Newsletters from the Elementary School Principal
Our mission statement here at Resurrection Christian School is to help all children become Boldly Christian, Academically Equipped, and Globally Prepared. Currently, our fifth-graders are reading and discussing the book, Case For A Creator for Kids by Lee Strobel to help them become boldly Christian. (Lee Strobel was our keynote speaker at the RCS Fall Gala.) In his book, Lee Strobel clearly helps children understand the well-researched, reliable, and eye-opening investigations to answer the question, “Did God create the universe?” Our students are learning the truth found in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” By studying the truth of Genesis 1:1, our children are learning to be boldly Christian in a world that doesn’t embrace the infallible word of God and they are learning how to develop a biblical worldview.
I highly recommend that you read the books that Lee Strobel has written with your child including, Case For Faith for Kids, Case For Christ for Kids, and Off My Case for Kids:12 Stories to Help You Defend Your Faith. These books can be used as materials for a family devotion or simply during your family time. I assure you that you will have rich discussions together as you help your child become Boldly Christian and that you will strengthen their biblical worldview in the process.
Remember that, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”(Ecclesiastes 4:12) Together, we can disciple our children and help them to be equipped to understand what they believe and why they believe it. We need to work together because together, our cords are stronger.
Below is a picture of some of the fifth-graders in Mrs. Miller’s class who created a timeline of when our earth was created by God.
I pray that your Christmas was a time of bonding together with family and friends and that 2014 brings you closer to our Lord, Jesus and to others.
The Elementary Staff continues to provide a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking in all subject areas. Recently, I read an article written in an ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) publication that I then shared with teachers on the power of asking the powerful question, “How Do You Know?” Although this article is primarily written for teachers, I believe it is a great resource for parents. Asking a child, “How do you know?” builds metacognition, or the ability to think about one’s thinking and to build learning strategies. Please take a moment to read the following article:
Dear Parents and Family Members,
I would like to share many exciting developments that are occurring here at the Resurrection Christian Elementary School. Please read the following:
The first Table Talk with Patty Hoppe time occurred in November! I met with 18 parents in the Elementary Library to share my heart and vision for RCS and to listen to parents. The input that I received over and over was, “We need help, helping our children with math!” My staff and I know that the first year of adopting a new curriculum is a tough transition for students, teachers and parents alike. New vocabulary is introduced along with different mathematical strategies. There will be a “How to Help Your Child with Math Night” in January where parents can come to be trained by our teachers on how our Math program is designed and how to become better equipped to help your child at home with math. I will let you know when the date is confirmed.
Also, I am working with a parent and a former teacher to begin an After-School Math Club for students in grades 1-5. Details are being finalized, as I write, for plans to have an after-school time once per week for students in grades 1-3 to receive additional math help and one night per week for students in grades 3-5 to receive help. There would be a small fee for students to participate in the After-School Math Club. Again, I will let you know the starting date of this club very soon, but it is expected that it will begin in January.
Congratulations to the RCS Elementary Robotics Team Who Brought Home a Second-Place Trophy from Their Recent Tournament
Merry Christmas to all of our RCS Families
What a blessing we here at RCS have; we are able to teach our students about the true meaning of Christmas! God became flesh and came to this earth so that we may know Him personally and live not only an abundant life, but an eternal life as well.
On behalf of the entire Elementary School Staff, I wish you a Merry Christmas filled with the peace and joy of knowing Our Savior, Christ Jesus.
RCS Elementary Principal
I want to personally invite each and every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or any other family member to an informal time of talking around the table with me, Mrs. Hoppe, on Friday, November 8th from 8:00-8:45 AM in the RCS Elementary Library. Table Talk Sessions will be held every quarter. During this time I will be sharing my heart as the RCS Elementary Principal and highlighting some wonderful news from the first quarter. Here is a preview of the topics that I will detail:
- Morning Line-Up
- Improved Safety at Pick Up
- Looking at the Whole Child
- Student Achievement
- New Math Curriculum
- RCS as a family
- 125 Volunteers
- Listening to YOU
I truly hope that you can join me for this time around tables together. If you are unable to make this Table Talk Session and would like to chat, please call the Elementary Office at 612-0672 and set up a time to come in and meet with me one-on-one.
