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Our 6th graders depart early Monday morning April 24 for Hume Lake, for their Outdoor Ed week! We hope you have a great week exploring and learning from this annual trip!

Monday, April 24
Marine Biology students on a field trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute at Moss Landing

Tuesday, April 25
MS Boys Volleyball @ Prince of Peace,   3:30pm
Women's Varsity Softball @ St. Joe's,   4:00pm
Men's Varsity Baseball vs Bentley,   4:00pm
Men's Varsity Volleyball vs Bentley,   4:30pm

Wednesday, April 26
Boys MS Volleyball vs Fremont Christian,   3:30pm

Thursday, April 27
7th grade off-site trip
Varsity Track and Field @ League Meet 2,   2:00pm  at Chabot College
Boys MS Volleyball vs Chinese Christian,   3:30pm
Men's Varsity Baseball vs International, 4:00pm
Elementary Rockin' Jump Social, 4:00 - 8:00pm 

Friday, April 28
7th grade off-site trip
Modern World History students on a field trip to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco
Men's Varsity Baseball vs Bentley,   4:00pm
Women's Varsity Softball vs Head Royce,   4:00pm

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Art Wars | Weeks of   May 1 through May 12
Valley Christian High School is excited to introduce a new community service opportunity: Art Wars - Creating Art to Support a Cause.
 
This fundraising project is a response to the Human Trafficking Awareness Chapels. It is a way for our community to reflect on and react to the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
High School students and faculty will have the opportunity to create and donate an original work of art inspired by the theme/idea of "Hope."  No professional artistic talent required.  Participants just need to be courageous, creative, and thoughtful as they create their pieces of art.
 
 Interested? Click on the  flyer for the details.



Save The Date | Golf Tournament | May 5
Valley Christian Athletics Golf Tournament, Dinner, and Fundraiser.   
Who: Open to all who enjoy laughing and having a great time
When: May 5, 2017
Where: Poppy Ridge Golf Course, Livermore
Time: Tee off at 1:00pm 
Please contact the Athletic Office for more details at 925-560-6257.
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Rockin' Jump Social | Thursday, April 27
Enjoy a fun time with families at Rockin' Jump from 4:00-8:00pm!  Bring your socks and be ready to jump!  Look for more information sent out in your Friday Folders!  We've got some great prizes to bid on during the event.  We hope to see you there! 
 
     

Parents in Pr ayer
 
Join other VCES parents to faithfully and intentionally cover the children, staff, administration and families of Valley Christian Elementary School in prayer. We meet from 9:00-10:00am on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, in room ES-11, to worship the Lord and pray for our beloved school. The atmosphere is always relaxed and welcoming. Come as you are!
Questions? Contact Alison Corral at la.eagle4dios@yahoo.com | (925) 334-9778 for more information.

Open House | Tuesday, May 16 
We look forward to sharing examples of creative and rigorous student work and recognizing our  learners.  Come and celebrate your school community!  Check for more information coming home with your student. 
   
Elementary Concert | Thursday, May 18
6:00pm  in the Jeri Schall Auditorium (JSA)

What does it mean to love our neighbors as ourselves?  Part of this love is learning about the stories of our neighbors from around the world! Come hear the diverse songs students have been singing in various African languages, and see them perform dances of celebration and rhythms of blessing from West Africa!    
     
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Note from Advisor Don Dickinson, Dean of Students
One of our new students this year Emerson Scott, competed in the 2017 NorCal Trampoline & Tumbling State Championships in Reno, NV over spring break. Emerson placed 1st in trampoline, making him the new NorCal State Champion for Trampoline, Level 8. He also won 2nd place in the "Double Mini" event (much like vault), and earned national-qualifying scores in both trampoline and double mini.  Thanks to these results, Emerson is planning to compete in the Regional Championships held in Las Vegas in mid-May, and the USA Gymnastics National Championships in June. As Emersons' Advisor, I've enjoyed celebrating these exciting milestones in his life.


