Valley Christian Weekly News

  • April 22, 2024: Issue 32

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 4/22/2024 3:15:00 PM

    2023-24 Theme Verse: "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Colossians 3:12



     
    VC FIELD FAREWELL - Join us on Monday, May 13 at 7:00 PM for a farewell to our current athletic stadium field before we start the new Stadium Project. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided. Wear your maroon and gold for photos in front of the scoreboard and come enjoy fellowship and one last time on the field!
     
    Support Grad Night by eating at Raising Cane's, 18600 Gridley Road in Artesia on Thursday, 4/25! Eat any time between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM and mention that you're there for the VCHS Grad Night Fundraiser! 
     
    All VCS Parents are invited to the Annual Society Meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 25, at 7:00 PM in the high school Legacy Chapel. This annual meeting includes voting for the election of board members, updates on the school year, and celebrations of important events. All school parents, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend and vote. VCS parents are automatically VCS Society members. If you have questions about VCS Society membership, please get in touch with Marlaina Goldine at MGoldine@vcschools.org.
     
    Friday, 4/26 - The buses will run normal time on their AM routes, and then will run at 11:30 AM because of the half day. The buses will not run at 2:45 PM.
     
    Knock out your Parent Service hours!: The VCS Board of Directors would love your help during the Board's Staff Appreciation Social on Saturday, May 4. We need two adults to oversee child care. (Earn 5 hours credit for a 3-hour shift!)
    • Childcare help (for staff children) on the elementary campus. (Childcare drop-off begins at 5:30, so this shift should be 5:15 PM- Approx 8:15 PM.)
    • We will have pizza and snacks for you and the children. You will supervise the kids as they eat dinner and then play on the playground.
    • To volunteer and earn bonus service hours (5 hours credit for 3-hour shift!), contact Marlaina Goldine at mgoldine@vcschools.org
     
    Defender Days summer enrichment classes are back!  We would love for you to join us for a class or camp! We have a variety of opportunities for your students to explore their interests and learn new skills. With classes from sports to art to academic enrichment, you are sure to find something that they will enjoy! To check out all of our summer programs, please visit go.vcschools.org/defenderdays.
     
    HARVEST FESTIVAL COMMITTEE 2024 is looking for volunteers to help plan our upcoming annual Harvest Festival on Friday, 10/25. We’re particularly in need of a donations chair. Training provided, and service hours will be completed. For more information or if you’d like to sign up, please email harvest@vcschools.org.
     
    ATTENTION GRADUATING CLASS OF 1974: You are cordially welcomed to attend, participate, and walk in our graduation ceremony joining our 2024 graduating class as our honored 50th anniversary guests on Thursday, May 23. Please let other classmates know about this opportunity. Contact Gene Bras gbras@vcschools.org to RSVP or let him know if you have any questions.
     
    Mother-Son Tailgate Party On May 3rd the Mission Alaska team will be hosting a Mother-Son Tailgate Party which includes lawn games, music, and hot dogs from 4:00-6:00 PM at the high school stadium.  The sign-up forms will be delivered to the ES campus on Monday, April 22nd. The cost per mother-son is $40 and $10 for each additional son. Email Andy Andersen if you have any questions: aandersen@vcschools.org
     
    Are you interested in providing a home for one of our amazing international students? Our HomeStay host application for the 24/25 school year is now available online. Not only do you get to bless one of these students making the brave choice to leave their home and study across the world, but you and your family get to experience their culture through them and be their safe space here in the US. Click here to apply!
     
    VCS Employment Opportunities:
    • Admin Assistant - Elementary campus
    • School Bus Driver Trainee - Part-time
    • Substitute Teacher
    • Day Care Aide (After School) - Part-time
    To see the full job description and apply, please visit www.vcschools.org and click on the Employment Opportunities tab. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Tracie Jones, hr@vcschools.org
     

    Preschool  
     
    Muffins with Mom will be held on Friday, 5/10 - 7:30-9:00 AM on the preschool playground. Enjoy a light breakfast with your preschooler as we celebrate Mom's. A sign-up genius will go out for donations and give Dad the opportunity to serve (parent service hours provided). We hope to see you all there!
     
