In This Issue

Middle School Theater | TONIGHT!
The Middle School Theater class will perform Betweenity by Lindsay Price at 7:00pm in the JSA. Come and enjoy a free show performed by our talented Middle School students.


Monday, 5/15
Middle and High School Awards Ceremony, 9:40-10:00am in the WAPAC
 
Tuesday, 5/16
Varsity Softball @ Head Royce, 4:00pm
Elementary Open House, 6:00pm 
 
Wednesday, 5/17
Elementary Field Day and 5th grade Field Trip
Middle and High School Yearbook Assembly

Thursday, 5/18
Senior Chapel, 9:30-10:20am in the WAPAC 
MS Boys Volleyball Playoffs vs TBA, 3:30pm
Elementary Spring Concert, 6:00pm in the WAPAC 
 
Friday, 5/19
Grad Night for Seniors - depart 5:30am from the parking lot
Middle School End of Year Picnic Celebration 
MS Boys Volleyball Playoffs, TBA

Sunday, 5/21
Baccalaureate Service, 4:00pm in the WAPAC 
  
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R E-ENROLLMENT REMINDER
The re-enrollment season is near ending and we have been accepting  students across all schools to begin their journey at Valley Christian!  If you haven't finalized your re-enrollment decision, please contact Holly Johnson at 925-560-6256 or hjohnson@valleychristianschools.org. We'd love to help you by answering any questions you may have for the 2017-18 school year. 

End of year housekeeping!

As we prepare for the last week of school:
  • Remind your students to check the lost and found for clothes and lunch boxes
  • Make sure to pay all negative balances for your lunch account
  • Bring a paper bag during the last week of school for your student to clear out their desks and lockers
  • After Middle and High school students clean out their locker, remind them to bring their lock home so they can reuse it in the fall! 
    TIP:  have them write down their combination and take a photo of it - a good reminder after the lazy days of summer!
WEEK OF MAY 22nd SCHEDULE FOR ELEMENTARY - HIGH SCHOOL
Monday, No School
Tuesday through Friday - half day schedule - no lunch service  
 
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Reading Fair Review from Wednesday, May 10
Through a creative, innovative, and interdisciplinary project of reading, writing, and art, students created projects that emphasized key elements of literary analysis. 
One fifth grade parent said that she was impressed by how much her son had learned about analyzing literature through this process.
 
 
Special Mother's Day Chapel Review from May 11
This year's chapel theme is Created To Cherish. At our special Mother's Day chapel, moms were honored by cherishing how uniquely and wonderfully God made them.  Our chapel message,  'Mom is Like A Shepherd', was based on Psalm 23. The heartfelt student video messages, the worship, and special music showed our moms how much we cherished them.

 Happy Mother's Day!

Professional Development Training for Project GLAD
You may have noticed some of our classes had substitute teachers this week. That's because our teachers were off campus honing their skills at the Be GLAD seminars.

Project GLAD is an organization that models and provides strategies to teachers to improve student engagement and learning during lessons. GLAD uses data-driven theory that is then transferred into practical teaching application. This is our third group of teachers to attend this high quality, creative program!
 
Open House | Tuesday, May 16  

6:00-6:30pm - Ice Cream Social
6:30-7:00pm - Presentation in the JSA
7:00-8:00pm - Classroom visits 
We look forward to sharing examples of creative and rigorous student work and recognizing our  learners.  Come and celebrate your school community! 

TK-4th Grade Field Day | Wednesday, May 17   
11am-2:30pm 
Join us for a fun filled day of outside activities on the Big Playground and a delicious BBQ!  We look forward to a great time with friends, games, and even a dunk ta nk! Volunteers are still needed!  Contact Mrs. Metcalf at smetcalf@valleychristianschools.org if you can help with the event!
5th Grade Trip to Little Hills Ranch | Wednesday, May 17     
Our 5th grade class will wrap up their year with a fun picnic to mark this milestone in their life!  Middle School years, here we come!
 
Elementary Concert | Thursday, May 18
Doors open for seating at 5:45pm
6:00pm in the Worship and Performing Arts Center  
What does it mean to love our neighbors as ourselves?  Part of this love is learning about the stories and lives 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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ATTENTION - all 2017-2018 Students entering High School:
Coming this September . . . every student will engage in a journey to develop as an interdisciplinary thinker, build community, and grow academically via a challenging excursion. Your family can look forward to hearing more about the Journey Trips throughout May.

