Newsletters from the Preschool Director
Well, here we are again! The ending of one season and the beginning of another. It’s almost time to pull back a little, turn off the alarm clocks, reset our hearts and minds, and hopefully connect on a deeper level with our families and friends. It’s time to soak up some sun, catch some baseball games, take long walks, and dive into those “have-to read” books that are piling up on our nightstands! A book that I’m reading now is called The Power of Pause: Becoming More by Doing Less by Terry Hershey. This is not a spirit-filled, fiery, passionate book, but one that simply teaches pausing and how to re-order your schedule. It helps you stop, see, feel, experience, enjoy, and breathe in the moments of life. So often “life” happens and those precious moments slip away without us really absorbing them! Of course, graduation ceremonies are one of those occasions. Making sure everybody is dressed, faces washed, and getting to the ceremony early enough to get a decent seat is usually on the forefront of our minds. But this year, once you make it to that seat, I will challenge you to pause, look around, take a deep breath, and fully embrace the next 60 minutes. Oh, and you might bring some Kleenex…♥
A Prayer from the Preschool staff of RCS to the 2015 Preschool Graduates:
May you go in the power of the Holy Spirit, may you dream dreams, see visions, and love deep, and may you know that you are deeply loved. (This is the prayer that all the classes say at the end of the day).♥
And, I will add this amazing scripture from the passion translation…Philippians 1:2, “May the blessings of divine grace and supernatural peace that flow from God our wonderful Father, and our anointed Messiah, the Lord Jesus, be upon your lives.”
We feel so blessed and honored to have been a part of your early education. It is our greatest hope and prayer that you have felt loved, safe, and celebrated while in our care!
RCS PRESCHOOL STAFF
Park day for Budding Blossoms and Tender Vines, May 6/7. (Weather pending)
Field Day for Amazing Grapes, May 7/8 (Weather pending)
Graduation Day: Friday, May 15 for the AMAZING GRAPES classes. 6 p.m. in the Rez MAIN Sanctuary
Camp Wannabehere: Monday, June 15-Thursday June 18, 9-12 or 9-2:00 p.m. for ages 3-6. Sign up in the preschool office. Space is limited!
Resurrection Life at Resurrection Christian Preschool!
It is my greatest hope and prayer that all the children who attend RCS Preschool will experience Resurrection life during their preschool career. Over 1800 children from northern Colorado have passed through this program, and the first children who attended in the year 2000, are now enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. I wonder if they have fond memories of their preschool years and if they recall times of connecting with the Lord, and feeling His presence. Is Jesus still a part of their everyday lives?
As Christian educators, it is our responsibility to provide pathways to the Father through the scriptures verses, prayers, praise and worship, and everyday dialogue that teaches how big God is and how much He loves them!
Easter Sunday is soon approaching and there are so many fun ways to teach children the true meaning of Easter and the power of the Resurrection!
~ Resurrection Eggs– www.teachkidsthebible.com/biblelessons/resurrectioneggs.htm
~ 10 ways to teach Easter… www.leeanngtaylor.com/teach-kids-about-easter/
The concept of the cross and dying for our sins can be a little outside the understanding of young minds, but children seem to grasp spiritual concepts greater than adults at times. The Holy spirit enlightens their understanding and makes it real for them! The faith of a child is amazing! Be bold in teaching Bible truths. Jesus loves when we honor His story!
During preschool chapels we teach the following three concepts over and over:
1. Father God Loves us! Our Creator loves us so much, he sent His Son Jesus to provide a way back to the Father.
2. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He rose from the dead, and left His spirit…He didn’t want us to be alone!
3. The Holy Spirit will never leave us! We have a constant companion. The Holy Spirit leads us into truth, directs our steps, and brings comfort and understanding.
These three concepts are what we need to understand and embrace to have complete fulfillment in our life!
We want children to know there is a wonderful plan and purpose for their life, Jesus is the only way to the Father, and they will never be alone!!
It is an honor and privilege to point the way to the Father everyday at RCS PRESCHOOL. It is a blessing to see the power of resurrection life displayed in the hearts of little people across our community! One day we will see incredible fruit that comes from teaching Truth!!
