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Parent Newsletter
Jan. 23, 2019
More than 230 educators from throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region came to Valley on Monday, Jan. 21 for the 8th Annual Lutheran Educators Conference to share ideas and attend workshops.
Remember
I wonder, has your life settled down in this New Year? December sure was a busy time for our family. Christmas concerts, extra church services, gift buying, family gatherings, along with the regular activities of a busy family, created a chaos that made me feel there was no control over my life. As 2018 is history and we begin to write the history of 2019, I am reminded that God is in control and the history that is being written is HIS story. Isaiah 46:9-11: says, "Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done ... Indeed, I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass."
 
I am constantly reminded that God is in charge of our lives, leading and guiding us. He exhorts us to remember his promises and to live lives that honor and glorify Him. If we do not remember, we become proud, selfish, sinful human beings that only focus on our wants and needs. When this happens we miss being a part of HIS story. Taking part in His will produces a life of endless blessings and peace. Life still may be crazy, but there is a sense of God being in control of our lives. 

As we roll into 2019, I have a sense of excitement and anticipation. Where will God lead me this year? (It's going to be a very exciting year for me personally and for Valley Lutheran High School.) I know that there will be challenges ahead, but He is in control. He will direct our paths and help us through the challenges that we have. God has blessed us with purpose and the incredible opportunity to be a part of writing His story. So when 2019 gets crazy and out of control, remember God's promises that he will neither leave us or forsake us and He wants us to be a part of the greatest story in the history of the world.

Remember.
~ Barry Wittig,
Social Studies
News
Welcome Mrs. Kelsey!
Parents and students have been welcomed by a new face each morning in the office. Trisha Kelsey joined the staff on a part-time basis at the beginning of the school year and moved into a full time role after holiday break. She serves as the attendance secretary and helps out in athletics. Contact her at tkelsey@vlhs.com or call 989-790-1676 with any attendance updates or changes. Please report absences by 9am or you will be called.
Remind Service and Verizon
Recently, we received notification that Verizon Wireless customers will no longer be receiving Remind notices via text message starting on January 28, 2019. This news is unfortunate, as Remind is used to communicate school-wide closures and emergency notifications here at Valley Lutheran. Many of our athletic teams, music ensembles, drama groups, and other extra-curricular activities also make use of Remind as an efficient means of communication. Remind and Verizon are in continued talks to attempt to resolve the issue, but as of now, do not currently have an agreement in writing.

Individuals who are registered to receive Remind communications will still receive notifications through the Remind app and via email, regardless of your cellular carrier. Likewise, if your cellular service is provided by a company other than Verizon Wireless, you will still receive text notifications. If you are a Verizon Wireless customer, we encourage you to download the Remind app and allow notifications on your cell phone. Valley Lutheran will continue to use Remind in addition to our other established methods of communication for school-wide closures and emergency notifications.
First Semester Grades Available
First semester grades can be accessed by going to www.mystudentdata.com and entering the following information.
  • School code: 50
  • Student ID number: 10 digit state ID number found on student ID card
  • Student birth date
  • Password: Chargers
If you have questions about your child's grades, please contact the teacher by phone 989-790-1676 or by email. Teacher email addresses are available at vlhs.com. Grades are held if financial obligations are not met for the semester. Contact Business Manager Bill Ankoviak with questions.
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! 

We could use your help again. We are asking for items to be donated and put up for bid (merchandise, tickets, services, vacation homes, gift cards, etc.). There are also opportunities to participate by way of prayer, advertising, sponsorship, or attending the auction. Click on our auction link www.vlhsauction.com for more information and check out our often-updated list of items. Watch your bulletin and/or church message board for registration brochures.

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.
Open House Series Continues Feb. 19
Valley's annual Open House series begins 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.
Parents in Prayer Next Meeting Jan. 28
Consider joining Parents in Prayer, a group of parents who gather to pray at Valley twice each month. The group meets at the school from 8-9:30am on the second and fourth Monday of each month. The next meeting is Monday, Jan. 28. The group prays for the needs of the students, faculty, and staff at Valley. If you have requests that you'd like the group to pray over, submit them via email to parentsinprayer@vlhs.com. If you have questions, contact Carla Belill at 989-295-3018.
Grandparents/Special Friends Day Coming in February
Grandparents and Special Friends love to visit Valley Lutheran, and our students love to share with them first hand what makes Valley so special. On Tuesday, Feb. 5 grandparents or special guests  for all grades are welcome to tour the school, sit in on a class, attend chapel, and stay for lunch. The day begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call 989-790-1676.
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, and are available in the school office or at the door prior to each performance. Prices include dessert during intermission.
Thank You For Making Chicken BBQ a Success
Thank you to all of those that helped make the 2019 Chicken BBQ a success! We appreciated the help from parents and students. Whether you dropped off pie, helped set up, served, cleaned up, or purchased a meal, thank you. We are also grateful to the St. John Amelith Men's Athletic Club for grilling 175 chickens. Money raised from this event will be used toward supporting the VLHS athletic, music, and drama programs.
~ VLHS Boosters
Post Prom Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings
Friends, family and supports of Valley Lutheran High School-Post Prom are invited to dine-in or carry out on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

Everyone is invited to eat lunch, dinner, or just grab a snack at Buffalo Wild Wings in Saginaw (2690 Tittabawassee Rd.). This coupon will allow 20 percent of purchases to be donated to Valley Lutheran High School-Post Prom.

* Valid towards Dine-In and Carry-Out. Not valid towards gift card purchases.
LEAP News Nugget
In 2010, representatives of area Lutheran schools began developing what was known as the "Great Lakes Bay Region Sustainable Lutheran Schools Project." Today, the Lutheran Education Advancement Plan Alliance (LEAP) continues to work on initiatives for advancing and growing the educational ministries of its 23 members. Watch each month for the next "LEAP News Nugget," giving you a glimpse at this important work.
Guidance Corner
5 DANGEROUS APPS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW
Keeping up to date on all of the apps students use can be difficult, especially when they are created with the intent to be secretive or deceitful. Dr. Tim Elmore lays out five apps that are popular right now that you should know about as a parent.

CAREER DAY SPEAKERS
Do you have an interesting job? Would you be willing to answer questions from students regarding your career and how you got there? We are looking for parents and community members who might be willing to talk with our students for a few hours on Career Day - April 5, 2019. If you are interested, or know of someone who might be willing to help, please contact Mrs. Mueller at lmueller@vlhs.com .

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. To indicate that you want 7th semester documents sent, please select "Hold for Grades".

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/
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
Jan. 24 1st Semester Grades released
Jan. 26 Grade School Girls Basketball Tournament
Jan. 28 Parents in Prayer, 8am
Jan. 30 Peeks at Valley, 8:15am
Feb. 5 Peeks at Valley, 9am
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