Woodcrest Christian Blog

A Biblical Resource for Woodcrest Christian Parents

Our desire at Woodcrest Christian has always been to come alongside parents in the raising of their children. Parenting today has many challenges but fortunately, there are a number of great resources that provide solid, Biblical advice. Our prayer is that this blog becomes a helpful resource for you. We hope to provide a Biblical view of topics in our culture and in parenting that offer practical wisdom for understanding the challenges facing our youth and families today. We also hope to give you an insightful look into Woodcrest Christian through our staff and alumni profiles sharing how God has purposefully brought together and continues to use our community at Woodcrest Christian. Enjoy our growing collection of articles written by our very own staff as we continue to passionately prepare students to impact the world for Christ.
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To Walk Humbly as the Queen

To Walk Humbly as the Queen

I have been struck in recent days regarding the details surrounding the death of Queen Elizabeth II. It is interesting that in today’s world of partisan politics which is filled with so much anger, the Queen stood so far above it all that she became not only a symbol to ...
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Podcast #2 - How did God work through this year's missions trips?

Podcast #2 – How did God work through this year’s missions trips?

March 31, 2022 Host: Jeremy Deering Guests: Hannah d'Arc, Ethan Salley, Christian Whitehouse, Gavin Deering, Rachel Campbell In the Woodcrest ...
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Woodcrest Christian Missions Trips 2022

Woodcrest Christian Missions Trips 2022

What’s on your agenda for Spring Break? Vacation? Staycation? Or just a week of much needed rest and relaxation? This ...
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A Bible Teacher’s Reflections on the Current Ukraine-Russia War

A Bible Teacher’s Reflections on the Current Ukraine-Russia War

ABOUT DARREN LOGAN Darren Logan started out his career in the U.S. Army in West Germany where he witnessed the ...
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What Does It Mean to Be Human?

What Does It Mean to Be Human?

Every era of Christian history has been marked by major theological conflict. Our modern era is no different. The primary ...
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Paper Books: A Game Changer

Paper Books: A Game Changer

Growing up, I always knew my mom and grandma were voracious readers. When you walked into grandma’s house you knew ...
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When Faith and Culture Collide: Matt Messner

When Faith and Culture Collide: Matt Messner

Modern christian students face a myriad of challenges to their faith. The Christian worldview has received assault from various directions ...
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The Battle For Truth: Vice Principal, Brandon Imbriale

The Battle For Truth: Vice Principal, Brandon Imbriale

In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” as the word of the year. They defined the word as: “relating to or ...
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Parenting

A Parent's Perspective | Aurelio Melendrez

A Parent’s Perspective | Aurelio Melendrez

Aurelio Melendrez is father to a current fourth grader and sixth grader who started attending Woodcrest Christian in 2020. Aurelio is a Riverside native who served with the Riverside Police Department for over 15 years and is currently a pastor at Sandals Church.  In 2020 Woodcrest Christian parent Aurelio Melendrez came to a crossroads about where his two children would attend elementary school the following year. Previously, Aurelio’s children had attended a local elementary school where he shared that they were doing well academically and had found a good community. Once the pandemic ...
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What is "the Village" Teaching Your Child?

What is “the Village” Teaching Your Child?

In an earlier post, I referenced the old proverb “it takes a village to raise a child.” While there is ...
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Break from the Busy: How to Encourage Your Kids to Spend Time with God

Break from the Busy: How to Encourage Your Kids to Spend Time with God

By Andrea Burns, WCMS Bible Teacher It was a lovely afternoon–my 7th grade students had the opportunity to have Bible ...
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How to Ace that Test

How to Ace that Test

If most students were honest when asked, “Do you want to succeed in your classes?” they would answer, “Yes!” Yet ...
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How to Grow 'Faith Muscles'

How to Grow ‘Faith Muscles’

Parents who go to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity sometimes acquire the nick ...
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Influencers: What is your child learning from them?

Influencers: What is your child learning from them?

We often hear the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child” and there is some truth to that ...
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Podcast #1 - Why did we start the new chapel electives?

Podcast #1 – Why did we start the new chapel electives?

March 8, 2022 Host: Matt Messner Guests: David Lytle, Rhonda Thomale, Loretta Hall In the Woodcrest Christian Podcast, we discuss ...
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Sacred Trust: A Precious Partnership between Parent and School

Sacred Trust: A Precious Partnership between Parent and School

By Jim Sullivan, Woodcrest Christian School Superintendent Growing up, my brother and sisters used to play with the neighbor kids ...
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Hey Dad, it’s All About You…for your Daughter!