“I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Resurrection and The Life; whoever trusts in me, even if he dies, he shall live.” John 11:25
Happy Resurrection Life!
Good Friday: April 3, No school
Resurrection Sunday: Sunday, April 5
Art Show Fundraiser/Spring Concert: Friday, April 17, main sanctuary (day event)
There has been a lot of talk and news coverage lately about recent events of martyrdom in the Middle East. We see Christian men standing firm in their faith, singing praises and glorifying God right before their tragic death. What an amazing testimony of faith and devotion! How does one stay faithful to the end? It has to be a supernatural act of God! We cannot, in our own strength, muster up that kind of resolve or resilience. Being martyred for your faith isn’t new, but it sure seems like it is increasing! As much as we try to shelter our children from this outrage, the realities of it will eventually make their way in to the hearts and minds of all ages. Today’s youth, like none other, will need to have the strength of God to be triumphant over the darkness of this world!
As Christian parents, teachers, coaches and mentors, we have a great responsibility to teach what it is like to be a soldier in the army of God, with Jesus being the Commander-in-Chief, and a great example of a warrior.
Isaiah 42:13, “The LORD will march forth like a mighty hero; he will come out like a warrior, full of fury. He will shout his battle cry and crush all his enemies.”
And yet, Jesus is Love. He is kind and compassionate, full of mercy. He is the greatest example of a servant leader.
Are these two opposing attributes (a warrior and a lover) a conflict? No! They are a complete picture of the God of the universe Who was, and is, and is to come. Someday soon He will come down from heaven, riding a white horse, prepared to conquer the enemy and set up His rule and reign on the earth! That is the God I want to serve! That is the God we need to portray to the younger generation…a God of might, power, and valor who is fully motivated by great LOVE!
Teaching children to be strong and courageous like Joshua, and brave like Daniel is just as important as teaching them how to love and show kindness to our family members and neighbors. I love when we teach preschoolers the Armor of God from Ephesians chapter 6. Both males and females relate well to this picture of being dressed in full armor. They love to role play knights in the kingdom, fighting the enemy and rescuing the underdog!
The Armor of God
10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
There is some militant, powerful wording from these passages, and we need not fear teaching this kind of strength to the little people in our lives. Video games and most Disney movies are all about good vs. evil and most of the time “good” wins. There is something that is built inside of us that loves a little competition and desires to be on the winning side. Let’s use these opportunities to show children the perfect plan of God for this universe and how we win in the end! Our Father will fight for us BECAUSE He loves us so much!
Let’s take the hands of the little people in our lives and march forth in victory!
PS. March chapel is next week on March 10 and 11. Your children can wear camo clothes, if they have any. We will be teaching on being a soldier in the army of God!
Spring Break March 16-20
Love God, Love people
Mark 12: 28-31, “One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH. The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
I love the first part of Jesus’ response. Basically he is saying, “Hey guys, listen to Me, I am the Messiah, I am Emmanuel, God with you. There is only ONE GOD and I am He.”
We must first know the Godhead, the three in one, Father, Son, and Spirit, before we can completely LOVE HIM, and certainly before we can truly LOVE others. The search to know God is a life-long journey for people, full of trial and error, triumph and set backs. The Father uses everything in our lives; family position, circumstances, geographic placement, relationships, sorrows, pain and incredible elation and joyous occasions, to help connect us to His heart. He really, really LOVES us and wants us to know Him AND love Him.
But how do we love a God we can’t see?
We become like little children…the faith of a child in an unseen Heavenly Father who watches over them and has a plan for their life is amazing to watch. Lord, help us to become like little children. Give us spiritual eyes to see and a heart that will follow you without restraint!
Now, for the 2nd commandment. Love your neighbor as yourself. How do we really love others? We start by asking God for His heart for people. This can be a difficult process especially when there is wounding and pain involved. Lord, let us see people like you do! Fill us with your love…
Our December chapel consisted of all the children placing decorated paper hearts next to baby Jesus in the manger as a symbol of giving their hearts to Jesus as a birthday gift. It was a beautiful scene as some children knelt before the manger and closed their eyes as they gave their heart to the baby King!
