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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
Message from the Principal
Jog-A-Thon Results
Love and Logic
Parent Seminar
Order Fall Pictures
Save the Date
Parents in Prayer
Dress Code
Attendance
Dates to Remember
Affirming the Arts
Quest Ball
Applications for 2018-2019
Trinity Church Invite
Traffic Reminders
Busing Safety
Choicelunch
West Coast Foods
Extended Care
Chapel Days
Athletes of the Month
Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering for a committee or an event, please click here!
Yearbook Ad
Valley Christian Elementary 5th grade parents order your Yearbook Recognition Ad today! Click here for more information. Deadline is December 18th!
Parents Night Out
Do you need a night out? We can watch your kids for you! Click here
for information on 
Parents Night Out,
Friday, October 27th . 
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.
Label Clothing and Lunch Boxes
Please make sure you label your childs 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. 
Fall 2017 Accreditation
Fall 2017 accreditation update click here .
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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October 2017 Issue
Message from the Principal
A Message from the Principal
Start children off in the way they should go,   and even when they are old
they will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6
Dear Parents,
Elementary teachers possess profound power to influence young people for a lifetime. Just yesterday, I was talking with Mrs. Sullivan about our own elementary experiences...
Click here to read more.

Jog-A-Thon Results
VCES Jog-A-Thon raised over $70,000
Thank you VCES families and friends!
We passed our goal of 80% participation!
Top Earning Classes-  Hazlett & Hnatek
Top Earning Student- Isaac Coughran 
100% Class Participation-  Annab, Hazlett, Hnatek, Leach, Sullivan, Wollan and Donely.  
A special thank you to PTPF and all the wonderful parent volunteers that made this day a huge success!
Love and Logic
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VCS presents "Parenting with Love and Logic".  America's most practical, effective and entertaining parenting program. Classes run from 
September 26th-November 7th, 2017  
on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Elementary campus. 
Click here  for the flyer. Click here to sign up.
Parent Seminar- Improving Reading Fluency
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Is your child reading slowly?
Would you like some ideas on how to help your child read better?
Valley Christian Elementary invites you to a  Parenting Seminar  on
I mproving Reading Fluency.
Mrs. Hiatt, Student Support Department Head, will present some techniques and ideas to help you help your child. 
Thursday, October 26th, 5:00-6:00 pm
You can drop your students off in extended care while you attend the seminar. 
Contact Mrs. Hiatt to reserve your spot: bhiatt@vcs.net
You Can Still Order Fall Pictures! 

Online ordering through Generations School Photography is still available, click here to order! If you preordered pictures your photos will be delivered to the school three weeks after picture day. If you haven't ordered pictures yet you can contact Generations for your individual access code. Pictures ordered online after picture day will be mailed directly to your home. Make-up picture day is Wednesday, November 15th.
Save the Date
Sharks ice Save the Date for Family Night at Sharks Ice!
Valley Christian Elementary & Jr. High families are invited to family night at
Sharks Ice, Thursday, November 16th from
5:30-7:00 pm. Only $10 per person! 
Click here for more information. 
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 Carolyn Farrell at 
carolynisamom@hotmail.com 
with any questions or to submit a prayer request!
Dress Code

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: No socks, Screened t-shirts including hearts or other images, Leggings worn as pants, Shorts  not 3" above the knee, Boys hair over the eyes and past the middle of the ear.
Attendance