Washington D.C. 8th grade Trip

The 8th grade Washington D.C. trip offers a vast range of academic, spiritual, cultural, and social growth for our travelers. Seven days of history being brought to life before our eyes. Seven days of curriculum no longer in a text book but in our hands. Seven days of metropolitan culinary experiences to savor. Our group marched into Washington D.C. on April 1st. In our first four days we encountered prominent war memorials, renowned busts, and the Smithsonian and museums holding nearly 137 million objects. We honored those who had served our nation, so much as to give up their identity, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Our students were privileged to run into Vice President Mike Pence at our Capitol building and listen in on a senate hearing as to whom our next Supreme Court Judge should be. We explored the grounds of General Washington's home and honored his memory at his grave. Our students finished out the D.C. portion of the trip with a student lead worship service focusing on military members in our community, how to honor and respect their services and one final 8th grade dinner dance party cruising on a Yacht out on the Potomac River. Day five was spent exploring Gettysburg and Amish country and our last two days we set out on foot in the Big Apple. In the midst of harsh rain and wind we explored Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 museum, and went to the Broadway show  Wicked. The trip was eye opening and expanded each of our students' worldview, pushing them to THINK about us as a nation, our history, and how far we have come and accomplished in such a short amount of time.

Mission to Memphis Trip
Our Spring Break mission trip to Memphis was a GREAT success!  During Spring Break, a small group of VCS Freshmen and Mrs. Heise embarked on a service learning trip to Memphis, TN.  Students learned about the issues surrounding homeless families and how the Dorothy Day House is making a real difference in communities. At Orange Mound Outreach Ministries, our group was able to beautify a section of their property and spend a lot of time pouring into the lives of the many children who attend everyday.  Time was taken to visit the National Civil Rights Museum (a very powerful place!), attend a local church, take a tour of Memphis by air, and fellowship over dinner with the amazing BBQ only Memphis can offer!  The whole group is excited to go back next year!

Rosa Parks Bus at the museum

Chapel Series
Our chapel mini-series, "Step," continues. The junior class presented a challenging message for each of us to "Step Up." Several class members shared how God is empowering them to step up into sacrificial serving opportunities and ways to venture into new territory with courage in their lives. From worship to the closing prayer, our juniors led a meaningful time of learning together. In one of the many powerful moments, Emily Ford share her passion for teaching swimming skills to young people who struggle with disabilities and her admonishment to all that we find ways to serve others, not just at school, but to also get off campus and make a difference in the world.

7th grade Off-Site - Drivers needed for Thursday!
The 7th grade Off-Site service projects need volunteer drivers for Thursday, April 27. Please contact Ms. Castrence at  kcastrence@valleychristianschools.org if you are able to help shuttle our students and staff.

ATTENTION - all 2017-2018 Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors:
Anticipate exciting news about our 2017-2018 high school Journey curriculum coming next week!

2017-2018 Course Selection Process
Academic planning with students for the 2017-2018 school year is underway! Students in grades 9-11 will learn about selecting courses as well as take steps forward in the college process in classroom seminars.  
 
Counselors will meet with parents and guardians of rising freshmen (currently 8th grade) by individual appointments.
 
High school students will submit their completed course registration forms to their advisors. Eighth grade students will submit their completed forms to Mrs. Anderson. Next Friday, April 28 is the course registration deadline.
Please see attached flyer for more details.



National College Fair | Saturday, April 29
The National College Fair is happening on Saturday, April 29, 2017 
1:30pm- 4:30pm at the Cow Palace Arena in Daly City.  100+ colleges from across the country will be in attendance.  Attached is a flyer with details.

Rummage Sale | Saturday, April 29 
The Classes of 2019 and 2020 would appreciate donations of  items for the annual Rummage Sale. Smaller items can be brought to MS-32 any time before   3:30pm  on   Friday, April 28, and larger items  the morning of the sale between    7:00-8:00am.  Sale begins at   8:00am  and ends by   2:00pm  at Valley Christian's parking lot as you enter campus.  Please be prepared to purchase by cash or check made out to Valley Christian.  
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Spring Cabaret | May 5 and May 6
Performance dates:  Friday, May 5 at 7:00pm and Saturday, May 6 at 2:00pm
Rehearsals are in full swing!  Check the blog and calendar or rehearsal and production updates! Students from grades 3-12 and special guests will perform selections from Fiddler on the Roof, Aida, Annie, Cinderella, Finding Neverland, Hamilton, West Side Story, and more!
 
High School Visual Art Gallery | May 5
The High School Visual Art Gallery  will take place right before the Friday Night Spring Cabaret Performance at 6:00pm on Friday, May 5. 
 
Global Music Concert | May 6
Performance date:  Saturday, May 6 at 7:00pm at Inklings (530 Main Street, Pleasanton) Come hear the eclectic group of musicians from the Global Music class share songs from their lives and around the world!
   
Middle School Theater | May 12
Middle School Theater will perform Betweenity by Lindsay Price on Friday, May 12 at 7:00pm in the JSA. 
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