  • (9) "Bond" Adventure: Yosemite National Park - character and community building 
  • (10) "Blend" Big Cities: Oakland and San Francisco - cultural exploration
  • (11) "Build" Innovations: Google/ Facebook/ Apple and Monterey Bay - cultivating creativity
  • (12) "Beyond" the Shore: Senior Camping Trip with added Beyond event - launching into life well
We'll be emailing a flyer early this coming week with all the information you'll need, along with a request for a trip deposit by May 31st.

Chapel Series: STEP FORWARD
This past Thursday our middle school students led an amazing chapel time on the topic of "Step Forward." Our courageous students from 6-8th grades led a time of worship, inspired us with a message about facing our fears, and authentically shared their own hindrances to stepping forward in their lives. See the video they put together as an introduction to the topic.
 
Middle and High School Awards Assembly | May 15
Our annual awards assembly will be on  Monday, May 15, 9:30-10:10 am in the WAPAC. We invite any parents to join us in recognizing this year's valedictorian and salutatorian and new members of National Honor Society. We will also be presenting several Christian character awards for both middle and high school levels. As in years past, individual course academic awards will be distributed in classrooms.

Physics Day at Great America | May 17

Our High School Physics classes will have a fun day exploring the "physics" of amusement park rides.  Students then get to design their own ride using formulas learned throughout the year. 



Yearbook Distribution | May 17
The Middle and High School yearbook classes are ready to unveil their yearbooks on Wednesday during class meetings!  Students look forward to catching their year in review.  
Senior Chapel | May 18
Our Senior Class of 2017 will be delivering the last chapel of the year! All parents are welcome to come and support the seniors as they get ready to "Step Out."

Middle School Picnic | May 19
Our annual all day MS picnic is just around the corner. The fun includes bowling, games, and food!  Permission slips and $15 should be turned in to Mr. Weber by next Wednesday.  

High School Service Hours | Due June 2  
 
All existing 9-11th grader service learning/community service hours for the second semester must be turned into the High School Office by Friday, June 2.  Please use the attached Service Learning Hours form.
Questions?
Contact Sara Heise at sheise@valleychristianschools.org.  
 
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Spring Cabaret Review from May 5 and 6
Students from grades 3-12 and special guests performed selections from Fiddler on the Roof, Aida, Annie, Cinderella, Finding Neverland, Hamilton, West Side Story, and more!  Here is one of the evening's highlights from the musical Neverland.  See information below for the High School's next Performing Arts opportunity!
   
Middle School Theater | TONIGHT!
The Middle School Theater class will perform "Betweenity" by Lindsay Price on Friday, May 12 at 7:00pm in the JSA. Come and enjoy a free show performed by our talented Middle School students.


Auditions for the Fall Play
Valley Christian's Performing Arts department will be presenting
Snow White - a comedy, for our Fall play. Auditions for the play are open to middle and high school students on Monday, May 15 from 3:15-4:15pm. Audition materials available in the front of H19. 
  
Audition requirements:  
-Sign up for short individual monologue excerpt (provided with audition materials)
-Required half an hour group audition with all those auditioning
-Looking for:  7 ensemble actors cast in multiple roles who are willing to take big risks on stage, make each other laugh, play, and be silly!
   
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Varsity Swim goes to NCS | May 12-13
Students Mason Thompson and Jasmyn Cheng are going to North Coast Section to represent Valley Christian in Swimming and Diving. 

Uniform Returns!
If your athlete participated in a Spring sport, please return their uniform to the Athletic Department as soon as their season concludes.  If you know that your student lost their uniform, contact the Athletic Department at 925-560-6257 regarding the cost for a replacement uniform.
 
Fireworks Booth | June 28-July 4  
The athletes, coaches, and athletic department will once again sell fireworks June 28-July 4th.  Our booth will be located at 7884 Dublin Boulevard directly in front of Ross and Marshall's.  Our booth will have a Valley Christian banner on the back and will be easy to find for your fireworks purchases. 
 
You may be asking yourself, "How can I help?"  It's simple.  We need volunteers June 28-July 4.  We have multiple blocks of time that are available and if you have an athlete that will participate or has participated in athletics, this is a great way to invest in our athletics program. You can sign up on our Sign-Up Genius!  
 
Another way you can help is to get the word out to your friends and family about the location of our booth.  If you want fireworks, come and see us at the fireworks booth for you purchases and help support Valley Christian athletes.

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