Valley Christian Weekly News

  • May 20, 2019 Issue 37

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 5/20/2019 3:00:00 PM

     

    2018-2019 Theme Verse: "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15

    Our Spring Annual Fund is on now! Give Now! Please click here to read the letter from Brian Petteys, alumnus and our middle school principal. Then, prayerfully consider how you'll join Brian and our VC community as we come together for Valley Christian Schools.
     
    Prepaid Tuition - if you plan to prepay the 19/20 tuition by June 30, 2019, please refer to your tuition contract for the amount. We will not send a separate statement.
     
    Grade 5 - 8 Summer Robotics Camp is 6/17 - 6/21 at VCMS - Learn how to build and program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot! Students in grades 5 to 8 can participate in the beginning or advanced class. The beginning class is from 9:00 - 11:30 AM, the advanced class is from 1:00 - 3:30 PM. Click here to download the forms.
     
    Middle School Summer Jazz Camp is 7/29 - 8/2 at VCMS - The Middle School Jazz Camp is a fun opportunity for middle schoolers to play jazz music! No previous jazz experience needed. The camp runs from 7/29 to 8/2, 8:00 - 10:00 AM in the VCMS chapel. Students who want to take VCMS orientation classes should sign up for session 2 (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM) or Sessions 3 (3:30 - 5:30 PM) of the Orientation class. Click here to download the forms.
     
    VCS EPIC Robotz summer class applications were due 5/17. Classes will be in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and Java Programming. Please see https://www.vcschools.org/summercamps. Email Paul DeVries @ pdevries@vcschools.org to register.
     
    Here is the link for the all summer camps.
     
    Valley Christian Schools Audit Committee - we are seeking qualified individuals to volunteer to serve on the school's Audit Committee. If interested, please contact Alice De Bruin at adebruin@vcschools.org.
     
    VCS Athletic Boosters needs you! We are in need of a canteen coordinator for this upcoming year, 2019-2020. Please contact Theresa Montenegro for more details at tmpamperedgirl@yahoo.com or 714 319-8626.
     
    Volunteers needed to serve hot lunch on Sports Day, Tuesday, 5/21. Please contact Tracie Jones at 562-612-2340 if interested in helping. This is a great way to earn service hours!
     
    VCS Used Uniform Sale drop off days are Tuesday, 5/21 and Wednesday, 5/22 as well as 8/1 and 8/5. Here is the flier with more information and here is the label form. The Used Uniform sale will be on 8/5 and 8/6 in the Legacy Chapel on the High School campus.
     
    Ready for the summer? Want to do your service hours early? This is your chance! Please join us and volunteer for our annual Used Uniforms sale on 8/5 and 8/6. Click on the link to sign up volunteer to help.
     
    Volunteers needed on 8/5 - 8/6 for the 2019-2020 Book Sale and iPad Distribution. Complete your parent and student service hours before the school year even starts. Monday, 8/5 from 4:30 - 8:00 PM and Tuesday, 8/6 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Dinner will be provided on Monday evening. Contact Mrs. Bomgaars if you're interested, at obomgaars@vcschools.org or 562-865-0281 x 240.
     
    Do you need service hours and have a heart for serving at Valley Christian? Parents' Association has many positions open. These positions are vital to the success of the services that Parents' Association provides not only to our students but also to our school families. The following positions are open for the 2019-20: Vice President, Co-Treasurer, High School Co-Chair, Middle School 8th Grade Chair and Co-Chair, Harvest Festival Chair, Kids' Boutique Coordinator, and T-shirt Co-chair and committee members. Position job descriptions are located here. We have an immediate need to fill the Harvest Festival Chair position. Please contact Denise Noble at pa@vcschools.org or her phone number in the school directory.
     
    Summer Voice Lessons - Mr. Goedhart will again be offering voice lessons on the high school campus during the summer months. If you are interested in weekly voice lessons or preparing for vocal auditions email him at pgoedhart@vcschools.org or (562) 865-0281 ext. 234. Special rate for VCS students.
     
    Job Opportunities at VCS - Find out more information on the website.
    • Band Director - High School
    • Paraeducator - Middle and High School
    • Part-Time Art Teacher - Elementary School
    • Discovery Center Teacher Assistant - Elementary School
    • K-4 General Music & 6th Grade Choir Teacher - Elementary School
    • Summer Day-Care Aide - Elementary Campus
    • Math Teacher- High School
    • Bus Driver
     
    At the Board and Staff Social last week, milestone years of service at VCS were recognized. Join us in congratulating:
    • Retiring: Dianne Grasmeyer (25 yrs) Anita Haagsma (21 yrs) Linda Hamady (17 yrs) Robin Robison (23 yrs)
    • 30 Years: Deborah Edwards, Nancy Winters
    • 25 Years: John Evenhouse, Dianne Grasmeyer, Laura Pheifer, Jeff Westrup
    • 20 Years: Priscilla Brown, Russel Doty, Doreen Kuyper, Kari Price, Sharon Zoetewey
    • 15 Years: Carol Halma, Janet Hefley, Michael Huisman, Wayne Smiley, Rebecca Snoeyink, Jamie Stellingwerf
    • 10 Years: Tracey Branderhorst, Sheryl Doornbos, Megan Kouwe, Deborah McWaters, Leah Slenk
    • 5 Years: Onnie Bomgaars, Linda Duncan, Mary Struckmeier, John Ward
    • Moving On: Claudia Bakker, Heidi Barnes, Josh Beaty, Jeannie Boykin, Megan Kouwe, Dan Noteboom, Leah Slenk, Mary Struckmeier, Lenee Struiksma, Liz Wagner, Josh Zumkehr
     
    VCS School Board officers for 2019-2020 School Year:
    • President: Brad Struiksma
    • Vice-President: Carlos Espinosa
    • Treasurer: Hector Montenegro
    • Secretary: Kim Bouma
    • Vicar: Ana Azevedo
     
    VCS Board highlights from the 5/15 meeting.
     