Guest Pastors at Elementary Chapel
Starting on October 18, 2013, the RCS Elementary students and staff will be blessed with having area pastors give the message at Friday Chapel. RCS students represent 70 different churches; some of the pastors from those churches have agreed to share God’s word at our RCS chapel and have expressed great excitement for the opportunity. If you are available to attend chapel with your child on a Friday, we would love for you to be blessed by our guest pastors as well. Elementary Chapel will be every Friday from 1:00-2:00 PM in Rezcue Island. Chapel will be from 9:30-10:30 AM on half days. Simply check in at the Elementary Office and join us!
Here are the names of the pastors who will be our guests in November:
- November 8: Pastor Stacey Campbell, Atlas Church, Greeley
- November 15: Pastor Daniel Steitz, Christ Community Church, Greeley
- November 22: Pastor Brett Sall, Vintage City Church, Fort Collins
- November 29: Thanksgiving Holiday
The RCS Staff knows that children are not just academic creatures, nor are they simply social, emotional, or spiritual beings. God has created many facets of a child and we here at RCS teach to all of those facets. How do we do this? First, and foremost, we provide a very rigorous academic curriculum where specific goals and objectives are taught at each grade level. RCS Elementary has adopted most of the Colorado State Standards as a blueprint for specific learning skills that students will master at each grade level. These skills build on each other so that by the time a child graduates from high school, he/she is fully prepared to enter college or get a job. Our students are being fully prepared to compete in a competitive world.
Next, our staff builds one-on-one relationships with students. Children here do not get “lost in the crowd.” It is through relationships that we are able to build trust and foster a fertile soil for spiritual and emotional support. Students know their teachers care for them and know that they are loved and accepted.
Finally, we are committed to developing boldly Christian students who love the Lord Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and love their neighbor as themselves. This is what makes us different from other school districts; we teach the whole child!
Thank You, Volunteers
I personally want to thank the over 125 parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and others who have signed up to be a volunteer at RCS Elementary School! You are a vital part of the work that our staff does here at RCS and we couldn’t do what we do without you. For those of you who cut out items at home, work in the classroom, read with children, copy pages, donate books, bake, pray, chaperone field trips, and much more, we all thank you. A special thank you goes out to Jessica Siffring for coordinating all of our volunteers. We all truly appreciate you!
Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences
We will have a full day of class on October 24th with conferences from 3:45 pm – 8 pm, and October 25th will be a half day of school with conferences from 11:45 am – 4:30 pm. Your student’s teacher will contact you to schedule a time to meet.
Due to the half day on Friday, October 25th, there will be no school for Kindergarten and Chapel will be held from 9:30 am- 10:45 am in Rezcue Island for grades 1st – 5th.
See you there!
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We, at Resurrection Christian School, are committed to excellence! What does that mean? First, we are purposeful in what we do. Our teachers plan and pray together to achieve specific goals. The first goal is to teach and develop children to be boldly Christian. Here in the Elementary School, children are learning life skills that help them live out their Christian faith. This week they are learning the importance of using kind words, and not putting others down, because Jesus is our example of kindness and love. He tells us to love one another because Christ first loved us.
Next, we are purposeful in academically preparing students by teaching with high rigor and relevance with an emphasis on relationships. Our teachers strategically plan lessons that include a learning objective, meaningful engagement, and opportunities for students to show what they have learned. We are committed to helping every child learn in the way that God has created them. Teachers have already begun implementing differentiated instruction to meet their students’ needs.
Finally, we are purposeful in how we teach and prepare our students to be globally prepared. One example is that every elementary student participates in one hour of technology instruction each week in Mr. Truett’s technology class. Mr. Truett has many years of experience with technology and is not only teaching students skills that enhance learning, but also is resourcing teachers in the classroom to integrate technology into their lessons.
Thank you for entrusting us to teach your children on a daily basis. We treasure each and every student and promise to stay committed to serving them with excellence, each and every day.
Dear RCS Elementary Families:
I’m very excited to be writing to you for the first time as the new Elementary Principal at RCS! It’s been a joy to meet many of you over the past few months, and I look forward to establishing a positive relationship with each of you in the upcoming days.
As you know, I’m coming to RCS from a background of elementary teaching, instructional coaching and administration as an assistant principal in public school settings in Illinois, Massachusetts and Colorado. I’m thrilled to be able to use these varied experiences with my love for Jesus and strong commitment to Christian Education to build upon the strong foundation established by Mrs. Benzel here at RCS.
