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  • March 27, 2017 Issue 28

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 3/27/2017 1:00:00 PM
     2016-2017 Theme Verse: "In Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28

    VCS Auction & Dinner on 3/31: Raffle tickets are available at the preschool and elementary campus starting tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/28, after school. Contact Sarah Fitzpatrick with any questions.

    Broadway Showcase 2017:
    • Costumes Collection: Return all Valley Christian owned or borrowed costumes & accessories to any Valley Christian school office. Please have the costumes clean and in a bag labeled with your name.
      • 4-6 Jailhouse Rock: Black and white shirts, ribbons, & black skirts
      • Middle School: Any borrowed knickers, vests, shirts, dresses, aprons & accessories
      • High School: All borrowed items
    • Costume Donation: Please don't throw out your costumes!  If you don't want them anymore, please consider donating them to the Broadway Costume Closet. Drop any costumes off at any school office and label it "Costume Donation." Thank you! 

    March Board Highlights 

    • Motion to approve 2015 Tax Return was unanimously approved.
    • The Valley Christian Board of Directors thanks the community for your feedback regarding the decision to retire the Crusader mascot. The Board has listened and will continue to listen prayerfully to your responses as we consider the next steps and timing of this decision. 

    Parent Association T-Shirt and Polo Sales Thursday, 4/6: from 7:45-8:15 am and 04/20 from 3:00-5:00pm in the VCHS Bldg B Room 23. In addition to new items we have leftover sweatshirts from last year and this years for sale.

    The Annual Soup and Pie Dinner and Concert: will be on Friday, 4/21 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the High School Gym. Join us for delicious soup, pie, and wonderful music presented by the band and orchestra groups in grades 5-12. 

    BOPA Parents: Donation flyers will be distributed to students this week, or you can download the Soup and Pie Flyer. Please turn in your donation/volunteer forms to any music teacher or school office by Wednesday, 4/5. You may also record your donation online by clicking on the link
    Need Service Hours? Join the fun at the annual Soup and Pie Dinner and Concert. All parents welcome. Contact Carolyn Kamstra at for more information. 

    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 

    The VCS Society meeting will be held Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 pm in the High School Legacy Chapel. Next week a packet of information will be available at our website for you to read in preparation for the meeting. It will include next year’s budget, projected enrollment and tuition rates, and background on Board member nominees.

    2017-2018 VCMS Job Opening: Valley Christian Middle School is seeking a 7th Grade History or Science Teacher. The candidate must be deeply committed to their faith and have a passion for middle school students. The ability to coach sports or teach Bible would be helpful. This position is for the 2017-18 school year. If interested, please see our school website to find an application for employment. Please include your resume, credentials, and references with the completed application and send them to John Tiersma, Interim Middle School Principal at



    "God's Great BIG World" Summer Program sign ups are going on now! Check your child's file for a signup sheet and return to preschool office ASAP.

    Lunch Bunch Dates:
    • Wednesday, 3/29
    March Madness
    • 3/29 & 3/30: TK and Kindergarten Field trip to Elementary School campus
    Busy Bee's Permission Slip: Pre-K and Eligible students from Busy Bee's will be riding the bus to our Elementary school on Wednesday, 3/29 and Thursday, 3/30.
    See's Candies: The preschool is selling See's Candies. Orders can be made through the Preschool Office through Friday, 3/31. Orders will be available for pick up before Easter Break. 
    Our Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt will be held on Wednesday, 4/5. Please remember to bring 12 filled eggs by Tuesday, 4/4. Children will also be decorating Easter cookies. All students may join the fun!

