Valley Christian Weekly News

  • November 13, 2017 Issue 14

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 11/13/2017 3:00:00 PM

    2017-2018 Theme Verse: "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love." 1 Corinthians 16:13 - 14

    We are thrilled to announce Brian Petteys has accepted the position as our Middle School Principal.  Brian stepped into the job as Interim Principal over the summer this year and we’re grateful he’s agreed to apply his talent and vision at this exceptional campus. Please congratulate Brian when you see him.
    Parent Association meeting on Tuesday, 11/14 at 7:00 PM in the Verhoeven College and Career Center. 
    Parent Association T-shirt/Polo Uniform Sale Thursday, 11/16 from 3:00 PM -5:00 PM  in Room 23 at the High School campus. Elementary T-shirts, White polos, and Sweatshirts will be available. 
    BOPA Christmas Program & Ad book - submissions are due by Friday, 11/17.  Advertise your business or send a message to your student.  Messages can be for students, offer praise and encouragement and can earn funds for future B & O trips. Order forms can be found at
    Thanksgiving Worship Service & Food Drive:
    • Join us in a school-wide food drive for Long Beach Rescue Mission.  See the flier for suggested food donations.  Students may bring items to school any day through Friday, 11/17.
    • Parents and friends of VCS are invited to join all KCC - 12th grade students for worship on Friday, 11/17 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.
    No school the week of Thanksgiving - Monday through Friday, 11/20-11/24. Campus offices will be closed, and the Business Office will be open Monday and Tuesday.
    Broadway Showcase Auditions for Elementary and Middle School students will take place on Tuesday, 11/28. Please see the Broadway Showcase website: for times, audition forms, and additional information.
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: Chaperone the Sadie Hawkins Dance on Saturday, 12/2. We need 6 parents to help around campus (outdoors) and in the parking lot from 7:00-11:00 PM. Contact Rebecca Snoeyink at
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: Help during the High School Teacher's Christmas Luncheon on Friday, 12/8 at 11:30 AM. Can’t help that day?  We are also looking for home-made Christmas treats to serve for dessert that day.  For either opportunity, contact Faith Rietveld at



    Lunch Bunch days for November: 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.
    • Wednesday, 11/15
    • Tuesday, 11/28
    See's Candies Fundraiser: Order forms will be going home on Thursday, 11/16! Please support our preschool by purchasing See's Candies. All proceeds will go towards new outdoor equipment and toys! Orders are due Friday, 12/1.
    Thanksgiving Parade and Feast on Friday, 11/17 from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. All children and parents are invited to join us for this special Thanksgiving celebration. 
    Canned Food Drive: Our annual canned food drive is going on now! If you would like to donate canned food items that will be distributed to the Long Beach Rescue Mission please drop off before 11/17.
    November 20-24: Infant Care and Preschool will be CLOSED 

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    Elementary School  
    Thanksgiving Break Daycare packets are still available online and in Daycare. The deadline has been extended.
    Box Tops Contest from 11/1 - 11/30: Who can collect and turn in the most Box Tops?  There will be a contest between elementary classes, and the winning class will get a pizza party! Start now--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.
    Math Circle - the final meeting will be Tuesday, 11/14. For information, email Mrs. Hermann at Please complete the registration form and turn in to the office.
    The 5th & 6th grade students and Mrs. Koolmees' class will be going to watch the Middle School play, 'Wagon Wheels a-Rollin', on 11/15.
    Skatedogs Mobile Skateboard Park will be here 11/16 to give a demonstration for their upcoming class. Information and registration forms will be sent home that day. Class space is limited, early registration is recommended.
    Kindergarten & 3rd Grade Christmas Concert on Tuesday, 12/5 at 7:00 PM at Bethany CRC, Bellflower. Students should meet in the Friendship Center at 6:40 PM.
    Parent Volunteer Opportunity:  Help supervise the elementary playground during the Teacher's Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, 12/6, from 11:30-12:30 PM.  Please contact the elementary office at 562-920-9902 if you can help. 
    Kids' Christmas Boutique is 12/11-12/15.  Volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon shifts to set up and assist students with shopping. To sign up, please contact Jennifer Adams at
    5th & 6th Grade Band, Orchestra and Choir Christmas Concert on Wednesday, 12/13 at 10:00 AM at Bethany CRC, Bellflower.
    5th & 6th grade winter sports season is approaching and we are looking for coaches for both the boys basketball and girls volleyball teams.  Tryouts for the teams will take place Monday, December 18 - Wednesday, December 20, and the season will begin January 8 and continue through mid-March.  There is a coaching stipend for the season.  If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please contact Tracy Espinosa at
    Submit your photos for possible inclusion in the VCES yearbook. We especially need photos from Sports Day June 2017. Send your pictures to
    Order your Yearbook: The VCES 2017-2018 yearbook is available for purchase online only. If you would like a yearbook, please go to the online order form for more information and to place your order. Personal dedications can also be purchased online.
    Veterans Day 11-10-17 Mrs. Leetsma
    Photo of the Week: Veteran's Day in Miss Leestma class


