Valley Christian Weekly News

  • September 18, 2017 Issue 6

    Posted by Leann Bakker at 9/18/2017 4:00:00 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

    Harvest Festival: VCS families and friends are invited to the annual Harvest Festival this Friday at the VCHS campus. There will be games, food, fun and fellowship. Join us after school until 7:00 PM. See the Harvest Festival webpage for details.  Raffles will happen throughout the event, each family name will be placed in the raffle. Visitors may register at the Information Booth to join in on the fun. Winners must be present and prizes claimed at the Information Booth within 15 minutes so be sure to listen for your family name during the Harvest Festival.
    URGENT - HARVEST FESTIVAL DONATIONS NEEDED! There are still a few items which need to be donated, please contact if you can help or sign up here!
    URGENT Parent volunteers needed at the Harvest Festival this Friday, 9/22. Two jobs are available: work a 2-hour shift in a game booth between 2:15 - 7:45 PM, or work Festival/parking lot security during the event. To sign up, please email
    Thank you to all our new parents who attended the New Parent Welcome Dinner. The event was made wonderful by your attendance. Please continue to follow the VC Weekly and see for opportunities to participate in our support organizations. Thank you, too, to everyone in the VC community who made this event possible!
    Mascot suggestions due this Friday, 9/22. All suggestions will be considered except the Crusader mascot. Please submit your suggestion and a brief rationale by email to or mail it to Valley Christian High School, 17700 Dumont Ave, Cerritos, 90703 Attn: Mascot Committee. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 9/22.
    Biblical Worldview Meeting for new parents on Tuesday, 9/26 or Thursday, 9/28 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the High School Chapel. Please pick one night and RSVP with Patty Vander Molen at​ You chose Christian education for a reason, and we're happy to share the "why and how"​of this important foundation we share with your student each day. This is a required event for new parents, and you'll also receive credit for one parent service hour when you attend. ​
    Admissions News: A few spaces remain available for new students at a few grade levels. We are glad to welcome prospective families to visit for these grade: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th and 8th grade. TK, 3rd, 4th and 6th grades are all full and currently closed.
    BOPA meeting on 10/2 at 7:30 PM. The Band and Orchestra Parent Association invites you to attend their next meeting on Monday, 10/2 at 7:30 PM in the Verhoeven College and Career Center. Come be a part of the events they have planned for this year! Service hour opportunities are available.
    VCS Sweatshirts are now available to order from the Parents' Association. Download the order form or find it on the Parents Association web page. Orders will also be taken during the Harvest Festival. Orders placed by Friday, 10/7 will be available by Thursday, 11/2, and orders placed by Friday, 11/3 will be available by Thursday, 12/7.  See the Parents' Association clothing sales flyer for information and details of the next Parents Association clothing sales. Parent Association School Clothing Sales dates can be found here.
    VCHS Fall Admissions Open House on Saturday, 10/14 at 10:00 AM! Invite your family and friends to come hear from faculty and staff share about what we do.
    No School on Friday, 9/29 TK - 12th. There will be a Teacher In-Service day. VCPS will be open.
    Advance Notice: There will be no school for faculty, staff and students TK - 12th grade on Friday, October 27. VCPS will be open.



    Grandparents Day is this Friday, 9/22 at 10:00 AM! All grandparents, adopted grandparents, or special friends are invited to join us for a program put on by the preschool children with treats on the playground to follow.
    Thank you to all parents who signed up to bring items for Grandparents Day! Please have all items at the preschool by Thursday, 9/21. Fruit and Donuts may be dropped off the morning of the event. Parents who have volunteered their time please be at the preschool campus as follows, set up 9:00 AM, food prep 9:30 AM, food servers 10:15 AM, and clean up 10:45 AM.
    Two Preschool Parent Association Reps are needed! If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Sara at the Preschool Office for more info.

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    Elementary School  
    Grandparents Day is this Friday, 9/22 at 1:30 PM. Invite your grandparents or adopted grandparents to arrive at 1:30 PM to enjoy some ice cream and fun activities with their grandchildren, attend the Harvest Festival at VCHS beginning at 3:00 pm, and end the day with a lot of cheering at the VCHS football game.
    Harvest Festival Bus Pass Permission Forms and information can be found here.
    Math Circle starts on Tuesday, 9/19 at 3:00 PM. Please complete the registration form and turn in to the office. For information, email Mrs. Hermann at
    Southern California Sensory Screening on Wednesday 9/20. Students in grades TK, K, 2nd & 5th for vision and hearing, and 1st grade boys for colorblindness at no charge. Information was previously sent home with students. 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.
    VCES is proud to partner with The Compton Initiative. The Compton Initiative is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 with a 40-year commitment to restore the City of Compton by painting and gardening at homes, schools, businesses and churches on quarterly workdays. We, at VCES, are excited to get our hands dirty and like our theme verse says, "Do Everything in Love." To volunteer, please register your family at 
    Submit your photos for possible inclusion in the VCES yearbook! Send your pictures to


    Middle School  
    MAPS testing will be tomorrow, 9/19 and Thursday, 9/21 during an extended advisement period at the beginning of the school day. Please make sure your student gets a good night's rest, eats breakfast and arrives to school on time for both of those days. Please schedule any appointments in the afternoon on those days.
    See You at the Pole, Wednesday, 9/27 at 7:30 AM: Christian students across the globe start this day with prayers at the flagpoles of their school. Join students around the world as we lift up our friends, families, teachers, school, and nation! VCMS students are encouraged to come and pray together. Donuts will be available for students who arrive on time see you there!
    Follow VCMS on Instagram! To get in on the fun and view our private feed, simply follow these instructions (click here). This is for VCMS families only.
    Thank you to all of the students, parents, and families that helped support VCMS by participating in the magazine sale and by making donations. The profits will go towards the new flex space that is currently being designed by a group of teachers and administration.

