High School Corner

Pop-up Cafe Launch: On Wednesday, June 5, we will celebrate an official launch of the Pop-up Cafe on the rooftop terrace - in partnership with 720 Sweets.    

An all-day event - all the VCS staff and students are invited for some tasty treats and special sharing by some high school students with original music, art, dance or storytelling.

The pop-up concept is part of our vision for Project-Based Learning courses next year: Pop-up Businesses and Designing Green Spaces. This allows students to build credits towards graduation through a creative variety of academic and elective modules. The Pop-up Cafe will be an ongoing self-sustaining business that serves our community. We are aiming to provide diverse opportunities outside of the classroom to meet the needs of diverse learners in our school community.

 Our End Game:  Joy, food, community, relationships. We hope this will be a blessing to the VCS community. In our first student leadership meeting, we shared this vision above, and hope that at the end of the day, those serving and those served will be blessed.

A portion of the proceeds will go towards some of the ministries the high school students experienced during PEAK week (such as Say Yes, SUMS, Nightshift, the refugee ministry at First Christian Reformed Church).      

An online order link will be given to homeroom teachers on Thursday, May 23rd, and orders need to be in by Monday, May 27th by 10 am.

 

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Updates and Announcements

Strings Update: All beginner strings classes are full. Any further applications will be put into a wait pool.

From the Learning Commons: Students will need to return all library books by Friday, June 7, and will not be able to borrow books after that time. However, they are still welcome to read books in the Learning Commons until the 14th. The Learning Commons will be closed for inventory from June 22-24th. Thank you for your help in returning all VCS library books. Please continue finding good reads at your local public library over the summer!

Final Call for Uniform and PHE Wear Orders: Our supplier, Marktet, has kindly kept the online store open. Please place your order by 8 am on Thursday May 23. Be sure to indicate your child’s name in the comments area of the form.  https://mymartket.com/pages/vancouver-christian-school

Art Classes for 2019-2020 School Year: Registration for students in grade 1 and up is open. Forms can be picked up outside the office. Registration is on a first-come, first serve basis. If you have any questions about the classes, please contact the instructor, Alex Lam via email: actsalex@telus.net.

Art Zone 7: We are excited to announce an in-house art exhibition, show casing the art work of our very own VCS After School Art Classes. The Exhibit’s Theme: The Door of Life. Venue: VCS Lobby. The Presenters: Benjamin L, Caden N, Caleb L, Cassidy N, Caityln X, Charis N, Chloe L, David G, Emma F, Ethan C, Hayden N, Irina N, Isabelle L, Isaac M, James A, Jalen S, Jasmine L, Joshua N, Kalen S, Kaleigh X, Kensie C, Khloe T, Lucas A, Marcus C, Mikaela M, Rachel Z, Samuel Z, Samuel L, Shannon L, Serena T, Sophie T, Summer C, Sarah M, Trina F.

 

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Lead Principal's Corner - Mrs. E. Freestone

Next week, a number of key school leaders will be meeting to discuss internal and external communication strategies, hoping to improve and streamline our processes for next year. This year has been very busy and has delayed our ability to get everything on track. However, it has also provided us with a good opportunity to see what it is like to communicate with a large K-12 school. We have learned a few things and received some good feedback already. The good news is that over all, we think most people knew about most things most of the time! Our goals are: to reduce/streamline the amount of communication going home; to use our app more effectively; and, to roll out our new website.

Some key things ahead:

June 10 Our first VCS Graduation!

June 14 Last official day of classes for Grades 8-12

June 17-28 Final exams for HS

June 21  Last morning for K-7. School ends at noon!

HS Report Cards will out by June 28th

K-7 Report Cards can be picked up on July 3.

Staff will be working until the end of June but the office is in session until the second week of July and officially reopens August 14.

 

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High School Parent Education Series - Tomorrow!

We invite you to take time tomorrow, Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. to join our final High School Parent Education Series workshop for this school year. We have invited Journey Canada to share a session titled Made in God’s Image. The evening will consist of personal stories about being Christian and wrestling with sexual and relational issues. This is a vital topic for our students and our shifting culture. We invited Journey Canada to share about this same topic a few years ago at Carver Christian High School and it was very well received.  Many parents and teachers commented that we should have them back to share.

In order to plan for the number of attendees, please sign up through the following link:  Parent Education Series-Journey Canada.

Journey Canada is a community-based, Christ-centered discipleship ministry that exists to help people find hope and live life through experiencing Jesus in their relationships, sexuality and identity. You can find out more about their ministry through the Journey Canada website.

We hope many of you will be able to take the opportunity to attend!

 

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VCS Walk: Only 2 Days Away!

We are only 2 sleeps away from our first K-12 VCS Walk! There is still time for students to get sponsors :)

Please note that we will be walking rain or shine, so make sure to provide clothing appropriate to the changing weather forecast.

