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The fun thing about being an eighth grader at RCLS is that we get to have more responsibility. Here at RCLS, 8th graders play a major role in choosing and raising money for local charities. Every year, four charities are chosen by 8th graders, then, each quarter, the whole school will raise money for one of these charities. The Red Cross, The Landing, MN Teen Challenge, and Ronald McDonald House were selected to be the charities that RCLS will support this year. Find out how you might help your RCLS student give to these organizations.

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As parents of middle-school students, you play a primary role in encouraging resiliency in your students. To that end, school counselor Ms. Darcy Lindquist offers  the following insights with regard to pre-teens and stress––tips that are pertinent even during a time of remote learning, as RCLS is in now.

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It's going to be a more quiet Advent season than usual. In place of the usual rhythm of December festivities, we’d like to propose that you make the most of it, as they say, and make the next four weeks extraordinarily significant––through prayer, music, activities, reading, and memory-making togetherness

What you'll find here is a list of resources––books and Advent devotionals––that will help you make the most of this season of expectation. Rather than waiting until Christmas to gift your child with these, we propose that you purchase (or check out) these titles now so that your month of expectation can be spent expecting together. After a month of reading, reflection, and togetherness, you'll ready your hearts for the great joy of Christmas morning. Christ has come!

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In a recent compare/contrast writing assignment in 8th grade, students afforded us the "lived experience" of going to school––online and in-person––in a pandemic. We’ve included two of their essays here. Together, they illuminate those those issues that you might expect to be important to a middle-school student––and some that might surprise you, as well.

We thank these 8th graders for giving us permission to publish their "compare and contrast" essays, and we celebrate the resilience of students who remind us: a) both [learning] situations "end up being okay" and b) "God has a plan for us." 

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The Book Fair benefits RCLS students twice––first because it is an opportunity to purchase new books of their own, and then because 25% of a student’s purchase is credited back to the school library for its shelves. It’s a win-win, and just before a colder season when we all likely are to be home more often than usual, we think it’s a particularly good time to stock up on books. Take a look at this recommended book list, then head over to to find the Virtual Book Fair!

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Rochester Central Lutheran School is a private, Christian school for Rochester-area Preschool-Grade 8 students.

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RCLS admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.