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  • January 9, 2017 Issue 17

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 1/9/2017 3:00:00 PM

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

    Superintendent Note:

    All current school families who will be re-enrolling their students for the 2017-2018 school year are being asked to attend the “Night of Champions,” which will be held on Tuesday, January 10, and Thursday, January 12 in the high school gymnasium from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Even if you have not RSVPd, please plan to attend one of these two evenings. (Click here for more of the Superintendent blog.)


    Night of Champions: VC returning families, we highly recommend that you attend one of our two pre-enrollment nights, Tuesday, 1/10 and Thursday, 1/12, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the VCHS Gym. Parents, you do not need to register to attend! Come for a chance to win a $2500 tuition credit! 

    VC Middle School Admissions Open House: Tell your family and friends! Valley Christian Middle School will celebrate the annual winter Admissions Information Tour on Saturday, 1/21 at 12:00 p.m.

    VC High School Admissions Open House: Tell your family and friends! Valley Christian High School will celebrate the annual winter Admissions Open Admissions Information Tour on Saturday, 1/21 at 2:00 p.m.

    Love and Logic: VC parenting class is offering a four week parenting class called Love and Logic. Taught by superintendent, Ron Taylor and his wife Kathy. It will be held at VCES, Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting 2/9. The cost of the class is $35 per person or $65 per couple. Childcare is available. Registration and payment is due by Wed., 1/18. Call Karen Garcia at 562-920-9902 or kgarcia@vcschools.org to sign up.

    Save the Date for Auction 2017! All school families and friends of VCS are invited to our largest fundraiser of the year. It will be on Friday, 3/31 at the Sheraton in Cerritos. Questions? Email Sarah at sfitzpatrick@vcschools.org.

    Broadway Showcase

    • Middle School rehearsals begin today Monday, 1/9, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the VCHS Chapel. Rehearsals will take place every Monday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. 

    Updated Broadway Showcase Specialty Rehearsal Schedule! 

    • The girls' specialty "Jet Set" will begin rehearsals tomorrow, Tuesday, 1/10 from 5:00-6:30pm in the VCHS Chapel as scheduled.
    • The "Stronger" specialty number and the boys' specialty "Nothing Like a Dame" will NOT rehearse tomorrow, Tuesday, 1/10. These numbers will begin rehearsals next week, Tuesday, 1/17 in the VCHS Chapel."Stronger" will rehearse from 6:30-8:00 p.m., and "Nothing Like a Dame" will rehearse from 8:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Call Backs will take place Wed. 1/11 at 5:30 p.m. in the High School Music Room. Go to the Broadway Showcase website to pick and prepare an audition piece from the provided sheet music.

     Preschool

    The Infant Center and Preschool will be closed Monday, 1/16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Auction 2017: We are asking our preschool parents for any gift cards valued at $20.00 or more. These gift cards will help with our silent auction We will be accepting donations from Monday, 1/9 - Friday, 1/13. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Fitzpatrick, sfitzpatrick@vcschools.org.

    Lunch Bunch Days: Wed. 1/11, Tues. 1/17, Wed. 1/25, Tues. 1/31


    Elementary School

    No school Monday, 1/16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
     
    Congratulations to the students recognized in chapel today: Oliver Adams, Jamir Malone, Kaitlyn Payne, Katie Teays, Jenna Van Kampen
     
    The Mobile Dairy will be on rescheduled. 

    Girls 5th & 6th Grade Volleyball Revised Tryouts: Monday, 1/9 - Wednesday, 1/11, from 3:00 -4:30 p.m. at the VCES campus. Attached is an information sheet. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail Tracy Espinosa at tracyrvh7@yahoo.com.

    Boys 5th & 6th Grade Basketball Tryouts: Tuesday, 1/10 - Thursday, 1/12, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the VCES campus.

    6th Grade: VCMS Admissions Information Tour: Saturday, 1/21 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Students and parents will get a chance to see the exploratory classes in action and meet the teachers.

    Students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to try out for the Math Olympics.  Practice materials may be obtained. Tryouts are scheduled during lunch recess later in January. Grades 3/4 see Mrs. Davis, 5/6 and 7/8 see Mrs. Hermann. Email lhermann@vcschools.org for information.  

    Math Circle 2017 will begin Tuesday, 2/7. Please fill out the form and turn into the elementary office. 

