Valley Christian Weekly News

  • January 14, 2019 Issue 20

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 1/14/2019 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

    The Valley Christian community extends sympathy to 12th grader Ashley Green due to the passing of her mother Elbirtha Watson last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ashley and her family at this time. 
     
    We also extend sympathy to 2nd grade teacher at VCES, Carolyn Kamstra and her family due to the passing of her father last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kamstra family.
     
    Due to the week of rainy weather, students on all campuses may wear jeans as long as they are within dress code.
     
    Red Cross Blood Drive - Tuesday, 1/15, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM in the VCHS Chapel. Parents and the VCS community are invited to give blood at the VCHS Red Cross Blood Drive. Check in at the VCHS office anytime on Tuesday. Parent service hours (3 hrs.) will be given for donations. Email Jeff Westrup at jwestrup@vcschools.org if you have any questions.
     
    Parents’ Association Meeting on Tuesday, 1/15 at 7:00 PM in the Verhoeven College and Career Center in the High School Office building.
     
    Join the VCHS Girls Soccer team for our annual Kick it to Cancer game on Thursday, 1/17 at 5:30 PM! There will be free hot dogs, raffles and a great game to watch vs Heritage Christian. This year we are raising funds for NFCR (National Foundation of Cancer Research) on behalf of Klay Branderhorst and pediatric cancer. Please come out and support a cause that is an important part of the girls soccer program and let's rally as a community around the Branderhorst family.
     
    The High School Robotics team is looking for mentors with mechanical design and/or computer aided design (CAD) experience to help develop this year's competition robot. Meetings are held each weekday evening (except Wednesdays) from 6:30-9:00 PM, and Saturdays 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. If you can spare an evening or two, or a few hours on Saturdays, we'd greatly appreciate your help. Call Carol (562-243-2721) or Paul (562-400-9673) for additional information.
     
    There will be no school on Monday, 1/21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
     
    Parent Association is having a polo and t-shirt sale on Thursday, 1/24 from 3:00-5:00 PM and Thursday, 2/7 from 7:45 - 8:15 AM. All sales will be in Room 23 on the VCHS campus.Here is the flier with more sale dates.
     
    VC Elementary Admissions Open House on Saturday, 1/26 at 10:00 AM: Tell your family and friends! Come and celebrate the Winter Admissions Open House Day.
     
    VC Middle School Admissions Open House on Saturday, 1/26 at 12:00 PM: Tell your family and friends! Come and celebrate the annual Winter Admissions Open House Day.
     
    Please invite your friends and family to the Kindergarten Preview Day on Thursday, 1/31 at 8:30 AM.
     
    Re-enrollment for 2019/20 School Year - In late January parents will receive an email with instructions and due dates for re-enrollment for the 2019/20 school year. The re-enrollment fee is $200 for one student, $400 for two students or $500 for families with three or more students.
     
    Broadway Showcase 2019
    • Broadway Showcase 2019 needs your financial support! Click here to donate online and select "Broadway Showcase" in the drop-down menu. We are also seeking a Corporate Sponsor for the production and will be selling ad space in the program where you can advertise your business or include a tribute to your student. Information regarding program ads and student tributes is available on the Broadway Showcase Website. Please contact info.thecast@gmail.com for more information.
    • Parents, if you didn't make it to the Broadway Showcase Parent Meeting last week, you have three more meeting opportunities this week and your attendance is required in order for your child to participate.The meeting locations are as follows:
      Monday, 1/14 at 7:30pm--High School Music Room
      Thursday, 1/17 at 4:30pm--High School Music Room
      Thursday, 1/17 at 7:30pm--Student Service Building on High School Campus
    • Kindergarten Audition Results will be posted today at 3:00 PM on the Broadway Showcase Website. Rehearsals for the TK and K students begin this Thursday, 1/17 at 3:15 PM. Please contact the Elementary School office if you are interested in a bus pass.
     
    Service Hours Opportunity on Saturday, 2/2: Many volunteers are needed to chaperone the High School Winter Formal on the evening of Saturday, 2/2. You do not need to have a student at the high school level to chaperone the dance. This opportunity is available to parents of all grade levels. If you are interested, please contact Tracie Jones at pa-vchs@vcschools.org.
     
