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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 pjkovacik@gmail.com
    • 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 pa-vces@vcschools.org. 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: www.vcschools.org/uniform.  

    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 pa@vcschools.org.
     
    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
     

     

    Preschool  

    "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 vcmsoffice@vcschools.org. 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 hsinfo@vcschools.org.
     
    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 pjkovacik@gmail.com.

    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 mrhodes@vcschools.org 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 obomgaars@vcschools.org

    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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    Athletics
     
    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 Tbranderhorst@vcschools.org 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 www.vcathletics.net and click the CAMPS tab for information and registration.  Contact Jody Garner at jgarner@vcschools.org 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: www.vcathletics.net

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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 affordabletreasures.org@gmail.com with any questions. 
     

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    Photo of the Week: Elementary Students Received a Visit from NASA
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  • May 30, 2017 Issue 36

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 5/30/2017 12:00:00 PM

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

    Thank you to our music directors K-12 who have been very busy putting on wonderful end-of-the-year concerts. Your hard work is so appreciated as concert-goers hear the impressive progress our students have made over the year.
     
    A special thank you to Deb Gault for a great year at VCHS and Nathan Board for his 11 years of teaching at VCHS. We extend our thanks and prayers as Deb, Nathan and Candyce Simpson, HS Counselor, move on to new adventures.
     
    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. Exam week is 6/5-6/8.
    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.
     
    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 pjkovacik@gmail.com
    • 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 at the Gym. Contact Jennifer at pa-vces@vcschools.org. 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 at the VCHS Gym, Wednesday, 8/2 and Thursday, 8/3 at 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: www.vcschools.org/uniform.  

    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 pa@vcschools.org.
     
    Job Opportunities:  

    Investment Committee Members Needed: VCS is looking for a couple of volunteers to join a newly formed Investment Committee. This committee will meet four times a year and will help with oversight of investment of some of the school's funds.  Interested parties, please contact Business Director, Alice De Bruin (Adebruin@vcschools.org) with your qualifications. 

    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 
     

     

    Preschool  

    Lunch Bunch Dates:

    • Wednesday, 5/31
    "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. See Mrs. Sara for more info. 
     
    Preschool Graduation will be held at Encounter Church on the evening of Friday, 6/2 at 6:00 pm. Pre-K and eligible graduates from the Busy Bee's class can be dropped off in their classroom at 5:45 pm dressed in their cap and gown.

    Graduation cap and gowns will be going home today! If your child is participating in the graduation ceremony please see Ms. Sara or Your child's teacher for their cap and gown.

    Looking Ahead:
    • The end of the year celebration will be an Ice Cream Party 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 CLOSED 6/9-6/16

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    Elementary School
     
    Staff Notes: We would like to thank the following for their many years of service and devotion to Christian education. May God bless you richly.
    • Retiring: June Reppmann, 38 years; Bonnie Meyer, 32 years; Lori Hermann, 13 years; Ann Samuelson,10 years.
    • Moving On: Jezabel Rubio, 8 years; Michelle Becksvoort, 6 years; Tara Schuring, 2 years.
    The 4th Graders will present "Go West" at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, 5/30 at Bethany CRC, 17054 Bixby Ave, Bellflower. All students must wear a plain white t-shirt with jeans and meet in the Friendship Center at 6:40 pm. Come listen to our chorus of miners, cowpokes, pioneers, and adventurers as they make the journey West!
     
    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. 

    Outstanding Balances? Please be sure to pay fines and return all books before the last day of school.

    Free Dress: Students are not required to wear uniforms next week Tuesday, 6/6 through Thursday, 6/8.

    Fundraiser Coordinator Needed: The Cookie Dough/Magazine Sale Fundraiser is in need of a coordinator for the 2017-18 school year. Service hours can be earned. Please call the school office, 562-920-9902, if interested.

    Sports Day, Tuesday, 6/6
    • Event Volunteers Needed: From 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, volunteers are needed. Lunch is provided and service hours will be given to all who volunteer. Please email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org if you are available.
    • Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are needed to serve hot lunch on Sports Day at the high school. Service hours will be given to those who volunteer. If interested, please contact Tracie Jones, 562-612-2340. Please note: Choice Lunch will NOT be available on Sports Day! 
    • Yearbook Pictures: Sports Day is quickly approaching on Tuesday, 6/6. If you plan on taking pictures that day, please send pictures to Alba Rodriguez at arodriguez@vcschools.org.
    Field Trips:
    • 1st grade students will go to the Los Angeles Zoo on Monday, 6/5.
    • 5th grade students will go to 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 registration fee is $65 until 6/1. Parent Orientation meeting is Wednesday, 6/1 at 6:30 pm at the Elementary campus. 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.

    Summer Math Sharpener and Language Arts Review Books are available for purchase directly from Tri-C Publications at www.summerskills.com. It is recommended that you order the grade level your child has just completed.
     

     

    Middle School  
     
    Handbells: Auditions for next year's High School Handbell Choir will be held Wednesday, 5/31 from 3:15-4:15 pm in the elementary music room. If you have any questions about the audition, please contact Mrs. Struiksma at lstruiksma@vcschools.org. Students currently in grades 8-11 are welcome to audition. 
     
    Disneyland: Parents, please discuss transportation options for Disneyland with your child. Any changes to your transportation options need to be communicated in writing or email to the VCMS office by this Friday, 6/2 at 3:00 pm.
     
    Do you still need your parent service hours? We are looking for three parents to direct traffic at the Middle School Graduation. On Wednesday, 6/7, we will need you at Calvary Church in Bellflower from 5:45-7:00 pm. Call 562-865-6519 or email the Middle School Office, vcmsoffice@vcschools.org.  
     
    Introduction to Spanish Teacher Needed: VCMS is looking for someone to teach an Introduction to Spanish class for the 2017-18 school year. The class meets four afternoons a week for nine weeks and the schedule is flexible. Contact Mr. Tiersma at jtiersma@vcschools.org if you would like more information.
     
    Homework Club Snacks Needed: Homework club goes through the end of May and is still in need of snacks.  
     
    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 registration fee is $65 until 6/1. Parent Orientation meeting is Wednesday, 6/1 at 6:30 pm at the Elementary campus. 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
    This week will be regular schedule each day on the high school campus. Please note that on Wednesday, 5/31, students will be dismissed at 2:45 pm, not 2:15 pm.   
     
    Track Banquet on Wednesday, 5/31 at 6:30pm in the Chapel:
    • Athletes and parents are invited to celebrate the 2017 season
    • Cost is $10 per person, payable at the door
    • If you can help with setup & decorations, contact Theresa Montenegro
    • If you can donate dessert items or bottles of water, contact Cindy Archer 

    Handbells: Auditions for next year's High School Handbell Choir will be held Wednesday, 5/31 from 3:15-4:15 pm in the elementary music room. If you have any questions about the audition, please contact Mrs. Struiksma at lstruiksma@vcschools.org. Students currently in grades 8-11 are welcome to audition.

    The Evening with the Madrigals will be held on 6/1 at 6:30 pm in the Legacy Chapel. Student tickets are $10 and all other tickets are $15. Come and experience a delicious dinner catered by Kabob Crush, fabulous desserts, and amazing musical entertainment! Space is limited, see a current Madrigal for tickets.
     
    Monday, 6/5 - Thursday, 6/8 is Exam Week at the High School: The week of June 5 is exam week at the high school.  Student only need to be on campus during their exam periods.  The exam schedule can be viewed on the school's web-site 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 hsinfo@vcschools.org.
     
    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. Each robe package will include a printout with some graduation details and reminders. Please note that all outstanding payments, fees, and service hours must be made prior to pick up.
     
    Grad Night Information: 
    • Donations Needed: Senior parents, we are in need of donations for Grad Night. If you are willing to donate a food item we would appreciate it. Please click on the link to sign up for an item. All items need to be in the high school office no later than Friday, 6/2. Any questions please feel free to contact Jacque Kovacik at pjkovacik@gmail.com.
    • 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 pjkovacik@gmail.com.

    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 mrhodes@vcschools.org 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:

    VCHS Bookstore Volunteers Needed: Did you know the VCHS bookstore saves high school families hundreds of dollars each year over list price for digital and print books? Please help and earn service hours by:

    • Sorting paperbacks in May

    • Working the August Sale (Wednesday, 8/2, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and Thursday, 8/3 from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm)

    Please contact Onnie Bomgaars at obomgaars@vcschools.org to volunteer.

    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 from 9:00 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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    Athletics
     
    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 Tbranderhorst@vcschools.org 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 www.vcathletics.net and click the CAMPS tab for information and registration.  Contact Jody Garner at jgarner@vcschools.org 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: www.vcathletics.net

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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 affordabletreasures.org@gmail.com with any questions. 
     

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  • May 22, 2017 Issue 35

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 5/22/2017 1:00:00 PM

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

    A huge "thank you" from all our teachers for the outpouring of appreciation that was expressed last week during Teacher Appreciation Week.
     
    A special "thank you" to the Parents' Association and all their volunteers for the wonderful luncheons that were given to the teachers last week.  
     
    At the Board and Staff Social on Saturday, milestone years of service at VCS were recognized. Join us in congratulating:
    Retiring: June Reppman, 38 Years; Bonnie Meyer, 32 Years; Lynda Terhorst, 31 Years, Robin Robison, 21 Years; Lori Hermann, 13 Years; Ann Samuelson, 10 Years.
    25 Years: Jane Kors, Pam Negen
    15 Years: Alice De Bruin, Karin De Vries, Linda Hamady, Beth Nyenhuis, Eric Scholte, Sharon Sprik, Rachel Van Dyk
    10 Years: Claudia Bakker, Staci Bassett, Robin Brouwer, Jody Garner, Angela Garris, Marybeth Flietstra, Michelle O'Donnell
    5 Years: Christine Aardema, Maria Avalos-Rodriguez, Audrey Bill, Cindy Brito, Grace Davey, Araceli Hernandez, James Parsons, Crystal Salas
    Moving On: Faith Hogan, 35 Years; Tim Becksvoort, 19 Years; Michelle Becksvoort, 6 Years; John Tiersma, 11 Years; Matthew Schuring, 11 Years; Tara Schuring, 2 Years.  
     
    Job Opportunities:  

    Spring Concert Schedules:

    • 5th & 6th Grade will perform on Tuesday, 5/23 at 7:00 pm at Bethany Christian Reformed Church, 17054 Bixby Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706
    • 7th & 8th Grade will perform on Wednesday, 5/24 at 7:00 pm at New Life Community Church, 18800 Norwalk Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701
    • High School Instrumental Concert will perform on Thursday, 5/25 at 7:00 pm. Come enjoy the music of our instrumental students as they present their last concert of the year Bethany Christian Reformed Church, 17054 Bixby Ave, Bellflower.  Orchestra, Crusader Band, Wind Ensemble, and Handbells will be performing!
    Investment Committee Members Needed: VCS is looking for a couple of volunteers to join a newly formed Investment Committee. This committee will meet four times a year and will help with oversight of investment of some of the school's funds.  Interested parties, please contact Business Director, Alice De Bruin (Adebruin@vcschools.org) with your qualifications.
     
    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 pa@vcschools.org.
     
    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 pjkovacik@gmail.com
    • 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. Contact Jennifer at pa-vces@vcschools.org. 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, 6/10Wednesday, 8/2, and Thursday, 8/3. This year, all clothing to be dropped off must be accompanied by an inventory sheet. Please type your information into the PDF 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: www.vcschools.org/uniform.  

    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
    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 

     

    Preschool  

    Memorial Day: Infant Care and Preschool will be CLOSED on Monday, 5/29 

    Lunch Bunch Dates:

    • Tuesday, 5/23
    • Wednesday, 5/31
    "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. See Mrs. Sara for more info. 
     
    Preschool graduation will be held at Encounter Church on the evening of Friday, 6/2 at 6:00 pm. Pre-K and eligible graduates from the Busy Bee's class can be dropped off in their classroom at 5:45 pm.
     
    Looking Ahead: 
    • End of the year celebrations will be on Thursday, 6/8
    • Half day of school on 6/8, 11:30 am pick up. 
    • Infant Care and Preschool will be closed Friday, 6/9
    • Preschool CLOSED 6/9-6/16  

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    Elementary School
     
    Memorial Day: The Elementary School will be CLOSED on Monday, 5/29
     
    Trot for Technology: Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, and to Rockview Farms for sponsoring the event. The total amount raised by students was $44,774.29!
      
    Spring Enrichment Classes: The last class will be held tomorrow, 5/23 from 3:00-4:00 pm. 
     
    The 4th Graders will present "Go West" at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, 5/30 at Bethany CRC, 17054 Bixby Ave, Bellflower. All students must wear a plain white t-shirt with jeans and meet in the Friendship Center at 6:40 pm.  Come listen to our chorus of miners, cowpokes, pioneers, and adventurers as they make the journey West!
     
    Fundraiser Coordinator Needed to take over the Cookie Dough/Magazine Sale fundraiser for the 2017-18 school year. Service hours can be earned.  Please call the school office, 562-920-9902, if interested. 
     
    For information about Math Circle, contact Mrs. Hermann at lhermann@vcschools.org.
       
    Sports Day Volunteers Needed on Tuesday, 6/6: We need many volunteers to work the events for the kids. Parents, grandparents, family, and friends are all encouraged and welcome to participate in this fun-filled day of activities for our students. Volunteer forms were sent home with students today. Service hours will be given to those who volunteer. If you are interested, please email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org.
     
    Hot Lunch for Sports Day on Tuesday 6/6: Hot lunch will be available for grades TK - 6. Forms were sent home last week. Please note: Choice Lunch will NOT be available on Sports Day!  
     
    Field Trips:
    • 5th grade students will go to 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 at https://www.vcschools.org/daycare. The registration fee is $65 until 6/1. 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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    Middle School  
    Memorial Day: The Middle School will be CLOSED on Monday, 5/29
     
    8th Grade Graduation Tickets are being sent home with 8th grade students on Tuesday, 5/23, unless you call the VCMS office at (562) 865-6519 or email at vcmsoffice@vcschools.org to make other arrangements. Graduation ticket requests were due on 5/19. Please, turn your request in to the VCMS office as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. 
     