    Easter Break Reminders:
    • Preschool will be closed Friday, 4/14 in observance of Good Friday and Monday, 4/17.
    • Please see sign up sheet in your child's file for Easter Break Daycare sign-ups 

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    Elementary School
    Congratulations to the students recognized in chapel today: Joshua Campbell, Camila Ramos, Annabella Vande Kerk, Kawaii Weary, and Brooke Willoughby.
    Congratulations to all of the girls and boys spring sports teams! The girls volleyball and boys basketball team took 1st and 2nd place in their leagues! Great season!
    Rockets and Space! Valley Christian After School Science Club for grades K-6. We still have openings for the Thursday class, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20 from 3:00-4:00 pm. Please note, 6th graders will be at Science Camp 3/29-3/31. Registration is open with a class size limit of 26. A digital copy of the registration form and information is available here. We hope this science program will inspire students to learn and marvel at God's handiwork in His creation.
    6th Grade Science Camp: Students in the 6th grade will be going to science camp on Wednesday, 3/29 through Friday, 3/31.
    Aquarium of the Pacific: Kindergarten students will be going to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Friday, 3/31.
    Got Paper Towels? Mrs. Koolmees' class is in need of empty paper towel, wrapping paper and/or toilet paper rolls for a class project.  Empty rolls can be brought to the elementary office.

    Math Circle 2017: Math Circle has meetings every Tuesday. Please fill out the form and turn into the elementary office. 

    Kindergarten Observation Tours: We will host a Kindergarten Observation Tour at 8:30 am, on Thursday, 4/6. This tour is a wonderful way for prospective parents to visit our campus and focus on our Kindergarten program. They'll see teachers and students in action and explore specialty classes. Tours are available by reservation. Call Dianne at 562-860-0556 in the Business Office to join in. 
    Talent Show (Grades 1-6) Friday, 4/28: If your child is interested in participating, applications are available for download and are in the VCES office. Interested students must be ready to participate in the screening dates of either Tuesday, 4/4 or Wednesday, 4/5 during lunch recess. The talent show will be held on Friday, 4/28 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the High School chapel. If you have any questions, please contact Taelin at with the subject line "VCES Talent Show."

    Box Tops Contest: From Monday, 4/3 through Friday, 4/28, there will be a contest between the elementary classes to find out who can collect the most box tops. Start asking relatives, friends, and members of church to help with collecting because the winning class will get a Pizza party! Each Box Top square is worth 10 cents. 100% of the proceeds go to defray the cost of VCES 6th grade Christian Science Camp.

    Kindergarten Orientation, Monday, 4/3 at 7:00 pm: This meeting is for parents of kindergarten students who will start school August 2017. You'll meet the Kindergarten teaching team and learn about important details, including A Day in The Life of a Kindergartener and Kindergarten testing days.
    Lost and Found: Please check the Lost and Found for any items your child may be missing. Any items left over after Friday, 4/7 will be taken to Affordable Treasures.
    No School for Kindergarten Students 4/21: For both half-day and full-day Kindergarten students, there will be no school on Friday, 4/21 while we test next year’s Kindergarteners.

    Standardized Testing: will be held Monday, 4/24 through Friday, 4/28, for students in Grades 2-6. Please be sure students are well rested and eat a good breakfast. No interruptions will be made during the testing period.
    Fishing Trip Raffle, Monday, 4/24: To raise money for the auction, sixth grade teacher, Mr. Vander Dussen, is offering a day of fishing this summer on his 19 1/2 foot boat, Striker. We will fish local ocean waters. This trip will be for one adult and two children. If you win, you may take your brother or sister or a friend! It includes all equipment, live bait and fish cleaning. Catching fish is guaranteed or he will take you out again! Tickets are $5 each or increase your chances and buy five tickets for $20! Extra tickets may be purchased at the Elementary School office. The drawing will be held at the Elementary School during chapel on Monday, 4/24. Make checks payable to Valley Christian Auction. 

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    Middle School  
    Thank you: parents, guardians, and other family members, for coming to the Science Fair and Art Exhibit. Valuable learning took place. Thank you for cheering on the kids as well as providing supplies, encouragement, and expertise. Thank you also to the parents and students who stayed to clean up and set up chairs! 
    8th to 9th Night: 8th grade parents, mark your calendar for the 8th to 9th Night coming up on Tuesday, 4/4.  It will be held in the Legacy Chapel on the High School campus at 7:00 pm. This is an important evening for both you and your student to start acquainting yourselves with the high school campus, the staff, and to begin understanding the wide variety of opportunities available to your student as they move into their high school years.

