Office Hours
The office is open 
Monday-Friday 
from
7:30  AM to 5:00  PM
In This Issue
Message from the Principal
Christmas at CA Theater
Make up Picture Day
Jog-a-Thon
After School Session 2 Registration
Family Skate Night
Donate Turkeys!
VCS Love Gift
Clothing Swap
Re Enrollment & Financial Assistance
Quest Ball
Parents in Prayer
Dress Code
Attendance
Medications at School
Dates to Remember
Affirming the Arts
Traffic Reminders
Busing Safety
Extended Care
Chapel Days
Athletes of the Month
Fall 2019 Accreditation
Click here for the Fall 2019 accreditation update.

Online Elementary Calendar
If you need the date for  a school event, holidays, etc. please see the Elementary Event Calendar
Parent Handbook
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Click here to view and read through the Valley Christian Elementary Parent Handbook 2019-2020. 
This is the place for all information relating to rules, policies, and procedures.
Label Clothing and Lunch boxes
Please make sure you label ALL of your child's jackets and lunch boxes with their first and last name.
We take thousands of dollars worth of lost items to charity organizations each year. 
If your child's item has a name on it, it is much more likely that it will find its way back.
We will continue to donate all unlabeled articles at the end of each month. 
Message from the Library
What to do if a LIBRARY BOOK gets DAMAGED?
  • Show the librarian the book.
  • Tell her what happened.
  • Offer to replace or pay for the book.
  • Plan steps to prevent it from happening again.

Thank you for your help in taking care of our schools library books! 

Choicelunch
VCES offers the lunch program, Choicelunch!
Click here for more information about the lunch program, how to sign up and food  menu.
November  2019 
Message from the Principal

Message from the Principal
"When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you."
Deuteronomy 8:10
Dear Parents,
Welcome to November and the beginning of the holiday season!
Some of my best memories as a child came around our family dinner table. I cherish the stories my father shared about his upbringing and experience as an immigrant to America. I loved hearing my mom share stories from her childhood in Seattle and her move to Santa Cruz as a teenager. These, and many other stories, happened around the kitchen table.
Click here to continue reading
Christmas at the California Theater


Our annual Christmas Concerts at the California theater are quickly approaching!
Please save the the dates on your calendar for:
Wednesday, December 11th "A Christmas Celebration"-
4th & 5th grade- Instrumental & Choir. 
Thursday, December 12th "Christmas Joy"-  K-3rd grade Choir.
Concert Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, November 5th @ 5:00pm
Tickets must be purchased online at boxoffice.vcs.net .
Make up Picture Day
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Make-up picture day is this
Wednesday, November 6th.

Online ordering through Generations School Photography is still available,
click here to order!  
Jog-a-Thon is Friday, November 8th!

Our Fall VCES fundraiser, Jog-a-Thon is THIS Friday, November 8th, 2019.
Come be a part of our largest Elementary event and fundraiser of the year!
Click here for more information 
or go to vcs.net/eljog
After School Session 2 Registration


Session 2 after-school program flyers will soon be available for your viewing.
Registration will open this month,
November 11th at 9:00am.

Save the Date- Family Night at Sharks Ice
Save the Date for Family Fun Night at Sharks Ice! Valley Christian Elementary and Jr. High families are invited to family night at Solar4America Ice in 
San Jos e.
Thursday, November 14th
Elementary time frame 
5:30pm-7:00pm.
Tickets only $10 per person/includes
skate rental. ( This is not a drop off event )
Donate Turkeys


Our goal this year is 200 Turkeys!
Bring hope to a family in need. Join us in supporting City Team to donate frozen turkeys on Wednesday, November 20th 
from 7:30am - 9:00am.
You can drop off your frozen turkey donation in the barrels near the green curb during the allotted time.

VCS Love Gift

Please be on the lookout for information coming home soon about the 2019 Love Gift for our amazing Elementary faculty and staff.
Contributing to the Love Gift, a Christmastime bonus for the dedicated teachers and staff of VCS, is a wonderful way to bless those committed to the ongoing Christian education of every VCS student.  Information about donations will be enclosed in a letter coming home this month, November. 
Your participation in this annual campaign is greatly appreciated and we hope that you will also continue to lift up our teachers and staff in prayer. Please know they are greatly encouraged by your continuous love and support.
For more information in giving please go to:  www.vcs.net/lovegift 
Clothing Swap
Share the love and save some cash! Let's pass on those black and white Christmas Concert duds from years gone by and Warrior apparel. Bless our kiddos at school with a clothing swap!
Bring your child's (children's) gently-used and clean...
  • white dress shirts
  • black dress pants
  • black skirts
  • black tights
  • black dress shoes
  • Warrior wear t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.
Drop off out-grown items to the office lobby between November 1-14. Then stop in the chapel dining room during during Parent-Teacher Conferences (November 25th-26th) to select new sizes for your child(ren). This is a  free event! We only ask that families take no more than one outfit per child as needed. 
If you have questions would like to help sort clothes or help during the swap,  please contact  Anne Lee:  lee1210@ymail.com  or 
Mrs. Maslyar:  lmaslyar@vcs.net .
Click here for flyer. 
 
