Redeemer loves to have fun, so we bring that energy to our fundraising throughout the year in events that provide fun and extra funding for our school.
The following is a list of annual events that usually take place:
Playground Party – Mid-August
In mid-August we offer an opportunity for preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten families to come together on our playground for treats and activities. It’s an opportunity for children as well as parents to meet each other.
New Parent Dessert Orientation – Mid-August
Before school starts you, as a new parent, have the opportunity to meet with other new parents to learn more about what makes Redeemer Christian Academy unique. It’s also a Q & A time with the School Administrator. Babysitting is provided by reservation. You’ll receive information prior to the event.
Back to School BBQ – August
Taking place the Sunday before school starts, the Back to School BBQ offers a chance to connect with God, eat great food, learn more about our ministries, put supplies in your child’s desk, and most of all – offers a chance to connect with friends old and new.
Chapel – each Wednesday
You’re invited to join us each Wednesday as Pre-Kindergarten-grade 8 worship together from 8:45-9:15 am. Chapel is led by Pastor Ferber, area pastors, teachers, and classes. Mr. Oie, Music Director, prepares teams of students to lead us in music and prayer. Older students are paired with younger students as chapel buddies and prayer partners.
The Redeemer 5K Run With Heart is an annual fundraiser that brings together the school, church, and surrounding communities to focus on health and wellness, while raising money for the Redeemer Christian Academy scholarship fund. The annual fundraising event is held each fall and has grown to include a preschool kids obstacle course, 2.5K walk, 5K, and 10K run, food truck, prizes.
James J. Hill Days Booth – September
Redeemer hosts a booth at Wayzata’s James J. Hill Days the first week of September. You can help us meet and greet people and distribute a small Redeemer token and information.
Summer Bridge Party – September
Each spring we sell “Summer Bridge Series” books for students to work on over the summer. The teachers highly recommend these books to help reduce the “summer slide.” Your children will be more likely to have a great school start in August if they complete these books. We host a caramel apple bar party for those who finish and turn in their Summer Bridge books by the first week in September.
Plymouth on Parade – September
Held the third Saturday in September, Plymouth on Parade (2 service hours for each parent attending) is a four block walking event to showcase Redeemer Christian Academy! Please bring strollers and wagons for the young ones. We'll be walking behind our large Redeemer Christian Academy banner. Watch the newsletter for details regarding this event. Wear your Redeemer spirit wear and bring a bag of candy to hand out on the route. Don't have Redeemer spirit wear? Check back soon!
VIP/Grandparent’s Day – October
Do you want to share RCA with your favorite adult(s)? Join us for VIP/Grandparent’s Day held in the first part of October. We begin with 8:15 am classroom visits followed by chapel at 8:45 am. Coffee and treats are served afterward in the cafeteria.
Breakfast Buddies – Monthly
In order to help strengthen the bond males have in making a Godly difference in their children’s lives, we have instituted a monthly gathering for dads, uncles, grandpas and other significant males called Breakfast Buddies. Join us on the third Friday of most months 7:30-8:15 am for breakfast, an activity (like the kids vs. dads sock fight shown) and learning to make a lifelong Godly difference in children’s lives. Check the newsletter for dates.
Parents and Pastries – each Wednesday
Parents, as well as grandparents, and other adults gather in the school lobby after dropping off their school-aged children on Wednesdays to share a cup of coffee, a pastry, and conversation. Those who have children too young for school may take advantage of the gym to supervise their children in running and playing. Many adults choose to attend chapel afterward at 8:45.
Service Projects – 5+ times during the year
Watch the newsletter for information on special service projects coordinated with the church congregation and community. We’ve hosted such events as: Angel Tree (buying gifts for children of those in prison), Blessing Bags (the photo shown is of a student writing a note to whomever receives the bag), Diaper Drive (collecting and packing diapers for the largest pregnancy resource group in MN), 363 (making sandwiches for the homeless on the streets of Minneapolis), Transformed by Twelve (Haiti help), and Operation Christmas Tree (packing a shoebox with necessities and toys for children).
Classrooms often choose to do additional special service projects.
Veteran’s Day Celebration – November
We teach our students to respect and honor our military veterans. Each year we honor area veterans with a special chapel service just for them which includes patriotic songs sung by our school students and a special meal.
Christmas Boutique – December
The upper grade students hold their annual Christmas Boutique on the first Thursday and Friday in December. Younger students have a set time during the school day to purchase crafts, gift items, and baked goods created by our students. Adults may shop during any of the open times. Prices for items vary, but some start at 25 cents. The proceeds go to help fund their class trip!
Concerts – December and April
Our Music Director, Mr. Oie, works with students to challenge their musical abilities both in the singing realm and the instrumental realm. In December, all students are part of a concert honoring the birth of Jesus. Mr. Oie chooses both Christian and secular music for the April concert.
National Lutheran Schools Week – January
A whole week of special activities takes place during the last week of January to honor our heritage as a Lutheran school. You’ll find the 8th graders competing against the teachers in Minute to Win It activities, the whole school dressing in theme each day, a medallion hunt put on by the 8th graders, special chapels, a field trip to our Lutheran high school for an assembly, and a Funfest Carnival (see below).
FUNFEST – January
Funfest is our school carnival, held at the end of January, and is open to school, church, and community friends. It is a culmination of our National Lutheran Schools Week.
Talent Show – February in even years
In the even years (2020, 2022, etc.) we offer students the opportunity to showcase their talents. We’ve seen jugglers, kindergartners jumping rope while singing the alphabet song, and a unicycle rider, just to name a few acts. Serving popcorn and offering entertainment is a great recipe for fun!
The Redeemer Christian Academy annual spring auction is an online fundraiser to raise money for the ongoing financial needs of the school. The auction features exclusive teacher experiences, student artwork, gift baskets, event tickets, and much more!
Academic Fair – April
Each year we offer an Academic Fair, rotating themes between Math, Social Studies, Art, Science, and Religion. Pictured are first graders with their Infinity Tiles for one of our Math Fairs. Parents and teachers combine efforts to work several weeks to help children prepare a project. The culmination is a show for all to view the projects.
Spelling Bee – March into April
You’ll find students studying hard for the Redeemer Christian Academy grades 1-8 spelling bee held on the first Wednesday in March. In April, winners move on to compete for medals at the Spelling Contest for Lutheran Elementary Schools against 12 area Lutheran schools.
Track & Field Days – May
Grade 5-8 students compete against 12 other area Lutheran schools in using their athletic gifts and talents. Grades 3 and 4 have a less competitive emphasis in using their athletic gifts and talents with other area Lutheran schools in a different meet.
Graduation for K & Grade 8 Students – May
You’ll find the whole school involved in these special events.