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Office Hours
The main office is open daily  7:30 am to 5:00 pm
408-559-4400
Links In This Issue
Teacher Appreciation Week
End of the Year Party
Speech Meet
MAP Testing
24th Annual Golf Classic
Festival of the Arts
1st Day School Supplies
Summer Camp Registration
Health & Attendance
Lost & Found
Dress Code
Parents in Prayer
Dates to Remember
Jamba Juice
Applications for 2018-2019
Traffic Reminders
Busing Safety
Choicelunch
Extended Care
Chapel Days & News
Athletes of the Month
2018-19  
Key Dates & Holidays
To view next years calendar click here  .
Events are subject to change. 
Slingerland Summer School
VCES will once again be offering the Slingerland Summer School Program for students who have completed grades 3rd, 4th or 5th.  June 6th-29th.
For more information please click here .
Box Tops
Thank you for your Box Top donations. Unfortunately w e are no longer receiving Box Tops for Education. Due to the process not being of enough value for the time put into retrieving funds.
Broadway San Jose
Valley Christian Parents and students have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to awesome Broadway touring shows! 
Click here for more information.
Instructional Aide Position Openings 
Are you interested in working as a instructional aide at the elementary? We are in need of filling some aide positions.
For more information please click here to visit our  websiteTo fill out an application  please
click here When application is complete, return it to Diana Stieg, the Director of Human Resources as an attachment by email to 
dstieg@vcs.net  or by mail at 100 Skyway Dr. San Jose, CA 95111.
Label Clothing and Lunch Boxes
Please make sure you label your children's jackets and lunch boxes with their first and last name so it is easier to locate if lost.
Medication
Parents if you need to have medication available for your child at school, please fill out a 
medication consent form  and return it to the office.  If the medication is prescription, the form will need to be signed by your doctor. 
Online Elementary Calendar
If you need the date of a field trip, concert, or other event, please see the Elementary Event Calendar. Or if you prefer, you can also subscribe to the Elementary calendar to add events to your smartphone or computer.
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April 2018 Issue
Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is this week!
Monday, April 9th through Friday, April 13th .
Monday: Flower Day
Tuesday: Aide & Office Staff Day
Wednesday: Card Day
Thursday: Pull Out Teacher, Security Officer
                     & Extended Care Staff Day
Friday: Gift Card Day
End of the Year Party
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The End of the School Year is near!
Which means its time to celebrate with a End of the Year Party! Save the date for Friday, May 18th. The theme this year will be the "Olympics".  For more information please  click here  to view the flyer. 
We can use your help to put on the last gala of the year!  Click here to Sign up now  for this gold medal event!
Speech Meet
students_classroom_kids.jpg Our annual VCES Speech Spectacular will be held on April 12th and 13th during chapel
The two students from each class that were selected for Speech Meet will perform their speech to their peers. 
K/1/2 Chapel 10:50-11:30 on April 12th
3/4/5 Chapel 8:50-9:30 on April 13th

MAP Testing
MAP Testing (Measured Academic Progress)
will begin on April 16th and end on April 26th. 
Please make every attempt to have your child to school on time each day and try to avoid unnecessary appointments.
If your child is sick during this time, please do not bring them to school! 
The teachers will work with your students to make up any missed testing. Kindergarten and 1st grade does not participate in MAP testing.
24th Annual Golf Classic
Save the date for the 24th Annual Golf Classic!
Get your foursome together and dust off your clubs. We are approaching our longest standing fundraising event, the VCS Golf Classic. Our office is excited  to see all of our friends and supporters coming out to Silver Creek Valley  Country Club on Monday, April 30th.
Registration and Sponsorship available soon at vcs.net/golfclassic
Festival of the Arts - Saturday, May 19

Festival of the Arts will be  Saturday, May 19th
A ll music groups will perform during the day. Schedules and more information will be sent out soon. This fun celebration includes food trucks, jump houses, and other fun for the whole family!
1st Day School Supplies
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Pre-Order your next years school supplies today at www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com 
Grades 2nd-5th are available for pre-order now. 
The online ordering is available until May 31st, 2018  and kits will be delivered to your child's' classroom at Back-to-School Night! 
Just click on the link above and enter our zip code 95125 to select our school. All pre-ordered school supplies will be available for pick up at Back-to-School Night on Monday, August 13th.
Summer Camp Registration