    SCRIP SUMMER HOURS: Thursdays 8:00 to 10:00 AM. Closed this Thursday 5/23, 7/11 and 7/18. Orders may be dropped off at the business office Monday - Friday.
     
    Use SCRIP this summer and turn your everyday purchases into everyday giving while earning more for your tuition rebate. To have SCRIP at the touch of your fingers, sign up with ShopWithScrip. Use the code 32718E315182 and this link to sign up. For the order form click here. Please contact Jade for more information at scrip@vcschools.org or 562-865-4285.
     
    Dennis Uniforms is having an in store and online sale on Saturday, 7/27. Click here for flier.
     

     
    Preschool  
     
     
    End of the school year class parties will be on Thursday, 5/23! Check with your child's teacher for more details.
     
    Reminders to mark your calenders:
    • Last day of school is Thursday, 5/23 - half day with 11:30 AM dismissal
    • School closed Friday, 5/24- Friday, 5/31
    • Open for summer program Monday, 6/3 at the VCES Campus
     
    Thank you to all of our VCPS families that helped to make this a successful school year! The first day of fall classes will be Monday, 8/12.
     

     

    Elementary School
     
     
    Free Dress: Students are not required to wear uniforms this week Tuesday, 5/21 through Thursday, 5/23.
     
    Field trips:
    • Mrs. Davis' class will be going to the Los Angeles Aboretum Monday, 5/20
    • 5th grade California Science Center trip on Wednesday, 5/22
    • 6th grade Knott's Berry Farm trip on Wednesday, 5/22
     
    The last day of school is Thursday, 5/23 with dismissal at 11:30 AM. Buses will run at 11:30 AM.
     
    Sports Day Volunteers: Please meet at the high school football field Tuesday, 5/21 at 8:30 AM to get your assignment for the day. Lunch and drinks are provided. You may want to bring a lawn chair if you don’t like sitting on the grass. The day should be over by 1:30 PM. Thanks again for helping make this day a success for our elementary students. Questions - email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org.
     
    Sports Day, will be Tuesday, 5/21. Students in Grades 1-6 will be going over to the high school to participate in the day's activities. Bus permission slips were sent home with students and need to be returned to your child's teacher.
     
    TK and Kindergarten student will remain at the elementary campus for their events.
     
    Volunteers needed to serve hot lunch on Sports Day, Tuesday, 5/21. Please contact Tracie Jones at 562-612-2340 if interested in helping. This is a great way to earn service hours!
     
    6th Grade Promotion on Thursday, 5/23: The Sixth Grade Blessing ceremony to celebrate the students that will be moving on to middle school will take place from 8:40 - 9:20 AM on the last day of school. Seating will be limited.
     
    All VC families are invited to learn more about the Multiage Classes. Multiage education is the practice of intentionally combining children of different ages and grade levels in a single classroom to realize academic and social benefits. VCES has two multiage classrooms, K- 3rd and 4th - 6th. If you want to know more about the unique learning environment in our multiage classes, you can click on this link to watch our video. During the school year a one hour tour of the multiage classrooms can be arranged. To arrange a tour or for more information, please contact Karen Garcia at 562-920-9902 or email Robin Carter at rcarter@vcshools.org. Space is limited.
     
    Hot Lunch Program: We are looking for a few volunteers to help serve hot lunch during lunchtime for the 2019-2020 school year. Service hours and lunch credits will apply. Please contact the Barbara Williams at 562-531-9525 for more information.
     
    Fundraiser Coordinator Needed: The Cookie Dough/Magazine Sale Fundraiser is in need of a coordinator for the 2019-20 school year. Service hours can be earned. Please call the school office, 562-920-9902, if interested.
     
    6th Grade Reminder: If your student will be attending VCMS next year, it is time to order your iPad. All iPad orders are due June 1st. If you order after 6/1, we cannot guarantee you will receive your iPad in time for the start of school. To see pricing and to order your iPad, visit www.vcschools.org/ipadorder
     
    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 for tardy fees, library fines and/or if they lost a text book and return all books before the last day of school to the elementary office.
     
    6th grade parents - VCMS Orientation & Study Skills Camp is 7/29 – 8/2. Sign up 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. There are 3 different session times available. Cost $80. Questions? escholte@vcschools.org.
     
    VCES Summer Day Camp Registration is online. Visit go.vcschools.org/daycamp to register for TK- 8th grade. Please remember to print, fill out and return all the forms to the elementary office or at daycare ASAP. We need to know the days that your child will be attending in order to staff field trips. Contact Rachel Robbins at rrobbins@vcschools.org.
     
     

     

    Middle School  
     
    Thank you to our morning parents that helped with traffic duty: Thanks to H.E. and Tamara Durbin, Jon Erickson, Liz Garcia, Kym Livesay and Jeff Rockenmacher for keeping the cars and buses safe.
     
    Summer Office Hours: We are in the office 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM until Friday, May 31, then Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM through Tuesday, July 23 (closed June 25). We are back 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM starting Monday, July 29.
     
    All fines must be paid before students may receive a Yearbook. There is no additional cost for a yearbook. It was included in your student's tuition.
     
    Please check our overflowing Lost and Found. It will be donated to Affordable Treasures on Friday, 5/24.
     