    Middle School  

    No school Monday, 1/16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Help promote our Middle School! We have postcard-sized flyers at our MS office which we would LOVE to have you pass out to friends and family members who may be interested in VCMS. Use the postcards to invite them to our Admissions Open House on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

    Jeans Days: Because of the cold rain for the next few days, Middle School students may wear dark-colored jeans on Tuesday, 1/10, Wednesday, 1/11 and Thursday, 1/12 of this week. The jeans may not be skin-tight, school uniform tops are required, and all other normal requirements must be met.
    Those requirements include the following:
    • Students may wear a jacket of their choosing, but it may not advertise anything that is in opposition to the mission of VCS, nor bear the name or logo of other K-12 schools.
    • Jackets/outerwear must have a zipper or buttons all the way down the front except for VCS issued sweatshirts. 
    • Shirts, including flannel shirts, are not jackets and therefore may not be outerwear. 
    • No blankets are allowed. 
    • Hoods and non-VCS hats are not allowed inside nor outside. Only VCS hats may be worn outside.

    8th Grade Parent Worldview Transition Meeting: Off to High School! Your child’s freshman year will be one full of transitions. We believe God created transitions and Scripture offers us insights about how we, as the body of Christ, may enter into and grow through such transitions. In this spirit, we invite every parent of a VC 8th grader to attend a special night regarding this on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School chapel.
 

    VCMS semester ends on Friday, 1/22. Tests, papers, and projects may be fast and furious in these few weeks!

    Our Winter sports season is now in full gear. Come out and cheer on our young athletes!



    High School

    VCHS Counselors present Sophomore/Junior Parent PSAT Scores back Night on Wednesday, 1/11 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Legacy Chapel.
    For more information, please contact Mrs.Doornbos at 562-865-0281 ext 227 or email at sdoornbos@vcschools.org.

    ACT NATIONAL TEST Registration Deadline is 1/13 and the late fee of $42.50 will be applied 1/14 - 1/20. The ACT National Test plus writing is $58.50. Late registration will result in an additional fee of $27.50. Register here.

    Come join us for the 4th Student Film Festival this Saturday, 1/14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Legacy Chapel. Tickets are $2 at the door. Come view the films, enjoy some snacks and see who wins this year's competition. 

    A Jostens representative will be on campus at lunch time on Tuesday, 1/17 and Tuesday, 1/31 to measure seniors for caps and gowns (which are no charge to families). Jostens will also take order forms for additional graduation items that families choose to buy. Jostens will mail those order forms to senior families sometime in the next week.

    LAST CHANCE to purchase a Senior Yearbook Ad (by January 31). Senior Parents, Grandparents or Guardians, this is your final chance to to purchase and submit a senior ad for the back of the yearbook. After this date, Jostens will no longer be accepting submissions. Please view instructions mailed out to parents, or visit the yearbook page on the VCS website.

    Please note the following schedule for the High School during the week of 1/16:

    Monday, 1/16 - No school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
    Tuesday, 1/17 - Regular 7 Period day
    Wednesday, 1/18 - Chapel 7 Period day (2:45 dismissal)
    Thursday, 1/19 - Regular 7 Period day
    Friday, 1/20 - Regular 7 Period day
     
    Exam week is 1/23- 1/26 at the high school. For more dates & times, see the Exam Schedule.  
     
    "A Regal Affair", the VCHS Winter Dance, will be held on Saturday, 2/4 from 7:30-11:00 p.m. at The White House Event Center, 1238 S Beach Blvd Anaheim, CA 92804. 
    • To purchase tickets, students must have a signed Winter Dance Form for each ticket purchased. They are available in the high school office.
    • Semi-Formal dress is required. Tickets will be sold Thursday, 1/19 and Friday, 1/20 only, before & after school and at lunch on both days. Ticket prices are $50 for VCHS students and $55 for guests.  
    • Parent chaperones are needed. If you can help, please contact Denise at 562-865-6930 or Denise.Noble1972@gmail.com

    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


    Friends of VCS

    Come join us for the Bible study of the Revelation of John at First CRC of Artesia every Sunday night, beginning 1/8 at 6:00 p.m. We will also be looking at the ties to the Old Testament prophets as we navigate this essential and mysterious book. 

    For All Married & Engaged Women! This Saturday evening, 1/14 at 7:00 p.m. author and speaker, Sheila Wray Gregoire, will be coming to Bethany Christian Reformed Church for a "Girl Talk" about marriage. Sheila brings humor and wonderful tips on how to strengthen our marriages and love our husbands better. For a sample go to her blog. The cost is $11 per person if tickets are purchased online or $15 at the door. For more information, please contact Michelle Becksvoort

    Grief Share will begin Thursday, 1/19, at 7:00 p.m. at First CRC of Artesia. Grief Share is a 13 week seminar and support group designed to help a person rebuild their life after their loss. 

    Lightshine 2017 Presents "Plug In Wonder-Working Power," a contemporary concert under the direction of Kay VanWeerthuizen. Presentations will be held at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 18718 Grayland Ave. Artesia, CA 90701. No tickets are required; for more information click here.

