserves to be celebrated for just who they are. Your child may not learn how to spell words as quickly as another child; that’s OK. Your child may not run as fast as another child; that’s OK. Maybe your child needs extra support with reading or math; that’s OK. Celebrate who God has made your child because God makes masterpieces.

 

I end this letter with a poem by Rita Bourland. The poem beautifully communicates how each child is a unique masterpiece created by God. I hope you enjoy it. Pass it on to another parent and lift your praise to our Lord for your child.

 

 

Each child is unique,

each tender

little mind,

so eager for acceptance,

so eager

all the time.

A child’s needs are simple,

and I will tell you why,

it starts with love

and

great respect

for who they are inside.

To grow and learn

they need the best,

they need to know we care,

they need a firm and loving hand,

they need to know we’re there.

Someday they’ll strike out on their own,

to find their place in life,

they’ll travel, study, see the world,

encounter joy and strife.

But while they’re young and in the fold

they need us by their side,

to navigate life’s ups and downs,

to be a loving guide.

 

Mrs. Hoppe




Helping Your Child With Homework

Homework Pencil Picture

 

Happy New Year to you and your family! The RCS Staff is so excited to have your children back at school to start the second semester of the 2014-2015 school year. As I visited every classroom today, I saw children who were smiling and focused on learning. I believe they are excited to be back to school as well and that God is going to do amazing things here at RCS during the remainder of the school year.

A new year typically is a time for new beginnings and adjustments in our lives.  This is a good time to be reminded of how you can help your child continue to develop good homework habits.

Recently, I read an article by Dr. Kevin Braney and felt the homework reminders were so good that I’ve decided to share them with you. They are great tips for a students’ work environment, routines, and organizational approach. Dr. Braney says that making little adjustments to your parenting strategy will help maximize your child’s chances of academic success.

Here are Dr. Braney’s suggestions:

  • Give your child ownership. Remember that it is your child’s schoolwork not yours. Be available to help your child when asked, but encourage your student to ask for help only after their best effort on their own.

 

  • Reinforce effort. In school as in life, effort is much more important than outcome. Focus less on grades and more on tenacity, persistence, and task completion. Instead of just expecting your child to work hard in school, give genuine positive feedback whenever you see it.
  • Be your child’s copilot. Instead of being the problem solver, help your child develop those skills. Look to your child to lead the discussion on approaches to academic work both in school and at home. Offer your suggestions only after your child has fully explored and shared their own.

 

  • Focus on the endgame. The grade in a particular class is far less important than ensuring that your child will go on to be a successful learner in college and in life. By helping empower your child now with developing their own effective academic strategies and problem solving skills, they will be more prepared for success in life.

 

As our children develop and grow, so too must our parenting strategies. While your child will certainly struggle from time-to-time academically, what’s important is how your child meets the challenge.

 

Blessings to you and your family,

 

Mrs. Hoppe


Merry Christmas to all of you!

RCS Christmas Chapel, 12-19-14Luke 2

We are so blessed to be able to freely say those words at Resurrection Christian School. Students are actively learning Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Physical Fitness, and Technology along with learning about the birth of Jesus these days. Also, Mrs. Abell, our Music Teacher, has been busy helping each grade level practice their special Christmas songs to be performed at chapel on December 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the REZ Main Sanctuary. All family members are invited to the RCS Christmas Chapel that day. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM that day to commence the beginning of Christmas Break.

Internet Safety

Many parents may be purchasing electronic devices for their children this Christmas. Tablets, computers, and phones are very much part of children’s lives these days. Several parents have asked me to recommend resources to educate them regarding technology so I have listed a fantastic website called “Netsmartz” below. Issues like cell phones, internet safety, gaming, cyberbullying, identity theft and more are listed on this parent page. Please take time to click on the link and read about how you can help your child use technology in a safe, responsible way. Technology can either be used for good or evil; let’s work together to help our children use it for good.

http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

Table Talk with Mrs. Hoppe

One of my favorites times of the month is when I can sit down with parents over a cup of coffee and discuss how God is working here at RCS and also brainstorm ways we can work together to serve our students. My next Table Talk with me will be Friday, December 19th from 8:20-8:50 AM in the Staff Lounge. Although it will be a short time, I personally invite you to join me in this time of discussion and seeking God for direction for our school. Please plan to attend our
Christmas chapel right after Table Talk.

Merry Christmas,

Mrs. Patty Hoppe


Merry Christmas to all of you!


Luke 2

Merry Christmas to you all! We are so blessed to be able to freely say those words at Resurrection Christian School. Students are actively learning Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Physical Fitness, and Technology along with learning about the birth of Jesus these days. Also, Mrs. Abell, our Music Teacher, has been busy helping each grade level practice their special Christmas song to be performed at chapel on December 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the REZ Main Sanctuary. All family members are invited to the RCS Christmas Chapel that day. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM that day to commence the beginning of Christmas Break.

Internet Safety

Many parents may be purchasing electronic devices for their children this Christmas. Tablets, computers, and phones are very much part of children’s lives these days. Several parents have asked me to recommend resources to educate them regarding technology so I have listed a fantastic website called “Netsmart” below. Issues like cell phones, internet safety, gaming, cyber-bullying, identity theft and more are listed on this parent page. Please take time to click on the link and read about how you can help your child use technology in a safe, responsible way. Technology can either be used for good or evil; let’s work together to help our children use it for good.

http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

Table Talk with Mrs. Hoppe

One of my favorite times of the month is when I can sit down with parents over a cup of coffee and discuss how God is working here at RCS and also brainstorm ways we can work together to serve our students. My next Table Talk with me will be Friday, December 19th from 8:20-8:50 AM in the Staff Lounge. Although it will be a short time, I personally invite you to join me in this time of discussion and seeking God for direction for our school. Please plan to attend chapel right after Table Talk.

Merry Christmas,

Mrs. Patty Hoppe