RCSA Monthly Bulletin

October

It is hard to believe that October is at an end already. Thankfully this month we have been able to begin having more socially distanced, safe events that have been lots of fun! We've all begun to settle into the new normal (again) as we make it through this year. We are thankful to all of the tenacity and strength shown by students, teachers, parents, families, and more.


We are excited to be working on some new initiatives to strengthen our family engagement. Part of this includes offering family engagement sessions. These will be offered to our families for free to promote family involvement and enhance student achievement. We are asking for your input as we plan these sessions. When you are able to, please complete this short, anonymous survey here. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!


Last year we started a program called our Core Parent Group. We have taken a little break due to the pandemic but are going to start meeting again virtually. The Core Parent Group exists to support the school by helping with public affairs and communication, events and fundraising, and strengthening parent involvement by developing a team of parent ambassadors at all four of our campuses. We will meet every other month. If you are interested in joining, please send me an email. Depending on interest, we may or may not be able to accept everyone. We ask for those that join to be committed to volunteering and working together.


Please enjoy the photos and news below about some of the exciting activities we have been up to at RCSA.


Sincerely,

Sel Buyuksarac

sel@rivercityscience.org

Chief of Public Affairs & Co-Founder, RCSA

Breast Cancer Awareness

This October we were still able to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness with some exciting events! RCSA Middle-High held a week-long spirit week, complete with an exciting PINK Day with Kona Ice at the end. RCSA Elementary also held a dress down day. All together we raised almost $2,500 for our local American Cancer Society.
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Space Postcards!

Almost 800 students created their very own postcards to send to space. The cards will be sent to Texas where Blue Origin will fly the postcards to space and back on an upcoming New Shepard rocket launch and mail the postcard back to each student with a ‘Flown to Space’ stamp. We had some amazing news coverage for this exciting student activity.


Action News Jax

News4Jax

First Coast News

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Staying healthy

We are very grateful to have been able to offer our teachers and staff FREE flu shots on-site thanks to First Coast Cardiovascular Institute. With their especially busy schedules, many of our teachers have been struggling to find the time to go get their flu shot. Knowing it's important to keep our classrooms as safe as possible, we brought the flu shots to them!


Coverage from Action News Jax

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Other Events

  • RCSA Innovation held College Week, a week full of dress down days relating to college.
  • Each school celebrated their custodians on National Custodian Day. We are so appreciative of everything they do!
  • RCSA Elementary held Stomp Out Bullying Day. Students wore blue to show support for anti-bullying.

Character Education

We are proud to be an Emerging State School of Character by Character.org and are working towards earning our State School of Character Certification. Implementing a strong character education program is an important part of K – 12 education and is very important to us at RCSA. Each month, students across all grades and campuses will be learning about the same character trait of the month. This means that they can share and discuss with their friends and siblings who may not be in the same grade as them. We encourage families at home to discuss the character traits and further explore them with your students! The character traits for October are teamwork and courage.

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