    Saturday, 1/21 at 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday, 1/22 at 6:00 p.m.
    Friday, 1/27 at 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, 1/28 at 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday, 1/29 at 6:00 p.m.

    Join us for the concert, “A Taste of Southern Soul,” which will feature Octavius Womack, Caity Peters, Dan Davis and Katy Feller. This night of music will be on Friday, 1/27, at 7:00 p.m. at the William & Jane Bristol Civic Auditorium in Bellflower. Tickets are $20 and available online. Come out and support our VCS family!

    Southern Soul Concert

     

    For more news and announcements see our News page.

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  • January 3, 2017 Issue 16

    Posted by Mandi Sahn at 1/3/2017 3:00:00 PM

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

    Superintendent Note:

    Happy 2017! The start of a new year provides us an opportunity to consider the trajectory of our lives. Taking some time to affirm what has stimulated growth and to consider what can be altered is wise. Consider what it would look like in your daily life to be a force for goodness and love to others, to simply tell your story of how God has been good to you, and what it would be like to “simply give it all away.” (See more here.)


    Night of Champions: Register by Friday, 1/6 for our pre-enrollment night, which will be held Tuesday, 1/10 and Thursday, 1/12, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the VCHS Gym.

    VC Middle School Admissions Open House: Tell your family and friends! Valley Christian Middle School will celebrate the annual spring Admissions Open House Day on Saturday, 1/21 at 12:00 p.m.

    VC High School Admissions Open House: Tell your family and friends! Valley Christian High School will celebrate the annual spring Admissions Open House Day on Saturday, 1/21 at 2:00 p.m.

    Mandatory Parent Informational Meeting on Thursday, 1/5 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the High School Band Room (C32). All parents with students participating in Broadway Showcase 2017 should plan to attend.

    Rehearsals for Broadway Showcase 2017 begin this week!

    • Kindergarten/TK rehearsals begin on Thursday, 1/5, 3:15-4:00 p.m. in the VCHS Chapel. Rehearsals will take place every Thursday from 3:15-4:00 p.m.
    • Elementary 1st-3rd Grade rehearsals begin on Thursday, 1/5, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the VCHS Chapel. Rehearsals will take place every Thursday from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
    • Elementary 4th-6th Grade rehearsals begin on Thursday, 1/5, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the VCHS Chapel. Rehearsals will take place every Thursday from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    • High School Opener and Closer rehearsals begin on Thursday, 1/5, 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the VCHS Chapel. Anyone interested in participating should come to the first rehearsal. Rehearsals will take place every Monday and Thursday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 
    • Middle School rehearsals begin on Monday, 1/9, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the VCHS Chapel. Rehearsals will take place every Monday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. 
    • High School Specialty Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, 1/10, and will take place every Tuesday at the following times:
      • "Jet Set"--5:00-6:30 p.m.
      • "Stronger"--6:30-8:00 p.m.
      • "Nothing Like a Dame"--8:00-9:00 p.m. 

    An updated rehearsal schedule has been posted to the Broadway Showcase website.


    January Board Highlights 

    •The 2017-2018 budget, cash flow, and enrollment were discussed. This has become a top priority for the board.

     Discussions continue regarding the financing of the solar panels at VCS. The board wants to ensure there is no financial risk associated with this project.

    • A list of potential board member candidates was approved.

    • Ground has been broken on the VCMS shade structure.

    • VCHS Event Center Capital Campaign will be expanded to include VCHS Football Stadium and Relocation of VCPS to VCES. The board discussed the progress of the capital campaign.

    • WASC and the CSI Pension Issue were discussed.


     Preschool

    The VCPS Staff would like to thank you for all of the Christmas gifts, cards and love that you bestowed upon them!

    The Infant Center and Preschool will be closed Monday, 1/16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Lunch Bunch Days: Wed. 1/11, Tues. 1/17, Wed. 1/25, Tues. 1/31


    Elementary School

    Thank you for your generous gifts for the children of South Central Los Angeles given to LA Community Church before break.  

    6th Grade: VCMS Open House Saturday, 1/21 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Students and parents will get a chance to see the exploratory classes in action and meet the teachers. 

    Boys 5th & 6th Grade Basketball TryoutsTuesday, 1/10 - Thursday, 1/12, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the VCES campus.

    Girls 5th & 6th Grade Volleyball Revised Tryouts Monday, 1/9 - Wednesday, 1/11, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the VCES campus. Attached is an information sheet that was sent home prior to Christmas break.  If you have any additional questions, please e-mail Tracy Espinosa at tracyrvh7@yahoo.com.

    No school on Monday, 1/16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
     
    Lunch Bunch Days: Wed. 1/11Tues. 1/17Wed. 1/25Tues. 1/31, Half-day children are welcome to stay and have lunch with their friends!
     
