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  • June 5, 2017 Issue 37

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 6/5/2017 12:00:00 PM

     2016-2017 Theme Verse: "In Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28

    Final dismissal dates and times:
    • Infant Care through 7th Grade: 11:30 am dismissal on Thursday, 6/8. Bus service will run at 11:30 am.
    • 8th Grade: Noon dismissal on Wednesday, 6/7. Parents, please make arrangements to pick up your student(s) at noon.
    • VCHS: Students are dismissed after their last exam this week. 
    Please check the Lost & Found in campus offices before Thursday, 6/8. On the last day of school, all items will be donated to Affordable Treasures and the used uniform sale.
    Sports Day Parent Volunteers: Please meet at the high school football field at 8:30 am tomorrow morning, 6/6. Lunch and drinks are provided. We should be done by 2:00 pm
    Parent Service Opportunities: 
    • Work at Grad Night on Friday, 6/9: Double credit will be given for service hours for Grad Night. Shifts are 7:00-10:00 pm9:00-10:30 pm10:30 pm-1:00 am or 1:00-4:00 am. You can also work all six hours. Please click on the link to sign up for a shift.  Any questions please feel free to email Jacque Kovacik at
    • Work at the Used Uniform Sale 6/8 & 6/10: Set up on Thursday, 6/8 from 7:00-9:00 pm, and for the sale on Saturday, 6/10 from 8:00-1:00 pm in the VCHS Gym. Contact Jennifer at Hours worked at the June sale can be applied to this year or towards the 2017-18 service hour requirement.
    Used Uniform Sale: Sale dates are Saturday, 6/10 in the VCHS Gym, Wednesday, 8/2 and Thursday, 8/3 in the VCHS Legacy Chapel. This year, all clothing to be dropped off must be accompanied by an inventory sheet. Please type your information into the Inventory Sheet provided. When you arrive at drop off, you will check in with a Sale Committee Member who will take your inventory list, clothing, and self-addressed stamped envelopes. We will quickly check to make sure your items have not been altered in any way, do not have stains or holes, and have labels securely attached. Please download the sales flier for all the details. The Label Template and Inventory Sheet are also available to download at the Uniforms webpage:  

    Used Uniform Drop Off Times:
    • Tuesday, 6/6, from 7:30-8:30 am at VCES
    • Tuesday, 6/6, from 6:00-8:00 pm at VCHS room 23
    • Wednesday, 6/7, from 7:30-8:30 am at VCES
    • Thursday, 6/8, from 6:00-8:00 pm VCHS Gym
    • Tuesday, 8/1, from 7:00-9:00 pm VCHS Chapel
    Robotics Summer Camp: Students going into grades 5-8 who would like to learn about building and programming robots are invited to the summer robotics camp. Information and registration is available on the school website under summer opportunities.
    Parents’ Association Vacancies: The Parent Association is currently looking to fill the following positions: Vice President, Co-Secretary, Co-Treasurer, Harvest Festival Co-Chairperson, T-Shirt/Polo Sales Chair/Co-Chairperson. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Denise Noble at
    Job Opportunities:  
    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 
    May Board Meeting Highlights:
    • The Board approved the motion to move forward with the $10.2 million (Phase 1) capital campaign, permitting ground to break once 90% has been committed and 75% cash is in hand. 
    • Members approved a list of names to be part of the new mascot committee. Chairperson, Zac Chan, has been tasked to have the committee finalized by 6/10.
    • The following change to the Board Policy Manual was approved regarding Society membership.

      “Society membership for members who no longer have children at VCS will be transitioned to inactive status if the member has not voted over a 5 year span. The in-active society member may renew their active membership and be approved by the board through the normal application process at any time.”

    • The following officers were elected to the Executive Committee for 2017-2018:
      • Jeff Westra - President
      • Cindy Archer – Vice President
      • James Vreeke – Treasurer
      • Tia Fieldhouse – Secretary
      • Tonya Dantuma - Vicar



    "God's Great BIG World" Preschool Summer program sign ups are going on now: A $50.00 registration fee is required. Our summer program begins Monday, 6/19 and runs through Friday, 7/28. The summer program will be held at the Elementary Campus 17408 Grand Ave. Bellflower 90706

    Infant Summer program will run from 6/12 through 8/4 at our current campus, Encounter Church. 

