In This Issue

Monday 10/31:
Seussical Celebration

Tuesday 11/1:
Boys and Girls Middle School Basketball Tryouts | 3:15-5:00pm
 
Wednesday 11/2:
Boys and Girls Middle School Basketball Tryouts | 3:15-5:00pm
 
Thursday 11/3:
Coffee and Conversations | 8:00am in the Student Center
JV Football at Ygnacio Valley | 4:30pm
 
Friday 11/4:
Seussical the Musical | 7:00pm
 
Saturday 11/5:
Seussical the Musical | 2:00pm and 7:00pm
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Seussical the Musical | November 4 & 5
Tickets are on sale now in the High School and Elementary School Offices! Payments in the form of cash or check will be accepted through November 4. Credit cards will also be accepted for purchases the day of performances. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, staff, and seniors (65+). All tickets are $5 for the Saturday matinee!
 
Performance times:
Friday November 4 | 7pm
Saturday November 5 | 2 pm & 7pm
 
Come support our Performing Arts students as they bring your favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life!
 
Celebrating Seuss!
"From there to here, from here to there. Funny things are everywhere." Dr. Seuss.
Our campus will be filled with whimsical creatures and creations on October 31. As we we look forward to Seussical the Musical, Elementary, Middle, and High school students are invited to share in this special celebration by dressing up like their favorite Dr. Seuss character. We will host a campus parade for the Preschool at 9:40am. This day of celebration will build anticipation  for Friday and Saturday's Seussical shows. 
 
Preschool Harvest Festival
After a week of dissecting pumpkins, baking pumpkin seeds, planting various squash and vegetables, strengthening our bodies and increasing coordination using both small and large pumpkins, and studying different farm animals, Valley Christian Preschool students celebrated the fall season with our annual Harvest Festival!  This year we added an on-campus pumpkin patch so the children could review their various science lessons based on the life cycle of pumpkins. The rainy day did not stifle our plans in anyway! We just moved the 25 farm animals into the Fireside Room beside the tot-sized pumpkin patch. Our other activities included colorful pasta necklaces, pumpkin decorating, cookie creations, and the ever entertaining donut dangle.
 



Arts Integration | 6th Grade
On Thursday of last week, the entire 6th grade had the opportunity to take their study of African geography from the history classroom to the dance floor with our own dance teacher, Samantha Whitley.  6th graders learned some of the foundational movements in African dance, including ending a community dance time in a circle!  Following chapel, the entire 6th grade headed to the music room for a special African drumming workshop with Kele Nitoto in which they were introduced to congas, bongas, djemebes, agogo bells and a plethora of other percussion instruments.  Other than playing a "We will, we will rock you" warm-up, student learned various rhythms in the typical African call and response style, then developing that into polyrhythmic combinations.


 
Safety
Valley Christian Schools completed our monthly evacuation drills for Preschool and Elementary buildings with an average evacuation time of four and a half minutes, meeting our goal of less than six minutes! In addition, we completed our very first Campus-wide Shelter-in-Place drill, with everyone exceeding the expectations of the Safety Committee of a first time drill.  
We continue to be pleased with the execution and seriousness of our staff and students while we perform these important drills.
Ken Walker | Safety Committee Chairman
 
Spirit Wear
As the seasons are changing, don't forget to purchase your Vikings sweatshirts and outerwear at our online store! Go to www.vcsathletics.com and click on STORE to customize your order!  Sweatshirts or jackets from the Spirit Store are allowed as a part of the Elementary School uniform.    
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Carline Coffee | November 18
Our next carline coffee is coming up on   November 18   from   7:45-9:00am   in the Elementary School foyer.  We are in need of a coordinator and volunteers to serve.  Please contact Tracy Linck at   tracylinck@yahoo.com   or   925-998-8692   if you are interested in volunteering. 

Veteran's Chapel | Thursday, November 10
Are you a veteran or know someone who is? Please join us for a very special chapel to honor and thank you for your service and dedication to our country. Please contact your student's homeroom teacher to RSVP.
 