    8th Graders:
    • Tuesday, 5/21 - 8th Grade Picnic - Please have your student pack a sack lunch that day.
    • Wednesday, 5/22 is a half day for 8th graders ONLY with dismissal at noon.  There is no bus service at noon that day so parents must pick their 8th grader at that time. 
    • 8th Grade Graduation will be at Calvary Baptist Church located at 14722 Clark Avenue in Bellflower on Wednesday, 5/22 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. There is no school after this for 8th graders.
     
    Last day of school for 7th grade only - Thursday, May 23 - 7th graders ONLY are dismissed at 11:30 AM. Bus service will run at 11:30 AM.  
     
    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills Camp is 7/29 – 8/2. Sign up 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. There are 3 different session times available. Cost $80. Questions? escholte@vcschools.org. You can print the registration form here.
     
    8th Grade Parents - Mark your calendars for the 2019-20 school year - the first day of school at VCHS will be Monday, 8/12. This orientation day will be for all Freshmen and new students only and will be a half day!
     
     

     
     
    High School
     
    LOST AND FOUND - If your student lost it, remind them to try to find it in the High School Lost and Found! The Lost and Found is overflowing! Items will be packed up and brought to Affordable Treasures during exam week.
     
    All students in P.E. please have your lockers cleaned out by Wednesday, 5/22. Items left behind will be donated or thrown away.
     
    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.
     
    Seniors or Senior Parents - if you have not done so already, stop by the office any time during exam week to pick up your caps, gowns, and graduation tickets.
     
    Graduation Information - a copy of the information sent to Senior parents can be found at www.vschools.org/hsresources under “Forms”.
     
    Seniors are required to be at school on Thursday, 5/23 at 8:15 AM to attend Graduation rehearsal. They will return to campus at approximately 11:30 AM.
     
    VCHS Exams are May 20-22. Some reminders about Exam Week:
    • Students should arrive on campus before 8:30 AM, or between 10:00-10:30 AM. While on campus, students will be required to be in a testing room or remain in the Library for the duration of the testing period. If a student does not have an exam, he or she is not required to be on campus.
    • VCHS students are not allowed to visit other campuses until 2:45 PM.
    • Students can view the exam schedule on Canvas, and parents can view the schedule at www.vcschools.org/hsresources.
    • The Canteen will be closed during exams. Only vending machines will be available to purchase food.
    • Buses will run at regular times (8:05 AM morning drop off, 2:45 PM afternoon departure).
    • The Library will be open until 3:00 PM, Monday-Wednesday.
    • During the exam blocks (8:30-10:00 AM and 10:30 AM -12:00 PM) students may not enter or leave campus.
    • Uniforms must be worn during finals or students will not be allowed to take final exams.
    • There is no school for High School students on Thursday, 5/23.
     
    Summer Office Hours: The High School office will be open during the summer from 8:00 AM- 1:00 PM, Mondays-Thursdays.
     
    Mark your calendars!
    • School photos, text-book pick-up, and the polos and used uniform sales will be taking place on Monday, 8/5 from 5:00-8:00 PM and Tuesday, 8/6 from 9:00 AM - noon. More details will be mailed and emailed throughout the summer.
    • 2019-2020 School Year - The first day of school for all freshmen and any new sophomores-seniors is Monday, 8/12. This will be a half day of school! The first day of school for everyone else will be Tuesday, 8/13, and it will be a full day.
     
     

     
     
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    Friends of VCS
     
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store now has a truck to come and pick up your donations. Please call the store at 562-866-0060 and speak with Ashlee Brewer to schedule a pick up! They also have a blue bin located in front of Building B at Valley Christian High School for clothing and shoes donations.
     

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    Requested Announcements  
     
     
    2019 football/cheer season will starts 7/8 for the Greater Bellflower Youth Sports Ages 5-13. We are having sign-ups 5/18, 5/19, 5/25 and 5/26 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Click here for more details.
     
    Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Bellflower has job opening for a part-time Children's Ministries Director. Further information can be found at Bethany's website at www.bethanycrc.org.
     
    For more news and announcements see our News page.
     
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  • May 13, 2019 Issue 36

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 5/13/2019 3:00:00 PM

     

    2018-2019 Theme Verse: "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15

    Photos of Broadway Showcase 2019 are now available for purchase on The CAST's website: www.thecastproductions.com
     
    Booster club meeting on Monday, 5/13 at 7:00 PM in the Van Dyk Conference Room on the High School Campus.
     
    Evening with the Madrigals is on Thursday, 5/16 at 7:00 PM in the VCHS Legacy Chapel. Tickets are being sold by the students in Madrigals for $10 each. Ticket includes dinner and show. For more ticket information contact Dan Davis at ddavis@vcschools.org.
     
    Grade 5 - 8 Summer Robotics Camp is 6/17 - 6/21 at VCMS - Learn how to build and program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot! Students in grades 5 to 8 can participate in the beginning or advanced class. The beginning class is from 9:00 - 11:30 AM, the advanced class is from 1:00 - 3:30 PM. Click here to download the forms.
     
    Middle School Summer Jazz Camp is 7/29 - 8/2 at VCMS - The middle school jazz camp is a fun opportunity for middle schoolers to play jazz music! No previous jazz experience needed. The camp runs from 7/29 to 8/2, 8:00 - 10:00 AM in the VCMS chapel. Students who want to take VCMS orientation classes should sign up for session 2 (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM) or Sessions 3 (3:30 - 5:30 PM) of the Orientation class. Click here to download the forms.
     
