Elementary

RCS Upper Elementary BizTown Fun!

Rancho Christian School Upper Elementary students were given the opportunity to visit Junior Achievement BizTown of San Diego this year. Teachers underwent training at the start of the school year, and implemented BizTown’s Economics curriculum for 5 weeks prior to the field trip.

This program encouraged confidence in our students and motivated them to achieve a personal, an educational, and a career goal. Our students studied, actively engaged, and applied their knowledge in each designated program; work readiness, entrepreneurship, and personal financial literacy.

On Thursday, September 27, students walked through the doors of JA BizTown to 21 life-size businesses. Jobs included being the Mayor of Biz Town, working in TV and radio, running a variety of businesses, marketing and advertising, police work, creating a newspaper, and many more.

Students worked the simulated community and were encouraged to use critical thinking skills, learning about key economic concepts. The students were supported by many parent volunteers who went to the venue ahead of them in order to attend a 90-minute training on the simulation.

Nicole Nestor
5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. DeRusha's 3rd Grade Class Partners with Stars of Hope for Mother's Day

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Mrs. DeRusha's 3rd grade class had a different take on Mother's Day gifts this year. The class did an act of kindness to honor their moms, rather than a traditional gift. Students partnered with Stars of Hope. Stars of Hope is a nonprofit organization that provides schools, businesses, churches, or community groups with the opportunity to make stars of hope to encourage people involved in tragedies of all kinds. From stars to the students at Parkland, to creating stars for families affected by natural disasters, they are sent all over the world. Each student was given a wooden star to create their message of hope. One side was used to write a message of encouragement and hope and the other was painted with messages and pictures that each child came up with on their own. No two stars were the same and it was so fun to see not only their creativity but compassion come out in unique ways. 

The kids then took pictures with their stars and wrote cards for their moms. It was a wonderful way to honor the unselfishness and kindness of their moms by displaying those same qualities themselves. Mrs. DeRusha hopes to partner with Stars of Hope in the future to continue to not only spread hope, but the love of Jesus to strangers all over our country that are in need of hope and encouragement.

Stars of Hope encourages groups or families of all sizes to contact them at www.starsofhopeusa.org to see how you can join the movement of spreading love and hope to those who need it most! Check out the story of how this organization got it's start and the work they are doing all over the world. 

STARS OF HOPE    Since 2007, over 80,000 hand-painted Stars of HOPE® have lifted the spirits of millions of disaster survivors in 150 communities and 24 countries. Stars of HOPE is a registered trademark of New York Says Thank You Foundation.  Stars of HOPEⓇ started with two families in Greensburg, KS in 2007. The Parness family in New York who wanted to “Pay it Forward” for the love NYC received from people around the world following 9/11 and the Vincent family from Groesbeck, TX who wanted to “Pay it Forward” for the support received when New York Says Thank You volunteers rebuilt their home following a deadly tornado.  Stars of HOPE have transformed the physical and emotional landscapes of communities devastated by acts of nature or acts of violence from Newtown, Connecticut to Kathmandu, Nepal.  We have empowered 50,000+ volunteers including school children, families, seniors, first responders, veterans, active military, partner organizations, and entire communities to paint inspirational words, messages, and designs on 1-foot wooden Stars. These Stars of HOPE are displayed in public places in communities worldwide in the immediate and long-term aftermath of tragedy serving as beacons of hope and compassion for all to see.

STARS OF HOPE

Since 2007, over 80,000 hand-painted Stars of HOPE® have lifted the spirits of millions of disaster survivors in 150 communities and 24 countries. Stars of HOPE is a registered trademark of New York Says Thank You Foundation.

Stars of HOPEⓇ started with two families in Greensburg, KS in 2007. The Parness family in New York who wanted to “Pay it Forward” for the love NYC received from people around the world following 9/11 and the Vincent family from Groesbeck, TX who wanted to “Pay it Forward” for the support received when New York Says Thank You volunteers rebuilt their home following a deadly tornado.

Stars of HOPE have transformed the physical and emotional landscapes of communities devastated by acts of nature or acts of violence from Newtown, Connecticut to Kathmandu, Nepal.

We have empowered 50,000+ volunteers including school children, families, seniors, first responders, veterans, active military, partner organizations, and entire communities to paint inspirational words, messages, and designs on 1-foot wooden Stars. These Stars of HOPE are displayed in public places in communities worldwide in the immediate and long-term aftermath of tragedy serving as beacons of hope and compassion for all to see.

4th Grade Wax Museum Day 2018

Wax Museum Historical Figures Day is an exciting project where Rancho Christian 4th grade students choose a person from California history to represent for a day. Students pick their person, research their life, and write a five paragraph essay about them. Also, they will write a short monologue, written in the voice of their person of study (1st person), which they will perform.

On the day of the event, students dress up like the people they have chosen and stand in front of a display board, which they made to represent their person.  They stand completely still in a pose that they have chosen, and wait until someone comes along and say, “Action!”  Once a person says this, the student comes alive and delivers their monologue. When they have finished, they go back to their original position.

All parts of this project are completed in class, from the writing to the display board. We always invite the parents to have a “first viewing” so that they can see the culmination of their child’s hard work. 

Welcome!

Mrs. Betsy Kunau, Executive Director

Mrs. Betsy Kunau, Executive Director

Welcome to Rancho Christian's Learning Blog: "University Ready & Life Ready." This is a unique space where our fantastic teachers have the opportunity to share fun activities, experiments, and lessons that they teach our students on a daily basis.  While on the surface, and perhaps to the kids, these seem like an escape from curriculum learning - they are in fact, an excellent way of reinforcing a wide variety of concepts - truly preparing our students to be University Ready-Life Ready.  We are thrilled to give you the opportunity to see these!

We hope you enjoy learning about these student adventures almost as much as they had learning from them!