In This Issue

Monday January 9:
No Events 

Tuesday January 10:
MS Girls Basketball hosts Fremont Christian | 3:30pm
MS Boys Basketball hosts Fremont Christian | 4:45pm
Men's JV Basketball hosts California Crosspoint | 6:00pm
 
Wednesday January 11:
Women's Varsity Basketball hosts College Prep | 4:00pm
Men's Varsity Basketball hosts College Prep | 5:30pm
Men's JV Basketball at College Prep | 4:30pm
 
Thursday January 12:
MS Girls Basketball at Milpitas Christian | 3:30pm
MS Boys Basketball at Milpitas Christian | 4:45pm
Men's JV Basketball at St. Joseph Notre Dame | 4:30pm
Women's Varsity Basketball hosts St. Joseph Notre Dame | 4:00pm
Men's Varsity Basketball hosts St. Joseph Notre Dame | 5:30pm
 
Friday January 13:
MS Girls Basketball at Chinese Christian | 3:30pm
MS Boys Basketball at Chinese Christian | 4:45pm

Reminder: No School on January 16 for MLK Day
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Veracross and Re-Enrollment
Re-Enrollment will begin on January 17 and all parents must have a Veracross account! It will be crucial that both parents have created their accounts during the Re-Enrollment process. This morning we sent out another invite to parents who have yet to sign onto Veracross.  This invite went to the email address we have on file. If you have received a reminder, please take a moment to activate your account.  If you have any questions, please contact Holly Johnson at   hjohnson@valleychristianschools.org .

President's Day | NO SCHOOL TK-12th Grade
Please see yesterday's email regarding the President's Day holiday.  Due to the fact that this year's February break does not align with the President's Day holiday, we have amended our school calendar to make  February 20 a  holiday for our TK-12th grade students.  Please note that our school will remain open as an in-service day for our teachers and staff. 

For Elementary or Middle School families that need complementary child care on President's Day due to this calendar amendment, please contact Mrs. Jacque Lopez ( jlopez@valleychristianschools.org) by  February 3 for more information.

Chapel
Sherri Leal from Kids Against Hunger will be our Chapel speaker on January 12.  All three of her kids have graduated from Valley Christian and she was very involved in the PTF.  She retired from her banking job in 2010 and was asking God "what next?"  That's when she was introduced to Kids Against Hunger, opened a satellite in California, and began packing food for kids all around the world and in our own back yard!  Her first year with Kids Against Hunger they packed just under 115,000 meals and in 2016 they packed over 2 million meals!! 

Career and Calling Event | Friday, January 20
On Friday, January 20, the High School will be hosting a "Career and Calling" Event to help students explore different career options and learn how different professionals put their individual calling into action. Thank you for all the parents and community members who have volunteered to speak at this event!
 
Kids Against Hunger: Meal Packing Event | Friday, January 20  
It's time for our 3rd annual Kids Against Hunger Meal Packing Event!  Last year our K-12 students packed over 12,000 meals and we anticipate packing even more this year!  We will pack from 8:00-11:30am on Friday January 20 and parent help is needed.  Please check your email early next week to sign up to volunteer.

Save The Date | Golf Tournament
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 
More information to come in the next two weeks.
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Reminders
January 16 No School | No CREW
February 13-20  No School | No CREW

Report Cards
All students' report cards are being finalized and will be sent home with your child on Monday.

 
After School Programs Winter/Spring Sessions
Kids Can Act   | Contact Janae Valci at jvalci@valleychristianschools.org
Ages 5-11 | Wednesdays January 4 - March 8
 
Spanish  | Contact Cheri Romero at cromero@valleychristianschools.org
Grades K-1 | Mondays January 1 - March 6
Grades 2-5 | Wednesdays January 4 - March 8
 
Pacific Chess Academy   | Contact pacificchessacademy@gmail.com
Thursdays January 19 - March 30
 
Soccer Shots   | Contact Monica or Mette at eastbaysoccershots.org | 925-305-8082
Ages 4-7 | Tuesdays beginning January 24
Register online at eastbay.ssreg.org.
 
Brown Bag Lunch with Mrs. Fitch
Let's begin the New Year together! Join Mrs. Fitch and other VCES families for a time to share and get to know one another. Choose a day from your child's grade level that works best for you and RSVP to jlopez@valleychristianschools.org or 925-560-6274. Hope to see you there from 12:30-1:30pm in Room 12. See dates below:
TK & KD : January 10 or 12 
1st & 2nd : January 17 or 19 
3rd & 4th : January 24 or 26 
5th : January 31 or February 2 

Carline Coffee
Join us and other families for coffee and treats in the Elementary School Lobby next Friday, January 13 beginning at 7:30am. Hope to see you there!

Father/Daughter Dance | Friday, January 20
The annual Elementary Father/Daughter Dance is right around the corner and we can't wait! An evening of dancing, dessert and photo booth fun from 6-8pm will happen in the Student Center and is $25 per couple. 
 
Music
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself." But  who are our neighbors? 
 
 In music class, students will explore this idea by focusing on places and people outside of the United States. Students will learn about other cultures through music, dance, and even a bit of geography and history. Last spring, students were introduced to a wide range of songs from around the world.  This spring, their focus will be on the continent of Africa. Each year moving forward, students will continue their study of the world by focusing on a different region each year.
 
This semester, Valley Christian has the privilege of hosting guest artist Kele Nitoto, a native of Oakland, specializing in various styles of African drumming and South African boot dance. The semester began with "Baba" Kele (Teacher Kele) and Ms. Ting introducing Grades 3-5 students to the origins of step/tap dance which lie in South Africa's boot dance, originally created by gold/diamond miners. After Winter break in February, Kele will teach students the basics of West African drumming (he owns 30+ hand drums and other percussion instruments!), while another teacher instructs in West African dance. In K-2, students will work with Ms. Whitley - a diverse artist herself with a background in music, dance and theater - to explore songs, movement, and languages from the African continent.  Students' study of Africa will culminate in a concert on Thursday, May 18 in the JSA featuring a range of the performing arts.


 
Enrichment Newsletter
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Report Cards
Report Cards for Semester 1 will be accessible on the Veracross Parent Portal by Friday, January 13. If your child would like to know their midterm and Semester 1 grades before that time, they may ask individual teachers or their Advisor (HS) or Club Leader (MS) to share that information. 

Community Service
All service learning hours completed up to this point are due on Friday, January 13. All students have been emailed a PDF of the Service hours verification form for their use.  Forms can also be picked up in the office or by clicking here.

6th Grade Outdoor Education Parent Meeting | January 10     
The mandatory Outdoor Education Parent Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm in High School room 17 for all 6th grade parents.
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