Valley Christian Weekly News

  • May 16, 2022 Issue 36

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 5/16/2022 3:30:00 PM

     

    2021-22 Theme Verse: "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God" (Romans 15:5-7)


     
    Summer is right around the corner and we’d love for you to join us for a class or camp! We have a variety of options, from sports to art to crime solving! Check out all of our summer programs and register here: https://www.vcschools.org/camps
     
    PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS: Mr. Goedhart is again offering voice lessons on the VCHS campus during the summer months for any student who wants to prepare for college music scholarships, learn how to develop their musical skills, and improve their confidence in singing. Contact Mr. Goedhart at pgoedhart@vcschools.org or 562-865-0281ext. 234 for more information.
     
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: Grad Night Volunteers needed on Thursday, 5/19. Double Service Hours are available!  Come and be a part of our seniors final night as VC students. Grad Night is looking for chaperones for our overnight event to be held at Castle Park in Riverside. Hours will be 10:30 PM - 5:00 AM or 1:30 AM to 5:00 AM.  Please contact Shelly Hinton at VCHSGradNight22@gmail.com.
     
    Fundraiser for Service Leadership: Come and join us at Mama’s comfort food in Los Alamitos on Wednesday, 5/18 from 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM. Please take the flyer that needs to be shown at the time of purchase. 
     
    The VCS Parents Association is preparing for another amazing Harvest Festival for our next school year. There are several opportunities available to help with this well-loved tradition. Past volunteers have enjoyed the experience of contributing to the school, learning new things and meeting other parents and the training is provided. Please email Becky Whitener at Harvest@vcschools.org to participate or if you would like additional information.
     
    The Parents Association will not be meeting in May. Many thanks to all parents who helped support our school this year! Stay tuned for updates in the fall as the Parent Association will be transitioning to a new format with an association at each campus site. We're excited to continue supporting our school in this way, and will be eager to include many volunteers to share the load!
     
    ATTENTION GRADUATING CLASS OF 1972: You are cordially welcomed to attend, participate, and walk in our ceremony joining our 2022 graduating class as our honored guests on Thursday, May 19. Due to COVID restrictions, the last two golden classes have not had this opportunity. The lifting of COVID restrictions is a fairly recent development, so we would love to have members of the Valley Christian 1972 50th Golden Anniversary Class and their spouses join us for this wonderful occasion. Please let other classmates know about this opportunity. Contact Gene Bras gbras@vcschools.org or Marlaina Goldine mgoldine@vcschools.org to RSVP or if you have any questions.
     
    Job Openings:
    • Director of Finance: Full-time
    • Canteen Coordinator at High School: Part-time
    • Academic Support Paraeducator at Middle School: Part-time
    • Substitute Teacher: Preschool and Elementary
    • Bus Driver: Part-time or Substitute
    • 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
    Donate Visa, gas and grocery gift cards through SCRIP to help the Alaska Missions Team: VCHS is sending a missions team to Alaska in June. The team of 22 students and 5 faculty will be running VBS and soccer camps in the Anchorage area. You can help--buy Vons ($25, $50 or $100) Chevron ($50, $100 or $250) or VISA ($50, $100 or $250) gift cards through our SCRIP office to help cover the gas, food costs, and additional travel expenses. Please specify on your order that your order is for the Alaska trip at the SCRIP office, or at any of the campuses. If you have any questions, contact the SCRIP office at 562-865-4285.

    SCRIP SUMMER HOURS: Thursdays 8:00 to 10:00 AM. Orders may be dropped off at the business office Monday - Friday.

    • Graduation Gifts -VISA gift cards,make a college care package (Bed, Bath and Beyond), Restaurant gift cards, has cards, and more.
    • Travel with SCRIP!
    • Book your flights with one of Scrip airline retailers and earn big rebates. Hotel, Airbnb, tent, or cruise – whichever way you decide to stay, we’ve got scrip.
    • We have gas cards for your road trips, too. Use the RaiseRight app while on vacation for fast food, dining, supplies and more!

    HOT SCRIP TIP: Tired of paying the extra 15 cents at the pump when using your credit card? Buy Scrip gas cards. They are as convenient as a credit card, and you get gas at a lower cost to you.
    REMEMBER: If your student is graduating, you are still able to earn a rebate check from all your Scrip purchases. Please continue to support our schools. Please note: May 1st is the beginning of the SCRIP year for 2022-2023 rebates.


    Preschool  
     
    The staff would like to say a special thank you to all of our preschool parents for another wonderful school year! Thank you for entrusting us with your beautiful children each day as they grow in knowledge and the love of God. We pray that you have a wonderful summer! 
     
    End of the school year class parties will be on Thursday, 5/19! Your child's teacher will provide more details. If this is not your child's normal day of attendance, they will be allowed to attend from 9:00 -11:30 AM
     
    Reminders to mark your calendars:
    • Last day of school is Thursday, 5/19 - half day with 11:30 AM dismissal for ALL children
    • School closed Friday, 5/20- Friday, 5/27
    • Memorial Day: Monday, 5/30 CLOSED
    • Open for summer program Tuesday, 5/31 at the VCES Campus
     

    Elementary School
     
    Free Dress: Students are not required to wear uniforms this week, Tuesday 5/17 - Thursday, 5/19.
     
    The last day of school is Thursday, 5/19 with dismissal at 11:30 AM. Buses will run at 11:30 AM.
     
    Each student will receive a yearbook this year and they will be sent home with students this week.
     
    If your child has medication or an inhaler in the office, please remember to pick it up before summer break. We will dispose of anything left.
     
    Sports Day Volunteers: Please meet at the high school football field on Tuesday, 5/17 at 8:15 AM to get your assignment for the day. Lunch and drinks are provided. You may want to bring a lawn chair if you don’t like sitting on the grass. The day should be over by 1:30 PM. Thanks again for helping make this day a success for our elementary students. Questions - email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org.
     
    Sports Day - Tuesday, 5/17. Students in Grades 1-6 will be going over to the high school 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.  TK and Kindergarten students will remain at the elementary campus for their events.
     
    6th Grade Promotion on Wednesday, 5/18, 1:00 - 1:40 PM: The Sixth Grade Blessing ceremony to celebrate the students that will be moving on to middle school will take place on the high school football field. 17700 Dumont Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703
     
    LOST AND FOUND - Anything left in Lost and Found will be donated to Affordable Treasures after May 19. Please have your child check for any missing items. We have lots of jackets and other clothing items in our Lost and Found.
     
    Baseball Lessons with Mr. Newman - This summer, VCES teacher Mr. Newman will be offering both private and group baseball lessons for ages 6-14. Your child will work on their hitting, catching, fielding, and throwing in either half-hour or hour long sessions.  Mr. Newman is a former college baseball player and an experienced coach. For more information or to book a lesson, please contact Mr. Newman at jnewman@vcschools.org or (562)774-7771. 
     