    VCS EPIC Robotz summer class applications are due Friday, 5/17. Classes will be in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and Java Programming. CAD and CAM sessions run from 5/28 - 6/13 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Java Programming runs from 6/17 - 6/20 and is available in morning or afternoon sessions. Nominal fees apply and class sizes are limited. Please see https://www.vcschools.org/summercamps for class details or pick up a flyer from the VCMS or VCHS office. Email Paul DeVries @ pdevries@vcschools.org to register.
     
    Here is the link for the all summer camps.
     
    Valley Christian Schools Audit Committee - we are seeking qualified individuals to volunteer to serve on the school's Audit Committee. If interested, please contact Alice De Bruin at adebruin@vcschools.org.
     
    Volunteers needed to serve hot lunch on Sports Day, Tuesday, 5/21. Please contact Tracie Jones at 562-612-2340 if interested in helping. This is a great way to earn service hours!
     
    VCS Used Uniform Sale drop off days are Tuesday, 5/21 and Wednesday, 5/22 as well as 8/1 and 8/5. Here is the flier with more information and here is the label form. The Used Uniform sale will be on 8/5 and 8/6 in the Legacy Chapel on the High School campus.
     
    Ready for the summer? Want to do your service hours early? This is your chance! Please join us and volunteer for our annual Used Uniforms sale on 8/5 and 8/6. Click on the link to sign up volunteer to help.
     
    Volunteers needed on 8/5 - 8/6 for the 2019-2020 Book Sale and iPad Distribution. Complete your parent and student service hours before the school year even starts. Monday, 8/5 from 4:30 - 8:00 PM and Tuesday, 8/6 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM.  Dinner will be provided on Monday evening. Contact Mrs. Bomgaars if you're interested, at obomgaars@vcschools.org or 562-865-0281 x 240.
     
    Do you need service hours and have a heart for serving at Valley Christian? Parents' Association has many positions open. These positions are vital to the success of the services that Parents' Association provides not only to our students but also to our school families. The following positions are open for the 2019-20: Vice President, Co-Treasurer, High School Co-Chair, Middle School 8th Grade Chair and Co-Chair, Harvest Festival Chair, Kids' Boutique Coordinator, and T-shirt Co-chair and committee members. Position job descriptions are located here. We have an immediate need to fill the Harvest Festival Chair position. Please contact Denise Noble at pa@vcschools.org or her phone number in the school directory.
     
    Summer Voice Lessons - Mr. Goedhart will again be offering voice lessons on the high school campus during the summer months. If you are interested in weekly voice lessons or preparing for vocal auditions email him at pgoedhart@vcschools.org or (562) 865-0281 ext. 234. Special rate for VCS students.
     
    Job Opportunities at VCS - Find out more information on the website.
    • Band Director - High School/Middle School Choir
    • Paraeducator - Middle and High School
    • Part-Time Art Teacher - Elementary School
    • Discovery Center Teacher Assistant - Elementary School
    • K-4 General Music & 6th Grade Choir Teacher - Elementary School
    • Summer Day-Care Aide - Elementary Campus
    • Bus Driver
     
    At the Board and Staff Social last week, milestone years of service at VCS were recognized. Join us in congratulating:
    • Retiring: Dianne Grasmeyer (25 yrs) Anita Haagsma (21 yrs) Linda Hamady (17 yrs) Robin Robison (23 yrs)
    • 30 Years: Deborah Edwards, Nancy Winters
    • 25 Years: John Evenhouse, Dianne Grasmeyer, Laura Pheifer, Jeff Westrup
    • 20 Years: Priscilla Brown, Russel Doty, Doreen Kuyper, Kari Price, Sharon Zoetewey
    • 15 Years: Carol Halma, Janet Hefley, Michael Huisman, Wayne Smiley, Rebecca Snoeyink, Jamie Stellingwerf
    • 10 Years: Tracey Branderhorst, Sheryl Doornbos, Megan Kouwe, Deborah McWaters, Leah Slenk
    • 5 Years: Onnie Bomgaars, Linda Duncan, Mary Struckmeier, John Ward
    • Moving On: Claudia Bakker, Heidi Barnes, Josh Beaty, Jeannie Boykin, Megan Kouwe, Dan Noteboom, Leah Slenk, Mary Struckmeier, Lenee Struiksma, Liz Wagner, Josh Zumkehr
    The VC Board Highlights from 4/25 have been updated. Here is the new link.
     
    Here is board agenda for Wed, 5/15 meeting.
     
    Thank-Scrip-ing Day in May is today, Monday, 5/13 til midnight. Take advantage of incredible bonuses from dozens of your favorite retailers. Stock up! Use SCRIP to purchase Graduation Gifts, Travel Expenses (hotel, flights, cruise, and gas cards) and for your everyday needs. To participate, you must have a ShopWithScrip account so you can place online orders. If you don’t have a ShopWithScrip account, Use the code 32718E315182 and this link to sign up. For the order form click here. Please contact Jade for more information at scrip@vcschools.org or 562-865-4285.
     
    Dennis Uniforms is having an in store and online sale on Saturday, 7/27. Click here for flier.
     

     
    Preschool  
     
    Preschool Graduation will be held Friday, 5/17 at 6:00 PM in the Encounter Church Sanctuary.
    • Sign ups for donations, set-up, serving, and clean-up are now posted on the preschool playground. You can earn Parent Service Hours.
    • Graduation Cap and Gowns will go home Monday 5/13 and Tuesday 5/14.
    • Please have your child dressed in their cap and gown and in their classroom at 5:45 PM on Graduation Day!
     
    End of the school year class parties will be on Thursday, 5/23! Check with your child's teacher for more details.
     
