Valley Christian Weekly News

  • November 13, 2018 Issue 14

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 11/12/2018 3:00:00 PM

    2018-2019 Theme Verse: "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15

    Please invite your friends and family to come a Preview Morning which will be held this week. This is a great way for your friends to get an inside view of VCS as they tour each of our campuses! Spread the News!
    • Wednesday, 11/14 at 8:30 AM at the Middle School
    • Thursday, 11/15 at 8:30 AM at the High School
    • Friday, 11/16 at 8:30 AM at the Elementary School
    No school the week of Thanksgiving - Monday through Friday, 11/19-11/23. Campus offices will be closed and the Business Office will be open Monday and Tuesday.
    Daycare will be open during Thanksgiving Week on Monday, 11/19 and Tuesday 11/20 from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Please use this registration form or register with the Daycare Director ASAP.  All current daycare fees need to be paid, before registering.
    Buy Scrip now and plan ahead for the holidays: Raise funds for our school while earning a tuition credit for the next school year. Use SCRIP to purchase all your grocery, gas & gift needs. With SCRIP, shopping is fundraising with no cost to you! Fill out and drop off an order form at any campus or visit the following campuses.
    • Middle School Scrip Office - Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 - 9:30 AM
    • Elementary School - Wednesday 2:45 - 3:30 PM
    • Preschool - Wednesday 7:45 - 8:45 AM
    All Sweatshirt orders need to be turned in by this Thursday, 11/15 to any school office for Parents Association sweatshirts. Sweatshirt order forms are here and this is the last chance to pre-order sweatshirts for the school year.
    VCHS Baseball is having a fundraiser on Thursday, 11/15 at Raising Cane's in Lakewood. Mention the fundraiser at the register or use this flier.
    VCHS Cheer is having a See's Candy and a VCS Cheer T-shirt fundraiser.  Use this flier.
    VCS Thanksgiving Service: Parents and friends of VCS are invited to join all TK - 12th grade students and staff for worship on Friday, 11/16 from 1:30-2:15 PM in the High School gym. After worship, students will return to their own campuses and bus routes will run as usual. Preschool students will participate in their own Thanksgiving celebration at their campus.
    Thanksgiving Worship Service & Food Drive: This year our school is supporting the Long Beach Basket Brigade. The food being collected at each campus is listed below. See the attached flier for more information. Students may bring items to school any day through Friday, 11/16.
    • VC Preschool - Dry gravy packets - Goal 50
    • VC Elementary - Dry gravy packets - Goal 500
    • VC Middle School - 10 oz. bags of mini-marshmallows - Goal 500
    • VC High School - Canned green beans - Goal 1000
    BOPA Ad book submissions are due this Friday, 11/16: Businesses and Band and Orchestra Parents and Friends -Details & order forms can be downloaded at or contact Jennifer Kooi at, 562-867-7663 or Ryanne Gavrila at, 562-889-5230.
    Giving Tuesday, 11/27 - Valley Christian Schools will participate in this global day of giving. Please prayerfully consider how your online gift to VC Schools will benefit students, teachers and the long-range growth of Christian teaching and learning for the future. We will also be partnering with California Pizza Kitchen on Giving Day with proceeds from VC Family purchases benefitting our schools. Click here for details.
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity - The High School Office is looking for help with the Teacher’s Christmas Luncheon on Friday, 12/7. Donations are needed as well as shifts of people to help set up, serve, supervise students, and clean up. Please contact the High School office at if you are interested in helping.
    The VCS Board of Directors is currently seeking nominees for 2019-20. Nominate yourself or another member of the community/society for election to the Board by emailing
    Broadway Showcase 2019 Auditions - This year marks Broadway Showcase's 20th year of production!! Auditions will take place in November 2018. Audition dates, times and forms along with other details are now available on the Broadway Showcase website!
    The Bob Goff event will be in January, 2019. (Previously scheduled for 11/7) More information for this event to come.
    VC Board highlights are here from the Board meeting on 10/25/18.
    Service Hours Opportunity:  The Business Office has a large mailing this week and needs help.  Please contact Marlaina at if interested.