     
    Tuition Assistance - Families can apply for tuition assistance for the 2019/20 school year. You can access the application at www.vcschools.org/tuitionassistance and then access the FAST program. Please submit your application using your 2017 tax information. The application is complete upon submitting the application and scanning or mailing all of the required tax forms. The deadline is Friday, 2/15/19.
     
    Happy New Year for SCRIP! This year be committed to turn your everyday purchases into everyday giving. Buy all you need for the Big Game with SCRIP, and our schools will win too! Don’t forget Valentine’s Day! Purchase SCRIP for a night out at the movies, a special dinner date, or for chocolates and flowers. Remember, you earn more for your tuition rebate with each purchase of SCRIP! Go to myscripwallet.com, enter enrollment code 32718E315182. Here are the directions. If you have any questions, contact Jade Warners at scrip@vcschools.org. Fill out and drop off a 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
      

     
    Preschool  
     
    Lunch Bunch Days: Tuesday, 1/15, and Wednesday, 1/30
     
    Reminder: We will be closed for Martin Luther King Day on Monday, 1/21.
     
    Pancakes and Pajamas on Friday, 1/25. We will be having a fun day celebrating the letter "P". The children are invited to wear their pajamas to school (no slippers please) as we enjoy a special book and pancakes, sausage, and milk. All children are invited to attend from 10:00-11:00 AM with a parent or guardian if it is not their normal day of attendance.

    Sign ups for Pancakes and Pajamas are posted on the preschool playground! Please consider donating items or your time to help make this event a success.
     
     

     

    Elementary School
     
     
    Kick It Up Dance Studio will be offering a Musical Theatre Class for K-3rd graders at the elementary campus starting Tuesday, 1/15 at 3:00 PM. Learn how to sing, dance and act. Students will have a blast each week learning different Broadway musical selections. Two sessions are available, one beginning 1/15 and a second one on 3/12. To register for a class, please visit www.kickitup.com. Class space is limited, early registration is recommended. Click here for more information.
     
    Journey Inside the Human Body! - Valley Christian After School Science Club for grades 1-6. Two classes are available for Wednesdays, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 and Thursdays, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 from 3:00-4:00 PM. Registration and information can be found here.
     
    ACSI Spelling Meet is on Friday, 1/25.
     
    This year, every student at VCES will receive a yearbook. If you are looking for a creative way to tell your student, “I love you and I’m proud of you", a recognition ad can be placed in the yearbook here. Yearbook recognition ads will be accepted through 2/16. If you have any questions, please contact Alba Rodriguez at arodriguez@vcschools.org
     
    Preparations for the Fine Arts Festival for students in grades 5-8 are underway. The try outs will be on Wednesday, 2/13, at our elementary campus after school. For those selected to go on, the Interscholastic Fine Arts Festival is on Thursday, 2/28 at New Life Community Church in Artesia throughout the school day. If you have any questions about the festival, please contact your child's music teacher for more information.
     
    Service Hours Opportunity: Do you enjoy listening to students perform? Parents are needed as door monitors for the Fine Arts Festival try outs on Wednesday, 2/13, from 2:30-5:30 PM at the elementary campus. Please email Mrs. Struiksma at lstruiksma@vcschools.org, if you are available to help.
     
      

     

    Middle School  
     
    VC Middle School Admissions Open House on Saturday, 1/26 at 12:00 PM: Tell your family and friends! Come and celebrate the annual Winter Admissions Open House Day.
     
    Help promote our Middle School! We have postcard-sized flyers at our MS office which we would LOVE to have you pass out to friends and family members who may be interested in VCMS. Use the postcards to invite them to our Admissions Open House on Saturday, 1/26 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Students may write their name on the back when they give it to someone who is interested in attending the Open House. Those cards will be turned in for a drawing for 3 - $50 Amazon gift card.
     
    8th Grade Parents - VCHS registration forms are due Friday, 1/25. The High School office mailed a letter home last week with a class registration form for your student’s first year of High School! The letter also contains information about 8th grade Graduation and the dance afterwards. If you did not receive this mailing or have any questions about the mailing, please contact the High School office at hsinfo@vcschools.org. The registration forms can be turned in to either the Middle School office or the High School office by Friday, 1/25.
     