Please call the school office before 9:00 a.m.(408)559.4400  if your child is going to be absent from school. 
If your child has a medical or dental appointment during the school day, please go 
through the office to have your child released. If at all possible, please make such appointments after school hours. Every student is expected to make up any work missed because of an absence.  If the student needs to be excused from P.E. for any reason, a note is required. 
If your child has been ill, please keep him/her home for 24 hours after your child is free of a fever or vomiting to insure his/her complete recovery. 
Dates to Remember
October 3- 5th grade field trip to  Alum Rock (Euerle/Hnatek)
October 4- 5th grade field trip to Alum Rock (Buron)
October 4- 4th grade field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista 
October 6- Elementary Football Night
October 9- 1st grade field trip to Uesugi Farm 
October 10 & 17- Kindergarten Hearing Test
October 11- 3rd grade field trip to  Monterey Bay Aquarium
October 13- Kindergarten field trip to Emma Prusch Farm
October 14- Open House (Prospective Families)
October 16 - LWN Big Buddy Lunch (subject to change)
October 20- No School- In Service Day, Extended Care Open
October 23- No School- Staff Retreat, No Extended Care
October 24 -Jump Slide for India Fundraiser
October 26- 1st grade Vision Screening
October 30-November 3- Fall Spirit Week 
November 3- Last Day of Trimester 1
November 5- Daylight Savings 
November 6-9- 5th grade Science Camp
November 10- No School- Veterans Day, No Extended Care
November 14- 2nd grade field trip to the Tech Museum 
November 15- Make-up Photo Day 
November 16- K-8 Family Night at Sharks Ice
November 17- 5th grade Piano Recital 
November 20-21- Parent/Teacher Conferences- No School
November 22-
No School-Thanksgiving Break,
                       Extended Care 7am-12pm only
November 23-24-
No School-Thanksgiving Break No Ext. Care
Affirming the Arts - Save the Date
Piano Recital:
Friday, November 17th, VCES 5th grade Piano
Christmas at the California Theater:
Tuesday, December 5th, VCES 4th and 5th Band/Strings
Thursday, December 7th, VCES K-3 Choirs
Festival of the Arts:
Saturday, May 19th, K-12 Event at Skyway
Quest Ball - Save the Date March 3rd, 2018
Get involved in supporting Valley Christian Schools through the
Extend the Gift Development Office. 
There are great opportunities for you to give both financially and with your time!  Preparations are underway for the 4th Annual Quest Ball. Visit  here  to find out more  information about this event. Click here for flyer.  We look forward to connecting with you! 
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 will be in February. For application information, please contact Michelle Furr at mfurr@vcs.net
Trinity Church Invite!
Dear Valley families,
On Sunday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m. Valley Christian Schools and Trinity Lutheran Church will gather together to celebrate in the Church at 1500 Leigh Avenue.
  We are thankful to the Lord for all of you and hope you can join us in worship under the theme: "Coming Full Circle: It's All About Jesus!"
 Various VCS musical groups will perform during the service.
Dr. Clifford Daugherty, Principal Gabe Guven and others you know and love will also take part.
 Oh yes, there will also be good food afterwards!
 Please set aside Sunday, October 29th, 9:00 a.m. to gather here at Trinity.
 "Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, and His mercy endures forever!"
Sincerely, 
Pastor Matt Thompson and the Members of Trinity
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.
West Coast Foods is Now Selling Jamba Juice
Jamba Juice are available for purchase at lunch time on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $2.75 (limited amount). We suggest every student to have money on file so your child can purchase a snack if needed. Stop by the office and give us their name, grade and dollar amount and they can purchase a snack! Please have exact change if paying by cash or checks made out to West Coast Foods. Make sure you pack a snack everyday or have money with West Coast Foods!
Extended Care
Extended Care bills for the month of  September  will be mailed out the first week of October  and are due by October 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.
Chapel Days
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!
Athletes of the Month
Kindergarten:  Isabella Staubli & Isaiah Blunt-Smith
1st Grade:  Ariana Liu & Jordan Guven
2nd Grade:  Elizabeth Blackshire & Brayden Hatlo-Porter
3rd Grade:  Samantha Botelho & Kelan Cunningham
4th Grade:  Nicolle Wagner & Gabriel Pirayou
5th Grade:  Kayla Abaya & Nikolas Hitchcock

Sincerely,  

VCES Chimes Staff
Valley Christian Elementary School