    Students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to try out for the Math Olympics.  Practice materials may be obtained. Tryouts are scheduled during lunch recess later in January. Grades 3/4 see Mrs. Davis, 5/6 and 7/8 see Mrs. Hermann. Email lhermann@vcschools.org for information.  
     
    Math Circle 2017 will begin Tuesday, 2/7. Please fill out the form and turn into the elementary office. 
     

    Middle School
     
    This week we welcome VCHS alumni, Megan Fate-Marshman to chapel! She will be teaching on the importance of Christ-like friendships. 
     
    No school on Monday, 1/16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

    Middle School Shade Structure was completed over Christmas break. We are so grateful to the VCS community, who through their generosity at last year’s auction, provided the funding for this project

     

    High School
     
    Young Alumni Day is Wednesday, 1/4/17 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at VCHS in the chapel. Graduates from 2012-16 are invited. If you have a son or daughter who graduated from VCHS in the last five years, please let them know there will be alumni T-shirts, drinks and snacks!
     
    Broadway Showcase: First Rehearsal of the Opener and Closer is on Thursday, 1/5 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the VCHS Chapel. Auditions are not required.
     
    LAST CHANCE to purchase Senior Yearbook Ad (by January 31)Senior Parents, Grandparents or Guardians, this is your final chance to to purchase and submit a senior ad for the back of the yearbook. After this date, Jostens will no longer be accepting submissions. Please view instructions mailed out to parents, or visit the yearbook page on the VCS website.
     
    VCHS Counselors present Sophomore/Junior Parent PSAT Scores back Night on Wednesday, 1/11 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Legacy Chapel.
    For more information, please contact Mrs.Doornbos at 562 865-0281 ext 227 or email at sdoornbos@vcschools.org.

    ACT NATIONAL TEST Registration Deadline is 1/13 and the late fee of $42.50 will be applied 1/14 - 1/20. The ACT National Test plus writing is $58.50. Late registration will result in an additional fee of $27.50. Register here.

    A Jostens representative will be on campus at lunch time on Tuesday, 1/17 and Tuesday, 1/31 to measure seniors for caps and gowns (which are no charge to families) and they can take order forms for additional graduation items that families choose to buy.

    Please note the following schedule for the High School during the week of 1/16:

    Monday, 1/16 - No school due for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
    Tuesday, 1/17 - Regular 7 Period day
    Wednesday, 1/18 - Chapel 7 Period day (which means 2:45 dismissal)
    Thursday, 1/19 - Regular 7 Period day
    Friday, 1/20 - Regular 7 Period day
     
    Exam week is 1/23- 1/27 at the high school. For more dates & times, see the Exam Schedule
     
    See our full 2017-2018 calendar hereplease note that the Final calendar will be completed in the spring of 2017.
     
    The Winter Dance will be held February 4, 2017 from 7:30-11:00 pm. To purchase tickets, students must have a signed Winter Dance Form for each ticket purchased. They are available in the high school office. Semi-Formal dress is required. Ticket sales, guest passes, and venue information will be available later in January.
     
    Would you like to walk in the sandal prints of Abraham, David, Elijah, and Jesus and His disciples?  This summer, VCHS teacher Tim Becksvoort will be leading a trip to Israel (June 25 -- July 9, 2017).  For more information, email tbecksvoort@vcschools.org or go to the trip's website.

    Duke University Summer Session 2017:  July 9-August 4 Have you dreamed of becoming a scientist? Make that dream a reality this summer at Duke Summer College! For more information and to see what courses they have to offer go to http://summersession.duke.edu

    Congratulations to City of Lakewood Celebrates winners, Sophomore, Binbing Yang and Junior, Melanie Galima!
    Binbing won 1st place in the HS category for the George Nye Jr branch and Melanie won 1st place in the HS category for the Angelo M. Iacoboni Library branch. Their designs will be printed and will be on the racks at the local libraries.  
     

    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.


    Friends of VCS

    Lightshine 2017 Presents Plug In Wonder-Working Power. A contemporary concert under the direction of Kay VanWeerthuizen. Presentations will be held at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 18718 Grayland Ave. Artesia, CA 90701. No tickets are required; for more information click here.

    Saturday, 1/21 at 7 p.m.
    Sunday, 1/22 at 6 p.m.
    Friday, 1/27 at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, 1/28 at 7 p.m.
    Sunday, 1/29 at 6 p.m.
     

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    Winners of the City of Lakewood Celebrates competition. 

     

    For more news and announcements see our News page.

    To subscribe or unsubscribe from the weekly email distribution, please contact crusaderweekly@vcschools.org

     

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