    Graduation: Children who are in Mrs. Tricia, Mrs. Ericka, and Ms. Jamie's class will participate in our graduation celebration. Graduation will be held Friday 5/17 at 6:30 PM in the church sanctuary. More info to come!
     

    Elementary School
     
    The elementary campus is looking to hire a new admin assistant. Please check out www.vcschools.org/employment for more information. 
     
    April Memory Verse for Grades K-3: After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.’ So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Matthew 28:1-8
     
    April Memory Verse for Grades 4-6: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
     
    1st grade students will be going to the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday, 4/23.
     
    Tuesday, 4/23, 7:00 PM - Choir Concert featuring the 6th grade and middle school choirs, VCHS Legacy Chapel 
     
    The Trot for Technology fundraiser turn in day is Wednesday, 4/24.  Donations may also be made online at www.vcschools.org/givetotrot.
     
    The ACSI Speech Meet is Friday, 4/26. Students will be dismissed at 11:30.
     
    Patriotic Spirit Day - Tuesday, April 30! Show your school spirit by wearing your best  Red, White & Blue Patriotic gear to celebrate the USA!  Spirit Day is optional. If you choose not to participate, please be in uniform.
     
    The Art Show & Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, 5/2, 6:00 ‐ 8:00 PM. This is a fun night for friends and family to come and see our children's artwork displayed at the elementary school campus, enjoy Kona Ice, and meet our great staff. We look forward to seeing you! All donations support our Art program.
     
    Mother-Son Tailgate Party On May 3rd the Mission Alaska team will be hosting a Mother-Son Tailgate Party which includes lawn games, music, and hot dogs from 4:00-6:00 PM at the high school stadium.  The sign-up forms will be delivered to the ES campus on Monday, April 22nd. The cost per mother-son is $40 and $10 for each additional son. Email Andy Andersen if you have any questions: aandersen@vcschools.org
     
    Hello VC families! On Friday, April 26th, elementary students will be assembling care packages for homeless people in our community. The package will include things like a toothbrush and toothpaste, a water bottle, shampoo, and a granola bar. If you feel led, please bring in a small, travel-size bottle of shampoo, body wash, toothpaste or a toothbrush. If you are unable to shop or provide any of these items, we would also accept a monetary donation as well. We need 500 of each of these items in order to make this event possible, so your generosity is greatly appreciated!
     
    Youth athletic summer camps for 2nd - 8th grade are now available to register online. https://vcathletics.net/registrations/#!/camps/
     
    Is your child (age 9-14) interested in joining Robotics? Join us on Tuesday, April 30, 7:00-8:00 PM in the Middle School Chapel to learn more about the programs we offer. We will also have tryouts for those interested in joining a competitive team on Saturday, 5/3 - 9:00-11:00 AM. Online registration will open on 5/1. Information for registration will be given out at the meeting. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. For more information or questions, contact Sharon Lee at sharon@vcsrobotics.com.
     
    CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE 2024 is changing!  Instead of going through a service that supplies the items we sell, we will be making and purchasing the inventory IN HOUSE!  If you are a vendor, know a vendor, are crafty, or simply have suggestions you want to share, we would love to see you on Monday, May 13th at 7pm in the Verhoeven Room at the VC High School.  RSVP HERE.  You may also email Carly Ploeger at Carlypdesignstudio@gmail.com with any questions or ideas! 
     
    6th Grade Families - Middle School Cheer Tryouts for the 2024-25 school year will be held from 4/23-4/25 on the middle school campus, 3:15-5:00 PM each day. Informational packets will be available for pickup from the Elementary and Middle School Offices after Spring Break. Questions? Contact Chloe De Vries cdevries@vcschools.org.
     
    MAPS Testing for students in grades K-6th will take place from 4/22 through 5/3. Testing will be at various times throughout the day depending on the classroom schedule. Please make sure your student gets a good night's rest, eats breakfast, and arrives at school on time.
     