    Basketball Lessons with Mr. Korver - This summer, VCES teacher Mr. Korver will be offering both private and group basketball lessons for ages 8+. Your child will work on their shooting, footwork, ball-handling, and IQ in hour long sessions.  Mr. Korver is a former college basketball player and an experienced coach. For more information or to book a lesson, please contact Mr. Korver at ckorver@vcschools.org.
     
    Pop Tabs: We are partnering with The Ronald McDonald House to help families in their time of need by collecting Pop Tabs. Students may bring in their pop tabs at any time.
     
    New this year! VCES Summer Day Camp Registration is online.
    Planning ahead? 6th grade parents, mark your calendars with these important VCMS dates:
    • VCMS Orientation for all incoming 7th graders will be the week of August 1 - August 4. There will be two sessions, 8:00am-10:00am and 10:30am-12:30pm. Informational Fliers were sent home last week with your student. Please contact the middle school office with any questions.
    • First Day of School - Monday, 8/15, 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    Important dates this month:
    • 5/17 - Sports Day (TK-K ES campus,1st-6th HS campus)
    • 5/18 - 5th grade - California Science Center
    • 5/18 - 6th Grade Blessing 1:00-1:40 PM (HS football field)
    • 5/19 - 5th/6th/Upper MultiAge SkyZone Jump into Summer 9:00-11:00 AM
    You can now pre-order the video from Broadway Showcase 2022!!  Go to http://www.vcschools.org/broadwaydownload
     

    Middle School
     
    On Friday, May 6th the 8th grade class held their annual FUNdraiser. This year the students selected World Help: Change for Ukraine as the organization that they would like to support, and they were able to raise $1359!!! Way to go 8th graders!
     
    Thank you to our parents in the morning that helped with traffic duty. Thanks to Angel Andrade and Josh Case for keeping the cars and buses safe.

    All fines must be paid before students may receive a Yearbook. There is no additional cost for a yearbook. It was included in your student's tuition.

    Is your student missing some of their belongings? Please come in and check our Lost and Found. All unclaimed items will be donated to Affordable Treasures on Friday, 5/27.

    Coming up at VCMS..
    • May 16 - All school day at Disney California Adventure *Note that there is no school this day for students who are not participating.
    • May 17 - 8th grade picnic at Liberty Park
    • May 18 - 8th grade graduation rehearsal 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM (students are dismissed at this time. Transportation required)
    • May 18 - 8th grade graduation at VCHS Defender Stadium @ 7:00 PM (Graduates need to arrive by 6:30 PM).
    • May 19 - Last day of school for 7th grade (out at 11:30 AM). *8th grade does not have school on this day.

    *** Additional information for all of these events has been sent home via email. Please contact your student(s) advisement teacher or the middle school office with any questions. ***

    8th grade parents, mark your calendars with these important VCHS dates:

    • Monday, 8/8 or Tuesday, 8/9 - VCHS Check-in Days - 4:00-8:00 PM on Monday or 9:00 AM-1:00 PM on Tuesday - School photos, iPad Pick-Up, Bookstore order pick-up, and Spirit Store Clothing sales.
    • Orientation Day - Monday, 8/15, 8:15-11:30AM - for all 9th graders
    • First Day - Tuesday, 8/16, 8:15 AM-2:45 PM - for all high school students
    The 7th grade class has the privilege of providing treats following the 8th Grade Graduation to honor the graduating class and their families. We are in need of supplies, if you would like to help use the following link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FABAC2CA46-8thgrade We are also in need of monetary donations to purchase the treats. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help make it a special night please send an envelope with "Brandi Kroeze" on it to the Middle School Office or if you prefer, you can Venmo @brandi-kroeze with “8th grade graduation” in the subject line.
     
    Summer Office Hours for Middle School office:
    • May 23 - May 26: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
    • Beginning the week of May 30th the office will be open on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
    • If you have any office needs outside of those hours please email us at vcmsoffice@vcschools.org. We will be checking our email and will do our best to respond in a timely manner.
    You can now pre-order the video from Broadway Showcase 2022!!  Go to http://www.vcschools.org/broadwaydownload
     
    Basketball Shooting Clinic For Those Entering Grades 4-7: This summer in the month of June, VCES teacher Mr. Korver will be offering a basketball shooting and skill development clinic for those entering grades 4-7.  Your child will be working on developing the fundamentals of their shot and footwork in an effort to build a foundation for their game moving forward.  Mr. Korver is a former college basketball player and an experienced coach.  Additional information is available here.
     
    Summer Computer Aided Drafting Class Brought to you by Epic Robotz: EPIC Robotz will be hosting a Summer computer aided design (CAD) class for students entering grades 9-12 next year. There will be two sessions of Intro to CAD, for students with little to no CAD experience, and two sessions of CAD level 2, for students that have taken the intro course or already have experience with CAD. The classes are $175.00 for each session and there is a $50.00 discount for students that plan to sign up for high school robotics in the fall. Please contact Valerie Jasper at vjasper@vcschools.org for the discount code or any questions regarding the class.
    Sign up at http://go.vcschools.org/techcamps
    Space is limited to 8 students per session, so sign up soon!
    • Intro to CAD Session 1 Tuesday May 31- Friday June 3 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Intro to CAD Session 2 Monday June 6- Thursday June 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 1 Monday June 20- Thursday June 23 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 2 Monday June 27- Thursday June 30 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
     
     

     
    High School
     
    If your child has medication or an inhaler in the office, please remember to pick it up before summer break. We will dispose of anything left.
     
    Lost and Found - If your student lost it, remind them to try to find it in the High School Lost and Found! The Lost and Found is overflowing! Items will be packed up and brought to Affordable Treasures during exam week.
     
    Senior Blessing is tonight! (Monday, 5/16) at 7:00 PM. It will be held at school on the Defender Plaza. This is an event for Parents and their Senior student only. We will have a time of worship, speakers and prayer as our students prepare for life after Valley Christian. 
     
    VCHS Exams are May 16-18. Some reminders about Exam Week: 
    • The exam schedule is posted on the High School Student page in Canvas and at www.vcschools.org/hsresources
    • Attendance during exam week: Please DO NOT schedule appointments or vacations between 8:00 AM-Noon during exam week. The attendance desk will be closed during exam week, so in case of illness, parents should call the High School Office or email hsinfo@vcschools.org.
    • Students should arrive on campus before 8:30 AM, or between 10:00-10:30 AM (depending on their exam schedule). While on campus, students who are not taking exams will be required to be in a testing room or remain in the library for the duration of the testing period. If a student does not have an exam, he or she is not required to be on campus.
    • VCHS students are not allowed to visit other campuses until 2:45 PM.
    • The canteen will be open and selling snacks Monday-Wednesday from 8:00-11:00 AM. The coffee shop will be open Monday-Wednesday from 7:45-10:45 AM.
    • Buses will run at regular times (8:00 AM drop off, 2:45 PM departure).
    • The library will be open until 2:30 PM, Monday-Wednesday.
    • During the exam blocks (8:30-10:00 AM and 10:30 AM-12:00 PM), students may not enter or leave campus.
    • Uniforms must be worn during finals or students will not be allowed to take final exams.
    • Except for make-up exams, there is no school for high school students on Thursday, 5/19.

