Valley Christian Weekly News

  • September 19, 2022 Issue 5

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 9/19/2022 3:30:00 PM

    2022-23 Theme Verse: "Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22: 37-39

    Thank you to all parents, staff, and students who made donations and/or gave time to make the Harvest Festival a huge success. Here is the link to the pictures from the Harvest Festival (2022):
    Parents, Grandparents, Youth Leaders and Mentors are invited to join us on September 26 from 6:30pm - 8pm in the VCHS gymnasium to hear from Protect Young Eyes,   a Christian-based organization specializing in internet safety for kids. These conversations are critical for any adults that have an impact on your children from preschool all the way to high school. The PYE presenter will discuss building digital trust within your family, creating safe digital spaces, and provide tips for developing sound habits. We believe this conversation is so important that we are offering 2 service hours for each parent of current VC students that attend (maximum of 4 hours per family). We know you’ll leave feeling encouraged and empowered. In order for us to best prepare for the event, please RSVP here.
    Protect Young Eyes will visit each of our campuses Tuesday, 9/27 to speak with our students in age-appropriate, grade level groups about the importance of digital safety. To learn more about their presentation, check out their school presentations at
    Donation opportunity: We have a crochet/knitting club on the high school campus that hopes to make things and donate them locally. We are in need of crochet hooks, knitting needles, and yarn donations. Please drop off donations at the high school office. Contact Teresa Peterson at with questions.
    Need parent service hours? Come pray! Moms in Prayer meets each week to pray for our children and schools. Not just for moms, join us occasionally or weekly. Attend any meeting time that fits your schedule, even if a different campus than your child attends. Questions or prayer requests? Submit to: Taelin Iniguez at or Jane VandenBerg at 970-672-7698
    • Mondays, 8:30 - 9:30 AM at the VC High School Van Dyk Conference Rm
    • Wednesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 AM at the VC Elementary School Conference Rm
    Wilderness Challenge Donations - The Wilderness Challenge class is taking a group of students to backpack on Catalina this October. We are looking for a few donations - a couple more 45-Liter backpacks and a few compressible sleeping bags, new or used are both great. Here's the link to the Amazon Wishlist for the Wilderness Challenge class you can help out, please contact Mrs. Lee at
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: Next home football game is Friday, 9/30. A fun way to get those service hours is to help out in the canteen during the football season. Working in the canteen not only supports our football team but Valley Christian Athletic Boosters, which supports all sports programs at Valley Christian. Your help is very much needed and appreciated. Click here to sign up to help. If you're interested in helping out this year, please contact Mario & Angie Ortiz at
    Parent Service Hour Opportunities:  Scholastic Arts Society is looking for help selling popcorn at the football games on Friday, 9/30 vs. Heritage, 10/7 vs. Ontario/Homecoming, and 10/21 vs. Big Bear High. Help is needed from 6:30PM - the end of the game.  SAS sponsors our National Honors activities, luncheon, and hosts the annual Scholastic Arts ceremony in which scholarships are AWARDED each year to our high school seniors.  If you are in need of service hours and would like to have fun while enjoying Friday night football, contact Ana Patterson (562)659-4124 or email
    Job Openings:

    Families who are placing SCRIP orders on the RaiseRight app are witnessing how easy online ordering can be! Not only can they place their orders whenever they want or need to, they can also take advantage of daily bonuses, giveaways, seasonal offers and in app exclusives. With the RaiseRight app you can manage your gift cards in one place: 

    • View and use your eGift Cards, even when you're offline
    • Add money to your reloadable cards
    • Organize and quickly find the ones you use most

    SCRIP Tip: Maximizing Your Tuition Credit. Your friends and family, near and far, can help you earn tuition credit. With the RaiseRight mobile app or on they can shop from anywhere in the country! (Please note that all physical cards will be delivered to VCS, unless you specify to have cards shipped directly to other location.) For the VC enrollment code or if you have questions, please contact Jade at, 562-865-4285 or visit our website at Student name and grade are required for enrollment code. Other ways to get Scrip:

    • Come to live sales at Middle School SCRIP Office Tuesday & Thursday 8 - 10 AM.
    • Fill out and drop off a form at any school office for same day pick up.
    • Contact Jade to make an appointment to purchase Scrip or to place an order.