    Middle School  
    Middle School Play on Thursday, 11/16 and Friday, 11/17 at 7:00 PM. Come to the middle school chapel to see the rowdy performances of the play Wagon Wheels a-Rollin' by Tim Kelly. Tickets can be purchased at the VCMS office or at the door--student tickets are $3, and adult tickets are $5.
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: The Middle School Play will take place Thursday and Friday, 11/16 and 11/17 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  685-6519 or email us if you are interested. 3 service hours will be given.
    Girls Volleyball and Boys Basketball tryouts will be Tuesday, 11/28 - Thursday, 11/30 from 3:00 to 4:45 PM.

    High School
    Reminder that Broadway Showcase Auditions for High School Students are taking place this week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday! All High School students interested in being considered for a Solo, Duet, Small Group Number, or Men's or Women's Specialty MUST attend an audition! Students auditioning for a Solo, Duet, or Small Group Number will need to sign up for an audition time in the VCHS Music Room. Please check the Broadway Showcase website: for times, audition forms, and additional information.

    The EPIC ROBOTZ Open House/Show & Tell is on Saturday, 11/18 at 1:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend! Each project team will have the opportunity to show off their hard work. Students and mentors have been learning new skills  to get ready for the competition season. As an added bonus you will have the opportunity to meet "THOR" our newest CNC machine. We think you will be impressed.
    Sadie Hawkins Dance is Saturday, 12/2. The dance will be on campus from 7:30-11:00 PM. Tickets are $15 and will be sold the week of 11/27 - 12/1 during lunch in the high school office. TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AFTER LUNCH ON FRIDAY 12/1 OR AT THE DOOR.
    • All VCHS students must have the "Valley Student Dance Form" filled out in order to purchase tickets.
    • The "Dance 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.
    Would you like to bless the Senior Class of 2018?  The Grad Night Committee is humbly requesting donations to help make Grad Night a huge success! Please consider donating any amount to our fund by 12/15 at the high school office. (Checks can be made payable to VCS and write "Grad Night" on the memo line) Contact Darlene Maynard at 562-225-7710 or with any questions.
    Parents of Seniors - Our Jostens representatives were on campus last Friday and we are excited that all of our cap and gown measurements have been taken care of.  If you are still interested in ordering other items to prepare for graduation (announcements, clothing, keepsakes, etc.), Jostens encourages you to get your order placed by the end of the calendar year to avoid any price changes after the new year.  Visit or call 714-751-0260 for more information.
    Counseling Department News
    SAT vs ACT Test- Which Test is the Right Choice?  Let Kaplan help answer that with their Free National Practice Test Weekend on 11/18 or 11/19. This free, interactive, live online event lets students learn the difference between the SAT & ACT, then try sections from each test to see which is a better fit. Students will see their scores instantly and learn effective test strategies from the team of experts. Space is limited-don't wait. Reserve now at
    The 2017/2018 ACT and SAT test dates are available on the Counseling Department webpage.
    On Campus College Visits will be held in the Verhoeven College & Career Center during lunch hour:  US Army - 11/16

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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: 

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    Friends of VCS
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store needs volunteers and is accepting high school students as well as parents! Service hours are available. Call 562-866-0060 to volunteer.
    Lower your Tuition with Scrip: When you purchase gift cards at Scrip for various grocery, gas, retail stores, and restaurants, you earn a tuition credit for the next school year. Click here for the order form. Please contact us for more information at or 562-865-4285.

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