    Seniors are required to be at Cottonwood Church on Thursday, 5/19 at 8:45 AM to attend Graduation rehearsal. 

    Senior Parents - If you have not received emails regarding graduation details over the last two weeks, please contact the high school office at hsinfo@vcschools.org.
     
    Laser Tag for Grad Night!  We need monetary donations to purchase Laser Tag for Grad Night. We need to raise $1000. If you are willing to donate, we would appreciate it. You can make checks payable to VCHS, noting Grad Night in the memo. Please drop it off with Faith at the high school office. Donations may also be made via  Venmo@RobinOskieCarter. Together we can make Grad Night a fun & special evening for our graduates!
     
    Mark your calendars with these important VCHS fall dates:
    • Monday, 8/8 or Tuesday, 8/9 - VCHS Check-in Days - 4:00-8:00 PM on Monday or 9:00 AM-1:00 PM on Tuesday - School photos, iPad Pick-Up, Bookstore order pick-up, and Spirit Store Clothing sales.
    • Orientation Day - Monday, 8/15, 8:15-11:30AM - for all 9th graders
    • First Day - Tuesday, 8/16, 8:15 AM-2:45 PM - for all high school students

    Summer Computer Aided Drafting Class Brought to you by Epic Robotz: EPIC Robotz will be hosting a Summer computer aided design (CAD) class for students entering grades 9-12 next year. There will be two sessions of Intro to CAD, for students with little to no CAD experience, and two sessions of CAD level 2, for students that have taken the intro course or already have experience with CAD. The classes are $175.00 for each session and there is a $50.00 discount for students that plan to sign up for high school robotics in the fall. Please contact Valerie Jasper at vjasper@vcschools.org for the discount code or any questions regarding the class.

    Sign up at http://go.vcschools.org/techcamps
    Space is limited to 8 students per session, so sign up soon!
    • Intro to CAD Session 1 Tuesday May 31- Friday June 3 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Intro to CAD Session 2 Monday June 6- Thursday June 9 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 1 Monday June 20- Thursday June 23 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 2 Monday June 27- Thursday June 30 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    You can now pre-order the video from Broadway Showcase 2022!!  Go to http://www.vcschools.org/broadwaydownload
     
    Counselors News:
     
    Attention Juniors and Seniors: Tutoring Center in Long Beach is looking for VCHS students who would like to apply for an internship program. Selected students will earn $16 per hour for about 4-8 hours per week. This opportunity could lead to a $1000.00 scholarship after 6 months of employment. For more information, call 562-653-4380.
     
    SAT and ACT Online Classes: Test Prep Gurus is offering online classes for the SAT and ACT this spring. For more information on these online classes, please visit the following link: 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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  • May 9, 2022 Issue 35

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 5/9/2022 3:00:00 PM

     

    2021-22 Theme Verse: "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God" (Romans 15:5-7)


     
    Summer is right around the corner and we’d love for you to join us for a class or camp! We have a variety of options, from sports to art to crime solving! Check out all of our summer programs and register here: https://www.vcschools.org/camps
     
    The VCS Board of Directors will be holding a Special Meeting Society Meeting - Tonight Monday, 5/9, 7:00 PM in the VCHS Legacy Chapel. Please visit vcschools.org/society for more information.
     
    Join us for a Grad Nite Fundraiser at Chick-fil-a in Cerritos on Tuesday, May 10th from 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM. Please stop by and present this paper when you purchase your meal.
     
    Please join us for the annual All Orchestra Night Concert! The VCS Orchestras are having their end of year spring concert  Tuesday, May 10th at Bell One CRC (17603 Ardmore Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706). The concert begins at 7:00 PM and will feature students from 5th through 12th grades. Hope to see you there!
     
    Evening with the Madrigals - Come and enjoy music and dessert in the Legacy Chapel on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, featuring our premiere vocal ensemble. No tickets required. First come, first serve.
     
    Swingin’ the Night Away - Friday, 5/13 - Join the middle school and high school jazz bands for a great night of music! Audience members will enjoy great jazz, desserts, and fun! They'll be raising money for the jazz band and you may win gift cards in the process!
     
    PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS: Mr. Goedhart is again offering voice lessons on the VCHS campus during the summer months to any student wanting to prepare for college music scholarships, learn how to develop their musical skills, and improve their confidence in singing. Contact Mr. Goedhart at pgoedhart@vcschools.org or 562-865-0281ext. 234 for more information.
     
    Grad Night Volunteers needed on Thursday, 5/19. Double Service Hours are available!  Come and be a part of our seniors final night as VC students. Grad Night is looking for chaperones for our overnight event to be held at Castle Park in Riverside. Hours will be 10:30 PM - 5:00 AM or 1:30 AM to 5:00 AM.  Please contact Shelly Hinton at VCHSGradNight22@gmail.com.
     
    The VCS Parents Association is preparing for another amazing Harvest Festival for our next school year. There are several opportunities available to help with this well-loved tradition. Past volunteers have enjoyed the experience of contributing to the school, learning new things and meeting other parents. Training is provided. Please email Becky Whitener at Harvest@vcschools.org to participate or if you would like additional information.
     
    The Parents Association will not be meeting in May. Many thanks to all parents who helped support our school this year! Stay tuned for updates in the fall as the Parent Association will be transitioning to a new format with an association at each campus site. We're excited to continue supporting our school in this way, and will be eager to include many volunteers to share the load!
     
    ATTENTION GRADUATING CLASS OF 1972: You are cordially welcomed to attend, participate, and walk in our ceremony joining our 2022 graduating class as our honored guests on Thursday, May 19. Due to COVID restrictions the last two golden classes have not had this opportunity. The lifting of COVID restrictions is a fairly recent development, so we would love to have members of the Valley Christian 1972 50th Golden Anniversary Class and their spouses join us for this wonderful occasion. Please let other classmates know about this opportunity. Contact Gene Bras gbras@vcschools.org or Marlaina Goldine mgoldine@vcschools.org to RSVP or if you have any questions.
     