Thank you to all those who have signed up to walk, count, and serve snacks.  If you would like to join us, please sign up for the walk.

See you there!

 

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High School Corner

I want to personally invite you to take time on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. to join our last High School Parent Education Series workshop for this school year. We have invited Journey Canada to share a session on: Made in God’s Image. The evening will consist of personal stories about being Christian and wrestling with sexual and relational issues. This is a vital topic for our students and our shifting culture. Please feel free to invite other VCS parents that you think would benefit from this as well.

 

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Coach's Corner

GVISSA Jr Tournament: Congratulations to the Jr. Badminton Team BLUE who placed 1st and took home the 3rd Athletics banner for VCS this year! Our other Jr teams placed 4th (WHITE) and 6th overall (GREY). All 3 badminton teams competed in a number of tournaments last week and we would like to recognize some athletes for their outstanding performance: Grace C. and Natania L. (2nd girls doubles), Gwen T. (1st girls singles), Robyn L. and Ethan S. (1st mixed doubles), Daniel C. and Jayden L. (1st boys doubles), Ryan L & Isaac H. (3rd boys doubles).

BCCSSAA Jr. Tournament: Natania L. (5th girls singles), Ryan L. and Isaac H. (5th boys doubles), Natania L. and Grace C. (3rd girls doubles), Rayna L. and Rachel H.  (8th girls doubles).

The Bantam Badminton Team placed second overall at the grade 8 tournament! Gwen T. placed 2nd for girls singles. Robyn L. and Andrew Z., placed 2nd in mixed doubles and Emma P. and  Kiana L. placed 1st in girls doubles.

Congratulations to our ultimate teams who placed 3rd (seniors) and 5th (juniors) respectively at the LMISCUA Championship Tournament this year.

 

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Updates and Announcements

This is the Last week to order PHE wear (for Grades 4-12) and uniforms (for Grades 9-12). The VCS online store will close May 17th, so if have not done so, please order your child’s uniform pieces or PHE wear before Friday. Please be sure to include your child’s name and current homeroom number so that when the items arrive in June, they can be delivered to your child in their classroom. https://mymartket.com/pages/vancouver-christian-school

Strings Update for 2019-2020. The beginner class cello spots are all taken. There are a few spots remaining for violin. If you are a current student, please complete and return your registration form as soon as possible.

Run for H20. Students interested in signing up for another race are invited to register for the Run for H20 Vancouver on Saturday, June 15 at Riverfront Park. There is a 1 km, 5 km and 10 km race category. The Run for H20 is for all ages to raise funds for sustainable clean water projects in villages in Guatemala. For more information and to register for the run, please visit: https://www.runforh2o.com/

The Lost and Found is overflowing. All items will be removed and donated on Friday. Please come and check for any items that you are missing.

 

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VCS Walk 2019: Just One More Week!

Next Friday, 24 May will be our first K-12 VCS WALK! A few reminders:

·        Look for your spirit gear (if you ordered it) to arrive early next week, in time to wear for the walk.  

·        This Sunday will be the last opportunity for students to take their          envelopes to church (an excellent             place and time for them to ask for sponsors).

·  We could still use volunteers to help supervise our Walk, and to count. You can sign up via our website.

Finally, we would appreciate it if you would encourage your child to get at least one sponsor (apart from you!:). We want our students to understand the work and effort you and we put in to create such an excellent learning experience. We also tithe to our sponsor kids at International China concern from funds raised at the Walk. (You can ask your child/ren about ICC and our sponsor children, as we have been talking about ICC’s work in every homeroom this week.)  And, since whole classes are working together to earn pizza parties, it is good and fair if everyone puts in some effort.  

 

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Lead Principal's Corner

Our SAGM will be coming up on June 6. We will be making a slight change to our agenda and delaying the vote on our new Constitution and Bylaws as some new changes need to be incorporated based on parent feedback. We have 4 candidates for election to the Board. Thanks to a number of parents who put their names forward.

· Trevor Penner: re-election 2nd Term

· Jason Moon: re-election 2nd Term

· Keith Fong: New 1st Term

· Wendy Leong: New 1st Term

The VCS Board strives to have a balanced team of skills and commitment to Christian education. The SAGM package will be sent out at the end of May.

Stakeholder Survey: In the fall, the Board will continue the process of strategic planning for the next 5 - 10 years. The Society of Christian Schools of BC will lead the Board through this. The Board will execute a stakeholder’s survey in the near future, asking several focus groups of parents and staff for input. Please stay tuned for more information on this.

Urgent: Parent Volunteer Needed! Next Thursday, May 23rd, we are looking for an amateur photographer to take photos from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at our retirement party for Charlotte Quao, our former Special Education Coordinator. Please let Ellen Freestone know asap if you can help out: efreestone@vancs.org

 

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