    Graduation Party Behavior Forms and $25 are due tomorrow, 5/23 to the Middle School Office.
     
    7th Grade Talent Show Friday, 5/26 at 10:15 am: Parents, Grandparents, siblings and friends all welcome to attend.  Location is the VCMS Chapel.  See you on Friday!
     
    Do you still need your parent service hours? We are looking for three parents to direct traffic at the Middle School Graduation. We will need you at Calvary Church in Bellflower at 5:45 pm on Wednesday, 6/7 until 7:00 pm. Call 562-865-6519 or email the Middle School Office, vcmsoffice@vcschools.org.  
     
    Introduction to Spanish Teacher Needed: VCMS is looking for someone to teach an Introduction to Spanish class for the 2017-18 school year. The class meets four afternoons a week for nine weeks and the schedule is flexible. Contact Mr. Tiersma at jtiersma@vcschools.org if you would like more information.
     
    Homework Club Snacks Needed: Homework club goes through the end of May and is still in need of snacks. 
     
    Parent Chaperones Needed 5/26: We are still looking for parent chaperones for our 8th Grade Crystal Cove trip on Friday, 5/26. If you are able to attend, email Mrs. Branderhorst at Tbranderhorst@vcschools.org.
     
     

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    High School
     
    Memorial Day: The High School will be CLOSED on Monday, 5/29
     
    Senior Parents:  A letter was sent home with information about your student’s last days.  Information is included about Sr. Trip, Sr. Blessing, Graduation, and Grad Night. If you did not receive the letter or you have any questions, please contact us at hsinfo@vcschools.org.
       
    Graduation Tickets will be available for pick up from the High School office beginning on Tuesday, 5/23. Please note that all outstanding payments, fees, and service hours must be made prior to pick up.
     
    NHS/Student Council Members: Chat live with admissions counselors from college and universities across the country at the NASSP Virtual College Fair. Register now for the online event that will take place Thursday, 5/25 from 2:00-10:00 p.m. ET!  For more information visit, www.NASSPVirtualCollegeFair.com
     
    High School Instrumental Concert, Thursday, 5/25, 7:00 pm: Come enjoy the music of our instrumental students as they present their last concert of the year Bethany Christian Reformed Church, 17054 Bixby Ave, Bellflower.  Orchestra, Crusader Band, Wind Ensemble, and Handbells will be performing!
     
    Track Banquet on Wednesday, 5/31 at 6:30 in the chapel:
    • Athletes and parents are invited to celebrate the 2017 season
    • Cost is $10 per person, payable at the door
    • If you can help with setup & decorations, contact Theresa Montenegro
    • If you can donate dessert items or bottles of water, contact Cindy Archer 
    The Evening with the Madrigals will be held on 6/1 at 6:30 pm in the Legacy Chapel. Student tickets are $10 and all other tickets are $15. Come and experience a delicious dinner catered by Kabob Crush, fabulous desserts, and amazing musical entertainment! Space is limited - see a current Madrigal for tickets starting this Wednesday, 5/24.
     
    Senior Blessing on Tuesday, 6/6: Seniors and senior parents, mark your calendars for a special night of praise and prayer at the "Senior Blessing" on Tuesday, 6/6 at Bethany CRC, Bellflower. We will be displaying a photo collage for each senior. If you wish to begin working on your Senior Photo Collage, please remember to use a 11 x 17 inch paper or poster board created by you and/or your senior, or if you prefer, you can purchase a 12 x 18 inch photo collage on Costco.com. Questions? Call Robin Reeves (562) 884-1186, Cindy Huchel(562) 746-7228, Cassandra Vandenberg (562) 964-7730, Kim Van Kampen (562) 810-8345, or Janis Westra (562) 842-5618.
     
    Grad Night Information: 
    • Grad Night Parent Committee will be on campus at lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, 5/24-5/25. If seniors have not already done so, they need to turn in their Code of Conduct and Field Trip forms in order to register for Grad Night and reserve their bus seating. 
    • Donations Needed: Senior parents, we are in need of donations for Grad Night. If you are willing to donate a food item we would appreciate it. Please click on the link to sign up for an item. All items need to be in the high school office no later than Friday, 6/2. Any questions please feel free to contact Jacque Kovacik at pjkovacik@gmail.com.
    • 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 pjkovacik@gmail.com.
    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 mrhodes@vcschools.org 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:
    • Online at http://www.worldstrides.com/enroll
      • Username: Europe2018
      • Password: rhodes
    • By phone – call the WorldStrides Customer Service Team at 800-771-5353
    • By mail – use the return envelope in your student invitation.

    VCHS Bookstore Volunteers Needed: Did you know the VCHS bookstore saves high school families hundreds of dollars each year over list price for digital and print books? Please help and earn service hours by:

    • Sorting paperbacks in May

    • Working the August Sale (Wednesday, 8/2, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and Thursday, 8/3 from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm)

    Please contact Onnie Bomgaars at obomgaars@vcschools.org to volunteer.

    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 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm from 7/18 to 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!

     


     
     
    Athletics
     
    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 www.vcathletics.net and click the CAMPS tab for information and registration.  Contact Jody Garner at jgarner@vcschools.org 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: www.vcathletics.net
     

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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 affordabletreasures.org@gmail.com with any questions. 
     

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  • May 15, 2017 Issue 34

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 5/15/2017 1:00:00 PM

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

     
    Job Opportunities:  
    Investment Committee Members Needed: VCS is looking for a couple of volunteers to join a newly formed Investment Committee. This committee will meet four times a year and will help with oversight of investment of some of the school's funds.  Interested parties, please contact Business Director, Alice De Bruin (Adebruin@vcschools.org) with your qualifications.
     
    Robotics Mentors Needed - Info Meeting on 5/16: If you would like to get involved in providing mentoring support to our team through your skills in welding, business, computers, engineering, CAD, CNC, programming, milling, or 3D printing, please contact carol@vcsrobotics.com or 562-243-2721. Feel free to join us at our information meeting on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18 and check out our always evolving and expanding Maker Space Lab.
     
    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 pa@vcschools.org.
     
    Swingin' the Night Away Fundraiser on 5/19:  The Valley Christian Band and Orchestra Parents' Association invites you to attend the annual fundraiser. Join us on Friday, 5/19 at the VCHS Chapel beginning at 7:00 pm for Swing Dancing, great music performed by our VCMS & VCHS Jazz Bands, dessert, beverages and door prizes.  Tickets for door prizes are available at the event.
     
    VCHS Booster Club Golf Tournament 5/22: Join the VCHS Boosters Club for their 31st Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, 5/22 at the Westridge Golf Club. For more information, visit the athletics website.
     
    Parent Service Opportunities: 
    • Teacher Appreciation Week is 5/15-5/19: Six high school campus volunteers are needed from 11:15-12:30 on Friday, 5/19. If you can help, please contact Julie Pool at 626-688-4524.
    • Swingin' the Night Away on Friday, 5/19. Listen to great music while working at the Swingin' the Night Away fundraiser on Friday, 5/19.  We have three shifts available: 5:00-7:30 pm7:30-10:00 pm; or 5:00-10:00 pm.  You do not need to have a student in the band to work this event. Contact Jennifer Chang at (310) 713-5194 or jennrchang@gmail.com.
    • Work at Grad Night on Friday, 6/9: Double credit will be given for Grad Night service hours. 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 pjkovacik@gmail.com
    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 

     

    Preschool  

    Thank you to all the Mom's who hosted a table for Our Mommy, Grammy, and Me Tea! We appreciate you and all that you did. 

    Lunch Bunch Dates:

    • Wednesday, 5/17
    • Tuesday, 5/23
    • Wednesday, 5/31
    "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. See Mrs. Sara for more info. 
     
    Preschool graduation will be held at Encounter Church on the evening of Friday, 6/2 at 6:00 pm. Additional details to come.

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    Elementary School
    Congratulations to the students recognized in chapel today:  Avery Espinoza, Jaxen Shields, Christian Shiraki, Lily Smith, and Emily Teays.
      
    Teacher Appreciation Week Volunteers Needed 5/15-5/19: There are three ways you can help. Volunteer for recess duty or set up for the Teachers Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, 5/17, or provide snacks for the teachers any day that week. Please contact Jennifer Adams at pa-vces@vcschools.org to sign up.

    Spring Enrichment Classes: They will be held for five Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm, 4/25-5/23.
     
    Box Top Coordinator Needed: The Box Tops and Toner Cartridge Recycling program is in need of a coordinator for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. This is a great way to get your service hours done at home. If you are interested, please call the school office at 562-920-9902
     
    Fundraiser Coordinator Needed to take over the Cookie Dough/Magazine Sale fundraiser for the 2017-18 school year.  Service hours can be earned.  Please call the school office if interested. 
     
    Trot for Technology Pictures Needed: We are looking for more pictures from our Trot for Technology day to be used for our yearbook. If you took pictures and would like to share them, please send them to Alba Rodriguez at arodriguez@vcschools.org.
     
    Sports Day Volunteers Needed on Tuesday, 6/6: We need many volunteers to work the events for the kids. Parents, grandparents, family, and friends are all encouraged and welcome to participate in this fun-filled day of activities for our students. Volunteer forms were sent home with students today. Service hours will be given to those who volunteer. If you are interested, please email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org.
     
    Hot Lunch for Sports Day on Tuesday 6/6: Hot lunch will be available for grades TK - 6. Forms were sent home last week. If you would like to order a hot lunch for your child, return it with your payment by Monday, 5/15. Please note: Choice Lunch will NOT be available on Sports Day!  
       
    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 at https://www.vcschools.org/daycare. The registration fee is $65 until 6/1. 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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    Middle School  
     
    Teacher Appreciation Week Snacks Needed 5/15-5/19: We will be honoring teachers and staff by providing them with a catered lunch on Friday, as well as snacks and treats in the teacher's lounge all week. We are looking for several parents to provide snacks (healthy, salty, and sweet) each morning of the week. Specialty drinks might be a fun addition as well. If you are interested, please contact Kristen at jones.kris522@gmail.com.
     
    Introduction to Spanish Teacher Needed: VCMS is looking for someone to teach an Introduction to Spanish class for the 2017-18 school year. The class meets four afternoons a week for nine weeks. Contact Mr. Tiersma at jtiersma@vcschools.org if you would like more information.
     
    8th Grade Honors English Placement Test Tomorrow, 5/16: Students who are interested in taking Honors English as freshmen must take a placement test in order to qualify. The Honors English Placement Test is offered tomorrow, Tuesday, 5/16 from 3:30-4:45 pm in VCHS Room B20. Please e-mail Mrs. Lee at klee@vcschools.org if you plan to attend one of these testing opportunities. Bring a #2 pencil with you to the test.
     
    8th Grade Field Trip, Thursday, 5/18: 8th grade students will be going to the La Mirada Performing Arts Center for a play about social media entitled "#TheWall- It's not my irresponsibility." Make sure to ask your child about it at home.
     
    Graduation Information Letter: A letter was mailed out to the 8th grade parents last week, which included important dates and graduation information, including a graduation ticket request form.  
     
    Homework Club Snacks Needed: Homework club goes through the end of May and is still in need of snacks. 
     
    Parent Chaperones Needed: We are still looking for parent chaperone for our 8th Grade Crystal Cove trip on Friday, 5/26. If you are able to attend, email Mrs. Branderhorst at Tbranderhorst@vcschools.org.
     
    VCHS Competitive 2017-2018 Robotics Team: The Epic Robotz, Team 4415, will hold an informational meeting for interested students on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18. Through hands-on mentoring of real world tasks, team members are better prepared for a career in several fields including business management, marketing, computer science and engineering. First Robotics Competition (FRC) students are eligible for more than $20 million in college scholarships. FRC considers this the “Varsity Sport of the Mind” and students that qualify can apply for a Varsity letter at the end of the season. Visit the team’s website for more info: www.epicrobotz.org.
     
    Robotics Mentors Needed: If you would like to get involved in providing mentoring support to our team through your skills in welding, business, computers, engineering, CAD, CNC, programming, milling, or 3D printing, please contact Carol at carol@vcsrobotics.com or 562-243-2721. Feel free to join us at our information meeting on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18. and check out our always evolving and expanding Maker Space Lab.
     
    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills (7/31 – 8/4): Sign-ups are coming soon for a summer class that will help your student discover the best ways to succeed through organization, time management, study strategies, and much more. This orientation is a great place to learn more about VCMS and meet new people before the year even begins. Students will master opening their locker and even get their schedule. This class is intended for all 7th graders and new 8th graders. Families can choose the 8:00-10:00 am session or the 10:30 am - 12:30 pm session. Cost $80. 

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    High School

    Teacher Appreciation Week Snacks and Volunteers Needed 5/15-5/19: Volunteers are needed to donate snacks for each day of the week for the faculty and staff. We are looking for two families to split bringing snacks for each day. In addition, six people are needed for campus volunteers from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm on Friday, 5/19. If you can help, please contact Julie Pool at 626-688-4524.

    Senior Parents:  A letter was sent home with information about your student’s last month at VCHS!  There is information included about Sr. Ditch Day, Sr. Trip, Sr. Blessing, Graduation, and Grad Night. If you did not receive the letter or you have any questions, please contact us at hsinfo@vcschools.org.
      
    VCHS Spring Choral Concert Tonight, 5/15 at 7:30 pm: The concert will be at First Christian Reformed Church 17603 Ardmore Ave, Bellflower, CA.   
     
    VCHS Competitive 2017-2018 Robotics Team Meeting Tuesday, 5/16: The Epic Robotz, Team 4415, will hold an informational meeting for interested incoming and current VCHS students on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18. Through hands-on mentoring of real world tasks, team members are better prepared for a career in several fields including business management, marketing, computer science and engineering. First Robotics Competition (FRC) students are eligible for more than $20 million in college scholarships. FRC considers this the “Varsity Sport of the Mind” and students that qualify can apply for a Varsity letter at the end of the season. Visit the team’s website for more info: www.epicrobotz.org.
     