    Job Openings:
    • Director of Finance: Full-time
    • Middle School Principal: Full-time
    • High School Counselor: Full-time
    • Canteen Coordinator at High School: Part-time
    • Academic Support Paraeducator at Middle School: Part-time
    • Substitute Teacher: Preschool and Elementary
    • Bus Driver: Part-time or Substitute
    • 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
    Donate Visa, gas and grocery gift cards through SCRIP to help the Alaska Missions Team: VCHS is sending a missions team to Alaska in June. The team of 22 students and 5 faculty will be running VBS and soccer camps in the Anchorage area. You can help--buy Vons ($25, $50 or $100) Chevron ($50, $100 or $250) or VISA ($50, $100 or $250) gift cards through our SCRIP office to help cover the gas, food costs, and additional travel expenses. Please specify on your order that your order is for the Alaska trip at the SCRIP office, or at any of the campuses. If you have any questions, contact the SCRIP office at 562-865-4285.

    SCRIP SUMMER HOURS: Thursdays 8:00 to 10:00 AM. Orders may be dropped off at the business office Monday - Friday.

    THANK YOU! Because of YOU, Scrip Surpassed Our School Year Sales Goal! Let Scrip help you with your gift shopping and travel while earning a rebate towards your students’ tuition and helping our schools. Mother’s Day- Dinner out, movie tickets, flowers, spa, department store gift cards, and more.
    • Graduation Gifts -VISA gift cards, make a college care package (Bed, Bath and Beyond), Restaurant gift cards, has cards, and more.
    • Travel with SCRIP!
    • Book your flights with one of Scrip airline retailers and earn big rebates. Hotel, Airbnb, tent, or cruise – whichever way you decide to stay, we’ve got scrip.
    • We have gas cards for your road trips, too. Use the RaiseRight app while on vacation for fast food, dining, supplies and more!

    HOT SCRIP TIP: Tired of paying the extra 15 cents at the pump when using your credit card? Buy Scrip gas cards. They are as convenient as a credit card, and you get gas at a lower cost to you.
    REMEMBER: If your student is graduating, you are still able to earn a rebate check from all your Scrip purchases. Please continue to support our schools. Please note: May 1st is the beginning of the SCRIP year for 2022-2023 rebates.


    Preschool  
     
    Graduation/End of the year performance: This year we will be hosting one BIG end-of- the-year graduation/performance including all of our preschool friends! This performance will be held Friday 5/13 at 6:30 PM in the church sanctuary. More info to come!
     
    End of the school year class parties will be Thursday, 5/19! Your child's teacher will provide more details. If this is not your child's normal day of attendance, they will be allowed to attend from 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
     
    Reminders to mark your calendars:
    • Last day of school is Thursday, 5/19 - half day with 11:30 AM dismissal for ALL children
    • School closed Friday, 5/20- Friday, 5/27
    • Memorial Day: Monday, 5/30 CLOSED
    • Open for summer program Tuesday, 5/31 at the VCES Campus
     

    Elementary School
     
    Each student will receive a yearbook this year and they will be sent home with students this week.
     
    If your child has medication or an inhaler in the office, please remember to pick it up before summer break. We will dispose of anything left.
     
    Moms in Prayer meets every Tuesday at 9:15 AM at the elementary. (We sit in the 1st row of picnic tables right outside of the office. Park in the teacher’s lot due to street sweeping day.) Not just for moms, come pray for children, families, and all campuses of the school. On 5/10, we will have coffee/tea and pastries. Questions? Contact Taelin at vcsprayer@gmail.com or Jane at (970)672-7698.
     
    Please join us for the annual All Orchestra Night Concert! The VCS Orchestras are having their end of year spring concert on Tuesday, May 10th at Bell One CRC (17603 Ardmore Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706). The concert begins at 7:00 PM and will feature students from 5th through 12th grades. Hope to see you there!
     
    VCES 5th & 6th Grade Bands will be performing on Tuesday, May 10, after school at 3:15 PM. Families are invited to listen to both groups perform on the south side of the multi-purpose room on the elementary campus.
     
    Save the Date for The Art Show & Ice Cream Social on Thursday, 5/12, 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 ice cream, and meet our great staff. We look forward to seeing you! All donations support our Art program.
     
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity - Volunteers are needed at the Art Show Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Thurs. 5/12,  8:00 - 8:30 PM, to assist with clean-up. If you would like to help with this event, please sign up here. Thank you for volunteering!
     
    Parent Service Hours: Volunteers are needed for Sports Day - Tuesday, 5/17. If you would like to help at this fun event on the HS campus, please email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org Service hours do apply.
     
    6th Grade Promotion on Wednesday, 5/18, 1:00 - 1:40 PM: The Sixth Grade Blessing ceremony to celebrate the students that will be moving on to middle school will take place on the high school football field. 17700 Dumont Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703
     
    LOST AND FOUND - Anything left in Lost and Found will be donated to Affordable Treasures after May 19. Please have your child check for any missing items. We have lots of jackets and other clothing items in our Lost and Found.
     
    Pop Tabs: We are partnering with The Ronald McDonald House to help families in their time of need by collecting Pop Tabs. Students may bring in their pop tabs at any time.
     
    New this year! VCES Summer Day Camp Registration is online.
     
    Planning ahead? 6th grade parents, mark your calendars with these important VCMS dates:
    • VCMS Orientation for all incoming 7th graders will be the week of August 1 - August 4. There will be two sessions, 8:00-10:00 AM and 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Informational Fliers were sent home last week with your student. Please contact the middle school office with any questions.
    • First Day of School - Monday, 8/15, 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
     
    Important dates this month:
    • 5/11 - 2nd grade - California Science Center
    • 5/11 - 5th grade - Market Day (on campus)
    • 5/12 - 4th grade - Wax Museum (on campus)
    • 5/12 - VCES Art Show 6:00-8:00 PM (on campus)
    • 5/13 - 6th grade - Knott's Berry Farm
    • 5/13 - Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Day (on campus)
    • 5/17 - Sports Day (TK-K ES campus,1st-6th HS campus)
    • 5/18 - 5th grade - California Science Center
    • 5/18 - 6th Grade Blessing 1:00-1:40 PM (HS football field)
    • 5/19 - 5th/6th/Upper MultiAge SkyZone Jump into Summer 9:00-11:00 AM
     

    Middle School
     
    Please join us for the annual All Orchestra Night Concert! The VC Orchestras are having their end of year spring concert on Tuesday, May 10th at Bell One CRC (17603 Ardmore Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706). The concert begins at 7:00 PM and will feature students from 5th through 12th grades. Hope to see you there!
     
    Swingin’ the Night Away - Friday, 5/13 - Join the middle school and high school jazz bands for a great night of music! Audience members can enjoy great jazz, desserts, and fun! They'll be raising money for the jazz band and people can win gift cards in the process!
     