    Summer Day Camp - The Story 2024: Register early for Summer Day Camp (Kindergarten- 8th grade). Your kindergartener must be 5 1/2 by June 1, 2024. After May 20th, the registration fee will increase to $75.00. Please use the link to register with www.vcschools.org/daycamp Questions, contact Daycare Director Rachel Robbins at 562-920-9902 ext. 120 or rrobbins@vcschools.org
     
    Skatedogs Skateboarding Class! Come learn to skateboard at Valley Christian Elementary with Skatedogs Mobile Skateboard Park. Students will learn tricks, make friends, play games, and earn prizes. No previous experience required. Open to Kindergarten-6th grade. Classes will be held on Fridays after school 3:20-4:50 PM. A staff member will be on site to monitor students until 3:20. This 7-week class will begin on Friday, 3/22. More information and registration can 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. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00, beginning 4/4 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.
     
    LOST AND FOUND - Lost and Found items will be donated to Affordable Treasures on the last day of each month. Please have your child check for any missing items.
     

    Middle School
     
    Tuesday, 4/23, 7:00 PM - Choir Concert featuring the 6th grade and middle school choirs, VCHS Legacy Chapel.
     
    East Coast Trip Parents and Students: Please attend an important meeting on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 PM in the Middle School Chapel. We will discuss travel plans, packing ideas, roommate assignments and more in this final meeting before we depart. Come and get your questions answered and get prepared to go on our exciting adventure. This is for all students attending the trip and their parents.
     
    VCHS Choir Auditions & Praise Team Auditions for the 2024-2025 school year are currently underway.  Due to popularity, there are no time slots left on the sign-up sheet!  However, if you would still like to audition we want to hear you!  Please email Mr. Davis (ddavis@vcschools.org to set up a Choir Audition and Mr. Caleb Taylor (ctaylor@vcschools.org) to set up a Praise Team Audition by Thursday, April 25, and we will coordinate additional date/time to hear you.  Current 8th graders planning to attend VCHS are encouraged to audition.  Audition forms are available at the HS & MS offices.
     
    Reminder! Friday, April 26th, is a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. Buses will run their regular schedules at 11:30 AM.
     
    8th Grade Graduation ticket request forms are due at the VCMS office by Monday, April 29th. The forms were emailed to 8th grade families on 4/3. Please contact the MS office if you have any questions.
     
    Youth Athletic Summer Camps for 2nd - 8th Grade are now available to register online. https://vcathletics.net/registrations/#!/camps/
     
    7th Grade students are continuing their "Earth Days" Field Trips! The final field trip will be on Friday, May 3rd. They will either be visiting Eaton Canyon in Pasadena for a hike, Seal Beach for a clean-up, or the LA County Sanitation District for a tour of their water treatment facility. If you would like to chaperone, please contact your students' advisement teacher.
     
    Support the Scholastic Arts Society fundraiser for scholarships by ordering a yard sign for your graduate. Signs will be customized with the name of the graduate. Orders are due by 6:00 PM on Tuesday, 4/23. Please complete the form to place your orders.
     
    Is your child (age 9-14) interested in joining Robotics? Join us on Tuesday, 4/30, 7:00-8:00 PM in the Middle School Chapel to learn more about the programs we offer. We will also have tryouts for those interested in joining a competitive team on Saturday, May 3 from 9:00-11:00. Online registration will open on May 1, information for registration will be given out at the meeting. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. For more information or questions, contact Sharon Lee at sharon@vcsrobotics.com.
     
    VCHS Handbell Auditions for the 2024-2025 school year are now open! Students currently in grades 8-11 are welcome to audition. Auditions require a video submission along with completion of an audition form. The last day to submit your audition form is Monday, May 6. Please email Mrs. Struiksma if you have any questions. Handbell audition link: 
    VCHS Handbell Auditions 2024-2025
     
    Middle School Cheer Tryouts for the 2024-25 school year will be held from 4/23-4/25 on the middle school campus, from 3:15-5:00 PM each day. Informational packets will be available for pickup from the Middle School Office after Spring Break. Questions? Contact Chloe De Vries cdevries@vcschools.org.
     