My husband Bruce, Associate Pastor of Christ Community Church in Greeley, has been my biggest supporter over the years in my educational roles, and certainly has begun the transition to my new role among you. It’s a new chapter for us as a couple, with both involved in leadership of vital, kingdom-building ministries in Northern Colorado. Our son, Adam and daughter Emma are also eager to see me begin this new chapter of leadership and ministry, and have also been very encouraging. Adam is a Sergeant in the United States Army, and is currently stationed at Ft. Irwin, CA, the Army National Training Center. He was married to Sara Neet on July 15, 2013, in a beautiful ceremony in Denver. My daughter, Emma, is 14 years old and will begin her freshman year of high school.
My vision for this year is to build upon the strong foundation that exists at RCS of helping each and every child to be boldly Christian, academically equipped and globally prepared. This will involve a commitment to helping every student and staff member experience the gospel in all that we do at RCS, where grace is lived out and Christ is glorified. It will also involve continuing to equip our teachers with effective teaching strategies which include a razor-like vision to meet all students’ academic needs. I am excited to be able to use the wide-range of academic training and experience that I have had as an educator, especially in the area of Literacy. Finally, my vision includes helping students fall in love with all people, locally and world-wide, because people matter to God and His desire to have every person have a relationship with Him hasn’t changed.
I have met with members of the Elementary RCS staff and am energized by their love for Jesus and their desire to serve your children. They have welcomed me with open arms and have communicated an excitement for this next step in the journey of RCS. They desire to serve children and to provide the strongest academic foundation possible! I am blessed to be their principal.
I am praying for you and your children and can’t wait to meet each and every one of you at the Parent Orientation Meeting on August 14th at 6:00 PM.
Sincerely In Christ,
RCS Elementary Parent Orientation Night!
Wednesday, August 14th 6:00 p.m.
Elementary Check- in 5:45 – 6:15 in the Main Sanctuary
Pick up your family folder, pay supply fees, sign-up for Volunteer Training and do some Cougar Gear shopping
Beginning at 6:15: Opening Session with Patty Hoppe
This Parent Orientation Night is an opportunity for parents to learn about RCS Elementary and to meet the staff. The RCS staff values this time to communicate with parents and to set a relational foundation for the benefit of our children. Parents will spend the majority of the evening getting to know the classroom teachers in their classrooms.
Session 1 7:00 – 7:30 – classrooms
Session 2 7:40 – 8:10 – classrooms
If you have more than one student attending RCS Elementary, we have provided you with two opportunities to meet with your students’ assigned classroom teachers. The information given in Session 1 will be repeated in Session 2. If you have one student, please use Session 2 to return to the Main Sanctuary for anything you were unable to complete.
This evening is for Parents only k-5th grade. Please make arrangements for students and younger siblings . However, a movie will be provided at $3 per child ages 5 to 11 for those who are unable to make other arrangements. Proceeds will benefit RCS student ministry projects.
We request that at least one parent attend this important evening!
RCS Elementary Students love to read!! You will see many different things happening that encourage reading, such as classroom incentives, pizza coupons, book fairs, and new books in classrooms and library to name a few! To determine a student’s reading ability, we currently use Lexile scores obtained from the Terra Nova 3 standardized testing, DIBELs reading assessments, and overall classroom information. We are in the process of evaluating the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) which will give us more information regarding a student’s reading ability, and then will provide ideas for options to differentiate for their reading level. Scholastic also has a reading program entitled Scholastic Reading Counts. This is a computerized reading program that encourages critical thinking and comprehension for books that students read. Our mission is to build on our strong foundation that continues to develop a literacy program that monitors students for progress, offers intervention and remediation to students below grade level, and gives educationally appropriate, yet challenging options to students who are exceeding grade level expectations.
The playground reveals a lot about what it happening in the world of a child! Kids process what is going on in their minds and lives through play. We encourage healthy competition within sports and including all who want to play in games. We discourage violence and “killing” games. I would really encourage you as parents to go to www.pluggedinonline.com. This is a website hosted by Focus on the Family and gives great guidance regarding the content of movies and games. It is very easy as parents to think that our children are mature enough to handle things when they say they can or their friends play or watch certain things. Even though it is sometimes difficult to draw tough lines that they fight against, in the long run, they are greatly relieved and appreciate a safe boundary. Know what your kids are playing, watching, and listening to!