    Coming up at VCMS..
    • May 13 - 7th grade Talent Show
    • May 13 - 8th grade field trip to Crystal Cove
    • May 16 - All school day at Disney California Adventure *Note that there is no school this day for students who are not participating.
    • May 17 - 8th grade picnic at Liberty Park
    • May 18 - 8th grade graduation rehearsal 8:15 - 10:30 AM (students dismissed at this time. Transportation required)
    • May 18 - 8th grade graduation at VCHS Defender Stadium @ 7:00 PM (Graduates need to arrive by 6:30 PM).
    • May 19 - Last day of school for 7th grade (out at 11:30 AM). *8th grade does not have school on this day.

    *** Additional information for all of these events has been sent home via email. Please contact your student's advisement teacher or the middle school office with any questions. ***

     
    7th Grade Parents: Donations are needed for the Ice Cream Sundae Bar following 7th grade
    talent show, on May 13th. If you would like to help please use the following link:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FABAC2CA46-7thgrade
     
    <divThe 7th Grade class has the privilege of providing treats following the 8th Grade Graduation to honor the graduating class and their families. We are in need of supplies, if you would like to help use the following link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FABAC2CA46-8thgrade We are also in need of monetary donations to purchase the treats. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help make it a special night please send an envelope marked with "Brandi Kroeze" on it to the Middle School Office or if you prefer, you may Venmo @brandi-kroeze with “8th grade graduation” in the subject line.
     
    Summer Computer Aided Drafting Class Brought to you by Epic Robotz: EPIC Robotz will be hosting a Summer computer aided design (CAD) class for students entering grades 9-12 next year. There will be two sessions of Intro to CAD, for students with little to no CAD experience, and two sessions of CAD level 2, for students that have taken the intro course or already have experience with CAD. The classes are $175.00 for each session and there is a $50.00 discount for students that plan to sign up for high school robotics in the fall. Please contact Valerie Jasper at vjasper@vcschools.org for the discount code or any questions regarding the class.
    Sign up at http://go.vcschools.org/techcamps
    Space is limited to 8 students per session so sign up soon!
    • Intro to CAD Session 1 Tuesday May 31- Friday June 3 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Intro to CAD Session 2 Monday June 6- Thursday June 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 1 Monday June 20- Thursday June 23 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 2 Monday June 27- Thursday June 30 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
     
     

     
    High School
     
    Senior Parents - Please keep an eye on your email for information regarding graduation tickets and details about graduation rehearsal and the ceremony. If you have not received emails regarding these details over the last two weeks, please contact the high school office at hsinfo@vcschools.org.
     
    If your child has medication or an inhaler in the office, please remember to pick it up before summer break. We will dispose of anything left.
     
    Lost and Found - If your student lost it, remind them to try to find it in the high school Lost and Found! The Lost and Found is overflowing! Items will be packed up and brought to Affordable Treasures during exam week.
     
    Please join us for the annual All Orchestra Night Concert! The VCS Orchestras are having their end of year spring concert on Tuesday, May 10th at Bell One CRC (17603 Ardmore Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706). The concert begins at 7:00 PM and will feature students 5th through 12th grades. Hope to see you there!
     
    Evening with the Madrigals - Come and enjoy music and dessert in the Legacy Chapel on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 PM featuring our premiere vocal ensemble. No tickets required. First come, first serve.
     
    College Shirt Day for Seniors is Thursday, 5/12: Now that they've committed to where they're going next year, it's time to get out the college swag and wear it to school! Seniors (only!) may wear a shirt or sweatshirt representing the college that they will be attending; they must wear uniform bottoms.
     
    Swingin’ the Night Away - Friday, 5/13 - Join the middle school and high school jazz bands for a great night of music! Audience members will enjoy great jazz, desserts, and fun! They'll be raising money for the jazz band and you can win gift cards in the process!
     

    Laser Tag for Grad Night!  We need monetary donations to purchase Laser Tag for Grad Night. We need to raise $1000. If you are willing to donate, we would appreciate it. You can make checks payable to VCHS, noting Grad Night in the memo. Please drop it off with Faith at the high school office. Donations may also be made via  Venmo@RobinOskieCarter. Together we can make Grad Night a fun & special evening for our graduates!

     
    Senior parents: We need monetary donations for Grad Night. If you are willing to donate, we would appreciate it. You can make checks payable to VCHS, noting Grad Night in the memo. Please drop it off with Faith at the high school office. Donations may also be made via Venmo@RobinOskieCarter. Together we can make Grad Night a special evening for our graduates!
     
    Attention Senior Parents and Seniors: Senior Blessing is Monday, 5/16, at 7:00 PM. It will be held at school on the Defender Plaza. This is an event for Parents and their Senior student only. We will have a time of worship, speakers and prayer as our students prepare for life after Valley Christian. For Senior Blessing we ask each family to make a collage of photos for their student to be displayed at the event. It can be as many photos as you like to depict your child. It can be photos of just your child or have pictures with friends and family. You can make the photo collage at Costco/Walgreens or any other place that does them OR you can purchase a small thin poster board and attach printed pictures (approximately 12X18 in size). Deadline is Friday, 5/13 to turn in the poster to the high school office.
     
    VCHS Exams are May 16-18. Some reminders about Exam Week:
    • The exam schedule is posted on the High School Student page in Canvas and at www.vcschools.org/hsresources
    • Attendance during exam week: Please DO NOT schedule appointments or vacations between 8:00 AM-Noon during exam week. The attendance desk will be closed during exam week, so in case of illness, parents should call the High School Office or email hsinfo@vcschools.org.
    • Students should arrive on campus before 8:30 AM, or between 10:00-10:30 AM (depending on their exam schedule). While on campus, students who are not taking exams will be required to be in a testing room or remain in the library for the duration of the testing period. If a student does not have an exam, he or she is not required to be on campus.
    • VCHS students are not allowed to visit other campuses until 2:45 PM.
    • The canteen will be open and selling snacks between 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM.
    • Buses will run at regular times (8:00 AM drop off, 2:45 PM departure).
    • The library will be open until 2:30 PM, Monday-Wednesday.
    • During the exam blocks (8:30-10:00 AM and 10:30 AM-12:00 PM), students may not enter or leave campus.
    • Uniforms must be worn during finals or students will not be allowed to take final exams.
    • There is no school for high school students on Thursday, 5/19.
     
