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Rockford Christian Home Bulletin News — March 23, 2021

Rockford Campus News

Good-Bye to Sledding

The time of year has arrived for us to say good-bye to sledding. Please take home your sled for storage until next year!

Please send a water bottle to school!

Parents, please remember to send water to school with your student each day. The drinking fountains at school are turned off for your student's safety. The water bottle fillers are in operation. This means we need you to send water bottles from home. Students need to drink lots of water — especially after outdoor ed, gym class and break. Thank you!

Face Coverings

The number of students forgetting face coverings has been increasing lately. Please remember to send your student with a face covering, and an extra in the backpack would be great!

Lost and Found 

Our Lost and Found rack is getting full! Look for it outside at pick-up time on Fridays.

Getting Ready for the Digital Art Show

Parents, you may have received an email recently with the subject line: ________'s art teacher wants your child to join Artsonia. Please click "give permission" to allow for Mrs. Yeates to upload your student's masterpieces for the art show. More information to follow! 

March is Reading Month!

Reading Month Calendar

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! 

Family Time

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!

Mrs. Decker to Retire

It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Brend Decker will be retiring at the end of the school year. Mrs. Decker has touched countless families over the 12 years at RCS. We will miss Brenda's creativity, joy, and servant's heart. We thank God for the blessing Brenda has been to our community and wish her well as she spends more time with family. 

Outdoor Education News

It’s spring cleaning time in the world of Outdoor Education! As the snow disappears, it seems the clean-up projects emerge. We will be digging up invasive plants, cleaning up some trails, and picking up trash. We also will be challenging our middle schoolers to think about environmental ethics and what that means. 

Now that the 49th Annual Iditarod is complete, we are still collecting pop cans and spare change for the Paws with a Cause program. So far this month we have brought in $97.28 and will stay with this effort until spring vacation. Help us out if you can! (By the way, Mr. Dave was VERY excited when he found out we were supporting this program that he has benefited from in the past!) 

We loved the snow, but we welcome the warm sunny weather too!

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.

Recess Volunteers

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 continues 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.


GRCS Technology

Computers for Sale

GRCS has computers available for sale!  Available now are Mac Mini desktops and 11.6" MacBook Airs (2013 model).  If interested, view the specs, reserve one today using this reservation form, and pick it up tomorrow. In May, more details will be available on our technology community sale that will occur on June 1 with lots of devices for sale.

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 nmichaels@grcs.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

Register at www.grcs.org/youthsports. Your password AND username is your email address.  

Questions?

Email Stacey Boender at sboender@grcs.org.

Basketball Skills Training at RCS

Rockford Christian School will host basketball skills and private training in our gym every Saturday and Sunday through Basics Basketball. Founded in 2006, Basics has over 100 program graduates at the college level. Additionally, we will be hosting spring teams here with no travel. RCS students get 50% off all training and team fees. Go to www.BasicsSports.com or feel free to call 616.402.1600 for more information.


PTO News

Click HERE for the PTO minutes from the March 15 PTO meeting.

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