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Feb. 7, 2019
Historic winter storms shut down pretty much everything last week. So Valley Lutheran students are celebrating Lutheran School Week this week.
Devotion
Psalm 86:5: For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you

Winter is officially upon us! If the sub-zero temperatures and snow days didn't let you know, the short cloudy days certainly did. In this season, we all tend to feel cooped up inside of our own homes. Five snow days in a row might have been almost too much for your family to handle.The weather outside is gray and our relationships with each other may feel the same. We bicker and nit-pick more than usual. We can be short-tempered and argumentative with those close to us. We are confronted with the sin in our lives and how it affects our relationships. Where do we turn? God is "good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon Him" He is our light and our salvation in the gray days of winter. He promises to be with us and to love us, no matter what! When sin has wreaked havoc in our lives, we turn to God for forgiveness and love. Through His everlasting love, we know that spring will come again, and with it, new life and hope! 

Gracious Heavenly Father,
Thank you for forgiving us and loving us in all circumstances. Help us to share that love and forgiveness with others around us in this winter season. Send your Holy Spirit to guide us and make us your lights in this cold, gray world. In Jesus' name, Amen.

~Caleb Abraham,
Math Dept.
News
February 11th Assembly Information
On Monday, Feb. 11th, our students will have the opportunity to hear a presentation from Bethany Bauman, a sexual assault survivor, and advocate. A former collegiate gymnast and a graduate of Heritage High School, Bethany is a daughter, sister, mother, and wife. She is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and an advocate for other survivors. After 15 years of silence, with help from her family, friends, and fellow sister survivors, Bethany found the strength to speak out against her abuser, Larry Nassar, and put him away for life. In going public with her story, she hopes to educate others and change the culture of sexual abuse, going forward.

We understand that this topic may be sensitive for some students. Bethany has shared that she "does not go into too much graphic detail" and "understands this can be a sensitive subject for teens". If for any reason, you do not want your student present for this assembly, they may report directly to the office instead for quiet work time. Counselors from the Saginaw Sexual Assault Center will be on hand during the event in case a student would need to speak to someone privately. Parents are also invited to hear Bethany speak either during the day at Valley Lutheran (9:30 - 10:10 am) or in the evening (6:30 - 8:00 pm) at Heritage High School in the auditorium.
Remind Service and Verizon Update
Just before the January 28th deadline, Remind and Verizon were able to come to an agreement that allowed Verzion customers to still receive text messages from Remind. We appreciate your flexibility and are pleased that you will still be able to receive messages in the manner most convenient for you and your family, regardless of your wireless carrier.
VLHS Benefit Dinner & Auction! Theme: Fabulous Fifties
Please join us Saturday, Feb. 23 2019 at Apple Mountain Conference Center. Your support has impacted Valley Lutheran with improvements in programs, equipment, transportation, physical school improvements, and most importantly STUDENT AID. Thank you for your past support of VLHS! 

If you would like to be part of an exciting evening and support your school, purchase tickets at vlhsauction.com. $30 of the ticket purchase is a donation. Follow the event on Facebook at Valley Lutheran Auction and Benefit Dinner or you can purchase tickets online.

Your child's 8th hour class is collecting items for a basket. Your help is appreciated in filling the basket.

For more information or questions, please contact Valley Lutheran at 989-790-1676, Beth (Lambert) Kaul 989-754-5918/bkaul@vlhs.com, or Karrie Gatza at 989-415-6776/karriekookies@aol.com.
Dessert Theater Set for Feb. 14-16
Join the Valley Lutheran High School Drama Department at Peace Lutheran Church, 3427 Adams Ave., Saginaw, as they present Final Dress Rehearsal, at 7pm on Feb. 14-16.
 
Final Dress Rehearsal is a one-act comedy about a bunch of high school actors who attempt to pull together their performance of Cinderella. As usual in the theatrical world, what can go wrong will go wrong.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, $24 for a family pass, and are available in the school office or at the door prior to each performance. Prices include dessert during intermission.
Open House for Prospective Students on Feb. 19
Valley will host an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 5-6pm. Faculty members will be on hand to show prospective families around the school, as well as to answer questions about VLHS. You don't need to make a reservation, just show up! Feel free to let friends and neighbors know about the opportunity to check out all VLHS has to offer.
Saginaw Antique Society Show April 6
The Parent Organization will host the annual Saginaw Antique Society Show on Saturday, April 6 from 9am to 4pm at Valley Lutheran. There is a $4 admission fee that covers two free appraisals.