    Grad Night Fundraiser: Come on out and support Grad Night on Wednesday, 5/17 at Frost Bites in Cerritos from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm. You can either download or pick up flyers in the school offices.
     
    Graduation Tickets will be available for pick up from the High School office beginning on Tuesday, May 23. Please note that all outstanding payments, fees, and service hours must be made prior to pick up.
     
    Senior Trip Tickets on Sale 5/15-5/19: Senior trip tickets will be on sale this week during break and lunch in the high school office. Seniors must turn in the signed permission slip and $65 at the time of ticket purchase. No tickets will be sold after lunch on Friday. The senior trip will be on Tuesday, 5/30.
     
    The Evening with the Madrigals will be held on 6/1 at 6:30 pm in the Legacy Chapel.
     
    Senior Blessing on Tuesday, 6/6: Seniors and senior parents, mark your calendars for a special night of praise and prayer at the "Senior Blessing" on Tuesday, 6/6 at Bethany CRC, Bellflower. We will be displaying a photo collage for each senior. If you wish to begin working on your Senior Photo Collage, please remember to use a 11 x 17 inch paper or poster board created by you and/or your senior, or if you prefer, you can purchase a 12 x 18 inch photo collage on Costco.com. Questions? Call Robin Reeves (562) 884-1186, Cindy Huchel(562) 746-7228, Cassandra Vandenberg (562) 964-7730, Kim Van Kampen (562) 810-8345, or Janis Westra (562) 842-5618.
     
    Grad Night Donations Needed: Senior parents, we are in need of donations for Grad Night. If you are willing to donate a food item we would appreciate it. Please click on the link to sign up for an item. All items need to be in the high school office no later than Friday, 6/2. Any questions please feel free to contact Jacque Kovacik at pjkovacik@gmail.com.
     
    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 pjkovacik@gmail.com.
     
    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 mrhodes@vcschools.org 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:
    • Online at http://www.worldstrides.com/enroll
      • Username: Europe2018
      • Password: rhodes
    • By phone – call the WorldStrides Customer Service Team at 800-771-5353
    • By mail – use the return envelope in your student invitation.

    VCHS Bookstore Volunteers Needed: Did you know the VCHS bookstore saves high school families hundreds of dollars each year over list price for digital and print books? Please help and earn service hours by:

    • Sorting paperbacks in May

    • Working the August Sale (Wednesday, 8/2, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and Thursday, 8/3 from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm)

    Please contact Onnie Bomgaars at obomgaars@vcschools.org to volunteer.

    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 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm from 7/18 to 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!

     


     
     
    Athletics
     
    Middle school cheer tryouts start today, 5/15 (Monday) at 3:00 pm: Make sure to bring your bluecard and application to practice. 
     
    For a Schedule of Upcoming Athletic Events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific online athletic calendars at the Athletics website: www.vcathletics.net
     

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    Friends of VCS
     
    Camp Dunamis Camper registrations are due Today, Monday, 5/15: Camp Registrations & Youth Counselors Needed for Camp Dunamis. It is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Camp dates are Sunday, 6/18 - Friday, 6/23. It is an intentionally multi-racial camp that strives to help youth grow deeper in love with God and each other, bringing reconciliation to the places that often divide us. We are now accepting camper registrations and counselor applications at www.campdunamis.org. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at (562) 676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at (562) 644-0896. 
     
    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 affordabletreasures.org@gmail.com with any questions. 
     

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  • May 8, 2017 Issue 33

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 5/8/2017 2:00:00 PM

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

    April Board Highlights: In response to the Valley Christian Capital Campaign Feasibility Study (dated 4/6/17), the Board approves proceeding with the following:
    • Develop a phased campaign that includes all four initiatives to be executed over time (1. Event Center, 2. Cash flow, 3. Preschool, 4. Football Stadium).  
    • The current focus is a target goal of $10.2M comprised of cash gifts and pledges within the next 25 months.  This will build the Event Center and provide us with cash flow assistance.
    • Concurrently launch a planned/estate-giving goal of $6M in declarations for a combined campaign goal of $16.2M.
    Job Opportunities:  
    Investment Committee: VCS is looking for a couple of volunteers to join a newly formed Investment Committee. This committee will meet four times a year and will help with oversight of investment of some of the school's funds.  Interested parties, please contact Business Director, Alice De Bruin (Adebruin@vcschools.org) with your qualifications.
     
    Robotics Mentors Needed Info Meeting on 5/16: If you would like to get involved in providing mentoring support to our team through your skills in welding, business, computers, engineering, CAD, CNC, programming, milling, or 3D printing, please contact carol@vcsrobotics.com or 562-243-2721. Feel free to join us at our information meeting on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm and check out our always evolving and expanding Maker Space Lab.
     
    Robotics Summer Camp: Students going into grades 5-8 who would like to learn about building and programming a robot 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 pa@vcschools.org.
     
    Chick-Fil-A VCHS Grad Night Fundraiser 5/11: Please stop by Chick-Fil-A in Cerritos and present this flyer when you purchase your meal to support our program and provide a better future for our students! Valid from 6:30 am - 9:00 pm on Thursday, 5/11 at the Cerritos location. 
     
    VCHS Booster Club Golf Tournament 5/22: Join the VCHS Boosters Club for their 31st Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, 5/22 at the Westridge Golf Club. For more information, visit the athletics website.
     
    Parent Service Opportunities: 
    • Teacher Appreciation Week is 5/15-5/19: Six high school campus volunteers are needed from 11:15-12:30 on Friday, 5/19. If you can help, please contact Julie Pool at 626-688-4524.
    • Swingin' the Night Away on Friday, 5/19. Listen to great music while you work at Swingin' the Night Away fundraiser on Friday, 5/19.  We have three shifts available: 5:00-7:30 pm7:30-10:00 pm; or 5:00-10:00 pm.  You do not need to have a student in the band to work this event. Contact Jennifer Chang at (310) 713-5194 or jennrchang@gmail.com.
    • Work at Grad Night on Friday, 6/9: Double credit will be given for service hours. 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 pjkovacik@gmail.com.
    Swingin' the Night Away Fundraiser:  The Valley Christian Band and Orchestra Parents' Association invites you to attend the annual fundraiser. Join us on Friday, 5/19 at the VCHS Chapel beginning at 7:00 pm for Swing Dancing, great music performed by our VCMS & VCHS Jazz Bands, dessert, beverages and door prizes.  Tickets for door prizes are available at the event.
     
    Tiki Torches Needed for Staff Social: Tiki torches are needed for the staff social on Saturday, 5/20. If you have a couple you are able to loan, please contact Patty Vandermolen, pvandermolen@vcschools.org. Thank you!
     
    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 

     

    Preschool  

    Lunch Bunch Dates:

    • Tuesday, 5/9
    • Wednesday, 5/17
    • Tuesday, 5/23
    • Wednesday, 5/31

    Preschool and Elementary Art Show & Ice Cream Social Thursday, 5/11 from 6:00-8:00 pm at VCES: This is a fun night for friends and family to come and see our children's artwork displayed at the elementary school campus down by the Kindergarten classrooms, enjoy some ice cream and meet our great staff. We look forward to seeing you!

    Tea Volunteers Needed for Friday, 5/12: Many volunteers are needed to hostess tables for our Mommy, Grammy and Me Tea on Friday, 5/12 at 10:00 am. Please see Mrs. Sara or Miss Marlaina to sign up.

    For "God's Great BIG World" Preschool Summer program sign ups are going on now: A $50.00 registration fee is required and the registration form will be sent out in the beginning of May. Our summer program begins Monday, 6/19 and runs through Friday, 7/28. See Mrs. Sara for more info. 
     
    Preschool graduation will be in held at Encounter church on the evening of Friday, 6/2 at 6:00 pm. Additional details to come.

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    Elementary School
     
    Congratulations to the students recognized in chapel today: Kyle DeBruijn, Shelby Edwards, Kyle Kroeze, Tony Lateef, Alayna Lee, Ivan Morales, Annabelle Payton, Mille Scholte, Samantha Van Duyn, and Tara Van Kampen. 
     
    T-Shirt Sales: Our next sale will be at the Art Show Thursday, 5/11 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm on the Elementary School campus.  All t-shirt prices have been reduced.
     
    Teacher Appreciation Week Volunteers Needed 5/15-5/19: There are three ways you can help. Volunteer for recess duty or set up for the Teachers Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, 5/17, or provide snacks for the teachers any day that week. Please contact Jennifer Adams at pa-vces@vcschools.org to sign up.

    Speedometry Sign-ups: Valley Christian After School Science Club for grades K-6. Two classes are available for Wednesdays, 5/10, 5/17, and Thursdays, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 from 3:00-4:00 pm. Registration is open with a class size limit of 26. A digital copy of the registration form and information is available here. We hope this science program will inspire students to learn and marvel at God's handiwork in His creation.
     
    Spring Enrichment Classes: They will be held for five Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm, 4/25-5/23.
     
    Box Top Coordinator Needed: The Box Tops and Toner Cartridge Recycling program is in need of a coordinator for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. This is a great way to get your service hours done at home. If you are interested, please call the school office at 562-920-9902
     
    Trot for Technology Pictures Needed: We are looking for more pictures from our Trot for Technology day to be used for our yearbook.  If you took pictures and would like to share them, please send them to Alba Rodriguez at arodriguez@vcschools.org.

    Principal for the Day will be Gracyn Wilkinson today, Monday, 5/8.

    3rd graders will be going to Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday, 5/10.

    Mrs. Davis' Multiage Class will be going to El Dorado Nature Center on Thursday, 5/11.

    Parent Service Hours Opportunities: 

    • Volunteers needed for the VCES Art Show on Thursday, 5/11. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Ice Cream Social which supports the elementary art program. Two shifts are available, from 5:30-7:00 pm and 6:45-8:15 pm. Volunteers may contact Jennifer at jcavcpa@gmail.com.
    Plan to attend the Art Show & Ice Cream Social on Thursday, 5/11, from 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 proceeds support our Art program.
     
    Sports Day Volunteers Needed on Tuesday, 6/6: We need many volunteers to work the events for the kids. Parents, grandparents, family, and friends are all encouraged and welcome to participate in this fun-filled day of activities for our students. Volunteer forms were sent home with students today. Service hours will be given to those who volunteer. If you are interested, please email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org.
     
    Hot Lunch for Sports Day on Tuesday 6/6: Hot lunch will be available for grades TK - 6. Forms were sent home today. If you would like to order a hot lunch for your child, return it with your payment by Monday, 5/15. Please note: Choice Lunch will NOT be available on Sports Day!  
     
    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 at https://www.vcschools.org/daycare. The registration fee is $65 until 6/1. 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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    The Elementary and High School successfully collaborated on Service Day Friday, 5/5.

     

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    Middle School  
    Teacher Appreciation Week Snacks Needed 5/15-5/19: We will be honoring teachers and staff by providing them with a catered lunch on Friday, as well as snacks and treats in the teacher's lounge all week. We are looking for several parents to provide snacks (healthy, salty, and sweet) each morning of the week. Specialty drinks might be a fun addition, as well. If you are interested, please contact Kristen at jones.kris522@gmail.com.
     
    Introduction to Spanish Teacher Needed: VCMS is looking for someone to teach an Introduction to Spanish class for the 2017-18 school year. The class meets four afternoons a week for nine weeks. Contact Mr. Tiersma at jtiersma@vcschools.org if you would like more information.
     
    8th Grade Honors English Placement Test Tonight, 5/8: Students who are interested in taking Honors English as freshmen must take a placement test in order to qualify. The Honors English Placement Test is offered two different dates: Monday, 5/8 from 7:00-8:15 pm or Tuesday, 5/16 from 3:30-4:45 pm in VCHS Room B20. Please e-mail Mrs. Lee at klee@vcschools.org if you plan to attend one of these testing opportunities. Bring a #2 pencil with you to the test.
     
    VCHS Choir Auditions Thursday, 5/9, 3:00-7:00 pm: Please stop by the VCHS Legacy Chapel to pick up the proper forms if you are interested. You may also download the forms at www.vcschools.org/choral-auditions and www.vcschools.org/HSPraiseTeamApp.  Please e-mail Mrs. Gault at dgault@vcschools.org or Mr. Davis at ddavis@vcschools.org if you have any questions.
     
    Graduation Information Letter: A letter was mailed out to the 8th grade parents last week, which included important dates and graduation information, including a graduation ticket request form.  
     
    VCHS Competitive 2017-2018 Robotics Team: The Epic Robotz, Team 4415, will hold an informational meeting for interested students on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18. Through hands-on mentoring of real world tasks, team members are better prepared for a career in several fields including business management, marketing, computer science and engineering. First Robotics Competition (FRC) students are eligible for more than $20 million in college scholarships. FRC considers this the “Varsity Sport of the Mind” and students that qualify can apply for a Varsity letter at the end of the season. Visit the team’s website for more info: www.epicrobotz.org.
     
    Robotics Mentors Needed: If you would like to get involved in providing mentoring support to our team through your skills in welding, business, computers, engineering, CAD, CNC, programming, milling, or 3D printing, please contact carol@vcsrobotics.com or 562-243-2721. Feel free to join us at our information meeting on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm and check out our always evolving and expanding Maker Space Lab.
     
    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills (7/31 – 8/4): Sign-ups are coming soon for a summer class that will help your student discover the best ways to succeed through organization, time management, study strategies, and much more. This orientation is a great place to learn more about VCMS and meet new people before the year even begins. Students will master opening their locker and even get their schedule. This class is intended for all 7th graders and new 8th graders. Families can choose the 8:00-10:00 am session or the 10:30 am - 12:30 pm session. Cost $80. 

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    High School

    The Scholastic Arts Society Scholarship Application Due Today, 5/8: The Scholastic Arts Society Scholarship Application is available in the VCCC by the counselor's offices, or at www.vcschools.org/sas.  Applications are due to Mrs. Doornbos at the Attendance Desk.