    Summer Computer Aided Drafting Class Brought to you by Epic Robotz: EPIC Robotz will be hosting a Summer computer aided design (CAD) class for students entering grades 9-12 next year. There will be two sessions of Intro to CAD, for students with little to no CAD experience, and two sessions of CAD level 2, for students that have taken the intro course or already have experience with CAD. The classes are $175.00 for each session and there is a $50.00 discount for students that plan to sign up for high school robotics in the fall. Please contact Valerie Jasper at vjasper@vcschools.org for the discount code or any questions regarding the class.
    Sign up at http://go.vcschools.org/techcamps
    Space is limited to 8 students per session, so sign up soon!
    • Intro to CAD Session 1 Tuesday May 31- Friday June 3, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Intro to CAD Session 2 Monday June 6- Thursday June 9, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 1 Monday June 20- Thursday June 23, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 2 Monday June 27- Thursday June 30, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
     
    Counselors News:
     
    Attention Juniors and Seniors: Tutoring Center in Long Beach is looking for VCHS students who would like to apply for an internship program. Selected students will earn $16 per hour for about 4-8 hours per week. This opportunity could lead to a $1000.00 scholarship after 6 months of employment. For more information, call 562-653-4380.
     
    STEM & Medicine Summer Experiences: Investin has partnered with world-class professionals across 10 STEM-related industries to create the most immersive and exclusive work experience activities that school students can find this summer. Watch a real-life surgery taking place; explore an aeroplane being converted into a refueling hybrid jet; work with psychologists on a mental health ward; analyse fingerprints and blood splatter on a crime scene and much more. For more information go to: STEM & Medicine Summer Experiences
     
    SAT and ACT Online Classes: Test Prep Gurus is offering online classes for the SAT and ACT this spring. For more information on these online classes, please visit the following link: www.prepgurus.com/online
     
    Juniors! If you haven't done so already, please look into registering for either the SAT or ACT this spring. Some colleges are still requiring test scores to be submitted when applying. Please check with your counselor if you have questions on whether or not you should take a test this spring.
     

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    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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  • May 2, 2022 Issue 34

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 5/2/2022 2:00:00 PM

     

    2021-22 Theme Verse: "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God" (Romans 15:5-7)


     
    An EPIC thank you to everyone who watched the Houston robotics world championships and cheered on our team,EPIC Robotz! EPIC placed 14th in our division and we were chosen for the third ranked alliance. We were eliminated in the quarter finals after two heartbreaking 1pt losses. This brings EPIC's most successful season in team history to a close. This could not have happened without all of the incredible work put in by the student members and mentors. We are especially thankful to our sponsors, alliance partners and all of those who have supported us throughout the duration of this season! This has been one EPIC journey and we are looking forward to an amazing season next year. A big congratulations to our safety captain, Steven Nour, who received the safety all star award for our division. Thanks for keeping us safe! EPIC Robotz will be hosting Solidworks CAD and build classes this summer. Information coming soon! For more information about participating in high school robotics or becoming a sponsor please email Valerie at vjasper@vcschools.org.
     
    Summer is right around the corner and we’d love for you to join us for a class or camp! We have a variety of options, from sports to art to crime solving! Check out all of our summer programs and register here: https://www.vcschools.org/camps
     
    The VCS Board of Directors will be holding a Special Meeting Society Meeting - Monday, 5/9, 7:00 PM in the VCHS Legacy Chapel. Please visit vcschools.org/society for more information. 
     
    Please join us for the annual All Orchestra Night Concert!  The VC Orchestras are having their end of year spring concert on Tuesday, May 10th at Bell One CRC (17603 Ardmore Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706).  Concert begins at 7:00 PM and will feature students from 5th through 12th grades.  Hope to see you there!
     
    Grad Night Volunteers are needed on Thursday, 5/19. Double Service Hours are available! Come and be a part of our seniors' final night as VC students. Grad Night is looking for chaperones for our overnight event to be held at Castle Park in Riverside. You may work the whole night or in shifts of 8:30 PM - 11 PM, 10:30 PM - 1:30 AM or 1:30 AM to 4:30 AM. Please contact Shelly Hinton at VCHSGradNight22@gmail.com.
     
    The VCS Parents Association is preparing for another amazing Harvest Festival for our next school year. There are several opportunities available to help with this well-loved tradition. Past volunteers have enjoyed the experience of contributing to the school, learning new things and meeting other parents and the training is provided. Please email Becky Whitener at Harvest@vcschools.org to participate or if you would like additional information.
     
    The Parent Association will not be meeting in May. Many thanks to all parents who helped support our school this year! Stay tuned for updates in the fall as the Parent Association will be transitioning to a new format with an association at each campus site. We're excited to continue supporting our school in this way, and will be eager to include many volunteers to share the load!
     
    ATTENTION GRADUATING CLASS OF 1972: You are cordially welcomed to attend, participate, and walk in our ceremony joining our 2022 graduating class as our honored guests on Thursday, May 19. Due to COVID restrictions the last two golden classes have not had this opportunity. The lifting of COVID restrictions is a fairly recent development, so we would love to have members of the Valley Christian 1972 50th Golden Anniversary Class and their spouses join us for this wonderful occasion. Please let other classmates know about this opportunity. Contact Gene Bras gbras@vcschools.org or Marlaina Goldine mgoldine@vcschools.org to RSVP or if you have any questions.
     
    Job Openings:
    • Director of Finance: Full-time
    • Middle School Principal: Full-time
    • High School Counselor: Full-time
    • Canteen Coordinator at High School: Part-time
    • Academic Support Paraeducator at High School: Part-time
    • Substitute Teacher: Preschool and Elementary
    • Bus Driver: Part-time or Substitute
    • 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,
     
    THANK YOU! Because of YOU, Scrip Surpassed Our School Year Sales Goal! Let Scrip help you with your gift shopping and travel while earning a rebate towards your students’ tuition and helping our schools. Mother’s Day- Dinner out, movie tickets, flowers, spa, department store gift cards, and more.
    • Graduation Gifts -VISA gift cards, make a college care package (Bed, Bath and Beyond), Restaurant gift cards, has cards, and more.
    • Travel with SCRIP!
    • Book your flights with one of Scrip airline retailers and earn big rebates. Hotel, Airbnb, tent, or cruise – whichever way you decide to stay, we’ve got scrip.
    • We have gas cards for your road trips, too. Use the RaiseRight app while on vacation for fast food, dining, supplies and more!

    HOT SCRIP TIP: Tired of paying the extra 15 cents at the pump when using your credit card? Buy Scrip gas cards. They are as convenient as a credit card, and you get gas at a lower cost to you.
    REMEMBER: If your student is graduating, you are still able to earn a rebate check from all your Scrip purchases. Please continue to support our schools.
    SCRIP SUMMER HOURS: Thursdays 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Orders may be dropped off at the business office Monday - Friday.

    Please note: May 1st is the beginning of the SCRIP year for 2022-2023 rebates

     


    Preschool  
     
    Muffins with Mom will be held on Thursday, 5/5 -7:30-8:30 AM OR Friday, 5/6 - 8:00-9:00 AM. A sign-up genius went out on Friday for Moms to choose which day works best for them to attend with their preschool child. A second sign-up genius will go out for donations and give Dad's the opportunity to serve (parent service hours provided). We hope to see you all there!
     