    Looking Ahead: 
    • The End of the Year Ice Cream Party will be held on Thursday, 6/8. 
    • Half-Day of School on Thursday, 6/8; 11:30 am pick up. 
    • Infant Care and Preschool will be closed Friday, 6/9.
    • Preschool is CLOSED Friday, 6/9 - Friday, 6/16.

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    Elementary School
    Yearbooks were sent home with students on Friday, 6/2. A limited number of extra copies are available for purchase in the office for $31. Please make checks payable to VCS.
    Sports Day will be Tuesday, June 6. Students in Grades 1-6 will be going to our high school campus to participate in the day's activities. Bus permission slips were sent home with students and need to be returned to your child's teacher by tomorrow, 6/6TK and Kindergarten students will remain at the elementary campus for their events. 
    • Sports Day volunteers: If you volunteered to help, please be at the high school field at 8:30 am to receive your instructions about the day's events. Thank you in advance for your help.
    Free Dress: Students may wear free dress for Sports Day. Children are encouraged to wear red, white or blue shirts.

    Water & Sunscreen: Please send a water bottle labeled with your child's name and sunscreen.
    Field Trips:
    • 5th grade students will go to the California Science Center on Wednesday, 6/7.
    • 6th grade students will go to Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday, 6/7.
    A Sizzling Summer Day Camp is offered by VCS Extended Day for your K-8th graders! Registration packets are available to download from the Daycare webpage. The camp runs 6/13-8/4, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Day camp fills up quickly, reserve your child's spot before it's too late.


    Middle School  
    Thank you to our morning parents that helped with traffic duty: Ron Knopp, Kim Livesay & Jon Erickson for keeping the cars and busses safe.
    8th Graders:
    • Wednesday, 6/7 is 8th grade half day with dismissal at noon.There is no bus service at noon that day, so parents must pick up their eighth graders at that time.
    • 8th Grade Graduation will take place at Calvary Baptist Church located at 14722 Clark Ave. in Bellflower on Wednesday, 6/7 at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm to ticket holders and 6:50 pm for those without tickets. Graduates must be at the church no later than 6:30 pm.
    This summer you may contact the middle school office staff at The Summer Hours for the Middle School Office are Friday, 6/9 through Thursday, 6/15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Starting 7/11 the office will be open Tuesdays from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. 

    All fines must be paid before students may receive a Yearbook.
    No Free Dress on Wednesday 6/7 and Thursday 6/8. No Free Dress passes will be accepted on those days either.
    A Sizzling Summer Day Camp is offered by VCS Extended Day for your K-8th graders! Registration packets are available to download from the Daycare webpage.The camp runs 6/13-8/4, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Day camp fills up quickly, reserve your child's spot before it's too late.

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    High School
    Monday, 6/5 - Thursday, 6/8 is Exam Week at the High School:  Students only need to be on campus during their exam periods. The exam schedule can be viewed on the school's website under VC Family - Resources > High School > Exam Schedule (2016-17). If a student needs to be on campus but they do not have an exam scheduled, they will need to stay in the Library during the exam block, they are not allowed to be anywhere else on campus. Exams are finished by noon each day.
    Senior Parents:  A letter was sent home with information about your student’s last days at VCHS. Information was included about Sr. Blessing, Graduation, and Grad Night. If you did not receive the letter or you have any questions, please contact us at
    Reminder for Senior Parents: The Senior collages for Senior Blessing are due to the High School Office by Tuesday, 6/6 at 8:15 am.  If you have any questions, please call Robin Reeves at 562-884-1186.
    Graduation Tickets: Seniors may pick up the tickets they ordered in the High School office. Please note that all outstanding payments, fees, and service hours must be made prior to pick up.
    Graduation Caps and Gowns:  Seniors may pick them up in the high school office during exam week starting on Monday, 6/5. Please read through the print-out found inside the robe package with some graduation details and reminders. Please note that all outstanding payments, fees, and service hours must be made prior to pick up.  Graduation tickets are still available to be picked up.
    Grad Night Information: 
    • Work at Grad Night on Friday, 6/9: Double credit will be given for service hours for Grad Night. Shifts are 10:00 pm-1:00 am or 1:00-4:00 am. You can also work all six hours. Please click on the link to sign up for a shift. Any questions please feel free to email Jacque Kovacik at