    Teacher Appreciation Week Snacks and Volunteers Needed 5/15-5/19: Volunteers are needed to donate snacks for each day of the week for the faculty and staff. We are looking for two families to split bringing snacks for each day. In addition, six people are needed for campus volunteers from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm on Friday, 5/19. If you can help, please contact Julie Pool at 626-688-4524.

    Senior Parents:  A letter was sent home with information about your student’s last month at VCHS!  There is information included about Sr. Ditch Day, Sr. Trip, Sr. Blessing, Graduation, and Grad Night.  If you did not receive the letter or you have any questions, please contact us at hsinfo@vcschools.org.
     
    Senior Play Tickets On Sale Now: The VCHS Class of 2017 proudly presents "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" (a comedy by Mary Lynn Dobson). Tickets are on sale now through 5/12, in the high school office during regular school hours. Presale tickets are $8 and $10 at the door. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on 5/12 & 5/13 at the Bellflower Civic Auditorium. We "Sherwood" love to see you there!  
     
    VCHS Choir Auditions 5/9, 3:00-7:00 pm: Please stop by the Legacy Chapel to pick up the proper forms if you are interested. You may also download the forms at www.vcschools.org/choral-auditions and www.vcschools.org/HSPraiseTeamApp.  Please e-mail Mrs. Gault at dgault@vcschools.org or Mr. Davis at ddavis@vcschools.org if you have any questions.
     
    College Acceptance Shirt Photos on Friday, 5/12: Now that you've committed to where you're going next year, it's time to get your college swag and wear it to school for senior destination pictures! You must wear uniform bottoms and a shirt or sweatshirt representing where you're actually going. Photos will be during lunch on Friday, 5/12 in the gym. These photos will be featured in the spring yearbook insert. You can wear your destination shirts all day with uniform bottoms. 
     
    VCHS Spring Choral Concert on Monday, 5/15 at 7:30 pm: The concert will be at First Christian Reformed Church 17603 Ardmore Ave, Bellflower, CA 
     
    VCHS Competitive 2017-2018 Robotics Team Meeting Tuesday, 5/16: The Epic Robotz, Team 4415, will hold an informational meeting for interested incoming and current VCHS students on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18. Through hands-on mentoring of real world tasks, team members are better prepared for a career in several fields including business management, marketing, computer science and engineering. First Robotics Competition (FRC) students are eligible for more than $20 million in college scholarships. FRC considers this the “Varsity Sport of the Mind” and students that qualify can apply for a Varsity letter at the end of the season. Visit the team’s website for more info: www.epicrobotz.org.
     
    Senior Blessing on Tuesday, 6/6: Seniors and senior parents, mark your calendars for a special night of praise and prayer at the "Senior Blessing" on Tuesday, 6/6 at Bethany CRC, Bellflower. We will be displaying a photo collage for each senior. If you wish to begin working on your Senior Photo Collage, please remember to use a 11 x 17 inch paper or poster board created by you and/or your senior, or if you prefer, you can purchase an 12 x 18 inch photo collage on Costco.com. Questions? Call Robin Reeves (562) 884-1186,  Cindy Huchel(562) 746-7228,  Cassandra Vandenberg (562) 964-7730,  Kim Van Kampen (562) 810-8345, or Janis Westra (562) 842-5618.
     
    Grad Night Donations Needed: Senior parents, we are in need of donations for Grad Night. If you are willing to donate a food item we would appreciate it. Please click on the link to sign up for an item.  All items need to be in the high school office no later than Friday, 6/2. Any questions please feel free to contact Jacque Kovacik at pjkovacik@gmail.com.
     
    Work at Grad Night on Friday, 6/9: Double credit will be given for service hours for Grad Night and these hours can be used for next year. 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 pjkovacik@gmail.com.
     
    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: 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 mrhodes@vcschools.org 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:
    • 1) Online at http://www.worldstrides.com/enroll
      • Username: Europe2018
      • Password: rhodes
    • 2) By phone – call the WorldStrides Customer Service Team at 800-771-5353
    • 3) By mail – use the return envelope in your student invitation.

    VCHS Bookstore Volunteers Needed: Did you know the VCHS bookstore saves high school families hundreds of dollars each year over list price for digital and print books? Please help and earn service hours by:

    • Sorting paperbacks in May

    • Working the August Sale (Wednesday, 8/2, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and Thursday, 8/3 from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm)

    Please contact Onnie Bomgaars at obomgaars@vcschools.org to volunteer.

     

     
     
    Athletics
     
    VCHS Baseball Team Fundraiser Tonight, 5/8 from 4:00-9:00 pm at The Habit. Be sure to mention you attend or work at Valley Christian for the team to receive 20% of the proceeds. Come out and support!
      
    For a Schedule of Upcoming Athletic Events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific online athletic calendars at the Athletics website: www.vcathletics.net
     

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    Friends of VCS
     
    Camp Dunamis Camper registrations are due Monday, 5/15: Camp Registrations & Youth Counselors Needed for Camp Dunamis. It is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Camp dates are Sunday, 6/18 - Friday, 6/23. It is an intentionally multi-racial camp that strives to help youth grow deeper in love with God and each other, bringing reconciliation to the places that often divide us. We are now accepting camper registrations and counselor applications at www.campdunamis.org. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at (562) 676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at (562) 644-0896. 
     
    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.
     

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     league champs
     
     Photo of The Week: Varsity Girls 4x400 team broke the school record at League Finals on Wednesday, May 3! Their time was 4:08.24
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  • May 1, 2017 Issue 32

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 5/1/2017 11:45:00 AM

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

    The VC Auction on March 31 was a Huge Success! Thanks to all the sponsors, donors and those who attended we raised over $125,000! Many thanks to everyone who helped with planning, soliciting donations, decor, setup, computer logistics and raffles. We couldn't have done it without you!
     
    Prayer Request: Please pray for Mitch Milner, who has cancer and is having surgery on Tuesday, 5/2. Mitch is Larry Milner's (Bus and Property Manager) and Karen Milner's (bus driver) son. Please remember the Milner family in your prayers.
     
    April Board Highlights
    • Zac Chan was approved to be the Chairperson for the New Mascot Committee.  Zac will be working with the board to identify the committee members and process.  The committee will recommend new mascot options to be voted on by the VC community in Spring 2018.
    • In response to the Valley Christian Capital Campaign Feasibility Study (dated Apr 6), the board approves proceeding with the following:
    • Develop a phased campaign that includes all four initiatives to be executed over time (1. Event Center, 2. Cash flow, 3. Preschool, 4. Football Stadium).  
    • The current focus is a target goal of $10.2M comprised of cash gifts and 3 year pledges to be executed over the next 25 months.  This will build the Event Center and provide us with cash flow assistance.
    • Concurrently launch a planned/estate giving goal of $6M in declarations for a combined campaign goal of $16.2M.
    • The board requested the following language be included in VC Staff & Faculty Manuals:
      • "The Valley Christian Schools community seeks to honor God with all our gifts and talents.  Accordingly, it is expected that all school events, meetings and activities open with community prayer whether hosted on the school campus or not, including but not limited to, musical productions, athletic events, graduations, dances and formals.  If the event is on our campus but hosted by an outside entity like the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) which prohibits prayer on the microphone, every effort will be made to still open in corporate prayer even if in a less formal manner.”
    Robotics Mentors Needed: If you would like to get involved in providing mentoring support to our team through your skills in welding, business, computers, engineering, CAD, CNC, programming, milling, or 3D printing, please contact carol@vcsrobotics.com or 562-243-2721. Feel free to join us at our information meeting on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm and check out our always evolving and expanding Maker Space Lab.
     
    Robotics Summer Camp: Students going into grades 5-8, who would like to learn about building and programming a robot are invited to register for 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 pa@vcschools.org.
     
    Work at Grad Night on Friday, 6/9: Double credit will be given for service hours for Grad Night and these hours can be used for next year. 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 pjkovacik@gmail.com.
     
     
    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 

     

    Preschool  

    "God's Great BIG World": Preschool Summer program sign ups are going on now! A $50.00 registration fee is required and the registration form will be sent out in the beginning of May. Our summer program begins Monday, 6/19 and runs through Friday, 7/28. See Mrs. Sara for more info.

    Graduation Pictures Wednesday, 5/3: Graduation pictures will take place on Wednesday, 5/3 starting at 9:00 am. This photo opportunity is for all children who are graduating from our preschool campus and moving on. Picture proofs and forms will be given out after the photos have been taken.

    Preschool and Elementary Art Show & Ice Cream Social Thursday, 5/11 from 6:00-8:00 pm at VCES: This is a fun night for friends and family to come and see our children's artwork displayed at the elementary school campus down by the Kindergarten classrooms, enjoy some ice cream and meet our great staff. We look forward to seeing you!

    Tea Volunteers Needed for Friday, 5/12: Many volunteers are needed to hostess tables for our Mommy, Grammy and Me Tea on Friday, 5/12 at 10:00 am. Please see Mrs. Sara or Miss Marlaina to sign up.

    Lunch Bunch Dates:

    • Wednesday, 5/3
    • Tuesday, 5/9
    • Wednesday, 5/17
    • Tuesday, 5/23
    • Wednesday, 5/31 

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    Elementary School
    VCES Noon Dismissal on Friday, 5/5 
     
    Congratulations to the students recognized in chapel today: Addison Bomgaars, Jack DeKraker, Ryan Schrock, Chance Thomas, Max Vandenberg.
     
    Congratulations to Micah Tamminga who was the lucky winner of the fishing trip raffle drawing at the elementary school. $320 was raised for the school auction! Thanks to all of you who participated!
     
    K-3rd Multiage Class for 2017-18 Early Priority Deadline Today, 5/1:  Current VCS families have priority for enrolling their students in the K-3rd grade Multiage Class until Monday, 5/1.  After this date, it will be opened up to families that are new to VCES. Space is limited.
     
    4th-6th Multiage Class for 2017-18: If we receive enough additional interest in the upper multiage class we will expand the current program.  If you are interested in either class or would like more information regarding the Multiage Classrooms, please contact Karen Garcia at 562-920-9902.
     
    Speedometry: Valley Christian After School Science Club for grades K-6. Two classes are available for Wednesdays, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, and Thursdays, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 from 3:00-4:00 pm. Registration is open with a class size limit of 26. A digital copy of the registration form and information is available here. We hope this science program will inspire students to learn and marvel at God's handiwork in His creation.
     
    Spring Enrichment Classes: They will be held for five Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm, 4/25-5/23. If your child would like to participate in a class, please fill out the form and return it to the office with your payment. Classes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
     
    Volunteers are Needed: The Box Tops and Toner Cartridge Recycling program is in need of a coordinator for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. This is a great way to get your service hours done at home. If you are interested, please call the school office at 562-920-9902. We extend our appreciation and gratitude to Cheri Van Meeteren for serving in this position for the past seven years!
     
    Trot for Technology: We are looking for more pictures from our Trot for Technology day to be used for our yearbook.  If you took pictures and would like to share them, please send them to Alba Rodriguez at arodriguez@vcschools.org.

    Principal for the Day will be Arthur De Jong on 5/1, and Gracyn Wilkinson on 5/8!

    3rd graders will be going to Knott's Berry Farm on 5/10.

    Mrs. Davis' Multiage Class will be going to El Dorado Nature Center on 5/11.

    Parent Service Hours Opportunities: 

    • 8-10 volunteers are needed to count the final proceeds and prepare prizes on Friday, 5/5 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Contact Tracy Espinosa at tracyrvh7@yahoo.com if you are able help.
    • Volunteers needed for the VCES Art Show on Thursday, 5/11. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Ice Cream Social which supports the elementary art program. Two shifts are available, from 5:30-7:00 pm, and 6:45-8:15 pm. Volunteers may contact Jennifer at jcavcpa@gmail.com.
    Plan to attend the Art Show & Ice Cream Social on Thursday, 5/11, from 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 proceeds support our Art program.

    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 at https://www.vcschools.org/daycare. The registration fee is $65 until 6/1. 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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    Middle School  
    VCMS Noon Dismissal on Friday, 5/5 
     
    Introduction to Spanish Teacher: VCMS is looking for someone to teach an introduction to Spanish class for the 2017-18 school year. The class meets 4 afternoons a week for 9 weeks. Contact Mr. Tiersma at jtiersma@vcschools.org if you would like more information.

    Middle School Cheer Meeting on Tuesday, 5/2: There is a parent meeting for all current sixth and seventh grade students interested in trying out for middle school cheer on Tuesday, 5/2 at 7:00 pm in the middle school library. We will discuss the cost, try-out procedure, time commitment and more.
     
    VCHS Choir Auditions:
    • Tuesday, 5/2, 3:00-6:15 pm
    • Wednesday, 5/3, 2:30-6:15 pm  
    • Thursday, 5/9, 3:00-7:00 pm
    Praise Team Instrumental Auditions are on Thursday, 5/4Please stop by the Legacy Chapel to pick up the proper forms if you are interested. You may also download the forms at www.vcschools.org/choral-auditions and www.vcschools.org/HSPraiseTeamApp.  Please e-mail Mrs. Gault at dgault@vcschools.org or Mr. Davis at ddavis@vcschools.org if you have any questions.
     
    Disneyland Forms: Disneyland forms went home last week and are due back at the VCMS office on Friday, 5/5 with a check to VCMS (checks preferable to cash). Please call the office if you have any questions.
     
    8th Grade Honors English: Students who are interested in taking Honors English as freshmen must take a placement test in order to qualify. The Honors English Placement Test is offered two different dates: Monday, 5/8 from 7:00-8:15 pm or Tuesday, 5/16 from 3:30-4:45 pm in VCHS Room B20. Please e-mail Mrs. Lee at klee@vcschools.org if you plan to attend one of these testing opportunities. Bring a #2 pencil with you to the test.
     