February’s chapel will be similar. The children will decorate a heart and then find someone in the room to give it to as a symbol of the 2nd commandment.
LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS. That’s the bottom line. That’s what He called us to. That’s the beginning of the Great Commission.
Continue to direct conversations with your children with this commandment in mind and you will succeed in cultivating their hearts for Jesus. ♥
Tender Vines Valentine Tea- Feb 11 and 12
Monday, February 18, President’s Day-NO SCHOOL
Class Pictures: February 23, 24, 25
Many bible teachers and leaders have been talking about 2015 being the year of fulfilled promises. Prayers that have been prayed for years will be answered, healings will come, and lost family members will receive salvation. Sounds glorious! Let it be!
My prayer is that every day we would individually turn our hearts to God and align ourselves with His will for our lives. May we lay down our own lofty goals for 2015 and connect with God’s Kingdom. A heart fully connected to the Lord would fulfill God’s promise over our lives. Yes, let that promise be fulfilled this year!
Recently I found a copy of this prayer from Billy Graham in the Rez prayer room it was written for “The Saturday Evening Post” in 2008, and just as relevant this year:
Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future.
We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into Your hand, and to trust You and to seek Your will for our lives during this coming year.
In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love.
In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need.
In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.
And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. May our constant prayer be that of the ancient Psalmist: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33).
We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. We pray especially for Your protection on all those who serve in our armed forces, and we thank You for their commitment to defend our freedoms, even at the cost of their own lives. Be with their families also, and assure them of Your love and concern for them.
Bring our divided nation together, and give us a greater vision of what You would have us to be. Your Word reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).
As we look back over this past year we thank You for Your goodness to us—far beyond what we have deserved. May we never presume on Your past goodness or forget all Your mercies to us, but may they instead lead us to repentance, and to a new commitment to make You the foundation and center of our lives this year.
And so, our Father, we thank You for the promise and hope of this new year, and we look forward to it with expectancy and faith. This I ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, who by His death and resurrection has given us hope both for this world and the world to come. Amen!
God’s richest blessings to you and your families this year. May you walk in His ways, love deep and may you be deeply loved!
Cathi Roth ♥
Preschool Registration for the 2015.16 school year for current preschool families starts January 22 at 7:00 p.m.! A link will emailed to you.
It’s December and the Christmas season is upon us! It is time to take down all the orange and brown decorations from the fall season and put up the sparkly décor. Why does it seem to come quicker every year? I barely had time to digest my turkey and let the tryptophan kick in, now I am dragging out the Christmas stuff wondering if taking a whole day to reset the house is really worth it…
But in the midst of decorating, the sound of Dean Martin’s voice beckoning me to “Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas,” the smell of apple cider steaming out of my favorite mug, and the colors and sparkles on all the tree ornaments all pull me back to the true meaning. Yes, it is worth it! We are being purposeful about announcing the birth of Jesus once again. We are intentional about spreading the amazing news of a Savior who came to show us the way. We are preparing for a celebration of the most prominent birth of all time! The message we are declaring to the world is “Immanuel, God with us.”
The Bible begins with the book of Genesis when God walked and talked with Adam and Eve; “God with us”. Then in the Gospels, it was the birth of Christ and “Immanuel, God with us”. Jesus walked and talked with us and showed us the way to the Father. The remainder of the bible points to the glorious return of Jesus to the earth to set up His Kingdom, again, “God with us.” Yes, my friends, it really is all about relationship and being connected to our Creator. God desires to be with us, and to know us!
So, in the midst of the hustle and bustle the next 3 weeks, take note of the fragrances, the colors, and sounds of the season that surround you, and remember God is with us!
Color Me Christmas Preschool Program: Tuesday, December 16, 5:00 & 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Break Starts: Friday December 19
Classes back in session: Monday, January 5
As a preschool staff we have been reading Psalm 91 for the last month. Psalm 91 is the proverbial psalm that promises safety in the presence of our God. It begins by saying, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Sounds like a great place to be, right? Hidden under His wings! So, how in this crazy, busy lifestyle where every minute is accounted for, do we “dwell” in the secret place? And how do we teach our children about the secret place?