    Lost and Found: The High School Lost and Found is very full, including eye glasses, a Kindle, lots of clothes, lunch boxes, and water bottles. Encourage your student to come look for lost items. Anything not picked up will be donated to Affordable Treasures after the school year is over.

    Driver Education Class 6/11-6/15: Students that are interested in taking a Driver Education class the week after school ends can pick up a flyer in the High School Office from Mrs. Bakker.
    Europe Trip 2018: It's not too late to sign up for the trip of a lifetime, touring Britain, France, and Spain! If you and/or your children want to visit Europe in the summer of 2018, contact Mr. Rhodes at or students can stop by Mr. Rhodes' room, Mrs. Cortes' room or Mrs. Zoetewey's room to pick up a student invitation envelope with more information. We hope you can join us 5/29-6/11/18 on what promises to be an educational, fun, and life-changing adventure.

    To sign up for this amazing trip, there are three easy ways:

    Bookstore News: The required textbooks and class fees for 2017/2018 will be posted online.

    New Summer Book Sale Hours:

    • Wednesday, 8/2, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Rooms HH40 and HH41
    • Thursday, 8/3, 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Rooms HH40 and HH41
    • NOTE: There will not be any make-up sales this year. You must buy your books on these two days.
    • Also, get your service hours done before school starts by volunteering for the Book Sale.
    • If you have any questions, or want to volunteer for the Book Sale, contact Onnie Bomgaars at

    Valley Christian High School and Kaplan Test Prep have partnered to bring award winning SAT test prep to the VCHS campus this summer! This class will meet every Tuesday and Thursday fro9:00 am to 12:00 pm from Tuesday, 7/18 to Thursday, 8/10 at the discounted rate of $375!

    What does this program include?

    • Proven strategies. Kaplan’s strategies are proven to raise scores and students can benefit from 18 hours of in-class instruction.
    • Test-like practice. Gain access to 4 full-length proctored practice tests (2 in class and 2 online). Plus, 6 additional tests for extra practice.
    • Expert teachers. We invest in significant resources to find and develop the best teachers. Fewer than 1 out of 10 candidates qualify to become a Kaplan SAT or ACT teacher.
    • Clear analysis. Our easy-to-read score reports will help you understand your strengths, while showing you where you can improve.
    • More instruction. 50 hours of online instruction in 5 to 15-minute lessons.
    • To Register, please submit the tear-off of the attached flyer along with check for $375 made out to "Valley Christian High School" to Mrs. Doornbos in the Counseling office. We expect this class to reach capacity. Reserve your seat today.
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    VCMS JV Flag Football Coach Needed: The middle school is looking for a JV Flag Football Coach for next fall. Time commitment is Monday-Thursdays, from 3:00-5:00 pm with 1-2 games a week beginning in September and going through mid-November. Please contact Tracey Branderhorst at if you would like more information.
    2017 Summer Sports Camps for Elementary and Middle School Students: Valley Christian Athletics will offer sports camps for baseball, tennis, soccer, basketball, football and girls volleyball.  Go to and click the CAMPS tab for information and registration.  Contact Jody Garner at if you have questions.
    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
    K-6 Summer Camp: Los Altos Grace Brethren Church is offering a K-6 summer camp, No Compromise, which is based on 1 Corinthians 15:58. Camp runs from 6/30-8/5 and takes place at Green Oak Ranch Residence Camp and costs $450. If you would like more information contact Cindi Stone at 562-596-3358.
    Affordable Treasures: Affordable Treasures Thrift Store is in need of children's clothing. If you can help, bring items to the store, 17829 Bellflower Blvd. Bellflower, CA 90706 or email with any questions. 

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