Hey Dad, it’s All About You…for your Daughter!

Hey Dad, it’s All About You…for your Daughter! Not long ago, I was thinking about my three daughters and their ...
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There is Freedom in Telling the Truth

There is Freedom in Telling the Truth

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” - Proverbs 21:23 The Truth is a fascinating topic ...
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Spiritual Emphasis Week: Campus Pastor Recap

This last week was "Spiritual Emphasis Week" at Woodcrest Christian. Our theme for the week was “Change", and we spent ...
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8 Tips for Guiding Kids in the Digital Age

8 Tips for Guiding Kids in the Digital Age

Kids between the ages of 6 and 23 fall into a generation now getting labeled Post-Millennial or iGen. Sometimes they ...
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Biblical Resources

The  following websites and organizations offer Biblical wisdom and practical advice that aligns with God’s Word and with what we teach at Woodcrest Christian. Each of these sites are highly recommended.

  • Focus on the Family: Dedicated to the preservation of the family
  • Family Life Today: Committed to healthy Biblical marriages and raising children
  • Plugged In: A great resource that evaluates all of today’s music, movies, TV shows, and video games
  • Axis: Dedicated to helping parents navigate todays cultural challenges

Alumni

Woodcrest Christian Celebrates 75 Years

Woodcrest Christian Celebrates 75 Years

During the 2022/2023 school year, Woodcrest Christian celebrated its 75th anniversary! A year-long celebration of events took place to commemorate this milestone event. Kicking off the year was the 2022 Back-to-School Bash and Color Run. More than 1,000 school families, students, and staff joined in this special event. 750 participants ran in the campus-wide color run! Dousing the school in color, the course took runners from the biggest color toss on the soccer field down through the campus for a big finale through a giant finish line. In October 2022, the first annual Grandparents Day was held at the elementary campus ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Travis Gilbert '02

Alumni Spotlight: Travis Gilbert ’02

This year at the 4th Annual Royals Legacy Gala, we invited alumnus Travis Gilbert (‘02) to share his story. His ...
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Encore Drama Performance

Encore Drama Performance

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, over 20 alumni returned to the stage and performed songs from 9 different musicals from ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Seabert ‘13

Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Seabert ‘13

December of 2021 was a full circle moment in Hannah Seabert’s professional soccer career. At the age of 26 Hannah ...
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Rematch: Alumni Return for the Ultimate Team Game

Rematch: Alumni Return for the Ultimate Team Game

This past Friday, Woodcrest Christian alumni returned to campus and played against the Varsity Boys Volleyball team in this year's ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Van Metschke '82

Alumni Spotlight: Van Metschke ’82

Van Metschke is a Woodcrest Christian graduate from the class of 1982. Van is a Pro Audio, Video, and Lighting ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Back to Their Royal Roots

Alumni Spotlight: Back to Their Royal Roots

Alumni Jeremy '94 and Andrea (Decker) Fisher '95 know firsthand what an education from Woodcrest Christian provides and that's exactly ...
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Royals Staff

Teaching From Experience

Teaching From Experience

Challenging students daily to live for Jesus, Gabe Estrada’s Bible classes are as pertinent to him as they are to his students. Sharing his personal experiences and encounters with the Lord in his daily life (where he is father of eight children!), Mr. Estrada’s Bible classes are filled with a unique depth of knowledge and insight, helping students navigate the current culture. Spend a few moments with high school Bible teacher Mr. Gabe Estrada, and you’ll find he can’t help but impart little gems of wisdom during a conversation. While he doesn’t intentionally ...
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Cultural Crossover: Mia Helman

Cultural Crossover: Mia Helman

Mia Helman was 13 years old when her family moved to a foreign country. “I was starting a new school ...
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A Powerful Soul: Miss Hall

A Powerful Soul: Miss Hall

If you haven’t heard of Miss Hall, she is well known on the high school campus for her powerful ability ...
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Celebrating Mrs. Pounders

Celebrating Mrs. Pounders

This June, Mrs. Beth Pounders will retire from Woodcrest Christian after a 36 year career that saw her teach classes ...
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Mr. Bob Is on the Job

Mr. Bob Is on the Job

Forty years ago leg warmers and crimped hair was in style. Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States, ...
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A Little About Lytle

A Little About Lytle

On Father’s Day weekend in 2016, David Lytle hung up the phone and wondered how a trip to Southern California ...
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Impacting Generations of Students: Mrs. Sallie Gude

Impacting Generations of Students: Mrs. Sallie Gude

For over forty years, Sallie Gude has touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of Woodcrest Christian Day School students ...
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