    Reminders to mark your calenders:
    • Last day of school is Thursday, 5/23 - half day with 11:30 AM dismissal
    • School closed Friday, 5/24- Friday, 5/31
    • Open for summer program Monday, 6/3 at the VCES Campus
     

     

    Elementary School
     
     
    Each student will receive a year book this year and they will be sent home with students this week. 
     
    MULTIAGE CLASSROOM TOURS MAY 14th - 20th!  All VC families are invited to learn more about the Multiage Classes. Multiage education is the practice of intentionally combining children of different ages and grade levels in a single classroom to realize academic and social benefits. VCES has two multiage classrooms, K- 3rd and 4th - 6th. If you want to know more about the unique learning environment in our multiage classes, you can click on this link to watch our video.  We recommend you arrange a one hour tour of the multiage classrooms to learn more about our exceptional program. Space is limited. To arrange a tour or for more information, please contact Karen Garcia at 562-920-9902 or email Robin Carter at rcarter@vcshools.org.
     
    Sports Day Volunteers: Please meet at the high school football field Tuesday, 5/21 at 8:30 AM to get your assignment for the day. Lunch and drinks are provided. You may want to bring a lawn chair if you don’t like sitting on the grass. The day should be over by 1:30 PM. Thanks again for helping make this day a success for our elementary students. Questions - email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org.
     
    Volunteers needed to serve hot lunch on Sports Day, Tuesday, 5/21. Please contact Tracie Jones at 562-612-2340 if interested in helping. This is a great way to earn service hours!
     
    6th Grade Reminder: If your student will be attending VCMS next year, it is time to order your iPad. All iPad orders are due June 1st. If you order after June 1, we cannot guarantee you will receive your iPad in time for the start of school. To see pricing and to order your iPad, visit www.vcschools.org/ipadorder
     
    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 for tardy fees, library fines and/or if they lost a text book and return all books before the last day of school to the elementary office.
     
    Fundraiser Coordinator Needed: The Cookie Dough/Magazine Sale Fundraiser is in need of a coordinator for the 2019-20 school year. Service hours can be earned. Please call the school office, 562-920-9902, if interested.
     
    Field trips this month:
    • 1st grade Los Angeles Zoo trip on Wednesday, 5/15
    • Mrs. Davis' class will be going to the Los Angeles Arboretum on Thursday, 5/16
    • TK going to the Santa Ana Zoo on Thursday, 5/16
    • 2nd grade Columbia Memorial Space Center trip on Friday, 5/17
    • 5th grade California Science Center trip on Wednesday, 5/22
    • 6th grade Knott's Berry Farm trip on Wednesday, 5/22
     
    6th Grade Promotion on Thursday, 5/23: The Sixth Grade Blessing ceremony to celebrate the students that will be moving on to middle school will take place from 8:40 AM - 9:20 AM on the last day of school. Seating will be limited.
     
    VCES Summer Day Camp Registration is online. Visit go.vcschools.org/daycamp to register for TK- 8th grade. Please remember to print, fill out and return all the forms to the elementary office or at daycare ASAP. We need to know the days that your child will be attending in order to staff field trips. Contact Rachel Robbins at rrobbins@vcschools.org.
     
    6th grade parents - VCMS Orientation & Study Skills Camp is 7/29 – 8/2. Sign up 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. There are 3 different session times available. Cost $80. Questions? escholte@vcschools.org

     

     

    Middle School  
     
    8th Grade Graduation Party invitations were due on 5/8 with payment. If you haven't turned them in yet to VCMS office, please do so ASAP.
     
    If you have an 8th grader and have not yet requested graduation tickets, please contact the VCMS office at (562) 865-6519.
     
    Camp Dunamis - Registration Deadline is on Wednesday, 5/15. Camp Dunamis is June 16-21 and is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. 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. Camper "on-time" registrations are due May 15. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Visit www.campdunamis.org. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at 562/676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at 562/644-0896.
     
    Disneyland - Monday, 5/20 - If your student is using their Disneyland pass on Monday, May 20, please remember to send the pass with your student that morning. Please also send your student with money for food. Student tickets will be distributed that morning. If you ordered extra tickets, you may pick those up at the VCMS office this week.
     
    8th Grade Picnic on Tuesday 5/21 - Please have your student pack a sack lunch that day.
     
    Wednesday, 5/22 - 8th graders ONLY are dismissed at 12:00 PM. Please make arrangements to pick up your student at that time. Bus service does not run until 2:45 PM that day.
     
    Thursday, May 23 - 7th graders ONLY are dismissed at 11:30 AM. Bus service will run at 11:30 AM. Please don't send your 8th grader to school. They can enjoy summer now.
     
    VCMS Orientation & Study Skills Camp is 7/29 – 8/2. Sign up 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. There are 3 different session times available. Cost $80. Questions? escholte@vcschools.org.
     
    8th Grade Parents - Mark your calendars for the 2019-20 school year - the first day of school at VCHS will be Monday, 8/12. This orientation day will be for all Freshmen and new students only and will be a half day!
     
     

     
     
    High School
     
    LOST AND FOUND - If your student lost it, remind them to try to find it in the High School Lost and Found! The Lost and Found is overflowing! Items will be packed up and brought to Affordable Treasures during exam week.
     
    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.
     
    Evening with the Madrigals is on Thursday, 5/16 at 7:00 PM in the VCHS Legacy Chapel. Tickets are being sold by the students in Madrigals for $10 each. Ticket includes dinner and show. For more ticket information contact Dan Davis at ddavis@vcschools.org.
     