    VCMS Photography: Do you have a digital camera that you would be willing to donate to the Middle School Photography class?  They can be dropped off at the MS office. For more information, please email Lois Flietstra at lflietstra@vcschools.org.  
     
    Graduation Letter: A letter was mailed out to the 8th grade parents last week, which included important dates and graduation information, including a graduation ticket request form.  
     
    8th Grade Poetry Cafe Wednesday, 5/17: The cafe date has been moved from Tuesday, 5/16 to Wednesday, 5/17 due to a track meet. 
     
    VCHS Competitive 2017-2018 Robotics Team: The Epic Robotz, Team 4415, will hold an informational meeting for interested students on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18. Through hands-on mentoring of real world tasks, team members are better prepared for a career in several fields including business management, marketing, computer science and engineering. First Robotics Competition (FRC) students are eligible for more than $20 million in college scholarships. FRC considers this the “Varsity Sport of the Mind” and students that qualify can apply for a Varsity letter at the end of the season. Visit the team’s website for more info: www.epicrobotz.org.
     
    Robotics Mentors Needed: If you would like to get involved in providing mentoring support to our team through your skills in welding, business, computers, engineering, CAD, CNC, programming, milling, or 3D printing, please contact carol@vcsrobotics.com or 562-243-2721. Feel free to join us at our information meeting on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm and check out our always evolving and expanding Maker Space Lab.
     
    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills (7/31 – 8/4): Sign-ups are coming soon for a summer class that will help your student discover the best ways to succeed through organization, time management, study strategies, and much more. This orientation is a great place to learn more about VCMS and meet new people before the year even begins. Students will master opening their locker and even get their schedule. This class is intended for all 7th graders and new 8th graders. Families can choose the 8:00-10:00 am session or the 10:30 am - 12:30 pm session. Cost $80. 

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    High School

    VCHS Noon Dismissal on Friday, 5/5 
     
    Senior Play Tickets Go on Sale Today, 5/1: The VCHS Class of 2017 proudly presents "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" (a comedy by Mary Lynn Dobson). Tickets will be sold from 5/1 through 5/12, in the high school office during regular school hours. Presale tickets are $8 and $10 at the door. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on 5/12 & 5/13 at the Bellflower Civic Auditorium. We "Sherwood" love to see you there!  
     
    Athletic Boosters Scholarship Applications due on Friday, 5/4Parents of Senior Athletes, please encourage your student to pick up the scholarship applications that are available in the Verhoeven College and Career Center.
     
    VCHS Choir Auditions:
    • 5/2, 3:00-6:15 pm, 
    • 5/3, 2:30-6:15 pm  
    • 5/9, 3:00-7:00 pm. 
    Praise Team Instrumental Auditions are on Thursday, 5/4Please stop by the Legacy Chapel to pick up the proper forms if you are interested. You may also download the forms at www.vcschools.org/choral-auditions and www.vcschools.org/HSPraiseTeamApp.  Please e-mail Mrs. Gault at dgault@vcschools.org or Mr. Davis at ddavis@vcschools.org if you have any questions.
     
    The Scholastic Arts Society Scholarship Application: is available in the VCCC by the counselor's offices, or at https://www.vcschools.org/Page/214.  Applications are due Monday, 5/8 to Mrs. Doornbos at the Attendance Desk.
     
    VCHS Spring Choral Concert on Monday, 5/15 at 7:30 pm: The concert will be at First Christian Reformed Church 17603 Ardmore Ave, Bellflower, CA 
     
    VCHS Competitive 2017-2018 Robotics Team: The Epic Robotz, Team 4415, will hold an informational meeting for interested incoming and current VCHS students on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18. Through hands-on mentoring of real world tasks, team members are better prepared for a career in several fields including business management, marketing, computer science and engineering. First Robotics Competition (FRC) students are eligible for more than $20 million in college scholarships. FRC considers this the “Varsity Sport of the Mind” and students that qualify can apply for a Varsity letter at the end of the season. Visit the team’s website for more info: www.epicrobotz.org.
     
    Senior Blessing on Tuesday, 6/6: Seniors and senior parents, mark your calendars for a special night of praise and prayer at the "Senior Blessing" on Tuesday, 6/6 at Bethany CRC, Bellflower. We will be displaying a photo collage for each senior. If you wish to begin working on your Senior Photo Collage, please remember to use a 11 x 17 inch paper or poster board created by you and/or your senior. Or if you prefer, you can purchase an 12 x 18 inch photo collage on Costco.com. Questions? Call Robin Reeves (562) 884-1186,  Cindy Huchel(562) 746-7228,  Cassandra Vandenberg (562) 964-7730,  Kim Van Kampen (562) 810-8345, or Janis Westra (562) 842-5618.
     
    Donations: Senior parents we are in need of donations for Grad Night. If you are willing to donate a food item we would appreciate it. Please click on the link to sign up for an item.  All items need to be in the high school office no later than Friday, 6/2. Any questions please feel free to contact Jacque Kovacik at pjkovacik@gmail.com.
     
    Work at Grad Night on Friday, 6/9: Double credit will be given for service hours for Grad Night and these hours can be used for next year. 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 pjkovacik@gmail.com.
     
    Driver Education Class: 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: 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 mrhodes@vcschools.org 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:
    • 1) Online at http://www.worldstrides.com/enroll
      • Username: Europe2018
      • Password: rhodes
    • 2) By phone – call the WorldStrides Customer Service Team at 800-771-5353
    • 3) By mail – use the return envelope in your student invitation.

    Freshmen Grad Checks: On Friday, 4/7, the VCHS Counselors met with Freshman students to discuss college and pathways to get there. Please see the link to review the presentation. If you have any questions, please call Mrs Doornbos at 562 865-0281 ext 227

    VCHS Bookstore: Did you know the VCHS bookstore saves high school families hundreds of dollars each year over list price for digital and print books? Please help and earn service hours by:

    • Sorting paperbacks in May

    • Working the August Sale (Wednesday, 8/2 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and Thursday, 8/3 from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm)

    Please contact Onnie Bomgaars at obomgaars@vcschools.org to volunteer.

     

     
     
    Athletics
     
    Middle School Cheer Meeting on Tuesday, 5/2: There is a parent meeting for all current sixth and seventh grade students interested in trying out for middle school cheer on Tuesday, 5/2 at 7:00 pm in the middle school library. We will discuss the cost, try-out procedure, time commitment and
     
    VCHS Baseball Team Fundraiser: There will be VCHS baseball team fundraiser at The Habit Monday, 5/8 from 4:00 – 9:00pm. Be sure to mention you attend or work at Valley Christian for the team to receive 20% of the proceeds. 
      
    For a Schedule of Upcoming Athletic Events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific online athletic calendars at the Athletics website: www.vcathletics.net
     

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    Friends of VCS
     
    Camp Dunamis Camper registrations are due Monday, 5/15: Camp Registrations & Youth Counselors Needed for Camp Dunamis. It is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Camp dates are Sunday, 6/18 - Friday, 6/23. It is an intentionally multi-racial camp that strives to help youth grow deeper in love with God and each other, bringing reconciliation to the places that often divide us. We are now accepting camper registrations and counselor applications at www.campdunamis.org. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at (562) 676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at (562) 644-0896. 
     
    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 for information contact Cindi Stone at 562-596-3358.
     
    Tiki Torches Needed for Staff Social: Tiki torches are needed for the staff social on Saturday, 5/20. If you have a couple you are able to loan, please contact Patty Vandermolen, pvandermolen@vcschools.org. Thank you!

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  • April 24, 2017 Issue 31

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 4/24/2017 12:00:00 PM
    2016-2017 Theme Verse: "In Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28
    Board of Directors: Thanks to those who attended the VC Annual Society Meeting last Thursday, 4/20.  The following board members were elected to 3 year terms:  Jeff Westra, Ray Perez, Hector Montenegro, and Kim Bouma. 
     
    Robotics Mentors Needed: If you would like to get involved in providing mentoring support to our team through your skills in welding, business, computers, engineering, CAD, CNC, programming, milling, or 3D printing, please contact carol@vcsrobotics.com or 562-243-2721. Feel free to join us at our information meeting on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm and check out our always evolving and expanding Maker Space Lab!
    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 

     

    Preschool  

    Lunch Bunch for April: 

    • Tuesday, 4/25
    "God's Great BIG World": Preschool Summer program sign ups are going on now! A $50.00 registration fee form will be sent out in the beginning of May. Our summer program begins Monday, 6/19 and runs through Friday, 7/28. See Mrs. Sara for more info.

    Graduation Pictures Wednesday, 5/3: Graduation pictures will take place on Wednesday, 5/3 starting at 9:00 am. This photo opportunity is for all children who are graduating from our preschool campus and moving on. Picture proofs and forms will be given out after the photos have been taken.

    Preschool and Elementary Art Show & Ice Cream Social Thursday, 5/11 from 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 down by the Kindergarten classrooms, enjoy some ice cream and meet our great staff. We look forward to seeing you!

    Tea Volunteers Needed: Many volunteers are needed to hostess tables for our Mommy, Grammy and Me Tea on Friday, 5/12 at 10:00 am. Please see Ms. Sara or Miss Marlaina to sign up.

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    Elementary School
     
    Congratulations to the students recognized in chapel today: Avery Espinoza, Kaeley Schuring, Asher Ollmann, Karsen Wesley, and Max Vandenberg.
     
    K - 3rd Multiage Class for 2017-18:  Current VCS family have priority for enrolling their student in the K-3rd grade Multiage Class until Monday, 5/1.  After this date, it will be opened up to families that are new to VCES. Space is limited.
     
    4th - 6th Multiage Class for 2017-18: If we receive enough additional interest in the upper multiage class we will expand the current program.  If you are interested in either class or would like more information regarding the Multiage Classrooms, please contact Karen Garcia at 562-920-9902.
     
    Standardized Testing, 4/24-4/28: will be held Monday, 4/24 through Friday, 4/28, for students in Grades 2-6. Please be sure students are well rested and eat a good breakfast. No interruptions will be made during the testing period.
     
    Kindergarten Observation Tour: We will host a Kindergarten Observation Tour at 8:30 am, on Thursday, 4/27. These tours are a wonderful way for prospective parents to visit our campus and focus on our Kindergarten program. They'll see teachers and students in action and explore specialty classes. Tours are available by reservation. Call Dianne, 562-860-0556, in the Business Office to join in.
     
    Speedometry: Valley Christian After School Science Club for grades K-6. Two classes are available for Wednesdays, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, and Thursdays, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 from 3:00-4:00 pm. Registration is open with a class size limit of 26. A digital copy of the registration form and information is available here. We hope this science program will inspire students to learn and marvel at God's handiwork in His creation.
      
    Talent Show (Grades 1-6) Friday, 4/28: The talent show will be held on Friday, 4/28 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the High School Chapel. If you have any questions, please contact Taelin at again4given@yahoo.com with the subject line "VCES Talent Show."

    Box Tops Contest Ends Friday, 4/28: The contest between the elementary classes to find out who can collect the most box tops is in full swing. Start asking relatives, friends, and members of church to help with collecting because the winning class will get a pizza party! Each Box Top square is worth 10 cents. 100% of the proceeds go to defray the cost of VCES 6th Grade Christian Science Camp.
     
    Spring Enrichment Classes: They will be held for five Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm, 4/25-5/23. If your child would like to participate in a class, please fill out the form and return it to the office with your payment. Classes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
     
     Volunteers are Needed: The Box Tops and Toner Cartridge Recycling program is in need of a coordinator for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. This is a great way to get your service hours and can be done at home. If you are interested, please call the school office at 562-920-9902. We extend our appreciation and gratitude to Cheri Van Meeteren for serving in this position for the past seven years!
     
    Trot for Technology: Elementary students are seeking pledges or donations for the jog-a-thon fundraiser on Friday, 4/28 to raise $30,000 for classroom technology like iPads and Chromebooks. Make a pledge or donation at www.vcschools.org/trot. Donations will be accepted until Friday, 5/5. Parents, grandparents, etc. are welcome to cheer on or jog/walk with the kids. 
     
    Parent Service Hours Opportunities: 
    • We need 12 to 15 volunteers to assist with the Trot for Technology on 4/28 from 8:15 am-11:30 am.
    • 8-10 volunteers are also needed to count the final proceeds and prepare prizes on Friday, 5/5 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Contact Tracy Espinosa at tracyrvh7@yahoo.com if you are able help.
    • Volunteers needed for the VCES Art Show on Thursday, 5/11. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Ice Cream Social which supports the elementary art program. Two shifts are available, from 5:30-7:00 pm, and 6:45-8:15 pm. Volunteers may contact Jennifer at jcavcpa@gmail.com.

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    Middle School  
     
    Secretary's Appreciation Week: This week, we get the chance to celebrate our VCMS secretaries: Mrs. Christine Aardema & Mrs. Beth Nyenhuis. Don't forget to stop by and thank them for keeping the middle school afloat. These two ladies represent the school and Jesus Christ unbelievably well!
      
    8th Grade Honors English: Students who are interested in taking Honors English as freshmen are eligible to take a placement test in order to qualify. The Honors English Placement Test is offered two different dates: Monday, 5/8 from 7:00-8:15 pm or Tuesday, 5/16 from 3:30-4:45 pm in VCHS Room B20. Please e-mail Mrs. Lee at klee@vcschools.org if you plan to attend one of these testing opportunities. Bring a #2 pencil with you to the test.
     
    VCMS Photography: Do you have a digital camera that you would be willing to donate to the Middle School Photography class?  They can be dropped off at the MS office. For more information, please email Lois Flietstra at lflietstra@vcschools.org.  
     
    7th Grade Earth Week Field Trips: There will be three consecutive field trips for 7th Grade for the dates of 4/26, 4/27 & 4/28 (Wed-Fri)  We will participate in a beach clean-up, take a tour of a water treatment facility and go on a nature hike in the Pasadena foothills. Although not necessarily in that order because of different groups, the trips are an opportunity to experience "Creation, Fall & Redemption". Permission slips and detailed information have been sent home with the students.
     
