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Rockford Christian Home Bulletin News — March 9, 2021

Rockford Campus News

Second Semester Calendar Update 📅

Please note the following important adjustment to the 2nd semester that impact K – 8 students’ schedule. This announcement was sent out from superintendent Tom DeJonge on December 16, 2020.

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021: No school for K — 8th-grade students

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!

March is Reading Month!

Reading Month Calendar

Murder on the 518

On February 12, the 8th graders were blessed to perform the play that they selected this year for their Class Play!  We would love to share their performance with our school community via this link.  Enjoy! 

Last Chance to Order Classroom Composites

Order Here 

Order Code: 57114DQ

**Online ordering ends on 3/10/21**

*Composites are not viewable

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 

Please have your student(s) dress appropriately for being outside.

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!

Outdoor Education News

The 49th Annual Iditarod has begun! We are watching the updates from “The Last Great Race” closely at school. Each middle school student has selected a bib number of a participant they are hoping will win! This should be exciting. You too can look at the updates at this link.  Who will win the ultimate sled dog race this year? 

We also need to issue a disclaimer: warmer weather means muddier clothes. The Outdoor Education Department doesn’t want you to be surprised when your children come home a little dirtier than you might expect. Have a great week.

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.

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

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 PTO meeting minutes from January.

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