High School Reminders

Student Council Beach Day, Friday June 21: Students will be meeting in their homerooms at 9:00 a.m. for attendance followed by an all school K-12 Chapel in the gymnasium. At 10:00 the HS students and staff will travel to Spanish Banks by bus. Students cannot leave directly from the beach if they do not have explicit parent permission given on their permission form. Click the link for the Student Council Beach Day information and permission form.

A Few Exam Rules: Students are required to be in uniform, as for a normal school day; they will not be permitted to write their exam if they are not in uniform. Students will be sent to change if they are not prepared.

All textbooks are to be handed in at the start of the exam session as instructed by the invigilating teachers. Textbooks are to be neatly stacked at the back of the examination room, or alternate designated area.

After exams, students are dismissed and need to be off campus. Students may return in the afternoon to join a review session and/or meet with teachers during office hours; however, they must make appointments for these sessions - they cannot drop in. High school students will not be permitted in the hallways as middle school and elementary classes are still in session.

Click the following links for  exam schedule and room locations and exam rules.

Numeracy Assessment: Thursday June 27. Please note:  There has been a time change for the Numeracy Assessment. The numeracy assessment will be written at 9:00am.  The afternoon session has been cancelled.  

 

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High School Corner

Dear High School Students,

Without a doubt, exam time can be a stressful time of year. As difficult as it can sometimes feel, a little stress can be a good motivator to help get us off the couch and help us to reach our goals. However, if it starts to feel paralyzing, it may be time to ask for help. Don’t be shy to ask. Know that our teachers are around for a conversation and just an email away if you need.

Through conversations with some of you, I’m hearing that you are most worried about failure. Many of you are used to achieving at high levels, and so failing could simply mean that you are not reaching a mark that you would like to obtain.

So please consider this perspective: sometimes, despite our best efforts, things don’t turn out the way we plan. And that’s okay. I encourage all of you to stay open-minded and positive. Put forth your best efforts in understanding and make sure you ask the teachers for support. All teachers have office hours and review sessions set up for the next two weeks. Please take advantage of the opportunity and email them to join in the sessions.

I wish you all the best for the upcoming exam period and for the adventures that await you in the months and years to come.

Blessings,

Mrs. Voo, High School Principal

 

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Updates and Announcements

Overdue Library Books: Please return your books immediately. Thank you for your help!

Tuition Packages were sent to all school families by email earlier this week. Please note that this paperwork must be completed and returned to the school office by June 26 at the latest.

 

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Lead Principal's Corner

We want to wish you a safe and wonderful summer! Thanks to everyone for a great first year as a K-12school! We know that we have had some transition challenges and we look forward to much smoother second year; thanks to all of you for your patience and encouragement! Our final chapel for Grades K-7 is at 11:15-noon in the upper gym on Friday, June 21st. Please remember to pick up your children by 12:30 at the latest.

You can expect the “August Letter” to be sent to you in the third week of August; please read carefully. We promise it will be riveting!

Report Card Pick and Mail Out: High School report cards may be picked up, if urgent, between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28th and then from 9:00 to 4:00 on Tuesday July 2nd – Thursday July 4th. K-7 report cards will be available to pick up on Wednesday and Thursday, July 3rd and 4th. All remaining report cards will be mailed out on Friday, July 5th.

Office hours for the first two weeks of July are from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

 

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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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