    VCHS Cheer Team auditions are approaching! Auditions for our 2024-25 season are Saturday, 4/27, 9:00 AM-noon in the VCHS Legacy Chapel. If you are interested in trying out, please fill out our online application located on our instagram @vchs.cheersquad. If you have questions, please email chloehiemstra.coach@gmail.com
     
    The VCHS Defenders Song Team has an exciting event coming up! On Saturday, 5/11, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM in the VCHS dance room, we will be holding tryouts for our upcoming 2024-2025 season. If you're interested in trying out, please fill out an application via the link on our team's Instagram page.
     
    Donations are Needed for the 8th Grade Grad Dance - If anyone is interested in helping to sponsor the 8th Grade Graduation Dance with a monetary donation, you can make checks payable to VCMS and put graduation in the memo. You can also donate using Venmo (@Jen-Oakes-2). Please specify 8th Grade Grad Donation in the comments. Thanks so much for your support of this fun event for our graduates!

    Summer Classes Brought to you by Epic Robotz: EPIC Robotz will be hosting classes this summer in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Programming and CNC manufacturing! You do not need to sign up for robotics to take the classes!  Please contact Valerie Jasper at vjasper@vcschools.org for any questions regarding the classes. Sign up at http://go.vcschools.org/techcamps

    Space is limited to 7 students per session, so sign up soon! 

    • Intro to CAD                                June 3-6
    • Intro to FIRST Programming       June 3-6
    • Intro to JAVA Programming         June 10-13
    • Intro to CNC Manufacturing        June 10-13
    • CAD 2                                         June 24-27
    • Advanced CAD                           July 8-11
    • Intro to FIRST Programming      July 8-12

    All classes will run from 4:00 - 7:00 PM in Room B18. Cost $150 per class. Classes must meet minimum participation to run.

     
    April & May At A Glance:
    • April 23-25 - MS Cheer Tryouts for 2024-25 school year
    • April 26 - ½ Day. Students dismissed at 11:30 AM
    • April 29 - 8th Grade - Graduation ticket orders are DUE
    • May 3 - 7th grade ‘Earth Days’ field trip
    • May 9 - VCMS Preview Event at 9 AM
    • May 17 - 7th Grade Talent Show
    • May 17 - 8th Grade field trip to Crystal Cove
    • May 20 - All school field trip to Disneyland. There is no school on this day for students who are not participating.
    • May 21 - 8th grade picnic
    • May 22 - 8th Grade Graduation Day
    • May 23 - 7th grade - last day of school. ½ day, students are dismissed at 11:30 AM.
     
     

     
    High School
     
    The Scholastic Arts Society invites all 2023-24 Junior and Senior National Honor Society members and their families to our annual Awards Ceremony on Monday, 4/22 at 7:00 PM. We look forward to honoring these amazing scholars for earning their place in the NHS this year. Scholarships which are sponsored by VC supporters and alumni will also be awarded to seniors. The ceremony will take place at Bell One CRC, 17603 Ardmore, Bellflower. Feel free to share this LIVESTREAM LINK with family and friends. A reception will be hosted immediately following the awards ceremony in the fellowship hall. Please plan to celebrate with us.
     
    Support the Scholastic Arts Society fundraiser for scholarships by ordering a yard sign for your graduate. Signs will be customized with the name of the graduate. Orders are due by 6:00 PM on Tuesday, April 23. Please complete this form to place your orders.
     
    Wednesday, 4/24 in the gym at 12:50 PM - Signing Day for 5 seniors who will be committing to play their respective sport in college.
     
    Senior Parents - An email with the subject “Graduation is Five Weeks Away” was sent on April 19. If you did not receive it, please email hsinfo@vcschools.org or see a copy of it posted at www.vcschools.org/hsresources.
     
    VCHS Choir Auditions & Praise Team Auditions for the 2024-2025 school year are currently underway.  Due to popularity, there are no time slots left on the sign-up sheet!  However, if you would still like to audition we want to hear you!  Please email Mr. Davis (ddavis@vcschools.org to set up a Choir Audition and Mr. Caleb Taylor (ctaylor@vcschools.org) to set up a Praise Team Audition by Thursday, April 25, and we will coordinate additional date/time to hear you.  Audition forms are available at the HS & MS offices.
     