    VCHS Track Team Awards Night is Friday, 5/17 at 7:00 PM in the Legacy Chapel.  Dessert and coffee will be served.  Email Coach Dekker if you can help set up, clean up or bake special treats for the team:  cdekker@vcschools.org
     
    Senior Parents: On Monday, 4/29 an email was sent home entitled “VCHS Graduation Information” which included a link to order Graduation tickets. If you did not receive the email or if you have any questions, please contact the High School office at hsinfo@vcschools.org.
     
    Senior Parents: The photo collages for Senior Blessing are due to the High School Office by Monday, 5/20 at 3:00 PM. Senior Blessing information is available at www.vcschools.org/hsresources.
     
    Senior Blessing is Tuesday, 5/21 at 7:00 PM at Bethany Christian Reformed Church. Please create a picture collage representing your Senior's experience at Valley Christian. The collage should be 12 X 18 in size. A detailed invitation was sent in your Graduation packet. Click here www.vcschools.org/hsresources for more details. For any questions please call Gerriana Prins (562) 755-2694 or Robin Reeves (562) 884-1186.
     
    Seniors are required to be at school on Thursday, 5/23 at 8:15 AM to attend Graduation rehearsal. They will return to campus at approximately 11:30 AM.
     
    Parent service hours available on Thursday, 5/23 at Grad Night. Come and be a part of our seniors' final night as VC students. Please contact Theresa Montenegro for details tmpamperedgirl@yahoo.com or 714-319-8626.
     
    VCHS Exams are May 20-22. Some reminders about Exam Week:
    • Students should arrive on campus before 8:30 AM, or between 10:00-10:30 AM. While on campus, students will be required to be in a testing room or remain in the Library for the duration of the testing period. If a student does not have an exam, he or she is not required to be on campus.
    • VCHS students are not allowed to visit other campuses until 2:45 PM.
    • Students can view the exam schedule on Canvas, and parents can view the schedule at www.vcschools.org/hsresources.
    • The Canteen will be closed during exams. Only vending machines will be available to purchase food.
    • Buses will run at regular times (8:05 AM morning drop off, 2:45 PM afternoon departure).
    • The Library will be open until 3:00 PM, Monday-Wednesday.
    • During the exam blocks (8:30-10:00 AM and 10:30 AM -12:00 PM) students may not enter or leave campus.
    • Uniforms must be worn during finals or students will not be allowed to take final exams.
    • There is no school for High School students on Thursday, 5/23.
     
    Planning your summer activities? Mark your calendars! School photos, text-book pick-up, and the polos and used uniform sales will be taking place on Monday, 8/5 from 5:00-8:00 PM and Tuesday, 8/6 from 9:00 AM - noon. More details will be mailed and emailed throughout the summer.
     
    Mark your calendars for the 2019-20 school year: The first day of school for all freshmen and any new sophomores-seniors is Monday, 8/12. This will be a half day of school! The first day of school for everyone else will be Tuesday, 8/13, it will be a full day.
     
     

     
     
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    Friends of VCS
     
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store now has a truck to come and pick up your donations. Please call the store at 562-866-0060 and speak with Ashlee Brewer to schedule a pick up! They also have a blue bin located in front of Building B at Valley Christian High School for clothing and shoes donations.
     

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    Requested Announcements  
     
    Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Bellflower has job openings for a full-time Student Ministries Director and a part-time Children's Ministries Director. Further information can be found at Bethany's website at www.bethanycrc.org.
     
    Camp Dunamis - Registration Deadline is on Wednesday, 5/15. Camp Dunamis is June 16-21 and is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. 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. Camper "on-time" registrations are due May 15. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Visit www.campdunamis.org. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at 562/676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at 562/644-0896.
     
    For more news and announcements see our News page.
     
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  • May 6, 2019 Issue 35

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 5/6/2019 3:00:00 PM

     

    2018-2019 Theme Verse: "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15


     
     
    Senior Play: The Class of 2019 proudly presents "Curtain Going Up" - a comedy. Tickets are on sale now in the high school office. Tickets are $8 presale; $10 at the door. Performances are Friday, 5/10 & Saturday, 5/11 at 7:30 PM at the Bellflower Civic Auditorium.
     
    BOPA Meeting - Monday, 5/6, 7:30 PM in the High School Music Room, C32.  Please note the location has been changed.
     
    VCHS Instrumental Concert  on Tuesday, 5/7 at 7:30 PM, at New Life Community Church, located at 18800 Norwalk Blvd, Artesia, 90701. Come enjoy the music of the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, and Handbells in their final concert of the year.
     
    Broadway Showcase DVDs will be handed out to students on 5/6 or 5/7 at each campus. If you ordered a digital download of the Broadway Showcase video, the links will be sent to you via email on Monday, 5/6.
     
    Photos of Broadway Showcase 2019 are now available for purchase on The CAST's website: www.thecastproductions.com
     
    Join us for some fun Summer Camps! New Deadline is this Wednesday, 5/8! Download the Athletic Camps Flyer, fill it out and submit it to any school office with appropriate payment, or visit go.vcschools.org/sportscamps, fill it out and pay online!
     
    Summer Robotics Camp - Learn how to build and program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot! Students in grades 5 to 8 can participate in the beginning or advanced class during the week of 6/17. The beginning class is from 9:00 - 11:30 AM, the advanced class is from 1:00 - 3:30 PM. Classes take place at VCMS. Click here to download the forms.
     
    Summer Jazz Camp - The middle school jazz camp is a fun opportunity for middle schoolers to play jazz music! No previous jazz experience needed. The camp runs from 7/29 to 8/2, 8:00 - 10:00 AM in the VCMS chapel. Students who want to take VCMS orientation classes should sign up for session 2 (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM) or Sessions 3 (3:30 - 5:30 PM) of the Orientation class. Click here to download the forms.
     
