Valley Christian Weekly News

  • October 23, 2017 Issue 11

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 10/23/2017 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

    Congratulations to Pam Leestma, 2nd grade teacher who had an article and photos about her work in the classroom posted on the NASA/NSTA blog last week.  Click here to read it.
    VCS Family Directories will be distributed this week to your youngest student.
    The Board of Directors welcomes you to attend their next meeting on Thursday, 10/26, at 7:00 PM in the Verhoeven College & Career Center. This meeting is open to everyone and here is the agenda
    No School this Friday, 10/27 for TK - 12th grade for students, faculty and staff. VCPS will be open.
    VCS Sweatshirt orders are due Friday, 11/3. Download the order form or find it on the Parents' Association web page. Orders placed by Friday, 11/3 will be available by Thursday, 12/7. Parents' Association School Clothing Sales dates can be found here.
    BOPA meeting on Monday, 11/6 in the High School Music Room at 7:30 PM.
    BOPA Christmas Program & Ad book - Advertise your business or send a message to your student. Submissions are due by Friday, 11/17. Messages can be for students and offer praise and encouragement, and can earn funds for future B & O trips. Order forms can be found
    The Board is currently seeking nominees for 2018-19. Nominate yourself or another member of the community/society for election to the Board by emailing
    • Come out to monthly Board of Directors meetings 7:00 PM, High School Career Center on 10/26, 11/30, 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/16
    • Join a Board Committee (Finance, Outcomes, Governance & Policy)
    • Participate in the annual community meeting of the Valley Christian Schools Society where elections and other votes occur: 4/19, 2018
    • Educate yourself: The VC Society Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are here.
    Broadway Showcase 2018 Auditions will take place in November. Please check the Broadway Showcase website for dates, times, and additional information.
    VCHS Athletic Booster Canteen is looking for a Grill master! Our canteen has been known and recognized for its award winning Tri-Tip sandwiches and Tri-Tip chili. We are seeking a grill master to cook tri-tip at our Friday home football games. For more details, please contact Theresa Montenegro at or 714-319-8626.
    Moms in Prayer meets on Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 AM in the VCES Conference Room. For more info check or contact Taelin at NEEDED: Facilitators for two additional other prayer meetings at a time convenient for you.



    Thanksgiving Break Daycare packets are available online and in Daycare. These packets are due by 11/6.
    October lunch bunch date: Wednesday, 10/25.
    Pumpkin Day: On Tuesday, 10/31 we will be celebrating Pumpkin Day at school. All Children are allowed to attend on this day between 10:00 and 11:00 AM. Please dress your child in something Orange to celebrate this fun day.
    Thank you to all the parents who signed up to donate to our Pumpkin Day activities. Items can be dropped off in the preschool office or given to your child's teacher.

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    Elementary School  
    TerraNova Standardized Test scores for the 2016-2017 school year finally arrived and were mailed out last week. If you did not receive them, please contact the VCES office.
    Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, 10/16 through Thursday, 10/26. You should have received a notification from your child's teacher.
    Spirit Day on Tuesday, 10/31: Book Character Day - Join the fun and dress up as your favorite book character.
    Third Grade field trip on Tuesday, 10/31 - students will be visiting the Natural History Museum.
    Round 2 - Color Changing Slime & Geyser Risers: Valley Christian After School Science Club for grades K-6. Two classes are available for Wednesdays, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 and Thursdays, 11/9 11/16 ,11/30, 12/7 from 3:00-4:00 PM. Registration is open with a class size limit of 26. The registration form and information is available here.

    Cookie dough and tote bags will be ready for pick up in our Multipurpose room Thursday, 11/2, from 2:45 - 5:45 PM. If you are unable to pick up your order, please arrange for someone to pick it up. The cookie dough will need to be refrigerated/frozen within 24 hours and we do not have the facilities to store them.
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: Help distribute Cookie Dough and Chico Bag Fundraiser goods on Thursday, 11/2. If you are interested, please call Alyson at 562-547-3334.
    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.
    Thanksgiving Break Daycare packets are available online and in Daycare. These packets are due by 11/6.
    Our first VCES Family Fun Night is on Friday, 11/10 at 6:00 PM. We will be showing a family friendly movie right here at the elementary on the big screen! With Chick-Fil-A, concessions and homemade cars, it is sure to be a fun-filled evening. Please bring your chairs, blankets, and dinner to enjoy a movie under the stars! More details to follow!
    Box Tops Contest: Who can collect and turn in the most Box Tops between 11/1 - 11/30? 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.
    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.
    Submit your photos for possible inclusion in the VCES yearbook. We especially need photos from Sports Day June 2017. Send your pictures to


    Middle School  
    Your middle schooler received a Student Led Conference information letter which included scheduling information last week from his/her advisement teacher. If you have not seen this yet, please speak with your student. They were due Friday, 10/13.
    Students that had 5 or more magazine sales or donations will enjoy a cheeseburger lunch on campus on Monday, 10/23.
    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.

    High School
    Congratulations to Seniors Payton Kooi and Joshua Rupprecht who have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. They placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who took the qualifying test.
    High School Parent-Teacher Conferences are on Tuesday, 10/24 and Thursday, 10/26. An email was sent out with information about signing up for conference times. Download the appointment card here.  Extra appointment cards are available in the High School Office. If you did not receive an email about Parent-Teacher Conferences, please contact us at This week’s schedule will be:
    • Wednesday, 10/25 will be a Block Odd Schedule with a 2:45 PM dismissal.
    • Thursday, 10/26 will be a Block Even Schedule with a 2:15 PM dismissal. Bus service will run at 2:45 PM as usual on both days.
    • Friday, 10/27 there is no school.
    The seniors had an opportunity to register for Parchment, an on-line service for ordering transcripts last week. This is a service that the seniors will start using more as they are applying for colleges, after graduation when colleges require final transcripts, and as alumni when their transcripts are needed. The best practice is to always use the student account to order transcripts. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Faith Rietveld in the High School office 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:
    • Concordia University, Irvine - Mon, 10/23
    • Northern Arizona University - Mon, 10/30
    • UCLA - Tues, 10/31
    • Vanguard University - Thurs, 11/2

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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:
    Parent Service Opportunity: Earn service hours by working in the Football canteen. Shifts are available between 4:00-11:00 PM at home games. Contact Theresa Montenegro at

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    Friends of VCS
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store needs volunteers and are 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 credit for your tuition at VCS in the next school year. Please contact us for more information at or 562-865-4285.

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    Requested Announcements
    Come to Rosewood Church's Outrageous Pumpkin Party on Tuesday, 10/31 from 6:00-9:00 PM at 10115 Rose St, Bellflower! There will be lots of games, candy, prizes, photo ops, giveaways, food (for sale) and more. Bring your whole family for a night of fun!
    Fall 2017 Choir Concert: Madrigals  
     Photo of the week: 2017 Fall Choir Concert - Madrigals
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