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Rockford Christian Home Bulletin News — May 9

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Lost and Found

Take a look at our virtual lost and found items that your student might be missing. 

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

“Teachers plant seeds that grow forever.”And our teachers & staff do just that on a daily basis! This week, we are celebrating our teachers and staff and showering them with gifts and cards of appreciation for all they have done during this school year! There will be special treats all week long—many of them provided by PTO funds and some items will be requested donations. Please look for a signup by the end of this week in the Facebook group.

In addition to these treats, each teacher & staff member will have a bag with their name on it for you and your child to write a personal note of appreciation or drop a little gift card for them in it! The gift bags will be set up in the front lobby now through Thursday, May 11.
Thank you in advance for helping our teachers feel loved and appreciated! 

Glow In The Dark – Art Show

Join us, tonight 5:00 - 8:00 pm for the RCS Art Show!  The students are excited to be creating artwork that glows in the dark for our Art Show! We will have snacks and a flow-in-the-dark face-painting booth! We will also present a selection of art from all the projects we created this year. Mrs. Hoogland is looking forward to celebrating your children's hard work this year in art! 

If you are interested in helping out with this event, sign up here. 

Mountain Biking Club

Though it may not feel like it with the snow recently, Spring is coming! The Mountain Biking Club will be meeting May 16th and 23rd from 4:15–5:15 pm to enjoy some spring biking (weather permitting). 5th-8th Graders may come to ride without an adult chaperone, but we ask that any grades below that bring a parent if there is interest in riding. Middle School groups will be led by Matt Christians and Anna Quist.

If you have interest in joining, fill out this form

May 16th will be taking place at Luton Trails, and May 23rd at Merrell Trails.

2023 Eagle Book Awards

Spring is here, and Eagle Book Awards are going strong!  20 top-notch, highly rated, award-winning picture books written in 2022 have been selected by your 3 GRCS elementary school librarians.  All 3 campuses (Rockford, Evergreen, and Iroquois) will be celebrating together -  reading, enjoying, and evaluating these 20 books in April and May. Then, from May 22-26th students and staff will vote for which picture book is the best for 2022-23.  

Please follow this link to find the full list of 2023 Eagle Award Books, as well as a Parent Letter from our Cultural Competence Coordinator, Juanita Davis. Mrs. Davis will be visiting our 2nd-4th grade library classes on the 10th to share one of the Eagle Books with our students.

All books are now available on Seesaw for your students to view. Students will be reading 11-13 books in library class. Students who read all 20 of the books and rate them can become an Eagle Expert - earning a special reward and recognition!

Happy reading, and stay tuned to the home bulletin for more updates! Email Mrs. DenOuden with any questions.

Contest Time: Junior Library Guild

Calling all competitive and artistic readers! Junior Library Guild is having a bookmark contest. Students (elementary and middle school) can submit a drawing based on a Junior Library Guild book to be featured on a bookmark. They will choose 4 winners from each grade range (nationwide) and the winning bookmark will be professionally printed for all of RCS - AND the library also receives $250 JLG dollars for new books! Here is the link to participate. You can print the bookmark template on your own, or Mrs. Hardy will have copies in the library if students want to pick one up. She will also have a list of all of the JLG titles in our RCS library. Please note: you DO need to submit the bookmark yourself (form found HERE). Bookmarks can be submitted until June 1!

A Note From Outdoor Education

As winter has now given way to spring, some warranted concern has arisen regarding the discovery of ticks. Being a nature-rich school, we are outside quite a bit and we have had three reports of ticks being found on students. While this is unsettling, I suggest we not allow this to curtail all outdoor experiences for our children. Instead, allow me to offer some background and suggestions:

  1. Be vigilant. At the end of each OE time, we ask students to check themselves without creating a sense of hysteria. 
  2. Be prepared. If your child has OE on a certain day, that might be a good day for close-toed shoes, socks and long pants.
  3. Be educated. Michigan has 20 different species of ticks and only one of the five most prevalent carry Lyme disease. Also, recognize that ticks can get carried in from the indoors by your pants, so check them periodically. For more information, visit the article: MDHHS educates Michigan residents about how to stay healthy this tick season.
  4. Be calm. Poison ivy, West Nile Virus, snakes, mosquitoes, ticks, stinging insects, and other pests are around. Do your best not to overreact. In doing so, you may pass a fear of the outdoors to your child.

On an unrelated note, you are welcome to try out one of our two frisbee golf courses at Rockford Christian School! Our JV Course has been on the east side of School for a few years, but our new Varsity Course, complete with baskets and chains, has been a dream of ours for a while. The 7th grade adopted this idea as their own this year, and just last week, it was completed! Thanks to Mr. Christians, the 7th Grade, and the PTO for all of the hard work and support in this big project! Scorecards and course maps are available from the OE Department.


RCS TRIP Office 

The TRIP Office is available on Tuesday mornings in the RCS Office!

New to TRIP? TRIP allows you to reduce the cost of tuition by purchasing gift cards and gift certificates for things you buy every day from hundreds of national and local vendors.

How does TRIP work? When you purchase gift cards at face value, a percentage of your purchase is credited to your TRIP account. Two times per year (November 1 and May 1), the accumulated TRIP credits are applied as payment to your tuition account, or donated to the tuition account you have designated.

Parents in Prayer

We have a unique opportunity to gather as moms, dads, and grandparents to pray for our school — little siblings are welcome too!

Parents In Prayer will be meeting on Wednesday mornings after drop-off. We will again be meeting outside and walking around the campus. We will follow the guidelines given by the Moms in Prayer organization. You can find the resources that we will use here.

We look forward to having many parents join us this year!

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