    JSB 2024!  The theme is "A Sea of Starlight," held at The Reef, a beautiful venue in the Long Beach Harbor (next door to The Queen Mary) from 7:00-11:30 PM, Friday, 4/26. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Payton at apayton@vcschools.org.

    On Friday, 4/26, there will be no regularly scheduled classes at VCHS. Instead, we have planned three different options that are available to our students from 8:00-11:30 AM. Students can use the link that was sent in an email to sign up. Please contact the high school office at hsinfo@vcschools.org if you did not receive the email on April 9. Options include:

    • Mock AP Exams to help our students prepare for upcoming exams
    • Campus visits to local colleges/universities (BIOLA, APU, CBU, and Concordia-Irvine) for students in grades 9-11
    • Local Service Projects that provide opportunities for our students to earn some of their community service hours

     

    VCHS Handbell Auditions for the 2024-25 school year are now open! Students currently in grades 8-11 are welcome to audition. Auditions require a video submission along with completion of an audition form. The last day to submit your audition form is Monday, May 6. Please email Mrs. Struiksma if you have any questions. Handbell audition link: 
    VCHS Handbell Auditions 2024-2025

    Senior Parents - Mark your calendars for the Senior Blessing on Sunday, 5/19, 7:00 PM at Bell One Christian Reformed Church in Bellflower. Invitations and more information were sent out last week via US Mail.  Information about the picture collage is on the invitation. Any questions, please contact Erika Morales (562) 240-7083 or Erin Melcher (310) 703-6064.

    Monday, 4/29 is Senior Trip - Questions, please contact Mrs. Payton at apayton@vcschools.org.

    Monday, 4/29, 7:00 PM - Moms of Seniors prayer group meeting in the HS Library 

    Tuesday, 4/30 is Senior Ditch Day - no seniors are expected to be on any VC campuses.

    VCHS Cheer Team auditions are approaching! Auditions for our 2024-25 season are Saturday, 4/27, 9:00 AM-noon in the VCHS Legacy Chapel. If you are interested in trying out, please fill out our online application located on our instagram @vchs.cheersquad. If you have questions, please email chloehiemstra.coach@gmail.com

    The VCHS Defenders Song Team has an exciting event coming up! On Saturday, 5/11, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM in the VCHS dance room, we will be holding tryouts for our upcoming 2024-25 season. If you're interested in trying out, please fill out an application via the link on our team's Instagram page.

    Counselors News -
     
    Summer School: Planning to do summer school to remediate a grade or get ahead? Please fill out this form to let your counselor know of your intent and get approved!
     
    Summer Reading and Study Skills for High School Students: In these programs students will learn the skills they need to succeed in high school. Your child will double reading speed, improve comprehension and learn new study skills. The Junior and Senior level program will be focused on college preparation. If interested, please contact Loyola Marymount University Extension at 1-800-499-8557.
     
    "Career Slices" will be on Thursday, 4/25 during lunch in the VCCC. Dr. Justin Grasmeyer (VC class of 2002) will be visiting to share about his career as a Chiropractic Sports Practitioner. Any students that are interested in learning more about this career path should sign up with their counselor in order to get a free slice of pizza.
     
    Looking for a LIVE Virtual Class for the SAT or ACT? Look no further! Test Prep Gurus, located in Seal Beach, is offering a 7-week course. For more details, check out the following link https://www.prepgurus.com/online
     

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    Athletics
     
    For a schedule of upcoming athletic events at 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 - Call our store 562-866-0060 or schedule a pick-up on our website affordabletreasuresthrift.org.
     

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    Requested Announcements  
     
    Protect Young Eyes will be coming to Long Beach Alliance Church on April 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM to share tips with parents on creating a tech-ready home. Click here for details and to RSVP. Childcare is free.
     
    Artesia Christian Home will be hosting a presentation series on Alzheimer’s presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.  April 30th at 6:30 PM at New Life Community Church in Artesia “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” and May 30th at 10:00 AM at Encounter Church in Bellflower “Effective Communication Strategies”.  For more information and to RSVP for either or both presentations, please visit www.achome.org
     
    For more news and announcements, see our News page.
     
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