Happy New Year! 
VCES Chimes                      January 2019
Office Hours
The main office is open daily  7:30am to 5:00pm
Links In This Issue
Winter Back to School Night
After School Enrichment
Re Enrollment 2019-20
Quest Ball
Health & Attendance
Concert Photos
New Communication Tools
Dates to Remember
Affirming the Arts
Extended Care
Chapel News
If you are interested in volunteering for a committee or an event, please click here!
Lost & Found
All Lost & Found items were donated over Christmas break.
Please make sure to label ALL of your students jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc. so that they may find their way back to you.
Emergency Clothes Needed
The office health room is in need of lightly used or new "emergency clothing" for students who have accidents or in need of a change of clothes. 
Pants or shorts needed, girls and boys sizes 5-10.  
WG Little League Baseball 
Willow Glen Little League Baseball- 
Early Bird Registration Now Open
Did you know that all students enrolled at VCES are eligible to play baseball for Willow Glen Little League? All games and most practices are held at Bramhall Park.
Sign up now at http://www.wgll.org/ .
New for 2019 season:
Grass infield on Majors/Triple-A field and T-ball "Under the Lights" annual night game.
Parenting, Media, and Everything
in Between 
As "Fortnite" Blows Up, Parents Need to Up Their Game-
click here to read article
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.
Find us on Facebook
Winter Back to School Night

The elementary Winter Back-to-School Night is Thursday, January 17th from 5:30pm-7:30pm
for our current elementary families.
Please visit your child's classroom and share in the excitement of their accomplishments.
Food trucks will be on campus, if you would like to purchase dinner while you are here, from 5:00pm-7:00pm!

Open House for new families will be Thursday, January 10th, 
6:00pm-8:00pm. Be sure to tell your friends!
After School Enrichment 
Our after school enrichment programs for
Session 3 registration 
will go live on
January 10th, at 9:00am.
To register, go through your parent portal:  
elemportal.vcs.net/enrichment .
 ( date is always subject to change )
2019-2020  Re-Enrollment & Financial Assistant

February will be our "month of re-enrollment." The re-enrollment site will open February 1, 2019 . Please look for further information in the weeks to come that outline the steps for re-enrollment.
Important Dates for Financial Assistance:
Financial Assistance Website Opens: November 19, 2018
Financial Assistance Application Deadline: February 6, 2019   
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. To be considered for financial assistance, a student must be in good standing, both academically and in citizenship. 
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 will 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:   https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3F6D3 .
Click here for additional information regarding financial assistance.
Save the Date for Quest Ball - March 9th, 2019

The 5th annual Quest Ball 
Dinner & Auction presents 
"Hollywood Nights" at the Fairmont in San Jose
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!  Visit  here  to find out more 
information about this event.  We look forward to connecting with you! 
Health & Attendance
It seems that the cold and flu season is upon us. We have seen an increase in students out with stomach bugs, colds, fevers and headaches. With that in mind, if your child has been ill, please keep your students home  24 hours after your child is free of fever or vomiting without medication to ensure their complete recovery.
Please call the school office (408)559.4400 after 7:30am and 
before 9:00am  if your child is going to be absent from school.
Christmas Concert Photos
Dear Elementary Families,
Professional photos were taken at the California Theatre Christmas concerts. There are group photos, as well as close-ups, of some students.
Below is the information you need to view and/or purchase photos.
Visit the website: http://jpimpressions.com/ and click on "Event Login" in upper right corner.
K-3rd grade concert
Thursday, Dec 13th "Christmas Joy" Password: vcjoy18
4th & 5th grade concert
Wednesday, Dec 12 "Christmas Celebration" Password: vcceleb18
New Communication Tools
Attention Parents of Bus Students,
As of the first of the year, we are switching the process for communicating changes to your child's bus schedule. Please email elbus@vcs.net with any changes to the regular schedule. Thank you for your help with this. 
All changes need to be communicated by 1:00pm to avoid busing errors.

Attention Parents,
As of the first of the year, we are adding a new process for communicating your child's attendance. In lieu of calling to report attendance, you can email elattendance@vcs.net .
Please still notify the school by 9am if your child is absent. Thank you.
Dates to Remember
January 10- Open House - New Families Only
January 17- Winter Back-to-School Night
January 21- No School- Martin L. King Jr. Day- No Extended Care
January 23- 5th grade field trip Visit to Jr High - Skyway campus
January 28- 2nd grade field trip to Campbell Museum (Leach)
February 1-28 - Re-Enrollment
February 1- Elementary Basketball Night at Skyway
February 4- 2nd grade field trip to Campbell Museum (Sullivan)
February 7- 3rd grade field trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium
February 15- End of Trimester 2
February 15- 5th grade Maturity Talks 
                    (Parent attendance highly encouraged)
February 18-22- No School- Winter Break- Extended Care Open
Affirming the Arts - Save the Date
Festival of the Arts:
Saturday, May 18th, K-12 Event at Skyway
Extended Care
Extended Care bills for the month of December  were mailed out the first week of January  and are due by January 15th.
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 email 
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 days or on days when school is closed. 
Please go online to register your student for child care during our Winter break and Easter break: http://www.govcs.net/elemenrichment/index.php 
Chapel Days & News
Chapel is held every week. Times are as follows-
Thursdays: Kindergarten-2nd grade from 10:50am - 11:30am .
Fridays: 3rd-5th grade from 8:50am - 9:30am . 
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. 
Parents are always welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you! 
Click here  for Chapel News! 

VCES Chimes Staff
Valley Christian Elementary School