    VCHS Competitive 2017-2018 Robotics Team: The Epic Robotz, Team 4415, will hold an informational meeting for interested incoming and current VCHS students on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18. Through hands-on mentoring of real world tasks, team members are better prepared for a career in several fields including business management, marketing, computer science and engineering. First Robotics Competition (FRC) students are eligible for more than $20 million in college scholarships. FRC considers this the “Varsity Sport of the Mind” and students that qualify can apply for a Varsity letter at the end of the season. Visit the team’s website for more info: www.epicrobotz.org.

    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills (July 31 – Aug 4): Sign-ups are coming soon for a summer class that will help your student discover the best ways to succeed through organization, time management, study strategies, and much more. This orientation is a great place to learn more about VCMS and meet new people before the year even begins. Students will master opening their locker and even get their schedule. This class is intended for all 7th graders and new 8th graders. Families can choose the 8:00-10:00 am session or the 10:30 am - 12:30 pm session. Cost $80. 

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    High School
     
    Congratulations to our Jazz Bands who played well on Saturday at the Workman HS Jazz Festival.  Our beginning band got 3rd place in their division, and the advanced band took 1st place!
     
    Junior-Senior Banquet is on Friday, 4/28: Juniors and Seniors are dismissed at noon on Friday, 4/28. Students must be marked present in periods 1-4 in order to attend the Junior Senior Banquet Friday night.
     
    Athletic Boosters Scholarship Applications due on Friday, 5/4Parents of Senior Athletes, please encourage your student to pick up the scholarship applications that are available in the Verhoeven College and Career Center.
     
    Senior Play: The VCHS Class of 2017 proudly presents "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" (a comedy by Mary Lynn Dobson). Tickets will be sold from 5/1 through 5/12, in the high school office during regular school hours. Presale tickets are $8 and $10 at the door. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on 5/12 & 5/13 at the Bellflower Civic Auditorium. We "Sherwood" love to see you there!  
     
    VCHS Competitive 2017-2018 Robotics Team: The Epic Robotz, Team 4415, will hold an informational meeting for interested incoming and current VCHS students on Tuesday, 5/16 at 7:00 pm in Room B-18. Through hands-on mentoring of real world tasks, team members are better prepared for a career in several fields including business management, marketing, computer science and engineering. First Robotics Competition (FRC) students are eligible for more than $20 million in college scholarships. FRC considers this the “Varsity Sport of the Mind” and students that qualify can apply for a Varsity letter at the end of the season. Visit the team’s website for more info: www.epicrobotz.org.
     
    Work on Grad Night Friday, 6/9: Double credit will be given for service hours for Grad Night and these hours can be used for next year. 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 pjkovacik@gmail.com.
     
    College Credit Available: VCHS is offering a Dual Enrollment Principles of Engineering college course this summer with Cerritos College. Students who take the course will receive 3 units of CSU transferable college credit and one year of high school credit at the completion of the course. The deadline to sign up for the course is Monday, April 24th. 
    • Where: VCHS
    • When: July 5th -28th
    • Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
    • Cost: $29
    • Pre-requisite: Algebra 1 
    • Instructor: Paul DeVries
    • To sign up for the course, please contact Paul DeVries: phd.devries@gmail.com
    Driver Education Class: 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: 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 mrhodes@vcschools.org 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:
    • 1) Online at http://www.worldstrides.com/enroll
      • Username: Europe2018
      • Password: rhodes
    • 2) By phone – call the WorldStrides Customer Service Team at 800-771-5353
    • 3) By mail – use the return envelope in your student invitation.

    Freshman Grad Checks: On Friday, 4/7, the VCHS Counselors met with your Freshman students to discuss college and pathways to get there. Please see the link to review the presentation. If you have any questions, please call Mrs Doornbos at 562 865-0281 ext 227

    VCHS Bookstore: Did you know the VCHS bookstore saves high school family hundreds of dollars each year over list price for digital and print books? Please help and earn service hours by:

    • Sorting paperbacks in May

    • Working the August sale (Wednesday, 8/2 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and Thursday, 8/3 from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm)

    Please contact Onnie Bomgaars at obomgaars@vcschools.org to volunteer.


     
     
    Athletics
     
    Middle School Cheer Meeting on 5/2: Parent meeting for all current sixth and seventh grade students interested in trying out for middle school cheer. Tuesday, 5/2 at 7:00 pm in the middle school library. We will discuss the cost, try-out procedure, time commitment and more.
     
    Pep Squad Tryouts Monday, 4/24 through Thursday, 4/27 from 3:00-6:00 pm in the High School Chapel. Try-out routine and cheers will be taught Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with actual try-outs on Thursday, 4/27. Feel free to email vchspepsquad@gmail.com or contact Darlene Maynard at 562-225-7710 with any questions.
     
    For a Schedule of Upcoming Athletic Events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific online athletic calendars at the Athletics website: www.vcathletics.net
     

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    Friends of VCS
     
    Affordable Treasures Spring Fling Anniversary Sale 4/26-4/29: This month marks the 20-year anniversary of Affordable Treasures. This thrift store supports Valley Christian Schools, Artesia Christian Home and Bethany Christian Services. Over half a million dollars in profits have been funded directly to our school! To celebrate God’s goodness for 20 years of faithful volunteers, all donors and shoppers are invited to the store to enjoy refreshments, fellowship and daily sales. Enjoy the Spring Fling Anniversary Sale Wednesday, 4/26 through Saturday, 4/29, located at 17829 S. Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower, 3 blocks south of Artesia Blvd. For more info, visit www.affordabletreasures.org or call 562-866-0060.
     
    Camp Dunamis Camper registrations are due Monday, 5/15: Camp Registrations & Youth Counselors Needed for Camp Dunamis. It is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Camp dates are Sunday, 6/18 - Friday, 6/23. It is an intentionally multi-racial camp that strives to help youth grow deeper in love with God and each other, bringing reconciliation to the places that often divide us. We are now accepting camper registrations and counselor applications at www.campdunamis.org. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at (562) 676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at (562) 644-0896. 
     
    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 July 30-August 5 and takes place at Green Oak Ranch Residence Camp and costs $450. If you would like for information contact Cindi Stone at 562.596-3358.
     
    Tiki Torches Needed for Staff Social: Tiki torches are needed for the staff social on Saturday, 5/20. If you have a couple you are able to loan, please contact Patty Vandermolen, pvandermolen@vcschools.org. Thank you!

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  • April 18, 2017 Issue 30

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 4/18/2017 12:00:00 PM
    2016-2017 Theme Verse: "In Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28

    VCS Society Meeting on Thursday, 4/20 at 7:00 pm: The meeting will be in the High School Legacy Chapel at 7:00 pm. This night will include information on next year’s budget, projected enrollment, tuition rates, and background on Board Member nominees.

    Parent Association T-shirt and Polo Sales Thursday, 4/20: The sale will be from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the VCHS Bldg. B Room 23. In addition to new items, we have leftover sweatshirts from last year and this year for sale. Questions? Please email pasales@vschools.org.

    VCS Robotics First Lego League (FLL) Application Deadline Extended to Thursday, 4/20: Students and parents interested in joining our VCS Robotics First Lego League (FLL) Teams for the next school year (for ages 9-14), the deadline has been extended.  Please submit the completed forms and deposit by Thursday, 4/20 to the Valley Christian Business Office. If you have any questions or need an application, please email Sharon Lee or Hannah Eichel

    BOPA Soup and Pie Dinner and Concert on Friday, 4/21: The event will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the High School Gym. Join us for delicious soup, pie, and wonderful music presented by the band and orchestra groups from grades 5-12. 
     
    Job Opportunities:  
    Board Highlights: The Board has listened to the feedback from the VC Community regarding the decision to retire the Crusader mascot. While the Board will not revisit the decision, we will slow the transition process to allow more time for prayer, education and communication. The Board acknowledges that slowing the rollout ensures we won’t have a new mascot by the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. As such, the Valley Christian mascot will remain the Crusader for the 2017-2018 school year.  Our goal will be to have a new mascot selected for the 2018-2019 school year. More information can be read in the Board Letter.

    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 


     

    Preschool  

    Special Chapel: Please join us on Wednesday, 4/19 at 8:30 am for a special Easter Chapel put on by The Scripture Lady.

    Kindergarten Testing: Kindergarten testing will take place on Wednesday, 4/19 at our preschool campus. If you have not signed your child up for that day, please call the elementary school for more info.

    Lunch Bunch for April: 

    • Wednesday, 4/19
    • Tuesday, 4/25
    "God's Great BIG World": Summer progam sign ups are going on now. Check your child's file for a sign-up sheet and return it to the preschool office ASAP.

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    Elementary School
     
    No School for Kindergarten Students 4/21: For both half-day and full-day Kindergarten students, there will be no school on Friday, 4/21 while we test next year’s Kindergarteners.
     
    Speedometry: Valley Christian After School Science Club for grades K-6. Two classes are available for Wednesdays, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, and Thursdays, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 from 3:00-4:00 pm. Registration is open with a class size limit of 26. A digital copy of the registration form and information is available here. We hope this science program will inspire students to learn and marvel at God's handiwork in His creation.
      
    Talent Show (Grades 1-6) Friday, 4/28: The talent show will be held on Friday, 4/28 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the High School chapel. If you have any questions, please contact Taelin at again4given@yahoo.com with the subject line "VCES Talent Show."

    Box Tops Contest Ends Friday, 4/28: The contest between the elementary classes to find out who can collect the most box tops is in full swing. Start asking relatives, friends, and members of church to help with collecting because the winning class will get a pizza party! Each Box Top square is worth 10 cents. 100% of the proceeds go to defray the cost of VCES 6th grade Christian Science Camp.
     
    Standardized Testing, 4/24-4/28: will be held Monday, 4/24 through Friday, 4/28, for students in Grades 2-6. Please be sure students are well rested and eat a good breakfast. No interruptions will be made during the testing period.
     
    Fishing Trip Raffle, Monday, 4/24: To raise money in conjuction with he auction, sixth grade teacher, Mr. Vander Dussen, is offering a day of fishing this summer on his 19 1/2 foot boat, Striker. We will fish local ocean waters. This trip will be for one adult and two children. If you win, you may take your brother or sister or a friend! It includes all equipment, live bait and fish cleaning. Catching fish is guaranteed or he will take you out again! Tickets are $5 each or increase your chances and buy five tickets for $20! Extra tickets may be purchased at the Elementary School office. The drawing will be held at the Elementary School during chapel on Monday, 4/24. Make checks payable to Valley Christian Auction. 
     
    Spring Enrichment Classes: will be held for five Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm, 4/25-5/23. If your child would like to participate in a class, please fill out the form and return it to the office with your payment. Classes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
     
    Volunteers are Needed: The Box Tops and Toner Cartridge Recycling programs are in need of volunteers for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  If you are interested, please call the school office at 562-920-9902.  We extend our appreciation and gratitude to Cheri Van Meeteren for serving in this position for the past seven years!
     
    Trot for Technology: Elementary students are seeking pledges or donations for the jog-a-thon fundraiser on Friday, 4/28 to raise $30,000 for classroom technology like iPads and Chromebooks. Make a pledge or donation at www.vcschools.org/trot. Donations will be accepted until Friday, 5/5. Parents, grandparents, etc. are welcome to cheer on or jog/walk with the kids. 
     
    Parent Service Hours Opportunities: 
    • We need 12 to 15 volunteers to assist with the Trot for Technology on 4/28 from 8:15 am-11:30 am.
    • 8-10 volunteers are also needed to count the final proceeds and prepare prizes on Friday, 5/5 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Contact Tracy Espinosa at tracyrvh7@yahoo.com if you are able help.
    • Volunteers needed for the VCES Art Show on Thursday, 5/11. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Ice Cream Social which supports the elementary art program. Two shifts are available, from 5:30-7:00 pm, and 6:45-8:15 pm. Volunteers may contact Jennifer at jcavcpa@gmail.com.

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    Middle School  
     
    8th Grade Parents: If you were unable to attend our 8th to 9th Night, the packet of information that was handed out will be sent home with your student this week. Please ask them for it and if you have any questions please contact the High School office at 562-865-0281 ext. 226 or hsinfo@vcschools.org.
     
    8th Grade Honors English: Students who are interested in taking Honors English as freshmen are eligible to take a placement test in order to qualify. The Honors English Placement Test is offered two different dates: Monday, 5/8 from 7:00-8:15 pm or Tuesday, 5/16 from 3:30-4:45 pm in VCHS Room B20. Please e-mail Mrs. Lee at klee@vcschools.org if you plan to attend one of these testing opportunities. Bring a #2 pencil with you to the test.
     
    VCMS Photography: Do you have a digital camera that you would be willing to donate to the Middle School Photography class?  They can be dropped off at the MS office.  For more information, please email Lois Flietstra at lflietstra@vcschools.org.  

    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills (July 31 – Aug 4): Sign-ups are coming soon for a summer class that will help your student discover the best ways to succeed through organization, time management, study strategies, and much more. This orientation is a great place to learn more about VCMS and meet new people before the year even begins. Students will master opening their locker and even get their schedule. This class is intended for all 7th graders and new 8th graders. Families can choose the 8:00-10:00 am session or the 10:30 am - 12:30 pm session. Cost $80. 

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    High School
       
    Parents, thanks for your wonderful contributions to the Multi-cultural Food Fair! We still have some leftover dishes - please see the High School office if you are missing serving dishes.
     
    Junior-Senior Banquet is on Friday, 4/28: Tickets go on sale Tuesday, 4/18 through Friday, 4/21. Only seniors can purchase tickets on 4/18 & 4/19. Tickets will be sold in the SSB during break and lunch (not before or after school). Students should enter the building by the tennis courts, not by the attendance desk. VCHS students: $80, Guests: $90. ALL students must turn in a signed form in order to purchase tickets (see link). Guest forms must be completely filled out in order to purchase tickets. Forms may be picked up in the high school office.
     
    Scholarship Applications due on Wednesday, 4/19: Parents of Seniors, please encourage your student to pick up the scholarship applications that are available in the Verhoeven College and Career Center.
     