Re Enrollment and Financial Assistance 
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 will outline the steps for re-enrollment.

Important Dates for Financial Assistance :
Financial Assistance Website Opens: November 25, 2019

Financial Assistance Application Deadline: February 7, 2020

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 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 & Aid 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.

Quest Ball- Save the Date March 14th, 2020 

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 6th Annual Quest Ball
Saturday, March 14th, 2020. This years' theme is "Roaring 20's in 2020." Visit here  to find out more information about this event. We look forward to connecting with you!
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 8:15am-9:15am. 
Please email Jothi Jebaraj at
jothipaul2000@yahoo.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 religous attire. 
Click here for the VCES dress code!
Most frequent violations: No socks, screened t-shirts, leggings worn as pants, shorts not 3" above the knee, boys hair over the eyes and or past the middle of the ear.
Attendance
Please call the school office before 9:00am at (408)559.4400 or email elattendance@vcs.net. 
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. 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 without medication, to insure his/her complete recovery. 
Medications at School
If you would like your child to have access to an  OVER THE COUNTER medication during the school day, 
you will need to send that medication to the elementary office, in the original container, along with a signed  Medication Consent Form .
If your child needs to take a  PRESCRIPTION medication
(Inhalers, Epi-Pens, etc.)  at school, you will need to complete and submit that same Medication Consent Form , signed by both you and the prescribing physician.

An adult must deliver any medication along with the 
Medication Consent Form to the office. If you have any questions regarding medications at school, please call the elementary office at (408) 559.4400.
Dates to Remember
November 6- Make up Picture Day
November 8- Jog-a-Thon
November 11- After School Enrichment Session 2 sign-ups
November 11-14- 5th grade to Mission Springs, Science camp 
November 14- K-8 Family Skate Night
November 22 -5th grade Piano Recital
November 25-26- EL Parent/Teacher Conf.; No School; Ext.Care Open
November 27-29- No School/No Extended Care
November 27-29- No School - Thanksgiving break
December 11-12- EL Christmas Concerts at the CA Theatre
December 19- Minimum day 11:45am ; Extended Care open
December 20- No School- Christmas Break- Extended Care Open
December 23-January 3rd- No School- Christmas Break- No Ext. Care
January 6- No School- In Service - Extended Care Open
January 20- No School- MLK Day- No Extended Care
Affirming the Arts - Save the Date
5th grade Piano Recital:
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Conservatory Bldg., Skyway campus 

Christmas Concert at the CA theatre:
Wednesday, December 11th:
4th/5th Choirs, Handchimes, Band & Strings
Thursday, December 12th:
VCES K-3rd Choirs at 6:00pm

Festival of the Arts:
Saturday, May 16th, 2020 @ Skyway campus
Traffic Reminders

In the morning, please do not park in the reserved parking spaces, as these are for our staff & 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.
Please remember not to drop off your student(s) using the front Leigh gate. It is for their safety that you not share the gate code with your student(s).   If you choose to use the Leigh gate you may park on the street and walk them in. 
To help with the flow of pick-up traffic, please arrive no earlier than 3:00pm. Arriving at 3:15pm will help as well. Please leave your visor sign visible until your child is in the car. 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Busing Safety
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If you are dropping off a JH or HS student for the bus in the morning, please pull into the elementary campus and drop 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 students not picked up within 10 minutes from the afternoon bus must go to Study Hall in the library. A fee will be charged. 
Extended Care
Extended Care statements for October will be mailed out the first week of November and are due by November 18th.
If you have an outstanding bill, please reconcile as soon as possible.  Any questions please email:  kartman@vcs.net
Chapel Days
Chapel is held every week. Times are as follows- 
Thursdays: Kindergarten-2nd grade from 10:50-11:30am
Fridays:  3rd-5th grade from 8:50-9:30am
If you are 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! 
October Athletes of the Month
Grade Girl- Boy-
Kindergarten: Claire Tafralis  Harrison Hoshii
1st grade: Indiana Basanese Matthew Sienicki
2nd grade: Isabella Staubli Evan Choe
3rd grade: Roslyn Charap Paxton Mattos
4th grade:  Emily Rank Nicholas McIntyre
5th grade: Ashlyn Guven Daniel O'Neil
Sincerely,  

VCES Chimes Staff
Valley Christian Elementary School