Valley Christian Weekly News

  • October 12, 2020 Issue 9

    Posted by Leann Bakker on 10/12/2020 3:00:00 PM


    2020-21 Theme Verse: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go365体育投注." (Joshua 1:9)

    We extend our sympathies to the Dantuma family on the loss of their son, Jonah Dantuma, (class of 2019) last weekend. Words cannot express the grief, loss, and sadness being felt by Jonah's family, our staff, and the greater VCS community. Jonah was a student who brought a smile to everyone he came into contact with. His love for life and living it to the fullest was contagious to those around him. Please be in prayer for his sister, VCHS Bible teacher, Karly Burkhardt. We pray for mercy and grace for the family as they grieve.
    Advance Calendar Note - There will be no school on Friday, 10/23.
    Employment Opportunity: Part-time Communication Specialist opening at Valley Christian Schools. Please see the job description at
    Come pray for our school! Moms in Prayer meets every Tuesday morning, 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM, at 17621 Ardmore Ave Bellflower CA 90706. Park in the back, up the long driveway between the Bellflower First Christian Reformed church & the house. Meeting takes place outside at a patio table. Bring prayer requests you have for your family or the school. All our welcome. Questions? Contact 970-672-7698 (cell) or
    SCRIP Bonus Fest is continuing this weekend! Earn more for our schools & your tuition rebate.
    Bonus Fest is each weekend this month thru 10/31 and features a different lineup of brands on bonus for 2 days only. Bonuses start at 12:00 AM ET Friday and end at 11:59 PM ET Saturday. Offers will be announced each Friday. All gift card types (eGift cards, physical gift cards, and money added to reloadable cards) are included.
    • Create an account on the mobile app, RaiseRight, or on to join the festivities. Pay with a linked bank account or a credit card to get eGift cards and reloaded gift cards to use immediately.
      With RaiseRight. earning is even more convenient—anytime you want, anywhere you go.
    • Sign in with your same ShopWithScrip username and password.
    • Access your gift cards right away.
    • Check out with payment information already saved to your account.

    For the VCS enrollment code or if you have questions, please contact Jade at, 562-865-4285 or visit our website at Student name and grade required for enrollment code.

    • ALUMNI: NEW! You can earn a rebate check each year when you use SCRIP. We invite Alumni to partner with us in supporting VC Schools through your everyday purchases with no cost to you, and receive a rebate check at the end of each school year. Call Jade for more info.

    October is Fire and Earthquake safety month so we will be talking a lot about these two topics. We will be having earthquake drills on Thursday 10/15 and Friday 10/16.
    Wear your favorite Hat to school on 10/19 and 10/20 and learn about the letter "H"
    We will be celebrating Pumpkin Day on the Farm on 10/29 and 10/30! We encourage all students to dress up as farm animals as the teachers will dress up as farmers. We are planning lots of fun activities for the children to participate in. Keep an eye out for more info!
    Follow Valley Christian Preschool on Instagram to see pictures of our special days at school. @valley_christianpreschool


    Elementary School
    The VCES teachers, staff and students thank you for your generous support of our Cookie Dough and Magazine Fundraiser! Funds raised will go towards technology upgrades, classroom materials, playground equipment and much more.
    VCES Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held during the month of October. Your child's teacher will contact you to set up a conference.
    Book Character Spirit Day!  On Thursday, 10/29, students can show their school spirit by dressing up as their favorite book character.  Spirit Day is optional, if you choose not to participate, please be in uniform.


    Middle School  
    Things I Wish My Parents Knew - Join our middle school counselor, Sara Stahl, for the inside scoop on what our middle school kids are thinking and feeling about stress levels, remote learning, home environments and ways they feel loved. They took an anonymous survey this week. The data has been summarized to provide tips and tricks for you to help them reduce stress, manage the mayhem and turn surviving into thriving. Join our Zoom meeting, Parenting through the Pandemic, tonight at 7:00 PM. Zoom link was emailed to parents this morning.
    Student Led Conferences are coming the week of October 19. Look for an email from your student's advisement teacher explaining more details.
    Second quarter begins today - make sure your student knows which exploratory classes they are in. Those new classes begin tomorrow.

    High School
    This Week’s Schedule:
    • Monday, 10/12 - Remote Learning Block Odd Schedule
    • Tuesday, 10/13 - Remote Learning Block Even Schedule
    • Wednesday, 10/14 - On Campus Testing Day for Seniors who signed up; no school for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
    • Thursday, 10/15 - Remote Learning Block Odd Schedule
    • Friday, 10/16 - Remote Learning Block Even Schedule
    Testing Day reminders: For Seniors that signed up through the Counseling Department, please plan on the following:
    • You must have a waiver on file or bring one with you to be on campus for testing. All test takers need to enter through the office for temperature and COVID screening. (Copies of the waiver are available at )
    • Please arrive on campus by 8:00 AM wearing your uniform and mask.
    • Testing begins at 8:30 AM - late arrivals may not be able to take the test.
    • Please bring a photo ID - ie. school ID card or driver’s license
    • Make sure to bring a #2 pencil (not mechanical), pen, and calculator.
    • When you arrive on campus you will find your room assignment posted.
    • Students taking the SAT with no essay should finish between 12:15 to 12:45 PM and those taking the SAT with essay should finish between 1:00 and 1:30 PM.
    Senior Parents/Guardians - If you were unable to attend the Virtual Financial Aid Presentation last Tuesday, you are able to view a recording at
    Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on Tuesday, 10/20 from 3:00-7:00 PM and Thursday, 10/22 from 3:00-6:00 PM. Conferences are being offered this year in two formats - Zoom or In-Person. Scheduling is done through the Parent Access on PowerSchool. Parents who have not set up an access account for PowerSchool will be receiving a letter via US mail with details for setting up an account. If you did not receive an email with details about signing up for Parent-Teacher Conferences, please contact the High School Office at or at 562-865-0281, ext. 226.
    Counseling News
    Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 to high school students across the United States through the Students need a 3.0 GPA and to fill out an online application that requires no essays, no recommendations, and no transcripts by 10/31, at 5:00 PM Eastern.
    The City of Lakewood will host a Virtual College Fair from today until 10/26. Register for the session of your choice at . For more information,
    Friday College Application Workshops have started. Every Friday in October and November, Seniors are welcome to the SSB to work on their college applications with the Counselors from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

    For a schedule of upcoming athletic events at each campus, please refer to the campus specific athletic calendars online at the athletics website:


    Friends of VCS
    Affordable Treasures Thrift Store - Call our store 562-866-0060 or schedule a pick-up on our website .

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