    Graduation/End of the year performance: This year we will be hosting one BIG end-of- the-year graduation/performance including all of our preschool friends! This performance will be held Friday 5/13 at 6:30 PM in the church sanctuary. More info to come!
     
    End of the school year class parties will be on Thursday, 5/19! Your child's teacher will provide more details. If this is not your child's normal day of attendance, they will be allowed to attend from 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
     

    Elementary School
     
    The VCES teachers, staff and students wish to thank you for your support and generous donations to the Trot for Technology and Auction. The funds raised will go towards classroom technology and student drinking fountains.
     
    Moms in Prayer meets every Tuesday at 9:15am at the Elementary. (We sit in the 1st row of picnic tables right outside of the office. Park in the teacher’s lot due to street sweeping day.) Not just for moms, come pray for children, families, and all campuses of the school. On 5/10, we will have coffee/tea and pastries. Questions? Contact Taelin at vcsprayer@gmail.com or Jane at (970)672-7698.
     
    Parent Service Hours: Inflatable Obstacle Course - Trot for Technology Prize, Friday May 6.  We need volunteers to help supervise students.  Service hours do apply.  You can sign up for more than one time slot.  If you would like to volunteer, please use this link SignUpGenius.  Thank you! 
     
    The VCES Talent Show is back this Friday, May 6, at the High School Legacy Chapel at 6:30 PM! Parents who want to donate snacks/water or help at the Talent Show, can contact Taelin at taelin.iniguez@erc.la. If your child is in the talent show and you haven’t received an email about it by the end of today (Monday), please also contact Taelin. 
     
    VCES 5th & 6th Grade Bands will be performing on Tuesday, May 10 after school at 3:15 PM.  Families are invited to listen to both groups perform on the south side of the multi-purpose room on the elementary campus.  
     
    VCS Robotics Program - Registration for children ages 9-14 can participate in the Robotics program next fall (August-December). Registration forms are due Tuesday, 5/3 and tryouts for the competitive team will be held on Saturday, 5/7.
     
    Save the Date for The Art Show & Ice Cream Social on Thursday, 5/12, 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 ice cream, and meet our great staff. We look forward to seeing you! All donations support our Art program.
     
    Parent Service Hours: Volunteers are needed for Sports Day - Tuesday, 5/17. If you would like to help at this fun event at the HS campus please email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org  Service hours do apply.
     
    6th Grade Promotion on Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 - 1:40 PM: The Sixth Grade Blessing ceremony to celebrate the students that will be moving on to middle school will take place on the high school football field. 17700 Dumont Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703
     
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity - Volunteers are needed at the Art Show Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Thurs. 5/12 from 8:00 - 8:30 PM, to assist with clean-up. If you would like to help with this event, please sign up here. Thank you for volunteering!
     
    LOST AND FOUND - Anything left in Lost and Found will be donated to Affordable Treasures after May 19. Please have your child check for any missing items. We have lots of jackets and other clothing items in our Lost and Found.
     
    Pop Tabs: We are partnering with The Ronald McDonald House to help families in their time of need by collecting Pop Tabs. Students may bring in their pop tabs at any time.
     
    New this year! VCES Summer Day Camp Registration is online.
     
    Planning ahead? 6th grade parents, mark your calendars with these important VCMS dates:
    • VCMS Orientation for all incoming 7th graders will be the week of August 1 - August 4. There will be two sessions, 8:00am-10:00am and 10:30am-12:30pm. Informational Fliers were sent home last week with your student. Please contact the middle school office with any questions.
    • First Day of School - Monday, 8/15, 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
     
    Important dates this month:
    • 5/3 - 1st grade - OC Zoo/Irvine Railroad Park
    • 5/3 - 2nd grade - Chick-Fil-A/Del Valle Park
    • 5/4 - Mrs. Koolmees' class - Tanaka Farms
    • 5/4 - 3rd grade - Discovery Cube
    • 5/5 - 4th grade - Recorder concert 9:00am (on campus)
    • 5/6 - TK & Kindergarten - Pastries and Parents (on campus)
    • 5/6 - Inflatable Obstacle Course (Trot for Tech. prize - on campus)
    • 5/11 - 2nd grade - California Science Center
    • 5/11 - 5th grade - Market Day (on campus)
    • 5/12 - 4th grade - Wax Museum (on campus)
    • 5/12 - VCES Art Show 6:00-8:00pm (on campus)
    • 5/13 - 6th grade - Knott's Berry Farm
    • 5/13 - Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Day (on campus)
    • 5/17 - Sports Day (TK-K ES campus,1st-6th HS campus)
    • 5/18 - 5th grade - California Science Center
    • 5/18 - 6th Grade Blessing 1:00-1:40 PM (HS football field)
    • 5/19 - 5th/6th/Upper MultiAge SkyZone Jump into Summer 9:00-11:00 AM
     

    Middle School
     
    Robotics at VCMS - Registration forms are due: Tuesday, 5/3 and tryouts for the competitive team will be held on Saturday, 5/7. Please contact Sharon Lee at sharon@vcsrobotics.com with any questions.
     
    VCHS Handbell Auditions for the 2022-2023 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 2. Please email Mrs. Struiksma if you have any questions lstruiksma@vcschools.org. Handbell audition link: VCHS Handbell Auditions 2022-2023
     
    8th grade Student-Athletes and Parents: Please join us on Monday, May 2nd from 6:00-8:00 PM in the high school gymnasium for our first Defender Night. Take a tour of our athletic facilities, meet our coaching staff, get valuable information about summer camps and programs and ask any questions you may have about playing athletics at Valley Christian High School.
     
    Spring Instrumental Concert - Wednesday, 5/4, 7:00 PM in the VCHS Legacy Chapel. You are invited to enjoy the music of the middle school bands, middle school and high school handbells, and the high school band!
     
    Coming up at VCMS..
    • May 6 - 8th Grade FUNdraiser
    • May 13 - 7th grade Talent Show
    • May 13 - 8th grade field trip to Crystal Cove
    • May 16 - All school day at Disney California Adventure *Note that there is no school this day for students who are not participating.
    • May 17 - 8th grade picnic at Liberty Park
    • May 18 - 8th grade graduation rehearsal 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM (students dismissed at this time. Transportation required)
    • May 18 - 8th grade graduation at VCHS Defender Stadium @ 7:00 PM (Graduates need to arrive by 6:30 PM).
    • May 19 - Last day of school for 7th grade (out at 11:30 AM). *8th grade does not have school on this day.