Luncheon available 11am-1:30pm.

Parent help is needed. Please watch for a sign-up for this event.  This is a great fundraiser for the Parent Organization as we get a portion of admission and lunch proceeds.
Guidance Corner
PSAT & SAT TESTING
Just as a reminder, all freshmen and sophomores will take the PSAT as part of the State of Michigan testing on April 9th. All juniors will take the SAT with Essay on April 9th as well as part of the official Michigan Merit Exam. The State of Michigan covers the cost of this day of exams and the school takes care of registering all students for the exam on April 9th.

SHOULD MY STUDENT BE TAKING THE SAT/ACT?
Students typically take these exams during the second half of their junior year or the first half of their senior year. As indicated above, all students receive one free SAT with Essay during their junior year. Many students will take the exam more than one time to try to improve their score for admissions and scholarships. Links to register for these exams are below. Need help deciding which test to take?

7TH SEMESTER or MID-YEAR TRANSCRIPTS
Transcripts that include your student's first semester of their senior year will be available once grades are released. Some colleges request these as an update on their applicants. VLHS uses a program called Parchment to send documents electronically and securely directly from the school. Please submit all document requests through Parchment.

NEED YOUR TRANSCRIPT OR TEST SCORES FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS?
Seniors can email Mrs. Mueller from their VLHS email accounts and request a PDF copy of their documents. As a reminder, these can only be released directly to the students via their school email accounts in order to protect the sensitive information contained in the documents.

SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
Seniors, don't forget about the list of scholarship resources at http://bit.ly/VLScholarships. Scholarships will start to come in frequently, and this list will be updated. Also, don't forget about the Saginaw Community Foundation (one application, 200+ scholarships) at http://www.saginawfoundation.org/site/scholarships/.  

SAT/ACT TESTING LINKS
SAT Information, Registration, etc. - www.sat.org
ACT Information, Registration, etc. - www.actstudent.org
Khan Academy (free test prep) - www.khanacademy.org/sat

FAFSA AND FINANCIAL AID LINKS
VL Scholarship Page - http://bit.ly/VLScholarships
FAFSA Information and submission - https://fafsa.ed.gov/
Financial Aid Videos

Community News
Free for those in need
Zion Lutheran Church, 17927 Dice Rd. Hemlock, is open the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10am until 1pm with free used clothing, household items, and food for those in need. Contact the church at 989-642-5909 or Paul Bohn at 989-642-8489 with any questions.
St. John Amelith Annual Valentine's Chicken BBQ
St. John Amelith's annual Valentine's Chicken BBQ will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 from 11am to 1pm. Chicken dinners, cooked to perfection by the St. John Amelith Athletic Club, will be served with baked potatoes, veggies, bread, dessert, and beverage. Costs are $10 for a half chicken and $8 for a quarter chicken. Takeouts are also available at 10:30am.

LWML is also hosting a bake sale. For questions, please contact Tony Johnson at 989-684-3037. St. John Amelith is located at 1664 Amelith Rd., Bay City.
Melting Medical Bills
Melting Medical Bills is a fundraising event planned for Sunday, Feb. 24 from 11am until 2pm at St. John Amelith Lutheran School, 1664 Amelith Rd., Bay City, in the gym. A soup and sandwich bar will be offered along with a bake sale, silent auction, and small-item ticket auction.

This event is to support Allie Keenan and her family with rising medical costs. Please contact Mary Smith at msmith@amelith.org or Sandy Soule at ssoule73@yahoo.com for questions or to volunteer.
Upcoming Events
Feb. 9-10 Grade School Boys Basketball Tournament
Feb. 9 ACT, 8am
Feb. 11 Parents in Prayer, 8am
Feb. 14 Peeks at Valley, 8:15am
Feb. 14-16 Winter play, 7pm
Feb. 18 No School -- President's Day
Feb. 19 Open House, 5pm
Feb. 23 VLHS Benefit Dinner & Auction at Apple Mountain, 5pm
Feb. 25 Parents in Prayer, 8am
Feb. 25 Midterms due
Feb. 27 Peeks at Valley, 11am

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Mission Statement
Valley Lutheran High School believes that Christ is the foundation of our school and everything that we do.  We prepare our students as children of God academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually to serve in the world today and tomorrow.

John Brandt
Valley Lutheran High School