Rockford Campus News
Please Note Second Semester Calendar Updates 📅
Please note the following important adjustments to the 2nd semester that impact the Preschool – 8 students’ schedule. This announcement was sent out from superintendent Tom DeJonge on December 16, 2020.
- Wednesday, February 17, 2021: No School for Preschool — 8th-grade students.
(This adjustment is connected to Winter Break and extends the break on the front end by an additional day.)
- Wednesday, March 17, 2021: No school for K — 8th-grade students
Congratulations Mr. Nieboer!
Congratulations to Dave and Tara Nieboer on the birth of their son, Clay Gideon. Mr. Nieboer will be on leave during the month of February. Miss Carla Dykstra will be the substitute teacher for PE classes at RCS during the month of February. Miss Dykstra is a recent graduate from Calvin University.
NO AM RPS BUSING February 15 & 16
Parent/Teacher Conferences — February 16 & 25
Are You Ready for Some Football?!
The Varsity co-head coaches from Grand Rapids Christian High School, Rueben Riley, and Kirk Sundberg, will be joining us this week for "Football Takeover Week" here at Rockford Christian!
They started us off yesterday by leading our Family Time and then spread some football excitement and enthusiasm in our PE classes today and will also do so tomorrow!
Coaches Riley and Sundberg will run students through fun football drills, organize games of "ultimate football," and talk about the ways participation in football can help us grow in our character and as followers of Jesus. We are excited for our students to have some football fun!
Have You Ordered Your 2020-2021 Yearbook?
Interested in purchasing a yearbook to commemorate this historic year at Rockford Christian? The yearbook staff is working hard to capture all the memories from our beloved school. Click here to order!
Dress For It ❄️
Students will be going outside for break every day, no matter what the weather (pending windchill). Please have your student(s) dress appropriately for being outside.
At Rockford Christian, we start each week with Family Time. Although we cannot yet gather in person as a whole community, we do not want to miss out on this important time of worship. You are invited to join us each Monday from 8:45 am — 9:00 am over Zoom.
Please use this link and be sure to turn off your camera and microphone when you arrive. Thanks!
2021-2022 Preschool and Kindergarten Registration
Preschool and Kindergarten registration for 21-22 is now open for all families! We encourage you if you have not done so already, please register your child as soon as possible to save their seat in preschool or kindergarten. Register at www.grcs.org/register.
Outdoor Education News
It promises to be a chilly week. When asked how we do outdoor education at RCS in the wintertime, the answer is fairly simple: “We go outside.”
Just in the last couple of weeks, our elementary students have been building snow forts, igloos, quinzhees, and otter slides. Our middle school students have been building outdoor classrooms. They have experienced cross country skiing, studied watersheds and point and non-point pollution, and celebrated our national parks.
Through it all, we continue to go outside. The adventure continues. The complaints have been few. God’s world is beautiful and worth experiencing by immersing ourselves in it.
Let the winter revelry continue!
Virtual Learning Reminder
Virtual learning is for covid related absences only. Parents MUST contact the school office with a 24-hour notice when requesting to move to Virtual Learning and so that students are properly accounted for in case of an emergency.
How to Order Classroom Composites
How to order: https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/51688G
Order Code: 51688G
Moms, Dads, Grandparents in Prayer
We will meet outdoors, wearing masks, walking, and praying in groups of 2-3.
Here is a link to the mobile prayer sheets. You can use the listed link to pray for your children anytime: momsinprayer.org/group-leaders.
Volunteers are needed daily to supervise children on the playground. Afternoon recess takes place from 12:20 pm — 12:55 pm (elementary until 12:40 pm and then continue to cover middle school until 12:55 pm).
Please consider volunteering as you are able. Kids LOVE seeing loved ones during recess. You can sign up by clicking on Sign-Up Genius.
Are you looking for the student and parent online directories?
Staff, student, and parent directories are available online.
For quick access to the staff directory, select Contact at grcs.org. To access the student and parent directories on the grcs.org Parent Portal, select Parents > Parent Portal and log in to your Parent Portal account.
Not sure how to login to your Parent Portal account? Go to the GRCS Tech YouTube channel to learn how to access the directories.
The GRCS Online Directories tutorial will help you navigate there.
The GRCS Website Portal Account Set Up will show you how to create an account if you have not yet done so.
Food Service News
Free Meals and Snacks
Free meals and snacks will continue in January through the end of the school year. Enjoy!
Preschoolers both half-day and full-day and their younger siblings may pre-order lunch online. All orders must be placed by Monday at 8:00 am
Food Service Workers
Grand Rapids Christian Food Service is looking for fun and energetic part-time staff. These positions are at the GRCHS and Rockford Christian Schools. Hours are 8:30 am — 1:00 pm. Work involves standing for long periods of time, fast-paced, and some lifting. Limited experience needed, must enjoy working with students and a heart to serve.
If interested, please email Nancy Michaels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meal Pick-Up and Weekly Meals for Virtual Learners
Realizing some of our students are missing out on FREE meals in school, we have provided curbside pick up for those students who choose to learn virtually. This will be a weekly form you need to complete each week by 9:00 am on that Monday. If you have any questions, please email Jill at jzondag.org.
Please sign up here: Sign-Up for Virtual Meals
Free and Reduced Lunch Benefits
We encourage you to fill out a meal application if you feel you would qualify for Free and Reduced meals. For those of you that received a P-EBT card this past summer — a debit card that offers grocery dollars for each child. USDA passed a second bill to reinstate the program in January for virtual learners. One of the criteria to qualify is to have an application filled out.
Go to lunchapp.com to fill out an application.
Athletics + Youth Sports
GRC Youth Sports and Recreation Programs
Did you know, GRC has its own Recreation Department? We offer sports programs for GRCS students and students from the surrounding area. For a complete look at what we have to offer, go to www.grcs.org/youthsports.
Our programs will follow the same Health and Safety Protocols, as we are following at school. Masks for coaches, hand sanitizer for players, disinfectants for equipment, and social distancing will all be observed.
Click HERE to view current and upcoming opportunities
Register at www.grcs.org/youthsports. Your password AND username is your email address.
Email Stacey Boender at email@example.com.
Click HERE for PTO meeting minutes from January.
New 2 You
Tips on Donating Well in 2021
- We appreciate you keeping sheet sets together and noting the size (twin, queen, etc)
- Please donate only clean rugs (it's helpful to have measurements marked on them).
- If you have towels or sheets with stains, rips, or holes (must be 100% cotton), put them in a separate bag and mark them “Lisa’s rags”.
- Thanks for donating, see you soon!