    Lunch Bunch day will be Wednesday, 11/28: Your child may bring a lunch to enjoy with us from 11:30-11:55 AM. On the day of a scheduled Lunch Bunch, please let your child's teacher know that they will be staying until 11:55 AM.
    Thanksgiving Parade and Feast on Friday, 11/16 from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM. All children and parents are invited to join us for this special Thanksgiving celebration.
    Thanksgiving Feast sign-ups are available on the preschool playground! Please consider signing up to help or bring an item to donate.
    Preschool will be closed Monday - Friday, 11/19 - 11/23 for Thanksgiving Break.
    See's Candies Fundraiser: Order forms will be going home on Thursday, 11/15! Please support our preschool by purchasing See's Candies. All proceeds will go towards new flooring under our play structure! Orders are due Monday, 12/3.


    Elementary School
    Robotics at the Elementary and Middle School:  We had two First Lego League (FLL) teams that competed in the Orange Qualifier on Saturday, 11/10. Both teams advanced to the So Cal Regional Tournament to be held at Legoland on 12/8! Congratulations to the Space Invaders for 2nd place in Project and Planetary Programmers who came in 2nd for Champions!
    Student pictures were sent home last week. Please check your child's backpack. Class pictures are not included with this packet, they will be sent home later after the makeup day.
    Box Tops Contest from 11/5 - 12/5: Which class can collect and turn in the most Box Tops? The winning class will get a pizza party! Ask relatives, friends, and members of your church to help with collecting. Each Box Top square is worth 10 cents and it adds up fast. 100% of the proceeds go to defray the cost of VCES 6th grade Science Camp.
    Thanksgiving Break Daycare packets are past due. Info is available here.  Daycare needs to know ASAP if your child is coming.
    Picture Make-Up/Retake Day will be Wednesday, 11/14. Students taking pictures may wear free dress and change into their uniform clothes after they are finished. If your child is having their picture retaken, please have them bring in their original picture packet.
    Skatedogs Mobile Skateboard Park will be offering another 10-session class at the elementary campus on Fridays, beginning 11/30. Information and registration forms can be found here. Class space is limited and early registration is recommended.
    Kids Boutique volunteers needed from 12/3 - 12/7: Looking for service hours? VCPA is looking for volunteers to assist with the annual Kids Boutique event. Please sign up for set-up on 11/30, daily sale assistance & clean-up by clicking here.
    Robotics Orange Qualifier
     Photo of the Week: First Lego League teams qualified on 11/10 and moves on to Regionals at LegoLand on 12/8


    Middle School  
    Middle School Play is this Thursday, 11/15 and Friday, 11/16 at 7:00 PM. Come to the middle school chapel to see the magical performances of the play The Enchanted Bookstore by Todd Wallinger. Tickets can be purchased at the VCMS office or at the door--student tickets are $3, and adult tickets are $5.
    Robotics at the Elementary and Middle School:  We had two First Lego League (FLL) teams that competed in the Orange Qualifier on Saturday, 11/10. Both teams advanced to the So Cal Regional Tournament to be held at Legoland on 12/8! Congratulations to the Space Invaders for 2nd place in Project and Planetary Programmers who came in 2nd for Champions! 
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: The Middle School Play will take place on Thursday and Friday, 11/15 and 11/16 at 7:00 PM. We are looking for several parents each night to patrol the parking lot as security guards from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. Please call VCMS 865-6519 or email us if you are interested. 3 service hours will be given.
    DC/East Coast Trip registration closes this Friday, 11/16: There are a few spots still open for this fabulous trip next spring from May 30 to June 5, 2019. For questions, please contact Mr. Huisman or Mrs. Vande Vegte.
    VCMS Families: Last Tuesday you received an email and a text message on Wednesday that referenced and included a link to this year’s fundraiser. We are no longer selling magazines. Instead, we have produced a video that will explain our needs and direct donors to a donation page on the school website. Feel free to forward the message to anyone who may be interested in making a donation. Thank you for all of your support. Here is a link to the video and donation page VCMS Give. The deadline is Monday, 11/19.
    We'd still love safety pins.  Just send them to our office! Thanks.
    Chaperones needed for the 8th Grade California Science Center Field Trip on Wednesday, 12/19. The 8th grade team is looking for about 10-15 chaperones to accompany us to the Science Center. We will be leaving the middle school around 8:45 AM and returning close to 2:30 PM. We plan on seeing an IMAX production and then spending time touring the science center until we leave. If you want to volunteer to be a chaperone, please contact Michael Huisman (8th grade History teacher) at This is a great way to earn your service hours! Thanks!