    Here is the link for the summer camps.
     
    Valley Christian Schools Audit Committee - we are seeking qualified individuals to volunteer to serve on the school's Audit Committee. If interested, please contact Alice De Bruin at adebruin@vcschools.org.
     
    Parent service hours opportunity - Saturday, 5/11, 6:30 AM - Service Learning Homeless Breakfasts - On the second Saturday of each month VCHS teams with our friends at Kingdom Causes and Calvary Baptist Church (14722 Clark Ave, Bellflower) to prepare, serve and eat breakfast with some of our homeless neighbors. VCHS students, parents and graduates are welcome. Service hours are available for students and parents. Please contact Jeff Westrup at jwestrup@vcschools.org if you have any questions!
     
    Volunteers are needed for VCES Sports Day on Tuesday, 5/21 at the high school football field. Grades 1-6 will be competing in various track and field activities and could use your help running the events. Lunch is provided, and service hours will be given to all volunteers. The day runs from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. If you would like to volunteer, please email Jon Slager at jslager@vcschools.org.
     
    Volunteers needed to serve hot lunch on Sports Day, Tuesday, 5/21. Please contact Tracie Jones at 562-612-2340 if interested in helping. This is a great way to earn service hours!
     
    VCS Used Uniform Sale drop off days are Tuesday, 5/21 and Wednesday, 5/22 as well as 8/1 and 8/5. Here is the flier with more information and here is the label form.  The Used Uniform sale will be on 8/5 and 8/6 in the Legacy Chapel on the High School campus.
     
    Ready for the summer? Want to do your service hours early? This is your chance! Please join us and volunteer for our annual Used Uniforms sale on 8/5 and 8/6. Click on the link to sign up volunteer to help.
     
    Do you need service hours and have a heart for serving at Valley Christian? Parents' Association has many positions open. These positions are vital to the success of the services that Parents' Association provides not only to our students but also to our school families. The following positions are open for the 2019-20: Vice President, Co-Treasurer, High School Co-Chair, Middle School 8th Grade Chair and Co-Chair, Harvest Festival Chair, Kids' Boutique Coordinator, and T-shirt Co-chair and committee members. Position job descriptions are located here. We have an immediate need to fill the Harvest Festival Chair position. Please contact Denise Noble at pa@vcschools.org or her phone number in the school directory.
     
    Voice Lessons - Mr. Goedhart will again be offering voice lessons on the high school campus during the summer months. If you are interested in weekly voice lessons or preparing for vocal auditions email him at pgoedhart@vcschools.org or (562) 865-0281 ext. 234. Special rate for VCS students.
     
    Job Opportunities at VCS - Find out more information on the website.
    • Band Director - High School/Middle School Choir
    • Paraeducator - Middle and High School
    • Part-Time Art Teacher - Elementary School
    • Discovery Center Teacher Assistant - Elementary School
    • K-4 General Music & 6th Grade Choir Teacher - Elementary School
    • Summer Day-Care Aide - Elementary Campus
    • Bus Driver
    Thank-Scrip-ing Day in May is Monday, 5/13 and we couldn’t be more excited! You can take advantage of 24 hours of incredible bonuses from dozens of your favorite retailers. To participate, you must have a ShopWithScrip account so you can place online orders. If you don’t have a ShopWithScrip account, Use the code 32718E315182 and this link to sign up.  For the order form click here . Please contact Jayde more information at scrip@vcschools.org or 562-865-4285.
     
     

     
    Preschool  
     
    There is still time to sign your child up for our preschool summer program. If you have not turned it in, please do so ASAP! Please see Mrs. Sara for more info.
     
    Preschool Graduation will be held Friday, 5/17 at 6:00 PM in the Encounter Church Sanctuary.
    • Sign ups for donations, set-up, serving, and clean-up are now posted on the preschool playground.
    • Graduation Cap and Gowns will go home Monday 5/13 and Tuesday 5/14.
    • Please have your child dressed in their cap and gown and in their classroom at 5:45 PM on Graduation Day!
    End of the school year class parties will be on Thursday, 5/23! Check with your child's teacher for more details.
     

     

    Elementary School
     
     
    Trot for Technology Prize Date: Last Free Dress Pass day is Friday, 5/10.
     
    K-3rd and 4th-6th Multiage Classes enrollment for 2019-20: Current VCS families have priority for enrolling their student in Multiage Classrooms until today, 5/6. After this date, it will be opened up to new families. Space is limited. If you are interested in either class or would like more information please contact Karen Garcia at 562-920-9902.
     
    The Art Show & Ice Cream Social is on Wednesday, 5/8 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, enjoy ice cream, and meet our great staff. We look forward to seeing you! All donations support our Art program.  Parent Association will also be selling t-shirts and polos at the Art Show and some items will be discounted.
     
    Service Hours Opportunity - Volunteers are needed at the Art Show Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Wednesday, 5/8 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, to assist with set-up, serving ice cream, and clean-up. Two shifts are available so that all families are able to enjoy our students' beautiful artwork. Thank you for volunteering! Please click on sign up genius to sign up.
     
    Fieldtrips this month:
    • 1st grade Los Angeles Zoo trip on Wednesday, 5/15
    • Mrs. Davis' class will be going to the Los Angeles Arboretum on Thursday, 5/16
    • TK going to the Santa Ana Zoo on Thursday, 5/16
    • 2nd grade Columbia Memorial Space Center trip on Friday, 5/17
    • 5th grade California Science Center trip on Wednesday, 5/22
    • 6th grade Knott's Berry Farm trip on Wednesday, 5/22
    6th Grade Promotion on Thursday, 5/23: The Sixth Grade Blessing ceremony to celebrate the students that will be moving on to middle school will take place from 8:40 AM - 9:20 AM on the last day of school. Seating will be limited.
     