    Picture Day: will be Tuesday, 9/20 and Wednesday, 9/21. Each child will received a notice in their file last week indicating which day they will take pictures; Tuesday or Wednesday.
    Johnny Appleseed Day 9/26: Please dress your child in Red, Green, or Yellow on 9/26 as we talk about Johnny Appleseed, eat some apple snacks, and create art using apples.

    Elementary School
    VC Event Supervision - Parents, please be aware that at all extra-curricular events (VCHS Football games, Harvest Festival, Cocoa & Carols, etc.) we do have personnel and hired security on site for campus safety. We do not have teachers on duty to supervise students. Please be sure to attend events with your student(s) or make sure you are sending them with someone who will be present for their care.
    Pop Tabs:  We are partnering with The Ronald McDonald House to help families in their time of need by collecting Pop Tabs. Students can bring in their pop tabs at any time.
    Fall Enrichment Classes: Classes will be held for five THURSDAYS - 3:00-4:00 PM, 9/22 - 10/20. Forms were sent home with your child last week. Please return to the office with your payment no later than 9/14. Classes fill up quickly and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms may be found here.
    Coding Class: Do you want your child to learn how to code? Come check out the beginner courses for newbie coders and experienced coders. Two sessions will be offered on Thursdays 3:00-4:00 for six weeks at VCES. Easy, convenient, and your child will learn a valuable skill set. Limited space! Book today! Registration and information may be found here
    Skatedogs Mobile Skateboard Park will be offering an 8-session class at the elementary campus on Fridays, beginning 9/16. Information and registration forms may be found here. Class space is limited and early registration is recommended.
    Southern California Sensory Screening Tuesday, 9/20 - Students in grades TK, K, 2nd & 5th for vision and hearing, and 1st grade boys for colorblindness at no charge. An informational form will be sent home with students today. If you would like your child screened for any additional tests or are in a grade other than what is listed above, please fill out and return this additional testing form.
    Fall Fundraiser: The Cookie Dough (Mrs. Fields) and Magazine Sale fundraiser will run through 9/28. Information will be sent home with your child this week. More information on Mrs. Fields can be found here.
    Information on magazine sales can be found here.
    VCES Student Absences: If your child is going to be absent from school, please notify the elementary office by 9:00 AM at Thank you.
    Staff/Bus Parking Lot: Parking is very limited in the staff/bus parking lot. Please park on the street if possible, except on Tuesdays, which are street sweeping days.
    Superhero Spirit Day! On Friday, September 30, students can show their school spirit by dressing up in their favorite superhero attire. Spirit Day is optional. If you choose not to participate, please be in uniform.

    Middle School
    Fall Sports are in full swing at VCMS! Flag Football, Girls Basketball, Cheer & Cross Country seasons have started! If you’d like to come support our athletes, you can find their schedules at, click on calendar and again on MS Calendar, or you can click here. Please note that game locations, dates and times are subject to change for various reasons, so make sure to check the calendar regularly.
    Thank you to all of you who participated in our Fall Fundraiser this year. We are so grateful for your support! Your Spirit Wear will arrive in 3-4 weeks.
    Dress Code Reminder: Parents, please make sure your students are coming to school in the appropriate uniform. Shorts must be black or khaki, Dennis Uniform or Dickies brand and the appropriate length. Shorts may not be rolled. Pants must be black or khaki uniform pants (no denim allowed). To view the middle school dress code in its entirety, please click here to access our student handbook and scroll to the dress code section. If your student comes to school out of dress code, you will be required to bring them the appropriate uniform. Students will receive 2 discipline warnings for dress code violations, and from there demerits will be issued. We appreciate your cooperation and partnership!
    Please join us for the ‘Protect Young Eyes’ special event Monday, September 26th at 6:30 PM at Valley Christian High School. Protect Young Eyes is a Christian-based organization specializing in internet security for kids from preschool to high school. We know you will leave feeling encouraged and empowered!