    Christian College Fair on Wednesday, 4/19: Valley Christian High School is hosting the Spring 2017 Southern California Christian College Fair in the gym from 6:30–8:30 pm. 
     
    Kaplan's Free AP Prep-a-thon: Taking the AP Bio or APUSH exam? Join Kaplan for a free AP Prep-a-thon Online Saturday, 4/22 and Sunday, 4/23 from 1-5pm ET to help you get ready for Test Day. Register today at www.kaptest.com/apprepathon. 
     
    College Credit Available: Cerritos College is offering the course, Duel Enrollment Principles of Engineering College Course this summer. Students who take the course will receive 3 units of CSU transferable college credit and one year of high school credit at the completion of the course. 
     
    Where: VCHS
    When: 7/5-7/28
    Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
    Cost: $29
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1 
    Instructor: Paul DeVries
     
    If you are interested in the course, please contact Paul DeVries ASAP: phd.devries@gmail.com
     
    Driver Education Class: 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.

     


     
    Athletics
     
    For a Schedule of Upcoming Athletic Events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific online athletic calendars at the Athletics website: www.vcathletics.net
     
    Pep Squad Tryouts Monday, 4/24 through Thursday, 4/27 from 3:00-6:00 pm in the High School Chapel. Try-out routine and cheers will be taught Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with actual try-outs on Thursday, 4/27. Feel free to email vchspepsquad@gmail.com or contact Darlene Maynard at 562-225-7710 with any questions.
     

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    Friends of VCS
     
    Staff Social: Tiki torches are needed for the staff social on Saturday, 5/20. If you have a couple you are able to loan, please contact Patty Vandermolen, pvandermolen@vcschools.org. Thank you!

    Camp Dunamis: Camp Registrations & Youth Counselors Needed for Camp Dunamis. It is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Camp dates are Sunday, 6/18 - Friday, 6/23. It is an intentionally multi-racial camp that strives to help youth grow deeper in love with God and each other, bringing reconciliation to the places that often divide us. We are now accepting camper registrations and counselor applications at www.campdunamis.orgCounselor applications are due 4/20 and camper registrations are due 5/15. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at (562) 676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at (562) 644-0896. 

    Affordable Treasures Spring Fling Anniversary Sale 4/26-4/29: This month marks the 20-year anniversary of Affordable Treasures. This thrift store supports Valley Christian Schools, Artesia Christian Home and Bethany Christian Services. Over half a million dollars in profits have been funded directly to our school! To celebrate God’s goodness for 20 years of faithful volunteers, all donors and shoppers are invited to the store to enjoy refreshments, fellowship and daily sales. Enjoy the Spring Fling Anniversary sale Wednesday, 4/26 through Saturday, 4/29, located at 17829 S. Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower, 3 blocks south of Artesia Blvd. For more info, visit www.affordabletreasures.org or call 562-866-0060.

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    Photo of the Week: The High School Band and Orchestra on tour in Chicago over spring break
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  • April 3, 2017 Issue 29

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 4/3/2017 1:00:00 PM
    2016-2017 Theme Verse: "In Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28

    We express our sympathy to VCS Superintendent, Ron Taylor and his family as his father passed away last weekend. Please keep the Taylor family in your prayers.

    The Fundraising Auction & Dinner last Friday was a success! We had our biggest crowd ever and are so thankful for a fun night celebrating and financially supporting VCS.

    Raffle winners:
    Apple watch: VCHS alumni Marvin Bouma
    Wireless Beats headphones: VC parent Steve Abrahams
    Electric Bike: 4th grade student Brody Taber  

    Broadway Showcase Photos will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, 4/4 via The CAST website: www.thecastproductions.com 

    Parent Association T-Shirt and Polo Sales Thursday, 4/6: from 7:45-8:15 am and 4/20 from 3:00-5:00 pm in the VCHS Bldg. B Room 23. In addition to new items, we have leftover sweatshirts from last year and this year's for sale.

    Love and Logic: Registration and payment is due by Friday, 4/7. This is a four-week parenting class called Love and Logic. This class will be taught by Superintendent, Ron Taylor and his wife Kathy. It will be held at VCES, Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, on 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 & 5/16. The cost of the class is $35 per person or $65 per couple. Childcare is available.  Call Karen Garcia at 562-920-9902 or kgarcia@vcschools.org to sign up.Read the flyer for more information or go to https://www.vcschools.org/lovelogic

    VCS Robotics First Lego League (FLL) Application Deadline Extended to Thursday, 4/20:  Students and Parents interested in joining our VCS Robotics First Lego League (FLL) Teams for the next school year (for ages 9-14), the deadline has been extended.  Please submit the completed forms and deposit by Thursday, 4/20 to the Valley Christian Business Office. If you have any questions or need an application, please email Sharon Lee or Hannah Eichel

    BOPA Soup and Pie Dinner and Concert on Friday, 4/21: from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the High School Gym. Join us for delicious soup, pie, and wonderful music presented by the band and orchestra groups from grades 5-12. 

    BOPA Parents: Donation flyers will be distributed to students this week, or you can download the Soup and Pie Flyer. Please turn in your donation/volunteer forms to any music teacher or school office by Wednesday, 4/5. You may also record your donation online by clicking on the link
    www.vcschools.org/soupandpie.
     
    Need Service Hours? Join the fun at the annual Soup and Pie Dinner and Concert. All parents welcome. Contact Carolyn Kamstra at BOPA@vcschools.org for more information. 

    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 

    VCS Society Meeting on Thursday, 4/20 at 7:00 pm: in the High School Legacy Chapel. Saturday, a packet of information will be available on our website for you to read in preparation for the meeting. It will include next year’s budget, projected enrollment, tuition rates, and background on Board Member nominees.

    Spring Break is Monday 4/10 through Monday 4/17. The Business Office will be open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on 4/10 - 4/13, but will be closed 4/14 through 4/17.


     

    Preschool  

    Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt on Wednesday, 4/5: Please remember to bring 12 filled eggs by Tuesday, 4/4. Children will also be decorating Easter cookies. All students may join the fun!

    Annual Spring Sing on Friday, 4/7 at 6:00 pm in the Encounter Church sanctuary. Please have your child in their classroom at 5:45 pm.

    Easter Break Reminders:

    • Preschool will be closed Friday, 4/14 in observance of Good Friday and Monday, 4/17.
    • Please see sign up sheet in your child's file for Easter Break Daycare sign-ups

    Special Easter Chapel on Wednesday, 4/19 at 8:30am : Parents and younger siblings welcome to join us as the Scripture Lady presents a special Easter Chapel. 

    "God's Great BIG World" Summer Program sign ups are going on now! Check your child's file for a signup sheet and return to preschool office ASAP.

    Lunch Bunch for April: 

    • Tuesday, 4/4
    • Wednesday, 4/19
    • Tuesday, 4/25

    Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, 4/4 at VCES. See the note in the Elementary section below.

     

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    Elementary School
     
    Congratulations to the students recognized in chapel today: Jaslyn Anderson, Rory Brink, Avery Espinosa, Abby Evenhouse, Jake Kim, and Tyson McNeese.
     
    Spring Enrichment Classes: Forms were sent home with students today, 4/3.  Classes will be held for five Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, 4/25 - 5/23. If your child would like to participate in a class, please fill out the form and return it to the office with your payment.  Forms will be accepted through Friday, 4/7. Classes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
     
    Rockets and Space! Valley Christian After School Science Club for grades K-6. We still have openings for the Thursday class, 4/6, 4/20 from 3:00-4:00 pm. Registration is open with a class size limit of 26. A digital copy of the registration form and information is available here. We hope this science
    program will inspire students to learn and marvel at God's handiwork in His creation.
     
    The last math circle for this school year will be Tuesday, 4/4.
     
    Kindergarten Observation Tours: We will host a Kindergarten Observation Tour at 8:30 am, on Thursday, 4/6. This tour is a wonderful way for prospective parents to visit our campus and focus on our Kindergarten program. They'll see teachers and students in action and explore specialty classes. Tours are available by reservation. Call Dianne at 562-860-0556 in the Business Office to join in. 
      
    Talent Show (Grades 1-6) Friday, 4/28: If your child is interested in participating, applications are available for download and are in the VCES office. The deadline has been extended to 4/3. Interested students must be ready to participate in the screening dates of either Tuesday, 4/4 or Wednesday, 4/5 during lunch recess. The talent show will be held on Friday, 4/28 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the High School chapel.  If you have any questions, please contact Taelin at again4given@yahoo.com with the subject line "VCES Talent Show."

    Box Tops Contest: From Monday, 4/3 through Friday, 4/28, there will be a contest between the elementary classes to find out who can collect the most box tops. Start asking relatives, friends, and members of church to help with collecting because the winning class will get a Pizza party! Each Box Top square is worth 10 cents. 100% of the proceeds go to defray the cost of VCES 6th grade Christian Science Camp.

    Kindergarten Orientation Tonight, Monday, 4/3 at 7:00 pm: This meeting is for parents of kindergarten students who will start school August 2017. You'll meet the Kindergarten teaching team and learn about important details, including A Day in The Life of a Kindergartener and Kindergarten testing days.
     
    Lost and Found: Please check the Lost and Found for any items your child may be missing. Any items left over after Friday, 4/7 will be taken to Affordable Treasures.
     
    No School for Kindergarten Students 4/21: For both half-day and full-day Kindergarten students, there will be no school on Friday, 4/21 while we test next year’s Kindergarteners.

    Standardized Testing: will be held Monday, 4/24 through Friday, 4/28, for students in Grades 2-6. Please be sure students are well rested and eat a good breakfast. No interruptions will be made during the testing period.
     
    Fishing Trip Raffle, Monday, 4/24: To raise money for the auction, sixth grade teacher, Mr. Vander Dussen, is offering a day of fishing this summer on his 19 1/2 foot boat, Striker. We will fish local ocean waters. This trip will be for one adult and two children. If you win, you may take your brother or sister or a friend! It includes all equipment, live bait and fish cleaning. Catching fish is guaranteed or he will take you out again! Tickets are $5 each or increase your chances and buy five tickets for $20! Extra tickets may be purchased at the Elementary School office. The drawing will be held at the Elementary School during chapel on Monday, 4/24. Make checks payable to Valley Christian Auction. 
     
    Volunteers are needed: for our Box Tops and Toner Cartridge Recycling programs for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  We extend our appreciation and gratitude to Cheri Van Meeteren for serving in this position for the past 7 years!
     
    Trot for Technology: Elementary students are seeking pledges or donations for the jog-a-thon fundraiser on Friday, 4/28 to raise $30,000 for classroom technology like iPads and Chromebooks. Make a pledge or donation at www.vcschools.org/trot. Donations will be accepted until Friday, 5/5. Parents, grandparents, etc are welcome to cheer on or jog/walk with the kids. 
     
    Parent Service Hours Opportunity: We need 12 to 15 volunteers to assist with the Trot for Technology on 4/28 from 8:15 am - 11:30 am. 8-10 volunteers are also needed to count the final proceeds and prepare prizes on 5/5 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Contact Tracy Espinosa at tracyrvh7@yahoo.com if you are able help.

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    Middle School  
     
    8th to 9th Night on Tuesday, 4/4 at 7:00 pm: 8th grade parents and students should come to the Legacy Chapel on the High School campus at 7:00 pm. This is an important evening for both you and your student to start acquainting yourselves with the high school campus, the staff, and to begin understanding the wide variety of opportunities available to your student as they move into their high school years.
     
    VCMS Photography: Do you have a digital camera that you would be willing to donate to the Middle School Photography class?  They can be dropped off at the MS office.  For more information, please email Lois Flietstra at lflietstra@vcschools.org.  

    Snacks Donation: If you are interested in donating some non-perishable snacks for our students and tutors, we would appreciate it. Please drop these off at the Middle School office and let them know they are for the Homework Club. Thank you in advance. 

    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills (July 31 – Aug 4): Sign ups are coming soon for a summer class that will help your student discover the best ways to succeed through organization, time management, study strategies, and much more. This orientation is a great place to learn more about VCMS and meet new people before the year even begins. Students will master opening their locker and even get their schedule. This class is intended for all 7th graders and new 8th graders. Families can choose the 8:00-10:00 am session or the 10:30 am - 12:30 pm session. Cost $80. 
     

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    High School
      
    AP Pre-Administration Meeting Wednesday, 4/5 at 2:20 in the Legacy Chapel:This meeting is only for students who are currently taking AP classes and who will be taking their exams in May 2017. Please arrive promptly and bring a sharpened #2 pencil with you. 
     
    Senior Parents: Send in Senior Year Pictures by Friday, 4/7: We are looking for pictures of your kids from senior year. The pictures need to be school related (Dances, Games, Pep Rallies etc) because they will be used and displayed for the Senior Blessing on Tuesday, 6/6. Please send your pictures or any questions to seniorprayer@vcschools.org by Friday, 4/7.
     
    Scholarship Applications due on Wednesday, 4/19: Parents of Seniors, please encourage your student to pick up the scholarship applications that are available in the Verhoeven College and Career Center.  Applications are due on Wednesday, 4/19 and Spring Break is a great time to work on completing the applications.
     
    Christian College Fair: on Wednesday, 4/19, from 6:30–8:30 pm. Valley Christian High School is hosting the Spring 2017 Southern California Christian College Fair in the gym.

    Junior-Senior Banquet is on Friday, 4/28: Tickets go on sale Tuesday, 4/18 through Friday, 4/21. Only seniors can purchase tickets on 4/18 & 4/19. Tickets will be sold in the SSB during break and lunch (not before or after school). Students should enter the building by the tennis courts, not by the attendance desk. Valley students: $80 Guests: $90. ALL students must turn in a signed form in order to purchase tickets (see link). Guest forms must be completely filled out in order to purchase tickets. Forms may be picked up in the high school office.

    Summer School: Parents, an email was sent home from the Counseling Department regarding summer school. If you did not receive that email, please contact the High School office at hsinfo@vcschools.org.