    *** Additional information for all of these events has been sent home via email. Please contact your student(s) advisement teacher or the middle school office with any questions. ***

     
    Summer Computer Aided Drafting Class Brought to you by Epic Robotz:  EPIC Robotz will be hosting a Summer computer aided design (CAD) class for students entering grades 9-12 next year. There will be two sessions of Intro to CAD, for students with little to no CAD experience, and two sessions of CAD level 2, for students that have taken the intro course or already have experience with CAD. The classes are $175.00 for each session and there is a $50.00 discount for students that plan to sign up for high school robotics in the fall. Please contact Valerie Jasper at vjasper@vcschools.org for the discount code or any questions regarding the class.
    Sign up at http://go.vcschools.org/techcamps
    Space is limited to 8 students per session so sign up soon!
    • Intro to CAD Session 1  Tuesday May 31- Friday June 3 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Intro to CAD Session 2  Monday June 6- Thursday June 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 1 Monday June 20- Thursday June 23 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 2 Monday June 27- Thursday June 30 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
     
    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 Zelle (Sweet Olie-dawngrasmeyer@gmail.com) or Venmo (@Jennifer-Scholte). Please specify 8th Grade Grad Donation in the comments. Thanks so much for your support of this fun event for our graduates!
     
    2023 Washington DC/Alabama/Georgia Civil Rights Trip. - See announcement in High School section for details.
     
     

     
    High School
     
    VCHS Handbell Auditions for the 2022-2023 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 2. Please email Mrs. Struiksma if you have any questions at lstruiksma@vcschools.org. Handbell audition link: VCHS Handbell Auditions 2022-2023
     
    Student-Athletes and Parents: Please join us on Monday, 5/2 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the high school gymnasium for our first Defender Night. Take a tour of our athletic facilities, meet our coaching staff, get valuable information about summer camps and programs and ask any questions you may have about playing athletics at Valley Christian High School.
     
    Spring Instrumental Concert - Wednesday, 5/4, 7:00 PM in the VCHS Legacy Chapel. You are invited to enjoy the music of the middle school bands, middle school and high school handbells, and the high school band!
     
    College Shirt Day for Seniors is Thursday, 5/12: Now that they've committed to where they're going next year, it's time to get out the college swag and wear it to school! Seniors (only!) may wear a shirt or sweatshirt representing the college that they will be attending; they must wear uniform bottoms.
     
    Senior parents: We need monetary donations for Grad Night. If you are willing to donate, we would appreciate it. You can make checks payable to VCHS, noting Grad Night in the memo. Please drop it off with Faith at the high school office. Donations may also be made via Venmo@RobinOskieCarter.  Together we can make Grad Night a special evening for our graduates!
     
    Attention Senior Parents and Seniors: Senior Blessing is Monday, 5/16, at 7:00 PM. It will be held at school on the Defender Plaza. This is an event for Parents and their Senior student only. We will have a time of worship, speakers and prayer as our students prepare for life after Valley Christian. For Senior Blessing we ask each family to make a collage of photos for their student to be displayed at the event. It can be as many photos as you like to depict your child. It can be photos of just your child or have pictures with friends and family. You can make the photo collage at Costco/Walgreens or any other place that does them OR you can purchase a small thin poster board and attach printed pictures (approximately 12X18 in size). Deadline is Friday, 5/13 to turn in the poster to the high school office.
     
    Summer Computer Aided Drafting Class Brought to you by Epic Robotz:  EPIC Robotz will be hosting a Summer computer aided design (CAD) class for students entering grades 9-12 next year. There will be two sessions of Intro to CAD, for students with little to no CAD experience, and two sessions of CAD level 2, for students that have taken the intro course or already have experience with CAD. The classes are $175.00 for each session and there is a $50.00 discount for students that plan to sign up for high school robotics in the fall. Please contact Valerie Jasper at vjasper@vcschools.org for the discount code or any questions regarding the class.
    Sign up at http://go.vcschools.org/techcamps
    Space is limited to 8 students per session so sign up soon!
    • Intro to CAD Session 1  Tuesday May 31- Friday June 3 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Intro to CAD Session 2  Monday June 6- Thursday June 9 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 1 Monday June 20- Thursday June 23 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • CAD Level 2 Session 2 Monday June 27- Thursday June 30 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
     
    2023 Washington DC/Alabama/Georgia Civil Rights Trip. Valley Christian High School is currently planning a Civil Rights Trip that will include Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Selma AL & Washington, DC for Spring Break 2023. This will be a six-day trip and is open to all high school students and or/high school parents. We had a great meeting on 4/20 about the Civil Rights trip. Below are a couple of important reminders from the meeting:
    • The deadline to sign up for the trip is 5/4/2022. Sign up by this date to ensure your spot on the trip!
    • It’s only a small initial $49 deposit to sign up. The remaining amount is spread out over the months leading up to the trip.
    • Register within the next 48 hours to receive $100 off the trip price
    • Use Trip ID 201703 to sign up through one of three easy ways: online at worldstrides.com/register, by phone at 800-468-5899, or by mail by completing the registration form included in your student invitation
    • Financial assistance: over $2.5 million in assistance is given out each year to qualifying families
    • Gift of Education Fundraising program: with E-Cards and shareable Facebook
    • Links and 100% of the money raised goes directly to offset the trip price.
    • Affordable payment plans
    • Additionally, all first responders and military families can receive a 5% discount off their trip price. Call World Strides Customer Service to learn more.


    Again, if you are interested in going on this trip or having your child go on this trip, please contact Mr. Bras at gbras@vcschools.org or Mr. Huisman at mhuisman@vcschools.org for incoming freshmen.

     
    Counselors News:
     
    Attention Juniors and Seniors: Tutoring Center in Long Beach is looking for VCHS students who would like to apply for an internship program. Selected students will earn $16 per hour for about 4-8 hours per week. This opportunity could lead to a $1000.00 scholarship after 6 months of employment. For more information, call 562-653-4380.
     
    STEM & Medicine Summer Experiences: Investin has partnered with world-class professionals across 10 STEM-related industries to create the most immersive and exclusive work experience activities that school students can find this summer. Watch a real-life surgery taking place; explore an aeroplane being converted into a refueling hybrid jet; work with psychologists on a mental health ward; analyse fingerprints and blood splatter on a crime scene and much more. For more information go to: STEM & Medicine Summer Experiences
     
    SAT and ACT Online Classes: Test Prep Gurus is offering online classes for the SAT and ACT this spring. For more information on these online classes, please visit the following link: www.prepgurus.com/online
     
    Juniors! If you haven't done so already, please look into registering for either the SAT or ACT this spring. Some colleges are still requiring test scores to be submitted when applying. Please check with your counselor if you have questions on whether or not you should take a test this spring.
     

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    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store - Call our store 562-866-0060 or schedule a pick-up on our website affordabletreasuresthrift.org.
     

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