    High School
    Thank you for supporting Madrigals with your birthday gram orders at Harvest Festival and congrats to Lauren Williams for winning the Angel Tickets raffle!! Keep those birthday gram orders coming and help the Madrigals get to Orlando, Florida next spring! Purchase a $20 birthday gram for your friends or student by contacting Jade Warners at and the Madrigals will sing happy birthday to them in their 3rd period class and deliver a homemade treat and birthday note. Please continue to support our Madrigals and get them to Orlando!!562-889-4488
    Registration is now open for Robotics Fall Season. The fall season kick off is Tuesday, September 20, 6:30-9:00 PM so sign up soon! Please go to to register and pay. The fee for the fall season is $300. Meeting times are Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 PM and Saturdays, 9:30 AM-3:00 PM. Meetings will run through November 12!
    Senior parents - All seniors are asked to have a senior portrait taken at Classic Image, our school photographer, to be put in the yearbook. If you were not able to schedule your senior portrait appointment during the summer, please do so as soon as possible by calling 562-865-3636. There will be a $45 sitting fee and an option to buy more prints. Senior portraits will need to be taken by the end of September or the ID card photo will be used in the yearbook instead.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    • Friday, 10/7 - Homecoming
    • Monday, 10/10 - No school
    • Wednesday, 10/12 - Testing day - 8:15-11:30 AM - mandatory for all 9th-11th graders, and optional for 12th graders who signed up for the SAT or ASVAB
    • Friday, 10/28 - No school
    Still thinking about dropping a class? VCHS has staggered drop dates.
    • If you drop a class by the end of Week 7 (9/30), then there is no permanent record anywhere.
    • If you drop a class by the end of Week 13, then there is a W on your permanent transcript, but it doesn't hurt your GPA.
    • If you drop a class after Week 13, then you get an automatic F on your permanent transcript, and it will pull your GPA down.

    Download a drop form at

    HS Men/Women's Breakfast - This year the high school students will be holding a monthly breakfast for the young men and women on campus on different scheduled Friday mornings. The first Men's Breakfast was last Friday and the Women's first breakfast will be on September 23. We are looking for parents to help with serving the breakfasts or donating food or money for the breakfasts. Each meeting will also feature a speaker. September speakers have already been scheduled, but if you or you know anyone who may want to lead a devotion for the students, please feel free to contact us. Please contact Mr. Andersen at or Mrs. Garris at for any monetary, food, or service donations.
    Europe Trip 2023 Highlights: Deadline for the early enrollment discount is Wednesday, 9/28.
    • 14 days
    • 4 countries (Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and the Netherlands)
    • Guided City Sightseeing in the cities of Berlin-Prague-Munich-Lucerne-Heidelberg-Amsterdam
    • Berlin Wall
    • Prague Castle
    • Neuschwanstein Castle
    • German Cooking Class
    • Dachau
    • The Alps
    • Rhine River Cruise
    • Amsterdam Bike Tour
    • Anne Frank House
    • Rijksmuseum
    • If you or your child are interested in visiting historical sites like those listed above and more, contact Mr. Rhodes at for more information. If you would like to enroll your child in the trip, you can go to
    2023 Washington DC/Alabama/Georgia Civil Rights Trip (Spring Break 2023 - March 27-April 1) Valley Christian High School is planning a Civil Rights trip that will include Atlanta, GA, Birmingham & Selma, AL & Washington, DC for Spring Break 2023. This will be a six-day trip and is open to all high school students and/or high school parents. Mr. Bras will lead this trip. Please contact him at if you have any questions.
    Counselors News:
    Financial Aid Night/FAFSA is a Webinar on Wednesday, 10/5 from 7:00-8:00 PM. This is an informational meeting to go over FAFSA and the Financial Aid process. The presentation will cover new changes to the FAFSA, how to maximize your grants and scholarships, and how to read your award letter. A question and answer portion will be held at the end of the meeting. If you have any questions, please email Sheryl Doornbos at
    SAVE THE DATE - Valley Christian High School will be hosting a Christian College Fair, Thursday, 10/27, 6:00-8:00 PM. Over 20 admissions representatives from Christian colleges throughout the United States will be in attendance!
    On Campus College Visits
    • Williamette University - Thursday, 9/29
    • University of San Francisco - Friday 9/30
    • Southeastern University - Friday, 10/7
    • California Baptist University - Thursday, 10/13

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    For a schedule of upcoming athletic events at each campus, please refer to the campus-specific athletic calendars online at the athletics website:

    Friends of VCS
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store - Call our store 562-866-0060 or schedule a pick-up on our website

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