    EPIC Robotz had a successful competition season! They earned the Spirit Award at the Central Valley Regional in early March, and advanced to the quarterfinals at the Los Angeles Regional on March 26. The students designed, built and programmed an amazing robot and are thankful for the many, many hours that the mentors worked with them, and for the financial support provided by their sponsors.To learn more about the robotics program, email info@vcsrobotics.com.

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    Athletics
     
    For a Schedule of Upcoming Athletic Events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific online athletic calendars at the Athletics website: www.vcathletics.net
     
    Mandatory Parent/Student Pep Squad Meeting on 4/6, from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Verhoeven College and Career Center.
     
    Pep Squad Tryouts Monday, 4/24 - Thursday, 4/27 from 3:00-6:00 pm in the High School Chapel. Try-out routine and cheers will be taught Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with actual try-outs on Thursday, 4/27. Feel free to email vchspepsquad@gmail.com or contact Darlene Maynard at 562-225-7710 with any questions.
     

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    Friends of VCS

    Camp Dunamis: Camp Registrations & Youth Counselors Needed for Camp Dunamis. It is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Camp dates are Sunday, 6/18 - Friday, 6/23. It is an intentionally multi-racial camp that strives to help youth grow deeper in love with God and each other, bringing reconciliation to the places that often divide us. We are now accepting camper registrations and counselor applications at www.campdunamis.orgCounselor applications are due 4/20 and camper registrations are due 5/15. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at (562) 676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at (562) 644-0896. 

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    Robotics  
    Picture of the week: Students competed at the Los Angeles Regional on Sunday, 3/26
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  • March 27, 2017 Issue 28

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 3/27/2017 1:00:00 PM
     2016-2017 Theme Verse: "In Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28

    VCS Auction & Dinner on 3/31: Raffle tickets are available at the preschool and elementary campus starting tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/28, after school. Contact Sarah Fitzpatrick with any questions.

    Broadway Showcase 2017:
    • Costumes Collection: Return all Valley Christian owned or borrowed costumes & accessories to any Valley Christian school office. Please have the costumes clean and in a bag labeled with your name.
      • 4-6 Jailhouse Rock: Black and white shirts, ribbons, & black skirts
      • Middle School: Any borrowed knickers, vests, shirts, dresses, aprons & accessories
      • High School: All borrowed items
    • Costume Donation: Please don't throw out your costumes!  If you don't want them anymore, please consider donating them to the Broadway Costume Closet. Drop any costumes off at any school office and label it "Costume Donation." Thank you! 

    March Board Highlights 

    • Motion to approve 2015 Tax Return was unanimously approved.
    • The Valley Christian Board of Directors thanks the community for your feedback regarding the decision to retire the Crusader mascot. The Board has listened and will continue to listen prayerfully to your responses as we consider the next steps and timing of this decision. 

    Parent Association T-Shirt and Polo Sales Thursday, 4/6: from 7:45-8:15 am and 04/20 from 3:00-5:00pm in the VCHS Bldg B Room 23. In addition to new items we have leftover sweatshirts from last year and this years for sale.

    The Annual Soup and Pie Dinner and Concert: will be on Friday, 4/21 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the High School Gym. Join us for delicious soup, pie, and wonderful music presented by the band and orchestra groups in grades 5-12. 

    BOPA Parents: Donation flyers will be distributed to students this week, or you can download the Soup and Pie Flyer. Please turn in your donation/volunteer forms to any music teacher or school office by Wednesday, 4/5. You may also record your donation online by clicking on the link
    www.vcschools.org/soupandpie.
     
    Need Service Hours? Join the fun at the annual Soup and Pie Dinner and Concert. All parents welcome. Contact Carolyn Kamstra at BOPA@vcschools.org for more information. 
     

    Please Note: The 2017-2018 School Year Begins Monday, August 14, 2017. 

    The VCS Society meeting will be held Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 pm in the High School Legacy Chapel. Next week a packet of information will be available at our website for you to read in preparation for the meeting. It will include next year’s budget, projected enrollment and tuition rates, and background on Board member nominees.

    2017-2018 VCMS Job Opening: Valley Christian Middle School is seeking a 7th Grade History or Science Teacher. The candidate must be deeply committed to their faith and have a passion for middle school students. The ability to coach sports or teach Bible would be helpful. This position is for the 2017-18 school year. If interested, please see our school website https://www.vcschools.org/employment to find an application for employment. Please include your resume, credentials, and references with the completed application and send them to John Tiersma, Interim Middle School Principal at jtiersma@vcschools.org.


     

    Preschool  

    "God's Great BIG World" Summer Program sign ups are going on now! Check your child's file for a signup sheet and return to preschool office ASAP.

    Lunch Bunch Dates:
    • Wednesday, 3/29
    March Madness
    • 3/29 & 3/30: TK and Kindergarten Field trip to Elementary School campus
    Busy Bee's Permission Slip: Pre-K and Eligible students from Busy Bee's will be riding the bus to our Elementary school on Wednesday, 3/29 and Thursday, 3/30.
     
    See's Candies: The preschool is selling See's Candies. Orders can be made through the Preschool Office through Friday, 3/31. Orders will be available for pick up before Easter Break. 
     
    Our Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt will be held on Wednesday, 4/5. Please remember to bring 12 filled eggs by Tuesday, 4/4. Children will also be decorating Easter cookies. All students may join the fun!

    Easter Break Reminders:
    • Preschool will be closed Friday, 4/14 in observance of Good Friday and Monday, 4/17.
    • Please see sign up sheet in your child's file for Easter Break Daycare sign-ups 
     

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    Elementary School
     
    Congratulations to the students recognized in chapel today: Joshua Campbell, Camila Ramos, Annabella Vande Kerk, Kawaii Weary, and Brooke Willoughby.
     
    Congratulations to all of the girls and boys spring sports teams! The girls volleyball and boys basketball team took 1st and 2nd place in their leagues! Great season!
     
    Rockets and Space! Valley Christian After School Science Club for grades K-6. We still have openings for the Thursday class, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20 from 3:00-4:00 pm. Please note, 6th graders will be at Science Camp 3/29-3/31. Registration is open with a class size limit of 26. A digital copy of the registration form and information is available here. We hope this science program will inspire students to learn and marvel at God's handiwork in His creation.
     
    6th Grade Science Camp: Students in the 6th grade will be going to science camp on Wednesday, 3/29 through Friday, 3/31.
     
    Aquarium of the Pacific: Kindergarten students will be going to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Friday, 3/31.
     
    Got Paper Towels? Mrs. Koolmees' class is in need of empty paper towel, wrapping paper and/or toilet paper rolls for a class project.  Empty rolls can be brought to the elementary office.

    Math Circle 2017: Math Circle has meetings every Tuesday. Please fill out the form and turn into the elementary office. 

    Kindergarten Observation Tours: We will host a Kindergarten Observation Tour at 8:30 am, on Thursday, 4/6. This tour is a wonderful way for prospective parents to visit our campus and focus on our Kindergarten program. They'll see teachers and students in action and explore specialty classes. Tours are available by reservation. Call Dianne at 562-860-0556 in the Business Office to join in. 
      
    Talent Show (Grades 1-6) Friday, 4/28: If your child is interested in participating, applications are available for download and are in the VCES office. Interested students must be ready to participate in the screening dates of either Tuesday, 4/4 or Wednesday, 4/5 during lunch recess. The talent show will be held on Friday, 4/28 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the High School chapel. If you have any questions, please contact Taelin at again4given@yahoo.com with the subject line "VCES Talent Show."

    Box Tops Contest: From Monday, 4/3 through Friday, 4/28, there will be a contest between the elementary classes to find out who can collect the most box tops. Start asking relatives, friends, and members of church to help with collecting because the winning class will get a Pizza party! Each Box Top square is worth 10 cents. 100% of the proceeds go to defray the cost of VCES 6th grade Christian Science Camp.

    Kindergarten Orientation, Monday, 4/3 at 7:00 pm: This meeting is for parents of kindergarten students who will start school August 2017. You'll meet the Kindergarten teaching team and learn about important details, including A Day in The Life of a Kindergartener and Kindergarten testing days.
     
    Lost and Found: Please check the Lost and Found for any items your child may be missing. Any items left over after Friday, 4/7 will be taken to Affordable Treasures.
     
    No School for Kindergarten Students 4/21: For both half-day and full-day Kindergarten students, there will be no school on Friday, 4/21 while we test next year’s Kindergarteners.

    Standardized Testing: will be held Monday, 4/24 through Friday, 4/28, for students in Grades 2-6. Please be sure students are well rested and eat a good breakfast. No interruptions will be made during the testing period.
     
    Fishing Trip Raffle, Monday, 4/24: To raise money for the auction, sixth grade teacher, Mr. Vander Dussen, is offering a day of fishing this summer on his 19 1/2 foot boat, Striker. We will fish local ocean waters. This trip will be for one adult and two children. If you win, you may take your brother or sister or a friend! It includes all equipment, live bait and fish cleaning. Catching fish is guaranteed or he will take you out again! Tickets are $5 each or increase your chances and buy five tickets for $20! Extra tickets may be purchased at the Elementary School office. The drawing will be held at the Elementary School during chapel on Monday, 4/24. Make checks payable to Valley Christian Auction. 

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    Middle School  
     
    Thank you: parents, guardians, and other family members, for coming to the Science Fair and Art Exhibit. Valuable learning took place. Thank you for cheering on the kids as well as providing supplies, encouragement, and expertise. Thank you also to the parents and students who stayed to clean up and set up chairs! 
     
    8th to 9th Night: 8th grade parents, mark your calendar for the 8th to 9th Night coming up on Tuesday, 4/4.  It will be held in the Legacy Chapel on the High School campus at 7:00 pm. This is an important evening for both you and your student to start acquainting yourselves with the high school campus, the staff, and to begin understanding the wide variety of opportunities available to your student as they move into their high school years.

    Snacks Donation: If you are interested in donating some non-perishable snacks for our students and tutors, we would appreciate it. Please drop these off at the Middle School office and let them know they are for the Homework Club. Thank you in advance. 

    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills (July 31 – Aug 4): Sign ups are coming soon for a summer class that will help your student discover the best ways to succeed through organization, time management, study strategies, and much more. This orientation is a great place to learn more about VCMS and meet new people before the year even begins. Students will master opening their locker and even get their schedule. This class is intended for all 7th graders and new 8th graders. Families can choose the 8:00-10:00 am session or the 10:30 am - 12:30 pm session. Cost $80. 
     
     

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    High School
      
    2017-18 International Student Hosting Info Meeting Tonight, 3/27: There will be an information meeting for families interested in hosting an International Student for VCS 2017-18 school year. This is a 10-month commitment and a stipend is paid to the family. The meeting will be on Monday, 3/27 at 7:00 pm at the High School Verhoeven College and Career Center. Please Email Helen Yu or call for more information at 562-865-0281 x270. 
     
    AP Pre-Administration Meeting Wed., 4/5: The AP Pre-Administration meeting is taking place on Wed., 4/5, at 2:20 pm in the Legacy Chapel. This meeting is only for students who are currently taking AP classes and who will be taking their exams in May 2017.  Please arrive promptly and bring a sharpened #2 pencil with you. 
     
    Senior Parents: Send in Senior Year Pictures by Friday, 4/7: We are looking for pictures of your kids from senior year. The pictures need to be school related (Dances, Games, Pep Rallies etc) because they will be used and displayed for the Senior Blessing, Tuesday, 6/6. Please send your pictures or any questions to seniorprayer@vcschools.org by Friday, 4/7.
     
    Scholarships for Seniors: Senior parents, did you know more than $10,000 in scholarship money is available to our seniors thanks to the generous donations from our alumni and supporters?  Check out the following scholarships that are available.  Applications are located on the bookshelves outside of the Counselors offices and more information is available online here. They will be due on Wednesday, April 19, which is the first Wednesday after Spring Break.
    • Reverend and Mrs. Gareth S. Kok Calvin College Scholarship 
    • Trades and Techs Scholarship
    • Pay It Forward Scholarship
    • Karl Kalma Scholarship
    • Stanley W. Cole Scholarship for Christian Service
    • Koopman Scholarship
    • DeBie Future Educator Scholarship 
    • Holly Hustedt Fashion, Art, Graphic Design, and Merchandising Scholarship

    Christian College Fair: On Wednesday, 4/19, from 6:30–8:30 pm. Valley Christian High School is hosting the Spring 2017 Southern California Christian College Fair. It will be held in the gym, located on the High School Campus. 

    Junior-Senior Banquet is on Friday, 4/28: Details to follow in the next few weeks.

    Summer School: Parents, an email was sent home from the Counseling Department regarding summer school. If you did not receive that email, please contact the High School office at hsinfo@vcschools.org.

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    Athletics
     
    For a Schedule of Upcoming Athletic Events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific online athletic calendars at the Athletics website: www.vcathletics.net
     
    The Booster Club is looking for a quad for softball and baseball maintenance. If anyone would like to donate one to our program, please email Mark Dupuy.

    Pep Squad: Mandatory Parent/Student Pep Squad Meeting on 4/6, from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Verhoeven College and Career Center.
     
    Pep Squad Tryouts: Monday, 4/24 - Thursday, 4/27 from 3:00-6:00 pm in the High School Chapel. Try-Outs will take place during this week. Try-out routine and cheers will be taught Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with actual try-outs on Thursday, 4/27. Feel free to email vchspepsquad@gmail.com or contact Darlene Maynard at 562-225-7710 with any questions.
     

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    Friends of VCS

    Camp Dunamis: Camp Registrations & Youth Counselors Needed for Camp Dunamis. It is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Camp dates are Sunday, 6/18 - Friday, 6/23. It is an intentionally multi-racial camp that strives to help youth grow deeper in love with God and each other, bringing reconciliation to the places that often divide us. We are now accepting camper registrations and counselor applications at www.campdunamis.orgCounselor applications are due 4/20 and camper registrations are due 5/15. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at (562) 676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at (562) 644-0896. 

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