    Preparations for the Fine Arts Festival for students in grades 5-8 are underway. The try outs will be on Wednesday, 2/13, at our elementary campus after school. For those selected to go on, the Interscholastic Fine Arts Festival is on Thursday, 2/28 at New Life Community Church in Artesia throughout the school day. If you have any questions about the festival, please contact your child's music teacher for more information.

    Service Hours Opportunity: Do you enjoy listening to students perform? Parents are needed as door monitors for the Fine Arts Festival try outs on Wednesday, 2/13, from 2:30-5:30 pm at the elementary campus. Please email Mrs. Struiksma at lstruiksma@vcschools.org, if you are available to help.
     
    Report Cards Middle School 1st Semester Report Cards were mailed home last week.
     
    Lost and Found: The Middle School Lost and Found is full of exciting things - 2 pairs of Invisalign retainers, countless lunch boxes, reusable water bottles and so many uniforms. Please feel free to stop in to look for your student's missing items.
     
     
     
      
     

     
     
    High School
     
    Report Cards were mailed home last week Tuesday.
     
    2019-20 Class Registration forms for Freshmen-Juniors were included in the mailing and are due by Friday, 1/25. If you did not receive the mailing, please contact the High School office at hsinfo@vcschools.org.
     
    Come support our athletes - join us at the Booster Club Meeting tonight, Monday, 1/14 at 7:00 PM in the Van Dyk Conference Room in the High School Office Building.
     
    Schedule Questions/Changes? The deadline to add new classes is Friday, 1/18. Please contact Mrs. Pheifer, the registrar at lpheifer@vcschools.org.
     
    Valley Christian Winter Dance will be held on Saturday, 2/2 from 7:30 to 11:00 PM at the SpringField Banquet Center located at 501 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, Ca 92823.  Tickets will be on sale this week Thursday and Friday, 1/17 and 1/18 before school, at lunch and after school in the SSB. Students must have the Winter Dance 2018-2019 form completed prior to purchasing tickets. NOTE: There are two pages which require signatures. If you are bringing a guest who is not a Valley student, please complete the Winter Dance 2018-2019 form, Alcohol/Drug Affidavit along with the Guest Pass request. These forms for guests must be approved by Ms. Snoeyink prior to purchasing tickets. You can find these forms on the Canvas high school student page.
     
    VCHS EUROPE 2020: If you are still thinking about the Europe trip, you can still sign your child up for the trip to Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. If you need more information, you can email Mr. Rhodes at the high school mrhodes@vcschools.org or you can simply go to http://www2.educationaltravel.com/Rhodes-8203. This will take you to the VCHS tour page that says sign up now! You'll also be able to see the amazing itinerary of 4 European countries. Once you sign up, you can create your own username and password.
     
    Counseling Office News:
     
    On Thursday, 1/17 from 6:45 - 7:30 PM in the Choir Room, the VCHS Counseling Department will be hosting guest speaker, Nick Standlea, from Test Prep Gurus in Seal Beach. Nick will be presenting to the 10th and 11th grade parents and students regarding PreACT and PSAT scores, as well as college admissions. This is a great opportunity for parents to ask questions and receive valuable information. For more information please contact Mrs. Doornbos at 562 865-0281 ext. 227 or email at sdoornbos@vcschools.org.
     
    Practice ACT/SAT: Interested in trying out the ACT and/or SAT? Valley Christian has partnered with Test Prep Gurus and will be offering full-length practice tests on 1/26 and 2/23 on the VCHS campus. To sign up, please fill out the bottom portion of this form and turn it in to Mrs Doornbos at the attendance office by Friday, 1/18.
    • When: SAT - Saturday, 1/26
    • When: ACT - Saturday, 2/23
    • Time: 8:30-11:30 AM (arrive by 8:15)
    • Location: Classroom HH49
    • Cost: $15 per test
     

     
     
    Athletics
     
    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: www.vcathletics.net
     

     

    Friends of VCS
     
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store now has a truck to come and pick up your donations. Please call the store at 562-866-0060 and speak with Ashlee Brewer to schedule a pick up! They also have a blue bin located in front of Building B at Valley Christian High School for clothing and shoes donations.
     

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