    High School
    The Epic Robotz Open House/Show & Tell is on Saturday, 11/17 at 1:00 PM in Building B on the High School campus. Everyone is invited! This year’s fall-session projects include a new six-wheel experimental robot, a frisbee shooter and turn table, a targeting system, updated robot programming and control systems, new electronic gadgets, system support equipment, old robot reboots, and more. We think you’ll be impressed!
    The Sadie Hawkins Dance is Saturday, 12/1. The dance will be on campus from 7:30-11:00 PM; doors close at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $15 and will be sold the week of 11/26 - 11/30 during lunch in the high school office. TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AFTER LUNCH ON FRIDAY, 11/30 OR AT THE DOOR.
    • All VCHS students must have the "Valley Student Dance Form" filled out in order to purchase tickets.
    • The "Sadie Hawkins Guest Pass" must be filled out in order to purchase a guest ticket.
    • Both of these forms can be found on the "High School Student" page in Canvas.
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: Chaperone the Sadie Hawkins dance on Saturday, 12/1 around campus/in the parking lot from 7:15-11:15 PM. Contact Rebecca Snoeyink at
    Cross Country Awards Night is Friday, 11/30 at 7:00 PM in the chapel.  All runners and their families are invited.  We will serve dessert and coffee as we honor the team and celebrate the season.
    JV & Varsity Football players and families: Our Football Awards Night will take place on Monday, 12/3 at 7:00 PM in the high school chapel. It will be a little different this year… as we will not be serving dinner, but it will be free of charge. Desserts and drinks will be served.
    Please RSVP with your name & how many people (including the player) will be attending. RSVP to Kerri Ericks by text (562)761-5659 or email: by 11/16.
    Singing Birthday Telegrams are available for purchase as a fundraiser for the VCHS Madrigal Singers. Wish your favorite high school student "Happy Birthday" through amazing live Madrigal singing. Contact Joanne Arcala at or 562-619-1657 with questions or orders. Birthday singing and a homemade treat for the birthday boy or girl is $20. For a special discounted rate of only $10, show your love and appreciation to your favorite VCHS teacher or staff member!
    Scholarship Opportunity: NHS Seniors may apply for the NHS National Scholarship. Click the link to access the rules and procedures and please note the due date of 12/7. The school affiliation number is 00024475.
    Planning ahead? The High School will be having exams on 12/17-12/19. High School students will not be required to attend school on Thursday, Dec. 20 unless there is an unresolvable exam conflict to make up. Parents can view the initial Exam Schedule at
    Seniors: Interested in University of California at Santa Barbara? Current UCSB students will be on the How to Apply page of the website chatting live with Prospective students on Thursday 11/15, 11/29 and Friday, 11/30 from 3:30 - 5:00 PM. Students please join them and get your questions answered about UCSB student life, academics, getting involved and more  To chat, students just need to visit the How to Apply page during the chat hours listed above and click the "Live Chat" box on the top of their browser window.
    College Visit at lunch -
    • Thursday, 11/15 Providence Christian College
    • Tuesday, 11/27 US Navy
    9th grade Science Lab
    Photo of the Week: Freshman Science Class - Roller Coaster Lab

    All K-12 students will be admitted free to all VCHS home games (excluding CIF playoffs) for the 2018-19 VCHS athletic season. We look forward to seeing you at the games. High School Students should bring their student ID.
    For a schedule of upcoming Athletic events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific athletic calendars online at the Athletics website:


    Friends of VCS
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store is having a BLACK FRIDAY SALE! On Friday, 11/23 Affordable Treasures will be having a
    STOREWIDE SALE of 50% OFF. Head on over and see what great bargains you can fill your cart with! Check out this flyer.
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store is excited to announce they now have a truck and will be able to come and pick up your donations. Please call the store at 562-866-0060 and speak with Ashlee Brewer to schedule your appointment! They also have a new blue donation bin located in front of Building B at Valley Christian High School. Please drop off clothing and shoes in the bin.

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