Parents in Prayer Beginning Tuesday, November 8
Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 9:00-10:00am in Room 11, Alison Corral will facilitate a precious hour of prayer time. Everyone is invited to join this team of prayer warriors or are encouraged to submit prayer requests through your child's homeroom teacher. Please contact Alison at  la.eagle4dios@yahoo.com for questions or if you would like to commit to this ministry.

You are Invited! 
2nd-5th Grade Writing Seminar | Wednesday, November 16
Christian Author and YWAM Speaker, Dave Gustaveson will present Reel Kids - a seminar taking place in the JSA from 1:30-2:30pm. Dave will walk students through exciting, fun, and informative stories on how to write creatively in fiction and other forms. The following day, the teachers will take their students through a creative writing exercise. Please click here for more information.
 
CREW Reminder
No childcare will be available during Thanksgiving and Christmas Break.
 
Boxtop Labels
Last day to collect Boxtop Labels for the month of October and November is November 18.

Father/Son Adventure Evening
Friday November 11 | 6:30-8:00pm
This event is for all TK-5th grade fathers and sons to enjoy an evening planned just for you! Pizza will be served starting at 6:30pm in the JSA, followed by a fun night of laser tag and jumpy houses! More information to follow in the coming weeks.

Gingerbread Social - Volunteers Needed!
The Elementary Gingerbread Build Social is scheduled to take place on December 15th. We still need volunteers to help coordinate this fun and greatly anticipated event for students and families. If you think you might be interested in helping out, please contact the Elementary office for information at 925-560-6270. We have an event binder to guide you through what has been done in the past.
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Coffee and Conversations
Middle and High school families, please join us on Thursday, November 3 for some light breakfast and coffee. It's an opportunity to chat about our community and all that God is doing on the hill! Drop in when you can. Angela Bruggeman, our Dean of Academics, will be hosting from 8:00-9:30am. Please consider staying to enjoy chapel!

 
Middle School Event
The middle school event calendar has a social event listed for Friday November 18th. However, we have decided to move this event back to after our Thanksgiving break. We are excited for this event so please stay tuned for more specific information next week.

Sophomores Interact with the Muslim World Through Art
The sophomore Modern World History students have just finished studying the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires. Students then traced themes from the 16th century to current events in the Muslim world today. Each student chose a current event and created a corresponding art piece in Islamic style.
 
Do you want to see how history collides with the present? You can find the sophomore's posters displayed throughout the hallways of the High School building and the SRC. Please come see their excellent works of fan (Arabic term for art.) The exhibit will be displayed from October 31-November 11.
-Ms. Raquel Biesecker and Mrs. Alicia Weber 

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Choir
Choir  will meet on Mondays & Wednesdays 3:15-4:30pm , and Thursdays 3:15-4:45pm . The first day will be  Wednesday, November 9 in H17   and rehearsals will run up until the winter concert.
 
All middle and high school students are welcome to join!  Whether you have been singing for many years, want to improve your singing voice, enjoy singing with others, and/or want to deepen your musicianship - come join us!  Our Winter Concert theme will be "Love in Action" and student input will be solicited for repertoire considerations based on this theme.
For more information, contact Joyce Ting at  jting@valleychristianschools.org.
 
The winter concert will be on December 9, and will include dance, theater and choir.
 
Winter Play
Stay tuned for a winter play announcement. The performance will be on March 3. 
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The Counseling Office had a great week of college visits!
Azusa Pacific University

William Jessup University

Next Week on Campus
Simpson University will be hosting a "Finding the Right College for Me" presentation on Friday, November 4, during advisory in room SRC 103. 
 
College Preview Events for High School Students
A few of the college representatives who visited campus recently highlighted their "Preview" events for juniors and seniors who want to experience campus life up close by staying overnight in the dorms and participating in their campus community. 
Below are links to three such events:
 
Please remember, prearranged-absence forms need to be completed and approved for college visits happening during school hours.
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