Merry Christmas – December Newsletter

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo,

What a wonderful season we are entering into as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Hallelujah, praise God for the eternal gift He sent for all of us.

Our school is flourishing as we enter into this blessed season of our Lord’s birth.  Last week I marveled as hundreds of parents, family members and friends joined our students in our traditional Thanksgiving feast during our final day of classes prior to break.  As well, I was amazed at the incredible outpouring of support and generosity at the bake sale to benefit our senior class mission trip to Belize.  There are so many phenomenal traditions at RCS.  As a new member of the staff, I marvel during this year of “firsts’ for me.  I continue to be reminded of how blessed our community is and what a fabulous group of students, parents, and staff we have.

On Thursday during Advisement, we will continue with our year of firsts as our 8th grade band will perform their full concert program for the middle school in preparation for the District Band Concert on December 8.  Our cheer squad will perform a special routine and dance they have prepared for our all school assembly.  Our Chess Club will kick off the sign up campaign during the assembly with a video and introduction of our new coach. On line sign up for Chess Club will be posted on the RCS web page after the assembly.  Chess Club will begin practices in January.  Our new wrestling coaches will be introduced at the assembly.  All 6th – 8th grade boys are encouraged to sign up for the inaugural wrestling season.  The team will begin practicing after Christmas break as an 8th period elective.  Students may also participate after school if they are taking another 8th period elective third quarter.  Our boys basketball teams have had an exceptional season.  The first game of the District Tournament is at home Thursday, 12-4.  The basketball teams will also be recognized at the assembly on Thursday morning.

Please check the District web site for the Middle School Finals Week Testing Schedule.  All classes will meet for finals on Wednesday 12/17, Thursday 12/18, and Friday 12/19.  Each of these three finals testing days will have an early release with three testing periods on Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday will have two testing periods.

Have a Merry Christmas Season.  Seek and give thanks for the relationships you have that are for life.  Not only for a lifetime…but that give life.  First and foremost, the relationship you have with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He is for eternity…and He gives us life in all circumstances.  I am thankful and grateful for the new relationships I am blessed with at RCS…I know you are for life!

With gratitude,

Rick Ramirez