    Snacks Donation: If you are interested in donating some non-perishable snacks for our students and tutors, we would appreciate it. Please drop these off at the Middle School office and let them know they are for the Homework Club. Thank you in advance. 

    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills (July 31 – Aug 4): Sign ups are coming soon for a summer class that will help your student discover the best ways to succeed through organization, time management, study strategies, and much more. This orientation is a great place to learn more about VCMS and meet new people before the year even begins. Students will master opening their locker and even get their schedule. This class is intended for all 7th graders and new 8th graders. Families can choose the 8:00-10:00 am session or the 10:30 am - 12:30 pm session. Cost $80. 

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    High School
    2017-18 International Student Hosting Info Meeting Tonight, 3/27: There will be an information meeting for families interested in hosting an International Student for VCS 2017-18 school year. This is a 10-month commitment and a stipend is paid to the family. The meeting will be on Monday, 3/27 at 7:00 pm at the High School Verhoeven College and Career Center. Please Email Helen Yu or call for more information at 562-865-0281 x270. 
    AP Pre-Administration Meeting Wed., 4/5: The AP Pre-Administration meeting is taking place on Wed., 4/5, at 2:20 pm in the Legacy Chapel. This meeting is only for students who are currently taking AP classes and who will be taking their exams in May 2017.  Please arrive promptly and bring a sharpened #2 pencil with you. 
    Senior Parents: Send in Senior Year Pictures by Friday, 4/7: We are looking for pictures of your kids from senior year. The pictures need to be school related (Dances, Games, Pep Rallies etc) because they will be used and displayed for the Senior Blessing, Tuesday, 6/6. Please send your pictures or any questions to by Friday, 4/7.
    Scholarships for Seniors: Senior parents, did you know more than $10,000 in scholarship money is available to our seniors thanks to the generous donations from our alumni and supporters?  Check out the following scholarships that are available.  Applications are located on the bookshelves outside of the Counselors offices and more information is available online here. They will be due on Wednesday, April 19, which is the first Wednesday after Spring Break.
    • Reverend and Mrs. Gareth S. Kok Calvin College Scholarship 
    • Trades and Techs Scholarship
    • Pay It Forward Scholarship
    • Karl Kalma Scholarship
    • Stanley W. Cole Scholarship for Christian Service
    • Koopman Scholarship
    • DeBie Future Educator Scholarship 
    • Holly Hustedt Fashion, Art, Graphic Design, and Merchandising Scholarship

    Christian College Fair: On Wednesday, 4/19, from 6:30–8:30 pm. Valley Christian High School is hosting the Spring 2017 Southern California Christian College Fair. It will be held in the gym, located on the High School Campus. 

    Junior-Senior Banquet is on Friday, 4/28: Details to follow in the next few weeks.

    Summer School: Parents, an email was sent home from the Counseling Department regarding summer school. If you did not receive that email, please contact the High School office at

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    For a Schedule of Upcoming Athletic Events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific online athletic calendars at the Athletics website:
    The Booster Club is looking for a quad for softball and baseball maintenance. If anyone would like to donate one to our program, please email Mark Dupuy.

    Pep Squad: Mandatory Parent/Student Pep Squad Meeting on 4/6, from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Verhoeven College and Career Center.
    Pep Squad Tryouts: Monday, 4/24 - Thursday, 4/27 from 3:00-6:00 pm in the High School Chapel. Try-Outs will take place during this week. Try-out routine and cheers will be taught Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with actual try-outs on Thursday, 4/27. Feel free to email or contact Darlene Maynard at 562-225-7710 with any questions.

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    Friends of VCS

    Camp Dunamis: Camp Registrations & Youth Counselors Needed for Camp Dunamis. It is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Camp dates are Sunday, 6/18 - Friday, 6/23. It is an intentionally multi-racial camp that strives to help youth grow deeper in love with God and each other, bringing reconciliation to the places that often divide us. We are now accepting camper registrations and counselor applications at www.campdunamis.orgCounselor applications are due 4/20 and camper registrations are due 5/15. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at (562) 676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at (562) 644-0896. 

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