    New this year! VCES Summer Day Camp Registration is online. Visit go.vcschools.org/daycamp to register for TK- 8th grade. Please remember to print, fill out and return all the forms to the elementary office or at daycare ASAP. We need to know the days that your child will be attending in order to staff field trips. Contact Rachel Robbins at rrobbins@vcschools.org.
     

     

    Middle School  
     
     
    8th Grade Crystal Cove permission slips were due in the VCMS office by Friday, 5/3. Please turn those in ASAP, if you haven't done so.
     
    High School Jazz Band Auditions - Auditions for both of the High School Jazz Bands are taking place on Monday, 5/6 and Wednesday, 5/8 after school in the High School Music Room (C32). Audition forms can be picked up from Mr. Kooi and students can sign up at the High School Music Room (C32). Questions? Please contact Mr. Kue at kthomas@vcschools.org.
     
    8th Grade Graduation Party invitations are due in the VCMS office by Wednesday, 5/8 with payment.
     
    VCMS Music Finale Concert on Thursday, 5/9 at 7:00 PM at New Life Community Church. This concert includes our VCMS Concert Band, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, 7th Grade Mixed Chorus, and Handbells.
     
    7th Grade Talent Show is this Friday, 5/10 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Parents are welcome to join us for this fun event in the MS chapel.
     
    Attention 8th Grade Parents! We need pictures of your student by Friday, 5/10 for a slideshow display for their 8th Grade Dance. The pictures can be by themselves or with friends. Our hope is to have every student represented. Your help and support would be greatly appreciated. Please email 1 or 2 pictures to tmpamperedgirl@yahoo.com. Please put your student's name in the email subject line.
     
    Camp Dunamis - Registration Deadline is on Wednesday, 5/15. Camp Dunamis is June 16-21 and is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. 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. Camper "on-time" registrations are due May 15. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Visit www.campdunamis.org. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at 562/676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at 562/644-0896.
     
    8th Grade Parents - Mark your calendars for the 2019-20 school year - the first day of school at VCHS will be Monday, 8/12. This orientation day will be for all Freshmen and new students only and will be a half day!
     
     

     
     
    High School
     
    Senior Parents: An email was sent home last week with information about Graduation and a link to order Graduation tickets. If you did not receive the email or if you have any questions about the information, please contact the High School office at hsinfo@vcschools.org.
     
    Jazz Band Auditions on 5/6 and 5/8- Auditions for both of the High School Jazz Bands are taking place on Monday, 5/6 and Wednesday, 5/8 after school in the High School Music Room (C32). Sign ups and audition forms are available in the Music Room (C32). Questions? Please contact Mr. Kue at kthomas@vcschools.org.
     
    College Shirt day for Seniors is Friday, 5/11: Now that they've committed to where they're going next year, it's time to get out the college swag and wear it to school! Seniors (only!) may wear a shirt or sweatshirt representing the college that they will be attending, they must wear uniform bottoms.
     
    Mark your calendars for the 2019-20 school year: The first day of school for all freshmen and any new sophomores-seniors is Monday, 8/12. This will be a half day of school! The first day of school for everyone else will be Tuesday, 8/13, it will be a full day.
     
    Senior Blessing is Tuesday, 5/21 at 7:00 PM at Bethany Christian Reformed Church. Please create a picture collage representing your Senior's experience at Valley Christian. The collage should be 12 X 18 in size. A detailed invitation was sent in your Graduation packet. Click here www.vcschools.org/hsresources for more details. The collage will be displayed for everyone to enjoy at the event. Submit your Senior Blessing Collage to the high school office by 3:00 PM on Monday, 5/20. For any questions please call Gerriana Prins (562) 755-2694 or Robin Reeves (562) 884-1186.
     
    Parent service hours available on Thursday, 5/23 at Grad Night. Come and be a part of our seniors' final night as VC students. Please contact Theresa Montenegro for details tmpamperedgirl@yahoo.com or 714-319-8626.
     
     

     
     
    Athletics
        
     
    All K-12 students will be admitted free to all VCHS home games (excluding CIF playoffs) for the 2018-19 VCHS athletic season. We look forward to seeing you at the games. High School Students should bring their student ID.
     
    For a schedule of upcoming Athletic events for each campus, please refer to the campus specific athletic calendars online at the Athletics website: www.vcathletics.net
     

     

    Friends of VCS
     
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store now has a truck to come and pick up your donations. Please call the store at 562-866-0060 and speak with Ashlee Brewer to schedule a pick up! They also have a blue bin located in front of Building B at Valley Christian High School for clothing and shoes donations.
     

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    Requested Announcements   
     
    Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Bellflower has job openings for a full-time Student Ministries Director and a part-time Children's Ministries Director. Further information can be found at Bethany's website at www.bethanycrc.org.
     
    Camp Dunamis - Registration Deadline is on Wednesday, 5/15. Camp Dunamis is June 16-21 and is a fun Christian camp for middle school youth. 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. Camper "on-time" registrations are due May 15. Campers must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. Visit www.campdunamis.org. For more information, contact Amanda Samia at 562/676-5896 or Denise Tamminga at 562/644-0896.
     
    For more news and announcements see our News page.
     
    To subscribe or unsubscribe from the weekly email distribution, please contact VCNews@vcschools.org.

     

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