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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
Re Enrollment 2018-19
Summer Camp Registration
Quest Ball
Spring Picture Day
Father Daughter Dance
Health & Attendance
Lost & Found
Dress Code
Parents in Prayer
Dates to Remember
Affirming the Arts
Applications for 2018-2019
Traffic Reminders
Busing Safety
Choicelunch
Extended Care
Chapel Days & News
Athletes of the Month
Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering for a committee or an event, please click here!
Parents Night Out
First Parents Night Out of the New Year,  mark your calendars!
Do you need a night out?
We can watch your 
kids  for you! 
Click here to view flyer on 
Parents Night Out, Saturday, February 3rd!
Family Night
Save the date for Family Movie Night coming up on Saturday, March 17th!  More information coming soon!
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.
Resources for Parents
A former VCS speaker, Kathy Koch, spoke at one of our parent nights at our Skyway campus. She is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. 
Click on the link below to check out her featured film.
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February 2018 Issue
2018-2019 Re Enrollment & Financial Assistant

February is our "month of re-enrollment."
The re-enrollment site is now open,  February 1, 2018
Please go to the  VCS Parent Portal for more information. 
Important Dates for Financial Assistance:
Financial Assistance Website Opened: November 20, 2017
Financial Assistance Application Deadline: February 7, 2018  
Valley Christian Schools strives to offer quality education to students of all economic backgrounds. Tuition assistance is available to students accepted for admission with demonstrated financial need. It is the desire of school administration, subject to the availability of funds, to give all qualified students, regardless of financial resources, the opportunity to attend Valley Christian Schools.
Please note that the financial assistance process is completely separate from the re-enrollment process. The amount of financial assistance is granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Although Valley Christian Schools is committed to assisting families, it can only award financial assistance to the extent resources are available. Consequently, not all students who might otherwise qualify receive financial assistance.  Those seeking financial assistance must submit applications for financial assistance on an annual basis prior to the application deadline. 
The process requires going to VCS's third-party evaluation partner  (FACTS Grant & Aide Assessment) to complete an application and supply all requested information at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3F6D3 .
Click here for additional information regarding financial assistance.
Summer Camp Registration
Summer Camp 2018 priority registration for our current families opens February 15th! And March 1st for general registration.
Click here  to visit our website for more information. 
Save the Date for Quest Ball - March 3rd, 2018
 The 4th annual Quest Ball
 Dinner & Auction presents 
 "Denim & Diamonds"
at the Fairmont Hotel
 Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 
Come for an evening of delicious food  and drinks, great company, and one-of-a kind auction items all to benefit  Valley Christian Schools.  Don't miss out  on one of VCS' most memorable evenings of the year and your opportunity to of Christian education to others.Don't miss this  incredible evening to come together and support our school!  Get your tickets TODAY Click here to purchase tickets and find out more information about  this event!
Spring Picture Day 
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Spring picture day is coming up,  Wednesday, March 13th .
All students will be photographed. No order form or money needed on picture day! Proofs and ordering information will be sent home in Friday folders in the weeks following picture day.

Father Daughter Dinner Dance
   Save the Date for Valley Christian Schools 
 annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance, 
 Saturday, March 24th, from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.
 Valley Christian ladies (K-12) accompanied by their   fathers (or father figure in their life) are invited to   enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing at the   Skyway   campus, in the large and small gyms. 
 This years theme is "All Around the World".   Many   dads and daughters dress to match the theme but   it is not required.
 P rofessional photos will be available for purchase   at this event. Tickets are $50 per pair and $15 for   each additional daughter. Online sales will begin  this month.  Mark your calendar now so you don't miss this family bonding and community building event.
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, starting this month, February, 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
February 1-28 - Re-Enrollment
February 3- Parents Night Out 
February 5- 2nd grade field trip to Campbell Museum (Sullivan)
February 7- Walk Through the American Revolution (Buron/Hnatek)
February 13 - Jump Slide for India Fundraiser
February 15- Meet & Greet (New families)
February 15- Summer Camp Registration (Current families)
February 16 - End of Trimester 2
February 16- 5th grade Maturity Talks
February 19-23 - No School - Winter Break - Extended Care Open
March 3- 4th Annual Quest Ball Dinner & Auction
March 5-8- Spirit Week
March 9- No School- In Service Day, VC Connect- Extended Care Open
March 9-20- Scholastic Book Fair
March 11- Daylight Savings
March 13- Spring Picture Day
March 15- 3rd grade field trip to Levi Stadium
March 17- Family Fun Night
March 24- Father Daughter Dinner Dance
March 30- No School - Good Friday - No Extended Care
Affirming the Arts - Save the Date
Festival of the Arts:
Saturday, May 19th, K-12 Event at Skyway
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. Re Enrollment for current families starts this month, February.  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  January  will be mailed out the first week of February and are due by February 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!
December & January Athletes of the Month 
Grade-
Girl-
Boy -
Kindergarten: Alexis Bonham, Sonoma Gerade Ethan Barnes,
Gavin Liu
1st Grade: Jordan Stubblefield,
Tehillah Jebaraj
Miles Smith, Nicholas Brager
2nd Grade: Makena Blauman, 
Kenley Williams
James Castelly, 
Noah Phan
3rd Grade: Ashlyn Guven,
Arianna Nauck 
Isaac Coughran,
Zachary Lammers 
4th Grade: Brooklyn Taylor,
Leilah Bakhtiari
Everette Belaire,
Mason Stratton
5th Grade: London Akinsete,
Tyler Muth
Brennen Jowers,
Aaron Vander Veen
Sincerely,  

VCES Chimes Staff
Valley Christian Elementary School