    High School
    Europe Trip - Deadline for early enrollment discount is this Thursday, 9/21. Tour Britain, France, and Spain! If you missed our parent information meeting, we hope you can still join us 5/29 - 6/11, 2018 on what promises to be an educational, fun, and life-changing adventure. To sign up for this amazing trip, go to, then use the username "Europe2018" and the password "rhodes". For more information, contact Mr. Rhodes at
    Free BOPA Car Wash onSaturday, 9/23 from 9 AM - 6 PM. VCHS Band and Orchestra students will be washing cars, from in the Middle School parking lot. Students have collected pledges for the number of cars washed, and you are invited to come and get your car washed for free or a donation of your choice. Help the VCHS students raise money for the band and orchestra!
    VCHS will host Homecoming on Friday, 10/6 at 6:30 PM - Homecoming Ambassadors presentation: 7:30 pm - Varsity football game.
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: We are looking for 6 parent chaperones to be on campus and in the parking lot during the Homecoming Dance on 10/6. The dance begins after the varsity football game and goes until midnight. Please contact VCHS Activities Director Rebecca Snoeyink at if you're interested.

    Testing for 9th - 11th graderson Wednesday, 10/11 from 8:15 - 11:30 AM. (No testing for seniors) Please avoid scheduling appointments this day and make sure that your students get plenty of rest and have a good breakfast.
    • 9th graders take the ACT Aspire, 10th & 11th graders take the PSAT/NMSQT
    • Students are dismissed around 11:30 am, and there is no lunch service
    • High School students are not permitted to visit other VCS campuses until after 2:45 PM
    • The Library will be open for students to study while they wait for the bus. Buses will run their regular routes at 2:45 PM
    Wednesday, 10/11 there is no school for seniors. This can be an excellent day to work on college applications or visit a local college.
    Driver’s Education classes will be at VCHS in October. Pick up more information at the High School Office.
    Did you know? You can view the school’s daily schedule at which can be found in the Resources section of the website.
    Singing Birthday Telegrams are available for purchase as a fundraiser for the VCHS Madrigal Singers. Wish your favorite high school student "Happy Birthday" through amazing live Madrigal singing. Sign up at the Harvest Festival, home football games, or by emailing Joanne Arcala at with questions or orders. Birthday singing and a homemade treat for the birthday boy or girl is $20. For a special discounted rate of only $10, show your love and appreciation to your favorite VCHS teacher or staff member!
    Lakewood Annual College Fair is on Tuesday, 10/10 from 6:00-8:00 PM. This free event will be held at The Centre at Sycamore (5000 Clark Ave, Lakewood). Representatives from over 50 colleges & universities will be there. For any questions email For more information about this event, go to
    Senior scholarship opportunity: Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship, 100 scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $10,000. Visit to learn more.
    On Campus College Visits will be held in the Verhoeven College & Career Center during the lunch hour:
    • Grand Canyon University, Tues 9/19
    • Biola University, Mon 9/25
    • Mount St Mary College 9/25
    • Savannah Arts SCAD, Tues 9/26
    • Concordia University, Portland, Thurs 9/28
    • Northwestern College 10/02
    • California Baptist University 10/02
    • Boston University, Mon 10/2
    • Dordt College, Tues 10/3
    • Trinity Christian, Thurs, 10/05
    • George Fox University, Thurs, 10/5
    • Concordia University, Irvine Thurs 10/5


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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:
    All K-12 students will be admitted free to all VCHS home games (excluding CIF playoffs) for the 2017-18 VCHS athletic season. Our players and coaches have been working hard all summer and would love to have your support. We look forward to seeing you at the games.
    Parent Service Opportunity: Earn service hours by working in the Football canteen. Shifts are available between 4:00-11:00 PM every Friday Home game. Contact Theresa Montenegro at

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    Friends of VCS
    Donate your used uniforms to Affordable Treasures! They are looking to restock their uniform room to help families who need them.
    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.
    • Scrip “live” sales are held each Tuesday and Thursday from 8-9:30 AM at the Middle School campus. Your student may drop off your Scrip orders at the Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, or Business Office every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. All drop off orders received by 9 am will be processed and returned to the campus for your students to bring home that same day.
    • All Ralphs Club Cards must be registered once again to VCS to continue earning funds for our school. Please go to to register your card for this new year.
    • Spread the news about the Scrip program to new families at VCS as well as your own friends and family. The more families that are involved, the more funds are raised for tuition rebates and the needs of VCS.

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