“To dwell” means to live or reside. We need to reside in the secret place. Obviously, we can’t physically stay in a place of prayer, but can we mentally and spiritually train ourselves to stay hidden in Christ?
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on the things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3
1. Set your affection on things above. Be heavenly minded!
Psalm 119: 9-11, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
2. Read the Bible. Study it. Meditate on it. Memorize the promises that God gave us in His Word. Hide it in your heart! There is power of life and death in the tongue, so proclaim His Word; speak it out!!
Talk to your children about the value of the bible and cultivating a relationship with the One who made them so intricately. Honor the written Word in your home by reading it in front of your children and talking about the words you are reading. Come up with a fun game that involves hiding scriptures. Kids love games! (:
Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.”
3. Make time to meet with your Maker. What a privilege we have to speak and commune with an unseen God!
Children also love secrets and they love hiding places. They love tree houses, making forts out of the living room furniture and every blanket in the house, and of course, sleeping in tents in the backyard is a classic all time favorite! It would be a fun family project to come up with a “secret place” in your home where each family member can meet with God. Maybe a big closet? Or an extra room? Or just a designated place that has Bibles, notepads, blankets, pillows, music, and fun pictures of Jesus.
As the world continues to spiral, seemingly out of control, stand on the promises of Psalm 91. Dwell in the secret place, tuck in and hide under His big wings. Jesus is our strong tower and safe place. ♥
Happy Thanksgiving RCS Family!
May God continue to richly bless you,
♥ Cathi Roth
November 24/25 Parent Teacher Conferences
November 26-28 Thanksgiving Break
Every year, for the past 13 years, RCS Preschool has sponsored a Walk A Thon to raise monies for new playground equipment for the east playground. We now have a wonderful play area for our Preschool and Elementary schools, all donated by friends and families of RCS Preschool. We are so grateful for all the donations over the years!!
This year we decided, since we have such a great playground, to do an outreach, and bless a school in Nakalanda, Uganda.
Nakalanda is a very poor remote village across Murchison Bay from Kampala in Uganda. It has a population of 1500 people. Donations will help some immediate needs for Eagle’s Nest primary school. It will go towards a new kitchen for their “Food for Thought” daily feeding program and for new playground equipment. It is good for kids to “work hard” (walking three laps) to benefit others. ♥
Walking With Jesus
How do we, as parents and educators, effectively teach the value of walking with Jesus or following Him, especially in the area of serving others and giving to the less fortunate?
It starts with us. Consistency is a key to imparting long lasting truths. What are ways that we show our children acts of service? How can we encourage serving in our neighborhoods and communities, or in our own homes?
I love the passages in Deuteronomy chapters 6 & 11 where it talks about teaching your children the ways of God in everyday life! While you are in your house, driving down the street, or going to the grocery store (my paraphrase), talk about the goodness of God, and how we can imitate Jesus’ example of living. Find opportunities to share with your children how loved and valued they are, and how important it is to give of themselves to ALL the people of the world. Sharing with others is so vital to our spiritual life.
One of the greatest gifts a parent can receive is to watch their children develop a relationship with Jesus and walk with Him throughout their lives. It makes a momma’s heart happy when they see their child depending on Jesus, in the good times and the tough times. Imparting truth into our children is so valuable!
Sing YOUR song!
One concept we have been teaching the kids lately is how unique they are and how creative God was when He formed them in their mommy’s womb. In chapel we learned that we all need to sing our own song. Yes, I know, many parents were thrilled to find bird whistles in their child’s hands at the end of the day. Some have even mysteriously disappeared from their homes. (The bird whistles, I mean) (: But, we really wanted to drive the point home that we all have a place in this world, and we all have a voice, and a “song” to sing. We are valued. We are on the earth for a grand purpose! Our “song,” just like all the bird’s songs, have a unique sound and melody, but they are all needed to bring about God’s perfect plan for the earth!
God wants us to sing the song He put in us, AND to share it with others!
