After last year’s “canceled” spring, we’re looking forward to all that is planned for the next eight weeks of school. Blue & White Night, Field Day, Graduations: these are treasured traditions at RCLS, and we are excited that they will go forward in some form in the coming weeks. We want our school parents to be able to anticipate (and attend) these events, so perhaps you’ll consider this your Guide to Spring at RCLS––and plan to join us for an event or two, on campus!
Blue & White Night: April 23
Blue & White Night is The Grace Foundation’s premier fundraising event, and it surely ends up being one of the best nights of the school year for parents and school supporters who enjoy the opportunity for community outside of RCLS’s student activities. The Grace Foundation is holding this event virtually this year. Ninety school families and friends have purchased package tickets for the April 23 event, so we are near our goal of 100 packages, which will earn RCLS students a Pizza & PJ Day at school. You have just until tomorrow, Friday, April 9 to purchase package tickets. Some packages include an extra door prize and one even includes a $500 tuition voucher, so there are many good reasons to join your RCLS family in the fun.
Here’s how it will work:
1. Purchase your package ticket to the virtual Blue & White Night at www.grace-foundation.org by tomorrow, April 9.
2. Your ticket will grant you access to the virtual auction in the week leading up to April 23. Local desserts (a virtual Dessert Dash adaptation), a Marco Island stay, an incredible playhouse, an early Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone edition, a Flapdoodles trip with Mrs. Wickre (yay!)––these and more will be up for auction. Your couples' or family ticket will also get you a package that includes local beers and root beers, snacks, crafts, and more, and a total of 100 package tickets will earn students that Pizza & PJ Day!
3. The week of April 23, sign in to begin the bidding. Details and instructions will come from The Grace Foundation in the coming weeks.
4. At 6:30 pm on April 23, log into the virtual event, where you’ll hear from TGF President, Dr. Chris Baum and RCLS Principal, Suzanne Lagerwaard. RCLS’s favorite auctioneer will be there, as well.
When we’re online together on April 23, we’ll hope to raise $30,000+ so that we may complete a planned renovation of the “little gym,” soon to be called the Clubhouse, and additional dollars for TGF’s Bobcat Fund, which is invested for future needs of the school. Most recognize that the little gym has served its time, and now it is time to improve it. Take a look here at the representation of some of the anticipated improvements: flooring, paint, and even a new clubhouse. Your participation in Blue & White Night will get us here!
Softball is open to students in grades 5-8. Though practice began this week, you can still sign up for the team through tomorrow. Learn more at the Athletics page at rcls.net. Go, Bobcats!
Spring Plays: April
The spring musical typically engages as many as 75 students for a marvelous stage production in late March. We’ll look forward to the return of that annual tradition in 2022, but for now, we’re enjoying a team of 4th-8th drama students who are working on a digital production of various short plays. We expect to publish these plays before the end of April. The show must go on, after all.
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 3-7
We hear there are some great things already planned to honor RCLS’s incredible teachers and staff. We were grateful to get a note from RCLS parent, Mrs. Aimee Bentall (6th, 4th, K), who is organizing a group of parents to shower RCLS’s staff with love and appreciation. If you can contribute time, talent, or treasure to their efforts, please contact Mrs. Bentall. See her note to the school community here.
It’s just over a year since our incredible RCLS staff first had to make some seismic shifts in their professional practice, more or less overnight. It has been such a long year for them! And they have been truly extraordinary. Parents, we have a wonderful opportunity to show the staff our profound gratitude during teacher appreciation week, coming up May 3 – 7.
You can help in these ways:
1. Please consider sending in the following donations to the school office:
· PS-Grade 2: Coffee gift card to value of $5 OR shower gel/bubble bath/hand lotions
· Grades 3-8: Cash donations to cover other treats, gifts, and decor planned for this week
2. Contact Aimee Bentall (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to join a team of volunteers to help make this happen. We need your skills, creativity, and time!
Field Day: May 14
Field Day is one of RCLS’s most beloved events. It involves all of our students––grades Preschool-Grade 8––and usually many of our parents, as well. On May 14 from 9AM-1PM, classes will rotate through various competitions: the 50-yard dash, high jump, shot put, running long jump, and more. Field Day always concludes with the treasured chapel family relay. Although the details of this aspect of the day are still in process, we hope to be able to end Field Day as we always do: accessorized (thanks to our 8th-grade family leaders) and happily spent after a spirited competition between chapel families. Chapel family activities have been very limited this year, so we anticipate an extra measure of excitement for this one.
Parents are welcome to attend Field Day as they often do. Masks, of course, will be required, and we’ll plan to maintain some distance, even outside. Note that a rain date is scheduled for May 17, but we’ll hope to be able to hold Field Day as planned on May 14.
Kindergarten Graduation: May 28
There are few things so sweet as a proud Kindergartner at the end of her first year of school, so we are delighted to host up to four guests for each our our Kindergarten students on May 28 for graduation this year. We’re planning three ceremonies, one for each class of students:
11:00 Mrs. Andersen
11:45 Mrs. Bartsh
12:30 Mrs. Rogers
As usual, we’ll hold our graduation ceremonies in the sanctuary at Holy Cross. If possible, we request that only parents attend graduation. Kindergarten teachers will offer additional details as May 28 approaches.
8th-grade Graduation: June 1
Last year’s 8th-grade graduation was unusual, though we managed to celebrate our graduates, nonetheless. This year, we look forward to the return of a more traditional ceremony, with one exception: we’re planning to hold it outside. The pergola and gardens at Holy Cross make a lovely backdrop for a reverential (and celebratory) event. We’re planning a 7PM start time on June 1, and we ask each graduate to invite no more than four guests. We’ll make time for photos, dessert, and a bit of fellowship outside afterward.
8th-grade End-of-year Festivities: June 2-4
Unique to RCLS’s middle school are the variety of trips and off-campus experiences students may access. One of these experiences is the “8th-grade camping trip,” a three-day Wisconsin camping extravaganza that the class spends much of the year planning. Class t-shirts, scheduled devotionals, a menu, activities: these are all part of the planning process for the class’s last week of school together. Though we did not think it prudent to sleep several students in a tent this year, Miss Schauer is not about to let her 8th graders go without a proper memory-making opportunity. Students are already planning a local three-day celebration (minus the overnight––and the tents) for the week of June 1. Stay tuned, 8th-grade parents: details are soon-to-follow.
Last Day of School: June 4
Planning is still underway for our last chapel, which we are hoping to hold outside. Assuming public health matters allow us to follow through with our plans, we hope to welcome parents to attend our outdoor chapel, when we will joyfully, gratefully praise God for a productive, safe school year and the pleasure of summer to come. School will dismiss at noon that day, with chapel beginning at about 11AM. It has been a journey, indeed, but we are grateful for the year that we have had together. Let's celebrate, RCLS!
Note: The pictures included in this guide are from named events in previous years. We'll be wearing masks this year, but we will, nonetheless, celebrate!