Summer Camp 2018 is open for  registration.
Click here  to visit our website for more information. 
Health & Attendance
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It seems that the cold and flu season is upon us. We have had a increase in students out with the stomach bug, fevers and headaches.
With that in mind, please keep the following policies in place with determining if your child is well enough to be at school.
If your child has been ill, please keep him/her 
home for 24 hours after your child is free of a fever or vomiting without medication to ensure his/her complete recovery. 
Please call the school office after 7:30 before 9:00 a.m. (408)559.4400 if your child is going to be absent from school. 
Lost & Found Donated! 
Due to the continuously high volume of lost & found items we have put a new policy in place.
At the 1st of every month, we will be donating ALL lost & found items. Please be sure to check out our lost & found more frequently!  
Dress Code
Please check your students' attire.
The purpose of the VCS dress code is to promote Christian unity among students and to avoid a  segmented student body based  on distinctive cultural or religious attire.  Click here  for the VCES dress code!
Most frequent  violations: Leggings worn as pants, Sweat pants, No socks, Screened t-shirts including hearts or other images,  Boys hair over the eyes and past the middle of the ear.
Parents in Prayer
Please join other parents as they pray for our school and students. They pray every Friday morning in the prayer room, off of the chapel, from 8:15-9:15
Please email any questions or
to submit a prayer request to 
  Carolyn Farrell at  carolynisamom@hotmail.com .
Dates to Remember
April 2-6- No School -Easter Break - Extended Care Open
April 9-13- Teacher Appreciation Week
April 9-20- Scholastic Book Fair
April 10- 2nd grade field trip to Hidden Villa (Sullivan)
April 10- 3rd grade field trip to the Tech Museum
April 16-26- Standardized Testing- MAP (Measured Academic Progress)
April 17- 2nd grade field trip to Hidden Villa (Leach/Williams) 
April 25- Donuts with Dad - Kindergarten
April 25- Westward Ho field trip (Buron) 
April 27- No School- In Service - Extended Care Open 
April 30- 24th Annual Golf Classic
April 30-May 18- K-5 Art Show 
May 4- 1st grade Fairy Tale Day 
May 8- Westward Ho (Hnatek)
May 9- Kindergarten Muffins with Mom 
May 9- Westward Ho field trip (Euerle)
May 9- Kindergarten & 5th grade Graduation Pictures
May 11- 2nd grade field trip to Gilroy Gardens 
May 11- 3rd grade Grandparents Day
May 18- End of School Year Party "Olympics"
May 19- Festival of the Arts
May 31- Last day to order 1st Day School Supply boxes
Jamba Juice is Back! 
West Coast Foods is selling Jamba Juice again!
Starting after break on Tuesday, April 10th. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Snack Shack will sell Jamba Juice at snack recess for $2.75 each. 
Click here for additional ordering information.
Applications For 2018-2019
Applications for the 2018-19 school year are available online. If you have a Kindergartner starting next school year or a friend who is looking to apply, it would be a great time to get the process started.  For application information, please contact Michelle Furr at mfurr@vcs.net .
Traffic Reminders
In the morning please do not park in the reserved parking spaces, these are for our staff and teachers! You can park in any visitor spot or find parking on Leigh Avenue before and during car pick-up please do not block any intersections. 
To help with the flow of pick-up traffic please arrive no earlier than 3:00 pm and arriving even later around 3:15 will help as well. Please leave your visor sign visible until your child is in the car. Click here f
or important traffic reminders as we start the new school year. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Busing Safety
If you are dropping off a JH or HS student for the bus in the morning please pull into the Elementary campus and drop them off at the green loading curb.  If you must drop off on Leigh then PLEASE pull up in front of the white loading zone.
Students dropped off before the buses arrive should remain inside the school gate until asked to board by VCES staff. Any JH or HS student not picked up after 10 minutes from the afternoon bus must go to Study Hall in the library.
Lunch Service Provided By Choicelunch
T houghtfully sourced.
Deliciously prepared. 
From fresh salads and  wraps 
to cheese pizza and everything in between, Choicelunch offers choices for all palates.
If you would like to preorder lunches through Choicelunch sign up today at  www.choicelunch.com .   Click here for additional ordering information.
Extended Care
Extended Care bills for the month of  March  will be mailed out the first week of April  and are due by April 16th .
Also, if you have an outstanding bill please reconcile as soon as possible. You can now use our new extended care white mailbox outside our office to drop off your payments.  If you have any billing questions,  please contact  Kim Artman @ kartman@vcs.net.
On No School days when Extended Care is open please make sure to send a lunch with your child  as our lunch service is not provided on minimum or days when school is closed. 
Chapel Days & News
Chapel is held every week. Times are as follows-
Thursdays: Kindergarten-2nd grade from 10:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Fridays:  3rd-5th grade from 8:50 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
If you would be interested in presenting a chapel or have a suggestion for a chapel speaker, please contact the office.  Please encourage your children to wear nice clothing on chapel days. 
Click here for Chapel News!
March Athletes of the Month 
Grade-
Girl-
Boy -
Kindergarten: Catherine Yu Jaylen Eiland
1st Grade: Keilani Wolters Jonathan Theus-O'Connell
2nd Grade: Khloe Rivera Marcus Owens
3rd Grade: Annie Roush  Daniel O'Neil
4th Grade: Stephanie Lee Luca Tarantino
5th Grade: Ajea Bruce  Mika Nolte
Sincerely,  

VCES Chimes Staff
Valley Christian Elementary School