Pumpkin Patch Field Trip-Oct. 13 and 14
SMILE! Studio 5 Individual Pictures-October 20,21,22
Fall Break-No school October 27-31
~Come to the preschool office to get a free RCS Preschool window decal!
It has been the best, most peaceful first week of school ever! Thank you parents for helping to make it a great beginning!
Every year the Lord highlights a word for us about the upcoming school year. One year the word was “Love“, another year it was “Partnering.” The word for this year is “Connections.” As preschool staff, it is our hearts desire to connect with the children, connect with the parents, connect at a deeper level with all the RCS staff, but mostly we are focusing on personally connecting with Jesus and discovering new facets of His character. He is our life line and we are desperate to know Him better! We can’t teach what we don’t know…
Who is He and who are we in Christ?
Identity can be a struggle for people of all ages. The RCS Preschool staff is committed and focused on encouraging children to be who God created them to be. A key phrase that you may hear from the children is U.B.U. (YOU BE YOU). You may also notice that our new blue staff shirts reflect that same message. In preschool chapel this month we will be teaching children to be like the birds and sing their own song. (: I also have the privilege of teaching on Genesis in the Elementary chapel (2nd-5th grades) this week, also teaching them that same concept of being who they were created to be. God created us uniquely and intricately and gave us great gifts and talents for such a time as this. It is our job, as parents, and educators, to help children and young people discover the gold that God has deposited in them. Can you imagine a world full of passionate, confident people who know God, walk in their gifts, and are using their talents to better this planet? Wow, kinda sounds like heaven.
Ideas to help your children discover who they are:
Point out animals and creatures in nature and how they perform duties as they were designed to do. Ask questions about what it would look like if the anteater stopped eating ants, and if the fish decided they would be land animals instead. It will be fun to hear their answers!
Ask the children if they know why they were created. Encourage them to write it down or draw it on paper. Art work and journals reveal a lot of insight! If you do this exercise, please bring your child’s artwork to school so we could display the masterpieces outside the preschool office!!
And maybe these are questions we ponder for ourselves, too??
I challenge you, today, to make an impact for the Kingdom of God, love a little more, smile a bit bigger, and show the people around you that God is good and in a good mood!
Cathi Roth, Director
Upcoming dates: Watch for exciting changes in this year’s walk-a-thon/family picnic, October 1 & 2
Happy Back to School days!
I can remember years ago as summer was ending and school was around the corner how anxious I was for the first day to arrive so I could wear that new Garanimal mix and match outfit (that was always too hot to wear on the first day), and those cool new Hush Puppy shoes! With great anticipation, the week before school started, my sister and I would ride our banana seat bikes to the school to find out the most important news ever; did we get the fun, easy teachers and were our best friends in the same class as us? It was always a defining moment! Oh, there were years of jubilation and years of disappointment, for sure! But in the years of disappointment, new friends came along, and the “strict” teacher ended up being the best one ever, and life was good again, well, at least until the homework began! (:
Well, here I am 40 years later with butterflies in my stomach again anticipating a wonderful year with 250 preschoolers and 20 amazing staff! And I already know the class lists!
I am so looking forward to connecting with all our families, both new and old!
Preschool Open House:
On Thursday, August 21, anytime from 2:00-6:00 p.m. come by the preschool with your child to meet the teachers, see the classroom, and drop off supplies! The Supply List is located on our web page, www.rcspreschool.org, and was also emailed to all of our families last month. Payments are due on the 15th of the month (starting in August), but feel free to make that first payment during OPEN HOUSE, if you would like.
First days of school: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 25-27. Class times are 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:15-3:15 p.m.
We almost have a full house this year with only a few random openings in the three and four year old afternoon classes. So if you know anyone still looking for a place for their kiddo to attend preschool this fall, let them know!
~To the first preschool parent who read this and contacts me, you will receive a free Lunch Bunch pass (worth $25) for this school year! Lunch Bunch is an optional lunch program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30-12:15 for children to eat lunch with their peers and for parents to enjoy a little more time to get their errands run! (: So if you are a T/Th parent, you may want to call your MWF friends!
Enjoy your last days of summer and we will see you soon!